Yaacov Lozowick is the state archivist of Israel. A scholar who moved to Israel from Europe, he says, “Some goals, my friend, justify even horrible side effects, or collateral damage, or whatever you wish to call it” to justify the murder of Palestinian children.
Here’s the thing: If you see a giant pile of dead/dying/traumatized children and your first instinct is to defend the institution responsible for their suffering then you are broken. You have traded the thing behind your eyes that makes you a human being for, what?
Nationalism? Ethnic pride? Religious faith?
*cough* White supremacy? *cough*
If that is your impulse re: Gaza (or Ferguson) then you are being ill served by your attachments to those concepts. If your racial/religious/ethnic identity justifies (requires?) the murder of children then you have decided to become a monster. Full stop.