Did you hear what he said? I did. The Secretary State not only said it on national television, it was repeated in leading newspapers all around the world. Rex Tillerson, said:
We rededicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against the innocent anywhere in the world.
Look out Israel. You must be on the top of his list. And America, too for that matter, for our crimes against the innocent children of Palestine. Even though I have never seen one shred of evidence that Tillerson gives a hoot for the children of the West Bank and Gaza, his noble proclamation of having a heart reveals only that he either knows nothing about Israel’s brutality or he hopes that you don’t know or care.
Donald Trump speaks so passionately about the 100 children gassed by Syria, saying, “No child of God should ever suffer such horror.” Yet he has no word of sympathy for the 550 children blown up in Gaza in 2014 by Israeli pilots flying planes supplied by the US., nor do we hear any remorse for the “beautiful children” burned to death by white phosphorus exploding over their heads like a fireworks star-burst at a ball game. He has nothing but praise for his favorite son-in-law Jared Kushner, whose claim to fame is that Benjamin Netanyahu once slept in his bed, when he donates tens of thousands of dollars to displace Palestinian children and their families to make room for Jewish only settlements in the West Bank. I guess only children who get out of Israel’s way are “beautiful.”
Sean Spicer said, “Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable.” Of course he is right, but he obviously does not have in mind all innocent people.
Tzipi Livni , considered to be among the most liberal members of Israel’s Knesset, said that the attack on Gaza in 2008-9 was necessary and important. When Hamas fires those unguided home-made missiles into Israel, we just “go wild.”[i] And what happens to the “beautiful” children of Gaza is hard to believe. Their homes, schools, hospitals, food and water supplies are considered “enemy bases,” and blown up, without a thought. Chief of Staff, Gadi Eizonkot said, “They are all just collateral damage.” According to Justice Minister Ayelet Sheked, “All these children are just little snakes anyway. Elie Wiesel explained that when 550 children in Gaza were killed it is only because Hamas chose to sacrifice them.”[ii]
Trump is right when he says, “No child of God should ever suffer such horror.” He is wrong in excluding Palestinian children from his focus of concern.
April 13, 2017
[i] The Selective Concern for Beautiful Babies, Mondoweiss, April 11, 2017.
2 The Selective Concern for Beautiful Babies, Mondoweiss, April 11, 2017.