In Iraq with Gaza on my mind: What ‘no country in the world’ should tolerate

A child stands  amid the rubble of the destroyed Al Dalu family home, Gaza City December 3, 2012. Ten members of the Al Dalu family were killed, as well as two neighbors, by an Israeli air strike on their three-story home on November 18, 2012. Four of those killed were children, and four were women.

A child stands amid the rubble of the destroyed Al Dalu family home, Gaza City December 3, 2012. Ten members of the Al Dalu family were killed, as well as two neighbors, by an Israeli air strike on their three-story home on November 18, 2012. Four of those killed were children, and four were women.

I got sick of hearing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his spokespeople repeating the specious line that “no country in the world” would agree to live under the threat of rockets from Gaza. As if that threat somehow excused the overwhelming violence that his military was unleashing on so many innocent civilians. So I wrote this essay for +972 Magazine, accompanied by photos of past Gaza bombardments and the current situation where I am in Iraq. Check it out.

Internally displaced people ride in the back of a truck outside the Khazer Checkpoint between Nineveh and Erbil Provinces in Iraqi Kurdistan, July 9, 2014. The IDPs are primarily Shia Turkmen fleeing the city of Mosul where fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have taken control but are facing air attacks by Iraq's central government forces. According the the BBC, more than a million people have fled their homes as a result of the fighting in recent months.

Internally displaced people ride in the back of a truck outside the Khazer Checkpoint between Nineveh and Erbil Provinces in Iraqi Kurdistan, July 9, 2014. The IDPs are primarily Shia Turkmen fleeing the city of Mosul where fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have taken control but are facing air attacks by Iraq’s central government forces. According the the BBC, more than a million people have fled their homes as a result of the fighting in recent months.