David K. Rees

Why is the world forgetting the Israeli victims of this war?

Photo credit Chaim Goldberg/Flash 90
Photo credit Chaim Goldberg/Flash 90

The world, once again, is applying a double standard to the only Jewish, democratic state in the world. To Hamas’ great joy, the world, including the United Nations, Russia, and the United States, among many other countries, are only providing “humanitarian aid” to the innocent Palestinian victims of this war, but the world is  forgetting about the innocent Israeli victims of the same war.

Israel, too, has innocent victims. How about “humanitarian aid” to the Israelis who lost everything which they held dear: their houses, their parents, their children, their means of earning their living, their crops, their, synagogues, and their schools.  How about “humanitarian aid” to the women who have been raped, the parents whose children are being held hostage, the children whose parents are been held hostage. How about “humanitarian aid” to the people who have been evacuated from their homes because they were the targets of terrorist missiles, every one a war crime, a war crime which the terrorists continue to commit daily by firing missiles into Israel. How about  “humanitarian aid” for the people who have “merely” lost a limb or their job. What about the immense expense that Magan David Adom has spent on saving the people who had not yet been killed by the terrorists?

Israel did not start this war. Israel is not firing missiles every day at Gazan civilians. It appears that Israel is being penalized because it has invested billions of shekels in Iron Dome, which has saved and continues to save thousands of Israeli lives and homes, while the terrorists use their people, their mosques, their hospitals, and their  schools as shields from Israel’s counterattack.

I am NOT suggestions that there are no innocent victims of the war in Gaza, but the reality is that innocent Israelis are victims, too. For every dollar a country and the UN spends on providing aid to the “poor Palestinians”, it should provide an equal amount to the “poor Israelis”.

About the Author
Before making Aliyah from the United States, I spent over three decades as a lawyer in the United States. My practice involved handling many civil rights cases, including women's- rights cases, in State and Federal courts. I handled numerous constitutional cases for the ACLU and argued one civil rights case in the United States Supreme Court. I chaired the Colorado Supreme Court's Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure and served on the Colorado Supreme Court's Civil Rules and Rules of Evidence Committees. Since much of my practice involved the public interest, I became interested in environmental law and worked closely with environmental organizations, including the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). I was on the Rocky Mountain Board of EDF. I received an award from the Nebraska Sierra Club as a result of winning a huge environmental case that was referred to me by EDF. I also developed significant knowledge of hazardous and radioactive waste disposal. I was involved in a number of law suits concerning waste disposal, including a highly-political one in the United States Supreme Court which involved the disposal of nuclear waste. As I child I was told by my mother, a German, Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany, that Israel was a place for her and her child. When I first visited Israel many years later, I understood what she meant. My feeling of belonging in Israel caused me to make Aliyah and Israel my home. Though I am retired now, I have continued my interest in activism and the world in which I find myself.
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