It is crucial that we all do everything we can to eschew the “us versus them situation” Aditi Rao wants to avoid. It’s said that the first casualty of war is the truth. Truth is usually complex, and can’t be captured by placards. We need to interrupt long cycles of revenge.
It’s been said that the Palestinians are the victims of victims. That succinctly acknowledges the catastrophic horrors of the Holocaust, as well as the Nakba and its aftermath.
I unequivocally denounce Hamas and all terrorists. I also denounce Netanyahu, who, according to several credible reports, wanted Hamas to remain in charge in Gaza precisely because then the Palestinians in Gaza could not work with the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Palestinians who are Israeli citizens to work toward a peaceful two-state solution with Israel.