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All Quiet on the Southern Front

• by Uri Avnery

This week’s “round,” as the army likes to call it, followed a well-established pattern, as formal as a religious ritual.

It started with the assassination (or “targeted elimination”) of a hitherto unknown Palestinian resistance (“terrorist”) leader in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinians responded with a rain of missiles, which lasted for four whole days. More than a million Israelis around Gaza stopped working and stayed with their children near their shelters or “protected areas”(meaning nothing more than relatively safe rooms in their homes). One million Israelis roughly equate to 10 million Germans or 40 million Americans, in relation to the population.

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