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Comparative Justice: When Human Suffering Is Acknowledged or Dismissed

Post by teodroseIII » 17 May 2018, 23:22

“The suffering in the ghetto was extreme, and conditions deteriorated rapidly. At its height, more than 450,000 people were crammed into an area of 1.3 square miles, and in some buildings as many as 20 people were living to a single room. Around 100,000 people died of starvation, sickness and maltreatment. Anyone caught trying to leave was shot.”

This story sounds familiar doesn’t it? Given the violence going on in Gaza at this exact moment and the indiscriminate shooting of protesters who are trying to escape the open air prison that serves as a holding cell for 1.8 million Palestinians, one could rightly conclude that the excerpt above is a page taken out of today’s newspaper. However, the passage above is a retelling of the horrors faced by Jews in the ghettos of Warsaw. The same way Palestinians are currently being demonized by Zionists and their supporters in corporate media and by politicians is how Nazis used to malign Jews as they brutalized men, women and children and kept them locked behind walls and wire fences.

It should be easy to condemn barbaric acts. Injustice is injustice; our perspectives should not change depending on the faces of the victims. Sadly, we live in a world of hypocrisy; too many view morality through situational lenses. What is outrageous when committed against their tribe is glibly dismissed when it is perpetrated against people they don’t identify with. This is how despots are able to carry out crimes against humanity; when we let identity become more important than what we have in common, we give allowance for...continued...

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