While the death of even one innocent person is deplorable, they are inevitable in any military conflict, especially where one side insists on placing its offensive capabilities in heavily populated civilian areas in clear contravention of the Geneva conventions.
However, I cannot help but feel the vehemence of those protesting Israel's actions in Gaza is disproportionate. The number of deaths in Syria is vastly greater but I've yet to see large demonstrations outside its embassy calling for a halt to that humanitarian disaster.
Has 1984 arrived 30 years late? Or are we seeing a recrudescence of what happened 80 years ago when a country's troubles were blamed on a mythical "World Jewish Conspiracy".
Martin D Stern