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A typical headline: ‘Israel Attacks New Hamas Targets as Gaza Rockets Hit Ashkelon‘. Of course, the ostensible objectivity (on the one hand, the IDF; on the other, Hamas rockets) obscures the most basic feature of this unfolding tragedy – the gross disproportionality of suffering. Latest estimates are that 400 Palestinians have been killled and 2000 injured. In that time, four Israelis died and four suffered injuries. Every human death constitutes a unique catastrophe but it’s ridiculous to pretend that Ashkelon or Sderot – prosperous towns with a  well-equipped infrastructure, under occasional bombardment from antiquated rockets – face anything like the devastation unleashed in Gaza, a ghetto deliberately starved of medical supplies and now coping with wounds caused by some of the most technologically advanced weapons in the world. The blog Palestinian Mothers makes that point through a series of images, some of which are reproduced over the jump. The first series shows Gaza, which now resembles a moonscape. The second shows rocket attacks on Israel.

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Jeff Sparrow is the former editor of Overland. He is the co-author (with Jill Sparrow) of Radical Melbourne: A Secret History and Radical Melbourne 2: The Enemy Within, the editor (with Antony Loewenstein) of Left Turn: Essays for the New Left and the author of Communism: a love story, Killing: Misadventures in violence, and Money Shot: A Journey into Censorship and Porn.  On Twitter, he's @Jeff_Sparrow.

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