The Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be divisive, but two things aren’t in dispute. The human costs of the war in Gaza — particularly to innocent Gazan civilians — are mounting at a horrific clip. And with them, a sense of shock, anger, and betrayal is brewing among the voters President Biden will need to win reelection.
By the time you read this, the numbers will be worse. But as I write, the Israeli assault has killed over 10,000 people in Gaza, most of them women and children. Gaza is becoming a “graveyard for children,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned recently.
Israeli bombs have driven more than half of the territory’s 2.3 million people from their homes, damaged or destroyed around half of all housing units, and wiped out entire extended families.
Schools, refugee camps, and places of worship have all been bombed, and the territory’s hospitals are collapsing as casualties mount, doctors are killed, and supplies run down. UN experts — and some Holocaust scholars — warn that there’s a potential genocide underway.