I’m sorry that all of a sudden I appear to be on some kind of anti-Israel kick (although – mirroring my feelings towards the US – I am only anti-Israeli policies) but what they are doing is just mind blowing. Let me – courtesy of The Guardian – hit you with some stats first: in the past week, more than 120 Palestinians have been killed (five were children and over half were civilians) while three Israelis (two of which were soldiers) have also been murdered. Three months ago there was a US sponsored Peace Conference; since then 323 Palestinians have been killed, compared to seven Israelis (two of whom were civilians). I read stats like this (along with stats like, 64% of Israelis would like some kind of peace talks) almost every day, and every day I get more and more angry with my people. Despite this, I am still torn; my grandparents survived the Holocaust while many in my family did not. I firmly believe – as I have said before – that if there had been an Israel during the rise of Hitler, none of it would have ever happened. I do not think it is OK to steal land, but I think it is important that a historically persecuted people have somewhere to go to protect themselves. All of this runs through my mind as I think or talk about the situation and – although there is no argument that makes me believe killing innocent civilians is right – I go back and forth all day. Then I read a quote that threw me, quite hard, to one side; Matan Vilnai said that the Palestinians faced a “holocaust” if they continue to fire homemade rockets into Israel. (Before I continue, I would just like to say that I have found blogs claiming this was never said, while I haven’t found anything with the full quote.) Whether holocaust is exactly what Vilnai said, something was lost in translation, or he said nothing of the sorts, the fact remains that Israel is killing Palestinians at such a rate and in such a way that the term holocaust does not seem too radical a word. The US media has to stop worrying about being labeled anti-Semitic and start reporting the truth; people – PEOPLE – are being held captive in their own land, being killed at will by a foreign government, and are being blamed in the US media.