Phillip Weiss writes about the recent murders of an Italian journalist/activist and an Israeli-Palestinian actor and director.
Whoever the fanatics are that killed Vittorio Arrigoni and Juliano Mer-Khamis in the last two weeks, it can be safely said that the occupation killed them: that both good men died because the denial of freedom for Palestinians over 44 years of military occupation has produced despair and radicalism and brutalization.At this point no evidence has come forth that Israeli soldiers or settlers killed either of these men, in fact, there is some evidence that these courageous men were likely killed by radical Palestinian militant factions. Nonetheless, the above sentence stands alone, in truth. It's not a default, "oh, just blame the Israelis, just blame the occupation." No, it's placing responsibility where it's due, on an occupation and a siege that produce desperation and utter hopelessness.