Sydney Morning Herald journalist, Nick Miller, wrote the following, clearly under duress:
"He was in Gaza for a year, and for 11 months it was 'fairly routine', but the final month was Operation Cast Lead, a three-week conflict between Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and Israel, which the Palestinians called a massacre. The opening assault was followed by a ground invasion. it ended with more than 1000 Palestinian deaths and a subsequent United Nations mission accused both sides of war crimes." (Buried under the rubble, Nick Miller, 23/7/16)
Fear of the Israel lobby is palpable in every word.
Just to correct the record:
An even stevens conflict?
Really? Why then did the UN's Goldstone Report describe it as "a deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population..."? (1893)
Only the Palestinians call it a massacre?
Bullshit, only the brass-necked Israelis would call it anything other than a massacre.
More than 1000 Palestinian deaths?
Too bloody right! Add another 400 to that.
UN accused both sides of war crimes?
And also said that it did not "equate the position of Israel as the occupying Power with that of the occupied Palestinian population or entities representing it." (Goldstone Report, 1876)
In the same issue, the Herald's rambammed political editor Peter Hartcher outs himself as a PEP (Progressive Except Palestine).
While he's quite capable of getting Australia right - "British Australia was built on the ruins of Aboriginal Australia, and the modern nation federated on a consensus of racial exclusion." (She's no threat - there's an opportunity, 23/7/16) - don't in a million expect him to write anything like this:
'Israel was built on the ruins of Arab Palestine, and constituted as an exclusively Jewish state.'