The most dangerous time of any conflict is when the victims become numbers. The deadly toll is expressed in a running tally, while untold numbers suffer silently. Comparing the number of victims on one side with the number on the other makes conflict abstract and defames the memory of those lost. The Jewish people are traumatized by numbers – we erect monuments and museums to record and remember every name. But the story of this conflict is not complete without including the silent victims: the anonymous, the unnoticed, the uncounted, who suffer but are not included in any of the official statistics.
The alphabet soup of international news organizations has descended on Israel, presenting infographics and “money shots” as the suffering continues. The human suffering of the innocent civilians in Gaza is heart-wrenching. Israel’s suffering has been mitigated by its near fanatical commitment to protecting its civilian population