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Why are there more Palestinian deaths than Israelis?

Someone I care deeply about just posed a question that might seem obvious to some, but requires response, over and over and over. Why are there more Palestinian deaths than Israelis? The "simple" answer is: Hamas used more than 800,000 tons of cement and steel to build terror tunnels into Israel instead of building shelters and hospitals and schools and housing for Palestinians. Hamas has tried to kill thousands of Israeli civilians, but Israel has dedicated itself to protecting its own population (Iron Dome, every building having, by building code, a bomb shelter). The disproportionate number of deaths in Gaza is based on its leadership valuing terror over life. I hate that this is true.

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Sometimes it just comes down to facing the storm,
calling God out,
standing at the center of a whirlwind
holding your ground.

No cathedral is immune to agony,
no soul impervious to life itself no nation purely noble.
If it were any other way,
there would be no need for cathedrals
in the first place.

Kneel,  stand,  sit,  rise up.

To kneel is
to submit  to lower oneself  to step down  to pause.
To kneel is to call attention  to touch the Earth's face to listen to those  whose blood saturates  the very roots of our story.
To kneel is to step aside  to step outside  to invite others to come closer  to remember.
To kneel is not to stand not to stand not to stand idly by.
Speak your truth,
God damn it.

That's what God wants most of all.

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