More than half of the 163 Palestinians killed last week during Israel's Operation Pillar of Cloud in Gaza were civilians, including 37 children. In Israel, six were killed in the latest eight-day escalation; fortunately, no children were among them.
But the real human cost in these cycles of killing is rarely remembered and seldom put into its broader context. This is due in part to the longstanding bias in much of the mainstream media's coverage. But also because our leaders here in America would rather we simply forget the massive military power imbalance, their fundamental role in funding it, and the destruction that ensues.
This timeline shows the lives lost in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- drawing on detailed data gathered by Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem -- since the outbreak of the Second Intifada in September 2000.
While it only represents a fragment of a conflict that stretches back to the turn of the 20th Century, in the 12-year period since 2000, an underlying asymmetry is revealed, allowing us to look past the headlines and hype, and focus instead on the hard data.
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