The following was written by a Reddit user. I think it deserves to be more widely read.
When people talk about Palestinians, they replace their entire set of moral principles with a set of completely new principles, designed exclusively to demonize Israel and excuse Palestinian terrorism. Those principles go against international law, are never applied to any other conflict or situation, and would immediately be seen as absurd if anybody tried doing that. Under those principles:
Murdering civilians is a justified way of “resisting”. Perceived oppression justified anything, regardless of international law or basic morality.
- If you don’t have a way of fighting “legitimately”, you are allowed to commit war crimes.
- Every civilian casualty is a war crime and an indication of genocide.
- The relative casualty counts is what determines which side is justified.
- Intentions, goals, and the cost of not using force that may result in the death of civilians, are all meaningless. A person who mistakenly kills an innocent bystander in a self-defense scenario is more morally at fault than a person who attempts to commit a predetermined murder.
If those principles were applied universally, it would become obvious that we should support Al-Qaeda in its war against the US, ISIS in its war against the world, that we should’ve supported Imperial Japan in WW2, that the most “moral” path in any military confrontation is simply to surrender, that every military conflict is an act of genocide (among which, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the smallest genocided), that the US, NATO and Coalition forces were genociding Afghans, Iraqis and Syrians for the past 20 years, and many other bizarre conclusions.
The people making those arguments are either being intentionally disingenuous, are shallow individuals whose opinions are copy-pasted from bad arguments they’ve read online, without giving it any thought, or bad rationalization attempts by people who feel there is something that annoys them about Israel, but can’t quite understand what exactly that is.
This without even going into the completely fictional, and chronologically reversed narrative, that the entirety of Palestinian “resistance” was caused by settlements, occupation, checkpoints, and the blockade of Gaza, when in reality Palestinian terrorism predates all of those, and the main act of “oppression” that organizations such as Hamas are fighting against, is the fact that Israel exists at all.
I would just change one thing; the second-last paragraph should read:
The people making those arguments are invariably antisemites.