Both parties are guilty of mass murder.
Though the mass tends to be disproportionate
Thanks to a virtually unconditional and ever-increasing influx
Of red white and blue shells, guns, rockets, and jets.
But Palestinians have the blood of fellow Palestinians on their hands,
As Israelis have the blood of fellow Israelis on their hands.
Whizzing into 33 children, one a 6-month old, and 10 women,
Total, so far, 116 people dead in
More than half, innocent civilians,
One Israeli civilian, a father of 4,
All in 5 short days of blind base counterproductive violence,
A sliver from 60 years of
Predation, poverty, politics and prejudice
Hamas fires rockets from civilian residences,
So retaliation, even if successful,
Wins them ground in the battle of misinformation
Killing innocent youths,
And the IDF blasts
Into impoverished Palestinian camps
Where food, oil, and most apolitical aid is absent.
Firing Kassams into
For all sovereign states have a right to defend themselves,
While egregiously vast
Aerial bombing, warship rocketing, and tank bursting
Create future Hamas devotees, more hatred towards
And belief in Hamas’ justifications for terror,
Perpetuating misery for the bombers as well as the bombed.
After 60 years, it is time,
For the sake of those Israelis and Palestinians born today,
As well as all lives tied to them,
To focus less on yesterday and today,
On who started it, and on vengeance,
To recognize blood begets blood,
And walk past it to a tenable existence.