The Measure of a Life

24 Oct 2011

Earlier this week, Deborah Orr1 wrote a piece for the Guardian where she claimed “the transfer of prisoners tacitly acknowledges” that “an Israeli life [is] really more important than a Plaestinian’s”.

I could not quite place what about Deborah’s article bothered me until I read Michele Pollak’s brief response:

It is not Netanyahu who chose to release 1,000 Palestinians in exchange for Shalit – certainly, Netanyahu would have rather had a one-for-one exchange. Rather, it is Hamas who demanded 1,000 Palestinians in exchange for one Israeli. If anyone is equating one Jewish life as being worth 1,000 Palestinian lives, it is Hamas.

  1. No relation. Unless there is.