Stories like this sink quickly to the bottom in the sea of NYT, Guardian etc. propaganda. We live in an era where, for many, words matter more than actions and media cues determine which people are worthy of "solidarity".
Israel can slaughter unarmed civilians with near-impunity and the US and its allies can bomb and drone to death people in Muslim nations but the so-called SJWs, who are supposedly against racism and bigotry of all varieties, stay silent. They react like automatons to media optics showing crying or mutilated children on the US/Mexico border and in Syria, they get outraged over real or imagined offensive language, but the situation in Palestine or Yemen barely elicits a response. Trump's travel ban is, rightly, opposed but his continued bombing of Muslim countries and unconditional support for Israel barely elicits a reaction.
Maybe if they read more articles like this one, depicting Palestinians as human beings suffering under a cruel occupation, those ostensibly standing for social justice would take note. Considering how they let the media and corporate Democrats lead them, and their general narcissistic attitude and inability to make connections between domestic and foreign policy and between the Trump regime and those of his predecessors, I am not hopeful.
Forgetting inconvenient facts is a "feature" of 21st century American liberalism that seriously damages and erodes liberals credibility and moral authority. Zionist liberals can't bring themselves to admit that the romantic image of Israel they nurse themselves with is a delusion, a false belief with no basis in reality.
It reminds me in many ways of Democrats making Trump, and only Trump, the scapegoat for, well, pretty much everything that is wrong with America today. They don't want to consider that maybe Trump is the symptom and not the cause of what ails America. The Democrats are just as hawkish and just as dedicated to ruthless capitalism as the GOP - the only real difference is in the rhetoric. Trump revels in being a bigoted, uncouth asshole...whereas the Dems couch their assholery in flowery, obfuscating language and pretend their wars, drone assassination programs, deportations and economic policies are the pinnacle of progressive goodness.
The system is broken. Both parties serve the same system and the outcome is largely the same regardless of who holds the balance of power. True, Democrats are more socially liberal (sort of) than the GOP and don't thump the good book most of the time. But Dem and GOP foreign and economic policy works as one to spread the American way via the sword and fleece working people and the poor for the benefit of the super rich. And Israel is close to both their rotten hearts of course. Which brings me back to Zionist liberals and their wilful blind spot when it comes to Israel.
American Zionist liberals need to challenge their entrenched delusions and do some serious soul searching. The problem, as it were, is not just one guy or one political party but an entire system that is venal, corrupt, immoral and not compatible with nice, fuzzy liberal values. That goes for 21st century American finance capitalism and the Zionist ideology that legitimizes the state of Israel's destruction of the Palestinian people.
They are both rotten and unjust and cannot be rehabilitated. Recognizing this truth is the first step...and until liberals are brave enough to take it, nothing will change.