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letters | clash in the middle east

Unequal casualty count is a sign of more misery to come

Re “Israel readies Gaza invasion as Hamas rockets zero in” (Page A1, Nov. 17): On the front page of Saturday’s Globe were side-by-side photos giving equal treatment to the grim realities of civilian death during the latest conflict between Israel and Gaza. Buried later in the story were grimmer — and unequal — realities.

We learn that the last such outbreak, four years ago, “left 13 Israelis and more than 1,000 Palestinians dead,” and that in the current operation “Israel is highly motivated to avoid a repeat” of the earlier Palestinian death toll. As of Friday night, “30 Palestinians had been killed by Israeli airstrikes” and three Israelis had “been killed by the rocket fire coming out of Gaza.”

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