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There is something like a genuine and proper moral equivalency that could be drawn from the proposition that the life of two-year-old Ahmad Mohammed Atallah al-Masri, one of six children killed when an Israeli missile landed near Beit Hanoun in Gaza this week, was no less precious than the life of 71-year-old Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, still very much undead and coping with the worst eruption of Israeli-Palestinian violence in at least seven years. You could also say that the life of 16-year-old Nadine Awad, killed along with her father, Halil, when a Hamas rocket landed in the city of Lod on Tuesday night — they were Arabs, incidentally — should be remembered as a blessing, in the same way that the 19-year-old Yeshiva student Yehuda Guetta, murdered by Palestinian gunmen at a checkpoint in the West Bank last week, is remembered. But there does come a point, no matter which side or slogan or analysis you favour in the agonies that are afflicting the peoples of the Holy Land at the moment, when moral equivalencies cannot be drawn and should not be attempted.

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