Turning that grief into aggression, rage, revenge and anger in the form of hateful posts, violent protests, or further divisiveness among people and nations is not the way to go if you care about human life, human rights, or peace.
But more importantly it highlights a growing realization that Hamas is emerging politically strengthened from the death and destruction in Gaza while Israel is fighting a rear guard battle to turn military success into political victory.
Many of the people I interviewed will be in a leadership capacity in their countries someday and their opinions and perspectives are important. I spoke with Israelis, Palestinians, Egyptians, Saudis, Iranians, Afghans and Pakistanis about this issue.
Why has Israel built an unparalleled army? Because without such an army, it would have been wiped out. Why do AIPAC and such organizations have such influence? Because there is a much bigger lobby, the lobby of historic antisemitism, that has existed for ages.
The very act of open criticism is a major and necessary step in transforming the intractability of this conflict and the entrenchment of the Israeli occupation.
If the title of this article is vapid to the point of absurdity, that's because it is indeed a trite and possibly ludicrous way to describe the bloodshed in Gaza. Sadly, it's the truth, and the reality that both Hamas and Israel are to blame for the civilian deaths in Gaza is something neither side wants to admit.
Jesus once said that if we are faithful in little things, He would make us the ruler over great things (Matthew 25:21). To that end, we want to offer a proposal of one small step towards resolving the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in the Holy Land.
While the opinions of professional journalists have been somewhat balanced, the rhetoric on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms has been anything but, devolving into one-sided rants and conveniently picked news items that support a particular narrative.
Hamas has reduced the Palestinian cause from one where Palestinians deserve a viable State to live on like any other nation, to a series of pity quarrels and disputes over side issues.
If the Palestinians can be assured of their right to culture and autonomy -- and examples of this exist throughout the world in once-fraught places like Quebec, Kuna Yala, or the Basque Country -- along with freedom and economic opportunity, what's not to like?
Last night I lost it. It's been a long time since I felt helpless, panicked, visceral fear. The war, in an instant of a second, became personal and tangible and even more horrifying and terrifying.
A few days ago I downloaded the "Code Red" app to my phone that Israelis use to follow the thousands of rockets being launched over the border from Gaza. Over the course of thirty minutes the phone sounded more than 10 times.
My entering the room of a dying 30-, 60- or 80-year-old to offer prayer exists amid the backdrop of torrential violence and global conflict.
Dr. Abuelaish explained that we must first stop the current bloodshed, then ask five times why this occurred. This inquiry will help us identify and treat the underlying causes, which he believes is the only way to create a peaceful co-existence.
We live in the Too-Much-Information Age, when it seems like the more information we have, the less we can find or develop informed opinion, context and knowledge.