The Middle East conflict
In northern Iraq, the Sunni extremist group ISIS has launched an attack on the largely Christian city of Qaraqosh (known as Bakhdîdâ in Arabic), population 50,000. They failed to capture the city, which locals attribute to it being defended by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, not by the useless army of the failed Iraqi state the US is still trying to prop up. Nevertheless, ISIS has seized the agricultural land adjacent to Qaraqosh, evicting the farmers and stealing their property, and are bombarding the city with mortars. Most of the population has fled to the Kurdish autonomous enclave, the only safe haven nearby. They have reason to be wary of ISIS. The Kurdish enclave, with a population of five million, has already taken in over 300,000 non-Kurdish refugees from the ISIS advances.
In Syria, ISIS now controls about 35% of the country's territory including much of the oil-producing area. Not content with murdering those who resist them, they have staged mock crucifixions with the corpses in order to terrorize local civilians.
The death toll from the Gaza operation is now somewhat over 1,000. Estimates of total deaths from the civil war in Syria range from 110,000 to 160,000, with 6.5 million civilians displaced, a third of whom have fled to other countries. There seem to be no reliable figures for the death toll of the ISIS offensive in northern Iraq, but ISIS boasted of murdering 1,700 Shiite prisoners in cold blood after its first major victory alone, and there have been reports of mass beheadings in areas it controls.
Compared with the real Middle East conflict , the violence in the Gaza Strip is on a small scale. But the real conflict is less newsworthy because, to be blunt, it can't be used to condemn and demonize Israel. And I think we all know what's really going on there.