Like the destruction of art and archives, the killing of journalists is an assault on memory, truth and Palestinian culture. The tacit blank check given to Israel to eliminate civilian targets, including journalists it doesn’t like, puts anyone covering the region in danger.

If Jamal were here, I would mourn today’s grim reality with him. Unless our institutions change course, Israel’s campaign against Gaza could—among other terrible outcomes—mark the moment when the myth of American commitment to global press freedom met its death.