Cutting through the bullshit.

Monday, 1 October 2007

Bloodstained notebooks

Ha’aretz’s Gideon Levy reports in a moving article ‘The children of 5767’ [hat tip to Sam Bahour], that he has spent much of the last year investigating some of the 92 Palestinian children killed by the Israeli Occupation forces in the West Bank and Gaza. On Rosh Hashanah last year, the IOF blew Mahmoud al-Zakh to smithereens.

The next day, when the Israel Defense Forces "successfully" completed Operation Locked Kindergarten, as it was called, leaving behind 22 dead and a razed neighborhood, and left Sajiyeh in Gaza, the bereaved father found the remaining parts of the body and brought them for a belated burial.

Among the other incidents Levy describes,

Bushra Bargis hadn't even left her home. In late April she was studying for a big test, notebooks in hand, pacing around her room in the Jenin refugee camp in the early evening, when a sniper shot her in the forehead from quite far away. Her bloodstained notebooks bore witness to her final moments.

It’s definitely worth reading the whole article to get a taste of what would be described as a murderous rampage, were it not the work of the most moral army on the planet.

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