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Israel Doesn't Just Abuse Children, it Murders
By Khalid Amayreh
in Occupied Palestine
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, June 17, 2015
Israel doesn't abuse children, it just murders them
لا تسيئ معاملة الأطفال الفلسطسين فقط....إنما تقتلهم
Throughout its unglamorous history, the UN issued many scandalous reports
and adopted many scandalous resolutions reflecting lack of justice and
absence of moral honesty.
This ever-existing symptom also reflected
western hegemony over the international organization.
of these reports and resolutions seems more scandalous than this week's
report which kept Israel off the List of Shame, which includes states and
entities that abuse children.
This particular report is manifestly
scandalous precisely because Israel is probably one of the most obscene
abusers of children under the sun.
Indeed, there are a few countries
in this world that can be compared to Israel in this respect.
top of the list of shame sits the Nazi-like Syrian regime of Bashar el-Assad
which habitually and routinely murders children (and other civilians) in
large numbers, either by dropping crude barrel bombs on residential
neighborhoods and crowded streets or using deadly chemical agents against
heavily populated areas.
To be sure, Israel uses neither crude
barrel bombs nor chemical weapons to annihilate Palestinian children.
Instead, the Jewish state achieves the same results by using huge laser
guided bombs and missiles to destroy residential multi-story buildings,
packed with civilians, including children.
Needless to say, the
ultimate result of such barbarity is a little Auschwitz.
Exterminating from high altitudes is, of course, Israel's preferred way of
murdering Palestinian children and casting shock and awe in their hearts.
But it is by no means the only way. In its last year's blitzkrieg in
Gaza, Israel obliterated entire neighborhoods, such as Shujaiyya, utterly
annihilating everything, including human, building and plant.
According to eyewitnesses, the scene at the bombed-out neighborhood very
much looked as if borrowed from the German city of Dresden in 1945.
Killing knowingly is killing deliberately
In its last year's
aggression on the Gaza Strip, Israel murdered at least 500 Palestinian
children, in addition to hundreds of other civilians, including many entire
In earlier rounds of aggression, Israel had murdered and
maimed hundreds of children.
Israel has a long history of
premeditatedly murdering Palestinian children. In light, one would
exaggerate little by saying that Israel boasts the highest per capita rate
of child-killers in the world.
Israel readily acknowledges that it
kills Palestinian children knowingly.
A few years ago, this writer
spoke with an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokeswoman who said that "Yes, we do
know that Palestinian children are being killed as a result of our military
activities, but we don't do it deliberately."
But this is a sheer
lie, because in the final analysis killing knowingly is killing
Indeed, mistakes in wars do occur and innocent
civilians get killed. However, mistakes happen a few times not hundreds of
times because in this case killing civilians becomes de facto policy.
This has always been and continues to be Israel's policy. They kill the
innocent civilians first and then, only then, the Israeli foreign ministry
and other mouthpieces of Israeli hasbara (propaganda) get busy justifying
the Nazi-like atrocities, mainly by concocting every conceivable lie and
inventing fabulous narratives that have absolutely no iota of truth.
This reminds me of routine communiqués issued by the Israeli security forces
during the first Palestinian intifada which started in December of 1987.
Then the Israeli army spokesman would issue statements like this following
the murder of Palestinian boys in the streets of the West Bank.
soldiers fired into the air to disperse Palestinian rioters. Palestinian
sources reported five youths killed." The wording of the Israeli army
statements made many foreign observers, utterly affronted by the brutal
ugliness of Israeli dishonesty, wonders if Palestinian boys had wings and
The clarion failure of the UN to
condemn brazen Israeli criminality and brash violation of international law
underscores the moral bankruptcy of the world body.
more states and peoples will lose confidence in the ability and willingness
of the UN to foster peace and justice throughout the world. Unfortunately,
this is becoming more evident as time passes.
Eventually, this could
transform our world into a real jungle, an unmistakable portent signaling
Khalid Amayreh is a Palestinian
journalist and current affairs commentator living in Israeli Occupied
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