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The Collateral Children of Gaza- 2014

THE COLLATERAL CHILDREN by Gideon Levy

"After the first child, nobody batted an eye; after the 50th not even a slight tremor was felt in a plane’s wing; after the 100th, they stopped counting; after the 200th, they blamed Hamas. After the 300th child they blamed the parents. After the 400th child, they invented excuses; after (the first) 478 children nobody cares.

Then came our first child and Israel went into shock. And indeed, the heart weeps at the picture of 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman, killed Friday evening in his home in Sha’ar Hanegev. A beautiful child, who once had his picture taken in an Argentinean soccer team shirt, blue and white, number 10. And whose heart would not be broken at the sight of this photo, and who would not weep at how he was criminally killed. “Hey Leo Messi, look at that boy,” a Facebook post read, “you were his hero.”

Suddenly death has a face and dreamy blue eyes and light hair. A tiny body that will never grow. Suddenly the death of a little boy has meaning, suddenly it is shocking. It is human, understandable and moving. It is also human that the killing of an Israeli boy, a child of 'ours', would arouse greater identification than the death of some other child. What is incomprehensible is the Israeli response to the killing of 'their' children.

An iron wall of denial and inhumanness protects the Israelis from the shameful work of their hands in Gaza. And indeed, these numbers are hard to digest. Of the hundreds of men killed one could say that they were “involved”; of the hundreds of women that they were “human shields.” As for a small number of children, one could claim that the most moral army in the world did not intend it. But what shall we say about almost 500 children killed? That the Israel Defense Forces did not intend it, 478 times? That Hamas hid behind all of them? That this legitimized killing them?"

please read in full: http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/the-collateral-c...

also see video *warning some graphic images- Gaza 2014: http://vimeo.com/102157286



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LittleWing's picture

Flying Paper-

Children long for kites, not bombs, in Gaza skies

Gaza 2014 * Warning graphic images

Kyrie Eleison - Gaza 2014 from Michael Rivero on Vimeo.

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

It has taken me a while to collect my thoughts about this.

I did see this article elsewhere the other day. I bothered me then and it bothered me more when I saw it posted here. The subject weighs heavy on my heart and in my mind. Today I came to understand why I was so bothered about it. Yes, the subject is something to be upset about but, it was more than that which bothered me.

Many years ago, when I was a child, I remember "something bad" happened to Jewish people. Not the Holocaust, something years after that, just can't remember specifically what it was. I saw a Jewish woman wailing uncontrollably because "Jewish blood" was being spilled. She kept repeating that like some sort of mantra. I was deeply disturbed by her mantra as I came to realize (as a child) the killing was bad to her ONLY because it was "Jewish blood" being spilled and I remember thinking that she wouldn't have even shed a tear if it were any other group of people who'd been killed.

Today, many years later and older and maybe a bit wiser(?), I see that is the result of how the Jewish people are conditioned to think and respond. The wailing woman I remember from all those years ago was probably a very decent person who would have cared no matter who was killed, if her thinking hadn't been conditioned to believe that somehow "Jewish blood" was more precious. That's how I see the situation in Gaza and in Israel today. People must break the conditioned pattern they've grown up with and continue, without a moment of remorse for all the children whose blood is being spilled.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

LittleWing's picture

Calculated language/indoctrination to 'dehumanize the 'others'

so that once an evil of this immensity takes place, people can justify it to the point that they are able within their minds to blame the victims for the atrocities. "These are not innocent children..this is 'collateral damage'" What we witness here is evil in broad daylight, unnamed, unremarked and mostly uncondemned.

Thank you for your caring and sharing your thoughts, Nonna.

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

They all murder...

they're all felons, whether in war or not.

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LittleWing's picture

For those that will never speak again.

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If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.