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Saturday, January 28, 2006


Aya Al Astal and Mounadel Forgotten On Holocaust Remembrance Day

Aya Al Astal was buried in Khan Yunis yesterday. Her brother and mother are pictured above. A Yahoo News Search comes up with three entries for Aya Al Astal. The first two are pictures and the third one is a brief blurb from the Palestine News Agency.

A Yahoo News search for Holocaust Remembrance, which was also yesterday yields well over 150; I stopped clicking next after 150 stories. Many world leaders have spoken over the past few days about remembering the Holocaust. They have harsh remonstrances for the Iranian President, who to my knowledge, has not killed any children to date, but no words for Aya Al Astal and Mounadel Abu Alya, both Palestinian children killed this past week by Israeli Occupation Forces. In fact there are no words for Aya and Mounadel but lots of seemingly empty words from world leaders,

Israel acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaking from Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority (with a clear view of Deir Yassin, site where a Jewish terrorist group massacred peaceful Palestinians)hopes

"this move would increase sensitivity to 'Holocaust commemoration in publics around the world that for many years have been trying to avoid the need to come to grips with the Holocaust on all its aspects.'"

And while restitution continues for Jews, no restitution is in site for Palestinian Nakba victims from whom the state of Israel inherited a whole infrastructure including houses with all of their belongings in them.

"Also on this day a New Jersey family got a part of a $350 million settlement from the German government to pay for property taken by Nazi's during the Holocaust."

Poland's Roman Catholic Church called upon believers

"to light candles in their windows Friday at 4:00 pm (1500 GMT) in memory of those who perished in the Holocaust."

There were many words and candles for victims of the Holocaust yesterday, January 27, but no words for Mounadel and Aya, the victims of a Holocaust which did not end with the liberation of Auschwitz January 27, 1945, but continues with the Palestinians to this day, the last victims of Hitler.

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