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Friday, January 27, 2006


IOF Kills Nine Year Old Girl

Her name was Aya Al Astal. She was killled in the Gaza Strip. According to Ha'aretz
"a Palestinian ambulance found the girl's body hours after the incident." Yesterday Munadel, a thirteen year old boy was killed.

I have an eight year old daughter, Sophia, whom we call Choo-Choo. Today she completed the semester at her school. She is the second narrator for a play about an ugly woodpecker that her class will perform on Valentine's Day. Today she told me that she made an invitation with another girl for the parents. She went to a piano lesson at the music school after class and for dinner after eating chicken and rice wanted to also eat lamb with her dad and his friend so she sat down again to eat. I don't think that I could go on living if something happened to her.

I'd like to provide details about Aya's brief span on earth, but can't find any after a yahoo and google news and blog search both last night and this morning.. There are a couple pictures from Reuters, the story in Ha'aretz, one story from IMEC, and a couple lines from WAFA.

The Quartet didn't have a statement on Aya. Mainstream news is nothing but a lot of hyperbole about Hamas' victory. They did have this to say however,:

"A two-state solution to the conflict requires all participants in the democratic process to renounce violence and terror, accept Israel's right to exist, and disarm."

It's always about the occupied's resistance termed "violence" and "terror" by a brutal occupier.

May little Aya Al Astal's memory be eternal.

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