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Saturday, June 02, 2007


Israel's Soldiers Kill Two Boys

Update: From Palestine Center Human Rights, Gaza e-mail: Since the beginning of this latest IOF offensive on the Gaza Strip, 55 Palestinians, including 23 civilians, have been killed and dozens of others, mostly civilians, have been wounded. PCHR is deeply concerned over the policy of retaliation practiced against Palestinian civilians, which threatens their lives, especially as IOF have continued to attack targets in civilian populated areas.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR:

At approximately 12:00 on Friday, 1 June 2007, an IOF infantry unit positioned on a wooden land in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, nearly 100 meters away from the beach, opened fire at 4 Palestinian children, who were playing with kites near the beach. Three children were wounded, whereas the fourth one was able to escape. Two of the children were left in the area bleeding to death. According to the third child who was wounded, 16-year-old Mohammed Ibrahim al-‘Atawna, from Jabalya refugee camp, a kite fell near the area where IOF soldiers were hiding, and when they went to bring it, IOF soldiers opened fire at them. Soon after, the soldiers moved towards the children. They asked al-‘Atwana, who was wounded by a gunshot to the back, about the condition of the other two children who were wounded by several gunshots throughout their bodies. He told them that the children were in a critical condition. They left the two children bleeding to death in the area and evacuated al-‘Atawna to an Israeli hospital, where he had received medical treatment before he was transferred to a hospital in Beit Lahia. The two children who were killed were identified as:

1) Zaher Jaber Mohammed al-Majdalawi, 14; and
2) Ahmed Sabri Aba Zbaida, 14, both from Jabalya refugee camp.

Earlier Post:

In order to provide for the "security" of Jewish immigrants from all over the world, Israeli soldiers shot to death two Palestinian twelve year olds, Ahmad Abu Zubeida and Zaher Al-Majdalawi, who were most likely scavenging for scraps on the former Israeli colony of Dugit in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinians will continue to die in the dark, however, as long as US politicians whorishly invoke the usual mantras, presidential candidate Barack Obama no exception, stating in Foreign Affairs Journal, "Our starting point must always be a clear and strong commitment to the security of Israel, our strongest ally in the region and its only established democracy."

The New York Times reports the deaths of the boys in the eighth paragraph in a story about Alan Johnston, the BBC reporter being held in the Gaza Strip. The usual Israeli military bs is reported. The twelve year olds were "walking in an operational mode," according to Avital Leibovitch, Army spokeswoman.

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