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Israeli forces wound two small Palestinian children: Where's the outrage?

Israeli security forces shoot two small Palestinian children with ‘less lethal’ bullets — one in the head, one in the thigh. The Israeli media barely notices.

A five year old. An armed, uniformed Israeli pointed a gun at him. And shot. A kid not even old enough for first grade. I haven’t seen any reports on this in English and the few I saw in Hebrew were scant and focused primarily on the incendiary, racist comments posted by Israelis on the photo of Abu Ali that went around Facebook. Things like, “too bad they didn’t take him out,” and, “if the soldier had pointed his gun a little more in the center, no more sluts like him would be brought into the world.”

Abed Al Rahman Abu Ali, 5, in hospital after being shot by Israeli forces

Abed Al Rahman Abu Ali, 5, in hospital after being shot by Israeli forces

But we don’t need a photo of an injured Palestinian child on social media to know that there are Israeli racists who love to make seditious comments about Palestinians on Facebook. The little media that did cover it didn’t even ask the most basic question: Why are Israeli forces shooting at five year olds? Who is the officer and who is the commander and will they be held accountable? And where is the outrage by politicians?

According to a Hebrew report in Haaretz, it was a sponge-tipped bullet shot by Israeli police officers, in contravention to the department’s own policy, which forbids shooting sponge-tipped bullets at senior citizens, pregnant women and children. In recent years, dozens of Palestinians have been seriously injured by sponge-tipped bullets, several losing eyes, fracturing faces and arms and one child, Mahmoud Sunukrut, was even killed.

Israeli authorities claim he was throwing stones. Indeed, it is very possible that he was. Issawiya is a neighborhood right at the foot of Mt. Scopus, where Hebrew University is located. It is the scene of constant military closures, demolitions, raids and harassment, and many times young Palestinian residents throw stones at Israeli forces. As an almost default, Israel blocks off two of the three main access roads to the village with barricades, making it extremely difficult to enter and exit the neighborhood.

Likewise, little attention was paid to the Israeli army shooting a three-year-old girl in the head with a rubber-coated bullet in the West Bank village of Qaddum last week. Haaretz Hebrew was the only Israeli media outlet to report on the Israeli army shooting a toddler.

It could be that because neither child was seriously injured the media didn’t think the two shootings deserved more attention. And it is clear that many Israelis, both in government and in the public, think throwing a stone merits being shot. Regardless, this story is a horrible reminder of just how far Israelis have come in their dehumanization and desensitization of Palestinians, that a five year old and a three year old being shot is a non story.

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    1. Craig

      Why is a child out throwing stones? Where are the parents? Filming the reaction to Palestinian violence, like Bassem Tamimi?

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      • Ben

        This drips with narcissistic entitlement and Lord of the Land smugness in every sentence.

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        • Gustav

          Yep, how dare Israelis stop stone throwers who just a few days age killed an Israeli man.

          “Lords of the land” for stopping thugs.

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          • Gustav

            “There has been a trend in recent years of Palestinian permanent residents of East Jerusalem applying for – and getting – Israeli citizenship. ”

            So Benny-leh darling, how do you explain this strange phenomenon? Didn’t you say we run an apartheid system and we are nothing but lords of the land?

            So if we are so bad, how come your Palestinian Arabs want to be Israeli citizens? Eh Benny? Are they masochistic? Or are you just a liar?!

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          • Ben

            Why do you make it so simple to refute you? It’s puzzling. All one has to do is link to the article you pulled this, out of context, from. Again. You’re still on the bigcat-style deviousness kick? You two peas in a pod? Wow. But thanks for directing us to a fine article which says the opposite of what you wanted to say. There’s no explaining stupid.


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          • Gustav

            Still didn’t answer my question. What a surprise. The article clearly states the benefits of Israeli citizenship. Does that sound like apartheid, Benny-leh?

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          • Gustav

            Oh and Benny, how do you explain this anomaly too ….?????

            “The Lieberman Plan, also known in Israel as the “Populated-Area Exchange Plan”, was proposed in May 2004 by Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of the Israeli political party Yisrael Beiteinu. The plan suggests an exchange of populated territories – territories populated by both Arabs and Jews – between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.”


            “In general, Arab Israelis are opposed to the plan and many believe it constitutes racism.[2][3][4]The Israeli left opposes the plan. Legal experts have cast doubt on the legality of such a move under Israeli and international law.”

            So, please Benny, dooooo tell us. Why do Israeli Arabs oppose the plan? Why do they rather live in an “apartheid system”? Could it be that it isn’t an apartheid system?

            Separating from us and living in your shiny new Palestinian state while keeping all their posessions and lands would be racist? And living under our system which you claim is “apartheid” is not racist? You people are something else. The contradictions in your bizarre claims are glaring!!!!!

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