BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:21 P.M.) – Two female Palestinian children were killed in deliberate acts of violence by Israeli colonists this week in the West Bank and Haifa.
The first child was sixteen year old Nada Adbach who was killed on May 30th as she was walking home with four of her friends from Iftar dinner (fast breaking meal during Ramadan). The sixty-five year old Israeli driver (an illegal settler) who ran her over did not seem to care at all, as he kept driving.
The second girl, Nouf Infiat, was 15 years old and was shot dead after it was claimed that she was about to perform a knife attack (typical of most Israeli claims after the murder of a Palestinian takes place, there was no evidence to back it). There has been a viral video of the incident released, within which Israeli colonists from the “Meto Dovan” settlement were standing near her with automatic weapons, along with Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) occupation troops who were screaming “die bitch! Die!” and “drown in your own blood”. This was said among a sea of other insults as the little girl slowly passed away from her fatal injury. Also it should be noted that this girl could have survived if treated quicker but instead she died a slow and painful death; she was ninth child to be wantonly shot in the West Bank this year.
Last year (2016) was the most dangerous year for Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank compared to the 10 years before it and this year is shaping out to be similarly grim. How many more will die like this? Only time will tell as the Free World seems to turn a blind eye to these blatant racial hate crimes that occur in colonial settings.
“What about the terrorism?” one may ask, as many skeptics do. To answer this, one must perform an investigation into what merits an act of terrorism in the first place. Is the answer that Palestinians are just inherently violent people? Or would that perhaps be racist dismissal? Perhaps, one may argue (as many Zionists do) that Islam is the reason for violent Palestinian rebellion? But then of course it must be asked, what would the motivation behind the actions of people like Leila Khaled (a female Palestinian resistance fighter who was an atheist) be and why it is that Palestinian Muslims elsewhere in the world are not participants in such violent acts.
The reality is, Palestinians have no army, no navy nor an air force; they have been under Israel’s occupation since 1967 in the West Bank and have since experienced some of the most brutal and intolerable conditions known in human history. Thus, this is the reason for Palestinian aggression against Israeli forces (both the IDF and Israeli colonial militias). Not to forget also that if we look at what is justifiable via the dictates of international law, according to the 1960 United Nations General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) and the ‘Fourth Geneva Convention’, Palestinians in the West Bank are well within their legal rights – as a colonised people – to perform acts of resistance against their occupiers. Also, what should be noted is that according to United Nations resolution 2334, settlements have no legal basis and thus the approximately six hundred thousand (600,000) illegal settlers are committing a violation of international law by living on land to which they have no title.
Israel bypasses international law and it ignores morality when dealing with Palestinian children. Indeed, it begs the question, is this Israeli policy as an end in itself? Or is it the case that Israeli actions can be put down to racial hatred and pathological intolerance? In the latter case, such attitudes have to have been taught from somewhere.
Israel claim to have one of the most advanced armed forces in the world; they claim that their soldiers are some of the most well-trained in the world. Yet when confronted with a situation such as on May 7th of this year, when a small figured sixteen year old girl by the name of Fatima Hjeiji – who Israeli colonial authorities suspected of possessing a knife (again, no evidence to support that claim) – entered the Damascus gate checkpoint in Jerusalem, they shot first (20 times) and never asked questions.
Instead of these so called exceptionally trained soldiers being able to stop Fatima and arrest her, they shot her on sight. Now regardless of whether this sixteen year old was in possession of a knife, the execution of this girl is reckless. A girl – wielding a knife as the Israelis claim – stands up to more than four armed soldiers, equipped with machine guns, helmets and bullet proof vests, the girl did not injure one soldier nor has any cement evidence been presented to suggest her taking the actions alleged. So why must these armed soldiers – supposedly trained to deal with this situation – use lethal force? Furthermore, why is it that the Israeli press reported this incident as if it was the swift termination of a terrorist?
Twenty bullets is incredibly excessive by any means and there was no reason why even one bullet had to be fired in the first place.
Week by week, we see the horrors of occupation and systemic racism against the Palestinian people being carried out, it is almost like a horror movie that never seems to end. Once again it begs the question, is this a policy in and of itself? Is this racism installed in Israelis by the Zionist state’s institutions? Or are the IDF so completely incompetent, ill-trained and ill-prepared (because they are certainly not ill-equipped) and the Palestinian children they kill (so brazenly) just all terrorists with superhuman strength, special forces-style knife skills and an installed hate of Jews for no reason? Indeed, the latter is what the Israeli state and Zionist sympathisers would have one believe.