To The Peoples of The World: Please Don't Kill Our Children
08 August 2016
By Khalid Amayreh in
In the past few months, especially since the beginning of the current wave of
Palestinian resistance against Israel's enduring brutal military occupation,
about six months ago, the Israeli army and other security forces adopted a
decidedly murderous policy against Palestinians, especially children.
A shoot-to-kill policy was adopted by the Israeli political and
military leadership, apparently for the purpose of terrorizing and
''deterring'' the Palestinian populace.
dozens of young Palestinians were needlessly murdered on the streets of the
West Bank on the pretext that some of the victims may have put the life of
Israeli soldiers at risk.
In some incidents, soldiers
fired additional bullets at the heads of the already completely
''neutralized'' victims. In the Israeli army lexicon, this is done for the
purpose of verifying their death.
killings leave no doubt as to the nefarious behavior of the murderous
soldiers. Israel has no credible justice system when it comes to dealing with
Jewish religious laws don't ascribe
real humanity to non-Jews in general.
mindset is applied to the fullest when dealing with the Palestinians.
Occasionally, Israel does some PR work to mitigate anger with regard to a
specific crime that had its way to the world media, especially the social
Israeli Hasbara would cite alleged extenuating
circumstances such as claiming the murdering soldiers were under mental
pressure, thought they were about to get killed or didn't really intend to
murder the Palestinian victim!!
protests get quieter and the specific crime fades away from memory, the
specific murderer is shamelessly exonerated of any wrong-doing, celebrated as
a hero, and given citations for valor.
that Israel effectively encourages its soldiers to murder innocent
Palestinians on the spot if there is the slightest suspicion that they might
be planning to hurl a stone toward the soldiers or stab them with a small and
virtually innocuous kitchen knife.
In many verified
instances, the murderous soldiers hastened to place a knife they carry with
them, near the already murdered Palestinian lying on the ground.
The purpose of this criminal behavior is to give the impression
that the victim had sought to stab and kill Israelis. More to the point,
soldiers patrolling the streets of the West Bank receive hair-raising
instructions, illustrating the evilness and brutal ugliness of the Israeli
mentality. They are commanded to shoot first and ask questions later.
Of course we can all imagine how a young soldier would behave
vis-à-vis the Palestinians, having been indoctrinated in school and synagogue
that the life of a non-Jew in general and a Palestinian in particular has no
sanctity because, according to the Talmud, he is not ''a bona fide human
being.'' Such soldiers are raised to be ''Born to kill murderers.''
That is why they murder children and innocent civilians without
the slightest compunctions.
They even would celebrate
the murder with their comrades and superiors! As to the victim, he or she is
treated as another number rather than a human being. Not only that, his home
is often demolished in the quiet hours before dawn, relatives arrested and
Israel has even threatened to deport
families of Palestinians involved in the current mini-intifada to the Gaza
Strip or elsewhere.
The timeless principle of
''innocent until proven guilty'' has no existence in Israel, especially as far
as Palestinians are concerned.
Today, Israel is
having a free season on helpless and unprotected Palestinians. Israel is
ganging up on the Palestinians in what seems to be slow-motion annihilation. I
am not saying that Israel is carrying a holocaust similar to the German
holocaust 70 years ago.
But even the German holocaust
lasted for 3 years whereas the Palestinian plight has been going on for nearly
70 years. By the end of the Second World War, the West rose up to help the
Jews by establishing a state for them at the expense of the native
However, the international community is
effectively abandoning the Palestinian people, granting evil Zionism a carte
blanch to further torment the Palestinians and uproot them from their own
This is why the peoples of the
world must intensify their boycott and sanctions against the apartheid entity.
So, we say to the peoples of the world, in all solemnity and seriousness:
Don't buy Israeli products. Don't allow Israeli firms to operate in your
respective country. Don't invest in Israel.
the very least you could do to save the Palestinian people from the clutches
of diabolical Zionism.
We are not making this outcry
because we are anti-Jewish, God forbid. We are making these modest demands
because buying Israeli products and doing business with Israel enable the
apartheid entity to have more bullets to kill our children. Please, don't kill
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and current affairs
political commentator living in Occupied Palestine