Such headlines are the equivalent of a headline about the sun rising or setting. Is it really news?
Why are Gazans being shot at the Israeli border? What are they doing there? Why do they need to be there?
How stupid do you have to be to bring toddlers to a protest? When my children were small, I lived in Washington, DC. There were plenty of protests, some peaceful, some not so peaceful. But I never made a decision to cart the kids to a protest! Managing small children in a peaceful crowd is difficult enough. My ex-wife once lost our daughter in a crowd at a mall. But the last place I’d bring my kids, unless I was hoping to secure martyrdom for my family, would be a violent protest along the Israeli-Gaza border.
Patients with gunshot wounds filled wards and hallways in Gaza’s under-equipped and overwhelmed main hospital Tuesday, with dozens still waiting in line for surgery a day after Israeli soldiers shot and killed 59 Palestinians and wounded hundreds in mass protests on the Gaza border.
The high casualty toll triggered a diplomatic backlash against Israel and new charges of excessive use of force against unarmed protesters. The U.N. Security Council began its session Tuesday with a moment of silence for the dead, and the U.N.’s special Mideast envoy said there was “no justification for the killing.”
This is, let’s be honest, what Alan Dershowitz in 2009 called the “Hamas dead baby strategy.”!
The Hamas “dead baby” strategy – to cause as many civilian casualties as possible by firing its deadly rockets from schools and densely populated areas – is producing understandable outrage around the world. What is not understandable is why the outrage is directed against Israel, which is a victim of this strategy, rather than against Hamas, which is its perpetrator. Hamas knew exactly what it was doing when it fired more than 6,000 rockets at Israeli kindergartens, elementary schools and playgrounds from behind its own children. It was playing Russian roulette with the lives of Israeli children in order to provoke a defensive response from Israel.