Palestinian Children Die as Human Shields for Adult Terrorist Leaders
July 31, 2002
by Mary Mostert, Analyst - Banner of Liberty
In Saturdays edition of Arab News, published in Saudi Arabia, Tariq A. Al-Maeena asked in an editorial, Do the Americans really know of all that is going on beyond their borders? Did they hear about the latest missile attack by the Israelis in Gaza? Did they know that it was targeted against a heavily civilian populated area, and that it left 16 people dead, most of whom were children?
Al-Maeena went on to castigate we Americans and our government for somehow failing to halt Israeli response to Palestinian terrorism: The US government speaks highly and vocally of human rights. But when it comes to actually exercising these principles, I suspect they appear to be very selective. A holocaust is being committed against a people today, and yet they choose to mutely look the other way. Yes, a holocaust! One that is being relentlessly engineered by Mr. Sharon and aided by the reticence of the US government!
Al-Maeena is talking about the people killed when Israel dropped a bomb on an apartment building that killed Salah Shehadeh, commander of the Izzadine al-Qassam. The Hamas military wing has been responsible for hundreds of attacks against Israelis. He was also planning a "mega-terror" attack inside Israel, "perhaps the biggest Israel has ever seen, a truck with a ton of explosives that was intended to shock the people of Israel and cause hundreds, hundreds of dead," Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said.
At least eight previous attempts to put Shehadeh out of commission had been called off after the Israelis learned that civilians were with him. In fact, six days before a "plane was in the air" with the bomb when Israel discovered that one of Shehadeh’s seven daughters was with him, and the strike was called off, Ben-Eliezer told the Jerusalem Post.
In spite of those efforts, the bomb killed not only Shehadeh, but his 14-year-old daughter, his wife, a bodyguard and 11 other people, seven of them children in adjoining buildings.
Before the bodies could be buried, Nasser al-Kidwa Palestinian Envoy
to the United Nations had written a letter to the president of the UN
Security Council stating: The Israeli assault represents the first
blatant war crime committed by the Israeli occupying forces since the
entry into force this month of the ICC.
action definitely falls within the jurisdiction of the court
If the Israeli action that killed a terrorist planning a major assault
on Israeli civilians is a war-crime, what, pray tell, was the Palestinian
action by Iz A-Din Al-Masri, a member of Hamas, on August 9, 2001 when
he carried a bomb into the Sbarro-Pizzeria in the center of Jerusalem
and detonated it, killing 15 people, including seven children, and injuring
130 other civilians? What was the action of Shadi Tubasi, another member
of Hamas, when he walked into the Matza restaurant in Haifa, detonated
his explosive belt, killing 15 people and injuring 40?
Perhaps even more pertinent is the fact that Shehadeh, who certainly knew the Israelis were out to get him, kept himself surrounded by children - his own children at that. Any man considered worthy to be called a man, knowing that his life was in danger, would make sure his wife and children were out of danger. During World War II, many English parents sent their children to America to protect them from Nazi bombs.
However, it is obvious that a cowardly Shehadeh made sure children were in the line of fire if the Israelis started shooting at him. We see a pattern here among the Palestinians. Children are mere cannon fodder, useful mostly as human shields to protect terrorist leaders.
Should the Israelis have allowed Shehadeh to continue his plan to detonate
his one ton bomb in downtown Jerusalem, causing hundreds of deaths, including
children, rather than take a risk of hurting some of Shehadehs child
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