Friday, January 9, 2009

IDF Leaves Wounded Children To Starve

The Israeli Defense Forces likes to big-up its commitment to "purity of arms". Well, allow me to suggest that this is just more of the usual horseshit. As proof for my claim I could point to any of a number of massacres of civilians by the IDF, the bombing of schools, aid convoys, what-have-you.
However, this particularly despicable incident says it all. There is coverage also in The Guardian newspaper in the UK, which adds to previous coverage of the incident, in which Israeli troops ordered up to 100 members of the same family to take shelter in a house in Zeitoun and then repeatedly shelled it killing dozens. But it doesn't end there:
The Red Cross workers found the small children, who were so weak they could not stand, sheltering next to the bodies of their mothers in a house in Zeitoun, southeast of Gaza City. Another man was found alive, but again too weak to stand. At least 12 bodies were lying on mattresses.
In another house nearby they found 15 survivors, several of whom were wounded. There were three more bodies in a third house. On Wednesday, a Palestinian volunteer with the Red Crescent who was in the same convoy described seeing dozens of dead bodies. Among those killed when the houses were shelled on Monday were three small boys, all from the Samouni family.
The Red Cross said Israeli soldiers were posted just 80 metres away and had several positions nearby, including two tanks.
It was a "shocking incident," said Pierre Wettach, head of the Red Cross delegation for Israel and the Palestinian territories. "The Israeli military must have been aware of the situation but did not assist the wounded. Neither did they make it possible for us or the Palestine Red Crescent to assist the wounded," he said.
I'm not sure where the purity of arms comes into play, or "fighting terrorist infrastructure". It seems that the Israelis have decided that Palestinian children are part of this infrastructure.
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