“Why do these young Palestinian children hate so much?  It shouldn’t be why it should be what kind of hate do they have because it was never for a people or for a cause.  This hate keeps them alive.  This hate makes them live another day even though there’s nothing to live for.  This hate makes them want to have children just to teach them not to hate, because on the other side hate is grown through children.  Hate is grown through trees in the shape of a v and never for peace for their own protection.” Poem by Tahani Salah (X)

The media has attributed the current war between Israel and Palestine on the kidnapping of three Jewish-Israeli teenagers, who were later found buried between rocks in the West Bank. Naftali Fraenkel 16, Gilad Shaer 16, Eyal Yifrah 19, were all victims of a 67 year old conflict. Nonetheless, it seems the media did not pay much attention to what had happened before the death of these three young Israeli civilians. The death of Fraenkel, Shaer, and Yifrah could be seen as a revenge kill for the two Palestinian teenagers who were killed by IDF soldiers on May 15, 2014. Nadim Nuwara 17, and Muhammad Abu al-Thahir 16. “Nadim was walking and was unarmed when an American-made bullet pierced his body. One hour later, 16 year old Muhammad Abu al-Thahir – also walking and also unarmed – succumbed to the same fate.” The shooting of the teenagers was caught on camera, watch at your own discretion.  Many Israeli citizens and supporters claimed the video was fake, but it wasn’t until CNN “captured a team of Israeli soldiers hiding behind an installation: There isn’t any commotion and the soldiers don’t appear to be in any danger when an Israeli sniper calmly focuses his weapon on his target. He fires. Nadim’s body lunges forward. The teen collapses and dies.” Not surprisingly Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not condemn this action and the soldiers did not face any punishment. Palestinians on the other hand,did break in protest, and justice was once again not met. It is then when the three Israeli teens were kidnapped and killed a month later. This 67 year old conflict has put young, people, who hold no blame in danger. These three Israeli teenagers were victims of war and victims of racist socialization; while the two Palestinian teenagers were victims of war, and colonization. Before I begin, my actual argument, I must first state, that under no conditions do I justify the murder of these three Israeli victims, and the two Palestinian victims; it is a terrible act of hate against young people, who hold no fault on the current political situation between Israel and Palestine. Now, on to the argument, despite Israel’s continuous claims on only targeting Hamas members, it is safe to acknowledge  that they have been targeting Palestinian civilians more so than Hamas officials, when IDF soldiers went into the West Bank and the Gaza strip to raid homes, and use rubber bullets against civilians,  in search of  the three Israeli teens, about 350 Palestinians were immediately arrested, and 5 other Palestinians were killed. It’s highly unlikely that all of the targeted civilians had anything to do with the kidnapping, nonetheless, Israel would report to the media that only suspects of the kidnapping had been arrested and had  also been identified as Hamas members, not acknowledging that one th5 killed was a teenager. The search for the kidnapped teens soon once again, became an illegal war crime against the Palestinian people. Soon after the three teenagers were found dead, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “vowed that the Islamist militant group Hamas, which [he] accuses of the abductions, will pay a heavy price” and “just after midnight, witnesses in Hebron, the West Bank’s largest city, said the retaliation had begun as Israeli forces used explosives to demolish the homes of Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisha, the Hamas men who have been missing since the teenagers vanished and who are Israel’s prime suspects. At the same time another teen Mohammed Abu Khudeir was abducted by Israeli settlers, and burned alive, The following days Tampa teen, and cousin of Abu Khudeir, Tariq Khudeir was beaten and arrested by IDF soldiers.  Palestinian civilians were outraged, and came into protest against Israel. The actions of the abducted teen and beaten Tariq became a hot issue in the media, which resulted pressures on Israel  to arrest 6 suspects who were accused of killing of Abu Khudeir, as “Netanyahu condemned what he called a horrific crime and pledged that anyone found guilty would “face the full weight of the law.” Moshe Yaalon, the Israeli defense minister, said in a statement that he was “ashamed and shocked by the cruel murder,” describing those behind it as “Jewish terrorists.” Yet, the IDF soldiers who had targeted and killed Nadim and Al-Thahir continue to work freely in the Israeli Forces.

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Via Twitter, twitter.com/Omar_Gaza

“Gaza militants [retaliated and]  fired scores of rockets at Israel and Israel responded with more than a dozen air strikes.” Today we learn of 4 Palestinian boys ages 9 to 10, who were targeted on the beach. They were reportedly running away from a shelling not to far away from them, only to be targeted and shelled minutes later. Israel blamed the killing of these four children on Hamas, claiming that they were being used as human shields  Yet, it was clear that these children posed no danger and were merely running in hopes of surviving. It has been about a month and 10 days in war and the current death toll on both countries is 214+ in Palestine and only 1 death in Israel. Israel has time and time again claimed that they do not target any civilians, but the readers decide if that is true or not.  Furthermore, before the 5 hour cease on fire today, Israel had warned Gazan civilians to leave Gaza before they continued to fire, and even suggested Gazans do not return until further notice. It’s almost a mockery to ask civilians to leave their homes, when Gaza is surrounded by closed borders including that of Egypt, how in the world is one of the most populated territories of almost 1.657 million people in the world supposed to escape from the rockets of Israel? Furthermore, even if Gazans were able to escape, it would not be likely that they would be able to return, which is exactly what Israel would hope for. Just as there is a large population of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, there are also thousands maybe millions of displaced Palestinians throughout the world.

The Toll in Gaza and Israel, Day by Day

The Toll in Gaza and Israel, Day by Day, via nytimes.com

Once again, I am not in any way considering the Israeli deaths as victory deaths for Palestine. Targeted  and killed civilians due to war is probably one of the worst crimes committed. I’m only suggesting that once again those who suffer from Israel’s goal to target Hamas leaders are women, children, the elderly, father’s who’s family depended on them, people whose lives were taken unjustly. This isn’t a waging war on Israel, this is a continuous waging war on Palestine, for the sake of exterminating an indigenous people to the lands in conflict. This is colonization, this is oppression, and this is in no way a fair war, there is no neutrality, it’s simply a war between the oppressor and the oppressed; and it is illogical to be angry at Palestine for simply defending themselves against Israeli attacks.     Extras:

This chart shows every person killed in the Israel-Palestine conflict since 2000.

Salma you made no sense I have no idea what you’re talking about: That’s fine just watch this!

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Who started it this time? The Waging War on Palestine

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