Saturday, June 02, 2007

2-Jun-07: Victimhood of Pal-Arab children... on film

From today's New York Sun:
In 2004, 24-year-old Brooke Goldstein spent her summer in the West Bank filming more than five hours of in-person interviews with terrorists — all of which she conducted without a bodyguard and without a weapon... She interviewed suicide bombers' families and children, who aspire to "martyrdom." The resulting film, "The Making of a Martyr," will screen as part of the Brooklyn International Film Festival on Saturday and Tuesday. In the interviews, parents of suicide bombers sit in living rooms adorned with posters of their dead, and teenage terrorists sit with their hands tensely gripping machine guns that rest against their knees as they answer Ms. Goldstein's questions... The fanaticism was worse than she ever imagined. "The most shocking thing was reconciling the normal appearance of these kids and what was coming out of their mouths," she said. "I was holding these beautiful children in my lap, and my translator was translating words of hate."
Read it all.

In the recent past here in Jerusalem, we've had the opportunity to personally raise the appalling subject of what Palestinian Arab society is doing to its own children. The context was face-to-face private conversations with officials of the UN. (We have never written about these meetings before, but it's time we did.)

The most recent was with Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, in April.

A second was with Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights last November.

The third, and by far the most disturbing, was with John Dugard, Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, two years ago.

All three individuals are intelligent, over-achieving professionals with impressive careers behind them. And all three produced not the smallest indication that anyone at the UN or anywhere else plans to do anything about catastrophic Arab abuse of its own youth.

Seems there are far more important issues on the agenda of these officials and their employer.

Friday, June 01, 2007

1-Jun-07: Three children

People who get their Middle East news coverage from headlines (long textual stories are so boring, so confusing) a brief tip-off. Israeli insensitivity and genocidal ambitions are in evidence again today.

Israeli army fire kills two children in northern Gaza (People's Daily Online, China)

Israeli army shell kills two Palestinian children (Malaysian Sun)

Israeli troops 'kill two Gaza children' (Irish Times)

Gaza boys 'shot dead by Israelis' (BBC World)

Things of significance you might not know from reading only those headlines...
  • The children were killed close to the ruins of an Israel community, Dugit, in the northern Gaza Strip, abandoned by the government of Israel two summers ago in a failed attempt to improve the chances for peaceful co-existence in the area.
  • The two children were with another child, aged 16, when the Israelis "struck".
  • At the time, the three were in the midst of placing a bomb next to the border fence, opposite the long-suffering Kibbutz Zikim.
  • According to Haaretz' correspondent, "The army believes that they had been paid by one of the militant groups to place an explosive device."
  • Haaretz: "We know that a number of Palestinians crawled towards the border fence. They know that it is a dangerous area but they did not heed repeated calls to stop and they planted a suspicious device close to the fence," the spokeswoman said.
  • The 16-year-old Pal-Arab child was taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment. He's there now.
  • Yediot: "Since IDF forces left the Gaza Strip, more than 100 terrorists have been killed near the border fence in dozens of incidents in which cells attempted to plant explosive devices, infiltrate Israel or carry out terror attacks. In many incidents in the past youths had been sent to examine the forces' alertness or prepare for terror attacks in exchange for money.
  • Yediot: "Military officials said that the entire Israel was banned for movement as it is very close to Israel, and this has been made clear once again recently, after IDF forces entered the Palestinian territory, in messages conveyed on Palestinian media."
So sad. So predictable. So little understood, this death-cult of the Palestinian Arabs.