The wanton killling of children goes on.... revelations
PMWATCH -- April 26, 2002 -- Once again, as has been happening for the last twenty months, the IDF shoots and kills young boys. And, as usual, the media falls into step and reports that the boys were killed in "clashes" or while they were undertaking an attack against settlers.
And yet, it has been a well-documented fact that the IDF has been systematically killing children, willfully, deliberately, in cold blood, time and again.
Indeed, in his breakthrough article, "A Gaza Diary", published in the October issue of Harper's Magazine, NYTimes journalist Chris Hedges describes in detail how, every afternoon around 4 o'clock, units of the IDF would come to the edge of the Khan Yunis refugee camp, mount loud speakers on armor vehicles and start hurtling ugly insults at young boys of 11 and 12. When the boys start throwing stones at the soldiers, the soldiers open fire, often killing one or two Palestinian children. And do this every day, day after day.
The accounts Chris Hedges gives in his article are no revelations to those on the ground: they have been saying for decades that the IDF has an active policy of provoking Palestinians. But the accounts so far have been dismissed as crass propaganda or wild exaggerations by people with an axe to grind. Now, a respected journalist -- no less than the ex-Mideast Bureau Chief of the NYTimes -- is reporting exactly that: that the IDF is provoling CHILDREN and then shooting them to kill!
And yet, so far, very few mention in the US media has been made about Mr. Hedges' socking revelations: no follow up stories to corroborate or refute him, and no outcries of indignation from the US media about this grotesque practice by the IDF. And this from the media of a country that provides billions of annual financial aid to Israel and its military!
Mr. Hedges repeated his revelation on October 30, 2001, in his interview at NPR. Here is a crucial excerpt:
And I walked out towards the dunes and they were--the--over the loudspeaker from an Israeli army Jeep on the other side of the electric fence they were taunting these kids. And these kids started to throw rocks. And most of these kids were 10, 11, 12 years old. And, first of all, the rocks were the size of a fist. They were being hurled towards a Jeep that was armor-plated. I doubt they could even hit the Jeep. And then I watched the soldiers open fire. And it was--I mean, I've seen kids shot in Sarajevo. I mean, snipers would shoot kids in Sarajevo. I've seen death squads kill families in Algeria or El Salvador. But I'd never seen soldiers bait or taunt kids like this and then shoot them for sport. It was--I just--even now, I find it almost inconceivable. And I went back every day, and every day it was the same.