Here is a letter published in the Contra Costa Times on August 27, 2002.
© 2002 Jordan White
[A Times reader] writes (Readers' Forum, August 15) that
"Palestinian children have died at Israeli hands---but never
Look at facts: September, 2000: We were all sickened to see footage
from a French film crew that showed 12-year-old Palestinian Mohammed
Al-Durra being shot to death by Israeli gunfire, as he and his father
cringed by a bullet-ridden wall.
More facts: July 22, 2002: A one-ton bomb was dropped by a US-made
F-16 fighter jet on the building where 2-month-old Dina Rama Matar
slept. She and eight other Palestinian children died.
USAID (United States Agency for International Development) reports
that 30% of Palestinian children suffer from malnutrition from their
dependence on handouts, largely due to extreme financial difficulties
resulting from Israeli occupying forces blocking their parents from
their places of employment. According to the World Bank, 70% of
Palestinians now live on less than $2 a day.
"Never intentionally"? High-caliber gunfire in a populated civilian
area, a one-ton bomb dropped on an apartment building, individuals
subjected to endless roadblocks and checkpoints?
Does "not intentionally" mean: "Oops, I didn't mean it, sorry" ? Am
I to believe that these incidents are simple accidents? Palestinian
children are "caught in the crossfire", or some other ridiculous excuse?
Between September, 2000 and March, 2002, a total of 42 Israeli
children and 232 Palestinian children died because of the conflict. And
still the suffering goes on and on and on.
Please tell me: Who will save the children?