It's the first time I have had internet. I hope you are O.K... you and all of our friends. I heard from Dr. Mona [El-Farra] that you are under great pressure because of the story you have published about the crime of that woman. [We] are ready to receive any investigation committee to check out the facts. But as you know during the wars and when death is very close, the popular memory interferes and colors the action with it's special details.
It's not so far from from what you reported because the victims are the same... the story happened in Bourij Camp in the middle of the Gaza Strip. The Israelis [army] called the woman, Manal Albatran, and told her that they wouldn't kill her or her husband Hussein Albatran, instead they would make them die of sadness because they would kill her children. The next day they shot her house with a rocket killing her and 5 of her children.
Manal Albatran 30 years old
Walaa Albatran 12 years old
Islam Albatran 11 years old
Belal Albatran 10 years old
Ezz Albatran 8 years old
Ehsan Albatran 7 years old
The facts uncovered by Mr. Abushawish are clearly different from those initially reported by Barbara. In contrast, the reality of hundreds of mothers and children killed and families destroyed in the massacre is no legend. We owe it to the victims to always make every effort to be accurate. Thank you to everyone who encouraged me to seek the details of the story.