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Israeli's watch from hilltop being "entertained" as Palestinian's in Gaza are bombed by the IDF, Israeli Defense Force
It's been hard following the horrific Israeli assault on Gaza and then I came across this account from Harriet Sherwood entitled "Israeli's Gather on Hillsides to Watch and Cheer as Military Drops Bombs on Gaza" published in the ICH, Information Clearing House, July20, 2014. It grabbed my attention.
Sherwood's piece informs us "groups of Israeli's gather each evening on hilltops close to the Gaza border to cheer, whoop and whistle as bombs rain down on people in a hellish warzone a few miles away. Some bring bottles of beer or soft drinks and snacks".
On Saturday a group of men huddle around a shisha pipe. Nearly all hold up smartphones to record the explosions or to pose grinning, perhaps with thumbs up, for selfies against a backdrop of black smoke."
I could go on but I suggest you visit the site and read the full account for yourself.
What can one say; outrageous, unconscionable, a complete lack of empathy? People are on a picnic, being boisterous and rowdy taking in the "festivities" and cheering while Palestinian's are being slaughtered.
It's a bit mind boggling.
These people seem completely devoid of human empathy, emotionally detached and unaffected by the suffering of Palestinian's. They're obviously too young to have been victims of the holocaust which saw 6 million of their own exterminated by the Nazi's.
Did they not hear stories from survivors and feel for the innocent Jewish victims who were murdered by Nazi's during those unspeakable times?
Obviously whatever distress they may have had for innocent Jews being exterminated in the Nazi death camps has not translated into having any empathy for the Palestinian's being slaughtered by the IDF-Israeli Defense Force raining down hellfire on innocent victims, many of them children.
With such attitudes as related by Sherwood along with an Israeli leadership that obviously shows contempt for the Palestinian's, can there ever be reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinian's?
It's becoming hard to imagine. The Israeli settlers, mostly Orthodox Jews who believe the West Bank is an area granted to the Jews by God three thousand years ago, look at the Palestinian's now living there as simply "illegal" occupiers on land that doesn't belong to them and must be run off as one would with any intruders.
Palestinian's living there for generations are of no concern. Rid them off as you would cockroaches and kill them off as necessary-as we're seeing now in Gaza.
So the bulldozing of Palestinian homes in the West Bank-while they are forced to watch the demolition, the uprooting of their olive groves crippling their livelihood and their means of survival-is just dismissed-one supposes-as the natural order of things. And always there is the IDF to protect the Jewish settlers as they live on the confiscated land they stole from the Palestinian's.