Just in the last day, four more young Palestinian men were shot and killed in the streets and marketplace; including Mohammed Abo Khalaf 20 years (pictured left) of Occupied Jerusalem. He had a life, he wanted to live longer and make his own life but he was denied the right to live, and was executed today by Zionist occupation forces at Damascus Gate in occupied Jerusalem, he was shot more than 50 times, denied medical intervention and left in the street to bleed to death like an animal;
and Abed Raed Hamed 22 years of Ramallah – shot in broad daylight for alleged crimes perceived by IOF. These mark nine young Palestinians gunned down in the last week in cold blood. Defense for Children International has released, that 49 Palestinian children have been executed by IOF since the beginning of October 2015.
There is little to no recourse for the families of these slaughtered youth. It is said, that children and youth in Palestine are taught when they leave their homes to go to school, to the store, to visit a friend or neighbor, they should always say farewell to their families in a way one would, knowing there is a good chance they may not come home alive again. This is the stark reality of life in Palestine. This is what every Palestinian faces.
Imagine having to condition your children to be in a constant state of preparedness for their own demise, for the demise of their loved ones. These children are taught from such young ages that they should never take for granted their existence because they are hated, hunted like animals, to be abducted, brutalized, tortured and killed at will.
The innocence of childhood is overshadowed by such realities. (Rahaf Hassan (2 years) pictured right, killed in an Israeli raid on Gaza in October 2015).
Generations born into a state of fight or flight response. Children and youth are old beyond their time. When will the world stop participating in these crimes against humanity? Governments who are now standing in the way of democratic process, by criminalizing their citizens for actively boycotting Israel on the basis of their crimes against humanity, crimes of murder, torture, and genocide. Boycotting is now considered an aggressive act of antisemitism. However, the truth is, it is anti-Zionism. This is another truth the western world and media do not discuss and speak about.
There is a big difference between Zionist ideologies and true Judaism. To be against Israel and their crimes does not make one anti-Semitic. It makes one anti-crime against innocent human beings.