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Thursday, May 22, 2008


Peaceful Palestinian protest? Not when Israel is involved

Many people don't want to understand the need for the Palestinians to protest, and resist, the occupation of their land with force. "Why can't they just protest peacefully, like Gandhi?" they ask.

Here's why:

Israeli military forces have opened fire on a group of demonstrators in the Gaza Strip, killing one and wounding at least 17 others.

An estimated 2,000 people attended the protest called by Hamas on Thursday to demand an end of the crippling Israeli blockade of the Palestinian territory.

Several Israeli tanks crossed into Gaza and troops fired live bullets at the protesters, witnesses said.

At least three boys aged 12 to 15 were among the wounded, including one who was in a critical condition, said Muawiya Hassanein, the head of Gaza emergency services.
Ha'aretz adds more detail:
Israel Defense Forces troops opened fire into a crowd of protesters at another border passage, killing a 22-year-old man and wounding 16, including three children, a Gaza health official said. The military said it was looking into the report.
Any bets on hearing the followup of the IDF [sic] "looking into the report"? No, I didn't think so.

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