In these days, when we are reminded everywhere of the (Lebanese) civilian victims of the Hezbollah war against Israel, it is fitting to remember Israeli civilian victims of terror too. During the Intifadeh, between October 2000 and March 2005, 123 children were killed by indiscriminate Palestinian terror.
They are martyrs in a just cause. "Righteous victims." Their only fault was to live in Israel. They were not killed accidentally, as "collateral damage." They were targeted by Palestinian terrorists - sometimes they were literally targeted through the telescopic sites of sniper rifles. The world was largely indifferent to their fate. The people who killed them are legitimized as "militants" and "freedom fighters," as opposed to "terrorists" who blow themselves up in the London underground or destroyed the Twin Towers in New York.
We cannot win the gore war. There are no ghoulish pictures of Israeli children dismembered by suicide bomber blasts, because it is forbidden by Jewish law and Israeli custome to desecrate the dead. The Hezbollah and the Hamas will win the reality show contest for ghoulish pictures, real or not, every time. But that does not mean that our people do not die. Please look at the photos and honor our dead. Every time you read about Lebanese and Palestinian victims remember: Israel is defending itself to save more children.
The 123 Israeli children killed during the Intifadeh - click here.
With thanks to
Daled Amos - for some of the photos.
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