This is the type of thing that really really hurts.. As a colleague said in an earlier message to me…
"The west are spending thousands in character profile techniques to understand what makes someone a terrorist or decide to become a suicide bomber…No science required, no technical specialise required… just ask your heart how you’d feel"…Shahid – see images of "Last moments of a dying Mother and her child in Palestine in Shahid’s e-mail which I will send a link out to tomorrow.
Terrorists are not born, they are forced to become. During the bomb blasts by Israel since Dec 2008, around 600 innocents have been brutally killed with the Help of the US/UK – while the UN stand by and watch this human genocide. With the blessings of European Countries, Israel is killing innocents mercilessly. Even now the Media the will not call US, UK , Israel and its allies as terrorists or at least "Sponsors of terror".
January 14: 2009 Source: The Guardian
Four-year-old Samer Abed Rabbo lay half-covered by a blanket yesterday in her hospital bed as she tried to explain the bullets that crippled her and killed her two sisters.
Samer was hit by a bullet in the back that damaged her spinal cord and left her arms and legs paralysed, probably permanently. Her sisters Amal, two, and Suad, eight, who was nicknamed Soso, were killed outright when their house in northern Gaza came under attack from an Israeli tank last week.
"They killed us. We’re dead. Me, Amal and Soso. They’ve gone to heaven," she said. "I was at home. The Jews destroyed the house and I don’t want to go back there. I love Amal and Soso."
Israel’s military says it does not target civilians and blames Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs Gaza, for the high civilian casualty toll because it fights from within urban areas. The Israeli military is in turn accused of using its immense firepower indiscriminately in built-up areas packed with civilian families trying to shelter from the fighting. More than half of Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants are children.
The extraordinary number of civilian deaths, and of children in particular, is for many a defining and shocking feature of this 18-day offensive. The figures are stark. At least 910 Palestinians are dead, among them 292 children. At least 4,250 are injured, among them 1,497 children. Many have injuries that will leave them permanently disabled and facing more operations and months or years of rehabilitation therapy.
Samer and her sisters lived on the eastern edge of Jabaliya, a poor farming area close to the border with Israel and the site of many militant rocket launches and Israeli incursions in the past. At around 11am last Wednesday they saw Israeli tanks approaching.
"The tanks moved closer but before they arrived in front of our house they started shelling," said the girls’ mother Kawather Abed Rabbo, 29. "They attacked the upper floors and destroyed them. We stayed on the ground floor."
The house next door was also hit. Then the children’s grandmother decided they should run to safety. She opened the door, with the girls following close behind her. "They had a white flag, made out of our scarves. But as they opened the door there was machine gun fire from the tank." Their father, Mahmoud, pulled the girls back into the house and called an ambulance. But Amal and Suad were already dead.
They waited an hour until the ambulance got as near as it could, then the parents and an uncle each picked up one of the girls and walked out for around 500 metres to the main road. "We walked past the tanks and the soldiers were telling us in Hebrew to hurry," Abed Rabbo said. There they met the ambulance and were rushed to a nearby hospital and then on to the Shifa hospital in central Gaza City.
Abed Rabbo said she was not aware of any militants near the house when the Israeli tanks arrived, though she admitted it had been a "dangerous" area in the past, caught between militant rocket launchers and Israeli raids. "We’re not fighters but the Israeli army are so scared they think every child can resist," she said.
Efforts are under way to take Samer out of Gaza and fly her to Belgium for an operation on her spinal cord. Her doctor, Nabil Hadad, said he believed she had been hit by a large machine gun bullet, which entered her back, hit her spine and then exited, leaving her with quadriplegia and spinal cord damage.
The hospital is full of similar stories. In the intensive care unit yesterday was Muhammad Baha, 10, who had been brought in from Beit Lahiya, in northern Gaza. He had been hit in the head by shrapnel and was spending his fourth day in a coma in a critical condition.
In another room was Muhammad Samouni, five, one of the survivors of an Israeli attack on a house in Zeitoun last week in which up to 30 members of one family were killed as they sheltered from the bombing. Muhammad’s right arm was broken in several places and he wears a metal brace pinned into the skin. His uncle, Awani Deeb, 22, sleeps on the floor next to his bed. "Every night he wakes from his sleep screaming ‘Warplane, warplane’," he said.
"I"m afraid of the missiles at night," said Muhammad. "Last night they were attacking again. The sound is so loud."