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Friday, June 16, 2006

Palestinian Involuntary Suicides

It has been disproved that the rockets that killed the Palestinians on the Gaza beach were fired by Israel. In fact, it was the exploding bombs in the possession of the nearby Palestinian militants that caused the deaths of the beach-goers.

But Charles Krauthammer says that, even should we suppose the rockets were launched by Israel that killed those families on the beach,

[T]here is an even larger question not asked. Whether the rocket bases are near civilian beaches or in remote areas, why are the Gazans launching any rockets at Israel in the first place -- about 1,000 in the last year?

To get Israel to remove its settlers, end the occupation and let the Palestinians achieve dignity and independence? But Israel did exactly that in Gaza last year. It completely evacuated Gaza, dismantled all its military installations, removed its soldiers, destroyed all Israeli settlements and expelled all 7,000 Israeli settlers. Israel then declared the line that divides Israel from Gaza to be an international frontier. Gaza became the first independent Palestinian territory ever.

And what have the Palestinians done with this independence, this judenrein territory under the Palestinians' own control? They have used their freedom to ... launch rockets at civilians in nearby Israeli towns.

Why? Because the Palestinians prefer victimhood to statehood.

They launch rockets near beach-goers exactly so the return of fire kills non-combatants. That leads to NYT headlines against Israel. And the public opinion of their supporters (What Little Green Footballs calls "Pallywood Hoaxes") remain against Israel for their wanton cruelty. Actually, these victims are "involuntary suicides"."

Upon looking at the sad pictures of the bombing aftermath on that beach , we must ask the question posed by Krauthammer:

Who is responsible for the heart-rending grief of that poor Palestinian girl?

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