vinod, I appreciate the conversation and opportunity to focus on this issue.
I'd like to comment on the "blind eye" aspect. It seems to me that, sometimes, it is not a case of Muslims turning a blind eye. Rather, it is sometimes a case of the Arab Palestinian adult leadership hiding their abuse of the children.
Originally Posted by vinod
For example, consider this published news item...
If you google the text of the above news item, you will find dozens of hits, including sites such as...
Two men and a boy were killed by Israeli military fire since this morning. The first, Amjad Bilal Masri is a 15-year-old boy who was shot while standing in front of his house. The sniper bullet hit Amjad in the back. He died on his way to the hospital. The second is Amer Kathym Arafat who was also shot in the back by a sniper bullet. The third is Rouhi Hazem Shouman, 25, who was also shot in the back by a sniper.
electronicintifada.netBut let's see how accurate this news item is...
amin.org (Arabic Media Internet Network)
nilemedia.com ("an independently operated cyber magazine that seeks to enlighten its readers about the world in general and the Middle East in particular")
ajpp.canberra.net.au (Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine)
unobserver.com (UN Observer & International Report, "An Independent Journal of International Affairs")
etc, etc, etc
Amjad Bilal Masri
Do you recognize the name of the first boy, Amjad Bilal Masri? He's mentioned in the article I posted (see post #28), where we learned he was NOT "shot while standing in front of his house," as claimed by the above news item. Rather, he was shot amidst Arab Palestinian children who were throwing stones at Israeli soldiers; he may have been tragically mistaken by the soldiers for one of the other boys who were indeed throwing stones, as follows...
Again, it is unclear whether Amjad was actually throwing the stones, or he was misidentified by the IDF. But I would like to make several points here.
For [Mr. Bilal al-Masri], who has three surviving children, the chain of events began during clashes on Jan. 3. Palestinian youths were throwing stones at Israeli soldiers, and Amjad was on a rooftop watching, according to one Palestinian witness, Osama Bustami. Amjad ''wasn't throwing anything, just watching,'' Mr. Bustami said. But the army said it had identified and shot a youth who had thrown large rocks down at soldiers.
~ A Palestinian Asks, Who Made My Son a Suicide Bomber?
by Greg Myre
January 14, 2004
(1) Considering the size of the stones and the height from which they get thrown, stone-throwing is an ACT OF DEADLY FORCE.
(2) Children were throwing the stones off rooftops AT ARMED ISRAELI SOLDIERS. It is reasonable for the guardian adult leadership of these children to know the soldiers would react with force, and so the adults knowingly placed these children in a position where they were likely to be killed or seriously injured.
(3) Other children may have been physically present but not actually throwing stones; this is absolutely possible. And these children too were used as deadly pawns by their guardian adults who encouraged (or condoned) the presence of children on what amounts to a violent battlefield.
(4) Amjed was killed. Whether it was mistaken identity or whether he was in truth throwing the stones - it doesn't much matter, because the mere presence of children at deadly violent protests should be prevented by his guardian adults - or at least strongly discouraged, condemned, and punished as deterrence to other children who might behave likewise in a dangerous, self-destructive manner.
And now, for my main point in this post...
(5) The Muslim world was not told that Amjed's guardian adult leadership used him as a deadly pawn on a violent battlefield. Instead, they were told that Amjed was "shot while standing in front of his house" - shot by an Israeli sniper in cold blood for no reason whatsoever, except for sadism and anti-Arab hatred - a lie which encourages more children to sacrifice themselves in revenge.
Amer Kathym Arafat -AND- Rouhi Hazem Shouman
Likewise, the Muslim world was told...
But that doesn't match...
The second is Amer Kathym Arafat who was also shot in the back by a sniper bullet. The third is Rouhi Hazem Shouman, 25, who was also shot in the back by a sniper.
Wrong age; Shouman was younger than reported in the Arab Palestinian media outlets. Wrong wounds; Shouman wasn't "shot in the back;" his doctors reported he suffered a gunshot to the chest. Wrong activity; neither of them were shot while standing in front of their homes or out shopping for bread or some normal activity; they were both shot amidst a violent protest against ARMED ISRAELI SOLDIERS.
Of the other two youths shot about the same time, the army said one had been seen brandishing a lighted firebomb and the other a pistol.
Doctors at the hospital identified those two as Amer Arafat, 19, who died of four gunshot wounds shortly after arriving, and Rawhi Shouman, 21, who died of a single shot to the chest at the scene.
~ Israelis Kill 4 Palestinians During Operation in Nablus
by Craig S. Smith
January 4, 2004
[Again, whether or not they were "brandishing a lighted firebomb and the other a pistol," they were present in the midst of the battlefield, present in a violent face-off with ARMED ISRAELI SOLDIERS. And Arab Palestinian witnesses testified that the soldiers were indeed under attack by at least some of the protesters.]
Children have the right to exist.
It is not, "Children have the right to exist, unless their guardian adult leadership wants to use them as pawns in violent confrontations against armed soldiers who can be expected to use force in return."
And my main point in this post... when the children (such as Amjed) are killed or seriously injured, the Arab Palestinian adult leadership hides information about their incitement, encouragement, and promotion (or at least condoning) of those children's participation as deadly pawns.