Monday, June 12, 2006
I wonder what they were thinking of when the artillery shell hit? I wonder what they were doing? Do you think the children were romping round in the sand; building sand castles, running to the edge of the shore and scurrying back as the cool salt water reached their feet?
I wonder what the children’s parents, Ali and Raisa, were doing; sitting on a blanket having a simple meal of Arabic salad with Falafel, bread and cheese; talking to each other:
“It’s nice to have this time together. For this brief moment in time, I feel alive and happy.”?
Do you think that youngest child, whose body was vaporized by an Israeli artillery shells, which was manufactured by a US defense contractor, do you think he looked out upon the vast ocean and marveled at the horizon before him? Do you think he imagined that the sea that lay before his gaze, the very sea that now runs red with his blood, resembled tin foil that sparkles as the Sun shone down upon it?
I wonder if the little girl sat down and thought:
“Some day, I’m going to learn to swim and frolic with the dolphins.”
Do you think she thought about that?
What did the Israeli gunboat commander think about as he proceeded to fire his artillery shells upon this family and the four others?
Do you think he believed that just before he ended seven lives that all of them were terrorists?
How can one sleep after the truth comes out about such a horrible thing?
How can Israel act so cold and repeat the standard refrain:
“We regret any harm caused to innocent civilians.”
Do they think we believe they are sincere?
What of the wounded?
What of them?
Even if they are recovering in Israeli hospitals, does this wipe away the nightmares, flashbacks, post-traumatic stress, and loss of life that they will forever feel?
What of the World?
Why do we remain silent?
Why do we not care about our Palestinian brothers and sisters?
Why are so many so afraid to call the actions of the Israeli government against the Palestinian people, “A crime against humanity”?
Is it that we don’t consider the Palestinians human and thus, there is no crime against an inhuman population?