Sunday, May 14, 2006

Please have a look at this picture. What do you see? No it is not an IDF soldier harassing Palestinian children, nor does he accompany settler children on their way to school. The photo, taken by Dan Keinan for Ha'Aretz, shows us a member of an IDF escort protecting Palestinian children from attacks by Jewish settlers. Of course, we all know that only a minority of the settler communities consists of violent lawbreakers, but too many of them still believe - and the circumspect ways in which they are treated by the Israeli authorities only strengthens that belief - that they are far above the law. This only proves once again that the occupation should end ASAP. Israeli soldiers should guard our borders, their task should not be to protect settler children from Palestinian terrorists or Palestinian children from Jewish terrorists.

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