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Gabrielle Giffords' ,Barack Obama's Israeli Allies Shoot Children in the head all the time
14 Jan 2011
Ironically, the American Congresswoman recently so tragically shot in the head has been extremely close to the Israel lobby, which has played a critical role in enabling the tragedies sketched above. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) works year after year to ensure that the approximately $7-8 million per day of American tax to Israel /13/ keeps flowing regardless of how many civilians its troops kill.
Gabrielle Giffords' ,Barack Obama's Israeli Allies Shoot Children in the head all the time


Ironically, the American Congresswoman recently so tragically shot in the head has been extremely close to the Israel lobby, which has played a critical role in enabling the tragedies sketched above. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) works year after year to ensure that the approximately $7-8 million per day of American tax to Israel /13/ keeps flowing regardless of how many civilians its troops kill.

Gabrielle Giffords' ,Barack Obama's Israeli Allies Shoot Children,(with Christian names) ,in the head all the time :

Gabrielle Giffords, Tom Hurndall and Palestinian Children
Shot in the Head
By ALISON WEIR

http://counterpunch.org/weir01142011.html

Several years ago, I was researching the cause of death of Palestinian
children killed by Israeli forces during the first months of the
Second Intifadah, the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation.
As I counted up the numbers, I was chilled to discover that the single
most frequent cause of death in those beginning months was “gunfire to
the head.”

In the past 10 years Israeli forces have killed at least 255
Palestinian minors by fire to the head, and the number may actually be
greater, since in many instances the specific bodily location of the
lethal trauma is unlisted. In addition, this statistic does not
include the many more Palestinian youngsters shot in the head by
Israeli soldiers who survived, in one form or another.

Below is a small sampling of those who died. (The term IDF stands for
“Israeli Defense Forces,” although these forces are, in reality, an
occupation army and are almost always deployed offensively; the
incidents below took place on Palestinian territory):

Sami, 12, died of head wounds from IDF gunfire during a demonstration.
Abdul, 9, was killed by IDF gunfire to his head during a funeral. Ala,
14, died of head wounds from IDF gunfire while on the terrace of his
home one hour after injuring an Israeli soldier with a stone. Omar,
11, died of head wounds from IDF gunfire during a demonstration. Diya,
3 months, was killed, along with her older brother, by Israeli settler
gunfire to her head and back. Bara, 10, was killed by IDF gunfire to
his head while near his home. Ayman, 15, was killed by IDF tank fire
to his head while farming. Khalil, 11, was killed by IDF tank fire to
his head while playing with a friend. Rami, 13, was killed by IDF
helicopter fire to his head while playing in front of his house.
Yaser, 11, died of head wounds from an IDF rubber-coated bullet fired
at close range during a demonstration…/1/

Imagine if these names were Bobby… Michael… Susan... Melissa… Jimmy…
and that the foreign troops killing them were invading Arizona,
Connecticut, Ohio...

I remember seeing one little brain-dead boy when I was in Gaza in
February of 2001; long before any rockets had been fired out of this
already assaulted enclave. It’s not a sight you forget, regardless of
the name or nationality.

A 2009 article in the UK Telegraph entitled “Bullets in the brain,
shrapnel in the spine: the terrible injuries suffered by children of
Gaza,” investigated a situation in which doctors at a hospital near
Gaza were “almost overwhelmed by the number of Palestinian children
needing treatment for bullet wounds to their heads.”/2/

The article began: “On just one day last week staff at the El-Arish
hospital in Sinai were called to perform sophisticated CAT brain scans
on a nine-year-old, two 10-year-olds and a 14-year-old – each of whom
had a bullet still lodged in their brain, after coming under fire
during the Israeli ground assault on Gaza.”

Asked about the nature of these shootings, a physician replied:

“I can't precisely decide whether these children are being shot at as
a target, but in some cases the bullet comes from the front of the
head and goes towards the back, so I think the gun has been directly
pointed at the child."

Israeli soldiers in a group called “Breaking the Silence” have
provided chilling testimonies about Israeli military culture; the
titles alone tell a great deal. Following are a few:

“The battalion commander ordered us to shoot anyone trying to remove
the bodies”, “The commander of the navy commandos put the muzzle of
the rifle into the man’s mouth”, “They told us to shoot at anybody
moving in the street”, “You can do whatever you feel like, nobody is
going to question it.”/3/

Another person shot in the head by Israeli forces was 21-year-old Tom
Hurndall. The anniversary of his death is this week. Hurndall, a
student and photographer, had wanted to “make a difference” with his
life. In 2003 he went to Gaza to join the nonviolence movement against
Israeli aggression and to photograph what he saw. /4/

On April 11th he was nearby when a group of children who had been
playing suddenly came under Israeli rifle fire. Most of the children
fled, but three, aged four to seven, froze with fear. Hurndall dashed
over, rushed one small boy to safety and returned for two little
girls. Just as he was reaching to lift one up, an Israeli sniper shot
him in the head. .....................

Gabrielle Giffords

Ironically, the American Congresswoman recently so tragically shot in
the head has been extremely close to the Israel lobby, which has
played a critical role in enabling the tragedies sketched above. The
American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) works year after year
to ensure that the approximately $7-8 million per day of American tax
to Israel /13/ keeps flowing regardless of how many civilians its
troops kill. /14/

Giffords has been known as “a safe pro-Israel vote in the House” /15/
and could be counted on to support AIPAC’s various initiatives to
shield Israel from negative consequences for its ruthless and illegal
use of American weaponry. /16/

She called a 2001 visit to Israel a turning point in her life (Israeli
forces killed 103 children that year, 31 of them shot in the head) and
wrote in 2006 (a year in which Israeli forces killed 665 Palestinians,
139 of them children, and Palestinians killed 23 Israelis, two of them
children) that “the United States must do everything possible to
secure Israel’s long-term security.” /17/ Palestinian victims – killed
first and in far greater numbers – seem to have been invisible to her.
/18/.............

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