View Full Version : Palestinians putting kids in line of fire to con the world??? i'm shocked!!

09-12-2012, 06:24 AM
There’s nothing like a photograph of an innocent child caught up in military conflict to elicit sympathy, rage, and at times, international intervention. In 2000, the iconic footage of 11-year-old Mohammed Al-Dura enflamed the Muslim world against Israel and generated world-wide outrage. By the time the evidence emerged, proving that the Israeli army could not have killed the boy, the damage had been done.

In the 1997 fictional film “Wag the Dog,” a Hollywood producer and a Washington spin doctor fabricate violence in Albania in order to divert attention from the president’s sex scandal. To persuade the country of the need for war, they manufacture footage of a young orphan girl fleeing from mayhem.

On a media stage far away from Hollywood, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, where photographers gather every Friday to document repetitious scenes of Palestinian residents and international activists clashing with Israeli soldiers, Palestinian activists are placing their children in ever-more-visible roles. Unlike scenes in “Wag the Dog,” a black comedy, there’s nothing funny about parents exploiting their own children to score propaganda points in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Unfortunately, that’s just what happened on Friday, August 24, when A’hd Tamimi, and her cousin Marah Tamimi, both 11, were photographed by Agence France-Presse tearfully being restrained by Israeli soldiers. (http://images.smh.com.au/2012/08/26/3585332/art-353-PALESTINE1-300x0.jpg)

Days later, photos of the distraught girls appeared in Australia’s Fairfax media outlets alongside a Page-1 article charging the Israeli army with the routine abuse of Palestinian children. “An Israeli soldier restrains a Palestinian girl crying over the arrest of her mother during a protest over land confiscation in al-Nabi Saleh,” stated one caption in the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Slamming the article’s “unnamed sources, hearsay and propaganda,” Philip Chester, president of the Zionist Federation of Australia, also charged that the Palestinian leadership “blatantly use[s] children” and “presents a fable where Israel’s curtailing of violence is tantamount to abuse of children.”

Chester was not specifically addressing the photographs of the appealing young Tamimi girls under the thumb of the Israeli military, but he may as well have been.

A’hd is the daughter of Narimen and Bassem, prominent activists in the Popular Resistance, and Marah’s father is Naji, another leader in the weekly demonstrations.

In other words, the girls’ parents are among those who determine the protests’ strategies. Rather than keeping their children at a safe distance from the often-violent clashes, the parents encouraged their children to play highly visible roles in the confrontation with the army.

Narimen is a participant in B’Tselem’s video project, in which the prominent Israeli NGO distributes video cameras to Palestinians to “present the reality of their lives to the Israeli and the international public.”

This is not the first time she has exploited children and distorted reality. In a 2011 video of the arrest of an 11-year-old stone-thrower, Narimen filmed as a Palestinian man instructed the boy’s mother not to join him on the police vehicle, even while Israeli authorities repeatedly asked her to board the van. Later media reports falsely claimed that the Israeli police forbade his parents from accompanying him.

more.. http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/cheap-shots-palestinians-put-kids-in-the-line-of-fire/

09-12-2012, 06:26 AM
Someone's blog, lol.


09-12-2012, 07:46 AM
As I was reading this morning, the Palestinians need the world to remember them. They are having funding problems at the moment. Arab countries have not provided promised donations of late. The Europeans are broke. As a result we are likely to see a Palestinian uprising in the near future.

"Palestinians Rising Up?"


snippet from the article:

"....The question of the Palestinians, for so long the centerpiece of Middle East politics, has been sidelined by the combination of the Arab Spring and the spread of sectarian war between Sunni and Shiite communities across the Middle East. For Palestinians, this isn’t just a problem of ego. The Palestinian economy depends on aid from Arabs and others. Keeping the aid flow going requires that the Palestinian issue be seen as a major strategic and political concern. The biggest problem of the Palestinians has been the desire of the rest of the world to forget about them. Their biggest political triumph has been that over and over again they have managed to reinsert themselves on the world’s agenda.
Palestinians cannot afford to be forgotten by the world. Expect them to do their best to remind us all that they exist."

09-12-2012, 08:31 AM
I wish you put that link at the beginning so I could save myself some time and not read the article