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      Av 17, 5771, 8/17/2011

      Outrageous Behavior by Soldiers


       

      I do not believe in standing quiet when a wrong has been committed. No matter who has done the wrong.
       
      Two nights ago, soldiers entered a Palestinian refugee camp and opened fire. Reports confirm several were killed and at least 30 were wounded. Over 5,000 went fleeing when the soldiers told them they had to leave the camp. The soldiers entered the camp under cover of darkness and ordered them out. No mercy was shown for women and children. This is an outrage and we, as human beings, as Israelis, as Jews, must protest. 
       
      Without provocation, the soldiers entered the camp and yelled their orders in Arabic...their native language. The soldiers were Syrians. The Palestinian refugee camp is in Syria, near the city of Latakia.
       
      By comparison, that same night, Israeli soldiers killed one Palestinian and wounded 4 others. The air force attacked the Palestinians, members of Hamas, from the air in a precise and accurate operation - as the Palestinians were about to fire yet another rocket at Israel. Two had been fired earlier in the evening towards Beersheva; this would have been the third (at least) for that night. The Palestinians were not innocent. They were moments away from firing their rocket when our air force identified the location, aimed at the target, and neutralized them before they could attack Israel.
       
      Let's see which the world protests more - the attack on a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria (and why is there a refugee camp at all - why didn't the Arab brothers help these people to assimilate over the last 60+ years as we helped the nearly one million Jews who fled Arab lands?) - or an attack by Israel's air force on a unit of Palestinians about to fire a rocket at our civilians.