Hadil Ghalia and al-Durah

From Conceptwizard Info:

Who can forget the heartrending video clip of young Hadil Ghalia running over the Gaza sands, looking for her family? There are many parallels between this and the photos of 12-year-old Mohammed al-Durah, caught between Israeli and Palestinian gunfire. Yet, there are so many inconsistencies in both scenarios that we should at least stop to question the genuineness of what we are being shown.

Whether or not Hadil lost her family as the result of a stray Israeli shell, or the explosion of a Palestinian device or mine, is of little consequence. She lost her family, as young al-Durah lost his life, because she is living in a war zone. She has become a media legend, playing the starring role in a masterfully directed video clip that has been widely broadcast in the world media – pushing aside even the ubiquitous football for a few minutes. As a result, some bewildered Israelis even began to parrot a popular Israeli columnist, who noisily confessed “his shame” in Israel’s most widely-read daily. Yet the facts, both for al-Durah and for the Ghalia family, tragic as they may be, remain inconclusive. That is sometimes the nature of warfare.

Why does a terrorist cell, with a missile on board, drive through the most crowded area of Gaza – and why doesn’t anyone lift a finger to stop them? If the Palestinians mined the beach (which they admit), and if the beach is being used as a base from which to launch missiles against Israel, then why did the Palestinian authorities allow their population free access to this same beach? How is it that the photographers so conveniently happen, always, to be at the right place at the right time? These are just a few of the pertinent questions. (We could also ask, of course, why the world media doesn’t broadcast pictures from Israel’s southern town of Sderot, whose children have been traumatized and injured by over a thousand (1000) rocket attacks in the past month – all launched from inside the Gaza Strip. But that is the famous double standard at work.)

7 Responses to Hadil Ghalia and al-Durah

  1. tommy says:

    When did the Palestinians admit to mining the beach? I’ve heard plenty of denials from Palestinian supporters on the possibility that the beaches were mined. If there is an admission that they engaged in mining I would love to know where it is printed.

  2. RL says:

    The Concept Wizard responds:

    I’m not too sure that the Palestinians, in writing, have admitted to mining the beach, but they also, in writing, don’t admit to sending missiles into Israel. I googled “Gaza beach mines” – and there was plenty of material. I have to admit that I wrote based on the information in Y-net (which is the on-line Yediot Aharonot). However, the access link to a similar article in Ha’aretz (which, though Israeli, is likely to be perceived as more objective) can be found at: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/726474.html

    Best regards,


  3. debra says:

    I find it interesting that when Olmert denied any responsibility in the deaths on the Gaza beach and pointed to the Palestinian mines, the Palestinian’s called for an international investigation into the matter which Olmert immediately rejected.

  4. RL says:

    are you suggesting that the israelis have something to hide, and that their opposition is from knowledge that it is their fault?

  5. debra says:

    There is an article on aljazzera.com on “Israel twists facts to cover up Palestinian killings.” I would rather suggest that they are “afraid” that it could be their fault.

  6. RL says:

    do you have the url on that article?
    if we’re talking about fear one might be at fault, wouldn’t removing all the visible shrapnel from the wounded before sending them on to israeli hospitals be a more damning sign?

  7. debra says:

    http://www.aljazeera.com (not .net) Under “Review Articles,” click on more. Scroll to 6/20 “Israel Twisting Facts to Cover up Palestinian Killings.” Also another…6/16 “More Evidence Impicates Israel on Gaza Massacre.”
    As for the shrapnel, lack of “trust” would be a simple explanation, if indeed every single piece of shrapnel was removed. The shrapnel is evidence. The hospital is Israeli. The evidence claimed in these articles goes beyond shrapnel, and the call is for an outside investigation.

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