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A Brief History of Killing Children


DECEMBER 31, 2021

By Gideon Levy

FIRST WE WERE ASHAMED, then we were shocked, and we even investigated.

Then we denied it and lied.

After that we ignored and repressed it, yawned and lost interest.

Now is the worst phase of all: We’ve started to extol the killers of children. That’s how far we’ve gone.

The first child I remember wasn’t even a day old.

His mother, Faiza Abu Dahuk, gave birth to him at a checkpoint. She was turned away by the soldiers from there and from two more checkpoints, until she had to carry him, all through a cold and rainy night. When she arrived at the hospital, he was already dead.

Israeli soldiers arrest a young Palestinian boy following clashes in the center of the West Bank town of Hebron, on June 20, 2014. Israeli soldiers killed 14-year-old Mohammad Dudeen in Dura, near Hebron, the same day. (PHOTO CREDIT THOMAS COEX/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES)

The matter came up at a cabinet meeting. An officer was dismissed and a mini storm ensued. This was in April 1996, during the year of hope and illusions.

Four years later, when the second intifada broke out, soldiers killed Mohammed al-Dura in front of the cameras and Israel had already transitioned to the phase of denials and lies: Dura didn’t die. Israeli soldiers didn’t kill him; maybe he shot himself, maybe he’s alive to this day.

Remnants of shame and guilt still clung somehow.

After that came 20 years of indifference and complacence. Soldiers and pilots have killed 2,171 children and teenagers, and not one of these cases shocked anyone here, or sparked a real investigation or led to a trial.

More than 2,000 children in 20 years—100 children, three classrooms a year. And all of them, down to the last, were found guilty of their own death.

Any Israeli would be happy to explain that they were terrorists and the soldiers, or the police had no choice but to execute them.

In the alternative between the lives of the children and the sacred lives of the soldiers, of course we prefer the soldiers, although there’s almost always a third possibility: for no one to be killed.

Last week the next phase was declared.

Israel praises the killers of children; they are the new heroes.

This never happened before. They were Palestinians, terrorists, but still they were children.

From now on, take the life of a Palestinian child and be a hero on the front page of the newspaper or the top item on the TV news, including your daring picture, pixilated.

“The hero from the Old City”—a Border Police officer “took out a terrorist and prevented a major disaster,” according to Yedioth Ahronoth. No mention in the headline of the age of the dangerous terrorist, of course, but no matter.

“Remember me well,” wrote 16-year-old Omar Abu Sab before he went out with a knife to stab a Border Police officer. A video clip released by the police shows him approaching two officers from behind and attacking them.

He was smaller and thinner than them, they could have stopped him, they didn’t have to shoot him, and they certainly didn’t have to kill him, like they needlessly killed children with knives before him and after him.

But to turn the shooting of a 16-year-old with a knife into a big story is the crossing of a moral red line. It will encourage the needless killing of more children, if any such encouragement was needed.

The light trigger finger will become even lighter.

If before this there was fear of a sham investigation, now a medal of valor is already in the works.

How words kill.

When the killers of children and teenagers, even when they’re armed with a knife, are extolled by the media and the commanders, this encourages the next criminal killing.

There is no child with a knife that the well-armored Border Police can’t arrest without killing. But the police are too cowardly.

That’s how they killed Eyad al-Hallaq, an autistic teenager.

Real heroes would have arrested him, not shot him to death. But why bother if you can kill and become a hero?

Most of the children that the army and the Border Police kill should not have been killed. Now it’s worth it to kill them, the media will crown you “the hero of the Old City.”

These are your heroes, O Israel, the killers of children and teenagers.

The consequences of mixing Facts and Realities have serious consequences on how we behave and perceive the world/universe

Facts are what the sensory organs of an individual tell him they are facts.

Our perception of Reality is defined by our senses” By Nobel Laureate who worked on the sense of Touch. (I conjecture that we should add the new technologies on “Augmented Reality”)

There are limitations and handicapping conditions in the sensory faculties of every individual

If you are Daltonian and cannot see but Green and red colors… you have no right to badger him on his handicapping condition on the base that the majority of people do Not agree with him: What he sees are the facts. And this is true for all other handicapping conditions.

Actually, humans have many limitations in their sensory organs, and most animals have far better capabilities in every single sensory organs human are endowed with.

At this junction, we can perceive that Reality of the world/universe/mankind…is different from what we sense.

Reality has gone through many transformation in methods used to register and measure what we sense and what we do Not sense.

If a few people insist that earth is Flat, it is your responsibility to “show” him the contrary by pictures, videos, experiments…if you feel the urge to “lead this person into the light

Reality needs to go a step further from “common sense” intelligence and it requires the mind to reach a space that does Not match the “facts” that are still its foundation in any evaluation.

And since Reality is intrinsically linked to Methods used and adopted, we should be able to ponder on all those “paradigm shifts” that used other Methods and experiments to demonstrated variations on “reality” that we took for granted for so long.

An example of what bugs me in the methods used in Statistical packages and that users don’t even know the “Mathematical Algorithms” that run them.

Do you know that all these “statistical packages” that are used abundantly by almost every psychologists, social scientists… the “mathematical algorithms” that churn out the “results” use the “Mean/Average” as the foundation in all their mathematical manipulations?

Do you know that Not a single one was able to explain what mean/average actually means in words/pictures, videos, graphs… or any means of explanation?

It is a mathematical equation that no one was able to explain to anyone, simply because it is a Nonsense, but is very practical in mathematical statistical manipulation to find other statistical “measures/outputs”.

For example the “Median” has great sense but cannot be used because is Not amenable in the further mathematical development

Question: How using a nonsense measure can lead to a sensical result?

The key word is “Does it work”?

Mind you that “scientists” have adopted the shortcut of claiming “Facts” what the statistics at 5% total errors in the “experimental process” prove their “hypothesis” or don’t prove it.

Many experiments needs to set the bar higher in total errors, like 1%, because of the deadly seriousness of the experiment, and still many scientists ignore it because they want the results to match their hypothesis and be “published

Do statistical packages “work“?

Logically, it is important to use other valid methods (tested for their accuracy) to validate the results of the package.

For example, does landing in the moon by mathematical equations match the results of the statistical packages that scientists use during the entire process?

Next, I’ll approach cosmology, this Big Bang, and this one billionest of a second that set the clock for a new Universe…

Am I in lucubration mood?




January 2022

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