Saturday, April 4, 2009

Killing a Child

A young Arab woman appeared at the gate of a Border Police base and started shooting. The Border Police is a unit with an unusually high percentage of Arabic-speaking Israelis, and they tried to talk to her in her own language, but she kept on shooting. Eventually an officer arrived and killed her. After her death it turned out she was only 16 years old, something that wasn't clear while she was behind the gun.

According to a Hebrew-language report, it's not clear if she was motivated by nationalist considerations or was trying to clear herself of honor defamation, though why shooting soldiers would clear her name of going on a date I cannot say.

Sooner or later she'll appear in a statistic about Palestinian children killed by Israeli troops.

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