The Difference Between Israeli and Palestinian Children

Young Israeli settlers play with army guns 14 Apri

Gideon Levy, Haaretz

It is human that the killing of an Israeli boy, a child of ours, would arouse greater identification than the death of some other child. What is incomprehensible is the Israeli response to the killing of their children.

After the first child, nobody batted an eye; after the 50th not even a slight tremor was felt in a plane’s wing; after the 100th, they stopped counting; after the 200th, they blamed Hamas. After the 300th child they blamed the parents. After the 400th child, they invented excuses; after (the first) 478 children nobody cares.

Then came our first child and Israel went into shock. And indeed, the heart weeps at the picture of 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman, killed Friday evening in his home in Sha’ar Hanegev. A beautiful child, who once had his picture taken in an Argentinean soccer team shirt, blue and white, number 10. And whose heart would not be broken at the sight of this photo, and who would not weep at how he was criminally killed. “Hey Leo Messi, look at that boy,” a Facebook post read, “you were his hero.”

Suddenly death has a face and dreamy blue eyes and light hair. A tiny body that will never grow. Suddenly the death of a little boy has meaning, suddenly it is shocking. It is human, understandable and moving. It is also human that the killing of an Israeli boy, a child of ours, would arouse greater identification than the death of some other child. What is incomprehensible is the Israeli response to the killing of their children.

In a world where there is some good, children would be left out of the cruel game called war. In a world where there is some good, it would be impossible to understand the total, almost monstrous unfeelingness in the face of the killing of hundreds of children – not ours, but by us. Imagine them standing in a row: 478 children, in a graduating class of death. Imagine them wearing Messi shirts – some of those children wore them once too, before they died; they also admired him, just like our Daniel from a kibbutz. But nobody looks at them; their faces are not seen, no one is shocked at their deaths. No one writes about them: “Hey Messi, look at that boy.” Hey, Israel, look at their children.

An iron wall of denial and inhumanness protects the Israelis from the shameful work of their hands in Gaza. And indeed, these numbers are hard to digest. Of the hundreds of men killed one could say that they were “involved”; of the hundreds of women that they were “human shields.” As for a small number of children, one could claim that the most moral army in the world did not intend it. But what shall we say about almost 500 children killed? That the Israel Defense Forces did not intend it, 478 times? That Hamas hid behind all of them? That this legitimized killing them?

Hamas might have hidden behind some of those children but now Israel is hiding behind Daniel Tragerman. His fate is already being used to cover all of the sins of the IDF in Gaza.

The radio yesterday already talked about “murder.” The prime minister already called the killing “terror,” while hundreds of Gaza’s children in their new graves are not victims of murder or terror. Israel had to kill them. And after all, who are Fadi and Ali and Islaam and Razek, Mahmoud, Ahmed and Hamoudi – in the face of our one and only Daniel.

We must admit the truth: Palestinian children in Israel are considered like insects. This is a horrific statement, but there is no other way to describe the mood in Israel in the summer of 2014. When for six weeks hundreds of children are destroyed; their bodies buried in rubble, piling up on morgues, sometimes even in vegetable refrigeration rooms for lack of other space; when their horrified parents carry the bodies of their toddlers as a matter of course; their funerals coming and going, 478 times – even the most unfeeling of Israelis would not allow themselves to be so uncaring.

Something here has to rise up and scream: Enough. All the excuses and all the explanations will not help – there is no such thing as a child that is allowed to be killed and a child that is not. There are only children killed for nothing, hundreds of children whose fate touches no one in Israel, and one child, just one, around whose death the people unite in mourning.

  1. #1 by zuddhi on 08/27/2014 - 9:34

    Reblogged this on Cintayati and commented:
    The children of Gaza who have lived will face hardship most in the West cannot conceive. Many sustained injuries that will burden them their entire lives, like loss of limbs or sight. Others will be cursed with cancer from “Israel’s” use of banned DIME munitions and will likely die young. There are over 1800 children who are now orphans in Gaza. And virtually all will have PTSD and emotional issues from the intense trauma they have experienced, many having lived through three wars already. But not one will forget how Jews in Israel see them, how they danced and sang about children being slaughtered in Gaza, how they gathered on the hilltops to cheer as the bombs and artillery fell, how they were exhilarated at the agony and terror wrought on the children of Gaza. No, they will not forget however much they will want to. Nor will they forgive and they should not.

  2. #2 by Todd Raine on 08/27/2014 - 9:34

    Is this a softening piece? Is Levy,(I have no history of his articles in my memories) playing the “good jew”? I did not read this Levy thing refer to the Palestinian children as indigenous in this article. Nor did he refer to himself as an intruder, or even an immigrant, much less anything about his possessing foreign blood. Is this a bad cop, good cop skit? He is just a dick jew with a pen and a column and an agenda. Line a bird cage with this piece of work. Then it will be useful.

  3. #3 by NLG on 08/27/2014 - 9:34

    “Hamas might have hidden behind those children…” I guess he has to play this game of trying to appeal to his audience in order to engage in the daunting, Sisyphean, Herculean, Augean task of trying to get his fellow Jew to see a goy as a human being. That we should applaud him and even laud him only shows how spiritually diseased “the Jews” and Judaism is. Please, God, cut out that cancer known as Israel.

  4. #4 by Rob on 08/27/2014 - 9:34

    Yes. It’s exactly the same as the cold-blooded daylight execution of UNARMED 13-month old (yes, that’s 13 MONTH old) Antonio West Santiago, of Brunswick, Georgia (USA), on March 21st, 2013; shot in the face and executed right in front of his mother’s eyes as he sat in his stroller.
    What is to me even more appalling (as if that could somehow be possible) is the deliberate, callous, and cowardly attempt by the virulently racist press in the US to spike this story, and to ultimately erase the event from the American consciousness, completely.
    They’re out of luck; many of us will NEVER forget innocent Antonio West Santiago, executed by the footsoldiers of the Sharptons and the Jacksons and the Foxmans and the Farrakhans and the Sharons and the NetanYahoos of this world. May they and all their kind rot in HELL for eternity.

  5. #5 by Obama Bin Bush on 08/27/2014 - 9:34

    Get the hell out of Palestine you God damned sons of bit****!!

    Stop with your bullsh** crocodile tears and pathetic moralizing… you and others of your satanic tribe have no souls, no light inside.

    I’m sure A LOT of people, including most “truth movement” members, fall for this kind of garbage. If you had a single solitary decent CELL in your entire body, you would get the hell off the property of others (Palestine). After paying the trillions in reparations and inevitable centuries-long truth telling campaign required of those who sincerely seek forgiveness, you would most certainly give up your demonic corrupted religion/tribal/jewish identity.

    If a Gentile broke into a jewish home, raped your wife and kids, stole all your possessions, kept you hostage and enslaved for over a century, would you think it prudent to you know, MOUNT SOME KIND OF DEFENSE? No doubt, since you wouldn’t own the media, you’d be labeled a terrorist for defending your family and home.

    The jews have done exactly the above COUNTLESS times in the past… and each and every time, have been justifiably expelled. There is NO SUCH THING AS anti-semitism! Defined by your ignorant lot as “unjustified, irrational, totally out of the blue hatred of jews”. People hate you bastards because you are evil and wicked. For thousands of years you have harmed every group of people on this planet in every way imaginable. And then you have the God damned nerve to blame everyone else but yourselves, getting off scot-free, letting yourselves off the hook.

    gideon levy is just a “smart” jew… showing the world how human-like he (and by extension, the jews) are. So you see, there’s no need to hold ALL jews accountable, we have feelings too. We can, if forced to, show a meager amount of compassion for the goyim (cattle). Why thank you, you chosen (by lucifer) piece of sh**!! Thank you very much. I’m so relieved now that I know there are “good jews” like you, who after a century of raping, murdering, stealing, oppressing, tyrannizing, torturing Palestine and its good, decent God-believing people, can feel free to continue taking ownership that which God Almighty Himself has forbidden (the jews are never ever allowed to come back, a covenant (contract) which your verminous tribe has broken over and over and over. A few of the jews actually admit that much but then seem to give themselves forgiveness out of thin air). That isn’t even touching on every other nation you have ruined, corrupted, destroyed, raped, murdered and stolen from.

    The “good jews” are 6 million times worse than the bad jews and the lowest pits of hell are too good for the likes of you.

  6. #6 by Alsetalokin on 08/27/2014 - 9:34

    Sounds to me like a guilty Jew who is now trying to kiss some uncircumcised ass, as if that will mitigate the damnation of HELL which is sure to befall them.

    He must have graduated from the Rodney King School of Public Relations: “Can’t we all just get along?”


    “We do not wish and do not need to expel Arabs and take their places.” — David ben-Gurion, “founding father” and first Prime Minister of Israel

    On 14 May, on the last day of the British Mandate, Ben-Gurion declared the independence of the state of Israel. In the Israeli declaration of independence, he stated that the new nation would “uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of religion, race”. In his War Diaries in February 1948, Ben-Gurion wrote: “The war shall give us the land. The concepts of ‘ours’ and ‘not ours’ are peace concepts only, and they lose their meaning during war.” Also later he confirmed this by stating that, “In the Negev we shall not buy the land. We shall conquer it. You forget that we are at war.” (excerpt from )


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    “לעולם אל תסמוך על יהודי”
    – ניקולה טסלה

    “Ποτέ μην εμπιστεύεσαι έναν Ιουδαίος.” – Nikola Tesla

    “Mai fidarsi di un Ebreo.” – Nikola Tesla

    لا تثق أبدا يهوديا”. – نيكولا تيسلا”

    “Never trust a Jew.” – Nikola Tesla






  7. #7 by Obama Bin Bush on 08/28/2014 - 9:34

    Was my comment not appropriate?

    I get the following error when I try to repost it: Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!

  8. #8 by nooralhaqiqa on 08/28/2014 - 9:34

    Gideon, Your value as a harbinger of truths just plummeted.

    There is too much soft soaping in here despite your statements pointing out the indifference of Israelis to Palestinian victims.

    I also doubt many, if any, Israelis would take the time to read this so who is being addressed really. Is it more intended for the Western English readers of Haaretz? Haaretz is, as we know, presented in Hebrew with an entirely different slant for its Israeli readers.

  9. #9 by Nathan on 08/29/2014 - 9:34

    These same jews betrayed Jesus (PBUH) Christ the (their) Messiah an instead petitioned Pontius Pilate to release to them a murderer instead. This was 2000 Years ago and NOTHING has changed. Is it no surprise then that these Zionists sons of evil incarnate today have no problem murdering Palestinian children?? They killed their own so they have no thought of killing others to satisfy their blood lust.

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