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Reader comment on item: The Aftermath of Attack in Gaza

Submitted by Ben Shniper (United States), Jul 24, 2002 at 18:21

I honestly don't know how to react to this. It is a war crime to not take sufficient precautions to safegaurd civilians. Using civilian shields is another war crime. So how many Israeli war crimes equal a Palestinian noncombatant civilian terrorist wearing an Israeli uniform to infiltrate a country's capital in order to murder as many innocent civilians as possible? Israel may be in danger of being like the Palestinians. Or it may not. It is very confusing, but I think Israel should apologize for this incident and pay reparations to the families (except to the Hamas leader's family). It's what Israel would demand the Palestinians to do if the roles were reversed.

In fact, that might be a way to end the conflict, if only the Palestinians owed Israel a million dollars for each dead Israeli and medical for the injured. Why does this not happen now? The Arab world might still continue the conflict and pay the price, but there would be less financial incentive to commit large murders.



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