So the folks down south, the ones who long for peace but have no willing partner, had apparently come up with yet another ingenious name for yet another of their killing sprees, only that this name was not widely publicized. The operation was named “locked kindergarten”. Its victims, 22 – many of them children, who would’ve been in school today.
Gideon Levy writes about the operation in Ha’aretz: “This sprawling, overcrowded [Saja’iya] residential neighborhood was occupied for almost a week by the IDF. The army wreaked destruction in it. A monstrous bulldozer maliciously potholed a few roads, scarring the asphalt with gaping wounds, for no apparent reason. Houses were hit, street tiling was uprooted, electricity poles were cut down, cars were crushed, dozens of trees were destroyed and 22 residents were killed. For almost a week the tens of thousands of residents lived in terror, some of them unable to leave their homes.” He quotes an IDF spokesperson, who insists that “[t]he IDF operated in Saja’iya as part of the overall activity to create the conditions for the return of Gilad Shalit, damaging the terrorist infrastructures and the firing of Qassam rockets.”
We are asked to believe that the splitting of the body of a 14-year-old into two is what would create the conditions for the return of Gilad Shalit. True, suicide bombings are despicable, murderous acts, but is the capture of an IDF soldier just as despicable? And what about the Israeli crimes committed in the name of this or that, today the freeing of Gilad Shalit, tomorrow the dispersal of a peaceful demonstration, and the next day who knows what? The Israeli message is clear – the targeting of military personnel is the same as the targeting of civilians. The bottom line, no matter what you do, you will suffer (what message does that send? The killing of civilians is much easier than the capture or killing of soldiers; don’t Israel’s actions encourage the targeting of civilians as opposed to operations restricted to targeting Israeli military forces?). The only solution is that you disappear, pack your bags and leave, because the Jews need all the “living space” they can get, and the Palestinians can move to other Arab countries. In the meantime, they will continue to come up with these ingenious names for their massacres. “Operation Summar Rain”??? Shells raining down on Gaza??? “Operation Just Reward”???? Shells and DU bombs raining down on Lebanon, killing some 1200 civilians? Just reward??? And worst of all, locked kindergarten???? But should we be surprised? The actions are worse than the names of the operations…
World media is busy covering the plight of the bears at Haifa zoo. Don’t expect them to pay any attention to the bodies torn apart by shells directly targeting 14-year-olds.