Dear Flashman, Yes, you are right to note my antipathy to words Israel. It is an antipathy that dates from the death of over 150 teenager stone throwers shot dead by the IDF in 2001. In my mind this was a deliberate act of provocation. It was designed to inflame the Palestinians ? as would anybody whose children were targeted; it is a step towards genocide. It worked. The Palestinians went berserk and Israel had the excuse it needed to wriggle out of the Oslo Accords and lock down the whole population. Yet another example of the IDF?s promiscuous rules of engagement is much more recent. In the last 6 months of 2006 over 600 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank. Over half of these were unarmed combatants shot dead by the IDF. That unusually large percentage has the word ?intimidation? writ large all over it. Also last year, the results of an inquiry into the death of Thomas Hurndell in 2003, revealed the scope of the unofficial shoot-to-kill policy, not of stone throwers - under Israel?s very broad definition of terrorism stone throwers are terrorists so they can be shot ? but of non-combatants. For the first time we heard evidence in court acknowledging the encouragement given to soldiers by their officers to shoot at Palestinians indiscriminately, simply as a means to terrorize the population. It is not in the best interests of democracy that we remain silent about the atrocities committed by the IDF against Palestinians. I will however address the issue of US and UK in my next posting.
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