'We're Not a Nation of Terrorists. We're Only Trying to Defend Our Country'

Friends and family describe Haitham Saada as a smart and gentle boy – and now a martyr, too. What led up to the Palestinian 14-year-old's death by IDF gunfire one Friday afternoon? His loved ones may never find out.

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He’d been sitting next to us but hadn’t said a word. A young boy, almost a child, albeit with the first inklings of a mustache and sad blue eyes. He asked us not to identify him by name. M., as we’ll call him,...