Bang, Bang You're Dead! (Arming the Palestinians)
Bang, Bang You're Dead! (Arming the Palestinians)

By Angela Bertz

Most children, even those from generations gone by will surely remember those cute, but chilling little childhood games played with pretend plastic pistols. Sometimes they were packed with nothing more harmful than water or a well worn plastic bullet, chewed several times over by the family dog. The game always ended when a shrill little childish voice would call out "Bang, bang your dead" and the hapless victim would fall to the ground faking death, before running in for lunch.

These days' Palestinian gunmen have been allowed and even get away with playing a real life version of this game.

On November 27th 2001 two Palestinians lay dead on a street in Afula. In an almost macabre twist of irony they had been covered with banners which read "Only Sharon will bring Peace." The two Palestinians gunmen had opened fire on crowds near the central bus station. Two young men in their 20's were killed and almost 50 people were injured.

In August 1929 Sarah Hamburger was five years old. She lived in Hebron.

On the 23rd of that month heavily armed Arabs ransacked the town carrying axes, knives, stones and clubs. With only one policeman in the town the mobs were able to destroy Jewish homes at random. At the end of three days 67 out of the 800 Jews that lived in the town lay dead. Sarah Hamburger and her family survived and reached safety in Jerusalem. On January the 22nd 2002 almost three quarters of a century later a Palestinian gunman opened fire on a busy Jerusalem street. One of the two women killed was Sarah. Forty four more were wounded.

On January 17th, 2002 Ninia Kardashov was celebrating her Bat Mitzvah in a banquet hall in Hadera. It was to be a happy occasion, celebrating her coming of age. Ninia's transition from childhood to adulthood was in for a rude awakening. A Palestinian gunmen gained entrance and with an M-16 Assault rifle he opened fire, spraying the guest with bullets. Six people were killed and 30 were wounded.

On March 9th 2002 a Palestinian posing as an Israeli policeman entered a hotel lobby in Netanya. He was a very unwelcome guest. Together with an accomplice, the pair of Palestinian gunmen armed with guns and grenades left the floors stained with the blood of a nine month old baby and a 27 year old man. Fifty more were injured.

On the morning of June 8th, 2002, in an almost unprecedented move, a police van drove into the religious Moshav of Kfar Pines. In a community that rarely sees a vehicle on the Sabbath, worse was to follow. Yehuda Kandel left the synagogue that morning to the news that his nine month pregnant daughter Yael and his son in law had been killed by Palestinian gunmen. The men had infiltrated the Northern Samarian community where they lived, killing them outright, together with one other person. Five more had been injured. Yael had been the much longed for and only daughter in a family of four boys.

July 16th, 2002 saw the death of Israel's youngest victim of terrorism. He never even had a name. His mother had been traveling on an armoured bus near the West Bank community of Emmanuel. Palestinians detonated a roadside bomb and Palestinian gunmen then sprayed the fleeing survivors with bullets, killing nine people and wounding 20 more. Yehdit Weinberg was seriously wounded by no less than seven bullets, one of them lodging in her groin. By the time she arrived at the hospital she had lost a lot of blood and was barely conscious. She mustered the last of her energy to tell the staff "I have a baby in my belly. Please take care of it." She never saw the little boy delivered by emergency Caesarean. Twelve hours later he died.

On July 21st, 2002 residents of Itamar surveyed the Shabo family home. It was a burnt out shell, walls riddled with bullets. The day before Palestinian gunmen had burst into their home, killing Mrs. Shabo and three of her children as well as well as Yossi Twito, who was head of the community's emergency response team. Thirteen year old Avia survived four bullets to her chest and required intensive surgery. Her eight year old brother would spend months in hospital convalescing, after losing his right leg.

Rabbi Elimelech Shapira was a talented musician, who both played and composed music on the flute. He was also head of an academy, Eretz Hazvi that prepared religious youths to serve in the army. On July 25th, 2002 three small boys held hands with a family member as they watched Rabbi Shapira's lifeless body lowered into the ground. They were three of his eight surviving children. Their father had been killed early that morning by Palestinian gunmen who had opened fire and ambushed his car. One other person was seriously wounded in the attack.

On July 29th, 2002, 20 year old Tsvi Yehuda Dickstein would address more than 1000 mourners at the funeral of his parents and 9 year old brother. "Father, mother, my sweet Shuv-el, how can I talk in the past tense of the people I most loved. Suddenly everything has stopped in the middle," On July 27th, the Dickstein family was on their way to spend the Sabbath with friends, when Palestinian gunmen opened fire on their car. One other person in another car was killed and four people were injured.

Kibbutz Metzer has for years been an example of peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs. Situated within Israel's green line, it lies at a point so narrowly within the borders that the kibbutz is surround by several Arab villages and very close to the Palestinian town of Jenin. On November 10th, 2002 Revital Ohayan was reading her two little boys of four and five a bedtime story when a Palestinian Gunman fired two shots at the front door. Once inside he headed towards the bedroom. In a futile attempt to protect her children from the hail of bullets she jumped in front, in a vain attempt to protect them. All three were killed. As the gunman left he shot and killed two more people. Three thousand people, including Arabs attended the funeral.

The horrifying events of May 2nd, 2004 went unnoticed at the United Nations but it is a day that will haunt David Hatuel for ever. That afternoon two Palestinian gunmen from Rafa, Gaza were both laying in ambush on the road that leads from the Jewish settlement bloc of Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip. Tali Hatuel, eight months pregnant with the couples first son was traveling on that road with her four young daughters aged between two to eleven. The gunmen fired at her vehicle forcing it off the road. They then approached the car killing the eight month pregnant mother at close range, including shooting her in the stomach. They then turned their attention to the four petrified little girls shooting each one several times in the head. The act was later described by the Palestinians as 'heroic.' A week later a large crowd attended a memorial service at the site of the attack. With no warning at least three Palestinian gunmen opened fire, shooting indiscriminately into the crowd. As soldiers and armed residents returned fire, women and children crouched terrified on the ground.

Barely two weeks have passed since President Katzav attended the funeral of the latest casualties of a seemingly never ending supply of Palestinian bullets. Palestinian gunmen opened fire on an Israeli vehicle, taking the lives of Dov and Rachel Kol as they traveled near the Gaza border. Palestinian State television later went on air to applaud the murders, referring to it as an 'act of resistance' and 'holy martyrdom.' Dov and Rachel's three children had barely had time to grieve for their murdered parents before both the French and the Americans were joining forces in an attempt to persuade Israel to supply the Palestinians with yet more bullets.

Dozens of Israelis have been tragically slain by Palestinian gunmen in the last few years. President Abbas is allowed almost unabatedly to behave like a spoilt child. He has completely neglected to fulfill any of his responsibilities, yet continues to make unconditional and suicidal demands on Israel and its security.

Unbelievably the whole world just coos and pats him on the back

Angela Bertz - Israel

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Reprinted by permission.