"The killing, abduction, and suppression of the Palestinians
by the Israeli military forces do not conform to any reason or logic; rather
they flout the Jewish beliefs." Official Statement of the Iranian Jewish
The photographs of bombed-out buildings, burned-down power plants, and blown-up
bridges only tell half the story of Israel’s terror-war on the people
in Gaza. Absent from the pictures is the screeching sound of the F-16s flying
overhead day-and-night producing the explosive sonic booms that shatter windows
and terrify children. Israel has been remarkably successful in its psychological
war against the Palestinians; exacting a heavy toll against the people for whom
it was designed, Palestinian children. As author John Pilger notes in a recent
article "The War on Children":
"Dr. Khalid Dahlan, a psychiatrist who heads a children's community
health project, told me, 'The statistic I personally find unbearable is that
99.4 percent of the children we studied suffer trauma … 99.2 percent
had their homes bombarded; 97.5 percent were exposed to tear gas; 96.6 percent
witnessed shooting; a third saw family members or neighbors injured or killed.’"
Dr. Dahlan’s findings are consistent with other studies which show that
at least 72.8% of children in the occupied territories suffer some form of trauma
from exposure to random explosions and violence. The result has been a steady
up-tick in the number of children who suffer from long-term effects of Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD) a condition which can have a destructive effect on mental
development and create adults that are excessively nervous, needy or depressed.
As Pilger avers, "These children suffer unrelenting nightmares and 'night
terrors’ and the dichotomy of having to cope with these conditions."
Israel’s sonic blasts are part of a larger psy-ops war that is aimed
at directly at children; it has no other conceivable purpose. The explosions
have no military value except to attack the fragile psyche of the most vulnerable
and sensitive. As the survey indicates, Israel’s plan has succeeded quite
admirably. In fact, Israel is so pleased with the results of its psy-ops terror-campaign
that it has developed "sound bombs" which are intended to create widespread
fear and trauma.
This new weapon has been successfully deployed in Gaza "inducing miscarriages
and traumatizing children". Israel is aware of these effects and continues
to use the weapon regardless of the human suffering it causes.
Just think of the money that could be saved if the Palestinians can just be
kept in abeyance by producing a constant state of trepidation.
This appears to be the rationale of the Israeli leadership, who continue to
explore the frontiers of psycho-anxiety weaponry.
What other possible reason could there be for sound bombs?
The moral implications of targeting children with mind-damaging weaponry is
profound and alarming. To my thinking, it measures up quite impressively with
the depraved acts of 9-11. Perhaps, it even exceeds them. After all, is there
a more heinous crime than purposefully hurting children?
In recent weeks we have seen numerous incidents where children were killed
or wounded by Israeli bombs or missiles. The most widely-publicized of these
was the attack on the beach in Gaza where an entire family was killed instantly
leaving behind a young Palestinian girl who has become a symbol of Israeli callousness
As Pilger notes,
"For the Palestinians, a war against their children is hardly new.
A 2004 field study published in the British Medical Journal reported that,
in the previous 4 years, 'Two-thirds 621 children killed (by Israelis) at
checkpoints…on the way to school, in their homes, died from small arms
fire, directed in over half the cases to the head neck and chest—the
Whether the Israeli people support a policy that intentionally targets children
is irrelevant. As the "sound bombs" indicate, such a policy does in
fact exist. Also, as the "sniper wounds" of over 400 children suggest,
the killing of children is, at the very least, tolerated as an unavoidable consequence
This is completely unacceptable.
How does a nation wander so far from its founding principles that children
are willingly sacrificed as the price for attaining one’s territorial
ambitions? This is truly the calculus of human suffering.
Israel should reject the fanatical militarism and racism of its leaders and
do what they can to stop this unfolding catastrophe. The "sound bombs"
may be an effective tool for subjugating the occupied peoples, but they are
also a poignant memento of Israel’s regrettable slide into moral squalor.
If "Greater Israel" is to be built on the lives of innocent children,
the cost is too high. It would be preferable for the Israeli people to reassert
their commitment to the basic values espoused in their own religion, a religion
of peace which teaches forbearance, humanity and justice. Stop this assault
on women and children, withdraw the troops from Gaza and get back to the bargaining
table. That’s the only way we can solve this conflict and pull the entire
region back from the brink of disaster.
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