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Contrasting events

Eli Stephens, Left I on the News

February 2, 2006

Everyone has noticed the differential treatment between Cindy Sheehan, who was both ejected and arrested at the State of the Union address Tuesday, and Beverly Young, a war supporter, who was merely escorted out. Incidentally, if you don't think there was a linkage between the two, read this: "Young said an officer mentioned that Sheehan was removed earlier and therefore 'it was kind of only fair' that she be asked to leave, too."

However there was a far more serious contrast between two other events that occured in the past few days. In the occupied West Bank (known in the American media simply as the "West Bank") yesterday, Israeli security forces demolished nine houses in an illegal (yes, that's redundant) Israeli settlement. During the course of the melee which accompanied the demolition, 86 of the officers were injured. One was knocked unconscious by a hurled concrete block, which is, needless to say, a far more lethal weapon than a stone. Another officer was stabbed in the stomach. And what was the response of the Israeli security forces to this ferocious assault on them? 140 of the protesters were injured. None was killed.

And to what can we contrast this result? A nine-year old Palestinian girl, Aya al-Astal, wandered "too close" to the fence separating Gaza from Israel last week; she was shot and killed by the ID[sic]F. Also last week, 13-year-old Munadel Abu Aaalia was shot in the back by the ID[sic]F and killed as he walked along a road reserved for Jewish settlers with two friends. He wasn't even throwing stones, but the IDF, mind-readers that they are, determined that the boys planned to throw rocks at Israeli cars, and sentenced Munadel to death without a trial for that supposed future crime.

Neither Munadel nor Aya's name, nor, as far as I can tell, the incidents themselves, have even warranted mention by American media, or indeed any Western media outside of the Guardian article cited.


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