Sadness, But No Apologies

Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Yesterday, after I posted the IDF Happy video, Israellycool contributor Brian of London wondered whether we would received flak for posting it the same day the 4 Gazan kids were killed.

Honestly, I had not thought about it; I posted the happy video because it was cute and seemed like a much needed morale booster. But it behooves me to comment on yesterday’s tragic incident.

I am deeply saddened by the loss of these young lives. I am sorry they were killed. As is the Israeli government, IDF and my fellow Israelis.

But that is an expression of our humanity. Our sorrow over the loss of any innocent life, whether Israeli or palestinian.

That is not an apology.

We need not apologize for targeting rocket launchers in that area. Which just happened to be right near the Al Deira hotel, where journalists covering the conflict are staying (yes, that Al Deira).

And I am sure it is also no coincidence that kids were playing on the beach, right near the site of the rocket launchers and journalists – like this guy – staying at the Al Deira and ready to report on the ensuing carnage.

I mean, think about it for more than a few seconds.

Rockets are being launched at Israel from right near the beach. As a Gazan, you know Israel has been responding by targeting these sites. Why would you allow your children to be playing there?

This is either negligence or – and I shudder to think of this possibility – deliberately placing your children in harm’s way to help the PR cause.

We have been under constant rocket attack from Gaza. Yet despite the great Summer weather, we have not entertained hanging out at the beach at this time.

It also bears mentioning that pending the results of the IDF investigation, we do not yet know how these kids were killed. And we know from a previous tragic incident on Gaza beach, that all is not always what it seems.

So yes, this is a horrible tragedy. A horrible loss of life.

But those responsible for it are Hamas, who are using Gazans as human shields, and the parents of these children who should never have allowed them to be playing out in the open near a rocket launching site.

About Aussie Dave

An Aussie immigrant to Israel, Aussie Dave is founder and managing editor of Israellycool, one of the world's most popular pro-Israel blogs (and the one you are currently reading) He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and girlie drinks

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  • Jim from Iowa

    This incident is getting heavy rotation in the American media. There was an NBC crew there when it happened. They are reporting the kids were playing soccer on the beach when they were killed. No mention of rocket launchers, just the tragedy of human life being taken away so abruptly.

    • unpluggged

      What a nice coincidence it was that there were some leftist journalist scum.

      • Jim from Iowa

        You’ve got to be the angriest guy on your block.

        • unpluggged

          If you don’t know what Pallywood is, find it out. And yes, I bet you would angry no less if someone was trying to murder you.

          • Jim from Iowa

            We may have different conceptions of the term “Pallywood.” So you’re saying this incident is an example of that practice by the Palestinians to fake incidents to make Israel look bad and gain sympathy for their cause in world opinion? These four kids playing soccer on the beach really died. NBC News was there and witnessed the event. It really occurred. Nothing fake about it. Hamas causes and exploits the deaths of their own people to be sure. But there was nothing fake about NBC News’ reporting of this incident. BTW, NBC News executives have pulled the Egyptian-American reporter who covered this incident from Gaza for “security” reasons. Curious, that.

            • unpluggged

              Where I said it was fake? Pallywood is the use of mass media for Arab propaganda purposes. Here we have this.

              Why is there no NBC reporters in Sderot or Ashkelon? Yet in Gaza there are thousands of them who are working for Arab propaganda machine. Some little Arab bastards were so stupid that they went to play football in a war zone instead of hiding in a shelter and died. So what? Had there not been any journalist leftist scum, nobody would care. But now all the stupid Europeans and Americans are demanding Jewish blood.

              Every Arab kid in Gaza is a future terrorist. I don’t see why we should be sorry.

              • Jim from Iowa

                Fortunately the Israeli government is not so callous concerning the deaths of Palestinian children as you. They have expressed regret at their deaths and are investigating to see whether mistakes were made by IDF forces. So apparently not only is NBC News complicit in these “Pallywood” efforts by Hamas, but also the Israeli government. You should stop and listen to yourself sometime. You make Israeils look really bad.

    • ruth rosenstock

      people at the very liberal university where I work are only talking about this story–“oh those poor 4 kids in Gaza”–they neither know nor care about the 8 years of incessant rockets from Gaza. (they know NOW because I told them, but it hadn’t been anything they’d even considered.)

      • Jim from Iowa

        Some people are immune from facts, on the political Left and Right. You can only do so much to try to inform others regarding the nature of Hamas and the context in which the Israeli government has launched this latest operation to protect the lives of its citizens.

  • cba

    Aussie Dave, you reflect my feelings.

  • Kiwimaid

    That is ice cold. The children were targeted as they were RUNNING AWAY.

    • AussieDave

      Baloney. And of course, you offer no proof, because you don’t have any. The IDF is not in the business of targeting civilians.

      • Kiwimaid

        Actually, that goes both ways. YOU don’t offer any proof, either.

        Then again, what do I expect from an intolerant Australian?

        You must feel right at home, surrounded by hate.

        • AussieDave

          You don’t get to spread baseless propaganda on my site. Ciao!

  • Ryan Bellerose

    the second I saw this video floating around I asked if there was a rocket site targeted . given the IDF has called off strikes because of the presence of civilians , it just seemed way too pat .

  • KIp

    The IDF will completely absolve themselves for any complicity for the deaths of those four boys. Because they shouldn’t have been playing football in that area while acting like terrorists.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Who was acting like terrorists? The kids as you imply?

      • KIp

        Norman: The IDF will not and has never taken responsibility for the deaths of civilians in the Gaza Strip. They are the enemy.

        • Anat

          You are the enemy.

    • Mr. Idaho

      Even a construction zone isn’t safe for kids, and this zone was created by Hamass

  • unpluggged

    Why should we discuss such incidents? This is war. A la guerre comme a la guerre. This incident isn’t worth all the attention it gets. I say, roll Gaza into a big parking lot with a road roller.

    When Germans murdered Jewish children, nobody said anything. When Arabs murder Jewish children and infants, nobody says anything. They murder our children, so let theirs die also.

  • unpluggged

    Why should we discuss such incidents? This is war. A la guerre comme a la guerre. This incident isn’t worth all the attention it gets. I say, roll Gaza into a big parking lot with a road roller.

    When Germans murdered Jewish children, nobody said anything. When Arabs murder Jewish children and infants, nobody says anything. They murder our children, so let theirs die also.

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