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January 23, 2004
Israeli soldiers see a group from a distance coming from the Palestinian "side" of the Gaza strip.
This is a persona non grata area. Israelis open fire before asking questions or, apperently getting close enough to see what's going on.
As a reuslt they shoot at a group of Palestinian children, killing one 11-year-old boy.
Justified? We can argue about that. We have the luxury.
But what about this tactic - reported here - of razing a four-story building just to get one man.
Not even a high-ranking anything, just a person they suspect:
Also Thursday, in the West Bank city of Nablus, soldiers blew up a four-story apartment building during a standoff with a Palestinian fugitive. The military said the blast was set off after the wanted man hiding in the building refused to surrender and opened fire on soldiers.
* My usual disclaimer for those who persist in being stupid - I support the Israeli right to defend itself, but some of what its soldiers do is questionable ... and yes, brutal.