Theyâre the best of our boys. One is a âmusician from a good high school,â another a âboy scoutâ who majored in theater.â Theyâre the snipers who have shot thousands of unarmed protesters along the Gaza border fence.
In the Gaza Strip there are 8,000 permanently disabled young men as a result of the snipersâ actions. Some are leg amputees, and the shooters are very proud of that. None of the snipers interviewed for Hilo Glazerâs frightening story in Haaretz (March 6) has any regrets. If they are feeling at all apologetic itâs because they didnât spill more blood. One was mocked in his battalion with âhere comes the killer.â They all act like murderers. If their actions donât show it â more than 200 dead as a result of them â then their statements prove that these young men have lost their moral compass.
They are lost. They will go on to study, to have careers and to raise families â and will never recover from their blindness. They disabled their victims physically, but their own disabilities are more severe. Their souls were completely twisted. They will never again be moral individuals. They are a danger to society. They lost their humanity, if they ever had it, on the shooting berms facing the Gaza Strip. They are the sons of our friends and the friends of our sons, the young people from the apartment across the hall. Look how they talk.
The soldiersâ talk we once knew â the collection of testimonies on the Six-Day War published in English as âThe Seventh Dayâ â turned into the talk of butchers. Perhaps thatâs for the best â we have spared ourselves some hypocrisy â but itâs hard not to be shocked at the depths to which we have sunk. They recalled the number of knees they shot. âI brought in seven-eight knees in one day. Within a few hours, I almost broke his record.â âHe got around 28 knees.â
They shot at unarmed young men and women who were trying in vain to struggle for their freedom, an issue that couldnât be more just. âThe regular scenario is supposed to be that you hit, break a bone â in the best case, break the kneecap â within a minute an ambulance comes to evacuate him, and after a week he gets a disability pension.â
Not enough for you? âThe objective is to cause the inciter minimal damage, so he will stop doing what heâs doing. So I, at least, would try to aim at a fattier place, in the muscle region.â Still not enough? âIf you mistakenly hit the main artery of the thigh instead of the ankle, then either you intended to make a mistake or you shouldnât be a sniper. There are snipers, not many, who âchooseâ to make mistakes.â
They knew who they were facing. They donât even refer to their victims as âterrorists,â only âinciters.â One compared them to members of a youth movement.
âEven if you donât know their precise âranks,â you can tell by the charisma who the group leader is.â
They chose their victims by their charisma, with a sniperâs precision. Their âleadership auraâ has destined young men to a life of disability in the cage that is Gaza. But that was not enough. They become bloodthirsty as only young incited people can be. They wanted more blood, not just blood, a childâs blood. Not just a childâs blood, but in front of his family.
~ Quds News Network/Haaretz