Monday, March 06, 2006
Seriously, it seems I might be even more against the killing of 15 year old Palestinian kids than the Palestinian weapon merchants are. After all, I'm not sticking guns in kids' hands -- on camera -- and pointing the way to enemy soldiers.
Amer Basiouny himself may or may not have been armed. His relatives claim not, the IDF, perhaps predictably, claims he was:
You might be surprised but, not having been there myself, I can believe the relatives' account. On the other hand, there have been numerous cases of armed teens running around in live fire and AP photo zones. But whether Amer was armed or not, the death of a 15 year old in a conflict that was supposed to have been peacefully negotiated already is tragic.
According to relatives, 15-year old Amer Basiouny was shot by Israeli forces raiding the Ein Beit Ilma refugee camp when he ventured onto the roof of his house after hearing gunfire in his neighborhood.
An Israeli military spokesperson told the AFP news agency, that Basiouny was armed: "Our soldiers were conducting an arrest operation in Nablus. They saw an armed man on a roof, opened fire against him and identified a hit". Camp residents denied that the teen was carrying a weapon.
Either way, my response at the funeral would not be to ply more kids with more weapons. But that's just me.