Monday, 30 September 2013

In Memory of Mohammed Al-Durrrah





On September 30th 2000 Mohammed Al  Durrah was killed during the second intifada, while his father was trying to protect him from Israeli Occupation gunfire.
This incident became one of the most evocative events of the occupation. Jamal al-Durrah and his 12-year-old son, Muhammad, were filmed by Talal Abu Rahma, a Palestinian cameraman freelancing for France 2, they are seen with their, backs pressed against the wall, Jamal’s arm shielding his young son whose mouth is oval with what must have been a paralyzing fear. And then the shots.In his death, the 12 year old became a symbol of the struggle of the Palestinian people against a ruthless occupier.
The  Prime Minister’s office released a document  officially denying Israel’s responsibility for the death and stating that the footage was staged.But the boy did die in conflict and his own father could not save him. Thousands of other Palestinian civilians died too and he symbolized their plight,
Here is a report by the Guardian newspaper on the case, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/23/israeli-report-denies-death-al-dura.
The fact remains that Israeli soldiers still do kill little Palestinian boys on a regular basis,with impunity sometimes just for throwing rocks.13 years later, we should remember this terrified boy, remember his name and all innocents trapped in the fogs of war and occupation.

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