Jerusalem, Palestine — The Israeli public relations machine is once again making attempts to obfuscate and justify the actions of its army along the Gaza fence. The Gaza Strip, which holds two million Palestinians captive without access to clean water, food or medical supplies, is also subjected to ongoing military attacks by the Israeli army. Though it is impossible to judge which of the countless crimes the state of Israel has committed is the cruelest, some stand out more than others. One particularly horrific crime committed on the morning of Sunday, February 23, 2020, was caught on camera. It is an expression of unspeakable cruelty by the Israeli military, which shows total disdain towards the lives and dignity of the Palestinian people.
After clashes near Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip that left one young Palestinian dead, the Israeli army, likely under orders from the Minister of Defense, a sadistic war criminal by the name of Naftali Bennett, was determined to pick up the body and prevent the slain young man’s friends from taking it with them. The military sent in an Israeli army bulldozer accompanied by a Merkava tank to pick up the body.
The young man’s friends made several attempts to save the body from the bulldozer but were not successful and had to run for fear that they too would be shot and killed. The bulldozer had a difficult time picking up the body and made several attempts, all the while crushing and pushing it back and forth on the sand. When at last the driver was able to pick it up, it had one of the teeth of the bulldozer lift the body by its shirt, the feet dangling in the air, and this was how the body was taken away. Along the way, parts of the lower body were torn off by the bulldozer’s chains.
Though I would not suggest that anyone view this horror show, the video is available and was posted on Twitter and other social media platforms.
In a tweet replying to criticism, the Israeli Defense Minister said he was tired of criticism from the left, that Hamas was holding on to the bodies of Israeli soldiers and he added, “I give my full backing to the army which eliminated the terrorists and took the body.”
נמאס מהביקורת הצבועה של השמאל נגד ״חוסר ההומניות״ שבשימוש בדחפור כדי להביא אלינו גופת מחבל שניסה לרצוח (!) ישראלים.
רבותיי, יפי הנפש: *אתם* לא הומניים!
חמאס מחזיק את גופות הדר ואורון.
אני מגבה את צה״ל שחיסל את המחבלים ואסף את הגופה.
כך צריך וכך נעשה.
מול מחבלים נפעל בעוצמה. https://t.co/nWkdE8IIuQ
— Naftali Bennett בנט (@naftalibennett) February 23, 2020
It was around 2006 or 2007 during a visit to a friend in Ramallah that I first learned of Israel’s practice of keeping the bodies of slain Palestinians. We were driving together through the city when we saw a parade of cars honking and waving Palestinian and Fateh flags. I asked my friend what this was and he said it looked like a celebration for the release of a prisoner. However, he was puzzled because he hadn’t heard of any prisoner releases that were taking place that day.
My friend went to ask what the celebration was about and when he returned to the car he told me. Israel had just released the body of a slain Palestinian to his family. The body was held for twenty years. It took me a while to digest that information and get over the shock, though one can never quite recover from knowing things like this take place.
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