Though the Goldstone Report cited them for committing war crimes, two
Israeli soldiers who used a nine-year-old Palestinian boy as a human
shield - forcing him to open bags they thought held explosives during
the assault on Gaza - each got three-month suspended
sentences today, and slight demotions. Even so, Israeli lawmakers promptly appealed
for a pardon. The practice is said to be common, and Israel has again lost all decent sense of itself. Noted the boy, Majed Rabah, now 11, "If an Israeli child was
exposed to the same thing, the whole world would have turned against us.
But when it's a Palestinian child, nothing happens." Wise child.
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''It's over!'' shouted the soldiers after the sentence was handed
down. ''Now all we want is to get plane tickets and to join our
friends, who are waiting for us abroad. We've gone through something
terrible and we just want to forget about it all."