February 27, 2008

What's New? Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Gaza border

If you look down the right margin of my home page you will see the Institute for Middle East Understanding updates under the heading "What's new". I would have advised against that heading because the top headline today is Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Gaza border. Now that is hardly new. The article is from Reuters:
Israeli troops killed a Palestinian farmer near the Gaza Strip's border on Tuesday, his relatives and hospital officials said, but the Israeli army described the dead man as a militant.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said a tank unit spotted a Palestinian planting a bomb at Gaza's periphery patrol road near Kissufim border crossing, and shot him.

The man was brought to a Palestinian hospital, where he died of his wounds. Hospital officials identified him as a farmer from the nearby Qarara village. Relatives said he had been tilling his land when he was shot.

Israeli forces frequently strike Gazan frontier areas suspected of being used by Palestinian militants to launch cross-border rocket attacks. (Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi, Writing by Dan Williams, Editing by Sami Aboudi)
It's terrible of course, and according to Reuters, and anyone willing to tell the truth, it happens all the time. That is to say, it's not new.

Perhaps IMEU should change the header to "News Update" or something like that. Israel killing civilians is certainly nothing new.

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