Ken O'Keefe responds to Richard Goldstone's assertion in the Washington Post that Israel's January 2009 attack on the al-Samouni family, killing 29, was an accident by interviewing several members of the extended family in Gaza, and asking, Was it an accident? The piece includes graphic video from Cast Lead showing children with bullet wounds to the chest. Some excerpts:
Amal Atiah Samouni:They entered our home and shot us, the kids. They shot my brother Ahmed twice in the chest and he died the next day. This could not be an accident
Abduallah Atiah Samouni. It cannot be an accident because they killed my father at a small distance. How could this be an accident. Also we were calling the ambulance and they were banning them from entering the area. How could this be an accident, when they were stopping the ambulance from helping us?
Subhi Mahommed Samouni: We spend the last 60 years with the silence of the world... We thought that they would raise their voices and say something. People, women and kids were murdered here... If this happened in Israel... all the world would step up. Why isn't this happening? Because we are Palestinians. Because we don't have rights?
Ezat Imad Samouni: That was not by mistake at all... And if he is talking like this, he is one of them.
Shabaan Rashad Samouni: It is like 100 percent not an accident. They did that on purpose, I lost my mom, my dad, and two brothers.
Zeinat Abduallah Samouni: Any human could know the right thing from the wrong things. They killed my husband...I don't know why he's doing this. I don't know if they threatened him or something...
Mona Talal Samouni: They can go to hell... When he came here, he told them he was in solidarity with the Samouni family and he really appreciates to help them and to prove to the world what happened here. But he was lying.