4-year-old Palestinian girl is rendered quadriplegic by Israeli military training in occupied West Bank

Shame on me. Perhaps aggregating news has made me desensitized to the barbaric daily violence inflicted against Palestinians.  I skipped over the following headline from my list today and chose one about Jordan’s Abdullah & Grapel instead, as if they are more worthy of recognition than this little girl:

Child Suffers Quadriplegia After Being Shot By Israel Army Fire During Training
Palestinian medical sources in occupied Jerusalem reported that a 4-year-old child, was shot by a stray live round in her neck fired by Israeli soldiers during training at the Anatot military base, built on lands illegally annexed from the residents Anata Palestinian town, north of Jerusalem.

http://www.imemc.org/article/62371

Her name is Aseel Ara’ra, a picture of  can be found here. I wish I could apologize to her.aseel 1

aseel via Maan

Update: Original version of this piece carried the wrong picture of Aseel. Thanks to commenters for correction.

Posted in Israel/Palestine

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  1. Kathleen says:

    ” skipped over the following headline from my list today and chose one about Jordan’s Abdullah & Grapel instead, as if they are more worthy of recognition than this little girl:”

    Thank you. What a heartbreaking story. I often avoid looking at these pictures because my stomach goes funky and I start to lose it. BUT Americans should be forced to look at the results of our support for Israel no matter what.

    Dead Iraqi bodies, injured Iraqi people etc. Look at the results of our support and invasions.

    Have been out to the Dayton Ohio Veterans Administration with my WWII father many times the last four years. Just recently had to go there several times with him (he is in a wheelchair, unable to walk) to get a new wheelchair etc (the etc is very involved) Anyway once I was able to get my father transported back to the nursing home that is now his home due to serious complications I went back into the VA and sat and talked with two Iraqi Vets who were both missing limbs. I had been with my father in the wheelchair special equipment section of the VA. One young man had three limbs missing, the other two legs up to the knees. Did not talk with them at the same time.
    After talking with them about the service they were receiving at the VA, the weather, etc etc (again do not push or probe the Vets I talk with unless they open a door, and many do if you spend enough time with them and are really interested in what they have been through) But even after talking about light issues I had to find a restroom, go into a stall and cry for their serious and honorable losses. So sad that they sacrificed their limbs to a war based on a “pack of lies”

  2. pabelmont says:

    My understanding of the (so called) law is that occupier cannot take (or take over) land except for reasons of military necessity.

    TRAINING could be done in pre-67 Israel, so training in OPTs is not necessary — and is illegal.

    I wish I could apologize to her and to all the others for the intransigent, insensitive refusal of most of the human race (or of its governments, anyhow) to prevent this sort of thing by (at a bare minimum) enforcing the existing (since 1949) international law of belligerent occupation.

    • Charon says:

      Good point, pabelmont. Israel would just say training is a military necessity if ever questioned about it. Like Bibi did when he claimed to have stopped the Oslo Accords by making the entire Jordan Valley into a military location. Or how they treat resolutions 242 and 194 based on unintended interpretation. Take advantage of the fine print and lack of defined terminology like lawyers do with contracts.

      • DBG says:

        Abbas: Arab world was wrong to reject 1947 Partition Plan

        link to haaretz.com

        • Arab world was wrong to keep Jews as second class dhimmis for a thousand years and for slaughtering Jews periodically through the millenia and for slaughtering Jews in the 20th century in Hebron, Jerusalem, Tripoli, Baghdad, Cairo and Buenos Aires.

        • Potsherd2 says:

          proudracist’s mind is like a mouse stuck on a glue trap – it can’t move off.

        • eljay says:

          >> Arab world was wrong to keep Jews as second class dhimmis for a thousand years and for slaughtering Jews periodically through the millenia and for slaughtering Jews in the 20th century in Hebron, Jerusalem, Tripoli, Baghdad, Cairo and Buenos Aires.

          Yes, it was. Not that this in any way justifies a religion-supremacist “Jewish state”…

    • Avi_G. says:

      pabelmont,

      Israel, as you know, is not any other occupier.

      In fact, “military necessity” is how Israel acquires most of the privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank and in so-called Israel proper in the Negev.

      The process:

      Stage 1: The military calls any area they wish a Closed Military Area.

      Stage 2: Any Palestinian who dares enter that area, whether it’s his land or not, can be shot at or arrested.

      Stage 3: Three or four years later the Israeli government reclassifies that land as a colony, eligible for residential construction.

      Stage 4: A colony is constructed and the original and legal Palestinian land owner has no recourse whatsoever.

  3. Chaos4700 says:

    When Israeli thugs are captured, they’re held for years, and they aren’t tortured, they aren’t starved or abused, they aren’t bricked up in solitary confinement with nothing.

    Meanwhile, those same thugs kill children wantonly just by training veritably in their backyards. Like a daisy stomped flat under jack boots… or maybe ants under the magnifying glass of a bully.

    Israel may be incredibly successful at force of arms, but history will remember the “Jewish nation” as one of the most callous and vile regimes in human history.

  4. hophmi says:

    OK. That’s the Palestinian version of the story. It’s not credible, especially given that the photo is not of Aseel Arara. It is a photo from 2006.

    link to proisraelbaybloggers.blogspot.com

    And no, they’re not lying; here’s the original:

    link to news.xinhuanet.com

    I’m sort of wondering how pnn ended up using this photo. It’s pretty brazen and pretty stupid given how fast and easy it is to check these things.

    • Imagine, that it was your daughter or granddaughter?

    • Charon says:

      THAT IS NOT EVEN THE SAME PHOTO OR THE SAME GIRL!

      Yes they are lying and you people are heartless. Why do Zionists assume that everybody resorts to the same lows as themselves? Israel is the king of media fakery.

      Serious question hophmi, are you really that brainwashingly blind that you cannot even see it is neither the same photo or the same child? It certainly wouldn’t be surprising. I have a feeling you just posted that so casual readers would believe it and walk away, a Hasbara tactic.

      • Israelis feel nothing regarding this kind of crime. They have to blank it and deny it in order to keep telling themselves the same old lies, that they ‘deserve’ the land of Palestinians and they don’t care much how they get it.

      • Chaos4700 says:

        Hophmi is an American Zionist who supports the invasion and occupation of Iraq. What do you expect from a blind supporter of neoconservatism? Honesty?

    • Hophmi
      have you heard about such a world like empathy??
      Like you identify , you understand another person situation, feelings ,motives? You are able to feel sombody’s pain?
      You probably HAVE NO IDEA what I’m talking about?
      You are either one of those selfish, ignorant, self-involved egotists,
      or maybe you are a complete psycho, who enjoys seeing other people in pain.
      I don’t know you, you decide ,which one you are.
      Here is a touching song about Palestinian children.
      Hophmi, don’t even bother to watch it . You won’t understand anything.
      You are not capable of it.

      • Cliff says:

        Never appeal to the morality of a Zionist on MW. They have none for non-Zionists.

        Their morality is not really even reserved for Jews because some Jews are not REALLY Jews to them if they aren’t Zionist OR Zionist enough.

        They will use their Jewishness anyway though, superficially to ‘point-score’.

  5. seafoid says:

    Maybe it would be worth looking into what sort of medical support and life she can expect as a stateless Palestinian from a refugee camp and compare it to what paralysed Israelis can expect. Because that is the evil of racial discrimination in a nutshell.

  6. Opti says:

    I cannot find this story ANYWHERE except IMEMC and PNN. Al-Jazeera has nothing.

    Israel Offensive Forces claimed it was child’s arms-dealing relative that accidentally shot her and Haaretz says she was shot during wedding celebrations.

    This one seems to have the “real” picture of her suffering, so now Hophmi is happy:
    link to english.pnn.ps

  7. DBG says:

    Where is your outrage for these children:

    20 Palestinians Injured in Gaza, Rafah and Jabalya Due to Shooting in Celebration of Release of Prisoners

    Do Nader Hassan Abu Khousa & Shahd Nahidh Abu al-Kas injuries sound familiar: seriously injured by a bullet to the neck & injured by a bullet to the neck;

    link to pchrgaza.org

    • Opti says:

      Those 20 Palestinians injured from celebratory shooting (which is one of the dumbest way to celebrate as it puts others at risk due to the ubiquitous nature of gravity) is sad and outrageous, indeed.

      HOWEVER, there is a difference still. Mainly that Israel is an occupying apartheid force that specifically trains its soldiers near populated areas of the repressed occupied denizens (despite having many other options). So when they hit innocent children (accidentally or not), it invokes far more outrage than stupid celebrations.

    • Hostage says:

      Where is your outrage for these children:

      You’re quoting a report from the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. I happen to be one of the many donors that supports their efforts to publicize human rights violations committed by both sides. They also publicize the fact that one quarter of the deaths since the Al Aqsa Intifada began have been 1287 children killed by the IDF occupation forces. This story is about another child that has been gravely wounded by the IDF. We’ve already seen that you and hophmi are trolling and could really care less about any violations of human rights. You are both trying to score points and defend the occupation that began in 1967 and its shameful consequences.

      link to pchrgaza.org

      • Chaos4700 says:

        Did you expect better from DBG? He consistently keens to the side of making it easier for Israelis to kill Palestinian children by finding EVERYTHING and EVERYTHING he can drag in to block view of it?

        • According to the IDF Spokesman on Twitter, the girl was shot by a relative who is an arms dealer. This is more of an investigation than you or the fellow travelers in your lynch mob have done.
          BTW, wouldn’t you like to see a photo of the accident scene that shows the trajectory of the errant bullet from Israeli base? Seems simple. But oh, we don’t even know where the accident happened, do we.

        • Potsherd2 says:

          “according to an IDF spokesman on Twitter”

          Now that’s an impeccable source! A liar on a rumormill.

        • Hostage says:

          According to the IDF Spokesman on Twitter . . . This is more of an investigation than you or the fellow travelers in your lynch mob have done.

          Some one needs to hit you between the eyes with a clue-by-four. The IDF spokesman does Twitter feeds, not investigations. The IDF spokesmen assured us that the Gazans were responsible for the Eilat attacks, but now they are refusing to even comment about the results of the joint investigation which proved they were not.

        • The IDF Spokesman sometimes errs. If I thought IDF Spokesman was infallible, I would have simply continued on my merry way and not followed the instant story.
          Anyway, I am confident that the truth will out and Israel will be exonerated.

          My greater concern is how you’ve already lynched Israel on only the flimsiest of evidence.

          Moving on, can anybody answer the questions I’ve posed?

        • annie says:

          what question was that?

        • Two questions:

          “wouldn’t you like to see a photo of the accident scene that shows the trajectory of the errant bullet from Israeli base? Seems simple.”

          ” we don’t even know where the accident happened, do we.”

          PZ

        • Hostage says:

          “wouldn’t you like to see a photo of the accident scene that shows the trajectory of the errant bullet from Israeli base?

          The curve that a bullet describes in the space of one hundred meters looks like this X——-X

          The PNN, Ma’an, and IMEMC reports said her family is from a Bedouin tribe that resides in the Anata area, close to the Israeli camp and that “The family lives next to the military base in question.”

          “Asil’s grandmother, said Asil was playing with her 10-year-old cousin next to the wall near her Anata home, about a hundred meters from the Anatot military camp.” link to english.pnn.ps

        • As far as I can tell a wall separates Anata from the military base.
          link to presstv.ir
          Did the bullet shoot up over the wall? Perhaps.
          Really no way to tell without a photo.

        • The Eilat attack was carried out by Egyptians, ‘outsourced’, by Islamic Jihad,a Gaza based group.

        • Chaos4700 says:

          And proudracist can see Tehran from his house! Yes, yes, yes, we’ve heard your idiotic theories about the Moooooslim terrorist conspiracy before from other sources. Eee, Witty, and when he’s not droning “sunnishiasunnishia,” DBG as well.

  8. Opti says:

    ROMNEY:
    The actions that I will take will be actions recommended and supported by Israeli leaders. I don’t seek to take actions independent of what our allies think is best, and if Israel’s leaders thought that a move of that nature would be helpful to their efforts, then that’s something I’ll be inclined to do. But again, that’s a decision which I would look to the Israeli leadership to help guide. I don’t think America should play the role of the leader of the peace process, instead we should stand by our ally. Again, my inclination is to follow the guidance of our ally Israel, as to where our facilities and embassies would exist.

    • annie says:

      shocking statement

      • mig says:

        I wouldnt call it shocking statement Annie, because that is actually US policy. Statement shows actual US situation versus Israel. You cant be get elected if you dont call 24/7 your commitment towards to Israel. Its sad to see wonderful state like US to changed to be pawn of foreign state.

    • Opti says:

      Oh, yeah. I forgot. The above quote was taken from interview with Romney, where he was talking about how he is willing to place US Embassy in Jerusalem… if Israeli leaders advised this move.

      link to thinkprogress.org

  9. Kate says:

    I agree that it wasn’t a good idea for PNN (or was it Ma‘an?) to use a ‘file photo’ of an injured child because they didn’t yet have one of Aseel Arara. But many news outlets do this. One would hope that they usually do so for less sensitive stories, but I have certainly seen the same photos over and over again in the Western press when the subject was something in the Third World.
    I doubt that there was any intent to deceive.

    • DBG says:

      Kate, right under the picture they claimed it was the girl. Of course their intent was to deceive. Maan was the same ‘news organization’ who immediately after the Itamar murder, claimed it was foreign workers. You guys are still trying to use that as a smoke screen to divert from Palestinian terror. This is how you do it. The sad part is it works for the hard core Israel haters, but people outside of your delusion see it for what it is. bupkis

      • Hostage says:

        The sad part is it works for the hard core Israel haters, but people outside of your delusion see it for what it is. bupkis

        The sad part is that you keep trying to deflect attention away from the little girl and the 1287 children killed by the IDF occupation forces since the Al Aqsa Intifada began by blabbering-on about a picture used by one of the several news outlets that reported the incident. You don’t make a very convincing case.

      • Cliff says:

        After the Itamar murders, many people thought it was foreign workers. No one knew it was two Palestinians until later.

        It’s bad taste for Ma’an to use a stock photo. It doesn’t change what happened though. It doesn’t change the fact that Israel has murdered 1000+ children since the beginning of the 2nd Intifada.

        No one here whitewashs Palestinian terror. The Itamar killings were not acts of ‘Palestinian’ terror. They were isolated murders.

        DBG, taking a break from his worthless interfaith dialogue, is just arguing about a picture while ignoring the actual story.

      • Chaos4700 says:

        Whatever, racist. We already know you’re spoonfed by places like Fox News, Little Green Footballs, Jihad Watch, etc. We don’t need to hear you making anti-Arab bleating about how all Arab news sources lie.

    • Hostage says:

      I agree that it wasn’t a good idea for PNN (or was it Ma‘an?) to use a ‘file photo’ of an injured child because they didn’t yet have one of Aseel Arara.

      I had cited and linked to the PNN report the day before. They didn’t use a file photo.

    • ” But many news outlets do this. ”

      No they don’t. If a file photo is used, that photo is clearly designated as a from file or archives, or the photo is attributed to the news agency that first published it.

  10. Avi_G. says:

    Seham,

    I thought about the little four-year-old girl earlier today, and it occurred to me that I have become so used to the daily outrages that the paralysis of a young girl no longer affects me the way it should any other human being.

    I was disappointed in myself and outraged at the fact that people like you and I and many others have reached this point, the point where it has become a routine. It sickens me and pains me deeply.

  11. sajepress says:

    Watch Obama still whine and moan about the eight year old child in Siederot who cannot sleep. Well Mr. Obama, maybe children in Israel can sleep better now.