Hadeel to triumph

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Hadeel Haddad

It is hard when a man beholds his innocent child, laid dead and mingled with her blood. The smell, the scattered parts of the soft body, the silent heart –or better the silenced heart—alongside the tears of the woeful kinsfolks, weeping before the fragmented body, provoke one’s self to retaliate! Each on his own way. Some might write about the actions, undertaken by Israel (like myself), whereas others might hit back.

‏On both cases, a little toddler like Hadeel Haddad is not but doomed, and destined to lose; she lost her childhood. Israel erased the forced smile she wore over her face, and banished her to another world –the world of dead where serenity takes over the sounds of the Israeli apaches hovering over the bleak, crying sky of Gaza, and where calmness holds the droning voices of the drones accountable. The Israeli missile that fragmented the clock of the night into two halves took the life of Hadeel for no reason but being Palestinian. Or more accurately, a 2-year-old, young, terrorist Palestinian child. Had she survived all the crushing actions of the Israeli warplanes, she would have given birth to Palestinian gunfighters. (This is probably the main pillar of the Israeli pretext)

‏This proves a lot! Israel has been eradicating the Palestinian people, no matter how old they are, ever since it was declared an independent state. Being a Palestinian is more than enough to be slaughtered like a sheep. This is the denied fact by both the international community and the UN. People, like Hadeel, would stigmatize both. And history will never drop their parts of the massacre. People like Hadeel will rewrite history, even though they are wronged by both, media machine and military machine. And Hadeel to triumph.

[Editor’s Note: There seem to be questions regarding the circumstances under which Hadeel was killed. Ma’an reports: “A Hamas medical official told Reuters the cause of the child’s death was not clear. Witnesses said she was killed when militants launched a rocket close by. An Israeli military spokesman told Ma’an the army had not attacked that area.”]

25 Responses

  1. Annie Robbins
    June 20, 2012, 11:37 am

    Or more accurately, a 2-year-old, young, terrorist Palestinian child.

    nothing more to say…

  2. hophmi
    June 20, 2012, 11:41 am

    Or more accurately, she was killed by a misfired Hamas rocket, not an IDF airstrike.

    link to bbc.co.uk

    • Adam Horowitz
      June 20, 2012, 11:53 am

      The post has been updated with a report from Ma’an, still seems the story is unclear.

    • Annie Robbins
      June 20, 2012, 12:22 pm

      that is an interesting link/framing from bbc hophmi:

      Hamas militants in Gaza have fired rockets and mortars into southern Israel following air strikes against the Palestinian territory.

      and yet the headline states: “Hamas fires barrage of rockets into Israel”

      who is instigating this thing? also, i do not think your statement is necessarily ‘more accurate’. i think it sounds very familiar (and not uncommon in the least) for israel to deny culpability only later to find they are lying , covering up, or retract.

      either way, israel has instigated fitna, stepping up attacks, arresting lots of children in the WB and generally pushing for another summer of confrontation. we’ve seen this before. again and again and again. just like in 06 when israel broke the ceasefire by murdering hula’s family on the beach in gaza.

      • seafoid
        June 21, 2012, 5:51 am

        The language is really interesting and goes to the heart of why there will never be a Palestinian state

        Hamas militants in Gaza have fired rockets and mortars
        air strikes

        It could have been “Hamas soldiers launched ground strikes against Israel in response to bombing from the air by Jewish conscript pilots”

        But you will never read that .

        airstrike is such a cool word for mass murder by a technically superior OECD country .

      • hophmi
        June 21, 2012, 12:23 pm

        I know you’ll believe just about anything, Annie, as long as it’s against Israel, but here, Hamas sources privately took responsibility. Israel did not deny anything.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 22, 2012, 2:37 am

        allegedly anonymous hamas sources ‘took responsibilty’ hophmi. big dif. they do have spokespeople. so no, the only thing on the record is an anonymous source claiming to be hamas.

        i think an attack like this warrants a little more than that to be considered set in stone..

        I know you’ll believe just about anything, Annie

        and where would an exchange with an uber zio be w/out the ad hom crutch hops? thanks for not disappointing.

        Israel did not deny anything.

        of course they did, par for the course…as usual.

    • Avi_G.
      June 21, 2012, 12:11 am

      The other possibility that seems to go unreported by the BBC — whose director general is none other than Mark Thompson, Ariel Sharon’s close friend, and the same person who refused to air the Gaza humanitarian aid appeal in 2009 — is that the Israeli warplanes fired at Hadeel’s house (Either in error or on purpose) in retaliation for the rocket fire.

      Israel has a knack for Collective Punishment where it punishes ordinary Palestinian civilians for the actions of a select few (See: Gaza siege).

  3. Refaat
    June 20, 2012, 11:52 am

    Israel’s new policy: why kill one 30 year old Gazan if you can kill 4 Gazans who together make up the 30 years?

  4. Waleed Meadana
    June 20, 2012, 12:52 pm

    I think that Ma’an’s report lacks reliability. They have no correspondents on the ground, anyway. I live in GAZA, and I report what I see and hear about. I am not defending anybody but people like Hadeel.

    • Annie Robbins
      June 20, 2012, 1:11 pm

      waleed, i think when israel denies the news follows. not sure who ma’an got their info from. they are claiming ‘hamas medical official’.

  5. Waleed Meadana
    June 20, 2012, 1:25 pm

    “hamas medical officials”

    Annie, I bet them (Ma’an staff) give abstaract names. They won’t cz they don’t have any. almost all Gazans know that Ma’an news agency is factionalized. They write from the perspective of one faction, even though it meets with the Israeli interest..

    • Annie Robbins
      June 20, 2012, 2:17 pm

      I bet them (Ma’an staff) give abstaract names

      they gave no names, just ‘ hamas medical official’. and also this from BBC reporter tweet – link to twitter.com

      “Privately Hamas official in ‪#Gaza‬ tell BBC 2 year girl old was killed by misfiring of a rocket by Palestinian militants not by IDF airstrike”

      so, reads like they didn’t tell him, they told BBC2. they told them ‘privately’, why? again, ‘Hamas official’. what’s hamas position on this and if it is to deny it was carried out by israel why are they saying that ‘privately’? it makes no sense. if they think israel didn’t do it to the extent they are telling reporters, why not tell the people. if they are covering it up, why tell reporters?

      it makes no logical sense. can anyone make heads or tails out of why hamas officials would be leaking to reporters a palestinian caused the death of this child while at the same time releasing videos like this: link to youtube.com

      w/screaming headline: In retaliation for killing 8 Palestinians

      does hamas have traitors in it’s ranks? not too likely. my hunch is the anonymous quotes are not from hamas. the information could be true, but the source is crippled. so why trust it given israel has a long track record of denying civilian death?

      any person israel kills over 15 who is not an old old man israel immediately labels a militant. sometimes they even call old farmers militants.

      link to mondoweiss.net May 17, 2012: Israel breaks lull, attacks Gazan farmers

      this is a sustained campaign by israel to instigate an eruption of retaliation by hamas. obviously.

      • ColinWright
        June 21, 2012, 4:53 am

        ‘any person israel kills over 15 who is not an old old man israel immediately labels a militant. sometimes they even call old farmers militants. ‘

        You can scratch ‘over fifteen.’ Back in 2002, an eight year old the Israelis killed was described as ‘a terrorist with a long resume.’

        No foolin.’ I suppose it’s really for the best, but not only are Israelis liars, but they’re clumsy liars. They make verifiably false, wildly improbable claims all the time.

      • ritzl
        June 22, 2012, 1:11 pm


        “any person israel kills over 15 who is not an old old man israel immediately labels a militant. sometimes they even call old farmers militants.”

        See Greenwald on this despicable practice of self-definition/justification in our drone “war,” including second strikes on responders/mourners.

        (I think this is the right article. Salon’s site is slow at the moment.) link to salon.com

        I can’t tell if predominantly US practices are merging into Israel’s or vice versa. I suspect the latter. Not that it matters in the least to the innocent dead people and enraged live people.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 22, 2012, 1:26 pm

        thanks ritzl. will check out link. did you notice the ma’an article i just linked to in the pchr thread? Israeli tanks entered Gaza ….. victims as Muhammad Bassam Abu Mueliq and Yousif Talbani, both aged 16….their bodies were riddled with bullets.

        wrt predominantly US practices are merging into Israel’s or vice versa. i think the strategies have been merged for awhile. after all, iraq was a neocon war and dan senor was in charge of propaganda reports coming out of iraq for public consumption. in iraq it was hard not to notice there were virtually no male civilians reportedly killed, for years with the possible exception of one traveling with his family in a car where everyone got killed. every iraqi adult or teen male was recorded as a militant or insurgent or soldier. only women and children were allowed civilian status. so this has been going on a long long time. war is hell on men.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 22, 2012, 1:36 pm

        yeah, from the greenwald link It in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials

        i recall in falluja, for the most part they did not let the men enter evacuation corridors with their families prior to the onslaught. genocide of the male population of falluja. in palestine the women are a ‘demographic’ threat so both sexes and children are at risk.

      • ritzl
        June 22, 2012, 2:50 pm

        @Annie I have a hard time following multiple threads. I did see that link but I confess the connection between Hadeel and those two kids in the Ma’an report is not apparent, at least to me. Israel routinely kills Gazans for no apparent reason, but Hadeel does seem to have been killed by “friendly fire” for lack of a better term. Perhaps I’m just not getting the timeline.

        BTW and FTR, my comment in the PHCR thread was not about you or anyone else here that argues for Palestinian rights. You all are “whole-truth-tellers.” It was a reflection on the credibility of the reflexive and incessant “facts be damned” hasbara.

      • ritzl
        June 22, 2012, 4:38 pm

        @Annie What you say is why solving the I/P conflict is so important. Aside from all the direct aid, blockade, human rights, et. al. issues, generating a resolution formula for this particular intractable problem means all the rest of the outflow/derivative (and they are derivative) problems go away or become solvable in turn. There’s so much (Israel-first neocon-induced) cross-talk propagating and perpetuating all of them.

        If this issue isn’t solved (including the mechanism that enabled it to be solved), then there is no fundamental change in the thinking/power dynamics of the ptb to be had and that propagation/deflection (from any full-on discussion of Israel’s wrongs/mythology; there will always be new dragons, real? or imagined based on that mythology) process continues unperturbed.

        More innocent dead people, including Jews.

  6. YoungMassJew
    June 20, 2012, 3:53 pm

    This is one of the saddest stories I’ve read in a while. The IDF is the most inhumane army on the planet.

    • ColinWright
      June 21, 2012, 5:06 am

      ‘The IDF is the most inhumane army on the planet.’

      That wouldn’t be true. However, it is the most inhumane army on the planet that we vigorously, lavishly, and enthusiastically support. It’s also the one with about the worst cause going. Well, maybe the Lord’s Resistance Army wins there as well. But then, we don’t give the LRA three billion a year plus bonuses when we’re feeling especially generous.

  7. Sherri Munnerlyn
    June 20, 2012, 10:54 pm

    I believe Israel is responsible for the killing, if Hamas officials were truly claiming Israel was not responsible we would have names of real people who would be speaking publicly about what happened. Palestinians are not benefitting from US money going to the PA, we effectively are paying for the Occupation to never end, to maintain the status quo.

    • tokyobk
      June 20, 2012, 11:45 pm

      Adham Abu Salmiya is the spokesman for Hamas Emergency Services. A real person.

  8. ColinWright
    June 21, 2012, 12:37 am

    The child is dead. Precisely how certainly won’t alter that.

    It’s a mistake to get drawn into arguing about what killed her. This will just give Zionists the opportunity to pretend all the victims die under similarly ambiguous circumstances.

    Sadly, this is a very well-stocked lake. Another, indisputable victim should be along shortly to give this tragedy its latest face. Let Hadeel Haddad rest in peace.

  9. Yousef M. Aljamal
    June 21, 2012, 3:25 am

    IOF terrorists murdered Hadeel to give meaning to the word “example”. She was chosen as an “example” to be salughtered in cold blood. “Direct hits were confirmed, huh?”

    The target was a two-year old Palestinian child. A number. A body of flesh. So that Israel gets satisfied. So that Hadeel does not grow up, gets married and deliver babies. She was a demographic threat.


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