Soul-crushing video shows Gaza father unable to accept his little boy’s killing

Israel/Palestine
on 28 Comments

Please don’t open this video if you don’t wish to know what horrific violence is being visited on Palestinian families with the support of the U.S. government. Don’t open it if you don’t wish to have scarred into your mind the devotion and nurturing and wild grief of a Palestinian father.

Don’t open it if you don’t wish to see highly disturbing images of a dead child. Omar Ghraieb, Gaza blogger, states the matter clearly:


I see the video has already been removed from one site, Veooz. It doesn’t matter; these images are indelible. Thanks to Max Blumenthal.

P.S. Speaking of fathers, here is some discourse monitoring from the former Israeli soldier who’s now America’s leading expert on the conflict:

About Philip Weiss

Philip Weiss is Founder and Co-Editor of Mondoweiss.net.

Other posts by .


Posted In:

28 Responses

  1. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    July 12, 2014, 8:08 am

    Goldberg’s response to Rozen – hardly an out and out supporter of Palestinian resistance – shows the utter heartlessness and autism of Israel – not of course that Goldberg still lives in the kip.

    Not one word of commiseration or regret. Not even an acknowledgement of suffering. No – just kneejerk ‘look away’ tactics. Surprised he didn’t dismiss the video as a ”Pallywood” fake but I expect that’s next. And I also expect that 99% of Israeli Jews would find nothing wrong with this words.

    Israel is rotten to the core.

    • Annie Robbins
      July 12, 2014, 8:31 am

      goldberg spins w/ ‘that draw return fire’ justifying civilian death, but it was the pogrom against hamas in the WB that ‘drew’ rockets into israel.

      and let’s get real, israel is hit 5 health centers today. hospitals drawing missiles from israel? please, that’s israels choice who they kill. own it goldberg.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        July 12, 2014, 8:39 am

        He reminds me of the Israeli ‘ambassador’ to the UN who was interviewed by Al Jazeera English a few days. Despite the admirable persistence of the interviewer, he repeatedly refused to acknowledge that ANY innocent civilians had been killed by Israel. Not even a ‘regrettably some civilians have died, but that is the fault of da khamas’. Nothing. The obvious conclusion is that for him – as for most Israelis – ‘Palestinian’ and ‘innocent’ are mutually exclusive concepts.

    • John Douglas
      July 12, 2014, 10:20 am

      .
      ” … heartlessness and autism of Israel …” I’m not sure what Maximus had in mind in the reference to autism here, but to describe the brutality that Israel is perpetrating in terms of autism certainly misses the mark and is unfair to autistic people. There are several psychological categories that might illuminate Israel’s behavior, but they are serious and dangerous disorders of personality not medical issues of development.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        July 12, 2014, 10:54 am

        You’re right, it probably is unfair to autistic people.

        I used the word as it’s the best one I can think of to portray the complete inability of Israelis – and I don’t mean just the ‘leadership’, but most ‘ordinary’ Israelis too – to feel anything at all for those outside their glorified ghetto. Not even a twinge of regret, or any sort of sense of responsiblity for their suffering. Just nothing.

        ‘Narcissism’ is a word I often use to describe Israelis, but I don’t think it quite captures the total and utter lack of empathy with others. Maybe ‘autistic’ is not a good choice of term, as you say, but I can’t think of a better one just now.

      • tree
        July 12, 2014, 3:04 pm

        Maybe ‘autistic’ is not a good choice of term, as you say, but I can’t think of a better one just now.

        How about sociopathic? Or ASPD:

        Antisocial (or dissocial) personality disorder is characterized by a pervasive pattern of disregard for, or violation of, the rights of others. There may be an impoverished moral sense or conscience and a history of crime, legal problems, and impulsive and aggressive behavior.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisocial_personality_disorder

      • Stephen Shenfield
        July 13, 2014, 8:22 am

        Group solipsism?

  2. a blah chick
    July 12, 2014, 8:09 am

    He’s not kidding, folks. By accident I got saw it on twitter. Anyway most of the people here don’t need to see it, it’s the Jeff Goldbergs that need to.

    Also if you find it hard to understand what Jeff is trying to say imagine him saying it while in an SS uniform.

  3. justicewillprevail
    July 12, 2014, 8:17 am

    Goldberg, there is zero equivalence, especially when no Israeli child has been harmed like this, yet there will be more Palestinian children who will die in the coming days. All to prove what? That you have bigger and deadlier weapons than them? After all the killings to sate your revenge, what will have changed? Nothing, apart from the increased suffering of people already subjugated and held hostage by your glorious leaders. You are corrupted by your ideology when you can’t register any feeling at all at the hideous unwarranted deaths of innocents thanks to your permanent war syndrome. Wildly exaggerating the threat to Israel to justify indiscriminate targeting of civilians with none or the most tenuous links to the Gaza administration is posturing dishonesty of the worst kind. And even worse is trying, as you all do, to co-opt the appalling suffering into some version of ‘we are suffering too’, when you aren’t even in the firing line. Gross, arrogant, unfeeling, making excuses for mass murder of civilians – how did you get like that? As if we didn’t know.

    • Justpassingby
      July 12, 2014, 9:58 am

      Goldberg support child killings, why? Because they are non jews.

      • Kay24
        July 12, 2014, 1:02 pm

        Yes, remember how outraged they were when their 3 kids were killed?
        This must be the usual zionist type of revenge – kill any kid, even babies.

  4. NoMoreIsrael
    July 12, 2014, 8:43 am

    I always want to know EVERYTHING that is going on, but I can no longer bear to look. I just can’t.

    • Sumud
      July 12, 2014, 10:10 am

      NMI ~ I came across this nice piece of writing by Ben White on feeling powerless:

      Yesterday, a friend of mine wrote me this message: “I feel useless. I feel silly….there’s nothing I can really do. I just go home crying about all these destroyed lives. Not just in gaza but elsewhere. I just feel useless.”

      This is what I wrote back. It was a quick reply, rough around the edges, and from the heart. It won’t be for everyone. But I hope others might appreciate it.

      “it’s awful…..the reality is bigger than us, or so it can seem. but this is to be misled by the nature of things. the horror and the beauty of the world will always be “bigger” than us, as individuals, as you, as me. But the darkness wins if you are swamped by powerlessness. Cry. Scream. I do, trust me. But remember that each one of us faces a choice when we wake up each morning and find ourselves in a new day. All we can do is get up and do what is right that day. To make it tougher for the oppressors. To ease the suffering of the oppressed. To love people around us, and to take care of ourselves, for that too is a kind of resistance, and a profound one. Find what you do best, and do it. don’t feel bad for the tears, for the feelings of uselessness. they are the screaming signs of your humanity. but, after you’ve sat with them for a while, and stared them in the face, recognise the lie of impotency for what it is. And do your part.”
      https://m.facebook.com/benwhite.org.uk/posts/10100948955931870

  5. Kay24
    July 12, 2014, 9:36 am

    This is heart breaking. I did not watch, but I did see a picture of this sad scene.
    What kind of evil does this to children? They have shown time and time again, that their children are more precious, and that they treat non Jewish children, like dirt. What is the damn international community doing about this? Why are they allowing brutal monsters to use their deadly weapons on unarmed civilians? Why are the Arab nations sitting on their big behinds and not speaking out? We are watching genocide and the wiping out of occupied people, and the US and the UK are complicit in this massacre. Who defends these people, and how about their rights? Do occupied civilians, with no iron domes and bomb shelters, NOT have rights?
    The butchers of Tel Aviv, that is what they should be called.

  6. Justpassingby
    July 12, 2014, 9:56 am

    Is israel a state or is it a thug-warmachine?

  7. RobertB
    July 12, 2014, 10:39 am

    After watching the heart breaking video and seeing the horrific photos…of innocent infants, children and the elderly…murdered…shattered in such a gruesome killing … and so deliberate to cause massive damage and death to an unarmed and defenseless civilian population, I must confess … it is extremely difficult to comprehend of why the world allows this atrocity to happen …day after day.

    Israel and its IDF murderers with all their American made weapons are just having a field day on Gaza’s civilian population, buildings, homes, hospitals, schools, mosques, agriculture…etc…And the world just stands by and counts the numbers of dead children, the mothers, the fathers, the grandmothers, the grandfathers….and families just wiped out!

    And the spineless Obama with his Israel/AIPAC serving team… are just silent. They don’t dare to speak out against Israel’s atrocities in Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem…etc…

    Obama is scared and worried…its all about the upcoming mid-year elections!!! He can’t criticize Israel in any way. And Netinyahu, the war criminal, knows it! He knows that game well and he timed it just right for Israel and its zionism’s goals!

    • Kay24
      July 12, 2014, 1:27 pm

      Nutty Benjy has interfered in US politics, even tried to win the White House for his pal, Romney, and yet Obama still cannot stand up to him especially at a time like this. Obama is a father, and should realize how the Palestinian parents must feel when US or Israeli made weapons blow up little babies. This is terrorism by a rogue nation – and we hold their hands.

  8. mascraig
    July 12, 2014, 11:14 am

    Here is a picture of that lovely child while still alive. I can’t imagine the pain of the father, of the people, of the hopelessness.

    https://twitter.com/saidshouib/status/487892531145748480/photo/1

  9. Mndwss
    July 12, 2014, 11:24 am

    “Request should also be made to Hamas leaders in their bunkers, firing missiles at civilians that draw return fire.”

    Hamas leaders in Gaza have bunkers? What are they made of? Paper?

    Is not cement on the list of what the judeo-nazis will not let the Gazans import?

    Are they allowed to import paper…?

    Why does
    Goldberg speak about bunkers? Is it because he want to compare Hamas with Nazis and the Führerbunker?

  10. tree
    July 12, 2014, 3:14 pm

    …Hamas leaders in their bunkers…

    Oops, Goldberg is getting off the approved hasbara message here. According to all the Israeli spokespeople the IDF is targeting houses because Hamas is using them for command and control centers. What? Hamas leaders are not in civilian houses but in bunkers? There goes one excuse for Israeli targeting civilians.

    • Kay24
      July 12, 2014, 3:45 pm

      They lie, twist facts, make ridiculous justifications, and would say anything to keep the violence going. Goldberg is a zionist snake, and obviously, like his masters in Tel Aviv, has no compassion, nor outrage, for the ongoing massacre of civilians, especially the slaughter of children. I wonder which religion would condone this bloody murder spree.

      • peeesss
        July 12, 2014, 8:19 pm

        “I wonder which religion would condone this bloody murder spree.” Since Netanyahu , the King of the Jews, says Israel is a Jewish State, and has the audacity to speak of the sanctity of life, the vast majority of Jews in Israel obviously support the massacre of Palestinian men, woman and children, books are written by Rabbi’s justifying the murder of babies {snakes}, leading Jewish politicians, Rabbi’s incite their followers with racist rants quoting Torah/Talmudic exhortations . It appears to these fanatical cultists the religion of Judaism condones this behavior. Are they all so blatantly ignorant of what their Yeshiva’s , Rabbi’s, teach them , or are they correct in their understanding of their faith that leads them to support such murderous, horrific , violence on a defenseless people.?

  11. fwhite
    July 12, 2014, 4:25 pm

    “And there is no military in the history of the world that has actually used such precision targets. I mean, think about it from a military tactics point of view. We tell our enemies—we tell Hamas where we’re going to hit. We tell them with text messages, with phone calls, with leaflets. We tell them in order to get civilians out of harm’s way. But for them, civilian death is actually—it’s actually a success. This is what they want.”

    That’s Joshua Hantman, senior adviser to Israel’s ambassador to the United States. speaking on Democracy Now yesterday, July 11, 2014. (http://snipurl.com/293ii0u)

    The heartbreaking image of a Palestinian father wailing over his dead child, imploring him to wake up and see the doll he got him, should serve as a deserving graphic slap in the face to the callous Mr. Hantman for his cruel remark.

    Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by Hantman’s insensitivity towards all Palestinians suffering under the iron heel of IDF savagery, for as Gideon Levy put it in a July 7, Haaretz column — “Now we know: In the Jewish state, there is pity and humane feelings only for Jews, rights only for the Chosen People. The Jewish state is only for Jews.”

  12. MRW
    July 12, 2014, 10:58 pm

    Leave a message at the Israeli Embassy
    202-364-5500

Leave a Reply