By Jesse Bacon
Saturday, a child the same age as my daughter was killed in Gaza. She was not killed
by a missile, or a suicide bomber, or any of the other dramatic ways children die in the
Middle East. She was killed by an Israeli policy, that the people of Gaza are to be
imprisoned as punishment for who the adults voted for. While many children have been
killed by this policy, this case sounds particularly horrific. Her family and Physicians
for Human Rights tried valiantly to get her admitted into Israel for treatment, to no avail.
I can imagine no worse nightmare for a parent, to watch your child dying knowing there
is medical care a few miles away that you are not allowed to seek out. The next time someone
tells you things aren’t so bad in Gaza any more, or that Israel is not responsible for what
goes on there, remember this story. There can be no justification for allowing a sick child
to die when you have the means to prevent it.
PHR-Israel has the story,
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