The Arab haters who frequent this site are fond of throwing around cliches and racist prejudice about Arab religious and cultural attitudes. According to the haters, Arabs are bloodthirsty for revenge against Israel. They are certainly liars and totally untrustworthy. Even when Arabs say something conciliatory they are only saying it for the benefit of western media.
Well, this passage will throw a wrench in the works of those shallow thought processes of theirs. A Haaretz reporter visited the Atamnas family, which lost 18 members to errant IDF shells which killed them as they lay sleeping. The victims must be crying blood curdling calls for revenge, right? Hardly.
At the mourning tent erected by the Atamna family, which lost 18 members when errant IDF shells hit the family’s house, the stream of visitors has ebbed, and only some 20 people were there Tuesday.
Tahani Atamna, whose son Mahmoud, 12, was killed in the shelling, clutched her son’s geometry book. “He was number one in his class. The best student,” she said.
Three of her other children – Khaled, 7, Khalil, 9, and Khulud, 13 – are unwilling to return home, she added. “Yesterday, we brought them here with two psychologists. But they started to cry and said that they don’t want to die. The whole family went. All those who remain are wounded in body or soul.”
“I don’t wish any Jewish mother to go through what I’m going through, this disaster of seeing her son die before her eyes,” she continued. “I only hope that we will be the last victims of this war.”
Nor did other family members sound hungry for revenge. “I don’t want this to happen to anyone in the world,” said Riad Atamna. “Not to Jews, not to Christians and not to Muslims. Enough blood. Enough.”
Does Israel deserve such empathy especially from victims who have suffered so much due to the unconscionable mistakes of an incompetent IDF? I only applaud the victims for being able to muster such humanity in the face of such horrid brutality.
Perhaps, one day the IDF will become the kind of fighting force that does not make such mistakes, or if it does it confronts the mistake directly and honestly. And perhaps someday when it makes one of these mistakes it will actually do everything in its power to ensure it is never made again. Can we really believe that the current IDF will not make this mistake again next week, next month or next year?