The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

Girl’s Grieving Palestinian Mother Was Not Celebrating Her Martyrdom

Kathy Walsh, Capital Times, November 19, 2005

The photographs titled “Faces of grief in Palestine and Israel” in the April 3 Capital Times once again leave readers with the idea that Palestinians grieve for killers while Israel grieves the victims of terrorism.

In reality, many more Palestinians have died at the hands of Israelis than vice versa. Remember These Children reports that since the beginning of 2006, 11 Palestinian children have died at the hands of Israeli soldiers. During this same period, one Israeli child has died as the result of Palestinian violence.

Since the outbreak of the Second Intifada in September 2000 nearly five Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli violence for every Israeli child that has died due to Palestinian violence. All of these deaths are equally deplorable, yet in America, we rarely see or hear of the “other” victims. When will we see pictures of the many Palestinian victims and their grieving families?