A group of Palestinian teenagers in jeans, T-shirts and kaffiyah’s throw stones at a watchtower, an armoured vehicle and some heavily armed soldiers of the army that has been occupying their land illegally for nearly 50 years (and immorally for 67). For the crime of throwing stones the punishment is summary execution and the destruction of the offenders parents’ home.

For the crime of murder Israel’s soldiers receive praise from their leaders who are rewarded with more dollars, and more weaponry by US & UK. (see note below)

For the crime of illlegal occupation Israel receives – weasel words obliterated by explicit support.

For the crime of collective punishment – a war crime – Israel receives – more dollars for more illegal settlements.

For the crime of carrying a knife and attempting to or attacking an Israeli Jew the punishment is summary execution and the destruction of the offenders parents’ home.

For destroying Palestinian livelihoods (burnt and cut down olive trees) the punishment is – nothing

For the murder by arson of innocent children, the response is –  “we’ll investigate” = nothing

For using teargas against children on their way to school the punishment is – nothing = “they must have been doing something wrong”

Note: it is ‘murder’ because, a) the forces of an occupying power are required to use minimum force in dealing with civilians. b) stones thrown at a watchtower can be ignored, and if the armoured vehicle were not there, there’d be no problem. c) in almost every case where a knife is involved the perpetrator could be disarmed and properly charged, as happens routinely in UK.

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