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American priest, nun join Gaza human shields
Father Peter Dougherty, 65, left, and Sister Mary Ellen Gundeck, 55, right, both Michigan-based peace activists, sit on the roof top of the house of Mohammed weil Baroud, leader of the Popular Resistance Committees that Israel targeted for destruction, in Beit Layiha, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006. They are the first foreigners to join a week-long standoff between Palestinian 'human shields' and the Israeli air force. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
An American priest and a nun joined human shields yesterday at a Palestinian fighter’s home that Israel wanted to destroy, the first foreigners to join a weeklong standoff between Palestinians and the Israeli Air Force.
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The pair arrived yesterday morning at the family home of Mohammed Baroud, a fighter involved in rocket attacks on Israel, and said they would stay for several hours.
True American Heroes - protecting life and liberty with their very lives. Yet, according to Human Rights Watch, that makes them human rights violators.
And there's one more thing worth noting in this piece:
For the past week, Palestinian fighters and civilians have crowded into five houses, to bodily thwart Israeli threats to hit them with missiles. The use of human shields is a NEW tactic in the Palestinians’ war against Israel’s mighty military.
Notwithstanding israel's repeated accusations that Hamas and Hizb'Allah use civilians as human shields, no such thing ever happens - EXCEPT, of course, at the hands of israelis during their routine military incursions into the West Bank and Gaza strip, when they use young Palestinian children as human shields as they enter homes and alleyways.
What happened in Beit Hanun a couple of weeks ago and more recently in Jabalaya is more appropriately characterized as people risking their lives in NON-VIOLENT protest against israel's brutal military action.
Not only is there nothing wrong with it, risking your life to fight tyrrany and oppression is nothing short of heroic.