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Friday, January 21, 2011

Two small potential martyrs

From Ma'an:
Families of prisoners gathered in protest on Friday, throwing shoes and eggs at the car of French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie as she arrived in Gaza via the Erez crossing in the north.

Carrying signs reading "Get out of Gaza" they stopped her car shortly after it passed through a Hamas checkpoint in the northern town of Beit Hanoun, surrounding it and hammering on the sides with their fists.

The protest was over a statement which was mistakenly attributed to the French minister when she met with the parents of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Jerusalem a day earlier.
Here's a telling detail that didn't make it into the wire-service version of the story:
As the demonstrators shoved toward the car, two children, terrified and crying, were flung to the ground floor in front of the wheels of the lead vehicle convoy of white 4x4 jeeps, and stayed there for several minutes before being hauled away by their families.
More photos here.
Several minutes???

Doesn't it seem like perhaps the crowd wanted the jeeps to run over the children?

In fact, PalPress mentions that some protesters lied down on the road in front of the convoy.

I'm sure it was chaotic, but it seems a pretty good bet that at least some of the protesters were trying to get the kids killed.