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Is THIS how children behave?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2010 by Heyoka Healing Arts

This post is in reference to a news story that I’ve been seeing on the BBC over the last few hours.
The title of the piece is :

Israel’s War On Jerusalem Children By Jonathan Cook
you can find it here….

A snippet to get things started… “Israeli police have been criticised over their treatment of hundreds of Palestinian children, some as young as seven, arrested and interrogated on suspicion of stone-throwing in East Jerusalem.”

The gist of the story is that the kids in the region (there doesn’t seem to be an age limit here, young ones, pre- and early teenagers) have been getting detained and held, with varying degrees of “interrogation”, by the local authorities.
The outcry seems to be that considering they are children, they are somehow exempt from the rules and therefor should be allowed to carry on the way their parents and older siblings may do, as in when the police or military or anyone they aren’t familiar with shows up in the neighbourhood, they are fair game to be assaulted with rocks.
Is there actually anyplace that this is acceptable? Uh, I don’t think so….

One has to think that there is a definite lack of common sense amongst the so-called adults and parents of the children involved here. The actual newscast of this story holds a lot more water than the words. The fact is, nobody, child, adult, whatever age, has the right to openly and commonly assault another person, be it in their vehicle or on foot, with rocks or any other manner of projectile. The truth is that the children in this area of the world are taught that this is common and accepted behaviour. Just because someone is different than you, just because they go to a different church or drive a car with a different licence plate, is apparently reason enough to endanger and often threaten the lives of others.

As much as it “may” be wrong to arrest/detain a child, the truth is, if you don’t want to pay the price, don’t do the crime.
It’s literally that simple. And one’s surroundings, upbringing, social situation…. none of those things matter.

The truth is, what’s wrong is wrong. And threatening ANY other person’s life is wrong, no matter where you’re from or what age you are.  Maybe the grown-ups of the region need a lesson or two in how to raise their children.  As the father of Amran Mansour says in the news story, “It’s a game to them, they don’t know any better…”.

Perhaps Mr. Mansour you should teach your child a little better, or for that fact, perhaps the majority of the parents that seem to accept this behaviour should be given a few lessons in parental behaviour.

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