Mo Better Blues (Spike Lee, 1990)


i’m about to gain more than a handful of years of memories while simultaneously losing 34 minutes of my life …


Remember Ismael Mohamed Bakr, 9, Ahed Atef Bakr, 10, Zakaria Ahed Bakr, 10 and Mohamed Ramez Bakr, 11 - all from the same family - whose crime was nothing more than be Palestinian.

It does not matter how young you are, if you are Palestinian, Israel will kill you. A day which started out playing football on the beach ended with these children in body bags.

Will any Israeli be held responsible for their murder? Of course not. You’ll hear how Israel was only ‘defending’ itself and some nonsense about how Hamas was ‘hiding’ in the football they were playing with.

Israel will make something up (or pretend they’ll ‘investigate’ the incident - no outsiders allowed in that process, though!) and world leaders like Obama will regurgitate it.

While we’re on the topic of Obama, remember how he made a statement about the three Israeli settlers? It was a sweet thing to do. As of July 16, 209 Palestinians have been killed by Israel in their latest assault on the civilians of Gaza, at least 39 of whom are children.

You’re more likely to see your great-grandchildren graduate or hell freeze over than hear a word from him on Palestinian children or criticising Israel’s war crimes.


4 Palestinian children killed in Israeli air strike right in front of reporters while they played football on Gaza Beach | NYMag

Athed Atef Bakr (10-year-old), Zakareya Ahed Bakr (10-year-old), Mohamad Ramez Bakr (11-year-old) and Esma’il Mohamad Bakr (9-year-old).

The father of Zakaria (one of four Palestinian children killed by an Israeli airstrike as they were playing football on the beach) rushed to the hospital after hearing of the attack only to learn that his son had been killed. “He was my only son … he died with his cousins, they all died together,” he told NBC News.

“We live by the coast. There was a headline on the news that four children were injured … so we went looking for the kids and we could not find them, so we came here to the hospital to look for them and we found them all, including my son … oh my God.”

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry, said: “This is a cowardly crime.”

"When the first shell hit the land, they ran away but another shell hit them all," said Abu Hassera, 22, whose shirt was stained with blood. "It looked as if the shells were chasing them," he told Reuters.

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