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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Traumatizing Palestinian Children

Israel Squeezes Gazans
By Ian Fisher
NY Times July 2, 2006

GAZA, July 1 ...Many (Palestinians) are worried too about the longer-term effects of the (Israeli) violence on their children....residents here say that in the last week Israeli sonic booms — which cause houses to shudder and sound like massive bombs exploding overhead — have been especially terrifying. Mahmoud Bahador, 30, a car mechanic, said that one night this week, his 3-year-old son, Moamin, bolted out of bed after one of the booms in search of his toy gun to defend himself. "I told him, 'Don't be afraid. They aren't here,' " he said. "But he didn't understand."


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