Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Attacks on Israel by 'children' are a serious threat

The response of Patrick Corrigan of Amnesty International (Write Back, March 26) is typical of the sort of treatment Israel receives in international forums.

His admission that "youngsters in the West Bank regularly throw stones at heavily-armed Israeli soldiers" is... minimised by: "this rarely represents a serious threat".

The implication is that they are merely naughty boys. But these 'children' throw stones (large rocks in reality) at civilian cars with the objective of causing them to crash. It is in this context the Israeli Defence Forces resort, in the first instance, to non-lethal crowd-control techniques, but are forced, if these are do not work, to use live fire, which can lead to fatalities.

MARTIN D STERN

Salford, Greater Manchester

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