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The Israeli Army’s First Commandment

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Stop saying “Soldiers fired for no reason” or “a Palestinian boy was killed for no reason.” First of all, because there is a reason, and second, because this kind of phrasing only entrenches the representation of reality that the government wants people to adopt.

Let’s start with the second point. When they say “soldiers fired for no reason” on the car in which Muayad al-Alami and his children Mohammed, Anan and Ahmed were riding, it’s like saying that all is normal and there is nothing amiss with armed foreign soldiers being stationed 24/7 in the heart of a civilian population.

This is what the IDF and the government want us to think, this is what the platoons of settlers tell us and what Jewish Israelis who pop over for a quick visit to Yesha-stan come to think. The phrase “fired on/was killed for no reason” contains within it the premise that it is the behavior of a certain Palestinian or of the Palestinian population as a whole that must be scrutinized, because they must certainly be the ones who deviated from the rules that the soldiers expect them to uphold. And for........

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