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Yes, They Are Freedom Fighters Yes, These Palestinians Are Freedom Fighters

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The name Raed Youssef Jadallah means nothing to Israelis. He was an ordinary man – a 39-year-old gardener and father of four young children. Those are exactly the same words with which my colleague, Josh Breiner, began his op-ed “Murderers, not freedom fighters”. Only instead of Raed Jadallah, he was writing about Samuel Milshevsky, whose name, he noted, means nothing to most Israelis.

Milshevsky was an Israeli who was killed in a Palestinian terror attack in 2002. But Jadallah was also killed in a terror attack by the Israel Defense Forces. Soldiers shot him after he lit a cigarette in the dark and in the hour and a half that followed didn’t trouble themselves to see what they had shot at. Jadallah’s 15-year-old son found his body dumped on the side of the road.

The unfortunate Milshevsky was killed in a suicide attack on the bus he was riding. The unfortunate Jadallah was killed by soldiers shooting blindly. Would Breiner dare call them murderers? Did they plan to kill? They certainly did nothing to avoid killing.

The question of intent is irrelevant. It only serves Israeli demagoguery. Did the Israeli soldiers intend to kill........

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