- Mideast: Gaza kids put Netanyahu on trial Televised children s tribunal organized by Hamas ministry 05 February, 20:02 Gaza kids put Bibi Netanyahu on trialMessage 1 of 1 , Feb 7, 2013View Source
Mideast: Gaza kids put Netanyahu on trial
Televised children's tribunal organized by Hamas ministry
(ANSAmed) - GAZA - Three months after Israel's Operation Cloud Pillar against Hamas, Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak were put on simulated trial by three 10-12 year-old Palestinian children, who called on them to answer for their actions.
Organized by the Hamas ministry of sport, the televised mock trial was designed to help kids overcome the traumas of the recent conflict, in which the Gaza Strip was pounded by bombs for eight days. Before proceedings began, the children were asked to memorize both prosecution and defense arguments.
On the stand, wearing masks of Netanyahu, Barak, and Israeli military spokesman Avichay Adrei, three other kids played the defendants. They were provided with attorneys, who found they had no attenuating circumstances to invoke on behalf of their clients.
''Why do you kill children? Why do you lay siege to Gaza?'' asked prosecution witness Roan Abu Leila, 9. She was playing Rim al-Dalu, a little girl who lost most of her family in a single Israeli air strike on her home. Local media reported the court sentenced all three defendants to death. But young Roan, who is the self-assured, studious daughter of two teachers, later told ANSAmed in an interview that, while she agreed that all three did deserve capital punishment, in fact the child tribunal handed down no sentences. Rather, said Roan, the children's trial was designed to try the case before world public opinion. In the months since the eight-day blitz, Hamas, which is the elected government of the Gaza Strip, has organized several activities ''to help children overcome war trauma'', including concerts, drawing competitions and exhibits.