Masked gunmen publicly shot dead six suspected ‘Israeli spies’ and the body of one was laterdragged through the streets of war torn Gaza City. Some in the chanting mob stomped and spit on the bodies, while a sixth corpse was tied to a motorcycle and dragged through the streets as people screamed, "Spy! Spy!"
The Hamas military wing, Izzedine al-Qassam, claimed responsibility of the brutal killings in a large handwritten note attached to a nearby electric pole. The killing came on the seventh day of an Israeli military offensive that has killed more than 130 Palestinians as well as five Israelis.
Hamas or Israel; the act of demeaning humans to this level should be condemned regardless. No person with even the slightest respect for humanity can encourage a cruel and condemnable act like this.
However, in the current circumstance, there is little knowledge of what goes on in people’s minds when they’re under this kind of stress, mental torture and life on the edge. What really makes a person cross lines of humanity? The people of Palestine and Gaza have lost almost everything from children to their homes in the massive bombardment conducted by Israeli forces on and off from the last decade. The offensive that started seven days ago is no different. Gaza comprises of an area not more than 139 sq miles (360 sq km) and for the last for six continuous days it has been bombed to its very core. In such circumstances, desperation and anger can be a fuel for the already burning fire of anguish. This could also be a result of the feeling of hatred and hostility that runs deep. After all, they’ve had their share of atrocities happened to them!
But no wrong, no injustice can call an act like this, dragging humans on motorcycles and celebrating it, right. It is inhuman and atrocious.
Human Rights Watch along with Palestinian Center for Human Rights, a Gaza City-based group has condemned the killings. In this context it is important to distinguish that such harrowing activities conducted by a handful of Hamas fanatics in Gaza do not represent the perspective of the majority Palestinians, who, on the whole, are peace loving people.
A similar notion also applies at the other side of the border. Majority of the population in Israel does not endorse the oppressive and criminal acts of their government against the innocent people of Gaza.
It is this distinction of either accepting or rejecting violence, that either makes us human or unknowingly transforms us into an animal that either cares for a human or treats him like a rotten piece of flesh.