This photograph shows an IDF soldier expressing his love for a young Palestinian boy by giving him a warm hug!
Look, I know there is a gun there, a very nasty looking gun, and I can see the boy’s arm is in plaster, and I can see that the boy is looking rather perplexed ( perhaps we should say ‘rather worried’), but, if you forget all the stories you’ve ever read about the frequent massacres of Palestinians carried out by Israel especially those in Gaza, you might be able to see this image in a new light!
Of course, you might have to put aside stories of Israeli snipers shooting Palestinians kids in the head while they play or the taking of young Palestinians in the middle of the night to give them a bit of ‘rough and tumble’ while they are questioned about stone-throwing, etc,.
Or the stories about Palestinian houses being demolished by Armour-clad Israeli bulldozers or the starving of the captive Palestinians and the denial of medical aid to them, etc,.
Just put all of that out of your mind and try to look beyond what the image is telling you. Instead imagine a hope-tinged, happy picture where, universally, love and understanding and generosity thrives.
What, you just can’t do it?
Neither can I!
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