A question that we as Americans and just plain decent human beings need to have answered by the pro-Palestine, pro-Hamas crowd, is why in the world we should ever support a group of violent radicals who are willing to harm children, even infants, in the name of their sick and twisted “god?” I don’t think there’s a coherent, morally upright answer that can convince those of us who hold to an objective standard of right and wrong to stop supporting Israel and the Jewish people and back terrorists.
Sorry, not sorry.
And here’s a good reason why.
According to the Daily Wire’s latest article:
Doctors working with children who were hostages held by Hamas after the October 7 massacre of 1200 Israelis are discovering how traumatic the ordeal for the children was and how much it has affected them. The children seized by Hamas ranged in age from 10 months to 18 years old. Some were held alone. Israeli doctors found that most of the children had lost between 10% to 15% of their body weight, The Wall Street Journal reported.
But the behavior that the doctors found most unsettling was that the children spoke in whispers, slowly gathering the courage to ask if they could look out the window or open a door, Efrat Bron-Harlev, chief executive of the Schneider Children’s Medical Center, said, adding, “They looked like shadows of children.” He said that when the famished children were asked why they ate in such small quantities, they answered they had to save some for later.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” Renana Eitan, chair of psychiatry at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, said. “We feel as a group that we have to rewrite the textbook.”
Some of the adult hostages who were released to Israel spoke out about how the terrorists treated the kids they kidnapped, saying they often fed them benzodiazepines to keep them docile and quiet. This has come with some serious side effects and consequences, as the children who were taken hostage have become used to receiving the medication and now have trouble falling asleep due to not taking them anymore.
According to Bron-Harlev said that a three-year-old child has mentioned “red men” on a number of occasions, before doctors finally came to the conclusion the traumatized little one was likely talking about people who were covered in blood. Teenagers who were taken captive by these horrific animals spoke about they were informed Israel had been destroyed. Many of them gave up hope that anyone was actually looking for them.
A few of the kids were told that if they spoke out about how bad conditions for their captivity were, Hamas would hurt other hostages who were left, which is why so many of them were hesitant to speak out when they were released.
Nigerian psychologist Fatima Akilu, whose organization treated the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamic group Boko Haram in 2014, told the Journal, “What we have found—even if it’s a very short episode of kidnapping—is that they experience long-term psychological distress mostly manifested in the form of trauma. Sometimes you don’t see the effects now but you can see it 10 to 20 years later.”
The children who were hostages are “not coming back to the world they knew,” Pessach said. “Their whole reality has collapsed.”
Please pray for these poor children who have experienced horrors most of us can’t even imagine. It’s going to be difficult returning to a normal life.