Loud Booms are War Crimes
With all of the violence erupting around Israel and within Gaza in particular, an ABC story with the headline that reads Israel's Sonic Booms Terrifying Gaza Children is another indication that Israel has few friends in the region, including the international media outlets.
With terrorists kidnapping westerners in Gaza, suicide bombers' unrelenting thirst for blood inside Israeli borders in malls and on buses, and rocket attacks on apartment buildings, that a news organization chooses to highlight mere loud noises (sonic booms) created by Israeli aircraft and characterized them as 'terrifying' is troubling on one hand and, yet, not unexpected and amusing on the other. ABC focused its story around frightened Palestinian children and even took the trouble to seek out a Gaza psychiatrist who called the sonic booms 'war crimes'.
There was no such mention of terrified children or their psychological well-being in the Kiryat Shmona apartment buildings where two katyusha rockets exploded (complete with shrapnel) Tuesday night. Nor is there ever any mention that shredding non-combatant civilians (not excluding children) in malls and on buses with suicide bombs is a 'war crime'.
But Israel causing loud booms 'without notice' warrants investigative reporting.