The country has been mesmerized, horrified and mourning since December 14 when twenty-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed twenty children — six and seven years of age, six adult staff members of Sandy Hook Elementary School and also, separately, his own mother in Newtown, Connecticut. He also killed himself. (See more here.)
In November, Israel waged an eight-day war in Gaza called, “Operation Pillar of Defense.” By November 21, at least 103 Gazan civilians had been killed, including 33 children. More than 971 Gazan civilians were wounded, including 274 children. (See “Children Face the Fallout of Gaza War” by Mel Frykberg at Antiwar.com.)
On December 28, some Christian churches celebrate what is known as the Feast of the Holy Innocents. This day commemorates the probably non-historical massacre of infants two years old and under in Bethlehem (now in what is known as the West Bank) following the birth of Jesus who was considered a threat by King Herod. The story is told in the Second Chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament.) This makes me note that Jesus the Jew was born and lived under occupation as do the Palestinians of today, including technically those in Gaza.
Matthew wrote, quoting the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), regarding the massacre of the innocents: “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.”
Also according to Matthew, Jesus said: “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”
I hereby remember all of these children.
Following the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, images and quotes from the late children’s television host, Fred Rogers, were circulating on the internet. I repost two:
In that light, I Declare World Peace.