January 6th, 2009
12:23 PM ET

Mourning the young

A wounded boy is carried into the Al-Shifa hospital on Monday in Gaza.

A wounded boy is carried into the Al-Shifa hospital on Monday in Gaza.

Jeremy Bowen

6 January: Jerusalem

I'm writing this at the funeral of one of the Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza last night. His name was Nitai Stern and he was 21 years old.

It is beautiful sunlit day at the Mt Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem. A military helicopter is clattering by overhead, heading south towards Gaza.

The sound, just for a moment, is drowning out the weeping of Nitai Stern's family and friends. You can hear the sobs as they call out his name.

Some of the dead man's comrades from his unit, the Golani Brigade, are here, and some of them are weeping too.

The funeral of anyone young feels like such a waste. You can't try to make it a celebration of life, which sometimes feels right if someone has lived to a great old age.


Filed under: Israel • Palestine
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Andy

    somebody needs to stop this genocide of Palestinian people

    January 6, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  2. Adeline

    So young, so soon.

    What nakes it worse is that there is no exit for civilians in Gaza in the midst of this war. Gazans are trapped. they cannot flee to neighboring countries as refugees.
    and they havent got access to clean water for 250,000 people.
    People haven't got access to humanitarian supplies, like food and medicine, gas for cooking, and fuel for the central power plant;

    Hospitals are relying on erratic generators, jeopardizing care in intensive care and neo-natal units. Some 300 babies are born every day in Gaza, but pregnant women are being forced to deliver outside hospitals as all available beds are reserved for war injuries and other emergency cases.

    Israel must grant freedom of movement to Gazan civilians to access humanitarian distribution points and hospitals safely

    Israel must speed the granting of permission for international medical personnel to access Gaza.

    January 6, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  3. Abdul Majid

    It is important to report why Hamas was shelling before this crisis. How Israel made the life of palestenians miserable. Why did president Crater Sided with Palestenians. The Rokets were not doing any harm at all. Hamas are not smart politicians, they also have to share the blame fore the crises.

    January 6, 2009 at 12:47 pm |