They killed my only child

Mamoun Aldam.


“Mum, I am scared because of the drones in the sky.  There are many of them. I can hear them.  I can also see a helicopter.  Please hurry up and come.”  Mamoun Aldam (12) made 2 such phone calls to his mother, Amna Aldam (52) on Wednesday, 20 June 2012.  At around 2:30pm, shortly after his parents arrived, Mamoun was killed by a missile fired at the family’s farmland in Al-Zeitoun area. His blind father, Mohamed Aldam (67) was also severely injured in the attack.


On the day of the attack, Mamoun had gone to show someone the location of the farm.  Amna recounts that: “We wanted to build a storage room on the farm.  The person we hired did not know where our farm was, so Mamoun offered to show him.  The person left after seeing the farm and Mamoun stayed behind to wait for us.”


His parents rushed to the farm after he called.  They all sat under a tree to get some rest and shade.  They did not anticipate any attacks from the overhead drones:  “We were not armed.  We are civilians.  The trees in the farm were recently planted, so they are still small.  Anyone could see from above that we were just civilians so we did not expect to be attacked.”


Mamoun made his parents some coffee and then started playing with his football:  “He was playing about 20 meters from where we were resting and I asked him to come back.  Suddenly, I heard an explosion.  I saw dust, smoke and fire where Mamoun had been standing.  I heard him scream once, and then he went quiet.  I kept calling out for him, but he did not answer back.”


Amna was desperately calling for her son as she rushed to where he had been playing: “There was dust everywhere and I could not see anything.  When I finally saw Mamoun, he was lying on the ground and there was a lot of blood around him.  His legs had been torn off.  There was shrapnel all over his body.  His clothes were burned and he was almost naked.  He was dead.”


Amna clearly recalls hearing other women screaming from neighboring farms as she picked up her son’s body: “I held him and took him to his father so he could touch his face and say goodbye.  I found my husband bleeding heavily from his head.  His left hand and right leg were also bleeding.  He was touching his forehead and asking me if it was sweat.  He is diabetic and has high blood pressure, so I thought he was going to die from all the bleeding.  I was screaming for people to come and help us.”


Two ambulances arrived on the farm shortly afterwards and rushed Mohamed to hospital.  They also took what was left of Mamoun’s body.  Amna stayed behind: “There were pieces of my child’s body everywhere.  I stayed there and started collecting the pieces and putting them in a bag.  Other women came to help me.”


In spite of his injuries, Mohamed refused to stay in hospital as he wanted to be at his son’s burial.  Mamoun’s death has traumatized him: “It has been very hard for him to live without Mamoun.  He is blind and Mamoun used to take him everywhere, even for his hospital appointments.  He has been greatly affected and says he cannot take it anymore.  Sometimes he even calls out for Mamoun, and then remembers he is gone.  He feels that he will die soon without Mamoun.”


Amna has nothing, but unanswered questions and pain.  Mamoun was her only child.  She has kept the deflated red ball that Mamoun had been playing with when he was killed.  She breaks down and cries as she talks about him: “Look at that picture on the wall.  He was just a small boy.  I want to understand why they killed my son.  Why?  My Mamoun was kind to all people and animals.  He never harmed anyone.  He used to feed a stray cat, and even now it comes outside the house to wait for him.  I remember how he used to kiss my feet and tell me ‘you are my darling, I want to keep you locked inside my heart.’  I just want to know why they took him from us.”


The trauma has not been borne only by the Aldam family.  The children in the neighborhood have also been affected by Mamoun’s death: “Every time the children hear planes passing overhead, they run to their houses shouting and crying.  Why do they kill children?  What wrong have they done?  Why the huge number of drones in the sky attacking innocent people?  I held my Mamoun in my arms when he died and everything felt destroyed for me.  I hope that is the last child to be killed in Palestine.”


In the month of June 2012, 16 children were injured and 3 were killed, including Mamoun, during Israel’s various attacks on the Gaza Strip.  The targeting and killing of a child, a protected civilian, is a war crime, as codified in Articles 8(2)(a)(i) and 8(2)(b)(i) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.





  1. paschn said,

    July 12, 2012 at 14:18

    Like the League of nations before it, the United (Zionist) Nations along with Nato are owned and operated by Central Bankers. They keep a boot on the neck of any people attempting to throw off control of the Zionist West.


    Soon, AmeriKa too A fitting epitaph to a nation of vicious, arrogant fools.

  2. July 12, 2012 at 16:24

    Absolutely disgusting. Makes me think of these lyrics:

    “Old timer who you gonna kill next
    Hey bartender over here
    Two more shots
    And two more beers
    Sir turn up the TV sound
    The war has started on the ground
    Just love those laser guided bombs
    They’re really great
    For righting wrongs
    You hit the target
    And win the game
    From bars 3,000 miles away
    3,000 miles away
    We play the game
    With the bravery of being out of range
    We zap and maim
    With the bravery of being out of range
    We strafe the train
    With the bravery of being out of range
    We gain terrain
    With the bravery of being out of range
    With the bravery of being out of range
    We play the game
    With the bravery of being out of range”
    —————————————Roger Waters, Amused to Death album

  3. paschn said,

    July 12, 2012 at 18:17

    The pathetic part in all this is in the fact that while we gloat and allow ourselves to be duped into killing for animals that could care less about right, flag, god or whatever…..they’re killing us, raping our country, enslaving us and STILL the bulk of these vicious fools worship this murdering rogue government.

  4. LookingAtYou said,

    July 12, 2012 at 23:53

    Human monsters did this. It’s about time we call them what they are.

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  6. Blake said,

    July 14, 2012 at 12:41

    Another heart rending story that needn’t have happened were it not for a twisted insane ideology called zionism.

  7. peter vojta said,

    July 15, 2012 at 18:46

    Internacional Zionism with its only “child” province in Palestine called Israel is most visible part of “Satanic organization on planet Earth”….

    Rest in peace Mamoun Aldam, You will enter the Kingdom of God and enjoy everlasting life….

    Can anybody believe the NONSENCE that Almighty protects this bunch of criminals? its not God, but Satan – Resister, Opposer, Lier behind collective madness of fanatics…
    Long, long ago already these selfapoited people rejected prophets, many killed with last one Jesus Christ…God had patience with constantly rebeling people,”He” only wanted respect his commandments ….Many times was writen …”you will be my people, IF YOU OBEY!!!!…” Yes, if YOU OBEY!!! was “His” condicion…but to no avail….
    Its really sad, but these lost and brainwashed people exchanged long, long time ago “Everlasting Gods protection” to MAMMON, later to COLONIZATION AND THEFT OF LAND. They are part of “Religious Babylon”.
    But Christianity with its STUPID and UNHOLY doctrine TRINITY made in past much greater dammage to mankind….Only last Gods prophet Muhammad has chance unite people against PLANET EVIL, bring order and destroy satanic order so much visible by action of Zionist place in Palestine called Israel….
    But unity of divided House of Islam is A MUST!!! peter czech

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