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Father Peter Dougherty, 65, left, and Sister Mary Ellen Gundeck, 55, right, both Michigan-based peace activists, sit on the roof top of the house of Mohammed weil Baroud, leader of the Popular Resistance Committees that Israel targeted for destruction, in Beit Layiha, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006. They are the first foreigners to join a week-long standoff between Palestinian ‘human shields’ and the Israeli air force. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Human shields for terrorists—exactly the kind of tactic that appeals to Western useful idiots: New in Gaza: Priest, nun human shields.

For the past two months, the IDF has been calling activists and their family members in Gaza to warn them of their intent on bombing their homes.

Palestinians have found a way to prevent the bombings; dozens, even hundreds, gather at the homes of those wanted, thereby thwarting the destruction. In recent days, Father Peter and Sister Mary Ellen of Michigan have joined them. …

These homes have become pilgrimage sites in recent days not only for locals. Foreign peace activists have started to show interests in the phenomenon, and two Americans, a priest and a nun from Michigan, arrived at Jabalya from Michigan to take part in the human shield mission at the Brudi family home.

Sister Mary Ellen told Ynet, “We are here to find out the truth and to be with the family and these people, who are trying to prevent the demolition of a home where an entire family lives.”

The Sister continued, “We are against any type of violence, whether from the Palestinian side or the Israeli side, by we are here to be with a family that may have their house bombed and demolished because of the claim that one or two members are involved in violence.”

She explained, “We are against any type of collective punishment and feel this punishment is wrong, a complete mistake. If the Israelis claim a family member is involved in violence, then they can arrest them, but not destroy a home populated by an entire family.”

She also explained that she was well aware of the Qassam rockets fired from the northern Gaza Strip towards Sderot, and said, “I adamantly oppose and condemn the firings like I condemn all violence.”

Right. Sister Mary Ellen condemns all violence, and yet she isn’t standing in Sderot, acting as a human shield for Israelis against Palestinian rockets. These idiots are in Jabalya and not Sderot because Jabalya is safe; they know Israel won’t fire on a crowd of women and children.

And they know the Palestinians feel no such compunction.

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