Dutch man returns a medal after Israel’s offensive on Gaza

Sunday, August 17th, 2014 10:08:53 by
Henk Zanoli

A 91 years Dutch has returned the honorary title to Israel he received after saving a Jewish boy during the Nazi occupation in protest at the Gaza offensive, after six of his relatives passed away during an Israeli offensive on the Gaza last month.

Man, Henk Zanoli, was declared “Righteous Among the Nations” in 1943 after saving the Jewish boy, Elhanan Pinto, whose parents had died in a concentration camp, and who hid in his home up to the liberation of Holland.

Zanoli ‘s family was at substantial risk by hiding the minor. The Zanoli had repeatedly expressed their opposition to the occupation and the elderly father had been sent to the extermination camp of Dachau. He later died in the Mauthausen.

The Israeli bombing of July 20 took the lives of the family of the husband of the niece of Zanoli, the Dutch diplomatic Eijpe Angelique, married to economist Ziadah Isma’il. The shells killed the matriarch of the Ziadah, Miftiya family 70, three of his sons, Jamil, Omar and Youssef; and the wife and son of Jamil, Bayan and Shaaban, 12 years of age.

After hearing the news of the bombing, Zanoli receiving back the title he and his mother, this posthumously, with a letter to the Israeli ambassador to the Netherlands, Haim Davon, which describes the efforts of his family to save the child. ” Given this past, is particularly tragic that today, four generations later, our family faces the death of their loved ones in Gaza,” he wrote.

“Preserving this title for me would be an insult to the memory of my brave mother risked her life and her children struggling against oppression and for the preservation of human life,” informed Zanoli.

The Israeli Army has not pronounced, says Haaretz on whether the bombing was accidental or intentional, and only said that the Defence Forces at all costs try to avoid civilian casualties. Similarly, he noted that all irregular incidents are under investigation.

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