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By KAMAU DAÁOOD Damage there is a child’s hand in the street it is small it should be attached to a three or four year old you cannot tell if it is the hand of a Palestinian child or Israeli child you cannot tell if it was blown here from a suicide bomb blast or shelling from an Israeli tank it just a small bloody hand in the gray of the street someone weeps insane with the weight of this image someone who has held that hand taught the child to count the fingers on that hand in hebrew or arabic there is a baby’s hand in the middle of this Middle Eastern road and you can’t tell if the child’s parents read Quran or Torah it just there small and bloody without a smile and laughter attached to it so look away 78 we are told it’s just unfortunate collateral damage