In another shoe-throwing incident, this time in Holland, an Israeli army reservist got hit in the head when three pro-Palestinian demonstrators threw their shoes at him. Captain (Res.) Ron Edelheit was giving a speech on the IDF’s latest operation in Gaza. The three demonstrators, and about 50 others outside the hotel, were protesting what they felt was a lecture meant to justify the Israeli destruction in the Gaza Strip. The speech was originally scheduled to take place at a convention at the Amsterdam College Hotel but due to death threats on the reservist’s life the location was changed.
This man deserved to get hit in the head if only for the fact that he’s touting that he was a reservist during the IDF’s assault on Gaza, which killed over 1,300 people; most of them civilians. That’s nothing to be proud of. But even if that wasn’t the case, he would deserve it for believing he’s in good company cause Bush got shoes thrown at him too. If you think you’re in good company with W. then you deserve a good pelting.
This shoe-throwing trend is apparently catching on and I kinda like it. First it was George W. Bush in Iraq, then China’s premier in the UK, then the Israeli ambassador to Sweden and now this dude. I don’t see the harm in this form of demonstration. It allows the shoe-thrower to vent their frustration while at the same time make a statement without seriously hurting (physically anyway) the target. It’s only a matter of time before someone does it here in the US. I wonder who’ll be the next person on the receiving end of a shoe in the face?