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The empty spaces in Gaza

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 06.08.2014 08:58

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Witnesses report horrific scenes as IS advances

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 06.08.2014 20:41

Witnesses report horrific scenes as IS advances

The Islamic State (IS, formally ISIS) terror militia made further gains in Syria and Iraq on Tuesday, beheading a group of fighters from a rival Sunni group it captured in while fighting in the eastern Syrian town of Jerthe. In what is becoming a common occurrence, the severed heads were placed on polls in the town's central square as a warning to anyone considering resistance against IS. Meanwhile, IS forces have captured the city of SInjar in northern Iraq, trapping thousands of members of the Yazdi ethnic group with a religion related to ancient Zoroastrianism, which IS has unapologetically declared needs to be exterminated because they are, in IS's opinion, "devil worshippers." Witnesses described scenes of horror in Sinjar including mass executions of Yazdi men and the enslavement of women. UN agencies added that many children, including babies, were forced to leave the city without their parents and allowed to die from dehydration in the desert.
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World Ignores Christian Exodus from Islamic World

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 06.08.2014 20:50

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Netanyahu Enlightens the World

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 07.08.2014 07:50

Netanyahu Enlightens the World

The Prime Minister convened a special press conference with foreign correspondents to discuss Hamas activities in the areas that were attacked: “Only now it is possible for foreign reporters to broadcast the truth that Hamas tried to prevent from spreading.”

Aug 06, 2014, 08:27PM | Rachel Avraham

Netanyahu has started his hasbara war. In the face of criticism from the international community and the UN Secretary General about Israeli attacks during the Gaza Operation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented to foreign journalists reports from Gaza, as evidenced by what happened in the Israeli attacks.

I’m against anonymous statements coming out against the IDF,” Israel’s Prime Minister stated. “The IDF is great. Our military is strong. It brought about significant achievements against Hamas. It dealt with the targets. It brought about quality intelligence before and during the operation. All levels of the commanders and fighters are men with wonderful qualities and everyone must thank the IDF.”

He presented to the foreign correspondents videos indicating the activities of Hamas. “We are investing now great effort to explain to the world that whoever is responsible for the killing and destruction in Gaza is Hamas. I asked to meet with representatives of the international media to explain the righteousness of Israel’s cause,” Netanyahu stated at the entrance of the presentation. “Only now when the foreign journalists left Gaza, they are permitted to broadcast the truth that Hamas tried to prevent from spreading.”


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Gaza residents blame Hamas for deaths

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 07.08.2014 08:06

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The Mysterious Missing Rocket Photos

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 07.08.2014 20:32

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Hamas' Phony Statistics on Civilian Deaths

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 08.08.2014 08:47

Hamas' Phony Statistics on Civilian Deaths


by Alan M. Dershowitz
August 7, 2014 at 4:20 pm

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4585/ ... ian-deaths

It's a mystery why so many in the media accept as gospel Hamas-supplied figures on the number of civilians killed in the recent war. Hamas claims that of the more than 1800 Palestinians killed close to 90% were civilians. Israel, on the other hand, says that close to half of them were combatants. The objective facts support a number much closer to Israel's than to Hamas'.

Even human rights group antagonistic to Israel acknowledge, according to a New York Times report, that Hamas probably counts among the "civilians killed by Israel" the following groups: Palestinians killed by Hamas as collaborators; Palestinians killed through domestic violence; Palestinians killed by errant Hamas rockets or mortars; and Palestinians who died naturally during the conflict. I wonder if Hamas also included the reported 162 children who died while performing child slave labor in building their terror tunnels. Hamas also defines combatants to include only armed fighters who were killed while fighting Israelis. They exclude Hamas supporters who build tunnels, who allow their homes to be used to store and fire rockets, Hamas policemen, members of the Hamas political wing and others who work hand in hand with the armed terrorists.

Is a Hamas member who stores weapons in his home a civilian or combatant? Pictured, weapons and ammunition found by the IDF in the bedroom of a Gaza home, July 2014. (Image source: IDF)

Several years ago I came up with a concept which I call, the "continuum of civilianality"—an inelegant phrase that is intended to convey the reality that who is a civilian and who is a combatant is often a matter of degree. Clearly every child below the age in which he or she is capable of assisting Hamas is a civilian. Clearly every Hamas fighter who fires rockets, bears arms, or operates in the tunnels is a combatant. Between these extremes lie a wide range of people, some of whom are closer to the civilian end, many of whom who are closer to the combatant end. The law of war has not established a clear line between combatants and civilians, especially in the context of urban warfare where people carry guns at night and bake bread during the day, or fire rockets during the day and go back home to sleep with their families at night. (Interestingly the Israeli Supreme Court has tried to devise a functional definition of combatants in the murky context of urban guerrilla warfare.)

Data published by the New York Times strongly suggest that a very large number—perhaps a majority—of those killed are closer to the combatant end of the continuum than to the civilian end. First of all, the vast majority of those killed have been male rather than female. In an Islamic society, males are far more likely to be combatants than females. Second, most of those killed are within the age range (15-40) that are likely to be combatants. The vast majority of these are male as well. The number of people over 60 who have been killed is infinitesimal. The number of children below the age of 15 is also relatively small, although their pictures have been shown more frequently than others. In other words, the genders and ages of those killed are not representative of the general population of Gaza. It is far more representative of the genders and ages of combatants. These data strongly suggest that a very large percentage of Palestinians killed are on the combatant side of the continuum.

They also prove, as if any proof were necessary to unbiased eyes, that Israel did not target civilians randomly. If it had, the dead would be representative of the Gaza population in general, rather than of the subgroups most closely identified with combatants.

The media should immediately stop using Hamas-approved statistics, which in the past have proved to be extremely unreliable. Instead, they should try to document, independently, the nature of each person killed and describe their age, gender, occupation, affiliation with Hamas and other objective factors relevant to their status as a combatant, non-combatant or someone in the middle. It is lazy and dangerous for the media to rely on Hamas-approved propaganda figures. In fact, when the infamous Goldstone Report falsely stated that the vast majority of people killed in Operation Cast Lead were civilians and not Hamas fighters, many in Gaza complained to Hamas. They accused Hamas of cowardice for allowing so many civilians to be killed while protecting their own fighters. As a result of these complaints, Hamas was forced to tell the truth: namely that many more of those killed were actually Hamas fighters or armed policemen. It is likely that Hamas will make a similar "correction" with regard to this conflict. But that correction will not be covered by the media, as the prior correction was not.

The headline—"Most of those killed by Israel were children, women and the elderly"—will continue to be the conventional wisdom, despite its factual falsity. Unless it is corrected, Hamas will continue with its "dead baby strategy" and more people on both sides will die.
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Why Everything Reported from Gaza is Crazy Twisted

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 08.08.2014 09:00

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With Rifle and Baby in Hand

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 08.08.2014 09:24

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