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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Oh my: New York Times notices that most of those killed in Gaza were likely combatants

The photo at the top is from Operation Cast Lead. It shows a Hamas medic who was killed in the fighting, who was first claimed to be a civilian. Israelis combing through the death reports found this picture to prove that he was a Hamas terrorist (Hamas only makes these kinds of posters for 'fighters').

The battle over what proportion of those killed in Gaza were civilians and what portion were combatants is a crucial one - it could influence commissions of inquiry and ultimately state decisions to help one or both parties re-arm. The New York Times' Jodi Rudoren compares figures from both sides, and surprisingly comes up with this in the middle.
The Times analysis, looking at 1,431 names, shows that the population most likely to be militants, men ages 20 to 29, is also the most overrepresented in the death toll: They are 9 percent of Gaza’s 1.7 million residents, but 34 percent of those killed whose ages were provided. At the same time, women and children under 15, the least likely to be legitimate targets, were the most underrepresented, making up 71 percent of the population and 33 percent of the known-age casualties.
So much for the 80 or 90% civilian casualties being claimed by groups like al-Mezan and the 'Palestinian' Center for Human Rights ('Palestinian NGO's which have been known not to be trustworthy in the past). 

By the way, what's not mentioned anywhere in the article, but is incontrovertible, is the fact that if Hamas built bomb shelters for its people instead of for its leadership - or if it had built bomb shelters for its people instead of terror tunnels to attack Israel - there would have been far fewer civilian casualties.

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At 4:01 PM, Blogger Shirley Villafranca said...

This is exactly what me and my family have been wondering all this time. How come we have never seen not one dead Hamas in black uniform? Not one dead terrorist, all they show are babies, and women on CNN and most televisions. I think someone should petition in the UN to produce images of these dead terrorist. Somebody should demand this to UN.


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