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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Chances slim that IDF shell killed Gazans on beach

The Jerusalem Post is reporting this evening that the chances are 'slim' that an IDF shell killed those Gazans on the beach last Friday. Of course, at this point, Israel has already done the public relations damage to itself by falling into Hamas' trap and 'apologizing.'

The Post, citing a report on Channel 2 news tonight, which is based on the official IDF probe that will be released tomorrow, cites a number of factors in reaching this conclusion:

1. An inconsistency between the shrapnel found in the body of one of the wounded babies and the metal used in IDF artillery (how they got this would be interesting to find out because Hamas destroyed much of the evidence).

The absence of a crater at the site of the explosion, as would be expected if an IDF shell had landed there (which was also pointed out by former US Marine Michael Allen here).

3. T
he gap between the time when the army shot the artillery and when the commotion on the beach began. According to the probe's findings, several minutes passed after the shelling, before the Palestinians on the beach reacted.

The IDF currently believes that the explosion was caused by
an explosive charge, buried by Palestinians on the Gaza beach to prevent Israeli infiltration, was behind the explosion. What a shocker!

In addition to IDF complaints about lack of 'Palestinian' cooperation, there have been
unconfirmed reports of attempts by Palestinians to remove shrapnel from the bodies of the wounded, treated in Israeli hospitals, thus impeding the investigation.


At 2:17 AM, Blogger Thermblog said...

Jerusalem-----June 11.......An Israel Defense Forces intelligence officer has confirmed that the explosion that killed eight Palestinians on Friday, was caused by a stockpile of Hamas explosives.


(Is "Israel News Agency" a credible source? It doesn't have an authentic look about it.)

At 2:55 AM, Blogger Ittay said...

therblog. INA does not look authenic, but the story has been verified on more reputable news agencies.

On another point,Bradley burston from haaretz comments...

"Say he's right. Say it wasn't our fault. Say we dismiss as irrelevant the fact that five IDF shells landed nearby at the same time, and that the trajectory of the sixth is unaccounted-for.

For every Mohammed Dura, there have been hundreds and hundreds of Palestinians killed by the IDF in error, in conjunction with the killing of terrorists, or because overwhelming force and remote technology was applied in order to minimize the risk to Israeli troops.

There was no news crew to film them, so the world cares nothing for them. And neither do we. Their tragedies are no less unbearable, surely no less unbearable than the hundreds of our own the world cares nothing for.

We can live with it, as we live with the idea of sending thousands and thousands of artillery shells into one of the most crowded districts on the planet, in order to try to hit three-man mobile crews firing a rocket not much bigger than a broom - the equivalent of going after a fly with a pile-driver.

We live with it because we Can't Just Do Nothing, as if thousands of shells, many of them directed at open spaces calculated precisely to hit nothing, are the only possible alternative.

We can live with it, fundamentally, because we don't know what else to do, and because the only thing left for us to believe, is that it's wrong to negotiate.”

interesting food for thought..

At 3:40 AM, Blogger Thermblog said...

ittay: so according to Badley Burstbin, the Palestinians are simply forced to fire rockets because the Israelis won't negotiate?

Well who'd have thought it'd be that simple! Just tell those government chappies to put on their negotiating hats* and all will be well.

* that's a hat with "NEGOTIATOR" written on it.

At 7:26 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Bradley Burston is undoubtedly writing that from the relative safety of North Tel Aviv, and not from Sderot or Nahal Oz.


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