Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jabotinsky Banned

In honor of his yahrtzeit this coming Sunday:

Ze'ev Jabotinsky was prohibited by the British government from returning to the area of the Palestine Mandate after leaving in late 1929 for a speaking tour and in fact, never merited entering the territory of the Jewish national homeland until his death.

One protest:

PALESTINE (LIEUTENANT JABOTINSKY).

HC Deb 16 September 1931

§11. Colonel WEDGWOOD asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether Lieutenant Jabotinsky may now be allowed hack in Palestine?

Mr. THOMAS After considering this matter further in consultation with the acting High Commissioner, I am satisfied that the circumstances are not such as would justify any modification, at the present juncture, of the attitude adopted by the late Secretary of State.

§Colonel WEDGWOOD Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that Lieutenant Jabotinsky fought for us in the War and was decorated, and that he has been excluded from Palestine solely because of the Arab massacres?

Mr. THOMAS The question as to what should be the attitude to those who fought in the War will have to be considered in relationship to their present attitude. I am sure that the late Secretary of State, who is always anxious to preserve what is called freedom of speech, arrived at this decision in the best interests of Palestine and in the best interests of everybody.

§Colonel WEDGWOOD May I ask whether the previous Secretary of State, who knew Jabotinsky well, did not have quite a different opinion of him?

Mr. THOMAS I do not know the opinion of the previous Secretary of State, but the late Secretary of State, Lord Passfield, considered the whole situation before coming to a decision. I see no reason to alter his decision.

§Colonel HOWARD-BURY Is not this gentleman a firebrand; and would it not be unwise to allow him to enter Palestine in the present state of affairs in that country?

Incidentally, his remains, buried in New York where he died in 1940, were also not permitted to be returned to Israel by David Ben-Gurion and it was only Prime Minister Levi Eshkol who allowed the reinternment in 1964.

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Khaled Meshal's Speech



Khaled Mish'al reassures that there will not be compromise. No ceasefire unless siege is lifted. 

we have nothing against Egypt/its role. we respect all, & all Arab countries. but we are free and&no one can influence our decision

all the Palestinians want us to break the siege and we are determined to end it.

his is a war imposed on us; we fight it like men and take it as long as it takes.

some re talking about ending the siege AFTER the ceasefire. We tried that. we do not accept it now.

Palestinians of 48 have been wonderful resisting Israel's policies of Israelisating them

6 demands. then unite to free Palestine, bring back the refugees, use all sorts of resistance, to free Jerusalem. End collaboration

we have 6 conditions and you consider them too much? After so much blood? And after so much resilience?

we refuse any ceasefire that does not end aggression and end occupation, or that promises to do that after a ceasefire

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Now a report.

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The FAA Ban --- Politically Motivated or Not?

A guest opinion editorial from Susan Settenbrino, an attorney and author of Unchecked Power Guide:-



Is the FAA ban warranted or politically motivated?


Clearly Israel believes it is unwarranted and considering the flights that have come and gone uninterrupted, it appears that they are correct. Former Mayor Blumberg has also demonstrated that, in his opinion, the FAA ban is certainly a drastic measure that only enables Hamas and Israel's detractors.


The pundits claim because a Rocket came within a mile of the airport that this calls for such a drastic measure. Yet, such logic was not utilized to protect American passengers from the more likely scenario of being a flight victim of a  bird strike. As ABC News reported in an article written by Lisa Stark and Kate Barrett, published on June 9, 2009, entitled, "Capt. Sully Sullenberger Recounts Landing on Hudson River" the Federal Aviation Administration made public federal data documenting "where and how often planes hit birds" for the first time. According to the article "many travelers had argued they had a right to know where and when bird strikes happen after the emergency landing of US Airways flight 1549."  According to the data the incidents of bird strikes increased significantly, "hitting a peak of 9,650 bird strikes in 2007. In total, FAA data indicates there have been more than 73,000 bird strikes in the United States in the past eight years."


Clearly, the FAA, if truly acting out of concern for the passengers and the public, certainly should have dealt with the significant dangers already proven to exist by such bird strikes. The FAA's malfeasance in addressing a known danger to the public  undermines its credibility when it advances a passenger safety argument in locking down on all flights to and from Israel.  Some television personalities have opined that perhaps the FAA is overreacting considering the recent tragedy of flight MH17.  However, it appears that the missile(s) responsible for that disaster were far superior and capable of engaging in reaching a specific target, as has proven to be the case. 


To consider whether perhaps the FAA's invocation of the drastic ban could have political motivations, we should consider the consequences to Israel and the current political situation.  Clearly the consequences to Israel could be drastic. It could have a crippling effect upon Israel's economy at a very vulnerable time.  It also creates a motivation for HAMAS to continue with its rocket onslaught. It creates an impossible burned on Israel to "prove" that in fact such erratic continuous missiles will never pose a possible danger to the public and flight passengers.  Clearly, any country being bombarded with thousands of erratic missiles poses a danger, to varying degrees, for any of its population and those choosing to visit the region at such a time.  Every endeavor one chooses has risks. However, it is all the more important that given this current situation, Israel is given a full and fair opportunity to truly defend itself, its population, and its visitors.  Israel's defense must be a long-term defense strategy that destroys the tunnels and the missile capabilities in all meaningful and sustainable ways.  By FAA creating this ban, it further compromises Israel's right to truly and meaningful defend itself, because it enables and rewards HAMAS while creating unnecessary pressure for Israel to submit to a situation that will only further its declared enemies capabilities against it.


Supporting Israel, our ally and friend in the Mid-East strengthens America's security and its population enormously. Every endeavor has risks. It appears that the bird strikes have posed significant security risks to the airlines and the public at large. Elal, one of the most trusted and safest airlines has determined that traveling to and from Israel is safe at this time. The FAA may want to consult with Elal, review the facts, the risks, and perhaps reconsider its ban?

and this addition:

Here's a link showing how the FAA failed to utilize radar to protect planes from bird strikes -- whereas ironically Israel has a major bird strike problem -- and has addressed it through the use of radar.



How Many Civilians Killed in Gaza?

From my friends:

One analysis.

Later analysis.

Yesterday.

Wrong counting.  And how they fooled us earlier.

Half are terrorists.  An earlier analysis.

And on human shields.

And on Hamas killing their own civilians.
Another angle:


Numbers, probability, indiscrimination and massacres

Lately I’ve encountered many who claim that the IDF is attacking Palestinians “indiscriminately”. Watching Al Jazeera one can see that the majority of those who were killed in Gaza were young men. This does not go hand in hand with the claim that the killing is random, considering Gaza’s demographics.  With that in mind, yours truly decided to carry out some simple calculations in order to test the claim that the IDF kills combatants and civilians indiscriminately.


First, let us look at the size of the population in Gaza, which is estimated at 1,805,000 (based on the 2010 census + extrapolated population growth).


The size of the various armed organizations in the Gaza strip is estimated at 25,000. This is also the figure the Hamas boasts (the Zionists have larger estimates, but why trust them?)


Therefore the number of uninvolved civilians in Gaza is 1,780,000.


At this point, according to the press the number of Palestinian casualties in Gaza is 572, with 28% being combatants and 72% being civilians. Therefore, as simple calculation shows that the odds for being killed by the IDF is 0.0064 if you’re a combatant/terrorist and 0.000247 if you’re a non-involved civilian.


That means your odds of being killed by the IDF if you’re a Hamas terrorist (or combatant, depending on one’s point of view) is 28.48 times greater than if you’re a civilian. Looks like there is a very cut and clear distinction with the IDF specifically going after Hamas and not civilians.


Some people, not familiar with the basics of the science of probability may ask, “So how come there are more dead civilians than combatants?” The answer is simple. Most of the people in Gaza are non-involved civilians. The terrorists are only 1.39% of the population.


Consider this: Had the IDF truly been killing people indiscriminately in Gaza, considering there are only 1.39% Hamas terrorists in Gaza, one would expect to see only 8 dead terrorists out of the total of 572 fatalities.


The current ratio of terrorists to civilians among the fatalities is in fact an indication of the IDF’s unparalleled efforts to safeguard the lives of civilians and target only the terrorists. This becomes even more clear when comparing similar situations such as the Americans in Fallujah or American air strikes in Pakistan (see sources below)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_Fallujah
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilian_casualty_ratio#Iraq_War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_the_Palestinian_territories
http://www.israellycool.com/2014/07/20/analysis-of-gazans-killed-so-far-in-operation-protective-edge/


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P.S.


The ultimate argument is that war is war. People die. The question is who began the war and who refuses to stop it. That's what we need to concentrate on.

Around 600,000 German civilians died during the allies' wartime raids on Germany, including 76,000 German children

The charred, mutilated bodies of women, children and babies are all civilians who perished during the allies' bombing campaign against Germany's cities.


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Big Lies Are in the Small Details

And here is the United Nation's OCHA report, "Background to the crisis", page 7:-

On 7 July 2014, the Israeli army launched a large military operation in the Gaza Strip, codenamed “Protective Edge”, with the stated objective of stopping Palestinian rocket firing at southern Israel and destroying the military infrastructure of Hamas and other armed groups. This development marked the collapse of the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire understanding reached between Israel and Hamas in November 2012, which has been gradually undermined since December 2013. The latest escalation round started in early June, characterized by an intensification of Israeli airstrikes and rockets launched from Gaza at southern Israel.

Note:

A.  Operation Protective Edge "marked" the collapse of the 2012 understandings.  Not, of course, the many rockets fired off in-between or the tunnels we now know were being dug for an eventual invasion of Israel.


B.  Ah, but it was undermined.  By whom?


C.  First there was an Israeli "intensification" and then there is a "launching" of rockets from Gaza.  Isn't that sentence structure chronologically wrong?

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Morbid Counting

How many cameras do you count here sanpping away at a corpse?





Cult of death, did we accuse Hamas of promoting?

Oh, and those poor, frightened civilians in Gaza, suffering, with nothing to do with the conflict?



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Monday, July 21, 2014

Tariq's Tall Tale

"I was running because I didn't know why they (Israeli authorities) were running after me," he said.

That was the 15-year-old Palestinian-American from Tampa, Florida beaten and kicked during the Shuafat riots, Tariq Abu Khdeir.

...the Florida teen denied any part in rock-throwing protests, saying of the Israeli authorities, "I didn't do anything to them to do this to me."  He said he was only watching and listening to the commotion as a crowd had formed after the disappearance of his cousin when suddenly Israeli forces began shooting rubber bullets and tear gas. He said he saw people running and screaming for help. Right behind them were three soldiers, he added. Everyone scattered and ran. Tariq said he tried to jump a gate but fell, adding he felt the sting of a rubber bullet on his heel.

Just like that, there was a spontaneous 

commotion 
and 
a crowd had formed 



and then, 

suddenly Israeli forces began shooting.

As we say, hand-on-heart, do you believe that?

Said One Hamasnik to Another



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Gaza As An 'Open-Air Prison' or, Vacation Location

Gaza is an 'Open-Air Prison' or, a 'Concentration Camp'.

You've heard and read that.  And worse.

So, ask yourself, why would sane people go there for vacation?

Palestinians with foreign passports, including dual American citizens, began leaving Gaza through the Erez border crossing Sunday. “My body is leaving Gaza but my heart will always be here,” said Akram Mustasha, from Houston, Texas, who had been in the area on summer vacation until violence became unbearable. Rawan Mohanna, a 21-year-old chemistry major at the University of Texas who was in the area for a family wedding,

(thanks to EG)

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Gaza Graphics











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Sunday, July 20, 2014

One Answer to the Double Standard

I caught this, which is like so many other complaints* against Israel:-

For its many supporters in the west, Israel is being unfairly singled out for criticism...“You are trying to turn Israel into a special case.” Why pick on plucky Israel? What about the Chinas, Russias, Syrias, Saudi Arabias, Irans, Sudans and Burmas? Where are the protests against Isis, Boko Haram or the Pakistani Taliban?
There are various possible responses to such attempts at deflection. First, does Israel really want to be held to the standards of the world’s worst countries? Doesn’t Israel claim to be a liberal democracy, the “only” one in the Middle East?

But that's not the point.

It is you, Mr./Ms Critic, who is the center of attention.

Why don't you act morally and ethically to all instances of supposed 'war crimes'?

Israel can take care of itself but what about your morality quotient?

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UPDATE

Here's another phrasing of the theme:


I don’t mean to suggest that the conflict is in any sense symmetrical. As we have already seen, the worst price for this latest round of violence will be paid by the civilian population of Gaza, 

Drown Them Out!

Source.

A story.

The opinion poll.




Source.

Drown The Out.

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NYTimes Forgets One Side

Israel’s War in Gaza is the editorial of the New York Times today.

Gems:

The tragedy is that innocent civilians on both sides of the border are paying the price, once again, and that military action will not guarantee long-term stability or peace.

Well, yes.  But if Hamas had not shot off rockets, continually, since the Disengagement, no Gazan civilians would be injured or worse.  Not to mention the human shield effect.

There was no way Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was going to tolerate the Hamas bombardments, which are indiscriminately lobbed at Israeli population centers. Nor should he. 

Wow.

Hamas can’t defeat Israelis, so it tries to terrorize them.

Why "defeat" Israel?  Is there something about Hamas your paper is not fully emphasizing about Hamas?

The United Nations says that of the more than 260 Palestinians killed, three-quarters were civilians, including more than 50 children.

Check this, guys:-

Over 80% of Gazans killed so far have been male, with almost half of these males being in the 18-28 age group. One can imagine many of these being “combatants.” A further 20% of these males are between 29 and 48, an age group one could envisage may also contain many Hamas members.  In other words, these figures bring into question how many of those killed were really innocent civilians.
And more:

Military action, however, is not a long-term solution, as Israeli operations in 2012 and 2008-9 showed. Israel seized Gaza in 1967 and withdrew in 2005. It is hard to see how re-occupation would serve Israel’s interests.

Well, at least those operations prove that Hamas will not keep to cease-fire terms, will re-arm and begin terror again.  And again.

The best solution remains a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, 

No.  The first condition to a solution is disarming/decommissioning the Pal. Authority Ramallah/Gaza.


...Hamas leaders have rejected one proposed in the past week by Egypt and are demanding better terms. Meanwhile, Palestinian civilians suffer the consequences.

No recalling "Israeli civilians" (above: "The tragedy is that innocent civilians on both sides of the border are paying the price")?

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Being Dense About Gaza




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Gaza Game Theory

You've probably seen the claim against Israel that goes like this:

Stop whining you Jews.  After all, no one is really dying 
from those Hamas rockets.

And some anti-Zionist sites have tables to show it's (relatively) true.

Here's a better presentation of the phenomenon by someone who has a bit of a moral backbone (and intelligence):


It’s the moral equivalence which is so devastating. When Egypt this week proposed its ceasefire in Gaza, a BBC presenter asked whether both sides would now conclude that there was no point carrying on with the war. From the start, restraint has been urged on both sides — as if more than 1,100 rocket attacks on Israel in three weeks had the same weight as trying to stop this onslaught once and for all.

Israel has been bombing Gaza solely to stop Hamas and its associates from trying to kill Israeli citizens. But for many in the West, the driving necessity is not to stop Hamas but to stop Israel.

Moral equivalence morphs instantly into moral bankruptcy. People have looked at the casualty count — around 200 Palestinians killed at the time of writing, while only a handful of Israelis have been injured or killed — and decided that this proves Israel is a monstrous aggressor.

I decided to apply the paradigm of a Game Theory analysis to this.

Normally, Game Theory is defined so:

 "the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers".

But I think that the operative word here should be Game.

What do I mean?

Simple.

Think of a game.

Born in America, I immediately thought of baseball.   So, my Gaza Game Theory goes like this:

In baseball, you play nine innings in a regular game.  The object is that one team tries to score while keeping the other team to less runs scored.  In some cases, a very good pitcher, like Cy Young, can throw a perfect, scoreless, hitless game.

What's a pefect game?

A perfect game is defined by Major League Baseball as a game in which a pitcher (or combination of pitchers) pitches a victory that lasts a minimum of nine innings and in which no opposing player reaches base. Thus, the pitcher (or pitchers) cannot allow any hits, walks, hit batsmen, or any opposing player to reach base safely for any other reason: in short, "27 up, 27 down"

Now, the score in the end will be 0 for one of the teams.  But it doesn't mean they didn't play. They tried, but lost.  Each man got to face the pitcher, several times, but did not hit the ball safely or reach first base.  I'm sure there are parallels in every sport.

In Gaza, if they are not killing Jews, then the supporters of Hamas claim that the game is unfair.

Listen guys: you played, you tried your best, but you lost.

You lost.

So retire and get off the field.

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Allegedly a Journalist

I just saw Martin Savidge on CNN TV (recorded or live, didn't catch) saying:

Bedouin killed by a rocket "allegedly" from Gaza.

and

Army men killed by attackers who "allegedly" came from Gaza tunnel

Is Savidge allegedly a journalist?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NYTimes - The Paper Unfit to be Read

Earlier today:


At 10:45 PM:

IDF AnnouncementLocation : Tel Aviv
Expansion of Operation Protective Edge
Following ten days of Hamas attacks by land, air and sea, and after repeatedrejections of offers to deescalate the situation, the Israel Defense Forces(IDF) has initiated a ground operation within the Gaza Strip.
The IDF's objective as defined by the Israeli government is to establish areality in which Israeli residents can live in safety and security withoutcontinues indiscriminate terror, while striking a significant blow to Hamas'terror infrastructure.
This stage of operation "Protective Edge", led by the IDF's SouthernCommand, will include close coordination between IDF units includinginfantry, armored corps, engineer corps, artillery, and intelligencecombined with aerial and naval support. This effort will also be supportedby the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) and other intelligence organizations.
In the face of Hamas' tactics to leverage civilian casualties in pursuit ofits terrorist goals, the IDF will continue in its unprecedented efforts tolimit civilian harm.
The IDF will operate resolutely to defend the State of Israel conductingitself with professionalism, a strict moral code of conduct and a deeprespect for the sanctity of human life.

British English

The BBC reports:

Militant rockets have killed one Israeli.

Are the rockets actually 'militant'?

Not 'military'?

Perhaps 'terroristic'?

Or did the rockets belong to and were launched by 'militants'?

Not Hamas?

Not a recognized terror organisation? 

Or maybe it was the Hamas who killed the Israeli through the use of rockets (really a mortar)?

Language shouldn't be used by a media outlet to disguise the truth.

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Gaza Beach Shelling Eyewitnesses

Let's review eyewitness accounts of yesterday's shelling of the beach when four Arab youngsters were killed:


I had returned to my small seaside hotel around 4 p.m. to file photos to New York when I heard a loud explosion. My driver and I rushed to the window to see what had happened. A small shack atop a sea wall at the fishing port had been struck by an Israeli bomb or missile and was burning. ...
...A small metal shack with no electricity or running water on a jetty in the blazing seaside sun does not seem like the kind of place frequented by Hamas militants, the Israel Defense Forces’ intended targets.
The IDF seems to have targeted a specific structure, not an open area or the boys.


Beaumont, who has been in Gaza for the last nine days, said that during the time he has been at the hotel, that area of the harbor has been hit by the IDF "at least three times." Following the explosion, "on the retaining wall there were puffs of smoke and we saw four people running along it.

The area, having been attacked "at least three times" previously, would seem to indicate a terrorist target.  You don't waste ordnance on children. 

Was Hamas launching rockets from there?

Was it a naval base?


It is not unusual for militants to launch rockets from sites near my hotel. Israeli missiles and shells have also landed pretty close to al-Deira, an old red stucco inn with a large terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Just a few hundred yards down the beach is the fishing harbor.

UPDATE of an acknowledgement from The Guardian:


A witness who identified himself only as Abu Ahmed said the boys had been scavenging for scrap metal when the first shell hit a nearby shipping container used in the past by Hamas security forces. He said the boys fled but a second projectile "hit all of them".


There you have it --- one, two, three.

And because of Hamas terror, four young kids lose their lives.

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UPDATE



Israel’s military has warned tens of thousands of Palestinians to leave their homes as the conflict escalates, raising fears that a full ground invasion of Gaza is imminent. However, many do not heed the warnings because Hamas dismisses them as psychological propaganda – and because it is not immediately clear where Palestinians are supposed to go while the entire Gaza Strip is under threat of Israeli airstrikes.

But that area had been targeted thrice this past week:


The Gaza beach area has been shelled frequently since Israel began its offensive in the enclave on July 8 following a surge in Palestinian cross-border rocket strikes.


And Hamas discourages safety precautions.

P.S.

NYTimes:


 the deaths of the four young Bakr cousins, killed by an Israeli airstrike as they played on a beach, a place with no apparent militant targets.

????

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FURTHER UPDATE

CNN

A pair of explosions in what had been nine days of relentless bombings between the two countries are to blame. The boys had been told to stay indoors. And as children tend to do, they disobeyed their parents to play on the beach where they had always been safe before...In war there are no clean lines.  There are no safe beaches to play on.  There is no safety....






States That Supported Terrorism To Pay High Price

Did PM Binyamin Netanyahu say this?


"Soon we will see the Arab, regional and Western states that supported Hamas terrorism pay a high price,"

or this?


"I repeat my call today to those who were misled to put down their guns, because we will not stop fighting terrorism and striking it wherever it is until we restore security to every spot of Israel,"

No.

It was Bashar Assad who said this:

"Soon we will see the Arab, regional and Western states that supported terrorism pay a high price,"  

and this

"I repeat my call today to those who were misled to put down their guns, because we will not stop fighting terrorism and striking it wherever it is until we restore security to every spot of Syria,"

And this:

It is actually in defense of many other nations that, sooner or later, will suffer from the same terrorism, either as a result of the shortsightedness of their leaders and their absolute ignorance of the real interests of their nations, or due to their lack of understanding of our region and how to deal with it’s people...Did we need to wait three years and pay for the shortsightedness of some, by sacrificing our children’s blood, our lives, our economy, security and reputation in order to realise that what was happening was in fact a plot against our homeland, and not the so called ‘spring’ for freedom or democracy?  Did we need to pay such a hefty price, and still continue to do so, for those people to realise that as a result of their ignorance we now have incubators for terrorism and a springboard for aggression?...Wasn’t our experience with the criminal Muslim Brotherhood in the 1980’s enough for us to learn our lesson, or did we have to wait thirty years for the arrival of executioners and cannibals, to realise that terrorism and exploiting religion are two sides of the same coin?...Today, together, we start a new stage that is characterised by a consensus to protect our nation and to rebuild it morally, psychologically and materially and a consensus on eradicating terrorism and bringing back into the fold all those who have lost their direction.  Today, we start a new stage having overcome dangerous and critical challenges, thanks to the steadfastness of our people in the face of a terrorist and psychological war, 

Actually, I really like that last quotation.

Hamas Ceasefire Demand Number 8

Did you read the eighth point?

Source

8. Israel should ease the access to and give permits 

to worshippers from Gaza strip to Al-Aqsa mosque. 


Writes NBC:-

This has nothing to do with the Gaza conflict, and would merely be a reward for Hamas’ violence, handing it a big propaganda victory among Palestinians.

Well, there is one good thing about that.

Israel can now engage in discussions for Jewish free access to the Temple Mount with rights to worship.

Correct?

Thank you Hamas for enabling us to put that on the table.

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The Blood Libel

Here:

peter beaumont @petersbeaumont

1st shell hit the harbour wall. It's been hit before so I assume its on a prerecorded grid. Gunner appears to have adjusted to hit survivors

But a few short hours later, we read:

Beaumont, who has been in Gaza for the last nine days, said that during the time he has been at the hotel, that area of the harbor has been hit by the IDF "at least three times." 

This person replied

Hans de Vreij ‏@hdevreij  15h@petersbeaumont Projectile trajectories are influenced by a *lot* of variables, such as wind direction, air temperature and -pressure@petersbeaumont 15h Your presumption that a 'gunner' made some adjustments "to hit survivors" is pretty simplistic...

And Beaumont is a journalist upon whom you depend for factual, balanced reporting.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stripping Off for the Green-White-Red-and-Black

How outrageous can some pro-Pal. people be?

Here's someone in Mexico (and I worked hard to make this relatively safe for mature viewing) demonstrating for the Green-White-Red-and-Black flag:





Can you imagine her in Gaza City or Hebron?

I could, but then that fake blood liquid would be real.




P.S.  This stripping


doesn't count.

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Does Hamas Really Kill Its Own Civilians?

Gaza Strip NGO Safety Office Project (GANSO) is a project of CARE International, funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) with the aim of providing the information and analysis the NGO community needs in order to implement humanitarian projects safely.

CARE International is an international, non profit, secular confederation of 12 member organisations committed to fighting global poverty and delivering emergency aid in times of humanitarian crisis. CARE International’s Secretariat is based in Geneva and the 12 members work in more than 60 countries around the world.

I decided to check, from the beginning of the year, any reports of Gazan civilians killed by Hamas' own rocket fire after posting this.

The results:-

9-22 January

out of 36 Home Made Rockets (HMRs)/Mortars, 19 landed in Gaza.

23 January-5 February

50% fell inside Gaza.

6-19 February

no mention.

20 February-5 March

6 dropped in Gaza.

6-19 March

24 out of 64 firings dropped short/exploded on-site.

20 March-2 April.

9 civilians injured and 1 death due to accidents involving explosive devices and unexploded ordnance.

3-16 April.

3 fatalities and 6 injuries due to accidental explosions.

17-30 April.

8 rockets dropped short out of 24.

I think the point is made: a significant percentage of rockets and mortars fired off by Hamas and Islamic Jihad fall short, never making it across the Green Line and do cause fatalities and injuries among civilians.

Over 1350 rockets have so far, at least, been fired at Israel since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge.

How many of those fell short and caused death, injury and destruction of property?

Okay, the latest report does not at all detail any.  Is that believable?

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P.S.

I've now been informed that Israel has counted 106 rockets falling short in Gaza so far (thanks EOZ).

and IDF finally caught up with me:



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Apologize? Hamas?



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Of Course Hamas Kills Gaza Civilians

Doubt Hamas rockets kill Gazan civilians?

Take a look at less than first half of this past March and think of today's percentages?



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A Gaza Metaphor

No, this incident

A 51-year-old woman accidentally shot herself in the face after she slammed the butt end of a shotgun on the floor, causing it to discharge...Deputies were called about 10 a.m. Monday, July 14, to a house...for a report of a gunshot victim. 

Upon arrival, deputies found that a family dispute had taken place and the victim, a 51-year-old woman, told officers that she had taken a shotgun out to "make a point."  She told police she slammed the butt end on the floor, the gun discharged, and she was shot in the face. 

did not take place in Gaza.

Although you might think so. 

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