Claims that Israel targeted civilians are blood libel....
The cavalcade of Orwellian lies by Hamas continues, but BBC figures provide a much-needed corrective to Hamas's bogus numbers:
Citing figures released by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the BBC’s head of statistics Anthony Reuben found that the number of civilian men killed in the fighting outnumbered the number of women by a factor of nearly 3.5:1. According to the UN, 725 men were killed in the conflict as opposed to 214 women. When the 216 confirmed “members of armed groups” were included in the figures, the disparity grew even larger. Israeli military officials said 750-1,000 Hamas and other gunmen had been killed in the fighting as of Tuesday, August 5.
“If the Israeli attacks have been ‘indiscriminate,’ as the UN Human Rights Council says, it is hard to work out why they have killed so many more civilian men than women,” Reuben noted dryly.
The question echoes a New York Times analysis from earlier this week, which showed “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.”
Egregious media bias favoring Hamas fuels perceptions of Israel's guilt. Lost in the flurry of anti-Israel reports is that Palestinian sources confirm that Hamas abducted & killed three Israeli teens two months ago; that atrocity led within weeks to the current war.
Soldier-blogger Michael Totten analyzes the death figures and sees a distribution consistent with Israel targeting fighters, not civilians. Taking figures--compiled by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights--through July 26:
(a) 44 percent of fatalities were males between 17 & 30, though this segment comprises only 10 percent of the population;
(b) 57 percent of fatalities were males between 17 & 39, versus 17 percent of Gazans in this age bracket;
(c) 20 percent of fatalities were children under age 17, far less than the over 50 percent share of Gazans that are under 17;
(d) adult female fatalities were under 10 percent, versus their 25 percent share of Gazans.
Thus: males of prime fighting age killed totaled more than their population share; women & children killed totaled less than theirs. This distribution is consistent with Israel targeting fighters, not women & children.
Two more nuggets: The time Israelis have to reach shelter varies by distance: in the south, near the Gaza border rockets reach targets in 15 seconds; in Tel Aviv residents have 90 seconds before rockets land. Hamas executed dozens of tunnel diggers in recent weeks, fearing they might tell Israel about the network, despite elaborate precautions taken to keep the terror-tunnel network secret:
Sources in Gaza told the website that Hamas took a series of precautions to prevent information from reaching Israel. The terror organization would reportedly blindfold the excavators en route to the sites and back, to prevent them from recognizing the locations. The tunnels were strictly supervised by Hamas members, and civilians were kept far from the sites.
M., a former tunnel digger and Israeli collaborator, told the website that Hamas would strip search the workers to ensure they had no recording devices or cameras hidden on them.
“The people we met had their faces covered; no one knew them by their real names, it was all codes and first names. They didn’t want to take the risk that some of the diggers were collaborating with Israel,” he said.
But all these details--especially as to the casualty breakdown--are too easily ignored in the journalistic shuffle.
Bottom Line. A famous saying is that a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can put its boots on. Ever thus. So Israel will remain condemned in the court of public opinion despite the figures forming the basis for same coming from a mendacious terrorist group and its supporters.
But this lie is more than intentional falsehood. It is "blood libel" in the secondary meaning of the term. The primary meaning is the false accusation that Jews make matzoh (unleavened--hard--bread) out of the blood of non-Jews they have supposedly killed. In broader contemporary parlance it refers to any monstrous lie--one that accuses Jews of genocide or murder when the opposite is the case. Such reportorial sewage has surfaced during the Third Gaza War.
Sadly, it will not be the last such instance at Israel's expense.
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