About 100 people participate in a lottery to equally divide a 12-acre plot of sand dunes they’ve purchased, that would later become the city of Tel Aviv, Israel. April 11, 1909
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office)
1. Discrimination: The evidence collected so far about casualties in the Gaza Strip during Operation Protective Edge contradicts claims made by Hamas and various human rights organizations that the IDF attacks were “indiscriminate” and that the vast majority of those killed were innocent civilians.
2. Age and sex of dead: Findings published in Israel and abroad show that a large number of those killed were armed militants or males of fighting age. They also show that the proportion of young men among those killed is much higher than their relative number in the population.
a. A breakdown of the casualties published by the New York Times, based on figures from the Palestinian Ministry of Health, reveals that of the 1,431 killed during the operation that were examined, the most prominent group consisted of men aged 20-29. The names in this group constitute 34% of those killed, although their proportion of the population is only 9%.
b. Another finding is that women, children under 15 and men over 60, who together constitute 71% of the general population, made up about 33% of those killed.
c. The BBC conducted its own analysis based on the figures of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which counted 1,948 dead. According to their analysis, three times as many men civilians (709) as women (237) were killed. The BBC counted an additional 226 terror activists who were not included in the number of male civilians. The BBC raised doubts about the accuracy of the claim that the shooting was “indiscriminate”, mainly in light of the enormous gap between male and female dead.
d. An analysis performed by CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) of those killed between 8 and 26 July reveals a similar picture. The breakdown of the dead shows that, while the proportion in the population of males aged 17-30 is about 10%, their proportion among the dead was 44%. This population is clearly identified with Gaza’s armed militants.
3. To these analyses must be added the examinations and analyses of the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC), which has so far done a breakdown of 300 of the dead. An examination of the names reveals that about 50% of them are known to be terrorists.
Some additional important facts:
• The Hamas-controlled Ministry of the Interior in the Gaza Strip issued an announcement warning the Palestinians not to divulge information about terrorist operatives (“resistance” casualties) killed during Operation Protective Edge and to refer to them as “innocent civilians.”
• The numbers of dead come from statistics published by the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip.
• Various accounts indicate that the Hamas count of the dead includes people who died during this period of natural causes or through domestic violence or who were executed by Hamas as collaborators.
• The IDF estimates that the number of militants among the dead stands at 900 or more.
• IDF figures have in the past proven to be reliable: in Operation Cast Lead, the IDF estimated that 700 of the dead were Hamas members, while Hamas claimed to have only 50 dead. A few years later Hamas admitted that 600-700 of its members were killed in the operation.
New York Times: “Civilian or Not? New Fight in Tallying the Dead from the Gaza Conflict”
BBC: “Caution needed with Gaza casualty figures”
Time: “How Hamas wields Gaza’s casualties as propaganda”
Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America
ITIC: Preliminary, partial examination of the names of Palestinians killed in Operation Protective Edge and analysis of the ratio between terrorist operatives and non-involved civilians killed in error:
ITIC: Examination of the names of Palestinians killed in Operation Protective Edge – Part Two
ITIC: Examination of the names of Palestinians killed in Operation Protective Edge – Part Three
Stallone, Schwarzenegger lead Hollywood assault on Hamas
In new ad, 187 signatories regret devastating loss of life in Israel and Gaza, blame Hamas ideology of ‘hatred and genocide
A petition released today led by Creative Community For Peace has 200+ Hollywood stars such as Sarah Silverman, Seth Rogen, Sylvester Stallone, Aaron Sorkin, and Arnold Schwarzenegger speaking out against Hamas war crimes and recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself.
We, the undersigned, are saddened by the devastating loss of life endured by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza. We are pained by the suffering on both sides of the conflict and hope for a solution that brings peace to the region.
While we stand firm in our commitment to peace and justice, we must also stand firm against ideologies of hatred and genocide which are reflected in Hamas’ charter, Article 7 of which reads, “There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!” The son of a Hamas founder has also commented about the true nature of Hamas.
Hamas cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor can it be allowed to hold its own people hostage. Hospitals are for healing, not for hiding weapons. Schools are for learning, not for launching missiles. Children are our hope, not our human shields.
We join together in support of the democratic values we all cherish and in the hope that the healing and transformative power of the arts can be used to build bridges of peace.
To the Hollywood celebrities speaking out against Hamas for the sake of Palestinians and Israelis, Thank you!
Much has been said and written about the terror tunnels that Hamas built in Gaza. But too little has been said about who it was that put the cement into Hamas’ hands, thus making the construction of the tunnels possible in the first place.
In a bombshell revelation, Dennis Ross, the senior Mideast policy adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2009 to 2011, has admitted that it was he who was assigned the task of pressuring Israel to ease up on its military blockade of Gaza.
“I argued with Israeli leaders and security officials, telling them they needed to allow more construction materials, including cement, into Gaza so that housing, schools and basic infrastructure could be built,” Ross revealed in the Washington Post on August 10. “They countered that Hamas would misuse it, and they were right.”
Not that Hillary’s State Department had been acting independently of the White House on the issue of cement. For example, Vice President Joe Biden told interviewer Charlie Rose on Bloomberg TV in 2010: “We have put as much pressure and as much cajoling on Israel as we can to allow them to get building materials” and other forbidden items into Gaza.
But now that Mrs. Clinton is attempting to distance herself from the president’s debacles in foreign affairs, Ross’ admission shows that it was she who sent her personal envoy to push for a policy that ultimately enabled Hamas to build the terror tunnels.
Common interests of ISIS and Hamas - Two branches of the same poisonous tree.
And those people on their knees, with their heads covered and hands tied behind their backs are unfortunate citizens of Gaza. These are their final moments of life as they are soon to be victims of the Hamas judicial system.
Hamas, who labels them as “collaborators” in order to justify their humiliation and slaughter, will try to relabel them as innocent civilians, perhaps even as children killed by Israel when it comes time to give their daily body count.
Don’t let them fool you.
Just in case you were still wondering, the answer is yes: Hamas and ISIS are two branches of the same evil tree.
Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, a day after Israeli forces killed three Hamas commanders, the…
If you can’t trust genocidal terrorists, who can you trust?
Want Peace? Send Hamas more concrete now.
It is a “cycle of violence”… which will end if the Palestinians get more power.
1. Israel started it:
If you mean the true name, it is considered too holy to say.
If you mean why the dash is used when typing G-d, it is to protect the name from a situation in which it could be defaced.
There is no consensus whether or not online depictions of the word are acceptable.
I use the dash personally.
Islamic Jihad tookcreditfor at least four mortars targeting the Kerem Shalom crossing - from which Gazans get nearly all of their medicine, food, fuel and humanitarian aid.
There were additional rocket attacks against the crossing today.
Hundreds of truckloads of goods have been sent into Gaza daily through the crossing. Yesterday, 240 trucks carrying 4,303 tons of goods and supplies entered.
Usually, Kerem Shalom is forced to close when it gets attacked, depriving Gazans of food and medicine.
Yet I cannot find any condemnation of the rocket attacks on Kerem Shalom by any of the so-called “humanitarian” organizations - the ones that ship their aid through that crossing. The UN nor its agencies like UNRWA are condemning it. Oxfam is silent. “Free Gaza” and the mindless human drones protesting an Israeli container ship in Oakland have nothing to say.
You almost get the impression that they would prefer to have Gazans starve, so they have something else to blame on Israel.
For the 11th time, Hamas has broken the cease-fire, and continued to fire rockets at Israel.