How many people have died from Gaza rockets into Israel?

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Gaza rockets fired at Israel, photo by AFP July 6

Gaza rockets fired at Israel, photo by AFP July 6

Fatalities from rocket and mortar attacks in Israel from the Gaza Strip, 2001–present (up-to-date as of August 29, 2014)

Date of attack Location Weapon Name Age
2004.06.28 Sderot Qassam Mordechai Yosephov 49
Afik Ohion Zehavi 4
2004.09.29 Sderot Qassam Yuval Abebeh 4
Dorit (Masarat) Benisian 2
2005.01.15 Sderot Qassam Ayala-Haya Abukasis 17
2005.07.15 Moshav Nativ Ha‘asara Qassam Dana Gelkowitz 22
2006.11.15 Sderot Qassam Faina Slutzker 57
2006.11.21 Sderot Qassam Yaakov Yaakobov 43
2007.05.21 Sderot Qassam Shirel Friedman 32
2007.05.27 Sderot Qassam Oshri Oz 36
2008.02.27 Sderot Qassam Roni Yihye 47
2008.05.09 Kibbutz Kfar Aza mortar Jimmy Kedoshim 48
2008.05.12 Moshav Yesha Qassam Shuli Katz 70
2008.06.05 Kibbutz Nir-Oz mortar Amnon Rosenberg 51
2008.12.27 Netivot Qassam Beber Vaknin 58
2008.12.29 IDF base near Nahal Oz mortar Lutfi Nasraladin* 38
2008.12.29 Ashdod Grad Irit Sheetrit 39
2008.12.29 Ashkelon Grad Hani al Mahdi* 27
2010.03.18 Moshav Nativ Ha‘asara Qassam Manee Singueanphon* 30
2011.08.20 Be’er sheva Grad Yossi Shushan 38
2011.10.29 Ashkelon Grad Moshe Ami 56
2012.11.15 Kiryat Malachi Grad Yitzchak Amsalem 24
Mira Sharf 25
Aharon Smadja 49
2012.11.20 Eshkol Regional Council mortar Eliyan Salem el-Nabari* 33
2012.11.20 Eshkol Regional Council mortar Yosef Nachman Partok 18
2012.11.21 Eshkol Regional Council mortar? Boris Yarmolnik 28
2014.07.15 Erez Crossing mortar Dror Khenin 37
2014.07.19 village near Dimona rocket Ouda Lafi al-Waj* 32
2014.07.23 Ashkelon Coast RC mortar Narakorn Kittiyangkul* 36
2014.07.27? Sdot Negev RC mortar Barak Refael Degorker 27
2014.07.28 Eshkol RC mortar Eliav Kahlon 22
Meidan Maymon Biton 20
Niran Cohen 20
Adi Briga 23
2014.07.31 Eshkol RC mortar Daniel Marsh 22
Omri Tai 22
Shai Kushner 20
Noam Rosenthal 20
Liran Adir 31
2014.08.22 Sha‘ar HaNegev RC mortar Daniel Tregerman 4
2014.08.22 Gan Yavne Grad Netanel Maman 22
2014.08.26 Kibbutz Nirim mortar Ze’evik Etzion 55
Shahar Melamed 43

Total fatalities in the history of rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza into Israel: 44

Civilians: 30 (including 2 killed at military posts)

Soldiers: 14

Rocket fatalities only: 23

Total fatality-producing strikes: 32 (19 rocket, 13 mortar)

Total rocket and mortar fatalities incurred in Israel during major Israeli “anti-rocket” military offensives: 27

Operation “Cast Lead”: December 27, 2008–January 18, 2009
Operation “Pillar of Cloud”: November 14, 2012–November 21, 2012
Operation “Protective Edge”: July 8, 2014–August 26, 2014
Additional fatalities from previously unexploded ordnance: 2
2006.03.28 Nahal Oz Qassam Salam Ziadin* ?
Khalid Ziadin* 16

(Refer to the bottom of the page for notes and sources.)

This page provides a current listing of total fatalities resulting from Gaza rockets and mortar shells into Israel and will be updated when necessary. Throughout news coverage of Israeli strikes into Gaza and rocket into Israel, certain numbers and infographics are bandied about frequently:

However, there is little attempt to describe other equally relevant data:

  • amount of ordnance fired by Israel into Gaza
  • types of weapons utilized by Israel, along with their firepower and range
  • a display of the potential reach of Israeli armaments superimposed on a map of the Gaza Strip

And perhaps most surprisingly,

  • the total number of people of who have been killed by Gaza rockets and mortars into Israel

The last count is especially important because of the rhetoric that relies on the threat level from Gaza rockets and mortars.

Additionally, discussion of the efficacy of Iron Dome has been almost exclusively relegated to the number of projectiles intercepted but not to the number of lives saved, which is presumably the ultimate goal. When a correlation is made between Iron Dome’s efficacy and the number of lives saved, it is often expressed in vague or implausible terms, such as “countless lives saved”, “hundreds of lives saved,” and even “thousands of lives saved.”

However, Iron Dome was rolled out in stages beginning March 27, 2011. In the ten years prior to Iron Dome, only 17 fatalities were incurred.

Outside of this site, there is no easily accessible listing of fatalities resulting from Gaza rockets and mortars into Israel. A previous listing prepared by me was written before the conclusion of Israel’s November 2012 offensive and is now out of date. Therefore I strive to maintain an up-to-date listing on this page for the benefit of journalists and analysts.

Faulty numbers on the internet

As I noted in my previous rocket fatality count, numbers distributed by Israeli agencies are wildly inaccurate and often contradictory. This is propounded by sources such as Wikipedia, which at the time of this writing repeats the discredited and unaccounted numbers provided by Israeli agencies.

As I also reported, injuries resulting from rocket and mortar strikes are exaggerated. Israel’s casualty counts always incorporate numbers of people who have been treated for “shock and anxiety,” as well as “light injuries” resulting from the rush to safety, such as “falling down the stairs.”

This practice is not employed in Gaza, nor for any other conflict. Journalists are urged to take these factors into account when reporting on numbers.

Changes from the previous table

In addition to adding the three fatalities that occurred after publication of my earlier listing, I have reformatted the table to indicate the number of fatalities resulting from each strike. In order to prevent confusion, I have also separated the two fatalities that resulted from handling unexploded ordnance.


Notes on the rocket and mortar fatalities table

Sources include, but are not limited to, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, the Israel Project, the Jerusaelm Post, B’Tselem, and numerous press articles. I made a point of referring to official Israeli and pro-Israeli sources (which were less likely to undercount), and then cross-checking them with one another. Some ages and spellings of names vary among reports. The dates refer to when the victim was struck, not necessarily when the victim succumbed to injuries.

* Non-Jewish fatalities
Eight of the fatalities were non-Jewish (including the two who were killed handling unexploded ordnance): Salam Ziadin, Khalid Ziadin, Hani al Mahdi, Eliyan Salem el Nabari, and Ouda Lafi al-Waj were Bedouin; Lutfi Nasraladin was Druze; Manee Singueanphon and Narakorn Kittiyangkul were Thai nationals.

 Military targets
Fourteen of the fatalities were military personnel, while another two were civilians killed at military posts. Sgt.-Major Lutfi Nasraladin was killed in a mortar attack on an IDF base near Nahal Oz. Cpl. Yosef Partok, Lt. Boris Yarmolnik, and Eliyan el-Nabari were each killed in separate incidents in military posts in the Eshkol Regional Council. Chief Sgt. Barak Refael Degorker was killed at an “assembly zone” near a kibbutz in the Sdot Negev Regional Council. Staff Sgt. Eliav Eliyahu Haim Kahlon, Cpl. Meidan Maymon Biton, Cpl. Niran Cohen, and Staff Sgt. Adi Briga were all killed by a mortar attack at a military post in the Eshkol Regional Council. Master Sgt. Daniel Marsh, Capt. Omri Tal, Sgt. First Class Shai Kushner, Master Sgt. Noam Rosenthal, and Capt. Liran Adir were killed at a military staging area in the Eshkol Regional Council. Cpl. Netanel Maman had participated in Gaza fighting but was on weekend leave when he was killed in a car just outside Gan Yavne. Of the civilians, El-Nabari had been contracted by the Israeli Defense Ministry to build tents for soldiers who were awaiting ground deployment, while Dror Khenin was killed while delivering food to soldiers near the Erez Crossing.

 Fatalities from previously unexploded ordnance
Salam and Khalid Ziadin were killed while handling an unexploded Qassam rocket for salvaging. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not include the Ziadins in its list of “Victims of Palestinian Violence and Terrorism.”

This list does not include:

1. Palestinians killed by rocket or mortar misfire in the Gaza Strip.

2. People killed by Gaza rockets and mortars targeted inside the Gaza Strip.
Prior to the Gaza “disengagement,” illegal Israeli settlements within the Gaza Strip were targeted by rockets and mortars. They were not aimed inside Israel. They also do not form part of the rhetoric that rockets and mortars from Gaza constitute an “existential threat” to Israel.

In Gaza settlements and the Erez Industrial Zone, rocket and mortar attacks inflicted eight civilian fatalities: three Israeli Jews, three foreign laborers from Thailand and China, and two Palestinian laborers from Khan Younis.

Additionally there were two IDF fatalities in Gaza settlements, including a soldier killed while on his way to guard duty in Kfar Darom and a soldier killed at an IDF outpost in the Morag settlement.

All other rocket and mortar fatalities within Gaza were directed against IDF soldiers engaged in military operations outside of settlements.

3. One fatality in Israel by anti-tank missile.
The rockets-and-mortars rhetoric refers to high-trajectory ordnances deployed with the following qualities: indirect fire, which coupled with a high inaccuracy rate results in nondiscriminatory targeting; a wide range that encompasses significant portions of southern Israel; and a high deployment frequency.

Anti-tank missiles are direct-fire ordnances with a more limited range and have been used infrequently against civilian targets by Gazan armed groups. There has been one civilian fatality from an anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel (Daniel Viflic, age 16, killed on April 7, 2011, near Kibbutz Sa‘ad, by an anti-tank missile that struck the bus he was riding in). B’Tselem does not include this instance in its count of rocket and mortar fatalities.

85 Responses

  1. talknic
    July 14, 2014, 9:42 am

    An idiot for Israeli intransigence will be along in a moment, purposefully missing the point and insisting that Phan thinks there were not enough or that there should be more Israeli deaths.

    • NoMoreIsrael
      July 14, 2014, 3:13 pm

      We need an accounting of how many killed in all “terror” attacks on Israel were members of the IDF. Every person killed in Israel is invariably referred to as “a civilian.” This is plainly not the case. Indeed, I would like to know if the Israelis not only kill a greater number of Palestinian civilians (which is obvious) but also a greater percentage of civilians (which I suspect).

  2. Kay24
    July 14, 2014, 10:01 am

    It has always been ridiculously lop sided. Wikipedia says from the year 2000 number of Israelis killed by these rockets total 64.
    Over the past few days, Israel has massacred 176 Palestinians and wounded over thousand. The numbers for other brutal wars, are even worse, like Operation Cast lead. If people are stupid enough to think that Israel is the victim here, and do not realize that despite what our wimpy leaders say, the Palestinian people are entitled to defend themselves, from their ruthless occupier, then they must be drinking that koolaid or totally ignorant of the facts.

    link to washingtonpost.com

  3. Sumud
    July 14, 2014, 10:12 am

    A useful addendum to this page – excellent work Phan by the way – would be a tabulation of the number of Gazans killed by Israel since “Disengagement” in 2005. As I understand it the figure is currently around 3700 people, so more than 100 to 1 when compared to Gaza rocket fatalities.

    For those stone-hearted among us who continue to blame the victims etc. such a stark disparity in numbers is hard to rationalise, same as Israel killing more than 10 Palestinian children for each Israeli child who is killed in the conflict.

    • Jenin Younes
      July 14, 2014, 3:17 pm

      what is underlying the rationalization — as exemplified by jon s below — is that an Israeli life is worth infinite Palestinian lives. And, of course, ignoring the oppression/occupation/ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to begin with.

  4. jon s
    July 14, 2014, 10:47 am

    1.I think that Phan should be commended for providing this information. It shows what we’ve been saying: that the rockets are certainly not “harmless firecrackers”. They have caused injury and death, each death a calamity.

    2.One reservation: I don’t understand why Daniel Viflic is not included. Because he was murdered by an anti-tank missile and not a Qassam or a mortar? What difference does that make?

    3. The number of lives saved by our defensive measures -Iron Dome, shelters, “security rooms”, instructions for proper conduct- is, of course, speculation. Phan writes that “only” 17 were killed in prior years, but meanwhile the terrorist’s rockets have vastly improved capabilities, both in quantity and in quality. But we’ll never know.

    • Sumud
      July 14, 2014, 12:47 pm

      So myopic aren’t you jon?

      3700 Gazans killed by Israel since 2005, and 27 Israelis killed and you appear to think that is an acceptable ratio, good even. Utter lack of humanity – and you wonder why the world turns away from Israel, in revulsion.

      – – – – – –
      I’ve really noticed the incredible vanity of many zionists in the last week – they fake emotion over the huge numbers of lives the IDF takes in a Gaza then in the same sentence go on to say that “they” shouldn’t have voted in Hamas and it’s all Hamas fault.

      It’s so disgusting.

      • Jenin Younes
        July 14, 2014, 3:21 pm

        I have heard the most terrible, illogical justifications over the last five days for this horrendous massacre. One woman I am facebook friends with continually posts that the Palestinians are faking their own injuries and deaths, not even something Netanyahu would claim. Another posts a video of a hamas spokesperson saying that he encourages Palestinians to stand on rooftops as the bomb falls (the old human shields argument). As though the fact that one hamas spokesperson says something somehow means that Israel is absolved of responsibility for killing and injuring hundreds of Palestinians. A third justification, which you mention, is that Palestinians voted for Hamas. So it’s ok to kill civilians because they voted for a party that promotes some problematic ideas? what sort of logic is that? what about the fact they don’t have that many choices to begin with? and what about the Palestinians who didn’t vote for Hamas? just too bad for them, I guess. And then, not to mention this whole thing has been exposed as a political ploy on the part of Netanyahu to destroy the unification of Fatah and Hamas. I can’t believe the world is putting up with this.

      • G. Seauton
        July 15, 2014, 1:19 am

        It’s all a war crime, whether the victims stand on the roofs of their buildings and await the Israeli bombs or die before being able to escape. Israel has no right to bomb civilian areas. If there are civilians in the area, bombing that area is a violation of the Geneva Conventions — all the more since Gaza is an occupied territory, pursuant to the definition of occupation in international law.

        This pathetic “human shields” argument is a tacit admission that Israel is bombing civilian areas. That in itself is a war crime. It doesn’t matter what other factors are involved.

        In a just world, Israel’s leaders would be in the dock at the Hague.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      July 14, 2014, 12:57 pm

      What’s a ‘security room’? Is it a bit like a ‘war room’?

      link to electronicintifada.net

    • Phan Nguyen
      July 14, 2014, 1:22 pm

      Hi, Jon. In this particular post I have kept analysis to a minimum, so you are free to interpret the data however you want.

      As for your question about why Daniel Viflic is not included in the table, I explain the reasoning clearly in note 3. His death does not fall into the rhetoric of Gaza rockets and mortars. The weapon is different, its use is rare, and Iron Dome is not designed to intercept it. The range is more limited, it does not trigger an air-raid siren, and it is generally not evoked as part of the rocket/mortar threat.

      Classifications are only relevant to the extent that one attempts to make a point or identify a pattern for analysis. However, if it gives you peace of mind to interpret Viflic as a rocket/mortar fatality, that is certainly your perogative, and you are welcome to add one to the total count.

      • MahaneYehude1
        July 14, 2014, 3:26 pm

        @phan nguyen;

        In this particular post I have kept analysis to a minimum,…

        Your cool and heartless “analysis” is no more than racism!!! Nothing won’t help you: Those attacks are war crimes no matter how many were killed, Hamas is a group of war criminals and their day will come, not by Israel but by the people they declare they protect. Their destiny will not be different than other dictatorial Arab regimes.

    • pjdude
      July 14, 2014, 1:56 pm

      1.actually fireworks kill more people annually than the gazan rockets so while yes there not “harmless firecrackers” the idea of you portraying them as this vast threat is false. while any amount of death from violence greater than zero the rockets barely regesitar as a threat

      2. because the rhetoric is all about indirect fire weaponary am anti tank missile is direct fire.

      3. your defensive measures exist solely so you can get away with out consequence for your war crimes. their not terrorists. terrorism requires the use of fear top coerce. this is just a price tag for your crimes. not morally right but also not terrorism.

    • Shingo
      July 15, 2014, 7:32 am

      They have caused injury and death, each death a calamity.

      A pretzel is potentially lethal if you choke on it. That doesn’t make it a dangerous product.

  5. Taxi
    July 14, 2014, 10:48 am

    I’m hearing on Al Mayadeen TV that israeli criminals are using ‘DIME’ again – they used them back in 2009 in Gaza. They’re USA made and illegal under international law. They are basically biological bombs that render the injured acutely susceptible to deadly cancers. The idea behind its use by israel is that the injured Palestinians who don’t die immediately from DIME shrapnel decapitation, eventually die from cancer months after their injury is sustained, thereby bypassing the head-count of the murdered in the current onslaught. Keeping the genocide under the radar has always been the zionist’s game-play.

    D.I.M.E = Dense Inert Metal Explosive
    link to en.wikipedia.org

    • mondonut
      July 14, 2014, 3:17 pm

      @taxi

      Did you even read your own link? DIME weapons are not illegal under International Law, they are not biological weapons, there is no definitive evidence they cause cancer and their purpose is to limit the range of casualties. Their purpose is to reduce collateral damage, they are not some (ridiculous) cancer bomb.

      More importantly, there is no military corroboration of their use, just a bunch of doctors taking a wild ass guess because they do not understand what they are looking at.

      • Taxi
        July 14, 2014, 11:38 pm

        mondonut,

        I read the link alright but I don’t think YOU did:

        “Toxic/carcinogenic effects:
        The carcinogenic effects of heavy metal tungsten alloys (HMTA) have been studied by the U.S. Armed Forces since at least the year 2000 (along with depleted uranium (DU)). These alloys were found to cause neoplastic transformations of human osteoblast cells.[4]

        A more recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study in 2005 found that HMTA shrapnel rapidly induces rhabdomyosarcoma in rats.[5]

        The tungsten alloy carcinogenicity may be most closely related to the nickel content of the alloys used in weapons to date. However, pure tungsten and tungsten trioxide are also suspected of causing cancer and other toxic properties, and have been shown to have such effects in animal studies.[6]

        In 2009, a group of Italian scientists affiliated with the watchdog group New Weapons Research Committee (NWRC) pronounced DIME wounds “untreatable” because the powdered tungsten cannot be removed surgically.[7]”

        These bombs cause cancer because of the added biological TOXINS incorporated into the bomb.

        Next you’ll be telling us that israel’s illegal nukes are made with brine water.

        “More importantly, there is no military corroboration of their use, just a bunch of doctors taking a wild ass guess because they do not understand what they are looking at.”

        I recommend you STFU on this one.

      • Daniel Rich
        July 15, 2014, 12:28 am

        @ mondonut,

        Q; just a bunch of doctors taking a wild ass guess because they do not understand what they are looking at.

        R: Have you taken your daily dose of DU, dear?

        It’s as healthy as Aspartame.

        Cheers!

        1 Palestinian child murdered every 3 days… for 13 years in a row…

  6. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    July 14, 2014, 11:17 am

    BTW yesterday I made a post wondering about the effiicacy, or lack thereof, of the ‘Iron Dome’. Well, according to this Israeli analyst, not only is the Dome vastly overhyped – like most things Israelis – it’s a complete sham:

    ”He said, “There is no missile in the world today able to intercept missiles or rockets. Iron Dome is a sound and light show that is intercepting only Israeli public opinion, and itself, of course. Actually, all the explosions you see in the sky are self explosions. No Iron Dome missile has ever collided with a single rocket. Open spaces are a myth invented in order to up Iron Dome’s current interception percentages. The rockets announced as intercepted by Iron Dome either never reach the ground, or are virtual rockets invented and destroyed on the Iron Dom control computer. To this day, no one has ever seen an intercepted rocket fall to the ground.”

    So a much touted ‘technological breakthrough’ from the ‘start-up nation’ seems to be a PR-driven exercise in deception? Whoda thunk it eh? BTW for a glimpse into the brainwashed Israeli pscyhe, see the comments which follow.

    link to globes.co.il

    • Sumud
      July 14, 2014, 1:06 pm

      Interesting Maximus.

      I found a NYT article from March 2013 that also called Iron Dome’s abilities into question:

      Weapons Experts Raise Doubts About Israel’s Antimissile System

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        July 14, 2014, 1:30 pm

        When even the NYT questions the ‘Iron Dome’ myth, things are serious.

        I find it amazing how the media so obediently regurgitates Israeli spin on the ‘Dome’ and its stunning success. Israel has such an obvious interest in promoting it that all its claims should be extremely suspect. Firstly, Israel stands to gain a huge amount by selling the system abroad. And then there’s the whole image of Israel doing everything it can to protect its civilians – even though the Dome was mostly funded by US taxpayers – and of course the ‘start up nation’ crap.

        And even if we take it that the Dome is as successful as Israel claims, is there not something a tad pathetic about one of the world’s most advanced armies thumping its chest about how its latest high tech toy manages to knock down a primitive home made rocket from a besieged territory – sometimes?

    • Egbert
      July 14, 2014, 3:29 pm

      One of the functions of the Gaza cycle is to test and demonstrate Israel’s military hardware. The true success of ‘Iron Dome’ is judged by how many other countries can be suckered into believing the claims and buying them at enormous cost from Israel.

  7. Sumud
    July 14, 2014, 11:27 am

    Wow I see what you mean about those false casualty numbers on Wikipedia Phan!

    I was just having a look in my own comment archive because I know I have linked to that page, and I can see that on March 14, 2011 I quoted the lead paragraph of that article and it said:

    Between 2001 and January 2009, over 8,600 rockets had been launched, leading to 28 deaths and several hundred injuries…

    …whereas it now states 64 deaths. Looking at the casualty table lower down into the wiki article between my comment and now there have been up to 9 deaths (up yo because the figures are obviously now cooked) but nowhere like the 36 required to blow the figures from 28 to 64.

    Digging into the articles history page I can see on 2 August 2012 an anonymous editor bumped all the figures up.

    The 17 July 2012 casualty figures total = 31

    The next edit is 2 August 2012 and the totals on that page = 58

    To track the changes by year between the two edits:

    2001: 1 >> 1
    2002: 1 >> 1
    2003: 1 >> 1
    2004: 5 >> 5
    2005: 6 >> 6
    2006: 4 >> 9
    2007: 2 >> 10
    2008: 8 >> 15
    2009: 0 >> 2
    2010: 1 >> 5
    2011: 2 >> 3

    I’m going to look into the sources on the current page now to see if any of them support 64 rocket deaths. Anyone want to lay odds?

  8. justicewillprevail
    July 14, 2014, 11:40 am

    Excellent research, Phan, which gives lie to the figures customarily reported. As said above a simple comparison with the Gazan dead over the same period would be an absolute eye-opener – and maybe trigger people into examining why Israel feels the need to exaggerate wildly the threat Hamas poses, especially at the moment as the world press eagerly reprint the scary tales of Israelis hunkered down in their gold-plated executive bunkers while crying hysterically to reporters.
    Another story has surfaced recently on how ineffective the vaunted Iron Dome is, which if true only adds fuel to the ridiculous fake propaganda that Israel pumps out, and has a long history of:

    link to beforeitsnews.com

  9. Naftush
    July 14, 2014, 11:59 am

    Fallacy breaks new ground here time and again. One almost swallows the big one, i.e., that Israel targets civilians. 1200 sorties in seven days with advanced ordnance and less than one casualty per; that ain’t targeting civilians. Then comes the second: that proportionality is determined by bodycount. Proportionality is of course determined by the extent of force needed to eliminate the threat. By this measure, Israel is indeed responding disproportionately, on the low end, that is, because the rocket fire is continuing apace. And the third: that rocket attacks that fail to attain an unspecified standard of lethality “don’t count,” making any response, proportional or not, “aggression,” “massacre,” etc.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      July 14, 2014, 12:49 pm

      ”By this measure, Israel is indeed responding disproportionately, on the low end, that is, because the rocket fire is continuing apace”

      Eh, no you silly person.

      It’s just that attacking hospitals, family homes and centres for the disabled isn’t going to have much impact on rocket fire, as anyone with even half a brain could tell you.

      Then there’s the fact that this massacre isn’t really intended to end the rocket fire, despite the IDF agitprop which you and the gullible population of Israel have readily swallowed. If Israel wanted to end/prevent rocket fire, it would make sure that ceasefires are maintained, which is what Hamas usually does.

      But of course, that wouldn’t give Bibi et al a golden opportunity for some willy waving, as well as the sort of mass slaughter which makes Israelis feel proud, and forget that their glorified Apartheid police force of an ‘army’ ran away squealing from a real army in Lebanon.

      Twice.

      • Naftush
        July 15, 2014, 2:10 am

        Paragraph 1: hospitals, family homes and centres for the disabled” cease to be such when a belligerent takes them over and uses them for belligerency. Paragraph 2: Hamas et al. never fully maintained ceasefires for meaningful periods of time, continually trickling rockets into Israel in the correct belief that MSM won’t notice. Paragraph 3: mass slaughter makes only your simulacrum Israelis feel proud, and the “police force” wiped out 1/3 of that “real army” despite being hobbled by, among other things, orders to minimize harm to civilians.

      • Shingo
        July 15, 2014, 7:38 am

        Brilliant response Maximus Decimus Meridius.

        I always remember how Israel claimed that after having their asses kicked in Lebanon, they had regained their deterrence capability by pounding Gaza.

        It makes me think of a street gang that gets beaten by a rival gang and then mugs an old lady to regain it’s street cred.

    • pjdude
      July 14, 2014, 2:02 pm

      70% of palestinians deaths are civilians. the palestinians with worse weapons kills a lower percentage of civilians. so sorry Israel targets civilians. deal with it

      • Egbert
        July 14, 2014, 3:32 pm

        The rockets fired from Gaza are unguided. Where they land is down to luck. Israel uses precision guided missiles which reliably hit the civilian targets they are deliberately aimed at.

    • talknic
      July 14, 2014, 2:10 pm

      @ Naftush “1200 sorties in seven days with advanced ordnance and less than one casualty per; that ain’t targeting civilians”

      A) including injuries it’s way above ‘one casualty per’ pal B) Has anyone claimed ALL sorties target civilians?

      “Proportionality is of course determined by the extent of force needed to eliminate the threat.”

      Care to quote the definition under International Law …. thx

      If it is as you claim, the Palestinians should be given a share of those billions in military aid from the US, because it is and has always been Palestine threatened by Israel, not Israel threatened by Palestine. It has been Israel illegally acquiring Palestinian territory by war! It has been Israel illegally settling!

      “By this measure, Israel is indeed responding disproportionately, on the low end, that is, because the rocket fire is continuing apace”

      Uh huh. Maybe it’s because Israel ISN’T actually targeting those who actually fire rockets. It would take away Israel’s excuse for wholesale slaughter and playing the victim

      “And the third: that rocket attacks that fail to attain an unspecified standard of lethality “don’t count,” making any response, proportional or not, “aggression,” “massacre,” etc.”

      Can you give us a whole quote please …. thx

      • Naftush
        July 15, 2014, 2:19 am

        Quotation concerning proportionality:
        “5. Among others, the following types of attacks are to be considered as indiscriminate:
        [...]
        (b) an attack which may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects, or a combination thereof, *which would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated*” (asterisks added for emphasis).

      • talknic
        July 15, 2014, 7:57 pm

        Naftush link to icrc.org

        That must turn you red faced. Whole families for sometimes one or even no militants at all!

    • Shingo
      July 15, 2014, 7:35 am

      One almost swallows the big one, i.e., that Israel targets civilians.

      You’ve just been too busy swallowing the Kool Aid.

      Mordecai Gur(Israeli politician and the 10th Chief of Staff of the IDF)

      “The Israeli army has always struck civilian populations, purposely and consciously. The army has never distinguished civilian from military targets, but has purposely attacked civilian targets.”
      Mordecai Gur(Israeli politician and the 10th Chief of Staff of the IDF

      “There was a rational prospect, ultimately fulfilled, that affected populations would exert pressure for the cessation of hostilities, satisfying Israel’s goals.”
      Abba Eben (Israeli diplomat and politician)

      It must really suck when you are thrown under the buss by Israeli official Naftush!!

  10. Jenin Younes
    July 14, 2014, 12:14 pm

    Wikipedia notoriously cannot be trusted on this subject. I read an article a while ago–can’t remember where–that the Wikipedia pages are written/edited by Zionists and Israel does everything it can to make sure things stay that way.

    • Naftush
      July 15, 2014, 2:20 am

      So Wikipedia can’t be trusted but “I read … can’t remember where” can?

      • talknic
        July 15, 2014, 8:29 pm

        @ Naftush

        Wikipedia can be written by anyone.

        By its own editorial policy it is not interested in truth, but verified third hand opinion, even if that opinion is not based on fact. It is NOT an encyclopedia.

        The I/P issue in particular is dominated by a small cabal of Israeli centric Wiki Nazis who have one goal only, to promote the Israeli narrative and prevent it from being changed by consensus, even if that consensus is to ignore editorial policy. Where they can’t, they attempt either have editors banned or fragment topics as much as possible, dividing articles up into ever smaller pieces in order to make it virtually impossible to understand.

  11. MahaneYehude1
    July 14, 2014, 1:12 pm

    @Nguyen:

    What is the mean? could you, please, calculate the standard deviation? standard error? Could you, please, draw a standard curve so we can predict future results?

    In conclusion, Nguyen, what is the purpose of all these endless calculations? Do you think that since no many were killed in Israel, Israel should live with the missile attacks? Those attacks, hit or not, are war crimes.

    Here is an interview with Palestinian envoy to UNHRC admitting that those missile attacks are war crimes:link to youtube.com

    • Shingo
      July 15, 2014, 7:40 am

      What is the mean? could you, please, calculate the standard deviation? standard error? Could you, please, draw a standard curve so we can predict future results?

      Wow, the semi literate potato salesman suddenly wants to know about standard deviation and standard errors and wants to see a standard curve.

      All of a sudden, our potato salesman is also a statistician. I guess the MY1 camp has recruited new staff.

      • MahaneYehude1
        July 15, 2014, 9:47 am

        @Shingo:

        Wow, the semi literate potato salesman suddenly wants to know about standard deviation and standard errors and wants to see a standard curve. All of a sudden, our potato salesman is also a statistician. I guess the MY1 camp has recruited new staff.

        I think that your opinion about the interview with the Palestinian envoy will be more interesting to the MW readers, not the potato seller(s) skills.

      • talknic
        July 15, 2014, 8:32 pm

        “All of a sudden, our potato salesman is also a statistician….” with suddenly perfect English!!!

      • RoHa
        July 16, 2014, 12:17 am

        I won’t believe it’s the real potato seller until I see some more Latin tags.

  12. Jackdaw
    July 14, 2014, 1:13 pm

    Ineffective rockets are good reason not to fire them at Israel in the first place.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      July 14, 2014, 2:20 pm

      So are you suggesting the Palestinians get more effective rockets instead? Would you approve of rockets targetting Israel’s terror infrastructure, which is often difficult to distinguish from Israeli ‘civilian’ society?

      • Naftush
        July 15, 2014, 2:31 am

        More on “targeting civilians”:
        link to icrc.org
        Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977.
        Article 51 — Protection of the civilian population
        [...]
        3. Civilians shall enjoy the protection afforded by this Section, *unless and for such time as they take a direct part in hostilities*.

      • talknic
        July 15, 2014, 8:34 pm

        Naftush “3. Civilians shall enjoy the protection afforded by this Section, *unless and for such time as they take a direct part in hostilities*”

        Must make you and your fellow apologists red faced…

        BTW Why are you now citing the additional GC protocols. A) Israel isn’t a signatory. B) I thought the Israeli apologist’s narrative was that GC’s are not applicable

        Must be Israel apologist hypocrisy at work

    • Sumud
      July 14, 2014, 3:50 pm

      That depends on what you consider effective doesn’t it?

      • Naftush
        July 15, 2014, 2:32 am

        It isn’t about effect; it’s about intended effect:
        link to icrc.org

        Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977. (link to icrc.org)
        Article 51 — Protection of the civilian population
        [...]
        2. [...] Acts or threats of violence the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population are prohibited.

      • Sumud
        July 15, 2014, 11:11 am

        I’m not disputing that the rockets fired towards civilians are wrong Naftush – legally.

        I’m question if the political intention of the rocketing has been ineffective, regardless of what they hit or do not hit.

        We have gone in a few short days from Bibi saying “no cease fire” to him organising one with Sisi/Tony Bliar. Interesting that.

      • eljay
        July 15, 2014, 11:32 am

        >> Naftusheee:

        link to icrc.org

        Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977. (link to icrc.org)
        Article 51 — Protection of the civilian population
        [...]
        2. [...] Acts or threats of violence the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population are prohibited.

        This applies to Israel – an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist state that remains engaged in a 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder – at least as much as it does to Hamas.

        Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

    • lysias
      July 14, 2014, 3:58 pm

      For the first years of World War Two, Allied strategic bombing did very little harm to German industrial capacity. The bombing’s chief contribution to the war effort was that it kept up British (and then American) morale by leading the countries’ publics to believe that something was being done.

    • Shingo
      July 15, 2014, 7:41 am

      Ineffective rockets are good reason not to fire them at Israel in the first place.

      In which case, plead with your elected representatives to send guided surface to surface missiles to Gaza ASAP.

  13. anthonybellchambers
    July 14, 2014, 1:23 pm

    Killing civilians is suddenly acceptable, judging by the deafening silence from the European Union.

    If you’re an occupying power (for more than 40 years) you can now kill unarmed civilians – including men, women and children in addition to those sick, disabled or elderly. The international agreed Geneva Conventions on Human Rights and the rules on the Conduct of War are now only applicable to certain states leaving others able to kill at will any civilian – whether young or old, male or female, fit or disabled. The West has never before sunk so low as to allow the wanton, criminal killing of civilians.

    Suddenly, our world has changed overnight. It has become a frighteningly brutal place in which to live, procreate and die. Democracy, if not dead, is tragically, now extremely sick.

    • Justpassingby
      July 14, 2014, 3:05 pm

      Well there have certainly been more pro-israel voice from west than ever before, very tragic!

      • Naftush
        July 15, 2014, 2:35 am

        There will be more and more such voices as Westerners embrace the Niemöller principle (“First they came for…”). The tragedy is the fact of its necessity.

    • chet
      July 14, 2014, 3:28 pm

      In addition to the massacre of Gazan non-combatants, please keep in mind the CIA-sponsored bombardment of civilians in SE Ukraine.

      The MSM has been dead silent on this issue.

    • Bumblebye
      July 14, 2014, 8:47 pm

      Things just got a little bit worse – Cabinet reshuffle sees Wm Hague (who at least has spoken out a few times) leaving the post of Foreign Sec, and expected to be replaced by Philip Hammond, described as “a cold fish”. Not by any means liberal (described gay relationships as like “incest”). I don’t think he’ll be on the right side of history in this instance.

      • anthonybellchambers
        July 15, 2014, 5:35 am

        That depends if Hammond is a paid up member of the Friends of Israel, AIPAC cell, in the parliamentary Conservative party.

  14. Mikhael
    July 14, 2014, 2:04 pm

    One is too many. Hopefully, as our operations prove successful there will be zero deaths this year from Hamas rockets and mortar fire into Israel during this operation and in all subsequent years.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      July 14, 2014, 2:34 pm

      Since there haven’t been any deaths from Hamas rockets at all this year, the latest IDF rampage won’t actually have achieved anything other than killing lots of Palestinian women and children, which I suppose counts for a lot in Israel.

      BTW more rockets have landed in Israel per day since the start of this massacre than before it. Like I said, if Israel actually wanted to stop the rockets it would have maintained the ceasefire. But the occasional rocket makes for good victim PR, and indoctrinated Israelis will easily be impressed by a bit of aerial bombardment of civilians – especially if they’ve brought ringside seats and plenty of beers to enjoy the view.

    • Jenin Younes
      July 14, 2014, 3:24 pm

      but I guess it doesn’t matter if the dead are Palestinians, huh Mikhael? I don’t hear you saying that 1 is too many there–though there have been now about 170, I believe

      • Mikhael
        July 15, 2014, 3:03 am

        @ JeninYounis
        See my reply to “Sumud”

    • Sumud
      July 14, 2014, 3:55 pm

      One is too many.

      That goes for the dead of Gaza also, right?

      3700 since 2005.

      Let’s try to begin and understand what that means.

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      • Sumud
        July 14, 2014, 4:04 pm

        In the interest of fairness I include a similar representation of the deaths from Gaza rockets. (Though some groups in Gaza are secular I’ll use a crescent – couldn’t find a proper star & crescent symbol in Unicode):

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      • Mikhael
        July 14, 2014, 9:45 pm

        Sumud says:
        July 14, 2014 at 3:55 pm
        One is too many.

        That goes for the dead of Gaza also, right?

        If we are talking about the many civilian deaths in Gaza, which are undeniable, these are tragedies that are mostly* inevitable consequences of armed conflict that occurs when hostilities take place in densely populated urban areas such as Gaza. These tragic deaths of innocent civilians are regrettable, but we console ourselves that the IDF has for the most part done as much as possible to reduce the number of innocent civilian deaths (unlike our lovely neighbors fighting urban warfare in Syria, or even the Allies who deliberately terror-bombed civilian populations in Germany and Japan in WW2). But, to be accurate, your graphic representation of 3,700 kills for the Jewish state also includes over a thousand Hamas, al Quds Brigades of Islamic Jihad and leaders and members of other terror gangs, such as PFLP. We do not regret a single one of those deaths. We consider the ending of the lives of Hamas commanders like Nizar Rayan or Ahmad al Jabari to be a good thing. Nor do we regret the deaths of those who carry out the orders of those such as the aforementioned, the deaths of hundreds of lower-level Hamas thugs (gunmen, those who actually launch the rockets, those who try to carry out the kidnappings) is likewise a very good thing. More than half of your little Unicode stars represent people like that.

        * While most civilian deaths in actions against Hamas are unavoidable, some, of course are due to negligence and misconduct on the part of IDF personnel, but these things are also to be expected during combat conditions.

      • oldgeezer
        July 15, 2014, 12:13 am

        Your position, while nicely worded, assumes Israel is the target of aggression or the victim. It’s not. Israel is well beyond it’s declared borders and even well beyond expanded borders which the international community is/was prepared to accept.

        It is both the oppressor and aggressor. It is targetting a civilian population to defend it’s aggression and presumed (by Israel) territorial gains. It uses civilians to create facts on the ground in violation of it’s international agreements.

        “While most civilian deaths in actions against Hamas are unavoidable, ”

        They are all avoidable. All it requires is that Israel negotiate a just peace and live within international law. The Palestinian people are fighting for their basic rights. They have no real desire to go beyond that. Some rhetoric would indicate otherwise but it is clearly rhetoric. There is no chance that they can acheive their rhetorical goals and, except to a total racist, they are not imbued with a lower iq than the rest of us.

        Israel prefers land acquisition and supremacy over peace.

      • Mikhael
        July 15, 2014, 2:59 am

        oldgeezer says:
        July 15, 2014 at 12:13 am It is targetting a civilian population to defend it’s aggression and presumed (by Israel) territorial gains.

        This assertion is belied by the fact that there are only (yes, only) a mere ~100 or so fatalities in the latest flare-up (at least half of whom are not civilians) and only (yes, only) a few thousand Palestinian-Arab deaths since 2000 (most not civilians). If it was Israel’s intent to cause massive civilian fatalities, the numbers would be much higher.

        They are all avoidable. All it requires is that Israel negotiate a just peace and live within international law.

        There cannot be negotiation towards a final status solution with Hamas, as the non-existence of Israel is their raison d’etre. When the PLO went through the motions of recognizing Israel (arguably, this was just a ruse) Israel entered into negotioations with it. Extremely generous terms were offered at Camp David 2000 and even more generous concessions were offered by Olmert in 2008.

        link to jpost.com

        link to jpost.com

        (Olmert’s offer was much too generous, IMO.) The Palestinian Arabs will not gain anything more than what Olmert was ready to concede.

        The Palestinian people are fighting for their basic rights.

        They don’t have a basic right to demand the end of the sovereign existence of a neighboring state. They don’t have a basic right to demand as borders for a state that never existed a temporary armistice line that was drawn between two other states at the cessation of hostilities. They don’t have a basic right to demand that a neighboring state accept millions of foreigners.

        They have no real desire to go beyond that. Some rhetoric would indicate otherwise but it is clearly rhetoric.

        I take what they say sincerely and at face value. I’ve seen the aftermath of suicide bombings and I know that the words that motivated such acts were not mere “rhetoric.” Sometimes, “Kill the Jew” means “Kill the Jew.”

        Israel prefers land acquisition and supremacy over peace.

        Some segments of the Israeli public and government refuse to countenance the idea of giving up any of what they regard as the Greater Land of Israel for ideological/theological and/or security reasons. Nevertheless, there was a significant consensus among most of the Israeli public that territorial concessions and the emergence of a Palestinian Arab state were warranted. Most of the Israeli public supported the Oslo Accords, the creation of the PA, and the Gaza withdrawal as steps towards this goal. The eliminationist theocratic Hamas government that emerged in Gaza and the routine rockets launched by that entity after the 2005 withdrawal make a Palestinian state on the West Bank a very hard sell to the average Israeli.

      • Faisal
        July 15, 2014, 6:54 am

        Some are watching.. Some are ziotrolling..

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      • Shingo
        July 15, 2014, 7:45 am

        BTW Mikhael you lied when you said every ISraeli government has been committed to a 2ss. The Likud Charter explicitly rejects the creation of a Palestinian state.

        Furthermore, after the collapse of the last talks, the ruling coalitio celebrated the end of the peace process.

        “The danger of peace has been averted”, was the message that one of the Likud Party’s senior ministers texted on April 1 to some of his associates shortly after it became apparent that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had submitted a request to be inducted into 15 UN bodies with a state status.

        link to al-monitor.com

      • Sumud
        July 15, 2014, 11:07 am

        @ Mikhail.

        I’ll not say I’m surprised that for a jew you say “One is too many” to die and for Palestinians you say “only a few thousand deaths since 2000″.

        Not satisfied with already asserting the higher value of a jewish life than a Palestinian you also downgrade the number killed by Israel in pursuit of Palestinian land and property. It’s 6000+.

        They don’t have a basic right to demand the end of the sovereign existence of a neighboring state.

        Apartheid is a crime and violation of basic human rights. Where the pieces may fall when apartheid ends in Israel is not the problem nor is it the fault of Palestinians.

        They don’t have a basic right to demand as borders for a state that never existed a temporary armistice line that was drawn between two other states at the cessation of hostilities.

        Israel declared her own borders in 1949 to be those specified in UN181. It’s on public record. Acquisition of territory by war is inadmissible. Why is Israel interfering in territory outside it’s own borders? Whatever discomfort Israel suffers as a result of having to return to her declared borders – or come to some other non-criminal solution such as legal annexation of non-Israeli territory – are neither the problem nor fault of Palestinians.

        They don’t have a basic right to demand that a neighboring state accept millions of foreigners.

        Refugees from Israel proper are certainly not foreigners, they are Israelis, denied their rights by the Government of Israel. Any changes in Israel as a result of observing these Israelis human rights – return or negotiated settlement with compensation – is neither the problem of the fault of the refugees.

        In all cases you need to go down to the Knesset and have a big old cry to them. You poor zionists have been sold a faulty bills of goods by the GOI, not by Palestinians.

        I take what they say sincerely and at face value. I’ve seen the aftermath of suicide bombings and I know that the words that motivated such acts were not mere “rhetoric.”

        Get over yourself. Israeli killed more innocent people in 22 days in Gaza five years than a decade of suicide bombings. It seems that suicide bombers are the moderates compared to the IDF.

        Most of the Israeli public supported the Oslo Accords, the creation of the PA, and the Gaza withdrawal as steps towards this goal.

        Disingenuous. They supported it in word only.

        Gaza “Disengagement” had nothing to do with Oslo or the peace process expect as a way to sabotage it – as Sharon’s sidekick Dov Weisglass told us:

        The disengagement plan is the preservative of the sequence principle. It is the bottle of formaldehyde within which you place the president’s formula so that it will be preserved for a very lengthy period. The disengagement is actually formaldehyde. It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that’s necessary so that there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.

        But then, you knew that right? A whole lot of smoke and mirrors to conceal a good old fashioned land grab.

      • Mikhael
        July 15, 2014, 11:18 pm

        Shingo says:
        July 15, 2014 at 7:45 am

        BTW Mikhael you lied when you said every ISraeli government has been committed to a 2ss. The Likud Charter explicitly rejects the creation of a Palestinian state.

        The Likud charter is not an official document of the Israeli government, but one political party’s platform.

        In 2009, Netanyahu, as prime minister, endorsed a two-state solution, with the support of his cabinet at the time.

        My statement is correct. So far, since 1993, every Israeli government has endorsed a negotiated settlement and a two-state solution.

    • seafoid
      July 14, 2014, 4:13 pm

      303 israelis die in traffic yearly meanwhile. The hand of god, no need to do anything.

      10000 israelis die from smoking every year. Smoking taxes keep the idf going. Nothing to see here.

      How many israelis die from YESHA related conditions yearly? Far less than from smoking or driving .

      • Mikhael
        July 15, 2014, 3:12 am

        seafoid says:
        July 14, 2014 at 4:13 pm
        303 israelis die in traffic yearly meanwhile. The hand of god, no need to do anything.

        According to WHO statistics, road fatalities in the Palestinian territories are comparable to Israeli road carnage.

        I couldn’t find any stats on tobacco-related mortality, but I imagine it’s higher than Israel’s as Israel has in recent years greatly curbed smoking like in Europe and the US, but Arabs in the territories still puff away like chimneys. You’d think the Palestinians have enough to worry about without picking fights with a power that can so easily give them a beating.

  15. Justpassingby
    July 14, 2014, 3:07 pm

    News says that Gaza soon will lack medicines. When will this terror against Gaza stop!?

  16. NoMoreIsrael
    July 14, 2014, 3:21 pm

    I hope no Israelis are killed or even injured.

    I also hope no Israeli sleeps for a single hour until they get off Palestinian land, pay reparations and submit to disarmament.

  17. chinese box
    July 14, 2014, 3:37 pm

    The prevailing talking point is “no country would allow rockets to land on it’s territory” (variant: the US wouldn’t allow Mexico to attack it with rockets). Of course this isn’t a real argument, rather it’s a context-free normative statement designed to shut down any debate before it begins.

  18. eljay
    July 14, 2014, 3:41 pm

    >> Mikhaeleee: Hopefully, as our operations prove successful there will be zero deaths this year from Hamas rockets and mortar fire into Israel during this operation and in all subsequent years.

    Hopefully, Israel will soon:
    – halt its 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder;
    – withdraw to within its / Partition borders;
    – honour its obligations under international law;
    – accept responsibility and accountability for its past and ON-GOING (war) crimes; and
    – enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

    Failing that, Hamas can only hope that as their operations prove successful there will be zero deaths this year from Israeli WMDs fired into Gaza during this operation and in all subsequent years.

  19. HardestTime
    July 15, 2014, 5:34 am

    This article argues that the emphasis on “civilian deaths” as a privileged category, while it’s important, also ignores the basic inequalities of power that underlie Israel’s attack, and the occupation as a whole. link to paper-bird.net Interesting.

  20. RobertB
    July 15, 2014, 8:54 am

    Israel’s Incremental Genocide in the Gaza Ghetto

    By Ilan Pappe

    July 14, 2014

    “On 15 May, Israeli forces killed two Palestinian youths in the West Bank town of Beitunia, their cold-blooded slayings by a sniper’s bullet captured on video. Their names — Nadim Nuwara and Muhammad Abu al-Thahir — were added to a long list of such killings in recent months and years.

    The killing of three Israeli teenagers, two of them minors, abducted in the occupied West Bank in June, was perhaps in reprisal for killings of Palestinian children. But for all the depredations of the oppressive occupation, it provided the pretext first and foremost for destroying the delicate unity in the West Bank but also for the implementation of the old dream of wiping out Hamas from Gaza so that the Ghetto could be quiet again.

    Since 1994, even before the rise of Hamas to power in the Gaza Strip, the very particular geopolitical location of the Strip made it clear that any collective punitive action, such as the one inflicted now, could only be an operation of massive killings and destruction. In other words, of a continued genocide.

    This recognition never inhibited the generals who give the orders to bomb the people from the air, the sea and the ground. Downsizing the number of Palestinians all over historic Palestine is still the Zionist vision. In Gaza, its implementation takes its most inhuman form.

    The particular timing of this wave is determined, as in the past, by additional considerations. The domestic social unrest of 2011 is still simmering and for a while there was a public demand to cut military expenditures and move money from the inflated “defense” budget to social services. The army branded this possibility as suicidal.

    There is nothing like a military operation to stifle any voices calling on the government to cut its military expenses.

    Typical hallmarks of the previous stages in this incremental genocide reappear in this wave as well. One can witness again consensual Israeli Jewish support for the massacre of civilians in the Gaza Strip, without one significant voice of dissent. In Tel Aviv, the few who dared to demonstrate against it were beaten by Jewish hooligans, while the police stood by and watched.

    Academia, as always, becomes part of the machinery. The prestigious private university, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya has established “a civilian headquarters” where students volunteer to serve as mouthpieces in the propaganda campaign abroad.

    The media is loyally recruited, showing no pictures of the human catastrophe Israel has wreaked and informing its public that this time, “the world understands us and is behind us.”

    Click on link below for the rest of the story:

    link to informationclearinghouse.info

  21. mongoweiss
    July 15, 2014, 9:29 am

    Mondoweiss lies once again.

    Here’s the proof:

    2004:
    Mordechai Yosepov
    Tiferet Tratner (mortar)
    Yuval Abebeh
    Dorit Benisian
    Michael Chizik (mortar)

    >mongo lists 2

    2005:
    Nissim Arbiv (mortar)
    Ayala Abukasis
    Salah Ayash Imran
    Muhammed Mahmoud Jaroun
    Dana Galkowicz
    Jitladda Tap-arsa (mortar)

    >mongo lists 2

    not gonna bother to go on

    • Phan Nguyen
      July 15, 2014, 7:25 pm

      “Mongoweiss,” if you ever get around to reading the article, pay close attention to the following details:

      1. The table at the very top, listing five of the names that you claim are missing.

      2. The title of the article: “How many people have died from Gaza rockets into Israel?”

      3. The table heading: “Fatalities from rocket and mortar attacks in Israel from the Gaza Strip”

      4. The content of note #1, stating that the list does not include “Palestinians killed by rocket or mortar misfire in the Gaza Strip.

      5. The content of note #2, stating that the list does not include “People killed by Gaza rockets and mortars targeted inside the Gaza Strip…”

      6. The explanation in note #2: “They were not aimed inside Israel. They also do not form part of the rhetoric that rockets and mortars from Gaza constitute an ‘existential threat’ to Israel.”

      Any and all of the above disqualifies your criticism. Nevertheless, though I was not obligated to, I did reference the six remaining individuals you cite, and more—just not by name:

      In Gaza settlements and the Erez Industrial Zone, rocket and mortar attacks inflicted eight civilian fatalities: three Israeli Jews, three foreign laborers from Thailand and China, and two Palestinian laborers from Khan Younis.

      Additionally there were two IDF fatalities in Gaza settlements, including a soldier killed while on his way to guard duty in Kfar Darom and a soldier killed at an IDF outpost in the Morag settlement.

      In other words, every single fatality you name has been accounted for.

      I did all of this nearly two years ago when I published the first rocket fatality list, and it is reflected here as well.

      As you are wrong on every count, are you prepared to acknowledge your sloppy errors and apologize?

      • eljay
        July 15, 2014, 8:19 pm

        >> mongoweiss: Mondoweiss lies once again.
        >> P.N.: As you are wrong on every count, are you prepared to acknowledge your sloppy errors and apologize?

        Back at HQ, mongoweiss is handed the dunce cap and told to sit in the corner. :-(

  22. RobertB
    July 15, 2014, 10:13 am

    Gaza Under Israel’s Savagery Attacks….Photostream/Images

    link to flickr.com

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