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June 13, 2002

Counting the dead in Israel

First of all let's explain what I mean by Israel. Israel includes all of the land under Israel's control, including the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights. Israel has off again/on again been allowing the so-called Palestinian Authority to pretend to control parts of Israel, which they do by grabbing lots of money, making bombs, murdering the occasional randomly grabbed Arab who they accuse of collaborating with Israel, and funding and supporting the murders of innocent Israeli civilians. The real job of governing, they've never even bothered to try, but Israel lets them pretend occasionally to satisfy the idiot factor in the UN who whine about the need for a Palestinian state. So while others may differentiate between those killed in the PA "controlled" areas and the rest of Israel, I don't.

Having said that, let's get on with today's topic. I keep hearing this incessant whine about how Israel is killing thousands of Palestinians in an effort to wipe them out. Israel is now being compared to Nazi Germany (while Arab Moslems quote Hitler at length in Moslem papers). So I wanted to illustrate the difference between when Israelis are killed and Palestinians are killed. Not that any human life is worth more or less than any other, but that the circumstances surrounding a death can certainly distinguish between that death being a cold blooded murder or self defense or even an accident.

Let's start with Avraham Siton, 17, of Shilo, Israel and Gilad Stiglitz, 14, of Yakir, Israel. On the 28th of May Avraham and Gilad were playing basketball outside a yeshiva at about 11 o'clock at night when a Palestinian opened fire on them, killing them both. The Palestinian then went into the school and killed another student and one of the teachers.

That same day Albert Maloul, 50, of Jerusalem,  and his cousin, Herzl Maloul, were returning home to Jerusalem, when a group of Palestinians approached their car and shot them at point-blank range. Albert was hit in his back by the gunfire and was pronounced dead on the scene. Herzl, who was driving, was lightly injured.

The previous day Ruth Peled, 56, of Herzliya and her infant granddaughter Sinai Keinan, aged 14 months, of Petah Tikva were killed when a suicide bomber detonated himself near an ice cream parlor outside a shopping mall in Petah Tikva. 

Oh, and that explosion ripped through the Em Hamoshavot commercial center and among the injured were quite a few children, who were inside the cafe and a nearby ice-cream parlor. Police said the bomb used contained around 10 kilograms of explosives, packed with metal objects to maximize the number of casualties. 

Ok, so let's look at the Palestinian deaths. On May 28th a Palestinian civilian was killed by Israeli civilians after having entered the settlement of Itamar, Nablus district, and opening fire at boys, killing three of them and wounding two others.

On May 17th, 'Ali Idris Hamdan, age 17, from Dura al-Qar' , was killed in the settlement of Beit El, Ramallah and Al Bira district. 'Ali was killed by the security officer of the settlement, an Israeli civilian, after having entered the settlement and stabbed the security officer.

On May 22nd, Marwan Zalum, a commander of the Fatah-Tanzim al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in Hebron, and his bodyguard, Samir Abu Rajub, were killed by IDF helicopter-missile fire aimed at Marwan Zalum's car, in Hebron.

That same day Mahmoud 'Abdallah Sa'id Titi, age 30, Iyad Hamdan, age 22 and 'Imad Khatib, age 25, all from Balata refugee camp, were killed by IDF tank fire aimed at their hiding-place, in the cemetery of Balata refugee camp, Nablus district, after they opened fire on IDF soldiers searching for terrorists, killing Sgt.-Maj. Nir Kritzman, a member of the Israel's elite Navy commando unit . Mahmoud Titi was known to IDF as a senior Tanzim activists who had orchestrated a failed attempt at using an ambulance to transport bombs out of the refugee camp into civilian areas. 

Now do you happen to see a sort of pattern there? Go ahead look closely. Is it maybe that Palestinians tend to get killed while SHOOTING AT PEOPLE, while Israeli's tend to get killed while playing basketball or eating ice cream. Now there may be some people that can't easily distinguish the moral distinction between SHOOTING AT PEOPLE and playing basketball or eating ice cream, but I sure do. I tend to think that SHOOTING AT PEOPLE is generally a bad thing, especially if the people being shot at are civilians or soldiers not currently shooting at you. Call me strange but that's the way I see it. So the next time you hear one of these idiots whine about Palestinians being slaughtered. demand that the circumstances surrounding the Palestinian's death be explained to you. Oh, BTW, the link I supplied to B'tselem may give names and some info, but they intentionally omit most facts that would show the real reason any particular Palestinian was killed.


Posted by Jack Lewis at June 13, 2002 10:57 AM