Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Who's Collateral Damage in Gaza - IDF or Hamas?

The top story this morning on Israel Radio was supposed to be about how the Democratic Party wrested control of the US House of Representatives from the Republicans.

At 6:00 AM all of that changed, when a large apartment building collapsed in Beit Hanoun (Northern Gaza Strip) killing 18 Palestinian civilians and wounding over 30.

IDF officials said that artillery fire was directed at a Qassam launching spot and at another nearby spot from where Palestinians planned to launch Qassam rockets, and at this time, are unsure if the casualties were a result of IDF artillery fire.

The Arab (and Israeli left wing) rhetoric was quick to come.

One mother of victims said, "I am proud to be the mother of the shahids, it is a great honor and we pray to Allah to compensate us"

"I call on all the armed groups everywhere to avenge the blood of the dead with suicide bombings against Israeli civilians" -- Jamal Abed, who heads Fatah in northern Gaza.

"The slaughter in Beit Hanoun, with dozens dead and dozens wounded, all innocent civilians and most of them children, testifies to the fact that this is a policy of ethnic cleansing," Dahlan said. (Dahlan was involved in planning the terrorist attack against the Kfar Darom school bus that blew off the legs of the Cohen children, and killed 2 other people).

Sheikh Nafez Azzam, a leader of the Islamic Jihad, said "The massacre in Beit Hanoun is an intentional act aimed at bringing the members of the town to emigrate from it."

Dr. Erekat, who currently resides in the West Bank, told Ynet of his impressions from Wednesday morning: "What Israel did is a war crime against the civilian population in Gaza," he declared.
Only a fool (or an Arab leader) would believe that Israel intentionally targeted civilian targets. Unlike the Palestinian Terror organizations, Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the PFLP, DFLP, and other alphabet soup named terrorists, the IDF are not blood-thirsty organizations who intentionally target civilians.

It is the Arabs terrorists who intentionally target Israeli civilians with their Qassam rockets, suicide bomber attacks and attempted terrorist infiltration into settlements. Make no mistake, they explicitly say they want to kill as many Jewish civilians as possible, and they gain more from a buildingfull of Palestinian civilian casualties than Israel does.

Which makes it important not to jump to conclusions (as Israel always does).

We've already seen cases of the IDF being blamed for Palestinian terrorist "work accidents" which caused the deaths of Palestinian civilians...or simply, Terrorist collateral damage.

If the casualties DID result from IDF artillery, then it's IDF collateral damage -- and not the targeted killing of Palestinians.

No one in Israel wants to see Palestinian civilian casualties, but to bend over backwards apologizing is wrong. When the Palestinians stop the daily shelling of Sderot and Ashkelon with Qassam rockets, when they stop terrorism as a way of life...then we have what to talk about, and apologize for.

Till then, we're at war.

And the Palestinians have full responsibility for the consequences of shooting rockets from civilian areas and hiding among civilians.

PS; And it's not like an Israeli apology really matters to anyone, anyway.


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13 comments:

Joe Settler said...

Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the PFLP, DFLP, and other alphabet soup named terrorists

You forgot "ISM"

muse said...

It's that joke again about the guy who murdered his parents and then...

marallyn ben moshe said...

we did it...we're sorry...oops...no one cares why we were there in the first place...sigh...it was a mistake...one mistake vs a gazillion suicide bombers on purpose and we are tripping over our feet making sorry? MUSE you are absolutely right...stay safe...great post

WBS said...

And the Palestinians have full responsibility for the consequences of shooting rockets from civilian areas and hiding among civilians.

Every Palestinian or just the ones that actively participate?

daat y said...

rIGHT TO THE POINT.oUR GOVERNMENT IS MASOCHISTIC AND SUICIDAL.aS YOU SAID -THERE IS A REAL WAR GOING ON.

kishnevi said...

the laugh line of the night was the announcement that they were ending the "truce" because of this incident.

WHAT TRUCE?

wbs--the Palestinians who do not actively particpate still bear responsibility, because they allow it to happen, and often verbally support the Qassam shootings, etc. The men of blood rule in Gaza and Nablus because no Arab chooses to oppose them.

The back of the hill said...

And it's not like an Israeli apology really matters to anyone, anyway.

Israeli deaths apparently don't really matter to anyone either.

Odd. With all this not really mattering, one would expect the chorus to just shut up.

Jenifer said...

Re: my comment yesterday about your finishing a story. Sorry I wasn't more specific. You had a link a while back to a blog that posted a short story you'd written (actually, only half of the story...). You had said the end of the story would be coming. Did I miss it?

Michael said...

wbs:

All the palys are responsible. Don't forget who danced on the rooftops and passed out candy while Hezbollah was rocketing northern Israel (or after 9/11, for that matter). The ones who aren't shooting are feeding, comforting, and supporting the ones who are. And they're the ones at the paly rallys yelling "Kill the Jews!" and "Death to Israel!"

We need to remember exactly who the enemy is here. And we need to resist that enemy with every resource we have.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Jenifer: You are correct. My bad. I will try to finish it up for next week.

BOTH: Israeli deaths apparently don't really matter to anyone either.

Odd. With all this not really mattering, one would expect the chorus to just shut up.


Yes, more sad than odd. *sigh*

Michael: Yes, they are all responsible, but that doesn't mean they deserve to be shelled. It would be refreshing to see them take control of their lives, but they are apparently far too immature or culture to live responsbily. That may sound preachy, but face it, what do they have to show for themselves?

Michael said...

Maybe they don't deserve to be shelled, but I'm not going to go start weeping when willing human shields get hurt, either.

The qassam guys shoot from people's backyards because they know that Israel will shoot back, and they are just waiting for that one stray shell.

I'm not going to have any sympathy for that kind of cynical use of human beings.

Anonymous said...

--> Rio Comes to Gaza

Anonymous said...

When was the last time that a Pali-Arab leader from either the 'moderate' Fatah or the 'extremist' Hamas/Islamic Jihad apologized for the death and destruction that has been caused by the all to numerous homicide bombers? I wonder whether the Israeli government has started thinking like it's 'enlightened' European counterparts-after all they were only killing Jews-and falling into the death trap. It's high time that some of the MKs started issuing calls for "wiping Pali-Arabs off the face of the globe" and "righting the historical mistake that is Iran" or "sending the terrorist backing Arab states back to the stone age" (oops, I just forgot that in almost everything except material wealth the majority of the Arab states have made little progress since the stone age).

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