Why Israel kills so many civilians

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  1. Aryeh says:

    So why isn’t this comment in WashingtonPost, NYTimes etc?
    Or at the very least in the Jerusalem Post. A picture is worth a thousand words.

  2. Calev says:

    It’s salutory to know that there are many photos like this that never make it into the newspapers. One has to ask oneself why.
    But please note, I think this particular photo is old – I first saw it (or one very similar) in perhaps 2003 or 2004.

  3. david says:

    And how about the two kids enjoying the scenery on the lower left?

  4. akiva says:

    As much as I’d like to believe what you wrote, in order to be honest, you need to rule out all other possibilities.
    Here’s one: The kids are not human shields brought in to protect the gunners.
    The kids have run to the ditch for protection from fire (Israeli, or other arab faction), and are being protected by militants.
    Pictures can be very misleading, and can be used in a number of diff. ways.

  5. Bob Miller says:

    “Militant” in its younger years was a mere adjective, but it grew up to be promoted to noun, to create a handy euphemism for use by the terror-enablers and terror-apologists in our media.

  6. Ori Pomerantz says:

    Akiva, it’s unlikely that the kids ran to the ditch for protection. They are sitting up and looking around. They also look relaxed. If they were looking for protection, I’d expect them to be lying down (even if they didn’t know that’s the right thing to do, the gunners probably do).

    However, this picture does admit to one other interpretation. It could be that the gunners are showing off or training, and there is no opposing force in sight. In such a case having the kids there just shows bad military discipline, nothing worse than that. The size of the crowd behind the gunners, and the fact that they appear to be standing around looking at the sights, supports that theory.

  7. joseph says:

    Along with the very good points made by other commenters here, I must ad that this phoot dates to 2004 – at least: http://backspin.typepad.com/backspin/2004/10/flirting_with_d.html

  8. Calev says:

    Thanks to Joseph for reassuring me that my memory isn\’t completely unreliable!

    Akiva – your comment isn\’t unreasonable. However, this is only one of several photos taken at the time (some of them in series) and all showing the same thing: children and terrorists intermingling during confrontations with the Israeli military. This is beyond reckless, it is children responding to official indoctrination to become martyrs -a they want to be with the terrorists because they was to be injured and/or killed. And they want these things because they\’ve been taught to by the Palestinian Authority\’s teachers using official textbooks (mainly paid for by European taxpayers) jam packed full of antisemitic, suicidal and murderous drivel. And this was all before Hamas was elected!

  9. Ori Pomerantz says:

    In a similar vein, here are a few more pictures of Palestinian education.


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