The following is an updated version of my post, “In the Past Two Weeks, Israel’s Government Has Massacred Nearly 600 Gazan Civilians, Because… Terrorism!.” Like the previous article, I originally posted it to my Facebook wall…
According to the latest figures from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Israeli military forces have killed an estimated 1,118 Gazans since their July 7th launch of Operation “Protective Edge.” About 74% of this total represents civilian casualties. In other words, approximately 827 civilians have been murdered by Israel’s government so far, with about 243 of that total being children, and 131 being women, which together represent 45% of all civilian deaths…
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – Gaza Crisis:
Sadly, these numbers reveal that the world’s “Most Moral Army” has snuffed out the lives of more children than it has killed Hamas “militants” in its latest war-criminal adventures inside Gaza! Gazan youths represent about one quarter of the Israeli governments total killings, and almost one third of their total civilian murder victims!
Israel’s Offensive in Gaza has ‘Killed More Children than Fighters’, Say Human Rights Groups:
‘No Safe Place for Civilians’ in Gaza, United Nations Says:
Israel’s Gaza Offensive Has Killed Child Every Hour for Two Days:
Israel’s government is executing a full-scale massacre of purely cowardly proportions – to the welcoming cheers of celebrating Israeli audiences, in some cases!
Israel-Gaza Conflict: ‘Sderot Cinema’ Image Shows Israelis with Popcorn and Chairs ‘Cheering as Missiles Strike Palestinian Targets’:
Yet, we’re talking about three murdered civilians for every one dead “militant,” with one of these three being a child! That’s the math of straight-up massacre, no matter how Israel’s government and supporters spin it! And, as the UN reported, there is no place for innocent civilians to escape the onslaught of high-tech, American-funded-and-shared-with-Israel weaponry!
The disingenuous claims by Israel’s government, and its supporters, for the right to “Self-defense” against the CIVILIANS OF GAZA in pursuit of HAMAS are PATENTLY FALSE, because the civilians of Gaza are an INNOCENT PARTY, having COMMITTED NO AGGRESSION against Israelis, whatsoever! In criminal law, the Blackstone Ratio is the principle that “it is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.” This is closely tied to the “presumption of innocence” inherent to all free and peaceful societies. Anything less than this standard qualifies as oppression and the initiation of aggression against the peaceful. It’s not complicated, nor is it difficult to understand. Those who side with the Accuser against the innocent are the true guilty parties in ALL cases!
To indiscriminately mass murder innocent civilians, including women and children, due to the criminal deeds of a minority segment of a population, in itself, is a criminal deed! And, most of the sovereign nations of the world regard collective punishment against civilian groups as either a crime against humanity, or a war crime!
Israel Attacks Center for Disabled and Mosque in Gaza:
Israeli Tank Shells Compound Housing UN School in Gaza, Killing 15:
Much like the terrorist organization, Hamas, Israel’s government clings to the broken logic that terrorizing innocent civilians is a valid political strategy, rather than a crime! For every civilian that Israel’s military murders, Hamas is only given further legitimacy as “just another political party,” simply operating within the framework of the “political reality on the ground” whenever they engage in their own civilian-targeting adventures, just like they’ve been claiming all along…
The irony of the situation is clear: if having one’s civilians targeted for death is just cause to simply murder more civilians, as the Israeli government continues to claim, then by such a pathetic standard, Hamas, much like Israel, suddenly emerges from the equation not as a terrorist group, like most of us thought, but rather, a courageous group of misunderstood heroes simply “defending” their residences and civilians from a decades-long campaign of Israeli government aggression against civilians living within one of the world’s largest open-air refugee prisons. But, it’s a good thing that most don’t subscribe to such an erroneous viewpoint when it comes to Hamas! Yet, the Israeli government’s use of this same rotten reasoning illicits silence from most, and even open encouragement from some!
In his work, “Dissertation on First Principles of Government,” Thomas Paine revealed one of the most important portions of the formula for freedom, writing:
“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”
When terrorist organizations like Hamas and the Israeli government murder civilians back and forth as some sort of “acceptable” means of achieving their respective political agendas, the moral vacuum created by their wanton disregard for human life threatens to expand and envelop the entirety of humanity, if not properly CHECKED! This is especially true when the escalation leading up to today occurred so incrementally, and with so much compartmentalization, that most are unaware of the originating source of the current conflict.
Finally, considering the dubious relationship between Israel and Hamas, murdered Gazan civilians seems to be a major goal for BOTH parties, with over 1.5 million innocent Gazan refugees trapped in the middle, to be sacrificed as political pawns!
How Israel Helped to Spawn Hamas: