In my travels on the World Wide Web I have come across many strange claims and accusations mainly aimed at the Israelis or the coalition forces in Iraq, so I feel obliged to lay down some hard facts for people to contemplate. Firstly between September 2000 and July 2004 there were an incredible 22,406 terrorist attacks in Israel, of which Hamas have claimed responsibility for 425 attacks in which 377 Israelis were killed and a further 2,076 were injured. Of these attacks 52 were suicide attacks in which 288 Israelis were killed and a further 1,646 injured. Again in the same time period some 300 Kasam rockets have been fired into Israel from the Arab territories. The current casualty figures from Israel, as of the 15th of January of this year (from the start of the present infitada in 2000) stand at 7633 injured and 1084 killed. The vast majority of these figures are civilians i.e. not members of the IDF, standing at some 5,330 injured and 761 killed. That means that almost 70% of the people either killed or injured by terrorists in Israel are civilians. Also before the 67 war and the `occupation of Arab lands` some 56 major and approximately 3,000 `minor` terrorist attacks occurred within Israel, so the claim put forward by many that they are simply freedom fighters is frankly ridiculous.
I will not refute that the Palestinians have suffered heavier casualties than the Israelis however, the graph above shows the percentage of men, women and children killed by Israeli forces in their war on terror, strange isn’t it how the vast majority of them are adult males?
This report from www.worldtribune.com sums it up nicely:
"Population segments like women or older people are not military targets; thus their higher prevalence among Israeli fatalities is an indication of the degree to which Palestinian terrorists have killed Israelis simply for the 'crime' of being Israeli," the report said. "In contrast, Palestinian non-combatant fatalities have been overwhelmingly young and male." The institute, part of the Interdisciplinary Centre and which cooperates with Western governments on the issue of counter-terrorism, reported that most of the Palestinian casualties were what the report deemed combatants"
The study said Palestinians themselves killed 203 Palestinians, one of out every eight casualties. They also include Palestinians killed in assembling bombs for suicide attacks against Israel. Among Israelis, the study said, female’s account for 31 percent of all Israelis killed in the war. Women comprise almost 40 percent of the Israeli non-combatants killed by Palestinians.
Among Palestinians, more than 95 percent of the casualties have been male. A huge majority of the Palestinians are young males. "If we look at Palestinian non-combatants killed by Israel, we see that the few female fatalities appear to be randomly distributed by age," the report said. "The male fatalities, on the other hand, are overwhelmingly young. To be more precise, 63 percent of all Palestinian non-combatants killed by Israel were boys and men between the ages of 12 and 29." The report said the pattern of Palestinian casualties "completely contradicts accusations that Israel has indiscriminately targeted women and children." The study said the vast majority of the Palestinian casualties were not killed as the result of random Israeli attacks on inhabited areas. "There appears to be only one reasonable explanation of this pattern: that Palestinian men and boys engaged in behaviour that brought them into conflict with Israeli armed forces," the report said. "In fact, the highly specific pattern of Palestinian non-combatant fatalities suggests that many of these deaths have resulted from an active Palestinian indoctrination campaign glorifying 'martyrdom' — effectively encouraging boys and young men to confront Israeli forces and risk death even when there was no real likelihood of causing material harm to Israelis."
So the next time any of you hear someone talking about Israelis murdering little Palestinian children in cold blood, or of the `deliberate` attacks on the poor innocent Palestinian civilians, just send them here so they can see the facts for themselves.
Thank you and goodnight.