Continued coverage of the numbers feuds, from here:
Camera presents the problem:
...an IDF investigation finds that 250 out of Gaza fatalities were civilians, and at least 700 were gunmen. The article states:
The data presented by the Palestinian [sic] is vastly different: Palestinian Groups operating in the Strip have reported 92 of the fatalities as gunmen, 48 of whom were affiliated with Hamas, 32 with Islamic Jihad, 10 with thePopular ResistanceCommittees' Salah a-Din Brigades and two with the Mujahedeen Brigades.
And presents a detailed analysis, here.
As usual with the pro-Israeli website, when it provides data and meticulous dissection of the available statistics, it ends on a note urging further investigation and accuracy in reporting:
It is my opinion that neither Palestinian sources, nor UN sources, nor NGO's, nor the media that repeat the findings from these highly-compromised sources are in the least bit interested in finding out what the factual truth is.
I'd like to draw attention to this part in the Camera analysis:
BTW, how does the UN define a child in such circumstances? I once saw an interview with Raghida Dergham of Al Hayat, who defined as a child anyone under the age of 20.
The other poster:
BTW, how does the UN define a child in such circumstances? Stunning.
N: “Stunning." Why? Don't you think it is imperative to know what they speak of when say "a child" if they define a child as any anyone under 20 years old?
According to Raghida Dergham's definition, a sizable part of the IDF is a child army, since 18 year old boys are conscripted as per law. When my father immigrated to Israel, just as the state was born, he was not yet 17 years old and he joined the army. Was he a child? The Hagana accepted 16 year old boys, before the state was born and the law passed. Were they children when they got killed, or armed combatants?
Why do you pretend to be shocked by the coldness of the question? Isn't it the way international laws are configured?
You don't seem shocked when someone reminds you that kindergarten kids in Sderot are routinely targeted for killing.
All you do is cite the number of children killed by Israel, out of the context of other children being hunted down for the kill..
I find that stunningly callous, because you know that these ARE kindergarten kids, every one of them.
The Other poster: What hypocrisy. Let's see. I mentioned the number of children that have been killed in the current military action.
In response… you have claimed that the UN counts all people under 20 as minors
N: This is what I wrote:
"I once saw an interview with Raghida Dergham of Al Hayat, who defined as a child anyone under the age of 20."
This is what you report that I'd written:
"you have claimed that the UN counts all people under 20 as minors"
The other poster:
In the hopes of clearing the confusion somewhat, it looks like the figures are UNICEF's, and that they use the age of 18 as the dividing line between child and adult when measuring things like child sexual exploitation, child soldiers, and casualties. UNICEF also places the child death toll in Gaza at over 300, and the number of wounded children at around 1000.
I do know that at least one IDF sniper has claimed that children over 12 are considered legitimate targets in the occupied territories, so obviously the definition of "child" varies somewhat.
(I have to apologize for the erratic font deployment in my posts lately. My blogger does what it wants and I just have no idea how to set it right).