ZioNation - Progressive Zionism and Israel Web Log

ZioNation home Archives Site map Policy Definitions FAQ timeline history documents Links Photos Contact

Articles and Reference

History of Zionism and Israel
Middle East Encyclopedia
History of Anti-Semitism
History of Anti-Zionism
Encylopedic Dictionary of Zionism and Israel
Zionism and its Impact
Zionism - Issues & answers
Maps of Israel
Six Day War
War of Independence
Bible  Quotes
1948 Israel War of Independence Timeline Christian Zionism
Christian Zionism History
Gaza & the Qassam Victims of Sderot
Zionist Quotes
Learn Hebrew
Israel Boycott?
Boycott Israel?
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Jew Hate
International Zionism
Commentary in Russian
Middle East
The Grand Mufti Hajj Amin Al Husseini
Albert Einstein
Palestine: Ethnic Cleansing
History Arab-Israeli Conflict
Boycott Israel?
Amnesty International Report on Gaza War

Subscribe to
email newsletter for this site and others

Powered by groups.yahoo.com

The blame for the tragic deaths of the Gaza family last week has been laid squarely at Israel's door by Palestinians, and by much of the international media. The Palestinians staged the usual protests and the expected heart-rending interviews, in an attempt to fasten the blame firmly on Israel, and others followed suit, including some Israelis who should know better.

In the ordinary course of things, people and institutions are innocent until proven guilty. Many of those who have been most outspoken in blaming Israel would tenaciously defend the right of every suspected malefactor to a fair trial, including all the O.J. Simpsons of the world. Israel seems to be an exception to the rule. In a way, Israel was blamed for the killings before they happened.

According to several reports (see Washington Post Haaretz Yediot Ahronot) an IDF inquiry due to be summarized today (Tuesday) casts serious doubt on the claim that the deaths were due to Israeli action. The major points are:

No IDF shells were fired at the probable time of the blast. Only one IDF shell is supposedly unaccounted for, but it was fired ten minutes previously.

Aerial photos seem to indicate that the blast came from below ground, and may have been due to detonation of a mine.

Palestinians arriving in Israel for treatment had had all of the shrapnel carefully removed, so that the origins of the blast could not be determined.

Palestinians reported that a team of Hamas operatives had cleaned up the area of the blast, presumably in order to destroy forensic evidence.

The IDF evidence can be doubted by skeptics. However, the fact that Palestinians did no investigation, provided no proof, and took great pains to conceal the evidence, seems pretty damning. At the very least, we have to say that the verdict is "not proven."

This is another of those movies we have been through before. In 2002, Israel was accused of a massacre in Jenin. For months, European media used the supposed massacre to demonize Israel, before some of them quietly retracted the story, which was a myth concocted by Palestinians.

Unfortunately, the "Gaza Massacre," like the "Jenin Massacre" has probably already served its purpose. The Jenin massacre myth was intended to help the world forget that Palestinian terrorists had murdered over a hundred Israelis in the month preceding the IDF attack on Jenin. It was a successful diversionary tactic. Likewise, the "Gaza Massacre" has succeeded in focusing attention on supposed Israeli misdeeds, rather than on the rain of rocket fire emanating from Gaza.

Hamas had the means and the opportunity to perpetrate the massacre. They also had a motive, since they used the massacre as an excuse to end their unilateral cease fire, and the publicity and outrage generated by the massacre are helping to torpedo the referendum that Mahmud Abbas has called on the Palestinian Prisoners' document. As Ghassan Khattib pointed out:

The immediate reaction from Hamas after the killings on the beach seemed to try to link the Israeli escalation with the dispute between Abu Mazen and Hamas over the document.

The spokesperson of Hamas, in his first official reaction, said it didn't make sense to put Hamas under internal pressure to give political concessions through a referendum while the Palestinian people at the same time are subject to such escalation.

The leaflet of the Izzedin al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, was more direct. It accused any Palestinian group that put political pressure on Hamas to give up part of its political program of being collaborators with the Israeli occupation.

It is possible that Hamas, which is facing serious difficulties in running the Palestinian Authority, might see the escalation as a way to escape internal and external political embarrassment.

Khattib also tries to find an Israeli motive for the escalation. He forgot that the rockets on southern Israel are causing intense embarrassment to the Israeli government and to the IDF internally and are eroding support for the unilateral consolidation plan of the Israeli government.

Ami Isseroff

Original content is Copyright by the author 2006. Posted at ZioNation-Zionism and Israel Web Log, http://www.zionism-israel.com/log/archives/00000116.html where your intelligent and constructive comments are welcome. Disributed by ZNN list. Subscribe by sending a message to ZNN-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Please forward by e-mail with this notice, cite this article and link to it. Other uses by permission only.

Click to Reddit! Facebook Share

add to del.icio.us

Add to digg - digg it

Constructive comments, including corrections, are welcome. Do not use this space for spam, publishing articles, self promotion, racism, anti-Zionist propaganda or character defamation. Inappropriate comments will be deleted. See our Comment policy for details. By posting here, you agree to the Comment policy.


Please take our reader survey!

Our Sites

Zionism News Net
Zionism-Israel Pages
Brave Zionism
IsraŽl-Palestina.Info (Dutch & English)
Our Blogs
Israel News
IMO Blog - IsraŽl & Midden-Oosten (NL)
Israel Like this, as if
Zionism News Net
Israel & Palestijnen Nieuws Blog
IsraŽl in de Media

Blog Roll:
Adam Holland
Blue Truth
CIF Watch
Contentious Centrist
Dutchblog Israel (NL/EN)
Harry's Place
Ignoble Experiment
Irene Lancaster's Diary
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Jeff Weintraub Commentaries and controversies
Jewish Issues Watchdog Meretz USA Weblog
Meryl Yourish
Middle East Analysis
MidEastWeb Middle East Web Log
Modernity Blog
Pro Israel Bay Bloggers
Point of no return
Simply Jews
Something Something
Tempting Topical Topics
The Augean Stables
Unplugged Mike
Oy Bay! San Francisco Bay Area Jews
Vital Perspective
Israel Mon Amour
Liberty & Justice
On the Contrary
Magdeburger Chossid
Tulip - Israeli-Palestinian Trade Union Assoc.
Southern Wolf
Sharona's Week
Sanda & Israel
Fresno Zionism
Anti-Racist Blog
ZOTW's Zionism and Israel News
Zionism On The Web News
ZOTW's Blogs
Christian Attitudes
Dr Ginosar Recalls
Questions: Zionism anti-Zionism Israel & Palestine
Liberal for Israel

A Jew with a view
Realistic Dove
Christians Standing With Israel - Blog
SEO for Everyone
Vision to Reality: The Reut Blog
Calev's Blog
Candidly speaking from Jerusalem
Dvar Dea
Ray Cook
Shimshon 9

Mark Halawa

This link space is 4 your blog - contact us!

Other Web sites and pages:

PeaceWatch Middle East Commentary Christians Standing With Israel
Zionism On the Web
Guide to Middle East, Zionism
Z-Word blog
Labor Zionism
Le Grand Mufti Husseini
The Grand Mufti Hajj Amin El Husseini
ZNN - Zionism News Network Middle East
Euston Manifesto
Jewish Blogging
Peace With Realism
Israel Facts (NL)
Space Shuttle Blog
Love Poems
At Zionism On the Web
Articles on Zionism
Anti-Zionism Information Center
Academic boycott of Israel Resource Center
The anti-Israel Hackers
Antisemitism Information Center
Zionism Israel and Apartheid
Middle East, Peace and War
The Palestine state
ZOTW Expert Search
ZOTW Forum


Judaica: Jewish Gifts:

RSS V 1.0

RSS V 2.0

Help us improve - Please click here to take our reader survey

All entries copyright by the authors and or Zionism-Israel Information Center. Please forward materials by e-mail with URLS. Other uses by permission only.