Developments in the info-war:
- Palestinians claim that most Gaza casualties were civilians, more than 900 out of 1400, while the IDF puts the figure at about 300 out of 1200.
- Ha’aretz publishes a series of articles containing ‘testimonies’ of IDF soldiers about improper behavior in Gaza. In most cases the reports are hearsay, in some cases by soldiers who were not in Gaza; and the person collecting the stories is a reserve soldier who was punished for refusing to serve in the territories.
- The Guardian pushes a propaganda film about ‘war crimes’ disguised as reportage.
- And now the UN weighs in:
IDF soldiers used an 11-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield during the Operation Cast Lead against Hamas in Gaza, a group of UN human rights experts said Monday. The army ordered the boy to walk in front of soldiers being fired on in the Gaza neighborhood of Tel al-Hawa and enter buildings before them, said the UN secretary-general’s envoy for protecting children in armed conflict.
Radhika Coomaraswamy said the incident on Jan. 15, after IDF tanks had rolled into the neighborhood, was a violation of Israeli and international law. It was included in a 43-page report published Monday, and was just one of many verified human rights atrocities during the three-week war between Israel and Hamas that ended Jan. 18, she said. Coomaraswamy accused IDF soldiers of shooting Palestinian children, bulldozing a home with a woman and child still inside, and shelling a building they had ordered civilians into a day earlier. — Jerusalem Post
Although I have so far been unable to find the actual report, one wonders exactly how the UN ‘verified’ the above stories. Did they just take Hamas’ word for it?
The war-crimes frenzy is even worse than I had imagined it could get, with every accusation — no matter how absurd — getting headlines in a gleeful anti-Israel press.
Meanwhile, at least 45 Qassam or Grad rockets have hit Israel so far this month, in a real, verifiable, honest-to-goodness war crime — one which seems to have gone completely unreported in the press.