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Vast Majority of Gazans Killed by Israel are Adult Males
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On July 15, 2014 @ 11:51 am In The Point | 20 Comments
And that’s based on data from Hamas and its close ally Al Jazeera. The real data probably shows an even more extreme curve.
The Anti-Israel narrative is that the Jewish State is randomly killing civilians. Except that despite the use of human shields by Hamas even its own casualty lists don’t show that.
“Notably, only about 12 percent of the total fatalities are female, though females make up half the population,” CAMERA said. “Also, the median age of Gazans is reported to be around 15. Males under 15 make up just 13 percent of the total fatalities even though they represent half of all males in the Gaza Strip.”
If Israel were just bombing Gaza, there would be a much higher rate of women and children dead. Instead most of the dead are adult males which aligns with a wartime bombing campaign against military targets… even ones hiding in civilian areas.
In a study published on Monday, CAMERA said that a close read of the data “shows that, as in past hostilities, the fatalities are disproportionately [compared to the overall population] among young males, which corresponds with the characteristics of combatants. Males over 40 years old are also disproportionately represented. Some of the fatalities in those over 40 years of age likely represent senior members of terrorist organizations.”
The chart shows that 83 deaths were of men between the ages of 16 and 39, 28 were men over 40 years old and 20 were under 16 years old.
Those are pretty good numbers considering Hamas’ use of human shields and its locating of facilities near schools, in hospitals and even in mosques.
But it’s also bad news since it means that the IAF has been very conservative in its targeting and that Hamas’ core assets have hardly been touched. This creates a cycle in which the successful use of human shields promotes more extensive use of human shields leading to more civilian casualties and more human shields.
The US began experiencing the same thing in Afghanistan and it’s a terrible idea to go along with it.
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