More Gaza casualties identified: BBC still mum

Last week the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Centre published a report (at present only in Hebrew) identifying fifty additional Palestinian casualties from Operation Protective Edge, all of whom belonged to terrorist organisations (mainly Hamas) and none of which appeared on the lists of names supplied by the Hamas health ministry and other Palestinian sources.BBC

The Jerusalem Post reports:

“A report released on Thursday said the newly identified combatant casualties belonged one of the following categories: some were terrorists left behind in Israel after being killed in fire fights with IDF units during the summer war; others were terrorists buried in tunnels or the ruins of buildings bombed by the IDF; and others were terrorists who died of their wounds in hospital and were not identified during hostilities.

“We believe that the 50 names identified by us represent a partial list and that there were many other terrorists whose names are not included in the various casualty lists,” the center added. […]

The attempt to censor the names “stem from Hamas’s policy of deliberate concealment, in order to serve the diplomatic, media, and legal campaigns against Israel,” Dr. Reuven Erlich, head of the Terrorism and Intelligence Center, told The Jerusalem Post.

He urged international bodies that cite Palestinian casualty lists to be wary, calling such lists “not serious”.”

The Centre has to date identified 1,165 of the names appearing on casualty lists supplied by various Palestinian sources, with 52% of those casualties identified as terror operatives and 48% as uninvolved civilians. Readers can view the previous reports (in English) below.

Part one , Part two, Part three, Part four, Part five, Part six, Part seven.

This latest report also notes that:

“Hamas, for its part, has not yet published a final and authorised list of the casualties from Operation Protective Edge…”

As we have unfortunately had cause to note here on several previous occasions, the BBC has also not carried out any follow-up work on this issue and continues to quote and promote increasingly problematic casualty figures and civilian combatant ratios which it has not independently verified. 


The report is now available in English here.


33 comments on “More Gaza casualties identified: BBC still mum

  1. I follow these postings with interest. I have met some beligerent people who have veiled or actual threat and/or short fuses, so objective, critical discussion is stifled most sides. Of course, there can be a view that it is easier in the West for us to sit back and ‘comment’; being in it or knowing close people who have and are, is a different animal of reckoning and so some intollerance has to be seen maybe as a part of the complexity of the theatre as a whole. I believe there may be avenues where more exploration, diplomatic effort and endeavour could be worth while; but these rarely get media coverage. Some aspects are rooted back home in ‘known/or ignorance that use of words, names and concepts beit ‘chair’ or ‘Isreal’ can mean different things to different people acros the spectrum now and ages hitherto. But if our Universities whether choice/self discipline or other insistence dictates they must use abstract principles which can quietly be converted to inform thinking around such terms to appreciate spectrum of meaning, apprehension and coming to a view, may wish to ask, in an honest moment, whether the model is working or actually the nuance is not being detected or otherly applied more often than not, so Chair and Seat than Chair and type or variation, can be or isn’t even within a selected category of Chair or concept use of any other name including Isreal. That for me is a key point.

    The terrorists who used their own families as human shields
    August 25, 2014
    We have been looking at B’Tselem’s list of families who were killed in airstrikes. We showed that 42 people were killed when hey “hosted” terrorists in their homes.

    What about families who had a terrorist member? How many were killed because the terrorists stayed with them?

    B’Tselem lists:

    The Hamad family (6 members, including terrorist Hafez)
    The al-Batsh family (18 members, including terrorist Yazid)
    The al-Ghanam family (5 killed including terrorist Mahmoud)
    The a-Shaer family (4 killed including terrorist Salah),
    The al-Astal family (3 killed including terrorist Ashraf)
    The Hasanein family (3 killed including terrorist Salah)

    To this we can add (from the Meir Amit Center list)

    The al-Hayya family (5 killed including terrorist Osama)

    That is 37 more civilians killed because Hamas and its partners choose to fight in civilian areas. Chances are pretty good that these homes also served as major Hamas command and control centers.

    With only a little effort we have now identified 79 civilians killed because terrorists and terror infrastructure were in their houses.

    I just accounted for about 5% of all Gaza deaths (79 civilians plus 12 terrorists), and probably 8% or so of civilian deaths, being a result of military targets in civilian areas, only from looking at one B’Tselem page.

    Why isn’t the professional media doing this sort of analysis?

  3. ― Golda Meir
    “We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”

  4. Great article.
    A Tale of Two Gazas
    July 21, 2014 by Joseph Klein

    This perfectly describes Hamas leaders.

    As Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor described Hamas’s exploitation of civilians to the Security Council: “From the safety of their luxury hotels in Qatar, Hamas leaders like Khaled Mashaal order room service with one hand and order Hamas to use Palestinians as human shields with the other.”

  5. Terrorists shoot from Wafa Hospital in Gaza, IDF makes sure no civilians are inside before bombing

  6. Child Abuse – Palestinian Style.
    Hamas indoctrination of Kids: Bombs more precious than children

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