Friday, June 21, 2002

from ICT :

The “al-Aqsa Intifada” – An Engineered Tragedy
A recent study at the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya provides an in-depth look at the Palestinian and Israeli fatalities of the current Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Based on thorough research using Palestinian and Israeli open sources, the study provides a breakdown of those killed by age, sex, and combatant status. The results lead to some surprising conclusions.

Combatants and Non-combatants
Around 1,447 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the “al-Aqsa Intifada”, compared to more than 525 Israelis. Numbers like these are used to create an image of lopsided slaughter, with Israel cast as the villain. But such numbers distort the true picture: They lump combatants in with noncombatants, suicide bombers with innocent civilians, and report Palestinian “collaborators” murdered by their own compatriots as if they had been killed by Israel.

More meaningful figures show that Israel is responsible for around 568 Palestinian noncombatant deaths, while Palestinians have killed more than 403 Israeli noncombatants. Over 50 percent of the Palestinians killed were actively involved in fighting – and this does not include stone-throwers or “unknowns”. And Palestinians are directly responsible for the deaths of at least 185 Palestinians – one out of every eight Palestinians killed.

On the Israeli side, almost 80 percent of those killed have been noncombatants. While Israelis account for only about 25 percent of the total “Intifada” fatalities, they represent about 40 percent of the noncombatant victims.

Breakdown by Gender
Women and girls account for just under 30 percent of all Israelis killed in the conflict, and almost 40 percent of the Israeli noncombatants killed by Palestinians.
Palestinian fatalities, in contrast, have been consistently and overwhelmingly (over 95 percent) male; even when combatants are removed from consideration, fewer than 8 percent of Palestinians killed by Israel have been female.

In absolute terms, even though more Palestinians have been killed than Israelis, Israeli female fatalities have far outnumbered Palestinian female fatalities. If we include all reliable reports of women and girls killed in the conflict, the ratio is 152 Israeli females compared to 61 Palestinian females – a ratio of 2.5 to 1. If we restrict the comparison to noncombatant Israeli females killed by Palestinians and noncombatant Palestinian females killed by Israel, the difference is even more dramatic: 42 to 150, a ratio of more than 3.5 to 1.

Breakdown by Age
Israeli combatant fatalities, as one would expect, are concentrated in a narrow age range – as we would expect for soldiers in a uniformed army. Israeli noncombatants, in contrast, display a near-random age distribution. This is equally unsurprising, given that these fatalities are the result of terrorist attacks on accessible civilian targets.

Palestinian fatalities present a strikingly different picture. Palestinian combatant fatalities, like those on the Israeli side, are concentrated in a narrow age range – although this concentration is slightly less pronounced. (This is unsurprising, given that Palestinian combatants are mostly members of unofficial terrorist/guerilla organizations.)

Palestinian noncombatant fatalities, however, show an age distribution completely different from those on the Israeli side. Instead of a “sloppy” distribution over a broad range of ages, Palestinian noncombatant fatalities are heavily concentrated among teenagers and young adults.

A more specific focus on older and younger victims of the conflict further highlights the difference between Palestinian and Israeli noncombatant fatalities.When we compare the “mature” noncombatant Israelis killed by Palestinians to the “mature” Palestinian noncombatants killed by Israel, we see that the Israeli death toll far exceeds the Palestinian. In fact, Palestinians have killed at least 154 noncombatant Israelis aged 40 and over, while Israelis have killed 69 Palestinian noncombatants in the same age bracket. The ratio is more than two to one.

When we look at children and teenaged noncombatants killed in the conflict, we see a rather strange pattern. Among both Palestinians and Israelis, the number of young children (under the age of 8-9 years old) is comparatively small (although more young Israeli children were killed as a proportion of total fatalities). The number of Palestinian children killed begins to increase at about 10 years of age, and jumps up dramatically between the ages of 12 and 14. However, the increase consists entirely of boys – the number of Palestinian girls killed shows no age-trend, and is very low for all ages.

Young Israelis killed by Palestinians show a different profile: Both boys and girls show an increase starting at age 14 (perhaps a year earlier for boys), and teenaged girls were killed just as often as teenaged boys.

The Significance of the Statistical Patterns
The statistics show that Israeli noncombatants over the last 20 months have been killed essentially at random, as Palestinian terrorists have chosen to attack accessible civilian targets. In contrast, Palestinian fatalities have been strongly concentrated within a particular population segment – teenaged boys and young men.
Population segments like women or older people are not military targets; thus their higher prevalence among Israeli fatalities is an indication of the degree to which Palestinian terrorists have killed Israelis simply for the “crime” of being Israeli.
In contrast, Palestinian noncombatant fatalities have been have been overwhelmingly young and male – some 66 percent of the Palestinian noncombatants killed by Israel were men and boys between the ages of 13 and 30. (The corresponding figure for Israeli noncombatants killed by Palestinians is 27 percent.)

The pattern of Palestinian deaths completely contradicts accusations that Israel has “indiscriminately targeted women and children.” It is clear that the vast majority of the Palestinians killed did not die as the result of random Israeli attacks on inhabited areas, or on mixed-sex crowds at roadblocks and the like.

In fact, the highly specific pattern of Palestinian noncombatant fatalities suggests that many of these deaths have resulted from an active Palestinian indoctrination campaign glorifying “martyrdom” – effectively encouraging boys and young men to confront Israeli forces and risk death even when there is no real likelihood of causing material harm to Israelis.

This document presents only a brief summary of the complete ICT research report. This report is updated frequently, to reflect both the continuing Palestinian/Israeli conflict, and the ongoing task of analyzing and refining the statistics. Accordingly, the full report is published electronically, on the ICT website (http://www.ict.org.il).
The events of the last few days in Israel have been so depressing it was really difficult to write. 19 people murdered, then 7 more murdered, then a mother and her children murdered, and 2 soldiers killed. It is too much. and yet it does not stop.

From Honestreporting.com :

For information on terror victims, go to http://www.walk4israel.com/.

In the meantime, President Bush said he will deliver his speech
recommending a provisional or interim state of Palestine "at the
appropriate time."

When is that?
The Chicago Sun-Times offered an answer in a June 19 editorial, "In the
Interim, Let Israel Defend Itself": "It's important at this juncture for
America to show solidarity with the Israelis living every minute of their
lives on the front lines of the war on terror. That means this is not the
time to establish a Palestinian state, provisional or otherwise."

The Sun-Times editorial continues with some probing questions about the
provisional state: "What happens if terrorists continue to operate out of
it? (And who doubts that they will?) Having committed itself to this
inchoate nation, would the United States have to assume a role in policing
it against terror?"
http://www.suntimes.com/output/commentary/cst-edt-edits19.html

Columnist Charles Krauthammer asks equally probing questions: "What does
this provisional state say to the Palestinians? You can reject the state
you were offered two years ago, start a war, murder daily and then be
re-offered a state -- this time without even having to be asked to make
peace.... If two years of blood-letting gives the Palestinians an interim
state -- without even a simple cease-fire, let alone a real peace -- what
possible disincentive do they have to continue the violence?"
http://honestreporting.com/a/r/246.asp

The New York Times' columnist, William Safire, also queried, "Why, then,
offer Arafat's autocracy this pre-emptive prize? State Department Arabists
claim it would show 'movement' away from solid Bush support for Israel
and... offer a 'political horizon' to Palestinians. But some of us see
recognition of an unreformed P.L.O. as offering a taste of triumph to
jihadists from Netanya to New York."
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/17/opinion/17SAFI.html

Read these three penetrating articles and use their cogent, hard-hitting
arguments in composing letters to your local newspapers and media outlets.

===== ASHRAWI'S ANIMALS ======

Television stations around the world broadcast this week a video of Naima
al-Obeid and her son Mahmoud. A proud mother embraces her son and sends
him proudly on his way... to kill Jews. "God willing you will succeed,"
she says. "May every bullet hit its target, and may God give you
martyrdom. This is the best day of my life." See BBC's story at:
http://honestreporting.com/a/r/247.asp

News agencies have also published pictures of proud Palestinian mothers
giving their toddlers guns or dressing them as suicide bombers.

We are also reminded of the self-righteous, sanctimonious pronouncements
of Palestinian spokeswoman, Hanan Ashrawi, at the beginning of the
Palestinian war against Israel. When asked about the Palestinian Authority
dispatching teenagers to battle with Israeli soldiers, and in some cases
to their deaths, she angrily turned on her interviewer:

"They're telling us we are -- we have no feelings for our children? We're
not human beings? We're not parents? We're not mothers or fathers? This is
just incredible. I sometimes I say I don't want to sink to the level of
responding, or proving I'm human. I mean, even animals have feelings for
their children." ("60 Minutes," October 24, 2000)

Every television or print outlet that invites or cites Ashrawi should be
reminded of her smug hypocrisy.

===== NO MORE COVER-UP =====

Earlier this week HonestReporting.com wrote about the ongoing debate
between media activists and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. We revealed that
a May 12 column by ombudsman Lou Gelfand admitting to "egregious" mistakes
was mysteriously missing from the newspaper's archives.

The column has now been re-listed:
http://www.startribune.com/stories/782/2912855.html

Are you tired of terrorists getting away with murder? When suicide bombers
blow up pizzerias and discotheques in Israel, the media refuses to call
them "terrorists." Take 10 seconds and get the media to fix this
outrageous policy. Sign the petition now at http://www.terrorpetition.com

Tuesday, June 18, 2002

These are the death worhipers Israel is fighting: Mariam Farhat gave her son Mohammed her blessing to carry out an attack on a Jewish settlement and told a camera she wished she had a hundred sons like him. Farhat, 19, broke into a study hall at a nearby Jewish settlement in Gaza in March and armed with grenades and automatic rifles killed five Israeli students and wounded 23 people before being shot dead himself. "When I see all the Jews in Palestine killed, that will be enough for me," his mother said on camera. "I wish he will kill as many as he can, so they will be scared."..."This is the best day of my life. God willing, you will become a martyr and you will be successful. May every bullet hit its target," Naima el Abed tells her son in the video. They laughed and joked in the recording, as the son handed his mother an automatic rifle and placed a green Hamas band on her head. They posed for the camera together holding rifles, and Naima el Abed beseeched other Palestinian mothers to encourage their children to follow suit.

19 dead. Gil Shterzer has photos you should see. Gil is right, the numbness is overwhelming.

Monday, June 17, 2002

looks like there are many children among the dead and wounded on this mornings attack. 14 dead 40 wounded, of them many seriously perhaps mortally wounded.
while Israelis cry and are torn by every death and tragedy, the death worshipers Israel is fighting feel elation. they are probably dancing in the streets right now. here is one Palestinian mother : Only hours before setting off on a massacre mission in the community of Dugit, young Hamas terrorist Mahmud Hasan Al-Abed, aged 24, appeared in a video with his mother in which he informed her of his plans to "kill and be killed." Her joy at hearing this news was surpassed only by that she felt the next day when she heard that he had in fact been killed, and had also killed two soldiers in the process. She celebrated the news by ululating and clapping her hands, according to her friends. Read the rest.

14 dead, 40 wounded.
All last night there were alerts about an attack. The army stops hundreds and all it takes if for one bastard to get through. latest on the pigua this morning.
On June 7, 2002, the Kuwaiti Al-Watan daily published the following report:
"Yesterday, Al-Watan received documents from private sources in the Cairo branch of an Arab bank showing that Yasser Arafat had deposited in his name $5.1 million into a personal account. According to sources, this is theft of Arab aid funds allocated to the Palestinians through an arrangement between Arafat and his Cairo office head Ramzi Khouri."
"The sources added that according to the documents, these funds were deposited in the personal accounts of President Arafat to cover some of the president's personal expenses, including the costs of his wife Suha and their daughter who live in Paris and Switzerland."
"The sources added that nobody knows of this theft, with the exception of some of Arafat's closest cronies, including his Cairo office head Ramzi Khouri and Khaled Slam, originally from Iraq, whose real name is Muhammad Rashid and who is one of Arafat's top 'and most influential' advisors."
"The sources added that some weeks ago Muhammad Rashid had bought, on Arafat's instructions, 14% of the shares of the Jordanian Cement Company for the PSCS(1) with funds received by Arafat from the Arab Gulf states, 'to increase the profits of Arafat's investments abroad,' in light of the increase in cement prices following increased demand due to the reconstruction of what the Israeli forces destroyed in their recent incursion into the West Bank cities...."
"Al-Watan adds to this news item photos of the documents received from its Cairo sources regarding the deposit of U.S. $5.1 million by Arafat into his personal account in the Arab Bank in Cairo."(2)
Al-Watan (Kuwait)
there was just a terrorist attack on a bus in Jerusalem at least 10 dead and 40 wounded. I HATE THIS I HATE IT I HATE IT.
This is excellent - perhaps the radio broadcasters in your area can get involved. By bringing US talk-radio hosts to Jerusalem to broadcast to their listeners back home, the America's Voices program is helping defenders of the Jewish State make their case. Talk show hosts can broadcast a week's worth of programs live from Israel for $12,000. To contact America's Voices: call 202-409-4640
from the Jerusalem Post: The Al-Jazeera television network reported Monday that a suicide bomber who blew himself up in front of Israeli border policemen this morning was suffering from AIDS. Palestinian sources who quoted the Qatari station, gave no further details.
Latest hateful vitriol from the Islamofascist nutjobs in the government controlled press of Our Friends the Saudis, Egyptians, et al:

Saudi Broadcasts Promote Anti-Semitism, Martyrdom
A television station backed by a Saudi prince has sparked outrage by broadcasting clips that show young children being taught to hate Jews — referring to them as "apes and pigs" — and embrace martyrdom (Full text below).
video footage available on the site. Posted June 15, 2002

"O God, the Jews have transgressed all limits in their tyranny. O God, shake the ground under their feet, pour torture on them, and destroy all of them." June 7th Friday Sermon from Medina broadcast on official Saudi TV, Channel 2.

"Destroy the Jews, the Christians and their supporters" - Friday Sermon on Qatar Government TV, 7 June 2002
"O God, strengthen Islam and Muslims, protect the religion, humiliate infidelity and the infidels, destroy the enemies of the region, and support your faithful servants. O God, destroy the Jews, the Christians, and their supporters. O God, destroy them because they are within your power. O God, do not raise their banner. O God, make their wives widows, make their children orphans, and make them a prey for Muslims. O God, destroy them and divide them. O God, instill fear in their hearts. O God, support the mujahidin everywhere."

"God cursed ... the Jewish aggressors and criminal Zionists" - live sermon from the holy mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia government TV, 31 May 2002
"The nation has never been in such a dire need to follow the example of the prophet in this age of tribulations, sedition, open challenges, and mean plotting by the enemies of Islam. I mean especially those whom God cursed, got angry with, and turned into monkeys, pigs, and tyrant worshippers among the Jewish aggressors and criminal Zionists. Their course is supported by the advocates of credit and worshippers of the Cross, as well as by those who are infatuated with them and influenced by their rotten ideas and poisonous culture among the advocates of secularism and westernization."

" Humiliate the criminal and tyrannical Jews so they would be a lesson to everyone" live sermon from the holy mosque in Mecca, on TV1 official Saudi TV, 17 May 2002
"O Muslims, God has willed that the fire of the battle of destiny must not die down, but remain ablaze until He inherits the earth and all that is on it. For it is a battle of right against falsehood, guidance against deviation, and faith against infidelity. Indeed, it is the intifadah of goodness against evil in all shapes and colors, regardless of the different flags, many soldiers, big plots, and serious dangers. This battle is not a new development, but continuous chapters that go back in history, as related in the Holy Koran."
"The battle of destiny is long and with continuous links. But, as in the past when God made right triumph over falsehood and gave victory to the faithful and humiliated the infidels, He would also give victory to Islam and make it raise the flag of right on Jerusalem and its vicinity and humiliate the criminal and tyrannical Jews so they would be a lesson for everyone."
"The Jews are accursed - the Jews of our time, those who preceded them and those who will come after them, if any Jews come after them".
April 29, 2002 article in the Egyptian government daily Al-Akhbar
"With regard to the fraud of the Holocaust... Many French studies have proven that this is no more than a fabrication, a lie, and a fraud!! That is, it is a 'scenario' the plot of which was carefully tailored, using several faked photos completely unconnected to the truth."
"I, personally and in light of this imaginary tale, complain to Hitler, even saying to him from the bottom of my heart, 'If only you had done it, brother, if only it had really happened, so that the world could sigh in relief [without] their evil and sin.'"

Egypt's new Mufti, appoitned by the government, condones suicide-killings - April 2002
"The solution to the Israeli terror lies in a proliferation of Fidai [martyrdom] attacks that strike horror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah. The Islamic countries, peoples and rulers alike, must support these martyrdom attacks".
Egypt’s new mufti [Muslim religious leader], Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Al­Tayyeb -appointed by the government in April 2002.
(Posted on a web-site associated with Al-Azhar University in Cairo: April 4, 2002.)
From Honestreporting.com:

As the Palestinian-Israeli conflict continues, some senior journalists are
analyzing media coverage over the last 21 months -- and they don't like
what they see.

One of the deans of American journalism, Marvin Kalb, recently analyzed
"The Middle East and the Media" on Ben Wattenberg's PBS show, "Think Tank"
(May 11). Kalb, the veteran diplomatic correspondent for CBS News and NBC
News and former Harvard professor of history, charged that general media
coverage was "tilting pro-Palestinian." Said Kalb:

"In my judgment, my personal judgment, is that [the coverage] is tilting
pro-Palestinian. And let me give you the evidence for that. When several
days ago, week or so ago, the President and the Secretary of State began
to ask Prime Minister Sharon to pull Israeli forces out of the West Bank,
the Bush doctrine stated not only Israel pull out of the West Bank, but
the Palestinians and Arab world [were told] you have to do something to
proclaim your opposition to terrorism. [Bush] balanced his ticket, but the
coverage was not balanced; it was strictly -- or strictly is too strong --
it was largely [blaming] the Israeli side, 'Get out of the West Bank.' And
you would find verbs like 'Israel defies President Bush.' And it set up a
collision between Israel and the United States... But deep down there is
not a collision. There is a greater collision, in my opinion, between the
United States and the Arab world, than there is between the United States
and Israel, but the press covered it as if it was a collision strictly
between two democracies."

Today, Kalb heads the Washington office of Harvard's Shorenstein Center on
the Press, Politics, and Public Policy. In his interview, the influential
journalist remarked on the media's use of the term "occupation":

"The word 'occupy' is used a great deal. The Israeli forces 'occupy' the
West Bank. The word occupy was not used when the Americans moved into
Afghanistan. We didn't 'occupy' Afghanistan. But now the word is being
used, for example, on the Israeli side, partly because the Israelis have
been in occupation of an area since 1967, so it sort of slips in easily.
But I think good journalists ought to think about what they're saying.
Occupation is a tricky term that the Palestinians use all the time and it
evokes strong negative feelings and images. But you have to ask yourself
what is, in fact, happening."

Read the full Kalb interview at:
http://www.pbs.org/thinktank/transcript989.html


======== A CRITICAL VIEW FROM ISRAEL ========

The editor of Ha'aretz, Hanoch Marmari, spoke last month at an editors'
conference in Brussels and lashed out at the international media's
coverage of the conflict. Marmari pointed to the case of the Abu Ali
family; the media reported on the alleged death of their nine children,
and it was later revealed that no harm befell them. Says Marmari:

"The last 20 months of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have created a
crisis of values for journalism. The coverage and comment have exhibited
four fundamental sins: obsessiveness, prejudice, condescension and
ignorance. The story of Abu Ali conveniently exemplifies all four. The
intensive media coverage of the conflict is often so self-absorbed and so
harmful to the region that it is a disgrace to our profession. I wonder
whether the disseminators of the Abu Ali story were conscious of the
impact they may have had on readers, from the back streets of Jakarta to
the universities of Boston, from the Muslim neighborhoods in Marseilles to
the Jewish community in Toronto. Were they conscious, one wonders, of the
effect of their story on the parties themselves?"

Marmari also attacked the media's willingness to accept at face value the
wild claims of Palestinian spokesmen: "The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is
deceptive. Practically, acquiring information from the region is easy, but
it is no simple task to assess to what extent that information reflects
reality. What the ears hear, particularly in the Middle East, can be
seriously misleading, if it isn't backed up with additional information --
or carefully attributed to its source. It can be difficult to distinguish
between a solid source providing an accurate account, and someone lying
through his teeth in the service of his nation, or pushing an elaborate
but baseless conspiracy theory. Exaggeration, disinformation and
provocation are the region's stock-in-trade."

Excerpts of Marmari's speech were carried by The Los Angeles Times:
http://honestreporting.com/a/r/245.asp
(You must be registered to see the LA Times site.)

HonestReporting recommends sharing the above critiques with your local
editors, as a means of opening a dialogue on the topic of media bias and
the Mideast conflict.


====== FESS UP AND COVER UP? ======

The ongoing debate between media activists and the Minneapolis Star
Tribune is reaching new heights of drama.

According to the latest communique from Minnesotans Against Terrorism, the
Star Tribune admitted "egregious" mistakes in reporting on Jenin and
acknowledged that its coverage was "awful" and "embarrassing."

The activists reported that the Star Tribune's ombudsman Lou Gelfand wrote
a May 12 column to "own up to a mistake" and admit to an "egregious
stumble" and an "embarrassing wart."

Curiously, archives of Gelfand's columns from the past six months appear
on the Star Tribune website. Guess which column is missing. See Gelfand's
columns at: http://www.startribune.com/stories/782/

The campaign against the Star Tribune's bias is well documented on
http://www.minnesotansagainstterrorism.org/, the group that inspired the
current massive campaign of http://www.TerrorPetition.com/.

Sunday, June 16, 2002

Two Israeli soldiers were killed and another four were wounded, one seriously, in a gunbattle with Arabs last night, near the community of Dugit. The soldiers managed to kill one of the Arabs.
Every day, Israeli soldiers find and disable car bombs. The depressing thing is that all it takes for a tragedy to occurs is for one bomb or terrorist to get through. Yesterday, troops discovered a vehicle containing close to 200 kilograms (440 lbs) of explosives including mortar shells, launchers, and nails. The soldiers were able to destroy the vehicle without incident. Late Friday afternoon, a much smaller car bomb was discovered and successfully detonated in the same area.
Here is some more insight into the Islamofascist "mind" - The Baby Face of Hate

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