donderdag 24 juli 2014

Israel bombardeert ziekenhuis vol wapens in Gaza


Ik ben benieuwd hoe dit in onze media komt. Het is overduidelijk dat dit ziekenhuis een militair doelwit was geworden, van waaruit het Israelische leger was beschoten en waar een belangrijk commandocentrum van Hamas was gevestigd. Hoe ziek moet je zijn om een commandocentrum en wapens in een ziekenhuis te herbergen? Hamas geeft overduidelijk meer om haar eigen manschappen dan om de burgerbevolking van Gaza. Israel heeft er echter alles aan gedaan om te voorkomen dat er nog patienten aanwezig zouden zijn, wat dan ook niet het geval was. De artikelen op blogs als die van Anja Meulenbelt, Mondoweiss en dergelijke laten zich raden.





UN Confirmed No Patients in Terror-Hospital that IAF Bombed

The Al-Wafa hospital located near Shajuayia in Gaza City was a Hamas military compound.

By: Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Published: July 23rd, 2014 
Latest update: July 24th, 2014


Israel Air Force bombed a Hamas terrorist command center based in a hospital. The UN confirmed the hospital was evacuated before the raid.
Photo Credit: IDF screenshot

The UN confirmed to the IDF Wednesday that the Al Wafa hospital used by Hamas as a base for terror and bombed by the Israeli Air Force Wednesday had been evacuated of patients before the Israeli Air Force bombed it, as reported by The Jewish Press here earlier today.

"The Al-Wafa hospital housed a Hamas command and control center and was utilized to direct and supervise the ongoing battles in the area. Among the hospital grounds, there was a lookout post, used to gather intelligence and monitor IDF forces activities in order to carry out attacks, and there were several access shafts to the Hamas tunnel network from within the hospital," IDF spokesmen said.

The hospital was evacuated from patients and staff and continued to be occupied by Hamas gunmen who continued to fire at the IDF forces.

"The head of the Israeli Coordination and Liaison Administration with Gaza confirmed with the head of the WHO (World Health Organization) in Gaza that he has informed the hospital manager three times, that the premises should be vacated," the IDF statement said. "The head of the WHO stated that the hospital manager declared there were no patients or staff in the hospital, and that the building is empty. This was confirmed by the Gaza CLA" on Wednesday.

The footage below shows secondary explosions, indicating an extensive amount of weaponry was stored.

Hamas told foreign media that civilians were killed in the bombing raid.


Video of shooting, secondary explosions from Wafa Hospital


This morning, the IDF destroyed the Wafa Hospital - the same hospital that international "human shields" were defending last week because they thought that the IDF had no reason to attack it.

The IDF has been repeatedly contacting the hospital administrators since last week insisting, and ensuring, that it be evacuated because of intelligence that indicated terror activity.

Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch tweeted that four injured people were left inside when Israel shelled it after a final warning last week. He lied. One of the anti-Israel "internationals" confirmed that the hospital was empty, but HRW's care about the truth was not as important as its anti-Israel agenda.

Even though it was widely reported that the IDF destroyed the hospital last week, this video shows not only that it was still standing, but that the IDF checked as thoroughly as it could that there were still no patients inside as troops came under fire from the hospital.


Hamas has used positions in the Al-Wafa Hospital in Gaza to fire automatic weapons and anti-tank missiles on soldiers, and the IDF fired back in recent minutes, the army said Wednesday.

"The hospital was used for activating war rooms and command and control centers by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad," the army said.

The IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories has issued repeated and direct warnings to the hospital's manager, and to other Palestinians involved in running the hospital, the army said.

"Firing on our soldiers has grown in recent hours and endangered forces. As a result, the IDF has decided to strike terrorists operating in the hospital complex," it added.

And when the complex was destroyed, secondary explosions are clear. There were explosives inside the hospital.

In no way, shape or form can what the IDF did here be considered a "war crime." It was a military target, they went out of their way to ensure that it was empty of innocent civilians, and their intelligence about it being a place where Hamas was hiding weapons was accurate.

The only war crime was from Hamas - but the UN is silent about that.


Raketten uit Gaza treffen regelmatig eigen mensen


Een totaal genegeerd fenomeen zijn de vele raketten van Hamas en Islamitische Jihad die in Gaza zelf terecht komen, en daar vaak relatief meer mensen treffen dan in Israel, waar mensen immers worden gewaarschuwd en zich, zo goed en kwaad als dat gaat binnen 20 seconden, in veiligheid brengen. Een deel van de doden in Gaza komt dan ook van 'eigen vuur'.





Why I think the IDF is undercounting rockets launched from Gaza


On Wednesday, I received word from the IDF spokesperson that so far in the current conflict, 106 rockets had fallen short in Gaza. This was after they had released this graphic:

In their daily roundup, the IDF adds detail:


Since the start of the operation:

Over 1350 rocket have been launched at Israel.
1027 of those rockets hit Israel
Approximately 265 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

Unfortunately, these numbers indicate only 58 rockets falling short in Gaza, so I don't know how to explain the difference.

I have been counting rockets launched from Gaza based on bi-hourly reports that the Gaza NGO Safety Office has been issuing on certain days during the fighting. Their numbers indicated far more rockets launched from Gaza than what the IDF is reporting.

Normally, I trust the IDF. But the Gaza-NSO has been doing these rocket counts for years, and they have no real incentive to exaggerate the numbers.

Moreover, the terrorists themselves are claiming far more rockets being fired than the IDF says, and while they are admittedly terrorists, their statistics seem pretty detailed.

Hamas claims to have shot 1002 rockets so far as of Wednesday. Islamic Jihad claims 864 rockets. Fatah's Al Nidal Brigades averages about 7 rockets a day, and the PRC a few more, and many other smaller groups who join in, so altogether there seem to have been about 2000 rockets fired from Gaza according to the armed groups. This seems roughly what the Gaza-NSO is reporting as well. 

I know the Gaza-NSO counts rockets that explode on the launchpad, as well as those that fall short. 

The divergence between the two sides is still quite large. My guess is that Israel is mostly only counting rockets that get close enough to the border, or high enough over the horizon, to be registered by Iron Dome radar, and there have been hundreds that simply did not get detected, mostly (I imagine) because Iron Dome is tuned to ignore false positives. The IDF map seems to show far more rockets near the borders than within Gaza, but I don't know if it is showing where rockets are launched from or where they land.

Whether it is 100 rockets that have fallen short in Gaza so far or closer to 800, it is a statistic that is still being roundly ignored by the many foreign correspondents who are in Gaza right now.


Veldhospitaal bij Gazastrook beschoten met mortiergranaten


Het veldhospitaal aan de grens met Gaza dat Israel afgelopen week opzette om gewonde Gazanen te behandelen, is beschoten. Door Hamas. Ook verhindert Hamas mensen om erheen te gaan. In 2009, tijdens Cast Lead, had Israel eveneens een veld hospitaal opgezet maar bleef het leeg omdat Hamas toen eveneens de gewonden belette om hier behandeld te worden. Elder of Ziyon gaat in op de redenen hiervoor.





Hamas shells field hospital set up to help Gazans

On Sunday we saw this story:

The IDF announced on Sunday that it was setting up a field hospital at the Erez border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

The field hospital was set to begin functioning at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The IDF said that it will serve mainly women and children and will include a delivery room.

So how is this working out?

Walla reports that Hamas has actively prevented injured Gazans from going to the hospital to be treated by Israel. Even worse, on Wednesday Hamas shot ten mortars at the hospital!

Yes, Hamas is targeting a hospital, something that the "human rights" community seems not to care much about in this case.

During Cast Lead, the IDF set up a similar field hospital but Hamas didn't allow patients to go then either.

I explained why back in 2009, and the same reasons apply today, perhaps more so:

Why are Gazans not coming to the clinic? One would think that with thousands of injured civilians, including women and children, people would want to have the best care possible. No one would have any doubt that the Israeli doctors would do an excellent job and would have higher medical standards than those in Gaza. So why is it a failure so far?

The major reason is clearly Hamas. As the WHO official said, Hamas leaders would simply not allow Gazans to be treated there. A little thought would show why.

First of all, Hamas engineered the entire battle to maximize the number of Gazans who would die or be injured. Every day there are new deaths from injuries suffered during the fighting, and each time the number of dead tick up, Hamas has a new propaganda victory. It is not cynical to notice that Hamas values PR more than human lives; it is merely recognizing the cynicism of the terrorists.

The second reason is the flip-side of the first: Hamas does not want any news media to report that Israelis are selflessly treating Gazans. The contrast with the selfishness of Hamas, where they confiscated medical aid to treat terrorists at the expense of Gaza civilians, would not be flattering. Hamas needs to be looked upon as caring more about civilians than Israel is, and will go to any lengths to ensure that Israel does not appear humane.

Thirdly, there are more terrorists injured than Hamas is willing to admit, and they cannot go to Israel to risk capture.

The fourth reason is more insidious. Hamas has now enlisted an army of doctors who are willing to testify - really lie - about alleged Israeli use of white phosphorus, depleted uranium and DIME weapons. These doctors are happy to do so in order to be part of Hamas' jihad against Israel (or, in the case of the European doctors, to simply demonize Israel.)

Israeli doctors treating the same patients would see that these doctors are lying, and would have the physical proof.

A related thought is behind the fifth reason Hamas would never allow Israeli doctors to treat Gazans: because a percentage of Gazan civilian injuries are the direct result of Hamas and its allies' rockets, mortars and guns, as well as secondary explosions. We will never know how many of the innocent civilians who died or were injured were hurt from Hamas fire, but it is reasonable to assume that the numbers are significant.

There were reports from Israel that the tragic death of three daughters and a niece of a Palestinian doctor came not from Israel but from a Grad rocket, as determined by shrapnel removed by Israeli doctors who treated them.

We know that a percentage of mortars and Grad rockets fall short, and we know that these have sometimes fatal results. Shooting rockets hurriedly would increase the number of misfires. There was also at least one IDF video of the bombing of a weapons depot where a rocket shot out of the targeted area and flew a few hundred feet before landing.

In addition, there were some firefights in Gaza between the IDF and various groups, and one would not expect the terror groups to be as careful as the IDF in where they were firing.

How many civilians were killed by Hamas, or by secondary explosions of Hamas ordnance? We will never know. Most of the evidence is buried. But we can be sure that the number is higher than zero, and that Hamas will do everything necessary - including forcing Gazans to forego quality medical care - to ensure that this information never sees the light of day.



woensdag 23 juli 2014

Het luxe leventje van het Hamas leiderschap


Ook in de Arabische wereld groeit de kritiek op Hamas leiders, die zelf luxueus leven en van een afstand toekijken hoe Gaza wordt gebombardeerd, vanwege hun orders om vooral Israel geen duimbreed toe te geven en niet te stoppen met de raketaanvallen.




Private jets, restaurants, luxury hotels: the good life of senior Hamas officials,7340,L-4548202,00.html

Hamas leaders are facing criticism inside and outside of Gaza for enjoying a comfortable lifestyle while Gazans suffer.

Roi Kais


07.22.14, 15:18 / Israel News

Hamas leaders have been often seen in recent days talking about the suffering of the residents of Gaza. But while most Palestinians are faced with shortages and restrictions on movement in the Gaza Strip, this is far from the case for officials from Hamas, which has been the de facto ruler there since throwing out political rivals Fatah in 2007.


As reported recently in Ynet, Hamas has millions in assets, and it seems that the wealth extends to day-to-day life as well as investments and fat bank accounts. For them, life is about private jets and luxury, not war planes and hunger.


But as the IDF's Operation Protective Edge, triggered by Hamas rocket fire on Israel, continues, more and more voices can be heard inside and outside of Gaza attacking the movement and its leaders' ostentatious lifestyle.


On Sunday, Egyptian officials sharply criticized Hamas political leader Khaled Mashal, stating that "while the Hamas leadership lives in luxury hotels, it is abandoning the innocent Palestinian people, who are being killed in their dozens."


Devastation in Gaza (Photo: EPA)


These claims are just the attacks - unprecedented in their intensity – directed at Mashal, Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh, and the Hamas leadership outside the country, mostly by groups aligned to Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi.


According to sources in Hamas, the movement's leadership abroad was one of the opponents to the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire in Gaza, while the leadership in the Strip, which is closer to the Gazan citizens, was more inclined to accept. But now, as part of the criticism against Hamas, old photos have resurfaced of Mashal in Qatar, exercising in the gym, playing tennis, watching TV and dining at a restaurant with full table in front of him.


Mashal's meal


There is even a new Twitter campaign entitled "No hello and no welcome, Khaled Mashal", directed against the Hamas political chief, which places images of Mashal in the gym against a background of Palestinian children killed by the IDF.


Mashal exercising in Qatar


One of the most prominent voices in this protest is Egyptian journalist Ahmad Musa, who is a clear al-Sisi supporter. On one of his

recent programs for the "Sda al-Balad" channel , Musa presented the same images of Mashal working out in Qatar, and reminded the Hamas leader that, "the jihad is in Gaza." Then, with the image of Mashal on an exercise bike in the background, Musa said: "This is the jihad before the meal to break the (Ramadan) fast. Before the meal he does sports, then he eats the honored meal, then he closely follows the television."


Relaxing in front of the TV



Then the Egyptian broadcaster posed a challenge to the Hamas political wing: "If you're a man and a hero, tomorrow get on the first plane and enter the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing. Your followers in Gaza will greet you and get you into hiding with Ismail Haniyeh."


He then showed pictures of Haniyeh playing soccer, and mockingly called it jihad for Allah.


Ismail Haniyeh on the pitch


Another Hamas official who has in recent years carefully documented his travels around the world is Haniyeh adviser Taher a-Nunu, who recently served as spokesman for the organization. In photos he posted on social networks, you can see him at one of the upper floors of a Qatar hotel, or on a "hunting trip" off the Gaza coast.


A-Nunu in Qatar


Hunting in Gaza


Even a year ago, when the images of Mashal in the gym first emerged, some did praise him for keeping in shape, but there were also less enthusiastic comments.


"What's with all the air conditioners and the exercise machines, when the Palestinian people can't even get enough to eat?" one commenter wondered sarcastically. "Are these machines he took with him from Syria, or is it actually new funding from Qatar?"


Sporting life



The Hamas political leadership under Mashal relocated from Damascus to Qatar with the outbreak of the civil war in Syria, which created a rift between Hamas and Iran and its other allies Syria and Hezbollah, against a backdrop of statements by Hamas officials in favor of the Syrian rebels.


Private plane for Haniyeh


At the same time, Hamas' opponents renewed their attacks on the group, claiming it received its orders from Qatar and Turkey, and was actually a carbon copy of Muslim Brotherhood. After Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi was deposed, the criticism against Mashal and his associates has only increased.


dinsdag 22 juli 2014

Hamas terroristen van 13-16 jaar


Er is zoals altijd veel aandacht voor het aantal kinderen dat omkomt door Israelische legeracties. Onvermeld blijft daarbij dat kinderen al jong door Hamas worden ingezet in de strijd. Gewonde soldaten doen een boekje open. Ook onvermeld blijft dat Israel een veldhospitaal heeft opgezet aan de grens met Gaza om gewonde Palestijnen te behandelen. Ook terroristen worden soms door Israel behandeld in het ziekenhuis.





Israel treating injured 16 year old terrorist. Also witnesses see 13 year olds with suicide belts.


From Times of Israel liveblog:

A 16-year-old Palestinian terrorist is being treated in an Israeli hospital after being captured during a pre-dawn Monday terror attack on southern Israel when he emerged from one of Hamas’s cross-border tunnels.

The 16-year-old Hamas assailant is being treated in Ashkelon’s Barzilai Hospital and is described as being in moderate condition, Israel Radio reports on Tuesday afternoon.

He was unconscious when hospitalized, the report says.

The teenager was captured after emerging from a tunnel dug from Gaza into southern Israel along with several other terrorists. In the pre-dawn attack, two groups of Hamas terrorists emerged from two tunnel exits, one inside the Israeli border near Kibbutz Nir Am, and the other near Erez, also on Israeli territory, several kilometers northeast of the Gaza city of Beit Hanoun.

It is unclear which squad the teen belonged to.

A second Hamas terrorist is also in an Israeli hospital, Beersheba’s Soroka Hospital, the report says.

The report adds that IDF soldiers being treated in Israeli hospitals for injuries sustained while fighting in Gaza said they encountered 13- and 14-year-old Palestinian children running at them wearing explosives-laden suicide-bomber belts.


OK, so now we have children being used as suicide bombers and terrorists.

And Israel treating their injuries.

More details and other incidents:


Wounded soldiers have given shocking testimony regarding Hamas’ use of young children as human shields.

Parents of wounded soldiers spoke to Kol Yisrael on Tuesday and shared some of the disturbing stories they had heard from their sons. They said soldiers have repeatedly seen young children in Sheijaya, Gaza, be sent out into the streets with guns to try to attack IDF troops.

One parent reported that terrorists had run at IDF soldiers with a gun in one hand and a baby in the other, apparently in hopes that the soldiers would see the child and hold their fire. If soldiers fired, the parent added, the child’s death could be used as propaganda against Israel.

“They’re continuing the same trick of using children as human shields, just as they did in Operation Cast Lead,” one father said. Women are used as human shields as well, he added.

He expressed frustration at figures on the Israeli far-left who have accused IDF soldiers of committing war crimes. Israel’s soldiers do everything they can to avoid hurting innocent people, he said.

But let's not let that cloud the thinking of those who want to characterize Israel as a Nazi state and Hamas as liberal freedom fighters. They want to be outraged, and they don't want their outrage to be diluted by facts.

(h/t Harold)


Wederom raketten gevonden in UNRWA school Gazastrook


Opnieuw zijn wapens aangetroffen in een UNRWA school. Dit roept de vraag op in hoeveel andere UNRWA faciliteiten wapens zijn opgeslagen. Het is bekend dat UNRWA in Gaza onder de plak zit van Hamas en veel UNRWA medewerkers zelf lid zijn van of sympathiseren met Hamas. Het onderwijs is sterk anti-Israel gekleurd en er wordt opgeroepen tot de gewapende strijd om het hele land te ‘bevrijden’. Toch wordt zij internationaal als neutrale VN organisatie gezien. Misschien dat deze vondsten sommigen de ogen kunnen openen.





Once again, rockets found in UNRWA school


For the second time in less than a week, rockets are found in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the body says.

“Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip,” the organization says in a statement issued Tuesday. “As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets. The school is situated between two other UNRWA schools that currently each accommodate 1,500 internally displaced persons.”

Palestinians at an UNRWA school after fleeing their homes following an Israeli ground offensive in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 18, 2014. (Photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)


As it did the last time around when missiles were found in a school it operates, UNRWA says it “strongly and unequivocally condemns the group or groups responsible for this flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law.”

UNRWA, the UN agency charged with overseeing humanitarian efforts in Gaza, says it immediately “informed the relevant parties and is pursuing all possible measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school.” The organization again pledged to launch a “comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.”

Israeli officials reacted furiously to the discovery. “How many more schools will have to be abused by Hamas missile squads before the international community will intervene,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor tells The Times of Israel. “How many times can it turn its head the other way and pretend that it just doesn’t see?

– Raphael Ahren


UN agency handed rockets back to Hamas, Israel says

UNRWA says it gave 20 missiles found in Gaza school to ‘local authorities’ that are under the ‘government of national consensus in Ramallah’

  July 20, 2014, 2:37 pm


A United Nations agency that last week found rockets in a Gaza school operating under its auspices has handed that weaponry over to Hamas, Israeli officials said Sunday, accusing the organization of actively helping the terrorist organization potentially attack Israeli civilians.

“The rockets were passed on to the government authorities in Gaza, which is Hamas. In other words, UNRWA handed to Hamas rockets that could well be shot at Israel,” a senior Israeli official told The Times of Israel.

A different senior official said UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, charged with overseeing humanitarian efforts in Gaza, has been suffering from “battered-wife syndrome” for years and currently “attempts to ingratiate itself with Hamas.”

A spokesperson for UNRWA said the organization gave the rockets to “local authorities,” which answer to the Hamas-backed unity government led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. UNRWA pledged to fully investigate the incident once the fighting stops and keep all relevant parties informed, but refused to release any photos of the weapons.

“According to longstanding UN practice in UN humanitarian operations worldwide, incidents involving unexploded ordnance that could endanger beneficiaries and staff are referred to the local authorities,” UNRWA’s director of advocacy and strategic communications, Christopher Gunness, told The Times of Israel Sunday.

“Immediately after the discovery of the rockets, UNRWA proactively informed the relevant parties and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school. Local authorities fall under the government of national consensus in Ramallah. They pledged to pass a message to all parties not to violate UNRWA neutrality.”

A Western diplomat familiar with the incident said there is “absolutely no evidence” that UNRWA handed the rockets to Hamas. Rather, the diplomat suggested, the authorities who collected the rockets are under the direct authority of the Palestinian unity government, “which Hamas has left and which many in Hamas are openly hostile to. The key point is that the weapons were handed over to people who are not answerable to Hamas,” the diplomat said, referring to the fact that the unity government, not Hamas, is officially the ruling power in Gaza.

On Wednesday, UNRWA officials found some 20 missiles in a vacant school. A day later it released a statement strongly condemning “the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law,” the statement read.

UNRWA immediately convened an inquiry to investigate the incident, Gunness said. “All existing evidence will be handed over by UNRWA to the investigation, which can commence as soon as hostilities in Gaza are over.”

Israel has requested the UN release photos of the rockets. Officials plan to disseminate these images to bolster its assertion that Hamas is hiding missiles in schools, diplomatic sources said Friday.

But UNRWA is currently refusing to disclose any photos, arguing that “any photographic material” is evidence needed for UNRWA’s evidence. “We will keep relevant players informed about the investigation,” Gunness said.

UNRWA has “strong, established procedures to maintain the neutrality of all its premises, including a strict no-weapons policy and routine inspections of its installations, to ensure they are only used for humanitarian purposes,” he added.

In Jerusalem, such assertions are rejected, even ridiculed. “Time and again, over the years, UNRWA is being abused by gunmen from different terrorist factions who are using UN facilities to stockpile weapons, to fire rockets from, to steal UNRWA humanitarian equipment and to cause damage and fire in UNRWA’s hangars,” a senior Foreign Ministry official told The Times of Israel.

“Against all evidence, UNRWA refuses to acknowledge reality and pathetically attempts to ingratiate itself with Hamas, pretending that nothing serious has happened,” the senior official said. “This is a classic case of beaten-wife syndrome, which we have been witnessing for years from UNRWA. The people of Gaza, and indeed taxpayers from countries who contributive to UNRWA’s budget — including Israel — deserve better.”

Israel plans to raise this issue with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is expected to arrive in Israel on Tuesday.

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‘Idioten die de demonstratie verpesten’ zijn structureel bij Palestina-betogingen


Het gaat vaak mis op pro-Palestina demonstraties. Het blijft niet bij oproepen tot boycot van Israelische producten en diensten, en de bekende eisen aan Israel zoals het onvoorwaardelijk verlaten van de Westoever en de Golan en het toelaten van miljoenen vluchtelingen en met name hun nakomelingen. Nazi-vergelijkingen en symbolen zijn nooit ver weg, evenmin als verwijzingen naar de Holocaust en concentratiekampen. 'Israel veroorzaakt een nieuwe holocaust', 'doet nu zelf wat het werd aangedaan', 'is de nieuwe nazi'. Ook 'nette' antizionisten die hun columns in nette kranten mogen schrijven gaan de grens soms over, zoals Anton van Hooff en Thomas von der Dunk. Wat is het toch dat maakt dat men juist de slachtoffers van de ergste genocide in de geschiedenis, zo graag met hun vroegere beulen vergelijkt? De aantallen doden of Israelische wreedheden zijn het niet, want die vallen in het niet bij die in veel andere conflicten waar de vergelijking niet opduikt. Conflicten die maar een fractie van de aandacht krijgen, en veel minder emoties oproepen. Het linkse De Fabel van de Illegaal publiceerde meermaals over deze zaak. Carel Brendel schrijft:


Maar op één of andere manier werken dergelijke demonstraties als een magneet op "idioten". Het "verpesten" is structureel. De Fabel van de Illegaal gaf in 2000 al een mogelijke oorzaak: "Antisemitisme is niet uitsluitend iets van ultra-rechtse mensen. Antisemitische ideeën komen in de hele maatschappij voor. In sommige linkse kringen gaat het schuil achter anti-zionisme, een van de centrale strijdpunten van de anti-imperialistische beweging."





'Idioten die de demonstratie verpesten' zijn structureel bij Palestina-betogingen

Door Carel Brendel, 12 juli 2014

Een verzuchting vanavond op Twitter van voormalig GroenLinks-politica Femke Halsema: "Drama van demo's: er zijn altijd idioten die het verpesten & je, uitvergroot in media, verbinden aan tegenovergestelde boodschap v vreedzaamheid."

Aanleiding was het protest van vanmiddag tegen de Israëlische bombardementen op Gaza, waar sommige betogers verschenen met hakenkruisen en jihadvlaggen, en met leuzen die het Israëlische optreden in Gaza op één lijn stelden met het systematisch uitroeien van zes miljoen joden tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog.


Of een betoging die geheel voorbij gaat aan de raketbeschietingen door Hamas en zwijgt over het met antisemitische complottheorieën vervulde Handvest van Hamas een "boodschap van vreedzaamheid" uitdraagt, is nog maar de vraag. Maar Halsema heeft wel gelijk dat extreme leuzen het beeld van een betoging kunnen bepalen.


Verstandige organisatoren doen daarom hun uiterste best om ongewenste figuren te weren, en als dat niet lukt, zich er duidelijk van te distantiëren. Geert Wilders werd terecht aangesproken, toen neo-nazi-types op zijn manifestatie afkwamen en gingen zwaaien met de Prinsenvlag, een oude Nederlandse vlag die tijdens de Duitse bezetting werd gebruikt door de NSB.

Op één of andere manier slagen de organisatoren van Palestina-betogingen er niet in om "idioten die de demonstratie verpesten" uit hun rangen te weren. In oktober 2000, tijdens de Eerste Intifada, liep het al behoorlijk uit de hand. Volgens een verslag van het blad De Fabel van de Illegaal (een voorganger van de zeer linkse groep Doorbraak) riepen demonstranten in Den Haag op 6 oktober antisemitische leuzen en droegen spandoeken met antisemitische opschriften. Ook toen al was er een Israëlische vlag met een hakenkruis erop. Op 14 oktober klonk tijdens een manifestatie op het Waterlooplein, het hart van de vroegere jodenbuurt, de leus "Hamas, Hamas, alle joden aan het gas."


Op 13 april 2002 was het helemaal mis tijdens een door naar schatting 15.000 mensen bezochte Palestina demonstratie, door De Fabel van de Illegaal bestempeld als de "grootste manifestatie van antisemitisme sinds 1945″. Er waren ontzettend veel "idioten" die de demonstratie verpestten: "Links wist nadien (de Eurotop in 1997, CB) bij demonstraties meestal hooguit enkele honderden mensen op de been te brengen.Nu het echter om een demonstratie tegen Israël ging, kwamen er plotseling duizenden demonstranten opdagen, en niet meer alleen van linkse huize. Activisten van organisaties die normaal elkaars bloed wel kunnen drinken, demonstreerden nu schouder aan schouder, zoals bijvoorbeeld de Grijze Wolven, de PKK en de DHKP-C uit Turkije. De haat tegen joden wist zoals altijd de uitersten van het politieke spectrum weer bijeen te brengen en te verbroederen."

Het huiveringwekkende verslag van De Fabel van de Illegaal gaat verder: "Er waren enkele honderden antisemitische uitingen, door de hele demonstratie heen. Antisemitische leuzen werden door duizenden kelen enthousiast mee geschreeuwd. 'Sieg Heil' werd er bijvoorbeeld gescandeerd, en 'Hitler, Hitler'. Ook andere antisemitische helden werden bejubeld, zoals Bin Laden en Saddam Hoessein. Sommige demonstranten liepen in Bin Laden t-shirts. Antisemitische organisaties waren ook populair. 'Hamas, Hezbollah, Jihad', werd er veelvuldig geroepen, en 'Hamas, Hamas, alle joden aan het gas'. Er was ook een bord met 'Hitler is er één vergeten: Sharon'. En geheel volgens de antisemitische traditie maakte men Sharon veelvuldig uit voor kinder- en babymoordenaar.


Ontelbaar waren de vergelijkingen van Israël met nazi-Duitsland. Enkele voorbeelden waren Hitler die Sharon een schouderklopje geeft, Sharon met Hitlersnor, 'Hitler heeft een zoon: SSharon', 'Stop Adolf Sharon', 'Boycot ISSraël, boycot SSharon', en 'Israël nazi-staat'. Alle mogelijke combinaties van hakenkruizen en davidsterren waren aanwezig, met '=' of zelfs '>' ertussen. In totaal werden er meer dan 75 hakenkruizen geteld. 'Joden zijn nazi's', werd er ook geroepen. Voortdurend werd Israël een nieuwe shoah in de schoenen geschoven: 'Stop de Palestijnse holocaust', Jenin 2002 = Warschau 1943′, 'Auschwitz, Srebrenica, Gaza' en 'Anne Frank woont nu in Gaza'.


Niet alleen Israël, maar alle joden moesten het ontgelden. 'Joden de zee in', 'Joden zijn honden', 'Juden raus', 'Sharon terrorist, weg met de joden' en 'Ik word antisemiet, u ook?'. Massaal werd een Arabische tekst meegezongen die een herhaling beloofde van de massamoord op joden door de profeet Mohammed. Een eigen staat werd de joden ook ontzegd, getuige borden met kaarten van het Midden-Oosten waarvan Israël was weggevaagd. 'Joden eruit', werd er geroepen, en 'Palestina voor de Palestijnen, Sharon terug naar Polen'.


Veelvuldig werd ook Allah aangeroepen en werden de VS en Israël in verband gebracht met de duivel. 'Israël = rijk van het kwaad", zo stond er op een bord. Bewondering was er voor de daders van de bloedige zelfmoordaanslagen op willekeurige mensen, getuige de veelvuldig herhaalde leus: 'Met bloed en ziel offeren wij ons op voor ons land'. Er waren demonstranten met speelgoedgeweren en eentje droeg zelfs een band met nepbommen om zijn middel. Niet antisemitisch, maar wel gebruikelijk bij aanhangers van fundamentalistische groeperingen was de brandbom die gegooid werd naar de discotheek iT, onder luid geroep van 'homo's, homo's'. Ook een aantal homokroegen moest het ontgelden."


Op 26 oktober 2002 gingen linkse demonstranten opnieuw de straat op, nu tegen de mogelijke oorlog in Irak, maar onvermijdelijk ging het over en tegen Israël. En opnieuw verpestten "idioten" de demonstratie.De Fabel van de Illegaal bleef een roepende in de woestijn met haar artikelen tegen antisemitische en andere ontsporingen. Het blad had kritiek op de eenzijdige opzet: "Dat (Saddam) Hoessein van het allerergste soort gajes is, valt echter nauwelijks op te maken uit de oproepen voor de anti-oorlogsdemonstraties."


Auteur Eric Krebbers stelde ook vast dat het alweer niet lukte om antisemitische uitingen te weren: De (trotskistische, CB) Socialistische Arbeiders Partij (SAP) vond dat er in de anti-oorlogsbeweging ook ruimte gemaakt moet worden voor moslims die 'het Iraakse volk willen verdedigen'. Men zag wel in dat dat voor problemen zou kunnen zorgen. 'Veel moslims – in het bijzonder jongeren – lijken zich tot religieuze, soms fundamentalistische stromingen aangetrokken te voelen. Er is veel voor te zeggen om deze groepen niet uit te sluiten – het zou de kracht van de anti-oorlogsbeweging beperken.' Maar er mocht dan van de SAP 'geen enkele ruimte voor antisemitisme zijn'. Antisemitisme is echter een van de wezenskenmerken van het moslimfundamentalisme. En inderdaad bleek op de demonstratie weer een aantal van de antisemitische betogers aanwezig die – gewapend met Palestijnse vlaggen – eerder zo'n groot stempel gedrukt hadden op de pro-Palestina-demonstratie van 13 april 2002. Net als toen werden er ook nu weer antisemitische leuzen gescandeerd als 'Hamas, Hamas, alle joden aan het gas'."


Uit de stukken in De Fabel van de Illegaal begrijp ik dat het Nederlands Palestina Komitee (NPK) in het vorige decennium probeerde op te treden tegen antisemitische uitingen. Het NPK hield zich in elk geval op 27 maart 2004 afzijdig van de beruchte herdenking van Hamas-oprichter en, aldus De Fabel van de Illegaal"religieuze fascist" Ahmed Yassin. De manifestatie was bedacht door onder meer de Arabisch-Europese Liga, de Internationale Socialisten en Emcemo, met als sprekers de 'antiracisten' Miriyam Aouragh en Abdou Menebhi. Maar tot een duurzame breuk leidde dit niet. De Internationale Socialisten bleven welkom op Palestina-manifestaties, net als de organisaties van de in Nederland wonende Europese Hamas-fondsenwerver en Moslimbroeder Amin Abou Rashed. Een van de organisatoren van het protest van vandaag was Het Palestijnse Huis van Hamas-activist Abou Rashed.

Op 22 juli 2006, tijdens de oorlog tussen Israël en de Libanese Sjiitische militie Hezbollah, ging het in veel opzichten beter, maar ooktoen waren er weer "idioten". Zij droegen portretten mee van Hezbollah-leider Nasrallah, in de woorden van De Fabel van de Illegaal, de leider van "een religieus-fascistische beweging die in de eerste plaats uit is op de vernietiging van de staat Israël, die men vergelijkt met 'een virus' dat uitgeroeid moet worden."


Krebbers: "Uiteindelijk wil men van alle Joden af. 'Als ze zich allemaal verzamelen in Israël', zegt Hezbollah-leider Nasrallah, 'dan bespaart ons dat de moeite om ze wereldwijd te achtervolgen'. Ook van holocaust-ontkenning is deze antisemiet niet vies. 'Joden vonden de legende van de holocaust uit', beweert hij doodleuk. Daarbij roemt hij revisionist David Irving voor 'het ontkennen van het bestaan van gaskamers'. Hezbollah-tv zendt verder een serie uit die gebaseerd is op het antisemitische verzinsel 'De Protocollen van de wijzen van Zion'." Krebbers hekelde de Israëlische bombardementen in Libanon, maar vond het volledige gebrek aan kritiek op Hezbollah "onverteerbaar".


Echt goed ging het ook niet op 3 januari 2009 toen sympathisanten van de Palestijnse zaak te hoop liepen tijdens de Israëlische grondoorlog tegen Gaza. Je zou het niet verwachten, maar er kwamen opnieuw "idioten" op af. Daarmee doel ik niet speciaal op Palestina-activiste Gretta Duisenberg en SP-Kamerlid Harry van Bommel, die Intifada-spreekkoren aanhieven. Nog meer geldt dit voor jongeren die tijdens deze betoging weer eens 'Hamas, Hamas, alle joden aan het gas' schreeuwden.

Ook als Israël niet de directe aanleiding is, gaat het voor sommigen wel over Israël, bijvoorbeeld op 22 maart 2014 tijdens de jaarlijkse 'antiracistische' demonstratie. Een betoger droeg het spandoek "Wilders, hond van Israël" mee, met Israël rood gekleurd en druipend van de bloedspatten. Het omstreden spandoek was er niet voor het eerst, zo bleek al snel, maar kennelijk hadden organisatoren hem nooit iets in de weg gelegd. Enkele jeugdige betogers liepen met eenjihadvlag van het Museumplein naar de Dokwerker, en werden daar eindelijk tot de orde geroepen door oudere Marokkaanse mannen.

In een verslag van Omroep West lees ik dat de organisatie vanmiddag opriep om de vlaggen met hakenkruisen weg te halen, omdat "we anders niet verder mogen demonstreren".


Maar op één of andere manier werken dergelijke demonstraties als een magneet op "idioten". Het "verpesten" is structureel. De Fabel van de Illegaal gaf in 2000 al een mogelijke oorzaak: "Antisemitisme is niet uitsluitend iets van ultra-rechtse mensen. Antisemitische ideeën komen in de hele maatschappij voor. In sommige linkse kringen gaat het schuil achter anti-zionisme, een van de centrale strijdpunten van de anti-imperialistische beweging."


Analyse van dodental Gaza in 'operatie Protective Edge'


De media berichten weer over grote aantallen burgerslachtoffers in Gaza, en Palestijnse en VN bronnen worden aangehaald die het hebben over hoge percentages, soms tot bijna 80% van de doden, die uit onschuldige burgers zouden bestaan. Dit lijkt echter onwaarschijnlijk als je kijkt naar geslacht en leeftijd van de slachtoffers in Gaza. Een overgrote meerderheid is man en daarvan is bijna de helft tussen de 18 en 28 en 16% tussen de 28 en 38 jaar. De bevolking in Gaza bestaat voor de helft uit vrouwen en ook voor ongeveer de helft uit kinderen jonger dan 18 jaar. Deze cijfers wijzen dan ook op een groot aandeel strijders. Dat alles ondanks het feit dat men in dichtbevolkt gebied strijdt waar Hamas burgers bewust inzet (en bijvoorbeeld verhindert dat zij gevaarlijke plaatsen verlaten) om Israels strijd te bemoeilijken. Israel heeft overigens al een paar keer van een legeractie afgezien vanwege een te groot risico op burgerslachtoffers.




Analysis Of Gazans Killed So Far In Operation Protective Edge

Some of the claims I am seeing online include how the vast majority of Gazans killed are civilians, and how Israel is deliberately targeting them.

Regarding the latter, we all know this is nonsense – if Israel wanted to kill civilians it would carpet bomb Gaza. It is precisely because we want to avoid civilian casualties, that we opt for pinpoint strikes and ground operations, at risk to our soldiers’ lives.

But what about the first claim? Are the vast majority civilians?

Without having all of the terrorist obituaries or intel to prove who was a terrorist, this is hard to analyze. But what we do have is a list of the names and ages of those killed so far, which does provide us with some insights.

An anonymous Israellycool reader and her family spent countless hours going over this list from Al Jazeera – a media outlet that can’t be accused of slanting things Israel’s way. Their main findings regarding the casualties to date are as follows:

As you can see, over 80% of Gazans killed so far have been male, with almost half of these males being in the 18-28 age group. One can imagine many of these being “combatants.” A further 20% of these males are between 29 and 48, an age group one could envisage may also contain many Hamas members.

In other words, these figures bring into question how many of those killed were really innocent civilians.

What these figures also indicate is if Israel was indiscriminately killing Gazans, the representation in terms of gender and age would be broader (with relatively more children killed than the approx 18%, considering nearly 50% of Gazans are under the age of 14).


Update: Even way back in 2008, Israellycool linked to Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal who noticed Palestinian sources have always reported far too many male casualties to back up the claim of indiscriminate killing by the IDF, let alone the crazy charge of deliberately targeting civilians.