Putting aside the two political agendas of Hamas and Israel, the tragedy of Palestine’s plight is encapsulated in the deaths and injuries of hundreds of innocent children in Gaza.
So far, according to a human rights organization, Israel has killed more children than Hamas fighters. The Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, a Gaza-based human rights organization which works with the UN, has verified the deaths of 132 children between July 7 and July 21 via its field workers. See graphic here.
For their part, according to our sources in Gaza (our sources are not Israeli apologists), Hamas continues to place fighters and weapons in civilian homes and schools, which is in part responsible for the deaths of so many children. More on that below.
One of the most recognizable pictures of tragedy in Israel’s military operation is the picture of the five boys running from an Israeli attack – they were killed while playing soccer on the beach.
The four boys from the one extended family – Zacaria, Aahed Bakr Jr, Mohammed and Ismail – were killed by a rocket strike while they played on the beach. An Israeli military spokesman admitted later that they made a mistake and “should have been able to tell that four boys it killed on a Gaza beach last week were not Hamas operatives.”
Recently, Secretary of State John Kerry mocked the accuracy of Israel’s weapons strikes saying, “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation.”
The U.S. media will show coverage of buildings in Gaza explode from Israel’s highly advanced weapon systems – a scene that Americans see in Hollywood action movies – but the media rarely shows the horrifying reality on the ground and the impact of Israeli bombs.
Journalist Jon Snow recounts the scene in Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital, where doctors struggle to treat adults and children wounded by Israeli attacks. He pleads with the West to not allow this conflict to go on.
The video below is a list of killed Palestinian youths under 18 – it was rejected by Israel’s media regulator for being too “political”. Reportedly, Hamas places fighters and weapons in civilian homes, schools, hospitals, etc. According to our sources on the ground, Hamas places innocent people including children directly in the line of fire hoping that either Israel won’t fire or if it does, the deaths can be used to garner international sympathy.
RT’s Abby Martin challenged me on providing actual evidence of Hamas using Palestinians as human shields. We have noticed in the U.S. media that this claim is made over and over without providing evidence. We are currently working on a larger piece about this.
One of the reasons why I write for Benswann.com is I believe humanity is greater than politics. Both sides must find a peaceful resolution. I am pro-Humanity and I pray this war will end soon.