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  1. Well, isn’t it strange that everybody’s lying, except the accused IDF….
    The witnesses, Human Rights Watch and now Israeli channel 10…

    And now it´s an unexploded Israeli shell that has exploded and not a Palestinian device…
    It´s about time that IDF decides which story to run…..

  2. You’ve neglected to post anything about HRW’s concession that the Israelis are correct.

    From JPost:

    On Monday, the Human Rights Watch, while sticking to its demand for the establishment of an independent inquiry into a blast on a Gaza beach 10 days ago that killed seven Palestinian civilians, conceded for the first time since the incident that it could not contradict the IDF’s exonerating findings.

    On Monday, Maj.-Gen. Meir Klifi – head of the IDF inquiry commission that cleared the IDF of responsibility for the blast – met with Marc Garlasco, a military expert from the HRW who had last week claimed that the blast was caused by an IDF artillery shell. Following the three-hour meeting, described by both sides as cordial and pleasant, Garlasco praised the IDF’s professional investigation into the blast, which he said was most likely caused by unexploded Israeli ordnance left laying on the beach, a possibility also raised by Klifi and his team.

  3. HRW’s concession that the Israelis are correct.

    First, the Post’s characterization of HRW’s statements in the artice are misleading. Second, yours is a sloppy representation of a sloppy JPost article.

    Garlasco indicates now that the explosion was “mostly likely caused by ISRAELI ORDNANCE left laying [sic] on the beach.” The IDF had been trumpeting its contention that Hamas had mined the beach. It appears that IDF is now conceding this is not the case. I’d like to hear this statement directly from the IDF. If the IDF had left open the possibility that its own unexploded ordnance might’ve caused the incident it certanily downplayed it in favor of the “blame the Palestinians-blame Hamas” theory.

    Further, the fact of the matter is an Israeli shell still caused the deaths. It’s slightly less damning to the IDF for the beachgoers to die in this manner. But there is still culpability on the IDF’s part for these deaths.

    And finally, Channel 10 reported yesterday that the second piece of shrapnel found in a wounded Palestinian came from an IDF shell. If the IDF had tested this shell at the beginning of its investigation it might not have put forward the preposterous notion that the Palestinians killed themselves (with Hamas’ help). What kind of a thorough investigation has this been?

    I’m perfectly willing to concede that an IDF shell lying on the beach may’ve caused the deaths. But only after someone independent of the IDF autheticates the latter’s findings.

  4. Precise Richard!
    The twists and turns from IDF are quiet amusing. They have now painted themselves into a corner. If there was en “unexploded IDF shell” the shrapnel must be Israeli, which they have denied a dozen times already…

    The IDF reputation of cover-up and lying, are well known, and as Human Rights Watch reveals that “The IDF fired more than 80 155mm shells in the area of the beach on the morning of the incident”, its just a question of time when civilians are going to be killed by those shells.

    Its rather amazing to see the “most moral army in the world”, using artillery against one of the most populated areas in the world, and claim that they don’t target civilians!

    IDF have admitted that they fired about 300 meters away from the crowded beach, by the same logic I guess that it´s ok to fire quassams 300m away from Sederot…

    The next shameful act from IDF was the second rocket attack in 7 days, against a crowded Gaza street yesterday. It has the same moral height as suicide attacks in Israel.

  5. Thanks Guardian for the encouragement.

    I’ve written a post about the new Human Rights Watch report which you so kindly provided a link to here. I’ve also written about the latest IDF depredation against Palestinian children. I’m beginning to fear listening to the news for fear that each day may bring another Israeli “accident” like this one which I’ll feel compelled to cover here. It would be so nice to write about peace between these warring enemies instead of constant death.

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