This blog seems to draw IDF apologists like flies to honey. One of their main memes is that the IDF tries ever so hard not to kill innocent Palestinians–but what can it do when the “terrorists” are so intent on killing innocent Israelis?? B’Tselem’s annual report of IDF carnage puts the lie to such posturing. The Army killed 660 Palestinians this year, up from 197 in 2005–a 300% increase. Haaretz’s coverage also notes:
…Half of the Palestinians killed, 322, did not take part in the hostilities at the time they were killed. 22 of those killed were targets of assassinations, and 141 were minors.
That’s 20% of all Palestinians killed were children. And fully half were either civilians or militants not engaged in “hostilities.” Now, there’s a record to be proud of!
B’Tselem also indicates that a huge number of IDF ‘kills’ occurred during the invasion of Gaza that followed the Shalit kidnapping:
405 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip alone, of them 88 were minors and 205 did not take part in the hostilities at the time they were killed.
Again, half those killed were civilians and over 20% were children.
And what of the vaunted Palestinian killing machine so lethal to Israelis?
Palestinians killed 23 Israelis in 2006…The figure constitutes less than half of the 50 Israelis killed in 2005.
So, for those of you keeping score at home–the IDF killed 30 times more Palestinians than the latter killed Israelis this past year.
If you were really callous and blind, as so many of my rightist commenters are, you’d argue that the IDF killing spree actually caused the marked decline in Palestinian lethality against Israelis. Or you’d argue that the Separation Wall has deterred terrorist attack. This of course would mean you’d be entirely neglecting the fact that Hamas, the largest militant group has, for much of the past year refrained from suicide bombings; and that THIS is probably the main reason for such a drastic decline in Israeli casualties.
But regardless of the reasons, the facts are that IDF killing has tripled and Palestinian killing has halved. Bravo to those efficient killers in the Israeli Occupation Forces.
The report also covers statistics about Palestinians in Israeli custody:
Israel held 9,075 Palestinians in custody, including 345 minors. Of these, 738, including 22 minors, were held in administrative detention without trial and with no knowledge of the charges against them.
Israel holds 345 children in custody including 22 without trial. Another nice feather in Israel’s human rights bonnet.