Two Islamic Jihad militants were killed when a missile struck their car in
northern Gaza, from where militants have fired makeshift rockets into Israel
in the past.
Witnesses said the eight-year-old child was killed while standing close to
the car. A fourth person also died, a hospital official said, although it
was unclear whether that person was riding in the car or standing nearby.
Nine people were wounded, including several children.
First of all, who says these two people were "Islamic Jihad militants"?
Did they have membership cards in their pockets? Was that identification made
by Palestinians, or is based solely on Israeli claims? Next, even if they were
"Islamic Jihad militants," that doesn't make them guilty even of stealing
a stick of gum, nevertheless of murder. Notice the "guilt by proximity."
They were close to a place where, at some previous time, other
people have carried out what we'll concede Israel views as acts of war or terrorism
(not sure exactly what word they'd use). No hint that these
people had makeshift rockets in their car, or were in any way involved with
Then we have the eight-year-old child and the unknown fourth person,
killed for the unpardonable sin of being close to some people who were close
to a place where other people had done something. And notice also the
subtle placing of that third paragraph. Read the first paragraph, and you'll
get the idea that the Israelis have carried out a pinpoint "targeted assassination,"
with their missile striking a car. In the second paragraph, that "pinpoint"
starts to expand, as we find out that two others, at least one of whom wasn't
in the car, were also killed. And finally we get to the third paragraph, where
we can reach the conclusion, carefully avoided by the reporter, that this wasn't
just a "car in northern Gaza," but more likely a "car on a crowded
street" or "a car in the middle of a busy intersection."
"Business" as usual in Gaza from which, as we just
read, the Israelis have "withdrawn." All except for their
American-made helicopter gunships and American-made missiles, that is, raining
death from the sky.
Update: The death count is up to three
innocent bystanders, including two young boys. In what is surely no surprise
to any of my readers, the word "innocent" in that last sentence was
added by me; you won't find it in the AP article.
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