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The Empty Spaces in Gaza

World  (tags: Gaza, human shields, population density )

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There are dense parts of Gaza, especially Gaza City, Beit Hanoun & Khan Younis, but there are far less dense areas in Gaza between these cities. Why doesn't Hamas use sparsely populated areas from which to launch its rockets and build its tunnels?

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Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 1:10 pm
There are plenty of open spaces in Gaza that could have been fortified.
The oft repeated lie that Hamas has no choice to fire and fight among the civilian population, is just that a LIE.
They choose to do this, in an attempt to maximize civilian deaths in any conflict.

Gillian M (218)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 1:32 pm
Gosh, what a shock, Hamas using the most concentrated population centres. This goes with my story on the Hamas Combat Manual On Using Human Shields

When are the governments going to notice that the aid that they give does nothing but buy weapons. Gaza has not been developed with the billions of dollars already poured into the area, and it is time to stop giving it. Donations of building concrete goes on tunnels and shelters for Hamas. When will the governments and the anti-Semites stop blaming Israel for the crimes of Hamas?

Hilary S (65)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 6:32 pm
another story highlighting the level of denial around the world on this issue. our media have a lot to answer for.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 1:44 am
Why fire your rockets from an empty space when you can use a hospital, a school or a mosque?

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 5:09 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 5:31 am
Many people have been repeatedly told that Hamas has no choice but to accept that they are killing civilians ~ there's just NO place to go. I know for a fact that there is plenty of open space in Gaza; anyone else need only look at a map (if they're interested enough).
A rocket launcher doesn't require a football field ~ it could easily fit on your desk. And there ARE hand-held launchers.
A rocket strike does not take out entire cities; it's a relatively localized, self-contained blast. When you've been given more than adequate warning you can walk a few blocks and be well outside the red zone. Which is not to say that there will necessarily be anything to return to, but you WILL be alive and walking.
We are all well aware of the civilian casualty figures, but has anyone seen any statistics on how many Hamas fighters have been killed???

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 8:42 am
If there ARE no open spaces in Gaza, this may be why:

Sadly, one wonders if the Palestinian civilians enjoy these amenities.........

Sandy G (10)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 1:02 pm
Spoken like someone trying to deflect the horrendous acts Israel is inflicting on Palestinians. Very nicely worded, but totally one-sided. Shame on you.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 1:17 pm

David E (139)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 1:40 pm
For all you do-gooders, note what is going on in Pakistan - where are your demonstrations?

What follows are excerpts from a June 30, 2014, news account by Tim Craig, the Washington Post's bureau chief in Pakistan:
"Pakistan's military launched a major ground offensive in the northwestern part of the country 'house-to-house search' for terrorist leaders and other militants. after two weeks of airstrikes in North Waziristan. . discovered 'underground tunnels' and 'preparation factories' for explosives during the initial hours of the ground assault. . . .
a total of 376 terrorists have died in the offensive, the army said. . . . "More than a half-million residents fled North Waziristan ahead of the ground offensive. The mass evacuation of the area, which has a population of about 600,000, was intended to limit civilian casualties during the operation. The military also set up checkpoints in the area to trap militants."

In Iraq, some 1,600 people were killed in the month of July

In Syria, more than 1,800 people have been killed in just the last 10 days

In Libya, roughly 200 people were killed last month

In Nigeria, Boko Haram Nearly 3,000 people have been killed so far this year, and another 500,000 have been made refugees

AND NOBODY GIVES A ...... GAZA is the only place the do-gooders care about. WHY?


Sam H (410)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 1:47 pm
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Evelyn B (62)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 1:49 pm
Well said, Sandy!
What they are saying is - go and stand where there is nothing, no storage, no shelter, so they can be picked off before they can even fire .... if they build tunnels to go there - they're in the wrong;
What would be much better would be to lift the blockade, lift the siege, apply the same justice to Palestinians as to Israeli Jews, allow farmers to work their land without being shot at by settlers of the IDF, leave farmers their olive groves and their orchards, allow producers to export their products freely without blocking them until they perish ......
Treat Palestinians as full and equal members of the human race ... Israelis who do so are treated with full respect and welcome.
But crush them, promote hatred, fear, distrust - and you create an environment where SOME revert to violence - most often with stones. Most others express their resistance by non-violent action - even when faced by invading armed extremist settlers ..... Why is this all so hard to understand?

Sam H (410)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 1:56 pm
Why use flechette bombs on civilians? Im sure Israel has a convincing answer!

Sam H (410)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 1:59 pm
I'm really for imposing a blockade--against the country that committed crimes against humanity!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 4:29 pm
Why hide yourself amongst civilians?

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 5:05 pm
Israel also places its military command centers among civilian populations, most notoriously HaKirya, the Israeli army headquarters, which is located in the heart of densely populated Tel Aviv, surrounded by malls, museums, hospitals, schools and so on.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 5:16 pm
Sam H. We finally agree on something. I hope Israel imposes that blockade on Gaza very soon.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 5:19 pm
Jelica R. Don't you understand the difference between rocket launchers and offices?

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 4:35 am
Because it will not generate the sense of moral outrage if racket launches are destroyed, don't you understand how propaganda works?

David E (139)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 9:03 am
Jelica R. The Kiirya was originally a British army camp.It is not hidden among a civilian infrastructure. The civilian infrastructure was built around it. Civilians are not used as a human shield to protect it. It is not under a hospital and rockets are not fired from its grounds. No comparison.
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