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Mainstream media finally wakes up to irregularities in Gaza casualty figures
08-11-2014, 09:33 AM,
Mainstream media finally wakes up to irregularities in Gaza casualty figures
Quote:Caution needed with Gaza casualty figures

Among civilians, more than three times as many men were killed as women, while three times as many civilian men were killed as fighters. [...] Nonetheless, if the Israeli attacks have been "indiscriminate", as the UN Human Rights Council says, it is hard to work out why they have killed so many more civilian men than women.


An analysis by the New York Times looked at the names of 1,431 casualties and found that "the population most likely to be militants, men ages 20 to 29, is also the most overrepresented in the death toll. They are 9% of Gaza's 1.7 million residents, but 34% of those killed whose ages were provided."

"At the same time, women and children under 15, the least likely to be legitimate targets, were the most underrepresented, making up 71% of the population and 33% of the known-age casualties."

The list of names and ages of the dead published by al-Jazeera also found men aged between 20 and 29 to be significantly overrepresented.


Spokesman Capt Eytan Buchman told BBC News that "the UN numbers being reported are, by and by large, based on the Gaza health ministry, a Hamas-run organisation".

He said that part of the reason for the discrepancy between the figures was "when militants are brought to hospitals, they are brought in civilian clothing, obscuring terrorist affiliations".

"Hamas also has given local residents directives to obscure militant identities," he said.

"It's important to bear in mind that in Operation Cast Lead [the last Israeli ground offensive in December 2008-January 2009], Hamas and Gaza-based organisations claimed that only 50 combatants were killed, admitting years later the number was between 600-700, a figure nearly identical to the figure claimed by the IDF."

In conclusion, we do not yet know for sure how many of the dead in Gaza are civilians and how many were fighters.

The ridiculous conspiracy theory disseminated by Kenneth Roth of HRW as a response via Twitter:

Quote:"Young men over-represented among Gaza dead: unclear if Hamas won't acknowledge fighters or Israel targets young men."

Priceless! Either it is "indiscriminate" or it is not.

Quote:BBC and NYT Admit Gazan Civilan Casualty Stats Not Credible

Just one of the problems cite[d] by the Times is that:

"Human rights groups acknowledge that people killed by Hamas as collaborators and people who died naturally, or perhaps through domestic violence, are most likely counted as well."

PS: to prevent the inevitable claim that the BBC and the New York Times are overly "Zionist", study the sites and – the former a good general prescription if you think that all the mainstream media is controlled by Zionists

Quote:The BBC -World's Largest Media Organization - Finally Questions Gaza Casualties

did these two media giants [the BBC and the New York Times] intentionally delay reporting on this topic during the period of heaviest coverage of the conflict in order to allow Hamas and its supporters plenty of time to implant the perception that Israel's response was disproportionate and indiscriminate?

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Mainstream media finally wakes up to irregularities in Gaza casualty figures - SirBustaBear - 08-11-2014, 09:33 AM

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