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Perpetual Victimology

Can you spot what's missing from this caption?

A Palestinian woman throws sand as she reacts after her relatives were killed by an Israeli tank shell in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip January 3, 2008. Israeli troops killed at least five Palestinians, including three civilians, during a raid into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Thursday, witnesses and hospital officials said. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA)


Yeah, those dastardly IDF soldiers, firing unprovoked tank shells at the poor, innocent "Palestinian" civilians.

But wait, there's more to the story? Uhh, yeah:

Two Palestinian gunmen fired anti-tank missiles at IDF forces operating to neutralize terror infrastructure in the southern Gaza Strip. The force fired at the gunmen and identified hitting the two.


Hmm, one would've thought that the fact that these terrorists were launching rockets right next to a civilian's home would have merited a brief mention in the caption. No doubt, the usual gaggle of "anti-war" groups will line up to condemn Israel for this "meritless" attack, conveniently forgetting to mention the reality of the situation:

Hiding behind civilians is not civilised behaviour.


More photos from this event following the break—some of which may be slightly graphic (nothing too major yet). Pay close attention to the discrepancies between all of the accounts.

Update: The captions are now reading that eight people have died in the "bombardments." The increased number is presumably intended to enhance the "drama" of the wire reports, but from all appearances, two terrorists were killed outside of the civilian home, and another four to six terrorists were killed in an air strike, which are technically two separate events.

Notice the AFP's use of the loaded term "blitz" to describe the IDF's coördinated anti-terror operation...
Palestinians carry a man who was injured after an Israeli tank shell was fired at a home near Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip January 3, 2008. Witnesses said an Israeli tank fired a shell at the home near Khan Younis on Thursday, killing two civilian women and a gunman who was outside the building. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA)


REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA)


REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA)


REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA)


Palestinians carry a wounded boy to the Nasser hospital at Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Jan 3, 2008. Israeli troops backed by airstrikes killed on Thursday five Palestinians, including two civilians, in an operation against rocket launchers in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses and Palestinian medics said. (AP Photo)


REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA)


REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA)


(AP Photo)


Update: We're up to 8? Preposterous. The following two photos are from the West Bank, rather than Gaza, but the caption is clearly trying to connect all of these casualties together.

An injured Palestinian receives medical attention at a hospital in Khan Yunis after an Israeli military operation. Eight Palestinians, including two women, were killed in Israeli ground and air bombardments in Gaza, local medical sources said, in the latest blitz against the Hamas-ruled territory. (AFP/Said Khatib)


(AFP/Said Khatib)


Update: We're up to five killed in Gaza, making it 3 terrorists, 2 human shields. Notice how diligent the Associated Press is—They're already giving us the "heroic martyr's" name.

Also note that it's here reported that this third terrorist was found "in" the rubble of the home. The report doesn't make the distinction of whether the terrorist was found outside the home or not, though, which would seem to be a rather important point to me. If he was inside of the home with the civilians at the time, what was he doing there? Was he manufacturing or preparing more rockets inside of the home? Was the home being used to store rockets?

The IDF video for this event will be very telling. Usually, homes that are used as terror infrastructure will have secondary or tertiary explosions when they're hit as a part of anti-terrorist campaigns.

Palestinians carry the body of Hamas militant of Moneer Abu Barhoum, after they found him in the rubble of a destroyed house during an Israeli army operation in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008. Israeli troops backed by air strikes killed on Thursday five Palestinians, including two civilians, in an operation against rocket launchers in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses and Palestinian medics said. (AP Photo/Ashraf Amra)


(AP Photo/Ashraf Amra)


The numbers keep changing, so I'm just going to discount all of them for now. Tomorrow will hopefully bring accuracy. There's some info on IsraelNN, but I don't know how "final" their report is yet. The photo wires are definitely suffering from some form of schizophrenia on the matter still.

An injured Palestinian receives medical attention at a hospital in Khan Yunis after an Israeli military operation. Nine Palestinians, including two women, were killed in Israeli ground and air bombardments in Gaza, medical sources said, in the latest blitz against the Hamas-ruled territory. (AFP/Said Khatib)


(AFP/Said Khatib)


As If On Cue


... the crocodile tears proceed to flow forth. If these people weren't so committed to supporting the terrorists that keep getting them killed, I'd almost feel sorry for them.

Relatives of the four Palestinians from the Fayad family, who were killed by an Israeli tank shell at a house, cry during their funeral at Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip January 3, 2008. Israeli troops killed three Palestinian gunmen and four civilians during a raid into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Thursday, witnesses and hospital officials said. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA)


REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA)


REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA)


REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA)


Gee, I can't wait for the inevitable über-dramatic, totally media-driven funeral.

House


Finally, some pictures of the house that these terrorist thugs were hiding behind are coming across the wires. One thing that immediately stands out is that it is quite a lot of damage for a "mere" tank shell. I'm starting to think that there might be something to the "secondary explosion" theory of how the place got wrecked. That, or this house is not the one mentioned in the early reports (Which is unlikely—The captions here read "Khan Younis" as well. The only other home mentioned in the IsraelNN report linked above is in Gaza City.)

Palestinians inspect a house destroyed by the Israeli army during a raid, at Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, January 3, 2008. The Israeli army killed at least four Palestinian gunmen and four civilians in air and ground strikes in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Thursday, witnesses and hospital officials said. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA)


(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)


I've got more pics, but won't be able to get them online until later. Dealing with some server issues over this way—whee, fun.

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