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Arab MK Stages 'Moment of Silence' for Gaza Dead in Knesset

MK Basel Ghattas's 'moment of silence' spoofs Memorial Day ceremony; many 'civilian' casualties in Gaza likely not civilians at all.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 7/16/2014, 6:21 PM

MK Basel Ghattas (Balad) cause a firestorm in the Knesset Wednesday, after he staged a "moment of silence" for the "victims" of Israel's operation against Hamas in Gaza.

"I cannot give over my words today without addressing the current situation, whereby people are dying from criminal acts every day," he touted. "I will stand for a moment of silence for the hundreds of people who have lost their lives during the current war." 

Over 200 Gazans have died since Operation Protective Edge began nine days ago, during which Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists have launched over 1,260 rockets at Israeli civilian population centers. 

It is worth noting that many of the civilian casualties can be attributed to Hamas's use of human shields, as they have encouraged civilians over and over again to become human shields as an "effective strategy" in the PR war against Israel. 

By contrast, the IDF has dropped leaflets, sent phone messages, and issued general warnings to all civilians within range of upcoming airstrikes to prevent further harm. 

While many in the international media have embraced the Gazan civilian casualty count as proof of Israeli "war crimes," CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, claimed Monday that many of those reported dead are likely Hamas terrorists. 

In a study analyzing Al-Jazeera's list of Gazan casualties, it said, a close look at the data "shows that, as in past hostilities, the fatalities are disproportionately [compared to the overall population] among young males, which corresponds with the characteristics of combatants. Males over 40 years old are also disproportionately represented. Some of the fatalities in those over 40 years of age likely represent senior members of terrorist organizations."