Not one of the innocent people in Gaza would have died if Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad had not attacked Israel.
Sixteen less innocent civilians would have died if 700 of Hamas’ own rockets had not landed on their own people, killing them.
Another 34 people, including ten children, would not have been injured by the same rocket that killed their friends and neighbors.
42 innocent Gazans would not have died if Hamas had not dug a terror tunnel in a civilian area, which when hit by an Israeli airstrike, caused the surrounding buildings to collapse, killing 42 people.
The world is accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing and genocide in Gaza. At one point in the recent conflict, Israel dropped more than 400 bombs on Hamas-dug terror tunnels in the space of half an hour. During eleven days of fighting, Israel could have easily carpet-bombed Gaza, killing tens of thousands of people. They didn’t.
The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, which meticulously examines the identities of the dead, did an analysis of 74 names of those killed in the recent conflict. They found that sixteen were killed by misfired rockets, and forty-two were terrorists. That means that out of this group of 74, sixteen were actually innocent civilians that were killed by Israeli airstrikes.
The only official numbers of those killed in Gaza comes from the Hamas-run Ministry of Health, which has been proven to be extremely inaccurate and biased. Their statistics do not distinguish between terrorists, civilians killed by their own fire, and those that are actually killed by Israel. Hamas is a designated terrorist organization in many countries, and since they run the government in Gaza, they certainly have an agenda when reporting statistics. They know that anything they publish, fact-based or not, will immediately be reported in major media outlets around the world without questioning their sources.
Will Hamas shoot rockets at Israel again? If they remain as the governing power in Gaza, the answer is decidedly “yes”. If that happens, civilians will assuredly die again. Besides pointing to the obvious idea that if Hamas would simply not attack Israel then innocent civilians would not be killed, are there any other ways that would keep civilians from dying in future conflicts?
Perhaps if Hamas would not dig terror tunnels under UNRWA schools, civilians would not die.
If Hamas would not dig terror tunnels through civilian areas, surrounding buildings would not collapse on their own people.
If the Associated Press would open their eyes to the fact that they were sharing office space with a terrorist organization, maybe innocent civilians would not be killed. In addition, would it be too much to ask that AP actually tell the world the truth of what is happening in Gaza? If not, perhaps they could just establish their offices in a civilian building that is not shared with machine gun-toting masked men.
If Yahya Sinwar, Head of the Hamas Political Bureau, would follow through on his promise to move Hamas militant sites out of their current civilian buildings and areas, perhaps innocent civilians would not die in future conflicts.
Finally, if the Hamas-run government of Gaza would take the literal “tons” of humanitarian aid that Israel sends into Gaza on a daily basis and give it to the poor and suffering people of Gaza, perhaps the world could see that they really care about their citizens. If they would take the hundreds of millions of dollars in aid that the world sends to Gaza and use it to rebuild the homes and economy of Gaza, perhaps they could be seen as something less than a murderous terrorist government. Instead of using concrete that they are sent via Israel to build terrorist tunnels, perhaps they could rebuild the homes of the people of Gaza.
If the world really cares about the innocent civilians in Gaza, Hamas must be stopped.
If Gaza had simply not fired rockets at Israel on May 12th, no innocent Gazan civilians would have been killed.
Hamas, however, does not care. Do you?