Saturday, 24 January 2009

Jenin II (Update)

Yesterday I blogged that:
""It's possible that the death toll in Gaza was 500 or 600 at the most, mainly youths aged 17 to 23 who were enlisted by Hamas – who sent them to their deaths,"

so a doctor at the main Shifa hospital is quoted as saying."

And I drew comparisons with the lie that was the Jenin massacre.

Incidentally, please read this article about the Jenin affair.

Now I learn that:
"A Tal al-Hawa resident told the newspaper's reporter, "Armed Hamas men sought out a good position for provoking the Israelis. There were mostly teenagers, aged 16 or 17, and armed. They couldn't do a thing against a tank or a jet. They knew they are much weaker, but they fired at our houses so that they could blame Israel for war crimes." "

and that:
"The reporter for the Italian newspaper also quoted reporters in the Strip who told of Hamas' exaggerated figures, "We have already said to Hamas commanders – why do you insist on inflating the number of victims?"

These same reporters mentioned that the truth that will come out is likely to be similar to what occurred in Operation Defensive Shield in Jenin. "Then, there was first talk of 1,500 deaths. But then it turned out that there were only 54, 45 of which were armed men," the Palestinian reporters told the Italian newspaper. "

If there is found to have been lies and exaggeration of fatalities by the BBC then I will expect a full apology. I will expect one, obviously I won't get one.

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