Many still believe that Israel conducted a massacre in Jenin in 2002.
It was interesting to read in Wikipedia today just how thoroughly that myth has been debunked. (I guess the “may have been civilians” doubt may be because 21 terrorists dropped their guns when they were shot!)
As part of the operation, which involved incursions into West Bank cities and towns, Israel targeted the refugee camp of Jenin, after it deemed that the camp had “served as a launch site for numerous terrorist attacks against both Israeli civilians and Israeli towns and villages in the area”.
During the fighting, rumors of a massacre circulated. While Jenin remained sealed during the invasion, stories of civilians being buried alive in their homes as they were demolished, and of smoldering buildings covering crushed bodies, spread throughout the Arab world. A large area in the camp was destroyed as a result of the fighting but subsequent investigations found no evidence to substantiate claims of a massacre. The final death toll was 52 to 56 Palestinians, of whom 5-26 may have been civilians. 23 IDF soldiers were also killed in the fighting.
I guess we’ll see with the current situation.
It’s sad to see otherwise sane people start hyperventilating about a “genocide” or “holocaust” when reports start mentioning that any number of civilians have died, no matter the nature of those reports. Time will tell as to how the figures from this latest episode stack up.
Still, it’s amazing how many people can’t get the idea that Israel has the moral and legal right to fire back at those who commit war crimes by deliberately firing indiscriminately towards civilians. It’s also amazing that they can get away with talking about how Israel is “targeting civilians”, given the lengths they go to, and the antics of Hamas.
Because all civilians deaths in this conflict can be placed at the feet of Hamas.