Another Misrepresented Massacre?

Sunday, June 11, 2006
According to one Israeli source, Israeli officers are claiming that the recent deaths of eight people (being used as human shields by Palestinian rocketeers) on a beach in Gaza, deaths that the media has blamed on Israeli shelling (as per the claim of Hamas), were in fact
caused by an exploding stockpile of Hamas rockets.

"Shortly after we stopped defensive firing at Hamas rocket launch pads which were deployed behind Palestinian human shields, members of Hamas scrambled to fire more rockets at our positions," said Col. M. "We have eyes on every meter of Gaza, from the sky, from the ground and from the sea. One of their rocket tripods collapsed inadvertently setting off an explosion of a stockpile of Qassam rockets. The Palestinians killed their own children. And this was not the first time."
Israel Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant said today that the Israel Defense Forces has additional evidence that it wasn't Israel artillery that hit the beach in Gaza. Galant, who commands Israel's southern command, said Israel stopped firing 15 minutes before the explosion. It's all on secure videotape from both sides of the conflict. Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he was sorry about the deaths, which included three children.
According to the CBC, in a story that the CBC frames with a photo of demonstrating "Israeli peace activists", the cause of the deaths remains unclear:
The Israeli military is still trying to determine if shells it fired killed seven members of a Palestinian family picnicking on a beach in Gaza on Friday.

The military has accounted for five of the six shells it fired into Gaza, and said they didn't kill the family.

But investigators aren't sure what happened to the sixth shell. It may have fallen among the Ghalia family.
The uncertainty about the sixth shell undermines earlier comments Sunday, when a top Israeli general said the country's Armed Forces didn't cause the explosion.

Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant said Israeli forces stopped firing 15 minutes before the explosion, meaning Israel couldn't have been responsible.
The uncertainty...undermines? Perhaps, and perhaps the CBC isn't biased and staffed by Israel haters.

UPDATE: Pamela has much more at Infidel Bloggers Alliance. People are beginning to speculate that this is another invented "Jenin Massacre".


chuck said...

To be honest, TP, I'm getting to the point where I don't even care about the fine details. Rockets were fired, artillery responded, end of story. I know the CBC and probably most of Canada and the US isn't there yet, but maybe I'm a trend setter.

truepeers said...

Chuck, the details don't interest me either, except to the extent their reporting raises questions about the potential complicity of the western media in another Palestinian fabrication to justify a new bombing campaign - please see update.

terrye said...

I decided long ago when I saw photos of Palestinian woman loading up buckets with rocks for their children to throw at Israeli tanks that these people view their own offspring as cannon fodder.

David Thomson said...

Golda Meir said many decade ago that peace is impossible until the Palestinians love their children more than they hate the Jews.

Knucklehead said...

But... But... But? What drives women to such acts of desperation that they'd send the fruit of their wombs out with a pail full o' pebbles to heave at panzers? We'll never find a solution to this until we search our own souls deeply enough to Truly Understand(tm, Moonbats Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Soros Currency Manipulators, LLC) the depths of their suffering!