Does any sane person believe Israeli soldiers would shoot Palestinian children waving white flags?
McClatchy reporter Dion Nissenbaum regurgitates the latest Hamas claim that Israeli soldiers shot and killed 2 Palestinian children, ages 2 and 7, as they were waving white headscarves at Israeli soldiers. And Nissenbaum says that is not an isolated incident: Israeli soldiers are deliberately shooting at lots of Palestinians waving white flags.
The allegation is one of at least five such white flag incidents that human rights investigators are looking into across the Gaza Strip. It's part of a growing pattern of alleged abuses that have raised concerns that some Israeli soldiers may have committed war crimes during their 22-day military campaign in Gaza.
"The evidence we've gathered in two of the cases so far is exceedingly strong," said Fred Abrahams, a senior researcher with Human Rights Watch working in the Gaza Strip. "All the research so far suggests they shot civilians that were leaving their homes with white flags."
Along with the white flag incidents, Human Rights Watch is calling for an international investigation into widespread charges that Israel prevented medical teams from helping wounded Palestinians trapped in their homes and needlessly demolished hundreds of houses, including dozens in Ezbt Abed Rabbo.
Israeli soldiers deliberately killing innocent Palestinians waving a white flag? This flunks the smell test. The only witnesses are Palestinians, and the group pushing the "white flag incidents" issue is the anti-western activist group Human Rights Watch."This was not a rogue unit," said Abrahams. "The needless civilian deaths resulted from concrete decisions made by the military."
Given Dion Nissenbum's history of publishing Hamas propaganda (see links below) he has zero credibility when it comes to reporting on supposed abuses by the Israelis. So I'm not buying it.
See below for Dion Nissenbaum's history of publishing Hamas propaganda:
- More Hamas propaganda from McClatchy
- Dion Nissenbaum caught repeating bogus Hamas propaganda
- Did McClatchy hire a Hamas propagandist as a stringer in Gaza?