Then there is the question of the proportionality of Israel's invasion. I subscribe to bitterlemons.org, a discussion forum consisting of Israeli and Palestinian political experts. According to one Israeli, the civilian deaths in such operations are relatively low. According to the Palestinians, on the other hand, it is an all out slaugher of women and children (the Palestinan commentator calls it a war on the Palestinian people and not just Hamas). CNN recently gave the latest figures: 100 of 500 Palestinan deaths are women and children. Is this proportional? But then the news reports cause me to ask other questions: how many were killed by Hamas themselves, in misfired rockets and dodgey tactics? The news reader from German agency Heute said today that militants purposefully seek out civilian areas in order to protect themselves and further their cause with images of dead children, something, she said, one could expect from an organisation that equipts children with suicide bombs. On the other hand, Palestinians hold the IDF to be a racist, terrorist organisation which simply wants to destroy Arabs (see this interesting exchange, hat tip Laila, who also claims in another post that the Israelis also use human shields).
Who do I believe and where's the most objective source of information? How do evaluate this shocking information, for example, (again from Laila)? For a blog posts that claims that the war is against the Palestinian people and not just Hamas, go here. For a post with information on the iniquity of Hamas that's new to me, go here.
Update: This interview with a Scandanavian doctor working in Gaza is worth listening to. I don't know too much about the facts, but I struggle to understand how this war is justifiable ... [HT.
Update 2: In a comment on John Hobbin's post, a certain Adam has the following to say on the claim that Israel is using White Phosphorus as an incendiary weapon into Gaza:
The Israeli army is not firing White Phosphorus as an incendiary weapon into Gaza. Here is a post describing their use as a smoke producing agent essentially to provide cover, enhance the element of surprise etc.Hadassah adds one that is favourable. Israeli doctors work to save a Palestian girl evacuated from Gaza: