124 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians and 1,441 Palestinian children have been killed by Israelis since September 29, 2000. (View Sources & More Information)
Just made me think. I'd appreciate feedback if anyone has it. It is the sort of thing I'd expect to see talked about at http://volokh.com/ and have not. Of course I've been pretty busy these days.
It is probably accurate -- but that is only part of the story.
Hamas has used the Palestinian territories to lob rockets at Israel. Israel attempts to deter and stop attacks by attacks in Gaza and the West Bank.
Because Hamas is relatively less effective does not give them moral superiority.
My Muslim niece who is very attuned to Palestinian issues seems to post European or Asian news links every week to some new atrocity against Palestinian children or apparently peaceful families just going about their business, and wonders why American media are silent. While I can't vouch for any particular number of deaths or any particular story, I'm willing to believe that these things go on constantly, and that American media don't report them because Americans don't care. (Of course, we don't get the *chance* to care if we don't hear about them, so the whole thing is a vicious circle.)
A few months ago I talked extensively to a friend of mine, an Arabic speaking Israeli Jew whose parents survived the Holocaust, and he would put the numbers killed higher than that. He also says that there is much more dissent (and even disgust) in Israel itself over this issue than here in the US.
I have no idea if it is true or not, but remember the Palestinians are known to lodge civilians in high target areas. That in itself is a problem. I go read a Seraphic secrets. The link is on my blog. I find it very fascinating.
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