How many times can you repeat the same biased headline on one Israel page?
If you’re the Guardian, the answer is: 3
Of note, out of the 18 Gazans killed since Friday (when the IDF targeted the leader of an Islamist group who was planning a multi-pronged terrorist attack in S. Israel from the Sinai), 16 have been terrorists. Now, for those keeping score of casualties during wartime, that’s a civilian to combatant ratio of 2 to 16.
Additionally, of the 100 Gazans killed in IDF anti-terror operations in 2011, nine were civilians. That is a civilian-combatant ratio of roughly 1 to 10.“
In comparison, the UN estimates that there has been an opposite disproportionate figure of civilian to combatant deaths in such conflicts worldwide, an average three-to-one ratio: Three civilians for every one combatant killed. The estimated ratio in Afghanistan: 3 to 1. In Iraq, and in Kosovo, it is believed to be 4 to 1.
Moreover, since Friday (and through tonight) heavily populated Israeli cities in the south have been under siege from Gaza rocket fire, which forced hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens into bomb shelters, and schools to close.
So, here’s an alternative headline for the Guardian’s Israel page: