Are Israelis Disproportionately Attacking the Palestinians?
- 1 minute read
- • by Sharon Koifman
- • September 19, 2022
If in the next war, there is no more funding for the Iron Dome and Israelis are forced out of bomb shelters, so there will be a more balanced amount of Israeli dying, would you think that this will be more proportional? Yeh, that doesn’t make sense.
I don’t understand, are you legitimately evaluating war by body count? Are you saying that if the Israeli government pushed its people out of bomb shelters and sacrificed children and sick people, you’d consider Israel to be a fairer player? It sounds to me like you are just trying to get more Jewish people to die. I think we should evaluate wars by who starts them and who ends them, and we both know that the second that the Palestinians stop shooting, the war will end.
Could you please tell me what you consider proportional?
If in the next war, there is no more funding for the iron dome and Israelis are forced out of bomb shelters, so there will be a more balanced amount of Israeli dying, would you think that this will be more proportional? Because that is what the Palestinian leadership is doing.Let’s say you have this guy who keeps on pushing you. You tell him to stop, but he doesn’t. You threaten him, but he doesn’t stop. Then you push him back, but he still doesn’t stop.
Then you punch him, and he responds by complaining that you are being disproportional. It’s like when you have that annoying kid in high school who insults you, bugs you, and spreads rumors about you, then one day you hit him just to get him to stop, and he complains to the principal and gets you in trouble.
If you believe that the annoying kid who runs to the principal is right, then you have no sense of proportionality. When Israel drops millions of leaflets, sends warning bombs, and does everything in its power to limit casualties, that’s reasonable, proportional warfare. Insisting that more Jews should die to even the score is not. Encouraging more of its people to die is not a reasonable request to make of any government.
Now I know some of you like to sink deeper and enjoy some legal mambo jambo. So here it is
The problem is that people think that proportionate force is a rate of 1:1 kills. This is so wrong on so many levels. proportionate force is not measured by “how many civilians are dead” by International Law.
Proportionate force is targeting military targets rather than civilian ones, measuring the benefit of attacking a military target vs collateral damage against innocents. For example, destroying a weapons cache avoiding civilian casualties.
It is also to avoid blending military with civilian infrastructure in conflict (something Hamas doesn’t do and therefore, Hamas uses disproportionate force according to international law). Using the weapons cache example, Hamas uses schools, hospitals and mosques as a weapons cache, in order to shield their guns and ammo with human shields. Yet no one seems to care about their violations.
As the Article 51, Paragraph 7 of the Geneva Convention says:
- The presence or movements of the civilian population or individual civilians shall not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations, in particular in attempts to shield military objectives from attacks or to shield, favour or impede military operations. The Parties to the conflict shall not direct the movement of the civilian population or individual civilians in order to attempt to shield military objectives from attacks or to shield military operations.
Hope that satisfied the legal mind and going back to School bullies let me leave you with a fun video.
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