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March 11, 2012

UPDATED: J Street Calls Palestinian Rocket Squads "Civilian"


Update: After being widely criticized for its anti-Israel "error," J Street has removed the fallacious reference to "civilians."

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami released a statement today describing all or most of the Palestinians killed during the fighting between Palestinian militants in Gaza and Israel as "civilians." In fact, nearly all were fighters, and many were killed while trying to fire rockets indiscriminately into Israeli cities.

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The J Street statement reads:

J Street is deeply concerned about the most recent spate of violence between the Israel Defense Forces and militants in Gaza, which, in three days, has already resulted in over one hundred rockets fired on Israeli cities and towns and airstrikes on Gaza that have killed over a dozen Palestinian civilians.

But Voice of America reports that "Sixteen Palestinian militants and two civilians have been killed since violence began on Friday, while Israel has been battered by more than 120 rockets. "

Yesterday, AP reported that all of the 15 Palestinian casualties at the time were militants:

Israel pounded Gaza for the second day in a row Saturday, trading airstrikes and rocket fire with Palestinian militants and killing 15 of them as the deadliest Gaza violence in over a year showed no signs of abating.

Also yesterday, the New York Times reported that "Up to 15 Palestinian fighters have died in the airstrikes. At least 10 of the dead belonged to the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, the group said in a statement."

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland termed the Gazan attackers "terrorists." As reported in the Jerusalem Post , among other places, her characterization of the violence was clear:

"We condemn in the strongest terms the rocket fire from Gaza by terrorists into southern Israel in recent days, which has dramatically and dangerously escalated in the past day" Nuland said via a written statement, adding that the US calls "on those responsible to take immediate action to stop these cowardly acts."

Does J Street have better sources than the State Department? Or is the group intentionally misleading the public?

(You can see photos of some of the "civilians" here.)

Posted by GI at March 11, 2012 01:17 PM


C'mon, this is J Street, the pro-Palestinian org. What did you expect?

Posted by: Robin at March 12, 2012 01:13 PM

Barry Shaw
‎4th day of rockets and the Western media aren't counting the rockets, only the number of terrorists killed by the IDF response to stop the missile attack against our citizens - except they are not called terrorists by CNN, BBC, Sky, France 24 and others. They put out that Israel killed 19 Palestinians since Friday. What a horrible brutal regime these Jews are! They wake up on Friday and decide to kill Palestinians. No rockets. No terror. No terrorists. That would spoil the phoney image they have been projecting for years, that the poor Palestinians are the perpetual victims and Israel is the cruel occupier.
On a personal level, my son's family have moved up to Kfar Yona and Netanya from the south of Israel to give the little kids a respite from the sirens, explosions, and trauma of constant rocket attacks.
There is no school or kindergartens due to lack of protection from missiles.
In Barzilai Hospital they have moved the new born babies in their incubators into shelters at the hospital.
The Iron Dome missile defense shield performed with great success but the occasional rocket does get through.

Posted by: ita at March 12, 2012 04:54 PM

This make me think that we are not united as we should be and G forbid we are destroying ourselves from within

Posted by: Anonymous at March 13, 2012 10:06 PM

Israel is a tiny Free & democratic country having
Jews,Christians & Arabs as citizens which no other
country in the Middle East can claim and yet she is constantly condemned at the U.N and has few friends worldwide and I wonder why ? Arabs danced in the streets after 9/11, Israelis wept !
Arabs sided with Germany in 2 world Wars,the Jews of Palestine fought as members of the British army in their own heroic Jewish Brigade,why the
hostility, could it be the ugliness of anti-semitism I wonder ? What else could it be !

Posted by: Saul P Heller at March 15, 2012 03:57 PM

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