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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Jumping the Shark on the Gaza Beach

The media, Kofi Annan and the anti-Israel crowd did it again. They kneejerked their way into the story of the Palestinian family having a picnic on the beach only to be wiped out by Israeli defense forces. Now that the investigation is completed, it turns out that the picnicing family was blown up by a buried Palestinian mine. According to the Jerusalem Post...

The IDF probe investigating the deaths of seven Palestinian civilians, caused by an explosion on a beach in Gaza on Friday evening, concluded that chances were slim that the accident was caused by IDF shelling.
According to the findings, expected to be formally released on Tuesday, shrapnel taken from two wounded Palestinians who were evacuated to Israeli hospitals showed that the explosives were not made in Israel, IDF officials said.
Moreover, the investigation noted the absence of a large enough crater at the site of the explosion, as would be expected if an IDF shell had landed there.
The third observation casting doubt on the possibility that IDF shelling was the cause of the Palestinian deaths was that the IDF had accounted for five of the six shells that it fired in the area before the explosion and the shell that was unaccounted for was fired more than 10 minutes before the blast that killed the Palestinians.
On Saturday evening Gaza Division Commander Brig.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi insisted that the sites that were shelled by the IDF were the places from where Kassam rockets were launched. He noted those places were frequently targeted by the IDF, and were known to be dangerous places.
The leading theory currently entertained, suggested that an explosive charge, buried by Palestinians on the Gaza beach to prevent Israeli infiltration, was behind the explosion.

A website, Palestinian Media Watch, has uncovered evidence of a tampered video aired by the Palestinian media...
"Palestinian Authority TV has been repeatedly broadcasting a falsified video clip of the events surrounding the deaths of seven family members on the Gaza beach on Friday. In an attempt to blame Israel's navy for the deaths, PA TV took unrelated video of an Israeli missile boat firing at Gaza earlier in the day and edited them into the scenes, creating the impression Israeli responsibility. "

My My...all those fingers pointing at Israel bemoaning the innocent loss of life and condemning Israel ... Sounds like the shark jumping over at Haditha. Israel was quick to apologize and take responsibility when they initially believed that it was their fault. Let's see how quick those finger-pointers offer apologies to Israel. **crickets chirping**

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