Israel’s deranged war on Gaza earlier this year was one of the most painful episodes in recent Palestinian history, in which one of the world’s most advanced armies devastated the towns and refugee camps they had caused decades earlier with the most brutal weaponry.
Although numbers can never convey the grotesque manner of the slaughter, Palestinian medical officials counted over 1,400 dead, mostly civilians and including close to more than 500 women and children.
Israel, on the other hand, claimed to have only lost 13 citizens, the bulk of whom were soldiers killed by friendly fire.
But some extraordinary vigilance by me (okay, I was playing on my phone next to the TV and overheard something) has uncovered some startling figures. Tuesday was Israel’s Independence Day, when it granted Palestinian lands independence from its Palestinian owners, and there was some official memorial service held that night for Israelis killed ‘in the service of the state’ over the past year.
Oddly, that number came to 133. That is WAY more then the 13 soldiers and less than 20 civilians that had been counted by the Israeli army and government during that time period.
The following dialogue captures the moment of discovery:
MHMD: not that it really matters anymore, but today israel held a memorial service for all of its soldiers killed in the past year. the total number came to 134. perhaps the israelis werent being quite so honest about their dead in gaza?
Um Mazen: where did you see the 134 figure?
MHMD: not sure, heard it on tv, wasn’t paying attention. Ah, off Haaretz: 133 soldiers and civilians. Still, I don’t recall that many being killed. The number is definitely much larger than what was let on…it was what..less than 15 civilian deaths due to fire from Gaza, and less than 5 in the West Bank?
Um Mazen: 133 killed in the service of the state. No way! Either hey are including police officers and others killed in the ‘line of duty’ (ie. whether by other Israelis or in car accidents) or they are obscuring Gaza figures.
MHMD: definitely sounds like a gaza coverup.
According to the Defense Ministry, 133 soldiers and civilians died during the past year either in the course of military service or as civilian casualties of hostile activity.
military service or civilian casualties of hostile activity.
those are not car accidents.
Fadi: why didn’t they mention the gazillions of rockets. isn’t that a more important statistic than number of deaths? i thought the number of rockets was the most important statistic in the world, ever. i think israel is soon going to have a national holiday dedicated just to the gazillions of rockets. there will be an hour of silence, and mahmoud abbAss will partake in it. Assali will wake up in the middle of the night in order to partake in the silence as well, from d.c. they will release a gazillion balloons in the air, each balloon representing a square inch of metal used in the rockets. this is the only way people will fully comprehend just how relevant these rockets are. this needs to happen.
Um Mazen: You forgot Insane Ibish. He will weep.
Fadi: I think the next statistic will be the number of civilian and military deaths resulting from terror attacks, terrorism, Palestinian violence, Islamofascism, Muslims, Arabs, sexually transmitted diseases from Arabs/Muslims, pan-Arabism, Hizballah, Hamas, and/or natural causes. they need to find ways to conflate the type of victims and the causes of death in order to inflate the threat of Islam, Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, terrorism, and the rockets. I think this will work. They should definitely do this. I imagine these types of conversations must take place within the ministry of information.
Subula: be thankful that you guys didnt have to be here when the siren blared to commemorate the deaths of all the soldiers that have died fighting for israel. everyone is supposed to just stop what they’re doing and be silent the whole time until it stops.
Um Mazen: I heard it – office is next to Beit El.
MHMD: We hear it every year. There’s enough settlements in our midst to make sure we do. And the firework displays. It’s sick watching them celebrate in Psagot, just a few hundred yards away.
So basically, the mythical lions of the Israeli Occupation Forces took a bit of a beating from Palestinian fighters armed with nothing more than Kalashnikovs and fighting on flat, open terrain. No wonder the bullies took it out on so many children.
Interestingly, the total number of Israelis killed by ‘terror’ or war in its entire existence does not exceed 24,000, roughly three times the number of Palestinians it has killed in the last 8 years alone.Filed Under Fadi, Gaza, israel, Mohammad, occupation, palestine, sunbula, The Spitfire-side Chats