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Israel and Gaza Watch: Using dead children Raja Abu Shaban and Nayef Qarmut to win hearts and minds

by | 12th, March 2012

ISRAEL is back at the top of the news cycle. Islamists have been firing rockets into Southern Israel. Israeli war planes have attacked Gaza. Adham Abu Selmiya, a spokesman for Hamas emergency services, says mostly children” have been injured or killed. Israel says this is not so.

An Israeli spokeswoman says the country’s forces “targeted a weapons storage facility and four rocket launching sites in the northern Gaza Strip, as well as a rocket launching site in the southern Gaza Strip”.

Israel says Zuhir al-Qaisi, head of the Popular Resistance Committees, an armed group linked to Hamas, was set to order an attack. In the Israeli offence / response to PRC rockets, 18 Palestinians were killed, 16 of them militants. The Islamists fired 120 rockets into Israel, injuring four.

One side has bunkers. One does not.

The war is ongoing. But what of the media? Can they play a part. Do we treat the news that mostly children are injured with caution? Do we know for certain an attack on Israel was planned? Do we belive all we see? Take this in the Times :

And what of this? @KhuloodBadawi  tweets a photo:

Only, the Israel Defence Force has seen the photo. The IDF points us towards  @avimayer , who spotted that the picture was taken in 2006.

The caption reads:

A Palestinian man carries the body of three year-old Raja Abu Shaban, in Gaza August 9, 2006. The three-year-old girl who had been reported killed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza on Wednesday actually died of an accident, Palestinian medical workers said on Thursday. Workers at Gaza’s Shifa hospital said on August 10, 2006 that the initial mistake over the cause of death appeared to have arisen because the girl’s corpse was brought in at the same time as the bodies of the gunmen. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES)

The AP has photos of 12-year-old Ayoub Assalya. He is dead. The Globe & Mail reports:

While tens of thousands of Israeli school children stayed home in shelters Sunday, it was school as usual for Palestinians in Gaza. Ayoub Assalya, 12, had just set out for school Sunday morning in Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip when an Israeli missile struck and killed him.

It’s hideous.

The New York Times reports:

More than 150 rockets have fallen in Israeli territory since Friday, and its airstrikes killed five Palestinians on Monday, bringing the overall toll to 23. Though most of those killed have been militants, three of the five who died on Monday were civilians.

One of the victims, Nayif Shaaban Qarmout, 14, was killed and five other youths were wounded as they were walking back from school, according to a Gaza medical official.

The Israeli military said it had aimed at a squad preparing to launch rockets from within a residential area of

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