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March 11, 2012 3:00 pm

J Street Falsely Exaggerates Gaza Civilian Deaths by at Least 11

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The head of liberal pro-peace lobby J Street, Jeremy Ben-Ami, issued a press statement today claiming that during Israel’s latest response to rocket attacks from Palestinian terrorists in Gaza “airstrikes on Gaza…..have killed over a dozen Palestinian civilians.”

According to media reports this number is incorrect by at least 11. While most media outlets have reported 18 deaths to date as a result of Israeli targeted strikes on terror crews, at least 16 of them were terrorists belonging to the Islamic Jihad and Popular Resistance Committee terror groups. Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported that one 12 year old boy was killed in the strikes, and “Apart from the 12-year-old, all those killed were militants.”

Palestinian medics have claimed that a 60 year old man who was killed while in the vicinity of terror activity was also a civilian.

The J Street statement also urges “all involved to exercise maximal restraint and we call on Israeli, Palestinian, American and international leaders to take bold steps to diplomatically resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Critics have accused J Street – an organization that also claims to be pro-Israel – of irresponsibly condemning Israel without adequate checking of relevant facts.

At the time of publication, J Street representatives had not responded to The Algemeiner’s request for comment.

UPDATE: Following the publication of this report and others, J Street revised their press statement to exclude the inaccurate claim.  The paragraph in question now reads, “J Street is deeply concerned about the most recent spate of violence between the Israel Defense Forces and militants in Gaza.”

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  • Chaim F

    It’s no secret that Hamas, PLO, et al intentionally locate themselves among civilian populations. If, as a result, Israel causes the unfortunate deaths of some civilians their deaths are attributable, under international law, to Hamas. Israel should never refrain from destroying its enemies due to considerations that are unacceptable to any other nation at war. The USA firebombed Baghdad, Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki etc etc, in some cases intentionally targeting civilians. This is necessary to defeat an enemy who otherwise would continue to kill and promote terror. If Israel truly wished to end the conflict with the PLO and Hamas it would (and could) utterly destroy them. Ben-Ami is an idiot who basks in the attention he gets from the nations. In a more rational nation he would be considered a traitor.