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New Report Shows Palestinians — and World Media — Lied About IDF Actions During Gaza War

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An IDF Artillery Corps unit, during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

An IDF Artillery Corps unit, during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

During the Gaza war in 2014, the world media reported that Israel bombed the Gaza power plant multiple times. For example, this Daily Beast article stated that, “on Tuesday [June 22], the Israelis hit the Gaza power plant.” JJ Goldberg of The Forward also said, on June 23, that Israel had bombed the power plant.

Then, on July 29, many media outlets reported that Israel targeted and destroyed the Gaza power plant. The Guardian reported this by claiming,”Flames and clouds of black smoke billowed over Gaza’s only power plant after it was destroyed during the most relentless and widespread Israeli bombardment of the current conflict.” It also wrote, “Israel’s attack on the Gaza power plant on Tuesday is likely to fuel speculation that the enclave’s civilian infrastructure is being deliberately targeted in the continuing war against Hamas.”

Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch also accused Israel of deliberately attacking the power plant.

As we reported soon after, the power plant was not destroyed; it went back online two months later.

Now with the release of the IDF’s latest investigation on incidents from the war, we can see what really happened:

 The factual findings, collated by the FFA Mechanism, and presented to the MAG, indicated that the power plant in Nusseirat was designated as a “sensitive site” on the relevant operational systems of the IDF. In accordance with the IDF’s operational instructions, any military operation to be conducted in the vicinity of such sites requires the adoption of special precautions. The findings further indicated that, in the course of the military activity taking place in the area, the power plant was struck four times over the course of the period from 22-29 July 2014 (the difficulty in specifying the precise dates of the strikes results from differences between the various reports, which provide different dates for the same strikes).

In regard to the first three incidents of damage to the power plant, it was found that the damage did not occur as the result of any direct or intentional attack, aerial or otherwise, by IDF forces. The FFA Mechanism could not rule out the possibility that the power plant facilities may have been damaged by shrapnel, or artillery fire that went off course during the combat. This, in light of the considerable military activity that took place in the vicinity of the plant, between IDF forces and squads affiliated with terror organizations. As well as in light of the fact that terror organizations located a large number of terror assets adjacent to the power plant – at times at a distance of mere tens of meters (such assets included launching pits in which rockets and mortars were stored, medium range rocket launchers, the openings of combat tunnels, weapons caches and more). Evidence has also been obtained which indicates that a portion of the damage may have been caused as the result of rocket fire by Palestinian terror organizations.

After reviewing the factual findings and the material collated by the FFA Mechanism in regard to the three incidents of damage referred to above, the MAG found that the damage to the power plant in Nusseirat had not occurred as a result of a direct or intentional attack by IDF forces operating in the area. In light of the above, and since all avenues for the further examination of these incidents had been exhausted, the MAG ordered these cases to be closed without opening a criminal investigation, in the absence of a reasonable suspicion of criminal misconduct by IDF forces.

Hamas and its terrorist comrades deliberately placed military targets adjacent to the power plant specifically to discourage Israel from striking them. And there is evidence that the Palestinians damaged the plant themselves!

And what about the major airstrike that was widely reported to have “destroyed” the power plant?

As regards the fourth incident of damage, which occurred on 29 July 2014, the FFA Mechanism found that on the day of the incident, an IDF armored force operating in the area identified a squad of terror operatives, bearing anti-tank weaponry (“anti-tank squad”). The anti-tank squad was identified while it was close to what would later turn out to be the fuel tanks of the power plant. In light of the imminent threat posed by the squad to the armored force, the force fired, in a measured and direct manner, at the anti-tank squad, using the most precise munition the force had at its disposal. It appears, that as a result of this fire, one of the power plant’s fuel tanks was damaged (the power plant itself was not hit).

In war, when a tank unit becomes aware of an anti-tank squad, the obvious response is to fire immediately before being fired upon. But Israel is asked to do much, much more.

More astoundingly:

The fire which was carried out by the IDF force over the course of the incident was aimed at a military object – an anti-tank squad of the terror organizations, which posed an immediate threat to the force. The attack on the squad complied with the principle of proportionality, as at the time the decision to attack was taken, it was considered that the collateral damage expected to arise as a result of the attack would not be excessive in relation to the military advantage anticipated from it. This estimation was not unreasonable under the circumstances, when taking into consideration the immediacy of the threat posed to the force by the anti-tank squad, and in light of the fact that the force was not aware of the nature of the facilities in proximity to which they identified the squad.

Moreover, the attack was carried out in conjunction with various precautionary measures, including the selection of the munition used (taking into account the distance between the force and the anti-tank squad, and the weaponry that was at the force’s disposal), and the way in which the fire was carried out. These measures were carried out in order to minimize, to the extent possible under the circumstances, the collateral damage expected to result to structures and facilities in the vicinity of the target. In light of the immediacy of the threat, and the danger which was posed to the IDF force, the force did not have any latency in which to enquire into the nature of the facilities in proximity to which it had identified the squad, and the potential consequences, immediate, or long term, of collateral damage thereto.

In light of the above, the MAG did not find that the actions of IDF forces raised grounds for a reasonable suspicion of criminal misconduct. As a result, the MAG ordered the case to be closed, without opening a criminal investigation.

At the same time, the MAG made a recommendation to the relevant operational authorities that they review the processes for the integration of the operational instructions concerning operations carried out in proximity to “sensitive sites”, as well as the ways in which IDF forces’ ability to locate and identify such sites might be improved.

Imagine being in a gunfight where the other person can shoot you whenever they want to, but you have to make sure that you adhere to lots of rules and regulations about how you can shoot, and with what weapon that would neutralize your opponent with the minimal force possible. You must spend months before the gunfight determining and mapping out every possible place that your bullet can ricochet just in case you get into a battle at this very location. Also, you must get permission from supervisors and lawyers to ensure that you are cleared to fire with the weapon and ammunition you chose before every engagement.

That is what the world demands of the IDF.

More amazingly, it is what is what the IDF nearly always does.

Not surprisingly, these facts are not part of normal reporting that the media and NGOs engage in. It is easier for them to airily and ignorantly accuse Israel of randomly firing weapons in the general direction of the enemy out of a sense of vengeance and anger than acting like a professional army must.

HRW stated, flatly, “Damaging or destroying a power plant, even if it also served a military purpose, would be an unlawful disproportionate attack under the laws of war, causing far greater civilian harm than military gain.”

Amnesty stated, “The strike on the power plant, which cut off electricity and running water to Gaza’s 1.8 million residents and numerous hospitals, has catastrophic humanitarian implications and is very likely to amount to a war crime. There can be no justification for targeting a civilian structure that provides crucial services to so many civilians. The scale of the consequences of this attack are devastating and could amount to collective punishment of Gaza’s population.”

Both Amnesty and HRW assume both that the power plant itself was destroyed, and that Israel targeted it deliberately.

The idea that a Hamas anti-tank unit was next to the power plant is not even on the radar of their “military experts.” Or, perhaps, they believe — against the laws of armed conflict — that Israeli tank gunners must voluntarily allow themselves to be killed rather than defend themselves.

Either way, it points out how ignorant, biased and hateful these NGOs are. Comparing their pseudo- and instant analysis with the painstaking findings of real military experts reveals that these NGOs are like schoolkids confidently explaining physics to Einstein.

Their gross ignorance is not reported by the equally clueless media, which eagerly publishes their lies and accusations that are based on pre-determined conclusions, rather than on facts and real research.

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  • Ephraim

    Why do Jews feed the lie?

    There Was Never A Country
    Called palestine

    If you consider palestine to be a “Sovereign” and “Independent” country that goes back through most of recorded history as many would have you to believe, then a few questions need to be answered:

    When was it founded and by whom?

    What were its borders?

    What was its capital?

    Who was the President?

    What was its form of government?

    What were its major cities?

    What constituted the basis of its economy?

    Who was the Palestinian leader before Yasser Arafat?

    Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?

    What was the language of the country of Palestine?

    What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine?

    What was the name of its currency and what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, or Japanese yen on any particular date?

    And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?

    If these so-called “Palestinians” are anything but a generic collection of Arabs from all over the rest of the Arab world and if they really have a genuine ethnic identity that gives them right for self-determination, then why did they never try to become an independent and sovereign nation until Arabs suffered their devastating defeat in the Six Day War in 1967?

    The Ten Commandments of Arab Lies

    The “Palestinian People” have an historic connection to the land.
    This is very interesting since there is no such thing as a “Palestinian People”. When the Romans changed the name of Israel to Palestine, the people living there at the time were Jews, not Arabs. If there had been a “Palestinian People”, which there never was, they would have been Jews.

    The Palestinian People have been in the land from time immemorial.
    For centuries pre-Israel Palestine was a forgotten, desolate wasteland inhabited by a remnant of Jews, along with some Christians and wandering Bedouins who certainly had no thought of a national identity of any kind.

    There were no Jews in Palestine until Israel became a state in 1948.
    The Romans officially banished the Jews from Israel (Palestine) in 135 CE. However, historical records show there was always a Jewish presence in the land. While many were scattered, other Jews simply moved out of harm’s way until a less hostile power ruled the land. Jews were returning to what is now Israel well before 1948. Many left Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.

    Arabs and Jews lived in harmony before Israel became a state.
    Throughout the centuries, Jews as well as Christians, living under Islamic rule suffered persecution and humiliation, the intensity of which was determined by the character of a particular Moslem ruler. As second-class citizens, there was never a “good time” for non-Muslims living under Islamic rule. Because of the way that most Islamic countries look down on non-Muslims, they are always considered second-class citizens and less than equal. Arabs have rarely lived in harmony with anyone if they were the majority.

    The returning Jews displaced the Palestinian Arabs
    The ancestors of most of the present-day Arab population migrated to the land after Jewish pioneers began to reclaim the land. They came from many different countries and were not original inhabitants of the land.

    The Jews stole Arab land
    Jews returning to the land settled on unclaimed, unoccupied land or bought land from absentee Arab landowners at outrageously high prices. This is a matter of record.

    The Jews forced Arabs to flee Palestine
    When Israel was declared a state in 1948, leaders from the surrounding Arab countries declared war on Israel and instructed the Arab civilians living in the land to flee until the Jews were annihilated. Israeli leaders, to no avail, urged the Arabs to stay. Property that they owned was abandoned.

    The Jews caused the Arab refugee problem
    If Arab countries would assimilate and care for the “Palestinian” refugees, as Israel did for their Jewish refugees, there would be no refugee problem. Instead they use the refugees as political pawns in their struggle against Israel. No Arab country that wants “Palestinian Arabs” in their country as they would rather use the “Palestinian Arabs” as pawns rather than assimilate them into their populations and bring peace to the Middle East.

    Israel is the aggressor against defenseless Palestinians
    In its brief history, Israel has had one war after another and each time they are blamed as the aggressor. The Arabs do not recognize the right of Israel to exist and are in a constant state of hostility against Israel. Their aim is to destroy Israel.

    Jerusalem is holy to Muslims
    While Jerusalem is mentioned over eight hundred times in the Bible, it is not mentioned one time in the Koran. Muslims have had little or no interest in Jerusalem until the Jewish presence in modern times.

    • Ayatollah Ghilmeini

      Ephriam challenged us above to answer his tough questions, well here they are:

      When was it founded and by whom?

      47 AS (After Something corresponds to two fortnights after a pupik ce.

      What were its borders?

      Ancient Palestine conquered the entire world, overnight, taught everyone classic Arabic and then they went and forgot it as fast as they learned it.

      What was its capital?

      This is easy, Absurdigon

      Who was the President?

      They never had Presidents, instead they had enlightened Despots,t he most famous was Bogus-Fictitious II who ruled from sometime to another.

      What was its form of government?

      The enlightened despot was chosen by a traditional dance in the ancient palace called a “fracas,” using knives swords and severed limbs.

      What were its major cities?

      As noted above, it did cover the entire earth so Mecca, London, Jerusalem and Tokyo and Paris

      What constituted the basis of its economy?

      The entire economy of ancient Palestine was based on supplying chickens to Jews for use during shlug kapores.

      Who was the Palestinian leader before Yasser Arafat?

      The last winner of a fracas was Haj Al Amin al Husseini, Mufti of Jerusalem, perpetrator and denier of the Holocaust, friend of Hitler and never to be mentioned in polite conversation with westerners. While he was not aware of Ancient Palestine during his lifetime, he did use a time machine and inspired Yassir Arafat to remember it.

      Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?

      As noted above, Palestine was universally recognized then forgotten.

      What was the language of the country of Palestine?

      Prior to Bogus Fictitious II, all classic Palestinians spoke a refined form of Gibberish until Arabic was adopted rejected and then made mandatory by Husseini and Arafat.

      What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine?

      While originally pagans who worshiped professional athletes, later Ancient Palestinians were famously atheists until they became Islamic sometime after Mohammed but before Roosevelt.

      What was the name of its currency and what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, or Japanese yen on any particular date?

      Because of the close relationship between the chicken economy and Jews, the currency was known as the cackle, with 47 bubbemeises to the cackle and 11 spiels to the bubbemeisse.

      And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?

      When Arafat went back in time using his time machine, the parallax effect obliterated all known evidence of Ancient Palestine.

  • Please explain why this report had to take two years before release. It is by now long irrelevant — the propaganda damage has long been done.

  • nat cheiman

    What else is new? People like Fareed believe all the propaganda spewed by anti Israel media. They find it funny until one of these days, Avi Lieberman chases hamas out of Gaza

  • Michael Krape

    Fareed Shawki, when you’ve stopped laughing, please explain why there are no bomb shelters for civilians, especially children, in Gaza? Why are there no rules governing the use of civilian structures in Gaza by military assets during times of conflict? Why are Gazans subject to imprisonment or worse when they question the actions of their leaders? And why are journalists restricted from reporting independently by the authorities in Gaza?

  • Of course they lied. What else can you expect for Muslims other than lies and misdirection. It in the Koran so it is OK??

  • This article illustrates the pathetic, totally weak and unsuccessful way in which Israel fights the media war.
    We are in the habit of winning the battles while losing the wars.(The bject of war is to gain political achievements. And we always come out battered by the skillful media manipulation of the Arabs).
    News reporters will print whatever information they are fed’ especially if it makes headlines – that is their job, whether they are biased or not.
    The Arabs come out with instant lies, and Israel comes out TWO YEARS LATER with a reasoned retraction. THAT IS A PATHETIC AND INEFFECTUAL RESPONSE. Naturally the reporters will report what they are told, immediately. Israel should come out with an instant denial and their version of what actually happened. Are we afraid we may be wrong, and damage our credibility ? WHAT CREDIBILITY ??? Does a 2-year-old denial in the lukewarm technical legal terms add to our credibility ? It appears be a late, guilty denial of responsibility. what good does it do to lock the stable door two years after the horses have fled ?

  • stevenl

    The war of the West against the Jews goes UN-abated.

  • Selaines

    What else would one expect the IDF to report?

  • Frank Adam

    As Hamas was proven wrong in its claims to civilian dead by subtracting its own obit Facebook clips of military funerals; all that is now necessary is for Israeli spokespersons to refer to this proven Hamas lie before commenting on questions and accusations based on Arab press releases.
    Alternatively Israeli tank units should issue every tank a couple of those British Centurion tank anti-personnel rounds devised for the Korean War which are effectively giant shotgun cartridges scattering 12mmm ball bearings. These would kill A/T infantry but not damage buildings behind them.

  • Once again, using the media for false propaganda is giving material support to a terrorist organization which is jail time under the patriot act

  • fareed shawki

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah algemieners lies,what about 500 children dead what about orange and other orchards destroyed what about bombarding the day light of any thing that Palestinian need ,you are joking,hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

    • Alex

      Those numbers are bogus. And majority of real civilian/child casualties were caused by Hamas, often purposefully.

    • Eve

      Too bad you’re such an idiot.

    • Karl

      Ha, ha, ha! Why are you on a Jewish site? You might get tainted! Run! Hahahahahah! What an idiot

    • Karl

      Ha, ha, ha! Why are you on a Jewish site? You might get tainted! Run! Hahahahahah! It’s contagious! What an idiot

    • stevenl

      Fareed: in the whole world but the Muslim world, Hamas are called cowards. That is what they are for hiding behind women and kids. With the complicity of the Western mass media.

    • Since you are teaching your children how good it is to die killing jews, why do you complain that your children are getting killed ? YOU are sacrificing your children by firing thousands of rockets at Israel, from civilian sites, where these children are. You are firing the rockets in order to kill Israeli children, but it seems that ALLAH prefers YOUR children to die instead.

    • Tal

      what about 11 million Muslims killed by Muslims last 50 years?

    • Sam

      None are so blind as those who refuse to see!!!

    • Hey Fareed, Insh allah, the next time it shall be as you describe it, amin!

    • Palestinians start wars they can’t win, lose those wars and then demand special consideration as victims as if the first two conditions never happened.

      By the standards of every war in the last half century I can think off the latest in Gaza had a very low civilian casualty rate, even if you take Hamas lies about the figures as true. Take the Arabs killing Arab wars in Syria and Iraq as good examples of what a high civilian casualty rate looks like.

      The irony is that Hamas deliberately and tactically placed its civilians into danger by using them as human shields, placing military targets into otherwise protected civilian structures, and conducted military operations in and in close proximity to civilians. Hamas encourages children to see themselves as fighters which undoubtedly increased the risk to them. Hamas also counts every person under 18 (and many whose age would appear to be much older) as child casualties no matter what military activity they were engaged in at their death.

      Given those factors 500 children over 55 days, a bad day in Syria, is a truly low figure.

      • I forgot to add Fareed, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • Gary Katz

      If the IDF didn’t bend over backwards to protect civilians, all of Gaza would’ve looked like, well, Syria. Besides, Hamas loves dead children. They teach them to become soldiers, use them as human shields, then cry crocodile tears to the world, when the children die. Too bad suckers like you fall for their tactics and propaganda. You should hate Hamas, not Israel.

    • Dov

      I am glad your laughing and hope you continue laughing, because its the only thing left for you when everything else was lies and more lies. So laugh all you want.

    • Harold

      What about not firing rockets on civilians? What about using humanitarian aid to actually help the lives of the people it is supposed to aid? What about getting rid of a culture of hate? What about getting with the times and laying down weapons and hate?
      If you truly think Israel wants Palestinians dead, you are living with hate-filled blinders. Israel wants to live in peace and wants its neighbors to prosper in peace. If Palestinians would stop trying to kill Israelis, soldiers, JEWS, their lives would change immeasurably for the better.

    • John

      Mr. Shawki:

      You could well have made up whatever number of dead children you want. You selected 500, why not 500,000? Given media stupidity and gullibility, they would have reported the number without ever considering how such things occur. If Hamas didn’t know Israel tried to avoid civilian casualties, they would not have a strategy of using human shields. If the media had any sense, they would recognize this and make a point of not playing into Hamas’ hands by reporting whatever numbers Hamas puts out.

      The reality that Palestinians, Arabs, and indeed many Muslims must come to grips with is that whatever persecution they deem themselves victims of is almost entirely self-inflicted. If their leaders were concerned about them at all, they would radically transform their behavior. That Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims put up with such leaders is the real source of their misery.