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Israelis deny Gaza slaughter, offer ludicrous alternative

There's only one thing worse than blowing innocent beachgoers to smithereens over the holidays - lying through your teeth about it.
ISRAEL denied responsibility yesterday for the explosion on a Gaza beach last week that killed eight Palestinian holidaymakers, but failed to offer an alternative explanation for the tragedy.

Speaking shortly after another airstrike left 11 Palestinians dead, including two children, Amir Peretz, the Israeli Defence Minister, said: “The accumulating evidence proves that (Friday’s) incident was not due to Israeli forces.”

Flanked by Dan Halutz, the Chief of Staff and Major General Meir Kalifi, Mr Peretz was presenting the results of the official inquest into last Friday’s carnage on the beach.

After showing slides and detailing Israel’s version of the timings, Major General Kalifi, who led the investigation, said that the blast took place between 4.54pm and 4.57pm, a few minutes after Israeli artillery finished firing.
WOW - a few minute differential. Can they possibly offer a weaker alibi? God knows they try.
He also said that the size and shape of the blast crater, according to aerial photography, was not consistent with Israel’s 155mm artillery, and that shrapnel recovered from Palestinian victims in Israeli hospitals cleared Israel: “The probability that one Israeli shell hit at this point is close to nothing.

One military official suggested that the most likely cause was a Hamas beach mine, planted to foil Israeli commandos.
Come on! Are they serious? "Foil Israeli commandos" on a public beach frequented by Palestinian families? What a load of crap! And I'm not alone in my scepticism.
[S]ceptics noted that the Israeli team did not visit the site. They also pointed out that a mine would have had to remain intact for hours on a beach trampled by Palestinian holidaymakers, only to explode after Israel began shelling the area.

Numerous onlookers said that the fatal shell was the third in a series of about five, the first two landing just north of the picnic site and prompting the Ghalia family and other bathers to begin packing up.

The Times found two other identical fresh craters nearby, roughly where the witnesses indicated.

After carrying out an independent inspection, Marc Garlasco, a senior military analyst with Human Rights Watch, [said] that he was “quite certain” that the Israeli findings were wrong.

Mr Garlasco, a former Pentagon official and specialist in battle damage assessment, produced shrapnel that he recovered from the beach marked “55MM”.

“It is highly likely that it was an artillery-delivered 155mm shell,” he said.

Mines tended to cause lower body injuries, whereas most of the victims suffered head and upper torso wounds, he added.

“We have to look at all the possibilities, but all the evidence points to a 155mm shell fired by the Israelis as what killed the Palestinians on the beach.”
Basically, all evidence points to Israel, yet Israel denies it. The USS Liberty comes to mind.
Hamas also poured scorn on the new Israeli version. “This is an Israeli lie and an attempt to escape moral responsibility for the massacre of a completely innocent family,” Khalid Abu Hilal, a spokesman for the Hamas-led Palestinian Interior Ministry, said.

Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary-General, reacted with puzzlement last night to the Israeli explanation. “To find a mine on the beach is rather odd,” he said.
Israel ought to reformulate its PR strategy. They're not doing themselves any favors by offering brazen lies to cover up brutal atrocities.


At Tuesday, June 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How you can beat this Satan ? Seems they are doing more and more horrible things . Well..they will win. but not forever .
So Joo.. you win today ,but not forever!

At Wednesday, June 14, 2006, Blogger Red Tulips said...

Wow, you believe Israel is behind 9/11, and yet you refuse to give them the benefit of the doubt here. There's a shock.

For the record, the three minute timeline is incorrect. More like fifteen minutes. And the Israeli shells do not match the shells seen at the beach. Oh yeah, and the Palestinians refuse to cooperate in any investigation into the incident. One would think they want to blame Israel in any way possible.


Of course, cameras were on hand to film the whole thing as it was going on. The whole thing reeks of Pallywood.

The tragedy of it all is that a little girl lost her family, and she will grow up thinking Israel killed them on purpose. THAT is truly heartbreaking, and tears at my soul.

At Wednesday, June 14, 2006, Blogger Richard said...

Isn't it interesting that your nitwit hardline pro-Israel commenters swallow hook line & sinker an IDF report exonerating the IDF fr. responsibility for the massacre. AnIDF report that contains no physical evidence whatsoever other than the statement of the general who supposedly supervised it saying that the IDF wasn't at fault. Oh yes, they claimed they had aerial photographs proving their claims but refused to provide them to anyone.

On the other hand, you have the Human Right Watch report based on on-site research at the beach performed by a Pentagon bomb damage expert which casts severe doubt on the Israeli account.

And your nitwits are bugging you for supposedly not having an open mind??

At Wednesday, June 14, 2006, Blogger Red Tulips said...

This "independent group" has a pro-Palestine party line, and did not complete its own full investigation. Palestinians are impeding said investigation.

But Israel=EVIL!!!


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