Friday, June 30, 2006

Jewish Deaths Don't Count

At least as far as the Associated Press is concerned:

Israel's army said it also attacked a cell that attempted to fire an anti-tank missile at Israeli forces in southern Gaza. Mohammed Abdel Al, 25, a local leader of Islamic Jihad, died of wounds he suffered in that airstrike, becoming the first death in Israel's offensive.

Actually, the first death was that of an innocent Jewish teenager kidnapped and executed shortly after the Israeli move into Gaza - from Gateway Pundit (who also has the heart-rending eulogy):

On this day, June 29th, 2006, the 3rd day of Tammuz 5766, the nation of Israel buried a true Eved Elokim, a faithful servant of the Almighty G-d of Israel. Today thousands of Jews across the State of Israel attended the funeral of 18 year old Eliyahu Pinchas Asheri, ZTK"L, the yeshiva student from the settlement of Itamar...
....A Ramallah Tanzim terror cell, taking orders from the Gaza headquarters of the Popular Resistance Committee, carried out the kidnapping and murdered of pre-military Torah academy student Eliyahu Asheri, according to the IDF...

So how does the AP classify the death of Asheri? The terrorists who snatched him make quite a clear connection:

On Tuesday, a spokesman for the Hamas-affiliated PRC told Al-Jazeera that Asheri would be "butchered in front of TV cameras" if the IDF operation in Gaza did not stop.

So Asheri was killed in retaliation for the IDF crossing into Gaza to hunt for a soldier abducted in an assault on an Israeli military outpost. So isn't the first death in the offensive that of a civilian intentionally targeted by Palestinian terrorists? Or are the only deaths that count Palestinian? Does the AP feel that Jewish life is so cheap that Asheri does not even deserve mention in this story? When the first Palestinian civilian is accidentally killed in this Hamas-instigated war, will it be dismissed as blithly as the death of an Israeli innocent directly targeted for his race?

And where is Human Rights Watch? Why are they not decrying the vile tactics used by the monsters of Palestine? Are they too busy looking for shell fragments on the beaches of Gaza? Or do the Israelis simply not fit under their definition of "Human" ?

The reporting from Gaza is blatently anti-Israeli and anti-semitic (shock!) - I hope Olmert can show some stomach, and ignore the pleas of the terrorist-lovin' EU, the warnings of the U.S. State Department, and the bleating of these faux "Rights" groups, and can do what needs to be done in the Strip from Hell...

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