The Guardian continues to yawn over Palestinians summarily executed in Gaza

A couple of days following the start of the November war between Israel and Hamas, masked Palestinian gunmen in Gaza publicly executed seven Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel – a story which was widely covered.   

According to Palestinian witnesses, at around noon on Nov. 16 a van stopped at a Gaza City intersection, and several masked men pushed seven suspected ‘informers’ out of the vehicle.  The gunmen then ordered them to lie face down in the street and shot them all in the head.  Shortly after the killing, a mob surrounded the corpses and some in the crowd “stomped and spat on the bodies”, while others kicked the head of one of the dead men.

One of the corpses was tied to a motorcycle and dragged through the streets as people reportedly screamed, “God is Great!”.

Palestinian gunmen ride motorcycles as they drag  the body of a man, who was suspected of working for Israel, in Gaza City



“They should have been killed in a more brutal fashion so others don’t even think about working with the occupation,” said one of the Palestinian bystanders.

The victims allegedly had notices tied around their necks saying they had been killed by Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades – Hamas’s ‘armed wing’.

In stark contrast to the Guardian’s intense coverage of the 8 day war – which included an official Guardian editorial, frequent updates at their Middle East Live blog, and direct reporting from Gaza City by Harriet Sherwood and Chris McGreal – their only stand alone story about this brutal extra-judicial killing was an anonymous AP story on Nov. 20.

Additionally, the Guardian has also thus far failed to cover a recent report by Human Rights Watch (widely reported in the mainstream media) condemning Hamas for failing to investigate the Nov. 16 summary executions.  HRW noted that Hamas’s failure to investigate “the brazen murders” make “a mockery of its claims that it’s upholding the rule of law in Gaza”. 

Whilst the suggestion that Hamas would ever conduct a fair inquiry into human rights violations committed by its own military is of course absurd, the Guardian’s lack of interest in the savage murder of seven Gazans – particularly in contrast to their intense focus on Palestinian terrorists imprisoned by Israel who engage in hunger strikes – continues to make a mockery of claims that their concern for Palestinian rights is principled, and not largely inspired by an animus towards Israel.

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  1. And this is what a proper and genuine democratic justice looks like as reported by the Haaretz It was the most sanitized of killings ever seen in the history of conflicts.

    The Military Advocate General’s Corps has decided not to order a criminal investigation of the incident that led to the deaths of nine members of the al Dalou family during Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza last November. Twelve citizens in total were killed in the air strike that hit the family’s Gaza home, including four children and five women. Investigations following the incident revealed that an error in identification had led to the large amount of civilian casualties.

    • Exactly as you said Juma. An excellent example of proper and genuine democratic justice – when there are non-intended casualties the IDF judicial branch always investigate the circumstances and when it becomes clear that these deaths are the result of a non intentional identification error then closes the inquiry.

    • A misunderstanding on your part, Juma…
      It is your Pakistani brethren who carry out the “most sanitized of killings”:

      The May 2010 Lahore attacks also referred as Lahore Massacre occurred on May 28, 2010, in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, during Friday prayers. 86(!) people were killed and more than 120 were injured in nearly simultaneous attacks against two mosques of the minority Ahmadiyya Community.

    • Juma I would suggest you to take the number of innocent civilians and the circumstances of their deaths reported in the Ha’aretz with not a pinch but one ton of salt. Maybe you should consider their last correction. before you would quote anything from this Hebrew language version of the good old Pravda.

    • Another article reminding us that Mr. Levick is not a foreign correspondent and does not work for a prestigious newspaper.

  2. So you lied when you wrote this:
    Investigations following the incident revealed that an error in identification had led to the large amount of civilian casualties.
    But you didn’t read carefully Juma – I didn’t write that they start criminal investigations in every such cases. If during the initial inquiry it becomes clear that the incident has been caused either by an unavoidable mistake or any technical glitch then they won’t start a criminal investigation. Exactly the way a genuine democracy works.
    And please try to quote next time from real newspapers or news services and not from propaganda sources like the Ha’aretz. (or the Guardian, BBC etc.)

    • Peter, you are missing juma’s perfectly reasonable point.

      Whenever anything happens, Israel is guilty of a crime and must investigate to see HOW guilty it is. If it investigates and decides there isn’t a crime, then obviously the investigation is flawed, since Israel is always guilty of SOMETHING.

      I hope that’s now clear.

      • My bad really. And I find it very telling how these noble human rights warriors know the exact names, ages and genders of all Palestinian victims. The Israeli casualties are simply “Israelis”, they don’t count.

  3. so they did not investigate the crime and decided there was no case to answer – perfect justice as you say

    • Some difficulties of understanding simple texts Juma? They investigated the incident, have been convinced that no crime has been committed so didn’t start a criminal investigation. Is it simple enough now?
      Naturally in the genuine democracy of Hamas they simply lynch their “criminals” and don’t bother with such time-consuming small formalities than an inquiry, an investigation and a trial. I’m sure you prefer this proper and genuine way of democratic justice…

    • An absolutely textbook example of what cba sets out above. Starting position = Israel is guilty of a crime.

      No, juma. The starting point is – there were tragically some innocent civilians killed. After an investigation, it was determined that no crime was committed.

      Got it yet?

  4. … with such time-consuming small formalities like an inquiry, an investigation and a trial.

  5. However, Peter, in our template for democracy that is how they treat their own for threatening their supposed security

    Vanunu spent 18 years in prison, including more than 11 in solitary confinement. Released from prison in 2004, he became subject to a broad array of restrictions on his speech and movement. Since then he has been arrested several times for violations of those restrictions, including giving various interviews to foreign journalists and attempting to leave Israel. He says he suffered “cruel and barbaric treatment” at the hands of Israeli authorities while imprisoned, and suggests that his treatment would have been different if he were Jewish (Vanunu is a Christian convert from Judaism).[6]

    • Hey, jumasshole, why don’t you move to Gaza to experience first-hand the wonderful Salafist justice system. Meanwhile, you can find a position as their bitch.

    • Yes Juma, these brutal and cruel Jews after a fair trial sent a traitor to jail and rearrested him when he violated the legal and lawful conditions set for him. Other undemocratic totalitarian states do the same as we saw in the Rosenbergs’ case (they have been executed not only imprisoned). Or in your book Vanunu should have been lynched without a trial as your buddies used to treat their presumed traitors?
      …He says he suffered “cruel and barbaric treatment” at the hands of Israeli authorities while imprisoned…
      Really? The poor fellow. probably didn’t get his pita in time…
      He sold his country for some pittance causing huge damage to his country and see what happened to him…
      …and suggests that his treatment would have been different if he were Jewish
      Like Samir Kuntar the child murderer terrorist who got a master degree while in prison at the Israeli taxpayers expense. (But at this point I have to tell you that knowing the level of some universities maybe it was an unusually cruel punishment…)
      BTW this suggestion of his is so laughably dumb that even at your level it should have triggered a red light…

      • I can explain it, Jeff.

        It means that Israel supposes it’s allowed to have security the same as any other country, but as we all know, that’s ridiculous–Israel isn’t supposed to have security at all. If someone attacks, they must have very good reason to do so and if Israel responds in any way (including by putting up a security barrier) then Israel is in breach of International Law.

        I hope I’ve clarified that for you.

        • “If someone attacks, they must have very good reason to do so”

          So, in other words, masochism is the new western religion, and of course the Jews must be converted. The usual stuff.

  6. Peter I think you will find the Third Reich called it targeted killings to defend their perceived race from danger. [Whether the danger is imagined or real is the same in both cases] but than that is what makes a racist – he has always got a very good reason to be evil.

    Targeted prevention (Hebrew: סיכול ממוקד ‎ sikul memukad)[2] or focused foiling is the term used in the course of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to describe the targeted killing of a person with proven intentions of performing a specific act of violence in the very near future, or one linked indirectly with several acts of violence (organizing, planning, researching means of destruction, etc.), which raises the likelihood that his or her death would disrupt similar activities in the future. The Israeli army maintains that it pursues such military operations to prevent imminent attacks when it has no discernible means of making an arrest or foiling such attacks by other methods. On December 14, 2006, the Supreme Court of Israel ruled that targeted killing is a legitimate form of self-defense against terrorists, and outlined several conditions for its use.[1]

    • I thought we were argung about Israel’s treatment of Vanunu? Are you referring to the “targeted killing” of Vanunu? I must have missed that.

      Or, could it be possible that you are indulging in the same trick that “jamal”, “abc” etc did and simply abandoning an argument because you are losing and flinging in some other baseless allegation of Jewish (oops, sorry) Israeli villainy?

      • Actually, my bad. We weren’t talking about Vanunu at all. We were actually talking about the brutal, extra-judicial, public execution of 7 Palestinians by their overlords. Lovely to see that you are quite comfortable with this, “Juma”.

        • Labenal,
          I don’t think that “Juma” ever broaches the case of those 7 Palestinians at all, but instead has gone about changing the subject and hijacking the discussion. I seem to remember another group of people, who at one time, were big on hijackings, calling themselves the PL something or other.

      • Or, could it be possible that you are indulging in the same trick that “jamal”, “abc” etc did and simply abandoning an argument because you are losing and flinging in some other baseless allegation of Jewish (oops, sorry) Israeli villainy?
        This poor volunteer worker of the Human Rights Industry does exactly that. S/he is the textbook example of the internet troll.
        I would like to quote from her/his favorite source – from Wikipedia:
        In Internet slang, a troll (pron.: /ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is someone who posts inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[3] The noun troll may also refer to the provocative message itself, as in: “That was an excellent troll you posted.”
        While the word troll and its associated verb trolling are associated with Internet discourse, media attention in recent years has made such labels subjective, with trolling describing intentionally provocative actions and harassment outside of an online context. For example, mass media has used troll to describe “a person who defaces Internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families.”[4][5]

    • Ladies and gentlemen! I now present to you “Juma Revealed!”

      “Peter I think you will find the Third Reich called it [sic] targeted killings to defend their perceived race from danger.”
      …and there you have it.

  7. Juma thank you for proving that either you don’t have the slightest clue about history or you are pathological liar. (take your pick)
    You think I will find your totally and absolutely idiotic suggestion that the Third Reich called the Holocaust and other genocides committed by it “targeted killings”? Do you really think this?! Then I have to tell that you are beyond salvage.
    But I think that your sad performance of trolling here should be put to an end now.
    This is an article about the Guardian’s silence about the lynching of some Gazans by your friends at Hamas.
    First you ranted about the civilian victims of the Pillar of Defense operation, when your bullshit has been debunked you changed the subject writing a lot of crap about Vanunu and when you have been proven an brainless lying idiot again now you are babbling about the non-existent “targeted killings” of the Third Reich implying that that removing human dirt from this earthly existence is somewhat a copy/paste of the Nazi genocides. (Did you consult President Obama about this? Or the US Army is simply a continuation of the Wehrmacht too?)
    Now we are remembering our dead and in ten hours from now we’ll start to celebrate our victory on your bunch of medieval religio-fascists and their supporters so
    this is the high time to start your mourning and whining about your Nakba knowing that without a basic change in your conduct regarding the acceptance of our independent existence on this land you will be condemned to wait for your imagined victory for the next thousands of years causing continuing sufferings and destruction for your own kin and being responsible for any needless victims like the Dalous. Believe me your laughable lies and libels while trolling won’t help your case – exactly the opposite.
    BTW you must be an unpaid agent of Wikipedia quoting it without any connection to the subject of the article you are commenting on.
    A pity that you didn’t read carefully this section of the same article:
    In October 2009, Dershowitz stated that the ratio for Israel’s campaign of targeted killings of terrorists stood at 1 civilian for every 28 terrorists. He argued that “this is the best ratio of any country in the world that is fighting asymmetrical warfare against terrorists who hide behind civilians. It is far better than the ratio achieved by Great Britain and the United States in Iraq or Afghanistan, where both nations employ targeted killings of terrorist leaders.” Regarding the practices which might have led to this record and the reasons the civilian death rate nevertheless remained above zero, Dershowitz cited Col. Richard Kemp’s statements on the Gaza War:[21]

    • Now we are remembering our dead and in ten hours from now we’ll start to celebrate our victory on your bunch of medieval religio-fascists and their supporters

      Yom Ha’atzma’ut is one of those Jewish holidays (like Pesach, Purim and Chanukah) to which my favorite summary applies:
      “They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat!”

      To Peter and Adam and all my other fellow-Israelis, I’d like to wish you and your yours a very happy מנגל (or other culinary experience of your choice).

      חג עצמאות שמח
      עם ישראל חי
      בכל דור ודור עומדים עלינו לכלותינו, והקב”ה מצילנו מידם

      • I’m not an Israeli, but I join cba in wishing all Israelis – and Jews worldwide – a wonderful Yom Ha’atzma’ut.

        • “I’m not an Israeli, but I join cba in wishing all Israelis – and Jews worldwide – a wonderful Yom Ha’atzma’ut.”
          Me too!

  8. And Peter among some of the 28 terrorists were children, and some not even born. Perhaps you do much better a job a debunking the truth than Goebbels – what does that say about you. I like the idea of quoting your spokesman’s statements as an obvious evidence of the truth of your case – You might make a good lawyer in repressive and racist democracies like Israel but not in the real ones.

    • Little dirty Natzie`s secret is his propaganda task to equate Israel with the absolute evil, in service of his Arab Lobby, by constantly deflecting from the comments, depicting Palestinians as victims and conflating the NS with Israel.

  9. In your Illustrative world the Palestinians do not exist and everyone the IDF kills is a terrorist – I am a loser is of little consequence

    • While I didn’t wish to continue our sweet dialogue Juma but sadly your high balls make my plans shatter.

      First of all when you compare me with Goebbels you are seriously underestimating me and it hurts my feelings. I’m the living manifestation of much more important personalities than a poor sex maniac wannabe Guardian journo, many consider me the living spirit of Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Timur Lenk, the famous Golem of Prague and I’m proud to inform you that some thinks I’m the Antichrist itself. (they are mostly traffic policemen and tax auditors)

      When you say that in my world the Palestinians don’t exist you give an other perfect textbook example of an other idea – projection.
      The Palestinians definitely exist in my world, they are my neighbors, at the present my enemies, hopefully in the future (sadly at the moment it seems to me that a pretty distant future) my peaceful partners. This is exactly you in whose world they don’t exist at all; for you they are only a stick you can use and are using to bash the Jews.
      You are the armchair hero who will fight the Jews to the last drop of blood – naturally not yours but the Palestinians whose rights you are pretending to represent.
      Let me assure you – with supporters like you they certainly don’t need enemies.

      I am a loser is of little consequence
      Finally we are in full agreement. Who gives a flying copy of the Hamas Charter about one Jew hater bit the dust? There are many others – true – most of them are on the same moral and intellectual level with you. And now go back to mourn together with your spiritual brothers at Hamas…
      I wish to every other benevolent posters – Israelis and non-Israelis, Jews and gentiles – a very happy Independence Day.

  10. The images of Hamas thugs lynching a supposed informer and dragging his body through the streets of Gaza behind a motorcycle last November didn’t seem to bother the Guardian.
    As it turned out the people Hamas murdered were just rivals of Hamas.
    The Guardian cant even condemn Hamas for terrorism against Palestinians in Gaza, which shows what Islamo fascists the Guardian has become.
    Google the name Ribhi Badawi. He was one the people Hamas murdered on the motorcycle
    Hamas victim dragged through the streets of Gaza City Tuesday by motorcycle was no collaborator, widow says
    It was a sight that shocked the world — the corpse of Ribhi Badawi being dragged through the streets of Gaza City Tuesday by a motorcycle as Hamas gunmen fired into the air.
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    Matthew Kalman
    NOVEMBER 26, 2012