posted on Aug, 11 2014 @ 09:53 PM
To solve a complicated problem like Gaza, it helps to see if some parts of it can be resolved. That way the really troublesome issues can be exposed
and worked on. Now, finally, we can dismiss the claim that Israel is deliberately targeting women and children. They are not.
Here's how we know. Assume that women are half of Gaza's population. If Israel was engaged in random bombing, not targeting anyone in particular,
about half of the deaths would be women. If they were targeting women, then women would represent more than half of those killed.
The portion that were female rose steadily over that period, to 27 percent July 26-31.
It is not statistically possible for Israel to be targeting women when only 27% of those killed are female.
But the claim is "Israel is targeting women and children." What do those numbers show?
At the same time, women and children under 15, the least likely to be legitimate targets, were the most underrepresented, making up 71 percent of
the population and 33 percent of the known-age casualties.
Again, we see that any fair reading of the numbers show that Israel seems to be avoiding women and children, not targeting them. So who is getting
The Times analysis, looking at 1,431 names, shows that the population most likely to be militants, men ages 20 to 29, is also the most
overrepresented in the death toll: They are 9 percent of Gaza’s 1.7 million residents, but 34 percent of those killed whose ages were
From another source which was about two weeks earlier:
77.7 percent of the dead are male. Only 22.3 percent are female.
44 percent of the dead are men 18-28. Another 20 percent are men 29 to 48. Of the dead, 12 percent of the casualties are clearly children.
These numbers seem high, but Gaza demographics place 45% of the population in the 0-14 age group due to the high birth rate. That means there are a
lot of children which dramatically increases the probability of children being killed during the fighting.
While they make up nearly half the population, they make up a disproportionately smaller percentage of the dead, demonstrating once again that Israel
is going out of its way to limit civilian casualties and that its targets are military.
So now we know. Israel is not targeting women and children. I trust your threads and posts will reflect that fact.
edit on 11-8-2014 by charles1952 because: bracket problem