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Jun 9, 2024

"innocent civilians" in Gaza holding hostages

I was surprised to see a lot of anger and hate online over the rescue operation in which Noa Argamani, Shlomi Ziv, Andrey Kozlov, and Almog Meir Jan were freed from captivity.

There was anger over the murder of "innocent civilians" during the operation. Anger over genocide. Anger over using the American "port" (which didnt happen) for the rescue operation. Anger over using humanitarian aid trucks (which didnt happen) to sneak in to rescue the hostages. Anger over killing of about 200 people and injuring others in the process of rescuing the 4 hostages.

Hey, Gaza. You are welcome to avoid all this and just release the hostages you are holding. It would even likely bring an end to the war, but at least that would prevent "innocent civilians" from getting killed during rescue operations.

On that note, if innocent civilians know where hostages are being held and are keeping that secret, they are part of Hamas, they are combatants, not innocent civilians. if they just keeping it quiet because they are afraid of Hamas, they can get messages to Israeli soldiers and will be protected. If "innocent civilians" are housing hostages, they are not innocent civilians but combatants.

200+ killed in the rescue of 4 Israelis? It is Hamas that has set the equation at about 50 Palestinians for every 1 Israeli. We are just honoring that equation.

All that being said, and as proud as everyone in Israel is about the successful rescue operation, we must remember not just the fallen hero Arnon Zemora who fell in battle during the operation but we must also remember that there are still another 120 hostages waiting to be rescued or released. I worry, and dread to think, about what an operation like this might make Hamas do to the remaining living hostages to punish them or to prevent them from being rescued in similar operations. 

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  1. Garnel IronheartJune 09, 2024 7:23 PM

    The liberal news media headlines have been atrocious over here - the hostages are an afterthought and no mention of the UN, MSF or IRC folks who somehow missed that the hostages were in their vicinity. Just "Israelis attack innocent Arabs again."


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