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Read aloud the names of the Abu Jame' family, then tell me this isn’t a war crime

On Sunday evening the IDF dropped a bomb in what appears to have been an attempt to kill a Hamas operative, Ahmad Sahmoud.

If so, it succeeded.

But it also succeeded in killing everyone else who was in the building.

25 other people.

Just a few days ago, the IDF was bragging on how it called off a strike because two children were seen next to the target.

Apparently, the Abu Jame’ children didn’t have the same luck.

Some people out there have the audacity to say it was a mistake. That would be believable if the Hamas militant hadn’t been there.

He was there.

A decision was apparently made. That he should be taken out, no matter what the collateral damage is.

So, do me a favor: Read aloud the names of the Abu Jame’ family (below).

Each one.

And then – tell me this isn’t a war crime.

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Graphic provided by B’Tselem.

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    1. Gabriel attar

      I will do you a favor you are able to express yourself only because you leave among civilize people the Jewish people in any othe country your fate would have been such as the Jurnalist Daniel who was behaved by those barbaric murdrers

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    2. Seraphya

      Read aloud. It is a tragedy that they died, but it is far from a war crime. I am in the middle of doing some research into the technical definitions of proportionality, it does not mean what you probably think it means. It has nothing to do with how hard your enemy hit you, but what amount of collateral damage is acceptable given the military value of the actual target.
      It could easily be a mistake that the bomb killed many of these people. There was a previous case of Israel using too small a bomb, for humanitarian reasons (his family was there at the time), and the person they were after got away with minor injuries. The IDF could have erred on the other side this time, using too large a bomb, and not anticipating how the way the house was constructed would react to the size of explosives used.
      This has nothing to do with support for Israel or lack there of. The laws of war accept collateral damage to civilians, especially in the case where the military target has made no effort to distance themselves from civilians. If Hamas managed to kill high ranking officers when they were visiting injured soldiers and their families, killing many innocents that would hardly be a war crime either.

      This case may not be moral, but it is certainly not black-and-white a war crime. What is moral and what is immoral in war is very different than what is and is not legal in a war. Even if the bombing was carried out with the knowledge that their was a high probability of civilian casualties, it is still too difficult for me to judge with the information I have whether this was immoral or within the bounds of the morality in war. Besides a lack of knowledge into the particulars of this incident and the deaths of these people, it is hard to understand that there is a morality in killing anyone, even your enemy who wants to kill you.

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