+972 Magazine's Stories of the Week

Directly In Your Inbox

Analysis News
Visit our Hebrew site, "Local Call" , in partnership with Just Vision.

What Israel's 'precision bombing' of Gaza looks like

The kind of violence visited upon the people of Gaza is designed to strafe armies, not refugee camps or city blocks.

In the aftermath of Israel’s last major assault on Gaza — nine days of round-the-clock bombing and shelling which began on November 14, 2012 — I visited the scene of one of its most horrific tragedies. Here’s the Human Rights Watch description of what happened:

An Israeli airstrike that killed 12 civilians – the largest number of civilians killed in a single attack during the Gaza fighting in November – was a clear violation of the laws of war.

On November 18, 2012, Israeli forces dropped what appears to have been a large aerial bomb on the three-story home of the Dalu family in Gaza City, killing 10 members of the household – one man, five women, and four children.

After that chilling summary, the HRW report adds, simply:

“A young man and an elderly woman of the Muzannar family next door were also killed.”

Just like that, two Palestinian lives become collateral damage to collateral damage, consumed by a kind of violence — that of the American-made F-16 — designed to strafe armies, not refugee camps or city blocks. In one of the most densely populated places on earth, this is what “precision bombing” looks like:

(The following photos are from Israel’s 2012 Gaza offensive, ‘Operation Pillar of Cloud.’)

What's left of the Muzannar family home. It was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike "targeting" their neighbors, the Al-Dalu family, on November 18, 2012. Six women and five children were killed, including 17-year-old Abdullah Muzannar and his grandmother. In the foreground is part of the rubble from the Al-Dalu home. (Photo by Lara Aburamadan)

What’s left of the Muzannar family home. It was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike “targeting” their neighbors, the Al-Dalu family, on November 18, 2012. Six women and five children were killed, including 17-year-old Abdullah Muzannar and his grandmother. In the foreground is part of the rubble from the Al-Dalu home. (Photo by Lara Aburamadan)

The room where 17-year-old Abdullah Muzannar and his grandmother were killed by an Israeli airstrike on an adjacent home on November 18, 2012. In the foreground is the grandmother's wheelchair. Spray painted on the wall are the words, "Here, the Muzannar family massacre." (Photo by Lara Aburamadan)

The room where 17-year-old Abdullah Muzannar and his grandmother were killed by an Israeli airstrike on an adjacent home on November 18, 2012. In the foreground is the grandmother’s wheelchair. Spray painted on the wall are the words, “Here, the Muzannar family massacre.” (Photo by Lara Aburamadan)

Amjad Muzannar stands in the room where his brother and grandmother were killed by an Israeli airstrike on November 18, 2012. The "target" of the airstrike was the adjacent Al-Dalu family home, in which 10 people were killed, including five women and four children.  (Photo by Lara Aburamadan)

Amjad Muzannar stands in the room where his brother and grandmother were killed by an Israeli airstrike on November 18, 2012. The “target” of the airstrike was the adjacent Al-Dalu family home, in which 10 people were killed, including five women and four children. (Photo by Lara Aburamadan)

"Here, Abdullah." Spray paint marks the spot where 17-year-old Abdullah Muzannar was killed, along with his grandmother, by an Israeli airstrike on an adjacent home on November 18, 2012. (Photo by Lara Aburamadan)

“Here, Abdullah.” Spray paint marks the spot where 17-year-old Abdullah Muzannar was killed, along with his grandmother, by an Israeli airstrike on an adjacent home on November 18, 2012. (Photo by Lara Aburamadan)

Abdullah's brothers, Haytham and Amjad, stand in the ashen shell of a bedroom in their family's destroyed home. (Photo by Lara Aburamadan)

Abdullah’s brothers, Haytham and Amjad, stand in the ashen shell of a bedroom in their family’s destroyed home. (Photo by Lara Aburamadan)

Related:
Blame Israel and Hamas both for Gaza’s civilian deaths
Why are there are no white flags in Gaza?
Nobody should be a number: Names of those killed in Gaza

Before you go...

A lot of work goes into creating articles like the one you just read. And while we don’t do this for the money, even our model of non-profit, independent journalism has bills to pay.

+972 Magazine is owned by our bloggers and journalists, who are driven by passion and dedication to the causes we cover. But we still need to pay for editing, photography, translation, web design and servers, legal services, and more.

As an independent journalism outlet we aren’t beholden to any outside interests. In order to safeguard that independence voice, we are proud to count you, our readers, as our most important supporters. If each of our readers becomes a supporter of our work, +972 Magazine will remain a strong, independent, and sustainable force helping drive the discourse on Israel/Palestine in the right direction.

Support independent journalism in Israel/Palestine Donate to +972 Magazine today
View article: AAA
Share article
Print article
  • LEAVE A COMMENT

    * Required

    COMMENTS

    1. Rab

      It’s strange, then, that the Palestinians would launch a war against Israel, especially one whose main tool is rockets aimed at civilian areas randomly. After all, if you know your foe is much stronger, and you know you’ve hidden weapons intentionally under civilian buildings, the outcome is inevitable. So tell us, Samer, why is Hamas doing this? That’s a great idea for your next article: Why Hamas endangers Palestinian civilians to generate publicity.

      Reply to Comment
      • Ori

        You just cant stomach the fact that Israel is a belligerent militarized ethnocracy aiming to expand and appropriate lands with impunity. You just refuse to believe that israel is guilty of war crimes. Maybe if the woman didnt wear such revealing clothes she wouldnt be raped? You have to blame the victim and rationalize and justify the murder of innocent children who are stuck in an open air prison without anywhere to go. What israel is doing will not stop hamas it will simply push the Gazans into a corner where violent resistance and resentment against israel is the only thing left. Israel wants that as an excuse to annex more lands and punish the Palestinians for their unity government. If you are israeli and speak and understand Hebrew you will know israeli society is viciously racist and bigoted. It is partly a required outlook in order to perpetrate evacuation of native peoples from their lands and then settling those lands, and partly an outlook that results from non stop war and the Zionist ideology which is brain washing. But it makes you feel better to just say that kids in gaza deserve to die because they dont subscribe to your nationalist aggressive ideology being imposed upon them.

        Reply to Comment
    2. Oswaldo Pastor

      Someone please explain this… if there is a siege in place, and it´s supposed to be so effective and so strangling that the Palestinians are lacking even the basics of life… how do the rockets get into Gaza? Not one or two, but thousands. If the control is so strict how do they move them form one place to the other? Thees are not small things these are large items that need to be placed, aimed and fired. Another question… why doesn´t Iran and Siria and all the others Arabs countries that claim the Palestinians are their brother to the extend that they are willing to supply weapons, provide them with the means to build the infrastructure to become self sufficient instead of wanting to take over all that Israelis have built?

      Reply to Comment
      • Dear Oswoldo. Good question. The rockets are smuggled in in the same way other things that are not approved of. Remember Palestinians can’t walk out , swim out , fly out. They are trapped in Gaza. Everything that comes in has to be on an approved list. You would be amazed at the kind of things that are for reasons of extreme craziness NOT approved. Real everyday stuff, really essential stuff.
        Nothing goes out – NO exports are possible. That is why Gaza is dependant on Israel and forced to live on aid so to speak. Its a bit hopeless – try building an economy like THAT.
        Really there is one way out – dire medical emergency .If you have to go for emergency medical treatment ( a lot of medicines are unapproved and incubators ) well then you might just die waiting. You are not allowed family members – If you die in an Israeli hospital you die alone. Same for if you give birth. You fill about a gazillion forms. You are searched. Again and again. Not nice when you are trying to stay alive. You wait for hours and possibly days ( some days nobody leaves) . Then you might get to go to hospital. Not everybody does.
        For food and water and power the Israelis hold the control and often use it to opunish the Gaza people. Its effective to just turn off the water- especially in a hot country I imagine. The Israelis have calculated the exact calorific needs of the Palestinian population like the good prison guards they are.
        In the last world war the Jewish people trapped into ghettos relied on tunnel digging for gtting in essential supplies, medicines and also for resistance. They smuggled in weapons too.
        Egyptian government sides with the Israelis. But the popular opinion is very much pro Palestinian. While that government remains in power the people of Gaza have no ally there. But remember Egypt is a fragile place and this could change. The government is corrupt and brutal aand sometimes that can be their downfall. The other Arab countries cant really export a tanker of weapons because there is an exclusion zone over Gaza airspace and the sea. Gaza fishermen can only go out 3-6 miles from shore which makes their lives rather hard.
        Anyway hope this helps answer you questions.

        Reply to Comment
    3. Thomas

      Neither side knows what peace is. It is not familiar to them. What is familiar is fighting. They would not be comfortable with peace. It would be great if the two sides came together in peace. Both must give up fighting, and to do that, they must both be through with fighting. Completely tired of it and done with it. Fighting must be seen as inhumane first.

      Reply to Comment