#95 Ezreal; try being less biased - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Gurion
    • 10.11.05 | 19:43 (IST)

    Ezreal, thank you for pursuing the issue. I did not want to spend more time on CAmera, and justifiably so. They are a PR biased organization and you can't expect to come out with good understanding from them. Let me go into detail: 1. I am pleased to find out that B'tselem changed the format of their casualties listing. First the past (2003), the relevant time to the Khalidi article. B'tselem says that they used to differentiate between Civilian and noncivilian Palestinian casualties. And their definition was that noncivilians are Palestinian security forces members. As you know, MOST terrorists don't work for the Pals security. So now CAMERA takes such data and compares it with "combatant" casualties and "noncombatant", as given by the ICT. Think for a moment, Ezreal. They were comparing apples and oranges. Some civilian casualties are combatants and some are noncombatants. So CAMERA complaints against B'tselem are not right. They are based on distortion and misinterpretation of the data. (I assume their complaints against Khalidi are also unjustified in the sale way. Perhaps that is why LA Times stood by the article.) 2. This is not relevant to the Camera article, but to your latest information. A few days ago when I replied to you, I did take the precaution of looking up the B'tselem website. It looks the same as today. Even today, B'tselem does NOT classify Pal casualties according to combatant or non combatant. They have 3 categories: (i) Killed in the Occupied Territories; (ii) Minors among these; (iii) Killed within Israel. This happens to be in conflict with the info you got from B'tselem. May be it is a change they would introduce, but not yet. (Take a look yourself.) I am just stating this for accuracy's sake.

    from the article: Don't count on America
    First published 00:00 10.11.05 | Last updated 00:00 10.11.05
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