Independent news releases from TRT World and BBC reports both support this author’s January 3, paper: “Israelis Shoots to Cripple and Maim in Gaza.” Both pointed out that Israeli snipers shoot largely unarmed Palestinians at will, from such point-blank range that the shooter, if competent, can choose whether each victim is to be wounded or killed. It is now clear to any reasonable observer the Israelis now shoot to cripple, at the most vulnerable and slow to heal lower leg. This authors observation is based, in part, on his own experience as a military, competitive rifle marksman. I ask, is this a humane act by Israel, or a scheme to keep Palestinians alive, or to keep the world from counting the murdered, while flooding Gaza’s health care system?
A look at the kill/wound ratios reveal in a 2014 BBC reported, “The human cost of the summer conflict with Israel was brutal: 2,104 Palestinians were killed and more than 10,000 people were injured in the small territory, and the chronically under-resourced el- Shifa Hospital stretched to the brink in its response. Some casualties lay on plastic sheets on the floor, IV drips dangling above their heads.”