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30July

Not Equal: Gaza in over 1000 frames




There's a tendency in much of the Gaza reporting to treat both sides as tough, equally-matched adversaries.  Israel must stand up to those evil, deadly Hamas terrorists before the nation is overrun, eek!  But if the measure of success in this conflict is the combatants-to-civilians body count ratio (and it is), then Hamas is winning handily.
As of today, Hamas has killed three civilians in Israel compared to the Israeli military killing 1,328 Palestinians.  (The UN estimates 74% of those Palestinians killed are civilians.)  Hamas has killed 56 Israeli soldiers and three civilians, while Israel has killed over a thousand people in Gaza and bombed multiple UN facilities and hospitals.
 
Sure, Hamas is made up of Islamic extremists who fire wildly inaccurate missiles at Israel, but no matter where you fall on the political spectrum or which side you support, this fight can't be a good strategic move for the Israel. What better way to prolong terrorism and hatred than by bombing kids playing on a beach and leveling huge chunks of one of the most densely populated cities on earth?  (A place which, incidentally, the World Health Organization has predicted will be unfit for human habitation six years from now, even before this war.)  Are they trying to make a little Mogadishu, right next door? 
 
What better way to get Hamas recruits than by killing families and closing off access to the outside world?  It's such a sad unnecessary tragedy, unfortunately one that is far from over.  (Be sure to check out more of the news behind the cartoon below.)

Comments (24)

  • Roadrunner

    Roadrunner

    31 July 2014 at 07:41 |
    1) Sorry for protecting our civilians. We figure it's what the government is supposed to do.
    2) If Hamas cannot protect it's civilians, maybe they should stop firing missiles at Israel. They should have learned by now that when they do we retaliate.
    3) If 'only' 100 Palestinians were killed would that be OK? What about 200? Hamas should let us know how many we are allowed to kill, so that we don't go past our quota.

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  • Mark H. Jay

    Mark H. Jay

    31 July 2014 at 14:30 |
    I ordinarily write only praise for Mark Fiore, but this powerful graphic indictment is misplaced. The civilian casualties suffered by the Palestinians result from Hamas' use of civilians as human shields for Hamas' armaments. Israel calls civilians and "knocks on the roof" to warn them to leave buildings that are about to be attacked, and refrains from shooting at legitimate targets that are insufficiently "sterile". Compare with the conduct of Hamas, which deliberately targets civilians for rocket attacks and kidnapping!

    I am disappointed with this misplaced work of advocacy.

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    • Chrmngblly

      Chrmngblly

      30 July 2015 at 14:21 |
      It is just as immoral for the Israelis to push the Palestinians into the Jordan river as it is for the Palestinians to push the Israelis into the sea.

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  • ADDS

    ADDS

    31 July 2014 at 20:17 |
    Too simplistic a view. Yes, Hamas uses children and women as shields. They are killed only by the actions of the Hamas terrorist. Israel could inflict huge damages if that's what they wanted to do. But it is NOT. Israel gives notice before they are bombing a Hamas rocket launcher. The civilians trying to flee are turned back by Hamas.
    The people of Israel have a right to live unprovoked by missles and indiscriminate bombings and rockets. The Hamas want to die, the Israelis want peace.

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  • Tim

    Tim

    31 July 2014 at 21:33 |
    So is it as simple as equality in body count equals a just war? How about making it possible to negotiate an actual peace treaty? Very hard to do when one of the 2 sides refuses to recognize the others right to exist.
    Palestinians voted for Hamas rule and they are getting what they asked for-endless conflict, endless war

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  • John

    John

    01 August 2014 at 14:38 |
    This mass slaughter is breaking my heart. And then I see our congress finally get together to do something and what is it? Endorse the slaughter and tell the President not to find a way to stop it, even if only temporarily.

    There's a huge dent in one wall of this room where I pull a Charlie Brown and bang my head against it repeatedly. It's about the one thing that makes me stop thinking about this horror.

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  • Marie Helene Leclerc

    Marie Helene Leclerc

    02 August 2014 at 00:52 |
    Nailed it big time!

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  • George Lee

    George Lee

    02 August 2014 at 02:54 |
    The German Nazi organization could not compete with the atrocities Israel is committing have nothing on the people in Gaza!!

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  • 623-3

    623-3

    02 August 2014 at 05:41 |
    Damn mate! That's probably one of the best political "cartoons" I've ever seen! No wonder they didn't post this on DailyKos. Hasbara is strong in them...

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  • Bruce

    Bruce

    02 August 2014 at 23:14 |
    This is great work. Thank you.

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  • rSMorgan

    rSMorgan

    03 August 2014 at 06:33 |
    The Jews (99%), left the region and were returned thanks to lobbying to lay claim to create The State of Israel. To the Arabs this was a slap and opened old wounds. Soon the wars began. Israel with help from abroad have enforced their occupation of Arab lands. They've created a prison in Gaza and forced the prisoners to rebel, over and over. The settlements and taking of lands are wrong and often completely illegal, but they do generate more terror and like our Indians here create a tension that their Aparthied State does not cure.

    The solution is to bargain in good faith and open Gaza to the West Bank and allow Palestine to become a State too. The other solution is to make war and they're backed by us and it remains wrong we should disconnect from. Now.

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  • Erik E.

    Erik E.

    05 August 2014 at 06:08 |
    Wow, you really don't get it. Going to remove your site from my favorites, probably should have done this a long time ago. Haven't found your comics entertaining anymore for quite some time.

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  • AB

    AB

    06 August 2014 at 19:06 |
    Well that was bias and stupid. Israel isn't aiming at the civilians Hamas hides behinds the civilians. There is no way to tell a bomb not to kill someone and just kill the military combatants. Also in WWII there were also a lot of German civilians dead who probably may have not supported the Nazis either did that make the allies wrong and the axis the good guys. I don't remember the allied army dropping leaflets to the citizens of Dresden telling them to evacuate the area?

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  • Jerry

    Jerry

    08 August 2014 at 17:49 |
    Mark Fiore, thank you for signing your name to support the Palestinian cause in Gaza. Now I will be wary of your opinions on other issues since you seem to have blinders or a blind spot in assessing a given situation. I cannot disagree more with your comments on Gaza.

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  • Michael Klein

    Michael Klein

    17 August 2014 at 04:13 |
    Mark, I don't know what point you are making with this cartoon. That the high casualties in Gaza gives Hamas the high moral ground? I don't think so. That Israeli casualties were so low is no thanks to Hamas. Hamas would have loved to have caused thousands of civilian casualties if it only could, but Israel's technical edge stopped them. That they would deliberately expose the Gaza population to such ferocious Israeli retaliation is irresponsible in the extreme and shows Hamas to be as callous as it is manipulative. No peace is possible without this terrorist organization leaving Gaza. But that won't happen anytime soon. How sad.

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  • Arthur

    Arthur

    19 August 2014 at 19:39 |
    Whow, this one reminds me a lot of what you used to do Mark.

    Short, simple, not a lot of talking, but very effective in meaning and visual set-up.

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  • george kiebala

    george kiebala

    06 October 2014 at 03:02 |
    thanks for showing people graphically what is apparently so tough to understand with just numbers...

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  • cherith

    cherith

    18 December 2014 at 06:55 |
    I am aghast at the people commenting here who blame the Palestinians (and Hamas) for the atrocities committed by Israel. The Israelites have been massacring every man, woman, child and chicken in their paths ever since they occupied Canaan. When a people can claim that God gave them the right, there is no limit to the murder and destruction they can enjoy if they choose to do so. The U.S. must withdraw support from these fiends, now!

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  • cherith

    cherith

    18 December 2014 at 07:05 |
    I am aghast at the people commenting here who blame the Palestinians (and Hamas) for the atrocities committed by Israel. The Israelites have been massacring every man, woman, child and chicken in their paths ever since they occupied Canaan. When a people can claim that God gave them the right, there is no limit to the murder and destruction they can enjoy if they choose to do so. The U.S. must withdraw support from these fiends, now!

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    • Charles Porter

      Charles Porter

      04 June 2015 at 18:51 |
      The whole notion of Israel as a nation is an atrocity. European Jews armed by Great Britain stole Palestine from the Palestinians. Then the UN blessed the deal. Every day Israel steals more of property owned by Palestinians. Why in the name of anybody's god is this not just tolerated but deemed to be OK? If we could pass campaign finance reform in the US and keep those with financial or emotional interests in Israel from buying our politicians, US support for the Palestinian genocide would evaporate. But since that won't happen I can hope that the Boycott Israel movement will wake up the decent Israelis enough to effect regime change and get rid of their terrorist government and replace it with one that would value a sustainable Israel rather than one that is doomed to fail.

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  • Michael

    Michael

    24 December 2014 at 03:55 |
    Well done, as always Mr. F. The point here is proportionality. While it's hard to morally justify any kind of war, at least if the casualty totals are within the ballpark on both sides then we see it as a "fair fight". If one side kills radically more people than the other, then they're kind of seen as the "bad guy" simply by virtue of the fact that they're killing disproportionately so many people. See WWII: Allied Forces killed 6,582,000 military and 1,686,000 civilians for a total of 8,268,000 Axis humans. Axis forces killed 14,276,800 Allied military and 25,686,900 civilian for a total of 39,963,700. (Not including Jews killed by Germany). The ratio was 5 to 1, Axis killings to Allied. Now while one can certainly say Germany and the Axis powers were guilty of imperialistically invading nations, and that's reason enough to fight them, those death tolls certainly paint a compelling argument as well. Now compare 5 to 1, vs 30 to 1, as is the case with conflict in Gaza. Causing 30 times as many casualties as your side suffers is not a civilized, justifiable means for settling differences. There is a more respectable solution, and one that will be better at promoting long term peace and stability in the region. If you convince yourself that 30 to 1 killing ratios are justifiable, then you'll always have an enemy willing to kill you.

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  • Majorman

    Majorman

    08 January 2015 at 00:07 |
    Excellent work Mark for truth, justice, and equality. That goes for CHERITH also.

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  • jim

    jim

    19 March 2015 at 04:11 |
    well put Michael & Cherith. this continues to be an abysmal situation for the impoverished Palestinian People whose only crime is having THEIR homeland (of several thousand years) being stolen from them by Zionist thugs. One can tell by just looking at him, Israel's Prime Minister is a barbaric butcher. I do not want ONE RED CENT of my tax dollars funding these atrocities.

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  • JPK

    JPK

    16 April 2015 at 18:58 |
    For some reason, this popped up in my browser today.

    I recognize that this is an old story, and well told.

    I'm looking forward to your sequel: United States casualties vs. Iraqi casualties...start on 9/11/01 and bring us up to date.

    Next, add a panel to the sequence above. In the last 100 years, fewer than 2000 Palestinians have been killed in wars with Israel. So when you add the Syrian civil war panel, it will appear that both Israel and Hamas have behaved with incredible restraint, compared to the rampant violence in Syria, where over 200,000 have died in the last four years. Thank you, and keep up the good work.

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