Israeli Intelligence Is Doomed to Err – Because It Doesn’t See Humans

A series of errors by the Israel Defense Forces led to the killing of eight members of the A-Sawarkah family in Gaza, including five children, aged 2, 3, 7, 12 and 13, while 12 other family members were injured, Haaretz’s Yaniv Kubovich revealed on Friday.

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, four missiles from two fighter planes were fired at the family’s tin-shack homes on Thursday, shortly after midnight, creating four deep craters.

– Haaretz Weekly Ep. 49

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But a day before Friday’s expose, Haaretz’s Jack Khoury already published a report that negated the announcement by the Israeli military’s Arabic-language spokesperson that the target had been the Islamic Jihad commander of a rocket squadron in the center of the Strip named Rasmi Abu Malhous.

Khoury cited neighbors and acquaintances of the casualties who also said that the family had been living in the shacks that were bombed for a long time. But his information was considered valid – as often happens – only after the army acknowledged its “mistake.”

“This was a very simple, poor family… that lived off herding sheep and goats,” Khoury quoted a neighbor as saying. “Is that how the head of a rocket unit or a senior person in Islamic Jihad lives? Every child in Gaza knows the commanders and high-ranking militants have different conditions. Even if they live in secret, their children and families don’t live in such squalor.”

One of the victims of Israeli domination over Palestinians and those who resist its military and civilian aspects is the attitude of the Israelis toward facts, sociological truths and assessments voiced by the Palestinians. The general tendency is to see them as propaganda, not reporting on reality, even when the speakers are common people, researchers and activists and not boasting, masked spokesmen.

Only information (leaked or issued officially) distributed by official Israeli channels is considered credible by Israelis. It often ends up corroborating what Palestinians said earlier, but that fact is soon intentionally forgotten. What remain as solid information or intelligence assessments that must be taken into account are those released by Israel, the hegemonic party.