According to the Associated Press, the death toll after 29 months of violence is: “2,160 people dead on the Palestinian side and 743 on the Israeli side.” My question is: What percentage of that number were civilians?
I realize that I will get many different answers to this question, depending on the responder’s sympathies and their definition of what a civilian is. When I say “civilian,” I mean that when this person was killed, he or she was not connected to an army or militant group and was not involved in combat in any way. He or she was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time (or the right place at the wrong time) and was caught in a crossfire or hit by shrapnel or killed by a horrible mistake or was the victim of a terrorist act.
I won’t say which side I’m on, except that neither government is totally innocent.