Talk:Civilian casualties in the Second Intifada

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Proportionally equivalent number of US citizens[edit]

I have removed a statement from this page to the effect that 981 Israeli deaths was proportionately equivalent to 40000 deaths in the US because:

  1. The numbers don't add up. 981 of ~28.75 million Israeli citizens is one in 29306. The US population being ~303 million, this gives a proportional equivalent of 10680.
  2. No corresponding statement was made for Palestinian deaths.
  3. The comparison with US population is not especially relevant or enlightening.

- TB (talk) 07:52, 16 December 2011 (UTC)

Actually, Israel's population is 7.7 million. I am not sure where you got the number 28.75 million. However, comparison with the US is meant to provide an illustration of the fact that 1000+ deaths in Israel is more impactful to its society than, say, a country of much larger size. Israel is a very small country, so more people are affected by this number of deaths. --96.60.171.236 (talk) 18:19, 16 December 2011 (UTC)

Most odd, I could swear I read the 28.75 from the demographics section of Israel this morning; 981 * 303 / 7.7 is indeed 38,000 - apologies. To address #2 above, taking the larger estimate from Palestine#Current demographics of 10.8 million yields a corresponding calculation of 2038 * 303 / 10.8 = 57,000. - TB (talk) 23:52, 16 December 2011 (UTC)

As you have done the calculations, do you want to include both comparisons? The number of Israelis killed that were civilians is clear and undisputed, for the most part. But the classification of "civilian" for Palestinians is much more debated. As said in the article, some believe B'tselem's definition of a civilian is too loose. I personally do not think someone killed while attacking someone else should be classified as a civilian, just because they are not officially a member of a terrorist group, as that leaves the indication that they were entirely innocent. I think it would be difficult to get an accurate "corresponding statement for Palestinian deaths". Some sources say that civilians make up about 37 percent or less; others say 50 or more. --96.60.171.236 (talk) 04:37, 17 December 2011 (UTC)

It isn't for us to decide how to derive a particular figure; we simply report the best data available, citing the most reliable sources available. If reliable sources disagree or are of dubious reliability, we report that fact to our readers also.
That aside, I'm still not sold on the merits of expressing death counts in terms of 'were this the USA population':
  1. Both parties involved here are of similar populations (7.7 million / 10.8 million), making the original figures (981 / 2038) of similar ratio to the proportional ones (38000 / 57000). Were the populations of dramatically differing sizes, the comparison might reveal more.
  2. The US population is an odd choice of yardstick; both domestically and internationally people have only a vague sense of the 'size' of the USA and it's population. Certainly being vastly larger, it has the effect of scaling up the figures from 'a villageful' to 'a cityful', possibly exaggerating the scale of the conflict.
  3. Where a comparison with a similar conflict might be more useful you have to go back at least a century to find a vaguely similar conflict in the USA (Texas War of Independence possibly?). This further confuses the matter by comparing smaller historical populations with larger modern ones :(
All in all, I believe the proportional figures add confusion rather than clarity in this case, but am open to argument. - TB (talk) 07:54, 17 December 2011 (UTC)

More to the point these rather clumsy attempts to demonstrate proportionality are plainly unscientific and quite unnecessary. Who disagrees that the loss of even a single human life is a tragedy? On that basis, simply limiting ourselves to keeping an accurate record is sufficient. Yarzharzhin (talk) 09:21, 23 May 2015 (UTC)

More to the point these rather clumsy attempts to demonstrate proportionality are plainly unscientific and quite unnecessary. Who disagrees that the loss of even a single human life is a tragedy? On that basis, simply limiting ourselves to keeping an accurate record is sufficient. Yarzharzhin (talk) 09:21, 23 May 2015 (UTC)

Jenin[edit]

I think it would be a good idea to compile the casualties from the Battle of Jenin together rather than list them all separately. It was virtually the same incident, not multiple incidents as it currently appears in the article. --96.60.171.236 (talk) 21:18, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

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Why two lists?[edit]

Why are there two lists on this page. Why not just have a single list of Civilian casualties in the Second Intifada? We already have individual pages for Palestinian and Israeli civilian casualties if people are only interested in one or the other. Dlv999 (talk) 08:24, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

All pictures here show Israeli casualties[edit]

All eight pictures here show Israeli casualties, though one of them is Arab. That's not neutral. --IRISZOOM (talk) 12:45, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

There were also a leftover of a image that had been deleted. Any way, I just added four pictures of Palestinian casualties. --IRISZOOM (talk) 01:37, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

Smart Editing techniques[edit]

This article is filled with subtle antisemitic material and using Smart Editing techniques, I have fixed it. Look at my edits for an example of Smart Editing techniques and hpefully we can get rid of antisemitic material in all articles.--64.250.232.51 (talk) 17:18, 31 August 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 64.250.232.51 (talk)

"Smart Editing techniques"??? what the hell are you on about? Stop blanking content. -- œ 17:39, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

Old English has discredited himself with these bigoted statements:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:OlEnglish#You_are_against_fairness_for_Israel I will therefore now revert his edit and move forward with Smart Editing--64.250.232.51 (talk) 20:48, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

Should the tables here be removed?[edit]

I think the tables that are here should be removed. They are already in the articles List of Israeli civilian casualties in the Second Intifada and List of Palestinian civilian casualties in the Second Intifada. So I see no point in having them here too, especially when there are two articles just for that. --IRISZOOM (talk) 14:09, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

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