So, when you're on a rampage through a crowded refugee camp in the most densely-populated piece of land on the face of the earth, how do you determine that the dozens of people you are killing are "terrorists" and not civilians? Judging by these comments by an IDF spokesman, it's not an exact science:
Eitan Arusi, an Israeli military spokesman acknowledged that "some civilians" were killed but said the Israeli policy was to refrain "as much as possible" from targeting civilians. However, an initial investigation into the fatalities by B'Tselem - the Israeli organisation that monitors and documents human rights violations in the occupied West Bank and Gaza - found that 41% were civilians "who took no part in the fighting". B'Tselem also found that 19 children under the age of 17 had been killed by Israeli forces. Arusi categorically denied such a large number of civilians were killed. "I don't care that its B'Tselem who reported the numbers," he told Aljazeera.net.
Arusi persisted that, with the exception of some 10 civilians and a 65-year-old man, all Palestinians killed in northern Gaza since Wednesday were in their 20s and 30s. Arusi gave no answer, however, when asked if Israeli military policy considered every Palestinian male in the 20-40 age bracket a legitimate target for liquidation just because he happened to be within a bracket typically associated with military recruitment.
-- Al Jazeera, Palestinian civilians in Israel's sights?
If you're a male, aged 20 - 40, be grateful the IDF isn't operating in your neighborhood.