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A Statistical Improbability

Meryl Yourish has a fascinating study on what seems to be a tremendously unlikely statistical aberration. It seems that since Hamas started using the Grad rocket, it has been able to hit an increasing number of Israeli schools.

Yourish speculates that Hamas is deliberately targeting these schools, and presents a damning circumstantial case supporting her claim.

It could theoretically be a coincidence that Hamas’s low-precision rockets have recently been landing on Israeli schools, but in any case, no one is up for discussing it all, even in light of Israel hitting a school in Gaza that was being used as a mortar firing position.

Hamas isn’t stating that it’s deliberately targeting schools, so there is a certain amount of plausible deniability, but even if they boasted of their responsibility from the rooftops, it’s highly unlikely that most of the world would pay any attention. After all, how often do you hear about Hamas’s charter, which explicitly calls for the extermination of the state of Israel and its replacement with an Islamist regime?

It’s simple: Palestinian atrocities simply don’t matter. It’s partly because the world sees the Palestinians as uncivilized savages, and you simply can’t expect any better from them. It’s partly because the atrocities are primarily targeted against Jews, and that’s not that not a big deal for a good portion of the world. Hamas attacks not aimed aimed at Jews are aimed at fellow Palestinians and, as noted, people have stopped expecting better of them.

In the meantime, rockets continue to fall on Israeli schools.

And most of the world is untroubled.