The people take up arms against what they feel is an unjust and evil occupying force, of COURSE it's nearly civilian residences, they are the civilians.and the border guards were not firing on the rock throwers and the vehicles were not being used as firing platforms, so the rock thrower wasn't shielding a combat target. OTOH, Hamas and Hezbollah routinely set up rocket launchers in, or in close proximity to, hospitals, mosques and private residences. Why is the latter a war crime and the former not? Simple: because if you engage an enemy from behind a civilian shield, you are forcing them to return fire at or through that shield. Thus, when Hamas fires rockets, they know that Israel will either return fire, causing civilian casualties, or not return fire because of their concerns about civilian casualties, allowing them to kill Israelis with impunity.
Yes.So, you are arguning that Hamas, which is the sole government of Gaza, and which considers itself an Islamic group which includes the establishment of a global caliphate under Sharia law doesn't represent Islam?
Socio-economic and political factors, obviously.Or, for that matter, Hezbollah, which translates to "Army of Allah," and which is not even Palestinian, isn't motivated by Islam? Or that Israel, the sole Jewish state in the world, is not attacked because it is the sole Jewish state in the world? That the Muslim states which attack Israel, some Arab, some not, some not even sharing a border with Israel, are motivated by... what exactly?
hahahahaBy all means, think about it. It would be nice to see you do that for a change. But, until you do, many others have thought about it, and come to the same conclusion, that this is a Muslim-Jewish conflict, rather than a Palestinian-Israeli one. The following article from the American Thinker sums up the positions quite well: