Fighting Anti-Israeli Bias

Item 7



Claim 43: Israel Has Killed More Than 30k Innocent Palestinians Since October 7th


Mauritius, 55th session

“We are appalled that since October 7, 2023, more than 30,000 innocent Palestinians have been killed and countless injured.”

Bolivia, 55th session

“Bolivia condemns the violations of human rights in the OPTs of the crimes by the occupying power. We condemned the 30,000 killings, most of them women and children’s, and how many more lives will be lost?”

Cuba, 55th session

“More than 30,000 Palestinians have been murdered, including 13,000 children.”

Russia, 55th session

“We are gravely concerned by the situation in Gaza and on the West Bank where the military operation and the outrage by Israel continue. The number of victims is over 30,000 killed and 70,000 wounded with tens of thousands missing.”

Venezuela, 55th session

“More than 30,000 people have lost their lives, almost half of them innocent children.”

Our Response

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UN Watch Response

Accusing Israel of killing more than 30,000 innocent civilians in Gaza or claiming that this number includes mostly women and children repeats lies from the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry. Hamas is a terrorist organization which is inherently unreliable and has an interest in inflating casualty numbers to increase international pressure on Israel for a ceasefire. These numbers have never been independently verified. Hamas itself recently admitted that data was incomplete for 11,371 of the 33,091 fatalities it claims.[1]

There are many reasons why the Hamas casualty numbers should not be taken at face value, including the following:

  • The Hamas number does not differentiate between civilians and combatants. Hamas has acknowledged that 6,000 of the dead are its fighters.[2] However, according to the IDF, the number of combatants killed is far higher, around 14,000,[3] which translates to a civilian to combatant ratio of less than 2 civilians for every 1 combatant killed.[4] While all civilian casualties in war are tragic, this ratio is better than in other recent urban conflicts where the average is 1 combatant to 9 civilians according to the UN.[5]
  • The Hamas number includes fatalities caused by its own misfired rockets, thus wrongly blaming those deaths on Israel. According to the IDF, one in five Gaza rockets misfires, killing Palestinians.[6] Indeed, although Israel was originally blamed for the October 17th strike on the Al-Ahli Hospital, it was quickly determined that the casualties were caused by a misfired Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket.[7]
  • The Hamas number fails to account for the terrorist group’s own recruitment and use of child soldiers. The death of any child in war is heartbreaking, but if a child under the age of 18 is killed while participating in hostilities, that child is considered a combatant and, therefore, a lawful military target.[8]

Moreover, the Hamas data has been heavily criticized on several grounds, including that the data is based, not only on information from hospitals and morgues, but also on unspecified “reliable media sources” and self-reporting from Gazans through a Google form.[9] Even the UN’s OCHA acknowledged in December that this Hamas’s “methodology is unknown.”[10]

Indeed, that Hamas data consistently underreports adult male civilian fatalities even though adult men constitute 25% of the Gaza population. This is clear from Hamas’s insistence that 70% of the dead are women and children, while at the same time it admits that 20% (~6,000 fatalities) are its fighters, which means that only the remaining 10% can be adult male civilians—significantly less than it should be proportionally.[11] The underreporting of adult male deaths is also clear in the Flash Updates published by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which show unrealistically low numbers of men being killed, e.g., 216 new fatalities on October 31, 2024, comprised of 210 women and children, and only six men.[12] These flash updates also contain other inconsistencies, such as the total number of women and children claimed killed exceeding the total number of deaths reported altogether for a particular day.[13] Notably, on May 8, 2024, OCHA significantly reduced its Gaza casualty numbers, cutting the numbers of women and children killed by nearly 50%—from 9,500 women to under 5,000 and from 14,500 children to 8,000.[14]

[1] Hamas-Run Gaza Health Ministry Admits to Flaws in Casualty Data, FDD (April 9, 2024),

[2] Dan Williams, Israel plans to adjust Gaza war tactics after killing of aid workers, Reuters (April 5, 2024),

[3] Dr. Eado Hecht, The Gaza Terror Offensive – 9 March – 14 April 2024, BESA Center (April 14, 2024),

[4] LTC Geoffrey S. Corn, Those Who Criticize Israel For Using Indiscriminate or Excessive Force in Gaza Are Wrong, JINSA (April 15, 2024),

[5] @COLRICHARDKEMP, Twitter (January 17, 2024, 8:51 PM),; Ninety-Percent of War-Time Casualties Are Civilians, Speakers Stress, Pressing Security Council to Fulfil Responsibility, Protect Innocent People in Conflicts, UN (May 25, 2022),

[6] Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, IDF: One in five Gaza rockets misfires, kills Palestinians, Jerusalem Post (October 21, 2023),

[7] Gaza hospital blast was caused by misfired rocket, says European military source, France 24 (October 20, 2023),

[8] Israel says Hamas deployed more than 170 children to the front lines while terrorists ‘hide in shelters,’ New York Post (January 3, 2024),; Hamas and Islamic Jihad Use Children for Terrorist Activities and Incitement, IDF (January 3, 2024),,training%20for%20Hamas’%20military%20wing.

[9] Gabriel Epstein, How Hamas Manipulates Gaza Fatality Numbers, Washington Institute (January 2024),

[10] Hostilities in the Gaza Strip and Israel, Flash Update #75, OCHA (December 21, 2023),

[11] Id. Abraham Wyner, How the Gaza Ministry of Health Fakes Casualty Numbers, Tablet (March 7, 2024),; @Aizenberg55, Twitter (April 6, 2024, 10:20 AM), See also Tom Simpson, Lewi Stone, and Gregory Rose, Statistically Impossible: A Critical Analysis of Hamas’s Women and Children Casualty Figures, Fathom (March 2024), (pointing our statistical absurdities in the data provided by the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry).

[12] @Aizenberg55, Twitter (December 4, 2023, 9:11 PM),

[13] @Aizenberg55, Twitter (December 4, 2023, 9:11 PM),

[14] Ari Blaff, United Nations halves estimate of women and children killed in Gaza, National Post (May 12, 2024),

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