The Empty Spaces in Gaza by Alan Dershowitz


"How many times have you heard on television or read in the media that the Gaza Strip is "the most densely populated area in the world"? Repeating this statement, however, does not make it true. There are dense parts of Gaza, especially Gaza City, Beit Hanoun and Khan Younis, but there are far less dense areas in Gaza between these cities. Just look at Google Earth, or this population density map.

First, why don't the media show the relatively open areas of the Gaza Strip? Why do they only show the densely populated cities?

Second, why doesn't Hamas use sparsely populated areas from which to launch its rockets and build its tunnels? Were it to do so, Palestinian civilian casualties would decrease dramatically, but the casualty rate among Hamas terrorists would increase dramatically.

The law is clear: using civilians as human shields—which the Hamas battle manual mandates—is an absolute war crime."