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Hamas Caught Using Human Shields in Gaza

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Hamas places weapons and missile launchers in densely populated areas. They also send men, woman and children to act as human shields for terrorists.

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David F (14)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 3:08 am
" Most nation states are very good propagandists but Israel has taken this to another level. "
-- Frank Barat, i'viewing Ilan Pappe: An Israeli 'New Historian' and BDS activist

> West Bank == "Mega Prison of Palestine" -- upcoming (2015) book by Dr. Ilan Pappe
Gaza_strip == the worlds most cost-effectively-run KZ

Stan B (123)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 3:37 am
They couldn't give a damn about their own people.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 3:38 am

Patricia M (63)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 5:36 am

This is a U.N. war crime violation, apparently applicable to all but the Palestinians. The world lets them off on every count, and they have grown into monsters as a result.

As Golda Meir said, "There will be peace when the Palestinians love their children more than they hate us."

This is still true to this day. The Palestinians BRAG that they nurse their babies on hatred of Jews and it continues till they die. This is why this war is happening.


Miriam E (18)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 12:50 pm
Hamas Spokesperson Encourages Use of Human Shield

Stan B (123)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 1:18 pm
Scumbags!! And the Israelis get blamed for the civilian casualties.

Sharon Davidson (371)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 4:23 pm
this is just appauling an inhumane.

Justin Vale (13)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 5:52 pm
of course they are, there's people shooting at them.
i'd be hiding behind you if there was someone shooting at me.
they've been warned. numerous times. get away from the border area. something big is coming. they've been warned, civilians casualties are on them.
hamas let the genie out the bottle with the killings.

fly bird (26)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 6:23 pm
In the flood of angry words that poured out of Israel and Gaza during a week of spiraling violence, few statements were more blunt, or more telling, than this throwaway line by the chief spokesman of the Israeli military, Brigadier General Moti Almoz, speaking July 8 on Army Radio’s morning show: “We have been instructed by the political echelon to hit Hamas hard.”

That’s unusual language for a military mouthpiece. Typically they spout lines like “We will take all necessary actions” or “The state of Israel will defend its citizens.” You don’t expect to hear: “This is the politicians’ idea. They’re making us do it.”

Admittedly, demurrals on government policy by Israel’s top defense brass, once virtually unthinkable, have become almost routine in the Netanyahu era. Usually, though, there’s some measure of subtlety or discretion. This particular interview was different. Where most disagreements involve policies that might eventually lead to some future unnecessary war, this one was about an unnecessary war they were now stumbling into.

Spokesmen don’t speak for themselves. Almoz was expressing a frustration that was building in the army command for nearly a month, since the June 12 kidnapping of three Israeli yeshiva boys. The crime set off a chain of events in which Israel gradually lost control of the situation, finally ending up on the brink of a war that nobody wanted — not the army, not the government, not even the enemy, Hamas.

The frustration had numerous causes. Once the boys’ disappearance was known, troops began a massive, 18-day search-and-rescue operation, entering thousands of homes, arresting and interrogating hundreds of individuals, racing against the clock. Only on July 1, after the boys’ bodies were found, did the truth come out: The government had known almost from the beginning that the boys were dead. It maintained the fiction that it hoped to find them alive as a pretext to dismantle Hamas’ West Bank operations.

The initial evidence was the recording of victim Gilad Shaer’s desperate cellphone call to Moked 100, Israel’s 911. When the tape reached the security services the next morning — neglected for hours by Moked 100 staff — the teen was heard whispering “They’ve kidnapped me” (“hatfu oti”) followed by shouts of “Heads down,” then gunfire, two groans, more shots, then singing in Arabic. That evening searchers found the kidnappers’ abandoned, torched Hyundai, with eight bullet holes and the boys’ DNA. There was no doubt.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately placed a gag order on the deaths. Journalists who heard rumors were told the Shin Bet wanted the gag order to aid the search. For public consumption, the official word was that Israel was “acting on the assumption that they’re alive.” It was, simply put, a lie.

Moti Almoz, as army spokesman, was in charge of repeating the lie. True, others backed him up, including Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. But when the truth came out on July 1, Almoz bore the brunt of public derision. Critics said his credibility was shot. He’d only been spokesman since October, after a long career as a blunt-talking field commander with no media experience. Others felt professional frustration. His was personal.

Nor was that the only fib. It was clear from the beginning that the kidnappers weren’t acting on orders from Hamas leadership in Gaza or Damascus. Hamas’ Hebron branch — more a crime family than a clandestine organization — had a history of acting without the leaders’ knowledge, sometimes against their interests. Yet Netanyahu repeatedly insisted Hamas was responsible for the crime and would pay for it.

This put him in a ticklish position. His rhetoric raised expectations that after demolishing Hamas in the West Bank he would proceed to Gaza. Hamas in Gaza began preparing for it. The Israeli right — settler leaders, hardliners in his own party — began demanding it.

But Netanyahu had no such intention. The last attack on Gaza, the eight-day Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012, targeted Hamas leaders and taught a sobering lesson. Hamas hadn’t fired a single rocket since, and had largely suppressed fire by smaller jihadi groups. Rocket firings, averaging 240 per month in 2007, dropped to five per month in 2013. Neither side had any desire to end the détente. Besides, whatever might replace Hamas in Gaza could only be worse.

The kidnapping and crackdown upset the balance. In Israel, grief and anger over the boys’ disappearance grew steadily as the fabricated mystery stretched into a second and third week. Rallies and prayer meetings were held across the country and in Jewish communities around the world. The mothers were constantly on television. One addressed the United Nations in Geneva to plead for her son’s return. Jews everywhere were in anguish over the unceasing threat of barbaric Arab terror plaguing Israel.

This, too, was misleading. The last seven years have been the most tranquil in Israel’s history. Terror attacks are a fraction of the level during the nightmare intifada years — just six deaths in all of 2013. But few notice. The staged agony of the kidnap search created, probably unintentionally, what amounts to a mass, worldwide attack of post-traumatic stress flashback.

When the bodies were finally found, Israelis’ anger exploded into calls for revenge, street riots and, finally, murder.

Amid the rising tension, cabinet meetings in Jerusalem turned into shouting matches. Ministers on the right demanded the army reoccupy Gaza and destroy Hamas. Netanyahu replied, backed by the army and liberal ministers, that the response must be measured and careful. It was an unaccustomed and plainly uncomfortable role for him. He was caught between his pragmatic and ideological impulses.

In Gaza, leaders went underground. Rocket enforcement squads stopped functioning and jihadi rocket firing spiked. Terror squads began preparing to counterattack Israel through tunnels. One tunnel exploded on June 19 in an apparent work accident, killing five Hamas gunmen, convincing some in Gaza that the Israeli assault had begun while reinforcing Israeli fears that Hamas was plotting terror all along.

On June 29, an Israeli air attack on a rocket squad killed a Hamas operative. Hamas protested. The next day it unleashed a rocket barrage, its first since 2012. The cease-fire was over. Israel was forced to retaliate for the rockets with air raids. Hamas retaliated for the raids with more rockets. And so on. Finally Israel began calling up reserves on July 8 and preparing for what, as Moti Almoz told Army Radio, “the political echelon instructed.”

Later that morning, Israel’s internal security minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch told reporters that the “political echelon has given the army a free hand.” Almoz returned to Army Radio that afternoon and confirmed that the army had “received an absolutely free hand” to act.

And how far, the interviewer asked, will the army go? “To the extent that it’s up to the army,” Almoz said, “the army is determined to restore quiet.” Will simply restoring quiet be enough? “That’s not up to us,” he said. The army will continue the operation as long as it’s told.

The operation’s army code-name, incidentally, is “Protective Edge” in English, but the original Hebrew is more revealing: Tzuk Eitan, or “solid cliff.” That, the army seems to feel, is where Israel is headed.

Hilary S (65)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 7:23 pm
for years a daily barrage of rockets have been firing out of residential areas of gaza towards israel's civilian areas. no-one outside israel gave 2 hoots. now suddenly, when israel has had enough and fires back the wold has noticed. well, they've noticed israel's reaction.

not sure why israel is to blame for hamas' use of human shields.

i pity gaza's civilians who live in the apartment buildings selected as launching pads. seems pretty clear hamas won't let them leave despite fair warnings from israel to get out.

Stephen Brian (23)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 9:28 pm
Hi Jess :)

I don't mean to nit-pick, but something i nthe article you cited just doesn't add up:

"On June 29, an Israeli air attack on a rocket squad killed a Hamas operative. Hamas protested. The next day it unleashed a rocket barrage, its first since 2012. "

If Hamas hadn't fired rockets since 2012, then why did it have an active rocket-squad for Israel to bomb? Were they firing water-balloons?

fly bird (26)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 9:41 pm
Why does Israel have a nuclear arsenal,?

Billie C (2)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 10:21 pm
hamas is the problem not israel. it's time israel was able to protect themselves without being blamed because hamas uses people as shields and fires rockets. why shouldn't israel defend themselves?

Alexa R (319)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 10:32 pm
"If Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more war. If Israel put down her weapons, there would be no more Israel." Benjamin Netanyahu.

fly bird (26)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 11:45 pm
Gaza is Palestine. IDF killed 7 Palestinians in the West Bank before any rocket fell on Israel.

Stan B (123)
Friday July 11, 2014, 12:47 am
Jess B @ 9.41pm July 10.
Congratulations on asking the most naive, dumbest question I've ever seen on Care2!!
I don't suppose it's anything to do with them being wiped out if they didn't have it.

Shil O (0)
Friday July 11, 2014, 1:32 am
These occupiers of Gaza voted for Hamas and it must be understood that the "we love death " mantra they continually expound,even to the extent of teaching their children to hate etc.,will have ramifications
When your enemy loves death and you are in a position to accommodate their requests -- I don't see the problem,after all thats what good neighbours are for....As the Israelis love life,the occupiers of Gaza are not being very neighbourly when launching rockets.
Therefor Using human shields is doing the resident population a favour although I am watching the press reports hoping to discover that the human shields are in fact Tailors Dummies and not mohammedan dummies

Alexa R (319)
Friday July 11, 2014, 1:42 am
Gaza is 100% Judenfrei ..


Alexa R (319)
Friday July 11, 2014, 1:44 am
Gaza is occupied by Hamas and Arabs ..

Gillian M (218)
Friday July 11, 2014, 10:52 am
In Gaza the few Christians left are being harassed, their daughters raped, jizya demanded and men killed whether or not they pay it. Jews are not allowed to live there and all of this is the opposite of Israel.


Gillian M (218)
Friday July 11, 2014, 10:54 am
jess b, no wonder you use little letters just quoting old propaganda. It's a shame that people like you do not like the truth!

This latest bout of conflict between Israel and Hamas was caused by Hamas' longstanding goals of destroying the Jewish state, and greatly exacerbated by its policy of deliberately placing civilians, especially the weak and vulnerable, in harm's way.

Hamas' policy of deliberately targeting civilians in indiscriminate aerial attacks breaches the Fourth Geneva Convention, created, as it says in its preamble "for the purpose of establishing a Convention for the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War." It was signed in the aftermath of World War II in order to prevent a repeat of some of the atrocities seen during that war, in particular the carpet-bombing of cities such as Coventry (by the Germans) and Dresden (by the British). Other conventions deal with the treatment of prisoners, provisions for the sick and wounded and other matters.

Hamas has so far fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, reaching as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the two main population cities in Israel. This shows an increase in the range of rockets since the last flare-up in 2012 and has sent over a million Israelis running to bomb shelters.

According to the BBC, "The military wing of Hamas has warned that all Israelis are targets."

Hamas has also failed in their requirement, provided by article 88 of the Geneva Convention to provide adequate air raid shelters to its population. On the contrary, they have a deliberate policy of using the population of Gaza as human shields.

This is in breach of an additional protocol mandating that "parties to the conflict shall to the maximum extent feasible … avoid locating military objectives within or near densely populated areas."

Most recently this policy was put into place on Tuesday in Khan Younis, a city south of Gaza, when Israel targeted the home of a Hamas operative. According to Pakistani newspaper, The News International: "Witnesses said an Israeli drone fired a warning flare, prompting relatives and neighbors to gather at the house as a human shield and that, shortly afterwards, an F-16 warplane fired a missile that levelled the building." Seven people were killed.

In the eyes of Hamas, every Palestinian killed is another photo opportunity and another way to build popular support, playing on anger against Israel. It was the deaths of two teenagers on Tuesday, whom Hamas had sent to the house of one of its operatives to act as human shields, that was used as the pretext to announce the targeting of all Israelis. Rather than heed the warnings sent by Israel to avoid the imminent strike, Hamas purposely engineered the deaths of civilians in order to gain a propaganda boost.

Hamas boast of using civilians as human shields - 45 secs long

From the Clarion Project

Past Member (0)
Friday July 11, 2014, 11:37 am
jess, instead of taking up so much space here, why not just spew your misguided and misinformed poison on David's posts. But before you go, you might try actually reading this article and others like it, also the comments. You might learn something.

Past Member (0)
Friday July 11, 2014, 11:40 am
Stan, you're wrong. They do give a damn about their own people ~ it's just that the Palestinians are their pawns not their people.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Friday July 11, 2014, 12:08 pm
I saw this on facebook the other day and it is sickening to say the least! They are nothing but gutless cowards that have to hide behind someone else to do their dirty work!! This world is so full of hateful and destructive people who care nothing about life!!

Betty Kelly (4)
Friday July 11, 2014, 12:54 pm
I think something should be done to stop this esculating conflict that has been going on for many years. My problem is, I don't know what.

Thomas B (1)
Friday July 11, 2014, 1:34 pm
To point out the obvious, if the Israelis can warn Palestinian residents which houses should be evacuated before they strike, is it asking too much for Hamas to warn the same Palestinians that they should leave town before launching the rockets that are about to put them in danger of Israeli retaliation?

That would first require a true concern for human life though.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Friday July 11, 2014, 5:47 pm
Israel has put up with these rocket attacks for years.....time to flatten Hamas once and for all - take off the gloves. There will never be peace while Hamas and its cohorts are in the M.E.

Stephen Brian (23)
Friday July 11, 2014, 6:43 pm
I'm actually seriously concerned about the situation this time, more so than in other rounds of violence. My firt worry is that the IDF may be too busy dealing with Palestinians to assist Jordan against the Caliphate should such assistance be needed. My second one is that should the Caliphate consolidate its position, it may offer a serious sponsor to Hamas as they are ideological allies. I think Israel is making the right move, going after Hamas now before the Caliphate can consolidate itself, to get this round of violence over before either of those problems can arise.

David B (29)
Friday July 11, 2014, 11:26 pm
" time to flatten Hamas once and for all - take off the gloves."... Flattening palestinian homes, men, women and children will 'flatten Hamas?

David B (29)
Friday July 11, 2014, 11:30 pm
" You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison Gaza and my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all, but I am to blame?" ---

Debra G (0)
Friday July 11, 2014, 11:34 pm
It was the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who famously said that Israel must fight terror as if there’s no peace process and pursue peace as if there is no terror.

Mar Shams (0)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 6:06 am
Israel has the right to have Nuclear weapons while Hamas has no damn right to have any kind weapon? is this fair and justice????????????????????????? Speak up world

fly bird (26)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 11:43 pm
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