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Hamas' Human Shields Tactics

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Palestinians bore their weapons openly, slung over their shoulder, but at least two, disguised as women, were seen walking off with weapons partly concealed under their robes. Another had his weapon wrapped in a baby blanket and held on his chest as


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Gillian M (218)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 2:31 pm
Buried in a number of foreign media reports from Gaza are acknowledgments that amid the images of Palestinian civilians, Hamas terrorists are operating amongst the population. Here are some examples:

1. Globe and Mail correspondent in Gaza, Patrick Martin, wrote in his article from 20 July:

The presence of militant fighters in Shejaia became clear Sunday afternoon when, under the cover of a humanitarian truce intended to allow both sides to remove the dead and wounded, several armed Palestinians scurried from the scene.

Some bore their weapons openly, slung over their shoulder, but at least two, disguised as women, were seen walking off with weapons partly concealed under their robes. Another had his weapon wrapped in a baby blanket and held on his chest as if it were an infant.

Please go to the article

fly bird (26)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 4:59 pm
Israel is killing innocent, defenseless children as 'human shields' to wage war to try and destroy the Unity government and try to force people in Gaza out of their homes, so Israel can move in, and occupy Gaza, like it has done, illegally, in the West Bank for decades, usurping Palestinians lands, resources and marginalizing Palestinians.
The apartheid, oppressive Netanyahu entity and it's cowardly crimes against Palestinians are despicable. No amount of pathetic rhetoric covers up the truth.

Stan B (123)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 6:08 pm
Hamas must be the only resistance group in history to happily sacrifice their own people so it's leaders can continue to enjoy the good life out of harm's way,.
Thanks for posting the truth, Ge.

fly bird (26)
Monday July 28, 2014, 1:26 am

Miriam E (18)
Monday July 28, 2014, 1:54 am
Thanks Ge.

Sad to see Hamas is using mosques and hospitals for terror.

Another report by Washington Post correspondents from 17 July recounts:

"During the lull, a group of men at a mosque in northern Gaza said they had returned to clean up the green glass from windows shattered in the previous day’s bombardment. But they could be seen moving small rockets into the mosque."

Hilary S (65)
Monday July 28, 2014, 2:46 am
i see some readers still believe israel has its sights set on gaza. they forget how many of its citizens israel has removed from gaza, leaving behind the wherewithall - greenhouses etc - for the palestinians to grow flowers and oranges. well, all that was destroyed in no time, and instead a network of terror tunnels was built, using millions of foreign aid money supposedly earmarked for dwellings, education and health.

hamas does indeed use its own citizens as human shields. why criticise israel for seeking to protect its citizens? that's why the casualty numbers are so different.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 28, 2014, 9:40 am
The truth is there for anyone who wants to find it. Those who don't want to know will not be influenced by information or facts or reasoning. They are so focused on one thought and they're driven. Even here on Care2 there are 4 women who must spend every waking moment patrolling cyperspace for one more juicy bit of JewHate. You can always spot them in a crowd too ~ just get them to shake their head ~ rattle rattle ~ see,
I told you, one thought.
Ultimately, the truth is revealed, but sadly everyone got bored and moved on to the next hot topic. Do terrorists ever get punished?? I mean will Hamas be put on trial for war crimes?
And the next time somebody blows up half a city everybody's scratching their heads saying, *What the holy hell was THAT all about?!?
When it comes to places like Portland or Santa Fe what do wanna bet ~ Bell Telephone, may I help you? Can you connect me to Bibi N-E-T-A- I'm sorry, maam, he says his line is busy.

The criticism and condemnation and hatred is hurtful and hateful, but this will play out exactly as it's meant to.
What? 20-21 centuries of being kicked in the arse, and pushed here and there, Hitler even tried gassing and incinerating us, and where are we?
Back home in Israel. They just can't get rid of us, and we're not going away.

Gillian M (218)
Monday July 28, 2014, 10:30 am
jess, you really do have a narrow and bigoted view of Israel which is also highly selective.

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called "roof knocking."

"Here's the difference between us," explains the Israeli prime minister.
"We're using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles."

Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity. Yet we routinely hear this Israel-Gaza fighting described as a morally equivalent "cycle of violence." This is absurd. What possible interest can Israel have in cross-border fighting? Everyone knows Hamas set off this mini-war. And everyone knows the proudly self-declared raison d'etre of Hamas: the eradication of Israel and its Jews.

Apologists for Hamas attribute the blood lust to the Israeli occupation and blockade. Occupation? Does no one remember anything? It was less than 10 years ago that worldwide television showed the Israeli army pulling die-hard settlers off synagogue roofs in Gaza as Israel uprooted its settlements, expelled its citizens, withdrew its military and turned every inch of Gaza over to the Palestinians. There was not a soldier, not a settler, not a single Israeli left in Gaza.

And there was no blockade. On the contrary. Israel wanted this new Palestinian state to succeed. To help the Gaza economy, Israel gave the Palestinians its 3,000 greenhouses that had produced fruit and flowers for export. It opened border crossings and encouraged commerce.

The whole idea was to establish the model for two states living peacefully and productively side by side. No one seems to remember that, simultaneous with the Gaza withdrawal, Israel dismantled four smaller settlements in the northern West Bank as a clear signal of Israel's desire to leave the West Bank as well and thus achieve an amicable two-state solution.
This is not ancient history. This was nine years ago.
And how did the Gaza Palestinians react to being granted by the Israelis what no previous ruler, neither Egyptian, nor British, nor Turkish, had ever given them - an independent territory? First, they demolished the greenhouses. Then they elected Hamas. Then, instead of building a state with its attendant political and economic institutions, they spent the better part of a decade turning Gaza into a massive military base, brimming with terror weapons, to make ceaseless war on Israel.

Where are the roads and rail, the industry and infrastructure of the new Palestinian state? Nowhere. Instead, they built mile upon mile of underground tunnels to hide their weapons and, when the going gets tough, their military commanders. They spent millions importing and producing rockets, launchers, mortars, small arms, even drones. They deliberately placed them in schools, hospitals, mosques and private homes to better expose their own civilians. (Just Thursday, the U.N. announced that it found 20 rockets in a Gaza school.) And from which they fire rockets at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Why? The rockets can't even inflict serious damage, being almost uniformly intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system. Even West Bank leader
Mahmoud Abbas has asked: "What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?"

It makes no sense. Unless you understand, as Tuesday's Post editorial explained, that the whole point is to draw Israeli counterfire.

This produces dead Palestinians for international television. Which is why Hamas perversely urges its own people not to seek safety when Israel drops leaflets warning of an imminent attack.

To deliberately wage war so that your own people can be telegenically killed is indeed moral and tactical insanity [NOT TO MENTION BARBARITY! DA]. But it rests on a very rational premise: Given the Orwellian state of the world's treatment of Israel (see: The U.N.'s grotesque Human Rights Council), fueled by a mix of classic anti-Semitism, near-total historical ignorance and reflexive sympathy for the ostensible Third World underdog, these eruptions featuring Palestinian casualties ultimately undermine support for Israel's legitimacy and right to self-defense.

In a world of such Kafkaesque ethical inversions, the depravity of Hamas begins to make sense. This is a world in which the Munich massacre is a movie and the murder of Klinghoffer is an opera - both deeply sympathetic to the killers. This is a world in which the U.N. ignores humanity's worst war criminals while incessantly condemning Israel, a state warred upon for 66 years that nonetheless goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid harming the very innocents its enemies use as shields.

It's to the Israelis' credit that amid all this madness they haven't lost their moral scruples. Or their nerve. Those outside the region have the minimum obligation, therefore, to expose the madness and speak the truth.

Rarely has it been so blindingly clear.

Moral Clarity in Gaza - By Charles Krauthammer

Gillian M (218)
Monday July 28, 2014, 10:31 am
Also note that humanitarian cease fires have been agreed and Hamas has continually breached it. Israel hasn't.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 28, 2014, 12:59 pm
Bloody fanatics from both sides...

Evelyn B (63)
Monday July 28, 2014, 3:21 pm
Ge - as usual, you describe yourself, attributing to others the defaults of your position. "a narrow and bigoted view of Israel which is also highly selective." - except, of course that your view is a perfect Israel ... Jess at least opens questions, & doesn't condemn a whole people, just the leaders ..... She careas about peace and justice for both sides: she won't approve inhuman behaviour on EITHER side.

The "Egyptian" ceasefire was not discussed with Hamas, it is more than a little unrealistic to expect acceptance without discussion. But of course, neither Israel nor Egypt would talk directly with Hamas ... and nobody sent Blair to Gaza, he was just given the Israeli draft & sent to Egypt to get them to propose it.

A 10 year truce draft was proposed by Hamas - but as Israel won't talk to them, negotiation there is also stuck.

Neither side has their hands clean ...... including over ceasfire breaking.

berny p (23)
Friday August 1, 2014, 4:11 am

How difficult it is to see the world making their decisions based upon what they see on TV and on the comparison of casualties.
Nobody takes into consideration the psychological damage on the Israeli public especially on the children. The Israelis incorporate ways to protect their population from physical damage – psychological damage is invisible to the TV cameras so it is of no interest. Nobody is there to record a child who hears a siren of an ambulance and thinks a rocket is being fired at him.

For what does the Hamas need rockets and terror tunnels?

If the monies received from the West would be put into civilian projects and they would stop teaching hate and worshiping death, there would be no blockade and Gaza would flourish.

The West should tell Hamas that they brought this tragedy upon themselves and that they should stop firing into Israel, and disarm. Instead they demand that Israel cease fire immediately. The world turned upside down.

“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.” Golda Meir

Past Member (0)
Monday August 4, 2014, 12:59 am
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