Of course Hamas killed that baby
Here's a devastating piece by Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz talking about the child of a BBC reporter in Gaza who was - surprise - killed by a Hamas terrorist's rocket
Of course the baby was killed by Hamas. He would have been killed by
Hamas even if the missile that ended his life had been fired by Israel.
Hamas is totally and wholly responsible for this death, as it is
responsible for every civilian death in Gaza and in Israel. It is Hamas
that always begins the battle by firing rockets at Israeli civilians.
Generally, Israel does not respond. When it does, its rockets
occasionally kill Palestinian civilians. That's because Hamas wants
Palestinians civilians, especially babies, to be killed by Israelis
rockets. They want Palestinian babies to be killed precisely so that
they can display the kind of photographs that were shown around the
world: a grieving father holding his dead baby, presumably killed by an
Israeli rocket. For years, I have called this Hamas' "dead baby
strategy." The recent United Nations finding simply confirms the
reality of this cynical strategy.
The errant rocket that killed Omar Misharawi was fired by Hamas
terrorists from a densely populated civilian area adjacent to the home
of the BBC reporter
Jihad Misharawi. Hamas selects such locations for firing its rockets
precisely so that Israel will respond by firing into civilian areas and
killing Palestinian civilians. They regard such dead civilians as
"shahids," or martyrs for the cause. It is better for Hamas' publicity
campaign if the rocket that kills the Palestinian baby was fired by the
Israeli Defense Forces, but even if the rocket was fired by Hamas
terrorists, Hamas will claim, as they do regarding this death, that the
lethal rocket was fired by Israel. Often the evidence is inconclusive,
though the forensic evidence in this case points clearly to a Hamas
The important point is that it doesn't really matter who actually
fired the rocket that killed the baby. The baby was killed by Hamas as
part of a calculated strategy designed to point the emotional finger of
moral blame at the IDF for doing what every democracy would do: namely,
defend its civilians from rocket attacks by targeting those who are
firing the rockets, even if they are firing them from civilian areas.
Babies like Omar Misharawi will continue to die in Gaza and in Israel so
long as the world media continues to serve as facilitators of Hamas'
dead baby strategy. Every time a picture of a dead Palestinian baby
being held by his grieving parents appears on television or on the front
pages of newspapers around the world, Hamas wins. And when Hamas wins,
they continue with their deadly strategy. The media, therefore, is
complicit in the death of Omar Misharawi as it is in the deaths of other
civilians who are victims of Hamas' dead baby strategy. Pictures of
dead babies in the arms of their grieving fathers are irresistible to
the media. That won't change.
What should change is the caption. Every
time a dead Palestinian baby is shown, the caption should explain the
strategy that led to his or her death: namely that Hamas deliberately
fires its rockets from areas in which babies live and into which Israel
must fire if it is to stop its own babies from being killed.
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Labels: Gaza, Hamas, human shields