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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Khaled Meshaal lies on CNN, proof that Hamas uses human shields

Just two days ago, Hamas' Khaled Meshaal told CNN's Nic Robertson that Hamas doesn't use human shields like the ones above.

Let's go to the videotape.

But the IDF has captured and posted on its blog a Hamas combat manual from Sejaiya that specifically talks about using civilians as human shields.
In a portion entitled “Limiting the Use of Weapons,” the manual explains that:
The soldiers and commanders (of the IDF) must limit their use of weapons and tactics that lead to the harm and unnecessary loss of people and [destruction of] civilian facilities. It is difficult for them to get the most use out of their firearms, especially of supporting fire [e.g. artillery].
Clearly Hamas knows the IDF will limit its use of weapons in order to avoid harming civilians, including refraining from using larger firepower to support for infantry.
The manual goes on to explain that the “presence of civilians are pockets of resistance” that cause three major problems for advancing troops:
(1) Problems with opening fire
(2) Problems in controlling the civilian population during operations and afterward
(3) Assurance of supplying medical care to civilians who need it
Lastly, the manual discusses the benefits for Hamas when civilian homes are destroyed:
The destruction of civilian homes: This increases the hatred of the citizens towards the attackers [the IDF] and increases their gathering [support] around the city defenders (resistance forces[i.e. Hamas]).
It is clear that Hamas actually desires the destruction of homes and civilian infrastructure, knowing it will increase hatred for the IDF and support their fighters.
But the Obama-Kerry State Department would have us lay down our weapons as soon as we see Gaza civilians in the distance.

What could go wrong?

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At 8:21 AM, Blogger Ben G. said...

This combat manual seems to me to be one of the major stories of the war. But I'm having trouble finding reports about it in the media, just on blogs. A bit odd, wouldn't you say?


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