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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Video: Hamas explains its use of human shields

The UN announced earlier this week that 51 'civilians' have been killed in the fighting in Gaza. Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook explain that Hamas seeks civilian casualties on its own side - as well as on ours.
The goal is to convince Palestinians, including women and children, not to fear death but even to face it at the front to protect Hamas fighters. Hamas's placement of its military installations and fighters among civilians reflects this ideology, and has led to these 51 deaths.

A Hamas representative in the PA legislative council this year expressed pride in the fact that women and children are used as human shields in fighting Israel. He described it as part of a "death industry" at which Palestinians excel, and explained that the Palestinians "desire death" with the same intensity that Israelis "desire life."

The following is the full text of the comments by Hamas representative Fathi Hamad: "For the Palestinian people death became an industry, at which women excel and so do all people on this land: the elderly excel, the Jihad fighters excel, and the children excel. Accordingly [Palestinians] created a human shield of women, children, the elderly and the Jihad fighters against the Zionist bombing machine, as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy: We desire death as you desire life."
Here's a video of Mr. Hamad earlier this year (which I believe I ran before). Let's go to the videotape.


At 12:39 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

How in the world can moral and decent people talk of a truce with such monsters is beyond me. Any one who suggests Hamas is a fit interlocutor for peace needs to have their mouth washed out with gasoline.


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