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January 11, 2009

Hamas' War Crimes

In Gaza, it targets Israeli citizens with rockets, then shields its fighters behind Palestinian civilians.

LA Times

by By Alan M. Dershowitz

A temporary cease-fire in Gaza that simply allows Hamas to obtain more lethal weapons will assure a repetition of Hamas' win-win tactic of firing rockets at Israeli civilians while using Palestinian civilians as human shields.

The best example of Hamas' double war crime tactic was Tuesday, when it succeeded in sending a rocket to a town less than 20 miles south of Tel Aviv and injuring a child. At the same time, it provoked Israel to attack a United Nations school from which Hamas was launching its rockets. Residents of the neighborhood said two Hamas fighters were in the area at the time, and the Israeli military said they had been killed, according to the New York Times.

The Hamas tactic of firing rockets from schools, hospitals and mosques dates back to 2005, when Israel ended its occupation of Gaza. Several months ago, the head of the Israeli air force showed me a videotape (now available on YouTube) of a Hamas terrorist deliberately moving his rocket launcher to the front of a U.N. school, firing a rocket and then running away, no doubt hoping that Israel would then respond by attacking the rocket launcher and thus killing Palestinian children in the school.

This is the Hamas dual strategy: to kill and injure as many Israeli civilians as possible by firing rockets indiscriminately at Israeli civilian targets, and to provoke Israel to kill as many Palestinian civilians as possible to garner world sympathy.

Lest there be any doubt about this, recall the recent case of Nizar Rayan, the Hamas terrorist and commander killed in Gaza by an Israeli missile strike Jan. 1. Israeli authorities had warned him that he was a legitimate military target, as was his home, which was a storage site for rockets. This is the same man who in 2001 sent one of his sons on a suicide mission to blow himself up at a Jewish settlement in Gaza. Rayan had the option of moving his family to a safe area. Instead, his four wives and children remained with him and became martyrs as Israel targeted his home for destruction.

Hamas leaders have echoed the mantra of Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, that "we are going to win because they love life and we love death."

It is difficult to fight an enemy that loves death in a world that loves life. The world tends to think emotionally rather than rationally when it is shown dead women and children who are deliberately placed in harm's way by Hamas. Instead of asking who was really to blame for these civilian deaths, people place responsibility on those who fired the fatal shots.

The best proof of Hamas' media strategy of manipulating sympathy is the way it dealt with a rocket it fired the day before Israel's airstrikes began. The rocket fell short of its target in Israel and landed in Gaza, killing two young Palestinian girls. Hamas, which exercises total control of Gaza, censored any video coverage of those deaths. Although there were print reports, no one saw pictures of these two dead Palestinian children because they were killed by Palestinian rockets rather than by Israeli rockets. Hamas knows that pictures are more powerful than words. That is probably why Israel has -- mistakenly in my view -- kept foreign journalists from entering the war zone.

Wild Thing's comment........

And not one word from the UN about the Hamas, only pro Hamas from the UN. Pure evil = the UN and these terroriosts groups.

This article is an excellent opinion piece and that it was in the LA Times is really something.

Posted by Wild Thing at January 11, 2009 04:40 AM


Time to move the UN if they aren't going to play fair. They've obviously chosen a side in this and it's not the right side. So fine, be off with them! It should have never been here in the first place. It should have been in The Hague where they try people for war crimes against humanity.

Posted by: Lynn at January 11, 2009 06:48 AM

Alan Dershowitz is a huge Israel supporter. One of his finer moments, the rest leans pretty much to the left. He is 4 square behind the war on Terror, too.

Israel does not belong to the 'palestinians' and never has. If they are Arabs and the brotherhood of Islam was so concerned about te Palestinains having their own homeland, why not give them a piece of land somewhere away from Israel. No, this is not about a 'homeland' for the Palestinians it is all about the destruction of Israel.

The Palestinians are a viable proxy for the Arabs and cannon fodder for gutless Arabs who don't want to fight the Israeli's (every time they have they have gotten their ass's kicked) and would pay the stupid Palestinians to do it for them.

The concern of the Israeli government about the next Administration supporting Israel is real. If the muzzis get any idea that obama is soft on Arabs the whole middle east will blow up. Thanks due to the UN and obama.

Posted by: Mark at January 11, 2009 07:32 AM

For those who love death more than life...I say lets honor their request.

Posted by: James M at January 11, 2009 08:41 AM

How come OUR troops wear UNIFORMS and NAME TAGS and INSIGNIAS and our enemy wears ski masks and hide their identities? Come on Pentagon elites, we play by civilized RULES and our opposition does not? - Black Ops 24-7 x 365!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at January 11, 2009 09:13 AM

Since the very beginning of the UN , before in fact, WWII interrupted their agenda, the entire slant of the UN mission has been to accomplish Communist goals, Islam interferes with that atheist concept. They use the muslims like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton use the blacks, as a tool to effect their agenda. The problem is the UN has no control over the programmable terrorist muzzies and the UN has been taken over by them, bought out with petro-dollars. No the UN isn't going to condemn the Palestinians, they are too dependent upon them and they need the rest of the ARAB world's funding. Have we totally forgotten that the UN undermined the embargo on Iraq? Who were the negotiators behind that undermining? Great point Darth.

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches
of evil to one who is striking at the root."
—Henry David Thoreau

Posted by: Jack at January 11, 2009 01:03 PM

I agree. There is a CNN video and report, proven to be false.
Mads Gilbert, the radical Marxist Norwegian doctor that was the focus of a Fox News report earlier today for being an anti-Israeli Hamas apologist, has been positively identified as one of two doctors caught faking CPR on a Palestinian boy that “died” in video featured today on CNN.
I have it and a link on my site. He was noit nor is dead.

Screw the UN and get not behind Israel, but beside her.

Bob A.

Posted by: Bob A at January 11, 2009 03:06 PM

Yes Lynn, move the UN to Darfur. Stand beside Israel. I have put up a post about a fake CPR on a live boy.

Mads Gilbert, the radical Marxist Norwegian doctor that was the focus of a Fox News report earlier today for being an anti-Israeli Hamas apologist, has been positively identified as one of two doctors caught faking CPR on a Palestinian boy that “died” in video featured today on CNN.

Bob A.

Posted by: Bob A at January 11, 2009 03:55 PM

Sweet Je$u$.... just look at these dumb forks.
The only thing more pathetic than their "cause" is their vieled attempt at being masculine.

Good Grief, Charlie Brown.

Posted by: Steve Gaston at January 11, 2009 04:20 PM

I don't know which is worse, Hamas or the stupid "dumb forks" who believe and repeat their Islamofascist horse shit. It is revealing to see and hear the silence from our soon to be BOGUS POTUS who can't condemn Hamas terrorist behavior and express outrage at what they do to innocent victims. Instead, he sees a moral equivalency between good and evil and votes "Present". Will he vote present when he is briefed with Islamofascist terrorist threats? Will the country be safer knowing that the President of the United States of America and it's Commander-in-Chief can't distinguish between the good and bad guys and won't or is incapable of making a decision to defend good and take all necessary actions to crush evil?

Will Obama direct his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to change the State Department's classification of Hamas from a Foreign Terrorist Organization to White House negotiating partner? If not, why can't he stand up as a leader today from the Office of the President-Elect and condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization and support Israel's defensive actions against them?

Posted by: Les at January 11, 2009 07:45 PM