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Three Questions for Hamas Terrorist Apologists

Taken from The American Center For Law and Justice

  • [Diplomatic] initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences to find a solution to the Palestinian problem, contradict Hamas’ ideological position.

(You can read more of the ACLJ’s analysis of Hamas’s charter here.)

Unfortunately, you won’t see or hear any of this information from Hamas’s apologists on the Left and in the mainstream media.  The evidence is overwhelming that Hamas is a radical Islamic terrorist group.  The current conflict cannot be understood without understanding this uncontroverted (though often ignored) fact.

Is Hamas targeting civilians?

The evidence of Hamas’s intentional targeting of civilians (on both sides) is overwhelming.

First, Hamas has fired more than 2,000 rockets at Israeli civilians in the last two weeks.  In the last week alone Hamas rockets hit an Israeli kindergarten and have been indiscriminately fired into heavily populated civilian areas.  The fact that Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has (thankfully) blasted a number of these rockets out of the sky does not change the fact that Hamas targeted those rockets at Israeli civilians.

In fact, Hamas rockets have hit near Israel’s Tel Aviv airport, a major civilian transportation hub, forcing the U.S. to shut down all civilian flights into Israel.  The targeting of the airport is especially troublesome this week after a civilian airliner was shot down last week on the border between Russia and Ukraine.  The world’s outrage at that targeting of civilian airliners hasn’t deterred Hamas in any way.  Every civilian target is an open target for these terrorists.

Israel on the other hand takes extreme measures to limit civilian casualties as they attempt to defend their own citizens.  These efforts have been well documented (just not by many in the mainstream media).

One example is how the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) warn civilians before targeting a terrorist hive and even withhold fire where civilian casualties would be too high.

Second, Hamas not only targets civilians in Israel, it uses Palestinian civilians as human shields.  Hamas uses the common terrorist tactic of hiding amongst the civilian population, intentionally using the ensuring civilians casualties as propaganda against Israel.

Hamas intentionally fires rockets at Israeli civilians from civilian areas such as hospitals, mosques, and playgrounds ensuring that any attempt by Israel to neutralize and end the attacks on its civilians will cause civilian casualties.

In fact the United Nations (no friend of Israel) has reported that Hamas rockets have been found at two separate U.N. schools.

Each of these terrorist tactics constitutes war crimes committed by Hamas (you can read a full ACLJ legal analysis here).  Yet, if your reading many of the mainstream media accounts you wouldn’t know any of this.

For example, in one Huffington Post Hamas puff piece quoting the New York Times, the reader is led to believe that Israel has absolutely no reason to be engaging in military action in Gaza because there aren’t any rockets being fired by Hamas:

And why did Netanyahu decide to go on another rampage in Gaza? As Nathan Thrall of the International Crisis Group points out [in the New York Times], the real motive is neither vengeance nor a desire to protect Israel from Hamas’ rocket fire, which has been virtually non-existent over the past two years and is largely ineffectual anyway.

Hamas rocket fire has been “virtually non-existent over the past two years”?  In the past two weeks, over 2,000 rockets have been launched into Israel by Hamas terrorists.  That’s not “virtually non-existent.”  That’s the kind of misdirection and lies that are all too common in the mainstream media today.

Does a nation have a legal right to defend its citizens from terrorist rocket attacks on its civilian population?

So if Hamas is a terrorist organization with the stated goal of destroying Israel and the Jewish people and is firing rockets at Israel’s civilians, doesn’t Israel have a right and obligation as a nation to defend its people?

The answer is obviously yes.  Every nation has a right to defend its people from terrorism. Period.

You can read the ACLJ’s legal analysis of Israel’s right of self-defense over the years here, here, and here.

After asking these three questions, the conversation will most likely go in one of three ways: 1) a reasonable person is surprised by these facts and seeks more information about the truth and why they have been lied to; 2) they shut up and walk away with no answers because no rational defense can be made of Hamas; or 3) the argument becomes a clear anti-Semitic rant, blaming Israel for all the ills of the Middle East, ignoring the true intentions of radical Islamists, and attempting to incomprehensibly rehabilitate the plight of the terrorists to the aggrieved party taking the only action they can against Israel, which they will then call the real terrorists.

If they delve into that third category, then at least you know who you are dealing with and how much credibility to give them.

The only weapon we often have against both the naivety and the deception is the truth.  If you stand with Israel in their fight against these radical terrorists, the truth is on your side.

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6 thoughts on “Three Questions for Hamas Terrorist Apologists

  1. nilfmonkey on said:

    Interesting, thanks for this. But I would’ve liked to hear more about the ways Israel is avoiding civilian casualties. Offering warning to civilians isn’t enough to justify heavy civilian casualties.

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    • they already drop leaflets, text cell phones, call phones to telegraph where the next attack will be going. what other measures should they do? hamas certainly does none of those things. the US doesn’t even warn anyone when they drone strike. if it goes bad, israel does not criticize the bad strike, yet this admin does exactly that. hamas is a terrorist organization. no one, not the UN or the US tries to verify ANY of the casualty counts given out by Hamas. Yet somehow this terror organization is to be trusted? The pics of small children being hung by their clothes in front of a building to be targeted is not enough for some people to even re think their support for Hamas. If you like I will publish the pic of which I speak.

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      • nilfmonkey on said:

        I’m sure they do warn as you say, but giving warning is not enough to justify carrying out strikes when civilians are in the area. If Hamas is using human shields, and Israel knows that, why does Israel still attack? These are not justifications for one of the most advanced militaries in the world.

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        • So should Israel then keep absorbing the missile attacks? There are videos available of residents trying to leave the area, but the Hamas backed security forces keep them from leaving. What would be your suggestion if you were the leader of Israel? Short of going door to door with infantry to check on each and every building, which is a sure way to get your troops KIA, I do not know what else they could be doing. By doing nothing, the world says nothing about Hamas attacks, and the attacks continue. When Israel retaliates, then the world gets a conscience and demands that the victim stop fighting back. By doing something the world demands that Israel do something that no other nation would do, and that is accept the damage and the attacks. The UN is a joke ( I really do not know why this nation still partakes in that exercise of futility). No one likes civilian casualties. however terrible and tragic that concept is, it is nonetheless a fact when war/combat occurs. If Mexico were to start lobbing missiles into the US, what would you ask your government to do? Granted I do not think Mexico would do such a thing, it just a theoretical question. By the way thank you for commenting on the blog post.

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          • nilfmonkey on said:

            I can’t say what I would do because there are many forces that a leader has to consider, but I can say what the best thing to do would be. This conflict is not going to end if Israel keeps killing civilians disproportionally, regardless of warnings or human shields. These offensives will only create more terrorists and perpetuate the conflict. I think Israel must regain the moral high ground, renounce offensives, and recruit Arab nations to negotiate with Hamas, since they are the only ones who have influence with them. While doing this, Israel should invest heavily into Gaza’s economic development. This will alienate the terrorists and take away their civilian support base. This is for a long-term settlement of the situation. These offensives are the last thing Israel should be doing.

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