“We know that Hamas uses human shields. But why would you report this when you are sitting in the middle of the Gaza Strip, surrounded by Hamas gunmen?” — Reporter covering the war, who asked not to be identified.
Besides the human shields story there is another item that the international media choose to ignore: the extrajudicial execution of Palestinian “collaborators” during the last two weeks. The executions were reportedly carried out in the most brutal manner. Hamas has also been shooting suspected “collaborators” in the legs to prevent them from moving around.
It is the media that is helping Hamas get away with war crimes.
Hamas and its Palestinian and Western propagandists continue to insist that the Islamist movement does not use civilians in the Gaza Strip as human shields during war. But the truth is that Hamas itself has admitted that it does use innocent civilians as human shields, to increase the number of casualties and defame Israel in the eyes of the international community.
This admission, however, has, of course, gone unnoticed by most Western journalists and analysts reporting on the war in the Gaza Strip. Many Western journalists in the Gaza Strip choose to ignore the fact that Hamas is forcing civilians to serve as human shields. They also seem to ignore the fact that senior Hamas officials and militiamen have found shelter among civilians and in hospitals, especially Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital. Is it really a coincidence that Hamas spokesmen gave interviews to the Arab and Western media from the premises of Shifa Hospital? Why hasn’t anyone even noted it as odd?
Of course, the Hamas spokesmen, to attract the attention of the media, pretend that they are visiting the wounded in the hospital, but in reality, these Hamas spokesmen have been staying inside the hospital, bearing in mind — even certain — that Israel would not target such a sensitive site.
What is disturbing is that foreign journalists did not bother (or dare) to ask any of the Hamas leaders and self-proclaimed spokesmen whether they were hiding inside the hospital, regardless of what the answer would doubtless be. They apparently did not even ask themselves this question. .
One foreign journalist explained that asking such a question would have “endangered my life.” Another admitted over coffee that he and his colleagues were too scared to report news that would anger Hamas and other radical groups.
“We know that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields,” the reporter, who asked not to be identified, said. “But why would you report this when you are sitting in the middle of the Gaza Strip, surrounded by Hamas gunmen?”
On July 22, Hamas and Palestinian “resistance” groups issued a warning to residents of the Gaza Strip to remain indoors after 11pm. The warning, which was also ignored by most journalists, was published on several Hamas-affiliated web sites
So here is Hamas, literally imposing a curfew on the residents of the Gaza Strip, in the hope that they will be killed or wounded by Israel. But this, as far as the international media is concerned, is a story that is obviously not worth reporting,
More evidence of Hamas’s use of civilians as human shields surfaced on July 10. The Hamas-run Ministry of Interior published a statement on its Arabic web site asking residents not to heed Israeli calls to leave their homes so they would not be harmed by the IDF.
This warning, of course, did not appear on the ministry’s English language website. It seems, unsurprisingly, that Hamas does not want the world to know its leaders, from luxury hotel suites in Qatar and elsewhere, are using civilians as human shields.
Although almost all the foreign journalists covering the conflict in the Gaza Strip have Arabic-speaking “fixers,” none of these “fixers” deemed it necessary to alert their foreign colleagues to the Hamas warning. Some Western reporters who later learned about the warning preferred to look the other way. After all, who wants to get into trouble with Hamas, particularly when its leaders and fighters are extremely nervous and busy moving from one hiding place to another?
Besides the human shields story, there is another item that the international media also choose to ignore: the extrajudicial execution of Palestinian “collaborators” during the past two weeks.
Palestinian sources have confirmed that Hamas has executed at least 13 Palestinians on suspicion of “collaboration” with Israel. None of the suspects was brought to trial, and the executions were reportedly carried out in the most brutal manner, with torture that included severe beating and breaking arms and legs.
Read all of this at Gatestone Institute.
Is Global Warming really happening? There are many voices in opposition to the theory and our guest today is just one of those. His name is John Coleman who was the original weathercaster on “Good Morning, America.” After that Coleman founded and served as CEO and President of the Weather Channel.
In 2007, Coleman began to speak out as a skeptic on the issue of global warming. He describes the wave of concern about global warming “a fictional, manufactured crisis.”
He believes many scientists and politicians have engaged in fraudulent activity based on bad science in a continuing quest for funding. He also explains the one-world government motive behind the formation of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Speaking Truth on Gaza to the International Community
France has had the courage to speak truth to the international community. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on July 13, 2014 berated the pro-Palestinian demonstrators in the Barbès area of northern Paris and in Sarcelles, a suburb of Paris, for their violent acts in looting shops owned by Jews, shouts of cries of “death to Jews”, and for their attacks on synagogues during protest rallies against Israel’s actions in Gaza.
M. Valls commented that nothing could justify such violence and hatred witnessed in this demonstration in Paris. Antisemitism, “this old European disease, has taken a new form…that hides hatred of Jews behind a façade of anti-Zionism or hatred of the State of Israel.” His remarks also fit the 15,000 demonstrators in central London on July 19, 2014, many of whom exhibited swastikas, attacked Jews, and called for a “Palestine from the river to the sea.”
This analysis of a relationship between antisemitism and the hostility to Israel that has developed because of the fighting in Gaza is useful in considering the statements made by a broad range of people and organizations about the conflict. Some are relentless critics of Israel, who may not be devoid of antisemitic beliefs. One of the usual suspects is Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who loses no opportunity to declare the “The Israeli approach to the Palestinians is no different from that of Adolf Hitler.” A larger number of people, now more frequently heard from, are those advocating a moral equivalence between the actions of a terrorist organization, Hamas, whose only real objectives are to kill Jews and eliminate the State of Israel, and those of a democratic country, Israel, with a legitimate right to defend itself against attacks on its civilian population.
All should take account of the facts. Israel, then led by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, disengaged from the Gaza Strip in August 2005. All Israeli residents, 9,000 people in 21 settlements, were withdrawn, but most of the Israeli greenhouses were left for the Palestinians to use. Israeli occupation of the area ended, and except for air space and territorial waters; control since then has been in the hands of Palestinians, at first the Palestinian Authority and since 2007 Hamas. The Palestinian population of Gaza grew from 230,000 in 1967 to 1.7 million in 2014.
The consequences of that withdrawal apparently are unknown to both the relentless critics of Israel and those who profess moral equivalence in the current crisis. Palestinians in Gaza vandalized and then destroyed synagogues, and looted the greenhouses given to them by Israel. Minutes after the full Israeli withdrawal the onslaught of rockets against Israel began with attacks on Sderot and Kibbutz Yad Mordechai. Between 2001 and 2005 Palestinians fired 1272 rockets; in 2006 alone there were 1,777. Between 2006 and 2013, 9,458 rockets were fired.
Those, such as the World Council of Churches, who have “grave concern” over the escalation of military operations in Gaza, call for immediate cessation of hostilities. In a statement of moral equivalence issued on July 23, 2014 Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC appealed to “all parties to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law.”
Well-meaning though his appeal might be, Dr. Tveit has forgotten that the real intention of Hamas is to eliminate the State of Israel. A useful reminder of Hamas’s goals are the sermons and the rhetoric of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Egyptian theologian, chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and friend of the Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh who granted him “Palestinian citizenship” in May 2013.
Qaradawi, on January 28, 2009 in one of a number of similar statements, pronounced that “Throughout history, Allah imposed on the Jews, people who would punish them for their corruption…Allah willing, the next time will be at the hands of the believers.” It is regrettable that this aspiration is apparently unknown to the WCC and to the five Nobel Peace Laureates who in a statement on July 18, 2014 said nothing about the hopes of the believers of Allah, but simply referred incorrectly to “the Israeli occupation” of Gaza, and to “the coercive and corrosive power that Israel wields over Palestinians.”
All those who argue, like the five Nobel Laureates, that the conflict will only be resolved “when Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory is ended,” say nothing about the indiscriminate firing of rockets by Hamas or the many tunnels it has built to infiltrate into Israeli civilian areas. Their eyes see not what they see. They refuse to accept the statements of reporters who said they had received death threats after issuing reports of seeing Hamas rocket firing from civilian areas in Gaza and the use of human shields. One video shows a Hamas spokesman using the safe place of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City to give interviews.
Perhaps worst of all in the approach to and the commentary on the continuing conflict is the cowardice of the European members of the UN Human Rights Council. That Council, not surprisingly in view of its history, on July 23, 2014 passed a resolution calling for the launch of a commission of inquiry into alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza. It condemned “in the strongest terms the widespread, systematic, and gross violations of international human rights and fundamental freedoms arising from the Israeli military operations carried out in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since June 13, 2014…which has involved (Israeli) disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks.”
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who has been a constant critic of Israel, at the meeting pronounced that there was a “strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes.” Shakespeare must have had her in mind, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Pillay could not accept the compassion for Gaza civilians evident through the care taken by the Israelis, alerting Gaza residents by telephone, radio, and text messages, about intended strikes against Hamas terrorists. Nor in her criticism of Israeli “disproportionate” action did she indicate what might be “proportionate.” One may conclude from her statements that any and all actions taken by Israel in its self-defense are “disproportionate.” Israel is renowned for its many competent surgeons; it should be equally renowned for its attempts at surgical strikes.
This unbalanced UNHRC resolution, a travesty of the truth, was carried by 29 in favor, 1 (the United States) against, and with 17 abstentions. The European members did try, but failed, to soften the one sided resolution against Israel, and all eight Europeans, even the Czech Republic, abstained. But cautious behavior does not earn goodwill from fanatics. The new British Foreign Minister, Philip Hammond, in a bizarre statement, explained that Britain could not support the resolution which was unbalanced but abstained because “of the strength of feeling about the loss of life” expressed by other members of the Council. A more likely explanation, for the abstention of Britain and other Europeans was the fear of more violent demonstrations by Palestinians and their supporters, such as those that had already taken place in London and Paris, if they had voted against the resolution.
The World Council of Churches, the Nobel Laureates, and even some members of the UN Human Rights Council should have the intellectual acumen and integrity to recognize the reality of the struggle in Gaza. There is no moral symmetry between the parties. If Hamas stops firing rockets to kill innocent Israeli civilians, Israel will stop bombing Gaza. Though the result of Israel’s self-defense has unfortunately resulted in unintended casualties, Hamas is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, not only through its warfare against Israel but also through its cynical disregard for the lives of its own people that has extended to using civilians, especially children, as human shields.
From American Thinker.
“If Obama were a Republican, the press and the weekly news shows would be ringing with hyperbolic, apocalyptic denunciations of the clueless incumbent who had failed to learn the most basic lessons of Iraq. Indeed, the MSM right now would be howling that Obama was stupider than Bush. Bush, our Journolist friends would now be saying ad nauseam, at least had the excuse that he didn’t know what happens when you overthrow a paranoid, genocidal, economically incompetent Arab tyrant in an artificial post-colonial state. But Obama did—or, the press would nastily say, he would have done if he’d been doing his job instead of hitting the golf course or yakking it up with his glitzy pals at late night bull sessions. The ad hominem attacks would never stop, and all the tangled threads of incompetence and failure would be endlessly and expertly picked at in long New Yorker articles, NYT thumbsuckers, and chin-strokings on all the Sabbath gasbag shows.
Why, the ever-admirable tribunes of a free and unbiased press would be asking non-stop, didn’t this poor excuse for a President learn from what happened in Iraq? When you upend an insane and murderous dictator who has crushed his people for decades under an incompetent and quirky regime, you’d better realize that there is no effective state or civil society under the hard shell of dictatorial rule. Remove the dictator and you get chaos and anarchy. Wasn’t this President paying attention during the last ten years?” –Walter Russell Mead
Why Does Anyone Believe the State Department … After Being Caught In Repeated Lies?
State Department Spokeswoman Is a Lying Liar
U.S. security and intelligence agencies have repeatedly been caught lying about matters of war and peace.
After being caught in one lie, the State Department doesn’t apologize … it just launches a new lie.
While they would have you believe that their old lies are irrelevant because they’re “ancient history”, this is still continuing to today.
In the last year, for example, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf has been busted again and again for lying:
- She said last year that – because no one else could have carried out the attack, it must have been the Syrian government – that Syria’s Assad must have been responsible. She also claimed that the Syrian government was destroying evidence, so that the case could not be proven. But it has since been proven that the Syrian rebels or their allies were probably behind the chemical weapon attack. Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh (who uncovered the Iraq prison torture scandal and the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam) says that high-level American sources tell him that theTurkish government carried out the chemical weapons attacks blamed on the Syrian government
- She tried to kill the peace deal with Syria, which allowed Syria to destroy all chemical weapons in return for the U.S. agreeing not to invade
- She claimed in June – without evidence – that Russia was sending tanks into Ukraine
- She blamed Russia for the shootdown of Malaysian airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine. Rather than offering any evidence, she told the press they should just trust the U.S. – and doubt Russia – on faith. But – later that same day - senior U.S. intelligence officials said there was no evidence that Russia was connected with the shootdown
Now, Harf is claiming – with no evidence whatsoever – that Russia is firing artillery from its own territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites.
The mainstream American press is starting to finally wake up. At the press conference in which Harf announced this new allegation, Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee said:
Marie, I think that it would be best for all concerned here if when you make an allegation like that, you’re able to back it up with something more than just “because I said so”.
This is not a minor claim. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – Martin Dempsey – says the U.S. is dusting off cold war military plans based on these new allegations.
Gun porn ….