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Hamas Turns Schools into Battlegrounds—Israel Gets the Rap

For the media, nothing beats that “Jews kill children” meme.

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P. David Hornik

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July 31, 2014 - 11:09 pm
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It’s been somewhat quieter here these last few days in my town of Beersheva in southern Israel, with fewer rocket alarms. Hamas keeps getting pounded by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and an Israeli official says that “Hamas’s rocket stockpiles have dwindled and Hamas has ‘only a few dozen’ rockets remaining with a range longer than 45 kilometers (28 miles).”

Another kind of noise, though, continues full-blast. Scanning the news, I read, “At least 19 die as Gaza school is shelled.” Those brutal Israelis—what have they done now? Further down the page, one finds:

“According to the IDF initial inquiry, it suggests that militants fired mortars at IDF soldiers from the vicinity of the UNRWA school in Jabalya,” a spokeswoman told the Financial Times. “The soldiers responded by firing toward the origins of the fire.”

That would make sense; mortars are lethal, and if someone was firing them at you, you would have to fire back. If the soldiers were those of any country in the world, their countrymen would want them to do just that, not to mention their parents, mates, children and so on.

The headline “At least 19 die as Gaza school is shelled” gives, of course, a different impression—some sort of deliberate targeting of a school, of all things. It is not the kind of wording Israel would want, but it is definitely the kind of wording Hamas wants, since it makes Israel look bad and serves Hamas’s cause.

But there’s another issue lurking here: what were “militants” doing “in the vicinity” of a school in the first place?

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I never use the word "Hamas" anymore. I use jihadi ... to make clear that we are speaking of a movement that spans the globe. Jihadi in Gaza shell Israel in the hopes of retaliation and collateral damage. Jihadi in Iraq ethnically cleanses Mosul of Christians. Jihadi in Egypt bomb churches. Jihadi in Nigeria ... you get the picture.

Make sure that no one forgets for a second that we are all fighting the same enemy. Give them a reading list of books that exposes Islam's role in this movement.
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Hamas are yellow bellied cowards. They hide behind women's skirts and use children as shields. They are too scared for a fair fight.
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Israel is in between the proverbial rock and the hard place. In other words between the barbarism of Islam and the hypocrisy of the west.
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The 72 hour ceasefire did something nobody expected. It allowed out some of the journalists who were reporting from Hamas territory. They are talking although most want only to do so off record. Much of what you see of the gore and deaths are staged by Hamas. Reporters are under death threat if they don't report the news as Hamas wants them to. That is why you see carnage. Off camera they are there directing it and firing missiles at Israel. When you see a report from Gaza, it is always bloody; conversely, when you see a report from Israel, you see tanks or artillery. There is also carnage on the Israeli side; but , you're not allowed to see that. Its beyond biased reporting, its totally Hamas propaganda.
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I would have repeat a look at the Kelly segment from last night. Based on my experience and perspective I first more reacted to the three hamas thugs on their own video.
I saw the look of despair in Kelly to be more of what was happening to the kids by hamas' choices. is she an intrinsicly "nice" person, who still is in moments of disbelief that people, particularly hamas, can be so, so uterly using, wasting, abusing, and cruel?
For clarity here: - Is it the look/body language of decent, reasonable people to the realization that this enemy is beyond evil and we are going to have to keep killing the ____ers forever? We'd rather not, but what else will keep us and ours from being killed and continuously in terror.
Lastly, for DD214ers and families, recall the ambassador' s description of there being 200M Americans in shelters all the time and being shelled from bases in Canada or Mexico. In the changes with "before and afters" of life, there is being under fire or just having a gun pointed at you.
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How do your claims stack up when the Times of Israel has a blog posted titled "when Genocide is Permissible." This is clearly a battle where both sides are taking terrible actions. The only difference is that on one side you have a terrorist organization targeting civilians and on the other you have a fully armed nation state that is basically targeting civilians though disregard. I hold Israel to higher standard than I do terrorists. All Israel is doing right now is boosting support for Hamas among the Palestinians and loosing credibility in the international community, while killing and injuring thousands of civilians.
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There is no chance that you will understand the situation. That's clear. In order to arrive at your 'conclusion' that Israeli is indiscriminately targeting civilians, you have to be both obtuse and ignorant, and hateful. You have to be a devotee of the religion of moral relativism, and shut off all the information over the years regarding the IDF's attempts to avoid hitting civilians. Your claim that Israeli is in fact worse than the Hamas because it is a state 'committing terror' is obscene.

But thanks for your post, for you help show some people who think there is still hope for progressives that nearly all of you are thoroughly biased against freedom, including and/or especially when sought by Jews. More, the idea that Netanyahu's policies are in any way influenced by op-eds in a newspaper is absurd, but is yet more evidence of your complete misunderstanding of Israel. A monstrous post, fitting your 'worldview.'
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"...obtuse and ignorant, and hateful.'

Brian definitely qualifies on 2 out of 3.

"You have to be a devotee of the religion of moral relativism..."

Moral relativism, Brian's brand of "thinking", is laid out well here by Evan Sayet.

"Rational, moral thought is (seen as) an act of bigotry...In order to eliminate discrimination, the modern liberal has opted to become utterly indiscriminate."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c
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It's very simple, Europe and leftists wish that Hitler had finished us, then they could wring their hands about the poor murdered Jews without actually having Jews around to remind them of all their appeasement failures. That or they just hate jooooos.
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Why is it that the Republicans will soon have no Jewish people in the house of representatives, while Democrats have 22? If Democrats are against Jewish people why do we elect them to office? There is a difference between being against Israel, a nation, and Jewish people, a religion. It is dangerous to conflate the two.
7 weeks ago
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More stupidity and ignorance. Jews are a nation whose identity is only fully expressed on the Land of Israel. But, again, thanks for demonstrating how most 'critics' of Israel are in fact anti-Zionists who must deny the historical ties to the land.
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I never use the word "Hamas" anymore. I use jihadi ... to make clear that we are speaking of a movement that spans the globe. Jihadi in Gaza shell Israel in the hopes of retaliation and collateral damage. Jihadi in Iraq ethnically cleanses Mosul of Christians. Jihadi in Egypt bomb churches. Jihadi in Nigeria ... you get the picture.

Make sure that no one forgets for a second that we are all fighting the same enemy. Give them a reading list of books that exposes Islam's role in this movement.
7 weeks ago
7 weeks ago Link To Comment
Hamas are yellow bellied cowards. They hide behind women's skirts and use children as shields. They are too scared for a fair fight.
7 weeks ago
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Small minded yellow bellied cretins going after soft & vulnerable targets, the fighting contingent seeming to make no effort to distance itself from civilians, in fact, the opposite.

The Islamist style around the world.
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Israel needs to take those media outlets working for/with terrorists to court.
Sue them for enough money so they are living under bridges and working day labor. Isn't aiding and abetting terrorism illegal?
http://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R41333.pdf

I know siccing the lawyers on them is really mean but the media really needs it.
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"Hamas Detonates Suicide Bomb, Kidnaps IDF Soldier Just 90 Mins Into Ceasefire"

Is this true ? Good lord.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/08/terrortunnels-hamas-detonates-suicide-bomb-kidnaps-idf-soldier-just-90-mins-into-ceasefire/

Israelis need to quit rationalizing their efforts to hold Hamas barbarians at bay.
7 weeks ago
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The Iraeli ambassador on Megyn Kelly last night was very articulate and very firm. They leaflet areas to be targeted and hamas now keeps the people there or move more in.
And, if only that thumper round had bounced back closer to the boat when Jean Fraud Kerry fired it ...
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I watched Meagan Kelly last night practically "tear up" about the "innocent children" being killed by those nasty Israeli soldiers. A gullible wench is a gullible wench (no matter how "hard-hitting and inciteful" she claims to be)!
Lately, even Fox News seems to be thinking with their emotions rather than with a rational mind! Maybe when the so-called "religion-of-pieces" pulls another 9/11/01 magnitude attack on an American city that mindset will become unfashionable again (but I'm not holding my breath waiting).
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People like Kelly believe these "atrocity stories" because they WANT TO.
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