Years ago Hamas boasted that in Gaza it had established an “industry of death” and that local residents now “desire death” in the same way Jews “desire life.” The effects of Hamas’ efforts can now be seen in the way the Palestinians of Gaza offer themselves up as human shields to help defeat Israel.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) published a video yesterday showing what it is up against when trying to target the terrorists responsible for the ongoing rocket fire pummeling the Jewish state.
In the following video, an IDF warning shot hits a building that the Israeli army intends to destroy. These warning shots are usually dud mortar shells. The real attack typically comes 5–10 minutes later, providing residents ample time to flee the premises.
And while the residents of the building can clearly be seen fleeing, moments later many more civilians swarm the targeted building, thereby forcing Israel to call off the strike.
Hamas has not been shy about utilizing this monstrous tactic.
In 2009, senior Hamas activist Abu Bilal al-Ja’abeer proudly recalled that when Israel wanted to target his house, Israeli soldiers first called and told he and his family to flee. Instead, al-Ja’abeer said, “I shut the phone, called some friends who called more people via louspeakers and they all gathered on the roof of the house…”
See 0:58 of the following video for al-Ja’abeer’s testimony:
Why would sane, rational people behave this way?
Hamas and other terror groups have spent decades indoctrinating local Palestinians to not only hate Israel and the Jews, but to view it as their holy duty to sacrifice their own lives and the lives of their loved ones in service to defeating the “Zionists.”
The following poster published by Hamas touts as heroes those Palestinians who willingly act as human shields against Israeli reprisals:
“For the Palestinian people death became an industry,” boasted Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad in 2008. “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.”
Remember all this the next time Arab leaders or the international media protest the deaths of civilians in Gaza. Israel is doing all it can to avoid civilian casualties while still providing security to its own citizens. Hamas is purposely trying to get its own citizens killed.