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Old 12-31-2008, 04:47 AM
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The suffering that Hamas causes

The suffering that Hamas causes
By Jeff Robbins
December 30, 2008
The Boston Globe


LAST MONTH'S commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provided the occasion to ask difficult questions about societies whose political leadership serially violates them. What, for instance, is to be done about places like Darfur or Zimbabwe, or any one of a multitude of places governed by leaders whose consciences appear untouched by the suffering they are causing? To the list of grotesque human rights violators must be added Hamas, whose disdain for the suffering its policies cause the Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip is exceeded only by its open, and even proud, infliction of atrocities on Israeli civilians.

This year alone, Hamas, which expressly calls for the obliteration of Israel, has launched approximately 3,000 rockets and mortar bombs into Israeli civilian centers, always for the purpose of killing and maiming Israelis if possible, and terrifying those who are not actually hit. In the last week or so, Hamas has fired some 200 rockets and bombs into Israeli communities.

Under these circumstances - circumstances which would have continued without end had the Israelis failed to act - it seems clear that the Israeli military response was not merely a necessary one. It was, regrettably, the only one left.

Israeli author Amos Oz, whose call for peace with the Palestinians is shared by a majority of Israelis, succinctly described the brutalization of Israeli civilians in terms that cannot fairly be disputed. In a recent piece entitled "Israel Must Defend Its Citizens," the longtime advocate for reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis wrote: "The systematic bombing of the citizens in Israel's towns and cities is a war crime and a crime against humanity."

Oz is correct. But it isn't only Israelis whose fundamental human rights Hamas is violating. It is those of the Palestinian population about whose welfare Hamas professes to care.

In direct contravention of international law, Hamas uses Palestinian civilians as human shields, utilizing homes, schools and community centers as launching pads, content in the knowledge that if innocent Palestinian civilians are caught in the cross-fire, it will be Israel that is criticized. This amounts to a sort of Daily Double of human rights violations: the use of innocent Palestinians as human shields for the infliction of violence upon innocent Israelis.

It is Hamas that perfected the use of the suicide bomb, by which young Palestinians were induced to kill themselves so that Israelis could also be killed. It is somehow apt that Hamas should be forever associated with the suicide bomb, for in a larger sense Hamas has proved to be an instrument of the demise of Palestinians in Gaza.

Hamas's persistent call for the annihilation of Israel through jihad, its unequivocal rejection of any peace with Israel under any circumstances, its seizure of Gaza through a coup d'etat, its repression of women and freedom of expression, and its embrace of Iran have all disgusted the international community, which will have little to do with it. Hamas has likewise repelled numerous Arab governments, which might otherwise have been expected to dip into their ample reserves of petrodollars to provide much-needed aid and foreign investment to Gaza, but which have steered clear of it.

Thus Hamas leads the Gazan population on a kamikaze course. The suffering of Gazans cannot conceivably be a genuine concern of the leadership, given the perpetuation of that suffering for which Hamas is responsible. And the suffering of Israelis is its avowed goal.

Whether it was South Africa or Sudan, the international community has understood that the way to deal with truly egregious human rights violators is not to placate them, but to speak the truth about them, and to them. If the truth is spoken plainly enough, and forcefully enough, to a Hamas leadership whose cruelty and callousness have reached alarming levels, it may be that the Palestinians and Israelis alike may be spared further suffering of the kind to which they have been relegated in the past.

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Old 12-31-2008, 07:04 AM
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Israeli Military Declares Online Media ‘Another War Zone’

http://news.antiwar.com/2008/12/30/i...ther-war-zone/

Across the world, mainstream journalists are expressing increasing disquiet at the way the Israeli government is trying to manage international coverage of its war on the Gaza Strip. Journalists have been barred not just from the strip itself, but the government is now prohibiting journalists from going to parts of Israel near the Gaza Strip.

The Foreign Press Association is petitioning the Israeli Supreme Court to overturn the ban, which is limiting the ability of media outlets to cover the attacks, and forces them to rely on second and third hand reports from Israeli military and Hamas spokesmen regarding the situation on the ground.

As the media struggles to get up-to-date information, television news coverage is narrow, and often relies on interviews with Israeli government officials explaining why the killings are righteous and legitimate expressions of democracy and freedom, more and more people are turning to online news sites (like Antiwar.com) for their war coverage.

The Israeli military has therefore announced that online media and the blogosphere are another warzone for the military to manage. To that end, the military is launching its own Youtube channel to bring the viewing public footage of “precision bombing operations” in the strip.

In ensuring that the only footage of their military operation is provided directly from them, the Israeli military is another step closer to completely managing public perception of the ongoing attacks. The military says the footage will allow the public to “know that people killed did not have peaceful intentions toward Israel,” which presumably means coverage of the killing of five children in their beds in a refugee camp last night, and the scores of other civilian deaths, will be carefully omitted from the official coverage.

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Old 12-31-2008, 10:28 AM
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You know I've hit the nail on the head, when Genocide Boy not only can't refute what I posted, but resorts to posting another article to try and change the subject.

Sooooo predictable, and soooooooo lame.

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I'm in no way trying to justify what Hamas does or the violent actions they commit, but they did provide legitimately helpful programs like education and healthcare for refugees. Not everything they do is bad.

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Old 12-31-2008, 11:33 AM
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I'm in no way trying to justify what Hamas does or the violent actions they commit, but they did provide legitimately helpful programs like education and healthcare for refugees. Not everything they do is bad.
Maybe not... But the whole "Israel must be destroyed" and "launching terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians 24/7" are governmental flaws that make anything good they might do, absolutely meaningless.

It's kind of like testifying at the Ted Bundy trial, that Bundy volunteered his Sundays serving food at a homeless shelter.

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I'm in no way trying to justify what Hamas does or the violent actions they commit, but they did provide legitimately helpful programs like education and healthcare for refugees. Not everything they do is bad.

Hamas had a similar approval rating to George Bush a month ago, 18% of the Palestinians approve. Im not gonna pat them on the back for providing the basics.

They have abandoned the Palestinian's cause for their cause.
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Hamas had a similar approval rating to George Bush a month ago, 18% of the Palestinians approve. Im not gonna pat them on the back for providing the basics.

They have abandoned the Palestinian's cause for their cause.
That has me wondering, if only 18% of Palestinians approve of Hamas, is there a (major) rival party around feeding off of the other 82%'s discontent? Or is it just a clusterfuck of hundreds of little independent parties?

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That has me wondering, if only 18% of Palestinians approve of Hamas, is there a (major) rival party around feeding off of the other 82%'s discontent? Or is it just a clusterfuck of hundreds of little independent parties?
No idea, but their approval ratings are on the rise now that this is going on. Same old tricks as Arafat.
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“ … no one had been killed by the rocket barrages after the official end of the cease-fire [with Hamas]. This doesn't mean the situation is possible to live with, but it appears the hysterical reaction by the public as a whole and politicians in particular stems mainly from the fact that the country is in an election period. And when elections are in the offing people speak from the gut rather than the brain and demagoguery is rampant.”

- Yoel Marcus, writing in Haaretz, 23 Dec. 2008.
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