More Arab Muslim Palestinian self infiction
New York Daily News EDITORIAL: Hamas’ Palestinian victims
Washington Times, DC – Jan 7, 2009
Palestinian civilian casualties in Gaza need to be understood in the context of Hamas’ ideology, which celebrates the use of noncombatants to shield its fighters from Israeli retaliation. In February, a Hamas representative in the Palestinian Authority Legislative Council expressed pride in the fact that women and children are used as human shields in fighting Israel. He explained that the Palestinians “desire death” with the same intensity that Israelis “desire life,” according to a translation by Palestinian Media Watch.
Last week Hamas Television announced that most of the Palestinians dying were members of its armed forces. The Israeli YNet news service quoted Palestinian civilians saying that Hamas members prevent them from fleeing their homes and hide out in UNRWA ambulances, mosques and civilian homes and stairwells.
Increasingly, Gaza Palestinians are denouncing Hamas’ efforts to use them as human shields. Case in point: A Palestinian girl whose family members were killed in a Dec. 28 Israeli air attack in Gaza was interviewed the following day on Palestinian Authority Television, operated by Hamas’ Palestinian rival Fatah. Who did she blame for the tragedy that befell her family? “I say Hamas is the cause, in the first place, of all wars,” she said.
No, Israel can no longer be blamed for Palestinian dysfunction, any more than the West generally can be blamed for the larger dysfunction in the Arab-Muslim world. Sadly, fratricide and tribalism are the norm across much of the Middle East and Africa, be it Shia against Sunni or Persian against Arab.
The Palestinians in particular have made incomprehensibly bad choices. By electing Hamas to be their government, they isolated themselves globally. Even European liberals who instinctively sympathize with the Palestinians have been put off by Hamas, which since gaining power has not moderated its radical, rejectionist positions. Pledged to Israel’s destruction, Hamas has forced the Jewish state to retreat behind its security fence, which Israel is perfectly happy to do. From there Israel can continue to build microchips unmolested while on the other side Palestinians self-destruct Iraqi style.
So, regarding those “Palestinian” Arab refugees who suffered the nakba, consider the following: … In contrast to the Arabs’ largely self-inflicted nakba, …
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