Moral Clarity in Gaza

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Hamas is Playing a Dangerous Game with Gazan Lives

Submitted by Emily on Wed, 2014-07-16 10:04

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Wed, July 9, 2014 Hamas Bombing Civilians, Using Gazans as Human Shields

Hamas terrorists in Gaza. (Photo: © Reuters)

Hamas terrorists in Gaza. (Photo: © Reuters)

Elliot Friedland

The Islamist terrorist group Hamas has launched hundreds of rockets into Israel over the last few days from the Gaza strip, which it controls. In response, the Israeli army has announced the launch of "Operation Protective Edge," a new campaign to end attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza and is preparing for a possible ground invasion.

Jewish-Arab tensions have been soaring since the abduction and murder by Hamas of three Israeli teenagers: Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel by terrorists. The situation was further exacerbated when 17-year old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, an Israeli-Arab, was abducted and burned alive in a suspected revenge killing by seven Israeli extremists. The spate of murders was strongly condemned by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

It is important to understand who Hamas is and what their goals are. According to the Council on Foreign Relations: "Hamas combines Palestinian nationalism with Islamic fundamentalism. Its founding charter commits the group to the destruction of Israel, the replacement of the PA (Palestinian AUthority) with an Islamist state on the West Bank and Gaza, and to raising 'the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine.' "

Hamas was founded as a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and share that group's goals and ideology. After the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood from power an Egypt triggered by a popular uprising, deposed President Morsi was put on trial for colluding with Hamas. In March this year, an Egyptian court banned Hamas and ordered its activities to cease, its offices closed and its assets seized.

The Hamas leadership, despite earlier predictions that they were not interested in an escalation, seem to be willing to open a full-scale confrontation with Israel. Some of their leaders are openly calling for a third intifada.

Hamas' deputy political bureau chief, Moussa Abu Marzouk, posted on his Facebook page: "Today, we are all called upon for a popular intifada, an intifada for prisoner Jerusalem. Today, more than ever before, we are demanded to express our rejection of the occupation … we are sick of talk of resolutions and peace." This echoed calls for intifada that were chanted at the funeral of Abu Khdeir.

Hamas is currently in a unity government with the Fatah movement, sharing control of the Palestinian Authority, headed by Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas' Fatah movement today declared their support for Hamas' rocket attacks. A posting on the groups official Facebook page declared that Fatah, Hamas' military wing and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are all "brothers in arms" sharing "One God, one homeland, one enemy, one goal."


This latest bout of conflict between Israel and Hamas was caused by Hamas' longstanding goals of destroying the Jewish state, and greatly exacerbated by its policy of deliberately placing civilians, especially the weak and vulnerable, in harm's way.

Hamas' policy of deliberately targeting civilians in indiscriminate aerial attacks breaches the Fourth Geneva Convention, created, as it says in its preamble "for the purpose of establishing a Convention for the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War." It was signed in the aftermath of World War II in order to prevent a repeat of some of the atrocities seen during that war, in particular the carpet-bombing of cities such as Coventry (by the Germans) and Dresden (by the British). Other conventions deal with the treatment of prisoners, provisions for the sick and wounded and other matters.

Hamas has so far fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, reaching as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the two main population cities in Israel. This shows an increase in the range of rockets since the last flare-up in 2012 and has sent over a million Israelis running to bomb shelters.

According to the BBC, "The military wing of Hamas has warned that all Israelis are targets."

Hamas has also failed in their requirement, provided by article 88 of the Geneva Convention to provide adequate air raid shelters to its population. On the contrary, they have a deliberate policy of using the population of Gaza as human shields.

This is in breach of an additional protocol mandating that "parties to the conflict shall to the maximum extent feasible … avoid locating military objectives within or near densely populated areas."

Most recently this policy was put into place on Tuesday in Khan Younis, a city south of Gaza, when Israel targeted the home of a Hamas operative. According to Pakistani newspaper, The News International: "Witnesses said an Israeli drone fired a warning flare, prompting relatives and neighbors to gather at the house as a human shield and that, shortly afterwards, an F-16 warplane fired a missile that levelled the building." Seven people were killed.

In the eyes of Hamas, every Palestinian killed is another photo opportunity and another way to build popular support, playing on anger against Israel. It was the deaths of two teenagers on Tuesday, whom Hamas had sent to the house of one of its operatives to act as human shields, that was used as the pretext to announce the targeting of all Israelis. Rather than heed the warnings sent by Israel to avoid the imminent strike, Hamas purposely engineered the deaths of civilians in order to gain a propaganda boost. 


Elliot Friendland is a research fellow with The Clarion Project.

Hamas Puts ‘Resistance’ on Gaza Schools Curriculum

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Senior Murfreesboro Mosque Leader Posts Images Glorifying Hamas

NOTE: The compilation of materials used in this article are the result of a collaboration between Steve Emerson, of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Elizabeth Coker, a retired journalist and stay-at-home-mom, Jerry Gordon, former Army Intelligence officer and Editor for New English Review, and Eric Allen Bell, Filmmaker and writer.

This article was written by Eric Allen Bell who was at one time a staunch pro-mosque supporter, but later had a complete change in perspective after the Arab Spring.  Bell was banned as a writer from the Daily Kos, a prominent liberal website, after he published three stories critical of Islam, which ran afoul of the mindset there. For more on that, read “The High Price of Telling the Truth About Islam”.


The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, recently defied court orders to cease construction of a 53,000 square foot mega mosque.  At the time of this article the ICM is building defiantly, as fast as they can. Once completed, this massive structure, we are expected to believe, is designed to accommodate only a couple hundred Muslim families, with millions of dollars in questionable financing.   To say that something is a little fishy here would be an understatement.

On the Board of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is a man named Mosaad Rowash.  The purpose of this article is to ask one question and one question only:  Why is a senior leader of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro posting pictures which express his overwhelming allegiance, loyalty and love for Hamas, who has been named as an Islamic terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, Canada, Japan, Israel and the entire European Union and has been responsible for countless suicide bombings and missile attacks against unarmed civilians and much more?

Here are some of the images that Mosaad Rowash posted online, to his large network of friends throughout the Islamic world:

Shown right is an image honoring Hamas leaders Ahmed Yassin,  a founder of Hamas, and co-founder  Abdul Aziz al-Rantissi  over a crowd of armed Hamas militants.

Sheik Yassin, who was also pictured separately on Rowash's site, was the dominant authority of the Hamas leadership and was directly involved in planning, orchestrating and launching terror attacks carried out by the organization. Rantisi (also pictured separately) was also a major Holocaust denier. According to Wikipedia, in August 2003, Al-Rantisi wrote in the Hamas newspaper Al-Risala, “It is no longer a secret that the Zionists were behind the Nazis’ murder of many Jews, and agreed to it, with the aim of intimidating them and forcing them to immigrate to Palestine.”

The logo for the Muslim Brotherhood, the father of Hamas and Al Qaeda was also featured on Rowash's site. The founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al-Banna said, "It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated; to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet." In America, this organization does not go by the name “The Muslim Brotherhood.”  But perhaps you may have heard of some of its front groups:  Muslim Student Association (MSA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), North American Islamic Trust, International Institute of Islamic Thought, and several others.  And they were all listed in this Muslim Brotherhood “Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood of North America”, which states: “The process of settlement is a 'Civilization-Jihadist Process.' The Muslim Brotherhood must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

These guns are photos that Rowash posted online: I don’t know why this senior Mosque official posted them.

And perhaps, not surprisingly, this Mosque board member posted this image about 9/11 as well:

In 2010, Steve Emerson, Director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, discovered these images on the MySpace page of ICM Board Member, Mosaad Rowash.  These photos were presented in court by a concerned citizen, Elizabeth Coker, and were admitted into evidence when a local group attempted to obtain a restraining order on construction of the mosque, until such time that a full investigation could take place, as to where the money was coming from and who was really behind this.

The Board of the Islamic Center, under the leadership of Egyptian Cleric Ossama Bahloul, suspended Mosaad Rowash pending an investigation. When the media heat died down (of which there was very little) Mosaad Rowash was found innocent by the other board members and his position on the board was reinstated.

All of the images on his MySpace page were scrubbed from the web – just suddenly gone.  However they exist to this day on numerous hard drives around the world, as some of us are not yet fully convinced that possession and promotion of these images of Islamic terrorists is something to be quite so easily dismissed. 

For those who might say, “but Hamas is now a democratically elected political party who does not engage in any more suicide bombings” I would say two things: (1) What is wrong with the people of a region who would vote in an Islamic terrorist organization as a political party? (2) But more relevant to the subject at hand, the pictures of the former Hamas terrorist leaders above, are from a time when their stated mission was to destroy all of the Jews and their tactics were not diplomatic, but rather terrorism.  So, why did Mosaad Rowash have these pictures on his MySpace page?

The images glorifying Holocaust deniers, the assertion that Islamic terrorists were not behind 9/11, the images of machine guns, the Hamas pledge in Arabic, pictures of well-known Islamic terrorists who targeted innocent Jewish civilians, the glorification of Jihad ... is this all just one big misunderstanding?

Eric Allen Bell

This article appeared in full originally in FrontPageMag.com. FrontPageMag.com is a project of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

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