I wonder if your local Barnes and Noble will stock this how-to book on its shelves next to the cookbooks and home repair guides? Apparently Hamas has published its own how-to manual for using civilians as human shields and the benefits of causing their death.As reported by the New York Post, ” The Israeli military said it has captured a Hamas manual on urban warfare — called “Introduction to the City War” — that extols the benefits of civilian deaths and openly admits that Israel tries to avoid them. The Israel Defense Forces also said the manual crows about the propaganda value of the deaths of innocents.”
What I find damning is that Hamas is actually doubly guilty of war crimes. You see, Hamas fires rockets at innocent civilians while they use innocent civilians to shield their rockets and attacks. Where is the condemnation from the international community?When those pro-Hamas protestors take to the streets in Paris, London, New York, Washington DC, or even right here in South Florida, are they accepting of this practice?
One section of the manual says, “The destruction of civilian homes: This increases the hatred of the citizens toward the attackers and increases their gathering around [to support] the city defenders,” according to the IDF.So herein lies the purpose of Hamas and Islamic Jihad firing from civilian areas: the incitement of the civilian populace against the Israeli force. Furthermore, Hamas fully understands that the IDF doesn’t want to inflict civilian casualties and sees that as a weakness that can be exploited.
As the New York Post reports, “the manual, which came from the Shuja’iya Brigade of Hamas’ military wing, also explained how heavily populated urban areas — called “pockets of resistance” — make operations for the IDF difficult because Israeli soldiers try not to harm civilians. “The soldiers and [IDF] commanders must limit their use of weapons and tactics that lead to the harm and unnecessary loss of people and [destruction of] civilian facilities,” the manual said, according to the IDF.”
The IDF said it was significant that themanual came from the Shuja’iya Brigade. “The IDF fought a major battle in the neighborhood of Shuja’iya, which had been turned into a terrorist stronghold. The discovery of this manual suggests that the destruction in Shuja’iya was always part of Hamas’ plan,” said the IDF said on its official blog.Israel’s Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, gave a press conference Wednesday from Jerusalem where he declared in no uncertain terms, if Hamas had accepted the original Egyptian proposed cease-fire, as Israel did, 90 percent of the civilian casualties in Gaza would have been avoided.
The goal of Operation Protective Edge was to identify and destroy the Hamas infiltration tunnels, degrade Hamas’ rocket firing capability, and destroy Hamas’ rocket stockpiles. IDF reported its troops had destroyed 32 cross-border tunnels built for attacks inside Israel. Hamas and other Gaza militants have fired some 3,300 rockets and mortar rounds at Israel during the hostilities, and Israeli forces destroyed another 3,000 rockets on the ground.
Just remember that in early March of 1916, Pancho Villa led a cross-border attack on Columbus, New Mexico killing several Americans. How did we respond? Just ask General John Pershing.