The world should not be surprised that Hamas is hiding behind civilians and thereby causing many Palestinian deaths in Gaza, since Hamas leaders announced this strategy at the outset of their war against Israel.
Early in Hamas’ terror war on Israel, Hamas Political Bureau member Ghazi Hamad vowed Hamas would repeat of Oct. 7 massacre “a second, third, and a fourth time,” adding he was not concerned about Palestinian deaths — because he was “proud to sacrifice Martyrs”:
Hamas Political Bureau member Ghazi Hamad: “We need to educate Israel, and we will educate it a second time and a third time. The Al-Aqsa Flood won’t be [only] one time. No, it will be a second time, a third, and a fourth, because we have the will, the decision, and the capabilities to fight. We will pay a price, indeed, we are prepared. Allow me to tell you clearly, we are called “the people of Martyrs” and we are proud to sacrifice Martyrs.”
[LBC TV (Lebanon) website, Oct. 24, 2023]
In addition, senior Hamas official Khaled Mashaal made it clear that Hamas leaders (sitting safely outside of “Palestine”) are not afraid of sacrificing thousands if not millions of Palestinians for “the liberation.”
Comparing potential dead Palestinian “Martyrs” to the millions of “Martyrs” who died for Russia, Vietnam, and Afghanistan during their “liberation” wars, Mashaal made it clear he doesn’t care about dead Palestinians:
Senior Hamas official Khaled Mashaal Mashaal: “Peoples are not liberated easily.
The Russians sacrificed 30 million people in World War II in order to be liberated from Hitler’s attack on them. The Vietnamese people sacrificed 3.5 million people until it defeated the Americans. Afghanistan first defeated the Soviet Union and afterwards America with millions of Martyrs.
The Algerian people [sacrificed] 6 million Martyrs over 130 years. The Palestinian people is like all the peoples, there is no people that is liberated without sacrifices.”
[Al-Arabiya TV website, Oct. 19, 2023]
The author is a senior analyst at Palestinian Media Watch, where a version of this article was originally published.
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Gallant: Seizing Internal Hamas Documents Brings Hostage Deal Closer
i24 News – Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant provided a review to fellow ministers of weapons and documents belonging to Hamas, which were collected by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Document and Technical Means Collection Unit (Amshat) operating in the Gaza Strip.
“This morning we are hosting the government meeting at the IDF, in the defense establishment, to show the ministers exactly how we are achieving and deepening our achievements and what is coming out of the Gaza Strip,” Gallant explained.
“You can see a small part of the things here – missiles, explosive charges, mines, a great many maps, means of communication, documents, computers, drives, all these things which the IDF uses now on as intelligence, and not only that,” the defense minister continued.
“These demonstrate that we penetrated into the heart of the most sensitive places of Hamas and use their intelligence against them,” Gallant described the process of attaining the documents and weapons, hinting at some of the locations from where it was found.
“We are using their weapons against them, detonating them in the field, all this leads to the consequence of deepening and penetrating the heart of Hamas’ capabilities,” the defense minister said.
“The more we deepen our operations, the closer we get to a realistic deal in order to return the hostages,” Gallant concluded.
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UNRWA Chief Urged to Resign After ‘Absurd’ Pledge of Ignorance
i24 News – Israeli diplomatic leaders called for the resignation of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Commissioner-General, Philippe Lazzarini, following denial of knowing about a Hamas data center under the agency’s headquarters in Gaza.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) revealed on Saturday night that Hamas built a vast network of tunnels under the UNRWA headquarters, with a base directly underneath that was even hooked up to its grid.
“The exposure of UNRWA’s Gaza headquarters’ deep involvement with Hamas, including its use for terror activities and as an access point to terror tunnels, requires immediate action,” the Israeli foreign minister, Israel Katz, posted on X.
“Philippe Lazzarini’s claim of unawareness is not only absurd but also an affront to common sense. His prompt resignation is imperative,” Katz concluded.
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, also called for the UNRWA Commissioner-General to resign, responding “it’s not that you didn’t know, it’s that you didn’t WANT to know.”
“We exposed terror tunnels under UNRWA schools and supplied evidence that Hamas’ exploits UNRWA. We implored you to carry out a comprehensive search of all UNRWA facilities in Gaza. But not only did you refuse, you chose to stick your head in the sand,” Erdan added in a detailed post on X.
.@UNLazzarini it’s not that you didn’t know, it’s that you didn’t WANT to know. We exposed terror tunnels under UNRWA schools and supplied evidence that Hamas’ exploits UNRWA. We implored you to carry out a comprehensive search of all UNRWA facilities in Gaza. But not only did… https://t.co/bJsD66OwoO
— Ambassador Gilad Erdan גלעד ארדן (@giladerdan1) February 10, 2024
“Take responsibility and resign today!” the Israeli ambassador said, “Every day we find more proof that in Gaza the UN=Hamas and vice versa. Anything the UN says or claims about Gaza cannot be trusted.”
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