Â by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, PAL Watch
During the current conflictÂ between terror organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Israel, Israel has been warning Palestinian civilians ahead of Israeli bombings to evacuate their homes in order to minimize civilian casualties.
Hamas has continuously instructed Palestinians to
Â ignore the warnings Â and stay in their homes, in order that they mayÂ act as human shields Â to protect Hamas terrorists, their weapons and tunnel systems.Â Palestinian Media Watch Â has documented that Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party expressesÂ andÂ supportÂ unity Â with Hamas in its war against Israel.
Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul recently described theÂ Israeli warnings (delivered by phone or fliers distributed from planes) as one of the “most barbaric” Israeli “crimes” and part of an Israeli “plan to expel a larger number of Gaza Strip residents”:
“Al-Aloul said that the occupation government is continuing to step up its crimes against the Palestinian people, the most barbaric being the sending of messages to residents of entire neighborhoods in the Gaza Strip, ordering them to evacuate their homes in order to destroy them. The Commissioner of the [Fatah] Mobilization and Organization [Commission] said that the occupation government is seeking to carry out a plan to expel a larger number of Gaza Strip residents, and to repeat the expulsion it has been carrying out against the Palestinian people from theÂ
NakbaÂ to this day.”
Al-Hayat Al-Jadida ,Â July 17, 2014]
Earlier in the week, the Palestinian Authority’s official daily referred to Israel’s warnings as “false messages” and “one of the forms of theÂ psychological warÂ IsraelÂ is waging against peacefulÂ citizensÂ in their homes.”Â [
Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,Â July 16, 2014]
The PA daily is further promoting the libel that Israel deliberately targets children, ignoring the fact that Israel is trying to avoid civilian casualties, and that it is Hamas who has been urging Palestinians to stay in their homes and “
.”Â An article in the official PA daily entitled “Israel’s war – hunting the children of Gaza” asserted: oppose the Israeli fighter planes with their bodies alone
“Children have become the fuel for Israel’sÂ HolocaustÂ and war againstÂ Gaza. They are now the largest balance in what the Israeli army calls the ‘target bank’ of the fighter planes in the Gaza Strip… In Gaza,Â childrenÂ have become a target hunted by the Israeli warplanes.”Â [
Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,Â July 15, 2014]
Similarly,Â Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub last week called Israel’s bombing of Hamas’ terror infrastructure and missile launching sites a “mass extermination as theÂ Nazis did in Europe in the 1940s”:
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub:Â “Never before this assault – not in 2012, not in 2008 and not in all our history – did the occupation have the courage to carry out mass extermination as the Nazis did in Europe in the 1940s, while the world remains silent – except for a few voices here and there – and our Arab home front is paralyzed…”
AwdahÂ TV host:Â “In what ways can the Arab response – if we can call it that – be strengthened, while they are saying in Israel, ‘what is happening in Gaza
is one percent of what is happening in Syria and Iraq and Libya’?”
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: “Disgraceful, those are despicable words, despicable as they [the Israelis] are. [Arab civil wars] are not their concern and not mine. Let it [Israel] also say that it is one percent of what Hitler did. Fine? Let it also say so. Let it admit that it is doing to the Palestinians – sorry for the expression – what Hitler did to them [the Jews].”
AwdahÂ independent Palestinian TV channel, July 14, 2014]
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The following are longer excerpts of the articles reporting on Al-Aloul’s presentation of Israel’s warnings to civilian Palestinians as a “barbaric” crime, and the paper’s own claim that these warnings are “false messages”:
‘The occupation’s attempts to expel citizens from the border areas is a plan for a ‘newÂ Nakba‘”
“[Fatah Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization and]Â Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul warned against the occupation government’s plan to expel hundreds of thousands of citizens in the Gaza Strip, and said this plan constitutes a ‘newÂ
NakbaÂ (i.e., ‘catastrophe,’ Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel)’ against our Palestinian people.
In an interview for theÂ
MawtiniÂ radio station yesterday [July 16, 2014], Al-Aloul said that the occupation government is continuing to step up its crimes against the Palestinian people, the most barbaric being the sending of messages to residents of entire neighborhoods in the Gaza Strip, ordering them to evacuate their homes in order to destroy them. The Commissioner of the [Fatah] Mobilization and Organization [Commission] said that the occupation government is seeking to carry out a plan to expel a larger number of Gaza Strip residents, and to repeat the expulsion it has been carrying out against the Palestinian people from theÂ NakbaÂ to this day. In addition, he called on the internationalÂ community to assume its responsibilities regarding these crimes, and to demand accountability from the occupation government for its crimes.
Al-Aloul emphasized that the expulsion of [such] a large number of Palestinians is a preparation for genocide and barbaric crimes to be perpetrated by the extremist occupation government. He emphasized that it is important that our people be resolute in the face of these contemptible crimes, and adhere to its basic national principles.”
Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,Â July 17, 2014]
“The false messages [of the Israeli army, calling on civilians to evacuate their homes] are one of the forms of the psychological warÂ Israel is waging against peaceful citizens in their homes.
The Shbeir family, which lives in the central Gaza Strip, received a phone call from the Israeli ‘Ministry of Defense’ at 9:30 p.m., in which it was told to evacuate the house. It was given five minutes to evacuate before the bombing. The father took his children and told his neighbors, who ran together with him after hearing this false message.
Muhammad Shbeir, 10, said: ‘I feel sad because of the bombings and because of the deaths of children, young people, old people and women in the Gaza Strip. The Jews are defeating us. We did not welcome Ramadan joyfully like we do every year…’
Lujin Shbeir, 11, cried when she heard about the evacuation, and said: ‘Why are the Jews doing this to us? They should leave Palestine and get out. Let them go to America or any other big country. We can’t take any more suffering. The Jews are merciless. They kill everything mercilessly.'”
Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2014]