The Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Gaza-based resistance faction Hamas, has set four conditions for Israel to meet before the Brigades would halt operations against Israel, which on Tuesday launched a major offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip. (World Bulletin / News Desk)
Â Nice Shooting:
Israeli Airforce and Navy have begun in earnest to eliminate Hamas terrorists and turn their launch facilities and support structure into rubble.
Islamic terrorists attempted to sneak into Israel from the sea near Zikim in order to carry out an attack.Â The IDF smoked them. Â Ka-Boom!
We sawÂ yesterdayÂ that is was likely that the Hamas leader in the house called the neighbors to protect him during the five minutes from the phone call to the bombing.
Since then, as far as I can tell, none of the other terror leader houses that have been bombed have been protected by “human shields,” meaning that the neighbors trusted Hamas to put their lives on the line exactly once.
Of course, Hamas is happy either way. If the human shields work then their houses and weapons caches are saved by their encouragement or coercion of civilians. If civilians are killed, they can then sayÂ this:
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said on his Facebook page that the civilian casualties in Gaza meant that Hamas could do the same to Israel.
Hamas is actively trying to endanger Gaza civilians for PR purposes, which is depraved – and par for the course.
Keep in mind that there is no analogy, as much as Hamas pretends there is. International law allows the targeting of a military objective even if there are civilians in the area as long as the target is of high enough value. International law forbids purposefully placing military targets in civilian areas. And international law forbids purposefully moving civilians to a military target in order to protect it.
International law doesÂ notÂ require a combatant to warn their enemy that they are going to be attacked. Steven Erlanger in the New York TimesÂ made a sarcastic comment yesterdayÂ implying that there was such a standard in warfare, at least for Israel:
Israel does not always give warnings, of course. Also on Tuesday, a missile hit a car traveling along a central Gaza thoroughfare, killing the three occupants. It was not immediately clear who the targets were, though one was reportedly a senior Hamas military official, Muhammad Shaban, andÂ it seemed unlikely that anyone had called them to warn that a missile was on the way.
That comment should be enough to fire the reporter for obvious bias. But, hey, it’s The New York Times.