Do you think Hamas behaved as any movement’ would in reaction to Israel’s Operation Cast Lead.”?
- dandylLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Hamas is not a movement, its a terrorist organization, they are evil, not only do they harm and try and destroy their enemy, but also their own citizens.whose attacks precipitated Operation Cast Lead. The group’s behavior also violated international legal conventions and its fighters and leaders committed numerous war crimes.
United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Chief John Holmes told the UN Security Council, “The reckless and cynical use of civilian installations by Hamas and indiscriminate firing of rockets against civilian populations are clear violations of international humanitarian law.”
It is a war crime to deliberately target civilians. Hamas indiscriminately fired rockets and mortar rounds at cities and neighborhoods in Israel since 2001. No UN resolution was adopted to condemn this war crime and no international effort was made to prevent more than 10,000 rockets and mortars from bombarding Israel.
Hamas also bears direct responsibility for civilian casualties in Gaza because it is a violation of international law to launch attacks from civilian infrastructure. According to the Geneva Conventions and other laws of war, civilians are to be protected and distinguished from combatants. This protection extends to civilian areas to minimize harm to innocents. Hamas provoked return fire on civilian areas by launching attacks from densely populated areas and, specifically, from inside and the vicinity of private homes, schools, mosques, and hospitals. In a report to the Israeli cabinet, Israeli intelligence chief, Yuval Diskin, indicated that the Gaza-based leadership of Hamas was hiding in an underground bunker beneath Shifa Hospital, the largest in the Gaza Strip. Hamas also endangered civilians by ordering its forces to discard uniforms and dress in regular clothes that made them indistinguishable from the civilian population.
In an egregious violation of international law, Hamas terrorists used civilians as human shields, for example, sending them onto rooftops to deter Israeli attacks on their leaders and rocket crews.
Hamas also violated the prohibition on the use of humanitarian symbols as shields. It is illegal, for example, for fighters to try to protect themselves through the use of “signs, emblems or uniforms of the United Nations or of neutral or other States not Parties to the conflict. Hamas repeatedly used humanitarian aid trucks and ambulances to transport fighters and weapons and launched attacks from the proximity of UN buildings and schools.
Irwin Cotler, a former Canadian justice minister, Member of Parliament, and law professor at McGill University, observed that Hamas also violates the prohibitions against the incitement of genocide. “The Hamas covenant itself is a standing incitement to genocide,” says Cotler. In contrast to Israel’s military operation to defend itself from attack, Hamas’ violence targeting Israeli Jews is a part of a grander goal to kill all Jews.
Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians have been systematic and widespread, as opposed to infrequent, and are therefore defined in the treaty of the International Criminal Court and international humanitarian law as a crime against humanity.
Hamas’ final, and arguably most horrendous, war crime is its recruitment of children into armed conflict. From a young age, Palestinian children are taught hatred for Jews and are bombarded with images, written messages, and broadcasts that glorify martyrdom. They are often pressed into service to engage in or assist others in terrorist activities, including acting as suicide bombers.
- 1 decade ago
Hamas is not a movement; Hamas is a semi-organmized band of murderers. If all the rapists in a certain city formed a union, that would not make it a legitimate labor force. In Operation Cast Lead (a purely defensive miltary action forced upon Israel after more than twelve thousand Pearl Harbor type of attacks), Hamas murdered Arab babies and used these murdered babies in order to trick certain naive reporters into believing that they were civilian casualties (none of the more sophisticated and better educated reporters accept that any longer, of course). That is rather sad. I pause and say a prayer re these babies.
- 1 decade ago
Not at all. In most wars the soldiers move the civilians out of danger and protect them first.
The first thing Hamas leadership did was go hide in bunkers leaving the masses to take the hit.
There is nothing normal about mass cowardice.
They talk big but hide out when it's time to fight.
They sicken me. I have more respect for the communist and that is small.
- Kevin SLv 41 decade ago
Hamas is not a movement. It has a political wing and military wing. It is a government. Unfortunately it is a totalitarian government. It purposefully puts its civilians in danger for political reasons. This phenomenon has been in many places. Is this concept endogenous? No, I believe it is religious.
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- The First DragonLv 71 decade ago
No. A normal movement would not let its operatives hide among defenseless civilians, putting the civilians in harm's way. Any militant movement with the slightest sense of honor would try to draw the enemy fire away from the civilians. It would never allow civilians to shield its fighters or its weapons from enemy strikes.
A normal militant movement would do its best to protect civilians, never to put them in harm's way. It would regard its children and mothers as precious treasures to be kept safe, not as battlements behind which to hide.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Hamas says that they are simply defending the palestinians from Israel...but they forgot to mention using the people they say they are protecting as human shields, and killing their own people so they can accuse Israel of war crimes!!!! Heres the proof to my information...
(member of hamas legislative council ADMITTING THE USE OF HUMAN SHEILDS)
(Hamas actually using a boy as a human shield!)
http://www.honestreporting.com/articles/45884734/c... (Quotes from people inside gaza explaining how and why hamas killed palestinians)
(Hamas members destroying a wedding and killing the groom just for singing and dancing!!!)
Also...Does teaching very young children to join hamas, kill the Jews , and sacrifice themselves to"Allah" include a "reaction" to Israel's "aggression"? (Which hamas does)
(Heres a video of what hamas teaches the very very young children)
- Anonymous1 decade ago
But when it comes to Israel there is a lot of double standard. Israel is justified in defending itself, but hamas is not. Israel is allowed to obtain weaponary and nuclear but hamas is not. Israel is allowed to invade, terrorize and control, but hamas is not. If hamas is a terrorists organisation (which it is) its justified because its fighting a terrorists government. Nobody can say they wouldnt do the same under the circumstances. 60 years of occupation and humiliation, I think we have had enough.
- LupinesLv 61 decade ago
Hi. Their "movements" are not normal no. Normal people don't suicide bomb and aren't allied up with other suicide bombers. The don't teach their children to love death more than they love life itself. Radical Islam is not unique to the Palestinian people and it has nothing to do with the West. When the West isn't around or involved in anything, they frequently do it to each other. It's just they hate us more than each other and Israel is the icon of the West that they focus their hate on.
To me also Israel acted better than normal in the circumstances. No other country would show such restraint and allow the subjection of its peoples 10,000 rockets before they did a large scale campaign. Look what America did after 9/11. That is normal because we are grounding and pounding them into submission. Look what we did to Nazi troops in WW2. They weren't going to surrender either we had to ground them and pound them into submission and millions died because they wouldn't surrender. Look what Reagan did after the Libyans blew up our soldiers in cafe in Germany. We bombed the heck out of Libya.
Nations do not need consent from other nations to defend themselves. It helps to have allies around to support us but that isn't the end determining factor. The end determining factor is that one people wants to live and will do what they can to defend themselves and their peoples, while the others do what they can to suicide/homicide their people and others.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
well now both the countries are fighting away like mad
i just hope it will not be the starting of ww3 so lets stop supporting each of them, discourage both and try 2 find a solution 2 this problem!!
- haLv 51 decade ago
you mean by running away and hiding and using civilians as human shields? no, only radical islamic terrorists do that.