Washington Post: Shifa Hospital in Gaza City ‘Has Become a De Facto Headquarters for Hamas Leaders, Who Can Be Seen in Hallways and Offices’

July 21, 2014 11:00 am 16 comments
A screenshot of a Hamas diagram, filmed as part of an IDF video from 2009's Operation Cast Lead, showing how weapons are hidden by mosques. Photo: IDF / Screenshot.

A screenshot of a Hamas diagram, filmed as part of an IDF video from 2009's Operation Cast Lead, showing how weapons are hidden by mosques. Photo: IDF / Screenshot.

Contrary to international rules of warfare, Hamas has commandeered a large hospital in Gaza City as its “de facto headquarters,” the Washington Post reported.

Buried eight paragraphs in, The Post‘s correspondent, William Booth, wrote on July 15:

“At the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, crowds gathered to throw shoes and eggs at the Palestinian Authority’s health minister, who represents the crumbling ‘unity government’ in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The minister was turned away before he reached the hospital, which has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices.”

Last week, The Post also reported, and also included near the end of an article, how Hamas was hiding rockets inside of a mosque, also against international rules of war. On Friday, buried toward’s the end of The Post’s dispatch from the front, one of its correspondents reported actually seeing rockets being moved into the mosque during Thursday’s five-hour humanitarian ceasefire:

“During the lull, a group of men at a mosque in northern Gaza said they had returned to clean up the green glass from windows shattered in the previous day’s bombardment. But they could be seen moving small rockets into the mosque.”

According to international rules of military engagement,  civilian public and religious buildings cannot to be used to shield weapons, but that has been a long-held Hamas tactic in Gaza.

On Thursday, UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, said it discovered 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school it operated in Gaza.

UNRWA said the rockets were discovered during a “regular inspection” and that it immediately “informed the relevant parties and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school.”

The UNRWA came under criticism on social media for handing the rockets back to the “relevant parties,” who readers interpreted as being the Hamas militants who hid the arms in the school.

16 Comments

  • Lev-Tov ZOHAR

    Bomb the hospital flat. Kill every person in front of the rat-bastard terrorists. Kill them by the thousands. When the world finally sees the NEW price of Jewish blood, they’ll stop giving Arabs money.

  • Blow up the hospital and wipe out all the vermin

  • I heard that Kerry for planning to bribe Hamas with money to achieve a cease fire. How stupid can our government be to continue to reward terrorism. Are they blind or just anti-Israel??? Israel needs to stand strong and continue this operation otherwise they are committing suicide by bending to pressure. If the savages win it is the end of the civilized world.

  • For those who cry out at the high death toll amongst the citizens of Gaza, Absolutely, Cry Out! But cry and Shout at the guilty party. Hamas has caused this death and destruction. No other Army in the world goes to the lengths that Israel does to protect civillians. Hamas wants its people to die,this serves its purposes well. By their own admission. This is why they hide in schools and mosques and Hospitals.Israel provides aid, even now during a time of war, they are providing aide to the Palestinian people. The medical Equipment and medications being used in the hospitals is coming from none other but Israel. The world calls Israel Immoral? How Absurd!!And whilst the Palestinian People are living in Poverty, Millions of US Dollars in Aid that Hamas receives for the citizens of Gaza is redirected to build tunnels for terror activities. Hamas Leaders hide in schools and hospitals and tunnels, and they use civilians as human shields, threatening those who wish to flee and take heed of Israels request to seek safety. Those same people who Cry out. Please do Cry Out! and since you are so concerned for the poor Palestinians in Gaza, and this is your motivation for your shouting and crying, and not simple hatred and good old fashioned anti semitism wrapped in a celophane coating of anti zionism, please be sure to also cry out for the 160,000 men women and children killed in Syria in the past 3 years. Are these people less important to you because there isnt a Jew at hand to cast blame apon? I wont go down the path of Libya, Nigeria,or countless other places….Please Cry out!!!

    • Anita G Hitchcock

      Well said Julia! It is hamas that must accept the blame for these needless deaths. Also the Palestinian government and people who support hamas need to share that blame. Israel is NOT at fault here!

  • History of Al-Shifa hospital:

    Al-Shifa, which means “healing” in Arabic, was originally a British Army barracks, but was transformed into a center to provide treatment for quarantine and febrile diseases by the government of the British Mandate of Palestine. Prior to the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, al-Shifa was the only hospital in Gaza. When the Egyptians administered the Gaza Strip after the war, the quarantine and febrile diseases department was relocated to another area in the city and al-Shifa developed into the central hospital of Gaza. Initially, a department for internal medicine was established, followed by a new wing for surgery, and subsequently new buildings for pediatrics and ophthalmology were added to the hospital.[3]

    After a brief occupation by Israel during the 1956 Suez Crisis, the returning Egyptian administration, under directives by president Gamal Abdel Nasser, paid more attention to the health and social situation of Gaza, and al-Shifa was expanded to include departments for obstetrics and gynecology. They established a new health administration for the Gaza region, later building several clinics throughout the city that were attended by doctors from the hospital.[4] The largest department in al-Shifa was internal medicine (100 beds), then pediatrics (70 beds), surgery (50 beds), ophthalmology (20 beds) and gynecology (10 beds).[5]
    Israeli occupation and Palestinian control[edit]

    When Israel reoccupied Gaza in the 1967 Six-Day War, the entire Egyptian administration and staff in the hospital were taken prisoner.[6] By 1969, the internal medicines department grew to contain several sub-departments.[7] The hospital underwent a major Israeli renovation in the 1980s as part of a showcase project to improve the living conditions of Gaza residents.[8]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Shifa_Hospital

    According to Haaretz, as part of the renovation, Israel built Building 2 at Al-Shifa, which included a large basement for laundry and administrative services. This basement is where Israel alleges Hamas leadership is hiding, but given the existence of numerous tunnels, which appear to be far safer than a hospital that the IDF has repeatedly attacked, it seems rather unlikely.

    Of course, Wikipedia insists that Ahmed Jabari (second in command of Hamas military wing, since killed in an assassination by Israel in 2012) hid there in 2008. However its sources for the allegation merely state that the Shin Bet believed that (unnamed) Hamas leadership was hiding there, not that it was proven or admitted.

    • So what’s your point….what relevance does the history of the hospital have to Hamas’s war crimes and contempt for every and all rules of warfare?

  • they did this before and people refuse to acknowledge it. In Lebanon hezbouleh often launched missiles from near UNIFIL sitesand got away with it. We already know that unwra has many hamas people on their payroll. Time to close unwra

  • Isaac brajtman

    Surprised by UNRWA action !!! Is there a comment by the head of UNO ?

  • Remember all is fair in Jihad when infidals are the ememy. I understand that in the Koran it’s written that you can lie to infidals in order to conquor them.

  • if that is the case then
    Israel has 100% the right and duty to bomb that hospital.

  • Bernard Ross

    the hospital is an important military target that MUST be bombed. That is where murders of Jews is planned. They must no be allowed sanctuary. Their civilians are not more important than Jews who will die becuase they are allowed to live.

    • Another fake account making Jews seem like arrogant shitheads.

    • Sonia Willats

      I watched an interview with an Arab in Gaza (in Hebrew, on Channel 2) at the beginning of the Operation, before the ground invasion. The interviewer spoke about the justification for the rockets and missiles, and he said that Gaza was closed off, and thus justified resistance. The interviewer then asked him if he was being interviewed at the hospital, and if it was used as a military base, and the man shrugged and acknowledged it. I can check the name of the interviewer… but there is not much to debate here.

      And Israel IS, contrary to world opinion, simply trying to defend her citizens against a crazy world.

      THE WORLD OWES ISRAEL A HUGE APOLOGY FOR SPONSORING TERROR BY CHANNELING HUGE FUNDS TO GAZA, WHICH THEY KNOW QUITE WELL GOES TO TERRORISM AND NOT TO THE PEOPLE. United Nations is guilty of providing a shield to terrorists and chanelling monies, and allowing weapons to be stored with civilians protecting and fronting them. After that, how can the United Nations and Ban have any credibility at all?

    • Unfortunately, the hospital, and any other facility, if used for the purposes of war, under the rules of war becomes a legitimate target. Naturally Hamas does not care because if it is attacked, the civilian deaths will be used as propaganda against Israel. Hamas leaders and operatives should be tried under the Nuremberg for war crimes ans if found guilty, should be punished appropriately.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

    Read more →
  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

    Read more →
  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

    Read more →
  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

    Read more →
  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

    Read more →
  • Music Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough took to Instagram on Tuesday to marvel about climbing the famed Masada fortress with his band during their visit to Israel, where they will perform this week for the first time. The group’s second day of sightseeing in the Jewish state included the Masada hike, and taking a mud bath at the Dead Sea. A picture from the band’s official Twitter page shows the five singers covered in mud. While relaxing in the Dead Sea, [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews US & Canada ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three former yeshiva students who habitually smoked marijuana scored a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to supply weapons for the Afghan Army, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Arms and the Dudes details how the Miami Beach potheads became “the most unlikely gunrunners in history,” according to the book’s author, investigative reporter Guy Lawson. The tale begins with Efraim Diveroli, nephew of [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Theater Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    JNS.org – Natalie Portman, who directs and stars in the new Hebrew-language film adaptation of author Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness, says that despite Oz’s record as a vocal left-wing critic of Israel, her film is not political. Like the book on which it is based, Portman’s film is about a young boy at the time of the founding of the state of Israel. “I think the movie is very much about this very particular, specific family story. Of [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.