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July 25, 2014 2:05 am

A Letter of Thanks From Hamas to the International Media

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Female soldiers of Hamas, which has been blamed for the kidnapping, rallying in uniform to show their support for the kidnappers. Photo: Screenshot / Israellycool.

Female soldiers of HamasPhoto: Screenshot / Israellycool.

Dear Members of the Mainstream Media,

You’ve been awesome! Everyone knows that we start unwinnable wars with Israel because the real victory happens when you predictably side with us each time. And you’ve been so supportive of our strategy that we really want to acknowledge your helpfulness. In particular, we thank you for:

Focusing so much more on our suffering than anyone else’s. Nigerians must die in far greater numbers before you take notice, so we’re glad that you value our lives so much more.

-Minimizing your coverage, if any, of our attacks that led up to Israel’s military response and generally providing so little context that outsiders think that Israelis kill Palestinians just for fun. We’re especially grateful to the French media for this. Their distortions of the conflict are so one-sided that they incite Muslims across France to attack Jews and synagogues, and that is welcomed by our anti-Semitic worldview (although, unfortunately, such attacks remind everyone why Jews need a state).

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-Emphasizing our civilian death toll without explaining that (1) our casualty reports are hasty and inflated, and (2) we maximize that total by using Palestinians to shield our weapons and by urging them to stay in the very areas that the IDF – in its annoying effort to minimize our civilian deaths – warns Gazans to evacuate.

-Never mentioning the fact that if we could kill millions of Israelis, we would (after all, our charter calls for Israel’s destruction). Just as the 9/11 hijackers made the most of what they had but would have liked to kill far more Americans (for example, with the help of WMD), we too would love to kill far more Israelis. Indeed, we have purposely targeted Israel’s nuclear reactor on several occasions, with that very goal in mind. Fortunately, you never highlight the genocidal intent behind our attacks when mentioning Israel’s “disproportionate” response.

-Never calling us jihadists even though we persecute Christians (like the ISIS, which just compelled Mosul’s Christians to convert to Islam). The forced conversion, expulsion, or murder of Christians and other religious minorities by Islamists has been happening for millennia, as assiduously documented in Crucified Again, but such historical context is thankfully absent from your reporting on our conflict with Israel.

-Downplaying how bad we are for Gazans by not reporting on, for example, our attack on the very Israeli power station that provides electricity to 70,000 Gazans. Thankfully, you also ignored how the Israelis – in their stupid display of goodwill -exposed their workers to the perils of our rockets so that they could restore power to Gaza.

-Minimally reporting on our corruptionunfair wealth, or vast expenditures on tunnels to attack Israel while ordinary Palestinians grew poorer.

-Overlooking how – to maximize Palestinian deaths – we store our missiles in an UNWRA-run school and how, when UNWRA finds out, they just hand us back our missiles.

-Disregarding Arabs who have the courage to critique us – like Dr. Tawfik Hamid, an Islamist-turned-reformer who blames Palestinian suffering entirely on us.

-Ignoring Israelis’ humanitarian folly in providing medical aid to the very terrorists trying to kill them.

-Failing to acknowledge Israel’s immense restraint. Had we been fighting Syria’s Assad regime, by now Gaza would have been flattened – devastated by barrel bombs, poison gas, and other attacks that are far more indiscriminate than Israel’s intelligence-directed strikes. And of course, if Syria were killing us, you’d hardly care. But luckily, we’re dealing with Israel – that country that everyone loves to hate – so we can count on your helpful coverage here.

-Omitting how Israel chose to sacrifice dozens of IDF soldiers when destroying our tunnels and weapons in densely populated areas like Shejaiya because doing so with airstrikes (which risks no soldiers) would have killed many thousands of Palestinians. Your friendly omission of such crucial facts reminds us of how wonderfully you covered Jenin in 2002, when (again) – rather than praise Israel’s humane but costly decision to use ground troops rather than airstrikes – you very helpfully and falsely accused Israel of a massacre during another IDF operation to stop Palestinian terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians.

-Not sharing with your English readers what we openly say in Arabic: that we view any truce as just an opportunity to rearm for our next war against Israel (as our spokesman, Musheer Al Masri, recently declared on TV).

-Not underscoring that Israel can do nothing to make peace with us (after all, Israelis ended their occupation of Gaza in 2005 and we’ve been rocketing them ever since). It’s a bit nervy of Israel to use its border controls to limit our ability to rearm and rebuild cross-border attack tunnels, but – with your help – maybe the next cease-fire will remove Israel’s blockade so that we can more easily replenish our weapons and restore our tunnels for our next attack. And yes, we’re embarrassed that our fellow Arab Muslims in Egypt also choose to blockade us because of the problems that we’ve caused them.

-Not reminding readers, when you mention potential truce arrangements, that world powers are no more capable of ensuring a demilitarized Gaza than they were capable of disarming Hezbollah in south Lebanon.

Seriously, you’ve been AMAZING. Please keep it up!

Love,

Hamas

P.S. Many thanks also to the countless protesters around the world who follow your lead, embolden us, and make us look legit!

Noah Beck is the author of The Last Israelis, an apocalyptic novel about Iranian nukes and other geopolitical issues in the Middle East.

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  • h

    This is an amazing and accurate post!

  • Aidan

    You sir, are a legend. This is the best and most precise post I’ve seen about this conflict. Thank you.

  • Jack Wagner

    Israel and the IDF must stay the course in Gaza until all tunnels and armament are totally destroyed. At no point in this campaign should the Israeli’s cave to outside pressure. This mission must be completed. And, it should be made clear to the Palestinian people that Israel will never negotiate with terrorist groups like Hamas.

  • sambo

    Thank G-d for Noah.

  • Charles Sinaga

    Since the beginning I already have known that ISLAM behind all this. Islam wants to take over the power in this world. They thought they can use their religion to againts all nations on behalf of the name of ALLAH(claimed as God), claimed as God’s will. but person who againts others is a devil, not God’s will. Islam used Palestinian to destroy Jews. They need to prove that Mohammed claimed as the true prophet and turn the truth on script that Jesus is False. This is demons willing, works behind Islam, and all nations that lately convert to Islams thought they were reight in the right side , the right religion and right God. But Jesus never been fallen as His spirit works in Our hearts and our minds, although we are so minority in INDONESIA(Christians) we have good position in this country. God always with us. likw his promise. We do believe Israel also osave a grace in the guidance of God’s hands as we never forget the promise of God to Israel that Jerusalem is His promise land. What is God decide meant to be never been changed by man willings. we pray for israel, and we pray for Palestine. But since killing people is a sin, I think it is good idea to israel, how to killed hamas without killed civil of palestine. create a great Propaganda, something like, on behalf of Islam’s need israel provoke palestinian moslems so their mind set changed and their favor moved to israels’s islams. I think in the name of togetherness, palestinian moslems will favor to israelis moslems work togeter to againts hamas.

  • Dalia

    The world and all leaders need to stand by Israel who is doing nothing else than any other country would do in the same situation. Defend itself against a group that wants them dead. ( has wanted them dead and will continue to want them dead) It will be an ongoing battle unless and until Hamas is wiped out and a new democratic leadership is in place who will respect and care for their people, its fellow Jews and their right to exist , and who truly wants to live in peace. Until then, there will be no peace. We need to realize that if we don’t stand by Israel’s side ( standing and dealing with Hamas strongly, Hamas will continue doing what they do.. terrorizing..not only Israel, but potentially all nations. We, as Americans, need to stand strong against this evil and defend Israel’s right to defend itself and survive.

  • Great.
    My sentiments exactly.

  • Karen

    Great paper ! Bravo and Thank you ! you managed to make me laugh in the middle of all this sh**

  • Rave

    Mainstream media: when given a chance, aggressively challenge their interviewers on TV (e.g. Ambassador Dermer video on CNN); don’t buy their products; write their advertisers and complain.
    Don’t subscribe to their newspapers. Respond in their forums with facts and logic and feelings (calmly) even if outnumbered.
    Challenge their “facts” and “statistics”; note Pallywood. Note propaganda. Note Arab lies in every war for the past 60 years– remember Saddam Hussein’s “Mother of all Victories” as US destroyed his army of 100,000 men with fewer than 100 casualties? Remember the Yom Kippur war “victory” (per Egyptian museum) despite the great loss the Egyptians suffered (Third Army surrounded, walked home).
    Challenge their sources, the intimidation by Palestinians of journalists; of Palestinians who are shooting the pictures, collecting the “Facts”. Make them rotate fresh people in–people with new ideas
    Don’t stop. Don’t surrender to this nonsense.

  • Murphy

    the main question is: do the Palestinians really want to live in peace? the right answer is: no, they don’t, because peace would stop the endless stream of money from the Arab countries and from the UNO! worst of all, it would mean that “the fighters for freedom” to begin normal lifes (aka work, law and respect of others), instead of the circus show they perform since 1948.

  • Hastaroth

    The world had always been against Israel,because in their eyes,Israel means that the Jews are no longer an easy prey for any new wannabe Hitler.

  • Stephen M.

    Can any medieval heathen religion have been worse than islam? Child sacrifice (human shields), crucifixion and beheading of all non-adherents, suicide attacks with the aim of mass slaughter, desire for the obliteration of a whole people, desire to impose a medieval legal system on the world… Their spokesmen lie barefacedly to the media, as this excellent article shows.

    And the response given to them by the rest of the world? “They are peace-lovers. We believe everything they say. They mean well. Let’s give them more funds. And let’s allow them time to develop a full range of nuclear weapons, in the cause of peace.”

    Foolish nations! The penalty you will pay for rejecting the One True God will be extreme, and eternal – and it’s coming your way soon.

  • Robin

    Yeah Hamas, you should get down on your faces and praise allah for the Lame Stream Media.

  • susan staehs

    What does the world misunderstand
    The meaning of TERRORISM ???
    HAS THE WORLD GONE INSANITY !!!!
    SHAME ON HOW OUR LEADERS ARE EVEN ATTEMPTING
    TO CONVERSE WITH TERRORIST AND DEMOCRACY PATRIOTS

  • Jeff

    Soooooo aptly and succintly stated!!!! Thank you.

  • Les Cazin

    one day the west will wake up to the threat from fundamental Islamists whose stated aim is the Islamification of the world. Israel is the only democratic state in the middle east that stands between this and the western world. Winston Churchill in 1903 stated that the greatest threat to world stability that he could foresee was the Islamist world….he had the same foresight then that he later had both before the first and second world wars and was right but not taken notice of then !!

  • L.M.

    God help us the world is mad in thinking that one can co-exist with Hamas or any terrorist .
    Israel is the only beacon of freedom in the middle east
    I pray that the Almighty protect Israel and the IDF in their fight for survival. Hang tough BIBI the Christians are with you and the people of Israel always..

    • M

      It’s just so heartbreaking, how the world has turned against Israel. But I guess it’s meant to happen. Israel will finally realize that it cannot rely on other nations or by its own devices in order to prevail. Don’t lose heart, we are always praying for you.

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