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Conclusive Proof that Hamas Uses Palestinians as Human Shields

August 7, 2014 9:36 am 29 comments
Hamas' new sniper rifle Photo: Pakistan Defense

Hamas' new sniper rifle Photo: Pakistan Defense

For the past four weeks, as the war has raged in Gaza, Israel has repeatedly pointed to the Hamas strategy of using civilians as human shields. Palestinian spokesmen and supporters, in turn, have insisted that it’s “racist” to accuse Palestinian terrorists of such behavior.

Diana Buttu, a longtime legal adviser to the PLO who frequently appears in the international media, was interviewed on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” on July 10. She declared: “The idea that Palestinians use their children as human shields is racist and reprehensible.”

Yousef Munayyer, executive director of a pro-Arab group called the Jerusalem Fund, appeared on “The Reid Report” on MSNBC on July 24. Referring to the human shields charge, he asserted that “there’s something fundamentally wrong and racist about that argument.”

Part of the reason that these Palestinian propagandists have been able to sow seeds of doubt concerning the human shields is that Hamas does such an effective job of intimidating journalists.

For example, several days ago, the Wall Street Journal published a photograph by Nick Casey of Hamas spokesman Mushir Al Masri using a local hospital as a backdrop to give interviews. The hospital and its patients served, in effect, as a shield for Masri to speak to reporters without being targeted by Israel. A few days after it was posted, the Journal had removed Casey’s photo from its website without explanation.

Meanwhile, a French journalist in Gaza, Radjaa Abu Dagga, published an article in the French newspaper Liberation, describing how when he was taken in for questioning by Hamas, the interrogators used a room in the Al Shifa hospital – proof that Hamas is using the hospital as a shield. But that article, too, was deleted from the Liberation web site after a short time.

But now the story is coming out, and there’s nothing that the Palestinian truth-deniers can do but yell “racist.”

Sreenivasan Jain, a courageous reporter for New Delhi Television (NDTV), posted a detailed expose on August 5, showing Hamas terrorists assembling, and then firing, a rocket right in the middle of a neighborhood filled with residential buildings and hotels. His amazing report can be seen on the NDTV website.

It’s the most graphic evidence yet of Hamas deliberately acting in, and from, civilian areas – in the hope of drawing Israeli fire that will cause civilian casualties and increase international criticism of Israel.

Now comes the most damning evidence of all – in Hamas’ own handwriting.

On August 5, the Israeli Army released copies of an official Hamas manual that it discovered in the Shuja’iya neighborhood of Gaza, where one of the fiercest battles of the war was fought.

It’s titled “Urban Warfare,” and it was produced by Hamas’s Shuja’iya Brigade.The manual includes detailed instructions on how to use the civilians of Gaza against Israel. It explains how because of Israel’s concern about civilian casualties, Hamas can use the “presence of civilians” to its military advantage. Having civilians nearby causes the Israelis “(1) Problems with opening fire; (2) Problems in controlling the civilian population during operations and afterward; (3) Assurance of supplying medical care to civilians who need it.”

The “Urban Warfare” manual also emphasizes the benefits of damage to civilian property: “The destruction of civilian homes: This increases the hatred of the citizens towards the attackers [the IDF] and increases their gathering [support] around the city defenders (resistance forces[i.e. Hamas]).”

Lesson twenty of the Gaza war: The “racism” lie spouted by the likes of Diana Buttu and Yousef Munayyer cannot change the inescapable truth that Hamas deliberately uses Palestinian civilians as human shields, and therefore bears complete responsibility for the harm that has come to them.

Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn are members of the board of the Religious Zionists of America.


  • To correctly paraphrase PLO advisor Diana Buttu, “The only thing more racist and reprehensible than the idea (or the accusation) that Palestinians use their children as human shields, is the reality of their doing so.”

  • For the opposite point of view, please see article “Conclusive Proof that Israeli army uses Gaza children as human shields”:

    • As if you can believe anything from “Electronic Intifada.”

    • Because a website that promotes antisemitism and is entitled “Electronic Intifada” is so trustworthy as a news source.

    • “Islam in a man is as dangerous as rabies in a dog.” (Winston Churchill)
      If your animal contracts rabies, the humane thing to do would be to put it down. Islam is a cancer, rabies, a disease on the face of this earth, let’s at least treat it humanly & put it down. Deport them to the cesspools they crawled out of & when concentrated back in the cesspool, treat with radiation to eradicate the cancer. Massive doses (15kt or more) would go a long way towards saving humanity.
      (A liberal dusting of ‘Daisy Cutter’ would be a nice finish.)

  • Eric Chase Albers

    I don’t think they’re using human shields at hospitals, I think they’re healing people there. There also happens to be an invasion of their country so I would expect for a lot of people to be there.

  • If anybody, after watching the following video, still believes that this manual is original and NOT a fake, then they do not WANT the truth. They enjoy being in ignorance. The IDF couldn’t provide a shred of evidence that human shielding exists within Hamas, so they decide to make their own.
    Just watch it, it will prove without a shadow of a doubt that this manual is a sloppy forgery. Just when you thought the IDF couldn’t sink any lower and couldn’t get more desperate. Pathetic.

  • Eric Anderson

    This article is misrepresenting what “human shields” means. In both common use and relevant international law, illegal human shields are persons forced to protect (or accompany) soldiers or other likely military targets.

    Being near civilians (even placing military facilities near them) is not “using human shields” as such. It is problematic in other ways, but it is not uncommon. The IDF’s headquarters are located amid civilian facilities inside Tel Aviv. The U.S. Pentagon is in the middle of Washington DC. These may run afoul of the general duty to protect civilians from the dangers of military operations, however.

  • Why would Israel shoot at the alleged human sheild when they are protected by iron dome?

    Hamas are fools to draw Israeli fire if in fact they are, but why would it then be okay for Israel then to kill civilians.

    Or is it that you’re mind is so closed with hate, you cannot see the double standard here?


  • I don’t see any actual proof that this is Hamas, or that they even assembled or fired a rocket. At best, this is speculation.

    And why are their faces blurred? And why the heck are they using a bright blue tent, which might as well serve as a bulls-eye target for Israel?

    And why doesn’t the video actually show the launch? And why does it sound like special sound effects have been added to simulate the sound of a launch?

  • I am hoping that we will get a translation of that document by an Arab of unquestionable honesty because I have heard at least one Arab translate it in the opposite way the IDF did. I do not believe that Arab’s translation because it would mean that virtually all Hamas fighters are blatantly disregarding their instructions as set forth in the manual.

    • “an Arab of unquestionable honesty”
      Good God, You must be insane, “an Arab of unquestionable honesty” has never existed!!

  • their is none so blind that will not see

  • You can check this manual for yourself at the following source. Some of those that have, have found evidence that indicates that the manual could be a forgery.

    • The page linked ( is full of nonsense.
      The discoloring hasn’t to “indicates a difference in height. “. In the lower right part of the cover you can see that it has been bent many times to the point that it lost some of the printing color consistent with bending a xerox copy. Try it yourself. The discoloring along the right part seems the consequence of handling with unwashed hands rather than anything.

  • The Israelis must e-publish the Hamas Manual and make it available to the media and others.

  • Lauren Goldman

    The Geneva Convention clearly states in Article 51(7) of the 1977 Additional Protocol I, “The presence or movements of the civilian population or individual civilians shall not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations, in particular in attempts to shield military objectives from attacks or to shield, favor or impede military operations.”

    Case closed. There is way too much actual news footage of Hamas firing rockets from densely populated areas and using human shields (especially children) for a rational person to attribute any other cause for the high civilian casualty numbers. IDF calls ahead to warn civilians to vacate a specific targeted site. Hamas forces them to stay. It is still a military target. Even the Germans did not use human shields, they were soldiers, not disgusting cowards who wear masks and hide behind women and children.

    • It would be naive on our part to think that Hamas has even read the Geneva Convention. They operate outside of the law. They need to be dealt with the same way the United States deal with their terrorist enemies. Negotiation will only legitimize and strengthen their position. Occupation of Gaza (either Israeli or international troops) would prevent terrorist mayhem on a grand scale, although it would never end the smaller terrorist attacks on Israel, the United States, Spain, France, and the rest of the free world. Islamic extremists will never give up the fight to convert the world to their values.

    • If the powers that be in Israel really wanted to kill all of the Palestinians, they could easily have flattened Gaza and the West Bank several times over by now – as Hamas has certainly attempted (and will, no doubt continue to attempt) to do to Israel. Were Hamas not hiding behind children and innocents in the middle of residential areas, they would not fare so well.

  • I hope the Israelis send this manual to the various heads of state around the world.

  • Bruno Balanta

    Never heard such rubbish in my life lol

    Your ramblings are just filled with speculation and conjecture.

    Do you know that the evidence to support the idea that Hamas use human shields – by way of close proximity – is non-existent, whilst there is a substantial amount of evidence that “proves” the IDF have used Palestinian human shields 100’s of time’s. They even tried to appeal in favour of a court ruling that it was in violation of international law.

    Don’t bother listening to this guy, he has no idea what he’s talking about.

  • It’s a forgery. See the YouTube video:

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