For Hamas, More Palestinian Corpses Means More Success

Hamas sends waves of young men to defy Israeli orders, expecting they will die and hoping the media will vilify Israel for their deaths.

Palestinian protesters burn tires during a protest on the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Monday, May 14, 2018.

By Michael Brown Published on May 16, 2018

I hate the fact that so many Palestinian protesters have been killed or wounded in recent weeks. And I’m not saying that Israel has done everything right in the conflict. But for Hamas, this is the only way to defeat Israel. The strategy is as cynical as it is simple.

Hamas cannot possibly defeat Israel militarily. It can inflict pain and terror on a limited basis, but nothing more. Israel would crush Hamas in a matter of weeks or even days in an all-out war.

Hamas can only win the propaganda war, the war of public opinion. But how does it do this as a terrorist organization? Again, the strategy is simple.

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Hamas sends waves of young men to defy Israeli orders. The IDF soldiers kill and wound the Hamas-provoked protesters. The media follows Hamas’s script, reporting Israel’s atrocities to the world. Then the nations of the world condemn Israel for “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide.” The more Palestinians corpses and casualties, the greater the success.

Hamas Needs Good PR

Aaron Klein has pointed out that “Hamas, desperate over its increasingly precarious situation in Gaza and eager to please Iranian paymasters, has escalated the premeditated, openly violent campaign aimed at breaching the Israel-Gaza border and attacking nearby Israeli communities.”

“This,” he writes, “while the news media hypes Hamas-provided casualty counts and portrays the Gaza rioters as peaceful protesters frustrated that there is no Palestinian state and angry that the U.S. moved its embassy to Jerusalem. In doing so, the news media are actually advancing Hamas’s cause.”

Writing in England, Melanie Phillips explains that:

The people who caused these deaths are the Hamas themselves. But the people at whose door these dead Arabs should also be laid are the BBC and those in the rest of the British and other media who have acted their part in the script the Hamas has written: to cause as many Gazans to lose their lives as possible, the younger the better, so that the western media will portray Israel as wanton and disproportionate killers.

She is absolutely right.

A Well-Orchestrated “Protest”

Hamas leaders carefully arranged a two-month protest campaign to culminate on May 15, the day of “Al-Nakba,” literally, “the disaster,” which is the Palestinian description of the founding of modern Israel. But with the moving of our embassy on May 14, the climactic protest was moved up one day.

According to one report of these well-organized “protests,” there are tents behind the main crowds for prayer and for food. There, the young men say their final prayers before attempting to breech the security zone and break down the fence. They are ready to become shahids, martyrs, for their cause. They expect to die.

According to The Jerusalem Post:

Hamas members, unarmed but clearly directing some of the young men, are in the crowd. They watch for an area of burning tires and protesters where the protesters have managed to get close to the fence or breach the first line of barbed wire. Some of these professional activists are on motorcycles and they may come and go or drive along the line of protests or observe them from a high point. When they sense that a breach can be made they gather together groups of young men, men who have prepared beforehand for the assault. Like some kind of First World War charge of death, the young men then rush as a group toward the fence.

And in the event that any of these young men made it into Israeli territory, there would be one goal only: kill and destroy. Yet today, these same young men are the innocent victims. And Israel, in the words of Turkey’s President Erdogan, is a “terror state” committing acts of “genocide.” Just the way Hamas scripted it!

Killed For the Media

Speaking of the May 14 protests, Phillips wrote:

For the media to portray this as a protest — moreover an unarmed protest — is to perpetrate a lie that is beyond wicked. Those 55 dead Arabs, and however many more will be sacrificed tomorrow and the next day as cannon fodder on the basis that the western media will report this as ‘unarmed protest’, are therefore being killed for the BBC and other media who have been dutifully playing their role in this infernal propaganda charade.

A Christian colleague living in Bethlehem had this to say, writing to me privately on the 15th: “After Israel said it would target Hamas leaders for assassination if riots did not disperse, they suddenly did just that. But with an estimated 60 rioter deaths yesterday, Hamas has found cause to rejoice. It successfully offered human sacrifices on the altars of political gain.”

Keep the Story Straight

It is the only way for Hamas to win its war with Israel.

These, then, are good sacrifices to make, as grisly as it sounds. After all, this is Hamas. This is radical Islam. What else can you expect?

And so, while I grieve over each of these deaths and do not whitewash all of Israel’s actions (Israel has her share of internal critics, too), I put the blame for this tragedy where it belongs: at the feet of the leadership of Hamas.

In all of our reporting and commenting, let’s keep our story straight.

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  • michael

    It was a mixture of people. I found out that Hamas isn’t that popular anymore .

  • tz1

    When you have no hope in this life for anything better, your only hope is your death can make an impact to hurt those oppressing you.

    I would simply note I know of ZERO Christians being missionaries to Gaza bringing the light and hope of Christ to that dying strip of land. Where are they? Why don’t you go there and show them? Oh, they are filthy sub-human goyim that even Jesus can’t bring to eternal life? If not, why don’t Christians help to change the conditions, the equation, Gaza itself so there is hope in Christ Jesus for a better tomorrow?

    Hamas at least gives their death (sometimes by risking a choice) a meaning.

    Why is Hamas preaching so much better than the Gospel, or hasn’t it been tried?

    It is disingenous to grieve over those you’ve ignored and damned over your own inaction. 11 of the 12 Apostles were martyred. I don’t know if there are even 11 evangelists preaching the gospel in Gaza.

    But if they were to become Christian, they couldn’t remain the inhuman caricature, and might have some just causes against the Israelis. They might need to open the borders, have supplies including food, medicine, and infrastructure like water and sanitation built. Better to leave them as inhuman animals in our minds since that avoids the hard questions.

  • Stu Nahan

    In the interest of consideration of potential bias, its important to note that Michael Brown, Aaron Klein, and Melanie Phillips are all Jewish. The Jerusalem Post is also a Jewish source.

    The substance of Michael Brown’s argument is this:

    Hamas, being unable to wage effective war against Israel militarily, had the brainchild to wage a “propaganda war” by provoking its own people to “defy Israeli orders” which, in turn, would ensure their own murder/wounding by IDF (Israeli Defense Forces).

    That is beyond ridiculous given that the mainstream media, Aaron Klein of Breitbart being a prime example, considers it its job to run interference for Israeli atrocities or settlement expansion on Palestinian land.

    Its important to remember that the Palestinians have been “protesting against the opening of Washington’s Jerusalem embassy, along with Nakba Day, and occupation harshness, blockaded Gazans harmed most of all.” (See “Raging Israeli Violence on Palestinians” by Stephen Lendman)

    Remember also that the announcement of Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel and the embassy move there constitute a violation of international law.

    a. “When the government of Israel annexed East Jerusalem, in violation of international law, the World Council of Churches joined the international community in protest, declaring: ‘This decision is contrary to all pertinent UN resolutions. It most dangerously undermines all efforts towards the just solution of the Middle East problem and thus jeopardizes regional and world peace’”

    b. The UN General Assembly ruled against the US when it tried to unilaterally, and against international law, declare Jerusalem to be the capitol of Israel.

    As Stephen Lendman wrote yesterday, “No one directed Gazans to do anything. They came out voluntarily en masse, protesting peacefully against Israeli viciousness.”

    Notice Michael Brown’s dialectic, his game.

    He sorrows over Palestinian loss of life

    He gives lip service to any potential Israeli wrongdoing

    He blames Hamas

    The beauty of all of this, of course is:

    a. Brown gets to look empathetic

    b. Palestinians can still be pitied

    c. Israel’s crimes are whitewashed

    d. Hamas becomes the fall guy.

  • Stu Nahan

    If you want insight into how Israel/IDF treats innocent Palestinians search

    1. YT for “Israeli Ministers Defend Soldiers Filmed Cheering in Sniper Video”
    2. BBC article entitled “Israeli minister praises viral video sniper”


    Hamas: Worshiping Molech, sacrificing their own children.
    Recall the words of Golda Meir:
    “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”

  • Boris

    Jerusalem has become a Disneyland for adult Christians who think Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are real.

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