GAZA CIVILIAN: "HAMAS forced us to be targets"

Inhabitants of Gaza say, “HAMAS militants prevented us from leaving our houses and they fired from there.”

Hamas: Lies, Secrets, Torture, Murder, and Intimidation by Baron Bodissey

Gaza civilians to Hamas fighters: “Go away, go away from here! Do you want the Israelis to kill us all? Do you want to see to our children die under the bombs?” “Take away your arms and missiles!”

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These were the calls by many of the inhabitants of the Gaza strip to the militants of Hamas and their allies of the Muslim Jihad. The bravest were organized and had blocked the access doors to their courtyards, nailed planks over the entrances to the buildings, hurriedly blocked staircases up to high flat roofs. But by and large the guerrillas listened to nobody.

Hamas fighters to Gaza civilians: “Traitors, collaborators of Israel. spies of Fatah, cowards.” “The soldiers of the holy war will punish to you. And in any case you will all die, like us. Fighting the Zionist Jews we are all destined for paradise, aren’t you content to die together?”

And here’s what you get if you don’t cooperate with Hamas.

And thus, shouting furiously, Hamas pulled down doors and windows, hid in high places, in the gardens, used the ambulances, barricaded themselves near hospitals, schools, UN buildings.

In extreme cases they (Hamas) fired at those who tried to block their way in order to save their families, or beat them savagely. “The Hamas militia wanted the Israelis to fire on our houses in order to then accuse them of war crimes,” says Abu Issa, 42 years old, an inhabitant of the Tel Awa area.

Hamas forcing children to act as human shields.

The residents are often threatened by Hamas. “It is nothing new that in the Middle East among Arabic societies the cultural tradition of human rights is missing. It happened under the regime of Arafat that the press was persecuted and censured. Under Hamas it is worse,” says Eyad Sarraj, a famous psychiatrist of Gaza City. And there is another fact emerging more and more obvious when visiting clinics, hospitals and the families of the victims of the Israeli fire. In truth their numbers appear very much lower than the nearly 1,300 dead men and 5.000 wounded, reported by Hamas and repeated by officials of the UN and the local Red Cross.

“The dead men could be not more than 500 or 600. Generally boys between the ages of 17 and 23 recruited into the ranks of Hamas who have literally sent them to the slaughter,” a doctor in Shifah hospital told us, adding that he did not want to be quoted because of the risk to his life.

This data is also confirmed by local journalists: “We have already informed the leadership of Hamas. Why do they insist in swelling the figures of the victims? It is also strange, among other things, that the Non-Governmental Organizations, even the western ones, report these numbers without verification. In the end the truth could surface. It could be like Jenin in 2002. Initially the figure was 1.500 dead. Then the number was reduced to 54, of which at least 45 guerillas fallen during fighting.”

It is enough to visit some hospitals in order to understand that the figures do not tally. Many beds are free in the European Hospital of Rafah, which would have been the one most involved with the victims of the “war of the Israeli tunnels”. The same for the “Nasser” Hospital of Khan Yunis. Only 5 beds out of 150 at the private Hospital Al-Amal are occupied.

As told by Magah al Rachmah, 25 years old, a local inhabitant who lives within a few tens of meters from the four big buildings of the sanitary complex, now seriously damaged: “The Hamas men took shelter above all in the building that accommodates the administrative offices of Al Quds. They sequestered the ambulances and forced ambulance men and nurses to remove their uniforms with the symbols of the paramedics, to disguise themselves and to escape the Israeli sharpshooters.”

Also, the Shifah, the largest hospital in the city, is very far from being full. It seems its basements were densely occupied however. “Hamas had hidden the emergency cells and the interrogation rooms for Fatah prisoners and the Front of the secular Left.

There has been a war within a war with Fatah and Hamas. The local humanitarian organizations tell of “tens of executions, cases of torture, kidnapping in last the three weeks” perpetrated by Hamas.

— Lorenzo Cremonesi 21 January 2009

Gates of Vienna

“Our people have been killed by the disloyal hand of the descendants of apes and pits from the Hamas movement.”

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