I'm sorry to spend so much time on the Israel-Hamas conflict, but it is one of the most persistent sources of misinformation in the world today, and much of that misinformation is being swallowed whole by the sort of person who might read this blog, i.e. left wingers, who seem to be ready at a moment's notice to take Hamas' side in its war against Israel.
This post concerns the long-time claims that Hamas (and before them, the PLO) made a consistent practice of firing on Israel from the middle of civilian areas- even hospitals, schools and religious structures- leaving the Israelis no choice but to risk the death of civilians when they fight back, or invite the death of their own people in an unending campaign of terror.
Unfortunately, as far as I have heard, these Israeli claims are routinely dismissed as nothing but lies and racist propaganda. Even people who should know better, like Thom Hartmann and Amy Goodman seem ready at the drop of a hat to deny that Hamas would sacrifice their own people in such a way.
Well, here are three short excerpts from news broadcasts, from three countries, India, France, and Finland, that prove differently:
It should be noted that the networks had to remove their reporters from Gaza before daring to show this footage, as they claim their reporters would be killed if Hamas could get their hands on them.
But of course, as we see so often in this country, people believe whatever they feel like believing, and even this material, which emanates from three countries not know for their partiality toward Israel, won't make a dent in the opinions of those who have already licensed themselves to support genocidal terrorists.