Hamas is a terrorist organization — it doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt


2018 Gaza protests

The protests in Gaza are not peaceful.
Hamas is a terrorist organization that utilizes violence to achieve its aims.

Amid the recent protests in Gaza, story after story on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has focused on Israeli responses to the protest or the protesters’ repeated pledges that their actions were nothing more than a nonviolent expression of displeasure with the status quo.

That’s the wrong way to look at it.

The New York Times ran an editorial under the headline “Israel’s Violent Response to Nonviolent Protests,” which focused on Yasser Murtaja, a 30-year-old journalist who was killed at the border earlier this month.

The editorial explored reporting that Murtaja was wearing a “PRESS” sign when he was killed. But it only briefly cited and did not meaningfully explore the charge leveled against Murtaja by many in Israel — that he was, in fact, a Hamas operative.

I spoke with David Keyes, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who told me: “This ‘photographer’ was 100% a Hamas officer. … I saw the intelligence myself. There is not a scintilla of doubt.”

In general, the recent coverage surrounding this issue has left out the relevant context in which these protests should be viewed.

So, for anyone following the news out of the Middle East, here’s a refresher on Hamas, the terrorist organization that has effectively taken control over the protests.

Throughout the conflict, Hamas has unabashedly called for, and carried out, the slaughtering of innocents. They have been responsible for suicide bombings that have killed and injured civilians on the street, in cafes, restaurants, clubs, buses, and shopping centers.

The physical impact of such attacks is immediately obvious: blood loss, maybe loss of a limb, or a necessary function, or even death. What’s less immediately …read more

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