IDF Captures Hamas Combat Manual Explaining Benefits of Human Shields

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hamas-manualA Hamas manual on “Urban Warfare” found by the Israeli Defense Forces makes it unmistakably clear that Hamas desires civilian casualties amongst its own people and encourages its fighters to engage in battles in civilian populated areas in order to draw an Israeli response.

“Where is the U.N. Human Rights Council? Where is Amnesty International? Where is Human Rights Watch? Where is the international media and Middle East pundits. Where are all the lawfare experts? Here is ‘Exhibit A’ to indict Hamas for war crimes and crimes against humanity by placing the people of Gaza as human shields,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, dean and founder and associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

The Hamas manual on “Urban Warfare” belonged to the Shuja’iya Brigade of Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. The manual explains how the civilian population can be used against IDF forces and reveals that Hamas knows the IDF is committed to minimizing harm to civilians.

Throughout Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has continuously used the civilian population of Gaza as human shields. The discovery by IDF forces reveals that Hamas’ callous use of the Gazan population was intentional and pre-planned.

This Hamas urban warfare manual exposes two truths: (1) The terror group knows full well that the IDF will do what it can to limit civilian casualties. (2) The terror group exploits these efforts by using civilians as human shields against advancing IDF forces.

In a portion entitled “Limiting the Use of Weapons,” the manual explains that the “soldiers and commanders (of the IDF) must limit their use of weapons and tactics that lead to the harm and unnecessary loss of people and [destruction of] civilian facilities. It is difficult for them to get the most use out of their firearms, especially of supporting fire [e.g. artillery].”

Clearly Hamas knows the IDF will limit its use of weapons in order to avoid harming civilians, including refraining from using larger firepower to support for infantry.

The manual goes on to explain that the “presence of civilians are pockets of resistance” that cause three major problems for advancing troops:

(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

Lastly, the manual discusses the benefits for Hamas when civilian homes are destroyed: “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]).”

It is clear that Hamas actually desires the destruction of homes and civilian infrastructure, knowing it will increase hatred for the IDF and support their fighters.

It is also of no small importance that this manual belongs to the Shuja’iya Brigade. The IDF fought a major battle in the neighborhood of Shuja’iya, which had been turned into a terrorist stronghold. The discovery of this manual suggests that the destruction in Shuja’iya was always part of Hamas’ plan.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

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  1. What are the places on the internet (e.g. facebook, twitter, etc, etc) that this can be posted to, with a picture of the manual, and a translation? Can Matzav or anyone please post the above at those places.

  2. Dear Editor, After I sent my comment, I noticed a picture of the Hamas manual right here in the article. Maybe it needs more emphasis / highlighting with arrows pointing to the[enlarged] text, and translation. This applies both to the article here and to any other postings done. Thanks

  3. where is OBAMA , KERRY , MOON AND COMPANY??? WHY DON’T THEY REQUEST THAT HAMAS BE CHARGED WITH WAR CRIMES , NOT THE JEWISH STATE , WHO FIGHTS DEFENSIVELY AND ATTEMPTS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE , TO AVOID CIVILIOAN DEATHS BY PRE-WARNINGS TO CIVILIANS (WHICH IS NOT NECESSARY DURING TIME OF WAR AND NO COUNTRY ON THIS PLANET DOES THIS!)!! TIME TO REALIZE THE ACCURATE PICTURE AND CORRECT FOCUS!!!!!!!

  4. Zeh HaKlall: Hamas exists solely for the purpose of killing Jews — even if it means killing their own.

    The Leftist UN and the leftist media basically turns a blind eye to this fact — even it means that UN buildings are damaged because Hamas has their rocket launchers parked nearby.

  5. Why do all these types of videos and articles appear on Matzav and other sites that are already pro Israel, but not in other media? In this upside down world, this kind of proof doesn’t help. We see the proof but we don’t need proof. They see the proof and either don’t publicize it or ignore it.

  6. Evil offers no asylum to peace. Until this becomes part of every holocaust museum, we still have to fight with editorials and prayers. Expansion projects, horribly, are needed.

  7. Nothing we didn’t already suppose was out there. However, can you give a source for this? Most of my friends have never heard of Matzav, and are going to want something more mainstream.

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