WSJ Reporter in Gaza: “Wonder How Patients at Shifa Hospital Feel as Hamas Uses it As a Safe Place”



By Aryeh Savir

Wall Street Journal’s Nicholas Casey was about to interview a Hamas spokesman in the basement of the Shifa  hospital in Gaza. The Hamas spokesman sat proudly on a chair, his dress immaculate and his shoes polished. Behind him a massive poster was set, allegedly of the destruction in Gaza.

Before conducting the interview, Casey took a photo of the setting and tweeted: “You have to wonder w[ith] the shelling how patients at Shifa hospital feel as Hamas uses it as a safe place to see media.”

Casey was relating to Hamas’ use of human shields and their use of mosques, schools, kindergartens, hospitals and homes as a battle ground.

Hamas deliberately uses Palestinian civilians as human shields, and has a long history of doing so. By using human shields, Hamas hopes to achieve two goals: to deter IDF attacks on legitimate military targets, and to exploit any incidental harm that is caused as a result of IDF military activity.

Hamas knows very well that the IDF does everything that it can to avoid civilian casualties. That is why in recent days Hamas issued messages on its television, radio, and social media platforms to ignore the IDF’s warnings of impending strikes and to remain in their homes.

On July 17th a Hamas terrorist in Gaza escaped into an ambulance when an IDF aircraft targeted him. The IDF called off the strike so as to not hit the ambulance. The terrorist was using the ambulance and its staff to protect himself. On that same day, twenty Hamas rockets were found in a school belonging to UNRWA in Gaza. “(The incident) endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestinian refugees in Gaza,” the UN commented.

Hamas’ use of human shields is a clear and deliberate violation of international law.

Tazpit News Agency

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  1. PICTURES PLEASE ???? A picture is worth a thousand words !!!!!!

    Did the WSJ reporter see any rockets or ammunition there under the hospital

  2. If only one soldier hesitates before shooting, because he sees a baby in the arms of the terrorist charging at him, and gets hurt or worse, that would be horrific. The animals in Gaza know that the Jews are human beings with compassion and they know just how to take advantage of us.Hashem help our chayalim and give them strength to overcome their natural compassion and not even hesitate one second before defending themselves.