Watch Jake Tapper embarrass pro-Hamas attorney

posted at 8:01 pm on July 10, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Human rights attorney and former Palestinian Liberation Organization legal advisor Diana Buttu was completely disarmed by CNN host Jake Tapper on Thursday, and he didn’t even appear to be trying that hard.

Buttu denied that Hamas has fired rockets into Israel nearly every month since the unilateral pullout of the Gaza Strip in 2005, she insisted that every cease fire between the two sides “has been broken by Israel,” that Hamas’ rockets are “primitive” suggesting that Israel was not justified in responding to them, and that it was “racist” to suggest that Hamas uses human shields.

Let the record show that Hamas is now a race.

She finally admitted that it would be “reprehensible” if Hamas was intentionally using human shields in order to maximize civilian casualties and protect their rocket forces from retaliatory attacks. Fortunately, Buttu asserted, “this isn’t the case.”

Since Buttu admitted that it would be “reprehensible” if Hamas had used civilians as human shields but she is blissfully unaware of such a thing, let’s educate her.

Via The Blaze’s Sharona Schwartz, who compiled a compelling case that the actions Buttu admitted would be “reprehensible” are actually occurring, here is an image the Israel Defense Forces sent out this week featuring Palestinian civilians gathering on the roof of a Hamas operative and likely IDF target.

Human-Shield-Roof

Don’t believe the IDF? Okay, let’s see what Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in Arabic on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV about the use of human shields (translation via MEMRI):

“People are still going to the Kawari family house,” he said, “in order to prevent the Zionist occupation’s warplanes form targeting it.”

Asked specifically about human shields, Zuhri praised the successful tactic. “This attests to the character of our noble, jihad-fighting people, who defend their rights and their homes with their bare chests and their blood,” he later said. “The policy of people confronting the Israeli warplanes with their bare chests in order to protect their homes has proven effective against the occupation.”

“This policy reflects the character of our brave, courageous people. We in Hamas call upon our people to adopt this policy, in order to protect the Palestinian homes.”

Something tells me that Buttu’s tune would change at this point to how justified the Palestinian authorities are to use human shields as one of the few tactics available to them in this asymmetrical conflict, or some other lawyerly nonsense.

Buttu was pretty well undone by Tapper, and you got the impression toward the end of the interview that she knew she had been bested. But, as Hillary Clinton has taught us in the last several weeks, it’s difficult to mount an unqualified defense when you know your client is guilty.


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Israel has F-18′s now? I hope that secret carrier they’re building can fit through the Suez Canal.

reddevil on July 10, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Screw that lawyer and the camel she rode in on.

NOMOBO on July 10, 2014 at 8:17 PM

The Israelis should just bomb the cr@p out of every muslim country within its reach. They can’t count on our help anymore, thanks to that sociopath Obama and his criminal organization he calls his administration, so whatever they need to do to defend themselves is justified.

blackgriffin on July 10, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Israel should have ended this long ago.

DickBurns on July 10, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Hamas are nothing but dirty, cowardly, verminous sub humans and their supporters are not much better. I hope Israel has the will to glassify them all

NOMOBO on July 10, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Israel should buy 5,000 KOMATSU D575 dozers and just clear everything in Gaza out into the ocean…make a nice resort area once the vermin are cleared out…

cp3984 on July 10, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Comparing Israeli war heroes who killed in times of war versus some guy with a bomb vest blowing kids and women in a pizza parlor. Reprehensible.

It’s like arguing that naming a street in Texas after Audie Murphy is the same thing as Illinois naming a street after John Wayne Gacy because they both killed people.

mankai on July 10, 2014 at 8:34 PM

That was very nice. Tapper thoroughly exposed the HAMAS shill.

Hera on July 10, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Mohammedan morals consist in prostrate like bowing 5 times a day in the general direction of some black stone in Mecca that is suppose to have fallen down from their moon-god, Allah, and attending mosque regularly at the appointed weekly time, and in breaking the ten commandments all the balance of the week. It comes natural to them to lie and cheat and kill and enslave in the first place, and then they go on and improve on that nature until they arrive at perfection. I never did dislike anyone as much as those Muslims and especially the Arabs, and most especially the so called “Palestinians”, and when Israel is pushed to war with them again, I hope America and England and France and Russia will not find it good breeding nor good judgment to interfere.

RasThavas on July 10, 2014 at 8:37 PM

mankai on July 10, 2014 at 8:34 PM

An Israeli once told me that, to the Left, there is no moral difference between the arsonist and the firefighter.

Oddly, even that’s not true anymore: the Left values and lionizes the arsonist while despising and denigrating the firefighter …

ShainS on July 10, 2014 at 8:40 PM

A few years back (ok,20 or so) I was walking past a protest in Gaza. I had to intercede when an unhinged anti-Hamas protestor who was profanely berating a young girl, suddenly began to push up against her…pushing her towards and into the street and oncoming traffic. I jumped in the middle to push him back and away – quickly assisted other bystanders along with several non-unhinged anti-Hamas protestors.
And it wasn’t until after that I even knew what the protest/crowd was even about. I along with several pro-Hamas and anti-Hamas folks who’d been involved communed about what an a&&hole the guy was.

rogerb on July 10, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Let the record show that Hamas is now a race.

Well then Israel should offer up empathy bears to Palestinians to put a softer side on the bombing or something.

Happy Nomad on July 10, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Well OK then, it’s ENTIRELY Legal to lob PRIMITIVE rockets indiscriminately… WHO KNEW????

JFKY on July 10, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Screw that lawyer and the camel she rode in on.

NOMOBO on July 10, 2014 at 8:17 PM

A very disrespectful comment. The poor camel was coerced into supporting hamas.

Appalacher on July 10, 2014 at 8:46 PM

She can’t be that stupid. I think she just planned to lie and thought the msm would have her back on it.

Blake on July 10, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Is she related to Susan Rice?

BuckeyeSam on July 10, 2014 at 8:54 PM

rogerb on July 10, 2014 at 8:41 PM

This is never going to get old.

Left Coast Right Mind on July 10, 2014 at 8:55 PM

mankai on July 10, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Excellent point. I wish Tapper had made it.

BuckeyeSam on July 10, 2014 at 8:56 PM

The only reason this “human rights lawyer” is put forward is because of her English and she’s female. It’s all BS.

Ben Hur on July 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM

“But Israel is one of the most repressive Countries in the world!” LibfreeorDie

NiteOwl on July 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM

A few years back (ok,20 or so) I was walking past a protest in Gaza. I had to intercede when an unhinged anti-Hamas protestor who was profanely berating a young girl, suddenly began to push up against her…pushing her towards and into the street and oncoming traffic. I jumped in the middle to push him back and away – quickly assisted other bystanders along with several non-unhinged anti-Hamas protestors.
And it wasn’t until after that I even knew what the protest/crowd was even about. I along with several pro-Hamas and anti-Hamas folks who’d been involved communed about what an a&&hole the guy was.

rogerb on July 10, 2014 at 8:41 PM

It’s obviously your fault and the fault of that young girl that the un-hinged protester became un-hinged. The fact that you calmly allowed the un-hinged protester to berate and attack you and the young girl and you didn’t give him a hug, makes you as just as much to blame (if not more) for what happened.

And cool story, brah.

HumpBot Salvation on July 10, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Tapper was ok in this exchange but should have played the video for this chick and confronted her on her obvious lies. I wonder if he’s ever planning on manning up against the 0bots, or if he plans on remaining one?

clnurnberg on July 10, 2014 at 9:02 PM

She could be the next White House press secretary

gxbhkt on July 10, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Hamas shill. Or is it shillette? Oh, that’s misogynist. Never mind.

vnvet on July 10, 2014 at 9:09 PM

….and that it was “racist” to suggest that Hamas uses human shields.

Well, if that Hamas gig doesn’t work out she’ll have a place in the Obama administration. Or maybe head of the DNC.

Elijah Cummings says “damn girl”!

BacaDog on July 10, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Well, if that Hamas gig doesn’t work out she’ll have a place in the Obama administration. Or maybe head of the DNC.

Elijah Cummings says “damn girl”!

BacaDog on July 10, 2014 at 9:15 PM

More likely working with the Mrs. Carlos Dangerous and Cankles administration…

NiteOwl on July 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM

I was struck with the impression today that other than fellow Arabs, and even they are questionable, no one in the “international community” gives a damn about Gaza. It seems after nearly 10 years of non stop missiles that the Hama’s chickens are coming home to roost. Couldn’t have happened to nicer people.

Franklin100 on July 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

I suspect old Margot Al-Harazi there is a very effective spokeswoman for her audience of ignorant and useful idiots.

Pilgrimsarbour on July 10, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Given that Isis has offered Iraq as the new Muslim homeland, it would seem appropriate for the UN to offer to relocate the poor, displaced Palestinians there.

talkingpoints on July 10, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Tapper was ok in this exchange but should have played the video for this chick and confronted her on her obvious lies. I wonder if he’s ever planning on manning up against the 0bots, or if he plans on remaining one?

clnurnberg on July 10, 2014 at 9:02 PM

She’d just claim the video was incorrectly translated and go back to her talking points.

CJ on July 10, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Given that Isis has offered Iraq as the new Muslim homeland, it would seem appropriate for the UN to offer to relocate the poor, displaced Palestinians there.

talkingpoints on July 10, 2014 at 9:41 PM

I find it humorous that Isis was an Egyptian Goddess, it must really irk Allah that his followers chose that name. Must be why they changed it to just IS. :-)

NiteOwl on July 10, 2014 at 9:48 PM

I’ve got to give Tapper points for this one. I know he’s a Lib with an agenda, but still, even if he was just pretending, that wasn’t bad.

WhatSlushfund on July 10, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Israel should buy 5,000 KOMATSU D575 dozers and just clear everything in Gaza out into the ocean…make a nice resort area once the vermin are cleared out…

cp3984 on July 10, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Whoa, whoa! WTH? Komatsu? Hello … Caterpillar? Throw us a friggin’ bone, dude.

Jaibones on July 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

The only thing I saw Jake Tapper clearly have the argumentative advantage was on the existence of the video.

He didn’t respond to the claim about primitive rockets vs bombs whose magnitude was previously unseen.

She ignored the claim about 8000 rockets; Tapper didn’t follow up.

You embarrass someone in an argument by demolishing every point they make.

Those of us who don’t believe a Hamas spokesman might score a win for Tapper.

I doubt that’s true, however, of most viewers of CNN.

EastofEden on July 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Dan Rather, Bagdad Bob, Joe Isuzu have nothing on this squatter.

Ellis on July 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM

You can tell she’s lying because her lips are moving.

John the Libertarian on July 11, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Did Tapper ever show lawyer Butto the video to which he kept referring?

Ira on July 11, 2014 at 12:25 AM

…spit!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 11, 2014 at 1:09 AM

A 30 second geico commercial to watch a clip????? Are you shittttingg me???????????

crash72 on July 11, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Why do we, as a First-World civilization, even give these people a soap box?

It should be obvious to even the most Liberal Americans, that the best argument this woman spews forth is to lie about the agenda of the Death Cult that is Islam.

Kanga on July 11, 2014 at 7:15 AM

so the HAMAS leadership talks about martyrs, but hide themselves.

here is a thought
if you dont want israeli air strikes
dont kidnap, torture and murder israeli civilians
and then dont shoot rockets at isreal

they shoot back you know, they do that

sniffles1999 on July 11, 2014 at 8:36 AM

why does america give foreign aid to an organization who stated thier goal is to murder jews.

if we cut off thier american humanitarian aid, then they would have to use the money they buy rockets with to buy food instead.

thus no rockets
thus no payback

thus nobody dies.

a win win for everyone.

except for radical hate filled kill happy muzzies.

sniffles1999 on July 11, 2014 at 8:38 AM

“The policy of people confronting the Israeli warplanes with their bare chests in order to protect their homes has proven effective against the occupation.”

It wouldn’t be as effective if there was a little napalm involved……..

GWB on July 11, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Diana Buttu in Nazareth, ISRAEL. That should tell you all you need to know about who is starting what in this war. If she felt the Palestinian Authority were outstanding, why did she not conduct the interview from the PA?

chrisbolts on July 11, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Don’t believe the IDF? Okay, let’s see what Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in Arabic on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV about the use of human shields (translation via MEMRI)

MEMRI does a great service by translating Arabic language news (along with Farsi, Urdu, and Dari), radio and television programs, speeches, and other things. I encourage everyone to donate to MEMRI to help them in continuing their mission – I have.

Middle East Media Research Institute

Ward Cleaver on July 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Just plain sick.

SC.Charlie on July 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Ward Cleaver on July 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM

+100

Athos on July 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM