By the way, Hamas is using a hospital as its operations hub in Gaza

posted at 8:01 pm on July 29, 2014 by Guy Benson

Just a friendly (read: revolting) reminder about the nature of Israel’s enemy.  We’ve touched on this fact in passing in a number of previous posts, but it deserves to be highlighted, front and center.  Tablet tells the truth and calls out the media:

The idea that one of Hamas’ main command bunkers is located beneath Shifa Hospital in Gaza City is one of the worst-kept secrets of the Gaza war. So why aren’t reporters in Gaza ferreting it out? The precise location of a large underground bunker equipped with sophisticated communications equipment and housing some part of the leadership of a major terrorist organization beneath a major hospital would seem to qualify as a world-class scoop—the kind that might merit a Pulitzer, or at least a Polk. So why isn’t the fact that Hamas uses Shifa Hospital as a command post making headlines? In part, it’s because the location is so un-secret that Hamas regularly meets with reporters there. On July 15, for example, William Booth of the Washington Post wrote that the hospital “has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices.” Back in 2006, PBS even aired a documentary showing how gunmen roam the halls of the hospital, intimidate the staff, and deny them access to protected locations within the building—where the camera crew was obviously prohibited from filming. Yet the confirmation that Hamas is using Gaza City’s biggest hospital as its de facto headquarters was made in the last sentence of the eighth paragraph of Booth’s story—which would appear to be the kind of rookie mistake that is known in journalistic parlance as “burying the lede.” But Booth is no rookie—he’s an experienced foreign reporter, which means that he buried the lede on purpose.

Click through for fascinating details, including the fact that Israel actually built the subterranean bunker under Shifa Hospital that’s currently being used to protect top Hamas militants.  They did so back when they occupied Gaza, prior to 2005 (when Israel unilaterally and forcibly withdrew from the strip as a good faith gesture for peace; they’ve since been rewarded with roughly 11,000 rockets fired at their civilians).  The piece also describes the very tight media controls Hamas imposes on reporters who are granted access to the hospital.  Its conclusion:

What Hamas has done, therefore, is to turn Shifa Hospital into a Hollywood sound-stage filled with real, live war victims who are used to score propaganda points, while the terrorists inside the hospital itself are erased from photographs and news accounts through a combination of pressure and threats, in order to produce the stories that Hamas wants. So if reporters aren’t entirely to blame for participating in this sick charade, then who is?

One wonders how many of these people are aware of this information as they assess blame and justification.  My guess: Not many, by their own admission.  Meanwhile, did you hear about those Israeli bombs that killed and maimed dozens at a hospital and a refugee camp this week?  As we mentioned yesterday, the IDF has adamantly denied responsibility, asserting that both shells were, in fact, misfired Hamas rockets.  They’ve been piecing together the supporting evidence ever since, culminating in this map.  Devastating:

An Italian journalist says he interviewed a witness to Hamas’ frantic cover-up efforts , confirming Israel’s version of events:

Even some of Israel’s greatest “outrages” are actually consequences of Hamas’ barbarism and incompetence.  Oh, and a Reuters correspondent is also reporting that a third cache of Hamas rockets has been discovered inside a UN-administered Gaza school.  This sort of context should lead every newscast.  It does not.  I’ll leave you with three items.  The first is a tweet from an average Israeli, who describes what he and his family have endured at the hands of Hamas’ relentless shelling campaign.  The second is a poll demonstrating how Israelis are rallying around the steady and strong leadership of their Prime Minister, who has remained firm on the IDF’s mission of destroying the terrorists’ tunnel network.  (Those passages have enabled several lethal attacks since the conflict began; a Hamas spokesman bragged on television this week that Israel has only found “a fraction” of them).  And finally, an execrable sermon from a Hamas-aligned cleric in Gaza:

“Our doctrine in fighting you [the Jews] is that we will totally exterminate you. We will not leave a single one of you alive because you are alien usurpers! … Wherever the Jews lived, they spread corruption!”

Hamas’ leader told Charlie Rose point blank this week that he will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state. And yet we’re told repeatedly that all Israel needs to do to achieve “peace” is to cease their military campaign and lift the blockade of Gaza (the point of which is to interdict weapons).  Hamas’ words, actions, and founding document be damned.

UPDATE: Remember, Israel’s the unreasonable villain here:


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Crush Hamas. With extreme prejudice.
Carry on, Bibi.

Doc Holliday on July 29, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Hillary says Hamas fires rockets from schools because Gaza is densely populated.
I don’t know Gaza, but Manila is the most densely populated city in the world, & there are thousands of vacant lots or fields therein.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/07/29/hillary-clinton-hamas-operates-near-civilians-because-gaza-is-a-small-place-or-something-n1871762?utm_source=BreakingOnTownhallWidget_4&utm_medium=story&utm_campaign=BreakingOnTownhall

itsnotaboutme on July 29, 2014 at 8:06 PM

It’s covered by Blew Shield.

Flange on July 29, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Only the true dyed in the wool Jew haters believe the Hamas propaganda or any news coming out of Gaza. Normal people understand it is all lies.

Franklin100 on July 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Hamas got caught posting pics of an Israeli family they murdered; claiming it was a Palestinian family killed by an I sraeli missile a few days ago…

workingclass artist on July 29, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Israel should reoccupy Gaza for a long time if needed, with a full shakedown of every house and every person, until every guilty Hamas leader has been removed.

anotherJoe on July 29, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Crush Hamas. With extreme prejudice.
Carry on, Bibi.

Doc Holliday on July 29, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Yep!

Don’t stop till the job is done Bibi.

workingclass artist on July 29, 2014 at 8:10 PM

the muslim fighting man. good asainst babies, women, pizza parlors, dropping his weapon, and killing his own. not so good fighting with men. isreal, end this thing. finally.

t8stlikchkn on July 29, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Hillary says Hamas fires rockets from schools because Gaza is densely populated.
I don’t know Gaza, but Manila is the most densely populated city in the world, & there are thousands of vacant lots or fields therein.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/07/29/hillary-clinton-hamas-operates-near-civilians-because-gaza-is-a-small-place-or-something-n1871762?utm_source=BreakingOnTownhallWidget_4&utm_medium=story&utm_campaign=BreakingOnTownhall

itsnotaboutme on July 29, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I’m sure she saw that on some youtube video…

workingclass artist on July 29, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Israel should take these hospitals and use them as they were intended for, to heal the injured and sick.

ThePrez on July 29, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Israel should reoccupy Gaza for a long time if needed, with a full shakedown of every house and every person, until every guilty Hamas leader has been removed.

anotherJoe on July 29, 2014 at 8:09 PM

or turn the whole strip into a vacant lot. the ‘civilians’ are just caught in the middle, yeah, forgot that part. wonder if its true.

t8stlikchkn on July 29, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Israel should reoccupy Gaza for a long time if needed, with a full shakedown of every house and every person, until every guilty Hamas leader has been removed.

anotherJoe on July 29, 2014 at 8:09 PM

At this point all previous agreements and territorial lines are off…and Egypt is helping the Israelis.

workingclass artist on July 29, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Only the true dyed in the wool Jew haters believe the Hamas propaganda or any news coming out of Gaza. Normal people understand it is all lies.

Franklin100 on July 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Tell that to these Hollywierd mouthpieces of murdering Islamic savages.

Rebar on July 29, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Our fighters are eager for death, Hamas military chief says

In recorded message, Mohammed Deif says his group will not stop fighting until Israel lifts its blockage of Gaza

One of my uncles had a CO who would have been delighted to hear an enemy commander say that.

His opinion was the exact opposite;

No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.

- George S. Patton

clear ether

eon

eon on July 29, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Blow up the hospital to.

sorrowen on July 29, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Israel should take these hospitals and use them as they were intended for, to heal the injured and sick.

ThePrez on July 29, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Israel is already treating the wounded civilians.

Remember Hamas was elected.

Israel bombed the only power station in Gaza…expect more sympathy stories from the media.

workingclass artist on July 29, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Tell that to these Hollywierd mouthpieces of murdering Islamic savages.

Rebar on July 29, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Amnesty for everybody or something…

Sheeesh!

workingclass artist on July 29, 2014 at 8:18 PM

There is a reason why Egypt won’t open the border and welcome their brothers in Islam. That is what everyone seems to be missing here.

Johnnyreb on July 29, 2014 at 8:19 PM

workingclass artist on July 29, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Do you mean they`re taking hospitals already or treating them in makeshift aid stations?

ThePrez on July 29, 2014 at 8:21 PM

I can always count on Hotgas to recycle 2 day old news.

Diluculo on July 29, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Of course it is…

JohnGalt23 on July 29, 2014 at 8:25 PM

By the way, Hamas is using a hospital as its operations hub in Gaza

Red Crescent on the roof, warriors in the basement.

So much for pretending that this is a “just war” conflict. Those filthy Muslims are terrorists.

Happy Nomad on July 29, 2014 at 8:25 PM

workingclass artist on July 29, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Do you mean they`re taking hospitals already or treating them in makeshift aid stations?

ThePrez on July 29, 2014 at 8:21 PM

They are treating them in Israel…they always have

Israelis also supply water,food,power

That is until they blewup the power station today.

Bibi informed his nation to prepare for a long engagement…He won’t quit till the job is done.

workingclass artist on July 29, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Er, I wrote about this last week.

Resist We Much on July 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Sadly, the neutron bomb has been decommissioned. Gaza presents an excellent test locale.

Infidelius on July 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

There is a reason why Egypt won’t open the border and welcome their brothers in Islam. That is what everyone seems to be missing here.

Johnnyreb on July 29, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Yep!

Jordanians don’t want them either.

workingclass artist on July 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Hillary says Hamas fires rockets from schools because Gaza is densely populated.
I don’t know Gaza, but Manila is the most densely populated city in the world, & there are thousands of vacant lots or fields therein.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/07/29/hillary-clinton-hamas-operates-near-civilians-because-gaza-is-a-small-place-or-something-n1871762?utm_source=BreakingOnTownhallWidget_4&utm_medium=story&utm_campaign=BreakingOnTownhall

itsnotaboutme on July 29, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I’m sure she saw that on some youtube video…

workingclass artist on July 29, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Well, what difference, at this point, does it make?

itsnotaboutme on July 29, 2014 at 8:30 PM

…Hillary could visit Israel & do a Tuzla dash. :)

itsnotaboutme on July 29, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Beat them down, Israel. Stomp them and don’t stop. They will never be anything but heartless murdering mad dogs and they deserve nothing but world-wide condemnation and non-stop ass-kicking.

Chowderhead123 on July 29, 2014 at 8:32 PM

By the way, Hamas is using a hospital as its operations hub in Gaza

ObamaCare..

In a more soft tyranny way…

Electrongod on July 29, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Herb Keinon

@HerbKeinon

Israel firmly behind Netanyahu. Channel 2 poll: 82% are satisfied with Netanyahu’s performance during crisis, 10% not. (Last week 57%-35%)

1:30 PM – 24 Jul 2014

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10% against … those must have been the ones at the airport, protesting against Israeli military operations the other night, when Hamas launched rockets at them.

Stupid “poetic justice.”

listens2glenn on July 29, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Sadly, the neutron bomb has been decommissioned. Gaza presents an excellent test locale.

Infidelius on July 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

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I’ve been thinking that, from the beginning.

But it would still kill innocent civilians, what with HAMAS hiding behind them.
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I’d like to see neutron bombs launched at the Ukrainian border.

listens2glenn on July 29, 2014 at 8:48 PM

10% against … those must have been the ones at the airport, protesting against Israeli military operations the other night, when Hamas launched rockets at them.

Stupid “poetic justice.”

listens2glenn on July 29, 2014 at 8:34 PM

I suspect some of those 10% think Israel isn’t beating the snot out of Hamas fast enough and that’s why they don’t agree. Kind of like some of the far Left doesn’t like Obama because he hasn’t gone full blown Socialist yet.

Johnnyreb on July 29, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Flatten the hospital already.

Ward Cleaver on July 29, 2014 at 8:52 PM

They might as well use DC.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Our fighters are eager for death, Hamas military chief says http://t.co/gF5oAW01Ak

— The Times of Israel (@TimesofIsrael) July 29, 2014

Isreal should give it to them. And the sooner the better.

Meople on July 29, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Our fighters are eager for death

OK, anything to make you happy. Go Bibi.

307wolverine on July 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM

listens2glenn on July 29, 2014 at 8:34 PM

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I suspect some of those 10% think Israel isn’t beating the snot out of Hamas fast enough and that’s why they don’t agree. Kind of like some of the far Left doesn’t like Obama because he hasn’t gone full blown Socialist yet.

Johnnyreb on July 29, 2014 at 8:50 PM

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I stand corrected … I hadn’t considered that, before I posted.

listens2glenn on July 29, 2014 at 9:03 PM

They might as well use DC.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2014 at 8:53 PM

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Who says they’re not ?

listens2glenn on July 29, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Hamas is a business that sells death. Necromongers. They sell fake death, they sell real death; friend, foe, whatever they can get their hands on.

Count to 10 on July 29, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Hamas is a business that sells death. Necromongers. They sell fake death, they sell real death; friend, foe, whatever they can get their hands on.

Count to 10 on July 29, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Precisely why they need to be eradicated, wiped out.

The people of Gaza are not “innocents”. They elected Hamas, they are also to blame for this. If they are not complicit, the should rise up and fight WITH Israel to defeat Hamas. If not, get out of the way, or die.

Israel should storm into Gaza and wipe out Hamas completely.

Meople on July 29, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Hillary says Hamas fires rockets from schools because Gaza is densely populated.
I don’t know Gaza, but Manila is the most densely populated city in the world, & there are thousands of vacant lots or fields therein.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/07/29/hillary-clinton-hamas-operates-near-civilians-because-gaza-is-a-small-place-or-something-n1871762?utm_source=BreakingOnTownhallWidget_4&utm_medium=story&utm_campaign=BreakingOnTownhall

itsnotaboutme on July 29, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Population density of Gaza is just another “palestinian” propaganda point, vomited out to garner sympathy from the LIVs. Population density in Gaza is nowhere near the density of many cities in India, Malaysia, etc. In fact it’s much less than Manhattan at night.

slickwillie2001 on July 29, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Precisely why they need to be eradicated, wiped out.

The people of Gaza are not “innocents”. They elected Hamas, they are also to blame for this. If they are not complicit, the should rise up and fight WITH Israel to defeat Hamas. If not, get out of the way, or die.

Israel should storm into Gaza and wipe out Hamas completely.

Meople on July 29, 2014 at 9:17 PM

^^This

307wolverine on July 29, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Go Bibi and wipe your/our enemy out completely.

AH_C on July 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Our fighters are eager for death, Hamas military chief says

If they insist, why should the Israelis deny their wish?

ghostwalker1 on July 29, 2014 at 9:58 PM

i find it incredibly disturbing that hamas is getting the amount of support it does from the media and elsewhere. does anyone know why we haven’t seen more jews in media and entertainment – and there are a lot of them – speaking up for israel? we’ve heard from howard stern and joan rivers, but there are so many jewish celebrities out there.

independent76 on July 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM

i find it incredibly disturbing that hamas is getting the amount of support it does from the media and elsewhere. does anyone know why we haven’t seen more jews in media and entertainment – and there are a lot of them – speaking up for israel? we’ve heard from howard stern and joan rivers, but there are so many jewish celebrities out there.

independent76 on July 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM

The State-Run media’s despicable support for Hamas and the Mooslim Brotherhood, stems from the top. From Obama and his goons in the White House. They ALL have an underlying hatred of America and along with that Israel.

There is no doubt that Obama and his Regime has been sympathetic, if not outright supportive of the Mooslim Brotherhood and Hamas from the very start of their reign.

Hopefully Israel will ignore the Obama Regime, do the world a favor, and do what has to be done.

Meople on July 29, 2014 at 10:19 PM

@HerbKeinon

Israel firmly behind Netanyahu. Channel 2 poll: 82% are satisfied with Netanyahu’s performance during crisis, 10% not. (Last week 57%-35%)

1:30 PM – 24 Jul 2014

What’s the percentage of Israeli Arabs, again?

Midas on July 29, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Give them 30 days to evacuate Gaza; let Obama/Kerry work with Jordan/Egypt/Iran/Turkey to accept every Gazan as new citizens (won’t that be fun to watch them squirm when the answer from every quarter is a resounding “NO”)…

… then start leveling Gaza from the center out, driving everyone there towards Jordan and Egypt, and blast open the walls that would keep the Gazans from fleeing into those countries…

…once very single person above ground has been cleared, re-seal those borders, and bulldoze the entire area flat – and if any sorry crapweasel that was hiding below ground ever prairie-dogs his head above ground, vaporize him. Destroy anything that moves in Gaza for the foreseeable future…

… then fully reclaim it, and like you’ve done elsewhere, turn it into an example of how civilization can flourish in that area.

Israel, I beg you – finish this once and for all.

Midas on July 29, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Give them 30 days to evacuate Gaza; let Obama/Kerry work with Jordan/Egypt/Iran/Turkey to accept every Gazan as new citizens (won’t that be fun to watch them squirm when the answer from every quarter is a resounding “NO”)…

… then start leveling Gaza from the center out, driving everyone there towards Jordan and Egypt, and blast open the walls that would keep the Gazans from fleeing into those countries…

…once very single person above ground has been cleared, re-seal those borders, and bulldoze the entire area flat – and if any sorry crapweasel that was hiding below ground ever prairie-dogs his head above ground, vaporize him. Destroy anything that moves in Gaza for the foreseeable future…

… then fully reclaim it, and like you’ve done elsewhere, turn it into an example of how civilization can flourish in that area.

Israel, I beg you – finish this once and for all.

Midas on July 29, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Hmmm…

Meople on July 29, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Why don’t we see reports on propaganda? Can Hamas really be threatening these TV reporters, or are they just leftists?

CNN was somewhat honest in the past. I guess they don’t want to step on Obama’s attacks on Israel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT5gDjg1coc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OImcBKEIIs

PattyJ on July 29, 2014 at 10:45 PM

In the UK media: ‘I have survived three wars and I think this is enough’: Gazan girl, 16, sends desperate plea as rockets trap her in her home

She lives opposite Hamas HQ.

The Thin Man Returns on July 29, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Why don’t we see reports on propaganda? Can Hamas really be threatening these TV reporters, or are they just leftists?

CNN was somewhat honest in the past. I guess they don’t want to step on Obama’s attacks on Israel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT5gDjg1coc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OImcBKEIIs

PattyJ on July 29, 2014 at 10:45 PM

They’re America hating, Jew Hating leftists. The State-Run media is comprised of about 95% of exactly these kind of people. Same holds true for professors at nearly every college and university in America.

Meople on July 29, 2014 at 10:48 PM

“…eager for death”? May I suggest mass suicide. Oh, wait…

vnvet on July 30, 2014 at 10:37 AM

It seems like every day there’s yet another reason to despise the mainstream media for their blatantly biased reporting. It’s so bad it could often be considered propaganda. Andrea Mitchell asks if Israel is losing its soul but would never NEVER consider reporting on the sermons coming from the mosques.

As for Hamas: kill them, kill them, kill them.

Fafhrd on July 30, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Evacuate the patients and then blow the hospital to smithereens.

Hopefully a lot of shitheads still in bunkers underneath at the time.

txdoc on July 30, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Hamas uses Shifa Hospital as a command post

Israel should target the hospital. Hopefully, it will be filled with lsm liars journOlists when it is destroyed.

earlgrey on July 30, 2014 at 4:35 PM