Hamas Interior Minister Boasts of Using Elderly and Children as Human Shields

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


This clip from Fathi Hamad, the Hamas Interior Minister in Gaza, is a few years old, but all too relevant in this current conflict, as he boasts of Hamas’ willingness and even eagerness to use children and the elderly as human shields.

“For the Palestinian people, death has become an industry, at which women excel, and so do all the people living on this land. The elderly excel at this, and so do the mujahideen and the children. This is why they have formed human shields of the women, the children, the elderly, and the mujahideen, in order to challenge the Zionist bombing machine. It is as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy: ‘We desire death like you desire life.’”

The phrase “Industry of Death” is all too accurate and is an admission of the tactics of Hamas and Fatah. That is what we are seeing on the ground in Gaza.

Human shields does not just refer to a policy of using civilians as cover in firefights, but to deliberately planting civilians, including children, in locations likely to be targeted in order to manufacture atrocities. We will be seeing more and more of that as this conflict progresses.

  • Coptic John

    Hamas uses kids, women and elderly as human shields…
    Hamas uses schools, mosques and hospital as launching bases for their rockets, and shelters at the same time…
    And they're manipulating the western media by staging some videos and fabricating some data regarding their casualties to emphasize on kids,women, elderly because the know it's psychology well towards these categories …

    • Asher

      Yeh, Islam always talks about being honorable people, but they are utterly dispicable. "As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it." Job 4:8

      • benjabomachal

        Fathir Hammad, has made many videos, bragging of how Hamas is proud of using their own civilians as human shields for their cowardly ifighters
        You can also view HAMAS KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION CEREMONIES, where the lllitle darlinsgs are all dressed up in therir small Jihad regalia, compelte with mock bomb belts
        Videos are on Youtube, for anyone to see
        Use Fahti Hammad in yoru search

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Honorable according to their standards. That is why facts matter. If you create an entire alternate reality and then expect the rest of the world to swallow it, there will be bloodshed at some point. We've tolerated this stupidity for too many generations.

  • Mary Sue

    This makes me wonder what sort of fabricated "oppression" the Palestinians are cooking up that they are actually doing themselves.

  • BS77

    One longs for the day when this hideous Dark Age ideology is completely forgotten.

    • Mary Sue

      Yeah seriously it needs to go out with Baal and Moloch worship.

  • 1oldgeezer

    Might as well eliminate the "shields" too. Nothing wrong with nipping terrorism in the bud.

  • http://twitter.com/mfirebrand1 @mfirebrand1

    Pray for the children on both sides and Pray for the peace of JerUSAlem.

  • Nannu Pawlu

    If we can invent bombs that target only women and childen, the elderly and the patients in hospital, we should be able to invent bombs that target mujaheedeen and the jihadists and their propagandists whoever they may be. s/off

  • HermitLion

    Here's the funny part, though, about islamic mentality – despite claiming to have no fear of death, Hamas' own ministers have gone into hiding, which means they are only 'brave' with OTHER people's lives.

    Such role models they are.

    • Asher

      Yes you are right…there is no real bravery, cowardice uses the innocent as their shields.

  • Ed Frias

    I just read, Ismail Haniyeh went into hiding. I guess his speeches about martyrdom-seeking and sacrificing for both Islam and Allah don’t apply to him. True-believers, do as I say, not as I do.
    Ismail Haniyeh is a typical Palestinian leader.
    You know that ones that send other's to die for Allah, while Haniyeh lives a life of luxury.
    I guess Haniyeh don't believe the 72 virgins story.

    • Bartemais

      What you say is so true!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "I just read, Ismail Haniyeh went into hiding. I guess his speeches about martyrdom-seeking and s
      sacrificing for both Islam and Allah don’t apply to him. "

      Allah told him to save himself and sacrifice the others. That's how it works. Follow Mohammed's example.

  • Ar'nun

    Thank you for this. That quote needs to be circulated everywhere. The bleeding hearts are already starting to condemn the Israelis for daring to fight back after years of constant attacks.

  • Elliott

    What on earth is NANNU PAWLU talking about?
    "Bombs that target only women and children, the elderly and the patients in hospital?"
    What a load of nonsense.
    Israel attacks those who attack Israeli CIVILIANS!!!!
    There is absolutely NO attempt, by those terrorists firing missiles from Gaza, to avoid the Israeli CIVILIANS – the Israeli CIVILIANS are their targets.
    This means that the terrorists firing missiles from Gaza are worthless, gutless cowards.

    • Mary Sue

      Dude, you missed his [/sarcasm off] tag at the end.

  • benjabomachal

    His boast is not news, he made it ages ago, which can be seen on Youtube, by using Fahti Hammad's name

  • Spider

    Intentially targeting Civilians with rockets and bombs, using non combatants especially women and children as human shields, combatants not wearing a uniform, genocide or ethnic cleansing are all considered as war crimes and crimes against humanity by international law. Why isn't every member of the Hamas leadership ( like the one pictured above) being rounded up and tried at the Hague and then hanged just like the Naz-zis at Neuremburg ??

  • Trish

    I've heard similar boasts, and praise for the "martyrs" including toddlers – so WHY then are they making such a big deal out of the number of deaths? Surely, if this is their belief, they should be rejoicing? Personally I think every violent death is a tragic waste, no matter what their belief.

    • Mary Sue

      because they know bleeding heart libs of the west cringe and shudder at such things.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "I've heard similar boasts, and praise for the "martyrs" including toddlers – so WHY then are they making such a big deal out of the number of deaths?"

      You expect them to speak consistently? It depends entirely on who the audience is.

  • Peter Cohen

    This is like the Nazis. Only worse. And I suspect that most of our politicians are now listening not wishing to make the same mistakes again. It is the bleeding heart lefties who insist on boycotts and blame Israel. They did the same stupid thing even after Hitler's Nuremberg speeches. There is a problem out there. If they destroy Israel, like Hitler after Poland they will continue while they try to enslave the world. Do you want Sharia law?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "This is like the Nazis. Only worse."

      If Hitler had claimed to form a religion, we'd all be in a lot of trouble. Actually the reason it's acceptable to hate the Nazis and Hitler is because Stalin allowed his loyalists to do so. Otherwise the liberals would be fighting you about that too, trust me.