Hamas Using 10 Europeans 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.


From Israel’s Foreign Ministry

Hamas is not allowing at least 22 foreign nationals who wish to exit the Gaza Strip for Israel to do so. Among the foreigners being detained are nine Italian citizens, one Canadian, one South Korean, a French national and six journalists from Japan. In addition, two Turkish Red Crescent members have been refused exit.

That’s the problem with touring places run by the local version of the Taliban. Just because you can enter, doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to leave when there’s a strategic reason for those running the show to keep you there.

For now there’s no word that they’re being moved into position as human shields, but it’s a clear attempt to keep pressure on their governments to intervene by keeping their citizens in danger.

  • Mary Sue

    Irony. Palestinian propaganda paints the Israelis as wilfully endangering civilians, all while using said civilians for Israel to endanger by Hamas' (or whichever group's) own actions.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    If these people were not kidnapped then the situation is a prime example of who and
    what they are dealing with, falsehood which leads to personal danger, tough situation
    to be in. Remember to shed a tear or two for them, oh and by the way if Hamas murders
    them and blames Israel, that is part of the tour………………………………William

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

    That is not an official blog. That is some guy in Boston.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It's Carl in Jerusalem who discusses a report from the official blog

  • Carbondioxide

    Remember the meeting with the "civil rights leaders"? Cover story.
    Obama is assembling a strike force to save the Red Crescent workers in Gaza. They will be returned to Turkey if Israel releases 50 convicted murderers. Mrs. Jarrett OK'd the gutsy call.
    (Those guys in the Pentagon are a bother, and they are not team players from Chicago.)
    Rev. Sharpton suggested an opening barrage of bombastic rhetoric. and Rev. Wallis commands the give-ground war where the civil rights strike force empathizes with Hamas, offering them a clear path to US citizenship where they can finally sit alongside all the theologically liberal "faith leaders" basking in their very own "interfaith" Circle of Protection guaranteed by greater taxation of those selfish rich Americans.
    As a last resort they can always talk Hamas to death.