How Hamas Terrorizes Gaza’s Citizens


The U.S., along with the European Union and Israel, considers the Palestinian Hamas regime ensconced in Gaza a terrorist organization primarily because of its use of suicide bombers and its covenant which vows to replace Israel with a Palestinian Islamist state by force of arms.  Hamas refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist, much less make peace with it. The Guardian reported on January 8, 2009 that

The incoming Obama administration [was] prepared to abandon George Bush’s doctrine of isolating Hamas by establishing a channel to the Islamist organization, according to a source close to the transition team.  In 2006 the U.S. Congress voted into law a ban on any U.S. financial aid to Hamas.  Most recently, despite Congressional objections, the Obama administration [as reported by Breitbart.com] on April 13, 2012, sent $147 million in U.S. taxpayer dollars to Hamas-run Gaza for “humanitarian purposes.”

It has since been revealed, in a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), that Hamas is perpetrating gross human rights abuses against its own Palestinian people.

Joe Stork, Deputy Middle East Director for the New York-based HRW, charged this week that, “After five years of Hamas rule in Gaza, its criminal justice system reeks of injustice, routinely violates detainees’ rights, and grants impunity to abusive security services.”

According to Saudi-based Arab News, an HRW report titled “Abusive System: Criminal Justice in Gaza” alleged that Hamas security services failed to inform relatives of the whereabouts of detainees, and had arrested and abused lawyers.  Stork added that “Hamas should stop the kind of abuses that Egyptians and Syrians and others in the region have risked their lives to bring to an end.”

Stork is right about Hamas’s abuse of its Gaza residents and is somewhat correct about Egyptians and Syrians risking their lives to bring an end to the arbitrary justice meted out by these authoritarian regimes.  Regretfully, the Islamists have managed to hijack both revolutions, and it is apparent that Hamas’s Islamist “justice” will serves as a model for the future of criminal justice under the “revolutionary” Islamist regimes in Egypt and Syria.  The Islamic Republic of Iran – a key supporter of (Sunni-Muslim) Hamas — is another example of Islamist justice (of the Shia variety) where torture, rape, and murder of detainees are commonplace.

The HRW report calls on the Hamas regime in Gaza to institute urgent reforms, and a moratorium on the death penalty. One category of people upon whom the death penalty is imposed is alleged “collaborators with Israel.”  This distinction has become a convenient way in which to settle any criminal scores, and on many occasions is meted out without a shred of evidence.

The HRW report cited the case of Abdel Karim Shrair, who, according to family members and lawyers, was tortured under interrogation before being executed by a firing squad in May 2011, after confessing to collaborating with Israel.

The Guardian reported on October 3, 2012 that the European Union condemned the death sentences that were handed down last month to two men in Gaza, one for murder and the second for alleged collaboration with Israel.  Martin Barillas, a former US diplomat, a democracy advocate, as well as the editor of Spero News, reported on December 8, 2010 that a military tribunal composed of Hamas members convicted three men of alleged collaboration with Israel. One of them received the death penalty.

According to a Palestinian Authority (PA) law, the president of the PA must approve all execution orders before they can be carried out, yet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was not consulted since Hamas does not recognize the legitimacy of his presidency. And, earlier in April of 2010, Hamas subjected two men to capital punishment on charges of collaboration with Israel. In 2008, during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, at least eight people were murdered by Hamas for allegedly helping Israel fight terrorism by providing information on local terrorist groups.  In September 2011, Hamas cracked down on collaborators with Israel, detaining residents of the Gaza Strip, including two physicians, an engineer, and members of Hamas itself. Hamas refused to identify those who were arrested.

Martin Barillas reported that the “Hamas campaign has created fear and suspicion.” According to local media, a resident confided that the Islamist campaign has had a really bad impact on society.  People no longer trust each other. He said, “We don’t talk openly with each other.” And HRW charged that Hamas has killed at least 32 alleged informers and political opponents during and after Operation Cast Lead and maimed dozens of others.

The HRW report accused Hamas of failing to investigate alleged cases of torture and abuse, while granting impunity from prosecution to security services officials.  The HRW report claims, moreover, that “the intra-Palestinian political rivalry between Hamas and Fatah remains a significant factor behind many of Hamas’ abuses against detainees in Gaza.” The report goes on to say that the “Fatah dominated Palestinian Authority in the West Bank also arrests and detains Palestinians arbitrarily, including Hamas members or sympathizers, and similarly subjects detainees to torture and abuse.”

The Hamas missile attacks against Israeli civilians, especially women and children, as well as its disregard for its own people as indicated in the HRW report should put the Obama administration squarely against this terrorist group allied with the genocidal regime of Iran. But instead of seeking its demise some in the Democratic Party and in the Obama administration would like to portray Hamas as a “victim.” Ruben Navarrette, a nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers group, wrote on September 12, 2012, “There has long been a constituency on the left that despises Israel for what it perceives to be abusive treatment of the Palestinians.  And, it seems, this element made itself heard at the Democratic National Convention.”

Navarrette pointed out that “[a]lso deleted [from the 2012 Democratic Party platform along with references to God and Jerusalem] was language recognizing Hamas as a terrorist organization and calling on the U.S. and its allies to continue to isolate Hamas until it renounces terrorism, recognizes Israel’s right to exist, and abide by past agreements.” And, while Jerusalem and God were hastily restored into the 2012 Democratic Party platform, a day later after an outcry in the media, the condemnation of Hamas was omitted.

This means, for all intents and purposes, that Obama, his administration and his party’s platform, consider the condemnation of a terrorist organization that murdered Israeli women and children, as well as Palestinians, too controversial to put in its platform. Will this week’s HRW report change the Obama administration’s attitude towards Hamas? I would side with the skeptics.

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  • Mach1Duck

    The Muslims do not like the Christians living among them, look at Egypt. The Palestinians do not like the Christians or Isralies. Gaza is a sore spot for the world community as Hamas and or its militant branches have continiously attacked Israel. Solution: Move the Palestanians out of Gaza to Islamic countries and give Gaza to the displaced Christians from Islamic countries. The Christians have no heart burn with the Israeli and am sure the Israeli would find the Christians much more accomadating as neighbors.

    • Gee

      No Mach1Duck – the land belongs to us. There are plenty of Christian countries – but only one Jewish country

      • curmudgeon

        the proposal is impossible only because it makes sense. you object to giving gaza to christian fugitives because it is a jewish country? what strange land do you live in? philistia then, gaza now, it is not a jewish country. it isnt even a country. and it is filled with hate filled, screaming, unthinking, murderous muslims.

        • Tim

          That is true. Israel never managed to wrest Gaza from Philistine control. Modern-day Israel could easily deport Hamas and welcome the persecuted Copt, Assyrian, and Chaldean Christians fleeing for their lives from other M.E. hell-holes.

    • aspacia

      Mach, the vast Muslim majority world sorely discriminates against their brethren and will not allow them to relocate.

    • Tim

      Christianity has its birthplace in Israel just like Judaism. Mohammed claims he visited Jerusalem in a dream, but otherwise spent his entire life in Arabia. Also, we're talking about a handful of persecuted religious minorities from predominantly Muslim nations that would be utterly grateful to welcoming Israelis. They would live in peace with their Jewish neighbors and possibly participate in casual religious debates and competitions for who can win the most Nobel prizes rather than training their children to be suicide bombers bent on killing Israelis.

      This sounds like quite a good solution.

  • Omar

    Hamas has been oppressing Gaza civilians for some time now. Remember, Hamas wants to maintain total control of Gaza since its main goal is the destruction of Israel. As a result many people suffer due to Hamas' horrible agenda.

  • marios

    Good idea but unfortunately unrealistic because controlled by Islamic countries UN and liberal corrupted European countries governments not allowed any reasonable good solution be implemented.
    Look at the picture of those Muslims: barbarians without normal human being appearance. If they never hesitate to kill their own brethrens sure, they kill with joy any infidels/non-Muslims. Muslims kill 100,000 Christians each year in the world. Where is Vatican? Why nobody care about it? Arab of Palestine (invented people Palestinians) cool blooded stabbed Fogel's family including 6 mo old baby in Israel, and no actually reaction from world media as MSM almost in each country seized and controlled by leftists/liberals. There are too many examples of crippling Islamization of world wide with leftists support.

  • chowching259

    Arab women wear the Hijab only due to social pressures; they would rather wear the hairstyles of the West. Most believe that the tales of Muhammad are an annoying myth, deep down they are atheists but are deathly afraid to disclose their secret. The Grand Mufti and his lieutenants know that a woman without a Hijab is a threat to their career. Islam is without foundation and it will blow away with the wind.

    • ALJARAR

      JUST DROP A NUCLEAR BOMB ON PENTAGON,LOSANGELES,WASHINGTON,NEWYORK WE PAKISTANIS WANT TO TURN INFIDEL ISRAEL AND AMERICA INTO A RUBBLE…

      DEATH TO INFIDELS..! LONG LIVE ISLAM

  • Schlomotion

    Mr. Puder, whose organization ITAI falsely advertised Walid Shoebat as a "professor," misuses Joe Stork for rhetorical effect. Joe Stork has said of Guantanamo Bay:

    "They have been responsible for serious crimes like illegal detentions, torture, and killings, and they appear to be operating with complete impunity."

    He has also said of Israel:

    “These are incidents in which eleven Palestinian civilians, nine of them children and women, were killed, despite the fact that they were holding or waving white flags to signify that they were civilians, they were unarmed, they had no hostile intent. But still, Israeli soldiers, in many cases after calling them out of their homes, shot them.”

    Mr. Puder thinks he can flog readers over the head with their own sources, as if to stun them. Despite being a stalwart supporter of Kurdish "independence" there is no evidence that there is a human rights bone in his body. It is amusing that ITAI, the Interfaith Taskforce for America and Israel also stands for Im eshkachech Yerushalayim tishkach yemini. If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

    • Omar

      Once again, we have more ignorant propaganda coming from you, Schlomotion. Why do you keep annoying us with lies and propaganda? Israel has never intentionally shot any civilians. Hamas uses civilians as human shields in order to falsely accuse Israel of "war crimes". Stop supporting the Islamists and face reality. While Israel attacks terrorists in self-defense, Hamas attacks civilians. That's the reality.

      • Schlomotion

        Do you think those are "words that work?" I don't. I think that your reply is boilerplate pro-Israeli hogwash.

        • Omar

          Schlomotion, you don't want to face reality because you believe that the radical Islamists are freedom-fighters and the free world countries are the terrorists. Well, you are wrong. The free world countries (America, Britain, Israel and their allies) are the true freedom fighters while the Islamists (Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda and their allies) and their leftist allies (Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, Zimbabwe, Belarus, North Korea and their allies) are the true terrorists in this current global conflict. Bottom line: Israel supports freedom, peace and democracy, while Hamas supports genocide, imperialism, oppression and totalitarianism. That's the reality.

          • Schlomotion

            You think that you dispense reality? Firstoff, I don't think radical Islamists are freedom fighters, and certainly none of the other countries you listed are freedom fighters. They all sponsor terrorism though.

            I think that you are rhetorically bankrupt. Even in this post, all you did was the Jews Good, Muslims and Leftist Allies Bad. You don't even know your audience. I am not Muslim, not even supporting Muslims in this case. I'm not even a Leftist. You just need that to prop up your argument. If you have to imagine me, chances are you are imagining the wonderful gleam of Eretz Israel too.

          • Drakken

            I could care less how many arabs the Israelis kill, the more the merrier, the savages eat their own and then kill us infidels with the same zeal, so screw them and love ours. I still see your not joining your jihadists friends, coward!

          • Omar

            Schlomotion, I understand reality. You don't. I am not "rhetorically bankrupt". I am posting accurate information about the international conflicts. Also, I did not say that Muslims are bad. I said that Islamists and their allies are bad because they want totalitarianism and world domination. Also, if you are not a leftist, why do you keep repeating their propaganda like bashing Israel, the West, democracy and conservatives? The reality is that the free world supports democracy, freedom and peace while its leftist and Islamist adversaries support totalitarianism and oppression. Based on your other posts, you happen to support the latter.

          • Schlomotion

            It's good you make the distinction between Muslim and Islamist. Your comrades who write here certainly don't make that distinction. Perhaps you can also help them see the wisdom of not trying to exchange "Jew" for "Zionist." I am of the opinion that Islamists and Zionists are both bad but that Jews and Muslims are not.

            It is a coincidence that some Muslims really hate Jews and I am criticizing Hasbara and Israel for their agitation inside the United States. I really don't give a squirt about Islam, don't agree with Marx or Engels or Lenin either. You are off your nut if you think I ever bashed democracy or true conservatism. Neither of those are really endorsed here though. They are just paraded out as synthetic values ostensibly held by Likud and its partisans.

          • Omar

            Actually, Schlomotion, Zionism is not bad at all. Zionism is simply a movement to establish a Jewish state in the Holy Land, where Jews have continuously lived for over 3000 years. Islamism, on the other hand, is a totalitarian movement that seeks to impose Sharia law on every aspect of human life. Islamism doesn't recognize the separation of the religion from the state. Unlike Zionism, Islamism calls for world domination and the elimination of all other belief systems. There is no comparison between the two ideologies. Also, the David Horowitz Freedom Center is not anti-Muslim at all. In fact, the Freedom Center has supported Muslim women who are victims of Islamism and Islamo-fascism. The Freedom Center support justice for all people (regardless of characteristics).

          • Schlomotion

            In the way that Nazism was simply a movement to establish a German state in Europe, specifically, Germany, Austria, France, Czechoslovakia, England, and Russia?

          • Omar

            Schlomotion, you can't compare Zionism to expansionism. First of all, England is not a country. England is one of four internal divisions of the country called the United Kingdom (or Britain). Calling the UK "England" is offensive to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Second, Zionism doesn't call for world domination. Islamism calls for world domination. Zionism simply calls for a Jewish state in the Holy Land. Islamism, on the other hand, calls for a global Islamist state where Sharia is the law of the land. That's the difference.

          • Schlomotion

            You don't really think I am worried about offending Wales do you?

            Zionism does more than call for a Jewish state in the Holy Land. They have a Jewish state in the Holy Land. They are calling for more now. They are calling for the West Bank, and they are calling for the US to go to war for them against Iran.

          • Kufar Dawg

            I don't think Israel should bother going to war w/Iranistan — they should just turn Iranistan into a nuclear graveyard.

          • Omar

            Schlomotion, when you call the United Kingdom "England", you are offending Wales and the other internal divisions (Scotland and Northern Ireland) of the UK.
            As for Zionism, it simply calls for a Jewish state in the Holy Land, where Jews have lived there continuously for over 3,000 years. Zionism does not call for expansionism. Islamism, on the other hand, calls for world domination and the elimination of all other belief systems. May I remind you that the IDF withdrew their troops and civilian settlers from Gaza about seven years ago. That's not expansionism at all. Also, Israel is calling for American support in case of a war against the mullahs' regime in Iran because the Iranian government has repeatedly called for Israel to be "wiped off the map." Ahmadinejad has denied the Holocaust over and over again. Essentially, the Islamist regime in Iran is calling for genocide. If you were living in a small country and a much larger country was threatening to wipe out your country, wouldn't you get worried? Of course, you act as an apologist for the Islamists in the Middle East because you hate freedom and love totalitarianism, Schlomotion. Learn from reality instead of totalitarian propaganda.

          • Schlomotion

            I have lived continuously in my house for 6 years. But I have not lived in every unit in the house. Nor have I stolen any units from anybody else in the house. Nor am I uncomfortable that anyone of a different race and religion than myself might live in that house. Continuous occupancy does not necessitate total occupancy, or even permanent residence.

            The IDF withdrew their troops and civilian settlers, but they did not withdraw their total control of the territory. If I am standing next to someone, ready to punch him in the head if he dips his toe in the water, the line drawn between us doesn't matter. You have only the most flaccid and unconvincing ways to window-dress Israel as something other than an international menace.

          • Omar

            You don't even make sense the majority of the time Schlomotion. If Israel really controls Gaza, Hamas wouldn't be in power right now. Istead, Israel has had to defend itself against Hamas militants who are firing countless rockets into Israeli cities and towns.

          • Schlomotion

            Israel controls Gaza's airspace and territorial waters. It is not debatable.

          • Omar

            Not really. Israel had to be in Gaza because Israel had been invaded through Gaza three times, in 1948, in 1967 and in 1973. Seven years ago, Israel chose to withdraw from Gaza. And what was the result. Hamas took over and started firing rockets into Israel. What was Israel supposed to do?

          • Drakken

            Hey dummy, Israel is our western ally moron, the muslims and islam are not, see? So easy that even you can do it. So get back on the shortbus sparky because you have more windows to lick.

          • upaces88

            LOL…Drakken! Short, sweet and great!

          • Kufar Dawg

            I believe you're a muslime, a lying muslime, which is a redundancy in itself.

          • Schlomotion

            That's because you substitute your beliefs for facts in most things.

          • Kufar Dawg

            You're confusing me w/someone who cares what your write Farid Al Taqiyya.

          • Drakken

            Facts are something that you lack by the truckload, your more about I feel therefore I am that fits your little muslim sympathizing narrative.

          • kufar dawg

            Your arguments are rationally bankrupt. A bankruptcy you attempt to conceal w/supercilious vocabulary. Yours is the argument of piling it deeper and higher under ten dollar words that have all the significance of a storm in a teacup.

    • Ghostwriter

      Thank you,Omar,for trying to bring some semblance of reality to FPM's resident pinhead,Schlomotion. As for Schlomotion,he's a moral pygmy who deserves all the disdain he gets.

      • Omar

        You're welcome, Ghostwriter.

    • Stern

      why do you bother engaging with this troll? His sole purpose here is to provoke you and annoy you, as evidenced by how quickly he changes the subject when you point out how wrong he is. Ignore him. He really isn't worth the aggravation.

  • Advocatus

    Shlo, expecting you to contribute any opinion of value to any discussion on this website is like expecting a bedwetter to rise with dry pajamas by morning.

    Now to the point: Why your insistence at labelling authors you disagree with as hypocrites, seeing as you are a fine specimen of the breed? You can't even muster some phony crocodile tears over long-suffering Palestinians under the thumb of Hamas and therefore off you go yet again on another lame anti-Israel rant. So what's new?

    Your pseudo-intellectual pretensions were amusing for a while, but you're a one-trick pony — and not a clever one at that. By the way, do you speak Hebrew or did you just manage to copy and paste stuff off the Internet? Attaboy!

    • Schlomotion

      I am sorry to hear about your thwarted expectations in nocturnal enuresis. Projection, however is not a long term solution unless you are awake and standing. I can understand your anger, but really, my point was soundly made that Mr. Puder has a lousy track record on human rights and does misrepresent guest speakers for his interfaith force as having much better accreditation than they earned.

      • Drakken

        The only solution is for Israel to push the savages in Gaza into the sea and call it a day, anything else is folly.

        • kufar dawg

          65+ years of non-stop islamofascist terrorism and thousands of dead Israelis tells me you're right.

      • Advocatus

        Right, Schlo, when your argument falls flat, reach for the thesaurus eh? That technique never fails, what. "in nocturnal enuresis" eh? Wow, you just floored me with that one. But like I said in that very post, your pseudo-intelectual pretensions are not fooling anyone, but you clearly keep trying so chalk one up to yourself for effort.

  • marios

    Shlo is Muslim and that's why he lies non stop.
    Their "prophet" Muhammad said "War is deception" in Hadassah and they follow it.
    Permanent lie and facts distortion are part of their non-violent Jihad.

    • Schlomotion

      No wonder you people are afraid of Muslims. You see them everywhere and in everyone.

      • Zionista

        sane people aren't 'afraid' of muslims – they're onto them, savvy about their ideological cult – you may not be one but you sure are a dhimmi

      • Drakken

        You openly side with the muslim savages over us infidels, so yeah your a muzzy sympathizer.

        • Kufar Dawg

          As far as I can tell Schlo has never criticised islam or muslimes, ever. That speaks volumes.

    • Schlomotion

      He said it in Hadassah? Did he buy a nice discount bureau and some fake pearls after he said it?

      • Kufar Dawg

        Shouldn't you be screaming: "Khaybar Khaybar ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad saya'ud" in some islamic hellhole somewhere? Or perhaps in Pharsi, or Urdu.

  • Ghostwriter

    It's not surprising that Schlomotion likes Hamas. They hate Jews as much as he does.

    • Omar

      So does Nakba1948. In fact, both Schlomotion and Nakba1948 are cheerleaders for Islamist terrorism and Sharia law.

      • Schlomotion

        Somehow I doubt David Yerushalmi is going to want to defend me the same way he defended Rachel Neuwirth against accusations of supporting terrorism.

        • Kufar Dawg

          You don't support terrorism — at least not here, but you don't condemn it either Abdullah.

          • Schlomotion

            I don't condemn purple flying elephants either.

          • kufar dawg

            Has the devil been urinating in your ear lately Abdullah?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Hamas has been supported by cash and military training by Obama, is the entire American
    government in bed with terrorists, is this not worse than Bill Clinton renting out the Lincoln
    bedroom. Hamas and the PLO should be destroyed as evil entities without any redeeming
    value and their supporters are due equivalent justice…………………William

  • Stern

    I am constantly amazed by now many people insist on engaging with schlomotion. This troll is here for the sole purpose of aggravating us. he flings out accusations that have no basis in fact and, when shown his errors, quickly changes the subject to something else provocative. You cannot win against his kind of hatred, but every time you answer him, he wins. Ignoring him is the most effective weapon we have.

    • aspacia

      Yes Stern. The fool will never admit error.

  • upaces88

    And, Yet! And, yet, we have "54" Politicians in D.C. receiving $ From HAMAS and CAIR:
    Please go to the URL below and see if one of Your Representatives is receiving $ From HAMAS:
    http://politicalvelcraft.org/2012/06/18/criminal-