The Media’s Silence to Hamas’ Genocidal Venom

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


F131115EN04The Spanish government on Monday announced that it had “provisionally suspended” sales of weapons to Israel because of its supposed targeting of civilians in Gaza. This came a day after the Obama Administration declared that it was “appalled” by Israel’s “disgraceful” shelling of a UN school in Gaza. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called the shelling a “moral outrage” and a “criminal act.” The only problem with all this moral indignation is that it is wrongly placed on the victim rather than the perpetrator, and bears witness to the success of Hamas’s propaganda barrage.

These are just two of the most recent examples of the success of Hamas’s skillful manipulation of the mainstream media, and the eagerness of the media to be manipulated – an eagerness so great that amid the frenzy to demonize Israel in the court of world opinion, Hamas’s oft-reiterated genocidal bloodlust and brazen breaking of ceasefire agreements goes unreported and ignored.

The U.S. condemnation of the Israeli shelling of the UN school was a particular victory. Jeff Dunetz reported in Truth Revolt Monday that “evidence is emerging that the Israeli strike hit outside of the school and the bodies were moved into the courtyard to make it look like Israel hit the school.” This wouldn’t be remotely close to the first time that Palestinian jihadis have been caught faking Israeli “atrocities” – recently they even billed a still from a horror movie as a fresh Israeli killing of a Palestinian civilian.

Meanwhile, Hamas is cheerfully above-board about how it manipulates the mainstream media. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported in July that “in light of the recent round of fighting in Gaza, the Hamas interior ministry has issued guidelines to Gaza Strip social media users for reporting events and discussing them with outsiders.” These guidelines included this unabashedly Orwellian instruction: “Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank. Don’t forget to always add ‘innocent civilian’ or ‘innocent citizen’ in your description of those killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza.”

But the international media has been almost unanimously indifferent to how it is being played. Nor does it show much interest in the numerous reports of Hamas launching attacks against Israel from civilian areas, so as to provoke retaliatory strikes that can be used for propaganda purposes. The Indian network NDTV reported Tuesday that they had witnessed Hamas constructing a rocket silo “under a tent right next to the hotel where our team was staying. Minutes later, we saw the rocket being fired, just before the 72-hour ceasefire came into effect.” NDTV noted that they were publishing their report “after our team left the Gaza strip – Hamas has not taken very kindly to any reporting of its rockets being fired.” The network, which is no friend of Israel, concluded: “But just as we reported the devastating consequences of Israel’s offensive on Gaza’s civilians, it is equally important to report on how Hamas places those very civilians at risk by firing rockets deep from the heart of civilian zones.”

Likewise generally unfit to print have been Hamas’s own avowals that it puts civilians in harm’s way because of their value for jihad propaganda. A newly-discovered Hamas manual that, according to the Jerusalem Post, has been characterized by the Israeli Defense Force as revealing “that Hamas knows or recognizes the IDF is committed to minimizing harm to civilians,” and explaining “how the civilian population can be used against IDF forces. Based on these two points, the IDF stated that Hamas’ callous and systematic use of the Gazan population as ‘human shields’ was intentional and preplanned.”

But there is no need to take the IDF’s word for it. An interviewer on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV asked the jihad terror group’s spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri in July: “Are people still going up to the rooftops?” After a reporter observed that Palestinians were going up onto the roof of a family home “in order to prevent the Zionist occupation’s warplanes from targeting it,” Abu Zuhri answered: “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. The policy of people confronting the Israeli warplanes with their bare chests in order to protect their homes has proven effective against the occupation. Also, 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.”

And then there are the numerous calls from Hamas leaders and supporters for genocide of the Jews. On July 25, Al-Aqsa TV, broadcast a Friday sermon in which the imam addressed the Jews: “We will not leave a single one of you alive. Our doctrine in fighting you is that we will totally exterminate you. We will not leave a single one of you alive, because you are alien usurpers of the land and eternal mercenaries.”

Then in early August, Hamas rebroadcast on Al-Aqsa TV a speech by Muslim Brotherhood leader Tareq Al-Suwaidan, in which he said: “Every mother – especially the mothers in Palestine, but every mother in the [Islamic] Nation, not just Palestine – must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion. We hate them and they are our enemies. We will plant this in their [our children’s] souls, so that a new generation will grow among us, which will erase them from the face of the earth.”

In the midst of all this genocidal bloodlust, CNN hosted a debate on the Israel-Hamas conflict featuring not a supporter of Israel and a supporter of Hamas, but two venomous foes of Israel, Reza Aslan and Peter Beinart. With the slender space between the positions of Aslan and Beinart being the only spectrum of opinion allowed a mainstream hearing, it is a wonder that Israel enjoys the support that it does. Yet support for Israel among Americans remains high: like blades of grass poking through the concrete, some truths withstand even the most virulent propaganda barrage.

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  • BMS

    Every media news organization refers to the number of “innocent” Palestinians dead. Nowhere is it ever stated how many of those killed were Hamas militant terrorists. The media has a definite and deliberate pro-Muslim slant. Jews are wrongfully and unfairly portrayed as the perpetrators of indiscriminate and horrible attacks against women and children. There is anti-Semitism and an anti-Israel bias on TV and in print. Most people know the truth but their strong hatred of Jews, which seems to be getting worse everyday and approaching the levels not seen since the 30′s and 40′s will never allow them to accept the reality of what happened in Gaza. It is an unfortunate fact of present day life, not helped by the fact that we have a Muslim Brotherhood influence administration and a Muslim President in the White House with a deep seeded and not well hidden anti-Israel philosophy.

    • StanleyT

      BMS, there is no such thing as a Hamas fighter, militant or terrorist. There are only innocent civilians. Even a man carrying, say, an RPG that he has just fired at an Israeli tank and who is subsequently killed becomes, the moment he dies, a 2-year old baby girl clutching a ragged, naked doll.

    • gnubi

      Also, don’t forget that the casualty figures do not come from an objective and credible source so even using them is a victory in itself for Hamas.

  • EthanP

    I’m not so sure Hamas’ “propaganda” is the main reason. I suspect that pure old fashioned anti Semitism is the real culprit. After all, ISIS routinely slaughters Christians with nary a peep.

    • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

      Jesus was a Jewish rabbi, and much anti-Semitism is anti-Christianity, thinly veiled.

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Hamas is a brainchild of the Muslim Brotherhood and as such they are mortal enemies of Western Civilization, in particular enemies of the Jewish people.
    The “media” including much of the internal Israeli media is infested with layers of prefab slogans loaded with anti Israeli and most often anti-Semitic undertones.
    We in Eretz Israel can certainly live with that and much more.
    What will not be any longer accepted are substantiated threats or attacks.
    Hamas and its supporters should be content on that for now the cadre in charge here is still contaminated with the Oslo virus. Yet. A core change is in the making starting at rank and file soldiers and field commanders level as well as with the majority of the civilians as well.
    The “cease fire” and “negotiations” game will soon be over.
    Any further barbaric attacks from Islamic branches shall be responded with full and ultimate force… That is the general common denominator agreement among the people here. The “pressure/blackmail” industry must heed as well.
    There are no convergence points for “peace” with bestial entities whose Covenant call for our destruction. Mere cosmetic changes will no do either.

  • StanleyT

    You know that “shelling of a UN school” referred to in the first paragraph? It wasn’t a shelling, and it wasn’t in a school:

    http://libertyunyielding.com/2014/08/03/state-dept-condemns-disgraceful-shelling-wasnt-shelling-didnt-hit-un-school/

  • Evermyrtle

    The media is definitely part of the problem, they cover it up, they hide it, they camouflage it, so that is is not recognized and you can never tell exactly how much trouble the problem will cause or has caused. They are only consist of telling the news, “how and for the purpose that it is told. The damage that it is possible to cause does not matter, “so get it on the air!”

  • Lanna

    Its easy for the Left and the leftwing media to lie about the dangers of Islam when they aren’t threatened, but once the total caliphate is in place they would change their tunes.

    • Americana

      Since the “total (world?) Caliphate” is almost guaranteed not to ever be brought into existence, or, even if it’s brought into existence, it will be a multi-decade effort to do so, it’s rather a moot point what it’s got to do w/the Palestinian-Israeli snafu. The only reason it’s being hammered home on a daily basis by certain factions is because it makes the situation viz Israel appear as if there is no hope for Israel to settle a peace accord w/the Palestinians and so Israel can take over all remaining Palestinian land and eject the Palestinians. The propaganda is meant to force the Western world into backing Israel’s move as far as taking all of the Balfour Declaration territory. (As if that’s going to solve anything instead of simply triggering yet another whole different scale of Palestinian terrorism.)

      The only aspect of Islam that has real bearing on the Palestinian-Israeli situation is that once land is considered owned by Muslims, it’s always considered owned by Muslims. However, since Egypt and Jordan have both signed treaties w/Israel, there obviously is some flexibility within modern Muslims to adhere to Western political standards even if there remain Muslims committed to the original tenets of Islamic claims to territory.

      • IslamDownpressesHumanity

        Then why do all muslim states persecute people of other faiths? Then why do all muslim states have enforced blasphemy and heresy laws?

        • Americana

          What do those have to do w/the realities of the Palestinian-Israeli situation? Yes, those things happen because of Islam’s tenets and under the strictest Islamic militias, there is even less tolerance than under other Islamic rulers. In fact, in the latest developments in Iraq, there is eve more violence being perpetrated toward Iraqi Shia.

          • reader

            Judenreina pretends to have another memory blackout – as if this point has not been rebutted time and again.

          • Americana

            Exactly what are you rebutting in the above?

          • reader

            Have a problem with tenses in particular, English in general or just getting thicker by each day?

          • Americana

            Trying to make the claim I’m not a British-American? You’re tense, that’s why you’ve got a problem w/my tenses and grammar. That reminds me of when Jihad Watchers claimed I couldn’t use the word “onslaught” in a particular context when it was a perfectly legitimate use of the word. It was utterly bizarre that Jihad Watchers would attempt to do that after I’d had numerous people tell me I wrote like Prof. Richard Dawkins. But carry on w/your whole disinformation campaign. At least you’re posting such w/less frequency now as you’ve seen you’re easily bested.

          • reader

            You have two conflicting traits: one is Jew hating and another one being petulant, petty and insecure. In fact, you’re so petulant that it distracts you from hating the Jews effectively. Ahhh.

          • Americana

            Petulant, petty and insecure perfectly describes your lame-azz attempts to make my English questionable. As for Jew-hating, nope, not a fan. What I hate is Jews that lie when the truth would serve them so much better.

          • reader

            Well, I’m not a Jew, so you missed again, dumb*ss troll.

          • Webb

            Americana here, pretending to be dumber than a stump again. Can’t figure out why she woke up with her undies on backwards.

          • Americana

            Since you believe that going full on “commando” w/your undies is going to do something in the region to solve Israel’s problems w/Islam, I’ll leave it to the audience at large who’s got whose undies on backwards in addition to their head.

        • PatnTrucks

          It’s in the koran, all of this. I bought a second-hand copy from an old bookstore. Takes about a week to read it, if you can stand the Charles Manson style drivel.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            I hope you didn’t pay more than $1 for that hateful piece of koran.

    • Ritch Ritchloui

      The cretinous libturds should be reminded what happened to their comrades who worked so hard to bring down the ‘evil’ Shah of Iran. The moment the Mullahs took control the FIRST thing they did was round up tens of thousands of leftists and commies and murder them all. The vermin pedophile Arab Mullahs murdered more people in the first few months of gaining power than the Shah, his father and the British COMBINED.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        The Shah was a benevolent ruler next to the blood thirsty fascist ayatollahs.

        DEATH to fascist iran!
        HANG the aytollahs and their revolutionary gestapo!

        LONG LIVE PERSIA!

  • Damaris Tighe

    The media are are indifferent to how they’re being played (like violins) because they don’t want to be persuaded otherwise. They like the story they’re being fed. Now, why could that be?

    • reader

      It makes you an incoherent idiot incapable of an elementary thought process, rudimentary cognitive abilities, and with the inclinations toward mindlessly repeating meaningless cliches pointing in the direction of a possible turrets syndrome.

      • Damaris Tighe

        you american guys don’t do irony like us brits do you? I’m going to have to put some words in quote marks so the meaning is clear. Try reading again.

        • reader

          Oh, sorry. But- just a hint – ever since Pierce Morgan got canned from CNN, British accent or overly convoluted sarcasm is no longer guaranteed a pass. The news cycle and fuses are way too short here at present, you know.

          • Damaris Tighe

            I just type what comes naturally – we all do it over at the Spectator. Not premeditated.

          • reader

            No hard feelings, eh? Cheers.

          • IslamDownpressesHumanity

            I remember when Pierce did an interview w/Robert Blake and was intimidated by a man twice his age — and rightfully so. I wish Robert Blake had slugged the supercilious limey bastage.

  • Docs357

    Kbama and Islam add a entire new dimension to Evil the religion of oeace isn’t fooling anyone more either is the satanic administration of mr Evil obama

  • Gee

    There is only one reason that the Islamist propaganda works – that is because the rest of the world is just as racist as the Muslims

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      The world has always been and will always be racist.

      Israel needs to continue to win and confound its enemies.

      Success is the best revenge.

  • Alisia S

    The problem is that we have a sick, far left, media covering this conflict and providing information and pictures to the planet from a Hamas-leaning perspective. Military strikes from Israel are reported out of context with film of injured and/or killed children immediately following. This is what is presented to the world. The media shills know exactly what they are doing and are experts at putting together a montage of stories and images carefully designed and often staged from their own perspective. There isn’t a hint of objective reporting going on here. Never underestimate the powers of persuation those controlling information have. They fashion themselves as little gods controlling world events.

    • justsayin

      True. The media can cover this from any perspective they wish. They can slant the information they provide in any direction they choose. We clearly see what they are doing here.

  • Ritch Ritchloui

    Iraqi
    Yazidi MP Breaks Down in Parliament: ISIL is Exterminating my People

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdIEm1s6yhY
    and NOT A WORD about it in ANY of the MSM. SILENCE.

    • Lightbringer

      Very, very disturbing. Those poor souls!

    • Well Done

      Of course no media attention. Jews aren’t killing Arabs.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Arabs killing Arabs?

        It’s dog bites man.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      Yazidi is a religion associated w/the Kurdish people. Maybe it was their religion before they were conquered by islam.

  • IslamDownpressesHumanity

    Why doesn’t anyone mention the indiscriminate firing of rockets by Hamas into Israel? Hamas isn’t trying to minimize civilian casualties. I just wish some of those rockets could be targeted at the enemedia.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Looks like Hamass opened the gates of H E L L

      and got pushed past the gates and into H E L L by the Israelis.

  • Damaris Tighe

    you don’t do irony like us Brits do you? Read it again.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      I see, I apologize. Sometimes it is hard to see sarcasm and equating nazis with Israel is practically commonplace.

    • PatnTrucks

      Fooled me on that one also! Sorry!