Tuesday, August 5, 2014
MOST GAZANS HATE HAMAS
July 29, 2014 http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/07/31/sources-hamas-quickly-puts-dissent-gaza-kills-palestinian-protesters/
An incident on Monday, in which Hamas police officers killed two hungry citizens and wounded many others, illustrates the level of intensity in the Gaza Strip these days.
A large group of residents in the Beit Hanoun neighborhood had gathered outside a local food stand, holding food vouchers given to them by the regime. The hunger and lack of food led to a quarrel among the waiting masses. Very quickly the quarreling spiraled into violence, weapons were drawn with some residents opening fire.
Hamas policemen hurried to the scene to suppress the violence. In an attempt to calm the situation down, the policemen too drew their weapons and directed them at the residents. In the ensuing moments, Hamas shot and killed two residents from Beit Hanoun and wounded dozens more.
The day before yesterday in Gaza City many residents in the Al Shifa hospital protested against the terrorist organization hiding in its basemnent, with Hamas consequently extracting some of the protesters and executing them on the spot.
Gazans are fed up with Hamas but most say that they won’t revolt for fear of death. “The public in Gaza rightly assumes that the weapons are in the hands of Hamas and know they will end up dead,” Orit Perlov, a researcher at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), tells reporters.
When she asked GAZAN CITIZENS for the reasons behind their reluctance in protesting against Hamas, Perlov received the following response: “Hamas has the weapons and so when we [the Gazan public] see what’s happening in Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Iran, and Turkey, we understand that Hamas won’t think twice about shooting us.”
David Pollack, who recently polled Gaza citizens about Hamas and their war against Israel said, “With so many Palestinians actually saying they want peace and support an immediate cease fire, it means Hamas is imposing this war against Israel on its own people.”
88% want the Palestinian Authority (PA) — not Hamas — to run Gaza administratively.
A large majority (71 %) said that crime was a “significant” problem in Gaza.
Two-thirds said that another significant problem was official corruption.
70% also agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “Hamas should maintain a ceasefire with Israel in both Gaza and the West Bank.”
A Gaza journalist, just a few days ago, told international reporters, " Nobody can forgive Hamas for what they’re doing. No one can forgive Hamas for butchering Palestinians to get power. Most Gazans hate Hamas with a passion.”
He continued, “The only reason Hamas rules Gaza is because of its ruthless iron fist and military dictatorship,” he said. “We would love to have an independence from both Fatah and Hamas, who are profiting off the Palestinian people. We need to rule ourselves.”
Another Gaza journalist who tried to report about Hamas brutality, Haidar Ghanem, was accused of "collaborating with Israel" during Operation Cast Lead and was executed by Hamas on or about January 7. 2009.
"the PA state security court had sentenced Ghanem, a father of two, after holding only two brief sessions."
Mudhar Zahran, a Palestinian politician in the West Bank, said publicly that Hamas has never been so unpopular in Gaza. “No normal human being can watch what’s going on and still support Hamas,” said Zahran. "I beg the Israeli army to understand that Hamas uses civilians, while their own leaders (like Mashaal) are hiding in Qatar.”
When asked why Gazans don't turn to the U.N. to get rid of Hamas, one person said, "United Nations is controlled by the OIC (Organization of Islamic Conference) which has turned into Islamic gestapo for the world. They support terrorist groups like Hamas."
THE SADDEST TESTIMONY OF GAZANS DURING RECENT FIGHTING WAS THIS ONE:
A GAZAN FATHER rushed his little daughter to a Israeli field hospital set up across the border in Gaza. She as unconscious, laboring for breath and he was asked what happened. "She was standing too close to the rocket. Hamas fired the rocket and she collapsed. Help her! Oh, God, help her!"
I don't know the fate of the little girl, or of the father because he took her to an ISRAELI field hospital and he may have been killed for that.
Testimonies from Gaza civilians documented in the course of war imply that people do not dare to speak out openly against Hamas; those who tried to object were shot by Hamas operatives.
Hamas and Fatah have been bitter rivals since June 2007, when Hamas ousted Fatah from Gaza after launching a bloody coup against the Abbas government. About 400 Fatah supporters were killed and many others badly maimed.
Fatah officials said at least 19 of its members were immediately executed and many more brutally tortured after Hamas "won" the last elections.
Many Gaza residents say they were forced to vote for Hamas.
Several brave Gazans have told international reporters that Hamas is using schools and other public buildings in Gaza City to launch strikes at Israel, and that the towns of Khan Yunis and Rafah are used as detention centers to interrogate members of Fatah and their supporters. They said three men had been blinded during questioning and more than 60 had been shot in the legs as punishment soon after Hamas took power.
Fatah leaders in the West Bank also accused Hamas of stealing U.N. aid convoys
Gazans are not allowed to see news reports from outside Gaza, so few have seen the daily films of hundreds of aid trucks carrying food and necessary supplies into Gaza from Israel.
We in the West keep track of those trucks going into Gaza, but No one knows what Hamas is doing with the goods.
Few Gazans know that the monetary aid earmarked for the CITIZENS of Gaza is being spent on things that Hamas cannot account for to the international community.
While nations like Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan and Egypt say there should be more than enough money each month that Arabs and Westerners send millions to Gaza for all citizens to have benefit, Hamas cannot account for those missing millions each month.
That is why Arab nations and others are slowing on humanitarian relief funds for Gaza.
They know the citizens are not reaping any benefit from it.
Hamas should care for its own people, but instead, they attack them and spend the money on themselves.
May, 2007, Hamas opened fire on a school in Gaza.
Several terrified children were shot. A guard was shot dead.
Because boys and girls were "intermingled".
That is against Sharia Law, Hamas said.
A human rights group based in Ramallah has often decried the attacks by Hamas on the people of Gaza, releasing a statement that read, "A number of citizens have been extra-judicially executed during and after the Israeli military aggression on the Gaza Strip... Fire was opened on affected citizens at a close distance. In addition, individuals in official uniform or masked persons opened fire on people's legs, severely beat others, imposed house arrests, and threatened to punish citizens along with their families if they would not comply."
These are the atrocious things Hamas does.
They were so cruel that Mosab Hassan Yousef (Arabic: مصعب حسن يوسف) (born 1978), a Palestinian and son of a Hamas founder and leader, Sheikh Hassan Yousef fled Gaza and even abandoned Islam, citing the cruelty he saw carried out on his own people by the terrorist groups who rule over them.
Another brave Gazan citizen uploaded a video to Youtube which went viral and was copied and shared around the world. He asks, "Why do you say Hamas is not murderers? Look what they do!" [WARNING, THIS IS A VERY GRAPHIC VIDEO]
In another video he shows us the attack on a wedding party in Gaza by Hamas, and says the groom was killed.
The people of Gaza never know when Hamas GOON SQUADS will attack them!
They never know where Hamas will fire their next rockets from...from a school, as in this video of Hamas firing at Israel from UNRWA primary school in Gaza in October, 2007?
According to Mouin Gasser, a 45-year-old teacher there, the area around the school was hit four times in about two minutes by the shells that landed just outside the school. Gasser said that he did not see any militants in the area. The Daily Mail quoted an eyewitness stating that he saw the marks from five separate explosions.
Hanan Abu Khajib said that Hamas militants fired just outside the school compound, likely from the secluded courtyard of a house across the street some 25 yards from the school, and that Israeli return fire minutes later landed outside the school along its southwest wall, killing two Hamas fighters.Two unnamed residents, who spoke to an Associated Press reporter by phone on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, said a group of militants had been firing mortar shells rounds from a street close to the school.
Jonathan Miller wrote in a Channel 4 story that "local residents in the street told me that militants had been firing rockets – as the IDF claimed – and having been targeted in retaliatory fire by the IDF, they ran down the street past the school.
Residents of the neighborhood said two brothers who were Hamas fighters were in the area at the time of the attack.
WHY WOULD HAMAS FIRE ROCKETS FROM NEAR THAT SCHOOL KNOWING ALL INSIDE IT MIGHT BE KILLED?
Gazan teenagers and college students, have formed a group to let the world know what they suffer every day under Hamas, wondering when retaliatory strikes will come from Israel.
They wrote a Manifesto for the youth in Gaza. It gained international attention.
[WARNING, THE LANGUAGE IS VERY GRAPHIC WITH SOME STRONG OBSCENITIES!]
1 January 2011
<<"An anonymous group of students has created a document to express their frustration born of Hamas's violent crackdowns on 'western decadence', the destruction wreaked by Israel's attacks and the political games played by Fatah and the U.N.
The young Gazans say they are fed up with Hamas and 'sick of bearded guys with guns'.
This is the first time that a group of young Palestinian cyber-activists has agreed to meet a journalist since launching what it calls Gaza Youth's Manifesto for Change. It is an incendiary document – written with courage and furious energy – that has captivated thousands of people who have come across it online, and the young university students are visibly excited, but also scared. "Not only are our lives in danger; we are also putting our families at risk," says one of them, who calls himself Abu George.
"Fuck Hamas..." begins the text. "Fuck Israel. Fuck Fatah. Fuck UN. Fuck UNWRA. Fuck USA! We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, the occupation, the violations of human rights and the indifference of the international community!"
It goes on to detail the daily humiliations and frustrations that constitute everyday life in the Gaza Strip.
"Here in Gaza we are scared of being incarcerated, interrogated, hit, tortured, bombed, killed," reads the extraordinary document. "We are afraid of living, because every single step we take has to be considered and well-thought, there are limitations everywhere, we cannot move as we want, say what we want, do what we want, sometimes we even can't think what we want because the occupation has occupied our brains and hearts so terrible that it hurts and it makes us want to shed endless tears of frustration and rage!"
The text ends with a triple demand:
"ENOUGH! Enough pain, enough tears, enough suffering, enough control, limitations, unjust justifications, terror, torture, excuses, bombings, sleepless nights, dead civilians, black memories, bleak future, heart-aching present, disturbed politics, fanatic politicians, religious bullshit, enough incarceration! WE SAY STOP! This is not the future we want! We want three things. We want to be free. We want to be able to live a normal life. We want peace. Is that too much to ask?"
Two of the group have been detained by the Gazan authorities several times, accused among other crimes of "immoral" behaviour. They say that they have been abused in jail and claim that physical and psychological punishment is commonplace in Gaza's detention centres.
"We are supposed to be the engine of change in this society, but our voices are muted. In the press, at university, there is no room in our society to talk freely, out of the frame, without putting yourself and your family at risk," says one, who wants to be called Abu Yazan. He adds: "In Gaza, you feel watched at school, in the streets, everywhere. You can be thrown into jail at any time. [Hamas] will threaten you with ruining your family reputation and that would be it."
These youngsters do not represent anybody except themselves, but their call for change has resonated strongly, not only abroad but also inside Gaza. Their Facebook page already has thousands of friends – including, they say, many from the Strip.
Going out, meeting friends in cafés – let alone clubs or discotheques – or attending cultural events has become an increasingly complicated task as Hamas cracks down on western "decadence".
In the places where young men and women are allowed to meet, considered an "oasis" by the less conservative youth, the police are quick to interrogate mixed couples suspected of not being married or engaged.
The "last straw" for the writers of the Gaza manifesto came a month ago, when Hamas closed Sharek, an internationally financed organisation offering training and summer activities for thousands of adolescents and young people. Sharek had also became a hang-out place for the more liberal-minded in Gaza. Human Rights Watch recently issued a statement condemning its closure. "Hamas authorities in Gaza should allow an organisation that helps children and youth to reopen, and penalise officials who have harassed its workers," it said."
THE YOUNG PEOPLE EXPLAINED TO THE INTERVIEWER ...With high unemployment in the Strip and little access to other job markets after graduation, many feel that they have reached a dead end. Some keep studying and accumulating degrees and foreign languages, which they learn via the internet, hoping for better days to come. Others kill their time smoking hookahs with their friends day after day. There is an increasing number who rely on drugs to cope with their conflict traumas and frustrations. >>
TO BACK UP WHAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE CLAIM:
A German journalist filmed video of Hamas' attack on a young man, a woman, and others as they tried to leave an area that Israel had warned them would be coming under fire. Hamas stops them, begins shoving and brutally beating while the woman cries out "WHY? WHAT HAVE WE DONE? You are worse than the Jews!"
A young man is dragged away, another is slammed into a car and we don't see him anymore.
The journalist is threatened by Hamas, but stands his ground.
MANY OF THE CAPTIONS ARE IN GERMAN, BUT NOT ALL.
July 310, 2014: A journalist in Gaza backs the IDF version of a missile strike on a school playground and says Hamas rockets went astray. But it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Returning from a stint in Gaza, and safe from what HE ominously referred to as potential “Hamas retaliation”, Italian journalist Gabriele Barbati on Tuesday afternoon broke the media silence by tweeting the following message, confirming that Hamas terrorists rushed to cover up evidence of what was indeed THEIR OWN errant rocket fire aimed at Israel:
<<Out of #Gaza far from #Hamas retaliation: misfired rocket killed children yday in Shati. Witness: militants rushed and cleared debris>>
Verifying facts on the ground in Gaza is notoriously difficult for foreign reporters, and even for Palestinian journalists seen as aligned with the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, as journalists are closely watched by Hamas security forces and can face interrogation and a permanent ban from Gaza for publishing material deemed unfavorable to the territory’s Islamist rulers. As such, little information has emerged on what exactly happened that day in Shati.Hamas, through coercion and violence, limits the freedom of foreign journalists in Gaza, but many are speaking out once they reach safety.
Twice last week, Wall Street Journal reporters posted on Twitter statements and photos implicating Hamas — but then quickly deleted their tweets.
Those who request the tweets are being censored.
The first deleted tweet, posted by Wall Street Journal Middle East correspondent Nick Casey on July 21, referenced Hamas’s use of the Shifa Hospital in Gaza as a shield against Israeli attack:
<<You have to wonder w the shelling how patients at Shifa hospital feel as Hamas uses it as a safe place to see media>>
He followed that tweet with another: “@IDFSpokesperson said truth in communique released yesterday about Shati camp massacre. It was not Israel behind it.”
A second deleted tweet, posted by Tamer El-Ghobashy, suggested Hamas was likely responsible for a strike that hit the Shifa Hospital that day:
<<An outside wall on the campus of Gaza'smain hospital was hit by a strike. Low level damage suggest Hamas misfire.>>
Wall Street Journal DID initially reply to questions of why the Tweets were removed by forwarding some of the THREATS their journalists had received!
Radjaa Abu Dagga, a Palestinian-born photojournalist from France also told his story of being summoned to the Shifa hospital and threatened for reporting Hamas' use of human shields.
Even after he told them he was Palestinian, they wared him, "You must leave Gaza as soon as possible and stop working!"
A Spanish journalist told filmmaker Michael Grynszpan that the reason television news does not broadcast images of Hamas fighters in action is because of fear of immediate execution.
‘If ever we dared point our camera on them they would simply shoot at us and KILL us.’
Several Western journalists currently working in Gaza have been harassed and threatened by Hamas for documenting cases of the terrorist group’s involvement of civilians in Hamas' warfare against Israel, saying that some in the international media are intimidated and do not report on such incidents.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper, was perhaps the only fearless journalist in Lebanon filming Hezbollah.
He publicly reported on their tactics, which are the same as journalists are reporting that Hamas is using now:
“As the video showed a group reporters and photographers interviewing a single woman on a blanket, Cooper explained, ‘Civilian casualties are clearly what Hezbollah wants foreign reporters to focus on. It keeps the attention off them — and questions about why Hezbollah should still be allowed to have weapons when all the other militias in Lebanon have already disarmed.’”“After letting us take pictures of a few damaged buildings, they take us to another location, where there are ambulances waiting.”“This is a heavily orchestrated Hezbollah media event. When we got here, all the ambulances were lined up. We were allowed a few minutes to talk to the ambulance drivers. Then one by one, they’ve been told to turn on their sirens and zoom off so that all the photographers here can get shots of ambulances rushing off to treat civilians. That’s the story that Hezbollah wants people to know about.”“These ambulances aren’t responding to any new bombings. The sirens are strictly for effect.”
What will Hamas stop at?
A Gaza water park was burned down by Hamas in 2010 and several were "punished" because, Hamas said, of "events where men and women sit together".
In May of 2010, Hamas Jihadists burned a UN-run summer camp for children and teens in Gaza, They threatened to kill John Ging, head of the anti-Israeli UNRWA in Gaza.
"about two dozen armed and masked men targeted a seaside camp in central Gaza, ... The assailants tied up an unarmed guard, then tried to set fire to two tents and a perimeter fence made from tarp-like material. Wielding knives, they slashed a plastic swimming pool, blow-up slide and toys."
ANOTHER VERY SAD STORY OF HOW MUCH SUFFERING IS IMPOSED ON THE PEOPLE OF GAZA BY HAMAS IS HEART-BREAKING:
GAZA CITY (Reuters) 26/09/2012 -- At least 500 protesters in the Gaza Strip have called for the overthrow of the ruling Hamas government in a rare demonstration triggered by the death of a three-year-old boy in a fire during a power outage.
Protesters in the Bureij refugee camp, where the boy's family live, called for Hamas to be toppled and chanted "The people want to down the regime" late on Tuesday night, echoing slogans adopted in Arab revolutions in neighboring countries. The police swiftly dispersed the crowd.
The dead boy's father called for more protests, saying he hoped a healing of internal Palestinian political rifts could ease the Strip's problems."I call on people to take to the streets and not to fear being clubbed by policemen," Abdel-Fattah Al-Baghdadi, 23, told Reuters."I hold both the governments in Gaza and in the West Bank responsible for what happened to us," he said.
Hamas has banned protests, including any demonstrations calling for an end to divisions between it and Fatah.
Police in Gaza also dispersed what they said was an unlicensed rally organized by dozens of women calling for unity between Gaza and the West Bank.
THE PEOPLE WANT A NEW ELECTION
Many citizens in Gaza have asked for new elections.
There have been NO elections since the setting up of the Palestinian Authority since 2006.
The dictator for life, Arafat, died in 2004, requiring the ONLY new Palestinian "election".
Only 700 people in ALL Gaza are allowed to vote in the "Palestinian National Council".
INSTEAD, HAMAS WANTS MARTYRS!
Hamas MP Fathi Hammad (ON Palestinian Al-Aqsa TV)
[The enemies of Allah] do not know that the Palestinian people has developed its [methods] of death and death-seeking. 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."
GAZA'S CITIZENS ARE BOMBARDED WITH THIS EACH DAY!
Following the Hamas takeover of Gaza in August 2007, Hamas banned Palestinian public access television, controlled by rival faction Fatah, from making or broadcasting programs into Gaza. The ban left most of Gaza's electronic media in the hands of Hamas.
Much of Al-Aqsa TV programming glorifies violence and focuses on children AS MARTYRS.
A March 2013 segment included an interview with child-relatives of Umm Nidal, the Palestinian mother of four sons who became suicide bombers. The children expressed pride in their fathers' bombings and told viewers that, "I ask all Muslim sisters, mothers and daughters and sisters, that the Al Aqsa expects us, the next generation, to fall into line for it, God Willing and Exalted. Do not withhold from us the commanders, do not withhold from us the soldiers, and do not withhold from us lovers of martyrdom." The children also sang a song glorifying martyrdom.
Al-Aqsa TV maintains a Web site, which serves as a medium for news and announcements from the station. News stories posted on the site justify rocket attacks against civilians as retaliation for "the crimes of the occupation." The site also includes many graphic pictures of martyrs wrapped in shrouds and carried by large crowds. The site is hosted by a German company.
I AM NOT STUPID.
I KNOW THAT HUNDREDS OF INNOCENT LIVES WERE LOST AS ISRAEL RETALIATED AGAINST HAMAS IN GAZA.
BUT, SINCE I BELIEVE WHAT THE PEOPLE OF GAZA ARE SHOWING US, TELLING US, I ALSO KNOW THAT MORE OF YOU ARE KILLED BY HAMAS EVERY YEAR!
YOU ARE CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO NIGHTMARES!
BUT, LOOK AT THE WEST BANK!
THERE ARE NO DEAD THERE TODAY AS HAMAS IS NOT THERE TO PUT THE LIVES OF CITIZENS IN DANGER! NO ROCKETS FLEW AT ISRAEL FROM THE WEST BANK!
I BELIEVE THE BRAVE PEOPLE OF GAZA WHO WANT PEACE, THE YOUTH, ALL WHO HAVE DARED COME FORWARD WITH THESE HEART-WRENCHING TESTIMONIES OF WHAT THEY ARE SUFFERING UNDER HAMAS.
I FEEL THAT, IF MORE WOULD SPEAK OUT, SOMEHOW, IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE, THAT ALL THE WORLD WOULD DEMAND THAT YOU ARE FREE OF THE BRUTALITY YOU DAILY SUFFER UNDER HAMAS.
MILLIONS OF US HAVE SEEN THEIR TACTICS AGAINST YOU, BUT YOUR VOICES MUST BE RAISED WITH OURS.
YOU ARE THE ONLY EYEWITNESSES TO WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR OWN STREETS.
YOU ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN SHOW THE REST OF THE WORLD WHAT IS GOING ON THERE.
I WISH YOU WELL.
Posted by Waninahi at 12:48 AM