Despite anti-Israel protests worldwide, Palestinians have a long history of terrorism

Despite anti-Israel protests worldwide, Palestinians have a long history of terrorism

“The Palestinian terrorists made a point of spraying the child-hostages with machine gun fire and throwing grenades at small groups of little girls huddled together in fear…”

Despite of Israel’s success on the battlefield against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, the Jewish State is  getting crushed in the court of public opinion. Anti-Israel protests are springing up in Europe and the United States.

Protests have recently hit the streets of the British cities of London and Edinburgh, the French cities of Paris and Sarcelles, and New York. Angered at the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) attacks on Hamas command centers and missile sites in Gaza, pro-Palestinian marchers in London chanted, “Long live Gaza; long live Palestine” as they allege the Israeli military is the real aggressor in the weeks-old conflict.

A number of left-leaning supporters of Hamas addressed the rally, including British Labor MP Diane Abbot, who claimed the marchers were present as “a show of solidarity with the people of Gaza.” Also during the protest march, the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC) chairman Hugh Lanning slammed the Jerusalem government for allegedly violating international law. He told reporters, “Our aid and arms are helping to kill these innocent people in Gaza.”

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Neither Abbot nor Lanning made reference to the recent ABC News report that noted that the catalyst for the recent armed conflict was Palestinian militants in Gaza launching some 2,000 missiles at Israel. Also in contradiction of the claim that protesters stand in solidarity with the innocent people of Gaza were the comments of first-generation Iranian-American reporter Lisa Daftari of Fox News, who recently wrote that many Gazans are actually critical of Hamas.

Speaking on grounds of anonymity, a 28-year-old Gaza-based journalist said:

You need to understand that Palestinian blood has been shed by Hamas itself. Living under Hamas is a tragedy. 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.

Along similar lines, Abd al-Bari Atwan, former editor-in-chief Al-Arabi of the Arabic newspaper Al-Quds, claimed that a number of Arab countries’ foreign ministers “pray” for an Israeli victory over Hamas. He further stated, “The vast majority of the countries participating in [the Arab League Summit] consider Hamas to be a terrorist organization.”

The Arab leaders Atwan accused of slamming Hamas aren’t alone. The Iranian-backed jihadists were also officially branded a terrorist organization by Bill Clinton’s State Department in the 1990s.

Hamas has a well-documented history of indifference to civilian casualties. Examples include the the Palestine PLO’s 1978 Coastal Road Massacre at Glilot Junction near Herzliya, Israel, which resulted in 38 civilians deaths, 13 of them children. An additional 71 civilians were wounded. The Palestinian terrorists made a point of spraying the child-hostages with machine gun fire and throwing grenades at small groups of little girls huddled together in fear.

Another terrorist group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, sponsored 1972 attack on Tel Aviv’s Lod airport (now Ben Gurion International Airport) by the Japanese Red Army, which resulted in 26 deaths (17 of which were Christian pilgrims from Puerto Rico).

Demonstrating an ability to reach beyond the Middle East, the PLO in 1985 simultaneously attacked the El Al ticket offices at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport outside Rome and at the Schwechat Airport (Vienna International Airport), killing a total of 19 civilians.

T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman is a retired Master Sergeant of Marines. He has written for Examiner, Conservative Firing Line, and other blogs.

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