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Hanson itemizes the truth behind Gaza lies

Anti-Israel protest at Harvard on Oct. 14.
by WorldTribune Staff, April 10, 2024

According to a Pew Research poll published on April 2, sympathies for Hamas and Gaza are more common than sympathies for Israel among young voters, especially young Democrats.

These voters are most likely to be getting their news about the Israel-Hamas war from legacy media or social media such as TikTok, where Hamas's propaganda goes largely unquestioned.

This, critics say, is how you get groups in America such as "Queers for Palestine" even though homosexuality is prohibited and gays are often executed by being thrown off tall buildings in Gaza.

The following are excerpts from a recent op-ed in which historian and columnist Victor Davis Hanson points out the many lies coming out of Gaza that have become mainstream:

“Occupied Gaza”: Prior to October 7, there were roughly two million Arab citizens in Israel but no Jewish citizens in Gaza. Gazans in 2006 voted in Hamas to rule them. It summarily executed its Palestinian Authority rivals. Hamas cancelled all future scheduled elections. It established a dictatorship and diverted hundreds of billions of dollars in international aid to build a vast underground labyrinth of military installations.

So Gaza has been occupied by Hamas, not Israel, for two decades.

“Collateral Damage”: Hamas began the war by deliberately targeting civilians. It massacred them on October 7 when it invaded Israel during a time of peace and holidays. It sent more than 7,000 rockets into Israeli cities for the sole purpose of killing noncombatants. It has no vocabulary for the collateral damage of Israeli civilians, since it believes any Jewish death under any circumstances is cause for celebration. Hamas places its terrorist centers beneath and inside hospitals, schools, and mosques. Why? Israel is assumed to have more reservations about collaterally hitting Gaza civilians than Hamas does exposing them as human shields.

"Ceasefire": The so-called international community is demanding Israel agree to a “ceasefire.” But there was already a ceasefire prior to October 7. Hamas broke it by massacring 1,200 Jews and taking over 250 hostages. Hamas violated that peace because it thought it could gain leverage over Israel by murdering Jews. Hamas now demands another ceasefire because it thinks it is no longer able to murder more unarmed Jews. Instead, it now fears that Israel will destroy Hamas in the way Hamas sought but failed to destroy Israel. Did Hamas call for a cease-fire after the first 500 Jews it massacred on October 7?

“Disproportionate”: We are told Israel wrongly uses disproportionate force to retaliate in Gaza. But it does so because no nation can win a war without disproportionate violence that hurts the enemy more than it is hurt by the enemy. The U.S. incinerated German and Japanese cities with disproportionate force to end a war both Axis powers started. The American military in Iraq nearly leveled Fallujah and Mosul by disproportional force to root out Islamic gunmen hiding among innocents. Hamas has objections to disproportionate violence—but only when it is achieved by Israel and not Hamas.

“Ramadan”: Joe Biden believes that the Muslim religious holiday of Ramadan requires Israel to agree to a ceasefire. But did either Hamas or any other Arab military ever respect Jewish—or even its own—religious holidays? The October 7 massacre was timed to catch Israelis unaware while celebrating the Jewish religious holidays of Simchat Torah, Shemini Torah, and Shemini Atzeret on Shabbat. Moreover, Hamas’s surprise attack was deliberately timed to commemorate the earlier sneak Arab attack on Israel some 50 years earlier. On October 6, 1973, the Israelis were the target of a surprise attack when celebrating the religious holiday of Yom Kippur. Arab armies also assumed they would achieve greater surprise when attacking during their own religious holiday of Ramadan. So, Arab militaries fight opportunistically both during Jewish and their own Islamic holidays. Egyptians and Syrians still boast of their 1973 surprise attack on Israel as the “Ramadan War.” Only Westerners, not Arabs, believe there should be no war during Ramadan.

“Prisoners”: The international community that favors Hamas, nevertheless, knows it would be safer to be a prisoner of Israel than of Hamas. It knows women are not going to be raped in custody by Israelis but are by Hamas. And the unarmed are more likely to be mutilated and decapitated by Hamas than Israelis.

Is the international community more likely to charge Israel than Hamas for war crimes because the Jewish state seeks to avoid civilian deaths that Hamas finds useful?

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