Saturday Aug 23, 2014
Not long after Israel’s prime minister compared Hamas and the terror group ISIS (or IS for Islamic State) during a recent press conference, debates erupted on social networks like Twitter about the validity of this comparison. As a number of op-eds illustrate, Netanyahu was right when he concluded his remarks by pointing out that he was “not the only one who believes” that “Hamas is like ISIS. ISIS is like Hamas....
Tuesday Aug 19, 2014
Tuesday night, just when Hamas got ready to launch rockets on Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion airport, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) Ken Roth took to Twitter to put in a good word for the terrorist organization.
So it seems that according to Roth, international humanitarian law allows Hamas to build and use tunnels in order to attack or capture combatants, i.e. IDF soldiers. Only if Hamas uses the tunnels to...
Saturday Aug 16, 2014
In recent weeks, a lot has been written about the problematic media coverage of the war between Hamas and Israel. Richard Landes mentions many of the relevant articles in a thorough overview published at The American Interest, where he focuses on “The Media’s Role in Hamas’ War Strategy” and argues that “Hamas shows full cognizance of the media’s importance.” As Landes rightly emphasizes,...
Thursday Jul 24, 2014
TV screens, newspapers around the world and the social media are full of images and stories highlighting the suffering of Gaza’s population during the current fighting. Audiences everywhere are encouraged to focus on the “voices of the victims,” and the implication is usually that they are victims of Israel’s merciless onslaught against Gaza.
While I and virtually all of my Israeli friends would agree that...
Tuesday Jul 15, 2014
Imagine you are a young doctor in Gaza during the current war: there is terrible destruction, frequent and fearsome airstrikes, some 200 of your fellow Gazans have been killed and more than 1,000 have been wounded. Local hospitals are facing a shortage of medicine and equipment, particularly for trauma injuries. Surely you would want nothing more than a cease-fire to end this misery?
Not if you are Dr. Belal Al-Dabour. As soon as...