All over the world people have attempted to place blame on Israel for targeting areas where women and children are. Including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who stated Hamas only hides their weapons among civilians due to the urban density of Gaga and its geographic location, and former MSNBC contributor, who stated Hamas using “human shields” is not only a “myth,” but it’s “racist.”
In Israel IDF soldiers discovered what appears to be an Hamas Urban Warefare manual which came from the Shuja’iya Brigade of Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. This manual teaches Hamas fighters how the civilian population can be used against IDF forces reveals that the Israeli Defense Forces are dedicated to minimizing civilian casualties
In a portion entitled “Limiting the Use of Weapons,” the manual explains that:
The soldiers and commanders (of the IDF) must limit their use of weapons and tactics that lead to the harm and unnecessary loss of people and [destruction of] civilian facilities. It is difficult for them to get the most use out of their firearms, especially of supporting fire [e.g. artillery].
Clearly Hamas knows the IDF will limit its use of weapons in order to avoid harming civilians, including refraining from using larger firepower to support for infantry.
The manual goes on to explain that the “presence of civilians are pockets of resistance” that cause three major problems for advancing troops:
(1) Problems with opening fire
(2) Problems in controlling the civilian population during operations and afterward
(3) Assurance of supplying medical care to civilians who need it
Lastly, the manual discusses the benefits for Hamas when civilian homes are destroyed:
The destruction of civilian homes: This increases the hatred of the citizens towards the attackers [the IDF] and increases their gathering [support] around the city defenders (resistance forces[i.e. Hamas]).
It is clear that Hamas actually desires the destruction of homes and civilian infrastructure, knowing it will increase hatred for the IDF and support their fighters.
Why Shuja’iya is Important
It is also of no small importance that this manual belongs to the Shuja’iya Brigade. The IDF fought a major battle in the neighborhood of Shuja’iya, which had been turned into a terrorist stronghold. The discovery of this manual suggests that the destruction in Shuja’iya was always part of Hamas’ plan.