As far as Hamas is concerned, the bloodier the better.
That goes for when the terrorist group targets civilians with random stabbings and suicide bombers, but doubly so when it sends Palestinians—the very people for whom it claims to be fighting—out to die so that the carnage can be reported by the international news media for all the world to see. That’s because Hamas knows that the media will portray the Palestinians as victims, and their deaths as the result of a disproportionate Israeli response.
You can almost set your watch by it. Hamas, usually in cahoots with the mad mullahs of Iran, will stage a “protest” of some perceived Israeli injustice, rounding up a flash mob from the nearly 40% of people in Gaza who don’t have a job and turning them loose to go blame the Jews for all their problems. Hiding among those people, of course, are Hamas provacateurs, who at some point start throwing Molotov cocktails and improvised explosives, turning the protest into a full-blown riot that inevitably provokes the Israelis to use deadly force in self-defense. People die, the cameras roll, and before you can say, “Bob’s your uncle” the usual talking heads in the media and at the U.N. are out condemning Israel for not being polite and just succumbing to Hamas terror.
You really have to wonder what the Palestinians would have to do to get bad press.
Left unsaid by the AP, of course, is that Hamas couldn’t be more pleased. Their dead countrymen help feed a narrative of unwarranted Israeli aggression that the media are only too happy to propagate—which is why we see the same scene playing out again and again. And it will keep happening, so long as the media act as a de facto propaganda arm for Hamas and accept uncritically their version of events.
Such as when they publish spew like this:
Tell me how that headline would have been any different if Yehya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas, had written it himself.
The truth is, Israel has the power to wipe out the Palestinians if it chose to do so—but it doesn’t, because the Israelis are a just people who have a painful understanding of genocide learned from the horrors of the Holocaust. Similarly, the Palestinians could have peace tomorrow if they chose to do so—but they won’t, because their corrupt leadership and intolerant culture will never accept Israel’s right to exist. The international media, meanwhile, could potentially de-escalate the situation—or, at the very least, not incentivize violence—with honest reporting that doesn’t conceal all the blood that Hamas has on its hands.
That they don’t makes their hands just as bloody.