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December 31, 2008
Hamas takes time out from killing Jews to murder their own
Although Israel carefully focuses on Hamas military and terrorist infrastructure in Gaza to minimize civilian collateral damage and death, this is often impossible as Hamas has deliberately placed weapons factories and training centers in and around such civilian areas as homes, schools and hospitals. Nevertheless, as even Hamas has admitted, most of the dead are terrorists. But not all have died by Israel's bombing.
In a practice Reuters blandly describes as "settling old scores," Gazans are shooting and killing others in cold blood under the pretext that the victims collaborated with Israel. Some undoubtedly did; other shooters are using the occasion for personal revenge, to settle old scores such as saving family honor. And no place is safe, not even the sanctuary of a hospital. Alas, the NY Times has removed an incident that they earlier described: Hamas terrorists killing "collaborators" in gazan hospitals. James Taranto, at Opinion Journal managed to get the original report before the NY TImes excised it.
Armed Hamas militants in civilian clothes roamed the halls. Asked their function, they said it was to provide security. But there was internal bloodletting under way.
In the fourth-floor orthopedic section, a woman in her late 20s asked a militant to let her see Saleh Hajoj, her 32-year-old husband. She was turned away and left the hospital. Fifteen minutes later, Mr. Hajoj was carried out by young men pretending to transfer him to another ward. As he lay on the stretcher, he was shot in the left side of the head.
Mr. Hajoj, like five others killed at the hospital this way in 24 hours, was accused of collaboration with Israel. He had been in the central prison awaiting trial by Hamas judges; when Israel destroyed the prison on Sunday he and the others were transferred to the hospital. But their trials were short-circuited.
Hmmm, why did the NY Times want to remove mention of these terrorist incidents? Because it ruins their article's (false) thesis that the Gazans are victims of Israelis instead of their own brethren? Inquiring minds want to know.