The Double Disgrace of Hamas: Victimizing their own People

I have written repeatedly here about demopaths, people who invoke human rights and other civic values in order to protect themselves, even as they aim at destroying the human rights of others. “Using democracy to destroy democracy.” Among the many practitioners of demopathy — a thriving industry in the early 21st century — are the Palestinians, who have made an identity out of being the “human rights” victims, even as they try and destroy the human rights of Jews. Indeed, their commitment to accusing Israelis of violating their human rights has driven them to victimize themselves in order to attack Israel for their suffering. Indeed, as the black humor goes, for Palestinians, when an Israeli civilian is hit, it’s a cause for celebration; when a Palestinian civilian is hit, it’s even better. Nothing drives the mill of Palestinian grievance more than dead Palestinians, as long as Israel can be blamed.

The latest, and most horrific example comes from the current conflict.

For a good example of current righteous indignation of Palestinian “Human Rights” Advocates, see the article by Electronic Intifada founder Ali Abunima, who complains bitterly about an Israeli who celebrates the actions of the IAF. Indeed, the pages of Electronic Intifada are filled with the cry of human rights (of Palestinians) violated, by Israel. When it’s violations by Palestinians, including Hamas, they fall silent.

In reading the following article, note that Gazan medical authorities complain repeatedly to the Western media of having too many wounded and not enough medical supplies. Apparently the complaint is more valuable than the relief, which awaits at the Egyptian border.

Egypt says Hamas not allowing wounded to leave Gaza
by Samer al-Atrush – Sun Dec 28, 5:15 am ET
afp photo of injurd pn
AFP – An injured Palestinian man lies on the ground outside the Hamas police headquarters in Gaza City following …

RAFAH, Egypt (AFP) – Egypt on Sunday blamed Hamas for not letting hundreds of Palestinians wounded by Israeli air strikes leave the Gaza Strip for treatment, with dozens of empty ambulances waiting on the border.

More than 270 Palestinians have been killed and 600 wounded since Israel began hammering the Gaza Strip with air strikes on Saturday, but no wounded have yet left via Rafah, the Hamas-ruled territory’s only Arab border crossing.

“No one has come in, we don’t know why they’re closed on the other side,” a senior border security official told AFP. Several plane- and truck-loads of aid are also waiting to be allowed into the Gaza Strip, a security official said.

“The wounded are barred from crossing” into Egypt, Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said in Cairo, blaming “those who control Gaza. We are waiting for the wounded to cross.”

In the divided town of Rafah, the road leading to the border crossing was lined with 20 riot police vehicles, an AFP correspondent reported, with 40 ambulances and several pick-ups full of medicine waiting to cross into Gaza.

“We are preparing a list of casualties. There are just so many dead and injured,” Dr Mouneer al-Borsh from the Hamas-run health ministry told AFP at the border.

He had arrived at the border with a ministry truck and was waiting to take medical supplies into Gaza.
Asked when the wounded would arrive at the border, Borsh said: “I don’t know when. I can’t say.”

An Egyptian medic said that “sometimes they (Hamas) say they’re going to bring people, sometimes they say they’re not going to bring people. Now they say they want medical supplies for the wounded.”

Gaza has been crippled by an Israeli blockade of all but the most essential supplies, with even basic medicines lacking in the impoverished territory. But no emergency medical aid entered on Sunday.

A security official said that an Egyptian plane with 50 doctors on board as well as medical supplies had arrived in nearby El-Arish. Two Qatari aircraft carrying 50 tonnes of medical supplies were waiting at the same airport.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has also ordered three planeloads of medical aid to the Gaza Strip via Egypt, MENA said, and offered to airlift the wounded.

“The Rafah border crossing was opened by the Egyptians yesterday, but no Hamas people showed up” on the other side, an Israeli military spokesman said.

Too proud to accept help from despised neighbors? Too attached to victim status to get relief? Too incompetent to take care of their own wounded? Too obsessed with revenge? What can explain such behavior?

47 Responses to The Double Disgrace of Hamas: Victimizing their own People

  1. [...] A Sober Reminder: PA Tortures and Intimidates Palestinian Journalists Filed under: Arab-Israeli Conflict, Intimidation of MSM, Palestinian Culture, Prime Divider Societies, Top Media Analysis — Richard Landes @ 9:17 pm — Print This Post [...]

  2. [...] between is the camera work of demopaths and the reporting follies of their dupes. Pity even more the genuinely wounded. « The Shaming of the Shoe: Elder of Zion Hits the Nail on the Head   IAF hits Gaza [...]

  3. vanderleun says:

    What can explain such behavior?

    A thirst for death.

    Here’s hoping it is slaked.

  4. [...] Richard Landes notes a uniquely Palestinian story: Hamas is simultaneously condemning Israel for hospital shortages, yet preventing Egypt from delivering medical aid or evacuating the wounded. Landes has coined a word to describe the phenomenon: I have written repeatedly here about demopaths, people who invoke human rights and other civic values in order to protect themselves, even as they aim at destroying the human rights of others. … Among the many practitioners of demopathy — a thriving industry in the early 21st century — are the Palestinians, who have made an identity out of being “human rights” victims, even as they try and destroy the human rights of Jews. Indeed, their commitment to accusing Israelis of violating their human rights has driven them to victimize themselves in order to attack Israel for their suffering. [...]

  5. oao says:

    Ah, but the west will save hamas yet again, no matter what it does:

    http://sandbox.blog-city.com/hamas_and_the_bushes.htm

  6. E.G. says:

    Has anyone ever heard of a Palestinian refusing treatment in an Israeli hospital?

  7. E.G. says:

    The explanation is here:

    “Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum denied the allegation, claiming that many of the wounded rejected an Egyptian offer to receive medical treatment in Cairo in protest against Cairo’s “support” for the IDF operation. He accused the Egyptians of taking part in the “siege” on the Gaza Strip by refusing to reopen the Rafah crossing.”
    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1230456500516&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  8. [...] 29, 2008 · No Comments The Double Disgrace of Hamas: Victimizing their own People Filed under: Arab-Israeli Conflict, Demopaths and Dupes, Honor-Shame Culture, Palestinian Culture [...]

  9. Demopaths is an interesting concoction. I do not know that it will catch on, but any attempt to disabuse people of the notion of “human rights” is appreciated. I have coined the terms ‘culturist’ and ‘culturism’ partially for the same reason.

    Human rights are western concepts. Rights only come from cultures that believe in them and afford them. Saudi Arabia can afford them, but doesn’t believe in them. Africa, the reverse. And, yet Muslims shake this rattle at us and demand to be let into our nations.

    Culturism also debunks multiculturalism. As its opposite it shows we do, in fact, have a core culture. We are not just as Islamic as we are Christian and Enlightened. Being as we have a culture we have a side in the Middle East. Our ridiculous attempts at being a neutral moderator echo the silliness of ‘human rights.’

    Rights are a thing the West developed. If we do not protect the West, rights will cease to exist.

    http://www.culturism.us

  10. The Spine says:

    Landes Gets It Right…

    Richard Landes, a scrupulous scholar of Christian religious messianism and professor of history at Boston…

  11. oao says:

    As its opposite it shows we do, in fact, have a core culture.

    you mean we DID!

    when we allow sharia to infiltrate our societies, when we demonize israel for behaving ethically and strive to save the bacon of barbarians like hamas, we show that we don’t have a culture anymore.

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  13. E.G. says:

    IAF fighter pilots include a few women. This “equal opportunities” practice by the Hebrew state (see: Human Rights) must have triggered (!) the “honour to die killing” reaction PRC spokesman urges IDF troops to ‘fight like men’

    excerpt:
    «The PRC spokesman added that “the entire Palestinian people understand that this is an all-out war, and that the resistance and its organizations are the only way to salvage Palestinian honor.” »

  14. E.G. says:

    Insights into honour/shame in the ME from a Molsem female journalist.

    « “Why aren’t you, as an Arab lady, writing about Gaza?”

    The messages started to arrive soon after Israel’s bombardment of Gaza had killed close to 300 Palestinians. Implicit was the pressure to tow the party line: Hamas is good, Israel is bad. Say it, say it! Or else you’re not Arab enough, you’re not Muslim enough, you’re not enough. »
    Israel is the opium of the people, and other Arab taboos

  15. shriber says:

    Interestingly, even in the Arab world the condemnation of Israel is not unanimous. This must be a first.

    “Arab Leaders, Civilians Blame Hamas for Gaza Violence”

    http://www.theisraelproject.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=hsJPK0PIJpH&b=689705&ct=6477719

  16. shriber says:

    See also this insightful analysis over at Jewcy:

    “Hamas as a Political Failure” by Michael Weiss

    http://www.jewcy.com/post/hamas_political_failure

  17. oao says:

    Interestingly, even in the Arab world the condemnation of Israel is not unanimous. This must be a first.

    I suggest to refrain from illusions. Israel elite is neither willing nor able to topple hamas. and the street pressure will quickly lead arab leaders/media
    to revert to the usual anti-semitism and blame. and this time europe and us will be with them too.

    israel must now contend with an exposed 5th column inside it. so much for all those who were arguing that the israeli-arabs prefer democracy.

  18. Cynic says:

    #17

    and the street pressure will quickly lead arab leaders/media to revert to the usual anti-semitism and blame.

    Too true. See the outburst yesterday from Hozni? Even after his TV publicised crit of Hamas, with Abbas.

    Only the stupid continue to lend credibility to the taqiya flooding the region. One has to test the wind to determine from which way it is coming and there are 360 degrees to contend with.

  19. shriber says:

    “I suggest to refrain from illusions.”

    Save your easy self righteous cynicism, oao.

    I never said any of the things you suggested.

  20. shriber says:

    Moshe Arens offers a sensible approach to dealing with the rocket threat:

    “Seven ways (one effective) to stop the rockets”

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1051316.html

    The same Haaretz issue offers a disgusting article by one Gideo Levy whoever he is comparing Israeli pilots to Naziz. I hope some brave Israeli pilot sues him and the paper for defamation.

    Too often, much of the anti-Zionist propaganda originates in Israel itself. Are these people crazy?

  21. E.G. says:

    Are these people crazy?

    You’re probably familiar with the Stockholm syndrom. Their variety is Oslo.

  22. oao says:

    Even after his TV publicised critic of Hamas, with Abbas.

    he cannot keep it up given his political circumstances. he must fall back in line with the street.

  23. oao says:

    Save your easy self righteous cynicism, oao.

    the problem is that accepting the truth is hardly easy and that was my point. it is critical to realize that I am not a cynic, but a realist. it is much easier to have illusions.

    I never said any of the things you suggested.

    your paid attention to a superficial aspect of reality which is more optimistic, while there is ample evidence that the salient reality is really grim.

  24. oao says:

    Too often, much of the anti-Zionist propaganda originates in Israel itself. Are these people crazy?

    sort of. just like the european left, they are wrapped up in an ideology that is irrelevant to the reality at hand and are incapable of accepting that the conflict is existential and does not have a rational solution.
    they are striving to be hollier (more moral) than those who do comprehend the nature of the conflict and are willing to defend survival.

    there is no question in my mind that there also is a probably subconscious fright dimension to it: defending the enemy in the delusion that this will help survival. something the jews have been always doing in history, given what their history is.

  25. oao says:

    “Seven ways (one effective) to stop the rockets”
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1051316.html

    the article demonstrates quite clearly that there is no compromise solution to the conflict.

    while I agree that none of the listed solutions is/was effective, the one arens proposes won’t work either, except at debilitating cost in the short run. in fact, that’s at least in part why sharon got out of gaza.

    the only effective solution is not by israel, but by entire world against islamism/jihad. since that won’t happen — europe is well on its way to islamization and demographically finished and the us in free fall and does not comprehend the danger — there is no long run solution for israel to act on.

  26. shriber says:

    “your paid attention to a superficial aspect of reality which is more optimistic, while there is ample evidence that the salient reality is really grim.”
    Comment by oao

    We know you are a superior being with x-ray visions and other powers to see the truly real all by your lonesome self.

    Problem is I am not interested in your x-ray vision and infinite realism.

  27. oao says:

    We know you are a superior being with x-ray visions and other powers to see the truly real all by your lonesome self.

    no, the sad thing is that it takes no superiority to comprehend reality–which is quite clear. it is just psychologically too difficult, so people prefer to look for what makes them feel better. I understand that, but it dooms.

    Problem is I am not interested in your x-ray vision and infinite realism.

    oh, I know that. my responses are for those who should not see just your comments without rebuttal.

  28. oao says:

    and here’s why israel by itself can’t win:

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/129142

  29. shriber says:

    You can’t do this and you can’t do that.

    You can just bitch and look superior.

    This is the realism of the defeatist.

    What do you do besides post cynical defeatist nonsense, oao or is it aoa?

    You do have another life don’t you?

  30. oao says:

    ah, yes, but you do so much.

    what and how you say says more about you than about me.

  31. oao says:

    to fail or refuse to recognize reality because it is unpleasant is what dooms the world today. no solution can come until the world recognize reality. but there has been so much failure to this point that it sure looks like it’s too late.

    everybody should read this:

    http://multimedia.heritage.org/content/wm/Lehrman-092706a.wvx

  32. oao says:

    why it is easy to understand reality when you don’t ignore or refuse to accept it:

    http://www.gloriacenter.org/index.asp?pname=submenus/articles/2008/rubin/12_31_12-39.asp

  33. Cynic says:

    Too often, much of the anti-Zionist propaganda originates in Israel itself. Are these people crazy?

    Just like the the Naturei Karta with their spittle flecked mouths protesting in New York against Zionists.

  34. Cynic says:

    Shriber,
    the cynicism is for me. :-)

    defeatist nonsense
    No, the reality is just that one cannot talk to a crocodile, that one cannot reason with a crocodile and that if one is going to try and feed it in the hope of assuaging its lust then one will eventually lose out.
    Witnessing the mess the West is making and decrying it is not defeatist.
    Defeatist is not saying anything and letting things ride.
    The only option for most people to vent their frustration and fears is to rant on blogs seeing that the MSM runs a despotic “centralised” news oligarchy.

  35. Cynic says:

    oao,
    I think that what one sees today is the incapacity of people to reason due to firstly a paucity of facts and secondly a mental deterioration due to inbreeding (the tribal/clan systems of the Arabs – their terrorist behaviour in line with apocalyptic ideals doesn’t make for sound reasoning in line with nature’s plan for survival, Naturei Karta type groups etc.), genetic damage due to, for example the Kumbaya excesses of the baby boom generation and offspring, progress’s pollution of food stock by “unnatural” chemical processes ( the chemical convolutions to turn material into human digestible food)and of course just being dumbed down by the Alpha’s PC directives in education, work and play and too frikken fearful to contest it.

  36. Cynic says:

    By the way here’s an article from today’s Haaretz

    Israelis who blame Israel are not helping the Palestinians

    The real motivation of Israel-hating Israelis is not genuine concern for the Palestinians, but rather a form of reverse racism. By showing forgiveness toward Palestinian fascism they turn their backs not only on Israelis but also on moderate, freedom-loving Palestinians. Those who blame Israel for everything and exonerate the Palestinians of everything are neither serving the cause of peace nor helping to end the violence and occupation. All they are doing is proving the extent to which they are blinded by their burning self-hatred.

    and for others their burning anti-Semitism.

  37. oao says:

    incapacity of people to reason due to firstly a paucity of facts and secondly a mental deterioration due to inbreeding

    this is true for the arabs and ultra orthodox societies. but insofar as the west is concerned the root cause is the collapse of education.

    there is no paucity of facts. people simply don’t care to know anymore and cannot make proper inferences for the little they do know.

  38. oao says:

    they don’t self-hate. they hate their compatriots who fight the palestinians because they’re subconsciously delude themselves that if they defend the pals, the pals will not kill them when they take over.

  39. E.G. says:

    Cynic & oao,

    Shavit’s paper was written to balance Gideon L. & Amira H.’s, published on the very same pages (and might in part result from letters and un-subscriptions) who are Alter-Israeli Jews. What they write is “not in my name”, i.e. see what my elected officials do on behalf of all Israelis: it’s a shame, staining us all. But I (the writer), from my higher moral stand, have a larger view; my non-solidarity with “my folk” and rebuke make me snow-clean.
    It is not hate or hatred. It’s self aggrandising. Akin to the self-serving bias. Has anyone noted one of them ever suggesting a course of action?

  40. Cynic says:

    oao,

    As far as education goes, if the electorate were not so dumb to start with they would never have let themselves be fooled to such a degree by the politicians (who are hand in glove with the teacher’s union) and not allowed the media PC onslaught to curb their “free speech”.
    By diddly, whatever, they will demand value for any material good that they pay for, except the news.
    More bang for their buck as they are conned out of their imagined freedom to make independent choices.
    They cannot reason to start with so what good will an education do?
    Have they the rational thought and reasoning power to question the snake oil salesman’s chant, the subjective education in academia?
    Are they like the milk cows which have been denatured sufficiently in the interests of more milk per day than in defense of their calves?
    Surely when America was starting out many of the frontiersmen lacked an education but they were not stupid to boot.
    What has planted such thoughts in my head has been the witnessing of the behaviour of young children from one side of the “social behaviour” spectrum whose ability to reason seems to surpass that of adults and their offspring from the other side.

  41. oao says:

    They cannot reason to start with so what good will an education do?

    The appreciation of knowledge and the ability to reason must be developed by education. If they are not, they remain dormant. This does not mean that there are not many who have limited capacity. But the majority can be improved and they have not been in a long time.

    Have they the rational thought and reasoning power to question the snake oil salesman’s chant, the subjective education in academia?

    this is a vicious cycle. the system produces ideologues, not teachers, who in turn produce uninformed, dumb generations who are indoctrinated by them and so on. that’s what the collapse of education means.

  42. oao says:

    What has planted such thoughts in my head has been the witnessing of the behaviour of young children from one side of the “social behaviour” spectrum whose ability to reason seems to surpass that of adults and their offspring from the other side.

    yup, the ability is there. it is not developed and rewarded, but stunted and punished (for conformity and docility and manipulability).

  43. R Brown says:

    There was something not right about channel 4 news footage from Gaza tonight.
    Israel gave warning they were going to bomb a Hamas members flat, the film showed everyonre evacuating and Hamas even had time to block off the street and a large crowd had time to form. Then when the bomb is dropped in the empty street, the Hamas man guarding the scene says “martyrs died in their”. How did he know that? All the adults were evacuated. Then he lets in camera men who find no adults but two babies in the rubble, miraculously alive. We have seen Hamas parents dress their children in suicide bombing attire and the Hamas man they killed yesterday sent his own son as a martyr. So was channel 4 news actually hosting a Hamas martyrdom operation for the camera crew waiting to film babies pulled out of the rubble? Are we to believe no adult knew those babies were in their? Their parents were out at work? Did some Hamas parents who all managed to evacuate themselves forget they had two babies?

    Something very worrying is happening and I am worried Hamas are tricking the western media who just dont believe terrorists could stage propaganda that evil? If you notice the rest of channel 4s news images out of Gaza show a Hamas funeral were all the bodies are covered in Hamas flags but just the faces of two children remain uncovered (for the cameras again), and then earlier on in the week we have Hamas parents running down the street holding their dead baby wrapped in a Hamas flag with face uncovered again for the cameras, what parents act like this using their dead children quite conciously for the cameras?

    Something needs to be done.

    its on now, part 1 under Jan 2nd – http://www.channel4.com/news/about/contact.html

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