Nazi Flags and Hamas Talking Points
By Sean Durns
April 26, 2018
For several weeks now, Hamas, the U.S.-designated terror
group that rules the Gaza Strip, has been sending terrorists—interspersed with
unarmed civilians serving as human shields—to try and infiltrate the
Israel-Gaza border in a propaganda push that they call the “March of
Return.” Hamas has been aided
by a frequently uncritical press that, more often than not, serves the terrorist
organization’s objectives, often by omitting crucial details.
No nation on earth would allow a terrorist group committed
to its destruction to mass on its borders and violate its sovereignty. But no
other country is held to the double standard that the Jewish state is. And no
other nation is the victim
of such pernicious—and unmistakable—media bias.
Take, for example, the swastika.
During the so-called “Great Return March,” Palestinians
at the border have displayed flags embroidered with the Nazi symbol. Images,
including video, of these flags have been published by The Times of Israel and
were highlighted by the Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson in an April 6 tweet captioned:
“No words needed.”
And indeed, major U.S. and international news outlets
offered precisely that: no words.
The presence of that flag during the violent demonstrations
went unmentioned in the dozens of reports filed by major U.S. news outlets,
including The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today and others. Dozens
of reporters, photographers and film crews have been present at the border,
providing coverage. The Washington Post alone has published no fewer than seven
reports and one editorial on the “march.” Yet not one noted the Nazi flag,
which offered a good indication of what many of those massed at Israel’s
border want: the genocide of Jews, which Hamas’s Mein Kampf-quoting charter
Other seemingly hard-to-miss indicators have appeared. On
April 20 (Hitler’s birthday), “Palestinians at the Gaza border flew a kite
marked with a swastika and carrying a petrol bomb into Israel,” The Times of
Once again, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit distributed pictures and video of the
kite. And yet again, major U.S. news outlets failed to report it.
Similarly, on March 30, Hamas-led crowds chanted
“Remember Khaybar, O Jews. Muhammad’s army will return.” As Ofir Gendelman,
the Arab media spokesperson for the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, noted the
next day: “This is an Islamist Jihadist genocidal call to annihilate the
entire Jewish people.” The Western press reported neither Gendelman’s
comments nor the violent incitement. Ditto for Hamas leader Yehya Sinwar’s calls
before the march to “eat the livers” of Israelis.
In fact, many in the press have whitewashed the violent
nature of the demonstration. Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other
terrorist groups orchestrated the march, and their leaders have been clear on
their ultimate objective: destroying the Jewish nation of Israel. And
they’re counting on a compliant and gullible media.
Although many reporters have uncritically repeated
Hamas’s false claim that the “Great Return March” is nonviolent,
photographic and video evidence
has shown several protesters carrying firearms, explosives, Molotov cocktails
and other weapons.
Indeed, more than half of the Palestinians who have been
killed by the IDF have been linked to terrorist groups. To camouflage their
violent actions and score propaganda points against Israel, Hamas and its allies
have been using Gazans as human shields, as well as burning tires and using mirrors
in an attempt to thwart the accuracy of IDF snipers seeking to target terrorists
hiding among unarmed Palestinian civilians.
The Times of Israel, Haaretz and other newspapers have
published pictures of Hamas using children as human
shields, yet these images—and the double war crime they illustrate—go
unmentioned by major U.S. press organizations.
Clear evidence of Palestinian violence exists, but many
news outlets either ignore it or present it as merely
an “Israeli claim.” By contrast, some in the media have had no problem
regurgitating Hamas statements. For example, Brian Stelter, who hosts a CNN
show called “Reliable Sources,” treated the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry
as credible, repeating casualty figures supplied by that terrorist-controlled
entity. In an anti-Israel screed masquerading as a “World Views” analysis,
The Washington Post’s Ishaan Tharoor presented
dead Palestinian terrorists as nonviolent civilians indiscriminately slaughtered
by the IDF—long after they were publicly identified
as belonging to terror
But many in the media already have their talking points.
As Bassam Tawil noted in an April 18 Gatestone Institute report,
Hamas’s “press office” has issued guidelines for how journalists should be
covering the demonstrations. According to Tawil, “the first order that Hamas
requires the journalists to obey is to refrain from focusing on the actions of
individuals participating in the demonstrations.”
issued by a group with a history of kidnapping and intimidating
journalists, require that the march be presented as a “peaceful and nonviolent
civilian uprising.” The participation of terrorists must go unmentioned.
Palestinian journalists—many of whom serve as producers, translators and
“fixers” for international news organizations—are instructed to highlight
“the various personal and social aspects” of those killed at the border.
The goal is to single out Israel for international
opprobrium while securing greater aid relief for the Gaza Strip, despite the
fact that Hamas has a long and documented history of pocketing
aid money or using it to build “terror tunnels” to attack the Jewish state.
While many in the media have fixated on the “economic misery” of everyday Palestinians as a chief factor in the demonstrations, few have noted that a violent anti-Semitic terrorist group is clearly ill-suited to governing. To do so would require discussing Palestinian Nazi flags, kite bombs and human shields. And that would mean departing from the Hamas-approved scripts.