The BBC myth of separate Hamas ‘military’ wing busted – by Hamas

The BBC’s profile of Hamas includes the following:Hamas profile

“It [Hamas] originally had a dual purpose of carrying out an armed struggle against Israel – led by its military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades – and delivering social welfare programmes.”

The naive notion that Hamas’ political and social departments can be viewed as being ideologically or organisationally separate or different from its “armed wing” or “military wing” is of course not confined to the BBC; the UK, among others, includes only the latter Hamas department on its list of proscribed terror groups.

Moreover, the BBC never refers to Hamas in general or specifically its “military wing” as a terror organisation and instead uses euphemistic terminology such as “Palestinian Islamist group“, “Islamist movement” or “militant Palestinian Islamist movement” and not infrequently amplifies its narrative of “resistance“.

The Tower recently noted that:

“Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh revealed that the terrorist organization makes no distinction between its civilian and military “wings,” vowing in a statement on Hamas’ website to take payments intended for government employees and funnel them to “military personnel.””

The Times of Israel, which originally reported the story, adds:

“In the statement, the senior Hamas leader lashed out against “parties” in Gaza who attempt to distinguish between the military and civilian branches of the organization. Haniyeh demanded that both military and civilians are considered “legitimate” employees who are “appointed by the decision of a legitimate government.”

Haniyeh did not indicate which “parties” had called for there to be a difference between the two branches of Hamas, or indeed whether those parties were strictly Palestinian or international officials present in the Strip.

Israel and most Western governments consider Hamas a terror organization. The UN, however, has attempted to differentiate between the Islamist group’s political and military wing, known as the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.”

Obviously the advent of some clear, objective and accurate reporting on this issue from the world’s most influential broadcaster would be of considerable benefit to those who to date have not yet understood that Hamas’ ‘military’, ‘political’ and ‘social’ wings are all part of one and the same terror organisation.

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4 comments on “The BBC myth of separate Hamas ‘military’ wing busted – by Hamas

  1. The extraordinary contention that there are two wings to Hamas is all the more ridiculous considering the BBC went to great lengths in the 1970s to prove that the military and political wings of the IRA were undifferentiated!

  2. Meanwhile the BBC reported today that Shami Chakrabati, the author of the Opposition Labour Party’ recent whitewash report into its own anti-semitism, has accepted a Labour nomination for a peerage, amid widespread objections.

    Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said her report’s credibility “lies in tatters” after she accepted the peerage, while Wes Streeting, Labour MP for Ilford North, said, “let’s not pretend that a Labour peerage in these circumstances doesn’t stink.”

    BBC Watch readers will remember that Duvidl, among many others, predicted this peculiar form of British corruption (i.e. honours in return for corrupt scribbling) below the BBC Watch post of July 20 on the Labour Party’s readmitted anti-semitic MP, Naz Shah:

    “…Duvid Crockett, King of DeLancey Street /Home of gefilte fish and kosher meat
    JULY 20, 2016 @ 6:30 PM
    Meanwhile, Shami Chakrabati today sidestepped questions over whether her recent whitewash report on Labour Party anti-semitism (commissioned by leader Jeremy Corbyn following Naz Shah’s suspension) pulled its punches in return for the promise of a peerage from Jeremy.

    Duvidl remembers that Shami only joined the Labour Party a few days before the report was published, so BBC Watch readers can guess that he believes the answer to that question, posed by Tory MP James Cleverly (see below), is “yes”….”

  3. For Hamas it’s population is simply cannon fodder. They have nowhere to hide when Hamas fires it’s rocket from civilian areas, while Hamas members can hide in tunnels or hospitals.

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