During Operation Cast Lead and the Lebanon War before that, you heard the accusatory drone of the pro-Israelists that Hamas and Hezbollah used civilians as human shields, exploited mosques, ambulances, and schools to hide weapons, etc. The general line was that Arab terrorists violated civilized norms and forced Israel to lower itself to their level in order to protect Israelis.
The only problem? Most of the claims were rubbish. We now know that Judge Goldstone actually attempted to document Hamas use of human shields in his report and could not do so. We know of numerous incidents of the IDF using Palestinian children as human shields and have video and photos to prove the practice. Two soldiers were recently found guilty of doing so in Gaza.
One of the more troublesome claims is that terrorists even debase their own religion and its holy sites in their fight against Israel. While such a claim may or may not be true, I managed to find a written source which confirmed that Jews did precisely this during the Mandatory period before the State was created. And Amir Terkel has gone one better. He’s found a historical monument that documents the practice.
The point of all this is not to say that Palestinians are all right and Israelis all wrong. Rather, the point is that whatever propaganda you attempt to use against one side may come back to bite you unless you’re careful.
- Israel’s human shields and live bait (warincontext.org)