"The Palestinian terrorists made a point of spraying the child-hostages with machine gun fire and throwing grenades at small groups of little girls huddled together in fear..."
In the backdrop of Israel's hammering of HAMAS targets in the Gaza Strip, despite of Israel's success on the battlefield, the Jewish State is arguably getting crushed in the court of public opinion. As reported by the Jewish-centered news portal JSpace.com on July 28, 2014, anti-Israel protests are springing up in Europe as well as here in the United States.
Protests have recently hit the streets of the British cities of London and Edinburgh, the French cities of Paris and Sarcelles, and also on this side of the pond in New York City. Angered at the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) attacks on HAMAS command centers and missile sites in Gaza, pro-Palestinian marchers in London chanted "Long live Gaza; long live Palestine" as they allege the Israeli military is the real aggressor in the weeks old conflict.
A number of left-leaning supporters of HAMAS (Arabic for "Enthusiasm", an acronym of Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-ʾIslāmiyyah, "Islamic Resistance Movement") addressed the rally, to include Labor MP Diane Abbot. The Parliamentarian claimed the marchers were present as "a show of solidarity with the people of Gaza." Also during the protest march, the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC) chairman Hugh Lanning slammed the Jerusalem government for allegedly violating international law, "Our [British] aid and arms are helping to kill these innocent people in Gaza."
Neither Abbot nor Lanning made reference to the recent ABC News report that noted the catalyst for the recent armed conflict was Palestinian militants in Gaza launching an approximate 2,000 missiles at Israel. Also in contradiction that the protesters claim they stand in solidarity with the innocent people of Gaza against Israeli aggression, first generation Iranian-American reporter Lisa Daftari of Fox News recently covered that many Gazans are actually critical of HAMAS.
Speaking on grounds of anonymity, a 28-year-old Gaza-based journalist stated "You need to understand that Palestinian blood has been shed by Hamas itself. Living under Hamas is a tragedy." Not quite finished, the young reporter also claimed, "Nobody can forgive Hamas for what they’re doing. No one can forgive Hamas for butchering Palestinians to get power. Most Gazans hate Hamas with a passion."
To further the point, Abd al-Bari Atwan, former Editor-in-Chief of Al-Quds Al-Arabi (Arabic for "Arab Jerusalem") newspaper recently claimed that a number of Arab countries Foreign Ministers "pray" for an Israeli victory over HAMAS. As Atwan also stated on the Mayadeen television network of Lebanon, "The vast majority of the countries participating in (the Arab League Summit) consider HAMAS to be a terrorist organization" (see video).
The Arab leaders Atwan accused of slamming HAMAS aren't alone. The Iranian-backed jihadists were also officially branded a terrorist organization by Bill Clinton's State Department in the 1990s. To further the terrorist tag, the Netanyahu government accuses the jihadists
The HAMAS terrorist organization also has quite a lineage when it comes to terrorism, especially terrorism aimed directly and specifically against children. Examples include Palestinian terrorism include the the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) Fatah faction's 1978 Coastal Road Massacre at Glilot Junction near Herzliya, Israel. The attack resulted in 38 civilians killed, to include Arab-Christian women on their way to work. Of the total killed, 13 were children. An additional 71 civilians were wounded. The Palestinian terrorists made a point of spraying the child-hostages with machine gun fire and throwing grenades at small groups of little girls huddled together in fear.
Also was the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) sponsoring of the Japanese Red Army 1972 attack on Tel Aviv's Lod airport (now Ben Gurion International Airport) which resulted in 26 killed (17 of which were Christian pilgrims from Puerto Rico) and wounded an additional 79.
Demonstrating their ability to reach beyond the Middle East was the 1985 Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) simultaneous attacks on the Israeli national carrier El Al Airlines ticket counters at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport outside Rome, Italy, and also the Schwechat Airport (Vienna International Airport) in Vienna, Austria. During the attacks, 19 civilians were slaughtered and 138 wounded.
Perhaps one of the prime examples of Palestinian terrorist organizations special targeting of children could best be illustrated by re-telling the the particularly savage killing of an 11-year-old American girl. In a 1986 letter from the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations sent to the U.S.'s Secretary-General, the killing of Natasha Simpson during the da Vinci Airport attack was addressed:
Some police investigators stated that when one of the terrorists spotted 11-year-old Natasha Simpson, the daughter of the American reporter Victor Simpson, he began shooting burst after burst of bullets in her direction from his Kalashnikov assault rifle. The girl fell to her knees and the terrorist hurriedly fired another burst at her head.
After wounding her father, the terrorist turned towards her six-year-old brother and also succeeded in wounding him. The terrorist spotted other children and began shooting at them; these were the children of Michiel Sausas, a Jordanian citizen; all four were injured.
According to reports, Dino Fariente, an Italian Jew of Moroccan descent, said: 'I saw one of the terrorists throw a grenade and I saw the look in his eyes. When he shot into the crowd he was trying to kill children.'