A Hamas member died of cancer today. Hamas' announcement of this event is filled with fascinating tidbits:
First we have the interesting use of the word "martyr." A martyr is someone who sacrifices his or her life for a cause; dying of cancer is hardly "martyrdom." Hamas is purposefully cheapening the term to include pretty much anyone they feel like (on their web page they also have a "martyr" who died in a car accident.) If someone is designated a "martyr" their families get more honor and in many cases extra money, so Hamas is apparently trying to inflate their own importance by designating every dead member as a shaheed.
Al Qassam Brigades mourns Mohammed Hassuna, martyred by cancer
As Al Aqsa Intifada against the occupation assault on the Gaza Strip continues, Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades has its best men to be in the playground of death to defend their people from any attack by the enemy ... Today, Al-Qassam Brigades mourns the death of the Mujahed:
Mohammed Rawhi Mahmoud Hassouna 25-year-old
Sheikh Redwan Neighborhood - Gaza Strip
The Mujahed was martyred from cancer; the martyr didn’t manage to travel for medical treatment, because of the Zionist siege on Gaza strip. Al Qassam Brigades mourn the death of the Mujahed, reaffirms the commitment and determination to continue the resistance against the belligerent occupation forces.
Hamas loves using the term "playground of death" and it is perhaps more apt than they realize; after all, they seem to do a lot of their terror training in playgrounds.
But by far the most ironic part of this death notice is where they blame Israel's partial blockade for his death.
Forget the fact that thousands of Gazans have traveled to Israel to get medical treatment during the "siege." We have a case here of Hamas bitterly railing against the Zionist entity for the "occupation" and promising to murder every Zionist Jew in the Middle East, and then complaining that these same Zionists who they want dead aren't saving their members' lives. (Notice again that they do not blame Egypt for refusing to treat their terrorists; only Israel is blamed. I guess because evil Zionist medicine is better to treat Hamas martyrdom-seekers.)