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Sunday, February 15, 2009

AP wakes up about Hamas murder spree

AP mentions:
International and Palestinian human rights organizations say there was a rash of shootings and beatings across Gaza during Israel's offensive, voicing suspicions the Islamic militants of Hamas used wartime chaos to target enemies, including activists from the rival Fatah.

Two Gaza-based groups, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights and the Independent Commission on Human Rights, interviewed survivors and witnesses who said some attacks were carried out by members of Hamas' internal security service.

Amnesty International went further, saying Hamas militiamen engaged in a "campaign of abductions, deliberate and unlawful killings, torture and death threats against those they accuse of 'collaborating' with Israel, as well as opponents and critics."

This is all very nice, but a bit outdated. The ICHR report came out January 26, PCHR report came out February 3, and Amnesty's on February 10. Not only that, but AP quotes the PCHR report of 32 killed, without mentioning that others have been murdered by Hamas afterwards.

This might have been a decent report had it been printed a couple of weeks ago. Now that the world has lost interest in Gaza is not the time to start to notice Hamas crimes that were ignored - but reported on - during the operation.

(h/t Soccer Dad for the link - I never get to see MSM stuff anymore as I spend my time scouring the Arab media; it drives me nuts that a part time blogger consistently finds and reports on things weeks before the thousands of members of the MSM, if they even report it at all.)