Friday, April 08, 2011

Hamas in 2007: "There is no justification for targeting civilians."

In light of Hamas' bragging that it shot a laser-guided anti-tank missile at a marked, yellow school bus, that had been filled with children minutes earlier,  it is worth looking at this statement made by their English-language spokesman, Abu Obaida, in December 2007:
There is no justification for targeting civilians. It is against Islam to deliberately kill unarmed civilians during jihad. In addition, our doctrine is to target the enemies army, security services, and support apparatus. But it is known that Zionist society is a militarized society. Service in the army is mandatory; and reserve duty continues past the age of 40. Our determined stance is that unarmed persons on both sides of the conflict should be left out of the fighting. However, we will not accept giving the enemy a free hand against our civilians.
And their response to the Goldstone report included this howler:
The Hamas government wrote that it "regrets any harm that may have befallen any Israeli civilian."
Isn't that special?