Asked whether Hamas supported the killing of Israeli civilians, [Meshal] replied: "It is wrong to frame the problem this way, because Hamas, the Palestinian movements and the Palestinian people are just defending themselves. It’s a defensive war, we are defending our sons, our children, our wives, our places of worship, our land."In other words, yes, he does support the murder of Israeli civilians, but doesn't like to use that terminology to Western media. (France 24 of course didn't follow up, asking how stabbing random Jews, Arabs and tourists can be considered defensive. Reporters really are absurdly deferential to terrorists tht they manage to interview.)
In Arabic, however, the message is clear.
The Hamas-aligned Al Resalah news site has an article today praising the murder of Jews with this photo:
The article says that the attacks are against "the occupation and the settlers," and we've seen in the past that Hamas considers every Israeli Jew to be a "settler." It also brags about the murder of American Taylor Force in Jaffa, calling him an "Israeli."
The article also says that the murders are meant "to address the crimes of the occupation against humans and trees and stones in the occupied Palestinian territories." Meaning that according to moderate Hamas, stones have more rights than Jews.
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