The Threat of the Human Shield Strategy Hamas Uses Extends Beyond Israel, Gaza

Hamas tactics mock international law, write Abraham Cooper and Harold Brackman , and teach extremists.

Palestinian supporters of the Hamas attend a rally in Gaza City.

Palestinian supporters of the Hamas attend a rally in Gaza City.

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In one sense, the world community is right. The future of international humanitarian law could be at stake in Gaza. But the deadly menace stems not from the IDF but from Hamas's twin campaign of terrorism against both Israeli and Palestinian innocents. The Gaza terrorist state that turns its own people into human shields also threatens to strip the entire civilized world of the protections of international law. Ultimately, Israel will safeguard its own citizens and secure its own destiny, but if the nations of the world do not speak out against Hamas's barbarities, they should be prepared to see such tactics unleashed beyond the borders of the Holy Land, cheered on by the puppet masters of terrorism in Tehran.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper is the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Harold Brackman, a historian, is a consultant to the Simon Wiesenthal Center .

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