As negotiations over Iran's nuclear deal continue, a new report from Amnesty International is details the horrors committed last summer by the regime backed terror group Hamas. Torture, murder, beheadings, violent interrogation, kidnapping and other heinous acts were carried out during the same time Hamas was launching thousands of rockets into Israel in an effort to slaughter civilians.
"Hamas forces carried out a brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of “collaborating” with Israel and others during Israel’s military offensive against Gaza in July and August 2014, according to a new report by Amnesty International," the Amnesty International website says. "‘Strangling Necks’: Abduction, torture and summary killings of Palestinians by Hamas forces during the 2014 Gaza/Israel conflict highlights a series of abuses, such as the extrajudicial execution of at least 23 Palestinians and the arrest and torture of dozens of others, including members and supporters of Hamas’s political rivals, Fatah."
From the report:
In every case Amnesty International has documented, it has uncovered evidence of Hamas forces using torture during interrogation with the apparent aim of extracting a “confession” from the detainee. Testimonies indicate that victims of torture were beaten with truncheons, gun butts, hoses, wire, and fists; some were also burnt with fire, hot metal or acid. In several cases family members of victims described to Amnesty International various injuries inflicted on the detainees, such as broken bones – including of the spine and neck bones – trauma to the eyes, as well as damage, punctures or burns to the skin.
An account from the brother of former Palestinian Authority police officer Atta Najjar, who was tortured, murdered an mutilated by Hamas:
We were surprised when they called to say come and collect his body from the Katiba Square on the Friday. It was a friend who called us, nobody official informed us of his death, nor anyone from the prison. He said, “Your brother has been killed and he is thrown in the Katiba Square.” He was killed at about 8am or 9am and moved to al-Shifa hospital mortuary by an ambulance an hour later. I went to the mortuary and found they had cut off the electricity to the fridge. This was an act of oppression and aggression. Why do you want to torment him in his death? It is a sign that this was the act of a gang rather than an official body.
I found the body and on it a paper written with his name – form number one – field execution – Jabalia resident – and the identity card number.
There were marks of torture and bullet wounds on his body. His arms and legs were broken. And his body was as if you’d put it in a bag and smashed it. His bones were broken. His body was riddled with about 30 bullets. He had slaughter marks around his neck, marks of knives. And from behind the head – there was no brain. Empty.
His arms were broken. It was difficult for us to carry him. We needed six people to carry him. He was heavy, like when you put meat in a bag; no bones. His bones were smashed. They broke him in the prison.
They killed someone who was not a danger to them. He’d almost finished his sentence. He’d worn himself out for three years going to courts, and being tortured.
Hamas committed these crimes against fellow Palestinians, but yet the international community, the United Nations and yes, Amnesty International, continue to declare Israel as the problem. The report classifies Israel as an "occupying force" and holds the Jewish State responsible for damage in Gaza after counter defense attacks were launched against Hamas in response to rocket fire. Many civilians were killed as a result of Hamas putting rocket launchers and Hamas fighters in civilian areas like schools and hospitals. Ironically, Amnesty International's own report proves Hamas was using humans and hospitals as shields.
Hamas forces used the abandoned areas of al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, including the outpatients’ clinic area, to detain, interrogate, torture and otherwise ill-treat suspects, even as other parts of the hospital continued to function as a medical centre.
“It is absolutely appalling that, while Israeli forces were inflicting massive death and destruction upon the people in Gaza, Hamas forces took the opportunity to ruthlessly settle scores, carrying out a series of unlawful killings and other grave abuses,” Amnesty International Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme Philip Luther said about the report's findings. “In the chaos of the conflict, the de facto Hamas administration granted its security forces free rein to carry out horrific abuses including against people in its custody. These spine-chilling actions, some of which amount to war crimes, were designed to exact revenge and spread fear across the Gaza Strip.”
“Instead of upholding justice, the Hamas authorities and leadership have continuously encouraged and facilitated these appalling crimes against powerless individuals. Their failure to even condemn the unlawful killings, abduction and torture of perceived suspects leaves them effectively with blood on their hands,” he continuted. "By failing to halt such grave violations, the Hamas authorities are dragging the name of justice through the mud and condoning these appalling crime."
Amnesty International should accept that fact that Islamic terror groups, like Hamas and ISIS, don't believe in fair justice. Instead, they believe in torture and death. This is just a snap shot of what happens when a terror group runs a government. To think they'd ever condemn killings of those they accuse of being associated with Israel is naive.
When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress earlier this year, he argued Hamas and ISIS held the same ideology. He was right.
Meanwhile, the White House is still refusing to include Iran's funding of Hamas terrorism as part of the regime's nuclear deal.