IDF troops posing as Hamas men

Earlier on January 11 Haaretz published a report by Amira Hass headlined ‘Gaza residents: IDF troops posing as Hamas men‘. The report has curiously disappeared since, replaced by something completely unrelated. However, the readers comments at the bottom are still responding to the Hass’s original report. Following is a cached copy of the original:

The testimonies of Gaza Strip residents are revealing new details about the Israel Defense Forces’ mode of operation there. In the past two days, Beit Lahia residents forced from their homes said soldiers were posing as members of Hamas’ armed wing while advancing on the ground.

The daily pauses in bombing allow Gazans to meet with the displaced – most of whom are housed in an UNRWA school – and hear their stories.

Gaza resident S. told Haaretz he heard several people say they saw armed men wearing the uniforms and symbols of the Iz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, who “called out to each other in Arabic, as if they had caught a collaborator, and then, with the element of surprise, went into the houses.”

A Gaza radio station warned that troops posing as locals were driving a vehicle normally used by paramedics. Residents said the radio broadcaster listed the vehicle’s license plate number and color.

Haaretz has also learned that one of the army’s methods for evacuating a home is to fire a missile toward its upper level. That is how B.’s house in Sajaiyeh was destroyed. It was bombed just a few minutes after a missile struck and 40 shell-shocked family members walked out of the house.

The IDF has also forced at least 40,000 people to leave their homes in agricultural and border areas. In Rafah, most of the 20,000 people removed from their homes were lodging with relatives and not in UNRWA facilities.

Author: Idrees Ahmad

I am a Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling and a former research fellow at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. I am the author of The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). I write for The Observer, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Al Jazeera, Dissent, The National, VICE News, Huffington Post, In These Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Adbusters, Guernica, London Review of Books (Blog), The New Arab, Bella Caledonia, Asia Times, IPS News, Medium, Political Insight, The Drouth, Canadian Dimension, Tanqeed, Variant, etc. I have appeared as an on-air analyst on Al Jazeera, the BBC, TRT World, RAI TV, Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and several Pacifica Radio channels.

19 thoughts on “IDF troops posing as Hamas men”

  1. it’s actually the other way around, the Hamas guys are wearing IDF style, stolen, fake IDF Uniforms,
    this is the same thing that hezbollah did in 2006 and the PLO did in 82-893. nothing new

  2. More likely the IDF in Hamas fatigues are some Israeli manifestation of the notorious Sonderkommando roaming the extermination camp that they created on the look-out for the gold teeth of their victims.

    They say the bankster elites along with their friends in organized crime who pull the Likud government’s strings are preoccupied with the purchase and stockpiling of gold as we speak.

    There is no surer way that they can make a killing at the tail-end of the coming financial collapse and World War 3 which they are stoking from Georgia to Mumbai to Palestine.

    Unlike us,the elite networks that sponsor Israel have learned from history.

    Unlike us,they will be the last people to end up as its victims.

  3. Haratz is a right wing fish wrapper that for some reason is filled with too much self hate. their hearts bleed but i’m sure it is no longer Israeli owned, as for it’s ratings as a paper it ranks like 10th in a group of 5 and the free paper given out each day at the train stations here has a rating of 5 so what does that tell you about Ha aritz?

    as for Hamas Uniforms, errrrr they don’t wear uniforms,, they are terrorists.

    Freeborn has his sheet on so he is not worth the wind coming from his arse, the Banksters? LOL

  4. Goldman

    Haaretz is the correct spelling.It means “news of the land”.

    “Bankster”- as in NYT headlines like “Banksters Run Amok” referring to the Wall St bail-out.

    The word was even used by Time in the 1930s reporting the jailing of a crooked lender called John Bain in Chicago.

    Without some understanding that revolutions and wars require financing and that comes with strings attached by the banksters your knowledge of Israeli hitory,not to mention history generally,will continue to be pretty limited.

    See you schmuck!

    Also note “schmuck”=an insulting term for a stupid person,dimwitted fool or unwanted guest.

  5. say what you like but i’m here in israel writing about it as it happens, and as for the history of this country who knows it better then those that live it and make it, the way you used the word bankster seemed to be an an anti jewish way typical of those like yourself, if the WSJ used it well so what! I know what ha aaretz stands for hebrew is my language though it means the land over the years it went from the respected news rag to the ass rag of the country, run by pro pallie terroist loving right wingers who would rather see one of their own shot and killed by a terrosist then have that same relitive defend himself….. most people wouldn’t line a parrots cage with it!

    as an unwanted guest, errrrrr this blog is public,,,,, the guy who writes it chooses the replies, so i guess you have no say in it.

    Sharmoota. + arabic for Whore, Ben sharmoota= you
    two \can play at stupid games.

  6. Schmuck

    Are you sharing a brain cell with Ehud Olmert?

    Living in the Bloated Banana Republic you erroneously call “Israel” you don’t appear to have noticed:

    that your country has been engaged in a genocidal war against the indigenous inhabitants and neighbouring states since 1948.

    that your country only came into being through expropriation and terrorism and because it fitted into the long-term plan held by external imperialist powers to dominate and exploit the region’s resources.

    that its future is predicated on the continuing perception among these same external powers that a militant settler colony is a means to control,coerce, and dominate the region.

    that once that perception of Israel as a means to these ends is lost and you are seen for the corrupt and incompetent shysters you really are you will have outlived your usefulness.

  7. My family has been here since 1492. as for the pallies they came as tenent farmers later on … lean history don’rt preach BS. as for genocide. HAMAS/Hezbollah have for years called for the death of all jews…… so get it right or just suck on that beer or bong. cause you sure don’t know squat about Israel save the names of a few things

  8. Mr Goldman, it is you who gets it factually wrong, and your spelling leaves much to be desired as well. Hamas and Hezbollah rightly advocate an end to the exclusivist character of the zionist state of 1948-Israel; they do not, and have never, called for the killing of all Jews. In fact, both have made some indications they would accept Israel co-existing alongside a Palestinian state along 1967 borders. It is Israel who has obstructed peace at every turn and demonstrated genocidal policies.

    As for your lineage claim, it is hearsay, and in no way challenges Freeborn’s points.

    Mostly Oriental Jews have long lived in the Holy Land alongside indigenous Muslims and Christians, as they will and can do again in a multi-religious state – sharing the land of Canaan rather than colonially occupying, killing and uprooting other Abrahamic faiths.

  9. mr. Goldman,

    Has anyone denied that fact that jews have lived in the disputed area even before the creation of modern israel? I do not think so. Do you, in turn, deny the fact that in the process of creating modern israel jews have systematically destroyed palestinian towns and villages and forced their inhabitants to flee?

    And about hamas and their empty rhetoric about genocide against the jews; what means do they have to actually accomplish their ambitions? None, I would say, considering that they are a weak, unsophisticated and lightly armed guerrilla force. Israel on the other hand has everything (militarily speaking)…even nuclear weapons. So, tell me, how realistic is their stated goal? Is it possible in your opinion that statements calling for the “destruction of israel” are meant just for their domestic audience – i.e. propaganda and agitation? Furthermore, is not true that there are some really radical elements inside israel, who are calling for similarly radical measures against the palestinians?

    I think israel is currently making a huge miscalculation. The US is sinking fast and it is bound to effect the security of israel negatively (to say the least) in the long run.

    Also, remember that even a giant, or a superpower, can be killed by a million cuts (soviet union).

    Listen to the hezbollah speeches.
    HAAS charter states many times the distruction of the state and the murder of it’s peoples. ending mwith may the sea turn red with their blood!
    Hebollah has said in it’s speeches, “Let us bring all the jews to Israel so we have an easier job of killing them all
    you folks got the facts wrong. spelling isn’t a issue here so screw it.

  11. Goldman,

    As I already said, it is just empty rhetoric, hot air, propaganda, nothing more. They are absolutely and undeniably incapable of fulfilling their terrible promises.

    By the way. You completely ignored comments about the fate of displaced palestinians, and the well documented destruction of their homes. Did you know that according to the Nüremberg Principles such actions are considered “crimes against humanity” and “war crimes” (Principle VI, (b) and (c))?

  12. It’s funny how Israel supporters keep saying that the Arabs and Muslims plan to exterminate all Jews and cleanse Israel from them, among other claims. But up until now – and the historical as well as the current facts clearly proove it – the opposite has been taking place, the Palestinians were cleansed from their lands and everytime Israel decides to attack Lebanon or Palestine it kills 3 or 4 times more civilians (even more in many cases) than the Israeli people dying in the conflict. So no matter who is claiming to cleanse who, the reality shows that Israel wants to get rid of all Arabs in the region…

  13. it’s funny how the empty heads never take terrorist attacks serous when Israelis are the target!
    where were your screams of NAZIOS when the rockets just fell and fell. you folks only bitch when Israel fights back!
    funny…. very funny
    as for balance eye for an eye? when was the last time we walked into a pizza parlor and blew ourselves up just to make a point ?
    none of you have a clue to what really is going on. GAZA is gaza, they are in their own creation. so if the guy next door to you swore to kill you your family etc would you open the gate and let him in?

    if some of you do then that cures stupid

  14. Ali
    i bet you cheer when 1 palle blows himself to shit and takes out a bus load of us Jews. your posts prove it, you like to see Jewish blood in mass,,,, and when the pallies losse you get all upset about balance… get a real life

  15. Hey Schmuck

    If Haaretz is only good as a fish-wrap the paper you read must be an arse-wipe!

    We all know that your barbaric,blood-sucking little statelet has an army,navy and air-force that would run and hide if the Palestinians were possessed of anything approaching parity of force.

    For all the F16s and high-tech weaponry your Israeli armed forces are so crap they will either beat a quick retreat as soon as they encounter real resistance (Lebanon 2006) or go cap in hand to their powerful sponsors for more weapons (Egypt 1973).

    Now,instead of persisting in making a complete arse of yourself by diplaying a fathomless ignorance that brings the Israeli education system into as much disrepute as the IDF’s pathetic efforts in “feats of arms” you could take a deep breath and survey that wondrous flag you guys chose for your national emblem.

    Well having massacred and put the Palestinians to flight you guys opted not for the ancient Jewish Menorah but for an satanist Illuminati masonic design that just happens to be the Rothschild family emblem.

    So for you,all these years later to insist that you don’t recognize the word “bankster” is a little ironic.

    The Bloated Banana Republic you misnamed “Israel” is actually nothing more than a Rothschild colony.

    Most people know that the Rothschilds got rich by starting wars and backing both sides.And you Israelis backed Hamas didn’t you?

    A case of “like father like son” methinks.

    False-flag terror operations,regional destabilization and now genocide all by appointment ought to be up on that flag too.

    They are now your country’s stock-in-trade.

    It must make you proud,just like your women and baby-killer armed forces.

    Sad sad schmuck…….

  16. Goldman,

    I seriously think that you should reconsider your approach to this subject. You constantly avoid any issues that might undermine your arguments (like the undeniable suffering caused by the creation of the state of israel). Furthermore, in stead of listening to what others here really have to say you twist their words, ignore their message and abuse them verbally.

    Believe me, your behaviour – and especially the actions taken by israel in gaza – are NOT going to have results that will benefit you as a people in the long run.

  17. Mr Goldman grasps at straws and is also woefully out-of-date. The initial ideological Hamas Charter is null and void. In an inconvenient fact for those who wish to propagate hasbara talking points instead of facts, as witnessed by both former US President Jimmy Carter and senior French Diplomat Yves Aubin de La Messuzière, and reported elsewhere but buried in the western press, Hamas no longer has in force its 1987 charter. Hamas indicated it would support the creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders — subject to approval by the Palestinian people. That should indicate the extraordinary level of compromise Hamas has been willing to accede to for peace, and yet still repudiated by Israel. The charter from 20 years ago is null and void, it no longer applies, and any reference to it is gratuitous in the service of lies and propaganda.

    In contrast, far more recent statements by Israeli officials show Israel’s murderous (nay genocidal) intentions with Deputy Israeli Defense Minister Matan Vilnai threatening a shoah or holocaust against Gazans, among a number of other racist and unconscionable statements made by other Israeli “leaders”:

    These include

    * Israeli MK Avigdor Lieberman: “Gaza has to be erased from the map by nuclear bombs, like what Americans used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

    * Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit: “We must take a neighborhood in Gaza and wipe it off the map”

    * “We need to topple the Hamas regime,” Tzachi Hanegbi, chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. “We need to assassinate its leaders without any artificial differentiation between those who wear explosive vests and those who wear diplomatic vests.“

    * Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni: “There is no hope for the Palestinian people with Hamas. There is no hope for any kind of peace or the vision of a Palestinian state which includes the Gaza Strip without a real change on the ground.” (read: usual ‘never a partner for peace’ and attempting to dictate who governs and the shape of a future Palestinian state, which is to say, actively preventing one)

    As it stands today (and it won’t be standing for much longer as currently constituted) Israel is an unviable state, whose few citizens of conscience see that only a one-state resolution is the way into any sort of necessary and meaningful peace process, once others snap out of their perpetually victimhood-fed collective psychosis. Its “leaders” however, are under more malevolent influences.

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