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Op-Ed Special
Children of Hamas: Kill and Be Killed
Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children
Special Contribution
By Eli E. Hertz
Children of Hamas
What kind of society consciously and purposely sacrifices its own youth for political gain and tactical advantage?

Today (May 24, 2021), the overwhelming majority of Palestinian Arabs nurture a blind hatred of Israel. They have created a cultural milieu of vengeance and violence — preparing their children to be sacrifices in a death cult.

The death of Arab children on the front lines – extolled as shahids or martyrs – has become a cynical weapon in the arsenal of Arab leaders. They have learned that when their children are killed, they gain world sympathy, as the death of any child is a tragedy and is portrayed as such in the media, regardless of circumstance.

A criminal Hamas leadership, along with intimidated Palestinian parents in Gaza, exploit their children in armed conflict – in opposition to values held by the rest of the civilized world and in flagrant violation of international law and common decency.

Palestinian Arab children are at risk every time Hamas fires a rocket aimed at Israeli civilians — not just because they fire many of these rockets directly from civilian areas, but also because many of those rockets fall short of their intended targets, and end up killing and injuring their own.

Some parents and social organizations do protest the barbaric use of children as human shields, but unfortunately they are small voices in the wilderness. Protecting our children is a universal trait that unites mankind, but under Hamas rule, that standard has been turned on its head.

The above writer, Eli E. Hertz, can be contacted at

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