“Kamikaze,” says the ANSA headline. “We have 400 Kamikaze Ready, Hamas Warns.” Really? Kamikaze? 神風? Hamas has 400 men ready to die for the Japanese Empire? 400 men ready to kill themselves and others for the divine emperor?
ANSA, an Italian news service, uses — three times — a word out of another conflict and another age, probably so as to avoid having to refer to these attackers by any term that is remotely Islamic. They’d rather pretend it’s 1943 and Gaza is an outpost of Imperial Nippon than say anything about jihad martyrdom, or the blessing promised to those who “kill and are killed for Allah” in Qur’an 9:111.
“Gaza: We Have 400 Kamikaze Ready, Hamas Warrns,” from ANSAmed (thanks to Insubria):
(ANSAmed) – GAZA, SEPTEMBER 28 – If Israel decided to return to occupy the Gaza Strip, it would find 400 kamikaze in expectation ready to die for their cause, and 50,000 combatants: Hamas member Nizar Rayan issued the threat to Arab journalists today. Rayan said that “the most surprising thing” is that among the 400 kamikaze ready to self-explode “against the armed tanks of Israel” there are 200 women. Already in the past Hamas had utilised women to commit suicide attacks, but until now there had been no confirmation that others had been trained to act….