Just last week I spoke at Hofstra University; in the crowd was a group of young Muslim men who politely asked me about the Israeli killing of civilians. I responded by noting that Hamas and Hizballah often staged attacks from civilian areas in order to use retaliatory fire for propaganda purposes. Here is further confirmation.
“Hamas MP Fathi Hammad: We Used Women and Children as Human Shields,” from MEMRITV (thanks to Sr. Soph):
Following are excerpts from a speech delivered by Hamas MP Fathi Hammad, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on February 29, 2008.
Fathi Hammad: [The enemies of Allah] do not know that the Palestinian people has developed its [methods] of death and death-seeking. For the Palestinian people, death has become an industry, at which women excel, and so do all the people living on this land. The elderly excel at this, and so do the mujahideen and the children. This is why they have formed human shields of the women, the children, the elderly, and the mujahideen, in order to challenge the Zionist bombing machine. It is as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy: “We desire death like you desire life.”
“Say (O Muhammad): O ye who are Jews! If ye claim that ye are favoured of Allah apart from (all) mankind, then long for death if ye are truthful” — Qur’an 62:6