In the West, the neutral and non-combatant nature of charities like the Red Cross is sacred, and along with ethical considerations, is meant in part to protect it from becoming a target in war. Under Islamic law, there is no such distinction: charity also exists to aid those fighting in Allah’s cause (Qur’an 9:60). It is thus to be expected that Hamas would have no qualms about exploiting the sanctuary of the Red Cross and making its workers human shields, just as we have seen other jihadist conflicts with fighters reportedly hiding or escaping in ambulances.
Most ironically, of course, Hamas has sought protection from a group whose symbol would disappear under Sharia.
Death to the infidels! No, wait– save us, infidels! “Hamas lawmakers arrested at Red Cross in Jerusalem,” from the Associated Press, January 23:
JERUSALEM (AP) “” Israeli police say they have arrested two Hamas lawmakers who had been hiding inside a Red Cross compound in Jerusalem.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the men were wanted for “Hamas activities.” He would not elaborate.
Khaled Abu Arfa and Mohammed Totah sought refuge in the compound more than a year ago to escape Israeli arrest. Police nabbed them when they ventured outside Monday.
Red Cross officials confirmed the men had been holed up inside.
Israel, along with the U.S. and European Union, lists Hamas as a terror group. Israel frequently arrests Hamas lawmakers. Last week Israel arrested the Hamas speaker of the Palestinian parliament.
The Palestinian parliament has not functioned since 2007 due to the arrests and infighting between Hamas and the Fatah party.