Will Harriet Sherwood and other journalists be used as human shields by Hamas?


Here’s a remarkable recent Tweet by Harriet Sherwood, who’s reporting from inside Gaza, on the possibility Hamas is going to use foreign journalists like her as human shields.

Sadly, Hamas’s history would suggest that Sherwood’s concerns are indeed valid.

In this video, uploaded by Hamas 2 days ago, you can see rockets being fired from dense urban areas in Gaza.

71 comments on “Will Harriet Sherwood and other journalists be used as human shields by Hamas?

  1. She was desperate to enter Gaza but apparently Israel tried to dissuade her. Now she’s as desperate to leave. Perhaps she’ll learn something from this, though I doubt it.

    • She’s not gonna leave Gaza, Maggie. She’s going to stay because it’s her job. Dozens of journalists entered Gaza today, out of their own free will.

      • Nat I hope that the people and Government of Israel pay no attention to the likes of Sherwood or the ‘Guardian groupies’ who post on this blog.
        Better that they are reminded of the wise words of a Prime Minister of Great Britain at a time when this country was under attack;

        “We ask no favours of the enemy. We seek from them no compunction. On the contrary, if tonight our people were asked to cast their vote whether a convention should be entered into to stop the bombing of cities, the overwhelming majority would cry, “No, we will mete out to them the measure, and more than the measure, that they have meted out to us.” The people with one voice would say: “You have committed every crime under the sun. Where you have been the least resisted there you have been the most brutal. It was you who began the indiscriminate bombing. We will have no truce or parley with you, or the grisly gang who work your wicked will. You do your worst – and we will do our best.” Perhaps it may be our turn soon; perhaps it may be our turn now.”

        • Gerald, in the end all that matters is what Western governments and people think.

          How do you think they feel when they see an eleven-month old baby killed in an Israeli airstrike?

          • Gerald, in the end all that matters is what Western governments and people think.

            Wrong Nat. Regarding Israel’s security and survival all that matters is the Israeli government and people think.

            How do you think they feel when they see an eleven-month old baby killed in an Israeli airstrike?

            If they belong to the decent normal thinking crowd (not your kind) then they think that this child is one of the many victims of the Islamofascists rulers of Gaza

          • “Gerald, in the end all that matters is what Western governments and people think.”
            Nat the statements of the U.K. and the USA Government lay the blame for this at the door of Hamas and all the people I have discussed this with also agree that Hamas and their fellow terrorists started it, I take it from your remark that you will join with us in also condemning Hamas, and their allies, for their continuing acts of terrorism?

            “How do you think they feel when they see an eleven-month old baby killed in an Israeli airstrike?”
            Nat, those I’ve spoken to, feel as repulsed as I do by the cowardly actions of terrorists who launch attacks against Israeli civilians then hide among their own civilians and burrow deep underground like rats to protect themselves.

          • Nat in case you think only the UK and USA take that position among Western Governments.
            “Speaking at a meeting of foreign and defence ministers from Germany, France, Italy, Poland and Spain in Paris yesterday, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle insisted it was “obvious that Israel has a legitimate right to defend itself and protect its own citizens against rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip”.”

          • I don’t know, Nat. What have they thought when they see eleven-month-old babies killed in every war currently going on on this planet, and all those in the past?

            The child’s death is a tragedy almost beyond belief. Any child’s death is. But you’re still a cold-blooded hypocrite if you’re going to pretend that such a thing happening in wartime is something remarkable that indicates Israel’s reckless disregard for human life. What happens when those Western governments and their people carry out airstrikes?

  2. In this video, uploaded by Hamas 2 days ago, you can see rockets being fired from dense urban areas in Gaza.

    Because Islam calls for the sacrifice of civilians and also its a good production for Pallywood.

  3. Sherwood doesn’t want people to know about the latest Pallywood production.

    http://honestreporting.com/exposed-pallywood-returns-to-gaza/

    Exposed: Pallywood Returns to Gaza
    NOVEMBER 15, 2012
    SIMON PLOSKER

    What happens when the cameras turn up at the scene of an airstrike in Gaza and there simply aren’t enough Palestinian dead and injured to produce dramatic footage that can be used against Israel in the international media? We’ve seen it before. Palestinians who appear to be injured or even dead for the benefit of the TV cameras turn out to be nothing of the sort once they are no longer the focus.

    This is all the more so in Gaza, where Palestinian stringers are often filming in the absence of international news crews.

    The example below is taken from a BBC interview on the targeted killing of Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari. During the interview (full version here), footage from Gaza is shown. At 2:11 mins in, a Palestinian in a beige jacket and black T-shirt, presumably injured in the aftermath of an Israeli airstrike, is picked up and taken away. Yet at 2:44 mins, the same Palestinian has staged a remarkable recovery.
    We’ve taken the relevant footage so that you can see for yourself.

    • Ed,

      CNN used the footage as background for and Anderson Cooper report on the war on Thursday evening, sans the reappearance of the obviously uninjured, healthy looking chubby man, of course. This was as Cooper spoke about casualties in Gaza. So CNN was using the staged propaganda from one side in a conflict (Hamas) during a newscast, giving it the imprimatur of authenticity, i.e., presenting it as news.
      Wag the dog.

  4. This is almost unbelievable – Bashar Assad condemns Israel’s heinous acts in Gaza.

    Iran’s condemnation followed a statement by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime on Wednesday denouncing Israeli “atrocities” in Gaza.

    “The Syrian government condemns the heinous atrocities committed by the enemy Israeli army against the Arab Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip,” AFP quoted a statement carried by the official Syrian news agency SANA as saying.

    Assad concluded by urging the international community to “pressure Israel to stop the sinful aggression on our people in the defiant Gaza Strip.”

  5. Could this possibly be the moment when Ms. Sherwood realises the difference between Israel and Hamasland and understands who is protecting civilians and who is using them?

  6. And yet after this you still get useful idiots like harriet sherwood and the so-called journos over at Al-Guardian who are happy to defend the likes of hamas and fatah and fall for hamas/fatah propaganda

  7. ““Will Harriet Sherwood be used as a human shield by Hamas?” ”

    You really don’t want me to answer that one do you?

  8. Let me get this straight, you’re all here to condemn The Guardian for alleged anti-semitism by cheerleading the killing of Palestinian babies?? What is wrong with you?

    • “Let me get this straight, you’re all here to condemn The Guardian for alleged anti-semitism by cheerleading the killing of Palestinian babies??”

      Rae if that is what you believe, or how you have chosen to deliberately misinterpret the posts, clearly you have not ‘got it straight’.

      “What is wrong with you?”
      Rae you first, your list is probably longer than that of a normal person.

      • Terror buddy? What does that even mean? I’ve looked through a few of the articles/comments/posts on Cifwatch and (call me naive, there you go Gerald, maybe that’s what’s wrong with me) but I am pretty disgusted by the casual racism on a site which claims to exist to decry racism….

        The comment about “not giving a shit” about a father whose baby was killed is not a cause for concern? How have I “misinterpreted” that comment – Gerald maybe I’m just not smart enough to “interpret” it in the Cifwatch approved manner.

        • What about the killed Israelians, murdered by a terrorist act firing rockets from civil areas on civil areas which is against international and humanitarian law?
          Do you condemn these islamist terrorists or do you side with?

          • For me, any loss of life, especially that of a child, is a source of sadness – regardless of race, nationality or the name of their father. You won’t be surprised to learn that I support the internationally recognised right of the Palestinians to fight for self determination – as those who founded the state of Israel did (fight that is). So for me they are not “terrorists”, they are a people fighting for their homeland. If you believe that Israel has the right to use violence, then so do the Palestinians.
            I suppose this will test whether “the voice of opponents no less than friends” is really welcome here.

          • The comment about “not giving a shit” about a father whose baby was killed is not a cause for concern?
            It is my comment Rae, and I repeat for you selfrighteous hypocrite prick again: I don’t give a shit about the crocodile tears shed by you, Chris and Nat because obviously you and they don’t give a shit either. The death of this poor kid is only a handy instrument for your kind to whine about Israeli sins. If you really were interested in the death of the son of Jihad you would demand from Hamas to stop launching rockets into Israel They are the real culprits, Israel does everything possible to minimise these accidental civilian casualties while your poor victims intentionally targeting civilians.

            Gerald maybe I’m just not smart enough to “interpret” it in the Cifwatch approved manner.
            Don’t be too modest Rae. You understood perfectly my post and the real racist are you making equivalent the victims of the among the agressors and the victims of the agression if the victims of the agression happen to be Jews.
            And now go and keep up whining about racism on Cifwatch…

          • Peter,- “hypocrite prick”? Not sure your mother would approve of you talking to a lady like that but it says far more about you than it does me. The quote at the top of the page says that the voices of opponents are welcome but apparently not – they are to be shouted down by abuse. Not sure that is what the founders of cifwatch intended.
            We’ll have to disagree on who the aggressor is in this case. Note, I have managed to do that without resorting to abusing you personally. I’m sure you’re a lovely human being when you’re not hurling abuse online!

          • Leave my mother out of the equation Rae. Anyway she taught me to identify any racism be it manifested by a lady, a gentleman or anything in between. The gender of your kind of Israel hater is totally irrelevant together with your opinion about the identity of the agressor.
            When you are whining about personal abuse don’t forget that you have accused a whole country and its people with being witless child killers. Calling you a prick must be considered a flattery and an insult for other pricks and hypocrites..

          • Seriously Peter, that’s your argument? That’s all you’ve got? Calling me names? And there was me thinking Cifwatch would be a hotbed of intellectual debate. My mistake.
            Supporting the Palestinians right to self defence and self determination does not make me a racist. You may think it does and you’re entitled to your opinion, but abusing people just undermines any rational argument you may have had. Also, I have been very honest in my opinion so you may call me a prick or a racist but I’m not willing to let you get away with calling me a hypcrite

          • Thanks for the link Peter. it’s a political cartoon. Big deal. I support freedom the press, even for opinions I disagree with…..vive la difference!

          • Sorry, Fritz I missed your comment. Still not sure what a “terror buddy” is – is it a US phrase? Or do you assume that by cunningly suggesting that I support “terrorism” you will intimidate me into not expressing my opinion? More polite than your friend Peter’s comments but again if all you can do is hurl abuse…..I have to wonder if you have any real argument.

          • Fritz – why should I care what you call me? I’ve asked twice for you to explain the term “terror buddy” as it makes no sense to me but you haven’t explained. If supporting Palestinian self determination makes me a “terror buddy” so be it. Maybe this is how you treat all newcomers – name calling but no real argument.

          • Fritz obviously for Rae Palestinian self determination means their unlimited freedom launching rockets at Israeli civilians including Israeli Arabs. And she is screaming racism… Beyond parody.

          • thanks Peter and Fritz for the warm welcome to Cifwatch – beyond parody indeed! Prick, hypocrite, racist and my personal favourite, “terror buddy”. I’m going to get a t-shirt I think! I actually thought Cifwatch was some kind of a threat to the Guardian, thanks for reassuring me. Slainte!

          • Rae – the problem you have, although you may not yet see it, is that you write both “For me, any loss of life, especially that of a child, is a source of sadness – regardless of race, nationality or the name of their father” and “You won’t be surprised to learn that I support the internationally recognised right of the Palestinians to fight for self determination.” You can’t have it both ways. I’m with you on the first of these, but with “the right of the Palestinians to fight for self determination” being spearheaded by Hamas, which daily proclaims its desire to eliminate Israel and whose political charter declares the inevitability of genocide against the Jews and Hezbollah, whose leader has expressed the desire for all Jews to gather in Israel so that they may be killed more easily, you are on iffy ground, wouldn’t you admit? It puts you alongside the Palestinians’ most vociferous political supporters in Iran and, now, Egypt, who also look forward to genocide – that is every baby and every father, not one but every one. Goodness, Hamas politicos have even been known to declare their people’s embrace of death as being superior to Jews’ commitment to life. I’d guess that most of those who post here are aware of that distinction but look at it from a radically different perspective – that of your first statement. It isn’t your first statement that makes you a “terror buddy”. Choose one, and one only.

          • Max, I appreciate your indepth analysis of “what’s wrong with me”. I believe a people which has been subject to occupation are likely to elect a government which vows to fight that same occupation. Surely we would all want to fight for our homeland? Does Likud support the existence of an independent Palestian state? I think we could find some quotes from Avigdor Lieberman quotes which are equally racist.
            When you are occupying power, you shouldn’t be surprised when those who are occupied resist. It’s human nature. Again, if supporting a free Palestine makes me a “terror buddy” – still no idea what that means but am guessing it’s a US phrase – then I can live with it. And thanks Max for your politeness.

        • Rae,
          I’ve read your posts (including the ones below), and, well, oy vey, are messes up, or what?

          “So for me they are not “terrorists”, they are a people fighting for their homeland.”

          Yeah, sure, except that they are terrorists (by definition). And believe it or not, Rae, there is no “internationally recognized right” to target civilians with rockets, or even with human bombs. This is mythical. Such a “right” is called a “war crime.”

          “If you believe that Israel has the right to use violence, then so do the Palestinians.”

          No one here questions anyone’s right to legitimate self-defense. The problem is your take on what constitutes self-defense. Trying to wipe your neighbor off the map of the world is not self-defense.

          “Supporting the Palestinians right to self defence and self determination does not make me a racist.”
          Of course not. Supporting their racism and racist objectives is what makes you a racist.

          “When you are occupying power, you shouldn’t be surprised when those who are occupied resist. ”

          When your being occupied as the result of you, with the help of your friends, launching a war of aggression to push your neighbor into the sea, you should be suing for peace and reconciliation, not indoctrinating your people into believing it’s their religious and national duty to try it again. Or do you think the Germans had a duty to resist the Allied occupation at the end of WWII?

          This link is just for you! You’ll hate it.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1N1zhUm84w

          • Of course the Germans resisted at the end of WW2 – its what people do to defend their homeland. If the Israelis have a right to a state so do the Palestinians. Simple as that. The right to resist occupation is a basic right. This site is like an echo chamber resounding with the same opinions and no willingness to see a different picture, despite the quote at the top. You may all hate the Guardian – and at times its not my favourite paper either for other reasons – but at least there is open debate. You guys are preaching to the converted – each other.
            Again, you may view Palestinian resistance as “terrorism” I do not. And you can twist language to try to prove that only your side is “legitimate” or that the occupation is the fault of the Palestinians, but that means nothing. Each side can argue that their case is legitimate. And we’ll be here same time next year, no further forward. You can post as many links to YouTube etc, I am not interested in either side’s propaganda. If it’s possible to step away for a moment from your belief in your rightness and read some of the comments on here….impartially if possible – without using the childish retort that the other side made you do it/does worse – is it something you’re proud of? I say again – you are propagating the narrow-minded racism you are supposed to be combatting!
            Anyway, international rugby awaits. I’ll leave you all to talk amongst yourselves about how you’re all in the right and everyone else is wrong. It’s been an interesting experience talking to you all.

          • You may all hate the Guardian – and at times its not my favourite paper either for other reasons – but at least there is open debate.

            Thank you Ms. Rae – this sentence of yours alone says everything about your knowledge of the subject.

          • I didn’t ask you if remaining Nazi’s (that’s what they were) resisted at the end of WWII. You’re responses are dishonest, to say the least.

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  10. Seriously, if we can get innocent civilians OUT of Gaza, and leave Harriet Sherwood IN, I would be fine with that. I realize this is a hope in vain, but a girl can dream.

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