CNN’s Jake Tapper: Why is Hamas using children as human shields? (video)
CNN’s Jake Tapper confronted Thursday Diana Buttu, a surrogate for the Palestinian leadership, over Hamas’ use of human shields (video below).
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As we noted earlier on Thursday, Hamas is urging civilians to stay in their homes to keep the Israelis from attacking Hamas terrorists. Afterward, they will do as Tapper’s guest does here, and blame Israel for killing children, children that were intentionally put there by Hamas.
Via Legal Insurrection:
TAPPER: Israeli government officials say they are trying desperately to avoid civilian casualties, and there are reports of the spokesman of Hamas – we actually have the video of him – going on Palestinian television urging people to serve as human shields, staying in their homes, even if the IDF is warning people in those homes – because they’re Hamas officials’ homes – that they’re going to be destroyed, they’re telling them to stay there. Do you at all find that reprehensible, using women and children to be human shields to protect these homes?
BUTTU: Jake, I haven’t seen that video but if that were the case that would be reprehensible. I think that the bigger picture is that this isn’t the case. What we have seen over the course of the past couple of days, more than 80 Palestinians killed, the population of the Gaza strip – 43% of it is under the age of 14, and we’ve seen that half of the people who have been killed are women and children. The idea that Palestinians use their children as human shields is racist and reprehensible. And the idea that the Israelis are somehow spewing this and we’re to believe it is also racist.
TAPPER: Diana, it’s not racist that we have video of the Hamas spokesman on television telling people to stay in their homes, that it’s an effective way to make sure, to fight off the Israelis. That’s not racist, that’s just a fact.