Toronto Star Commentator Claims Israel Is Exterminating Palestinians – And Fails To Mention Hamas A Single Time

November 6, 2023

There is no doubt that Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish has experienced among the worst tragedies that anyone can suffer: the deaths of three of his children in war.

Abuelaish, a Palestinian doctor who is now a professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, lost three daughters in the 2009 war between Hamas and Israel, when Hamas terrorists firing at Israel from his neighbourhood forced a response from the Israeli military, inadvertently killing three of his eight children.

Abuelaish’s personal experience seeing the effect of Hamas’ cynical use of its own people as human shields makes his November 3 opinion column in The Toronto Star entitled: “It’s time to break the vicious cycle of action and reaction,” all the more disappointing.

In his column, Abuelaish wrote that “Since Oct. 7, my heart is attached to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. I follow the aggression and the unprecedented escalation with fear, sadness and pain from what I hear and see of massacres, brutal exterminations and heartbreaking bombing and the painful scenes of children and women and the extremely rapid speed of increasing number of thousands the innocent killed, wounded, and displaced.”

Israel’s counter-terrorism operations in the Gaza Strip did not happen out of thin air; they were a response to the horrific October 7 terrorist attack by Hamas, when thousands of members of the Islamist terrorist group invaded southern Israel, raping, torturing, murdering and defiling the bodies of 1,400 innocent Israelis, in the largest massacre of Jews since the end of the Holocaust in 1945.

Unfortunately, nowhere in his column did Abuelaish ever mention the word Hamas or terrorism, totally ignoring Hamas’ declaration of war and its horrific crimes against humanity, part of its larger (explicitly declared) goal of the violent destruction of Israel.

Abuelaish told readers that he wants to “stop the bloodshed,” a laudable proposition, but without even mentioning Hamas, such calls mean nothing. Not only does Hamas’ official founding charter call for the destruction of Israel, but the group frequently repeats this goal. In an October 24 broadcast on Lebanese television, Ghazi Hamad, a senior Hamas official, told his interviewer that “we must remove” Israel, and that the country must be completely annihilated, promising that the group would plan more massacres against Israelis if given the opportunity to do so.

Izzeldine Abuelaish has also previously gone on record abhorrently claiming that Israel was committing a “genocide” of Palestinians. 

Abuelaish is right to demand sympathy for the Palestinian civilians killed in Gaza, but – like the Israelis murdered on October 7 – the guilty party is Hamas, which uses its own people as human shields, whether by building its terror headquarters under one of Gaza City’s hospitals, by forcibly preventing Palestinians from leaving areas of heavy fighting, and by stealing international humanitarian aid, and redirecting it towards the manufacture of weapons and underground terror tunnels.

In his column, Abuelaish wrote that “My answer to the tragedy was if I could know that my daughters were the last sacrifice on the road to peace between Palestinians and Israelis, then I would accept their loss.” But tragically, more families – both Israeli and Palestinian – will continue to suffer losses until the core, root cause of the conflict is finally addressed: Hamas, their fanatical ideology, and the need for the terrorist group to be thoroughly defeated.

As such, the best way to provide a long-term peace between Israelis and Palestinians would be the full surrender of Hamas, and the total abandonment of Hamas’ goal to destroy Israel. Anything less would be virtually a guarantee of non-stop violence.

No family deserves to suffer the pain that Abuelaish has endured. It’s time for Hamas to be defeated, once and for all.

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