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2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin

Hamas is upset with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and are calling on him to resign, and in the process admitted to committing a different act of “unlawful perfidy”, otherwise known as a war crime.

Ban Ki Moon has gone on the record of agreeing with the Israeli timeline on the kidnapping and murder of IDF officer Hadar Goldin in Gaza — that the Hamas attack occurred after the cease fire was in place.

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Hams has now decided they don’t like that timeline, as it makes them guilty of breaking the truce, so they’ve come up with a new narrative.

Hamas now says they attacked, kidnapped (and murdered?) the IDF soldier before the ceasefire was in play.

But they decided to add another detail in their statement, apparently as part of their ongoing psychological warfare against Israel, and in part to try and explain how their narrative works in the real world.

Hamas claims that Israel found the body of their fighter Walid Tawfiq Mas’oud, who participated in the ambush of Goldin, and the IDF confused him with the Israeli soldier, because their Hamas fighter, who participated in the Goldin kidnapping/attack, was wearing an IDF uniform.

While the laws of war are split on whether its acceptable to wear an enemy uniform to move forward or retreat, it is clear to all nations that wearing an enemy uniform during an actual attack constitutes “unlawful perfidy” under international law, or in simpler terms, a war crime.

Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its annex: Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land. The Hague, 18 October 1907.

Art. 23. In addition to the prohibitions provided by special Conventions, it is especially forbidden

(f) To make improper use of a flag of truce, of the national flag or of the military insignia and uniform of the enemy, as well as the distinctive badges of the Geneva Convention;

The ICRC further states:

Rule 65. Perfidy Rule 65. Killing, injuring or capturing an adversary by resort to perfidy is prohibited.

Either way, whether Hamas attacked under “a flag of truce” or while wearing a “uniform of the enemy”, Hamas is guilty of a war crime, by their own admission.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. People WHO SEE THEMSELVES AS VICTIMS JUSITFY BENDING THE RULES & VICTIMISING OTHERS. These are the rules Hamas applies to herself all the time, likewise the PA. So Israel, and any Random Israeli, is fair game. We all know the war, with it's huge human cost, repairs cost etc. … all of that desctruction, was spoiled for because Hamas didn't have money to pay salaries and the PA wouldn't. We all know Hamas broke, and refused, many cease-fires. But she still wants to be the victim!

  2. Three young men as well 2nd Lt. Goldin have been kidnapped, tortured and burned alive in the last 18 months and before the six week assualt on Israel last year. War crimes be damned the only ones responsible for war crimes are Hamas, backed by Abbas & the rest of the Middle east outside of ISRAEL. I am so sick of ISRAEL being blamed for so much. How dumb is the rest of the world.

  3. IF YOU THINK THAT THE UNITED NATIONS CARES ABOUT THE EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY THAT THE HAMAS COMITS CRIMES AGAINST ISRAELI CITIZENS OR ANY JEW IN THE WORLD, THE UNITED NATIONS IS A PARTNER IN ANTHING THAT CAN DESTROYES ISRAEL, THAT IS THERE REASON TO LIVE THEY HAVE NO OTHER GOAL IN LIFE, THE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD ARE PAYING TAXES SO THEY CAN DO THEIR BEST TO DESTROY ISRAEL AND CREATE AS MUCH ANTISEMITISM AS POSSIBLE, THEY HAVE BEEN OUT OF ORDER LONG LONG LONG TIME AGO, THEY FORGOT WHY THEY WERE CREATED TO BEGIN WITH§

  4. Such "accidents" must lead to more truths. The message is that life is precious, and the lives of our troops and other nations' troops will be treated with honesty. A young man is killed. How
    many young people were killed or kidnapped or who knows where missing men and women are- People have yet to learn how to treat others. The fact that these young men and women are maimed or killed is that civilization has a long way to go!
    Yes, the Western powers who signed the Iran deal will tell their Jewish population ,we protect you. We do not want you to go to Israel. Netanyahu invites the Jews to Israel: it is a "sin." It is
    not patriotic. As an American Jew, I am proud of my heritage. Other Jews who fall for i.e. France protecting them, learn how to think realistically. As an American who studied our history, our Founding Fathers talked about founding schools where people will learn how to think, not what to think. So, don't tell me what to think. Those who have hard hearts, in my opinion, are carriers of sins. Sins against humanity.
    Lois Wasserman. Historian, (Retired?)

  5. The real fantasy is that the world believes so many of the lies that Hamas states as truths. It does not matter if they will not admit culpability, as much as their basis for warfare is not legitimate to begin with. Does the world really believe Israel is Apartheidt? if they do, all that means is that they are stupid enough to believe without question.

    Does Israel have a right to exist? According to international law, yes. According to history, yes, again. According to human rights? Again, yes. According to Iran and Hamas, unfortunately, no, we are not a legitimate people.

    Barbaric people do not care about legitimacy of others. They don't care about history. They don't care about anything, except their own selfish desires, and their ruthlessness to achieve them. And, that is for the world to see. They have lied all along, so nobody cares, or they would have taken action before this happened, and certainly afterwards. But, Israel is on it's own.

  6. "While the laws of war are split on whether its acceptable to wear an enemy uniform to move forward or retreat, it is clear to all nations that wearing an enemy uniform during an actual attack constitutes “unlawful perfify” under international law…"

    I'm a bit confused, if you don't mind my asking. Wouldn't wearing the uniform to move "forward" be attacking?
    Also, don't you mean "perfiDy"?

  7. If truth be told I am sure Hamas has done more war crimes then they wil ever admit to..they lie constantly to make themselves look good..which doesnt happen.only a fool would believe there tales…everyone knows the trickery and lies..Hamas tells..

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