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Palestinian Human Shield Watch (Israel Backs Down)

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Today Palestinian human shields—mostly women and children—rushed to protect buildings containing terrorists and ammunition—and Israel backed off. Associated Press Palestinian writer Ibrahim Barzak, in an egregious distortion of the English language, calls it a “protest:” Protests force Israel to halt airstrikes.

This is completely crazy.

BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip - Israel called off airstrikes on the homes of two militants Sunday after hundreds of Palestinians crowded around the buildings forming human shields, a new tactic that forced the army to re-evaluate its aerial campaign in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinians began to gather around the homes shortly after the Israeli army ordered occupants out of them. Israel routinely issues such warnings before attacking buildings that it says are used to store weapons, saying it wants to avoid casualties.

Instead of leaving the buildings, the homeowners remained inside and were quickly joined by crowds of supporters who gathered on balconies, rooftops and in the streets outside.

“Death to Israel. Death to America,” the crowds chanted. Local mosques and Palestinian TV and radio stations also mobilized supporters. It was the first time Palestinians have formed human shields to prevent an airstrike.

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