I'm copying this verbatim due to its importance:
7:33PM: This is not just another story of Hamas’ use of human shields as you will see in a minute.
Members of a Gaza family whose farm was turned into a “fortress” by Hamas fighters have reported that they were helpless to stop Hamas from using them as human shields. They told the official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper that for years Hamas has used their property and homes for military installations from which to launch rockets into Israel, dig tunnels and store arms. According to the victims, those who tried to object were shot in the legs by Hamas.
The following are excerpts from the article from the official Palestinian Authority daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
“The Abd Rabbo family kept quiet while Hamas fighters turned their farm in the Gaza strip into a fortress. Right now they are waiting for the aid promised by the [Hamas] movement after Israel bombed the farm and turned it into ruins…
The hill on which the Abd Rabbo family lives overlooks the Israeli town Sderot, a fact that turned it into an ideal military position for the Palestinian fighters, from which they have launched hundreds of rockets into southern Israel during the last few years. Several of the Abd Rabbo family members described how the fighters dug tunnels under their houses, stored arms in the fields and launched rockets from the yard of their farm during the nights.
The Abd Rabbo family members emphasize that they are not [Hamas] activists and that they are still loyal to the Fatah movement, but that they were unable to prevent the armed squads from entering their neighborhood at night. One family member, Hadi (age 22) said: “You can’t say anything to the resistance [fighters], or they will accuse you of collaborating [with Israel] and shoot you in the legs.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 27, 2009]
What makes this story even more interesting is the fact this family has the same name as the family that claimed Israeli soldiers killed its children in cold blood. And that family were also aligned with Fatah. In fact, in that story reported by The Independent:
The district is named Abed Rabbo after the clan who live in most of it.
Furthermore, Jabalya, the town mentioned in The Independent report, is on a hill overlooking Sderot, as is the “human shield” family mentioned in the PMW article.
So my question is are these the same families? If we are dealing with the same location, then chances are they at least from the same clan. And if members of the clan admit they were used as human shields by Hamas, then at the very least this shows why the IDF were on the lookout for terrorists.
It also begs the question as to why this information was not revealed by Khaled Abed Rabbo, the father of the dead children. In fact:
He is demanding a full inquiry and wants the chance to present his own evidence.
“Why do they come after us?” Khaled asked the Herald. “We are not militants here. We are not Hamas. We are just ordinary people.
If we are talking of the same clan, chances are Khaled would have been aware of the presence of Hamas terrorists using clan members as human shields. His family may also have been used in this way, and his children may have been killed by Hamas.