IDF targets Hamas elements in Al-Jalaa tower; media offices destroyed

Gridlock of the target of Al-Jalaa tower, @IDF.

Israel-Gaza war updates

IDF forces destroy AP, Al Jazeera offices in Gaza

By | Rachel Brooks 

May 15, 2021 

On Saturday, the Israeli Defense Forces targeted the Al-Jalaa Tower which housed the media headquarters of the Associated Press and Qatari-government backed Al-Jazeera in the Gaza strip, as well as other local media outlets such as an extension of BBC. Israel gave an early warning for the targeted building approximately one hour before the strike. The strike housed residential buildings in addition to the media offices.

Al Jazeera stated that, after the warning from Israel, its media personnel began to rapidly collect things from the media offices, including the cameras.

Newsweek and the Associated Press reported that, after the airstrike was confirmed to have destroyed the 12-story tower, an on-screen Al Jazeera anchorwoman vowed: “Al Jazeera will not be silenced.”

Al-Jazeera owns an Arabic-language media company, as well as AJ+, the English language bureau distributed in America. The company is financed by the Qatari government. It is under the editorial control of the Qatari royal family and has been accused of violating FARA regulation guidelines by the United States. In March, Axios reported that Al Jazeera’s conduct had caused the Lawfare Project to press the Department of Justice to enforce a ruling of Al-Jazeera as a foreign agent.

The Al Jazeera media outlet’s Arabic language version has reportedly when translated into English, been promotive of the ISIS movement, as well as condoning and encouraging extreme Islamist doctrines via its broadcasts.

The Associated Press reported that Hamas fired a “salvo of rockets in response to the airstrike” into southern Israel.

The American left responded to the airstrike as well, as a string of inflamed comments in support of the Palestinian movement shot off all over social media. Many challenged the legality of the airstrike, which Israel stated it conducted to eliminate Hamas elements that were likewise present in the structure.

“After providing advance warning to civilians & time to evacuate, IDF fighter jets struck a multi-story building containing Hamas military intelligence assets. The building contained civilian media offices, which Hamas hides behind and deliberately uses as human shields,” stated the IDF, on its official Twitter.

An overwhelming critical response followed, prompting the IDF to publish a thread giving context to Israel operations within Gaza.

“Hamas has turned residential areas in the Gaza Strip into military strongholds. It uses tall buildings in Gaza for multiple military purposes such as intelligence gathering, planning attacks, command and control, and communications,” wrote the IDF.

“When Hamas uses a tall building for military purposes, it becomes a lawful military target.”

This tweet was an indirect response to many in the western press who had been questioning whether western cooperation with Israel could still be considered legal if the Israel targeted a building that housed it media offices.

“The Israel Defense Forces struck a number of such buildings in recent days, but before we did so, we took steps to try and ensure that civilians would not be harmed. We called the building’s residents and warned them to leave. We sent SMS messages. We dropped “roof knocker” bombs; they make loud noises and hit only the roof.”

“We provided sufficient time to evacuate. We’ll say it again: When Hamas places military assets inside such a building, it becomes a lawful military target. This is clear international law.All the multi-story buildings targeted by the IDF were used for military purposes within each building.This is the thread the world needs to see,” wrote the IDF.

Response from Gaza-supporters on Twitter included statements such as “looks like you tried to hard,” and “This is the footage that the world just saw,” which refers to the Al Jazeera footage of the rockets that struck its headquarters.
As the info salvo continued, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was accused of “premeditating” and “manufacturing” the war by many of his most heated critics, including Syed Saddiq, the cofounder of MUDA, who launched a Twitter thread for this purpose.

Despite heated critic from some Islamist activists, others of the Arabic and Muslim community have been highly critical of Gaza and Hamas. Palestinian-leader Mohammed Abbas was accused of “disappearing” in a manner that was similar to Arafat. Hamas, as an entity, has been accused of deliberately using Palestinians of Gaza as “human shields” in their war with Israel. 

The laws of Islam concerning human rights in a recent Republic Underground panel by Saudi lawyer Abdulrahman Almutairi. Almutairi noted that Islam dictates, in the rules of engagement, that both parties can choose the terms of where battles are fought, and that non-combatants must not be put at risk. While Islam has general law and individual principle laws, Almutairi noted that there are general laws that all Muslims must abide by. 

” Muslims must respect them. One is justice. Justice. What does justice mean? It means that all human beings are legal. Because justice in Islam is an absolute value. All Muslims must be committed to justice,” said Almuitari. 

Many Muslims join the chorus of voices in opposition to the radical tactics of Hamas as two wars wage between Gaza and Israel. One is a war of exchanged fire, and one is a war of information and a flood of ideology in public media.