A couple of months before Operation Cast Lead began in late 2008, the Hamas Representative Fathi Hammad was already preaching…
“For the Palestinian people death has become an industry, at which women excel and so do all people on this land: the elderly excel, the Jihad fighters excel, and the children excel. Accordingly [Palestinians] created a human shield of women, children, the elderly and the Jihad fighters against the Zionist bombing machine, as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy: ‘We desire death as you desire life.‘”
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) Feb. 29, 2008
Hamas benefits from using its own citizenry as human shields. For example, the terror organization has become less vulnerable since the IDF refrains from firing into densely populated areas. Most of Hamas’ military infrastructure is purposely placed in the middle of Gaza City and scattered throughout crowded refugee camps, further putting civilians in the direct line of fire.