Gaza Residents Speak Of Hamas ’ Brutality Amid Desires For Peace In The Region | FOX NEWS

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Avi Melamed’s insights about Gaza residents speaking of Hamas’ brutality amid desires for peace in the region as quoted by Ruth Marks Eglash the Jerusalem correspondent for FOX NEWS.

Avi Melamed, a former Israeli intelligence official and founder of Inside the Middle East, an educational program, told Fox, “these videos have the potential to make an impact but only if they manage to change the narrative [about Gaza] in the West and start a new process where Western circles finally hold Hamas accountable.”

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[…] Hamas reportedly sent bot armies to bring down the organization’s distribution platforms while doctoring some of the clips.

JERUSALEM, Israel – Violent crackdowns, arbitrary arrests, trumped-up police charges, imprisonments, and even live ammunition to deter innocent women, children and people with disabilities from demanding basic rights such as electricity are just a few of the heartbreaking testimonies from the Gaza Strip captured in a series of video clips published recently by the U.S.-based Center for Peace Communications. 

The series, “Whispered In Gaza,” which uses animation and voice-altering technology to protect the identity of the speakers, offers a rare and unfiltered glimpse into life in the poverty-stricken, embattled Palestinian enclave. But the anger and fears expressed by those who bravely share their stories are not directed toward their neighbor, Israel. Rather, their criticisms and despair are aimed at their autocratic rulers: Hamas. 

“Your own thoughts are taken away from you when you walk down the street, the walls are covered in pictures, slogans and stories of the Hamas leadership and you feel like you’re in a war zone. Is this a city or a military barracks?” asks one man, who the video calls “Iyad.” […]

[…] In perhaps the most powerful of the 25 testimonies, a woman called only “Zainab,” tells viewers: “There is a false stereotype that Palestinians in Gaza love rockets and wars. Gazans don’t love war, the wars that happen in Gaza are waged by the Hamas government for political aims that serve them alone.” 

“We don’t want war, we want a decent life, our mental and physical health is at risk due to a situation we did not chose,” she continues. “A faction is fighting in the name of the Palestinian people but not all Palestinians agree with it. My struggle is to communicate with Palestinians and Israelis and make them understand that I am a human being here in Gaza, not a beast or a terrorist, or a lover of weapons because in the end, weapons won’t get us anywhere.” 

Avi Melamed, a former Israeli intelligence official and founder of Inside the Middle East, an educational program, told Fox, “these videos have the potential to make an impact but only if they manage to change the narrative [about Gaza] in the West and start a new process where Western circles finally hold Hamas accountable.” 

“If these videos can generate a new discussion where Hamas, which acts as a government for its people, is no longer exempt from any responsibility, that will empower the many people in Gaza, I would even say majority of the people there, who resent Hamas,” he said. 

The voices and identities of the Gazans featured in the videos have all been independently authenticated by experts. […]

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Avi Melamed’s insights about Gaza residents speaking of Hamas’ brutality amid desires for peace in the region as quoted by Ruth Marks Eglash the Jerusalem correspondent for FOX NEWS.

Ruth Marks Eglash is a veteran journalist based in Jerusalem, Israel. She reports for Fox News Digital and covers the Middle East and Europe. She is a Senior Correspondent for Jewish Insider and previously served as the Deputy Bureau Chief for The Washington Post and as Deputy Managing Editor and senior reporter for The Jerusalem Post. Originally from the U.K, she has also freelanced for numerous news outlets including the Huffington Post, USA Today, and the Christian Science Monitor. Ruth can be followed on Twitter @reglash

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Avi Melamed is an expert on current affairs in the Arab & Muslim World and their impact on Israel & the Middle East. A former Israeli Intelligence Official & Senior Official on Arab Affairs, Fluent in Arabic, English, and Hebrew, he has held high-risk Government, Senior Advisory, Intelligence & Counter-Terrorist intelligence positions in Arab cities & communities - often in very sensitive times - on behalf of Israeli Government agencies. He is the Founder & CEO of Inside the Middle East | Intelligence Perspectives - an apolitical non-partisan curriculum using intelligence methodology to examine the Middle East. As an Author, Educator, Expert, and Strategic Intelligence Analyst, Avi provides Intelligence Analysis, Briefings, and Geopolitical Tours to diplomats, Israeli and foreign policymakers, global media outlets, and a wide variety of international businesses, organizations, and private clients on a range of Israel and Middle East Affairs.

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