The crocodile tears were flowing freely when Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's brain trust concocted this outrageous anti-Palestinian flim-flam.
Not a word about the illegal occupation of Palestinian land that is the root of the Arab-Israel conflict. Instead, it is men of courage like Wiesel and Boteach who abrogate unto themselves the right to determine who is a "real Muslim", and those would appear to be the Muslims who are prepared to yield to their oppressors the right to steal their land and who are prepared to live as second or third class non-citizens in perpetuity.
The well-documented history of the IDF's use of Palestinian children as human shields notwithstanding, it's not hard to see why the current campaign to vilify Hamas is so desperate. Boteach's life mission is to convince the world of the superiority of "Jewish values" as exemplified by Israel. That's tough to do when that light unto the nations just wrapped up a war of choice during which they managed to kill almost 1,500 civilians, while the other side killed three.
Naturally, such a spectacle doesn't do much for the cause of promoting "Jewish values"; it has quite the opposite effect. The values on display by Israel's military-political elite over the past month have not been Jewish values. The world has seen the values of a murderous quasi-fascist state rendered mad by its own sense of impunity and exceptionalism.
This propaganda campaign is a desperate attempt to convince the world that the oppressor is the victim, the victims are sub-human Molochites, and peace can only come to Palestine when the last embers of resistance have been extinguished.
The reason Hamas was democratically elected to govern Gaza is because a majority of Palestinians are not prepared to capitulate. It's not that they don't love their children, it's that they want their children to live in peace and freedom. It is the occupation that makes that impossible, not Hamas.