Arlene Bridges Samuels
In Essentials, Unity

Will Hamas’s Key Leaders Face a War Crimes Tribunal in Jeruslem in the Future?

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On December 15th, 1961, a Jerusalem, Israel court sentenced Nazi SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann to death for crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and war crimes. Presiding Judge Moshe Landau articulated that Eichmann’s goal was “to obliterate an entire people from the face of the world.” Eichmann organized and oversaw “The Final Solution” by dispatching every train from all over Europe to Auschwitz and other death camps. Each train held 1,000 Jews. Judge Landau observed, “It is as though [Eichmann] committed 1,000 acts of premeditated murder each time.”

The Hamas charter imitates the Nazi’s Final Solution described by Judge Landau to “obliterate an entire people [Jews] from the world.” Hamas’s more than 1,000 premeditated murders in one day, inside the Jewish homeland, made it the bloodiest day since the Holocaust. Hamas stays fanatically committed to reaching their future goals. Like Nazis, they burned victims. Like Nazis, they raped victims. Like Nazis, they desecrated bodies.

Make no mistake. Hamas’s barbaric murders on October 10, 2023, are codified in their 1988 Charter which in part “rejects any alternative to full and complete liberation of Palestine from the river to the sea,” adding, “The day of judgment will not come about until Muslims fight Jews and kill them.” The explicit charter has not changed since the day terrorists wrote it and devoted themselves to Jew Hatred.

Since the Holocaust, world organizations have codified laws which address these evils. Within the International Criminal Court, the 1949 Geneva Convention’s Article 8 clearly defines War Crimes, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity. The United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross prominently include the same definitions in their documents. As you read this partial list, apply it to Hamas. Willful killing. Rape. Torture. Inhumane Treatment. Extensive Destruction of Property. Hostage Taking and more. These Crimes against Humanity shock the consciences among people of goodwill.

Hours after Hamas’s October 7, 2023, barbaric assaults and murders, news quickly circulated around the globe prompting reactions of shock and compassion for 1,200 murdered Israelis and those from other countries. Nevertheless, only a few days later, shock faded into new Nazi shouts of “Kill the Jews” in a pandemic marked by another kind of virus, a pandemic of Jew Hatred.

Masses of violent demonstrators occupied cities worldwide and small rogue groups vented their Jew Hatred by attacking Jews in schools and on the streets of many countries, including the United States. Once again mainstream media are accomplices and purveyors of Hamas’s propaganda by giving immediate credence to their made-up reports against Israel as if Israel is the perpetrator. Although some news outlets occasionally backtrack from dishonest reporting, by then the Jew Haters were already hysterical in an orgy of evil described in Isaiah 5:20: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

Surely, “WOE’ is called for in a legal tribunal for justice against Hamas in a Jewish Court of Law in Jerusalem, the Jewish capital.

Meanwhile, top leaders of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Mashal, live in oil rich Qatar operating in exile while Palestinians serve as their pawns to carry out terror directives backed by Iran’s Islamic regime. Haniyeh and Mashal live in five-star hotels, fly in private planes, and manage their billion-dollar bank accounts. I saw a recent photograph showing Maniyah and Mashal after the Hamas atrocities. They prostrated themselves in thankfulness to Allah in their fancy office.

It is reported that Hamas leaders made their fortunes partly in a 20 percent tax on all goods passing through tunnels from Egypt into Gaza since 2014. Al-Majalla, a Saudi weekly published a comment the same year from a Palestinian Authority official saying that tunnel-smuggling had made 1,700 senior Hamas members into millionaires. Almost a decade later, the combination of wealth and hatred are a deadly motivation for Hamas leaders.

As an example of the wide economic gap between most Palestinians in Gaza, and Ismail Haniyeh’s family, he has thirteen children, among them Maaz, a son nicknamed “The Father of Real Estate.” Meanwhile, Hamas mainstreams hate into mostly poor children’s minds though books and specializes in brainwashing them in summer camps. They wear uniforms, shoot guns, and learn military terror tactics. Adele Raemer, a survivor of Kibbutz Nirim, is an Israeli educator. Sometimes volunteering in educational initiatives with Palestinian teachers, she saw some of their books. “These children are taught hate in their textbooks. They’re taught, ‘If you have six Jews and you kill four of them, how many Jews do you have left?’ literally,” Raemer said.

Pause and consider for a moment: According to a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) report on Gaza, in 2020 60% of Gazans lived below the poverty line. In 2022 “almost 63% of households faced moderate food insecurity.” The UNDP estimates that these figures will skyrocket since Hamas terrorists instigated war. This begs the question of Hamas’s War Crimes against Palestinians too. In 2005 Israel turned Gaza over to Palestinians by forcing their 8,000 Jewish citizens out of Gaza in a heartbreaking decision depriving them of everything. Israel’s ill-founded hope was that Palestinians would develop their own peaceful state. However, the day the last IDF soldier locked the fence, Palestinains detroyed all that was left behind. They elected Hamas two years later.


Hamas, with their Islamic regime sponsor, instead developed Gaza into the largest, most sophisticated terror location in the world, with the headquarters purposely under Al Shifa Hospital. They regularly stashed weapons and explosives in apartments, schools, hospitals, and mosques knowing that Israel does not intentionally target civilians. Part of the Hamas strategy has served them well. They use women and children as human shields. That is a War Crime.

The clear precedent for a War Crimes Tribunal in Jerusalem is historic. In December 1961 a Jerusalem court issued a death by hanging sentence for the unrepentant Nazi SS Colonel Adolph Eichmann. At midnight between May 31 and June 1, 1962, the Nazi was hanged at the Ramle fortress prison outside Tel Aviv whereupon Jewish authorities cremated his remains and scattered the ashes in the Mediterranean Sea beyond Israeli boundary waters.

Now is the time to plan arrests. The IDF is searching for Hamas’s on-the-ground Gaza leader Yahya Sinwar, mastermind for the October 7 atrocities. Sinwar and the top Hamas leaders in Qatar must be arrested and transported to an Israeli prison where Israel can initiate a War Crimes Tribunal conducted in their capital. That goes for any other Hamas leaders.

After World War II, it took years of searching but the Israeli Security Service (Mossad) found Eichmann in Argentina after he escaped in 1946 from US custody. They brought him to Israel to stand trial.

Locating the top Hamas perpetrators is a job that Mossad would welcome.

About the Author
Arlene Bridges Samuels is a pioneer in pro-Israel Christian advocacy for more than two decades in positions with Israel Always and Earl Cox, Israel's Goodwill Ambassador to Christians and Jews, SE Region Outreach Director at American Israel Public Affairs Committee, (AIPAC) and International Christian Embassy Jerusalem USA's project, American Christian Leaders for Israel. Since 2020, she is the weekley featured columnist at The Christian Broadcasting Network Israel, and frequent Guest Columnist for Allisrael News and The Jerusalem Connection Report. Arlene co-edited The Auschwitz Album Revisited. Traveling to Israel since 1990, by invitation she attends the GPO Christian Media Summit and serves on the board of Violins of Hope South Carolina.
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