Hostages Are Rescued, and the World Mourns

11 June 2024

5.7 MINS

The perverse reaction to Jewish hostages being saved.

Israeli hostages were freed in a daring rescue at the weekend, leaving leftists around the world heartbroken.

British newspaper columnist Owen Jones was appalled that anyone would celebrate Jews being saved from captivity.

In a tweet that Pharaoh himself would have approved, Owen said,

“This is a grave, grave war crime. Shame on those celebrating it.”

Poor Owen.

He’s never quite gotten over how many Germans were killed in the liberation of Auschwitz. If only the concentration camp had remained intact, so many lives that actually mattered could have been saved.

Owen — like Australian broadcaster Clementine Ford, who slammed the IDF for being “gleeful” at saving Jews — was upset at the number of Palestinians killed in the rescue.

Hamas apologists, by which I mean Lefties, somehow always seem to forget that if Jewish hostages hadn’t been taken, Jewish hostages wouldn’t need rescuing.

They also seem surprised that hiding hostages in high-density residential areas full of civilians endangers civilians.

Who knew?

Fudging Facts

The ABC’s global affairs editor, John Lyons, reported on the amazing news of hostages being rescued like this:

“Breaking. Hostage rescue: Gazan authorities say at least 210 Palestinians killed & 400 wounded during heavy bombardment of camp during rescue of the 4 Israelis. The hostages had been taken by Hamas 8 months ago from the Nova music festival.”

John is relying on statistics from the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry for his death count.

The Gaza Health Ministry, remember, counts anybody in Gaza as a saintly child, and denies that Hamas even exists.

For the record, Israel claims about 100 Palestinians were killed in the rescue operation, including terrorists. They also claim that Hamas fighters used rocket grenade launches in the firefight that ensued.

Now, this is just me spit-balling, but I’d say that using grenade launches in a built-up area is probably not the greatest idea when you’re super worried about civilian casualties.

Then again, since when has Hamas ever worried about Palestinian deaths — which is why they hid the hostages in the high-density residential area of Nuseirat.

Stunningly Obvious

Owen Jones cried that the family imprisoning the hostages were killed in the Israeli raid.

Here’s my contrarian take on the situation:

Don’t hold Israeli hostages in your apartment.

After all, research shows that holding Israeli hostages is tightly correlated with reduced life expectancy.

Hamas’ Hostage Airbnbs tend to go Airbnboom!

I’m about as upset at the deaths of those living in the apartment with the hostages as I was about the deaths of those living in Osama bin Laden’s joint when he was killed — which is not that much at all.


Australian actor Guy Pearce, whom we will always have a special place in our hearts for his role as Mike Young in Neighbours, tweeted:

“I’m pleased hostages are home, but let’s not be distracted & forget about all the unnecessary Palestinian deaths.

“We know the IDF could’ve brought all the hostages home months ago & avoided the senseless murder of innocent Palestinian children. But we know their true motivation.”

This is why you shouldn’t drink Hamas Kool-Aid.

What did Guy Pearce think “Bring Them Home” meant?




Guy Pearce left out the bit where he blames the whole thing on Jewish hostages for having been taken hostage in the first place.

Anyway, I really want to hear what Harold and Madge have to say on the subject.


Speaking of fiction, let’s have a listen to the UN’s Special Rapporteur Francesca Albanese:

“Relieved that four hostages have been released. ”

Oh, I bet she is. Let’s see just how relieved she is:

“It should not have come at the expense of at least 200 Palestinians, including children, killed and over 400 injured by Israel and allegedly foreign soldiers, while perfidiously hiding in an aid truck. ”

The Israeli soldiers wouldn’t have had to “perfidiously” hide in an aid truck if Hamas terrorists had not “perfidiously” hidden hostages in a residential apartment building. Or if they had not taken hostages in the first place!

“This is ‘humanitarian camouflage’ at another level. Israel has used hostages to legitimise killing, injuring, maiming, starving and traumatising Palestinians in Gaza..”

Just like how the Allies used Jews held in concentration camps to legitimise killing, injuring and maiming Germans in Berlin, hey Fran?

“Israel could have freed all hostages, alive and intact, 8 months ago when the first ceasfire and hostage exchange was put on the table.”

That’s true. If Israel had simply said, “We forgive you for raping, burning and beheading civilians. We promise to let you do it all over again a thousand times as you have promised,” well, then they could have had the hostages back eight months ago!

Some things are so stupid you have to be a UN official to say them.

  1. Don’t kidnap innocent people.
  2. If you do kidnap innocent people, maybe don’t hide them among civilians.
  3. If you do kidnap innocent people and hide them among civilians, don’t sook when those innocent people are rescued.
  4. If you do kidnap innocent people and do hide them among civilians and they are rescued, maybe don’t shoot at the rescuers.

But again, that’s just me.

Alternate Reality

Meanwhile, Al-Jazeera reported:

“Death toll from Nuseirat attack rises to 210”

Nuseirat attack?

If you didn’t know better (which if you consume mainstream media, you wouldn’t), you’d assume the evil Israelis just attacked Nuseirat for the hell of it.

The story was that Israel’s direct action saved Jewish lives.

Aljazeera, naturally, went with ‘Israel engaged in a bloody street battle killing hundreds’.

Tell me again why the ABC and SBS rebroadcast Al-Jazeera programs?

CNN reported that the hostages were “released”, giving the impression that kindly Hamas had allowed the Jews to return home:

CNN Gaza "hostage release"

The hostages were not released. They were rescued. And Israeli commander Arnon Zamora was shot dead during the rescue.

Hamas had eight months to release the hostages, but refused.

CNN never let facts get in the way of a good strap.

In Canada, CTV News went with:

“At least 94 Palestinians are killed in heavy fighting in Gaza area around hostage.”

Understand, that’s an editorial choice.

I know it’s a rough day for mainstream media when innocent Jewish hostages are rescued, but they could at least try to contain their disappointment.

It’s insane that people are mad at Israel for rescuing the hostages, rather than being made at Hamas for taking hostages in the first place.

Misplaced Outrage

Speaking of people having a hard time coping, Greens leader Adam Bandt tweeted:

“We want all hostages released, we want all political prisoners released, and we want to know how the killing of 200+ Palestinians in last night’s attack can be justified by Israel’s gov and the Labor gov here that refuses to take action to pressure Netanyahu to stop the invasion.”

Well Adam, Hamas set the price. You should the grateful it was only 210. The IDF could have turned Gaza into a carpark months ago.

Meanwhile, here’s the leader of the Australian Greens spruiking and simping for terrorists once again.

How hard is it to understand that you can’t take hostages from their beds, keep them kidnapped for eight months, and then complain about the rescue operation?

Author and columnist at The Daily Beast Wajahat Ali tweeted:

Is killing more than 200 Palestinian civilians worth 4 Israeli hostages? A question worth asking on the record.

What were four Israeli hostages doing among more than 200 Palestinian civilians? Also a question worth asking.

How many Palestinians would have been killed had Hamas released the hostages eight months ago? Another question worth asking.

What number of terrorists would be too many to kill in order to rescue your daughter? We all know the answer to that question… which is why we totally understand the Israeli Defence Force and celebrate with them.

Are You Serious?

On the BBC, a journalist asked a former IDF combat commander, Jonathan Cornicus, if Israel should have warned Palestinian civilians holding the hostages to get out of the way before moving in to rescue the hostages.

Conricus patiently explained to the BBC reporter that telegraphing the raid to rescue hostages would have ruined the mission.

Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up.

Now we wait for Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to congratulate Israel on successfully freeing the hostages from the hands of bloodthirsty terrorists.

Any moment now………

Up is down. Down is up. Moral clarity is nowhere to be seen.

But thank God Noa Argamani, Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov, and Shlomi Ziv are home with their families tonight.


Republished with thanks to The James Macpherson Report.

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  1. Teri Kempe 11 June 2024 at 9:28 am - Reply

    This is dangerous James. Exposing the truth in such a forthright manner. What are you thinking? Where did you find common sense hiding? Sewing the seeds of doubt about Israel’s motive and actions could have serious consequences! All strength to your arm!!!

    • Jim Twelves 11 June 2024 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Teri, well said. It takes a ‘James’ to pierce through the fog of mainstream media spin.

  2. Stephen 11 June 2024 at 9:46 am - Reply

    thanks Janex for sharing tbis about M

  3. Jim Twelves 11 June 2024 at 10:10 am - Reply

    James, thank you for your comprehensive research from around the world. Isn’t it sad that you can’t find any nation willing to stand up and rejoice with Israel. Do tell me is there is one.

  4. Countess Antonia Maria Violetta Scrivanich 11 June 2024 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Serves them right. They should never have done 7 October or taken hostages.

  5. Barbara Bluett 11 June 2024 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Spot on James. I completely agree. Thank you.

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