Last week I asked the question: Where are the Gaza Bomb Shelters
Where is the siren system? Where are the shelters purchased with either western aid or Arab oil money?
For 10 years Hamas has owned the Gaza strip, they have had complete control of the area and while they’ve managed to acquire rockets to shoot at Israel and tunnels to get into Israel for kidnapping and bomb setting they haven’t taken the time to build bomb shelters.
Why not? If they are actually concerned about their people under Israeli attack surely they would invest in shelters for their women and children to take cover in during an Israeli attack? Surely the great humanitarians of Hamas would take the time and the foreign money to make sure their sons and daughters are protected?
Well Jonathan Tobin manages to figure it all out:
The assumption is that the Hamas-run strip is too poor to afford building shelters and safe rooms for its civilians, a point that adds to the impression that the Palestinians are helpless victims who deserve the sympathy if not the help of the world in fending off Israel’s assault on Hamas’s arsenal.
But the assumption is utterly false. Gaza’s tyrants have plenty of money and material to build shelters. And they have built plenty of them. They’re just not for the people of Gaza.
The tunnel system is must too valuable to waste on the mere citizens of Gaza but those unhappy people do manage to serve a purpose above ground.
But lowering casualties isn’t part of Hamas’s action plan that is predicated on sacrificing as many of their own people as possible in order to generate foreign sympathy. Instead, they cower behind the civilians, shooting missiles next to schools, storing ammunition in mosques (as today’s explosion in Gazaillustrated) and, as I previously noted, are actually urging civilians to act as human shields against Israeli fire on Hamas strongholds. Indeed, they have enlisted the people of Gaza as part of their misinformation campaign in which they attempt to conceal the presence of missile launching or masked, armed Hamas fighters in civilian neighborhoods.
The arabs of Gaza love their women & children because without their dead or maimed bodies how would they draw sympathy or dollars from a gullible west.