Jonathan Tobin Answers my Question

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Jonathan Tobin Answers my Question

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.

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.