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August 24, 2015 2:31 pm

Hamas is Using ‘Humanitarian’ Goods to Rebuild Terror Infrastructure

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A Gaza smuggling tunnel. The Shin Bet has thwarted four attempts in recent months to smuggle weapons components into Gaza. Photo: Elder of Ziyon.

A Gaza smuggling tunnel. The Shin Bet has thwarted four attempts in recent months to smuggle weapons components into Gaza. Photo: Elder of Ziyon.

Last week, Palestinian terrorists tried to smuggle two tons of rocket-making material into Gaza, disguised as home construction materials. You won’t hear the Obama administration or the major news media talking about it. But it speaks volumes about the dangers Israel faces and the indifference of the international community.

The material in question was a type of fiberglass Hamas used to make rockets. “During Operation Protective Edge last summer, long-range fiberglass rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza and exploded in the Palmachim area between Tel Aviv and Ashdod,” the newspaper Israel Hayom noted.

The two-ton shipment was marked in such a way as to give the impression that it was to be used in home construction. But, in fact, “The fiberglass was earmarked for use by terrorist groups in Gaza,” according to officials of Israel’s Shin Bet security agency.

The list of items that Israel prohibits from reaching Gaza is not very long. There are a grand total of 16 types of military materials, and 18 types of dual-use items.

The military items are mostly various types of chemicals, accelerants, fertilizers, and carbon products needed for the manufacture of explosives. The idea that Gaza is “suffering” because its residents are deprived of these things is absurd. Let’s hear the State Department explain why Gazans absolutely must have diethylenetriamine, thiethylenetramine or E-100-ethyleneamine.

The dual-use materials are items that can be disguised as being for civilian purposes, but which Israel knows from experience will be used for terrorist purposes. This list includes prepared concrete, hunting knives and night vision goggles.

After the Gaza war, the Obama administration and others began pressuring Israel to permit the entry of concrete as “reconstruction” aid. They insisted that third-party inspectors would make sure the cement was used for homes, not tunnels.

In December, however, the Times of Israel reported that cement was being diverted to build tunnels for terror attacks. And the Sunday Telegraph reported on April 4 that Iran is sending “tens of millions dollars” to Hamas “to help it rebuild the network of tunnels in Gaza destroyed by Israel’s invasion last year.”

Are these just unconfirmed rumors? Don’t bet on it.

In fact, former U.S. envoy Dennis Ross already let the cat out of the bag on this one. Last summer, Ross wrote in the Washington Post (Aug. 20) that in 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent him to press Israel to ease up on its blockade of Gaza, in the aftermath of Israel’s withdrawal from that region in 2005. “I argued with Israeli leaders and security officials, telling them they needed to allow more construction materials, including cement, into Gaza so that housing, schools and basic infrastructure could be built,” Ross revealed. “They countered that Hamas would misuse it, and they were right.”

In response to Secretary Clinton’s request, Israel allowed the cement into Gaza. But it wasn’t used for houses, after all. It built the terror tunnels that were used to carry out numerous attacks against Israel.

And now, here we go again.

On June 29, Iran’s Al-Alam television interviewed terrorists from the Gaza branch of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade. That’s a division of Fatah, which is headed by the “moderate” Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The terrorists were filmed inside a 3.5-kilometer-long terror tunnel which “crosses the border between the Gaza Strip and the Zionist enemy,” as one of the terrorists put it in the TV segment. The terrorist told the interviewer that he and his comrades were planning on “using attack tunnels against the Zionist entity. We will now go through one of those tunnels to see what the [Al-Aqsa] Martyrs’ Brigades is preparing for this occupation [Israel].”

“Here is the first tunnel,” the Iranian narrator continued. “When we met the Ribat [Islamic] fighters in this tunnel, they said that the weapons in their hands and their preparations for confrontation with the Israeli enemy are what give them reason to live.”

A terrorist then explained: “There are tunnels inside [Gaza] through which jihad fighters pass during war….We spend all our time trying to get money to fulfill our duty concerning our occupied lands and liberate them from the Zionist entity. This is why we are asking [for money]…especially [from] Iran, which is a known long-time supporter of the resistance and the Palestinian cause…”

(The segment was re-broadcast on the Palestinian channel Wattan, and translated by Palestinian Media Watch.)

The rebuilding of Gaza’s terror infrastructure is taking place right before the eyes of the world, with “humanitarian” goods employed in the service of jihad. Paging Dennis Ross! The former U.S. envoy should be the first one to speak out about what’s happening. But apparently he is busy with other matters these days.

Mr. Korn, chairman of the Philadelphia Religious Zionists, is the former executive editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent and the Miami Jewish Tribune.

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  • LDR

    Ground penetrating radar needs to be used find these asswipes and blow up their tunnels. They are already trespassing under Israeli land…they have no legal defense to being killed.

  • Wm. J. Levy

    If anything was learned from 2 wars with Hamas is that they hate Israel and Jews with a vengence and the only thing that works is to keep them afraid of being killed by Israel.

    They don’t care about their own people. They’re not building tunnels for shelter but to attack Israel.

    The Saudis are bombing in Syria or Yemen and civilians are dying. Do you see anyone criticize the Saudis? NEVER.

    Everyone criticizes Israel and perhaps if they were afraid of Israel and the Jews there would be less criticism.

    Why are there so many anti-Jews? Because they’ve never been punched in the mouth before by Jews. One they’re punched or know that they can be harmed there is no longer a threat.

  • ESLombard

    If we can get more of our cases into U.S. courts where Muslim lies can be laid bare, just maybe their high flown lies will become evident to all.
    The fact that so many Americans are already mistrustful of the integrity of the Iranian promises suggests that if Israel can nail more Muslim manipulative lies, it may prove more persuasive than hasbara.
    It’s probably more effective to skewer a liar out of his own mouth than trying to persuade others of his sick propensity for fantastic and horrific lying.

  • Larinthian

    Israel should stop sending materials to the Palestinians. On several occasions, the shipments that Israel delivered were used as a means to carry out some sort of nefarious actions. If the Palestinians have millions of dollars to spend on weapons and terrorist tunnels, then they should be getting their needs met from paid vendors ,just like the rest of the world. I am sure their brothering in Iran will be more than happy to care of the Palestinians. Israel should base their decisions on what is in their best interest and not worry about what others think. Israel is going to be condemned regardless of what they do, so why not do the right thing.

  • Hillary Clinton! and YOU are running for president, and are seeking Jewish votes?

    Calling on and paging Dennis Ross!! where are you hiding?

    OBAMA this is just another of your blunders and now you want to push your deal down the Americans throat?

    Do you really think that Americans are that GULLIBLE?

    • HaroldT38

      We will soon find out how gullible you Americans are when the votes are counted on stopping Obama’s Iran deal. You certainly showed how stupid you are by voting Obama in for a second term.

  • Robert Davis

    The leftist “international community” does not want to understand Israel is the one resisting totalitarism and oppression not the fake and mystificator “palestinians”. The reason is probably the medias’ pr bought with governments’ funds which in turn believe it is good business for them to support arabs than Israel. Of course this false reason is not cnvincing because exports do not depend on politics as the french hating socialist believes. Socialism is a populist system which always ends up in hate and world wars.

  • Fred

    In Obama Muslim friendly interpretation dictionary, these tunnels are being used to grow “Mushrooms ” for peaceful purpose however the Obama enemies Israel thinks otherwise.
    Obama will stand by ?????

  • ART

    The sad part is that Obama/Kerry/Hillary and the eu really don’t care that the supplies will be used to kill Israelis. They hate Israel. They won’t placate the arabs who have already told us “first the Saturday people (Jews) then the Sunday people (Christians) The negative double standard is applied against Israel.

  • dante

    so, where is the Israeli government? where is the IDF? in many cases, Israel has weakened itself and empowered its enemies. this is another failure that will inflict hardship on the Israeli people.

    one could have expected this of other governments. but, Netanyahu was elected as a nationalist candidate who would protect the nation. one is sorry to say, this is just another case in which the government of Israel has needlessly failed to do what every government is elected, first and foremost, to do, i.e. protect its people.