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November 6, 2015 5:34 am

Articles Sympathetic to Gaza’s Smuggling Tunnels Flooding the Web

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Media outlets downplay the fact that the Gaza tunnels are used to smuggle in - and, according to Egypt, out - weapons for jihadist terror groups. Photo: Elder of Ziyon.

Media outlets downplay the fact that the Gaza tunnels are used to smuggle in – and, according to Egypt, out – weapons for jihadist terror groups. Photo: Elder of Ziyon.

In the last day and a half, at least three news services have written articles about Egypt’s flooding of Gaza smuggling tunnels.

IBT, Andalou and especially Reuters all came out with stories about the topic. All of them played up how ordinary Gazans are suffering from Egypt’s stance on the issue. All of them downplay the fact that the tunnels are used to smuggle in — and, according to Egypt, out — weapons for jihadist terror groups.

The cluster is not coincidental. It means that Hamas is pulling the strings behind media coverage in Gaza, in this case to pressure Egypt to stop destroying their weapons imports and tax revenue from smuggling commercial goods.

Of course, the media won’t report how they are being used as puppets.

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Andalou talks about new sinkholes and landslides from the tunnel destruction:

Major landslide late Tuesday in the southern border area between the blockaded Gaza Strip and Egypt resulted in a major sinkhole after the Egyptian army pumped seawater into the strip’s tunnels for around two months, the Gaza Ministry of Interior said.

Palestinian security and civil defense teams rushed to the area to protect civilians at risk, the ministry added.

A number of tunnels had collapsed south of Rafah, causing a sudden landslide, a Palestinian national security source told Anadolu Agency, adding that this is the fourth time the area suffers from landslides and sinkholes.

Blockaded by Israel since 2007, Gaza used to receive much-needed supplies through the network of smuggling tunnels on its border with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

Reuters also manages to blame Israel in an article about how Egypt is acting:

Local residents say that at the peak of the tunnel business, after Hamas Islamists seized the Gaza Strip in 2007 and Israel tightened a closure of its crossings into the enclave, nearly 2,500 underground passages snaked under the border with Egypt.

The direction of traffic was mainly into Gaza. Commercial goods — and weapons smuggled in separate tunnels controlled by Hamas and other militant factions — flowed in defiance of what Palestinians and many of their supporters decried as neighboring Israel’s siege.

Yet none of the articles mentions that Egypt is the Gaza neighbor that has hermetically sealed the sector, with practically zero imports, zero exports and almost no people traveling across Rafah, while Israel allows thousands of trucks of goods and thousands of people to cross between Israel and Egypt every week.

Reuters does finally mention a little truth:

At one point an estimated 22,000 Palestinians worked in the tunnel “industry”. However, it shrank markedly in 2010 after Israel, under international pressure to ease restrictions on commercial imports into Gaza, allowed more goods in through its overland crossings.

Then this September, battling an insurgency in northern Sinai, Egypt decided to shut down the tunnels once and for all. Determined to halt what it said was an arms flow in the opposite direction, from Gaza to the militants, it cleared the area on its side of the border and began pumping water into the underground maze, collapsing the land.

Tunnel-builders said Egypt has pumped in water several times since September, and that over the course of a few weeks had done more damage to the network, which once accounted for an estimated 30 percent of Gaza’s imports, than Israeli bombing had caused over the past two decades.

Now, the diggers said, fewer than 20 tunnels remain for commercial goods, with easy-to-smuggle cigarettes the main contraband. No one can, or will, say how many weapons tunnels remain – a secret that is guarded by Hamas and other armed groups, which last fought a war with Israel in 2014.

But Reuters‘ main focus is the environmental damage:

What is left is an environmental mess, residents and local officials said, with the sea water polluting underground drinking reserves. The overflow has reached streets and homes within 100 meters (yards) of the border fence. Vast puddles and mud are everywhere.

“One cubic meter of sea water pollutes 40 cubic meters of underground water,” said Tamer al-Sleibi, water department director in the Palestinian Environment Quality Authority in Gaza, who is concerned about long-term environmental damage.

Egypt’s campaign, he said, could weaken the foundations of homes already on shaky ground due to tunnel-building and make land unfit for agriculture in areas near the frontier. There is also a health risk as the water turns stagnant, allowing mosquitoes and other disease carriers to breed.

The fact that thousands of rockets whose components were smuggled in those tunnels have been shot at Israeli civilians is just not worth mentioning.

Hamas has largely succeeded in manipulating the media. You know — the reporters who pretend to be so fiercely independent, but who instead jump when a terror group tells them to.

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  • Mickey Oberman

    Could Israel not do the same?
    Bring a little bit of Mediterranean seaside joy into the dreary lives of Gazan terrorists.

  • Lauren Goldman

    “Egypt’s campaign, he said, could weaken the foundations of homes already on shaky ground due to tunnel-building.” It sounds as if the real problem here is the tunnels, not the flooding. Once again, it’s the ‘poor put-upon’ gazans and not the consequences of their own actions. I suppose that since they have not advanced much out of the seventh-century, they assume that everybody is that simple.

  • dante

    this is an illustration of the media’s collaboration with the terrorists. there are excuses for every act of savagery; nothing is too atrocious to elicit sympathetic treatment of the perpetrators from the media.

    at the same time, there are vicious, often hysterical, attacks for every Israeli act of self-defense. nothing is too modest or tentative or restrained to elicit condemnation. for the media in the eu and, increasingly, in the us:
    checkpoints are no good;
    surveillance is no good;
    restrictions on traffic are no good;
    barriers are no good;
    targeted killings are no good;
    rubber bullets are no good;
    tear gas is no good;
    suppression of riots (called “protests” or “demonstrations” by the media) is no good;
    killing attackers is no good;
    (rare) demolition of the homes of attackers is no good;
    (rare) withholding bodies of terrorists is no good; and,
    arrests of terrorists are no good.

    the only thing that the media will accept is Israeli agreement to be slaughtered by the jihadists, their surrogates, allies, etc. they are, with few exceptions, enemies of the Jews and should be treated accordingly.

  • Robert Valence

    Of course, all nations dig tunnels under their neighbours borders & they all smuggle in weapons. Every nation on earth – & underneath it – utilises tunnels to bring in weapons & to attack their neighbours.
    Do us a lemon – someone who thinks this is newsworthy and demands the world’s sympathy should be certified.

  • z

    “Hamas has largely succeeded in manipulating the media. You know — the reporters who pretend to be so fiercely independent, but who instead jump when a terror group tells them to.”
    ==

    The US gov mafia controls the narrative and the holographic lies disseminated on the propaganda outlets. The manipulation is, and always was, gov mafia directed. One medusa, many snakes.

  • Reform School

    “You said a Mouthful!”

  • Did anyone ever thought about that if Hamas would be peaceful and only have peaceful intentions that they would not require tunnels???

    Up until then: KOODO to Egypt, keep flooding the tunnels!!!

  • mervyn

    Very bad Karma for the Gazans. They might cease to exist soon if they carry on with their violence.

  • Ephraim

    Big surprise here. The blatantly antisemitic lame stream press will fight anything which interferes with terrorist activities. The more murders the better, especially if the victims are Jews, is the unofficial motto of the lame stream press.

  • Fred

    None so blind who do not want to see. Egypt wakened up at the destructive Hamas. Who is awash with money for “Ostensible “the need of the people but in fact to give Hamas a life of luxury at the expense of the Gaza’n. To the world another “professional victim “.

  • Noel Eliscu

    if there where no tunnels their would not be any sink holes. If their was no tunnels their would be no collapsed houses. All the money and effort to hate a country when it all could have gone for infrastructure and tourism.

  • Theodore Sternberg

    This creates opportunity for scuba divers.

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