Do you think all those liberals in the media who express concern for the children of Gaza will report this story?
Hamas killed hundreds of children in the construction of its extensive tunnel network, built partly to carry out attacks on children across the Gaza border in Israel. That report–confirmed by Hamas itself–emerged in 2012, not from the Israeli government, but the sympathetic Journal of Palestine Studies, in an article that otherwise celebrated the secret tunnel system as a symbol of Palestinian resistance to the Israeli “siege” of the Gaza Strip.
The article, “Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon: The Unintended Dynamics of Israel’s Siege,” was published in the Summer 2012 edition of the Journal by Nicholas Pelham, who writes for the Economist and the New York Review of Books, according to his bio. It is receiving new attention thanks to Myer Freimann of Tablet, an online journal of Jewish affairs, whose post about Hamas’s use of child labor has gone viral in social media.
Pelham wrote that despite the economic success of the tunnels underneath the Egyptian border, which enriched Hamas through a thriving black market as well as arming it with new weapons, there were a few drawbacks. One of these was a “cavalier approach to child labor and tunnel fatalities,” he noted. “During a police patrol that the author was permitted to accompany in December 2011, nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels, where, much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies. At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials” (emphasis added).
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There is a sense that Operation Protective Edge will be different than previous IDF operations against the IslamoNazis of Gaza.
The reasons for this new grim determination are multi-faceted, but Seraphic Secret believes that the offensive danger posed by the terror tunnels cannot be overstated. We hear reports of children living near the Gaza border who cower at night, telling their parents they hear shovels digging under their beds.
It has become clear that these tunnels are highly sophisticated bunkers of reinforced concrete with electric generators and sewage systems. They seem to be modeled on the warren of underground tunnels and bunkers used so effectively by the Japanese in the South Pacific during WWII.
These tunnels are a game changer and every Israeli—except the clinically insane left—understands that no society can tolerate or endure such terror-inducing capabilities. In fact, the rockets of Gaza pale in comparison to the tunnels of terror, which seem to number in the dozens.
Yesterday, Karen and I made a trip to a local mall.
On our way to the Apple store we passed a skin-care salon. Standing in the doorway was an elegant young man who handed a free sample to Karen. We said thank you, and the young man, an Israeli who spotted my yarmulke, said, “Shalom.”
I said: “Shalom, shalom, ve-ayn shalom.”