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Letter: Save lives by putting a stop to Gaza tunnels

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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 12:00 am

It’s time to stop the Gaza tunnels! In the first three weeks of Protective Edge, Israel’s effort to restore security and peace to the region, over 2,300 rockets were shot into Israel affecting 70 percent of its population, equivalent to 250 million Americans. Since 2005, when Israel withdrew from Gaza, over 13,000 rockets have been fired at Israel’s towns and cities. That is over 1,000 a year!

Thirty-two tunnels and 66 entry points were uncovered in Gaza by Israel Defense Forces. Hamas used millions of dollars and hundreds of tons of cement to build this sophisticated tunnel system when hospitals, schools and apartments could have been built to help their people.

Hamas deliberately places their schools, mosques and hospitals at risk by storing missiles in them, turning them into military targets and using innocent residents as human shields. The death toll is significantly higher in Gaza because Hamas perpetuates it.

After smuggling rockets from Iran, Hamas hopes to increase the number of casualties in Gaza to leverage against Israel in a propaganda war. The United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees condemned Hamas for hiding rockets in U.N. schools.

Israel Defense Forces seek to minimize casualties by delivering warnings to civilians in Gaza to vacate targeted areas. Hamas tells citizens to ignore warnings or even prevents them from leaving.

Hamas’ terror attacks on Israeli civilians and use of innocent Palestinians as human shields must end. A cease-fire with demilitarization is imperative so rockets and dangerous attack tunnels do not happen again.

Roberta Landau


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  • Jien Kaur posted at 9:13 am on Thu, Aug 14, 2014.

    Jien Kaur Posts: 372

    Israel people soon forget Israel get the freedom from the English with help of the jewish terrorists. Now that terrorists of the hamas (I not support hamas or the terror) wish to free from the 7 years embargo that trap the gaza palestinians in poverty and despair the israels forget the struggle they also made for freedom.

    Can there be a peace in this struggle? I fear not but pray for it.

  • Christina Welch posted at 9:08 pm on Wed, Aug 13, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 460

    I agree, Ms Landau, an immediate cease-fire is needed and Israel should be allowed to go in and destroy those tunnels. Upon reading your letter I did a little research. According to Wikipedia: "Unlike the Gaza Strip smuggling tunnels built in southern Gaza to smuggle goods prohibited by the government of Egypt from entering Gaza, or to avoid customs duties,[5] tunnels within Gaza and across the Gaza–Israel border serve military purposes. The tunnels are used to store and deploy weapons, shield armed militants, and facilitate cross-border attacks on the Israeli military including the capture of Israeli soldiers." National Geographic also has an interesting article about these military tunnels from July of this year: "In a public statement released as the incursion began, Hamas said that the new tunnels—some of which apparently extend hundreds of yards into Israeli territory—are just one of the "surprises" it has in store for Israelis." I can see how Israel would be alarmed by this. Until those tunnels are gone, Israel will always feel threatened and peace will never be able to be achieved.

  • Simon Birch posted at 7:00 pm on Wed, Aug 13, 2014.

    Simon Birch - Online Manager Posts: 170 Staff

    I looked at that form of address and wondered if I should let it go. We'll expect other commenters to respect your request it not be used when referring to you from now on.

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 5:34 pm on Wed, Aug 13, 2014.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2672

    Brian, you seem to have misunderstood my post. I do not support barbarism be it committed by Hamas or Israel.

    BTW, I would appreciate it if you would address me as Mr Schmidt. I don't know how things are done in your neck of the woods but here, in America, Mr is the proper form of address for men.

  • Jien Kaur posted at 8:59 am on Wed, Aug 13, 2014.

    Jien Kaur Posts: 372

    Very appropriate are the comments here. It is very very sad to hear the religious men who should be on side of good for all the human life say this things as in these rabbi - from the 'Bloomberg news'

    'At a recent pro-Israel rally in New York, Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner said, to cheers, "When you are part of an election process that asks for a terrorist organization which proclaims in word and in deed that their primary objective is to destroy their neighboring country and not to build schools or commerce or jobs, you are complicit and you are not a civilian casualty."

    So rabbi say - you vote for the hamas you should die. Very sad this.

    The Mrs Landau say tunnels to be destroyed and the gaza people use for bad purpose but she not also say that tunnels also to move the food and the supplies that the israels not allow them to see the gaza people starve and die with no medical treatments.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:17 am on Wed, Aug 13, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2866

    While I am impressed with Herr Schmidt's writing abilities I am saddened that he would fall prey to the notion that Hamas and Israel are one in the same. I'm not surprised. It has been quite popular for some time with the Left to side with Hamas and their propaganda machine rather than being honest with themselves that all Israel wants is peace which is almost impossible when defending themselves from thugs who want perpetual war.

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 11:15 am on Tue, Aug 12, 2014.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2672

    While I am impressed with the religious rights abandonment of their traditional antisemitism and their embrace of the State of Israel I personally find it hard to take sides in this conflict. No sooner do I find my sympathies leaning towards the Palestinians than they launch yet another barrage of missiles. My heart opens for the Israeli's but a moment later they have flattened a day care center or a hospital. I suppose if I were to search for something to separate these groups of monsters I might grasp for the fact that the Israelis chose their war criminals by election while the Palestinians had theirs thrust upon them by history but these facts seem petty when confronted with the unfathomable barbarism of both sides.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:28 am on Tue, Aug 12, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2866


    You raised some good points. And to add. Even the Palestinian Authority is opposed to Hamas. Now, one would think that would bring those around and finally realize Hamas is just really good at advancing their propaganda. Unfortunately it may take an act of God for the water carriers of Hamas to wake up and smell the coffee.


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