UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said that Israel's response to the incessant firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip, in which crossings to the area were closed, was "unacceptable."
Excuse me, you idiots, but they're BOMBING us!! We're supposed to supply anything to people trying to kill us? This rocket barrage has been going on since last week, and these aren't the little oft-derided-by-the-Left "little homemade rockets" but rather the more advanced Katyushas.(See the Hezbollah Katyusha in the picture).
The European Union also called on Israel to reopen its border crossings with the Gaza Strip. EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said she was worried that "fuel and basic humanitarian assistance" is not reaching the Palestinians.
Reeaaallly? Well, guess what, Benita? Gaza has absolutely no trouble supplying itself with drugs, prostitutes, weapons, lions, perfumes, cheaper gasoline, cigarettes, milk, flour, sugar or anything else the market demands.
"Underground smuggling has become one of the most profitable and sought-after professions in Gaza. Hundreds of unemployed laborers have joined the digging business, where monthly salaries range from NIS 2,500 to NIS 5,000. Most of the laborers used to work in Israel but lost their jobs because of the closure of the border crossings." (Jerusalem Post November 14, 2008)According to sources close to Hamas, the number of underground tunnels has risen in the past two years to nearly 1,000, according to journalist Khaled Abu Toameh.
These aren't little home-made tunnels dug with shovels, either: "Today, engineers and well-trained excavators supervise the digging of most of the tunnels, some of which are equipped with electricity and phone lines. " Hell, they've even run a gas pipeline down one of these tunnels.
The latest information is that Hamas is now licensing the tunnels and issuing building guidelines, and regulating the flow of trade goods.
Of course,the myopic European view is best expressed by the BBC:
"Last Tuesday, more than four months into a ceasefire, Israeli troops entered the Gaza Strip."
Right, like this happened in a vacuum. The IDF just woke up one morning and said, hey, everyone, let's go stir up Gaza, since we haven't got anything better to do.....NO mention whatsoever of the reason for the IDF's entry: to shut down another kidnapping tunnel Hamas was routing under the fence into Israeli territory. Whatever was Hamas building a tunnerl for?
The IDF went into Gaza to take out this tunnel because "numerous intelligence reports have indicated that Hamas is planning to carry out a mass-casualty attack as well as hoping to abduct another Iisraeli soldier, either through a tunnel similar to the one used in the kidnapping of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit almost two and a half years ago, or by a terrorist cell infiltrating into pre-1967 Israel."
Got that? Hamas wants a lots of Jews murdered in a 'mass casualty attack' -- a nice phrase for a suicide bombing or car bombing. Think downtown Baghdad. Or downtown Jerusalem before the Anti-Suicide-Bomber-Barrier was built. This piece of information got absolutely NO play in the MSM, including al-Beeb.
"Since then, seven Hamas militants have been killed in clashes and airstrikes," al Beeb intones.
No mention of why: Israel Air Force fighter pilots struck a terror cell of rocket launchers in northern Gaza Friday morning after they launched a barrage of rockets at the western Negev.
"Palestinian militants said they regarded it as an "Israeli aggression" and responded by firing dozens of rockets and mortar shells towards Israeli border towns."
Palestinian New-Think: we tunnel into YOUR country in order to kill YOUR people and kidnap YOUR people and when you stop us by destroying our tunnel (instead of carpet-bombing Gaza, for instance)then YOU are the aggressors.
George Orwell would love these folks.
Note also that ASHKELON is NOT a border town. It is a major port city in Israel proper, and it got thumped by Hamas Katyushas on Friday, one rocket sending shrapnel into the body of a 70 year old woman and causing a cardiac incident.
This, also, got no mention by al-Beeb or other MSM outlets.
"No Israelis have been injured, but the Ministry of Defence took the decision to close most of Gaza's crossings in response," says BBC.
Got that? The 70-year-old victim isn't really injured, and Jews have to die before al-Beeb considers it an 'injury' I guess. Typical European anti-Semites.....Jewish lives have never counted to those people.
The juxtaposition of these new items in the local papers gave me pause--the one sob-story enunciated by the UN and EU Palestine-pimps, and the other local story wherein an Arab journalist interviews the proud and boastful Hamasnikim about their many tunnels, their ability to supply themselves with nearly anything they wish, and their declarations that they do just fine without Israeli-supplied items.
Of course, the only story getting any play in the Euroleftic press was the former---until this morning! Today, al Beeb belatedly picked up on the tunnels story, nevertheless berating Israel for its "blockade"; note that when Britain or the EU engage in identical behavior, it is called an "embargo" and that the practitioners who so vociferously protest Israel's embargo of Gaza have enthusiastically practiced embargoes of their own over the last few decades to push their own political agendas.
The real juxtaposition isn't the Beeb versus local news; it is the deliberate, selective British blindness to Hamas's bloody-minded intentions versus the reality of Israel's struggle to stay alive in the face of unrelenting, genocidal extremism.