Arabs ‘Down Under’

Here in Australia, we aren’t the only people ‘down under’ in the world, as the name of this site suggests.

In Gaza ‘down under’, the Gazan Arabs are working hard like little ants scurry and tunnelling every which way in their daily lives.  Maybe they think they are moles or rabbits? In fact there are so many tunnels, one wonders why the place doesn’t collapse.

Now, since last weekend, when the ‘mother of all tunnels’ (Sorry Saddam. RIP) was discovered, one thinks these busy little Gazan ‘underground’ Arabs may have done their dash.

You see, it appears that the concrete they scream that they so desperately need for building projects, has been used for a very sophisticated system of tunnels.

Naughty, naughty. This is the very same concrete that Israel is accused of NOT supplying for building purposes.

Do I hear you ask why Israel doesn’t want to supply the concrete?

Have a guess.

Yes, you are correct. The answer is that these busy little creatures use it for tunnel building and not for building construction as they claim.

The reasons for tunnels are plenty and Hamas is the big winner  demanding high fees from tunnel owners.

Smuggling people through tunnels is popular and an illegal way to get people into Gaza.. It is also a popular method for securing a wife

You can take delivery of your livestock this way too

Just imagine how frightened these poor animals must be. It is sheer cruelty what they do to get them into the tunnels. Sheep, goats and horses go via the same underground route.

 

Meanwhile, here are a couple of these busy little ‘down under’ people who supposedly are deprived of the finer things in life, resting and seen playing with their mobile phones. Most likely an iPhone to me as they are a popular commodity in Gaza.

www.jewishjournal.com

“TAKEAWAY” anyone?

Sure – call and order your KFC via a tunnel from Egypt   here  

Will the suffering never end? Now Gaza has a car glut!

Palestine Today reports that car dealers in Gaza are suffering – because they have too many cars available.

Between the dozens of cars that enter via Kerem Shalom each week and the cars that arrive through the smuggling tunnels, the profit margins are plummeting. In some cases they have had to reduce car prices by as much as $8000.

Let’s get serious now.

Whilst the above is somewhat a comical side of what goes on inside these tunnels.  There is a far more sinister side to it all.

On the 12th of October 2013, a subterranean passage, some 2.5 kilometres long was found running from Gaza to Israel and likely to be used for either kidnapping purposes, as in 2006 in the case of Gilad Shalit, or for attacking in some way either militarily or terror attacks. Here

This was no ordinary tunnel. It was one of the largest, most sophisticated ever discovered.

 

It started in Abbasan al-Saghira, a farming village near Khan Yunis, in Gaza, and terminated inside Israel about three kilometres from Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, in the western Negev.

Palestinians pay dearly for Hamas ‘resistance tunnels’

“You can conclude from the enormous resources (in time, money and manpower) that went into the Gaza terror tunnels that the rosy scenarios for peace and prosperity in another independent Palestinian polity are, at best, quite questionable.

When pro-Israel commentators criticize the Palestinian culture of incitement and terror, they aren’t engaging in ‘Zionist talking points’ but, rather, are expressing sincere concerns that the greatest peace treaty ever written can’t engender a Palestinian culture of peace, education and self-sufficiency. Though most Israelis support in principle ‘two states for two peoples’, Israelis accurately extrapolate from the consequences of recent territorial concessions that withdrawing from land alone won’t necessarily bring peace if Palestinian leaders don’t cease in inculcating their citizenry with the values of belligerence, hate and violence.”

For years, Israel prevented the transfer of construction materials into Gaza because it said militants could use the materials to build crude rockets and explosives for attacks against Israel.

For years Israel refused but finally succumbed to international pressure. This just shows how wrong the international community and do-gooders are. This complicated and vast system has employed the products intended for apparent and necessary building. Really??

Times of Israel said:

Calling the terrorists’ plans “ingenious,” Edelstein said that Hamas had used 500 tons of Israeli-supplied cement to build the tunnel, that there were others like it, and that their construction, crossing into Israeli territory, constituted “an extreme violation of the ceasefire,” which, he contended, Hamas had requested after Operation Pillar of Defense in November.

Shortly afterward, he led a group of reporters down a sandy slope and into the darkness of the tunnel. The structure, supported by 25,000 U-shaped concrete pieces, plunged deep on the Israeli side of the border, apparently to avoid detection. Black electrical wires ran along the southern wall, as did a communications cable. An army officer holding a post alongside the tunnel said that the majority of the work was done with a hand-held electric jackhammer.

The tunnel was over five feet high and wider than a man’s shoulders. The officer suggested that a sort of vehicle might be inserted into the tunnel to whisk a captive back to the tunnel’s starting point in Abassan al-Sughiya. In the evocative darkness, it was easy to feel the painstaking labor of building such a tunnel, clearing earth day after day, and the anticipated jubilant sprint of Hamas operatives with the ultimate prize in hand: an Israeli body.

After several hundred meters, reporters encountered two combat soldiers from an elite engineering unit, pointing their rifles and their flashlights west. This was the end of the road. Gaza lay beyond.

To the left was a second branch of the tunnel. The officer stationed outside explained that the diggers had left the tunnels covered and that on the day of an attack they would have dug stealthily through the final yards of earth, likely by hand.

The Y-shaped termini of the tunnel, directly beneath an IDF position and in the kibbutz fields, suggested a complex, two-stage attack — just the sort of action that Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz described last week when depicting the beginning of Israel’s next war.

The Australian said:

“The tunnel is extremely advanced and well prepared” Brigadier General Mickey Edelstein, commander of Gaza Strip division, told reporters. “Massive amount of concrete and cement have been used to build this tunnel.”

Military officials said it opened some 180 metres inside Israeli territory and had two exits in an open area. The exits were more than a kilometre from an Israeli communal village, making Israeli civilians potential targets.

The military invited journalists into the tunnel, dug some 18 metres underground and roughly 1.8 metres high. Concrete walls and arches lined the tunnel and electrical cords could be seen along its walls. The military also showed empty food wrappers, work gloves and an axe-like digging tool it said it had found inside. One of the cookie wrappers was dated June 2013, indicating that workers had been inside in recent months.

The military said it was the third tunnel found along the Gaza border fence in the past year. It estimated that 450 tonnes of cement and concrete were used, and the structure took more than a year to build. It said the tunnel was detected during a routine patrol, and that Hamas blew up the Gaza side of the tunnel after figuring out that Israel had detected it.”

“The tunnel is extremely advanced and well prepared” Brigadier General Mickey Edelstein, commander of Gaza Strip division, told reporters. “Massive amount of concrete and cement have been used to build this tunnel.”

Military officials said it opened some 180 metres inside Israeli territory and had two exits in an open area. The exits were more than a kilometre from an Israeli communal village, making Israeli civilians potential targets.

The military invited journalists into the tunnel, dug some 18 metres underground and roughly 1.8 metres high. Concrete walls and arches lined the tunnel and electrical cords could be seen along its walls. The military also showed empty food wrappers, work gloves and an axe-like digging tool it said it had found inside. One of the cookie wrappers was dated June 2013, indicating that workers had been inside in recent months.

The military said it was the third tunnel found along the Gaza border fence in the past year. It estimated that 450 tonnes of cement and concrete were used, and the structure took more than a year to build. It said the tunnel was detected during a routine patrol, and that Hamas blew up the Gaza side of the tunnel after figuring out that Israel had detected it.

The military said it waited a week to publicise the discovery because a search for explosives was underway. The army said an elite engineering corps was sent into the tunnel, but would not say whether explosives were found.

– See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/israel-shuts-sophisticated-border-tunnel-from-gaza/story-e6frg6so-1226739455415#sthash.6egvmCU9.dpuf

“The tunnel is extremely advanced and well prepared” Brigadier General Mickey Edelstein, commander of Gaza Strip division, told reporters. “Massive amount of concrete and cement have been used to build this tunnel.”

Military officials said it opened some 180 metres inside Israeli territory and had two exits in an open area. The exits were more than a kilometre from an Israeli communal village, making Israeli civilians potential targets.

The military invited journalists into the tunnel, dug some 18 metres underground and roughly 1.8 metres high. Concrete walls and arches lined the tunnel and electrical cords could be seen along its walls. The military also showed empty food wrappers, work gloves and an axe-like digging tool it said it had found inside. One of the cookie wrappers was dated June 2013, indicating that workers had been inside in recent months.

The military said it was the third tunnel found along the Gaza border fence in the past year. It estimated that 450 tonnes of cement and concrete were used, and the structure took more than a year to build. It said the tunnel was detected during a routine patrol, and that Hamas blew up the Gaza side of the tunnel after figuring out that Israel had detected it.

The military said it waited a week to publicise the discovery because a search for explosives was underway. The army said an elite engineering corps was sent into the tunnel, but would not say whether explosives were found.

– See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/israel-shuts-sophisticated-border-tunnel-from-gaza/story-e6frg6so-1226739455415#sthash.6egvmCU9.dpuf

“The tunnel is extremely advanced and well prepared” Brigadier General Mickey Edelstein, commander of Gaza Strip division, told reporters. “Massive amount of concrete and cement have been used to build this tunnel.”

Military officials said it opened some 180 metres inside Israeli territory and had two exits in an open area. The exits were more than a kilometre from an Israeli communal village, making Israeli civilians potential targets.

The military invited journalists into the tunnel, dug some 18 metres underground and roughly 1.8 metres high. Concrete walls and arches lined the tunnel and electrical cords could be seen along its walls. The military also showed empty food wrappers, work gloves and an axe-like digging tool it said it had found inside. One of the cookie wrappers was dated June 2013, indicating that workers had been inside in recent months.

The military said it was the third tunnel found along the Gaza border fence in the past year. It estimated that 450 tonnes of cement and concrete were used, and the structure took more than a year to build. It said the tunnel was detected during a routine patrol, and that Hamas blew up the Gaza side of the tunnel after figuring out that Israel had detected it.

The military said it waited a week to publicise the discovery because a search for explosives was underway. The army said an elite engineering corps was sent into the tunnel, but would not say whether explosives were found.

– See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/israel-shuts-sophisticated-border-tunnel-from-gaza/story-e6frg6so-1226739455415#sthash.6egvmCU9.dpufThis as a final quote makes you wonder if there will ever be peace in the region, or if indeed the Arabs want to live in peace and security, as they show the world otherwise.

Abu Ubaida, a nom-de-guerre for the spokesperson of Hamas’s armed wing, wrote on Twitter in Arabic that

“The will engraved in the hearts and minds of the men of resistance is much more important than the tunnels dug in the mud. The former will create thousands of the latter.”

My personal opinion is that we heed the “Mandate for Palestine,” an historical League of Nations document, which laid down the Jewish legal right to settle anywhere in western Palestine, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, an entitlement unaltered in international law.

The “Mandate for Palestine” was embraced by the international community.

Fifty-one member countries – the entire League of Nations – unanimously declared on July 24, 1922:

“Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.”

It is important to point out that political rights to self-determination as a polity for Arabs were guaranteed by the same League of Nations in four other mandates – in Lebanon and Syria (The French Mandate), Iraq, and later Trans-Jordan [The British Mandate].

Well may the racist BDS-ers scream

“From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”

I have my own answer to that.

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12 comments

  1. You are right: the “Mandate for Palestine,” granting Jews the legal right to settle anywhere in western Palestine, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, has never been repealed and so the right still exists under international law.

    Trouble is, the major organisations that decide the agenda, like the UN and the EU, have no interest in international law, and are highly politicised.

  2. Jonathan Winters Talbot

    By coincidence I have been reading about the conditions in Palestinian Authority prisons. Appalling, just atrocious, the way prisoners are abused. No civilized people would tolerate such disgraceful behavior. It positively turned my stomache.

  3. Great Article… btw ..The Israeli Flag with its star of David and Israel National anthem ‘Hatikva’ may offend a certain head of our largest Jewish Study department who believes they offend Israeli/ Arab Citizens…

  4. I am guessing that the KFC (Extra Crispy), funneled through the tunnels, cannot be cheap.

    I mean, it has to be much, much more expensive than if I go down the street a few blocks and pick Laurie and myself up a bucket.

    So, who’s buying the Colonel’s Deliciousness?

    I’ve seen references to the apparent fact that KFC gets transported through Gazan tunnels, I just have no idea what to make of this bizarre little factoid.

    • I did a whole piece on this a few weeks back and that’s the one that has vanished into oblivion. The 7 pictures I used are there, but no article.

      Apparently they are so desperate for it and even though it is icy cold by the time they receive it, it’s of no consequence.

      What makes me laugh is that they are so anti-American but have no issues with eating food from an America company!!

      • But I thought that the Gazans were dirt poor?

        That’s what the MSM tends to portray.

        And, yet, someone there can afford way overpriced, greasy, cold, American chicken.

        I wonder who?

  5. IF KFC is like most other groveling Multi national companies itching to do business with serial human rights abusing, terrorist hosting, intolerant, racist , violent , corrupt Arab counties their product will also be ‘Halal”…

    • KFC is not doing business with Gaza.It’s some enterprising people doing it for huge money

      • “Khalil Efrangi, 31, runs a small shop in Gaza called Yamama that will deliver a 12-piece bucket of KFC for $27, about twice what it costs across the border in Egypt, where the food is prepared.”

        “The idea for the illicit operation began with a craving. According to the Christian Science Monitor, a few years ago Efrangi’s employees first ordered food for themselves from a KFC restaurant in the Egyptian city of El Arish, about 35 miles away. After that meal was successfully smuggled in, Efrangi decided to start a delivery business for all Gazans. The idea quickly caught on — Yamama got more than 20 orders a few hours after he advertised the business on Facebook.”

        “Now Efrangi employs two taxi drivers, several smugglers and a fleet of motorbikes that stand ready to fetch fried chicken, fries, coleslaw and apple pies. And although the food is long past its prime, “It’s delicious even as it’s not hot,” Aboud Fares, 22, told Xinhua. In other words, the Colonel’s secret recipe is still finger lickin’ good, even at room temperature.”

        http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/05/17/it-takes-a-smuggler-to-satisfy-kfc-cravings-in-gaza/#ixzz2iLHRxmx5

      • By the way, it should be known that any moron can make their own KFC fried chicken and I happen to have the recipe!

        I kid you not.

        A few years ago Laurie and I were visiting my family in south Florida and spent some time in my sister’s house. Susan doesn’t cook much, but she had a number of cookbooks including one devoted to reconstructing dishes from popular fast food restaurants.

        And it contained the Colonel’s Secret Recipe!

        I make a truly delicious Kentucky-style fried chicken and I do not need to go to the Colonel to get it!

        :O)