Hamas Tunnel System Rivals Viet Cong’s Cu Chi Underground

A massive tunnel system running from Gaza to the Egyptian border has long served Palestinians as a supply line for everything from livestock and construction materials to stocks of medicine and smuggled electronics equipment. But now, as war rages in the area, the tunnels have become the main route for providing the Hamas terror group with the weapons it needs to fight against Israel.

Dismantling the tunnels in Gaza is a key to winning the war for Israel, which has sworn to eradicate them. But military experts and historians say destroying them will be virtually impossible.

The tunnel system is strikingly similar to the Viet Cong’s infamous Cu Chi tunnels during the Vietnam War. The Viet Cong moved weapons and supplies through their tunnels, and, like Hamas, they hid their top leaders in them as well.

The Viet Cong — a technological underdog to the United States — was able to bridge the firepower gap against a world superpower through sheer cunning and ingenuity. The Cu Chi tunnels were a vast network of underground sleeping quarters, weapon storage facilities, war rooms and fighting positions. Guerrillas dug out makeshift medical facilities beneath the earth, and doctors tended to wounded soldiers in them, often using electricity generated by a bicycle.

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Hamas in the eyes of an expert

Khaled Hroub, author of several books on Hamas, including Hamas: A Beginner’s Guide, talks to Al Jazeera about the organisation’s social and political strengths and explains why he believes Hamas is looking forward to an Israeli ground incursion into the Gaza Strip.

Al Jazeera: Two senior Hamas leaders were recently killed in Israeli air strikes. How will this impact the organisation’s leadership?

Khaled Hroub: Hamas’ leaders are very used to hiding and escaping Israeli attacks. I can’t see this affecting Hamas much. Israel succeeded in assassinating very senior Hamas leaders including Sheikh [Ahmed] Yasin himself, the founder and spiritual leader of Hamas, then followed by Abdel Aziz Al-Rantissi who was the main figure in the Gaza Strip.

And yet Hamas continued to rise and succeeded in winning the elections. So I can’t see Hamas being weakened by killing one or two or three or even more leaders in the Gaza Strip.

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Man convicted of spying for Hezbollah released

Human rights group accuses Israel of torture

Israeli Justice Minister supports Israeli forces in opening live fire on nonviolent demonstrators

anti-semitism.jpgNablus / Amin Abu
Wardeh – The Israeli
Minister of Justice is
supporting the decision
of Israeli forces to open
live fire on nonviolent
demonstrators in the
West Bank and East
Jerusalem.

Daniel Friedmann
defended the orders
to shoot Palestinian
anti-Wall protestors
by telling a Knesset
meeting that “this
is a normal response
when soldiers are
in danger.”

Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, Mohammad Barakeh, questioned such orders by asking what threat nonviolent demonstrators pose to Israeli forces that would prompt them to feel such danger that the open live fire. “These are not assassins we’re talking about here. These are nonviolent demonstrations against Wall. What is the danger that soldiers are facing? These are just demonstrations against occupation and the crimes it commits.”

Mohammed Barakeh is Chairman of the Democratic Front parliamentary bloc in the Knesset and issued grave concern over the instructions to soldiers which were published in the Israeli newspaper, Ma’ariv.

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Is Slavery Legal in Israel?

israeli-flag-flying.jpgThe wall of Apartheid in Israel has made it virtually impossible
for many Palestinian workers to cross over to the Israeli side
for work purposes. This has resulted in a mass influx of foreign
workers, especially those that work as caregivers for the old
and sick of the nation. Hundreds of thousands of these people
are in
Israel today, most with valid visas, many who are
here illegally.
The tales they tell are unbelievably shameful and expose yet another aspect of the racism inherent in zionism…. I’ll deal with just one of these stories in this post, but keep in mind that this is just one of a thousand of such examples…

A disabled man was approached not long ago by a man who asked if he had or needed a caregiver. The disabled person was wheelchair bound which made him an ‘easy target’ for the scam in the making….He was informed that he could get a worker in his home for ten hours a week and it would not cost him a thing…. that’s a hard offer to refuse.

Papers were filled out, documents were signed, interviews with government agencies, etc., etc….

Finally, all was approved and a foreign worker from Sri Lanka was on his way to what he hoped would be a possible way to make a few bucks to help his destitute family back home…. BOY, was he in for a surprise!

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