Ken Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, linked to a sketchy NY Times article and tweeted, “Tunnels used to attack or capture civilians is a rights violation. Tunnels used to attack or capture soldiers isn’t”.
As a jumping off point, Roth used a comment by an Israeli Colonel quoted in the article that went like this: “We don’t have a base of soldiers close to here,” the Israeli Colonel noted. “If they want to attack us soldiers, it’s O.K. for us to be in battle, but they want to use these tunnels to attack women and children.”
The colonel was trying to say that it’s one thing to target soldiers at war but quite another to target women and children without provocation.
Roth, given his history as a friend to Hamas, seems to be saying it’s not a human rights violation to target Israeli soldiers.
There was no tweet from Roth about the human shields that Hamas uses. At least I couldn’t find one.
The NY Times, the BBC, and other Western media outlets are great at not supporting Israel, flat-out lying about them, or drawing moral equivalence when Hamas, a terror organization, is to blame.
The BBC’s Jeremy Bowen recently wrote, “I saw no evidence during my week in Gaza of Israel’s accusation that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields.” The New York Times’ Anne Barnard and Jodi Rudoren wrote, “There is no evidence that Hamas and other militants force civilians to stay in areas that are under attack — the legal definition of a human shield under international law.”
Check out this video and tell me if you think they are using ‘volunteers’ and don’t meet the definition of using ‘human shields’:
The NY Times article had some murky comments that I have posted here.
The author seems to minimize the importance of the tunnels and relegates them to figments of the imagination that were used to capture only one Israeli soldier. There is a careful non-mention of the fact that Hamas is a terror organization:
Tunnels have lurked in the dark spaces of Israeli imagination at least since 2006, when Hamas, the militant Islamic movement that dominates Gaza, used one to abduct an Israeli soldier.
Not mentioning the 12-year plan by Hamas to come through the tunnels and kill, maim, kidnap Israel civilians, the author says this:
In cafes and playgrounds, on social-media sites and in the privacy of pillow talk, Israelis exchange nightmare scenarios that are the stuff of action movies: armed enemies popping up under a day care center or dining room, spraying a crowd with a machine gun fire or maybe some chemical, exploding a suicide belt or snatching captives and ducking back into the dirt.
Maybe the Israelis are paranoid or just spreading propaganda, the article insinuates:
Israeli political and military leaders mention the tunnel threat nearly every time they speak, and have gained widespread international support for eliminating them. The military in recent days has distributed photographs of tunnels that troops uncovered, and videos of them placing explosives inside and blowing some up. As part of the propaganda push, the military has also invited a few journalists underground for a tour.
There was no mention of the fact that we are funding these expensive ventures when the author wrote this:
Israeli experts said each tunnel would take up to a year and cost up to $2 million to build, involving dozens of diggers working by hand and with small electric tools. The military has known about the tunnels since at least 2003 and had a task force studying them for a year, but was nonetheless stunned at the sophisticated network they found.
Since October 8, 1997, the U.S. Department of Defense has listed Hamas as a terror organization. Why are we funding them?