Palestine Unbound Test

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 23:44 -- driley


August 21, 2014 –Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference on 6 August 2014 cited the Journal of Palestine Studies as the authoritative source documenting the claim that Hamas puts children to work in “terror” tunnels, sending them to their death. This naked fabrication has been repeated by numerous pro-Israeli media outlets, starting initially with a July 2014 article in the Anglo-Jewish Tablet Magazine and subsequent articles in the Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel and the Huffington Post.


In question is a summer 2012 JPS article by Nicholas Pelham entitled “Gaza's Tunnel Phenomenon: The Unintended Dynamics of Israel's Siege.” Pelham is a respected British journalist who has written on Gaza and broader Arab affairs for outlets such as the Economist and New York Review of Books for nearly a decade. The tunnels referred to in his article were the commercial tunnels to Egypt that were Gaza’s response to Israel’s imposition of a draconian blockade that drastically rations almost all goods entering the territory, from construction materials, gasoline, and medicines down to such items as pasta. 

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