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This Ongoing War
Three people were killed Thursday morning, November 15 2012, when a Grad rocket hit an apartment building in Kiryat Malachi.
 

Posted on: November 15th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

From personal messages received from family and friends, and from scanning the online sources - here are the rocket attacks, just in one hour this morning.

Leaflet calling on Gazan civilians to "avoid being present in the vicinity of Hamas operatives."
 

Posted on: November 15th, 2012

News & Views

As massive as the fighting is, the count of dead on the Palestinian Arab side has three, perhaps two, civilians. Let's hope the effectiveness of the Israeli fighters continues at that exemplary level.

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Posted on: November 14th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

In a small effort to correct that distortion, here is a status report from the Gaza NGO Safety Office.

The wreckage caused by a grad missile in Netivot November 12 2012.
 

Posted on: November 12th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

For hundreds of thousands of Israelis living in the south, yesterday was tumultuous in the worst way. Unstemmed rocket attacks have been conducted by one or another of the terrorist groups based in Hamas-controlled Gaza at all hours of the day and night. While it's tempting to look at the absence of deaths on the Israeli side, the reality is any one of these rockets and mortars can easily have exacted the heaviest of prices. It's our great fortune that this did not happen today.

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Posted on: November 11th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

This picture has criss-crossed the blogosphere and Twitter network like crazy last night. It pretends to be an image of children who, along with the man lying on a stretcher next to them, were allegedly targeted today by Israel's forces for being terrorists. In reality, the picture is four years old. It has nothing to do with anything that happened in Gaza last night.

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Man wounded in Gaza explosion
 

Posted on: November 8th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

Since we believe Palestinian Arab casualties that result from Palestinian Arab mis-handling or misfiring of Palestinian Arab explosives, guns, rockets, mortars and the like almost never get reported in the mainstream news media, we will be watching to see how much coverage this incident below gets. It appears at this moment on a Bethlehem-based (and somewhat Hamas-hostile) Palestinian news site.

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Israeli Police sapper inspecting a mortar shell fired from Gaza Strip in Eshkol Regional Council earlier this year.
 

Posted on: November 6th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

Not that anyone is paying attention, but this morning a rocket was fired on the Eshkol Region, yet another rocket attack from Gaza.

sinai bedouins
 

Posted on: November 5th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

Recently, we wrote here about the great landmass on Israel's southwestern border that "given its physical proximity to Israel, Sinai is not only an Egyptian challenge. That it gets such a small degree of media attention is a puzzle." Since then, there has been a new set of Sinai developments to absorb

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Posted on: November 4th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

Those of us who live in countries where freedom of opinion, of worship, of political viewpoint and the right to express ourselves as we wish are core values tend to lose sight of life is like where those values don't exist. In the towns ruled by the Palestinian Authority, for instance.

U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish and the Holy Land Five: Ghassan Elashi, co-founder and board chairman; Shukri Abu-Baker, president and CEO; Mohammad El-Mezain, co-founder and California HLF office representative; Mufid Abdulqader, volunteer fundraiser and Abdulrahman Odeh, New Jersey office HLF representative.
 

Posted on: October 31st, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

Lingering doubts that remained about the criminality of the organization frequently called the United States' "largest Islamic charity" [NY Times] ended on Monday. That's when the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that it would not overturn an earlier appeal that went against five officials from Holy Land Foundation convicted of illegally funneling millions of dollars to Hamas. That appears to be the final legal avenue open to the convicted men and concludes the case.

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Posted on: October 30th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

A striking photo essay from EgyptSource focuses on the stark realities of Sinai and the multiple challenges it poses to the Egyptians. EgyptSource, a project of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East "follows Egypt’s transition and provides a platform for Egyptian perspectives on the major issues – economic, political, legal, religious and human rights – that are at stake in the post-Mubarak era..."

An Israeli policeman examines a Kassam rocket that was fired by Arab terrorists from Gaza and landed in the southern town of Sderot.
 

Posted on: October 29th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

It's just after ten in the morning here on a bright, warm Autumn morning. A delightful, breezy day. Unless you are very determined, and even if you feel very connected to events, it's near impossible to get a meaningful sense of the sheer terror of living within range of the rocket men of Gaza. The thugs of the Hamas-dominated enclave are armed to the teeth with a rocket arsenal that numbers in the tens of thousands... and growing.

hezollah
 

Posted on: October 23rd, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

Hezbollah, by most calculations, is the military force that has the largest deployment of weapons pointed at Israel today. It's Iran's proxy, and is funded and armed by Iran and also by Syria. In much of the Arab and Moslem world, it has long been called a resistance movement [see this Asia Times analysis from 2006]. Among Western countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada and of course Israel, it's been classified as a terrorist organization for years and remains so.

Prof. Cyril Karabus
 

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

It's a news story that directly affects just one man, but the implications of what is being done to Prof. Cyril Karabus are horrific, and of particular note to air travelers planning to fly Qantas at some future time. Recently, Karabus has been released on bail, but cannot leave the UAE as his passport has been confiscated.

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Terrorist Hanadi Jaradat
 

Posted on: October 21st, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

One of the world's respected associations of lawyers has just made a special award in honor of one of its deceased members. Her career was not long. But it was not the quality of her legal work that earned her the award. She received it for killing 21 civilians and injuring 50 in a Haifa restaurant. The award about which we are writing was presented in the form of a plaque to the family of Hanadi Jaradat, formerly from Jenin in the Palestinian Authority territory, "on the sweet anniversary of her martyrdom."

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Newly released Palestinian prisoners are welcomed in the town of Ramallah, Dec. 18, 2011.
 

Posted on: October 18th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 18, marks one year since the Shalit deal when Israel received back the kidnapped hostage soldier, Gilad Shalit, and freed more than a thousand convicted terrorists, many of them killers of Israeli civilians. Yediot Aharonot carried a report today that is translated to English and excerpted below. It reveals some aspects of the transaction that, as far as we can tell, have gotten little to no coverage in other parts of the Israeli media.

Current United Arab Emirates president Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler of Abu Dhabi (L) and his late father, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
 

Posted on: October 16th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

The United Arab Emirates huge airline, Emirates, has just done a deal with Qantas to essentially take over the Australian airline's steering wheel. With the Australian government blessing the deal a few days ago, it looks like full steam ahead. And according to a recent UAE business news website, the Flying Kangaroo is already thoroughly and irretrievably locked in. So it appears Australians headed for Europe on the nation's flag-carrier will be traveling through the Dubai airport henceforth, instead of via gorgeous Singapore and its magnificent Changi Airport. The reasons are all about business, money and saving Qantas.

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Posted on: October 15th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

There was not that much doubt, when reports of Israel bringing down an unidentified drone over the southern Hebron Hills first appeared a week ago, that the spy plane originated with Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah.

l18
 

Posted on: October 14th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

Today marks ten years since jihadist terrorists carried out a ghastly bombing attack on night club spots on the Indonesian island of Bali. The Kuta Beach massacre was the deadliest act of terrorism in the history of Indonesia: 202 people were killed that night. 164 were foreign nationals, 38 were Indonesian citizens. 209 people were injured. Almost immediately after it happened on 12th October 2002, the then editorial team at the Melbourne (Australia) Herald-Sun newspaper contacted Arnold Roth.

blood Libel
 

Posted on: October 11th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

Ignore for the moment the rank racism, the poor spelling, the absence of any basis for the wild and irresponsible allegations...

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