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Hamas Urges Intifada After Duma Father Succumbs to Burns

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization urged Palestinian Authority Arabs to attack Israelis throughout Judea and Samaria after the death of Sa’ad Dawabsheh, 32, at Be’er Sheva’s Soroka Medical Center on Saturday.

Dawabsheh died of extensive burn wounds he suffered a week ago when his home was firebombed in a terror attack on the PA Arab village of Duma, near Shechem. In the conflagration, Dawabsheh’s 18-month-old son Ali was killed immediately. His four-year-old son Ahmed and wife Riham both survived. They are suffering serious burns and remain hospitalized at Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv.

Hebrew graffiti that included the word “Revenge,” a slogan about the messiah and a Jewish star were found at the scene, leading to suspicions the terrorists may have been Jewish. However, the wording of the graffiti and elements in the writing have given rise to speculation about the identity of the terrorists, who have yet to be tracked down despite a wide security force committed to the effort.

The funeral procession for Dawabsheh, meanwhile, was conducted Saturday from a hospital in Shechem in the direction of Duma under the watchful eye of IDF soldiers, who were deployed all along the route to ensure there would be no violence.

Hamas issued a region-wide call to the Palestinian Authority population to participate in the funeral.

“The burning of this family is a turning point that will launch the start of the third intifada against the occupier in Judea and Samaria,” proclaimed a statement by the terrorist organization.

Dawabsheh’s death “demonstrates the enormity of the Zionists’ crime against this family, the result being that resistance in [Judea and Samaria] has become an obligation and a means of self-defense,” Hamas spokesperson Husma Badran said.

“The murderous settlers will not be deterred unless we initiate attacks – do not wait for them to arrive in our villages and towns,” he urged.

“We have no other option but for a general confrontation with the occupation, without waiting for a decision or the granting of permission from anyone,” he said.

Meanwhile, little Ahmed Dawabsheh is slowly improving, according to a report broadcast on state-run Israel Radio. The little boy has opened his eyes and is beginning to respond to his surroundings, hospital officials said.

Qassam ‘Code Red’ Rocket Alert Another ‘False Alarm’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

It was another case of “just testing, people, go back to your daily routine.”

A Code Red rocket alert siren activated in Or Haner and Erez, two communities in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district near Gaza at 4:43 pm Tuesday afternoon. Once again, IDF officials claimed the rocket alert was a “false alarm.”

A similar incident occurred two days ago, when several sirens activated in the upper and lower Galilee and in the Golan Heights. All of those rocket alerts were deemed “false alarms” as well.

Tuesday’s siren activated barely two hours after U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry announced the signing of an historic nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran.

As it does every time, the siren sent thousands of families in southern Israel racing for safe spaces.

Residents of the area in which the siren sounds have a window of just 15 seconds within which to find shelter before a rocket, missile or mortar shell could land and explode.

False alarm or not, families must grab their children and make a run for safety because there’s no room for second chances when it involves lethal missile attacks aimed directly at residential areas.

Rockets fired from Gaza are usually provided by Iran. The Hamas terrorist organization that rules the enclave is also equipped, trained and generously funded by Tehran as well.

Millions of Iranians Chant ‘Down with America’ and ‘Death to Israel’

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Millions of Iranians took to the streets through the Islamic Republic Friday to celebrate “International Quds Day” and express support for the “oppressed Palestinian nation,” the regime’s PRESS TV reported.

Celebrants burned American and Israeli flags in Tehran, and festivities took place in nearly 800 other locations. PRESS TV also reported that “millions of people in other countries are also marking the occasion by turning out en masse to vent their anger at the Israeli regime.”

Saudi Arabia, which is aligned with Israel in its fierce opposition to a “bad deal” with Iran and which is at war with Iranian-backed Houthi forces in Yemen, was added to the list of the “bad guys” in this year’s Al Quds day festivities.

It is pure speculation and guesswork whether or not the United States and the other P5+1 powers will sign an agreement with Iran, but it is a safe bet that there is no chance it would be signed today when millions of Iranians are screaming “Down with America.”

No matter what comes out of the talks, Iran will claim a victory, and “Down with America” will be chanted

Analysis: ISIS Will Go Down to Defeat in Egypt

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015


The Islamic State (ISIS) finally is going to be brought its knees in its attempt to take use the Sinai as a step to expand its terrorist empire to include Gaza, Egypt and even Israel.

The war in the Sinai is not over, but the ISIS attacks on Egyptian army checkpoints and police stations Wednesday were met with a fierce response that eventually will show the world that the Islamic State cannot succeed where a country is unified. ISIS, like Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaeda and other terrorist networks, survive on anarchy.

Wherever there is a power vacuum, the terrorists can step in, bankroll schools and welfare program, and take over the area business infrastructure to control the economy and government.

That is what Hezbollah did in southern Lebanon and Hamas did in Gaza.

ISIS also is succeeding in Libya, a semi-anarchic state since the fall of Muammar Qaddafi.

It has frightened the world by beheading men, women and children, and it has recruited butcher knife-wielding agents in Western countries

But beheading victim does not mean it can take over a country unless it totally demoralizes its citizens into surrender.

The ISIS is not invincible, and its incursion into Egypt will prove it.

Egypt, unlike Iraq and Syria, is bordered by open waters on two sides, the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Red Sea to the east. The Sinai Peninsula’s tiny land border to the northeast is with Israel, where Cairo has no fear of ISIS terrorists infiltrating the country

That leaves only Libya to the east and Sudan to the south, and both of them indeed are dangerous sources of jihadists and weapons.

But Egypt has one other factor running in its favor, and that is a fierce nationalism that worship and despite its dictators but always survives them by finding another.

ISIS was able to exploit a civil war in Syria and a total breakdown of sanity in Iraq to gain power.

Egypt is a different story. The country was divided between secularist and Islamists after the fall of Mubarak, but with only two sides fighting each other, the victor took the spoils. The Muslim Brotherhood swept into power, and then fell a year later, succeeded by a military regime until an election placed General Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in power last year.

The Sinai Peninsula is prime territory for ISIS. It is steeped in anarchy, neglected by Cairo for years, and its Bedouin tribes have carved out their own little fiefdoms.

Hamas and other terrorist organizations have exploited the vacuum of power over the past several years to carry out attacks in the Red Sea resort area and more recently on the army, but they always have been hit-and-run operations.

Geography and demography in the Sinai make it a wrong choice for ISIS. The Sinai is a desert. There are no major cities except for the Red Sea resort of El-Arish. The Egyptian air force Wednesday had no trouble in carrying out massive bombing raids on jihadist positions.

There was no worry of killing hundreds or even dozens of civilians, if there is such a creation in the criminal and terror-infested Sinai.

ISIS organized in the Sinai with the help of foreign intelligence, according to Egyptian military officials. It had no trouble smuggling weapons by sea from Sudan or from Gaza, but it would take a massive undercover infiltration outside of the Sinai and closer to Cairo for ISIS to be able to undermine the Egyptian regime.

Al-Sisi Wednesday night pre-empted a subversive Muslim Brotherhood-ISIS underground by approving drastic measures to expedite judicial proceedings against jihadists and their fund-raisers, with the death penalty hanging over their heads.

ISIS Vows to Conquer Gaza, Israel & Palestinian Authority

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

It had to happen sometime.

ISIS (Da’esh in Arabic) – not satisfied with the way Hamas terrorists have governed the Gaza region – has decided to seize control of the enclave itself.

And the terrorist organization says it does not plan to stop there, either — the group apparently issued a video statement Tuesday warning of its intent to conquer the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority as well, according to the Reuters news agency.

The video has been removed from the Internet, however.

“We will uproot the state of the Jews and you and Fatah, and all of the secularists are nothing and you will be overrun by our creeping multitudes,” a masked member of the terror group proclaimed in a message addressed to the “tyrants of Hamas,” according to Reuters.

“The rule of Shari’a (Islamic Law) will be implemented in Gaza in spite of you,” he went on. “We swear that what is happening in the Levant today, and in particular the Yarmouk camp (the Palestinian settlement in Damascus), will happen in Gaza.”

All of the above was quoted from the video released by ISIS in Syria this week. But it won’t be seen by the general public, since the video effectively no longer exists.

What is clear, however, is the growing power struggle taking place between Sunni Muslim Hamas — spawned by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood based in Egypt — and the more extreme Salafi Muslims in Gaza. Since ISIS entered the enclave, that struggle has become increasingly complex. The two groups tend to cooperate on terror attacks against Israel, but disagree vehemently on how tightly to draw the reins of religious stringency around the necks of their people.

On Tuesday, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz accused Hamas of working together with members of an ISIS terror group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, based in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. The group, once affiliated with Al Qaeda, last year switched its allegiance to ISIS instead.

Hamas may have no choice if it wants to survive: In February 2014, the Mujahedeen Shura council in the Environs of Jerusalem issued a statement asserting their committment to “helping ISIS and bolstering its ranks.” Soon after, a video was uploaded to the Internet on social networking sites, showing Al Qaeda-linked Salafi jihadists meeting in Gaza to offer support and pledge allegiance to ISIS.

According to the Al-Monitor who interviewed someone who appeared in the footage, the video was shot in Gaza by “young men primarily driven by emotions to come to the aid of our brothers in Syria.”

“There is cooperation between [Hamas and ISIS] on weapons smuggling and terror attacks,” Katz told participants at a conference organized by the Israel Defense journal in Tel Aviv. “The Egyptians and Saudis both know this. At the same time – within Gaza – Da’esh has been defying Hamas. But the two fight a common cause against the Jews, whether they be in Israel or overseas.”

Hamas maintained a foreign outpost in Damascus until several years ago, when it was ousted from its base by President Bashar al-Assad. Currently Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal is comfortably ensconsed in new quarters in Turkey, courtesy of Muslim Brotherhood supporter President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, co-founder and leader of the country’s pro-Islamist AK Party.

US Churches to Vote on BDS Moves Against Israel, Affecting Millions

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Three U.S. churches are voting on resolutions to divest from firms with connections to Israel and support a boycott of the Jewish State.

The votes on the pro-Palestinian Authority resolutions are taking place today (Tuesday, June 30) at the general convention of the Episcopal Church and the Cleveland synod of the United Church of Christ, both to be held in Salt Lake City.

On Wednesday, a similar resolution is to be considered at the meeting of the Mennonites in Kansas City, Missouri.

The three churches represent millions of members in the United States, but the votes taken this week may also affect decisions of churches elsewhere around the world as well.

A year ago, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA voted 310-303 to divest from US firms (Caterpillar, Motorola and Hewlett-Packard) which they complained profit from Israel’s “occupation” of the West Bank. The vote affected some two million members.

An amendment to reinvest the funds in Israeli companies seeking “peaceful solutions” was also rejected. The previous day, the Church also rejected a proposal to send Church leaders to Israel to examine conditions for themselves and present their complaints in person to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Earlier in 2014, the United Methodist Church divested from G4S, a British-Danish firm providing security services to Israeli prisons in which Palestinian Authority terrorists are held.

The anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, however is actually a thinly-disguised new form of anti-Semitism that has been making its way around the United States for more than a decade.  On U.S. college campuses, it has led to violence against Jewish students as well.

The movement has been particularly effective in the United Kingdom.

A statement on the BDS website describes its campaign against the iconic British Marks & Spencer chain.

“Historically, Marks & Spencer has made statements in support of Zionism,” said a statement on the site. “Lord Sieff, chairman and founder of M&S who died in 2001, made several statements in support of Israel’s military policies. In 1941, Sieff said that “large sections of the Arab population of Palestine should be transplanted to Iraq and other Middle-Eastern Arab States.” (Jewish Chronicle, 21/09/1941) Sieff, in a book entitled On Management: The Marks and Spencer Way, wrote that one of the fundamental objectives of M&S was to ‘aid the economic development of Israel.’”

The statement on the site goes on to cite the history of the chain’s support for Israel – and the effectiveness of the BDS campaign in ceasing that support.

“In 2008, the store wrote: ‘We do not buy products from the West Bank, Golan Heights or Gaza as we cannot safely visit the suppliers in these areas because of the current security situation.” It seems probable that the move to cease selling settlement products was, in fact, due to effective campaigning, protests and fear of adverse press coverage.'”

As a matter of fact, on a recent visit to London, JewishPress.com was told explicitly by a store clerk at Marks & Spencer that the chain carries “no kosher items whatsoever,” be they Israeli or locally produced and supervised.

It appears that the BDS movement against Israel has been shamefully successful in extending its anti-Semitism even in a chain once was owned by a pro-Israel Jewish family.

Moreover, no local kosher supervision was found on products in any major supermarket chains, or even smaller stores (save for one) in most London neighborhoods other than the specifically Jewish areas of Stamford Hill or Golders Green.

The British government has decided it must legally allow a neo-Nazi group to hold an anti-Semitic march in Golders Green this upcoming Sabbath, July 4. The group, led by self-described fascist Joshua Bonehill, is vowing to burn an Israeli flag and a Jewish holy book at its rally in the heart of the Jewish neighborhood that day.

Pro-Israel Rally at UNHRC in Geneva

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Some 1,000 demonstrators attended a rally Monday at the Place des Nations in Geneva to express their support for the State of Israel as the United Nations Human Rights Council held its debate on Israel and the Schabes Report on last summer’s counter terror operation in Gaza.

Members and supporters of more than 80 NGOs, including many Jews and Christians, travelled to the Swiss city to express their support for the Jewish state and to urge the U.N. to treat Israel fairly.

“The reason we are here today is to tell the United Nations that it needs to change. It needs to overcome its obsession with Israel,” said World Jewish Congress (WJC) CEO Robert Singer. “This obsession is destructive and it stands in the way of an effective human rights policy that is so badly needed.”

Singer insisted that Israel had a right to defend itself against Hamas. “Gaza is still an occupied territory, but the occupier is not Israel. It’s a terrorist movement called Hamas. Blaming Israel for every woe has become a sport. Not just here at the U.N., but here especially.”

A resident of Gaza Belt community Kibbutz Aza, located just a kilometer away from the southern border (less than a mile), Ofir Libstein also traveled to Geneva to attend the rally. Libstein said, “My four little sons were born into a 15-second reality – the time between the rocket alert and the explosion. By the time they turned two, we had already trained them to run for cover.

“Nitzan, my 11-year-old, was waiting for his soccer training to begin when a rocket attack started. Ever since, he has not been able to sleep by himself. Every alert and every explosion makes him relive the attack.”

Another resident of the area, Adele Raemer of Kibbutz Nirim, described how residents of the kibbutz were nearly murdered last year when terrorists emerged from an attack tunnel.

“I am disappointed by the tone at times of the Human Rights Council, which insinuates that Israel does not demand accountability from her army. I know that in the process of protecting my community, our soldiers have put their lives at risk to save innocent Palestinian lives, aborting vital missions when non-combatant Palestinians were in harm’s way. We all need to be able to raise the next generation to respect our neighbors, not fear them,” she added. This is clearly not a conflict that can be resolved by weapons. It can only be resolved by courageous leaders and diplomacy.”

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