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August 27, 2014 / 1 Elul, 5774
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Hamas ‘Experts’ Kill Foreign Journalist while Neutralizing Tank Shell

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Hamas terrorists accidentally killed at least four and maybe five of their own members and an Italian photo journalist Wednesday when they tried dismantling what apparently was an IDF artillery shell that did not explode.

The Italian civilian was reportedly working for several news agencies, including Associated Press, according to the Greek news service ANSA.

Several others, including a Gaza journalist and medics, were wounded in the blast around 11 a.m. in Beit Lahiya, located in northern Gaza.

The incident occurred in a civilian neighborhood, one of Hamas’ favorite areas for launching rockets and using human shields to attack Israel.

As tragic as the death of the journalist is, the sappers’ bungling parallels the terrorist organization’s military, diplomatic blunders in the war, not to mention its horrendous war crimes that have exposed Hams for what it is.

It remains to be seen if Hamas blames Israel for the death of a civilian because it failed to explode a bomb aimed at terrorists.

IDF Soldiers Killed in Booby-Trapped Former Medical Clinic in Gaza

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

UPDATE: Despite the report on both Channel 1 and from an IDF source, the JewishPress.com has been informed by a knowledgeable source that the booby-trapped building was in fact a former Red Cross clinic, and not an active UNRWA clinic as previously claimed. Our source informs us that while the building is not registered as a UNRWA facility, the IDF soldiers saw an UNRWA sign on the building identifying it as such, which raises the question, why was an UNRWA sign on a Hamas booby-trapped building.

We are investigating this further and will update readers when we have more information.

The remaining details of the report remain unchanged.

 

Once again UNRWA facilities have been used in terror attacks.

Three IDF soldiers died and 15 others were wounded Wednesday morning trying to safeguard an UNRWA clinic while destroying a terror tunnel in Gaza.

The only problem was that the clinic, which belonged to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) itself was the terror trap — a fact first reported by Amir Ben-Shalom of Israel’s Channel 1 television — and the tunnel was inside the clinic.

Staff Sgt. Matan Gotlib, 21, of Rishon Lezion, and Staff Sgt. Omer Chai, 21, of Savion paid the ultimate price along with one other comrade, whose name has yet to be released. Their passing brings the IDF death toll to 56 in Operation Protective Edge.

The elite Maglan unit had sent in sniffing dogs as a precaution, and a small robot to minimize damage to the clinic, located in Khan Younis, prior to detonating the charge that would destroy the tunnel whose entrance was found inside the building.

But explosives were rigged to the passage and they were detonated instead. The building collapsed on to the soldiers.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) facilities have become death traps in Gaza, with three of the agency’s schools proven to be weapons storage facilities for Hamas and allied terrorists.

Three UNRWA schools have been found housing rockets. In one school, UNRWA officials handed over the rockets to Hamas, and in the second school the rockets ‘disappeared’ (probably somewhere over Israel).

UNRWA officials allegedly did not tell an angry United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon where the collection of ordnance went.

The thing to consider is this - you can’t exactly dig out a tunnel, with its entrance inside a building without the people in the building noticing.

Three UNRWA schools storing rockets. A UNRWA medical clinic with a bomb-laden terror tunnel.

The United Nations has some serious answering to do.

Meanwhile, With IDF troops in Gaza fighting terrorists on all sides, soldiers returned fire towards the source of mortar fire midday Wednesday when their position was shelled in Khan Younis.

According to UNRWA, one of its schools was shelled, killing 15 and wounding 90.

Did the attack result from Israeli tank fire? The details aren’t clear.

But White House spokesperson Bernadette Meehan condemned the shelling and said the U.S. was “extremely concerned” that thousands of Palestinian Arabs are not safe in UN-designated shelters in Gaza.

Perhaps President Barack Obama should have a chat with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and suggest he talk with the head of UNRWA about how to prevent terrorists from infiltrating buildings under his care.

At least Meehan had the good sense to condemn “those responsible” for hiding weapons in UN facilities in Gaza. She said the current escalation shows the need for a cease fire as soon as possible.

Just to make the point, probably, Israel’s Security Cabinet actually did tell its forces to hold their fire for four hours in order to allow a humanitarian cease fire, from 3pm to 7pm Wednesday afternoon.

The score — from the Gaza side of course — was 26 rockets and missiles fired by terrorists at Israeli civilian communities, including two intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system directly over the cities of Ashkelon and Netivot.

Such statements from the White House demonstrate a disconnect from the reality in the region.

The fact is, Hamas deliberately operates behind its human shields in order to elicit exactly the kind of naive – or maybe not so naive – condemnations issued by the White House. That is why it plants all of its military installations in civilian structures; in private homes, in children’s playgrounds, in schools, parks, mosques, hospitals and cemeteries. Those all have been mapped out and shown to world leaders over and over again.
UNRWA is rapidly becoming a liability in the region, rather than the humanitarian aid organization it was intended to be.

One school might be used for storing missiles, possibly, without the knowledge of its administration. Two? Hmmm….

Three?? No way. That’s already a pattern of complicit approval, closing eyes in order to avoid having to deal with a problem that won’t go away. Or worse, a sign of fear that perhaps there’s a risk to lives (maybe their own?) from those who planted the missiles in the first place.

Booby-trapped clinic with a tunnel planted inside? Like I said — you can’t hide that kind of digging and construction from the people working there, day after day, night after night. It’s just not possible.

Israeli deputy foreign minister Tzachi HaNegbi told reporters Wednesday that Israel has plenty of evidence that Hamas is using UNRWA facilities – including its schools – for terrorist activities.

One would think that a tunnel entrance in an UNRWA clinic, booby-trapped, might be a bit of a wake-up call as well.

The deputy foreign minister also noted that three times UNRWA itself admitted the missiles were hidden in the schools. “Who knows how many were not found,” he pointed out, adding that they were given right back to the same terror organization that started the war in the first place by firing rockets at Israeli civilians. “Instead of blaming and condemning Israel, UNRWA should make a real effort to stop being manipulated and used by the terrorist organization,” he said.

So why is the Obama White House rapping Israel on the knuckles? What’s that all about?

Explosive device along Gaza Border

Friday, June 27th, 2014

An explosive device was detonated along the border with southern Gaza, lightly damaging an IDF military vehicle. No injuries were reported.

IDF tanks fired into Gaza in response, towards areas known to be used as terrorist lookouts.

Numerous rockets were launched at Israel from Gaza over the past week.

IDF Sappers Neutralize Bomb on Southern Border

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

IDF soldiers discovered a bomb on Wednesday at midday, planted along Israel’s southern border near the southern part of the Gaza security fence.

Sappers were called to deactivate the device, according to the IDF Spokesperson, who said the mission was carried out successfully.

“Thankfully no injuries,” the IDF Spokesperson tweeted in a post on the Twitter social networking site.

Hadasim School in Sharon Region Evacuated

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The Hadasim school in the Sharon region was evacuated late this morning after a suspicious item was spotted in the building.

Security and police forces were alerted and arrived immediately to check whether or not the object is a bomb.

Staff and students were quickly and quietly removed from the building and currently are waiting for further instructions. No further details were made available.

Anti-Terror Airport Squads Briefed on Tefillin and Matzah

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The Transportation Security Administration has made its employees aware the Jews with a kippa and praying with tefillin are not necessarily terrorists.

This good news should help Jews relax when praying at the airport or on the airplane during the Passover holiday.

This is no laughing matter.

When a Jewish teen put on his tefillin and prayed on board a US Airways four years ago, the crew panicked and aborted the flight from LaGuardia Airport, landing in Philadelphia amid unfounded fears of a terrorist bomb.

The tefillin’s two small Scripture-filled boxes were a bit strange to the nervous crew. After all, they could be explosives inside. Or maybe a collapsible Uzi.

And those straps! There are two straps hanging down from the tefillin that are put on the head, and there is a strap on one arm, so who knows? Someone who never saw tefillin in his life could run away with his imagination and suspect that the straps could be wires from an explosive device.

The plane landed, and the boy, a lot more scared than the crew, was met by police, the FBI and bomb-sniffing dogs

And he didn’t even get a chance to pray.

A similar incident the following year caused the pilots of an Alaska Airlines flight to lock down the cockpit and alert authorities because of three Orthodox Jews with tefillin on the flight from Mexico City to Los Angeles.

When the same thing happened on a flight in New Zealand, the country’s Race Relations Commissioner said the armed response was unfortunate and showed “an exaggerated fear of terrorism.”

So this time, TSA is prepared and instructing staffers that tefillin are not bombs, the kippa is not designed to hide a bomb, and matzah is not a bomb.

“Our workforce is aware of the unique items carried by individuals and religious practices individuals may engage in while traveling,” said a TSA statement. This may include reading of religious text or participating in prayer rituals. Observant travelers may be wearing a head covering, prayer shawl, and phylacteries — in Hebrew, kippa, tallit, and tefillin.”

The TSA has also informed baggage inspectors to be careful with matzah packages.

Perhaps they have explained to them that matzah is not suspicious cardboard. Hopefully, workers understand that they are not to be munching on any cookies made with leavened bread when checking matzah packages

“Some travelers will be carrying boxes of matzah, which are consumed as part of the Passover ritual. Matzah can be machine or handmade and are typically very thin and fragile, and break easily,

“Passengers traveling with religious items, including handmade matzah, may request a hand inspection by the TSO of the items at the security checkpoint.” TSO is the abbreviation for Transport Security Officer.

Agudath Israel of America, an umbrella group for Orthodox congregations, expressed its “profound thanks” for the notice, stating that the agency has been deeply sensitive to our community’s needs and concerns on this and many issues.”

But if a worker does accidentally break a matzah in half, who gets the Afikomen

(JTA contributed to this report.)

Below is the TV report of the tefillin-bomb scare four years ago.

U.S.: ‘T-Minus 2 Months to Nuclear Iran’

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

The United States has belatedly awakened to the fact that Tehran is ignoring its policies and moving ahead with nuclear development – as Israel predicted more than a decade ago.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday it would take Iran just two months to produce enough fissile material to produce a nuclear weapon of mass destruction.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made the same statement – in fact he warned it would take less time, unless actions were taken to slow or stop the process – in speeches to the United Nations in 2012 and in 2013.

Over the years, the Iranian nuclear program was hit with numerous mysterious problems that slowed down the process, including destructive viruses, assassinated nuclear physicists, and broken components, all of which were generally blamed on Israel.

Netanyahu’s predecessors in office have also warned the international community that Iran has been marching ahead with its nuclear development program. That has continued apace regardless of United Nations sanctions, diplomatic efforts, negotiations and any other attempts to slow down its drive to create nuclear weaponry.

This time as world powers gathered in Vienna to talk about working on a new agreement to slow down Iranian activity on its nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions, Kerry was warning American lawmakers that time is up.

The best the world can hope for is to get the Iranians to increase the “breakout” window from two months to half a year, maybe a year.

“I think it’s public knowledge today that we’re operating with a time period for a so-called breakout of about two months. Six months to 12 months is… I’m not saying that’s what we’d settle for, but even that is significantly more [time],” he said, according to Reuters.

Still, Kerry claimed Iran only has enough so far for “just one bomb’s worth, conceivably, of material, but without any necessary capacity to put it in anything, to deliver it, to have any mechanism to do so.”

However, a recent shipment of sophisticated missiles and a missile launcher sent by Iran to the Hezbollah terrorist organization in Syria proves that may not be the case. The missiles were of a new, advanced design built with a warhead capable of carrying a much heavier payload – possibly one that could carry nuclear material.

The trucks that were carrying the missiles and the launcher to a Hezbollah base were destroyed in an air strike that left four Hezbollah terrorists.

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