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December 11, 2016 / 11 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Egypt’

Hamas Digger Electrocuted, Killed in Gaza Terror Tunnel

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

A Hamas digger was killed Sunday (Dec. 4) after being electrocuted while working in a terrorist tunnel, according to local reports.

The operative was killed in southern Gaza, in a tunnel originating east of the town of Khan Younis.

A number of local Arab media confirmed the report.

Searchers on Sunday also managed to retrieve the bodies of three of the four diggers who went missing after they were buried alive in a Gaza smuggling tunnel collapse beneath the southern border with Egypt last week. The fourth man is still missing.

The smuggler tunnel caved in near the Gaza border town of Rafah after being flooded by the Egyptian Army.

Hana Levi Julian

Egypt Destroyed 7 Gaza Smuggling Tunnels

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Egypt destroyed 7 Gaza smuggling tunnels in November, according to the Egyptian spokesperson’s office. The tunnels were destroyed by the Egyptian army, at least some through flooding.

Four Gazans were reported missing last week after Egypt flooded the smuggling tunnels. Two of their bodies were recovered today.

In a somewhat related story, the Sinai branch of ISIS captured 3 truckloads of cigarettes being smuggled into Gaza and destroyed them. ISIS / Daesh believes smoking is against Islam.

In contrast, Israel continues to allow humanitarian and commercial shipments through to Gaza from Israel.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Stunning World, UN Passes 6 Resolutions Confirming Everything Is Israel’s Fault

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted six resolutions on “Palestinian and Middle East issues,” ranging from Jerusalem to the United Nations special information program on the question of Palestine. The good news is that Israel still has a smattering of friends at the UN: Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, and the United States (and Israel, of course) voted against; Australia, Cameroon, Honduras, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Tonga, and Vanuatu abstained. The rest, 153 world nations that include places where you plan to spend your vacation this summer or buy your car, condemned Israel as being responsible for most of the ills of the planet, especially the Middle East.

For instance, Haya al-Duraie, representing Kuwait which in 1991 expelled 400,000 Palestinians into the desert, expressed support for international efforts that were laying the foundation for security and stability in the region. “However,” the ambassador warned, “the faltering peace process continues to present a danger to the Middle East.”

There you have it.

The UN press release on the assembly votes, includes a section dealing with the “Situation in the Middle East.” One would expect this section to deal with the 500,000 Syrians who died and millions who were uprooted in the past six years; with the war between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq; with Iran’s nuclear threat and its region-wide terrorism; with Egypt’s paralyzing poverty; perhaps with the discriminatory policies of Saudi Arabia. Alas, one would be wrong. According to the UN General Assembly, there are two main issues threatening stability and peace in the Middle East: Israel’s “occupation” of Jerusalem and Israel’s refusal to hand over the Golan Heights to the Assad Regime.

On Jerusalem, the draft resolution called for “respect for the historic status quo at the holy places of Jerusalem,” and in the spirit of respect referred to the focal area of contention only by its Arabic name, “Haram al-Sharif.” The Assembly reiterated its determination that any actions taken by Israel, “the occupying Power,” to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem “were illegal and therefore null and void and had no validity whatsoever” – note the double invalidation. It also called on Israel to “immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures” and stressed that “a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the question of the City of Jerusalem should take into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and Israeli sides.”

At least they called it “Jerusalem” and not Al Quds. One point for the home team.

In its resolution on the “Syrian Golan” the Assembly, in the middle of a raging war between the murderous Assad regime that slaughters its own citizens and ISIS and Al Qaeda affiliates who murder everyone else, demanded that “Israel withdraw from all the occupied territory to the line of 4 June 1967 and called on all parties concerned to exert the necessary efforts to ensure the resumption of the peace process.” It should be noted that this example of raging idiocy received only 103 votes in favor, to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 56 abstentions.

Pheew…

The Permanent Observer of Palestine – who could become the Palestinian Authority’s UN Envoy, should the Obama Administration pull a fast one (so far so good, though) – said the adoption of the six resolutions by an overwhelming majority of United Nations Member States was “a reflection of the longstanding international consensus in favor of achieving a just, lasting and peaceful solution to the question of Palestine,” and “a clear reaffirmation of the international community’s consensus on the two-State solution.”

He then added that “the despair and hopelessness of the Palestinian people is increasing as the fiftieth year of the illegal Israeli occupation approached.”

See you in fifty years?

The representative of Israel said the resolutions had not only failed to promote dialogue or build trust, they had also created an organizational infrastructure that had abused funding to allow anti-Israel activities to take place under the auspices of the United Nations.

She argued that supporting the resolutions and the inherent bias against Israel would not advance the cause of peace, but instead make peace harder to achieve. The “Special Information Program on the Question of Palestine” offers a misleading narrative of the region and circulates prejudiced materials under the banner of the United Nations, undermining the organization’s integrity and impartiality. It was baffling how the United Nations, which continued to face a severe budgetary deficit, had spent approximately $6.5 million a year on bodies that were dedicated solely to promoting the Palestinian narrative.

Loved the part about the resolutions “undermining the organization’s integrity and impartiality.” Who says Israeli diplomats have no sense of humor?

David Israel

Another Gaza Tunnel Collapse, More Missing Gazans

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Another Hamas smuggling tunnel has collapsed on its diggers, burying the workers alive in the process, the Saudi-based Al-Hadath network reported Tuesday.

The tunnel, located near Gaza’s border with Egypt, caved in three days ago, according to the report.

The Egyptian army has been pumping water from the Mediterranean Sea into underground smuggling tunnels connecting Sinai with Gaza, security officials and eye witnesses reported to media several months ago.

The Saudi report also alleged that collapse was caused by flooding in the tunnel by Egyptian military forces.

Four people remain missing after the collapse.

Hana Levi Julian

4.4-Magnitude Earthquake in Dahab Shook Up Eilat

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake that struck the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Dahab in the Sinai Peninsula Tuesday evening was felt as far north as the Israeli resort city of Eilat, at the tip of the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea.

No physical injuries were reported in either community.

The epicenter of the earthquake was marked eight kilometers west-northwest of Dahab, at a depth of 14.2 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Eilat is located 126 kilometers (78 miles) north-northeast of Dahab.

Four major tectonic plates (Arabia, Eurasia, India and Africa, as well as one smaller tectonic block (Anatolia) are responsible for the seismicity and tectonics in the Middle East region, according to the USGS.

Less than two weeks ago (Nov. 20), a 3.6-magnitude earthquake that struck Lebanon at around 1:30 am local time, also rocked residents in northern Israel as well.

The epicenter of that temblor was marked around 10 kilometers east of Tzur (Tyre) and west of Metulla.

Hana Levi Julian

The Tamar Yonah Show – Guess What’s Happening in Egypt! [audio]

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

How stable is Egypt, the largest populated Arab country today?

Plagued with assassination plots, ISIS, terror and poverty, will this country be able to keep the peace with Israel, and also maintain cordial relations with the West? Political analyst and Egyptian peace activist Ahmed Meligy gives us an inside look at Israel’s biggest neighbor. Follow Ahmed on his Facebook page here.

Plus: Should Israeli women be combatant soldiers? Tamar talks about this latest controversy.

Tamar Yonah Show 22Nov – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Rabbi Berland in Court: I Deserve Burning and Stoning for my Sins

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

The Jerusalem Magistrate Court on Tuesday convicted the leader of the Shuvu Banim (Return boys) movement, Rabbi Eliezer Berland, 79, of two counts of indecent assault and one count of assault and sentenced him to 18 months in prison. The conviction follows a plea agreement in which Berland admitted to some of the charges against him in return for a reduced sentence. The time Berland spent in a South African prison will be deducted from his sentence.

In addition, Berland will pay $6,467 in compensations to the women whose complained against him was cited in his indictment, and the same amount to another woman whose complaint was not included.

Before his sentencing, Berland expressed his remorse before the judge, saying that according to Torah law he deserved to be burned and stones for his sins, but “today the times have changed and the punishments have become lighter.” Judge Yaron Mintkevich said he would honor the plea deal, but had it been up to him, in light of the severity of Berland’s crimes, he would have sentenced him separately on every single one of them.

The prosecution cited Berland’s advanced age to justify his exceedingly light sentence.

Several women have reported that Rabbi Berland raped them, others complained of sexual harassment. In 2012, one of Berland’s students discovered him standing over a naked woman at home. Berland’s followers claimed the accusations had been made by the rabbi’s enemies.

Berland fled Israel once the first allegations had been made public, and sought temporary shelter in the US, Italy, Switzerland, and Morocco, where he stayed in Marrakech. In November 2013, Moroccan King Mohammed VI personally ordered Berland’s expulsion, following news report about the allegations against him.

He left for Cairo, Egypt, continued to Zimbabwe, then flew to Johannesburg, South Africa. He then returned to Zimbabwe, and became the spiritual leader of a synagogue in Khumalo. He was expelled after his visa had expired, and returned to Johannesburg.

Dutch police arrested Berland in September, as he was getting off a flight from Johannesburg to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, but he fled and eventually landed back in South Africa.

A few dozen of Berland’s followers demonstrated outside the court on Tuesday and when their leader was being led out of the courtroom they blocked traffic and refused to let the patrol car with him in it leave.

JNi.Media

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