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November 28, 2015 / 16 Kislev, 5776
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Family of Ethiopian hostage Held by Hamas Blocked Gaza Crossing

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Approximately 20 relatives of Avraham Mengisto, an Israeli with a mental condition and who crossed into Gaza last year, blocked the Erez Crossing Thursday morning to try to raise awareness of his captivity.

Mengisto, who is of Ethiopian origin, crossed into Gaza on a Friday last September. Perhaps because of his color, soldiers who spotted him entering Gaza figured he was a Gaza Arab.

After troops arrived at the scene to double-check, they found a knapsack he left behind. Inside was a Bible, which made it obvious that an Israeli Jew now was in the hands of Hamas.

The family is frustrated by the lack of information concerning their relative’s continued captivity, assuming he still is alive,

The brother said this morning at Erez Crossing::

We respect freedom of travel for everyone, Palestinians and Israelis alike, and we…demand that Hamas free my brother immediately.

Hamas, of course, could not care less what Mengisto’s relatives say, and the family is concerned that the hostage is not receiving the necessary treatment for his mental condition.


Hamas ‘Tax’ Revenue from Israeli Imports: NIS 175,000,000

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Despite was what supposed to have been a complete disengagement from Gaza, and the Gazan’s direct border crossing with Egypt, Israel still remains the preferred, and sometimes the only choice for Gazans who want to import and export goods and merchandise.

And Hamas terrorists are making a tidy sum off that trade, according to a Makor Rishon report.

After Israel completely evacuated all the Jews from Gaza and Gush Katif in 2005, the Palestinian Authority took over. But in 2007, Hamas violently took over the Gaza strip, slaughtering their political opponents.

Since the terrorist organization’s coup Hamas has been the primary terror group in charge of the Gaza Strip.

Despite Hamas, civilian trade with Israel still continued.

In 2014, 61,000 trucks passed through the Kerem Shalom crossing from Israel to Gaza. That crossing is located in southern Gaza near Rafah. There is also trade that goes through the northern Erez crossing.

During Operation Protective Edge, over 130,000 tons of merchandise crossed into Gaza. 15% of Israeli fruit are exported to Gaza.

Gaza has also recently begun exporting produce to Judea and Samaria, and 40 trucks have already passed into Israel in the past few months.

This past week, Kibbutz Yad Mordechai held an agricultural conference in which farmers and distributors from Gaza participated – in Israel.

Gazan importers are looking for even lower prices than they get now, and during the conference it came out why.

Gazan importers must pay protection money to Hamas of between 50 to 100 shekels per ton, on products imported from Israel.

And that’s just to start off with.

In addition, each truck that passes into Gaza is charged a fee.

Canned goods and potatoes are charged an additional 1800 shekels per truck, trucks carrying coffee pay Hamas 2500 shekels per truck, and each truck transporting clothing into Israel pays 4000 shekels to Hamas.

It’s estimated that Hamas’s 2014 “tax” revenue from Israeli imports stands at 175 million shekels ($45 million dollars). You can build a lot of terror tunnels and rockets with that kind of money.

Hamas also takes a cut from the smuggling tunnels between Gaza and the Sinai.

The Gazans said that before the war this past summer their economic situation was difficult, but now everything is collapsing.

At the conference, the Gazans said they missed Gush Katif and working with the Jewish Settlers.

One Gazan at the conference said, “We worked there with the Jews [from Gush Katif] and everything was good.” He continued, “We’re still in contact with them, and dream of those bygone days. Now there is no hope. My children want candy, but there isn’t any money to buy them any. My son wants to get married. I look to the sky and pray, because I know that I can’t help them.”

One wouldn’t be wrong if you thought many Gazans want the IDF to kick Hamas out, and for the Jews come back home — to Gush Katif.

Sister of Hamas Official Moussa Abu Marzouk Receiving Care in Israel

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

There are enemies, and then there’s that stubborn Jewish heart that always hopes.

Hope usually rules at the Erez crossing, where Gaza Arabs are allowed to enter Israel from Gaza for special medical care.

Journalists were told Monday that the sister of deputy Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk has been one of those crossing through in recent days.

Halamiya Shecata, age 60, is currently in critical condition at an Israeli hospital where she has been treated several times before for her cancer, military sources said.

For years, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has allowed Palestinian Authority Arabs from Gaza, Judea and Samaria to enter Israel for humanitarian and medical reasons. Each week a list of those with special needs is approved after review of each individual case.

Family connections do not apply, claims the COGAT in speaking with media.

Perhaps, but a rocket launch by Gaza terrorists that sent the projectile flying into the Eshkol Regional Council district Friday night prompted the IDF to close Erez and the Kerem Shalom crossing “until further notice.”

Moussa Abu Marzouk slammed the move on Sunday, accusing Israel of violating a cease-fire that ended this summer’s 50-day counter terror Operation Protective Edge.

Marzouk, who was educated at two American universities, knew enough not to mention the numerous rocket launches since late August that fell short — in Gaza or in the Mediterranean — and preceded Friday night’s landing in Eshkol.

He also adroitly avoided reminding the reporters that Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital recently treated the daughter of Hamas de facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. The Gaza ruler’s mother-in-law was also treated in Israel — at a Jerusalem hospital – this past June.

Hope springeth eternal in the Jewish heart that perhaps enough compassion will someday heal the rage. Not likely — but it’s always worth a shot (forgive the pun.)

This Was No Accident…

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The photo above is of one of the three Israeli-Arab men who were transported to Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon on Sunday.

The Israeli-Arab men were at the Erez Crossing along the Gaza border when they came under a Hamas mortar barrage.

It’s not incidental that I point out that the three men who were injured are Israeli Arabs, and members of the same family too.

Because it’s not coincidental that they were all at the Erez Crossing when it came under fire.

The men were there to pick up and transfer their injured relatives from Gaza, and bring them into Israel for medical treatment.

Hamas knows what goes in and out at Erez, and Hamas knew these Gazans would be crossing at that time at the Erez junction, and Hamas knew they were going to be picked up by their relatives.

So when Hamas opened fire at the Erez crossing, Hamas was purposely targeting their own citizens they knew would be there, and openly vulnerable to the attack.

The Israeli-Arabs who were injured today, were injured by Hamas who had purposely targeted them, just as Hamas had previously turned their Gazan relatives into human sandbags, to be injured or killed in the battle with Israel.

I don’t know how to state it more clearly, that an enemy like Hamas can not be negotiated with. It can only, and should only, be eradicated.

Rocket Launched at Jerusalem, Fired From Gaza Schools Compound

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Rockets launched at Jerusalem on Sunday, Aug. 24, were “fired from a compound of three schools in Shejaiya” a neighborhood in Gaza, confirmed the IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner.

In response to the terrorists’ launch, the Israel Defense Force targeted the site and achieved a successful hit. The incoming rockets towards Jerusalem were intercepted by Israel’s missile defense system.

It appears the IDF has finally hit upon an effective way of communicating so that it is not always in a defensive role of after-the-fact explaining why it struck a particular target in an area in which civilians either reside or are sheltered, as has happened so many times during this and other conflicts. To wit: they immediately explain the basis for a particular site being targeted.

Now, when Said Arikat of Al Quds newspaper demands the State Department Spokesperson condemn Israel for targeting schools at tomorrow’s State Department press briefing, at least the information is already available as to why that site was struck. It may not deter Arikat or other pathological denouncers of Israel, but at least those willing to seek the facts will have them readily available.


More than 140 rockets or mortars were fired on Israel from Gaza on Sunday. The ones reaching near Jerusalem were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense missile system, near the city’s northern suburbs of abu Ghosh and Beit Shemesh.

One rocket fired from Gaza on Sunday landed in central Tel Aviv. No injuries or damage was reported.

One location at which Gazan rockets did result in injuries and damage was at the Erez Crossing between Israel and Gaza. Three people were injured from that mortar, two seriously. The assault resulted in the Crossing being closed.  Keep that in mind when you hear about the audacity of Israel in preventing the free flow of goods into Gaza.

Parked Cars Damaged by Rockets at Erez Border Crossing

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Cars parked at the Erez border crossing were hit Wednesday in a rocket attack launched by Gaza terrorists.

Eight cars were damaged by shrapnel that flew from the exploding rockets fired at the crossing by Hamas terrorists.

Erez is used by Gaza residents to enter Israel for specialized treatment at hospitals where they access care that is unavailable to them anywhere else. It is also used by international aid workers to enter Gaza.

Firefighters were forced to work quickly to avoid being hit by rocket fire, while trying to prevent spilled gasoline from igniting causing a conflagration at the scene.

Israeli, 37, First Casualty of Operation Protective Edge

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The first person to die in Operation Protective Edge was a civilian, not a soldier, and gave up his life to distribute food to those fighting for others.

The family has asked that his name not be released, even though it was already widely publicized.

The man, a 37-year-old resident of Beit Aryeh, and was handing out food to soldiers at an IDF base near the Erez crossing with Gaza when Hamas terrorists launched a mortar attack.

The man, who has also volunteered for Chabad in his community, was caught in the shelling and didn’t make it to shelter in time. His body was riddled with shrapnel; he was pronounced dead at Barzilai Hospital in nearby Ashkelon.

A second man, age 44, was also wounded in the attack. He too was distributing food at the time but had not yet left the car when the shelling began. Hospital officials told an interviewer on Israeli Army Radio that he suffered shrapnel wounds to the face but was listed in good condition.

More than 100 rockets, missiles and mortar shells were fired at Israel from Gaza by 9pm on Tuesday alone. At least four exploded in residential areas and 10 others were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/dror-chanin-37-first-casualty-of-operation-protective-edge/2014/07/15/

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