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September 17, 2014 / 22 Elul, 5774
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Gazan’s Growing Angry at Hamas

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Gazans are beginning to voice their displeasure at Hamas for not stopping the war against Israel earlier, thus causing needless destruction and death in Gaza, according to a Makor Rishon report. But they are doing it carefully, so that Hamas doesn’t execute them too, as it did others who complained.

Gazans are upset that Hamas placed and fired rockets near their homes, causing their homes to be destroyed by the IDF, while those same rockets did minimal to no damage to Israel in return.

Hamaas could have accepted the cease fire when there were only 200 Gazans dead, one Gazan complained, but instead chose to continue to attack Israel, raising the number of dead to almost 2000.

Gazan sources are saying that Egypt plans to allow 5000 PA security forces into Gaza as part of the rehabilitation of Gaza and to handle the border crossings as well.

But some Gazans believe those same PA security forces may also be meant to help Gaza’s citizens resist and ultimately collapse Hamas.

The last time there were PA forces in Gaza was in 2007, when Hamas slaughtered the rival Fatah members, threw their bodies off rooftops, and just generally dismembered them as part of Hamas’s takeover of the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, Qatar wants to transfer millions of dollars directly to Hamas.

Israel for its part won’t allow Qatari money to be delivered directly to Hamas, but rather it will go through a third party, be it a different Arab state such as Jordan or Egypt, or an international body.

One thing to watch with interest, is the possibly upcoming Palestinian Authority elections sometime within a year.

That’s where we’ll really see if the Gazans are actually upset with Hamas, or if it’s all talk.

Within the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria, Hamas is rapidly growing in popularity.

The Moral Psychosis Of Demonstrating In Support Of Hamas

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

As an example of what the insightful commentator Melanie Phillips referred to as a “dialogue of the demented” in her book The World Turned Upside Down, once Israel launched Operation Protective Edge last month, the streets of American and European cities were crammed with activists intent on expressing their collective indignation for Israel’s perceived crime of defending its citizens against the genocidal “thugocracy” of Hamas.

Rowdy and sometimes violent demonstrations have taken place in Berlin, Paris, Toronto, London, and Madrid, where blatantly anti-Semitic chants could be heard, with similar events taking place in such U.S. cities as Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

Joining with Muslim supporters of those wishing to destroy Israel and murder Jews were the usual suspects: “peace activists,” Israel-haters, social justice advocates, and labor unionists who decried Israel’s “genocide” against Gaza as well as the alleged militarism, oppression, imperialism, and brutality imbued in Zionism itself.

What was particularly revealing, and chilling, about the hate-filled rallies was the virulence of the chants and messages on the placards, much of it seeming to suggest that more sinister hatreds and feelings – over and above concern for the current military operations – were simmering slightly below the surface. Several of the morally self-righteous protestors, for instance, shrieked out, to the accompaniment of drumbeats, “Long live Intifada,” a grotesque and murderous reference to the Second Intifada, during which Arab terrorists murdered some 1,000 Israelis and wounded more than 14,000 others.

That pro-Palestinian student activists, those who purport to be motivated by a desire to bring “justice” to the Middle East, could publicly call for the renewed slaughter of Jews in the name of Palestinian self-determination demonstrates quite clearly how ideologically debased the human rights movement has become. Activists on and off U.S. campuses, who never have to face a physical threat more serious than getting jostled while waiting in line for a latte at Starbucks, are quick to deny the very real existential threats facing Israel and denounce Israeli counter-measures to thwart terrorism.

Another deadly chorus emanated from protestors during the rally: “When people are occupied, resistance is justified.” That is an oft-repeated but disingenuous and false notion that stateless terrorists have some recognized human right to murder civilians whose government has purportedly occupied their territory. That is clearly not any longer the case in Gaza, where every Jew was removed in 2005 – and while there is a blockade in effect to prevent the influx of weapons, there clearly is no occupation or, as commonly referred to, a “siege.”

It may be comforting for Israel’s ideological foes to rationalize the murder of Jews by claiming some international right to do it with impunity and a sense of righteousness. Unfortunately, however, as legal experts have pointed out, the rally participants and their terror-appeasing apologists elsewhere are completely wrong about the legitimacy of murder as part of “resistance” to an occupying force. Article IV of the Third Geneva Convention, the statute which defines combatants and legitimate targets in warfare, is very specific about who may kill and who may be killed, and it does not allow for the murder of either Israeli civilians or soldiers by Palestinian suicide bombers who wear no identifying military uniforms and do not follow the accepted rules of war.

So when pro-Palestinian activists and critics of Israel repeat the claim that Palestinians somehow have an internationally recognized legal “right” to resist occupation through violent means, they are both legitimizing that terror and helping to insure that its lethal use by Israel’s enemies will continue unabated.

These fatuous, morally self-righteous activists, many of whom are from the hard left or the pro-Islamic right, are, without any expertise in military affairs, eager to advise Israeli officials on the rules of war and denounce the lack of “proportionality” in Israel’s attempts to defend its population from jihadist murderers. And so eager are they to publicly assert their righteousness as defenders of the Palestinian cause, they embrace terroristic violence and willingly align themselves with Israel’s deadly foes who seek its annihilation.

Abbas’ Fatah Movement Brags It Killed 11,000 Israelis

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah is challenging those who try to minimize its leadership role in the Palestinian conflict with Israel by ignoring any actions that seek peace with Israel and instead  promoting only actions of violence and terror.

It even made the fictitious claim that its attacks have killed 11,000 Israelis.

The faction head by Abbas, who has been crowned by the Obama administration as the best friend for Israel since Yasser Arafat, not only did not mention the Oslo Accords but also boasted that one of members of the Palestinian Authority security force, given weapons by Israel to fight terror, infiltrated into a Jewish community near Gaza.

One of the actions it bragged about was being the “first Palestinian faction to reach the [Israeli] nuclear reactor,” which is actually a reference to a bus hijacking and murder of three Israeli civilians on their way to work at the nuclear plant.

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) has documented a post this week on Fatah’s Facebook page celebrating and bragging about Fatah’s murder of Israeli civilians:

“Listen well! To whoever does not know Fatah and argues with this giant movement: Fatah has killed 11,000 Israelis,” the Facebook post states in a translated version on PMW’s website.

“Fatah has sacrificed 170,000 Martyrs (Shahids).

“Fatah was the first to carry out operations [terror attacks] during the first Intifada, and it was the first Palestinian faction to reach the nuclear reactor in Dimona [sic].

“Fatah was the first to fight in the second Intifada [also known as the Oslo War]….

(Baha Al-Sa’id, an officer in the Preventive Security Forces, infiltrated an Israeli settlement on the border with Gaza) [parenthesis in source]…

“Fatah was the first to defeat the Zionist enemy (Battle of El-Karameh) [parenthesis in source]…

“Fatah led the Palestinian attack on Israel in the UN

“Fatah leads the peaceful popular resistance against Israel…

“Stop and think before you attack [Fatah].”

Suicide Bombers Being Trained to ‘Dress Like Jews’

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Suicide bombers are once again being trained to dress like Orthodox Jews in preparation for carrying out mass casualty attacks in Israel, while Palestinian Arab factions are sitting in Cairo talking with Israeli representatives about a proposal to stop the war in Gaza.

Last month both Hamas and Fatah — the two main partners in the Palestinian Authority unity government — urged Arabs to carry out suicide bombings against Israel.

Although one faction is based in Gaza and the other in Ramallah, both have military terror divisions that carry out attacks against Israel. Only Hamas is recognized by the United States as an official terrorist organization, however.

According to a clip translated by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) organization, PA TV viewers were treated to a poem written by Palestinian ‘national poet’ Mahmoud Darwish, which was used as part of a program to demonize Israel as an enemy targeting women and children.

The phrasing could be interpreted as encouraging suicide bombing, but some literature analysts say the deeper meaning of the poem is actually a critique on suicide bombings.

The words chosen for inclusion in the program by PA TV seemed to present suicide bombing positively – literally as an expression of life – but as writers well know, it is easy to take words out of context and to twist them to one’s own personal use.

Thus did PA TV use the words of Darwish:

“She wraps her waist with dynamite and explodes… It is neither death… nor suicide… It is Gaza’s way to declare its right to life.”

The video demonizes Israel as an enemy targeting women and children and concludes that suicide terror will go on:

“She shall continue to explode.  It is neither death nor suicide.”

When one reads the entire poem – “Silence for Gaza” — one sees clearly the Darwish was not referring at all to suicide bombers or terror but rather to a much broader image of the enclave and its people.

Likewise, Fatah also called on its people to launch missiles at Israel; as late as Monday night, just prior to the cease fire, two of the faction’s military arms joined with other terror groups in Gaza in doing so.

On Hamas TV, viewers were urged to dress up like Jews and carry out suicide bombings – in fact, they were even shown how to do it.

A Hamas video showed a terrorist putting on a suicide explosives belt, and then donning the clothing of a stereotypical, bearded Orthodox Jewish civilian. He is then seen escorted by his handler to the exit and sent on his way to commit a suicide bombing.

Yishai’s Opponent Goes Apoplectic on Al Jazeera [video]

Monday, August 4th, 2014

OK, unfortunately you have to listen to Al Jazeera’s skewed bias and nonsense for a bit and a lot of ranting as well, and it is obviously unfair that the talking-time distribution is so uneven, but stay to the end and watch Yishai Fleisher not only mop the floor with them, but as his opponent goes apoplectic as he is unable to counter Yishai’s arguments.

My only disappointment is that they didn’t mention Yishai’s connection to JewishPress.com.

Peres: Return Gaza to PA Unity Go’vt Leader Mahmoud Abbas

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Former President Shimon Peres is advocating for the return of control over Gaza to Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority unity government in which his Ramallah-based entity formed a partnership with the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza.

“Gaza was taken from President Mahmoud Abbas [in a coup],” Peres told journalists at a briefing on Wednesday after visiting injured IDF soldiers at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

“He is the only one with international recognition and who is a legitimate leader. The right thing to do is to return Gaza to Abbas and save it.”

The former president added that he believed it is time for Israel to begin to seek a diplomatic resolution to the situation in Gaza, saying the military option has been “exhausted.”

He refused, however, to discuss the current relations between Israel and the Obama White House. Israel’s Security Cabinet met in Tel Aviv Wednesday afternoon and voted to approve a four-hour humanitarian cease fire, to take place from 3 pm to 7 pm. The cabinet also approved measures to ‘widen and deepen’ operations in Gaza, specifically in and around the area of Khan Younis and other residential areas where terrorist tunnels have originated and must be eliminated.

Earlier in the week, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer told a gathering of U.S. officials and Jewish leaders in Washington on Monday, “Israel appreciates that President [Barack] Obama, Secretary Kerry, and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who is here today, have strongly supported Israel’s right to defend itself.

“We also appreciate their efforts to help achieve a sustainable cease fire… I speak directly for my prime minister here,” he added. “The criticism of Secretary Kerry for his good faith efforts to advance a sustainable cease fire is unwarranted.”

U.S. Secretary John Kerry has repeatedly attempted to pressure Israel into a cease fire agreement that as yet does not address the security concerns of the Jewish State.

Day 22: Ramallah, Gaza Differ on 72-Hour Cease Fire Fantasy

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

While Fatah-led Palestinian Authority officials in Ramallah did their best to put a good face on things in Samaria, Hamas terrorists continued ‘business as usual’ in Gaza.

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) officials announced at a briefing to reporters in Ramallah late Tuesday afternoon that “all” PA unity government factions were willing to hold their fire under a 72 hour cease fire.

The announcement was allegedly based on a proposal advanced by United Nations special envoy to the Middle East, Robert Serry, according to PLO official Yasser Abd Rabbo — who said Gaza’s Hamas terrorist rulers had agreed as well.

However, Rabbo did not specifically mention the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization in his announcement. That group has been responsible for numerous long-range missile attacks on Israel in the past three weeks.

Together with Hamas, the PIJ has broken every cease fire that Israel has agreed to. This time, Israel did not race to respond with an agreement — a wise move, given the capricious nature of the enemy with which it must contend.

Less than an hour after Rabbo’s announcement, Fatah’s ‘unity government partner’ Hamas denied ever agreeing to the deal.

A spokesperson for the terrorist organization categorically denied the report from Ramallah and said that Hamas did not, in fact, agree with the announcement made by Rabbo.

A cease fire cannot exist with IDF forces present in Gaza, Hamas stated. No response from Israel.

Earlier Tuesday, international media reported that a delegation of representatives from various Palestinian Arab factions arrived in Cairo for talks on an Egyptian cease fire initiative proposed two weeks ago. Reportedly, the PIJ had sent a representative to that meeting.

Even as these words are being written, Code Red incoming rocket alert warnings have continued to flash across this journalist’s screen, making it clear there is a far cry between announcements of agreements to cease fires in Ramallah, and facts on the ground in Gaza.

Upon hearing rumors of the possible cease fire, IDF soldiers in Gaza, meanwhile, told reporters in the field, “We can easily overcome Hamas.

“Don’t stop us now.”

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