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January 22, 2017 / 24 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Gaza Strip’

Hamas Blames Palestinian Authority for Gaza’s Electricity Shortage

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Hamas spokesperson Fuzi Barhom has blamed PA Chairman Mohammed Abbas for the ongoing electricity shortage in Gaza.

Hamas is also blaming the Palestinian Authority for the protests that have brought out thousands of Gazans to the streets against the  terrorist regime, in response to the lack of electricity.

A number of Fatah (PA) members living in Gaza have been arrested, with Hamas claiming the PA is trying to destabilize their government.

At the moment, Gazans have electricity for only three to four hours a day.

Needless to say, if Hamas had invested in electrical infrastructure and fuel, rather than terror tunnels and missiles, their citizens would have electricity right now.

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Report: State Auditor Looking for Gush Katif Missing $1.3 Billion

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Israel’s State Auditor, Retired Judge Joseph Shapira, has ordered an investigation of Minhelet T’nufah, the Momentum Administration, a.k.a. the Disengagement Administration, set up in 2005 by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s office to care for the Jews who were being expelled from Gaza. Its original director was Yonatan Bassi of the Religious Kibbutz movement, Yediot Aharonot reported Tuesday.

T’nufah ceased to exist in 2014, and currently the former residents of Gush Katif are being cared for by a dedicated department in Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel’s office. However, despite its being defunct for more than two years, T’nufh continues to receive state funds estimated in the billions of shekels. Only two years ago, according to Yediot, T’nufah received some $42 million, and it isn’t clear where that money has gone.

Apparently, the missing money was noticed by MK Stav Shafir (Zionist Camp) at a meeting of the Knesset State Control Committee. Examining the T’nefah financial reports she realized only $2.1 billion out of the overall $3.41 billion allotted to the Gush Katif support efforts had been used to date. Where is the missing $1.31 billion?

Many of the evicted Jews of Gush Katif were resettled in Nitzan, a community near Kibutz Nitzanim in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, just north of the Gaza Strip. A local official told Yediot that the burden of helping the evicted families fell mostly on the regional council, which had to fight for every penny with the Momentum Administration to manage their employment, social services, education, and psychological care. This official believes most of the missing money is being kept in the Agriculture Ministry’s coffers.


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.

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Gazan Captured Crossing into Israel

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

An unarmed Gazan was captured near Zikim trying to cross the border into Israel over Shabbat, according to a report by Channel 10’s Or Heller.

There are unconfirmed reports that he was captured trying to swim into Israel from Gaza.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israel Confiscates Shipment of Metal Rods for Gaza Tunnel Construction

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

A truck carrying metal rods that could be used to construct an attack tunnel in Gaza was confiscated at the Kerem Shalom crossing Tuesday.

The truck’s bill of lading stated that it was carrying a shipment of aluminum shelves for a supermarket being built in the Strip. AS soon as the customs agents at the Kerem Shalom crossing noticed the discrepancy between the document and the actual cargo, they alerted the Coordination and Liaison Administration in Gaza, which includes GSS and Land Crossings Authority personnel.

The cargo was designated as dual-purpose merchandise, which is prohibited, and was confiscated. The driver was detained for interrogation.

David Israel

PA Arabs, State Dept. Mourn Fidel Castro, as Miami Exiles Dance in the Streets

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

The “Palestinian cause” was close to Fidel Castro’s heart throughout his political life, Al Jazeera reported on Saturday, in a lengthy account of the Cuban dictator’s anti-Israel and pro-Arab policies. According to the Arab channel, the diplomatic ties between Cuba and Arab refugees began as soon as Castro had become Prime Minister in 1959, following the Cuban revolution, when Raul Castro and Che Guevera visited the Gaza Strip, which at the time was under Egyptian occupation.

Incidentally, in 1959 Israel opened its first consulate in Havana, headed by Yoel Bar-Romi, who later described his excitement at the Castro revolution, which reminded him of Israel’s war of independence.

Al Jazeera claims that Yasser Arafat and Fidel Castro developed close diplomatic and personal ties, and Castro invited Arafat to Cuba “at least eight times,” each time welcoming the PLO terrorist “like he was a head of state.”

Cuba condemned Israel at the United Nations for the first time after the 1967 Six-Day War. Cuba also began to provide military support to the Fatah movement, and eventually extended its support to both the Palestinian popular and democratic fronts. In 1973, Castro, who was eager to become president of the organization of non-aligned nations, severed diplomatic relations with Israel. A little earlier, Cuba and Nicaragua were the only Latin American countries who granted the PLO full diplomatic status.

Castro was a co-sponsor of the 1975 UN resolution 3379 declaring that “Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination.” The resolution was repealed in 1991.

The Obama State Dept. on Saturday issued an announcement saying, “We extend our condolences to the Cuban people today as they mourn the passing of Fidel Castro. Over more than half a century, he played an outsized role in their lives, and he influenced the direction of regional, even global affairs.”

“As our two countries continue to move forward on the process of normalization – restoring the economic, diplomatic and cultural ties severed by a troubled past,” the announcement went on, “we do so in a spirit of friendship and with an earnest desire not to ignore history but to write a new and better future for our two peoples. The United States reaffirms its support for deepening our engagement with the Cuban people now and in coming years.”

Meanwhile, according to the NY Times, Miami’s Cuban-American community took to the streets of Little Havana in the middle of the night to celebrate. They banged pots and pans, sang the Cuban national anthem and waved the Cuban flag. “They danced and hugged, laughed and cried, shouted and rejoiced.”

“Him dying represents the end of something awful that happened to us,” one Cuban woman told the Times. “It’s actually him — not anybody else — who caused this. It’s because of him that we lost our opportunity to have a life in our country.”

President-elect Donald Trump described Castro as a “brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades,” and expressed his hope that Castro’s death would result in freedom for Cubans.

David Israel

Reports: Trump Family Donated Bigly to Jewish, Israeli Causes

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Israeli media have reported several important donations made in years past by both the late Fred Trump and his son, now President Elect Donald Trump.

Some 50 years ago, real estate developer Fredrick Trump donated the land for the Talmud Torah of the Beach Haven Jewish Center at 723 Ave. Z in Flatbush, NY, as can be seen from a promotional image released by that institution. The center is open and active to this day, offering programs for youth and the elderly, as well as an active synagogue.

And Fred’s son Donald, as reported by Yediot Ahronot, donated heavily on both occasions when Israelis who had been expelled from their homes by their own government needed assistance to resettle.

Donald Trump donated in the 1980s, to help build new infrastructure for the Israelis removed from the northern Sinai by the Begin government, which returned the peninsula to Egypt as part of the peace agreement. Then, in 2005, Trump gave again, to help resettle the Jews of Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip, exiled by the Ariel Sharon government.

Effie Stenzler, former chairman of the Jewish National Fund, told Yediot that JNF approached Trump, among other wealthy supporters of Israel, for funds to build an infrastructure in new communities established for the exiled, and the real estate magnate gave generously.

Donald Trump’s name even appears on a plaque in Moshav Dekel, in the Eshkol region, where his money went to build greenhouses, homes and roads for the evacuees.


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