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July 2, 2015 / 15 Tammuz, 5775
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Netanyahu Charges UN with Copying Nazi Slander of Jews [video]

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday castigated the United Nations the second day in a row for its pre-determined accusations of war crimes against Israel and drew a comparison with the Nazi regime.

In remarks with visiting Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna, Prime Minister Netanyahu  and told him at the start of their meeting:

I say…to the foreign minister of….Poland, on whose soil the defamation of the Jewish people happened when the Nazis controlled Europe, the attacks on the Jews were always preceded by the slander of the Jews. What was done to the Jewish people then is being done to the Jewish state now. We won’t accommodate that. In those days we could do nothing. Today we can speak our mind, hold our ground. We’re going to do both.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu referred to yesterdays report on the conduct of the IDF in last year’s counter-terror war against Hamas rocket fire on Israel from Gaza and compared it to the U.N. report to be issued today.

He told the Polish Foreign Minister:

Our official government report…demonstrates unequivocally that our military actions during that conflict were in full accordance with international law, that Israel was exercising its legitimate right of self-defense….

Hamas terrorist(s) deliberately target our civilians while deliberately hiding behind their civilians. That’s a double war crime. And I think that it under-points the fact that there is a travesty here. Because even though we’re fighting, Hamas terrorists who are committing the double war crime of targeting our civilians while hiding behind their civilians, Israel operates in accordance with the highest standards of international law.

Netanyahu said that the U.N. Human Rights Committee “pronounced guilty before the investigation even began…and appointed a person to head this committee who was being paid by the Palestinian.”

The Prime Minister added, “This committee has more resolutions against Israel than against North Korea, Syria, and Iran combined.

“This tells you of what we’re dealing with. So this campaign, these attacks against Israel, these investigations against Israel have nothing to do with human rights. They have everything to do with politically inspired attacks in a cynical effort to de-legitimize Israel using UN bodies.”

Israel’s Children Singing Away Fears of ‘Red Alerts,’ Rocket Attacks

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Just two months ago, Natalie Schneider was singing a little song to her two-year-old son as she was getting him settled for playtime after bringing him home from nursery school in a small Negev city.

“Red Alert, Red Alert,” she sang in Hebrew. “My heart is beating, Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom! My body is shaking, Doom Doom Doom Doom Doom!”

Horrified, her son’s grandmother from America ordered her to stop immediately. “How could you?” she demanded. “What on earth are you doing?? What kind of song are you teaching him?”

With a smile that did not quite reach her eyes, the young woman explained to her mother, “All the day care centers and kindergartens are teaching this song to the children. Everyone is learning it.

“This is how we make sure the little ones don’t panic when they hear the rocket alert sirens when they start firing the missiles from Gaza,” she added in a matter-of-fact voice. “It reduces their fear. All of the children are memorizing this song and they all learn how to hide under their desks and to march to their bomb shelters along with it.”

“Tzeva Adom, Tzeva Adom (Red Alert, Red Alert) Hurry hurry hurry, to a safe area… Hurry, hurry, ‘cause now it’s a bit dangerous “My heart is beating, Boom boom boom, boom boom “My body is shaking Doom, doom, doom, doom, doom “But I am overcoming ‘Cause I am a little different Falling down – Boom We may now stand up “Our body we Shake Shake Shake Shake Shake Our legs we Loosen Loosen Loosen Loosen Loosen Breathe in deep, Breathe out far Breathe in deep, We can laugh It’s all gone … and I feel good it’s over. YESSSS!” Nearly seven years ago, a kindergarten teacher wanted to do something to help the children in her class deal with the ongoing air raid sirens and rocket attacks against Israel.

More than 145,630 views later, this YouTube video shows a class of small children still singing that song, with English language subtitles for viewers who don’t know Hebrew.

Another generation of Israeli children is being forced to learn how to cope with the trauma of terror attacks from Gaza…

Boycotters Call Trips to Israel ‘Apartheid-Day Propaganda Tricks’

Friday, June 12th, 2015

South African anti-Israel groups have proven their agenda that freedom belongs to anyone who agrees with them but is a sin if anyone thinks differently.

Several groups , including the Young Communist League of South Africa and the youth wing of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party complained on Friday that the pro-Israel lobby is sponsoring trips to Israel. An e-mail from the groups stated Friday:

The Israeli lobby in South Africa is increasingly turning to old Apartheid-Day tricks to entice young South Africans and distract us from our solidarity with the Palestinian people and their progressive Israeli comrades.

The Israeli lobby is throwing free holiday propaganda trips and other gifts at young South Africans trying to undermine solidarity with the Palestinian people. One such holiday propaganda trip is planned for July 2015.

We view these holiday propaganda trips to Israel…as nothing more than ‘sanctions-busting propaganda trips.’

The statement singled out the South Africa Israel Forum, one of the organizers of trips to Israel, which it said were barred in 2012 from taking local mayors and officials to Israel.

“They now seem to be targeting students after having failed at a government level,” the groups said, obviously upset that private citizens are exposed to anyone having a different opinion.

Instead of countering with an argument, the Israeli boycotters are resorting to thought control.

A senior body of the ANC decided last December to “join the call for a cultural, academic and education boycott of Israel including travel bans for members and leaders of the ANC.”

The South African groups on Friday maintained that even a private citizen flying to Israel on a “holiday propaganda trip” is in “violation of the policies and positions of Palestinian civil society [who] call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.”

It sounded like the old Soviet Bolsheviks or the Gestapo with a stern warning:

Participation in these holiday propaganda trips to Israel, like participation in holiday propaganda trips to Apartheid South Africa, will be viewed as the crossing of a picket line, and will be met with disciplinary action….

As students and young people we should take it upon ourselves to look for un-biased opinions in order to avoid being misled by organizations geared towards spreading Israeli propaganda.

The funniest, if not saddest, line is:

The organizers of the holiday propaganda trips to Israel try to suggest, like Apartheid South Africa apologists used to claim in the 1980s, that the issue of Palestine-Israel is complicated. We maintain that the issue is simple: Israel must end its violations of international law and oppression of the Palestinian people.

The issue is so simple because it has nothing to do with reality.

It brings to mind a story of a widely-known South African woman, now deceased, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature and was part of the anti-Israel movement.

When she wanted to visit Israel for an arts festival, her colleagues berated her and rejected her argument that “she wanted to see things for herself.” Gordimer stood her ground, visited Israel and told Israeli author and leftist Amos Oz that she wanted to meet a “real-life settler.”

Oz called on me because I live near his home in Arad.

After hearing the “settler” telling her about Jewish-owned land in Judea, Gaza and Samaria, and after hearing about the largely false claims of “Palestinian ownership,” she concluded the conversation by stating:

I must say I am confused.

The South African boycotters are cordially invited to our house in the southern Hebron Hills, but I doubt if they are brave enough to hear a different opinion.

Hamas Saves IDF the Trouble and Attacks Itself with Rocket

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Gaza terrorists last night saved the IDF the task of having to retaliate for rocket fire and did so itself, with the missile exploding on a house in Gaza, not in Israel.

The IDF confirmed the “self-retaliation” to The JewishPress.com Friday morning , but a spokeswoman said it is not known if there were any injuries.

Recent rocket fire from Gaza has been met by immediate IDF retaliation, a “proportional” response that is careful not to injure anyone if the rockets explode in “open areas” in Israel.

Southern Israeli citizens raced to bomb shelters Thursday night to the sound of warning sirens of an approaching missile.

In Gaza, there are plenty of shelters for missiles and bombs, but there are few bomb shelters, except perhaps in the houses of the terrorist echelon.

Thursday night’s rocket damage to a residence was disproportional, but neither Hamas nor the Salafists (ISIS/Gaza) have yet complained to the United Nations.

Israel Concludes 4 Youths Killed on the Beach in Gaza Were in Terrorists’ Compound

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The Israel Defense Forces’ Military Advocate General announced today, June 12, his conclusions regarding a tragic incident from last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, in Gaza:

While the deaths of four young men from the same extended family was a tragic result, it was not the result of negligence or any other criminal action on the part of the Israel Defense Forces. The boys were located in an area that was used exclusively by Hamas terrorists, and specifically where Hamas naval commandos gathered to prepare attacks against Israel; those figures seen via aerial surveillance were reasonably understood to be militants preparing to attack Israel.

In that incident, on July 16, four Gazan boys died as the result of an air force strike on the Gaza Beach. The four boys, Ahed Atef Bakr, Zarakiya Ahed Bakr, Mohammad Ramiz Bakr and Ismail Mahmoud Bakr, had allegedly been playing hide and seek on the beach when it was struck by IAF rockets.

The Israeli military police carried out an extensive criminal investigation into the incident.

As was explained by IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, testimony and other evidence was gathered and extensively examined:

Testimonies were collected from a large number of IDF soldiers and officers who were involved in the planning and execution of the attack. Additionally, an extensive number of documents relating to the attack were reviewed, along with video footage documenting the attack in real time, as well as media images and video footage which documented parts of the incident. Efforts were made to collect the testimonies of Gaza Strip residents who were, allegedly, witnesses to the incident. In this context, the collection of testimony from three witnesses was coordinated. Regretfully, despite the prior coordination, the witnesses eventually declined to meet the investigators, and instead provided affidavits in regard to the incident.

The investigators learned, through analysis the collected evidence, that the very place where the Bakr victims were struck is an “area that had long been known” as a Hamas’s Naval Police and Naval commandos’ Compound which was “utilized exclusively by militants.”

In addition, the area in which the Israeli rockets hit was “closed off by a fence and clearly separated from the beach serving the civilian population.” In addition, through affidavits provided by Palestinian Arab witnesses, amongst other sources, the compound “was known to the residents of the Gaza Strip as a compound which was used exclusively by Hamas’s Naval Police.”

A number of IAF attacks on the compound had taken place prior to July 16, during which a shipping container used to store military supplies and as a Hamas “command and control center” was hit. The Israeli intelligence determined that “operatives from Hamas’s Naval Forces would gather in the militaTry compound in order to prepare for military activity against the IDF.”

And so, when Israeli aerial surveillance identified a number of figures entering the compound at a running pace, and those figures “entered a shed adjoining the container which had been attacked the day prior,” the Israelis reasonably believed those figures “to be militants from Hamas’s Naval Forces, who had arrived at the compound in order to prepare” to attack the IDF.

The four figures “were not identified at any point during the incident, as children,” nor could they have been identified as such at any time, via aerial surveillance.

It was with this set of circumstances and information that “all the necessary authorizations for an attack had been obtained,” and the location was targeted.

When one of the identified figures entered into the remains of the container which had been attacked on the day prior to the incident, one missile was fired from the air towards the container and the adjoining shed. As a result of this attack, it appeared that one of the figures identified was hit. Following this attack, the rest of the figures began to run in the direction of the compound’s exit. Shortly before their exit from the compound, an additional missile was fired from the air towards them, which hit the figures in question after they had exited the compound.

There was no way to know at the time, nor was any such information revealed in the IDF statement today, why the four children had entered the Hamas terrorist compound.

Rocket Alert in South

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

11:16 PM The IDF now believes the rocket landed short, and hit inside Gaza, but near the fence.

10:22 PM Unconfirmed: 2 of the rockets landed in Gaza. The third landed in an open area in Israel.

10:09 PM 10:09 PM Suspected 3 rockets launched. 1 believed landed in an open area.

10:01 PM Multiple rocket alerts in south.

Two days ago, ISIS/Gaza threatened to shoot rockets at Israel. They’re 2 days late.

Israeli Security Foils Hamas Funds Deliveries to Judea, Samaria

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

It’s expensive and difficult to run a worldwide terrorist organization from Gaza, Judea and Samaria, while keeping the domestic fires burning at home.

Alert Israeli security teams are making it even harder. A money laundering scheme by the Hamas terrorist organization was foiled this week by Israel’s Security Agency, the Shin Bet.

Security personnel arrested a Gaza woman accused of bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars into Judea and Samaria for Hamas.

She was charged in Southern District Court with providing services to an outlawed organization, contact with a hostile foreign agent and unlawful use of terrorist assets.

Here’s how 42-year-old Sana’a Hafi, a resident of Nuseirat in central Gaza, arrested at the Erez crossing on May 26, managed to get her money deliveries to Hamas in Judea and Samaria.

Hafi received the funds from the Hamas “Al-Nur” organization which sends money to terrorists incarcerated in Israeli prisons, and the families of wounded and dead “martyrs” who die attacking Israelis and Jews, according to a statement from the Shin Bet.

Under questioning, the woman revealed that she sent a large part of the money to her brother, Hassan Abu Kayuk, currently incarcerated in Israel.

Kayuk divided up that money and sent some to Hamas operatives in Judea and Samaria, using various currency exchange stores to launder and distribute the funds. In this way, he was able to evade the ban on electronic bank transfers by Hamas.

Some was also used to buy a vehicle and a luxury apartment.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israeli-security-foils-hamas-funds-deliveries-to-judea-samaria/2015/06/11/

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