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April 26, 2015 / 7 Iyar, 5775
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Bomb Explodes at UNRWA Headquarters in Gaza

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Two bombs exploded simultaneously at UNRWA headquarters and near a Hamas police station Saturday night.

No one was injured, and no organization has take responsibility for the twin attacks. The bomb at UNRWA exploded “about ten feet from the door, causing no casualties or damage,” according to the U.N. agency’s spokesperson Adnan abu Hasna.

The second device blast was near the home of a Hamas public prosecutor.

The two attacks followed one on Friday that set on fire Hamas offices that are in the former home of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Hamas has been facing internal struggles, especially between the political and military echelon as well as eternal rivalry from other terrorist organizations.

A delegation of the so-called unity government of Hamas and Abbas’ Fatah movement is supposed to visit Gaza this week. There is no chance Ababa will visit and leave alive.

Hamas’ dire circumstances are reflected in the revival of a threat to kidnap Israelis and its rapid rebuilding of terror tunnels, thanks to financial aid from Qatar and Iran.

The bomb at UNRWA was aimed at the organization that one the one hand has imprisoned tens of thousands of Gazans with eternal hopelessness as “refugees’ and on the other hand has made them dependent on them to live. The bombs near Hamas’ office and the police station are aimed at getting rid of the terrorist regime so a different one can take over.

When things can’t get worse, Hamas tries to make the people feel good by ramping up for war on Israel.

Destruction of Tunnel Smuggling Driving Gaza Drug Addicts Crazy

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Thousands of Gaza Arabs, including young teenagers, are going out of their minds because Egypt’s destruction of smuggling tunnels has left them without an addictive painkiller. The London Times reported.

Withdrawal systems have driven patients to the edge of suicide after not being able to able to obtain Tramadol, an addictive prescription drug that was bought from tunnel smugglers at one-tenth the price  on the local black market.

The Hamas Health Ministry told the newspaper that the heroin-like effect of Tramadol has resulted in a 50 percent increase of drug addicts seeking help. The drug not only is 10 times more expensive than it was before Egypt started to close the tunnels, but it also is difficult to find even on the black market

The drug dopes patients so that they can tune out their living hell.

Gaza once was a decent place to live and earn a living under the “occupation” after Egypt gladly surrendered the  hell-hole known as the Gaza Strip in the Six-Day War in 1967.

Israel gave Gaza residents their first opportunity to work in Israel, work under decent conditions for Jewish farmers in Gaza, and operate their own affairs to a limited extent instead under the aegis of Cairo.

Yasser Arafat turned everything around in the late 1980s and introduced terrorism as a way of life.

However,  the London Times report blames Israel – who else? – for the painkiller crisis even though it was Egypt and not Israel that is on the tunnel warpath.

The logic, so to speak, works like this:

Gazans use Tramadol because of “the hardship of living in the war-torn territory under an eight-year Israeli blockade,” referring to the blockade that has been all but lifted except for suicide belts and other materials that Hamas would call humanitarian aid. Egypt has used an iron fist at the Rafah land crossing to enforce an off-an-on blockade.

The London Times continued to connect dots from different pages by blaming the ” worsening economic conditions in the aftermath of the summer war [with Israel],” referring to the latest in a series of min-wars that Hamas has launched.

The newspaper took the time to drill into readers’ psyches about “the 51-day war with Israel last year, in which 2,200 Palestinians were killed and more than 17,000 homes destroyed, [which] boosted the popularity of the ‘escapist’ drug.”

Of course, in the eyes of the leftists, Israel is to blame for Hamas’ war because it still “occupies” Jerusalem’s Old City, Efrat, Maaleh Adumim and other areas previously uninhabited and which the Palestinian Authority makes out as part their ancient homeland that Arafat manufactured.

In the eyes of the bleeding heart liberals, Israel also is to blame for beating back the Egyptians in the 1967 war, which perhaps was caused by having become a country in 1948.

Now that Gaza have to live without addictive painkillers and with the misery of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, it would be interesting to see the results of a free election, which is only theoretical since it cannot happen under Hamas.

The supposed election would give them the choice to return to Egyptian rule, remain under the Hamas regime, or go back to the “occupation” when their economic and political freedoms were blossoming.

Given the last 20 years of fear and loathing under the Palestinian Authority, Gazans might prefer a fourth alternative – Tramadol.

Hamas Urges Kidnapping Israelis

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Hamas has launched a new appeal to kidnap Israelis to be used as ransom to free terrorists being held by the “Zionist enemy.”

Senior Hamas official Khalil al-Haya said Thursday night, the eve of “Prisoners Day,” according to the French news agency AFP:

We tell the Zionist enemy: you are all a target for us and the resistance, we will fight you until we finally get rid of you and take as many captives as possible to free our heroes

“Our men, our women, our children all envision kidnapping your soldiers and settlers, wherever they are, and it is our right because we have no other way to free our heroes, and it is the Zionist enemy responsible for this state of affairs.

Haya assured a crowd of hundreds that Arab terrorists will be freed from Israeli jails as they were in the 2011 swap of 1,000 terrorists for the return of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

Hamas terrorists in the Hebron area last summer kidnappers and murdered three Israeli yeshiva youth in what may have been a botched attempt to keep them alive for ransom.

It is widely accepted in Israel, even by the liberal establishment media, that there is a broad consensus against freeing terrorists for kidnap victims. The public finally has begun to accept the fact that doing  so endangers Israeli b encouraging more abductions.

The latest Hamas threat to kidnap Israeli should be taken seriously. Hitchhikers, especially should be especially careful before accepting a ride with someone they do not know.

They also should not hitchhike alone and should always have their mobile phones prepared to press an emergency number.

 

IDF Deploys New Terror Tunnel Detection System

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The IDF is deploying a $2 million-per-kilometer terror tunnel detection system developed by Israel’s Elbit Systems company.

Numerous reports recently have confirmed that Hamas is rebuilding its terror tunnel system with the help of tens of millions of dollars from Iran, but there has been no indication that Israel is doing anything about it.

The tunnel detection system presumable will give the IDF the opportunity to target tunnels, which it did during the Operation Protective Edge counter-terror campaign last summer but only after Israel had been attacked with missiles.

The IDF lost dozens of soldiers in the war on terror, which included destroying the tunnels, some of which were discovered inside Israel and which caught the military off guard.

The question now is whether Israel will wait for Hamas to deliver the first blow rather than carrying out pre-emptive bombings of the tunnels.

A new Israeli start-up called the Geophysical Institute of Israel developed the system in cooperation with the  Defense Ministry, according to the Israeli Globes business newspaper.

 

 

JewishPress.com Gets Spray Painted

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Pardon our disappearance, the JewishPress.com website was hacked overnight.

The attack was launched around 2:30 AM Israel time, at which point the hackers, who claimed to be from Gaza, caused a page in Arabic to display on top of the JewishPress.com page.

The main photo in their hack was an Islamist sitting on a horse carrying what appears to be an Islamic State (Da’esh) flag, while standing near the Dome of the Rock on a desolate and ravaged Temple Mount.

Strangely enough, the hack also displayed a whiny YouTube video flaunting their constant humiliation by the Zionists, a complaint that their fellow Islamists have abandoned them to the Zionists, and how they welcome the bliss of death by the Zionists. It sounded like they were saying Allah is a Zionist.

Go figure — It must be a cultural thing to wear your degradation on your (or someone else’s) sleeve.

As they spray-painted our page and slashed the tires, the hackers also tried to torch the entire site with their downloaded root-kit, but failed.

The hackers actually managed to kick themselves off our system in the middle of their vandalism.

That happens when junior hackers get their hands on sophisticated off-the-shelf hacking tools and weapons which they don’t really know how to use properly.

Certainly an apt analogy for not letting the Islamic Republic of Iran acquire nuclear weapons.

What they did was an annoyance, the equivalent of sticking chewing gum in your door locks and spray-painting graffiti on your storefront window.

But that’s why God created automated backups, though a site our size takes time to properly restore and secure.

Hackers and haters obsessively and relentlessly go after Jewish websites, and the bigger you are the more likely they are to specifically target you, as other large Jewish websites also recently discovered.

Over the past 4 years, hackers have repeatedly been trying to dig their tunnels into the JewishPress.com (and failing). Perhaps there’s just a little too much electricity flowing into Gaza, that this time they got lucky.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to review our security and business continuity procedures.

Children with Dangerous Toys

Iran Funding Hamas with Millions of Dollars to Rebuild Terror Tunnels

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Iran has sent Hamas tens of millions of dollars to rebuild its terror tunnel system that the IDF devastated in Operation Protective Edge last summer, the London Telegraph reported Sunday.

The newspaper quoted “intelligence sources” and confirms a statement last week by the head of the Southern Command that Hamas is digging again underground to prepare for attacks on Israel.

Even more money will be available if the United States lifts sanctions against Iran as part of a deal to allow the Islamic Republic to continue with a scaled-down nuclear program under supposed supervision

 

Israeli soldiers last summer exposed dozens of tunnels, one of which ended only a short distance from a kibbutz that could have been virtually wiped out had terrorists succeeded in an attack.

Southern Command Gen. Sami Turgeman told Israeli media Friday, “It is clear that they have gone back to digging tunnels, and they apparently hope to reach at least the numbers they had before the war last summer.”

The report from the Telegraph stated that Iran also is helping Hamas replenish missiles that were wiped out by Israel Air Force bombings.

Iran needs Hamas if it wants to carry out a proxy war on Israel from Gaza in the south and  from Lebanon in the north via Hezbollah, which it backs with manpower, money and weapons.

Hezbollah has more than 100,000 missiles ready to launch against Israel, and a simultaneous attacks from the north and south would be too numerous for Israel’s anti-missile system to intercept them.

This scenario has been played out several times, and it gets more dangerous each time it is renewed.

Israel fought Hamas and Hezbollah on two fronts during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, but Hezbollah gas since multiplied its stockpile of missiles, courtesy of Iran.

 

Palestinian Unknowingly Sells Banksy Mural to Gaza Artist for $175

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

A 33-year-old Gazan who sold his bombed-out iron-and-brick doorway to a local artist for NIS 700 (about $175) says he was tricked.

He had no idea that the image of a goddess holding her head in her hand was spray-painted on the door to the remains of his two-story northern Gaza home by a British graffiti artist named Banksy.

Banksy, whose true identity has never been revealed, is from the western British city of Bristol. He is known for painting his murals in unexpected places – famous for it, in fact – and last summer apparently sneaked into Gaza, leaving behind at least four of his works. Banksy also painted a playful kitten and a scene of children swinging in play from a military watch tower. He allegedly entered the enclave via a tunnel from Egypt, according to his publicist, Jo Brooks.

Gaza artist Gelal Khaled says that he did not intend to dupe anyone, but instead bought the painting to protect its artistic value and preserve it from damage. He also said he hopes to display it in other places as well and claimed he has no monetary interest in the painting.

The Gaza artist added that he has been in touch with Banksy’s representatives, however, to request permission to display the mural at Gaza art exhibits.

Some of Banksy’s pieces have sold for more than half a million dollars; a mural painted in 2013 on a shop in London sold for $1.1 million at a private auction.

Rabea Darduna, a father of six whose door became the canvas on which Banksy chose to paint, told the Reuters news agency by telephone he had “no idea what the value of that painting was, or who this Banksy is.

“I heard it can be sold for millions. If I had known, I would never had sold the door so cheap. Now I want it back.”

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