You’d be excused if you thought these armed masked men in pickup truck waving black flags in Gaza were ISIS or a JV team – they have them (ISIS) in Gaza too.
But this is a different Islamic terrorist group in Gaza, these are the Al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades, an armed wing of the PRC.
They’re celebrating their 16th anniversary.
Their specialty is planting roadside bombs against civilian and military vehicles.
In 2003, it is believed their group blew up a US diplomatic convoy in Beit Hanoun (Gaza), killing 3 guards and wounding a diplomat, and it is also believed they blew up a bus in Haida, killing 16 Israelis. And then they did other stuff too.
They were formed by ex-PLO terrorists who didn’t feel the PLO was terrorist enough for them – they are believed to be financed by Hezbollah.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told the Jewish National Fund in New York on Sunday that the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement is the new face of terror.
Shaked, a top official with Israel’s Bayit Yehudi party, addressed the JNF Conference in New York on Sunday, speaking on the issue of the BDS Movement and how its activities impact Israel in daily life. She condemned the movement, likening its activities to the tunneling of the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza.
“The BDS movement is digging tunnels to undermine the foundations and values of Israel,” she said. “We have to stop these tunnels as well.”
The movement constitutes an existential threat at its core, she added. “Supporters of the BDS movement are attempting to destroy our very right to exist. They refuse to accept our most natural, basic and simple right: the existence of the State of Israel.”
Regardless of what mask terror wears, she said, one simple truth stands out: “You cannot defeat the enemy unless you call it what it is. That is why I am not afraid to do so. We are fighting Islamic extremism,” she said pointedly, underscoring a fact that has not once been uttered during the entire eight years of the entire reign of the the Obama administration.
IDF soldiers frightened off a group of Gazans who apparently decided to sneak towards the Gaza security fence with Israel — an activity that is clearly dangerous and known to everyone to carry a possible death sentence.
Someone approaching the security fence from the Gaza side in the middle of the night obviously has — at the least — highly suspect reasons for doing so.
This incident took place across from the so-called “refugee camp” of El Bureij in central Gaza, home to nearly 40,000 people — nearly double the population of the northern Israeli Negev city of Arad. The place has a long history of conflict and hatred of Israel.
In the dark, Israeli soldiers made the best choice: they detonated a brief illumination bomb and aimed it at the fence, thus lighting up the entire area in the process.
Unsurprisingly, the illuminating bomb that illuminated the area inspired the suspects to retrace their steps and return to Gaza territory.
It’s not clear what their motives were, but it is very clear they weren’t coming to defect, celebrate a melave malka (Saturday night party to greet the new week) or offer assistance to IDF soldiers serving in the area.
Even the smallest candle can light the deepest darkness. So much more so, a illumination bomb.
Israeli UN envoy Danny Danon categorically rejected an address by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in which he expressed “outrage” over a video showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussing the issue of Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria.
In his statement, issued Thursday, Danon slammed Ban’s remarks, calling them a “distorted vision of the situation in Israel.”
“The failure of the peace process begins and ends with Palestinian [Authority] incitement to terror and Mahmoud Abbas’ refusal to meet Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu,” Danon said.
“Instead of directly condemning Hamas and the building of terror tunnels…the Secretary-General chooses to regularly censure Israel,” he added.
The outgoing UN leader expressed outrage over a video in which the prime minster commented that insisting on ensuring territories are without Jews, constitutes “ethnic cleansing” on the part of the Palestinian Authority. Those who support the PA in this viewpoint likewise support such “ethnic cleansing,” he pointed out, noting that the same definition applies in other places around the world too.
Only, somehow, it has always been the Israeli leader who seems to be the one with more despicable activities, in more grim detail, and more”oppressive” and “outrageous.”
“I am disturbed by a recent statement by Israel’s Prime Minister portraying those who oppose settlement expansion as supporters of ethnic cleansing,” the UN leader said. “This is unacceptable and outrageous.
“Let me be absolutely clear: settlements are illegal under international law. The occupation, stifling and oppressive, must end.
“The international community, including the Security Council and the Middle East Quartet, universally view the expansion of settlements as an obstacle to peace.”
But he calls the “glorification of terror” simply “disgraceful” and just comments that “the Palestinian leadership must put an end to it.”
Oh, you mean it’s not illegal under the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords that gave birth to the Palestinian Authority that is now claiming statehood under the UN? It’s not incitement to violence and more terrorism? It’s not an obstacle to peace, like building homes in areas that would pose a clear security risk to Israel, were they to be left open to occupation by enemy forces – the same territory that was once occupied by Jordan?
Likewise, Ban noted the Palestinian Authority’s High Court decided last week to suspend preparations for the upcoming local elections, but again ducked the real reasons behind it.
He warned that if the pattern does not changed, the trajectory is heading towards “a one-state reality and urged all parties in the Palestinian Authority to find a way to create a unity government, and then to find a way to work together with Israel to create a new Arab state, in peace.
This, after half a century of fratricide, anti-Semitic incitement, hatred and terrorism. War.
It is said that when the Messiah comes, there will be peace on earth…
A new illegal flotilla to Gaza has set sail from the Bosch i Alsina dock in the Port of Barcelona in another attempt to breach Israel’s maritime anti-terror blockade, with the hope of arriving in Gaza by early October.
At least one of two boats that are to carry 22 women reportedly set out Wednesday night, launched by the “Women’s Boat to Gaza” group under the banner of the Freedom Flotilla organization.
Among the participants in this effort is an Israeli citizen, Zohar Chamberlain Regev, who was born and raised in Kibbutz Kfar HaHoresh, near Nazareth, according to the Global Research Center for Research on Globalization. Regev has allegedly been involved in the Freedom Flotilla organization for the past four years, and is a team leader aboard the Amal.
In an article posted to the Global Research website Thursday (Sept. 15), Regev is quoted as saying the group wants to “give visibility to women in Palestine who have been struggling alongside the men since before the Nakba, since the beginning of the Zionist colonization of Palestine.”
The group also received a letter of support from their “sisters at Women in Black – Israel,” who sent “their solidarity and warm wishes” for their “brave action.”
Led by MEP Martina Anderson, 55 members of the European Parliament also reportedly sent a letter to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union, requesting the EU “act to ensure ‘safe passage of the Flotilla to Gaza.’” The request also “demands that pressure be placed on Israel to end the illegal blockade ..” etc.
Participants in the flotilla include citizens from Sweden, northern Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Turkey, Canada and the United States. On board the “Amal-Hope” and the “Zaytouna-Oliva” vessels are a Swedish member of the European Parliament, and a Malaysian citizen, according to Al Jazeera.
But the flotilla organizers have made it clear from the outset that the mission is not being launched to bring aid to Gaza. “The Women’s Boat to Gaza is a solidarity, not an aid mission,” organizers say on the group’s website.
The organizers also tell outright lies on the site.
“There are always risks whenever the illegal actions of the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) are challenged, something the Palestinian people in Gaza live with every day, as the IOF does not respect human rights. In 2010, the IOF killed nine unarmed civilians aboard the Mavi Marmara and a tenth later died of his injuries” the site claims.
Footage filmed on the Mavi Marmara shows the “activists” attacking the soldiers with a stun grenade, a box of plates, and water hoses as the soldiers attempt to board the ship.
The activists are also waiving around metal rods and chains later used to attack the soldiers with. The IDF soldiers were armed with paint ball guns (used for riot dispersal) and pistols which they were ordered to use only as a last resort.
IDF commandos were ordered to redirect that vessel to Ashdod Port in light of the refusal of its captain to heed the directions of the Israel Navy to do so on his own. The so-called “activists” were armed, dangerous and violent.
The Mavi Marmara “activists” initiated the attack against the Israeli forces who boarded the vessel in order to ensure it changed course properly and ended up in Ashdod Port, rather than in Gaza. Then as well, no humanitarian aid was ever found aboard that vessel for the people of Gaza.
The obvious lies and direct attempt to re-ignite the passions that caused six years of conflict between Israel and Turkey over the incident make it clear that the “Women’s Boat to Gaza” is really about incitement, rather than peace.
Israel and the PA have reached an agreement on laying down a gas pipeline from Israel to the Gaza Strip, to alleviate the power shortage in Gaza, Walla reported Thursday. The Israeli government informed the PA that it has approved the arrangement, and invited the PA to join with an Israeli delegation that would appeal to the donor nations conference in New York at the end of this month, requesting funding for the gas pipeline project.
Currently, Israel ships Diesel to the power station in the Gaza Strip. But diesel is problematic in terms of security considerations, says the Israeli security community, since it can be used by terror organizations in their manufacturing of missiles. Natural gas is not nearly as useful to rocket makers.
The deal between Israel and the PA comes in the wake of a major deal that was reached between Israel and the PA on managing the latter’s $530 million debt to the Israel Electric Company.
Prime Minster Netanyahu, on his recent visit to the Netherlands, mentioned the gas pipeline to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who viewed it favorably as part of his government’s efforts to promote essential services in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip as a way of supporting the peace process.
Qatar is on the record with an offer to help finance a Israeli gas pipeline to Gaza. The idea was being promoted a year ago by some in the European Union and former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
A smuggling ring that was sneaking all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) from Israel into Gaza via the Kerem Shalom Crossing has been busted by Israeli authorities.
Shin Bet intelligence agents teamed with Israel Police and Israel Customs Authority inspectors to catch the smugglers.
The vehicles were being broken down into parts and stashed in shipments that were trucked into Gaza via the border crossing. They were re-assembled after the dismantled parts in the shipments were unloaded inside Gaza.
It is believed that more than 100 vehicles may have already been smuggled into the enclave this way, according to the Shin Bet.
The vehicles were intended for use by Hamas operatives working with the group’s Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing.
Three arrests have been made so far in the sting; all of the suspects were Arabs from the Palestinian Authority. Several Israeli citizens are believed to be involved in the smuggling operation as well.