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August 4, 2015 / 19 Av, 5775
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Abbas Reshuffles Unity Govt with Hamas, Claims ISIS Is Already in Gaza, ‘No Sense Denying It’

Friday, July 31st, 2015

(JNi.media) The Palestinian Authority on Thursday announced that a long awaited reshuffle of the Palestinian cabinet had been agreed upon, Ma’an reported. The new ministers will be sworn-in on Friday, after prayers in the Palestinian Presidential headquarters in Ramallah.

Hamas said Thursday that the unity government’s reshuffle was “unconstitutional and outside consensus.” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the reshuffle represents a coup against the unity deal.

On Wednesday, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas admitted that the Islamic State is already present in the Gaza Strip.

The unity government was formed in June 2014, in an attempt to bridge the gap between the PLO and Hamas, but so far the government has not been a success story.

 

More on ISIS in Gaza: On the morning of June 19, six cars belonging to high ranking Hamas officials exploded simultaneously, with ISIS claiming credit for the attacks.

In an early July interview with the Al-Quds TV channel, Moussa Abu Marzouk, a member of the Hamas politburo, referred to a video in which fighters of the Islamic State holler threatening messages at Hamas.

“Why do they want to turn Gaza into a sea of blood, and what is the ability of this organization to actually pose such a threat?” Abu Marzouk asked, and added: “There are dozens of [ISIS activists in the Gaza Strip], but they are not organized, and I think the jails are not wide enough [to contain them].”

NGO Monitor Poses 10 Questions over Amnesty Report on Israeli ‘War Crimes’

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

(JNi.media) Amnesty International issued a report Wednesday saying there is “strong evidence” the IDF committed war crimes in Gaza in its attempt to release Lt Hadar Goldin, a soldier kidnapped by Hamas last summer, during the Gaza war. The report says at least 135 civilians were killed in Rafah, as Israel employed a “‘gloves-off’ policy with devastating consequences for civilians.” The soldier was later declared dead.

NGO Monitor has posted 10 questions that Amnesty should answer about its Rafah report, “Gaza Platform” (which forms the basis for Amnesty’s Rafah publication), and partnership with other anti-Israel political advocacy NGOs:

1) Amnesty’s Gaza Platform has been exposed as having numerous basic factual mistakes – the result of simply copying, without independent verification, allegations from Al Mezan and Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR). Did Amnesty change its methodology or anything else before preparing this publication?

2) Why is information on the terror affiliations and combatant status of the “three health care workers” dismissed in the report and not included in the Gaza Platform (Event ID #3011 and again in Event ID #3016). All three were members of Islamic Jihad, making Amnesty’s legal claims specious. Why does Amnesty attribute the “war crime” to Israel, and not the Palestinian groups? Likewise, why are we not told that Abdullah Nasser Fahajan (Event ID #2963), described as a “photojournalist,” was an operative in the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades?

3) Why didn’t Amnesty corroborate the information provided by NGOs and repeated uncritically in the report and the Platform? Is it because Amnesty does not have the capacity to verify the claims?

4) How can Amnesty be taken seriously as providing credible and objective information when those responsible for this project and other “research” into Israel are Palestinian movement activists and adherents to the anti-Israel BDS movement? Why does Amnesty violate the most basic principles of fact-finding in this project?

5) Why are there many entries in the Platform concerning “Black Friday” with wildly divergent details? For instance, Event ID #3072 and Event ID #3079 provide contradictory narratives from Al Mezan and PCHR on essential details such as number of deaths and ages of victims.

6) Why does Amnesty’s database double-count victims, falsely inflating the casualty count? (Entries mentioned above, as well as #2422 and #2345, for example.)

7) Why does Amnesty erase Hamas’ tactic of illegally embedding in civilian areas and exploiting infrastructure such as hospitals and mosques, further endangering civilians?

8) Why doesn’t the Amnesty report include incidents of Hamas war crimes in Gaza, in particular since Amnesty has already issued publications alleging the torture and execution of “collaborators” and indiscriminate rockets (which killed civilians in Israel and in Gaza)?

9) Why does the Amnesty report erase information from individual incidents that shows that Israel was targeting military objectives?

10) What is the military expertise of the people who worked on the report? Who are the military experts at Al Mezan and Palestinian Center for Human Rights and other NGOs, who were used extensively throughout the report and have apparently been given full reign to update the Platform?

Hamas Calls for Gaza ‘Uprising’ Against Palestinian Authority

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Gaza’s Hamas terrorist rulers are calling for an “uprising” against the Palestinian Authority.

Deputies called on Wednesday for a “revolt” against the PA in response to sweeping arrests by PA security of Hamas members in Judea and Samaria.

The PA is the legal representative of Gazans in the United Nations as citizens of an independent sovereign nation called ‘Palestine.’

The PA’s leading Fatah faction, however, has now demanded that Gaza hand over its autonomous leadership of the enclave.

Local Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmad told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency on Sunday that Hamas has “foiled” efforts towards a unity government with Judea and Samaria.

As a condition for forming the new unity government, Hamas must hand over rule over Gaza, he said.

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri accused Ahmad of creating tension, saying his claim was “untrue.” He blamed the failure to form a unity government on Fatah “factionalism,” labeling Fatah calls for reform “a media maneuver.” Abu Zuhri said Hamas was willing to form the government based on national consensus.

Last month the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) – also headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas – appointed a committee to lead new talks for reforming the unity government.

This is not new. Abbas has repeated that move countless times since Hamas expelled Fatah / PA security forces after a week of lethal clashes between militias of the two factions.

Hamas was elected in a landslide to lead the government in the PA’s first democratic parliamentary election in 2006.

The two factions have never yet managed to work together to form any unity government for any length of time. Mahmoud Abbas has never safely managed to stay in Gaza for more than 24 hours since 2006. Hamas de facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has never safely managed to enter Judea or Samaria since 2006.

And yet the United Nations has recognized the PA-controlled areas in all three regions, governed separately by hostile governments with two budgets and two sets of “ministers,” as a single independent “sovereign nation, Palestine.”

The Soldiers Always Let Us Pass

Monday, July 27th, 2015

I read a story in the paper over the weekend, and it reminded me of a story of my own.

The newspaper told of a family in Gush Katif. When the soldiers came to expel them from their homes, they took the Mezuza off from the doorpost and gave it to the lead soldier. They told him to return it to them in the future.

Recently they inquired about the soldier through a third party, and asked to meet with him and get their Mezuza back.

The family was told that the soldier did not want to meet with them, and he also doesn’t want to return the Mezuza, which he is still holding on to.

Before the Expulsion, when I was trying to sneak people into Gush Katif, I would pick up hitchhikers, and we’d drive down trying to get past the army/police roadblocks and into Gush Katif.

Sometimes we’d find our way blocked, and have to go off-road, driving through the fields, ditches and dirt roads. Quite an experience, especially when your car is not made for off-road driving.

We even drove right through some of the makeshift army bases, which was quite surreal (stopping for ice cream at the Gazlan).

But more often than not, if the person guarding the road was a soldier, and the policemen wasn’t standing nearby watching him, we’d ask the soldier what he thought of the Disengagement.

Most didn’t want to answer, only telling us they weren’t allowed to let us go past, and then quietly mention the policeman is watching what they say and do.

At that point I’d ask them, “What do you plan to tell your children in 10 or 20 years from now, when they ask where you where and what you did during the Disengagement?”

I’d tell them, “You have 2 options, you can tell them you followed your orders and participated in the destruction of the homes of your fellow Jews — OR you can tell them how you actively helped sneak other people past the roadblocks to fight the Disengagement.”

“Which story do you want to be able to tell your children?”

The soldiers always let us pass.

You’ll Now Have 15 Seconds to Look for Cover

Friday, July 24th, 2015

The IDF is installing a new radar system on the Gaza border to give Israel’s Gaza border residents more time to look for cover, according to YNet.

Currently, in case of mortar attack, Gaza border residents have between 3-5 seconds to look for cover.

The new system will give residents a full 15 seconds to reach safety. Imagine that.

According to the IDF Southern Command, the system is still experimental, and hasn’t been tested in real-time. Presumably, that’s only a matter of time.

A mobile version was implemented for IDF units stationed along the border, after a mortar strike killed 5 soldiers who were in the staging area during Operation Protective Edge, .

Suspected ISIS Jihadists Blow Up Six Hamas Vehicles in Gaza

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Salafists linked with the Islamic State (ISIS) blew up six Hamas and Islamic Jihad vehicles in simultaneous attacks in Gaza City, Sunday morning.

At least two people were wounded.

The ability to stage a coordinated attack in the Hamas stronghold reflects both the capabilities of the jihadists as well as the growing vulnerability of Hamas, whose regime has brought misery, depression and war to the local population.

An ISIS poster was found near one of the vehicles that as exploded.

Israel’s Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) suggested that terrorists may have used the ISIS poster to frame the Islamists for attacks, which could have been carried out only with highly organized support.

The fact that there were not many injuries offers a hint that it might have been Palestinian Authority Fatah terrorists who staged the rare attack with the intent of scaring Hamas but without causing an immediate upheaval.

So much for the “unity” that President Obama so highly applauded earlier this year.

Hamas has face difficulties with Egypt too, which accuses them of helping the ISIS terrorists in Sinai.

Senior Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal won a rare audience last week with Saudi Arabia king Salman, the first time in four years that a Saudi king has publicly confirmed discussions with the Gaza regime.

 

Hamas Tried to Switch Missing Israeli with Eritrean

Friday, July 17th, 2015

A few weeks after Avraham Mengitso entered Gaza on his own, Israel approached Hamas via an intermediary, asking Hamas to return Mengitso to Israel on humanitarian grounds.

Hamas agreed, and sent Mengitso over to the border crossing with Israel.

Only, the man Hamas sent over wasn’t the missing Israeli, according to Channel 2.

Hamas sent over an Eritrean infiltrator who had entered Gaza from the Sinai, and tried to pass him off as the missing Israeli of Ethiopian origin.

The IDF immediately realized that Hamas was trying to pull a fast one on them, and sent the doppelganger back to Gaza.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hamas-tried-to-switch-missing-israeli-with-eritrean/2015/07/17/

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