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IDF Clashes with 40 Rioters at Gaza Border

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Israeli soldiers shot and wounded at least one Arab when approximately 40 Gazans rioted near the security fence at Khan Yunis in central Gaza Monday.

An IDF spokeswoman told The Jewish Press, “Soldier shot warnings in the air and when the protesters did not retreat, shots were fired at their lower extremities, injuring one person.”

The Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an News Agency reported that three Arabs were wounded.

The riot coincided with “Land Day” marches and riots in Judea and Samaria, which generally did not result in unusual violence.

The IDF used tear gas to disperse a riot at the Hawara checkpoint south of Shechem, where one Palestinian Authority legislator was among those who reportedly suffered from inhaling tear gas.

Amnesty Intl Charges ‘Palestinian Armed Groups’ With War Crimes

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

In a 62-page report released today (March 26, 2015), Amnesty International accused Palestinian terror groups of committing war crimes against Israelis and Gazans.

The report followed a similar fiery document published late last year that accused Israel of committing similar crimes during its counter terror Operation Protective Edge against Gaza terror groups in summer 2014.

During that conflict, the agency says in its new report, “Palestinian armed groups fired thousands of rockets and mortars at Israel, in many cases directed towards Israeli civilians and civilian objects, in violation of international law… The conduct of Palestinian armed groups, including firing from residential areas and using indiscriminate munitions that cannot be accurately directed at a military target, also endangered civilians in Gaza.”

The report, “Unlawful and Deadly: Rocket and Mortar Attacks by Palestinian Armed Groups During the 2014 Gaza/Israel Conflict” can be accessed by clicking here.

The report “does not address the summary killings of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by Hamas forces for alleged ‘collaboration’ with Israel during the July/August 2014 conflict, which will be the subject of a forthcoming report,” the author writes.

Ditto for “Israeli violations, including attacks that constituted war crimes.”

The report minimizes the damage inflicted by Hamas on its people during the seven years after the bloody militia war it started with its Palestinian Authority government “partner” and rival, the Fatah faction.

In fact, the report altogether ignores the fact that Hamas ignited the coup, seizing control of the region and murdering anyone it believed posed a threat to that authority.

Amnesty also ignores the trigger for the “seven years of Israeli blockade” – that is, the terror group’s cross-border kidnapping of an Israeli soldier, who was held captive in the enclave for more than five years.

The agency instead writes benignly that Hamas “took over Palestinian governmental institutions in the Gaza Strip” and how that blockade “had already inflicted a severe cumulative toll on infrastructure, health systems and all aspects of life in the territory. The 1.8 million Palestinians living in the Strip could not leave, as the borders were sealed” except for transfer of limited medical patients, the agency writes plaintively, “and no place inside the Strip was truly safe. There are no bomb shelters or warning systems to help protect civilians in the Gaza Strip.”

But why should they need them?

If Israel is not attacked, it has no reason to retaliate, and has no desire to waste expensive, hard-to replace ammunition. Why is no place inside Gaza “truly safe” ? Could it be that Gazans are not safe under the administration of the Hamas terror administration that they chose to elect as their leadership?

“Several UN schools sheltering displaced civilians came under attack,” the report notes.

It did not explain that each of those buildings either also housed a cache of missiles or was being used as a rocket launch site in order to prevent a response by IDF soldiers tasked with silencing the rocket fire on Israeli civilians.

The majority of Israel’s 8.3 million citizens – and all 2.8 million Palestinians living in the West Bank – are now within range of at least some of the rockets held by Palestinian armed groups in Gaza, the report noted.

“In each of the three major Gaza/Israel conflicts over the last six years … the circle of fear has widened and the number of civilians who have suffered disruption, displacement and trauma has increased.”

More than a million Jewish Israelis were displaced from their homes, and the entire quarter-million Bedouin population of the Negev was placed at terrifying risk. The former seemed to be of little concern to Amnesty, which pointed to “bomb shelters, advanced warning systems and Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system” which helped limit civilian casualties.

IDF Running Large-Scale Drill Along Gaza Border

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

The IDF is running a large-scale surprise drill on Sunday.

Ground and air forces are participating in a training drill that will take place along the Gaza border. The drill will run through most of the day.

The IDF troops will be training for various possible scenarios that could emanate from Gaza.

The IDF says the drill is part of a series of exercises designed to improve the readiness of the army.

Hamas Test Fires Rocket

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

On Tuesday evening, Hamas test fired a rocket which landed in the Mediterranean sea.

Report: Tony Blair to Resign as Quartet Mideast Envoy

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair is reportedly set to announce plans to resign as Quartet envoy to the Middle East.

It was under Blair’s leadership that the Quartet demanded that Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization fulfill three conditions in order to receive any funding from Europe: recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce violence and terrorism, and agree to uphold agreements signed by prior Palestinian Authority governments.

Nevertheless, according to a report Sunday by the Financial Times, Blair’s role as representative to the region — recommended by then-U.S. President George W. Bush — as envoy for the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations, was always controversial.

There was no specific term limit, nor was there a clear review requirement, and caused some “consternation in Europe and the UN.”

Eight years later, various parties are still complaining although Blair’s role was limited due to restrictions on his authority. It was never clear how much control the envoy actually had in affecting events in the region he served.

“People close to Mr. Blair argue that he cannot be blamed for the failure of the peace process,” wrote the Financial Times. “They say he has invested political capital and time on an unpaid mission because he is passionate about promoting peace.”

Palestinian Authority officials in the entity’s capital in the Samaria city of Ramallah don’t agree: officials there told FT they “hope so” when asked how they’d feel about Blair resigning. Blair’s office has had no comment.

1 Million Protesters in Sao Paulo Demand Ouster of Brazil’s President

Monday, March 16th, 2015

More than a million citizens are protesting in the streets of Sao Paulo to demand the resignation of President Dilma Rousseff as she enters her second term.

Demonstrators were expressing outrage over a rapidly dropping value of the real and the deteriorating economy under the ruling Workers Party (PT).

Protesters are demanding the impeachment of the president, who has just begun her second term in office following re-election in 2014.

Rousseff severely condemned Israel’s defensive counter-terror Operation Protective Edge against Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization last summer.

Although Brazil and Israel have long enjoyed strong diplomatic relations, last year Brazil’s ambassador was recalled home for “consultations” following a retort to Rousseff by Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor.

Over this weekend, tens of thousands of protesters in Brazil accused Rousseff of silence in response to scandals involving the state-owned Petrobras oil company.

Among the accusations were implications that the president herself may have been among those who milked the company for profits.

Demonstrations were held Sunday in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia, demanding Rousseff’s ouster.

#AskHamas Backfires

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

An attempt by Hamas to humanize themselves via social media backfired when the majority of tweets to #AskHamas were either making fun of them or worse, asking serious questions:

How many Hamas terrorists does it take to change a lightbulb?

Who answers on your Suicide Prevention Hotline?

If the child you are hiding behind dies, are they rewarded with 72 parents that really love them?

Thousands of Hamas rockets fired at Israel, most missed. Is Allah a Zionist?

How many people do you think you’re gonna execute over this hilariously failed hashtag idea?

To the serious:

Why you doמ’t use the cement from Israel to build houses instead of tunnels?

How many children does it take to build a #terror tunnel into #Israel?

Why did you murder 30 civilians, including 20 people over the age of 70, at a Passover seder in Netanya in 2002?

When can we expect you to change your covenant/charter?

You say you fire rockets at Israel because of the “blockade” of Gaza. If that’s true, why don’t you fire rockets at Egypt too?

If a gay Palestinian volunteered to become a suicide bomber, would you allow it, or toss him from a rooftop?

Why do you ban Gazans from leaving homes IDF has warned residents those homes would be bombed?

Why were Palestinians celebrating in the streets after the Charlie Hebdo and kosher grocer massacres in Paris?

When they bothered to respond, Hamas’s canned responses to most of these questions was to say the questions came from Israel-paid trolls.

I’d hate top be the Hamas official that came up with this dumb idea.

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