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July 2, 2016 / 26 Sivan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Gaza’

Report: Israel ‘Engaging’ With International Criminal Court Over Operation Protective Edge

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Israel is “engaging” with the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, according to a report Saturday by the Reuters news agency.

The discussions are a change from the standard Israeli policy of ignoring ICC inquiries or investigations into war crimes claims by the Palestinian Authority against the Jewish State.

This time the claims refer to the conflict with Israel dating back to the summer of 2014, ignited by the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli yeshiva teens by Hamas terrorists.

That attack eventually led to Operation Protective Edge, the 50-day war with Hamas and its associated terrorist allies – Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Fatah-linked Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades – in Gaza.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told Reuters in a visit at a UN office in Geneva Thursday, “Israel has agreed to engage with my office and we are exchanging information… If a visit to the region is required, or when it’s required, we will also be making that request to visit,” she said.

Israel was accused of committing war crimes because it fired at sites from which Hamas launched rockets at Israeli civilians and soldiers.

But Hamas planted its rocket and mortar launchers among civilians – within the courtyards of schools and hospitals – and stored its ammunition in UNRWA schools.

The United Nations itself was shown the concrete evidence that its own school buildings and medical clinics were being used as weapons storage facilities by Hamas – but that did not stop the international body from accusing Israel of committing war crimes when the IDF attempted to destroy the source of the attacks on Israeli civilians.

Hana Levi Julian

Liberman Opens Crossings Between Palestinian Authority, Gaza and Israel for Ramadan

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has opened the gates, so to speak, to allow almost completely free movement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel during Ramadan this year.

IDF Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) issued a statement late Friday noting the move was Israel’s “civil policy to improve the quality of life for Arabs citizens of the Palestinian Authority in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, including the maintenance of their freedom of religion.”

The policy – recommended first by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot – comes in advance of the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan which begins Sunday night.

Under the policy, Arabs in Judea and Samaria will be able to enter Israel for visits with relatives and to worship Friday at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

In addition they will be able to travel overseas via Ben Gurion International airport, and also be allowed to visit relatives in Gaza as well.

Gazans living abroad will be able to fly in via Ben Gurion to visit their families in the region.

The “crossings will be open for [travel to] prayers as the activity hours of the crossings will be extended,” according to a spokesperson for the COGAT.

Moreover, Gazans will be allowed to attend prayers in Jerusalem at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, and attend Ramadan religious events.

They will also be able to visit relatives in Israel, as well as in Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria — assuming, of course, that Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization agrees to allow its citizens all this freedom. It’s also not clear whether Hamas will allow visitors to enter the region to visit family members either, for that matter. That is not under Israel’s control.

But this time it won’t be the Israeli government placing obstacles in the way.

The Palestinian Authority and the international community have been “updated on these steps for the holiday,” the statement said.

Hana Levi Julian

False Pictures Fill Palestinian Authority Report to World Health Organization

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – The World Health Organization report in May warning of the “mental, physical, and environmental health” of Palestinian Authority Arabs under Israeli control is facing a wave of criticism from Israeli officials who are challenging the report’s accuracy and objectivity. The WHO conference also earned scrutiny from watchdog groups who pointed out that a Palestinian Authority report submitted to the UN health organization is riddled with false captions to photos accusing Israel of wrongdoing.

“Instead of compiling a professional and objective report, the WHO is being used by those whose only interest is to harm the State of Israel,” said Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN. “They are doing so even when this means that they are creating alternative reality and disseminating vicious lies.”

That type of alternate reality was depicted in a report submitted to WHO by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health in which several photographs contained captions with false descriptions, many of which were detailed in a post by the watchdog organization CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America).

The Palestinian Authority report also speculated on outlandish accusations against Israel, suggesting Israel freezes the bodies of Arab terrorists in order to obscure “whether the deceased individual’s organs have been stolen.” The Palestinian Authority health ministry also wondered – citing a “widespread belief among Palestinians” and a report in the former Soviet mouthpiece Pravda – whether “Israel has injected prisoners with carcinogenic viruses.”

The 59-page Palestinian Authority report is filled with pictures falsely captioned to assert Israeli violations of “Palestinian” rights.

In a section where the PA Ministry of Health accuses Israel of attacking Palestinian Authority medical staff and hospitals, the report includes a photograph of an Israeli soldier in an ambulance. The caption describes the image as “Israeli occupation soldiers search the interior of a Palestinian ambulance.” However, the image – actually of an IDF ambulance – is carefully cropped to exclude the Star of David icon as much as possible. Only the top pinpoint of the Jewish symbol is exposed at the bottom of the photograph, revealing the ambulance to be Israeli.

The significance of the photograph and its false caption relates to its possible influence in the crafting of WHO’s report, which was proposed by the Kuwaiti delegation on behalf of the Arab Group and the Palestinian Authority. The report’s final version calls for the Director-General to make recommendations for improving health conditions of Palestinian Palestinian Authority Arabs with focus on a number of areas including “incidents of delay or denial of ambulance service.”

There were several other instances in which the PA’s Ministry of Health included photographs with fallacious captions, as documented in the CAMERA report and the pro-Israel blog Isreallycool.

The caption in one picture describes a scenario in which “settlers attack a Palestinian child while being observed by Israeli occupation forces.” However, in the photograph, which was taken by a photographer for Agence France Presse and belongs to Getty Images, it is actually an Israeli child being pulled by Israeli security forces from Jewish residents of the Samarian outpost of Havat Gilad. There are no Arabs in the picture.

In another instance, a fictional image of a potential strike on Iranian nuclear facilities by an Israeli M-15 was described in the report as a photograph of an Israeli aerial attack on Gaza during Operation Protective Edge in 2014. The mountainous background of the image, created by The Aviationist blog’s Al Clark, depicts a geographic region that contrasts with the flatlands of the Gaza Strip.

Neither the World Health Organization nor the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health returned TPS’s requests for comment on the apparently false information in the Palestinian Authority report. Ambassador Danon, for his part, remains hopeful and committed to fighting false charges by the Palestinian Authority and others in international organizations like WHO and the UN.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

The Walter Bingham File – The Great Robbery [audio]

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

In today’s show, Walter talks about the important events that are dominating the news in the UK and he also gives his take about the latest developments in the American election circus.

Plus, we hear a great deal about terrible conditions in Gaza and about a housing and food shortage that is blamed on Israel’s blockade of the strip. Well, Walter went to investigate and with a group of foreign journalists traveled south to the Kerem Shalom Crossing where goods are transferred into Gaza. What he saw and heard there will surprise you.

Don’t miss this first part of that report.

The Walter Bingham File – 31May – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Hamas Morphing Into ISIS: 3 Gazans Sentenced to Death and Executed Same Day

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization is morphing into a Da’esh (ISIS)-like justice system as its governing body tightens its control over the population and its own fighters as well.

Three Arab men were found guilty of murder Tuesday in a Hamas military court and sentenced to execution in Gaza. Two were sentenced to be hanged, and one was executed by firing squad, according to Arab sources.

Earlier this year, a member of the Hamas terror group was executed after he confessed to stealing and homosexuality. The fighter’s death was condemned by fellow members of the force who resigned in protest.

Just a few weeks later, the European Union condemned the Hamas military court for sentencing to death five convicts accused of collaborating with Israel.

“The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemn the five death sentences issued by military courts in the Gaza Strip on 18 April,” said the EU statement. “These include three new death sentences and the confirmation of two previous ones, all on the grounds of collaboration with enemy forces.”

At that point, 10 people had been executed by the Hamas terror regime since January.

Hana Levi Julian

Gaza Tots Taught to Wage War Against Israel in Realistic School Plays [video]

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Gaza tots are being taught from the tiniest ages –from three and up — how to wage war against Israel. They are being desensitized to the sounds of war in school plays where they learn to wage war against Israel in realistic-sounding battle scenes.

It’s not a joke, or even a game. It’s very serious business and deliberate, methodical indoctrination of the next generation that begins literally with playground or daycare, and continues straight through the lifespan, via all forms of media, to the grave.

The Da’esh (ISIS or Islamic State) and Hezbollah terrorist groups have been doing this for quite some time as well.

IDF Spokesperson Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner called the latest video of these events “a rare glimpse into Gaza child abuse,” and asked Facebook users to “please share this.”  JewishPress.com asks its readers to do the same, for only through wide dissemination of this information will English-speaking readers learn the truth about what is happening to the children of Gaza.

These events are not being covered at all in the mainstream media abroad for many reasons, perhaps primary among them might be the safety of their journalists whose own lives and those of their families depend upon the capricious whims of Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization.

For those journalists who do write about these horrors, their editors either ignore the facts or dismiss them as aberrations.

Few are really aware of the deliberate generational programming that is taking place among the Palestinian Authority Arabs, quietly promoted by Ramallah-based leader Mahmoud Abbas and Gazan Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

These school-based “war game plays” flow into the summer camp programs when the children learn the more practical aspects of battle: how to properly wield their little weapons, how to sight, aim and fire, the art of camouflage, etc.

Each terrorist group runs its own summer program for children from ages 3 to 21 – by which time, “graduates” have already become fully functioning operatives of the terror group.

Hana Levi Julian

Joint Israeli Security Team Captures Hamas Terrorist Cell Behind Fiery Jerusalem Bus Bombing

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

A joint operation involving IDF soldiers, Israeli Police and Israel Security Agency (ISA) operatives has ended with the arrest of the six-member Hamas terror cell that allegedly blew up a bus in Jerusalem on April 18, 2016.

The suspects manufactured and assembled the bomb that was used in the attack on Bus #12 in Jerusalem this past April, wounding 20 people. Two of the victims in the attack, a man, 30, and a woman, 28, were critically injured, six moderately and the rest sustained light injuries, including two children ages 10 and 12.

Udi Gal, spokesman for the Jerusalem Fire Dept. told the media that “enormous flames that erupted in one bus reached the other. Both buses were ignited completely and a nearby vehicle was burnt as well. Luckily, no one was trapped inside.”

The terror cell, near Bethlehem, had planned a series of attacks to be carried out in Jerusalem and surrounds, according to the ISA (Shin Bet) intelligence agency. Investigators revealed the six terrorists who comprised the cell were planning a suicide bombing. In addition, they planned to carry out shootings and vehicle ramming attacks.

According to the statement released by the Shin Bet, the investigation also revealed that two of the terrorists being held had been involved in a separate shooting attack last year.

Suspected terrorist Abdel Hamid Abu Srour, 19, died of the wounds he sustained in the attack. He was a resident of Aida, near Bethlehem.

Following Abu Srour’s death, the Hamas terror organization claimed responsibility for the attack and called him a “martyr.” Spontaneous celebrations erupted in Bethlehem and Gaza, with people passing out candy in the streets to celebrate the bombing, characterized by the Shin Bet as a suicide bombing.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed in the evening just a few hours after the attack, “We will locate the men who created this bomb, we will reach the men who sent the bomber as well as the ones behind them. We will settle the account with these terrorists.”

The suicide bomber is dead. The remaining six suspects are currently being held in custody and a request to extend their remand until the end of court proceedings is expected to be submitted shortly.

Hana Levi Julian

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