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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.

Security Task Force Warns US to ‘Take Heed’ from 2014 Gaza War

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

A special U.S.-based task force created to study the 2014 Gaza War fought last summer by Israel against the enclave’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization is warning the United States to pay heed to the lessons learned in the conflict by the IDF.

Commissioned and supported by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), the task force said in a new report the strategy employed by Hamas during the war is a new type of threat.

“The new face of war,” the report called the Hamas style of fighting last summer, saying it threatens to “undermine the effectiveness of conventional militaries, endangers civilians in irregular conflicts and distorts the international legal structure,” the report said.

“The 2014 Gaza War featured a hybrid non-state force – Hamas – that perhaps uniquely combined four elements: • Acting with reckless disregard for civilian safety, if not deliberately putting them in harm’s way; • Distorting internationally-recognized legal standards to exploit legal protections afforded civilians and the casualties caused by this exploitation; • Portraying its opponent, through an information operations campaign, as legally culpable for what were lawful, defensive responses to aggression; and • Securing advantageous pressure from the international community on its opponent to terminate legitimate defensive military action.”

“American policymakers and military leaders should take heed and act to avert the potentially serious consequences for U.S. national security,” the task force warned.

Hamas Test Fires Rocket

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Hamas test fired a rocket into the Mediterranean ocean on Monday afternoon.

Since the end of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has been regularly firing short range (under 30 kilometer range) rockets into the ocean.

Israel To Double Water Supply For Gaza Despite Hamas Threats

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

(JNS.org) Israeli officials say they are doubling the amount of water the Jewish state provides to the Gaza Strip, despite ongoing threats from the Gaza-based Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) chief Major General Yoav Mordechai said that Israel would increase water supplies from 1.3 to 2.6 billion gallons to help ease the ongoing water crisis in Gaza.

A recent report by the Israeli non-governmental organization B’Tselem said that more than 90 percent of Gaza’s water is un-potable due to decades of over-pumping of Gaza’s coastal aquifer, the territory’s main water source, leading to contamination from seawater and saline groundwater as well as a lack of wastewater treatment.

Mordechai added that he hopes Hamas “would not steal water from civilians as they steal construction materials intended for the reconstruction of houses,” the Associated Press reported.

The news concerning Gaza’s water supply comes after a recent false report repeated by several news outlets, including Al-Jazeera and Agence France Presse (AFP), that Israel purposely opened dams in southern Israel and flooded parts of Gaza. No such dams exist in southern Israel. Al-Jazeera later retracted and apologized for the false reporting.

Hamas and other Gaza-based terror groups such as Islamic Jihad regularly use building materials sent from Israel, such as concrete, for the construction of tunnels used to launch attacks inside of Israel.

Gaza Belt Jew Indicted for Selling Hamas Materials for Terror

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

A 50-year-old man from the Gaza Belt and three others were indicted Monday morning for selling to Hamas materials that the terrorist organization used to build terror tunnels and military compounds.

The indictment stated that the suspects knew that Hamas was going to use the material for terror. The gang included one Arab with Israeli citizenship, a Jew from Tel Aviv and an Arab from the Palestinian Authority.

The resident from the Gaza Belt, identified as Micha Peretz, denied he knew that the material was destined for Hams terrorists. He covered his face when confronted by reporters.

The shocking indictment effectively removed a gag order on the arrests of the gang, which allegedly shipped material to Hamas last year until the Protective Edge campaign.

The suspects were arrested several weeks ago after extensive investigations by the police, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), customs officers and the IDF. Also arrested were more than two dozen Israeli and Palestinian Authority Arabs.

The materials that Hamas bought from the suspects passed through the Kerem HaShalom. The suspects worked for a large but unnamed company and previously had been warned not to deal with Hamas.

They allegedly sold the terrorist organization thousands of tons of metal, communications and electronic equipment worth tens of millions of dollars. The materials were used to build the same tunnels that terrorists used to kill soldiers and stage attacks on Gaza Belt communities, including where Peretz lives.

Still unanswered is how the material was cleared by Israeli inspectors to pass through the crossing into Gaza, but it is known that gang used a straw company to ship the materials.

The chairman of the Eshkol Regional Council where Peretz lives told Israel Radio Monday morning he was angry and shocked. “If the charges are true, he should not see daylight again,” he said.

He called him a traitor.

Egypt Formally Designates Hamas as Terrorist Entity

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

An Egyptian court has formally ruled that Gaza’s ruling Hamas organization is a terrorist group, the country’s state-run media reports.

The decision officially outlaws Hamas in much the same way that the Muslim Brotherhood has been banned in Egypt. Hamas was founded by the Brotherhood, as have been many other terrorist organizations as well.

Both the United States and the European Union banned Hamas as a terrorist organization years ago.

Hamas denounced the decision at a news briefing. “It is a shocking and dangerous decision that targets the Palestinian people,” spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told journalists. “It will directly contaminate the reputation of Egypt.”

The same court outlawed as a terrorist group the military wing of Hamas – the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades – last month.

The current ruling came one week after the passage of the country’s Terrorist Entities Law which specifies the designation of a terror group, CNN reported. According to the new law, the prosecutor general must propose the declaration of a group as a terror organization. The decision must be approved by an appeals court as well, according to Ahmed Ragheb, head of the National Group for Human Rights and Law.

In addition, authorities may also freeze the assets of designated terror groups, and issue travel bans as well.

Egypt’s relations with Turkey — another regional neighbor — have been rocky since former Muslim Brotherhood-backed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was deposed in 2013. Turkey’s AKP-led government, headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is a strong supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Erdogan in particular has long been a close friend of Hamas. Recently Hamas was welcomed to open a new “foreign office” headquarters in the Turkish capital after Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal and his minions were expelled from Qatar.

Since Egypt’s participation in negotiations between Hamas in Gaza and Israel was essential in security a cease-fire during the last war, it remains to be seen how the current situation will affect future relations in the region.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/egypt-formally-designates-hamas-as-terrorist-entity/2015/03/01/

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