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December 20, 2014 / 28 Kislev, 5775
 
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Rocket Fire Returns to Southern Israel – Again!

Friday, December 19th, 2014

NYC, NY – Rocket fire returned to southern Israel on Friday, disrupting the Sabbath preparations of local residents again, despite initial attempts by government officials to keep the news from leaking out.

The IDF announced in the morning hours it was checking reports to see whether the activation of the Red Alert system had been a “false alarm.”

It was the third such event to occur in southern Israel in recent weeks. It follows by a few days the European Parliament’s decision to remove Hamas from the European Union’s list of foreign terror groups.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization has been test firing its rapidly improving arsenal of mortar shells, rockets and missiles into the Mediterranean for months.

By early afternoon, Israeli military officials announced that this time Gaza terrorists had, in fact, aimed their weapons directly at southern Israeli civilians. It was the first time since the end of the summer’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge the IDF had admitted a rocket landed within Israeli territory.

This is also the third time a rocket has been fired at southern Israel, and has exploded on the Israeli side of the border, since the end of this summer’s 50-day war.

The Red Alert siren was heard blaring through communities in the Eshkol Regional Council district, located less than 15 seconds away by rocket fire from the Gaza border.

The Qassam rocket itself exploded in an open area, where it caused no property damage and no physical injuries to local residents.

An Eshkol resident commented that people living in the area have been holding their breath for months, waiting for the “other shoe to drop,” so to speak.

“The war ended… but nothing was done to change the reality,” Anat Hefetz told Ynet. “For four months already nothing has been done to prevent this… No initiatve was taken. We left the area on the other side to be controlled by Hamas… There are always infiltrations, attempts to shoot rockets and ‘false alarms.’ It does not surprise us,” she said.

Weeks ago, it became clear that Hamas has also resumed its terrorist tunnel building activity as well. The organization was able to pull materials for the construction from the limited goods allowed into Gaza by Israel due to pressure from the international community.

(Ed. Note: Story filed from New York before the start of the Sabbath.)
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For readers familiar with our wartime coverage, Friday’s rocket report log looked like this:

12:36 PM – Army admits that a rocket actually landed in Israel in an open area. This is the first time since Operation Protective Edge that the IDF admits that a rocket landed within Israel’s territory.

No injuries or damage reported.

11:46 AM A rocket alert was heard in the Eshkol region.

The IDF is checking if this is a false alarm or if there was a rocket launch, and if so, where did the rocket fall.

Hamas on the Temple Mount

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Israel’s police force must be exhausted after a hard week arresting Jewish children on the Temple Mount with candles and a Chanukiah or for daring to say a prayer out loud, because they were clearly unable to do anything about the Hamas rally on the Temple Mount today.

Arab social media sites are full of photos of an openly-held rally for Hamas on the Temple Mount, replete with dozens of masked men, green Hamas headbands and flags.

The only thing missing are the guns and rocket launchers.

If the police keep doing such a great job, maybe that’s next.

In an unrelated story, PM Netanyahu and DM Yaalon allowed entry of hundreds of Gazans into Israel today so they could visit the Temple Mount to pray.

 

 

Hamas Holds Live-Fire Training Hours after EU Takes It off Terror List

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The Hamas “military” wing trained with machine-gunfire in an exercised ono the ruins of destroyed Jewish communities in the pre-dawn hours Thursday morning, hours after the European Union Court of Justice ruled that there was not enough evidence to justify the terrorist organization’s remaining on the list of banned terrorist groups.

The midnight-to-dawn exercise was carried out where Jews use to live in Dugit and Nissanit, from where they were expelled in the summer of 2005 as part of the Sharon government’s lunacy that the expulsion was the road to peace.

The number of soldiers – remember, the EU court says they are not terrorists – involved in the training indicates that It was the largest military exercise that Hamas has carried out since the Protective Edge campaign in the against Hamas in Gaza last summer, Israel Defense reported..

If the justices needed more evidence that Hamas is a terrorist organization, all they had to do was visit Jewish communities in the Gaza Belt – unless they wanted to take a chance on a one-way ticket to Gaza – and lose sleep just like the Israelis who heard explosions and gunfire for hours.

One of those explosions probably was the one that killed one Hamas member and wounded several others in a “work accident,” another semantic whitewash for terrorists preparing to kill Jews.

According to the European Union court, this is not terror. Maybe it is part of the peace process, or maybe it is the expression of “unity” with the rival Fatah movement headed by Mahmoud Abbas.

Speaking of Abbas, posters of the Palestinian Authority chairman were displayed in Gaza Thursday morning with one message that the European Union court might be interested in seeing. Abbas was pictured as being hanged, and the posters included the words ”dictator” and ”traitor.”

Is this the work of terrorists?

Perhaps the European Union Court of Justice – the most unsuitable name imaginable – views the posters as freedom of expression in a democratic society.

 

 

European Jewish Leaders: Court Decision on Hamas ‘Legitimizes Murder’

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has expressed outrage over the removal of Hamas from the European Union’s list of officially designated terror organizations, after the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg accepted an appeal filed by Hamas against its inclusion in the list.

“We have reached a new low in moral relativity if an organization explicitly dedicated to the destruction of a nation and people, which actively target and commit terrorist acts against civilians, is no longer considered a terrorist organization,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC, said. “One just needs to look at Article Seven of the Hamas Charter to know their proudly stated genocidal aspiration to the mass murder of Jews all over the world.”

“If an organization like that can be removed from a terror list then there is something very wrong with a system, because this decision legitimizes murder and genocide.”

The appeal was accepted because it was argued that Hamas’ inclusion on the list of terror organizations was conducted against EU procedures and does not include sufficient legal evidence to brand Hamas a terror organization.

“It is a ridiculous assertion that there is insufficient legal evidence to brand Hamas a terror organization,” Dr. Kantor continued. “All the judges had to do was read the Hamas Charter and then have someone translate the thousands of videos and statements released to the public in Arabic which openly call for and glorify the murder of innocent civilians, men, women and children.

“This is a very dark day for the European Union and thanks to this decision we as European Jews, who Hamas openly declares as targets for annihilation, feel less secure on our continent.”

Netanyahu Rejects EU Court’s ‘Technicality’ to Whitewash Hamas

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

“We are not satisfied with the European Union’s explanation that the removal of Hamas from its list of terrorist organizations is a ‘technical matter,” ‘Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday following the decision of the General Court of the European Union.

“The burden of proof is on the European Union and we expect it to put Hamas back on the list forthwith given that it is understood by all that Hamas – a murderous terrorist organization, the covenant of which specifies the destruction of Israel as its goal – is an inseparable part of this list. We will continue to fight Hamas with strength and determination so that it never achieves this goal,” he added.

EU Court ‘Temporarily’ Removes Hamas from List of Terrorist Groups

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The European Union Court of Justice, so to speak, took Hamas off its list of declared terrorist organizations Wednesday, accepting Hamas’ claims that the court did not have enough evidence to justify the classification.

Hamas’ appeal might boomerang because the European Union can submit more evidence to convince the court to put the terrorist organization back on its rightful place.

In the meantime, Hamas is having a field day celebrating the decision. Senior official Mousa Abu Marzouq said the decision was a “triumph” for all supporters of the right to “resistance” from “colonialism.”

One wonders how much evidence the undistinguished court needs to prove that Hamas is not a group of terrorists, murderers and butchers.

Hamas latched on the a European Union Court decision earlier this year that took a Sri Lankan terrorist group off the of the list of terrorist organizations for the same reasons – lack of evidence. However, it told the European Union it could submit more evidence to prove its case.

The only reason there was not enough proof to keep Hamas on the blacklist is fear – fear of countries to submit classified intelligence files that would be viewed by Hamas and then used by it for its own purposes.

Assuming a better case will be made to the court, it will reverse today’s decision. Until then, Hamas has won another semantic and propaganda victory.

Israel and the United States led an effort in 2003 to place Hamas on the European Union’s list of terrorist organizations, but the court ruled Wednesday that the decision 11 years ago was based on “factual imputations derived from the press and internet” not “sound legal judgment.”

“The Court stresses that those annulments, on fundamental procedural grounds, do not imply any substantive assessment of the question of the classification of Hamas as a terrorist group,” the ruling stated.

Funds for hams that have been frozen will remain untouchable for a period of time during which time more evidence will be submitted to the court.

Shots Fired at Palestinian Authority Hamas Legislator

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Palestinian Authority gunmen fired shots at the home and car of PA legislator Azzam Salhab in Hebron, journalist Khaled Abu Toameh reported on Twitter.

No was injured .

Israeli security forces have arrested Salhab several times, and he was one of more than 50 Arabs who were rounded up after last June’s kidnapping of three Israeli yeshiva students, who were murdered by their captors.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/shots-fired-at-palestinian-authority-hamas-legislator/2014/12/12/

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