I’m not sure which is worse. That someone gave a real pistol to a child wearing an army uniform in Gaza… or that the child is holding up a loaded gun with his finger on the trigger in the middle of a crowd.
Posts Tagged ‘Hamas’
(JNi.media) The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) met in Barcelona on Sunday to evaluate past actions and to plan for future work, “in light of the extremely deteriorated situation in Palestine, the Israeli oppression and the continued blockade of Gaza.”
The following strategic plan was adopted: in 2016 a Women’s Boat to Gaza will sail to challenge the Israeli blockade; then, in 2017, the focus will shift to solidarity with the fishermen of Gaza; and in 2018 the coalition plans to send in a large vessel carrying hundreds of supporters from around the world to “challenge the blockade.”
The land, air, and sea blockades of the Gaza Strip have been enforced by Israel since 2007, and by Egypt when it has not been ruled by the Muslim Brothers. After Hamas had won the Palestinian elections in the strip in 2006, and eventually seized control of the Gaza Strip from the PLO, it declared war on the Jewish State, vowing to destroy it, and refusing to honor the peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians. There was also the June, 2006 kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, which was followed by Operation Summer Rains—open warfare between Hamas and the IDF. Since then, Egypt and Israel have sealed their border crossings with Gaza, opening them infrequently only to close them in a hurry when some residents of Gaza inevitably shoot rockets at the other side.
Israel insists that, in this perpetual state of war with Hamas, the blockade is necessary to limit rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip on its civilians and to prevent Hamas from obtaining other weapons by sea. Egypt, for its part, razed an entire Gazan neighborhood last year, to create a wide and easily governable no man’s land between Egypt and the Gaza strip. Egypt has also been systematically flooding the Hamas smuggling tunnels connecting its territory with Gaza.
At this point, Hamas holds the key to removing the blockade: embrace the peace accords, disavow its plan to annihilate the Jews of Israel, and begin to care for its own, downtrodden population. But since that’s not in the cards, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition is there to lend its support.
In the Barcelona meeting, on Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1, the following campaigns were represented:
Canadian Boat to Gaza European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza Freedom Flotilla Italy Palestine Solidarity Alliance (South Africa) Rumbo a Gaza (Spain) Ship to Gaza – Norway Ship to Gaza – Sweden It was the first FFC face to face meeting after its Freedom Flotilla III, in which most of the boats turned back to Greece harbor midway, and the flagship Marianne was boarded peaceably by the Israeli Navy, and all the delegates on board were detained and sent home.
The Barcelona meeting ended with an ambitious resolution, to “continue our work until the blockade of Gaza is lifted, occupation comes to an end and all just rights of the Palestinian people are restored.”
If Israel were to flood Hamas terror and smuggling tunnels, the world would have condemned Israel the next day. When Egypt does it, no one outside Gaza says “boo,” and Israel can breathe a bit easier
The al-Sisi regime has flooded underground tunnels in six different areas in southern Gaza for the second time in two weeks, according to the Turkish-based Anadolu agency.
Smugglers use the tunnels to transport terrorists, ammunition, weapons and goods and merchandise that are heavily taxed by Hamas.
Wiping out the system severely hampers Hamas’ ability to rake in heavy taxes on smuggle goods and to maintain a hammerlock on supplies of goods and merchandise.
Terrorists have infiltrated into the Sinai Peninsula from Gaza and to carry out murderous attacks on Egypt police and soldiers carrying out al-Sisi’s orders to re-assert Egyptian authority in an area where anarchy has allowed Islamic State (ISIS) and other terrorist groups to carve out fiefdoms of power.
Flooding tunnel is not the only drastic action that Egypt has used to protect itself, as well as reducing the possibility of attacks on Israel for the Sinai.
Two years, Egypt began bulldozing homes of Gaza Arabs on the Egyptian side of Rafah, a city that straddles the border with Gaza. Last January, it extended the buffer zone to more than a mile and has displaced thousands of families, with only a few peeps from the international community.
“Incitement to Violence without Borders” has reached the British Parliament, where UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness spoke to a “charity” organization that channels money to the Hamas terrorist party and army.
The U.S. government formally has declared the British-based Interpal “charity” group a terrorist organization because it helps Hamas keep its pockets full of cash.
The State Dept. was unable to answer a question posed at a press briefing this week if Gunness’ speaking to Interpal might be included in a possible investigation of UNRWA incitement, an issue that has been raised because of its employees’ hateful anti-Israel posts on social media.
State Dept. spokesman John Kirby said he would” take the question,” but he has not given back an answer.
The Washington Free Beacon asked for a clarification about Gunness’ speech and was told:
We have seen the reports on this event, though we did not attend. We understand that the UNRWA spokesperson attended an event at the British Parliament to benefit wounded Palestinian children, hosted by several of its members.
We have long made known our commitment to UNRWA’s absolutely essential work in helping Palestinian refugees—including many refugee children. And we have made clear our position that UNRWA must be able to work independently and free from bias.
Bias at the UNRWA? Gunness Biased, the same Gunness who has called the IDF “callous” for trying to stop Hamas missile attacks on half of Israel last summer and :who has blamed the “blockade” for what he declared is a rise in the mortality rate of infnats in Gaza?
And what did Gunness have to tell Interpol last week?
He talked about “little Mohammed,” whom he said was blended by an IDF artillery shell in the war against Hamas last summer. He also spoke about a “child who froze to death.” That is Israel’s fault, he said, because of the “slow pace of reconstruction,” although another reason just might be Hamas’s using construction material to build weapons factories and rockets.
Here is UNRWA’s response to the Free Beacon when asked about Gunness’ appearing at an organization that the United States has designated a terrorist group:
UNRWA Spokesman Chris Gunness spoke at an event in the UK Parliament sponsored and attended by British Members of Parliament about a project supported by a legally registered UK charity to help approximately 300 blind and visually impaired Palestinian children in Gaza in need of special assistance.
It did not say what the U.S. Treasury has to say about the British-based group:
Interpal, headquartered in the UK, has been a principal charity utilized to hide the flow of money to HAMAS. Reporting indicates it is the conduit through which money flows to Hamas from other charities, e.g., the Al Aqsa Foundation, and that it oversees the activities of other charities.
Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen this week proposed a law that would cut off U.S. funding to UNRWA unless it document that its employees have no links with terrorist organizations and can certify that no employees of the organization have ties to terrorism or anti-Semitic incitement.
The Florida legislator said in a statement, according to the Free Beacon:
In response to the increased terror and violence in Israel, we must hold those who are responsible for inciting this violence accountable, and that includes UNRWA.
The U.S. can’t continue to send $400 million to UNRWA while ignoring the systemic and endemic anti-Israel, anti-Semitic bias and the blatant incitement to violence we see from its employees.
UNRWA employees and facilities are consistently tied to foreign terrorist organizations and a full accounting of the agency’s affiliations should be required before another dime is spent on this divisive organization.
A Border Guard Police officer was wounded and an Arab attacker shot on Thursday morning in a terror attack near the Route 60 junction connecting Kiryat Arba with the ancient city of Hebron.
The 23-year-old Arab terrorist knifed the officer in the head and upper body, according to Magen David Adom.
The officer immediately pushed his attacker away despite his condition, even as the terrorist continued to try to stab him over and over again, according to police.
A nearby Border Guard Police officer shot the terrorist, who was mortally wounded and died shortly after.
The victim remained conscious while receiving emergency medical treatment from an IDF medic at the scene before being evacuated to a Jerusalem medical center.
The Gaza-based Hamas terror organization has secured a stronghold in Hebron within the past several years.
(JNi.media) A joint operation the IDF, Shin Bet, and Police forces on Tuesday nabbed two wanted terror operatives who were plotting to carry out terror attacks. The two were arrested in the Jenin refugee camp.
The forces arrested Kis Sa’adi, 24, a known Hamas operative, who has fired at Security forces, manufactured and planted IED’s, and has been involved in weapon trafficking. They also picked up Tair Jaradat, 29, an Islamic Jihad operative from the Jenin refugee camp.
Various weapons were found during the arrests, concealed in the terrorists’ apartment, including M-16 assault rifles, magazines, a handgun, stun grenades, night vision equipment, a holster, two boxes of ammunition, and military vests.
Security forces swooped down on terror cell leaders in two major Palestinian Authority cities early Tuesday and arrested wanted Hamas and an Islamic Jihad leader.
Police, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), and the IDF carried out the joint operation that netted the arrests in Jenin of two terrorists who were plotting attacks.
The Hamas terrorists was identified as Kis Sa’adi, 24, who is wanted for firing at security forces, manufacturing and planting explosive devices. He also has been involved in weapon trafficking.
Also arrested was Islamic Jihad terrorist, Tair Jaradat, 29 years.
Soldiers and police found and confiscated in their apartment M-16 assault rifles, magazines, a hand gun, stun grenade, night vision means, a holster, two boxes of ammunition and military vests.
Jenin once was known as the “center of terror” in the Palestinian Authority, but foreign and Israeli media as recently as three years ago described it is a model city that had rid itself of violence.
In a village near Kalkilya, located between central Samaria and the metropolitan Tel Aviv city of Kfar Saba, Israeli soldiers and police confiscated an M-16, a handgun, hunting rifles, knives and ammunition.
The Palestinian Authority is committed by previous agreements to root out terror in urban centers.
Overnight, police and soldiers rounded up 44 terror suspects in Judea and Samaria.