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Miracle in Gaza: Power Plant the Guardian Declared “Destroyed” Comes Back to Life

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

{Originally posted at CiF Watch}

Elder of Ziyon just published a fascinating update on the widely reported story from late July, in which Gaza’s only power plant was allegedly completely “destroyed” by an Israeli missile strike.

 

Here’s how the Guardian covered the incident in a July 30th report by Harriet Sherwood.

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The report, quite naturally, didn’t mention that Israel not only denied attacking the power plant, but explained that they didn’t bomb anything in the vicinity of the power plant that day.

Here are the relevant paragraphs from Sherwood’s report:

Flames and clouds of black smoke billowed over Gaza‘s only power plant on after it was destroyed during the most relentless and widespread Israeli bombardment of the current conflict. At least 100 people were killed on Tuesday, according to Gaza health officials.

“The power plant is finished,” said its director, Mohammed al-Sharif, signalling a new crisis for Gaza’s 1.8 million people, who were already enduring power cuts of more than 20 hours a day.

Amnesty International said the crippling of the power station amounted to “collective punishment of Palestinians”. The strike on the plant will worsen already severe problems with Gaza’s water supply, sewage treatment and power supplies to medical facilities.

“We need at least one year to repair the power plant, the turbines, the fuel tanks and the control room,” said Fathi Sheik Khalil of the Gaza energy authority. “Everything was burned.” He said crew members who had been trapped by the fire for several hours were evacuated.

Gaza City officials said damage to the power station could paralyse pumps and urged residents to ration water.

The Guardian also published a video report titled ‘Israel targets Hamas leader and power plant‘, which similarly omitted any mention that Israel denied targeting the plant. And, the Guardian’s Middle East editor, Ian Black, contextualized the story as providing evidence which makes it difficult for Israel to continue to “claim” that it doesn’t “intentionally target civilian infrastructure” in Gaza.

However, as Elder noted in today’s post, the “destroyed” power plant is about to come back online.

According to a report at Ma’an News Agency on September 14th, the plant is ready to begin running again – 46 weeks ahead of schedule!

Gaza’s only power plant is ready to begin running again as soon as a shipment of fuel arrives to the Strip, the plant’s executive manager said Saturday. Walid Saad Sayil said at a news conference that he was waiting on a response from President Mahmoud Abbas’ office on providing fuel to run the plant. Sayil expects to hear back from either Ramallah or Qatar within 48 hours regarding a fuel shipment, he said.

So, in summary, at the end of the day, contrary to Guardian reports on the incident:

There appears to be no evidence that Israel targeted the power plant, or even that the plant was struck by an Israeli missile, and (based on the high percentage of errant terrorist rockets which fell inside Gaza) we should consider the possibility that a Hamas rocket may have inadvertently hit the plant. Whatever caused the damage to the power plant, the claim that the plant was completely “destroyed” appears to be a gross exaggeration. Claims that it would take “at least one year to repair the power plant” were obviously completely untrue.

We can of course expect a follow-up report by Sherwood on her original power plant story…soon eventually never.

Turkey Offers to Host Muslim Brotherhood Leadership

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Turkey has offered to host the seven Egyptian leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood who were asked to leave Qatar.

Turkish media quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan late Monday as saying his nation would welcome the leaders if they wished to come to Turkey.

Erdogan, who leads the Islamist AK Party, made the remarks while speaking to reporters on his presidential plane during his return flight Monday from a state visit to Qatar.

Turkey has also been mentioned as a possible destination for Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal, who it was rumored was also asked to leave Qatar. Hamas officials later denied the report published in a Tunisian newspaper, however, saying the group’s relations with Qatar were “passing through an extraordinary phase.”

One the Hamas terror organization’s greatest financial and strategic backers, exiled Hamas commander for Judea and Samaria operations Saleh Arouri is currently living in Turkey. It is Arouri who is believed to have been the true mastermind behind the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens in Gush Etzion this past June.

Arouri confirmed to a group of clerics in Turkey in early August that the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas was responsible for the murders.

When he made that announcement he was sitting next to Qatari-based Yusuf al-Qaradawi. The Doha mega-preacher, a favorite on the Al Jazeera Arabic-language satellite television network, had organized the gathering.

Hamas Denies Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshaal Leaving Qatar

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Hamas has denied a report quoting Arab sources who said that Khaled Meshaal might leave Qatar. It is believed Meshaal, who heads the political bureau of Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization, has been considering moving to either Tunisia, Turkey or Malaysia, according to a report by prominent Arab affairs reporter Khaled Abu Toameh.

It was Meshaal who repeatedly nixed various cease-fire agreements between Hamas and Israel during negotiations in Cairo, when terrorist factions sent representatives to consult with him in Doha.

At least seven top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood group were asked to leave the country on Sunday by the monarchy of Qatar, according to an Egyptian member of the organization. Hamas was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood.

“We appreciate the great role of the state of Qatar in supporting the Egyptian people in their revolution against the military junta, and well understand the circumstances faced by the region,” said Dr. Amr Darrag, a Brotherhood leader and head of the Freedom and Justice political party. The group has since been banned in Egypt by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

“In order to avoid causing any embarrassment for the State of Qatar, which we found to be a very welcoming and supportive host, some symbols of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing … have now honored that request,” Darrag told international media on Sunday. He vowed that the “revolution will continue.”

UPDATE: Gaza Rocket Alert (12:04pm)

Monday, September 15th, 2014

12:04pm IDF says there was no rocket launch at Israel from Gaza.

Gazan sources say a rocket misfired and landed inside Gaza.

No explosions or rocket landings were heard inside Israel.

Conclusion: It’s more likely that no rocket was launched and it was a false alarm.

We will update this article, if we learn something new.

11:44am Initial report: Rocket launched from Gaza at 11:28am fell short. Landed inside Gaza, near the border.

11:39 am (Unrelated) Rocket Siren heard in Karnei Shomron (in the Shomron) - Unannounced siren test – really bad timing.

11:28am So we’re all sitting here, working and minding our own business, when that familiar sounds rings out.

11:28am Rocket Alert – Ashkelon Coast.

 

 

 

 

Islamic Hate Mail

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Our cartoonist, Asher (no last name, for his own safety), drew an amusing cartoon today. It was titled, “An ISIS and Hamas Terrorist Walk Into a Bar…”.

The cartoon (below) had the two terrorists discussing their preferred terror techniques, via some clever wordplay.

hamas and ISIS

What we weren’t expecting was all the Muslim hate mail and comments – dozens of them – which had us rolling on the floor, laughing our heads off. But that might be a bad choice of words.

When President Obama talked about ISIS having nothing to do with Islam, I can guarantee you that his message definitely didn’t reach our Muslim readers.

A normal person gets upset that ISIS terrorists behead people, and that Hamas terrorists dig terror tunnels to steal dead bodies (to say the least).

But No. Our Muslim readers are all upset that we had the ISIS and Hamas cartoon terrorists (who President Obama said don’t represent Islam) sitting in a bar drinking alcohol.

And yes, to make that absolutely clear, our Islamic terrorists in the cartoon are drinking alcohol. The ISIS terrorist is having a Cosmopolitan, and the Hamas terrorist is drinking a Zombie.

We initially thought to tell Asher to go into hiding after drawing today’s cartoon, and we even sent him Salman Rushdie’s secret address, but we remembered that after a Hamas rocket blew out all the windows in Asher’s apartment – a month before he even drew the Islamic terrorists drinking alcohol – Asher had a few credits coming his way, since they attacked him first (well, they always attack first, so maybe we don’t have much of a case).

But getting back to the subject at hand… what upset all our Muslim readers about a cartoon of 2 terrorists, is that they are drinking alcohol. Because that is the worse thing in the world two cartoon terrorists could be doing.

It’s like our Muslim readers don’t even care about the ham sandwiches that both our cartoon Islamic terrorists ordered when they sat down at the bar.

The Gift of The Islamic State

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

We live in a world where, at least in the hands of a real leader, the Islamic State could be a gift. There are two reasons why.

First, IS enables people to see what pure evil looks like – and to remember that there really is such a thing as evil, that not every political actor is simply choosing a different flavor at the ice cream counter, all equally worthy of respect. For many in the world today, this is an important insight.

But there’s another reason, another value of IS: it enables people to see the place to which all other Islamist fascism is headed. When Hamas rounds up “collaborators” and murders them on a Gaza street; when Islamic Jihad sends a woman to her death as a suicide bomber so she can “compensate” her family for having been raped; when the Saudi virtue police send little girls back into a burning school to be roasted alive because they fled the fire without adequate head coverings; when Iranians and Iraqis murder and torture homosexuals; when Palestinian Authority television teaches its child viewers that Jews are descendants of monkeys and pigs, and that these little Arab children should grow up to be suicide bombers who murder Israeli children; when Fatah fighters take over a church, use the pages of bibles found there to clean themselves in the bathroom, and claim the right to own the building because one of their “fighters” died there – when Islamists do these things, they do them because they are driven by the same fascist, hateful, death-worshiping insanity animating the Islamic State. There’s a reason why the Arab states that oppose the Muslim Brotherhood are also the most active in opposing IS: it’s because the leaders of these Arab states know that the Brotherhood and IS are ideologically the same.

Indeed, the Egyptians and the Saudis know what many Americans try so hard not to know: that the Islam of the Muslim Brotherhood wants to subjugate every non-Muslim. In the world. That’s why, around the time founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928, Hassan al-Banna explained: “It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its laws on all nations and to extend its power to the entire world.”

That clarity, even among Arab nations, leads to this happy thought: maybe, just maybe, the Arab states that oppose IS, and that oppose the Brotherhood, might just perhaps conceivably lead to the discovery in the real world of the most famous unicorn of the 21st century: a courageous, outspoken, moderate Islam, a reformed Islam, an Islam that has abandoned the desire to murder, or subjugate, everyone who doesn’t agree with Islam. Maybe, just maybe, the Arabs who recoil in the face of IS’s rapes and tortures and beheadings can be the leaders of an Islam that is willing to live in peace with people who aren’t Muslims.

It’s a tall order. After all, traditionally the Muslim map of the world has only two regions: dar al Islam, the region of Islam, and dar al Jihad, the region of war. That map will have to be discarded and a new one prepared, with borders between sovereign nations marking the good fences that make good neighbors. As of now, the tolerance taught the West by John Locke has no place in the Muslim world. Maybe the great disgust with IS’s orgy of blood and violation and death will teach the Arab and Muslim world why toleration is a good thing.

The problem for the world right now is that these things can only happen if there is a leader, who sees these things, and is prepared to say them, clearly, to the world. The Americans in office now, who say simply that IS is not Islam, are believed by precisely no-one. The Egyptians, and the Saudis, and many others, know they have a problem precisely because for many Muslims, what IS is doing is indeed the logical conclusion of everything they hear and know and are taught about their own religion. The Brotherhood’s definition of Islam is the definition embraced by many Muslims, regardless of what is said by that famous scholar of Islam, John Kerry.

UNRWA at WAR: UNRWA statements and actions during the Israeli-Hamas battle of Summer 20

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

{*Edited and researched by Arlene Kushner} At a time when nations of the world seek a neutral entity that can manage the funds for the rehab of Gaza, some people have suggested that UNRWA be considered as that entity.

However, before appointing UNRWA it would be best to examine UNRWA statements and actions during the Israeli-Hamas conflict of 2014

June 27 through August 23

As UNRWA statements and actions are reviewed, certain factors become readily evident:

• UNRWA, which has a mandate to function as a humanitarian relief organization, consistently and inappropriately politicizes its positions.

• That politicization is expressed via a virulently anti-Israel stance.

• UNRWA is controlled by or allows itself to be used by Hamas. Its representatives studiously avoid mention of Hamas behavior that is egregiously destructive to the civilians of Gaza.

• UNRWA statements are frequently tendentious. They include distortions of fact, and blatant misrepresentations.

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UNRWA’s relationship to Hamas is at the core of this review.

An examination of UNRWA press releases and public statements by UNRWA representatives for the time period of this report reveals that Hamas is almost never mentioned by name.

On July 11, for example, Robert Turner, Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, exhibiting a rare attempt to be (to seem) even-handed, said:

“The United Nations has condemned indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza on civilian areas in Israel and I do so again now.”

“Rocket fire from Gaza…” Perhaps the rockets fire themselves. There is no mention that Hamas is doing the bulk of the launching. And as to the fire being “indiscriminate… Does he suggest that there is a discriminating way to fire rockets at civilians?

►Not once during this time period was there a complaint or accusation voiced publicly by an UNRWA representative with regard to the Hamas practice of launching rockets and firing mortars from or near civilian sites — most particularly in this context, UNRWA installations.

Were one to form an impression of the war based solely on statements emanating from UNRWA, one would not know that such a practice – involving extensive utilization of civilians as human shields, which is blatantly in defiance of international law – had been taking place.

The failure of UNRWA personnel to refer to Hamas’s use of human shields is particularly disturbing because UNRWA’s mandate is humanitarian: the agency’s first obligation is to the wellbeing of the Palestinian Arabs, referred to as refugees, for whom it maintains responsibility.

An UNRWA document declares explicitly that:

“UNRWA has a very clear mandate for protection…[which includes] obtaining full respect for the rights of the individual in accordance with the letter and spirit of the relevant bodies of law (that is, human rights law, international humanitarian law…)”

http://www.unrwa.org/userfiles/201006109246.pdf

At the very same time, article 28 of the Forth Geneva Convention states that:

“The presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations.”

Similarly the 1998 ICC Statute declares that:

“Utilizing the presence of a civilian or other protected person to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations” constitutes a war crime.

It is not remotely within the realm of the possible that UNRWA, an international humanitarian agency, is unaware of these legal prohibitions.

Nor does it withstand the test of credibility that UNRWA staff might have been unaware of Hamas’s practice in this regard. Hamas even put out a video encouraging it:

http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2014/07/08/hamas-uses-human-shields/

What we are seeing is a willful readiness to ignore these Hamas practices – in spite of the obligation of UNRWA to respond to them. In this sense, UNRWA has most grievously failed those individuals for whom it has responsibility.

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