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Posts Tagged ‘Hamas’

Hamas Congratulates Jerusalem Shooter [video]

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Hamas welcomed the shooting in Jerusalem Sunday morning, Israel Radio reported. The announcement said the shooting was a “natural response to the crimes of the occupation.”

The Ma’an news agency reported the closing of access to and from Arab villages and neighborhoods in and around Jerusalem following the shooting spree.

David Israel

Islamists’ Ultimatum to Hamas: Release our Members or We’ll Shoot at Israel

Friday, October 7th, 2016

After the Israeli town of Sderot was hit last Wednesday with a rocket shot from the Gaza Strip, the responsible Salafi terror group Aknaf Bait al-Maqdis delivered an ultimatum to the Hamas government: release our activists from your jail within 48 hours, or we’ll target Sderot again, Ma’ariv reported Friday.

The ultimatum was issued by a senior in the Salafi terror group, Abu Bakr al-Maqdisi, who declared on his Facebook page: “We presented to Hamas a 48 hour ultimatum which they did not obey so we hit Sderot. Now we give them another 48 hours to release our activists from Hamas jail.”

Aknaf Bait al-Maqdis, an ISIS affiliate, was one of two groups who claimed responsibility for the Sderot rocket, with the declaration: “The shooting was part of our ongoing efforts against the Jewish enemies of Allah, as well as revenge for the arrest of our people by Hamas.”

Another, less well know group, Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, also claimed responsibility for the same rocket. There are several warring Islamist group in the Gaza Strip, which are in constant conflict with the Hamas government. Last week, five Salafi terrorists were arrested by police in Rafah and in Gaza City.

Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi told Ma’ariv it would be “unacceptable” for his town to become the battleground for various Gazan factions to fight each other. “Sderot is not Gaza’s gun fodder,” he said. “If there’s no quiet in Sderot, there must be no quiet in Gaza either. I count on the prime minister, the defense minister and the IDF to shortcut this pattern.”

The terms “Salafist jihadist” and “Jihadist-Salafism” were coined by scholar Gilles Kepel in 2002, to describe “a hybrid Islamist ideology” developed by international Islamist volunteers in the 1980s’ Afghan anti-Soviet jihad, organized largely by the CIA. Since then these hybrid Islamists have spread across the Middle East and North Africa, beheading and exploding their path to divine redemption. Three or four such groups planted themselves in the Gaza Strip and northern Sinai.

On August 14, 2009, Sheikh Abdel Latif Moussa, spiritual leader of Jund Ansar Allah, an armed Salafist jihadist group in the Gaza Strip, announced during his Friday sermon the establishment of an Islamic emirate in the Palestinian territories, and vowed an attack on the ruling Islamist group Hamas, for failing to enforce Sharia law. Hamas forces circled his mosque complex and in the fighting that ensued Sheikh Abdel Latif Moussa and 23 others were killed, and more than 130 were wounded.

Salafist jihadists have also been involved in protests against King Abdullah II of Jordan, and the kidnapping and killing of Italian peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni in Gaza.

Israel, which under its new defense minister, Avigdor Liberman, has been retaliating swiftly for every single violation of the 2014 ceasefire, refuses to distinguish between the different rockets shot across the Gaza border. It holds Hamas accountable for all of them, and, in fact, has taken advantage of the recent few rockets and mortar shells to hit Hamas training facilities in the northern Gaza Strip.

David Israel

Liberman: ‘Not Looking for Adventure, But There Will Be No Compromise’

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Thursday at a ceremony for IDF commanders that although Israel has no intention of escalating the conflict with Gaza’s Hamas terrorist rulers, “all fire from Gaza towards Israel’s sovereign territory will be met by a strong response.”

Liberman said in his statement, “We’re not looking for adventure, and nobody is pushing for a tougher response against Hamas in Gaza, but we are determined to guard the citizens of Israel, and on that point there will be no compromise.

“It is not our intention to initiate a military process. However, we will not tolerate any gunfire or provocations from anyone against Israeli citizens, or any strike against Israeli sovereignty. Neither shooting nor flotillas,” he said.

Hana Levi Julian

Update: Rocket Hits Near Gaza Border Community

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

A rocket alert went off in a community near the Gaza border at 2:26 PM.

Local residents are reporting they heard a rocket hit in an open area, outside their community.

The Eshkol Regional Council reports that it appears that the rocket landed in an open area outside one of the communities. The IDF confirmed their report.

No one was injured in the strike.

Yesterday, a rocket hit inside the city of Sderot. It is believed to have been launched by one of the Salafi groups.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon Welcomes New UN Secy-Gen Guterres

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon welcomed UN Secretary-General -elect Antonio Guterres to his new position, which he will assume in January 2017.

Guterres, former Prime Minister of Portugal and the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, was unanimously chosen on Wednesday to succeed Ban Ki-moon, who steps down at the end of December this year.

Danon told Guterres, “The State of Israel hopes and expects that the UN under your leadership will act in the spirit of its founding principles as a fair body able to differentiate between good and evil, and will end its obsession with Israel.

“I hope that this change in leadership will bring an end to the organization’s hostility towards the Jewish State,” Danon said.

In addition, Danon urged Guterres to accept on behalf of the United Nations responsibility for ensuring return of the remains of IDF Lt. Hadar Goldin and IDF Sgt. Oron Shaul from Gaza. The bodies of both officers were snatched by members of the Hamas terrorist organization during the 2014 counter terror war, Operation Protective Edge.

Danon also suggested Guterres appoint a special UN envoy to combat anti-Semitism.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Shelling Northern Gaza in Retaliation for Sderot Rocket

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The IDF on Wednesday morning fired artillery shells at targets in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Just one hour following a rocket that had been fired from the Gaza Strip and landed on a residential street near a school inside the city of Sderot, Arab media reported.

According to local witnesses, at least one artillery shell landed in a terrorist training ground in Beit Hanoun. It is not yet clear which terror group operates the facility. Israeli media sources reported the site was run by Hamas.

No injuries have been reported on the Israeli or Arab side.

Around 10:30 AM Wednesday, rocket sirens were heard in Sderot and nearby communities alongside the Gaza Strip, following which an exploded rocket was discovered. The IDF spokesperson’s office reported road damage as a result of the rocket.

Several Sderot residents were treated for shock.

The swift retaliation represents a continued new policy instituted by incoming Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu), of hitting back inside Gaza as soon as someone on that side violates the 2014 ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

David Israel

Gaza Rocket Hits Near Sderot School, No Injuries

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

A rocket fell in the town of Sderot near the Gaza Strip border on Wednesday morning, just before 10:30 AM.

The rocket fell near a school on Mishol Homa Umigdal. Some damage to property was reported.

Police and a sapper unit closed off the street.

MDA is treating a number of people for shock, but no one was injured.

Arab sources say the IDF is attacking the Hamas launch site in Beit Hanoun.

David Israel

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