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May 1, 2016 / 23 Nisan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Hamas’

5 Hamas Diggers Missing in Gaza Tunnel Collapse

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

At least five Hamas terrorists are missing after the tunnel they were digging suddenly collapsed late Saturday night (Feb 27).

The diggers are members of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas.

The cave-in occurred in a Gaza terror tunnel under construction in the Zeitun neighborhood, according to a report early Sunday on Israel Radio, quoting the Al Quds website.

Apparently the diggers were still trapped inside the tunnel as of 7 am Sunday and Hamas authorities were still searching for them.

Israeli military engineers and security forces have been conducting search operations along the southern border to determine whether there have been any terror tunnel infiltrations into Israel beneath the border with Gaza.

Hana Levi Julian

Ya’alon: Iranian Appetite to Arm Terrorists Will Grow

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon issued a blunt warning Tuesday about the budding axis of evil in the region being formed by Iran, and its continuing active support for terror activity.

Speaking to reporters during a working visit to Cyprus on Wednesday, Ya’alon pointed out that Tehran has not stopped arming the Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist group. He also noted that Hezbollah has tried to set up terror cells in Cyprus this past year as well – attempts that were foiled by Cypriot security forces.

“The State of Israel views Cyprus as a true friend. Relations between the defense establishments, militaries, and intelligence communities go back years, are deep, and important,” Ya’alon said.

Ya’alon signed a Status of Force agreement on Wednesday together with his Cypriot counterpart. The document strengthens cooperation between the militaries of the two nations.

The Israeli defense minister told reporters that “true friends” are becoming more important as the region becomes more unstable. In fact, Ya’alon said the region may be on the verge of launching World War III.

“Syria has turned into a playground in which powers play, as do terror organizations and the states that activate them. The situation is chaotic, not only in Syria but in other states in the Middle East, and it influences not only the area, but the whole of Europe…

“We are in the midst of a war between cultures. In a certain sense, this is a third world war, [albeit] in a different manner from what we have known,” he added. Any state prepared to help Israel in stabilizing the situation will find “a partner in us, including states we have no relations with,” Ya’alon said.

Iran is a main force driving this impending cyclone, he added.

“The Iranian regime, through the proxies it trains, funds, and arms, is trying to undermine stability in the Middle East and beyond.

“It attempts to spread the revolution, and stops at nothing, including ambitions to build a dangerous axis, which starts in Tehran, moves through Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, Sana’a, and other regional states,” Ya’alon said.

“Thus, the Iranian appetite to arm terror organizations that obey them, including Hamas and Hezbollah, will grow. The Iranians are trying to arm Hezbollah all of the time, including attempts that have occurred recently,” he said.

“The Western world must act with determination against the threat, since this common threat, whose values and ways are the opposite of ours, strives to disrupt our lives and create a reality we must not agree to.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Security Forces Capture Hamas Terrorists in Judea

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

IDF and Border Guard Police captured eight wanted terror suspects late Saturday and early Sunday in Samaria and Judea.

One of the suspects was arrested in a Samaria operation in Jenin, and a second was arrested in Jelazoun, both wanted for violence against civilians and security personnel.

In Judea, two brothers, both wanted suspects were captured in Beit Fajar, north of Kiryat Arba. Two more suspects were arrested in the city Hebron, next to Kiryat Arba, in connection with activities as operatives in the Hamas terror organization.

In the Palestinian Authority village of Samua, in the South Hebron Hills, two more suspects were also captured, including one who is also accused of being a Hamas operative.

All of the suspects were transferred to the Israel Security Agency Shin Bet security personnel for interrogation.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist group has increasingly built up a presence in Judea and Samaria in hopes of eventually seizing control of these regions as well.

The IDF and Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency has tracked down and dismantled numerous budding Hamas regional headquarters set-ups and at least two established semi-official shadow government networks in Qalkilya and in Shechem, both in Samaria.

Hana Levi Julian

Outlawed Islamic Movement Head Arrested Where Arab Hunger-Striker is Hospitalized

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

The head of the outlawed Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, was arrested Thursday afternoon at HaEmek Medical Center in Afula, according to local sources.

Hunger-striking prisoner and Palestinian Authority journalist Mohammed al-Qik is hospitalized at the medical center.

It is not clear what Salah was doing at the hospital or why he was taken into custody.

The medical center has become the site for numerous protests by Arabs expressing solidarity with al-Qik as he continues his hunger strike, hoping to win freedom from administrative detention. Al-Qik was taken into custody last November. The court was shown classified evidence indicating he is an “active Hamas agent involved in operational terror,” according to a decision by the court to deny a petition for release.

On that basis, Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that al-Qik will not be allowed to go free, regardless of what path he chooses. “His life is in his own hands,” wrote the panel of judges in their decision.

Hana Levi Julian

High Court Rules ‘Hunger Striker’s Life In His Own Hands’

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Israel’s High Court of Justices ruled Wednesday that Hamas operative Muhammad al-Qiq, 33, has the right to end his hunger strike whenever he wants.

But hunger striking does not grant him the right to end his administrative detention.

That was suspended early this month by the court, due to his failing health from the hunger strike.

However, the court also ruled against his release – regardless of whatever ploy he decides try – even if it results in his own death.

“At the end of the day, the petitioner holds the key to his health and well-being in his own hands, he and no other,” the court wrote in the decision.

An offer was made to release al-Qiq by May 1 if he ended his strike – but he allegedly refused unless the court released him immediately, and sent him to a hospital in the Palestinian Authority.

Due to classified evidence indicating al-Qiq is an “active Hamas agent involved in operational terror,” the High Court refused to release him.

Al-Qiq, a journalist for a Saudi television news station, has been taking plain water throughout his 83-day hunger strike.

But if al-Qiq chooses to continue refusing to eat as a protest of his administrative detention, then, ruled the court, “so be it.”

The decision came in the wake of numerous attempts by the court to compromise on the issue, the most recent just a day earlier.

On Tuesday, al-Qiq refused to be transferred to Arabic al-Makassid hospital in eastern Jerusalem. Instead, he sent a request through his lawyer to be sent to a hospital in the Palestinian Authority capital city of Ramallah.

At present, al-Qiq is hospitalized in The Emek Medical Center in Afula, and has vowed to strike until “martyrdom or freedom.”

Al-Qiq has a prior record of prison time, having been jailed in Israel in 2003, 2004 and 2008, according to AFP.

Hana Levi Julian

New Gaza Terror Tunnel to Sinai Discovered by Egypt

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

A smuggler tunnel under construction was discovered this weekend by Egyptian security personnel snaking under the Gaza border into the Sinai Peninsula.

The tunnel interior was 1.20 meters in height. It was located 35 meters from Sinai to Gaza, according to Egyptian sources.

It was already fitted with cables for electricity, lighting and telecommunications. Weapons and ammunition were found inside the tunnel as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Returning Bodies of 10 Arab Terrorists to Families in Jerusalem

Monday, February 8th, 2016

The bodies of 10 Arab terrorists who tried to murder Israeli Jews — and in some cases succeeded — are being returned to their families. One has already gone.

Meanwhile, where are the bodies of IDF Lt. Hadar Goldin and St. Sgt. Oron Shaul? Still in the hands or dungeons of Hamas in Gaza…

But clearly last week’s meetings and lobbying actions by Balad Israeli Arab Knesset members Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas were effective.

On Monday journalists were informed by government officials that the bodies of 10 terrorists are being returned to their families who live in Jerusalem.

All were killed while attacking Israelis during the current wave of terror.

In order to receive the bodies, the families had to agree to hold the funerals in the middle of the night, with a maximum of 50 family members and friends in attendance.

The ceremonies were to be quiet, and a monetary deposit of approximately $5,000 had to be submitted as a guarantee the conditions would be met. The family will not receive the money in return if the conditions are violated at burial.

The Defense Ministry made it clear, publicly, it has no interest in holding the bodies, Ynet reported. That’s ironic, since the body of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s own nephew is one of the two still being held “hostage” in Gaza by Hamas, where both soldiers fell in battle during Operation Protection Edge in summer 2014.

Allegedly the terrorists’ bodies have not been released due to the opposition of the Interior Ministry and particularly Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who expressed his doubt the families would respect the conditions. Erdan emphasized his concern that terrorist funerals become displays of support and incitement for further terror.

Hana Levi Julian

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