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Israel Concludes 4 Youths Killed on the Beach in Gaza Were in Terrorists’ Compound

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The Israel Defense Forces’ Military Advocate General announced today, June 12, his conclusions regarding a tragic incident from last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, in Gaza:

While the deaths of four young men from the same extended family was a tragic result, it was not the result of negligence or any other criminal action on the part of the Israel Defense Forces. The boys were located in an area that was used exclusively by Hamas terrorists, and specifically where Hamas naval commandos gathered to prepare attacks against Israel; those figures seen via aerial surveillance were reasonably understood to be militants preparing to attack Israel.

In that incident, on July 16, four Gazan boys died as the result of an air force strike on the Gaza Beach. The four boys, Ahed Atef Bakr, Zarakiya Ahed Bakr, Mohammad Ramiz Bakr and Ismail Mahmoud Bakr, had allegedly been playing hide and seek on the beach when it was struck by IAF rockets.

The Israeli military police carried out an extensive criminal investigation into the incident.

As was explained by IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, testimony and other evidence was gathered and extensively examined:

Testimonies were collected from a large number of IDF soldiers and officers who were involved in the planning and execution of the attack. Additionally, an extensive number of documents relating to the attack were reviewed, along with video footage documenting the attack in real time, as well as media images and video footage which documented parts of the incident. Efforts were made to collect the testimonies of Gaza Strip residents who were, allegedly, witnesses to the incident. In this context, the collection of testimony from three witnesses was coordinated. Regretfully, despite the prior coordination, the witnesses eventually declined to meet the investigators, and instead provided affidavits in regard to the incident.

The investigators learned, through analysis the collected evidence, that the very place where the Bakr victims were struck is an “area that had long been known” as a Hamas’s Naval Police and Naval commandos’ Compound which was “utilized exclusively by militants.”

In addition, the area in which the Israeli rockets hit was “closed off by a fence and clearly separated from the beach serving the civilian population.” In addition, through affidavits provided by Palestinian Arab witnesses, amongst other sources, the compound “was known to the residents of the Gaza Strip as a compound which was used exclusively by Hamas’s Naval Police.”

A number of IAF attacks on the compound had taken place prior to July 16, during which a shipping container used to store military supplies and as a Hamas “command and control center” was hit. The Israeli intelligence determined that “operatives from Hamas’s Naval Forces would gather in the militaTry compound in order to prepare for military activity against the IDF.”

And so, when Israeli aerial surveillance identified a number of figures entering the compound at a running pace, and those figures “entered a shed adjoining the container which had been attacked the day prior,” the Israelis reasonably believed those figures “to be militants from Hamas’s Naval Forces, who had arrived at the compound in order to prepare” to attack the IDF.

The four figures “were not identified at any point during the incident, as children,” nor could they have been identified as such at any time, via aerial surveillance.

It was with this set of circumstances and information that “all the necessary authorizations for an attack had been obtained,” and the location was targeted.

When one of the identified figures entered into the remains of the container which had been attacked on the day prior to the incident, one missile was fired from the air towards the container and the adjoining shed. As a result of this attack, it appeared that one of the figures identified was hit. Following this attack, the rest of the figures began to run in the direction of the compound’s exit. Shortly before their exit from the compound, an additional missile was fired from the air towards them, which hit the figures in question after they had exited the compound.

There was no way to know at the time, nor was any such information revealed in the IDF statement today, why the four children had entered the Hamas terrorist compound.

Rocket Alert in South

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

11:16 PM The IDF now believes the rocket landed short, and hit inside Gaza, but near the fence.

10:22 PM Unconfirmed: 2 of the rockets landed in Gaza. The third landed in an open area in Israel.

10:09 PM 10:09 PM Suspected 3 rockets launched. 1 believed landed in an open area.

10:01 PM Multiple rocket alerts in south.

Two days ago, ISIS/Gaza threatened to shoot rockets at Israel. They’re 2 days late.

Israeli Security Foils Hamas Funds Deliveries to Judea, Samaria

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

It’s expensive and difficult to run a worldwide terrorist organization from Gaza, Judea and Samaria, while keeping the domestic fires burning at home.

Alert Israeli security teams are making it even harder. A money laundering scheme by the Hamas terrorist organization was foiled this week by Israel’s Security Agency, the Shin Bet.

Security personnel arrested a Gaza woman accused of bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars into Judea and Samaria for Hamas.

She was charged in Southern District Court with providing services to an outlawed organization, contact with a hostile foreign agent and unlawful use of terrorist assets.

Here’s how 42-year-old Sana’a Hafi, a resident of Nuseirat in central Gaza, arrested at the Erez crossing on May 26, managed to get her money deliveries to Hamas in Judea and Samaria.

Hafi received the funds from the Hamas “Al-Nur” organization which sends money to terrorists incarcerated in Israeli prisons, and the families of wounded and dead “martyrs” who die attacking Israelis and Jews, according to a statement from the Shin Bet.

Under questioning, the woman revealed that she sent a large part of the money to her brother, Hassan Abu Kayuk, currently incarcerated in Israel.

Kayuk divided up that money and sent some to Hamas operatives in Judea and Samaria, using various currency exchange stores to launder and distribute the funds. In this way, he was able to evade the ban on electronic bank transfers by Hamas.

Some was also used to buy a vehicle and a luxury apartment.

Arab-American Radio Host Bites the Dust with Lie on ‘Israeli’ Sanders

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Arab-American radio host Diane Rehm falsely accused Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of being a dual Israeli-American citizen and later apologized.

Sanders expressed irritation at the accusation, which he immediately denied on air, but the echoes of anti-Semitism remain in the air.

Rehm hosts her show on WAMU, affiliated with the NPR network. Sanders, who has visited Israel, is Jewish but mostly in name. The JewishPress.com pointed out here in April, he has no use for organized religion and cites Pope Francis as his guide.

Thank God he is not an Israeli.

But Rehm, an award-winning journalist, thought otherwise, based on nothing more than a Facebook post by Vittorio Arrigoni, who was an Italian activist and worked with the fiercely anti-Israel International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

He held a Gaza passport given to him by Hamas’s de facto prime minister Ismail Haniyeh and acted as human shield for Gaza “fishermen,” some of whom fish for fish and some of whom shoot to kill Jews.

His Facebook posted of American leaders with Israeli-American citizenship falsely included Sanders. She did not quote Arrigoni for other posts, such as:

Zionism is an abominable, racist and colonial movement. Like all colonial and apartheid systems, it’s in the interest of all that it be swept away. My hope is to see it replaced, without any bloodshed, with a democratic, secular and lay state – for example on the borders of historic Palestine – and where Palestinians and Israelis could live under equal rights of citizenship without ethnic and religious discrimination.

He once described four Hamas tunnel terrorists as “martyrs.”

Gaza Salafists thanked him for his anti-Zionism by kidnapping and killing him in 2011.

Rehm was born in the United States. Her father, a Christian, immigrated to the United States from Anatolia. She has said that her family members were “Arabs,” and she raised her children as Christian Arabs.

Her question to Sanders, based on a Facebook post, cannot be ignored as anything but a reflection of an anti-Zionist agenda.

She said to Sanders on her show Wednesday:

Senator, you have dual citizenship with Israel.

Sanders immediately responded:

Well, no I do not have dual citizenship with Israel. I’m an American. I don’t know where that question came from. I am an American citizen, and I have visited Israel on a couple of occasions. No, I’m an American citizen, period.


 I understand from a list we have gotten that you were on that list.




Forgive me if that is—


That’s some of the nonsense that goes on in the internet. But that is absolutely not true.


Interesting. Are there members of Congress who do have dual citizenship or is that part of the fable?

Sanders said he does not know and went back to express his having been insulted by Rehm:

You know, my dad came to this country from Poland at the age of 17 without a nickel in his pocket. He loved this country. I am, you know, I got offended a little bit by that comment, and I know it’s been on the internet. I am obviously an American citizen and I do not have any dual citizenship.

The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) stated after Rehm’s goof:

 It is appalling that in today’s age, a longtime Jewish elected official would face implications that he splits his loyalty between the United States and Israel for no reason other than his religion.

This anti-Semitic canard of dual loyalty has persisted for decades, particularly about American Jews in public service.

Rehm later issued an apology in a statement:

On today’s show I made a mistake. Rather than asking Senator and Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders whether he had dual U.S./Israeli citizenship, as I had read in a comment on Facebook, I stated it as fact. He corrected me, saying he did not know where the question came from. I apologized immediately.

Lebanese Media Report Russia Offers to Host Fatah-Hamas Meeting

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Russ has offered to host a peace-pipe meeting between Hamas and Fatah, the Lebanese as-Safir newspaper reported this week.

It added that Hamas accepted the proposal while Fatah, headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, is still thinking about it.

A meeting hosted by Russia would solve the thorny problem of where Fatah and Hamas officials could meet without one side feeling the other has a home advantage.

Russia for years has been trying to play the heavy-weight in the Middle East to counter American influence, which is eroding.

Moscow always plays on both sides of the fence, It is one of the P5+1 countries trying to convince Iran to accept terms to supervise its nuclear development, but it also is building nuclear reactors for the Islamic Republic,

Russia’s trade with Israel amounts to $4.6 billion, but it also has generously armed the Palestinian Authority with weapons and material, such as armored personnel carriers.

Horrific Anti-Semitic Display in Amsterdam’s ‘Dam Square’ [video]

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Anti-Semites celebrated in Amsterdam this weekend, using the “Palestinian cause” as their latest excuse for Jew hatred.

Images of the bodies of Palestinian children bloodied and killed, supposedly by Israeli soldiers, festooned Amsterdam’s Dam Square in a protest aimed at getting the attention of people who hate Israel.

A photo of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu depicted as Satan was Photo-Shopped with blood-red eyes, a blue Star of David tattoo on his forehead and vampire teeth dripping more blood, hunched over the body of a bleeding, dead Palestinian baby. “Can’t get enough,” charged the poster in deep blue letters on a black background above the image. “Save Palestinian Kids” it proclaimed in white over the image as a caption below.

Next to that poster was “Humanitarian Situation” describing what it called “Gaza Under Attack.” It quoted statistics claiming 9875 wounded, 188 schools damaged and 475,000 displaced people as a result of last summer’s Operation Protective Edge counter terror war.

The images were hung there by anti-Israel activists who were protesting under the title “Save the Palestinian Children.”

But as with many other publicity claims about Israel by the Palestinians, both the statistics and the venomous lies are aimed at an entirely different agenda.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization urged civilians to stay in their homes and in some cases actually forcing them to do so in spite of IDF warnings aimed at securing families ahead of strikes meant only for terror targets.

A number of schools had become terrorist bases, and some were missile storage warehouses for Hamas – including a number owned and operated by the United Nations.

Numerous civilian buildings were destroyed – including hospitals – because Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists had transformed apartments or basements into terrorist headquarters or weapons productions facilities. In many others, entrances to terrorist tunnels and hidden rocket launchers were installed as well.

The use of these buildings as military bases forced the IDF to mark them for destruction in order to ensure they could not be used to hurt Israeli civilians again, despite the tragic results.

The question still remains, however: why would the Gaza leadership willingly sacrifice the welfare of Gaza citizens in order to murder others? Why would its supporters champion that cause?

An even bigger question — one far more worrisome — is how the United Nations can justify equating the sovereign Jewish nation of Israel with the bloodthirsty terrorist rulers of Gaza, Hamas, which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon did on Monday (June 8.)

The IDF figures showed that during the 50-day war, 4,564 rockets, missiles and mortar shells were fired at Israelis by Gaza terrorists. Of those, 224 struck heavily populated areas, and 735 more were intercepted and shot down by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.

According to the United Nations, quoting Gaza health officials, 2,139 people were killed and 11,000 were wounded. The UN estimated that more than 20,000 homes were left uninhabitable by the war. The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) reported that approximately 500,000 people were displaced. Magen David Adom reported at least 70 Israelis were killed and 842 others were wounded in the conflict.

Number of bomb shelters to protect Gazans: 0
Number of bomb shelters protecting Israelis: hundreds of thousands. This is why there are so many more Gazan casualties than Israelis: when it comes down to the bottom line, Israeli lawmakers make sure contractors include bomb shelters in homes and buildings to protect the citizens. Gaza’s rulers do not care about their people and do not insist on building codes. And when they attack their neighbors and provoke a military response, they insist their citizens sacrifice themselves and their loved ones in order to maximize international solidarity through gory snaps of the aftermath.

During Operation Protective Edge, the IDF identified and eliminated 109 weapons warehouses, 85 weapons factories, 192 Hamas military or training sites, 1,814 targets linked to rocket launches and 312 houses belonging to people involved in terrorism. The air force also conducted 840 strikes to cover ground troops. In addition, 32 terrorist tunnels were identified and destroyed.

The Jewish State continues to be vilified for protecting her citizens, as it is by more than half of the membership of the United Nations following every counter terrorist war launched to silence the rocket fire.

UN Equates Israel With Hamas, Both Off UN Blacklist

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

The United Nations equated Israel on Monday with the Iranian-backed Hamas terror organization that rules Gaza.

The UN left both Israel – the sole democracy in the Middle East – and the terrorist group off its blacklist of those who violate children’s rights during conflicts.

UN special envoy for children and armed conflict Leila Zerrougui of Algeria had listed both Hamas and Israel in the report she sent for final approval to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, according to UN sources.

Israel was subjected to sharp criticism by Zerrougui for the impact on children created by its 2014 counter terror war against the terrorists – who for years rained down rocket fire on Israeli children and their families.

On Monday, UN Security Council members received the draft as well. But it was Ban with whom the final decision rested. Sources told journalists the secretary-general elected to strike both Israel and Hamas from the list.

The decision, said the sources, was highly unusual.

Meanwhile, Gaza terrorists are again testing Israel’s resolve. On Saturday night, civilians were sent racing to their bomb shelters once again when a Grad Katyusha rocket was fired at southern Israel from northern Gaza.

The rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, indicating that it had been heading directly for a major population center. Shrapnel from the destroyed rocket was later identified on the outskirts of the coastal city of Ashkelon.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned Monday that Israel will not “allow anyone to disrupt the lives” of her citizens.

Speaking at an awards ceremony attended by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot that was held at the home of President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem to honor IDF reservists, Ya’alon said, “In recent days we received another reminder about the complexity of the situation in Gaza.”

Ya’alon spoke of “a hostile entity controlled by a murderous terrorist organization, Hamas, which is also challenged by terror gangs affiliated with global jihad.”

Israel, he said, is maintaining a “determined and decisive policy, one that is measured and responsible… If we are required to, and we continue to be challenged, we will not hesitate to act,” he warned.

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