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‘Thanks But No Thanks’ – Gaza Landlords Refuse to Rent to Hamas

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Gaza landlords are learning at last, and so are would-be neighbors.

Egypt-based Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk let it slip to media on Sunday that Hamas renters are having a hard time finding places to live in Gaza.

“The phenomenon of refusing to rent out homes to families of resistance fighters is a dangerous one,” Abu Marzouk wrote on his Facebook page,” according to a report by prominent Arab affairs reporter Khaled Abu Toameh, who writes for numerous publications.

“The landlords are punishing the resistance fighters and their families… This is what the occupation wants by targeting the homes of the resistance fighters,” he added.

Three major skyscrapers in Gaza City that contained residential apartments, as well as offices used by Hamas, were targeted during Israel’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge this summer; the Italian Complex, Al-Basha and Al-Zafer 4.

All three were leveled by Israeli air strikes.

The lesson was apparently well learned: this month the tenants of the Daoud Tower high-rise in Gaza City demanded that Hamas remove its Interior Ministry offices from their building, lest they be targeted next.

IDF Stands By as Al Qaeda Offensive Threatens Golan Farmers

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

The IDF warned Golan Heights farmers Sunday that they are liable to be victims of stray rocket and mortar shell fire as Al Qaeda-led rebels advance in their offensive against the army of Syrian President Bassar al-Assad.

At least one mortar shell exploded in the northern Golan Heights on Friday.

Israel has been careful to stay out of the civil war, now in its fourth year, but the IDF occasionally has responded to several firing incidents that appeared to be aimed at Israel.

So what do you do when your terrorist neighbors, whether Assad, ISIS or Al Qaeda, are killing and beheading each other, but an occasional rocket just happens to fall in your back yard?

You duck.

The IDF says, “Be careful,” and it is hard to criticize the walk-on-eggs policy.

If Israeli soldiers start showing their guns and attack rebel or loyalist positions, Israel, in a single step, or shot if you prefer, could instantly turn the ISIS, Assad and Al Qaeda into allies with the ultimate common enemy, those terrible Zionists.

You know, those are the ones who are occupying territory that was mostly uninhabited except for a Druze city and Syrian army positions used to pound Israeli farmers along the Kinneret until the Six-Day War in 1967.

Now, the shooting has shifted to the Golan Heights, where farmers have the option of being careful while they work or are being even more careful by not working.

But the IDF is not likely the bill for apples that are not picked and for cattle that are not grazing in the pasture.

The farmers are suffering, but at least they have the satisfaction of knowing that with every day, there are a few less terrorists on the other side of the border.

If the farmers can be agile enough to duck quickly, and the IDF can restrain from firing back, there might be peace on the day that the last terrorist blows himself up in frustration because there is no one else left to kill, except, of course, for Israelis.

 

Question: Does 8200 Need to Profile?

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

With the publication of the “refusal” letter by 43 reservists in the 8200 military intelligence unit, the question arises, should the unit be profiling?

I’m not talking about profiling their targets. I’m talking about profiling who they let into the unit.

Like the fighter pilot’s letter, I wonder if certain units are simply too sensitive to allow certain leftwingers in to serve, to entrust in their hands the security of our country and our lives.

I’m not saying all leftists. After all Labor chief Isaac Herzog served in 8200 and despite his politically correct worldview, he is not a security threat to the country (unless his worldview gets implemented, and then it could be like the Oslo years all over again, but that’s a different discussion).

But when unit members start joining certain anti-Israel organizations, or express certain radical leftwing political positions and allegiances, I believe that’s a warning sign that they need to be removed from sensitive positions.

Taking advantage of 8200′s security restrictions, the names of the 43 can’t be released, but I’m sure some of them are members of very specific, radical leftwing organizations who have a history of running to the EU and the media with stories and lies about the IDF.

What is also coming out is that only 10 of the 43 are actually involved in active 8200 operations. The other 33 are basically leftwing hitchhikers.

So what do you think? Should the IDF profile, and prevent radical leftwingers from serving in sensitive positions?

(Before you say, “What about rightwingers?”, you should know that the IDF refused to draft many of the young people expelled from Gush Katif, who had police “records” from their political protests).

For Hebrew speakers, I highly recommend listening to Moshe’s Feiglin interview on the subject of conscientious objectors.

IDF Soldier Shoots Bedouin on Army Shooting Range

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

On Friday, a Bedouin man, from Bir Hadaj, drove onto an IDF firing range at the Tze’elim base in the Negev.

Soldiers confronted the man, telling him to get off the range, which he refused to do.

At some point during the confrontation, the man pulled out a knife, and soldiers reported that he lunged at one of them with it, according to a JPost report.

One of the officers then shot the attacker twice in the stomach.

The Bedouin man was transported to Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva for surgery. He’s listed in serious condition.

’8200′ Unit Soldiers Respond to Refusal Letter

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

MK Yariv Levin (Likud), who served in the IDF’s 8200 military intelligence, responded to the letter by 43 former 8200 soldiers who attacked the unit, apparently for left-wing political reasons.

In their letter, the 43 attacked the 8200 unit and said they would not continue to do their job, specifically intelligence gathering activities in Judea and Samaria, which protects Israel from Arab terrorism emanating from Israel’s territories.

MK Yariv Levin said in response, “IDF service is a privilege, and whoever refuses to help guard our state crosses the line between supporting a democratic Israel and the freedom it represents, and joins the side of those who support Palestinian terror which attacks innocent Israeli citizens.

Labor Party chairman MK Yitzchak Herzog, who also served in the 8200 unit, attacked the letter. Herzog wrote on his Facebook page that he opposes and detests refusing orders, and discussed the importance of the 8200 unit not just during war, but also during peacetime, and how it helps maintain the peace. Herzog said the citizens of Israel will end up paying the price from the media campaign by the 43.

The letter also brought reactions of anger and condemnation from active and reserve members of the unit.

More than 100 soldiers and reservists in the IDF’s 8200 military intelligence responded to the letter with their own letter stating, “After seeing a one sided and marginal view of the unit 8200, we wanted to give voice to the majority of the soldiers and officers in the unit. We’ll begin with, that the service in the army and a unit such as 8200 is a privilege, and more so, a duty. A duty we must fulfill as a condition for our settlement in this ground, in this land. It’s not a matter of political opinion – right or left, everyone here had one goal to defend the country and its occupants.”

Other 8200 soldier’s have also responded in letters decrying the political and cynical attack on the unit which upholds the high moral values and ethics of the army. Another talked about the professionalism of the unit which has resulted in lives saved on all sides.

The 43 reserve soldiers are likely to be dishonorably discharged from the elite unit.

Private TV Crew Catches Arab Rock-Throwers in the Act [video]

Friday, September 12th, 2014

A video crew for a security advising company caught Palestinian Authority Arab rock-throwers on film, leading to their arrest by the IDF Thursday.

Rock-throwing terrorists have been a deadly menace to Israeli drivers in Judea and Samaria, and sometimes beyond, for years because of the easy availability of weapons – rocks – and ridiculous IDF restrictions that forbid soldiers to shoot the “rock terrorists” unless there is a direct threat on their lives.

The aim of the rock-throwers is to murder, either by a direct hit on drivers and passengers or by causing a fatal crash, but that is not enough for the IDF top brass to allow troops to pull the trigger. Instead they shoot in the air and then hope they can catch up with the attackers.

The film crew that was on Highway 60, the major north-south artery in Judea and Samaria, caught two youth on film as they hurled rocks at passing cars near Ofra, north of Jerusalem.

The crew reported the incident to the IDF, and the footage helped soldiers apprehend the culprits.

Massive Rock-Throwing Ambush another Sign that Jerusalem Is a Divided City

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Rock-throwing terrorists from eastern Jerusalem Thursday night ambushed the car of a family that made a wrong turn on the way to their son’s IDF Golani Division swearing-in ceremony.

The soldier’s father suffered light facial wounds after the rock-throwers smashed the windows and windshield of the car, and the family said it was a miracle they were able to escape alive.

The terror began with instructions from the GPS, which does not take into account security dangers and often has taken drivers through dangerous areas.

“It was a near-lynch,” the English word often used in Hebrew to describe a deadly ambush. “I feel that it was a miracle that we escaped,” Ettie Cohen, mother of the soldier, told YNet.

The family was in the area of the Western Wall and was told by the navigating system to make a right turn on what turned out to be road leading to the heart of Wadi Joz, a dangerous neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem, in turmoil following claims from an Arab family that their son has turned into a vegetable after police allegedly hit him with a rubber bullet in a riot.

“I still am in shock over what happened to us.” said Ettie.

The Cohen family is from Ramat Gan, next to Tel Aviv, and is not familiar with the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem.

“We depended on the GPS program that told us to turn right,” she said. “For the first few seconds, everything was okay. Our daughter, who was driving, serves in the intelligence unit of the IDF and knows Arabic. She said, ”Isn’t it funny that everything here is in Arabic,’ and I started to get a bit nervous.

“We were on a narrow street, and people began to look at us as if to say, ‘What are you doing here?’”

The Cohen family soon asked itself the same question, realizing they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“There were two cars in front of us, and suddenly a child, around 12 years old, came up to the window where my husband was sitting…. The child banged on the window while we were driving. All of a sudden, three cars in front of us created a traffic jam by simply stopping without any reason.”

Actually, there was a reason – an ambush.

“Building blocks started flying at us,” she continued.. ”The first one smashed the rear window, and I couldn’t believe what was happening to us. Another one hit the window where my husband was sitting, and he was hurt in the face. The third block smashed the windshield and headrest where a friend of our son was sitting.”

The young girl who was driving “freaked out” for a second but then took control of her senses and slammed her foot on the gas, driving on to the sidewalk and skirting the ambush while Ettie was screaming on the phone to the police.”

When she was finally able to tell the police where they were driving, the officer said, “Don’t drive there. It is dangerous.”

Isn’t that wonderful police protection?

Another police officer told the driver what road to take, and the Cohen family finally got of Wadi Joz, literally with their lives.

Their car was smashed up by blocks and rocks, but Ettie Cohen is happy everyone is in one piece. Her husband is recovering from light facial wounds.

She advises people not to rely on GPS systems in the Old City.

The police said they are beefing up patrols in eastern Jerusalem.

Barbed wire divided Jerusalem after Jordan took possession of the eastern, northern and southern parts of the city in the War for Independence in 1948. Israel removed the barbed wire and united the city in the Six-Day War in 1967.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/massive-rock-throwing-ambush-another-sign-that-jerusalem-is-a-divided-city/2014/09/12/

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