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Isfahan Demonstration for Women’s Rights Becomes Anti-Government Protest

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

A demonstration for women’s rights taking place in the Iranian city of Isfahan is transforming into a protest against the regime, a source reported to Dr. Mordechai Kedar, lecturer and researcher at Bar Ilan University Wednesday night.

“Approximately ten thousand people are protesting the fact that people probably working for the regime are throwing acid in the faces of women and girls who do not dress according to the stringent rules of the fanatics,” Kedar wrote in a post on his Facebook page. “The demonstration is in area ‘Bridge 33.’

“The source emphasized that the demonstrators are calling to topple the Supreme Leader, [Ayatollah] Ali Khamenei.

“In other words, a demonstration about women’s rights has turned into a protest against the regime. The source did not mention the reaction of the government, but I assume that severe action will be taken,” Kedar wrote.

“Will the demonstration in Isfahan spread to other Iranian cities,” he questioned. “Time will tell.”

In 2009, Iran saw mass demonstrations across the country protesting what was largely believed to be a rigged re-election of then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Foreign journalists were banned, phone networks were cut and internet connections were spotty at best as the government sought to control the growing unrest.

Basij militia and police officers wielded batons and fired tear gas canisters at protesters, but the measures did little to quell the demonstrations. The government followed up with arrests, layoffs, convictions and hangings. Eventually the protests stopped but instead moved underground and became a full-scale anti-government operation.

IDF Checks for Terror Tunnel Threat in Northern Israel

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The rumors persist.

Residents in northern Israel remain deeply concerned that terrorists are digging tunnels under the border, preparing for a future attack.

Although the IDF doesn’t discuss it much, the military is not ignoring the problem, and is quietly monitoring activity along the border.

The question is, what’s happening underneath?

Last week (Tuesday, October 14) Syrian Islamist rebels blew up a government military post near Idlib by digging attack tunnels with UN equipment under the rocky terrain, Aljazeera reported.

As happened with Hamas terrorist use of United Nations facilities in Gaza this summer, the United Nations logo is clear seen on equipment used in the attack in a YouTube report posted by Aljazeera on the internet. The rebel group which identifies with Al Qaeda wiped out the army outpost, killing 60 Syrian soldiers and officers. The Arabic-language report showed preparations prior to the attack as well as its aftermath, and said it took 120 days to dig the tunnel.

The geological conditions are nearly identical to those on Israel’s northern border, and the incident made it clear that Hezbollah could – and might – do the same.

This summer, northern Israelis spoke of the possibility that Hezbollah was tunneling as well.

“I live in the house closest to the border, and from my window you can see everything happening on the other side in Lebanon,” said a resident in Zar’it, in August during an interview on Israel’s Channel 2 News Online.

“What I see scares me, and worries me very much. I can see concrete mixers working in secret. I feel, for more than two years now, digging sounds. My entire house moves and shakes, and it’s very disturbing.”

During the IDF’s 50-day counter terror Operation Protective Edge, the commander of the 769th Hiram Brigade addressed the issue in an interview with Channel 2 News, commenting, “The possibility of tunnels [also] disturbs me, along with other options that might exist here. Any reasonable person should put his eyes in his head and look south towards Gaza and say that if there are tunnels there, then all the more so there is this possibility here.”

Building the kind of complex tunnel network that was found in Gaza, however, takes years of work by a lot of people.

For the past two years Hezbollah was busy helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad combat the rebels in the civil war tearing apart his country. Prior to that they were re-arming following the 2006 Second Lebanon War with Israel. Who is helping them build tunnels?

Probably the North Koreans.

Hamas also made a deal with North Korea this year to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of weapons. Western intelligence sources said this summer the deal was sealed by a Lebanese middleman linked to Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists in eastern Beirut.

The North Koreans have been patrons of Hamas for years — and not only with weapons.

Apparently it was North Korea that taught Hamas how to build its network of tunnels under Gaza.

The Gazans may have had help from Hezbollah, but at best the Lebanese terrorists functioned as North Korean agents, providing secondhand knowhow at bargain basement prices.

Or perhaps Hamas went to Syria to learn the trade. Hamas had its political bureau in Damascus for years. Or they may have gone directly to Iran, the other North Korean partner.

According to a report on The National Interest website last month, North Korea has provided missiles and their technology to all four: Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah.

But now there’s even a bigger concern, according to Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service, and Director of Asian Studies at Georgetown University, and senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International studies.

Israel Attempts to Insert Reason into UN Debate About Middle East

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Once again on Tuesday, Oct. 21, Israel was on the hot seat before the United Nations Security Council.

Israel’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations David Roet had the pleasure of speaking to the “Question of Palestine,” which is always –  always – a topic on the U.N. Security Council’s agenda.

But before Roet spoke, U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon delivered his remarks on the topic.

The secretary-general’s focus was on the suffering of the Palestinian Arabs and on Israel as the responsible wrongdoer. And of course, Ban stated his iron-clad position that only the creation of a Palestinian State will spell the end to violence in the Middle East.

The secretary-general spoke particularly sharply about the “mile after mile of wholesale destruction” in Gaza. In fact, he said “nothing could have prepared me for what I witnessed in Gaza.”

Really? Has the secretary-general seen pictures of the devastation in Syria? Has the secretary-general viewed the videos of beheadings and crucifixions in Syria, Iraq and Egypt, not only this summer, but continuing even now?

Ban curtly stated that he looked forward to a thorough investigation both by the IDF and by the independent Board of Inquiry regarding the suffering of Gazans and the hits on UN facilities and the deaths of many innocent people in Gaza.

THREE SENTENCES ON ISRAEL’S TRAUMA

After recounting the horrors visited upon Gaza by the IDF, the secretary-general devoted three sentences to Israeli suffering, and mentioned having visited terror tunnels, although he didn’t say who built the tunnels, or how they were built or upon whom attacks were launched using those tunnels.

Israelis also suffered during the conflict. I travelled to a kibbutz where I met the grieving family of a four-year-old child named Daniel who was killed by a Hamas rocket – another innocent victim of this mindless conflict. As I said in Gaza, firing rockets is unacceptable, and the rockets have brought nothing but suffering.

I also visited a tunnel built by militants to launch attacks.

But Ban was sanguine about at least some developments following this summer’s conflict. He was very pleased to report that “Palestinians are taking critical steps to forge a united path to the future.” He spent several minutes  praising the “historic meeting in Gaza of the Cabinet of the Government of National Consensus.”

One of the positive results Ban ki-Moon anticipates flowing from this historic unity government is the facilitation of “the flow of construction materials into Gaza.” More terror tunnels, coming right up!

Apparently unable to bear slighting the Palestinian Arabs who don’t live in Gaza, Ban addressed their needs as well.

According to the U.N. secretary-general, the devastation visited upon Gaza by the Israelis is paralleled by the voraciousness of the Israelis gobbling up living space in “occupied East Jerusalem.”

INTERNATIONAL LAW IS CLEAR?

“International law is clear: settlement activity is illegal. It runs totally counter to the pursuit of a two-state solution. I urge the Israeli Government to reverse these activities,” Ban said.

Actually, international law is far from clear on most topics, but it most certainly is not “clear” that Jews building homes anywhere is illegal. Even if building those homes undermines what people see as a two-state “solution,” that does not magically transform the building of those homes into illegal acts.

Ban then goes on to berate Israel for other alleged misdeeds, including “altering policies with respect to the Holy Sites that have been in place over many decades,” and “mounting numbers of attacks by settlers” and other imagined violations of “international human rights and humanitarian law.”

Ban’s conclusion, as is that of so many, is that the only hope for stability and peace in the region is for [Israel] to address the “underlying causes of the conflict: an end to the occupation that has grinded on for nearly half a century, a full lifting of the blockade on the Gaza Strip and effectively addressing Israel’s legitimate security concerns.”

Head of Iran’s Top Clerical Body Dies

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

After lying in coma for months, 83-year-old Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani has died, Iranian media reported Tuesday.

The ailing ayatollah was the head of Iran’s top clerical body, the only entity which has the authority to elect and dismiss the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, whose position is higher than that of the country’s president.

Kani’s death leaves a gap at the top at a time in which the Supreme Leader himself is also in poor health. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei underwent prostate surgery last month but has remained frail ever since.

It is Khamenei who formulate’s Iran’s nuclear policy and he who makes all final decisions regarding any limits the country might accept on its future nuclear development.

He also wields a great deal of authority in deciding where and how to deploy the nation’s elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards, who are currently fighting alongside Syrian government forces defending President Bashar al-Assad.

Iran also generously patronizes the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization, as well as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas terrorist groups, both in Gaza and in Judea and Samaria.

There have been only two Supreme Leaders in Iran since the country’s Islamic Revolution took place in 1979.

Iran Blames US for Creating ISIS

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Iran’s Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei accused the United States and Britain having given birth to ISIS and Al Qaeda/ in order to confront Iran

“Efforts by the US and its allies against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists are not genuine., he said, according to Irfan’s regime-controlled Press TV.

“If anyone fuels the fire in this regard, he or she will definitely be helping sinister America and Britain which are the creators of the ISIL and al-Qaeda,” Khamenei added.

Press TV reported that he declared that all enemy efforts, including their divisive plots, against Iran over the past thirty-five years have failed.

He claimed that ISIL and al-Qaeda were “ created to confront Iran and the wave of Islamic awakening in the Middle East and Africa, adding the militant groups have now turned against their creator,” according to the news agency.

So much for President Barack and British Prime Minister David Cameron’s new trusted friend.

“America, Zionism, and especially the veteran expert of spreading divisions – the wicked government of Britain – have sharply increased their efforts of creating divisions between the Sunnis and Shi’ites,” the Supreme Leader stated.

Iran Bows to Pressure and May Remove Reyhaneh Jabbari from Death Row

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Iran’s so-called justice ministry has postponed for a month the hanging of Reyhaneh Jabbari, who allegedly stabbed to death a former intelligence office whom she said testified tried to rape her.

Jabbari used a small pen knife to fend off the attacker, who has been described as a burly man, in the shoulder, leaving open several questions concerning his supposed inability to get up and seek medical attention, as reported here.

No Iranian official ever can admit wrongdoing, and the “death” has being interpreted as a probable commutation of her death sentence. It is not known if she will serve more time in prison, assuming her life is spared.

The case attracted worldwide attention after she was arrested in 2007 for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, the attacker who she stabbed as he tried to rape her.

The prosecution’s case against her has been highly questioned, and her lawyers said she was not given a fair trial, which is far from surprising. Human Rights Watch has been leading a drive to save Jabbari’s life, and the Iranian judiciary earlier this year agreed to review the death sentence.

Approximately 200,000 people have signed a petition in her behalf.

 

 

Hamas Builds New Force In Gaza

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Originally published in Israel Behind the News.

Hamas has been forming a new security unit in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian sources said Hamas has been recruiting a militia force that would maintain regime protection. They said the militia, trained in light weapons, was meant to free Hamas’ military wing from engaging with civilians.

“Hamas is following the Iranian model in which plainclothes forces are used to quell dissent,” a source said.

The sources said the new Hamas force was dubbed the Popular Army. They said the so-called army was meant to work with Izzedin Kassam Brigades, which directed the Hamas war against Israel in July and August 2014.

The force, meant to contain thousands of members, has been recruited by Hamas in wake of the 50-day war. The sources said Hamas officers were organizing militia units in every major city and town in the Gaza Strip.

The sources said the Popular Army was meant to protect Hamas’ interests should the Palestinian Authority take over the Gaza Strip. They said the army was modeled after Iran’s Basij, a force of students sworn to defend the Teheran regime.

Hamas launched recruitment in Gaza mosques within days of the end of the Gaza war on Aug. 26. By the end of September, Hamas claimed that thousands age 16 and over already joined the Popular Army.

“This force will be assigned specific missions in case of another war with the occupation [Israel],” a Hamas military official, identified only as Abu Jafar, said.

Under the reconciliation deal between Hamas and the rival Fatah Movement, the Palestinian Authority could deploy 3,000 officers in the Gaza Strip. The PA officers were meant to be stationed around border facilities.

“While no one expects the PSF to forcibly disarm Hamas and the myriad other armed groups in Gaza, the implications of this move are clear: Hamas is creating facts on the ground to preserve its power if the PA returns to Gaza, counterweighing any nominal political authority it may cede,” the Washington Institute for Near East Policy said in a report on Oct. 1.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hamas-builds-new-force-in-gaza/2014/10/08/

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