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Former Palestinian Authority Governor of Jenin Arrested by IDF

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

IDF soldiers arrested former Fatah Governor of Jenin, Talal Dweikat, at his home in the city of Shechem (Nablus) early Wednesday, after a search of his home.

The arrest came in response to intelligence information that Dweikat was involved in activity related to weapons, and followed the arrest of his son by two days.

Dweikat is a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, which leads the Palestinian Authority from Ramallah.

He told PA media that the arrest of senior Fatah members would “only strengthen the movement” and its ongoing efforts “for freedom and independence.”

Hana Levi Julian

Shin Bet Agents, Israeli Soldiers Foil Terror Attacks in Judea, Samaria

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

IDF soldiers and Shin Bet intelligence agents arrested five wanted terror suspects over the course of this weekend. Among the suspects was an Arab terrorist on his way to carry out a stabbing attack on Israelis.

On Saturday afternoon, IDF soldiers foiled a terrorist attack in Samaria at the Dir-Sharaf intersection.

The forces captured a Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist armed with a knife, who confessed that he intended to carrying out a terror attack.

In the wee hours of Sabbath (Saturday) morning, three wanted fugitives were arrested in the Arab village of Ya’abad, located in southwestern Jenin. The area is patrolled by the Menashe brigade.

The three were taken into custody in connection with accusations of involvement with shootings aimed at IDF soldiers on Friday night. Forces also discovered and seized the vehicle with which the shootings were carried out.

An additional arrest was made in the Hebron suburb of Yatta, in Judea. IDF soldiers seized a cache of weapons parts and arrested the terrorist responsible for their repair and maintenance.

Hana Levi Julian

Yishai Fleisher Show: Secrets of Israeli Self-Defense [audio]

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Jewish blood is being spilled in the streets but the government is slow to react. What is the Torah’s advice for the Children of Israel’s self-defense? Was Purim’s Mordechai endangering the Jews by refusing to bow to Haman? Can Jewish unity give us the needed strength to overcome? Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Yishai for a life-affirming, strength-giving session of Spiritual Cafe.

Then, why is Israeli security knowledge so sought-after in the world? Avi Kapon is the founder and director of Kapon Defense – an anti-terror tactical training school. He shares with Yishai secrets of Israeli defense, from gun handling and spatial awareness to proper mindset and the much-needed faculty of courage. People like Avi give Israel an advantage over the enemy – don’t miss his advice.

The Land of Israel

Some Things I Believe

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

I am a Zionist. That means that I support a Jewish state in its historical homeland. I oppose efforts to change it into another Arab state, or to kill and disperse its Jewish inhabitants. It does not mean that I think that Jews are superior to Arabs or anyone else.

It makes sense to me to talk about a Jewish people and feel myself a part of it.

I believe that if the state of Israel were to disappear, it would unleash a wave of anti-Jewish violence in the Diaspora and the Jewish people as such would shortly cease to exist.

I am not ashamed of the circumstances of Israel’s birth, because I don’t accept the tissue of lies called the “Palestinian narrative.” If the Palestinian Arabs have been victimized, it’s been by their leadership and the Arab nations, not Israel.

I am not ashamed of the actions of the Israeli government, which is forced to fight a continuous battle, diplomatic, cognitive and military, against the large portion of the world that wants Israel to disappear.

I don’t claim that Israel is perfect or that its leaders always make the correct decisions. But I absolutely reject the vicious slanders that appear in Arab, European and — increasingly — American media, that invert reality and attribute to Israel the racist and genocidal motives of its enemies.

I am absolutely convinced that the Palestinian Authority (never mind Hamas!) is not interested in any solution to the conflict that leaves a Jewish state standing.

I don’t hate Arabs or Muslims. But I recognize that there is a growing segment of the Muslim world that believes in expanding the area ruled by Islamic law by means of a combination of threats, subversion, terrorism and war. I see these Muslims as the enemies of Jews, Christians and the secular West. I believe that it is our job to struggle to protect Western civilization against this very real opponent.

I think the “Arab Spring” has for the most part turned into an Islamist revolution.

I think the United Nations is so strongly influenced by enemies of Western civilization that it has long since ceased to be a force for good. At best it is a huge waste of resources, and at worst a tool of the barbarians.

I am very frustrated by American Jews who confuse Jewish ethics with a moral philosophy of naive humanism, who are incapable of understanding that there is such a thing as an enemy, and therefore embrace their enemies. They should all read Kenneth Levin’s book, The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People under Siege, in order to understand themselves (the Israeli Left should read this too, but they are probably to arrogant to be cured).

Visit FresnoZionism.org.

Vic Rosenthal

Israel, ‘Palestine,’ and the Law Of War (First of two parts)

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

For the moment, at least, a state of Palestine does not exist. Historically, of course, such a country has never existed. Nonetheless, current supporters of Palestinian statehood (sometimes Jews as well as Arabs) have discovered substantial practical benefit in persistently referring to Israel and “Palestine” as if there were some existing legal equivalence between them. Indeed, repeated again and again, ritualistically, as if it were an incantation, such propagandistic usage is already transforming “Palestine” into a jurisprudential fait accompli.

At some point, perhaps sooner than later, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority will be able to agree on the basic boundaries and parameters of an independent Palestine. Though Prime Minister Netanyahu has insisted that any such twenty-third Arab state must immediately be demilitarized, Palestinian leaders will be under no actual legal obligation to comply. This is the case even if they should initially agree to demilitarization in their pre-independence compacts with Jerusalem.

What will happen next? Once it is formally established, a new state of Palestine will quickly become a staging area for incrementally expanding terror and war against Israel. More than likely, this transformation will take place while Hizbullah escalates its own rocket operations against Israel from Lebanon. Depending on the still uncertain outcomes in Syria, and also in Iran, the ferocity of such aggressions could compel Israel to launch renewed forms of self-defense in several theatres of conflict, and at the same time.

Israel’s indispensable efforts to defend its citizens from mounting threats will be met with a sanctimonious barrage of assorted international criticisms. Though international law naturally allows any similarly imperiled state to use necessary force preemptively, Israel’s expected efforts to stave off existential harms will assuredly be singled out for special condemnation. Ironically, the condemners could include the United States, even as Washington would continue to accelerate its daily drone attacks that kill and wound noncombatants in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen.

Humanitarian international law, or the law of war, requires that every use of force by an army or by an insurgent group meet the test of “proportionality.” Drawn from the core legal principle that “the means that can be used to injure an enemy are not unlimited,” proportionality stipulates, among other things, that every resort to armed force be limited to what is necessary for meeting appropriate military objectives.

This important principle of both codified and customary international law applies to all judgments of military advantage, and also to all planned reprisals.

Proportionality does not mean that the defending state, here Israel, must limit its use of force to the “amount” being used by the other side. Also, proper determinations of proportionality need not be made in a geopolitical vacuum. Instead, these legal decisions may always take into consideration the extent to which an adversary has committed prior or ongoing violations of the law of war.

In the frequently interrelated examples of Hamas/Islamic Jihad/Fatah terrorists in Gaza, and the Hizbullah terrorists in Lebanon, there is ample evidence that all of these belligerents have repeatedly been guilty of perfidy.

In law, deception can be acceptable in armed conflict, but the Hague Regulations expressly disallow the placement of military assets or military personnel in any heavily populated civilian areas. Further prohibition of perfidy can be found at Protocol I of 1977, additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949. These rules are also binding on the basis of an equally authoritative customary international law.

Perfidy represents a very serious violation of the law of war, one that is even identified as a “grave breach” at Article 147 of Geneva Convention IV. The legal effect of perfidy committed by Palestinian or Hizbullah terrorists, especially their recurrent resort to “human shields,” has been to immunize Israel from legal responsibility for any inadvertent counter-terrorist harms done to Arab civilians. But even if Hamas and Islamic Jihad and Fatah and Hizbullah have not always engaged in deliberate violations, that is, even if there was no consistent mens rea, or criminal intent, any terrorist-created links between civilians and insurgent warfare bestowed upon Israel an unambiguous legal justification for military self-defense.

This is not to suggest that Israel should be given jurisprudential carte blanche in its defensive applications of armed force, but only that the reasonableness of these applications must always be appraised in the specific context of identifiable enemy perfidy. Israel should be treated as any other state under the law of war, no better but also no worse.

(Continued Next Week)

Louis Rene Beres

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/louis-bene-beres/israel-palestine-and-the-law-of-war-first-of-two-parts/2012/09/25/

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