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Israel Warns Google, Apple: New Game on Gaza War Could Endanger IDF Soldiers

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has called on Apple and Google to remove a new “free to play” game from their online stores, called “Liyla and the Shadows of War.”

The minister contends that the mobile app is being used to incite players to kill IDF soldiers, by having them take on the role of a girl in Gaza during the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, ‘Operation Protective Edge.’

The Israel Defense Forces are seen as “the bad guy” in the game, and are portrayed as particularly cruel and filled with murderers.

Erdan has warned both Google and Apple that the game could endanger the lives of IDF soldiers became of the incitement it generates. But neither company has responded to his concern.

Gaza resident Rasheed Abueida, the creator of the game, says it’s based on “actual events” and calls it a “cry for help.”

The promotional kicker line on the game’s website says, “When you live in a war zone and death is hunting everyone, things will look different and choices become harder. Face your fate in an unjust war to survive with your family from the shadows of war.”

Reviewer Rami Ismail, co-founder of Vlambeer, is quoted on the site as saying, “Liyla is a brave personal game about the invasion of Gaza, both an exploration of what games can communicate and a plea for help from someone actually affected by the reality the game sketches.”

Abueida explains on the site that he made the game because he is a father of two children, and “I can’t imagine my life without them, but in Palestine nobody is safe.

“When the war started in Gaza and I saw the images of the killed kids in their parents hands I was shocked, I had a weird feeling, it’s a combination of sadness, fear, empathy and anger. All what I was thinking of is ‘What if this happened to me.’ I have chosen to share those feelings in a game to deliver a message of how we are living as Palestinians under this situation. It’s not just a Game, it’s a case and call for help.”

The game won the Reboot Develop Indie Award in the category of “Visual Excellence,” according to the website.

Under “Resources” the site lists the Human Rights Watch “World Report 2015: Israel/Palestine Events of 2014” and the “Gaza Emergency Situation Report” released by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

Neither was an example of professional objectivity.

Also listed is a link to ABC News, which leads to an article by Middle East correspondent Matt Brown, beginning with the sentence, “An Israeli military spokesman says the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) should have been able to tell that four boys it killed on a Gaza beach last week were not Hamas operatives.”

There are also two videos on the page, one from Qatar-based Aljazeera, “Israeli strike kills children on Gaza beach,” and the other, a 67-second report from a Palestinian Authority-generated news source, TOMO, “Israel-Gaza conflict: another UN school hit by Israel, at least 16 dead.”

“Facts” are graphic images of the war that are part of the game. The game uses sounds from freesounds.org, and the melodic music, “Cold” by Jorge Mendez.

The skewed way in which so many residents of Gaza and the rest of the Palestinian Authority view the events of the summer of 2014 is displayed in all its tragedy and misery in this game.

The biggest tragedy of all is the destruction caused by the vicious Hamas leaders of Gaza who used them all as human shields, who forced them into bloodshed and war, and who then prevented them from fleeing to safety even when Israel did its best to allow them safe passage out of the combat zones.

It is Hamas who has misdirected and outright stolen their supplies to create more instruments of war, rather than the homes and hospitals and neighborhoods for which they were intended. And it is Hamas who has held them hostage and prevented them from doing anything else with their lives, other than working as slaves for the cause of hatred and death, from the very youngest ages to the grave, sometimes in a collapsed tunnel, and sometimes in a teenage attempt to murder a Jew.

“Sadness, fear, empathy and anger?”

Understandable, and matched by the endless frustration of those on the other side of the security barrier who have done everything possible to create the reality of a reasonable co-existence with their Arab neighbors.

Hana Levi Julian

Remembering Joan Davenny While a University Honors Her Killers

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

{Originally posted to the JNS website}

The name Joan Edelstein Davenny is relatively unknown outside of the Connecticut community where she was a teacher and among her family and friends who knew her. Joan was one of the victims of an August 21, 1995 suicide bombing on a Jerusalem bus. As luck would have it, Joan was not on the bus that was bombed, but on a passing bus that bore the brunt of flying shrapnel. Joan and three other innocent people were murdered in that attack.

A little research on Joan shows that she grew up in San Francisco. So it’s shocking to me that a major university in that city is partnering with a Palestinian university that honors her killers. It’s an outrageous misuse of California taxpayer money — and a slap in the face to every person who cares about peace and justice.

Campus Watch, a division of the Middle East Forum, has revealed that two years ago, San Francisco State University quietly established a partnership with An-Najah University, in Palestinian Authority-controlled Nablus, the biblical Shechem. Oddly, the university’s website says next to nothing about this alliance. SFSU President Leslie Wong has ignored Campus Watch’s inquiries about the financial and administrative terms of the partnership and about plans for a student exchange program between the two schools.

I wonder if Wong is giving Campus Watch the cold shoulder because deep down, he knows that befriending An-Najah is indefensible. The campus is a notorious hotbed of support for Hamas. Not long ago, the students set up a large exhibit on campus in which they constructed a replica of the bombed-out Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem, complete with blood-drenched debris. It was a celebration of one of the most infamous Hamas suicide bombings.

Hamas has praised An-Najah as a “greenhouse for martyrs.” The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reports that the student council “glorifies suicide bombings and propagandizes for jihad against Israel,” and that the Islamic Palestine bloc on campus “is a recruiter and feeder for Hamas and many of its members have conducted suicide bombings.” Matthew Levitt, of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, notes that An-Najah is known for “terrorist recruitment, indoctrination and radicalization of students.”

The Hamas bombing which residents of San Francisco remember best is the one that shattered one of the city’s most prominent Jewish families. On August 21, 1995, a female Hamas suicide bomber named Sufian Jabarin (using a device designed by the most infamous bomb maker Yahya Ayyash) blew herself up on a Jerusalem bus. Four innocent people were murdered, including Joan Edelstein Davenny.

Joan was a true daughter of San Francisco. Her grandparents, George and Pauline Edelstein, founded the city’s Temple Beth Shalom back in 1904. The synagogue’s current location is less than five miles from the campus of San Francisco State University. I wonder if Wong has ever passed it on his way to work.

Joan’s parents, Burt Edelstein and Betty Kahn, were San Francisco natives. Burt owned and operated the longtime Outside In clothing store at Mission and 22nd Street, which is no longer there. Wong grew up just across the bay in Oakland, and his father was a National Dollar Store executive. I wouldn’t be surprised if Joan’s father and Wong’s father crossed paths now and then.

Betty Kahn Edelstein ran the popular Minerva’s Owl bookstore on Union Street. An intellectual such as Wong might have had occasion to visit during all those years he lived nearby. Who knows if he didn’t chance to stop by one day when Joan was helping out at her mother’s shop.

While Wong attended the Bishop O’Dowd Catholic High School in Oakland, Joan was going to San Francisco’s George Washington High School. Perhaps the two schools played each other in football or lacrosse. Wouldn’t it be something if the two teenagers ever happened to sit near each other in the stands?

Joan and her family were deeply immersed in the colorful cultural scene of 1960s San Francisco. Joan’s parents were close friends with legendary rock music producer Bill Graham. “The friendship allowed her to get work at the Fillmore Auditorium and hang out with the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane,” according to the Northern California Jewish Bulletin. “We lived out the Haight-Ashbury experience,” longtime friend Elisabeth Semel recalled, describing the years when she and Joan “became hippies.” Joan channeled that youthful idealistic spirit into a career as a school teacher, a drug counselor and an AIDS educator.

A number of Joan’s family members still live in the Bay area. Her uncle Maurice, for example, is a noted local photographer. Three years ago, his critically-acclaimed exhibit, “Images of Chinatown: Four Decades of Photography,” was featured at San Francisco’s Chinese Culture Center. I hope Wong had a chance to view it.

The memory of Joan, the values for which she stood, and the contributions that she and her family made to their city should be a badge of pride for every San Franciscan. Wong should be holding up the example of Joan’s life as a model for every one of his students at San Francisco State University.

Instead, he is trampling on Joan’s memory by befriending a university that glorifies Hamas, the terrorist group that murdered her. When Wong was chosen to serve as president of SFSU, John Gumas, president of San Francisco State Foundation, explained that he and his fellow search committee members selected Wong in part because of his “sense of social justice.” But Wong’s partnership with the Hamas cheerleaders at An-Najah University is what I would call a social injustice — and an embarrassment to the city of San Francisco.

It’s an injustice that is not too late to correct.

Stephen M. Flatow

Supreme Court Denies Appeal to Halt Rabbi Mark’s Killer’s House Demolition

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

The Israeli Supreme Court on Sunday denied an appeal against the demolition of the Dura village house belonging to one of the terrorists who carried out the drive by shooting that killed Rabbi Miki Mark and injured his wife and children.

The appeal was submitted by The wife of Mohammad Majid Amaira, 38, from Dura, a member of the Palestinian security forces. Amaira was detained for questioning three days after the murder and confessed he was the driver during the attack, while Mohammed Jabarah al-Fakih, 29, also from Dura, fired at the Mark family car.

Amaira’s wife, his daughters and HaMoked, an Israeli NGO assisting PA Arabs in their troubles with the Shabak, filed the appeal jointly.

According to NGO Monitor, Hamoked’s annual budget as of 2014 was $2,617,980, provided by Norway, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (jointly fundded by Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands), UNDP (one of whose officials has just been indicted for being a Hamas agent), Finland, CCFD (France), Misereor (Germany), Trocaire (Ireland), Oxfam-Novib (Netherlands), and AECID (Spain).

Rightwing movement Im Tirtzu praised the Supreme Court’s decision to authorize the home demolition, and condemned the “torrent of judicial appeals” submitted by HaMoked on behalf of terrorists.

Im Tirtzu CEO, Matan Peleg, said in an email statement: “Im Tirtzu welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision to authorize the home demolition of the terrorist who murdered Rabbi Miki Mark. This decision sends a clear message to European governments, which fund radical Israeli NGOs to submit appeals to Israel’s Supreme Court aimed at damaging the IDF’s deterrence capabilities.”

Peleg added: “Im Tirtzu will continue leading the fight against this phenomenon. The Israeli public has a right to know who’s defending terrorists.”

David Israel

Turning Suicidal Teens into Killers

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

{From the author’s eponymous website}

The Los Angeles Times published an eye-popping report this week: According to Kadoura Fares, head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, roughly one-fifth of all Palestinian attacks on Israelis in recent months have been attempts to commit “suicide by cop.” Even if that estimate were exaggerated, Israeli security officials concur that there have been many such cases, which begs an obvious question: Given that suicides are usually interested mainly in killing themselves, why do so many suicidal Palestinians try to kill others in the process? And Fares is quite upfront about the answer: “In our culture, suicide for no reason isn’t honorable,” he said. “If they try to confront a soldier, however, it’s looked on with more respect.’’

Or to put it more bluntly, Palestinians have created a culture where mass murder is the quickest, easiest and surest path to glory. What distressed Palestinians are told by their society is roughly the following: “Do you feel like a failure? No problem. All you have to do is murder a Jew, and you’ll be an instant hero. You’ll be lionized on radio and television programs; schools and soccer tournaments will be named after you; politicians will sing your praises. And as a bonus, you’ll also earn the respect that goes with being a breadwinner: If you live, the government will pay you an above-market salary while you’re in prison, and if you die, it will pay your family.” For a distraught youngster, such a prospect of instant redemption is enormously tempting.

This, clearly, is a form of society-wide child abuse: Instead of being encouraged to seek help, distressed young people are encouraged to commit murder, thereby ensuring they will either be killed by security personnel or sentenced to years in jail. That this practice is ignored by all the myriad “human rights” groups active in the West Bank is ample proof that they care as little about Palestinians’ human rights as they do about those of Israelis.

But contrary to the LA Times’ headline writer, who titled the article “Politics isn’t the only motive driving Palestinian knife attacks on Israeli soldiers,” the fact that so many would-be suicides try to attack Israelis is all about politics–not the assailants’ politics, but those of their society. For in Palestinian society, murdering Jews is the height of political achievement. And you needn’t take my word for it; just look at the Fatah party’s election campaign for October’s planned municipal vote.

Last week, Fatah’s official Facebook page proudly sported a list of the party’s achievements. The very first on the list was “Fatah has killed 11,000 Israelis.” And what about numbers two, three, and four? In order, Fatah “has sacrificed 170,000 martyrs” (the Palestinian term for people killed attacking Israelis); it “was the first to carry out operations [i.e., terror attacks] during the first Intifada”; and “it was the first to fight in the second Intifada,” the brutal terrorist onslaught that killed more Israelis in four years than all the Palestinian terror attacks of the previous 53 years combined. In fact, there’s only one nonviolent “achievement” on the list, and even that relates to anti-Israel activity: “Fatah led the Palestinian attack on Israel in the UN.”

Elsewhere in the world, governing parties seeking reelection usually highlight their efforts to improve people’s lives–for instance, job creation, new infrastructure or anti-poverty measures. But no such measure appeared on Fatah’s list of achievements, even though it has run the Palestinian Authority for the last 22 years. Granted, it might be hard-pressed to find any such achievements to boast of even if it wanted to, but that’s precisely because it has consistently prioritized hurting Israel over helping its own people.

And lest anyone has forgotten, Fatah is the “moderate” Palestinian party–the one led by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel’s ostensible peace partner. Hamas, as I’ve pointed out before, is at least equally bloodthirsty.

This, of course, is the main reason why more than two decades of “peace processing” have yet to produce peace. It’s hard to make peace when one side exalts killing the other as the highest possible good. Yet the West has consistently turned a blind eye to this problem rather than confronting it, preferring instead to pretend that peace would break out tomorrow if Israel would just make more concessions. And many Westerners even actively enable this abusive death cult by blaming not the Palestinian leaders who incite troubled youth to kill both themselves and others, but Israel, on the dubious theory that it must somehow be guilty if so many Palestinians want to attack it (if that doesn’t sound dubious to you, just try saying that women must be guilty because so many men want to rape them).

Neither Israeli-Palestinian peace nor a better life for Palestinians will ever be achievable as long as this culture of death continues to dominate mainstream Palestinian politics. This is a change Palestinians will ultimately have to make for themselves, but the West could help it along if it finally stopped playing enabler.

The latest report by the Middle East Quartet (the U.S., EU, UN, and Russia) took a positive first step; it did at least acknowledge that Palestinian incitement to terror is a problem. But until Western countries start condemning this behavior clearly and consistently, and actively penalizing it, rather than aiming most of their fire at Israel, Palestinians will have every reason to conclude that their death cult is working beautifully. For in a political system that deems harming Israel to be the highest good, any policy that encourages the West to turn against the Jewish state is a success, no matter how many young Palestinians have to die in the process.

 

Evelyn Gordon

Israel Captures Supporters of Sarona Mall Terrorists

Monday, July 4th, 2016

A collaboration of Shabak, IDF and Police has led to the arrest of the support network of the two terrorist cousins from the town of Yata in Judea and Samaria who carried out the June 16 attack at the Max Brenner Café, killing four Israelis and wounding 15.

As part of the investigation, a Yata resident named Yunis Ayish Musa Zin, 22, who confessed to planning to go out on an attack with the two cousins, but ended up staying home because of “technical” issues. He admitted to providing the two terrorists with their weapons and surrendered his own home-made “Carlo” rifle.

Zayn planned to commit the attack along with the two terrorists, but his friends convinced him not to because he has financial debts and therefore would not achieve the status of “shahid,” or martyr, according to Muslim belief.

In their Shabak interrogation it was discovered that the two terrorists began planning their attack in January 2016. Their original plan was to shoot the passengers inside a train car. Their eventual decision to attack the café was haphazard.

The two terrorists entered Israel through what the Shabak version describes as a hole in the security fence in south Hebron Mountain, but which local Jewish residents describe as no fence at all. The two were driven by Salim Mugnam, 23, also a resident of Yata, who is under arrest.

The two terrorists spent some time in a Bedouin village called Segev Shalom, in an apartment rented by illegal Arab workers from the PA. After a few hours there, they continued their journey to Tel Aviv.

The two terrorists purchased suits and luxury items before the attack in order to blend in with the Tel Aviv crowd, the Shin Bet investigation revealed. Zayn supplied them with three rifles and they also carried two knives dipped in rat poison so that they could stab civilians should the rifles malfunction.

Ten Yata residents altogether have been arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting the terrorists, including manufacturing the weapons they used and coordinating their trip into downtown Tel Aviv.

After the attack, both gunmen attempted to flee in different directions after the attack. Khaled was shot by security forces and apprehended while Muhammad blended in with the fleeing civilians. Muhammad went inside a residential building and hid inside a policeman’s apartment who didn’t realize at first that Muhammad was the terrorist. When the policeman saw the second terrorist outside, he returned home with other policemen to arrested him.

Content by Michael Bachner/TPS was used in this article.

David Israel

4 Hamas Killers of Henkin Couple Sentenced to Life in Prison

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

by Michael Zeff

Four members of the Hamas terror organization were sentenced to life in prison Wednesday by an IDF military tribunal in Samaria. The terror cell was convicted on charges of murdering Rabbi Eitam and Na’ama Henkin, an Israeli rabbi and his wife, in October 2015. A fifth member of the Shechem-based cell was found guilty but has not yet been sentenced, and two others await trial.

Yahia Abdullah Hajj-hamad, Samir Qusah, Karem Razik; and Amjad Aliwi, were among the five terrorists responsible for the ambush and murder of the Henkin couple. They were shot while driving their car near the Itamar community in Samaria, as their four children sat in the back seat. Eitam, son of the prominent American-born educators Rabbi Yehuda and Chana Henkin, was a U.S. citizen.

The murder of their parents, witnessed by Matan, 9, Nitzan, 7, Netta, 4, and four-month-old baby Itamar, shook the Jewish nation both in Israel and in the Diaspora.

The four terrorists were sentenced to two consecutive life sentences and an additional 30-year prison term each. Zeid Jamil Amar, the fifth member of the terror cell hasn’t been sentenced yet.

The Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency (Israel Security Agency) said in a statement that the terrorists are also responsible for several other shooting attacks that took place in Samaria in August 2015.

The judge said that it was the “carefully planned and cold blooded nature of the killing, in which every member of the squad played a vital role,” that swayed the military judge to issue a harsh and uniform sentence to all the terrorists, regardless of who pulled the trigger.

Shin Bet officials have suggested the children were only spared from death due to the fact that one member of the cell accidentally shot his fellow terrorist, causing him serious injury and prompting him to drop his gun at the scene and flee.

It was that gun and “friendly fire” that helped the Shin Bet and IDF identify and capture the killers in a Shechem hospital a few days later.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Cab Driver Charged With Bringing Hadar Cohen’s Killers to Jerusalem

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

A 57-year-old resident of the Wadi Joz neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem has been charged with causing the death of Border Guard policewoman Hadar Cohen, hy’d, on February 3.

Hamees Salaimeh, a cab driver, was charged with causing Cohen’s death through negligence by transporting the three terrorists to the scene of the shooting and stabbing attack at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

The homes of Ahmad Naj’ah Ismail Netzar, Muhmad Ahmad Muhmad Kamil and Ammad Naj’ah Abd Aliltif Abu Alrov, all three located in the Samaria Arab village of Qabatiya, were subsequently demolished.

The indictment filed at the Jerusalem District Court reveals Salaimeh was charged because he drove the three into the city even though they had no permits to be in Israel. All three were residents of Jenin, in Samaria.

According to the court documents, Salaimeh picked up the trio at the security barrier at A-Ram, north of Jerusalem. He then drove them to the Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiyeh, inside the city limits.

A second Border Guard policewoman was badly wounded, but survived the attack and insisted on leaving her hospital bed long enough to attend her friend’s funeral the next day.

Hana Levi Julian

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