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Amnesty Accuses Hamas of Torturing and Killing Arabs Who Helped Israel

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Hamas executed at least 23 suspected collaborators for Israel during the Protective Edge counter-terrorist campaign last summer, Amnesty International charged late Tuesday.

The accusations are of no surprise to Israel but are particularly significant because they were made by Amnesty, which until last year almost single-mindedly and repeatedly condemned Israel for “war crimes” while almost ignoring Hamas rocket attacks on the country.

The human rights group began to focus on Hamas last year with charges that the terrorist organization was not exactly an innocent victim, but it also took care to accuse Israel of “callous indifference” by carrying out aerial bombings that allegedly killed civilians. It did not note that Hamas used them as human shields.

However, Tuesday’s condemnation does not try to “balance” the charges against Hamas with accusations against Israel.

Hamas posted videos and photos last year showing public executions of Arabs, outside a mosque, suspected of collaborating with Israel

Amnesty said Hamas named the coordinated campaign of fear “Strangling Necks.

Amnesty’s report was issued hours before Gaza terrorists attacked Israel with a missile Tuesday night. The IDF swiftly retaliated with aerial bombings of terror targets.

The report incriminating Hamas stated in part:

In the chaos of the conflict, the de facto Hamas administration granted its security forces free rein to carry out horrific abuses, including against people in its custody. These spine-chilling actions, some of which amount to war crimes, were designed to exact revenge and spread fear across the Gaza Strip.

At least two of those killed were serving prison terms at the time of their deaths.

Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri told The New York Times that the Amnesty charges are not totally accurate because Hamas never claimed “responsibility for the killing of collaborators during the war.” That would seem to indicate, “If you can’t prove we tortured and killed people, we are innocent.”

The report implicitly tempered previous condemnation of Israel for “callous indifference.”  It flatly stated that Hamas launched rockets and missiles from civilian areas, including schools and hospitals.

Turkey to Help Hamas Rebuild 19 Destroyed ‘Missile Mosques’

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Turkey has offered money to Hamas to re-build 19 mosques that were used to store or launch missiles on Israel before the IDF destroyed them in last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) radio reported Monday morning.

Mehmet Gormez, president of Turkey’s Presidency of Religious Affairs, is visiting Gaza for the first time in what may be a warm-up for a long-promised visit by Turkish President Recep Erdoğan

Gormez said everything Hamas and condemned Israel for “violating human rights” in Gaza by attacking missile-launching sites, many of which were located in mosques, schools, cemeteries and U.N.-financed buildings.

The religious affairs official said:

Israel used internationally banned weapons and violated religious and human rights. Israel must be prosecuted.

Gormez met with de facto Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, who rules Gaza despite a brilliant Orwellian-like maneuver last year that delighted the Obama administration with a “technocrat” government, supposedly without Hamas representation.

Haniyeh poured praise on Turkey for its “reliable and sacred” bond.

The promise of Turkish aid to rebuild missile-launching sites, camouflaged as mosques, follows Iran’s resumption of aid to help Hamas re-build terror tunnels, camouflaged as hide-and-seek playgrounds

Khaled Mashaal Vetoed Plan by Deif for Massive Attack on Kibbutz in War

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Israeli sources opened up previously secret information Wednesday and confirmed that Hamas mastermind terrorist Mohammed had planned a massive attack on a kibbutz last summer.

Sources told Army Radio that Khaled Mashaal, who rules Hamas from Qatar, prohibited Deif from carrying out his murder-kidnap plan because he feared a wide-scale Israeli invasion of Gaza.

During the Protective Edge campaign against Hamas missile attacks, the IDF discovered several tunnels, including one that reached only a few hundred feet from the dining hall of Kibbutz Kerem Shalom.

It was not known until today that plans already had been completed, possibly before the IDF discovered the tunnel, to use it to murder a large number of members of the kibbutz and kidnap others through the extensive tunnel system.

Marshall reasoned, probably correctly, that Israeli would have carried out a wide-scale and extended invasion of Gaza, an action that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu refrained from ordering during the war,

Two issues still are being argued today in Israel and Hamas. Israeli military and political circles debate whether Israel should have – and should do if there is another war – invaded Gaza and try to destroy Hamas and any other rival terror organization that threatens to rule it

Within Hamas, debate rages between the political and military echelons over the terrorist organization’s next move. An attack through the tunnel to Kerem Shalom could very well have been successful given the lack of good intelligence on the extent of the tunnel system. On the other hand, no one knows what would have been the results of a fierce Israeli retaliation except for the assumption that both sides would have suffered extensive losses of life,

The IDF tried to assassinate Deif, not for the first time, but reports that he had been killed have turned out to be wishful thinking, according to unnamed sources in Israel.

US Condemns Israel for Bombing Terrorists near School

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

The U.S. State Dept. said Sunday it was “appalled” by an Israeli Air Force raid on terrorists near a school run by UNRWA and that Israel must “do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties.”

Hamas sources, which for some reason remain unquestioned by foreign and even Israeli media,  reported that 10 people were killed in the targeted strike on motorcycle terrorists near the school that was used to shelter approximately 3,000 Gazans.

“The IDF targeted three…Islamic Jihad…terrorists on board a motorcycle in the vicinity of an UNRWA school in Rafah,” the IDF announced.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was “outraged” at the attack on terrorists in a civilian area, as if there is a non-civilian area in Gaza where terrorists are located, called for those responsible for the “gross violation of international humanitarian law” to be held accountable. “This madness must stop,” he said , according to a spokesperson.

The harsh comments from Washington came one day after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slobbered praise all over President Barack Obama and  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for their statements “regarding Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets and tunnels.”

The Geneva Convention clearly states in Article 51(7) of the 1977 Additional Protocol I, “The presence or movements of the civilian population or individual civilians shall not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations, in particular in attempts to shield military objectives from attacks or to shield, favor or impede military operations.”

U.S. State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who says what she is told to say, stated Sunday, “The suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians.”

Suspicion?

Update: Three Soldiers Killed in Gaza Building Rigged with Explosives

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Three soldiers were killed in a blast rigged with explosives in southern Gaza, the IDF announced Wednesday evening. An confirmed rumor stated that the building belonged to UNRWA, and The Jewish Press will update the report if it is verified.

The death toll in the Protect Edge counter-terror war now stands at 56.

Two of the fallen soldiers were identified as Staff Sergeant Matan Gotlib, 21, from Rishon LeZion and Staff Sergeant, Omer Hay, 21, from Savion. Both soldiers were from the ‘Maglan’ elite combat unit and were killed in combat in southern Gaza.

The name of the third soldier has yet to be published.

IDF soldiers on Wednesday also  detonated the route of a tunnel in Gaza, uncovered several additional tunnel access points and killed two terrorists emerging from one of them.

The IAF also targeted a squad of over five terrorists who were planting a concealed explosive device in southe

At least 27 soldiers were injured in clashes in Gaza on Wednesday, which was supposed to feature a four-hour truce that never happened.

Hamas continued to shoot rockets at Israel, firing 27 after the humanitarian truce was supposed to start at 3 p.m.(8 a.m. EDT).

IDF Testing New System to Intercept Mortar Shells

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The IDF is testing out an Israeli-designed “Green Rock” radar system that can spot the source of mortar fire and allow potential victims to run for cover before they weapons hit their targets.

Israel lost four soldiers on Monday when a Hamas mortar shell slammed into a building near the Gaza border, claiming four more lives and injuring six others.

The Elta subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been working on the system for several years and sped up their deployment for the IDF since the beginning of the Protective Edge war against Hamas.

The operation Color Red early-warning system for Kassam rockets does not track mortar shells, which have a low trajectory. The Green Rock system’s identifying the source of fire not only gives people time to run for cover but also allowed soldiers to return fire and intercept the shell.

The system is mobile and can be used on four-wheel vehicles and armored personnel carriers (APC).

Another system under development to thwart mortar shell attacks is Rafael Advanced Defense System’s Iron Beam, which features a laser ray.

Globes reported that the IDF is using new drones that have provided valuable intelligence to the military during the war.

Hamas’ Operation Death Wish’: Rockets Fired from Cemetery [video]

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

IDF aerial footage has caught Hamas terrorists launching rockets on Israel from a cemetery.

Hamas apparently has run out of schools, mosque and hospitals to use as terrorist bases, or its martyrs have completed their round of 72 virgins.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hamas-operation-death-wish-rockets-fired-from-cemetery-video/2014/07/27/

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