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July 31, 2015 / 15 Av, 5775
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‘Hamas is Responsible For My Son. They Cannot Shirk Responsibility’

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The mother of a (possibly) mentally ill young man who crossed the southern border of Israel into Gaza is blaming Hamas for her son’s captivity.

A second civilian, also in his 20s, is being held captive in Gaza as well. All information about the second man, a Negev Bedouin resident of the town of Hura, has been censored, however.

Avraham Mengisto’s mother told media in a briefing today (Thursday, July 9) while meeting with Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni that she holds Gaza’s ruling terror organization responsible for the welfare of her 28-year-old son.

“Hamas is responsible for my son’s fate,” his mother said. “They cannot shirk their responsibility. I [also] hope the state will not cease to act for his return.”

The mayor visited her at the family home in Ashkelon on Thursday after the news of Avraham’s disappearance was cleared for publication. “The family is going through a very difficult time, after the double tragedy that they’ve endured,” Shimoni said. “Askelon Municipality’s social services department has been accompanying them since the first moment. We embrace the family and send them strength and hope that Avraham will be back with his family quickly,” he added.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Avraham’s brother Ilan subsequently said “[We] have decided to behave with restraint and give the government time to get our brother back home and we also ask the people of Israel to show restraint… The family considers this a humanitarian issue and we call on the international community to get involved and work to secure the release of my brother,” he said. “I ask that Hamas consider the condition of my brother and release him,” he added.

Information about Avraham’s disappearance 10 months ago only became public today due to the lifting of a gag order.

Mengisto left his home in Ashkelon early on September 8, 2014, and apparently kept walking along the shoreline until he crossed the border into Gaza. This is not the first time that Mengisto has gone missing; there have been three reports of similar incidents registered with the social services department, although none involved a border crossing.

Mengisto’s mother Agernesh lives in Ashkelon, and his father Ayele lives in central Israel. He is one of nine children in the family.

According to the Defense Ministry there is no concrete information as to his fate; IDF Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Yoav Mordechai told media, however, that current information indicates Mengisto is being held by Hamas.

A military source said Mengisto had initially been arrested by Hamas after crossing the border in September, but the terror organization said it released him because he was not a soldier. The source said there have been several attempts since that time to negotiate for his release.

A Hamas source in Gaza told Ynet that Mengisto is no longer in the region; the source said the Israeli exited the enclave via the tunnels in the southern border town of Rafah, and headed into Egypt.

Mengisto’s grieving mother added that despite her efforts to remain strong, “It hurts me. Since he disappeared, my life has come to a stop.

“Every day I wait for him to come through the door and say ‘hello.’ I pray for his return, and ask anyone who can help us to do so.”

All-Out War South of Israeli-Sinai Border

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The northern Sinai Peninsula south of the border with Israel is engulfed in an all-out war.

Egyptian F-16 warplanes attacked Islamic State (ISIS) and other jihadists’ positions for several hours Wednesday afternoon and killed more than 90 jihadists following massive ISIS attacks.

Most of the 70 Egyptian casualties were soldiers and policemen, and the death toll is not final.

Egypt retaliated immediately and fiercely, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said:

Terrorism is knocking on our borders. ISIS is not only across from the Golan Heights, it is also in Egypt, across from Rafah…And we are together with Egypt and other states in the Middle East and the world in the struggle against extreme Islamic terror.

Together or not, Israel immediately closed crossings to Egypt and Gaza.

ISIS declared yesterday that it will wipe out both Hamas and Israel.

Egypt still is counting the bodies of those killed today while its jets bombed jihadi posts near Rafah and at Sheikh Zuweid, where ISIS had set siege to a police station earlier in the day.

The ISIS attacks may have finally woken up the regime of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the fact that ISIS is no less a threat to Cairo than it is to Damascus and Baghdad.

ISIS assassinated Egypt’s state prosecutor two days ago.

The terrorist machine gave the world a hint Wednesday morning just how powerful and well-armed it is.

Terrorists used anti-tank rockets, assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades in the assault on 15 different army and police positions in a well-planned and calculated war on the regime that faces Al-Sisi with a bigger threat than even the Muslim Brotherhood, whose party he replaced in a de facto military coup last year.

ISIS also has anti-aircraft guns, some of which were destroyed n the Egyptian retaliation this afternoon.

Egypt has been in turmoil ever since the Arab Spring protests against Hosni Mubarak, who ousted was hastened by President Barack Obama, who in turn praised the Muslim Brotherhood and its leader Mohammed Morsi following his election.

A year later, Obama found himself once again encouraging the ouster of the president and praising Al-Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi , whose regime has been no less ruthless than Mubarak’s and Morsi’s.

With the alternative being anarchy, the United States and other powers have backed al-Sisi, but the Sinai has been virtually a province of anarchy for four years.

Hamas has been a serious threat to Egyptian control in the Sinai, next to the border with Israel, and the Gaza terrorist party and army have executed dozens of attacks against Egyptian forces.

ISIS making Hamas look like small potatoes.

Israeli Navy Waiting to Intercept Flotilla on High Seas

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The first of three or four boats trying to break Israel’s anti-terror maritime embargo on Gaza left the Greek island of Crete Friday morning and is scheduled to dock in Gaza on Sunday or morning.

Israel has said that the boats will not reach Gaza under any circumstances.

The Israeli Navy will stop the flotilla, as it has done in the past, but activists say that since the Marianne of Gothenburg boat flies the Swedish flag, Israel could be accused of a war crime

“War crime” is the buzz words these days, usually referring to any action by Israel that does not further the aims of the Palestinian Authority, which yesterday said it is bringing  to the International Criminal Court (ICC) charges that building homes for Jews and a highway in Jerusalem are war crimes.

Pro-Hamas activists have learned their lessons from previous publicity stunts and are keeping mum on the boats’ location, a rather childish act since the IDF has enough surveillance equipment to know exactly where they are without any help from the flotilla’s public relations staff.

The departure date of the flotilla had been delayed. Activists claim that Israeli agents sabotaged at least one of the boats, but others say that inclement weather forced the activists to postpone their trip.

As usual, the activists are trying to attract as much attentions as possible and have brought an Israeli Arab Knesset Member with them. MK Basel Ghattas and a former Tunisian president are among the 70 people on board the lead ship.

Organizers of the flotillas have assured Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that they are not bringing any weapons with them. In 2010, Turkish-based terrorists used iron bars and two pistols to challenge Israeli Navy officers who boarded the Mavi Mamara ship. Ten of the terrorists were killed in the clash.

“If there is some kind of violent confrontation, it won’t come from our side,” a left-wing Israeli activist said.

The Marianne is carrying one solar panel and medical supplies, all of which can easily reach Gaza by land from Israel. A single solar panel is absolutely useless, except as propaganda to “con the world,” as seen in the video below.

Lost in the hype and reports by establishment media that are hungry for anti-Israel news is the fact the solar panels and medical supplies cannot enter Gaza so freely from Egypt, which has blocked passage several times, including this past month.

The last word in the new flotilla stunt already has been written: The IDF will stop the boats before they can get too close to Gaza, the Foreign Ministry told The JewishPress.com.

If the passengers indeed are unarmed, the whole scene will be a circus for the media.

The IDF will warn the captain of the boats not to proceed. He will refuse, forcing the Navy to surround the ships.

The Navy officers will try to find a way to take over the wheel if the captain does not cooperate.

Everyone will arrive in the port of Ashdod, and the passengers will call the soldiers “war criminals” and perhaps will sit down in a circle and clasp hands, singing “We shall overcome” as four soldiers haul each passenger off the boat.

The news photographers will love it, and perhaps Gaza terrorists will celebrate by launching a rocket or two at Israel.

If they are lucky, the missiles won’t fall short and explode on a house in Gaza, in which case Israel would be accused of committing a war crime because the “occupation made them do it.”

Below is the video “We Con the World,” produce by the Latma satirical group after the Mavi Mamaras clash five years ago.

Gaza Dedicates Football Teams to Kidnapping of Killed IDF Soldiers, No FIFA Officials in Sight

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Do you wonder why Israelis are moving politically rightward, and see no prospects for peace on the horizon with their depraved neighbors?

The answer, in part, has to do with the self-inflicted daily decline of humanity of the Gazans.

While terror chief and local PA soccer representative Jibril Rajoub was trying to stick Israel in the dock at FIFA, as usual no one was checking out what’s really going on in the “Palestinian” sports scene.

To help boost attendance at the Sunday game, the Gazans decided to link the game to their only “victories” in the war they initiated last summer.

On Sunday, in the final Gaza Cup soccer game, the two city’s teams, Team Itchiad Shujaiyeh and Team Khadmat Rafiach morbidly represented themselves based on the two dead Israeli soldiers who were kidnapped in their respective cities and whose remains Hamas still hold on to.

Team Itchiad Shujaiyeh is now “represented” by the capture of First Sergeant Oron Shaul who was killed in the APC attack near Shujaiyeh and his dead body then stolen by Hamas.

Team Khadmat Rafiach is “represented” by the capture of Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin who was killed when Hamas attacked IDF troops during a “cease fire.” Hamas then dragged his body into a terror tunnel underneath Rafiach.

The Gazans say the team’s cities are the backbone which allowed for the kidnapping of the bodies of the soldiers.

But hey, not a FIFA official is in sight.

Which team won? They both lost.

Will it ever be possible to rehabilitate the Gazans and restore them to the ranks of humanity?

Egypt Forcing 10,000 Arabs Out of Homes in Expanded War on Hamas Tunnels

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Egypt has expanded its war on Hamas smuggling and terror tunnels and is forcing 10,000 families out of their homes in an area up to a third of a mile from the Gaza-Egypt border.

Egypt’s Al-Sisi regime announced last year it would evacuate families from the northern Sinai Peninsula border area to create a buffered zone of approximately 300 meters in an effort to shut down the tunnel system that has helped terrorists kill dozens of Egyptian soldiers.

That area now has been extended to 500 meters and includes 10,000 more families on the Egyptian side of the city of Rafah and in adjacent neighborhoods.

Shutting down the tunnel system not only makes it more difficult for terrorists to attack but also hits Hamas in the pocket book because the tunnels are a high source of revenue for the terrorist organization.

More than 1,000 families also have been relocated after being forced out of their homes, which have been destroyed.

However, Gaza terrorists still maintain and expand a terror tunnel system on its northern and western borders with Israel, which would not dare expand its buffer zone along the security fence.

The United Nations still condemns Israel for the “blockade” that is almost non-existent. It has not yet blamed Israel for Egypt’s expansion of the buffer zone.

Gaza Launches Rocket at Egypt

Monday, March 30th, 2015

A rocket launched from Gaza landed in the Sinai, in the Egyptian half of the town of Rafiach (Rafah).

During testing, Hamas usually launches their rockets into the sea, but recently some of their rockets have landed with Gaza.

It is not know if this was rocket landed in the Sinai by accident or on purpose.

Mortar Fire from Rafah in Gaza

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Mortar fire awakened southern Israeli residents just a few hundred meters from the Gaza border on Monday night.

Two mortar shells were reportedly fired from the southern Gaza city of Rafah and exploded within the borders of the region run by the Hamas terror organization.

The motive and identity of the group behind the shell fire was not known.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/mortar-fire-from-rafah-in-gaza/2015/02/17/

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