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Peres Warns Qatar to Stop Funding Terror in Gaza, Praises UN’s Ban

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Outgoing President Shimon Peres warned Qatar on Wednesday to stop supporting terrorism in Israel’s back yard.

“If they are providing funds to support the construction of hospitals and schools and helping to build a productive infrastructure, that is a good thing. But if they are sending money to purchase rockets and build tunnels, then let them stop it,” he said firmly.

Qatar is one of two nations chosen by Hamas to negotiate on its behalf in cease fire talks in Cairo; the other is Turkey. Both Islamist nations are strong supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood organization that founded Hamas. Qatar, home of the Al Jazeera satellite television network, is a wealthy nation that has provided a great deal of financial support to Hamas activities for years from various venues around the world, including the United States. Recently Al Jazeera purchased a cable television network from former U.S. vice president Al Gore and opened an English-language American Al Jazeera television cable station which some have contended is being used to give Qatar a quiet foreign policy base in the United States.

During his Wednesday breakfast meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem, Peres also took the opportunity to thank the world body leader for his friendship with the Jewish State. But he made it clear that now is the time for the U.N. to step up to the plate to help Israel deal with the nightmare in its back yard.

“Now we have to stand together and reject the danger and ugliness of terrorism,” he said.

“No state in the world would be willing to accept rockets fired at its mothers and children from the sky and terrorists emerging from tunnels to kill innocent people for no reason, and with no justification.”

Peres pointed out that the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza have even transformed the U.N.’s Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) into a tool for terrorism, using its schools as storage facilities for missiles it fires at Israel. “Mr. Secretary-General, they even use your UNRWA schools to store their rockets. The behavior of Hamas is a criminal act against their own people and ours.

“The death of innocent civilians pains me personally and it pains our people. We sanctify life, every life. Hamas glorifies death and they are the ones responsible for the deaths in Gaza. We must say clearly – terrorism will never bring peace. The way to peace is through negotiations, dialogue and compromise.”

For the second time in less than a week, UNRWA inspectors ‘discovered’ an untold number of missiles on Tuesday stashed in one of its schools. As it did last Thursday, however, the agency immediately handed over the ordnance to the Hamas terrorist organization.

UNRWA School Shelters Rockets (Again!) and Residents in Gaza

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The United Nations is meddling again in Gaza, ‘helping the cause’ of the downtrodden Palestinian Arabs. Stashing their ammo, that is. And helping them hide it when international inspectors find out.

Wow, this all sounds so familiar, right?  This latest statement was posted Tuesday, July 22 on the website of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

More missiles were found in one of the agency’s schools in Gaza – surprise! – but this time the agency’s spokesperson was smarter and gave even fewer details about the incident. It is impossible, due to international regulations, to prevent the inspections mandated by the agency’s funding. But one can at least gloss over the findings when issuing a statement about what is found and how it is dealt with. Damage control in war time.

“Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets. The school is situated between two other UNRWA schools that currently each accommodate 1,500 internally displaced persons.”

Were there so many missiles it was impossible to count them? Whoa. And how does the school’s location between two refuge spots relate to this issue? There are launchers planted in nearly every home.

“UNRWA strongly and unequivocally condemns the group or groups responsible for this flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law,” the statement continues.

“The Agency immediately informed the relevant parties,” — the local ruling Hamas terrorist government, that is — “and is pursuing all possible measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school. UNRWA will launch a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.

“UNRWA has reinforced and continues to implement its robust procedures to maintain the neutrality of all its premises, including a strict no-weapons policy and regular inspections of its installations, to ensre they are only used for humanitarian purposes.

“Palestinian civilians in Gaza rely on UNRWA to provide humanitarian assistance and shelter. At all times, and especially during escalations of violence, the sanctity and integrity of UN installations must be respected.”

This is the second time such an incident has occurred, and this time UNRWA did not even bother to publicize the number of missiles it found – which obviously it is well aware of.

The last time, it turned the ordnance right over to the Hamas terrorists who placed the missiles there in the first place – a double war crime, sheltering lethal ammunition in a so-called international neutral zone for children, and then handing that dangerous material over to the terrorists firing the ammunition at civilians, who have been proved to be launching the missiles from civilian sites in the neighborhood.

Thus the agency is guilty of being an accessory to a terrorist organization’s attack on Israel, hardly a ‘robust procedure to maintain neutrality.’ It’s certainly not legal.

But since UNRWA is a United Nations agency, however, to whom can Israel appeal the issue?

A sad international joke that increasingly brings into focus the array of enemies around us.

Instructions from Home Front Command for All Areas of Israel

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Defensive measures to be taken within the 0-40 km radius, Gaza envelope, Ashkelon, Ashdod and Beer Sheva and environs:

When the alert or loud booms are heard, immediately enter the safe room or shelter with the time alloted for your zone.

No meetings or gatherings of more than 300 persons in open or closed area. Gatherings of less than 300 people are allowed with no restrictions.

In the areas of Gaza envelope, Ashkelon, Ashdod and Beer Sheva and environs, activities of kindergartens, camps, or day care centers are suspended.

Workplaces, including those not critical – no restrictions.

Shopping centers: according to restrictions of gatherings, no more than 300 people.  

Areas of Negev, Shefela, Bet Shemesh, Shomron, Yehuda, Dan (Tel Aviv area), Jerusalem, Sharon, Emek Hefer, Jordan Valley (40-80 km):

When the alert or loud booms are heard, immediately enter the safe room or shelter with the time alloted for your zone.

No meetings or gatherings of more than 1000 persons in open area. Gatherings in closed areas are allowed with no restrictions.

Activities of kindergartens, camps, or day care centers – no restrictions.

Workplaces, including those not critical – no restrictions.

Shopping centers: no restrictions, except as according to restrictions of gatherings, no more than 1000 people in open areas.  

Rest of country: routine:

When the alert or loud booms are heard, immediately enter the safe room or shelter with the time alloted for your zone.

Meetings or gatherings – no restrictions.

Kndergartens, camps, and day care centers – no restrictions.

Workplaces, including those not critical – no restrictions.

Shopping centers – no restrictions.

UNRWA Chagrined to Find 20 Rockets in Gaza School

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)discovered to its dismay on Wednesday that terrorists had stashed some 20 rockets in one of its schools. The agency, which operates some 200 schools in Gaza, found the rockets during a routine inspection of the building, which UNRWA officials believed was “vacant.”

There was no information on which of the schools served to hide the rockets, nor is there any information about what was done with the ordnance following the discovery.

One of the schools is located in Rafah, the town which straddles the Gaza border with Egypt, and where many terrorist smuggler tunnels have been blown up in IDF air strikes, and otherwise discovered by Egyptian authorities.

UNRWA organized a robotics workshop for the students at that school last December, teaching the youngsters to build mechanized vehicles and other mechanical items — skills that will certainly help the children find good careers in future years, but will also help them build better missiles and bombs as well, if they choose to do so.

“UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations,” the agency wrote in a statement posted on its website Thursday. “This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law. This incident, which is the first of its kind in Gaza, endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestine refugees in Gaza.”

Immediately following the discovery, the agency said it “informed the relevant parties” – without indicating who those might be – and “successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects” – without saying how they were removed, where they were taken, or by who.

UNRWA is one of the international aid organizations whose employees use the Erez border crossing to travel in and out of Gaza from its office in Israel. The agency is mandated to provide assistance to some five million Palestinian Arabs registered as “refugees” although those who fled their homes during the 1948 Arab war with Israel actually numbered 711,000 in 1950.

US Congressman Blasts Hamas, al-Jazeera

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

While President Barack Obama doesn’t seem terribly offended by Hamas rockets landing all over Israel, US Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) has spoken out clearly, condemning Hamas efforts to murder Israeli civilians as being war crimes .

In an interview with Qatari’s al-Jazeera network, Sherman  defended Israel’s moral and legal right to respond to the rocket fire, and also attacked the network for blatant anti-Israel stances.

“Every one of those rockets is a war crime, almost every one. Every rocket that is not aimed at a military target, but is instead aimed at a civilian target or just a city, is a war crime. Of course, it’s a war crime committed by Hamas and of course the owners of this TV network help fund Hamas. So I am very proud that Israel … immediately after the death, the tragic death, of that Arab teenager, used all of its resources to try to investigate and incarcerate those who were responsible.

“In contrast, it is very hard to find any Arab government, or any Arab authority, that has been willing to arrest, extradite or punish anyone for killing a Jew. Because, all too often, among Israel’s enemies, it is open season on those of the Jewish faith. In fact, those who murder the most Israeli civilians are the ones for whom squares are named, whose names are celebrated, whose families are rewarded. This is a bizarre response …

“The idea that you would have a TV station funded and owned by those who fund Hamas, and Hamas would use all of its efforts in a clear effort to kill as many Israeli civilians as possible and you would say on this TV station say, ‘It isn’t a war crime, because it’s not successful, the rocket didn’t hit a kindergarten, it was aimed at kindergarten, but it didn’t hit a kindergarten, so then its not reprehensible’ …

“[Asked if Israel has overreacted to Hamas killing of the teenagers] I think Israel’s response is proportionate. I don’t think there’s always two sides to every story. Those who are trying to kill as many babies, children and women as possible and who rejoice in their death — that’s not one side, and then the other side, which prosecute those who engage in wrongful death, that’s not ‘Oh well, there’s merit on both sides.’ No, you have one side in this conflict who is doing everything it possibly can to reduce and avoid civilian casualties and to prosecute those act against civilians, and then you have the Hamas side … which Qatar supports, that rejoices in how many babies they can kill, how many children they can kill, they names squares and provide subsidies to those who are able to kill civilians and thy aim their rocket at civilian targets. That’s not two equal sides.” (‘Sherman Blasts Al Jazeera on Al Jazeera,’ Youtube, July 11, 2014).

In response to the interview, the Zionist Organization of America praised the congressman for his brave stance.

“Congressman Sherman rightly and incisively dismantled the absurd and hypocritical argument of Hamas supporters that Israel is committing war crimes when of course it is Hamas, a terrorist organization that calls for the global murder of Jews, that is committing war crimes by kidnapping and murdering and deliberately firing missiles at civilians, whose deaths they ghoulishly celebrate,” said ZOA President Morton A. Klein in a statement.

“Congressman Sherman also took Al-Jazeera to task for this and thus being an accomplice to Hamas’ crimes. He also sharply pointed out that the idea that ‘there are two sides to every story’ ignores the vast moral disparity between Israel, that has been stirred into action to defend its people from kidnappers and murderers, and Hamas, that has as its raison d’être the murder of every Jew on earth.

“Congressman Sherman deserves to be recognized and praised also for taking Al Jazeera to task for being owned by the Qatari regime which funds Hamas and thus is an accomplice to its crimes. The notion that ‘there are two sides to every story’ ignores in this case the vast moral disparity between one side, that has been stirred into action to defend its people from kidnappers and murderers, and another that has as its raison d’être the murder of every Jew on earth.

“Congressman Sherman has performed a public service in speaking these truths on al Jazeera and we commend him for it,” said the ZOA statement.

‘Color White’ Code: Helping Couples Escape the Fire in the South to Get Married

Monday, July 14th, 2014

By Ziv Rappaport

The rockets falling across Israel in the past days have caused disturbances and hindrance in all facets of life; camps were closed, events cancelled and the economy disrupted.

One of the restrictions imposed by the Home Front Command following the dangerous security situation is that large gatherings are prohibited in the south; for couples who are supposed to get married, this is a real blow.

A group of volunteers have identified this problem and have decided to provide a solution. Working through Facebook, ‘Color White’ (a play on the ‘Color Red’ code sounded when rockets fall) connects between couples who are forced to cancel their wedding and providers of wedding services who are willing to help the beleaguered residents of the south.

The initiators of this life-saving enterprise are two women, Tal Maor-Zingerman, a graphic artist, and Hadar Melamed-Richter, an architect. Seeing many couples in distress, they decided to act. They both have a blog on the wedding fashion scene; having vast connection in the wedding business, they decided to offer their services.

The group is well experienced, having operated during Operation ‘Pillar of Defense’ in 2012. Tal explained that the level of stress is currently higher than usual: “It’s the wedding season now, and almost all the halls are already booked.” The group connects the couples in distress with a full wedding package, including providers who are offering substantial discounts to couple fleeing the missiles in the south. Tal shares that people are even offering their own homes as bride salons. They are constantly receiving calls from tens of brides and providers who want to help.

In light of the recent attacks and heavy bombing on Southern Israel, the nonprofit “Chasdei Naomi”, who are usually involved in assisting the less fortunate in society, announced they have opened their six wedding halls, “Armonot Chen”, in Beni Brak and Jerusalem, free of charge to residents from the South whose weddings were postponed. In addition to the halls, the organization has offered to assist in wedding planning at their Jerusalem location and offer logistic equipment and assistance in updating their guests on the event changes in all their locations. The organization has previously opened their doors during Operation ‘Pillar of Defense’ and assisted three couples to get married then.

“My family is from Ashkelon, and so I have been living this situation for years. I know what people feel. We are sure to stand by whoever needs anything. During the last operation we’ve helped dozens of couples get married on time, despite the chaos around,” says Tal. “It is important for me to emphasize that all those who involved are volunteers, and I have no words to thank them for joined us. We invite any couple in distress to contact us,” concludes Tal.

PLO Envoy to UNHRC: “Israelis Warn Civilians Before Attacks, We Don’t”

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

by Aryeh Savir and Yaniv Hassidoff

The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Ibrahim Khreisheh, admitted in an interview translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) that the Palestinian Authority unity government (PUG) — which includes Hamas — does not abide by international law and commits war crimes.

Kreisheh made the statement while responding to a question presented to him on PA TV last week about the PUG demand to appear to the International Criminal Court at The Hague (ICC) against Israel.

“The missiles that are now being launched against Israel, each and every missiles constitutes a crime against humanity, whether it hits or missed, because it is directed at civilian targets… Therefore, targeting civilians, be it one civilian or a thousand, is considered a crime against humanity,” he said.

With regard to the current IDF effort to protect Gaza civilians in Operation Protective Edge, the PLO envoy acknowledged Israel is doing its best to avoid harming innocents.

“Please note that many of our people in Gaza appeared on TV and said that the Israeli army warned them to evacuate their homes before bombardment. In such a case, if someone is killed, the law considers it a mistake rather than intentional killing, because (the Israelis) followed the legal procedures.”

Khreisheh further stated that while firing from PLO-controlled areas, Hamas does not warn civilians before firing on them. By doing so, he said, the terrorist organization is committing a war crime.

“As for the missiles launched from our side, we never warn anyone about where these missiles are about to land, or about the operations we carry out.”

He concluded by saying that the Palestinian Authority unity government has no hope of pressing charges against Israel in the international court.

“Therefore people should know more before they talk emotionally about appealing to the ICC,” he commented.

Gaza terrorists fired more than 800 rockets and missiles at Israeli civilians by the sixth day of Operation Protective Shield on Sunday, July 13, 2014.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/plo-envoy-to-unhrc-israelis-warn-civilians-before-attacks-we-dont/2014/07/13/

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