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October 21, 2014 / 27 Tishri, 5775
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US State Dept Attacks Its Ally, Israel Over UNRWA Human Shields

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

The U.S. State Department has attacked its ally, Israel, for returning fire in combat when Hamas and allied terrorists shelled its soldiers or fired rockets at Israeli civilians from within and around UNWRA facilities.

It is standard military practice that American own troops have carried out thousands of times in Afghanistan, Mosul and elsewhere around the world without ever issuing even one leaflet of warning to the population, let alone a phone call requesting residents to leave.

The buildings under discussion are owned by the United Nations Works and Relief Agency (UNRWA) and were sheltering Gazans who were displaced by the combat initiated by Hamas. The situation made a very juicy, deliberate photo op for the terrorists, as noted in the terrorist training manual captured earlier in the summer by the IDF.

The terrorists were exploiting the United Nations facilities as rocket launching sites and in some cases, as weapons storage facilities, and were operating very close to the buildings where the Gaza civilians were staying, in a deliberate and cynical use of human shields. All this has been documented.

An UNRWA health center and attached distribution center in Jabaliya were exploited by Hamas terrorists for use as a rocket firing site from which to launch attacks against Israeli civilians. Satellite imagery documented the evidence.

An UNRWA health center and attached distribution center in Jabaliya were exploited by Hamas terrorists for use as a rocket firing site from which to launch attacks against Israeli civilians. Satellite imagery documented the evidence.

And all of which seemingly has been ignored by the State Department, which scored Israel for returning fire to the source of attacks on its civilians and soldiers.

State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters at a briefing this past Thursday, “We were horrified by the strikes that hit UNWRA facilities.”

As a matter of fact, it is not at all clear that any Israeli shells actually hit UNRWA facilities while they were occupied. There is satellite imagery and video documentation that the buildings were empty at the time that a single Israeli shell struck an UNWRA building.

Other shells that struck around UNRWA buildings and in a courtyard and were aimed directly with surgical precision at the terrorists who were being targeted precisely because they were firing rockets at Israeli civilians, and at Israeli soldiers.

Synagogue in Ashdod destroyed by Hamas rocket fire launched from Gaza.

Synagogue in Ashdod destroyed by Hamas rocket fire launched from Gaza.

None of which apparently mattered to the United States, even though the use of human shields does not preclude the legal right to wage war against a legitimate military target in international law.

“The suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians,” Harf said. “Israeli authorities say they’re investigating. We expect these to be investigated thoroughly and promptly, and we’ll continue pushing them to do so.”

A bit hostile for a representative of a nation that bills itself as Israel’s “greatest friend in the world,” no? She’s starting to sound a lot more like a few other leaders we could name, none of whom are friends of Israel these days.

Harf’s remarks followed a report issued earlier in the day by the Human Rights Watch organization, which has accused Israel of committing war crimes with “indiscriminate targeting of civilians” at three UNRWA schools — without offering evidence to back up its claims, of course.

Beheaded Body Found with Note in Sinai

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

A beheaded body was found Wednesday in the Sinai Peninsua, bearing a note signed by the Ansar al-Maqdis terrorist organization. The note accused the victim of being an agent for Israel’s international Mossad intelligence agency, according to residents of a nearby village who spoke to Reuters by phone.

This is the eighth beheading to occur in Egypt’s Sinai region in less than a month.

Ansar al-Maqdis is linked to the Islamic State terrorist organization, formerly known as ISIS – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The group has been internationally condemned for its brutality, and has been disowned even by its former parent organization, Al Qaeda, for the atrocities and mass killings it has carried out in countries throughout the region.

Arabs in Northern Jerusalem Hurl Rocks at Light Rail

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Jerusalem Arabs attacked the Light Rail train Monday morning as it passed through the northern Arab neighborhood of Shuafat.

The attackers hurled rocks at the train – as they did a number of times last week — but failed to cause damage.

The Light Rail returned to full service on Monday for the first time after a series of vicious attacks against the Light Rail in Shuafat on August 25 caused heavy damage and terrified passengers.

The cars underwent extensive repairs and repainting before being returned to service.

The day before the start of Operation Protective Edge, the Light Rail was the target of choice for Arab rioters in Shuafat, who completely destroyed the infrastructure for three stops in their neighborhood and the nearby neighborhood of Beit Hanina. They vowed the rail would never be able to run through their area again.

Numerous students and teachers ride the Light Rail in order to travel between their homes and yeshivas in the center of town and northern Jerusalem neighborhoods.

Going Home

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

IDF Sergeant Chen Schwartz who was very seriously wounded in a terror attack near Mt. Scopus a month ago in Jerusalem was released from the Mt. Scopus Hadassah hospital this past Friday after 25 days in the hospital.

Schwartz was shot by a terrorist who escaped by motorcycle.

The IDF soldier underwent emergency surgery, and an initial recovery and rehabilitation program.

He has been released to his home and will be able to continue his rehabilitation as an outpatient.

Iran: “We Will Rearm the West Bank”

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Iran vowed on Monday to “accelerate” its rearming of PA Arabs in Judea and Samaria, one day after it claimed that it shot down an Israeli spy drone over its airspace. “We will accelerate the arming of the West Bank and we reserve the right to give any response,” said General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh in a statement on Sepah News, the official website of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

Hajizadeh, the elite unit’s commander of aerial forces, issued the statement in response to the alleged violation of Iranian airspace by the drone, which Iran claims it shot down near its Natanz nuclear site. Following the incident, the Guards said that the drone was an Israeli-made Hermes 450, a model whose flight range would have allowed it to reach the area. Video of the wreckage was broadcast on Iranian television, and the Foreign Ministry condemned what it saw as a “flagrant violation” of its territorial integrity.

“The Armed Forces, including the IRGC and the Army, are fully prepared to trace and intercept [hostile flying objects] and if such moves are repeated, the aggressors will receive our crushing response,” warned Hajizadeh in Monday’s statement. “We will accelerate the arming of the West Bank, and we think we are entitled to give any response [to the recent aggression] which we deem appropriate,” he added.

Iran has long been seen as a major weapons supplier to Hamas. Numerous medium- and long-range rockets from Syria and Iran have found their way into Gaza, where the terror group has launched some them at Israeli civilians. These include Iranian-made Fajr rockets, as well as several dozen Syrian-produced M-302 rockets, based on Iranian technology, which have the range to strike deep inside Israel. In July one such rocket flew over 100 kilometers to impact in Hadera, a town near the northern city of Haifa, during Hamas’s latest terror war against Israel.

Earlier this year Israeli forces intercepted the Klos C, a vessel from Iran carrying a shipment of 40 M-302 rockets, as well as 141 mortars and some 400,000 rounds of assault rifle ammunition, that it believed was headed for Gaza.

Hamas: “Our War is to Liberate Jerusalem, Not for Lifting Blockade”

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

“Our true war is aimed at the liberation of Jerusalem,” proclaimed a Hamas spokesman last week. The statement came in a televised address broadcast on Al-Aqsa TV, in which Sami Abu Zuhri declared before a cheering audience that its ongoing war against Israeli civilians is aimed at “liberating Jerusalem,” rather than lifting Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza. Contrary to current demands by Hamas negotiators that Israel lift the blockade, imposed on the terror group in 2007 following its commencement of attacks against Israel, last week’s televised statement suggests that any such concessions made by Israel will achieve only a temporary truce rather than permanent resolution.

In a video of the speech, posted on YouTube with English subtitles by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Abu Zuhri announced that “the time has come for us to say, that our true war is not aimed at opening the border crossings. Our true war is aimed at the liberation of Jerusalem, Allah willing.”

Continuing negotiations in Cairo between Hamas and Israel seek to achieve a cessation of rocket and mortar fire from Gaza in exchange for easing of certain restrictions imposed on the terror state, such as the naval blockade and the closure of Gaza-Egypt border crossings. The August 17th speech by Abu Zuhri, however, asserts that Hamas aims to continue its terror war until all of “Palestine” is liberated. “It is time for us to say that not only the blockade is rejected by our people,” he declared in the address.

“Our people refuses to accept the continued defiling of our land by the occupier,” Abu Zuhri went on to say. “Therefore, as of today, the resistance is preparing not for the opening of a border crossing here or there, but rather for the liberation of our Palestinian land,” said Zuhri, referring to all of Israel. “This is the truth that Netanyahu should understand.”

Live Updates: Ceasefire? More Insane Amount of Rockets, Dead and Wounded in Southern Rocket attacks (Latest Rockets: 7:15 pm)

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

7:16pm Ceasefire?

7:15pm 08-26-2014 Kerem Shalom
7:09pm 08-26-2014 Erez
7:09pm 08-26-2014 Kfar Aza / Saad, Erez
7:09pm 08-26-2014 Kfar Aza / Saad
7:05pm 08-26-2014 Beeri
7:05pm 08-26-2014 Beeri
7:05pm 08-26-2014 Nir Oz, Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha
7:04pm 08-26-2014 Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah, Nir Oz, Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha
7:04pm 08-26-2014 Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah

7:02pm 08-26-2014 No ceasefire.
Kfar Maimon, Nachal Oz, Kfar Aza / Saad

7:00pm Ceasefire?

6:59pm 08-26-2014
Ashkelon / Beit Shikma
6:59pm 08-26-2014
Ashkelon / Nir Yisrael, Zikim / Carmiya, Ashkelon / Beit Shikma
6:59pm 08-26-2014
Ashkelon, Ashkelon / Nir Yisrael, Zikim / Carmiya, Ashkelon / Beit Shikma
6:58pm 08-26-2014
Ashkelon, Ashkelon, Ashkelon / Nir Yisrael, Ashkelon / Beit Shikma
6:58pm 08-26-2014
Ashkelon, Ashkelon, Ashkelon / Nir Yisrael
6:58pm 08-26-2014
Ashkelon, Zikim / Carmiya, Ashkelon
6:58pm 08-26-2014
Zikim / Carmiya, Ashkelon
6:57pm 08-26-2014
, Mivtachim, Talmei Eliyahu, Tzochar, Sde Nitzan, Ohad, Yesha, Amioz
6:56pm 08-26-2014
Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne
6:56pm 08-26-2014
Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Masaot Yitzchak
6:57pm Ashkolon, Mivtachim, Talmei Eliyahu, Tzochar, Sde Nitzan, Ohad, Yesha, Amioz

6:56pm Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne

6:56pm Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Masaot Yitzchak

6:55pm Ashdod, Beer Tuvia / Kiryat Malachi, Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Masaot Yitzchak

6:55pm Ashdod, Be’er Tuvia / Kiryat Malachi, Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne

6:55pm Ashdod

6:55pm Kissufim

6:53pm Hatzerim

6:53pm Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha, Hatzerim

6:53pm Beer Sheva, Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha, Hatzerim

6:53pm Beer Sheva, Hatzerim

6:52pm 08-26-2014
Beer Sheva, Beer Sheva / Gilat, Hatzerim
6:52pm 08-26-2014
Beer Sheva, Beer Sheva / Gilat

6:52pm Kfar Aza / Saad

6:51pm Nachal Oz

6:51pm Kfar Aza / Saad, Nachal Oz

6:50pm Nir Oz

6:49pm Beeri
Dead and wounded in Eshkol rocket attacks.

6:48pm Ashkelon / Zaroa, Ashkelon

6:48pm Netivot, Ashkelon / Zaroa, Ashkelon

6:48pm Netivot, Gaza perimeter, Ashkelon / Zaroa, Ashkelon

6:47pm Netivot, Kfar Maimon, Gaza perimeter, Ashkelon / Zaroa, Ashkelon

6:47pm Netivot, Kfar Maimon, Gaza perimeter, Ashkelon / Zaroa

6:47pm Netivot, Kfar Maimon

6:46pm Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosh

6:44pm Hatzerim

6:44pm Eshkol Region, Hatzerim

6:44pm Eshkol Region

6:42pm Eshkol Region

6:42pmSufa / Hulit, Eshkol Region

6:42pm Sufa / Hulit

6:41pm Beer Sheva

6:40pm Beer Sheva

, Otef Aza – Avshalom, Dekel, Pri Gan, Yavol, Sde Avraham, Yated, Talmei Yosef, Shlomit, Bnei Netzarim, Neve

6:37pm Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

6:35pm , Otef Aza – Shlomit, Bnei Netzarim,

6:35pm Sufa / Hulit, , Otef Aza – Shlomit, Bnei Netzarim

6:31pm Kissufim

6:31pm Nir Oz, Kissufim

6:30pm Nir Oz

6:27pm Kerem Shalom

6:27pm Kerem Shalom

Rumors of a ceasefire at 7pm

6:20pm Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah

6:06pm Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

6:00pm Ashkelon, Ashkelon

5:56pm Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha I CAN’T TYPE THIS FAST!

5:56pm Beer Sheva/Ofakim, Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha I CAN’T TYPE THIS FAST! Arggghhhh!

5:56pm Beer Sheva/Ofakim, Patish/Orim

5:56pm Beer Sheva/Ofakim

5:55pm Eshkol Region

5:53pm Ashdod, Be’er Tuvia / Kiryat Malachi, Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne

5:53pm Ashdod, Be’er Tuvia / Kiryat Malachi, Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Givati

5:53pm Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Givati

5:53pm Be’er Tuvia / Kiryat Malachi, Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Masaot Yitzchak, Menucha / Nachala / Komemiut, Givati

5:52pm Be’er Tuvia / Kiryat Malachi, Masaot Yitzchak, Menucha / Nachala / Komemiut

5:52pm Be’er Tuvia / Kiryat Malachi, Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha, Masaot Yitzchak, Menucha / Nachala / Komemiut

5:52pm Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

5:51pm Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

5:51pm Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

5:48pm Kissufim, Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

5:47pm Mivtachim, Talmei Eliyahu, Tzochar, Sde Nitzan, Ohad, Yesha, Amioz, Kissufim, Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

5:47pm Mivtachim, Talmei Eliyahu, Tzochar, Sde Nitzan, Ohad, Yesha, Amioz

5:47pm Kissufim, Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha, , Mivtachim, Talmei Eliyahu, Tzochar, Sde Nitzan, Ohad, Yesha, Amioz

5:47pm Kissufim, Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

5:47pm Kissufim, Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

5:29pm Otef Aza – Avshalom, Dekel, Pri Gan, Yavol, Sde Avraham, Yated, Talmei Yosef, Shlomit, Bnei Netzarim, Neve

5:29 pm Ashkelon, Gaza Belt

4:11pm Gaza perimeter/Sderot, Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah, Erez, Miflasim

4:06pm Zikim / Carmiya

4:06pm Ashkelon, Zikim / Carmiya

3:29pm Gaza perimeter/Sderot, Erez

2:30pm Beeri

2:28pm Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

2:19pm Beeri

2:16pm Kerem Shalomn

2:08 pm pm Be’eri

2:07pm Kissufim

2:07pm Kissufim

2:02pm-2:03pm Ashkelon Ashkelon Coast, Ashdod – Multiple Barrages

2:02pm Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev

12:58pm Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev

12:36pm Ashkelon Coast

11:32am Gaza Belt, Ein HaShlosha, Nirim

11:23am Gaza Belt, Ein HaShlosha, Nirim

11:20am Eshkol, Kerem Shalom

10:38am Eshkol, Kerem Shalom

10:33am Eshkol, Kerem Shalom

10:32am Eshkol, Kerem Shalom

10:22am Sha’ar HaNegev, Nahal Oz, Alumim

9:46am Eshkol

9:40am Eshkol

9:26am In 7:06am rocket strike on home in Ashkelon, six people were lightly injured, and another 26 people were treated for shock. Three of the physically wounded were small children. The rocket launched at Ashkelon was a new type of short-range 136mm rocket, according to Reshet Bet. Most of the injuries were from broken glass. The parents were moving the children to the bomb shelter when the rocket directly hit the parent’s bedroom. Several surrounding homes were damaged.

8:24am Eshkol

8:18am Kissufim

7:11am Rocket alert Eshkol region

7:10am Terror target hit in Gaza last night by IAF airstrike….see building before and after photos of a 13 story building terror target.

Gaza Building Before and After Aug 26 2014

7:06am Direct hit on a house in the Ashkelon region.

Emergency forces responding. 21 people lightly injured, with additional 20 in shock.

 

Photo: Yossi Ashdodi / Rotter.net

Photo: Yossi Ashdodi / Rotter.net

A house in Ashkelon was hit by a rocket. Photo: Sderoti B'Neshama  Rotter.net

A house in Ashkelon was hit by a rocket.
Photo: Sderoti B’Neshama / Rotter.net

 

6:58am Another rocket alert in Eshkol

6:32am There was a simultaneous, large scale rocket attack on Israel….Ashkelon….Ashdod…Tel Aviv…Herziliya…Kfar Chabad…Hod Ha Sharon…Yahud (near the airport)…Savyon…Rosh Haayin…Shoham…

Iron Dome interception over Tel Aviv

Rocket Map Morning Aug 26 2014

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