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Hamas boss Ismail Haniyeh flashes the victory sign. Nov. 2018

There’s an old Yiddish joke that tells the story of a man convicted of murdering his parents, who throws himself on the mercy of the court, because he’s now an orphan.

The international leader of Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization, Ismail Haniyeh, is probably his cousin.

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Arab affairs investigative reporter Khaled Abu Toameh reports that Haniyeh is complaining that Israel wouldn’t allow his sisters — who live in Israel — to travel to Gaza to see his brother, who died last week.

In a phone call on Friday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered condolences to Ismail Haniyeh over the death of his brother, Khalid Haniyeh, said presidential sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media, according to the Anadolu news agency.

The terror group said in a statement marking the 31st anniversary of its establishment that it would continue its rejection of any form of “normalization” with Israel, and vowed to continue its “resistance” activities by “any means necessary,” the Turkish Daily Sabah reported.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.