Video shows gunmen firing from inside Al-Wafa rehabilitation center in Shejaiya
by, Stuart Winer | The Times of Israel
The IDF targeted sections of the Al-Wafa rehabilitation hospital in Gaza’s Shejaiya neighborhood on Wednesday, explaining that the medical facility was being used as a Hamas command center and utilized repeatedly by Islamist gunmen to launch attacks on Israeli forces. It said it had issued repeated warnings to the hospital authorities, told civilians to vacate the premises, and warned the gunmen to stop abusing the medical facility.
It later issued a video showing gunfire from the premises, and featuring a recording of phone calls from the IDF to the hospital in which the IDF was assured that the hospital was locked and there were no patients inside. The clip also showed a Hamas tunnel opening adjacent to the hospital.
IDF footage of strike on Al-Wafa Hospital in Gaza:
“Hamas terrorists have been intentionally abusing the hospital and other international protected symbols to indiscriminately attack Israel and its civilians,” said IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner.
The 17 patients who were in the complex were moved to another location last Thursday, the hospital’s chief, Basman Alashi, told Haaretz, after the Israeli Air Force carried out an earlier strike at the site.
In a statement the IDF explained that “the hospital grounds and its immediate surroundings have been repeatedly utilized by Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad as a command center, rocket launching site, and a post enabling terrorists to open fire at soldiers.”
Gunmen, some launching anti-tank missiles, frequently opened fire on troops operating in the area, the IDF said, including on Wednesday morning. Airstrikes against the compound went ahead “in light of several occasions in which fire was opened at IDF forces from within the hospital grounds, and despite repeated warnings against such activities, and notifications to civilians to vacate the premises.”
The IDF noted that it had repeatedly brought the abuse of the hospital grounds to the attention of international organizations and also directly warned the hospital administration and Palestinian officials of the situation.
Channel 2 reported that the notification included a personal phone call to the hospital administrator warning him of the upcoming attacks.
“The IDF is determined in preventing the ongoing aggression by Hamas that is directed by a strategy of exploitation and abuse of the civilian population and its well-being,” Lerner said.
The IDF also published a video clip showing what it said was terrorists fleeing in an ambulance after being engaged by IDF paratroopers.
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Tunnel network said to be extensive, deeply built
by, Abraham Rabinovich | The Washington Free Beacon
A Hamas force wearing Israeli army uniforms emerged from a tunnel inside Israel this morning and inflicted losses on Israeli troops before being wiped out.
The Hamas squad numbered at least 10 fighters, Israeli sources said. Nine were killed but an Israeli officer said at least two may have escaped through the tunnel.
In initial accounts, which gave conflicting narratives, the Hamas force was said to have emerged from a hidden tunnel on the Israeli side of the border only 200 yards from a kibbutz, and split into two groups. Israeli soldiers whom one group encountered shortly afterwards reportedly took them to be fellow Israelis until it was noticed that they were carrying Kalashnikov rifles used by Hamas.
An exchange of fire ensued. The other Hamas group meanwhile ambushed an Israeli army jeep, which it hit with an anti-tank grenade, killing its four occupants. Israeli aircraft attacked at least one of the Hamas teams.
Israeli losses as of tonight in the four-day-old incursion were 25 dead and several score wounded. An Israeli official said the number of Hamas combatants killed amounted to “several hundred.” Hard fighting was continuing in Gaza as dusk fell, with artillery and air strikes pounding Hamas positions. The fighting focused on the town of Shujaiya. Located only a mile from the Israeli border, it is the source of many tunnels leading towards the border.
The commander of Israel’s southern front, Gen. Sami Turgeman, told reporters afterwards that “tens” of Hamas fighters had come through the tunnel. He said that Hamas had noted the day before that Israeli aircraft had bombed an area inside the Gaza Strip where the mouth of the tunnel was located and had reason to assume Israeli ground forces would soon reach it.
“They wanted to take advantage of this asset before we got there,” he said. “They paid for it. … We also paid a heavy price.”
Meanwhile, Israel’s Channel Two reported that 20 Hamas gunmen have been killed in the past two days after they emerged from the mouths of tunnels inside the Gaza Strip. Ten of them emerged from a tunnel inside a mosque. Among them was a female suicide bomber who attempted to charge the Israeli soldiers.
A senior Israeli officer in Shujaiya said yesterday that one tunnel he had examined was 27 meters deep—equivalent to a seven-story building—and was lined with at least 800 tons of reinforced concrete. He said the existence of such tunnels leading into Israel would have permitted Hamas to send commando forces at night through all of them simultaneously to wreak havoc in the Israeli villages in the area.
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Five Israeli soldiers injured in Gaza bomb attack: IDF hit while dismantling Hamas terror tunnel
by, Mohannad Sabry | Al Monitor
CAIRO, Egypt — In November 2012, when Israel assassinated the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades’ top commander, Ahmed al-Jabari, and unleashed its Operation Pillar of Defense, then-Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was the first to interfere. He recalled Egypt’s ambassador to Tel Aviv, ordered a full opening of the Rafah Terminal to any and all Palestinians, and sent Prime Minister Hisham Kandil to the Gaza Strip on an unprecedented official visit. In a few days, a cease-fire was brokered by Cairo.
Back then, I harshly criticized Morsi, not for his interaction with the war in neighboring Gaza, but rather for the amount of effort exerted there while his cabinet did almost nothing for the families of 53 children killed in a train crash in Upper Egypt while Israel pounded the Gaza Strip. It was clear at the time, when the Muslim Brotherhood’s cabinet blamed the train crash on Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade, corrupt rule, that Gaza meant more to Morsi and his ruling outfit.
But the reaction of Egypt’s current regime led by former defense minister and now-President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the ongoing war in Gaza — with the Egyptian news media and even a great portion of the Egyptian populace trailing along — has shown a new policy that is at the least apathetic and is at many times supporting Israel’s military action, despite its continuing to take innocent Palestinian lives with impunity.
A semi-official reaction initially came from the Ministry of Interior’s official Facebook page, which published photos of 16 flag-wrapped caskets of soldiers killed in the border town of Rafah in August 2012. The photos were captioned: “Sorry, Gaza, We Won’t Forget.”
Indirectly accusing Hamas of the massacre, followed by an attack on the Israeli side of Karm Abu Salem crossing terminal — a terrorist attack with murky details and no actual evidence publicly presented by the Egyptian authorities — the Ministry of Interior offered what soon proved to be a microcosm of Egypt’s overall approach.
On July 10, when Egypt finally decided to open the Rafah Crossing Terminal, the only crossing point for Gaza’s 1.7 million people that doesn’t lead into Israeli-controlled territory, 16 tons of food and medical supplies were shipped into the Gaza Strip as a first phase of a 500-ton donation made by Egypt’s military. Only 11 injured civilians out of more than 600 were allowed in for treatment at Egyptian hospitals, and on July 12, four more cases were allowed in as the injured toll exceeded 1,000. Insofar as journalists, a European medical team and Gaza residents begging to reunite with their besieged families were concerned, no one was allowed in.
The minimal and extremely slow measures taken by the Egyptian regime actually angered some local figures who demanded a harsher approach. Former parliamentarian Mohamed Abu Hamed wrote on his Twitter account that “Egypt should treat Palestinians at the terminal and not allow them in.”
Besides Abu Hamed’s comments, Egypt’s leading cable channel, CBC, described what was happening in Gaza as “Israeli air force targeting terrorist sites.” This channel, after all, is owned along with several other media outlets by Mohamed al-Amin, an Egyptian billionaire who declared that he was donating half of his possessions to the Egypt Fund inaugurated by Sisi.
Meanwhile, Hayat al-Dardiri, a controversial presenter of the Faraeen Cable Channel said on-air that the “Egyptian people will not accept anything less than a military strike by Egypt’s military to destroy Hamas.”
What is more staggering than mass media comments is that only one minimal gathering took place in support of Gaza: an unexpected and unprecedented nonreaction in comparison to past years, when thousands of protesters would occupy major squares and at some point clash with police forces attempting their dispersal.
Hanan Fikry, a prominent Egyptian journalist and member of the board of directors of Egypt’s Press Syndicate, told Al-Monitor, “The coverage of the Gaza war was very respectful and sympathetic to Gaza.”
“There are some independent voices who failed to distinguish between Hamas, which took over the Strip by force, and Gaza itself,” Fikry said, though a lot of what she described as “independent voices” were in fact Egypt’s most-viewed media outlets.
“I believe that Egypt as a state is fulfilling its duty and there is no need for any further popular endorsement, but there should be a firm stand by the world against the Israeli military that left more than 160 Palestinian dead.”
On the contrary, Ahmed Ajami, who regularly marched in support of Gaza since Muhammad al-Durrah’s death during the second intifada in September 2000, volunteered to collect donations of medical and food supplies for a convoy, organized by young people, scheduled to leave Cairo for the Rafah Crossing Terminal on July 17.
“The media coverage is derived from the government’s policy and both are disgraceful, such minimal measures were taken so the pro-regime media parades it as Egypt fulfilling its duty toward Gaza,” Ajami told Al-Monitor.
“When millions of illiterate people watch TV channels that tell them on a daily basis that the Gaza Strip is the source of terrorism, you can’t expect their reaction to be any better,” said Ajami, who was a high school student when protesting in support of Gaza for the first time.
“If a protest marched through Cairo in support of Gaza as we saw in England and the United States, it would most probably be attacked and protesters would be detained,” Ajami said.
Since the killing of the 16 soldiers at a checkpoint in Rafah in August 2012, a month after Morsi rose to power, the Egyptian media and security officials have led a relentless war on Hamas, branding it a terrorist organization that should be crushed. Hamas’ attitude toward Egypt wasn’t any better: The organization was neck-deep in arms smuggling across Egypt to arm its military wings, while its political rhetoric grew more hostile toward its only friendly neighbor.
Somehow, Egypt started viewing the Gaza population as Hamas, or at least complicit in the organization’s activities.
“The current regime is prosecuting Mohammed Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood figures for conspiring with Hamas. Both are considered terrorist organizations, and it apparently views Gaza as the enemy, not Israel,” Ajami said.
by, JNS.org | the algemeiner | unrwa
The United Nations had a rude awaking this week when about 20 rockets hidden in a U.N.-run school in Gaza were discovered Wednesday.
The school is operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which said in a statement that the rockets were found in “the course of the regular inspection of its premises.”
Although the school was vacant at the time, UNRWA stressed that it “strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations.”
“This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law,” the statement read.
This incident was “the first of its kind in Gaza,” UNRWA said, and “endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestinian refugees in Gaza.”
A “comprehensive investigation” of the matter has been launched, reports The Times of Israel.
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The following is a Press Release from UNRWA:
AGENCY DEMANDS FULL RESPECT FOR THE SANCTITY OF ITS PREMISES IN GAZA
Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. 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 after discovery, the Agency informed the relevant parties and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school. UNRWA has launched a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.
UNRWA has strong, established procedures to maintain the neutrality of all its premises, including a strict no-weapons policy and routine inspections of its installations, to ensure they are only used for humanitarian purposes. UNRWA will uphold and further reinforce its procedures.
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.
UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.
Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency’s General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 69 million.
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Gaza Schools Teaching Children to be Terrorists:
IDF prepares for ground offensive in Gaza. Photo courtesy of: The Times – UK
by, the algemeiner
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon instructed the Israel Defense Forces to begin a ground action to strike at terror tunnels running from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory on Thursday evening, July 17. The new phase of Israel’s ongoing Operation Protective Edge entails a large IDF force of infantry, tanks, artillery, combat engineers and field intelligence all entering Gaza. The Israel Air Force, Navy and other Israeli security agencies are supporting the ground forces.
Earlier on Thursday morning, a Hamas assault squad consisting of 13 highly armed terrorists, came through such a tunnel and attempted to carry out a large-scale attack in the Israeli community of Kibbutz Sufa, located on the Gaza border. As the terrorists emerged on the Israeli side, armed with RPGs and assault rifles, they were spotted and neutralized by the IDF.
“Had we not succeeded, we would have woken up to 13 terrorists in a kibbutz,” said IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Moti Almoz.
Netanyahu and Yaalon also instructed the IDF to be prepared for an expansion of the ground offensive. The directive for the operation was approved by Israel’s Security Cabinet after it agreed to an Egyptian ceasefire proposal earlier in the week, whereas Hamas rejected it and continued firing rockets at Israeli cities.
“Hamas also did not honor the humanitarian ceasefire initiated by the UN and continued firing at Israeli cities during the lull. In light of Hamas’ criminal and relentless aggression, as well as the dangerous attempt to infiltrate Israeli territory, Israel must act to defend its citizens,” according to a statement released by the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel.
Targeting Hamas’s tunnels that cross under the Israel-Gaza border, requires intensive and precise operations inside Gaza, according to IDF assessments.
In a briefing to Israeli generals on the ground operation late Thursday night, IDF Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz, said that “We are going to strike. It is going to be a combined strike, from the air and the ground.”
“Our forces will operate in close coordination, employing their full strength, both along the routes of deployment, and within the area itself, to achieve operation control in the area and to continue striking targets within the Gaza Strip.”
The Army Chief also wished all soldiers and generals good luck and stated that the IDF is doing “everything in our capacity with the appropriate force, as proud Israeli soldiers.”
The Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau, called on the public to read the book of Psalms for the safety and success of the soldiers. “They are fulfilling a moral obligation on behalf of the nation of Israel – we are all praying for their success, safety and safe return home,” said Rabbi Lau.
Meanwhile, rockets continued to strike Israel throughout Thursday night and into Friday morning, albeit with a three hour pause in rocket fire as the ground operation began.
Since July 8, Hamas has fired 1,500 rockets incessantly at Israeli civilians in major cities and communities across the country, threatening the majority of Israel’s citizens.
Mob of racist Muslims viciously attacking Jews and their Synagogues. Photo courtesy of: the algemeiner
by, the algemeiner
Violent anti-Jewish riots in Paris on Sunday, sparked by Israel’s ongoing operation in Gaza to halt rocket attacks from the coastal enclave, left Jews in the French capital fearing for their lives. One French Jewish activist warned: “French Jews are in serious danger.”
An anti-Israel demonstration at the city’s Bastille Square quickly turned violent with protesters seeking out and attacking Jewish targets and screaming “death to the Jews” and “Hitler was right” according to community newspaper, JSS News.
Signs in support of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood were on display as well as a replica of a Palestinian rocket similar to those launched from Gaza at Israel in recent weeks, according to the report.
Muslims in Paris France Viciously Attack Jews and Their Synagogues:
Hundreds of Parisian Jews were trapped in a synagogue while rioters threw stones and bricks. The group was initially thought to be held hostage and was freed to leave the center only after police intervention at 9 p.m. A Jewish owned store on rue de la Roquette was trashed by 50 men with iron bars and a young man was hospitalized nearby, according to reports.
Another synagogue in Paris was also attacked and a source told The Algemeinerthat a similar demonstration in Marseille also turned violent.
“What we are witnessing in Paris today is extremely, extremely serious. Jews are in peril for their lives,” New York-based French Jewish artist and activist Ron Agam told The Algemeiner.
Criticizing French police, Agam said, “French authorities acted like amateurs in failing to predict collateral violence against the Jewish community. I am outraged like I never have been against the Government for being so careless when they knew how radical this demonstration against Israel was going to be.”
“To see so many French people, most of them Muslims, calling for a pogrom against Jews and supporting a criminal and terrorist organization is the most troublesome situation,” he said, “French Jews are in serious danger.”
AMERICA..This is coming soon to a city near you…
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls condemned the attempted synagogue stormings “in the strongest possible terms,” according to AFP. “Such acts targeting places of worship are unacceptable,” he said in a statement.
“I am profoundly shocked and revolted. This aggression towards the Jewish community has taken an absolutely unacceptable turn,” Joel Mergui, president of the Israelite Central Consistory of France, told AFP.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called for “calm in the face of tensions” in the Middle East, The Times of Israel reported.
In the meantime, a community source told The Algemeiner that France’s Jews are staying indoors for fear of their lives. On Facebook, Jews called for stronger independent organized resistance and praised the Betar movement and France’s Jewish Defense League.
by, Hana Levi Julian | The Jewish Press
Israel’s eight-member Security Council voted Tuesday morning to accept Egypt’s proposal for a cease fire with the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza, effective 9 am.
Within 48 hours of the ceasefire – at 9 am Thursday – Egypt was expected to convene a meeting of Israeli and Hamas negotiators.
Egypt’s goal in advancing the ceasefire was to prevent Israel from initiating a ground invasion of Gaza and possibly being forced to reconquer the territory — maybe this time permanently.
Both Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, chairman of the Yisrael Beytenu party, and Economic Minister Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Bayit Yehudi party, opposed the move.
The cabinet also decided that Israel will “act forcefully” if Hamas violates the agreement – but no details were released on precisely what that means.
Hamas rejected the ceasefire outright, calling it “surrender and capitulation.”
Israeli officials painted the cease fire as a victory, saying the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge had thus far left Hamas “much weaker.”
A diplomatic source told media “The goals of the operation were to restore quiet for a long period of time and that goal has been achieved. Hamas did not achieve its goal of striking Israel to the degree it believed that it could, and its power was weakened.”
The Cairo government advanced the proposal to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday evening. It followed a week that saw more than 1,100 missiles fired at Israeli civilians, and in return, some 1,300 IDF targeted air strikes carried out in Gaza.
PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA
The following is an official release from:
The Office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper
re: In response to the situation in Israel
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement in response to the situation in Israel:
“The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification. It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region.
“Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions. Canada calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict.
“Canada is unequivocally behind Israel. We support its right to defend itself, by itself, against these terror attacks, and urge Hamas to immediately cease their indiscriminate attacks on innocent Israeli civilians.
“Canada reiterates its call for the Palestinian government to disarm Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups operating in Gaza, including the Iranian proxy, Palestinian Islamic Jihad.”
The following is a previous speech given by the Honorable Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
An Israeli missile hits a terrorist target area in Rafah in southern Gaza. Photo courtesy of: The Jewish Press
The chief of Hamas police and a relative of former prime minister Haniyeh are among terrorist commanders who no longer exist.
by, Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu | The Jewish Press
The Israeli Air Force has escalated an all-out war against the Hamas terrorist regime in Gaza while making mincemeat of Hamas attempts to kill civilians in Tel Aviv.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and IDF officers made it clear Friday and Saturday that the days of repetitive “cease fires” with Hamas and that years of agreeing to allow Hamas to attack, and then stop to re-arm, are history.
Hamas put on a fabulous propaganda show for Gaza residents Saturday night, boldly announcing more than an hour ahead of time that it would pulverize metropolitan Tel Aviv with rockets at 9 p.m. Israeli time.
Sure enough, it carried out its promise, but the results were pitiful as the Iron Dome system intercepted most of the missiles, leaving only minimal damage. Shrapnel from one rocket in the city of Rehovot, south of Tel Aviv, caused light injuries to one man.
Hamas celebrated as if it had won the war and even told its residents that at least one of those nasty Zionists was killed, leaving only 6,999,999 Jews to finish off before it could declare peace.
Two deaths due to heart attacks after sirens blared were reported in Haifa on Friday and Jerusalem on Shabbat, where an elderly American tourist in Jerusalem succumbed to heart failure while sirens wailed in the capital.
Shortly after the missile barrage on Tel Aviv, the Israeli Air Force bombed dozens of terrorist targets in Gaza, including the home of the chief of Hamas police.
Up to 15 people were killed in the attack, and even if the Arab figures are exaggerated, the strike undoubtedly leveled a significant hole in the Hamas terrorist regime.
Another dead terrorist was a man who launched rockets and also was a nephew of Ismail Haniyeh, who was de facto prime minister of Gaza until the new Palestinian Authority unity government disguised his power with the creation of a puppet ”technocratic” government to satisfy naïve international experts, not the least of which is the Obama administration, that there suddenly is a terror-free regime in Ramallah.
Around midnight Saturday, the IDF warned residents in northern Gaza to leave their homes. The area is a magnet for terrorists because of its proximity to Israel. The Air Force apparently is trying to push rocket-launcher terrorists as far south as possible, possibly allowing for ground forces to move in and keep the area clean of terrorists.
“In the next few hours, in light of the fact Hamas is hiding behind civilians, we will change patterns of action and start evacuating Palestinian civilians in the northern Gaza Strip, where long-range rockets are fired from,” a senior IDF official told Ynet. “Following the evacuation, there will be a significant attack there. The objectives for this operation are to deal a significant blow to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, decrease the fire on civilians and strengthen the deterrence.”
Hamas fired approximately 50 rockets and missiles on Israel Saturday, setting off sirens in almost every section of the country south of Haifa, even in the Dead Sea area. The Iron Dome continued to prove effective and knocked out one missile that threatened the Modi’in-Ben Gurion Airport area.
Northern Israel heard sirens because of a volley of missiles from Lebanon, causing damage to an agriculture building. Pro-Palestinian Authority elements, and not Hezbollah, were behind the attacks. The Lebanese army, which is barely distinguishable from Hezbollah, arrested at least one of those who fired the rockets, indicating that it does not want a confrontation with Israel at this time.
Sirens also sounded in the southern Hebron Hills, and at least two of Hamas’ missiles exploded in Arab areas in Hebron and Bethlehem, causing minor injuries and damage.
Hamas Islamic Terrorists Targeting Innocent Civilians in Ashdod, Israel:
Video courtesy of: Israel Defense Forces
IDF Strike on Concealed Weapons Causes Massive Secondary Explosion:
Video courtesy of: Israel Defense Forces
by, Ariel Cohen | The Daily Caller
In the latest step in a war of attrition with Israel, Hamas targeted one of the country’s nuclear reactors with rockets — an act which escalates the recent outburst of violence in the area to the level of nuclear combat.
An act of terrorism against a nuclear reactor in any form is defined as terrorism, as set out by the United Nation’s 2005 International Convention for the Suspicion of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.
al-Qassam Brigades Attack on Dimona, Israel
لأول مرة كتائب القسام تقصف ديمونا بصواريخ
Video courtesy of: وكالة شهاب Shahab News Agency
According to the United Nations, “any nuclear reactor, including reactors installed on vessels, vehicles, aircraft or space objects for use as an energy source in order to propel such vessels, vehicles, aircraft or space objects or for any other purpose,” or “any plant or conveyance being used for the production, storage, processing or transport of radioactive material.”
Three rockets were fired towards Israel’s nuclear reactor in Dimona, but the rockets were intercepted, and there are no signs of damage to the reactor.
Immediately after the attack, Hamas claimed responsibility for the rockets, stating that they launched long range M-75 rockets towards the reactor in southern Israel.
During the third day of combat between the militants and Israel Defense Forces, Palestinians launched over one hundred rockets into southern and central Israel. Over the past three days, 250 rockets have been launched between the two sides.
Iran, another country known for their potential nuclear capabilities, may also be helping the Palestinian cause. Hamas claims to be using a new Iranian-manufactured projectile rocket, the Sejil-55. The Israeli Iron Dome system has intercepted over 70 such rockets, significantly limiting damage to Israeli land and civilians.
In response, Israel has increased their military strikes against Hamas and could additionally be preparing for a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would continue to expand their response in Gaza as a part of Operation Protective Edge.
“The army is ready for all possibilities,” Netanyahu said in a statement after holding a meeting with his Security Cabinet. “Hamas will pay a heavy price for firing toward Israeli citizens. The security of Israel’s citizens comes first. The operation will expand and continue until the fire toward our towns stops and quiet returns.”
Nuclear reactor in Dimona, Israel
by, The Daily Star
JERUSALEM: Two rockets fired by Gaza militants Wednesday hit near the southern town of Dimona where Israel has a nuclear reactor, the military said on Twitter.
“A few minutes ago, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired three rockets at Dimona. Two fell in open areas; Iron Dome intercepted the other,” it said referring to the Israeli missile defence system.
Hamas Attempts Strike On Israeli Nuclear Site:
Hamas in Gaza
by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
In the past 48 hours, the only democracy in the Middle East has endured a barrage of more than 400 incoming rockets from the Muslim held territory of Gaza. Approximately 50% of Israel’s citizens have spent the past 24-48 hours tucked away in underground bomb shelters.
What other nation on the planet would exercise such restraint? What other nation on earth would allow Islamic terrorist regimes to set-up along their borders and fire rockets into their major cities? How long would the United States wait to react if a terrorist organization was across the border in Canada firing rockets into New York City? And “how” would the US react, when they did?
Here are a few videos that outline this reality of life in Israel with terrorists at the border:
Hamas’ Actions Match Its Words:
Raw: Panic in Tel Aviv As Siren Warns of Attack
Hamas Rockets Disrupt Summer Vacation in Southern Israel:
Life in Israel: Gaza Rockets Interrupt Wedding in Ashdod
Thank you to the IDF for all of these videos.
Am Yisrael Chai.
by, The Algemeiner | Bare Naked Islam
Mourners in Gaza were seen carrying black flags of the bloody Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group at a funeral on Sunday for one of two terrorists Israel targeted in an airstrike on Friday, Israel’s Ma’ariv daily reported.
Analysts said this was the first such open sign of local support for the group (also known as the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant”), which is engaged in fierce battles for control of Iraq, and in Syria, in order to create a unified Islamic caliphate.
Israeli and other western intelligence services have warned that the group’s influence is spreading and may have set down roots in the coastal enclave.
The Israeli Air Force struck Osama Hassumi, 29, and Mohammad Fatzih, 24, with a direct missile, as they traveled in a vehicle along the Gazan shore.
Watch the video below believed to show the Israel Air Force targeting the terror operatives:
“Militants, like Hassumi and Fatzih, attacking Israel from Gaza, are not safe, do not have immunity, and will not be free to plan, plot and operate,” IDF Spokesman Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner said on Friday.
“We will continue to strike the instigators and agitators with patience, determination and precision. Gaza rocket terrorism does not pay,” he said.
Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon said in Friday that the IDF would foil “rocket fire on Israel or attempted attacks on our civilians or troops. We will hunt down those who carry out or plan [these attacks], like we did today.”
While it is unclear if either of the two were, in fact, directly backed by ISIS, the IDF said the two were behind volleys of rockets fired into Israel over the last two weeks, and belonged to the “Salah e-Din Brigades” of the Popular Front.
Meanwhile, Hamas, which controls the strip, “categorically denied Egyptian security claims that ISIS terrorists infiltrated Sinai through Gaza tunnels,” according to the al-Kassam website.
On Saturday, Iyad Bazam, a spokesman for the terror group, called the claims, “blatant lies,” and said they were “part of the ongoing Egyptian smear campaign against the Gaza Strip.”
On Saturday night, six rockets fired from Gaza struck Israel, with two hitting a populated building.
“Over the course of the weekend 12 rockets hit Israel and over the past two weeks 25 rockets hit Israel. Approximately 50 rockets were launched at Israel over the past two weeks,” the IDF said in a statement.
“In response to the rocket attacks that hit Israel earlier this evening and in order to prevent further attacks on Israeli civilians, an IAF aircraft targeted three terror activity sites and three concealed rocket launchers in the southern Gaza Strip, a weapon manufacturing site in the northern Gaza Strip and a terror activity site and weapon manufacturing site in the central Gaza Strip,” the statement read.
Misfired rocket by Muslim terrorists murders 3-year-old Palestinian Arab girl. Photo courtesy of: Arutz Sheva
Israeli council head calls on IDF to continue security as misfired terrorist rocket leaves one dead and three injured inside Gaza.
by, Ari Yashar | Arutz Sheva
A Palestinian Arab girl was killed and three others wounded in Gaza after a rocket fired at Israel by terrorists in the Hamas-enclave fell short, landing in Gaza itself.
The rocket was the third of four fired within an hour from Gaza. The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system shot down the first two, which were launched within minutes of each other, and the fourth hit a town in the Sedot Negev Regional Council, causing no damage.
Hamas medical sources say the fatality is a three-year-old girl.
Over 20 rockets have been fired at Israel since Operation Brother’s Keeper began two weeks ago to rescue the three Israeli teens kidnapped by Hamas terrorists, with the IDF noting that over 200 rockets have been fired from Gaza since the start of the year.
Another failed missile was recorded last Friday. After Iron Dome shot down a rocket earlier in the day, another terrorist rocket was fired but fell short of its mark, landing in Gaza. No damage was reported in the incident.
In addition to the four rockets on Tuesday, Arab media sources reported mortar fire being launched from Gaza towards the Erez Border Crossing. IDF sources said the incident is being investigated; no damage or injuries were reported.
Tamir Idan, head of the Sedot Negev Regional Council where the rocket fell on Tuesday told Walla! “this incident emphasizes the great importance of security concentration in the Gaza Envelope communities.”
Idan condemned the Homefront Command decision to cut the securitybudget and security concentration in the region.
“The Homefront Command decision is scandalous and disconnected from the reality we live in. I call on the defense minister to cancel immediately the ridiculous decision, and to let us lead an emergency protocol in according with the security situation,” stated Idan.
The regional leader added “I don’t want to even consider what would have happened this evening if there hadn’t been an IDF accompanied securityconcentration on site, even more so in the incident where a missile would fall on a building with injuries G-d forbid.”
עד שהנערים חוזרים – בכל שעה במחבל יורים
by, Lazar Berman | The Times of Israel
A Facebook page calling for the execution of a Palestinian convict every hour until three Jewish teens kidnapped Thursday night are returned had garnered more than 15,700 likes as of early Monday morning.
The page, whose cover photo featured the Hebrew slogan “Hotfim? Hotfim!” uses the word for kidnapping — referring to the three boys — which in slang also means to receive a harsh punishment, a reference to the Palestinian prisoners.
The cover photograph shows a picture of the three teens in blue, next to photographs of Palestinians convicted of murdering Israelis in a crosshairs. “Until the teens return — every hour we will shoot a terrorist,” the page reads.
The page was created on Friday, when news surfaced of the kidnapping of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Frenkel, 16, and Gil-ad Shaar, 16, who were hitchhiking in the West Bank.
Among the updates on the page are profiles and photographs of specific convicts in Israeli jails, with calls for their execution. One post called for Israel to learn from the biblical King David, who is described in Samuel I 30 as tracking down and slaughtering the Amalekites who sacked an Israelite town and imprisoned its women and children.
Though most of the commenters were strongly supportive of the site’s message, there were some who posted comments in Arabic mocking Israel and the captives. “#3 Shalit,” one read. “To Hell,” wrote another under a picture of the three teens.
Security forces further intensified on Sunday night the ongoing search for Yifrach, Shaar and Frenkel.
The army has placed the southern section of the West Bank under curfew and flooded the region with troops.
Thus far, over 100 Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials and activists have been apprehended, including one of Hamas’s founders, Hassan Yousef, and several former government officials.
On Sunday night, IDF troops converged on a house in Hebron and arrested two men wanted in connection with the kidnapping.
עד שהנערים חוזרים – בכל שעה במחבל יורים
3 Jewish boys kidnapped by Muslim terrorists.
JERUSALEM, Israel (JTA) — Three missing Israeli teens were kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a national address.
The teens, including one dual Israeli-American citizen, have been missing since Thursday night. They were last seen trying to get rides home from a yeshiva high school in Gush Etzion, a bloc of settlements located south of Jerusalem.
The three missing boys were identified Saturday as Gilad Shaar, 16, from Talmon, Eyal Yifrach, 19, from Elad, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, from Nof Ayalon, who is also an American citizen.
“In light of the situation I cannot say everything, but I can say the following: Our boys were kidnapped by a terrorist organization,” Netanyahu said in a nationally televised news conference just minutes after the end of Shabbat.
Netanyahu said that Israel holds the Palestinian Authority responsible; the Palestinians claim that the PA is not responsible because the kidnapping occurred in Area C of the West Bank, which is under Israeli security control. ”The terrorists originated from Palestinian territory and the PA is responsible,” Netanyahu said. “The claim that the PA is not responsible because the kidnapping took place in an area controlled by Israel is blatantly false.”
A massive national operation is underway to locate the youths, involving at least 2,000 troops. Security forces also have mobilized to ensure that the youths are not taken from the West Bank into Gaza.
“A kidnapping attempt is unacceptable,” said Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on Saturday night, adding that the kidnapping is a result of incitement by Palestinian terror groups, who have called on their followers to abduct Israeli soldiers and citizens.
Earlier in the day, Yaalon said that defense officials are working under the assumption that the boys are still alive. He said that the IDF has thwarted dozens of kidnapping attempts in the last two years.
Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni briefed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the situation on Friday evening in London where they are both attending a conference; Kerry also spoke by phone with Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
“We are working with the Government of Israel and with the Palestinian Authority to try to ensure the situation is resolved quickly, and that the three teenagers are safely reunited with their families,” U.S. State Department spokesman Marie Harf said during a press briefing on Friday afternoon.
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro also was briefed on the situation since it involved a teen with U.S. citizenship.
by, Majed El Shafie | One Free World International
JERUSALEM, Israel – The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, dug up Christian graves in the Gaza Strip because they said the Christian bodies defiled the land, a human rights group said.
“The Christians in the Palestinian Authority areas [are] facing persecutions. Their homes, their churches they get attacked almost every day,” said Majed El Shafie, founder and president of One Free World International, a Canadian-based human rights group.
Shortly after Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in a violent coup in June 2007, El Shafie said his group received reports of two kinds of violations.
“The first one that Hamas was torturing the members of Fatah in Gaza,” El Shafie told CBN News.
“The second one [was] that Hamas was going to the graveyards of the Christians, digging up the dead body of the Christians, throwing them and burning them and saying ‘you cannot bury your dead bodies here because its our land, it’s a holy land.
By burying your Christian families here you are desecrating the land.’ And we received this [information] about five graves in Gaza,” El Shafie said.
El Shafie said his group had also received reports about Christian families “being forced to cooperate with Hamas or their children or their wives will get raped or will get persecuted.” So they were forced to cooperate with Hamas to protect their families, he said.
An estimated 3,500 Christians live amidst some 1.4 million Muslims in the Gaza Strip. The tiny Christian community had hoped for some protection from Hamas when it came to power.
But Christian and Western targets have come under repeated attacks in the last few years allegedly from Islamic fundamentalist groups. Two years ago a Palestinian Christian, who worked for the Bible Society, was kidnapped and murdered, reportedly for refusing to convert to Islam.
According to El Shafie, the situation of Christians in the West Bank where the Palestinian Authority is in control is better. The PA wants support from the West so the leaders try to portray themselves as a “democratic country,” he said.
But El Shafie pointed to Bethlehem, the city of Jesus birth, where there has been a steady exodus of the Christian community for decades.
Bethlehem has become a “tourist zone” for the PA, he said. “Basically they don’t want the Christians there but they want the Christian tourists to come and to take their money.”
El Shafie is well acquainted with persecution. Raised in a prominent Egyptian Muslim family, El Shafie became a Christian at 18 years old. He was arrested, tortured and sentenced to death for his faith. He escaped and fled to Israel where he was helped by international organizations to immigrate to Canada.
He says the future of Christians in the Muslim world is up to the Christians in the West.
“From the beginning of the Holocaust until all the way to Darfur all of this did not happen just because the people are doing evil. It’s because the people who sit around did not do something to stop it,” said El Shafie.
He said Christians should pray every day for the persecuted church as well as take action by going to their congressmen or parliamentarians to raise the issue. In many cases Western countries are giving aid to countries that persecute Christian minorities. Westerners should demand that their governments connect international aid to improving human rights, he said.
Despite the persecution, El Shafie said that Christians are still victorious.
“The persecuted Christians [are] dying but they [are] still smiling. They are in a very deep dark night but they still have the candle of the Lord the candle of hope. Our enemy have very strong weapon. Our enemy has [a] very strong army but we have the Lord Almighty.
“Count on it. Count on it. We will fight unto the end in Jesus name and always remember, they can always kill the dreamer but no one can kill the dream,” he said.