by, Elder of Ziyon | h/t Lily
Police opened an investigation Sunday after graffiti was found in the Temple Mount compound depicting a swastika as the equivalent of a Star of David.
The incident came on the heels of a call by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for Palestinians to defend the Temple Mount, the location of the al-Aqsa mosque and the site of heated clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces over the past several weeks.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said authorities had opened a probe into the incident after finding at least three instances of the graffiti daubed on the floor inside the holy site.
Pictures posted online by the Israeli news portal 0404 showed two different places where the symbols had been painted in blue, one on stairs leading to the Temple Mount and another in an unidentified location.
On Friday, Abbas called for Jews to be barred from the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism and home to a mosque and shrine revered by Muslims as well, and said Palestinians should defend the site.
“It is our sacred place, al-Aqsa [mosque] is ours, this Noble Sanctuary is ours. They have no right to go there and desecrate it,” Abbas said.
“That’s our job!”
The United Sunni States: 2114
by, Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium | RT News
In March 2014, the home of an Islamic State (IS) commander was raided by Iraqi Special Forces. Among the items found in the residence was a manifesto written by what appears to be the Islamic State Cabinet Member, Abdullah Ahmed al-Meshedani, aka Abu Kassem. Reportedly the director of foreign fighter and suicide bomber transport, little is known about al-Meshedani’s present life. Based on these documents, however, TRAC analysts have garnered a rare glimpse not only into his vision for the Islamic State but also the Islamic State’s current and future plans.
As much mystery that surrounds the Islamic State, there is equally as much complexity that surrounds this manifesto. Signed off on the final page by Abu Kassem’s alias “al-Mashhadani al-Iraqi,” the document reads like a hybrid between Islamic State goals and ex-Baathist and Republican Guard concepts left over from Saddam Hussein’s era. The documents are extremely well written with a high command of Arabic often reserved for and used by accomplished scholars. The writings are not necessarily religious but show a mastery of military knowledge and Arab nationalism.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS ONWARD
The copy of Abu Kassem’s manifesto that TRAC holds is merely a portion of the original work; thirteen pages are in tact, spanning from page 19 to page 40; some sections were missing or too blurred to decipher. Beginning on page 19, the document has three distinct topics that intertwine to create an unprecedented insight into the Islamic State’s policy, economics and goals. What is particularly of note is the manner in which the Islamic State views itself both in the near and long term. The term “United Sunni States” is a reference to these goals that cross into a hundred years in the future and include seventy (70) objectives.
Another area of interest is how the manifesto is presented and shared. Unlike the previous declarations found at the home of Islamic State Cabinet member and Baghdadi’s Head of the Military Council, Adnan Ismael Najim Abdulla al-Dulaimi aka Abu Abdul Rahman al-Bilawi’s residence, which were found on a thumb drive, Abu Kassem’s work was printed out. Once spiral bound, the manifesto is typed and chaptered, demonstrating this document was clearly meant for a distribution among the entire Islamic State senior staff.
ABU KASSEM’S MANIFESTO CHAPTERS:
- The General Leadership and the nature of the relationship between the military and political wings
- The Ideological Leadership of the movement, its relationship with the General Leadership and society
- Economic Institutions – Resources and Industries
- The Economic Assets of the Sunni Entity
- We are the Campaign of the Banners and we are the new Umayyads
- The great Safavid enterprise… The challenges of war and the tools of Arab defence (The 100 Year Plan)
- How we will establish our war against the great Safavid enterprise
- The obstacles of establishing the project
Though this is a partial work, the potential new understandings of the Islamic State gained from Abu Kassem are of paramount importance.
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The Russian-Iranian Nuclear Ambition:
An alleged policy plan of the Islamic State outlines some chilling, if unrealistic, plots of the would-be terrorist state, including bribing Russia with access to oilfields in exchange for nuclear technology, and digging a canal across the UAE.
The document reported by Britain’s Sunday Times is believed to have been written by Abdullah Ahmed Meshedani, a member of the highly secretive six-man war cabinet of the terrorist group, which wants to build an Islamist state, or caliphate, in parts of Iraq and Syria.
It was captured by Iraqi special forces during a March raid on the home of a senior Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) member and confirmed as authentic by Western security officials.
The 70-point plan provides an insight into the grandiose, if somewhat far-fetched, strategy aimed at undermining Shiites in the Arab world and Iran as that branch of Islam’s powerhouse nation.
One of the goals listed in the documents is to offer Russia access to oilfields in Iraq’s Anbar province in exchange for Moscow severing ties with Tehran and sharing secret nuclear technology known to Iran with the IS.
The bribe is also meant to convince the Russian government to stop supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad and ally with Sunni states of the Arab Gulf in their confrontation with Iran and Syria.
A security source familiar with the document told the newspaper, “Nothing shocks Western governments these days in relation to ISIS and its fanatical aspirations.
“We’ve known and feared for some time that they want to obtain chemical and nuclear weapons… So when you place their future aspirations against their current achievements, this document which purports to be the group’s manifesto does stop and make you think.”
Another bizarre plan to undermine Iran’s powerbase involves building a canal across the United Arab Emirates “like the Panama Canal in America’s hands,” which would allow oil tankers travel to and from the Persian Gulf, bypassing the Iran-controlled Strait of Hormuz, the newspaper reports.
In addition to the Iranian nuclear program, the document suggests hitting its caviar industry “because it is a national treasure,” and urges to flood the carpet market with products of Afghan carpet makers to cripple their Iranian competitors.
The IS also envisions itself as a regional naval power, with bases built on islands bought from Yemen and the Comoros.
Domestically, the self-proclaimed state has a program of ethnic cleansing, eugenic programs, assassinations of defectors – including IS officials – and other brutal policies that would ensure a population united in purpose, according to the document.
The caliphate’s security for foreign forces would be provided by targeted hits on senior officials and officers in Iran and Iraq as well as attacks of any armed Shiite groups.
In the long run, the IS wants Sunnis from Pakistan and Syria to migrate to lands with mixed Sunni-Shiite populations, “marry early and have many children,” who would become the core of a future extermination campaign to wipe out Shiites in the Gulf.
The IS “are not focused on merely supporting themselves with ransom activities and oil theft, they know that in order to survive they have to generate income in legitimate ways,” Veryan Khan, director of Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, a US-based terrorism monitoring group, told the Sunday Times.
“I am convinced this was passed out among senior personnel of Islamic State,” she added. “To fully explain a 100-year plan is completely unique — they are proving that they are visionaries to the rest of the senior staff.”
Pope Francis I. Photo courtesy of: Newsmax
by, Sandy Fitzgerald | Newsmax
It is Christianity’s “turn” to suffer religious persecution, Pope Francis told a World Jewish Congress delegation visiting his home in Rome Wednesday night, saying that Christians are being killed while the world remains silent.
Francis and World Jewish Council President Ronald Lauder both condemned attacks against the world’s Christians, reports Haaretz, particularly in the Middle East, where extremists with the Islamic State (ISIS) have targeted Christians in Iraq and Syria.
“In the world, there is still great suffering,” the Pope told the delegation. “First it was your turn. Now it’s our turn.”
Francis also told the 40-member delegation, which included WJC CEO Robert Singer and Claudio Epelman, director of WJC Latin America in Argentina, that he wants to visit refugees in Jordan who have fled there to escape violence in Syria and Iraq.
Lauder told Haaretz that Christians in Iraq and Syria are even being identified with a symbol bearing the letter Jewish letter nun, or N, for Nazarene, which he said identifies Christians’ homes much “as the yellow star was used in the past against European Jewry.”
“Israel is the only place that is safe for Christians in the Middle East, ” Lauder said.
Also during the meeting, Francis drew comparisons between the World War II Holocaust and the persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq, reports The Telegraph.
“Pope Francis told us privately that he believes we are in World War Three,” said Lauder. “But unlike the first two world wars, instead of happening all at once this war is coming in stages,” he said.
Further, Lauder said, that the Pope’s words meant that “first Jews suffered savage attacks that were met with the world’s silence and now it is Christians who are being annihilated and the world is silent.”
The Islamic State has also encouraged “lone wolf” attacks against Western Christians, The Telegraph reports, while emptying Christian towns in Iraq and Syria and demanding Christians either convert, flee, or face death.
The Pope has in the past said, that ISIS should be stopped, reports The Telegraph, saying “in cases like this, where there is an unjust aggression, then it is licit to halt the aggressor.”
However, he stressed “halt,” rather to “bomb or make war” against the insurgents.
The Pope’s words, plus his standing as the most prominent Christian leader in the world, has led the Islamic State to issue “credible threats” to murder Pope Francis, a warning that comes as the pontiff plans a trip to Muslim-dominated Albania on Sunday, Iraqi Ambassador to the Vatican Habib al Sadr told the Italian newspaper La Nazione, reports Breitbart.
Sadr said he does not have specific details of a threat but is convinced the Pope is in real danger.
“I think they could try to hit him during his travels or even in Rome, because there are members of ISIS who are not Arabs but also Canadians, Americans, French, British, and Italian,” Sadr said.
Patriarch Gregory III Laham from Syria, demanding that Senator Ted Cruz be removed from the summit.
by, Alana Goodman | The Washington Free Beacon
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon that the “hatred and bigotry” he encountered when he was booed off the stage at a Middle Eastern Christian conference for defending Israel on Wednesday night was like nothing he has previously seen in his political career.
“I’ve certainly encountered audiences that disagreed with a particular point of view. But this virulent display of hatred and bigotry was remarkable, and considerably different from anything I’ve previously encountered,” Cruz said, just a few hours after his pro-Israel speech to the In Defense of Christians conference was drowned out by shouts and jeers from the audience.
The senator was booed off stage at the conference, which is aimed at raising awareness for the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians, after saying that Christians “have no greater ally than Israel” and calling on the audience to support the Jewish state.
“The division and anti-Semitism expressed tonight by some of the crowd is not reflective of the teachings of Christ, and is in fact directly contrary to the tenets of Christianity,” Cruz said.
In a video posted by the Daily Caller, audience members can be heard shouting at Cruz during his keynote address.
“I am saddened to see that some here, not everyone, but some here, are so consumed with hate,” said Cruz, before he was interrupted with shouts of “all of us!” from the audience.
“You speak for yourself!” one participant yelled during the senator’s defense of Israel.
“If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you,” said Cruz, as audience members drowned him out with boos and cries of “enough!,” “no!” and “never!”
The Free Beacon reported on Wednesday that several Hezbollah and Syrian regime supporters were scheduled to speak at the conference. Numerous members of Congress were scheduled to attend, including Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.), Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), and Rep. Brad Sherman (D., Calif.).
The speakers included Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Raï, who has defended Hezbollah’s right to attack Israel and has called for a meeting with the Iranian-backed terrorist group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
Another speaker, Syriac Orthodox Church Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, boasted on his official Facebook page last week about his Sept. 5 meeting with a “high level delegation from Hezbollah.”
The conference also featured Antioch Church patriarch Gregory III Laham, who has blamed terrorist attacks against Iraqi Christians on a “Zionist conspiracy against Islam” aimed at making Muslims look bad.
“It is actually a conspiracy planned by Zionism and some Christians with Zionist orientations, and it aims at undermining and giving a bad image of Islam,” Laham said in 2010, according to the Daily Star.
Despite the controversial speakers, Cruz decided to speak at the conference because he wanted to bring attention to the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians, his office told the Free Beacon on Wednesday afternoon.
He said Wednesday night that he was disappointed he was unable to give the speech he had planned.
“I’d intended to talk tonight about Pastor Saeed Abedini, wrongfully imprisoned in the nation of Iran for practicing his Christian faith. I’d intended to talk tonight about Mariam Ibrahim, wrongfully imprisoned and sentenced to torture and death for her Christian faith,” said Cruz. “I had intended to talk about the three Jewish teenagers who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas simply because they were Jews.”
“Radical Islamic terrorists do not distinguish between Christians and Jews,” he added. “They hate us both, they murder us both.”
Funding for the conference was provided by top Clinton donor and Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, organizers told the Free Beacon on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the conference did not immediately respond to request for comment.
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Here is a video of Patriarch Gregory III Laham from Syria, demanding that Senator Ted Cruz be removed from the summit..
More on this incident can be read here
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by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
Let me first say, this comment is NOT directed towards the Middle-Eastern Christians as a collective, but rather towards those individuals in attendance at the IDC Summit, that were hateful and disrespectful. Many of those in attendance were very cordial and respectful and this message is not in reference to them.
Secondly, they invite Sen. Cruz to speak at the IDC summit as their keynote speaker and then, they disrespect him while he is there speaking on their behalf. He just happens to be one of the most genuine defenders of Middle-Eastern Christians, in their plight to end their persecution. Furthermore, Senator Ted Cruz was absolutely and unequivocally correct in his message and the “Christians” that showed objection were merely purveyors of hate and facilitated division.
On a personal note, a substantial portion of my life has been spent working to end the persecution of faith. Being a ‘..voice for the persecuted..’ is an honor and a privileged, of which I am not worthy. I never ‘chose’ to do it, but rather I feel as though I was ‘chosen’ to do it. Having said that, let me be very clear..
To those rude and disrespectful “Christians.” You should be ashamed of yourselves!
I will speak for you, to the extent that “you” speak for the Jews. I will defend your nation and your people, to the extent that “you” defend Israel and the Jewish people.
If “you” do not stand with Israel and the Jewish people, then likewise..
I cannot stand with you.
Windows at a newspaper office in Spremberg, Germany, were sprayed with anti-Semitic grafitti this month, reading “Jews” and “We’ll catch you all.” Agence France-Presse/Getty Images. Photo courtesy of: Blazing CatFur
by, Frau Katze | Blazing CatFur
BERLIN, Germany: On a recent Monday morning, two police officers stood guard outside the Lauder Nitzan Kindergarten, a white, three-story house marked by a discreet nameplate. Shortly after 9 a.m., a dozen children walked out and headed for the playground, minded by a nervous-looking civilian with a pistol protruding from a belt holster.
Most Jewish institutions in Germany have long had 24-hour police protection. Many, like the kindergarten, also employ private security. But such vigilance, usually intended to stave off neo-Nazis, has taken on fresh urgency amid an upsurge in anti-Semitic acts this year that some authorities and Jewish community leaders blame on Muslims.
Chancellor Angela Merkel will address a rally against anti-Semitism in Berlin on Sunday, underlining the government’s concern. But many Jews in Germany are worried their country doesn’t have a clear plan.
This summer, protesters against Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip unleashed a barrage of abuse, calling Jews “cowardly pigs,” “child murderers” and fodder for the gas chambers, according to witnesses and Jewish organizations. On the sidelines, a mob hounded a Jewish couple in Berlin and Jews were beaten in Hamburg and Frankfurt.
Similar incidents were taking place elsewhere in Europe, but in the country that masterminded the Holocaust, they evoked particularly painful memories.
“We haven’t heard these things on German streets for 50, 60 years,” said Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews, sitting in his office on a Frankfurt side street. “The fact that people on German streets are saying Jews should burn, Jews should be slaughtered, Jews should be gassed. It hits a particular nerve for us.”
Through education and prevention, but also repression, successive German governments largely succeeded in banning anti-Semitic speech from the public domain. Yet these efforts focused on the far-right; anti-Semitism in Muslim communities was left unchecked, according to community activists and government officials.
“The protests got a lot of attention, but ‘Jew’ has been used as an insult by young Muslims in schoolyards, on sports grounds, for years,” said Ahmad Mansour, an Israeli Arab who has led initiatives against prejudice and radicalization among Muslims in Germany since 2007. “There is a group of people that Germany’s fight against anti-Semitism passed by.”
Aiman Mazyek, president of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, said that Islam forbids anti-Semitism, but that some Muslims blur the border between criticism of Israel and hate speech.
“It must be addressed, but community leaders can’t do this on their own,” he said. “The state must step in, too, as it has done against right-wing anti-Semitism.”
In a radio interview two weeks ago, Hans-Georg Maassen, president of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, said “we’ve always associated anti-Semitism with national socialism [Nazis], the extreme right. We are now realizing that many immigrants who came to Germany harbor anti-Semitic prejudice.”
Long-term studies by Bielefeld and Leipzig universities show anti-Semitic prejudice in Germany is less widespread today than it was 10 years ago. Police records of anti-Semitic acts show the same trend.
But starting in 2002, the year of the second intifada, bouts of violence in the Middle East have coincided with spikes of anti-Semitism here, according to police, fanning fear among Jews.
“If you look back over 30 years, the statistics haven’t changed that much,” said Daniel Alter, a Berlin rabbi who survived a vicious attack in 2012 and now works with imams on outreach programs. “But anti-Semitism has become more visible, more accepted.”
Mr. Alter now wears a cap over his yarmulke. “There are too many places in Berlin where it would be irresponsible to advertise yourself as a Jew,” he said.
Esther Mizrahi, director of the Lauder Nitzan Kindergarten in central Berlin, said she doesn’t feel comfortable taking her children to the kosher store. A 31-year-old woman from an Orthodox household said Lebanese boys threw a stone through her window last month after arguing with her children over the Gaza conflict.
One obstacle to combating anti-Semitism among Muslims has been reluctance among politicians and the police to stigmatize a community that faces racism itself. Last week, a study by the government’s antidiscrimination watchdog showed far more antipathy in Germany against Gypsies and Muslims than against Jews. A mosque was burned in Berlin last month in a suspected arson attack.
Immigration from the former Soviet Union after the Berlin Wall fell saw Germany’s Jewish community grow to about 130,000 from 30,000 in the late 1980s. That doesn’t count an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 Israelis living here.
The spread of anti-Semitic speech, from online forums to schoolyards, risks sending the community retreating in its shell, said Deidre Berger, director of the American Jewish Committee Berlin Office.
“Frictions with Muslims mean more and more Jewish families are deciding to send their children to Jewish schools,” she said. “There’s a tendency to seclude. If you can’t send your child to the local school, it’s a daunting challenge for society.”
A year ago, Ms. Merkel said she was ashamed that Jewish institutions still required police protection. Mr. Graumann thinks it will be a long time before the guards become superfluous.
“I wish we no longer needed them,” he said. “But that may have to wait until the Messiah comes.”
by, Jack Moore | International Business Times (IBT)
A gathering of thousands of Isis (now known as the Islamic State) supporters has taken place at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, according to local Israeli media.
The report by the Israeli television station Channel 10 (to be broadcast next week) added the gathering further demonstrated the terror group’s sights were firmly focused on Israel as a future target.
The rally, which took place on a recent Friday prayer session, was organised by the Tahrir party, described as the “Palestine branch” of IS.
The author of the report, Zvi Yehezkeli, said a widely shared photo of an IS supporter was taken next to his position at the Temple Mount.
He added the terror group “now knocking on Jordan’s door, has marked ‘Palestine’ as the next target on its list”.
In July, IS told the Palestinian people it was “only a matter of time” before they reach Palestine to join the fight against “barbaric Jews”.
“It is only matter of time and patience before it [IS] reaches Palestine to fight the barbaric Jews and kill those of them hiding behind the gharqad trees – the trees of the Jews,” read the statement, released on social media.
The group said it would do “everything within its means” to continue the fight against any obstacle on the way to “Palestine”, alluding to the Middle Eastern territory before the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.
“As for the massacres taking place in Gaza against the Muslim men, women and children, then the Islamic State will do everything within its means to continue striking down every apostate who stands as an obstacle on its paths towards Palestine,” the group said.
Earlier this week, Israeli officials announced IS had been banned from the country and anyone associated with the group would face the full force of the law.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon signed the law that banned gatherings of organisations that were sympathetic or friendly with IS.
It was also announced by the Israeli foreign ministry that Steven Sotloff, the second US journalist beheaded by the terror group, held Israeli citizenship and had studied for an undergraduate degree at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.
A general view of the rubble of a 13-storey residential tower, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, is seen in Gaza City August 24, 2014. Photo courtesy of: Mohammed Salem/Reuters
IAF Surgical Strike on Hamas Command Center yields 13-storey building being dropped without touching any surrounding building
by, Nidal Al-Mughrabi & Jeffrey Heller | Reuters
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians on Sunday to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel took the Gaza war to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower.
Israeli aircraft first fired a non-explosive rocket at the building, a sign to residents to get out, before attacking it on Saturday. Seventeen people were wounded in the strike on the structure, which Israel said had housed a Hamas command centre.
Amazing Video of ‘Actual Strike’ on Hamas Command Center…
Video courtesy of: Newsworld
“I call on the inhabitants of Gaza to evacuate immediately from every site from which Hamas is carrying out terrorist activity. Every one of these places is a target for us,” Netanyahu said in public remarks at a cabinet meeting.
With no end in sight to fighting now in its seventh week, Netanyahu’s tough talk could indicate a move towards bolder strikes in densely populated neighbourhoods, even at the risk of raising more international alarm.
Thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged in the conflict. Nearly 500,000 people have been displaced in the territory of 1.8 million where Palestinians, citing Israeli attacks that have hit schools and mosques, say no place is safe.
Israel has said Hamas bears responsibility for civilian casualties because it operates among non-combatants. The group, it said, uses schools and mosques to store weapons and as launching sites for cross-border rocket attacks.
Palestinian health officials say 2,108 people, most of them civilians and more than 400 of them children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since July 8, when Israel launched an offensive with the declared aim of ending Palestinian rocket fire into its territory.
Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and four civilians in Israel have been killed.
WAR OF ATTRITION
Israel launched more air strikes on Gaza on Sunday, killing at least six Palestinians, medical officials said.
Palestinian militants kept up their rocket fire in what has become a war of attrition that has defied attempts by regional power Egypt to broker a durable truce.
The bombing on Saturday of Al Zafer Tower in Gaza City marked the first time in the Gaza war that Israel had brought down so tall a structure. It had housed 44 families.
It launched the attack a day after a mortar bomb killed a four-year-old Israeli boy. Israel’s president attended his funeral on Sunday near the Gaza border.
Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt hostilities and return to talks. But there was no sign that negotiations, last held before a ceasefire collapsed on Tuesday, would resume any time soon.
The start of the school year has already been delayed indefinitely by the Education Ministry in the Gaza Strip, and Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israelis should be prepared for the war to continue after classes begin on Sept. 1.
At one U.N.-run school in Gaza where Palestinian families have been sheltering, children chanting “glory and eternity to our martyrs” stood in line for the national anthem, but no classes were held.
Scott Anderson, Deputy Director of Gaza operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, said although school has been cancelled, instruction could be provided by other means.
“It is very important that we use our satellite channel, our Internet active learning program, the computer labs and the self-help material – all these lessons we learnt in Syriaand they have proved to be very successful there,” he said, referring to remote schooling during Syria’s civil war.
Hamas has said it will not stop fighting until the Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza is lifted. Both Israel and Egypt view Hamas as a security threat and are demanding guarantees that weapons will not enter the economically crippled enclave.
The Cairo talks had aimed to secure a lasting deal to allow reconstruction aid to flow into Gaza. The current conflict is the longest and deadliest between the Palestinians and Israel since the second Intifada (Palestinian uprising) a decade ago.
Israel also faced rocket fire from the north on Saturday.
Two missiles launched from Lebanon struck Israel’s Galilee. Lebanese and Israeli sources said it was not initially clear who was behind the attack, which caused no casualties or damage.
At least five rockets fired from Syria landed at various locations on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the Israeli army said. All fell in open areas. It was also not immediately known who launched them.
Late on Saturday, an Israeli air strike destroyed a commercial centre in the southern Gaza town of Rafah and three people were hurt, local medical staff said.
(Additional reporting by Maayan Lubell and Ori Lewis in Jerusalem and Sylvia Westall in Beirut; Writing by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Gareth Jones)