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  • Abbas to Netanyahu: End the Occupation, Make Peace

    09/22/2014 7:42:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 9/23/2014, 5:15 AM | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas vowed on Monday to present a new timetable for peace talks with Israel when he addresses world leaders at the United Nations later this week, according to AFP. “I say today to Prime Minister (Binyamin) Netanyahu: end the occupation, make peace,” Abbas told an audience in New York. In a passionate address to students in the Cooper Union hall, Abbas said, “The international community has the responsibility to protect our people, living under the terror of settlers, an occupying army.” …
  • Arab and Muslim states question Israel’s right to defend itself at UNHRC

    09/22/2014 7:03:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/22/2014 22:47 | Tovah Lazaroff
    Two major groups of Arab sates questioned Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas in Gaza, in addresses to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday in Geneva. Describing Israel’s actions in Gaza as self-defense is both “legally incorrect” and “morally abhorrent,” said Pakistan, speaking on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. […] Switzerland, Ireland, and Iceland were among the few Western countries to address to address the UNHRC under Agenda Item 7. Ireland condemned both Israel and Hamas as unacceptable for attacking innocent civilians during the Gaza war. With respect to Israeli attacks in Gaza, Ireland said,...
  • Gaza Schoolchildren Traumatized by Sounds of Hamas Torture

    09/22/2014 11:52:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 9/22/2014, 4:19 PM | Ari Soffer
    Children at a school in southern Gaza are reportedly being terrorized by the sounds of Hamas detainees being tortured at an adjacent police compound. Arabic-language Al Hayat Al-Jadida says parents of children attending the school in central Khan Younis have complained to authorities on numerous occasions about the phenomenon, which includes the chilling sounds of “shrieks and cries of pain”, and has left students shaken. The sounds of torture apparently emanate from a building belonging to the Department of General Intelligence, which is tasked among other things with detaining and interrogating suspected “collaborators” or informants for Israel. One ninth-grade student,...
  • US Reportedly Giving Hezbollah Indirect Military Aid

    09/22/2014 2:44:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 9/22/2014, 12:35 PM | Ari Yashar
    Mohammed Afif, the new head of public relations for the Lebanese-based Iran-proxy terror organization Hezbollah, gave a rare New York Times interview as Lebanese experts reveal his group is indirectly receiving American intelligence aid in its fight against Islamic State (ISIS). Following ISIS’s temporary conquest of Arsal last month on the Lebanese side of the Syrian border, the US sent new weapons to the Lebanese army, which coordinates with Hezbollah. Likewise, US intelligence has found its way to Hezbollah according to Lebanese experts. …
  • Hamas to PA: Show us proof that int'l organizations will cease aid if our salaries are not paid

    09/21/2014 11:21:43 AM PDT · by blueyon · 7 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/20/14 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Hamas to PA: Show us proof that int'l organizations will cease aid if our salaries are not paid Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said recently that donor countries had warned him not to pay salaries to Hamas’ 40,000 civil servants. Hamas is demanding proof from Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah that donor countries have threatened to suspend financial aid to the Palestinians if his government paid salaries to Hamas employees in the Gaza Strip. Hamdallah said recently that donor countries had warned him not to pay salaries to Hamas’s 40,000 civil servants. “The government and the banks operating in the...
  • Explosion Strikes Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    09/21/2014 1:30:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Egyptian Streets ^ | September 21, 2014
    An explosion has targeted Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs injuring many, reported eye-witnesses on the scene. According to state media, at least two have been killed in the attack. .... This story is developing.
  • El-Sissi: Egypt ready to join terror fight

    09/21/2014 12:31:28 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    The Spokesman ^ | September 21, 2014 | Hamza Hendawi Ian Phillips And Lee Keath
    El-Sissi: Egypt ready to join terror fight President speaks on Islamic State threat Hamza Hendawi Ian Phillips And Lee Keath   CAIRO – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is feeling vindicated by the world’s alarm over Islamic extremism that is fueling wars and bloodshed across the Middle East. The former army general has faced widespread international criticism for his ouster last year of Egypt’s first freely elected president and his ferocious crackdown on Islamists that has killed more than 1,000 and imprisoned more than 20,000. A year later, after el-Sissi’s election as president, his critics fear he is leading his country into autocracy,...
  • Leading Italian intellectual: "Shoot those bastard Zionists" (Says Israel worse than Nazis)

    09/18/2014 6:44:41 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 25 replies
    The Commentator ^ | 23 July 2014 | The Commentator staff
    Former Italian member of the European Parliament, and leading "intellectual", Gianni Vattimo has caused an explosion of anger in Italy, Israel and beyond for inciting the killing of Israelis and saying Israel was "worse than the Nazis". "Shoot those bastard Zionists," he screamed. Speaking on Italy’s Radio 24, Vattimo said he would like to kill Israelis personally, but couldn't because he didn't know how to shoot. He said that Europeans should club together to get more arms to Hamas so that they could kill more of their opponents. Hamas is a violent anti-Semitic terror group advocating the end of Israel...
  • Dear Fellow Liberals: I'm Done Apologizing for Israel

    09/19/2014 2:56:30 AM PDT · by Seeing More Clearly Now · 21 replies
    Time ^ | Sept. 18, 2014 | Jennifer Moses
    As a species, we don't seem to cotton to facts—especially when it comes to Jews Years ago, I was seated...next to a British law professor... The conversation soon turned, as conversation often does among professional intellectuals, to Israel, specifically to the then-recent conflict between Israeli soldiers & Palestinian fighters in the West Bank town of Jenin, . Oops—forgot about it already? Here’s a refresher: in 2002, the IDF w ent into Jenin during the Second Intifada, after Israel determined that the town served as a launching pad for missile and rocket attacks against Israeli civilians. The 10-day operation claimed the...
  • Miracle in Gaza: Power Plant the Guardian Declared “Destroyed” Comes Back to Life

    09/18/2014 5:01:28 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 16th, 2014 | Adam Levick
    Elder of Ziyon just published a fascinating update on the widely reported story from late July, in which Gaza’s only power plant was allegedly completely “destroyed” by an Israeli missile strike. Here’s how the Guardian covered the incident in a July 30th report by Harriet Sherwood.The report, quite naturally, didn’t mention that Israel not only denied attacking the power plant, but explained that they didn’t bomb anything in the vicinity of the power plant that day. Here are the relevant paragraphs from Sherwood’s report: Flames and clouds of black smoke billowed over Gaza‘s only power plant on after it was...
  • Fatah Exposes Hamas’s Trafficking Network to Europe

    09/17/2014 12:31:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 9/17/2014, 9:36 AM | Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction has exposed that Hamas is running a human trafficking network, smuggling Gaza residents to Europe for $2,000 to $3,500 per person. The charges come following reports that dozens of Palestinian Arabs drowned last week after leaving Gaza for Egypt, where they boarded an ill-fated ship bound for Europe that never reached its goal, reports Kol Yisrael (Israel Radio). Apparently Hamas used its hundreds of smuggling tunnels into the Sinai Peninsula to funnel the would-be immigrants out of Gaza and into Egypt; while an Egyptian siege limited the usage of those smuggling tunnels,...
  • Bill Clinton: Netanyahu 'not the guy' to make peace in Middle East (Billy Jeff off script?)

    09/16/2014 8:27:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | September 16, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Video from the Harkin Steak Fry shows former President Clinton saying "I agree with that" to a man on the ropeline who says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "is not the guy" to make peace. "If we don't force him to make peace, we will not have peace," the man says. The conversation came on Sunday after the Clintons made a high-profile return to Iowa and spoke at Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-Iowa) Democratic fundraiser. "First of all, I agree with that," Clinton replies. He then makes a point defending the Israelis, saying: "But in 2000, [then-Israeli Prime Minister] Ehud Barak,...
  • Report: Joan Rivers got death threats, hired bodyguard after pro-Israel comments

    09/11/2014 11:07:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/11/2014 11:55
    Late comedienne Joan Rivers was forced to hire a bodyguard in the last weeks of her life after she received death threats in response to pro-Israel comments she made during Operation Protective Edge, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Blaine Trump, a personal friend of the Jewish comic, told the paper that a TMZ report which captured her remarks on the Gaza conflict in late July made Rivers fear for her safety. “When she came out and said Israel had every right to bomb Hamas, the death threats started rolling in,” Trump told the Reporter. …
  • Under Pressure, Hamas Would Consider Direct Talks With Israel

    09/11/2014 9:28:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 9/11/2014, 2:44 PM | (AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Hamas’s exiled deputy leader said on Thursday the terrorist group could be forced to negotiate directly with Israel, ahead of planned talks in Cairo to consolidate a truce. But an Israeli minister dismissed any possibility of talking directly with the Islamist movement, whose charter calls for the destruction of the Jewish state and glorifies killing Jews as a holy duty. Hamas does not recognize Israel, and is a proscribed terrorist group in Israel as well as many other countries—including the US and EU. As a result, the two sides have never had any direct contact. …
  • 'How does it feel to know you're killing innocent women and children?'

    09/10/2014 5:47:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/10/2014 | Dan Gordon
    That was the question that the major network correspondent of a major network morning show popped as her first query out of the box, to a soldier in a 155 MM howitzer artillery battery, during the opening days of the Second Lebanon War, against Hezb’allah terrorists in 2006. I was the reporter in question’s military escort officer. It was her first day in the war zone, in the first days of the war. Mind you there would indeed be incidents, later in the war, of inadvertent deaths of innocent civilians by Israeli artillery fire. Collateral damage, a euphemism for deaths...
  • After Gaza War, Poll Finds Support for Hamas Rises

    09/02/2014 4:42:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 9/2/2014 | DANIEL ESTRIN
    The popularity of the Hamas militant group among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has spiked significantly following the 50-day war with Israel, according to an opinion poll released Tuesday. The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research and headed by leading Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki, indicates that 61 percent of Palestinians would choose the Islamic militant group's leader, Ismail Haniyeh, for president if Palestinian presidential elections were held today. Only 32 percent would vote for current President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas' rival, the survey suggested. The support for Haniyeh marks a stark increase...
  • WikiLeaked: John Kerry calls for Israel to cede Golan Heights and East Jerusalem

    11/29/2010 2:51:37 PM PST · by ncfool · 36 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | Monday, November 29, 2010 | Josh Rogin
    On a February trip to the Middle East, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry (D-MA) told Qatari leaders that the Golan Heights should be returned to Syria, that a Palestinian capital should be established in East Jerusalem as part of the Arab-Israeli peace process, and that he was "shocked" by what he saw on a visit to Gaza. Kerry discussed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in a visit to Qatar during separate meetings with Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani and the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa, as revealed by the disclosure of diplomatic cables by the website...
  • UN Human Rights Council: “Forget Hamas Targeting Israeli Civilians”

    09/09/2014 2:39:51 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 11 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | September 9, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    Special to Israel News Agency from Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jerusalem, Israel --- September 9, 2014 ... Instead of investigating Hamas’ deliberate attacks on Israeli civilians and the use of Palestinian civilians as human shields, the UN decided to “investigate” Israel, a democracy exercising its legitimate right of self-defense. Throughout the recent conflict Israel has done its utmost to comply with the strictest standards of international humanitarian law, despite significant operational costs. On July 23, while Hamas rocket fire on Israel continued daily, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to appoint a “commission of inquiry” the purpose of...
  • President Sisi’s Gift: Egypt’s offer to create a Palestinian state in Sinai rejected.

    09/09/2014 9:31:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/09/2014 | Caroline Glick
    Originally published by the Jerusalem Post. Something extraordinary has happened.On August 31, PLO chief and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told an audience of Fatah members that Egypt had offered to give the PA some 1,600 kilometers of land in Sinai adjacent to Gaza, thus quintupling the size of the Gaza Strip. Egypt even offered to allow all the so-called “Palestinian refugees” to settle in the expanded Gaza Strip.Then Abbas told his Fatah followers that he rejected the Egyptian offer.On Monday Army Radio substantiated Abbas’s claim.According to Army Radio, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi proposed that the Palestinians establish their...
  • Palestinian Islamic Jihad Digs New Tunnels in Gaza

    09/09/2014 8:12:50 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 8 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 9-4-14 | Al-Jazeera TV (Qatar)
    A recent Al-Jazeera TV report took the viewers down into new tunnels dug by the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, after the Gaza cease-fire. "We are getting these tunnels ready for the next battle, in order to launch attacks and fire mortars and artillery. These tunnels will also have other uses, which we will not disclose," said a masked militant. The report aired on September 4.
  • Former Israeli Ambassador Urges Withdrawal from Judea-Samaria (Michael Oren)

    09/08/2014 7:22:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 9/8/2014, 5:53 PM | Tova Dvorin
    The efficacy and threat level of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel has heightened after Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, Former Israeli Ambassador to the US Dr. Michael Oren stated Monday—and allegedly justifies a withdrawal from Judea and Samaria. Israel’s economic, political, and cultural status has already been damaged existentially across the globe, Oren warned, due to the constant campaigns for “Israel Apartheid Week” on college campuses and European divestment from the Jewish state. […] Hamas consciously declared victory in its PR campaign against Israel several weeks ago, after it encouraged ordinary Gazans to become human shields,...
  • Egypt’s Sisi Denies Offering a Palestinian State in Sinai (per Al-Ahram)

    09/08/2014 7:17:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    INN ^ | 9/9/2014, 4:44 AM | Ben Ariel
    Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday denied reports that he had offered to establish a Palestinian state in the Sinai Peninsula, the website of Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper reported. […] Earlier Monday, Army Radio reported that Sisi has offered Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to cede 160 square kilometers of the Sinai Peninsula adjoining Gaza to the PA, thus creating a Palestinian state five times the present size of Gaza. In return, the PA would stop demanding that Israel return to the indefensible pre-1967 borders. […] According to the report, Abbas had rejected the offer. Later Monday, Abbas’s office wasted...
  • MKs Hail Sisi's Offer of Palestinian State in Sinai Peninsula

    09/08/2014 3:13:56 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/9/14 | Hezki Ezra
    Jewish Home party chairwoman MK Ayelet Shaked responded Monday morning to reports that the Egyptian government had offered the Palestinian Authority a state extending from Gaza through the Sinai Peninsula, and called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to take it seriously. Aiming a barb at the Israeli Left, she said the initiative proved how out of touch they were. "If the report is indeed correct, the president of Egypt has managed to understand what the Left in Israel has refused to understand for decades." She asserted that the solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian "needs to be regional,...
  • ‘Moderate’ Rouhani Says Hamas ‘Victory’ is Thanks to Iran

    09/07/2014 8:14:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 9/7/2014, 2:54 PM | Ari Yashar
    “Moderate” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has bragged of his regime’s role in aiding Hamas’s terror war against Israel, even as Iran is locked in a final round of negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program. Speaking to the Arabic-language news source Al Meyadeen, Rouhani claimed the “victory” of Gaza in Operation Protective Edge was only possible thanks to Iranian aid, reports Channel 10. Rouhani has been presented to the world as a “moderate” following his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but many have warned that his “charm offensive” has been even more dangerous given the cover it provides for Iran’s ongoing...
  • Merkel: Germany no place for anti-Semitism

    09/06/2014 6:39:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 6, 2014 7:32 AM EDT
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the country’s citizens to attend a rally against anti-Semitism next week in Berlin where she will speak. Merkel said Saturday she will do everything possible to make sure anti-Semitism has no chance in Germany. …
  • After Gaza conflict, preparing for a potentially stormy year for Israel on campus

    09/05/2014 6:27:11 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 4, 2014 | Alina D. Sharon
    This summer’s 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, which has come to a close if a cease-fire reached last week holds, has spurred a sharp rise in both anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incidents around the world. At the same time, the boundary between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism has become increasingly blurred, particularly on American college campuses. flag of israel Trouble for Jewish students got underway even before the start of classes. At an orientation event in late August, a pro-Israel student at Temple University in Philadelphia was punched in the face by a member of Students for Justice in Palestine...
  • Video: Two minutes in Gaza

    09/04/2014 9:18:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 9/4/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    This video was uploaded to Facebook on August 29 and is called Two Minutes in Gaza. It might not be what you're expecting. Let's go to the videotape.
  • United Nations refused to evacuate civilians from Gaza war zone

    09/04/2014 9:11:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 9/4/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Mark Langfan posts part of a fascinating interview with Penelope Ironside. Ms. Ironside heads up the UNICEF field office in Gaza. UNICEF is the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, and is meant to help children all over the world, including in both Gaza and Israel. Ms. Ironside reports that the UNICEF and the United Nations were asked by the IDF to evacuate civilians who were being used as human shields by Hamas in Gaza. The organizations refused to act. At 29 minutes into the briefing, Ms. Ironside landed what could be an absolute bombshell in any future war-crimes tribunal....
  • 61% of Palestinian Arabs Would Vote for Hamas, More Popular in West Bank than Gaza

    09/04/2014 7:38:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/04/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is the real reason why Abbas won’t hold elections and has been ruling unilaterally for quite a while. It’s because all Hamas needs to do to win an election is start a war.It’s also why peace is hopeless. A two state solution that depends on negotiations is a non-starter. Abbas doesn’t represent anyone except the PLO. Hamas’ idea of a final solution is the genocide expressed in Article 7 of its charter. Hamas would win election in Judea and Samaria and well as Gaza and Ismail Haniyeh would defeat Mahmoud Abbas if elections were held today, according to a...
  • The U.N.: Clueless or Complicit in Gaza?

    09/04/2014 7:07:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/04/2014 | Claudia Rosett
    The United Nations has been quick to launch a special inquiry into Israel for defending itself this summer against Hamas terrorist attacks out of Gaza. But will anyone be investigating the role in this conflict of the U.N. itself? This latest bout of war has underscored alarming questions about the U.N.’s chief agency in Gaza, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, better known as UNRWA. Officially, UNRWA advertises itself as a strictly neutral party providing humanitarian and relief services — including schooling, health care, construction, loans, and emergency response — to Palestinian refugees...
  • U.S. Military Conducts Operation In Somalia

    09/01/2014 5:18:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | Barbara Starr
    Breaking News U.S. Military Conducts Operation In Somalia By Barbara Starr September 1, 2014 (CNN) -- U.S. military forces conducted an operation Monday against the Al-Shabaab network in Somalia, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said. "We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," he said.
  • Israel Might Be Forced To Destroy Hamas

    09/02/2014 5:51:51 PM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 9/02/14 | Andrew Malcolm
    Mideast: For those hoping for a "breakthrough" in Mideast peace comes a disconcerting new poll showing the terrorist group Hamas gaining popularity among Palestinians. Sadly, their misery is self-inflicted. Among the victims of the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas, it would seem, is any sign of Palestinian moderation. A new poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research shows 61% of both West Bank and Gaza Palestinians say they'd vote for the terrorist group Hamas' leader, Ismail Haniyeh, for president if elections were held today.
  • Hamas Leader Haniyeh Favored for Unity President

    09/02/2014 5:24:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 9/2/2014, 1:24 PM | Ari Yashar
    Support for the terrorist organization Hamas has skyrocketed in Judea, Samaria and Gaza according to a new poll, after Hamas “skyrocketed” Israel with a massive missile barrage and terror war in Operation Protective Edge. A full 61% of Arab residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza would pick Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh for unity government president if elections were held today, according to the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research poll reported Tuesday by Associated Press (AP). By contrast, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was found to have dropped sharply to a mere 32% in support. …
  • Turkish Jews Write Open Letter Protesting Government's Call to Denounce Israel

    09/01/2014 8:49:22 AM PDT · by make no mistake · 6 replies
    the algemeiner ^ | August 31, 2014 | jr
    JNS.org - Several prominent Turkish Jews have written an open letter reprimanding their government for publicly asking the Jewish community to denounce Israel’s operation Protective Edge in Gaza.
  • Why Back Hamas Homicides?

    08/31/2014 4:33:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.Eliezer Stein, a writer for a Jewish online publication, Hamodia.com, was struck by the same graphic photograph that we were. It was published on the front page of The New York Times August 23rd edition. The photo shows three armed Hamas killers, wearing black tee shirts and black hoods, roughing up three hooded, kneeling men with their hands tied behind them. The Times’ captioned the photograph: “Gazans Suspected of Collaborating Are Executed.” The killers are described in the caption as “militants.” They are said to be “preparing to execute.” There’s a lot...
  • President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges

    08/30/2014 8:33:26 AM PDT · by Mariner · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Aug 30, 2014 | Editorial Board
    RESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to tamp down all the assessments of gathering dangers that his own team had been issuing over the previous days. This argument with his own administration is alarming on three levels. The first has to do with simple competence. One can only imagine the whiplash that foreign leaders must...
  • George Galloway taken to hospital after street attack

    08/29/2014 11:23:58 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 30 August 2014 | bbc
    George Galloway has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked on a London street, his spokesman has said.
  • Sinai militant group says it beheaded four Egyptians

    08/28/2014 3:33:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/28/2014 | MICHAEL GEORGY
    A Sinai-based militant group said on Thursday it had beheaded four Egyptians, accusing them of providing Israel with intelligence for an airstrike that killed three of its fighters. Four headless corpses were found in the Sinai Peninsula earlier this month, security sources said -- the first time that any decapitations had been made public in Egypt. The men had been abducted by gunmen two days earlier while driving in the town of Sheikh Zuwaid, which is just a few kilometers from the Gaza Strip. In a video released on Twitter, Egypt's most dangerous militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, said the...
  • Sheikh Qaradawi: The Caliphate in Iraq is Invalid

    08/28/2014 2:44:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/8/14
    Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who is the head of the Muslim Scholars Association and who serves as spiritual mentor for the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, attacked the Islamic Caliphate State established by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in large parts of Syria and Iraq. In an interview with a Turkish news agency, Qaradawi said that the caliphate is meaningless as it does not meet the requirements as dictated by Islam. It should be noted that Sheikh Qaradawi supports Hamas, operates a jihad against Israel, and in the past has made rulings permitting suicide bombings ...
  • Obama Pressured Israel to Stop Demanding Demilitarization of Hamas

    08/28/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/28/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The ceasefire agreement didn’t give Hamas everything it wanted, but it gave Israel nothing at all.Israel’s insistence on demilitarizing Gaza fell by the wayside.Why? Here’s one answer. Nabil Shaath, a senior PLO official and confidante of PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, said that Israel dropped the demand that Hamas be demilitarized, due to American pressure, in an interview with the Arabic Ma’an News Agency. As usual the war was won on the battlefield and lost at the negotiating table. Which means it will have to be repeated in a year or two with a stronger Hamas.Without demilitarizing Gaza, the entire...
  • Gaza sees that violence works, Indyk says (0bama "enraged" at Israel)

    08/28/2014 11:48:22 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    JPost ^ | 8/27/2014 | Michael Wilner
    Palestinians are taking notice of the effectiveness of extremist, violent resistance movements against the governments of Israel and Iraq, said former US special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Martin Indyk in an interview published this week. Speaking extensively on US relations with Jerusalem since the end of the latest round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians last April, and throughout Operation Protective Edge, a candid Indyk said at times US President Barack Obama has become “enraged” at the Israeli government, both for its actions and for its treatment of his chief diplomat, US Secretary of State John Kerry. [....]...
  • Notable Names Missing from Hollywood Letter Supporting Israel

    08/28/2014 5:38:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2014 | Elise Cooper
    Israel has been fighting not only a war with Gaza, but a public relations battle as well. Many have been rightly asking, Where are the Hollywood supporters of Israel who happen to be Jewish? Some of the biggest, most prominent Israel supporters who are also Jewish have remained silent – specifically Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Barbra Streisand. They do not hesitate to speak out on supporting Democrats and their causes, yet they have remained missing in action regarding the latest Gaza conflict. There have been too few in Hollywood who are willing to stand up for what...
  • 89% of Gaza Residents Support Rocket Attacks on Israel

    08/28/2014 2:42:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 8/28/2014, 12:25 PM | Ari Soffer
    89% of Gazans support indiscriminate rocket fire against Israel civilians, according to a poll released on Wednesday. The survey, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO), also showed widespread support for UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which has been fiercely criticized of turning a blind eye to Hamas incitement in its schools in the Gaza Strip, as well as the use of its school buildings to store rockets. Asked about their opinion on the issue of “firing rockets at Israel”, 60.3% “strongly supported” such actions, while a further 28.6% supported it somewhat—for a total of...
  • Report: Hamas Leader Haniyeh Hospitalized

    08/27/2014 7:15:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 8/28/2014, 3:15 AM | Elad Benari
    Ismail Haniyeh, a senior leader of Hamas and formerly its Prime Minister in Gaza, was taken to hospital on Wednesday evening, Channel 2 News reported. There were no details as to what the reason for the hospitalization was, or what his condition is. Senior members of Hamas, however, denied there was anything wrong with Haniyeh. The officials said that reports of the leader’s hospitalization were nothing but “false rumors”. …
  • Pentagon unsure if Qatar is a state sponsor of terror

    08/27/2014 7:34:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2014 | Carol Brown
    At a recent press conference with a spokesperson for the Pentagon, a journalist asked if the spokesperson could characterize the relationship between the United States and Qatar, noting reports that Qatar supports Islamist terror groups. To which the man replied: We continue to have a solid military to military relationship with Qatar…. Obviously, we don’t encourage any support by any nation for terrorist groups and extremists, particularly in that part of the world. Asked if he was concerned that Qatar has supported terrorist groups, he stated: I’ve seen those reports and if the reports are true absolutely that’s concerning. “If...
  • Why Israel's bombardment of Gaza neighborhood left US officers 'stunned'

    08/27/2014 5:26:20 AM PDT · by bert · 61 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | Mark Perry
    Analysis: Military sources say Pentagon's assessment of Shujaiya shelling alarmed even Secretary of State John Kerry August 27, 2014 4:00AM ET by Mark Perry @markperrydc The cease-fire announced Tuesday between Israel and Palestinian factions — if it holds — will end seven weeks of fighting that killed more than 2,200 Gazans and some 69 Israelis. But as the rival camps seek to put their spin on the outcome, one assessment of Israel’s Gaza operation that won’t be publicized is that of the U.S. military. Still, even though the Pentagon shies away from publicly expressing judgments that might fall afoul of...
  • ISIS and Hamas: Spot the Differences

    08/26/2014 10:50:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Evelyn Gordon
    It’s not every day that an organization feels compelled to insist it’s truly nothing like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Why Hamas leader Khaled Meshal felt this need is a mystery: He’s in no danger from the global anti-Israel crowd, which takes great care to avoid any information that might challenge its preconceived notions, whereas anyone who knows anything about Hamas knows the disclaimer is ridiculous. Still, since he raised the subject, it’s worth examining some of the common fallacies Meshal’s distinction relies on. ISIS seeks a global caliphate, while Hamas just wants to end the Israeli...
  • Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire

    08/26/2014 2:36:42 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    AOL News ^ | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and KARIN LAUB
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory. Hamas declared victory and bursts of celebratory gunfire erupted across Gaza, but the terms of the deal fell far short of Hamas' demand that Israel and Egypt open Gaza's borders. Under the Egyptian-brokered deal, Israel is to ease imports into Gaza, including aid and material for reconstruction. It also allows Palestinians to fish six nautical miles...
  • The EU, US Gave Hamas the Reason to Fight to the Death

    08/26/2014 7:32:30 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 15 replies
    israelnationalnews ^ | August 27, 2014 | Mark Langfan
    In Arab-Israeli wars, never assume that he who has a bigger army is the one actually winning the real war. There is no question that Israel has the bigger army in this war, but Hamas is winning. In close to two months of “calibrated” fighting, Israel is still helpless to stop Hamas from firing rockets, ceasefire or not. As for the Gaza PR war, the prime minister is too busy fighting with his ministers to realize Hamas has already won the world over by piling up bodies of dead Palestinian Arab children.
  • A former AP correspondent explains why reporters get Israel so wrong

    08/26/2014 4:56:31 PM PDT · by varialectio · 17 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Matti Friedman
    The lasting importance of this summer’s war, I believe, doesn’t lie in the war itself. It lies instead in the way the war has been described and responded to abroad, and the way this has laid bare the resurgence of an old, twisted pattern of thought and its migration from the margins to the mainstream of Western discourse—namely, a hostile obsession with Jews. The key to understanding this resurgence is not to be found among jihadi webmasters, basement conspiracy theorists, or radical activists. It is instead to be found first among the educated and respectable people who populate the international...