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  • After six decades of occupation Palestinian revolt should not be ruled out

    03/30/2012 12:35:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    Nashville Herald ^ | 3/30/12 | Ramzy Baroud
      •  Israeli report says Palestinian uprising unlikely this year  •  Palestinians expected to continue efforts to isolate Israel  •  Israel continues to dominate political discourseWhen will the Palestinians revolt? The answer, according to an Israeli official: not this year (as quoted by Agency France Press). An internal Israeli Foreign Ministry report last month also concluded that a third Palestinian intifada or uprising was 'unlikely' this year. According to the unnamed official, "This report, which is more than 100 pages long, judges that an explosion of generalized violence in the form of a third intifada is unlikely." Instead, it was resolved that Palestinians would "continue to...
  • An Open Letter to Rep. Barbara Lee about the Gaza Flotilla

    06/16/2011 3:58:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies · 2+ views
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 6/16/11 | Henry Norr
    s a resident of Berkeley and therefore one of your constituents, I am writing with two purposes: a) to let you know that I will be sailing later this month to the Gaza Strip aboard a vessel called The Audacity of Hope, which will join 10 or 12 other ships, with more than 1,000 passengers from all over the world, in this year's Gaza Freedom Flotilla; and b) to request that you use your good offices to demand that the Israeli government not interfere with our mission and to insist that the State Department and other branches of the U.S....
  • Man with Hamas items on computer can be deported

    02/16/2011 9:37:15 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/16/10 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    A Palestinian blocked from joining his family in the Bay Area four years ago after being stopped at San Francisco International Airport with material on the Islamist group Hamas in his computer can be deported as a potential terrorist, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The man's lawyer said, however, that the United States has not yet found a country that will accept him. Tareq Abufayad, then 24, was returning from college in Egypt to join his family in San Mateo four years ago today when he was questioned at the airport by a customs agent who said Abufayad had...
  • Hamas releases cartoon about captured Israeli

    04/25/2010 10:30:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 720+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/25/10
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas has sent a sharp warning to Israel in the form of an animated film about an Israeli soldier it has held in Gaza for nearly four years. The short film appeared Sunday on the website of Hamas' armed wing. .
  • Hamas executes 2 suspected informers for Israel

    04/15/2010 1:07:03 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 493+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/15/10 | RIZEK ABDEL JAWAD, Associated Press Writer
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The Hamas government on Thursday executed two men accused of collaborating with Israel, signaling an escalation in the militant Palestinian group's method of controlling the Gaza Strip.
  • Iran: Seeking Interpol warrants for Israelis

    03/02/2009 9:47:31 AM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 452+ views
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's judiciary has asked Interpol to issue arrest warrants for 15 Israelis in connection with the Gaza offensive, Iranian state TV reported Monday. Interpol denied receiving such a request. The TV said a court set up to investigate Iranian complaints against Israel provided Interpol with a list of Israeli leaders and details on accusations against them. Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi was quoted as saying Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak were all on the list. Others were top military officers involved in the recent offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers. However,...
  • Gaza militant dies in clash as cease-fire tarries

    02/09/2009 9:18:17 AM PST · by SmithL · 258+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/9/9 | IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press Writer
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Palestinian fighter died in a clash with Israeli troops and Israeli aircraft attacked two targets in Gaza on Monday as mediators tried to broker a long-term cease-fire a day before Israel holds national elections. The militant group Islamic Jihad said in a statement that one of its fighters was killed overnight in an Israeli airstrike. The Israeli military said troops spotted an armed militant trying to cross the Gaza-Israel border late Sunday and opened fire, after which a bomb belt he was wearing detonated.
  • MI: Hamas upholding truce; others aren't

    02/01/2009 5:19:04 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 401+ views
    "Hamas have internalized the extent of the physical and moral blow inflicted upon it. Unlike arrogant statements sounded in the media, the organization is conducting serious soul-searching on its strategic mistakes and operational failures," Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin said Sunday in the weekly cabinet meeting. "Two weeks after the cease-fire began, terrorists not belonging to Hamas are challenging the organization and carrying out attacks in order to bring on another escalation. Hamas is deterred and respecting the cease-fire, but not doing enough to discourage the others," he continued. "Operation Cast Lead improved Israeli deterrence and brought radical factions...
  • Hamas official declare victory in Gaza rallies

    01/30/2009 12:02:40 PM PST · by SmithL · 28 replies · 907+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/30/9 | BEN HUBBARD, Associated Press Writer
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- More than 5,000 Hamas supporters rallied in Gaza on Friday, as a leader of the Islamic militant group emerged from hiding to declare victory in the 23-day Israeli offensive that devastated much of the Palestinian territory. Hamas lawmaker Khalil al-Hayeh appeared in public for the first time since the war's start on Dec. 27 and remained defiant despite Hamas' heavy losses. "We thank God when we see our houses bombed and our institutions destroyed, but our people say yes to the resistance and yes to martyrdom for the sake of God," al-Hayeh said, standing...
  • Hamas's Academic Cheerleaders

    01/20/2009 12:58:18 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 313+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 1/20/9 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Hamas's Academic Cheerleaders [incl. Hamid Dabashi, Rashid Khalidi, Fawaz Gerges, Joseph Massad, Muqtedar Khan, Mark LeVine, et al.] If further proof was needed that the field of Middle East studies is marred by a politicized, morally vacuous approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict, the reaction of many of its leading lights to the current war in Gaza should suffice.According to these self-appointed arbiters of international law, Israel's military campaign against Hamas following the firing of over 6,000 rockets at Israeli civilian targets since 2005 is unjustified. Hamas, they tell us, is not a terrorist organization bent on Israel's destruction, but rather...
  • Israel to pull out of Gaza by Obama inauguration

    01/19/2009 1:12:45 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 475+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/19/9 | AMY TEIBEL and IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press Writers
    JERUSALEM, Israel (AP) -- Gaza's streets brimmed with energy Monday as people picked up the pieces of their lives, while Israeli officials said they planned to pull all troops from the territory by Barack Obama's inauguration as president of the United States on Tuesday. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon planned to travel to Gaza on Tuesday to inspect the damage and visit United Nations facilities hit in the fighting. The visit will make him the highest-ranking international official to visit the territory since Hamas militants took it over in June 2007. Ban will not meet officials from Hamas, whose government is...
  • ANALYSIS / Excellent intel on Gaza shows Israel learned from its errors in Lebanon

    01/07/2009 7:51:57 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 820+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 1/7/9 | Yossi Melman
    At a Hanukkah candle-lighting at the Shin Bet security services headquarters two weeks ago, Yuval Diskin spoke with former heads of departments about the organization's preparedness to confront Hamas. The head of the Shin Bet sounded quite cautious. Perhaps even he was surprised by the quality of the intelligence that he and his people had succeeded in providing the Israel Defense Forces during the months of planning that preceded Operation Cast Lead and in the days prior to its launch. Even those who object to the war in the Gaza Strip will find it hard not to agree that this...
  • Hamas Terrorists Found Dead in School Strike

    01/06/2009 6:41:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 33 replies · 1,462+ views
    ( The IDF reported that two well known Hamas terrorists were among the dead in the IDF strike on a school Tuesday which also killed over 40 civilians. According to the IDF, the terrorists were using the school to fire mortar shells at troops. The dead Hamas operatives were Imad Abu Askhar and Hassan Abu Askhar. The IDF said, “We face a very delicate situation where the Hamas is using the citizens of Gaza as a protective vest.”
  • Israel Setting Rules for Truce: Foreign Monitors at Border

    01/05/2009 10:04:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies · 672+ views
    Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews ^ | 1/6/8 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    ( Israel's steamroller success in its Cast Lead counterterrorist campaign against Hamas has allowed it to begin setting out conditions for a new truce, including foreign supervision at the Egyptian border. The Saudi Gazette published a report from Reuters that "Israel has conditioned any halt to its Gaza Strip offensive on international backing for new fortifications and monitoring on the Egyptian border to prevent Hamas from rebuilding tunnels and rearming." The government is determined to prevent a repeat of the failed Gaza Disengagement agreement and the ceasefire that officially ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Hamas terrorists amassed a huge...
  • Rocket slams into Ashdod kindergarten

    01/05/2009 9:55:08 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 724+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/6/9 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    A Grad rocket struck an empty kindergarten in Ashdod on Monday, sending several people into shock and causing heavy damage to buildings in the area. The facility was empty due to a Home Front Command directive to keep schools and kindergartens closed. Local residents had complied with safety instructions, entering bomb shelters and safe rooms after hearing the warning siren. The epicenter of the day's rocket attacks was Ashkelon, where five Grads damaged structures and sent people into shock. Another four landed later, causing no damage. By Monday evening, the day's total stood at 37 rockets fired at the South....
  • 'We lost our homes for nothing,' says reservist from former Gaza settlement

    01/04/2009 8:08:37 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 999+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 1/5/9 | Nir Hasson
    Three years after being evacuated from settlements in the Gaza Strip, some of the evacuees are now returning - in uniform. Aharon Cruz, a paratroops officer, lived in Netzarim for two years before the disengagement. On Sunday, he and his unit, to which he had been recalled a mere day after his wedding last Thursday, were back at the settlement's ruins in central Gaza. "On one hand, there's a feeling of 'what did we leave for?'" said his father, Rabbi Ze'ev Cruz. "On the other hand, there's joy that he is returning to a place he knows." The ground operation...
  • Hamas: We're using PA arms to battle IDF

    01/04/2009 8:02:57 PM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies · 930+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Updated Jan 5, 2009 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Hamas representatives claimed on Sunday that their militiamen were fighting against IDF troops in the Gaza Strip with weapons confiscated from the Palestinian Authority in the summer of 2007. They said Hamas had managed to lay its hands on all the weapons that Israel, the US and other countries had given forces loyal to PA President Mahmoud Abbas. Hamas had also seized dozens of armored vehicles used by Abbas's security forces, they added. After its men took full control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, Hamas announced that it had seized tens of thousands of rifles and pistols, including heavy...
  • IDF Strikes Second Hamas Leader { Nabil Abu el-Amrin }

    01/01/2009 5:35:39 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 1,665+ views
    Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews ^ | 1/1/9 | Maayana Miskin
    ( The IAF hit a house in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City on Thursday evening. The strike targeted senior Hamas terrorist Nabil Abu el-Amrin.Powerful secondary blasts were seen from the air after Amrin's house was hit, confirming IDF intelligence according to which the building was used to store large quantities of explosives and ammunition. It was not immediately clear if Amrin was killed in the strike.On Thursday afternoon the IAF hit and killed Nizar Rayyan, making him the most senior Hamas terrorist to be killed by Israel in several years. Several others were killed in the blast as well. Paramedics believe...
  • 'Shock' as rockets penetrate southern [Israeli] cities

    12/30/2008 9:30:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 907+ views
    The Globe and Mail / Reuters ^ | December 30, 2008 | Ari Rabinovitch
    ASHDOD, ISRAEL — For many residents of southern Israel, the fighting in the nearby Gaza Strip is measured not in days or hours, but in the number of seconds they have to take cover when Hamas rockets rain down. In coastal Ashdod, where a woman was killed by a rocket on Monday, about 40 seconds elapse between the “Code Red” warning sounded over loudspeakers and the blast of impact. The city is 35 kilometres from north Gaza and, before Israel launched an air assault on Hamas on Saturday, had been untouched by the Palestinian Islamists' salvoes. Many of its 230,000...
  • Israel phones in warning to flee Gaza Strip strikes

    12/29/2008 5:20:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 1,229+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 30, 2008 | Abraham Rabinovich
    RESIDENTS at certain addresses in the Gaza Strip have been receiving unusual phone calls since the Israeli air assault began on Saturday - a request that they and their families leave their homes as soon as possible for their own safety. More unusual than the recorded message is the Arabic-speaking caller, who identifies himself as being from the Israeli defence forces, The Australian reports. Dipping into their bag of tricks for the updated Gaza telephone numbers, Israel's intelligence services are warning Palestinian civilians in Gaza living close to Hamas facilities that they may be hurt unless they distance themselves from...
  • UN ambassador: Israel seeks to 'destroy' Hamas

    12/29/2008 11:16:16 AM PST · by SmithL · 35 replies · 1,075+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/29/8
    NEW YORK, (AP) -- Israel's ambassador to the United Nations says the goal of the current offensive in the Gaza Strip is much broader than ending Palestinian rocket attacks. She says Israel wants to destroy Gaza's ruling Hamas movement. In an interview Tuesday, Ambassador Gabriela Shalev said Israel's main goal is to "destroy completely" what she called a "terrorist gang."
  • Can Israel win the 'soft power' war in Gaza?

    12/29/2008 10:52:37 AM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies · 860+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Updated Dec 29, 2008 20:28 | GERALD M. STEINBERG
    The government's decision to launch a political and media offensive before beginning the major military operation in Gaza was an important and necessary step. The moral case for using force to protect citizens against aggression is clear - the most basic human right is the right to life, and this point needs to be highlighted in every venue. In contrast, there is no moral justification for Hamas's terror and missile attacks, or for remaining silent in the face of the use of human shields in Gaza to protect terrorists from counterattack. But based on past experience, to make this moral...
  • IAF hits Islamic University targets [Israeli Navy gets in the game, too]

    12/28/2008 11:33:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 1,867+ views
    The Jerusalem Post / The Associated Press ^ | December 28, 2008 | Yaakov Katz
    IAF aircraft bombed the Islamic University and government compound in Gaza City early Monday morning, both centers of Hamas power. Witnesses saw fire and smoke at the university, counting six separate air strikes there just after midnight. Two laboratories in the university, which served as research and development centers for Hamas's military wing, were targeted. The development of explosives was done under the auspices of university professors. University buildings were also used for meetings of senior Hamas officials. The IDF said rockets and explosives were stored in the buildings. For the first time overnight Sunday, the IDF Navy began to...
  • Violent protests at Israeli Embassy in London (1,500 vs. 8 police officers)

    12/28/2008 11:23:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 1,405+ views
    The London Times ^ | December 28, 2008
    Violent confrontations broke out at the Israeli Embassy in London today as up to 1,500 protesters against Israel's Gaza campaign gathered in a vociferous demonstration. Campaign supporters, Palestinians and British Muslims stood on the pavement of High Street Kensington, west London, and chanted in unison: “Five, six, seven, eight - Israel is a terror state.” Riot police were brought in to control the crowd, some of whom turned violent. Witnesses said some protestors were forcibly removed and others were seen with bloodied faces as violence erupted. One campaigner was seen throwing a bag and what appeared to be a book...
  • Blood and gunpowder odor expanded all-over Gaza (Pro-Hamas report from People's Daily)

    12/28/2008 10:27:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 1,523+ views
    The People's Daily ^ | December 29, 2008
    Mohamed al-Ashi, 28, was in a shock as he stood at Gaza City's Shifa Hospital's emergency room watching several relatives and police officers carrying the body of his brother, who died in the first Israeli airstrike carried out on Saturday at the main Hamas police headquarters. "I pray to Allah (God) to give us patience and strength, may God bless his spirit. We lost the best man in the family," said Mohamed, as he looked sad but kept his tears from flowing, while others shouted Allah Akbar (God is great). Faris el-Ashi, a 33-year-old explosive expert and an officer in...
  • Peres: 'Anyone Asking Israel to Stop Shooting, Change Address'

    12/28/2008 8:36:38 PM PST · by Clive · 18 replies · 1,305+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2008-12-28 | Hana Levi Julian
    ( President Shimon Peres said in a statement released to the media Sunday that it is time for the world to understand that Israel has been more than patient in waiting for the people of Gaza to come to their senses. Detailing all the agony and subsequent fallout of the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza, Peres said, "The story is simple. Israel has left Gaza completely… The passages were open. Money was sent to Gaza. We suggested aid in many ways – economically, medically and otherwise… Still I have not heard until now a single person who could explain to us...
  • Hundreds Rally in Houston Against Gaza Attacks

    12/28/2008 8:52:49 PM PST · by Uhaul · 36 replies · 1,185+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 28 DEC 2008 | JEANNIE KEVER
    Hundreds of people lined the busiest intersection near the Galleria on Sunday, chanting and waving Palestinian flags to protest the Israeli bombing in Gaza. "People are very upset, obviously. They are angry," said Said Fattouh, host of the radio talk show Arab Voices. "Nobody knows when it will stop." The protest grew spontaneously, with several Arab-American organizations spreading the word. People said they heard about it through e-mail, text messages and telephone calls and traveled to the intersection of Westheimer and Post Oak to participate. Members of the Houston Coalition for Justice Not War said they would hold a second...
  • Chaos in Gaza as Israel's strikes continue

    12/28/2008 8:16:38 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 59 replies · 2,108+ views
    My Way ^ | 28 Dec 08 | IBRAHIM BARZAK
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Terrified prisoners fled a Gaza City jail bombed by Israeli warplanes on Sunday, their faces white with dust and red with blood as they stumbled over huge piles of rubble. Across the territory, grieving families pitched traditional mourning tents of green tarp outside the homes. Yet the rows of chairs inside these tents remained largely empty, as residents cowered indoors for fear of new Israeli strikes. Plumes of gray smoke rising into the sky marked the site of the latest Israeli attacks. Even for war-weary Gazans, who've lived through countless Israeli incursions, air attacks...
  • Israel poised to invade Gaza: Reservists summoned on Day 2 of deadly air offensive

    12/28/2008 8:16:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 1,216+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2008 | Joshua Mitnick
    TEL AVIV | The threat of an Israeli invasion of the Islamist-ruled Gaza Strip loomed Sunday, with the call up of 6,500 reservists during the second day of an air offensive that sparked global protests and the deepest penetration yet by Palestinian rockets into southern Israel. Israeli bombers targeted 40 smuggling tunnels linking the Gaza Strip to Egypt, while Palestinian demonstrators clashed with Egyptian border police in an attempt to flee the bombing. The death toll approached 300 and demonstrations erupted throughout the Muslim world. The Syrian government broke off indirect peace talks started earlier this year with Israel. A...
  • IAF targets house next to Haniyeh's home in Gaza

    12/28/2008 6:33:20 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 14 replies · 1,117+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-28-08
    IAF planes targeted a guest palace used by the Hamas government and the house next to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's home in a refugee camp next to Gaza City early Monday morning. Haniyeh was not home, as Hamas leaders have gone into hiding. Israel Radio reported that 307 Palestinians have been killed the IDF 'Operation Cast Lead,' which began on Saturday.
  • Israel Shatters Key Hamas Targets

    12/28/2008 4:32:44 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 55 replies · 2,819+ views
    Israel Shatters Key Hamas Targets Breaking News 11:37pm UK, Sunday December 28, 2008 Israeli warplanes have bombed a significant Hamas cultural symbol in a new wave of air strikes on Gaza. Israeli airstrikes have continued on Gaza for a second day Six airstrikes pummelled the Islamic University as Israel widened its deadliest-ever air offensive against Hamas targets. Some 40 smuggling tunnels running under the border with Egypt have been attacked, destroying a network that is a lifeline to the outside world. Meanwhile more tanks and artillery have been sent towards the Gaza border, increasing the threat of a ground invasion....
  • Gaza complicates Obama's policy in Mideast

    12/28/2008 4:27:01 PM PST · by SmithL · 30 replies · 1,324+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/28/8 | DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer
    Crawford, Texas (AP) -- The deaths of hundreds of Palestinians in Israel's deadliest-ever air assault on the militant Hamas further complicates President-elect Barack Obama's challenge to achieve a Middle East peace — something that eluded both the Bush and Clinton administrations. The Bush administration has blamed the renewed violence on the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, saying it broke a cease-fire by firing rockets and mortars deep into Israeli territory. The Arab world, however, has reacted with rage to the aggressive Israeli counterattacks, which have left at least 290 Palestinians dead and more than 600 wounded....
  • UN demands 'immediate' halt to attacks

    12/27/2008 6:20:59 PM PST · by SmithL · 80 replies · 2,055+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/28/8 | JONNY PAUL, JERUSALEM POST STAFF AND AP
    World reaction to Israel's sudden, massive strike against terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip ranged from immediate condemnation and a call to halt all attacks to cautious acknowledgement of Israel's right to defend its citizens. Some international powers spoke against Hamas's bombardment of communities in southern Israel since the cease-fire ended last week; others wrung their hands over the humanitarian suffering in the Strip. In a statement released Saturday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate halt to all violence in both Gaza and southern Israel. "While recognizing Israel's security concerns regarding the continued firing of rockets from Gaza,...
  • IDF Releases Photos of Hamas Targets, Terror Training Facilities(Before Operations)

    12/27/2008 1:15:02 PM PST · by Tigen · 27 replies · 2,644+ views
    INN ^ | 12/27/08 | Hana Levi Julian
    Follow Link Above ( The IDF on Saturday night released aerial photos of Hamas facilities targeted by IAF fighter pilots on Saturday in Operation 'Cast Lead.' The photos show the military training facilities Hamas has developed in Gaza, where Israel forcibly evicted close to 10,000 of its Jewish citizens in August 2005 in hopes of establishing peace with its Palestinian Authority Arab neighbors.
  • Holy Land Foundation defendants guilty on all counts

    11/24/2008 1:41:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 1,061+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 11/24/8 | JASON TRAHAN
    A jury on Monday determined that the Holy Land Foundation and five men who worked with the Muslim charity were guilty of three dozen counts related to the illegal funneling of at least $12 million to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
  • Israel launches first airstrike on Gaza since June

    11/04/2008 4:06:00 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 677+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/4/8 | DIAA HADID, Associated Press Writer
    Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel launched an airstrike on Gaza early Wednesday after its troops clashed with Hamas militants who fired mortars into Israel, leaving six Palestinians dead. It was the first battle since a June truce mostly quieted violence in the volatile territory. The Israeli army said the clashes erupted late Tuesday after its forces uncovered a tunnel in central Gaza that militants planned to use to abduct Israeli soldiers. It said a special army unit headed to the area to destroy the tunnel. One Palestinian was killed in fierce gunbattles that ensued. Hamas then fired mortars across the...
  • Hamastan must go

    05/16/2008 5:31:20 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies · 106+ views
    'A people without walls is a people without any choice." So writes Aristotle in The Politics. In modern parlance, we might say that a nation that does not adequately defend or define its borders subjects its citizens not only to military risk but to political danger. A country that cannot maintain its deterrent capability vis-a-vis its hostile neighbors rapidly loses strategic maneuverability, becomes enervated and finds itself increasingly helpless. Israel, as recent events have once again made lamentably plain, risks becoming such a country. Fifteen Israelis were wounded Wednesday - four seriously - by a Grad-model rocket that hit a...
  • The Sad End of Jimmy Carter

    04/25/2008 10:00:57 AM PDT · by kingattax · 22 replies · 258+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-25-08 | BERNARD-HENRI LÉVY
    The problem is not that he is, or is not, talking to the Syrians – everyone does it to some degree. It isn't that he went to Damascus to meet with the exiled head of Hamas – everyone, including the Israelis, will one day have to do that too, in accordance with that old rule which says that in the end it is with your enemies not your friends that you have to come to an understanding and make peace. No. The problem is how Jimmy Carter went about it. The problem is the spectacular and useless embrace he exchanged...
  • Gaza on verge of eruption

    04/16/2008 11:01:04 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 37 replies · 167+ views
    Hamas faces unprecedented crisis, as Israel, Egypt prepare for flare-up Alex Fishman 4/16/08 Egypt asked Israel to put its forces along the Gaza Strip border on alert, while at the same time the Egyptian army is on special deployment on the Philadelphi Route and south of it. Officials in Israel and Egypt estimate that Gaza is on the brink of eruption that may be violently manifested on the Strip’s border with the two countries. Israeli security officials estimate that Hamas’ Gaza regime has reached a dead-end and is facing an unprecedented crisis not seen since it took over the Strip....
  • Palestinians: 2 terrorists killed by IDF

    03/29/2008 5:39:04 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 185+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/29/8 - updated 3/30/8 | Yaakov Katz and staff
    Two Palestinian terrorists were killed by the IDF late Saturday evening, Palestinian sources claimed. Rescue workers reported three explosions near the town of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip. They said the two gunmen. Reportedly they were trying to plant an explosive device near the security barrier. Military officials said the Palestinian report was being looked into. On Friday, IDF troops shot and killed two Palestinian gunmen during clashes in the Gaza Strip, and a Kassam rocket slammed into a kibbutz kindergarten moments after the children had left the playground. A Hamas man was killed and another was wounded during...
  • McCain Backs Israeli Reprisals in Gaza

    03/19/2008 10:23:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 518+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/19/8 | IAN DEITCH, Associated Press Writer
    SDEROT, Israel (AP) -- Touring a war-battered town, Sen. John McCain said Wednesday he understands Israel's tough response to Palestinian rocket fire, adding that there is no point in negotiating with the Gaza Strip's Islamic Hamas regime. The Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting also praised the moderate Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, saying he is committed to reaching a peace deal with Israel — though McCain is not meeting Palestinians this time. McCain's visit to Israel is part of a weeklong trip through the Middle East and Europe. After a day of meetings with Israeli leaders, he visited Sderot, the southern Israeli border...
  • UN Rights Council Condemns Israel

    03/06/2008 11:03:40 AM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 224+ views
    GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) -- The U.N. Human Rights Council has condemned Israel's offensive in Gaza and called on Palestinians to stop rocket fire into Israel. The resolution passed Thursday said Israeli incursions into the Palestinian territory inflicted collective punishment on the civilian population. Israel launched the offensive last week in response to Palestinian militants barraging southern Israel with rockets.
  • Barak cancels US visit

    03/06/2008 5:55:10 AM PST · by jhpigott · 10 replies · 77+ views
    Published: 03.06.08, 15:29 / Israel News Defense Minister Ehud Barak decided Thursday to cancel his US visit, scheduled for next week, due to the escalating situation in southern Israel. Barak was to meet with Vice President Dick Cheney and US secretary of Defense Robert Gates. (Roni Sofer)
  • Arab MKs Lead Rock-Throwing Demo Against 'ZioNazis'

    03/05/2008 3:25:30 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 193+ views
    Several thousand Arabs led by Arab nationalist Knesset members participated in a procession through the Israeli city of Umm el-Fahm near Megiddo Tuesday evening. The demonstration was held in protest of Israeli military operations in Gaza and involved incidents of rock throwing at Israeli cars.The crowd chanted "Israel, the mother of terror" and held a sign that read "Stop the Zionazi" in English. Additional slogans were "Rest, O martyr, we will complete the task," "Warm blessings to the rock children," as well as the standard "With blood and spirit, we will redeem Palestine." The participants held Syrian and PLO...
  • Palestinians Call Drones a Deadly Weapon

    03/03/2008 4:41:10 PM PST · by SmithL · 25 replies · 128+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/3/8 | IBRAHIM BARZAK and ARON HELLER
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Palestinians say they know when an Israeli drone is in the air: Cell phones stop working, TV reception falters and they can hear a distant buzzing. They also know what's likely to come next — a devastating explosion on the ground. Palestinians say Israel's pilotless planes have been a major weapon in its latest offensive in Gaza, which has killed nearly 120 people since last week. "Our experience is that the drone missile is successful in hitting its targets, and it's deadly," said Dr. Mahmoud Assali, a Palestinian physician who works in the emergency...
  • Amnesty rips IDF for 'reckless disregard of life' in Gaza

    03/03/2008 12:54:28 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies · 245+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/3/8 | JONNY PAUL
    The London-based human rights organization Amnesty International has condemned Israel's attacks on Gaza, claiming they are "being carried out with reckless disregard for civilian life." "Israeli military attacks over the past few days have killed more than 75 Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 10 children, and other unarmed civilian bystanders not involved in the confrontations" Malcolm Smart, director of Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa program, said Sunday. "Israel has a legal obligation to protect the civilian population of Gaza. Such attacks are disproportionate and go beyond lawful measures which Israeli forces may take in response to rocket attacks...
  • Israel Kills 20 Palestinians in Gaza

    02/28/2008 1:21:33 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 377+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/28/8 | IBRAHIM BARZAK and KARIN LAUB, Associated Press Writers
    Gaza Strip (AP) -- A bloody spike in Israel-Hamas fighting put the Israeli city of Ashkelon and its 110,000 residents at the center of an intensifying militant rocket barrage Thursday — and Israel's defense minister warned he would invade Gaza, if necessary, to halt the attacks. Israel sent a not-so-veiled warning to Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, killing 20 Palestinians in almost a dozen airstrikes, including a missile attack on a guard post outside Haniyeh's home. Hamas leaders have been in hiding in recent weeks, though Israel has so far only targeted militants, not Hamas politicians. The dead Thursday...
  • Top UN Official: Gaza Situation 'Grim'

    02/15/2008 12:56:10 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies · 72+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/15/8 | KARIN LAUB, Associated Press Writer
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The eight-month closure of Gaza has created "grim and miserable" conditions that deprive Palestinians of their basic dignity, the U.N.'s humanitarian chief said Friday. Later Friday, a powerful blast went off in the house of a senior Islamic Jihad activist, killing him and five others, medics and an Islamic Jihad spokesman said. Islamic Jihad said an Israeli airstrike targeted the house, but Israel denied it. John Holmes, undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, visited Gaza during the day and urged that the territory's borders be reopened to relieve the suffering. Israel and Egypt severely restricted access...
  • Explosion in Gaza Kills 1, Wounds 30

    02/15/2008 11:46:10 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 131+ views
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- An explosion Friday in the house of an Islamic Jihad activist killed at least one person and wounded 30, Hamas police and medics said. Islamic Jihad spokesman Abu Hamza said the house was hit in an Israeli airstrike. Hamas security officials said the cause of the explosion was not clear. The Israeli military had no immediate comment. The blast happened at the central Gaza home of Ayman Atallah Fayed
  • Hamas Leaders Fear Israeli Assassination

    02/11/2008 8:51:47 AM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 386+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/11/8 | DIAA HADID, Associated Press Writer
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Leaders of Gaza's ruling Hamas movement have gone into hiding, fearing Israeli assassination attempts in response to a wave of Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israel, officials said Monday. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the military to prepare to invade Gaza, and told Israeli lawmakers that under certain circumstances, Israel would "even take down Hamas." Barak spoke at a closed parliamentary meeting whose discussions routinely are leaked to the media. It was the first time a senior Israeli official hinted so strongly that Israel was prepared to overthrow Hamas if the Palestinians didn't...