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  • The Media Intifada: Bad Math, Ugly Truths About New York Times In Israel-Hamas War [long]

    08/27/2014 5:54:47 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8-27-14 | Richard Behar
    It’s a “media intifada,” notes Gary Weiss, an old colleague and one of the world’s top business investigative reporters. He is referring of course to the ongoing war in Gaza, where journalists working for American news outlets have, he says, “become part of the Hamas war machine.” As more than a month has passed since Israel began its Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, it’s high time to dig through the carnage that many of my colleagues from major U.S. media outlets are leaving behind—especially the New York Times. On August 11th, the normally Israel-averse Foreign Press Association in Israel conceded...
  • Embracing the Obvious Truth [Israel, Hamas]

    08/27/2014 5:48:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 27, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    Originally published by the Jerusalem Post. It isn’t hard to understand the truth about Israel and Hamas. Four-year-old Daniel Tragerman was murdered on Friday afternoon in his home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz by Hamas terrorists. They shot him with a mortar launched from a school in Gaza’s Zeitoun neighborhood. At the time of the launch, the school was filled with civilians who had fled to the school for shelter. They fled to the school for shelter because they were forced to vacate their homes. They were forced to vacate their homes because Hamas terrorists were launching mortars and rockets at...
  • Tony Blair: Now’s the Time to Restore Gaza

    08/27/2014 3:55:10 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/8/14
    Middle East Quartet Envoy, Tony Blair, applauded the ceasefire in Gaza and called to focus on a long-term plan to restore the region, which would include opening the Strip to the world, under the control of the Palestinian Authority. “Such a plan can allow Gaza residents to lead better lives, and Israeli citizens to live in safety and security,...
  • Israel Claims 'Victory' Following Gaza Operation

    08/27/2014 3:15:45 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/8/14 | Gil Ronen
    Israel is claiming victory in the 50-day war with Hamas, which temporarily ended in a ceasefire that went into force Tuesday. "We were victorious in the negotiation phase,” said Liran Dan, Head of the National Information Directorate in the Prime Minister's Office, in an interview with IDF Radio Wednesday. “The military blow that the IDF dealt Hamas – the hardest it has experienced since it was founded – was heavy and meaningful. What we saw is that in a prolonged and well executed campaign, Hamas suffered a harsh military blow and damage to the most heavily constructed arrays it built.”...
  • UN Chief Hopes Ceasefire will Lead to Peace Agreement

    08/27/2014 12:14:02 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/8/14 | Elad Benari
    In welcoming the long-term ceasefire in Gaza, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced hope on Tuesday that it will set the stage for talks on a final Israeli-Palestinian Authority (PA) peace deal. "The secretary-general remains hopeful that the extended ceasefire will act as a prelude to a political process as the only way of achieving durable peace," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, according to AFP. Ban warned that "a brighter future for Gaza and for Israel depends on a sustainable ceasefire" and that "any violations of the ceasefire would be utterly irresponsible." .....
  • Ceasefire Upheld throughout the Night

    08/27/2014 12:09:10 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/8/14
    The first night of the ceasefire was peacefully quiet: no violations were reported on the part of either side. .....
  • 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...
  • Small Apples (Saudis souring on Hamas, warming to Israel?)

    08/26/2014 9:21:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | August 25, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    Perhaps it is only syntactic sugar, but this statement advocating eventual co-existence with Israel from the Saudi Foreign Minister is worth noting. Speaking on the sidelines of the world assembly of Islamic scholars in Jeddh, Saud bin Faisal Al Saud said that the Middle-East needs peace and co-existence more than ever and Saudi Arabia as a leading Islamic country is ready to make sacrifices in peace negations and encourages President Abbas to follow the same policy. Referring to the ongoing war in Gaza strip, the Saudi foreign Minster stressed that Hamas authority is the sole responsible for Palestinian calamity and...
  • BDS Victory Over SodaStream Equals 900 Palestinians Out of Work (moving out of West Bank to Negev)

    08/26/2014 9:20:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Shalom Life ^ | August 26th, 2014 | Daniel Koren
    One of the biggest news stories that accompanied the start of 2014 was Scarlett Johansson being named as the global ambassador of SodaStream, an Israeli company based out of the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, which develops home carbonation systems that allow users to convert tap water into sparkling water, in more than 100 flavors. […] Now, it seems the supporters finally have their wish: SodaStream has announced, in a reported non-political move, that they are moving the factory from the West Bank to a land that indisputably belongs to Israel (unless you’re a member of Hamas or ISIS),...
  • Israel is 'Choosing not to Win', Says British Expert

    08/26/2014 8:25:45 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    Arutz-7/Israel National News ^ | 25AUG2014 | Gil Ronen
    Barak Seener of RUSI says Israel 'should have gone in harder,' must reclassify human shields as combatants and stop aborting airstrikes. ---------------------- Barak Seener, an Associate fellow at Britain's Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies, thinks Israel is “choosing not to win” the war in Gaza. Seener – who has provided analysis and expert commentary for a range of international broadcasters and news outlets including the Associated Press, Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Chinese CCTV, Fox News, Sky News, Voice of America, Bloomberg, Reuters and Xinhua – told Arutz Sheva that Israel is pursuing a misguided approach to the...
  • A former AP correspondent explains why reporters get Israel so wrong

    08/26/2014 4:56:31 PM PDT · by varialectio · 15 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...
  • Israeli teenagers: Racist and proud of it (barf alert)

    08/26/2014 3:35:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 12:20 23.08.14 | Or Kashti
    “For me, personally, Arabs are something I can’t look at and can’t stand,” a 10th-grade girl from a high school in the central part of the country says in abominable Hebrew. “I am tremendously racist. I come from a racist home. If I get the chance in the army to shoot one of them, I won’t think twice. I’m ready to kill someone with my hands, and it’s an Arab. In my education I learned that … their education is to be terrorists, and there is no belief in them. I live in an area of Arabs, and every day...
  • Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire

    08/26/2014 2:36:42 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 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...
  • Israel's Doomsday Submarines Nearly Ready

    08/26/2014 10:32:39 AM PDT · by Kennard · 18 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | August 21, 2014 | Robert Beckhusen
    <p>The Israeli navy is a bit of an odd duck. It’s designed largely for coastal and eastern Mediterranean warfare. But among all of Israel’s small corvettes and missile boats are some some seriously mighty submarines.</p> <p>Israel is also investing heavily in growing its submarine fleet. It’s a reflection of Tel Aviv’s increasing reliance on the underwater boats for a range of operations — including nuclear deterrence.</p>
  • Deal Reached on Long-Term Gaza Cease-Fire, Hamas Says

    08/26/2014 9:16:03 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | 8/26/14 | By FARES AKRAM and JODI RUDORENAUG.
    GAZA CITY — Hamas leaders said Tuesday afternoon that Egypt had brokered a long-term cease-fire after 50 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, though Israeli officials would not say whether they had actually accepted the conditions.
  • New Jersey Yeshiva Student Goes Missing Near Jerusalem

    08/26/2014 9:09:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/27/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    New Jersey lawmakers are alarmed that a Yeshiva student from their state has gone missing near Jerusalem, and urged the State Department to do all it can to locate the young man. Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, N.J., was hiking in the Jerusalem Forest on Friday when he disappeared. He was in Israel to attend an ultra-Orthodox school. Sofer is the constituent of Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who noted in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday that search teams including Shin Bet have been looking for him since 6 p.m. Friday, to no avail. Today searchers reportedly...
  • 15 Qassam Rockets intercepted At Once By The Iron Dome (Israel)

    08/26/2014 7:13:23 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
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  • The Anatomy of Terror

    08/26/2014 5:51:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    The on-again, off-again war in Gaza and Israel is on again, with a massive barrage of rockets fired at whatever targets Hamas can hope to reach in the Jewish state -- Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, anything and everything in between. The Israelis then strike back with an air assault that, by all signs, will be followed by their next land invasion of the Gaza Strip, their third of the decade. Or maybe fourth or fifth. It's not easy to keep count. Once again the casualties, military and civilian, mount -- with many more in the offing. Till the only military objective...
  • Israel Bans Water Fluoridation

    08/26/2014 5:22:42 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 33 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 August 2014 | Alex Newman
    Israel Bans Water Fluoridation The New American 26 August 2014 Israeli authorities last week unveiled a nationwide ban on the controversial practice of adding the chemical fluoride, labeled a “neurotoxin” by a top medical journal this year, to public water supplies as a medical treatment. The decision by the Health Ministry to ban what critics call a dangerous, involuntary mass-medication scheme drew applause from many medical and some dental experts around the world. However, it also prompted outrage and vicious attacks by proponents of fluoridation, who say the chemical can provide benefits to children’s teeth. The ban is a...
  • Hillary’s Hand in Hamas’ Terror Tunnels

    08/26/2014 4:56:47 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn
    Hillary’s Hand in Hamas’ Terror TunnelsPosted By Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn On August 26, 2014 @ 12:10 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Much has been said and written about the terror tunnels that Hamas built in Gaza. But too little has been said about who it was that put the cement into Hamas’ hands, thus making the construction of the tunnels possible in the first place.Until now.In a bombshell revelation, Dennis Ross, the senior Mideast policy adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2009 to 2011, has admitted that it was he who was assigned the...
  • Hamas Captives: Haniyeh Hiding in Hospital

    08/26/2014 12:40:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 8/26/2014, 8:59 AM | Arutz Sheva Staff
    The Israel Security Agency (ISA, or Shin Bet) has published a report on Hamas’s use of public buildings as cover for operational activity. The ISA said that interrogation of captives taken in Operation Protective Edge gave a “somewhat disturbing” picture of Hamas’s use of civilians and public buildings to carry out military activity, “out of an assumption that Israel will avoid hitting them.” …
  • Islamic State Planning to Use Drones to Attack Israel

    08/25/2014 9:03:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    inn ^ | 8/25/14 | Dalit Halevi
    A member of the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) has threatened that the organization would soon use unmanned drones to attack Israel. The IS member, a Canadian who left his country to fight alongside the IS in the areas of Iraq and Syria it declared to be an Islamic Caliphate, claimed on Twitter that the group was developing these drones and that they would be unveiled in the near future. He further said that engineers who studied in the West are working on the drones. IS, he wrote, is expected to make use of these drones to attack...
  • Jimmy Carter To Give Keynote Speech At Muslim Convention In Detroit

    08/25/2014 10:10:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | August 25, 2014 | Paul Bois
    On Monday, The Toledo Blade reported that former President Jimmy Carter, the same President who accused Israel of practicing apartheid and called for the U.S to "legitimize" Hamas, will be giving the keynote speech at the 51st annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) held in Detroit this Friday, September 1st. The speech will be held at a luncheon August 30th.
  • Journalist Starts ‘Rubble Bucket Challenge’ to Bring Attention to Gaza

    08/25/2014 3:52:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 25, 2014 | Tina Nguyen
    Ayman al Aloul, a journalist based in Gaza, dumped a bucket of sand, rocks, and shrapnel over his head to bring attention to the plight of Gaza — a challenge based directly on the Ice Bucket Challenge that’s still going viral. Admitting that he didn’t have a way to freeze a bucket of water, Aloul drew inspiration from the destroyed buildings around him. “It came to my mind that it’s good idea to show the whole picture — how Gaza looks now, rubble, destruction, cement with sand, small rocks,” he said in a video slowly gaining internet traction according...
  • What You Can’t See on the UN’s Maps of Gaza

    08/25/2014 3:36:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    You Tube ^ | 25/8/14 | idfnadesk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lly2AfFW8kw
  • Massive drop in support for Netanyahu — poll (down to 38% from 82% last month)

    08/25/2014 3:04:59 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 35 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | August 25, 2014, 10:28 pm
    Channel 2 reports survey showing nearly 50-point slide in prime minister’s approval rating A poll released Monday evening showed a massive drop in the Israeli public’s opinion of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s performance, as well as dissatisfaction with the way the government is handling the needs of southern communities battered by rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. The poll, commissioned by Channel 2 and conducted by Shiluv Millward Brown, showed that on August 25 — 49 days into Operation Protective Edge — only 38 percent of Israelis “supported” Netanyahu, while a full 50% were dissatisfied, according to a Monday news...
  • Report: EU countries set out new vision for Gaza

    08/25/2014 1:33:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.08.14 @ 09:24 | Andrew Rettman
    France, Germany, and the UK have circulated a draft UN resolution on the Gaza conflict designed to end the rule of Hamas in return for Israel lifting its seven-year blockade of the Strip. The text, entitled “Elements”, was circulated in New York earlier this week and leaked on Thursday (21 August) to Israeli daily Haaretz. According to the newspaper, the resolution calls for Hamas, a militant group which advocates armed resistance against Israel, to hand over power to the Palestinian Authority, which is prepared to recognize Israel in return for the creation of a Palestinian state. It also calls for...
  • Confirmed: Rocket Strikes Upper Galilee (launched from Lebanon)

    08/25/2014 1:16:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 8/25/2014, 10:58 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Sirens sounded throughout the Upper Galilee close to 10:15 pm Monday night, just before a series of explosions were heard near Kiryat Shmona. The IDF confirmed at 10:35 pm that one rocket, fired from Lebanon, struck the Upper Galilee area. No injuries or damage were reported. […] The Lebanese Army arrested several terrorists involved in at least one salvo on the Galilee, but also complained to mediating body UNIFIL after the IAF responded to the attacks. …
  • Goldstone Report Judge Named to UNHRC Gaza Probe

    08/25/2014 12:47:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 8/25/2014, 6:47 PM | (AFP/Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Former New York judge Mary McGowan Davis was appointed on Monday to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) commission investigating Israel’s Operation Protective Edge and that actions of the Hamas terrorist group. The move comes after Lebanese-born British lawyer Amal Alamuddin—Hollywood star George Clooney’s fiancée—turned down her nomination citing existing professional commitments. The selection of McGowan Davis is par for the course for UNHRC’s probe, given that the judge was part of the 2009 Goldstone committee which accused Israel of “war crimes” in Operation Cast Lead. Israel rejected the findings of the report which many assessed as blatantly biased, and...
  • IDF Reveals the Gaza That the UN is Hiding

    08/25/2014 12:43:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 8/25/2014, 8:38 PM | Ari Yashar
    An informative new video posted to YouTube on Monday by the IDF shows how the damage in Gaza reported by the UN is only giving half of the picture, and skewing the facts on the ground. In the video maps published by the UN showing Gaza buildings damaged in Operation Protective Edge are represented by red dots. However, the video goes on to clarify how these buildings—which include private homes, hospitals and schools—are being used to launch rockets and attacks from terror tunnels. …
  • exclusive video: anti-israel protesters defend hitler, police eject pro-israel man

    08/25/2014 7:08:41 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/23/2014 | Breitbart London
    LONDON, United Kingdom – Hundreds of anti-Israel protesters lined the streets of Westminster today in yet another show of 'solidarity' with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Breitbart London was present to document the scenes as demonstrators defended Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, wearing t-shirts with his face on them, and stated that there should be 'no two state solution' to the crisis in the Middle East...
  • These Are The Israeli Babies Hamas Tries to Slaughter With Rockets

    08/25/2014 5:29:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    When you listen to reports from international media outlets, you'll hear a whole lot about how the Israelis "kill civilians" in Gaza, including children. What you don't hear about is the fact that Hamas uses women and children as human shields. When women and children are killed as a result, Hamas parades their bodies around as propaganda for the media to attack Israel. Further, journalists tend to only report about Gaza and the West Bank but fail to include the hell Israeli civilians go through. They also never mention this fact: the entire point of Hamas launching rockets into Israel...
  • The Question of Netanyahu’s Vision

    08/25/2014 4:49:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 25, 2014 | Ronn Torossian
    The Question of Netanyahu’s VisionPosted By Ronn Torossian On August 25, 2014 @ 12:04 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments One observes some contradictions when watching Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On the one hand, as the leader of a nationalist government and Chairman of the right-of-center Likud Party, he is completely dedicated to Israel’s security. Yet, after months of conflict with the Palestinian Arabs and Hamas – and international condemnation – terrorists still fire rockets at the State of Israel. On the eve of a proposed cease-fire, which Netanyahu advocated accepting, the underground tunnels were discovered. Now, we...
  • Islamic Jihad: Ceasefire Within 'Hours'; Hamas Disagrees

    08/24/2014 11:06:45 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/8/14 | Ari Soffer
    Terrorist factions in Gaza are apparently split once again over the possibility of accepting an Egyptian ceasefire proposal, with Hamas stubbornly refusing to accept it and at least two Islamic Jihad leaders claiming a truce will come into effect imminently. Islamic Jihad official Khaled al-Battash told interviewers a ceasefire would be coming into effect "within hours", along the same basis as the ceasefire following Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012, as outlined by an Egyptian proposal. The truce deal would include provisions for the rehabilitation of Gaza after a month and a half of fierce fighting, as well as an...
  • Abbas to Present 'Deadline' for Israel to 'End Occupation'

    08/24/2014 8:57:23 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/8/14 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is continuing his quest to unilaterally achieve a Palestinian state. Aides to Abbas on Sunday told The Associated Press (AP) that he will soon appeal to the international community to set a deadline for Israel to withdraw back to the pre-1967 borders and make way for an independent Palestinian state. Abbas is expected to unveil his proposal as part of a "day after" plan following the current war in Gaza, likely at a meeting of the Palestinian leadership on Tuesday, said the aides, who spoke on condition of anonymity. With no end in sight...
  • Hollywood's top stars speak out in support of Israel

    08/24/2014 6:49:59 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 21 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 25th August 2014 | Jason Taylor
    A STRING of top Hollywood A-listers have signed a petition backing Israel and condemning Hamas. Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogen, Sylvester Stallone and Minnie Driver were among nearly 200 famous signatories urging the terror organisation to stop firing rockets into Israel and work towards peace. Director Ivan Reitman, writer Aaron Sorkin and Roseanne Barr also signed the petition, which was published in the magazines Billboard, Variety and Hollywood Reporter. It comes after other celebrities, including Penelope Cruz, Rihanna and Selena Gomez criticised Israel's response to the rocket attacks. The petition - which asks Hamas to remember that 'Children...
  • New York Friday sermon: “Muslims are obligated to fight”

    08/24/2014 6:36:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/24/2014 | Robert Spencer
    “It is our narrative, it is our story, that we will fight every corrupt leader and every corrupt government until the lands of the world are free, and have justice from sea to sea, from mountain range to mountain range, from desert to desert, from forest to forest, from city to city, and from street to street.” Justice, for a Muslim American Society operative like Rami Kawas, means Sharia. The Muslim American Society is one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s chief operating arms in the United States.“New York Friday Sermon: U.S. Muslims Should Boycott Coca-Cola, Nestle,” MEMRI, August 8, 2014 (thanks...
  • The Rebels Are Gaining Ground in Syria

    08/24/2014 4:37:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | August 13, 2014 | Robert S. Ford
    Don't believe everything you read in the media: The moderate rebels of Syria are not finished. They have gained ground in different parts of the country and have broken publicly with both the al Qaeda affiliate operating there and the jihadists of the Islamic State. Meanwhile, President Bashar al-Assad's regime is showing new signs of weakness. The death of moderate armed opposition elements has been greatly exaggerated. These groups -- whom I define as fighters who are not seeking to impose an Islamic state, but rather leaving that to a popular decision after the war ends -- have recently gained...
  • Who Benefits from ISIS's Existence in the Middle East? [muzzie op-ed]

    08/24/2014 4:22:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | Friday, August22, 2014 | Hasmet Babaoglu
    Regardless of whether you are enthusiastic about conspiracy theories or not, Global Research's claim that 'former National Security Agency (NSA) systems analyst Edward Snowden recently revealed that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was trained by the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence and spy agency' is a topic worthy of debate.
  • UNICEF: Israel killed 500 children in Gaza

    08/24/2014 3:45:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    Middle East Monitor ^ | 8/23/14 | staff
    UNICEF has said that the Israeli occupation killed around 500 Palestinian children during the war on the Gaza Strip and wounded around 3,000 others. Chief of UNICEF's Gaza Field Office Pernille Ironside said that 469 children were killed. The number is expected to rise. She described the effects and damage of the Israeli war on the Palestinian children as "bad," noting that nine children were killed in the last 48 hours. The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced a higher number. They said that 560 children were killed and 11,000 wounded. Meanwhile, three children were killed on Thursday in Al-Nafaq Street...
  • Why Won’t Putin Help Middle East Christians?

    08/24/2014 1:48:00 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    aim.org ^ | August 22, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    An article titled, “Iraq’s Christians See Putin As Savior,” appeared on the website of The Daily Beast in late June. It was picked up by literally dozens of “news” sites all over the Internet, contributing to the perception that Russia was actually prepared to do something on behalf of these Christians and other minorities. The article referred to “Russia’s increasingly cozy relationship with Middle Eastern Christians” and included a photo of Putin under a halo. But when the Christians in Iraq actually needed some help, it was the U.S. and Britain which intervened on their behalf. Humanitarian aid was delivered...
  • Hundreds dead as Islamic State seizes Syrian air base: monitor

    08/24/2014 1:38:18 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    ) - Islamic State militants stormed an air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing it from government forces after days of fighting that cost more than 500 lives, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 346 Islamic State fighters were killed and more than 170 members of government forces had died since Tuesday in the fight over Tabqa base, making it one of the deadliest confrontations between the two groups since the start of Syria's war.
  • George Galloway: Protest at Ulster Hall before speaking event

    08/24/2014 12:46:39 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24th August 2013 | BBC News
    'About 200 loyalist protesters gathered outside the Ulster Hall in Belfast, where MP George Galloway took part in a public speaking event. Some of the protesters were carrying Israeli flags. The event had attracted controversy after the Respect MP made comments urging people in Bradford to reject all Israeli goods, services, academics and tourists. The staging of the event was opposed by unionist parties in Belfast. Some city councillors called for a review of it but Belfast City Council said the event would go ahead. Mr Galloway had said he would not withdraw from the event, billed as Saturday Night...
  • Islamic State militants capture key Syrian air base - giving them open road to the sea

    08/24/2014 9:39:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/24/14 | Dan Bloom
    Islamic State militants capture key Syrian air base - giving them open road to the sea and massive store of weapons and ammunition. Islamic State militants have seized a major Syrian air base, wiping out the last government stronghold in a province dominated by jihadists. The extremists won a week-long battle today to capture the sprawling Tabqa base 25 miles from their stronghold in Raqqa, reportedly killing dozens of soldiers in the process. The base was reportedly one of the military's largest facilities in the region, with several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery and ammunition. Its capture is a huge...
  • Saudis Must Stop Exporting Extremism

    08/23/2014 5:01:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 23, 2014 | By Ed Husain
    ALONG with a billion Muslims across the globe, I turn to Mecca in Saudi Arabia every day to say my prayers. But when I visit the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, the resting place of the Prophet Muhammad, I am forced to leave overwhelmed with anguish at the power of extremism running amok in Islam’s birthplace. Let’s be clear: Al Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram, the Shabab and others are all violent Sunni Salafi groupings. For five decades, Saudi Arabia has been the official sponsor of Sunni Salafism across the globe. What is religious...
  • UK Plans New Law to Deal With Islamist Extremism

    08/23/2014 12:24:30 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies
    Outlook India ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | Aditi Khanna | London |
    In the wake of the recent beheading of a US journalist by a suspected British Islamic State militant in Iraq, the UK is planning a tougher law to tackle threat of Islamist terrorism in the country which includes stripping citizenship of naturalised Britons who are fighting overseas. It will also have new orders for banning extremist groups that fall short of the legal threshold for terrorist proscription. UK Home Secretary Theresa May, in an article for the 'Daily Telegraph', wrote, "People who insist on travelling to fight in Syria and Iraq will be investigated by the police and security services....
  • US 'set to launch air strikes' on senior Isis terror chiefs in Syria

    08/23/2014 1:43:45 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 49 replies
    The Guardian/Observer ^ | Saturday 23 August 2014 21.00 BST | Toby Helm and Martin Chulov
    The United States was said to be considering air strikes aimed at eliminating individual leaders of Islamic State as Turkey came under mounting pressure to stem the flow of jihadists across its border into Syria. As Washington debated extending air strikes into Syria on Saturday, senior British politicians urged Ankara to act to block recruits from the UK and other countries from entering Syria via Turkey, en route to joining Islamic State (formerly Isis). This weekend large numbers of Isis jihadists were trying to secure greater control of the border area, pushing northwards in armoured trucks looted from abandoned Iraqi...
  • Syria says it is ready to help Iraq fight jihadist 'terror'

    06/11/2014 8:42:42 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 43 replies
    YNET ^ | 06/11/14 | Roi Kais
    Assad offers to help Iraq rid itself of al-Qaeda group which took over Mosul, saying 'Damascus ready to cooperate with Iraq to face terrorism, our common enemy'
  • Rockets fired from south Lebanon towards Israel

    08/24/2014 9:26:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Saturday, August 23, 2014 | Reporting by Sylvia Westall in Beirut and Ori Lewis in Jerusalem; Editing by Robin Pomeroy
    At least two rockets were fired on Saturday from southern Lebanon towards Israel, Lebanon's national news agency and security sources said, without saying who had launched them. The news agency NNA, citing its correspondent in Tyre, said the rockets were fired towards "occupied territories" and that the Lebanese army had encircled the suspected launch area. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Last month militants in Lebanon fired into Israel on at least three occasions and in the past a group linked to al Qaeda has claimed rocket attacks. Israel's military and police said at least one rocket fired...
  • How al-Qaeda Changed the Syrian War

    12/28/2013 11:03:37 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | December 27, 2013 | By Sarah Birke
    Talk to any Syrian you meet on the Syrian-Turkish border these days, and in less than five minutes the conversation is likely to turn to Da’ash—the Arabic acronym for the rebel organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS. Linked to al-Qaeda, the fearsome group has swept across northern Syria, imposing sharia law, detaining and even beheading Syrians who don’t conform to its purist vision of Islam, and waging war on rival militias. In early December, the group killed a foreign journalist, Iraqi cameraman Yasser Faisal al-Joumali, who was reporting in northern Syria. Even using...