Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I'm Done Apologizing for Israel

I'm done apologizing for Israel.
It's tiring to apologize over and over. Instead, I've decided to come clean: I am a progressive American rabbi who leans left pretty hard. I've been engaged, as a US faith leader, in work to reform gun laws, extend LGBT rights around the world, grant refuge to illegal immigrants, protect women's reproductive choice, and more. Paint me blue.
So, when it comes to Israel, many of those with whom I engage in social reform expect me to react to Israel's military actions in Gaza with scorn and criticism. To be fair, there are times when I do. My Zionism demands I speak out on behalf of the Israel that remains, in my world-view, the most ambitious project-in-process of the Jewish People. Whereas Israel's 66 short years have witnessed strength and resilience that have redefined Jewish identity in profound ways, the global Jewish family remains interwoven with Israel. If you question this, scan the last week's news for anti-Israel rallies in Antwerp, Los Angeles, Paris, Boston, and elsewhere that featured widespread anti-Semitic chants and violence against Jews.

We Single Israel Out Because We in the West Are Shamefully Complicit in Its Crimes

The speech Bibi should give right now, to change everything - instantly‏

Israel is "singled out" today, but by its friends and not just by its enemies. It has been singled out for unparalleled support -- financial, military, diplomatic -- by the western powers. It is indeed, to quote Ben-Ami, a "special case". Which other country is in receipt of $3 billion a year in U.S. aid, despite maintaining a 47-year military occupation in violation of international law? Which other country has been allowed to develop and stockpile nuclear weapons in secret?
Mehdi Hasan
Political director of The Huffington Post UK

On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 11:35 PM, Jim Wald <citizenwald@gmail.com> wrote:
I know, just playing out the fantasy (idea for a novel or a film) in my head  :)

On 21/07/2014 23:34, Huff Watcher wrote:
Hi Jim:

It's 1,000 to 1 that Hamas will go for it, and 100 to 1 that the "news" media will even confront Hamas's leaders at Al Shifa hospital, to ask them about it.  But in the oft chance that the question is asked, and Hamas agrees to let them out, then the onus will shift to all those "human rights" and "humanitarian" groups, who are flush with cash and resources, but are not accustomed to doing things with Israel, to help Palestinian civilians. 

Well, now's the time to pony up, a-holes.  OXFAM?  Hewlett Foundation?  Ford Foundation?  Time to open your checkbooks wide.  Oh, you're not going to?  Gee, what a f-ing surprise.  Well, we'll send as many buses as we can, and house as many as we can.  Just remember, you moral reprobates, who is really trying to save Gaza civilians, and who is enabling Hamas to condemn them to this kind of danger, because Hamas's "fighters" are too cowardly to face us, man to man.

Muslim Brotherhood accuses Arab countries of working hand-in-hand with Israel

The Muslim Brotherhood accused Arab governments of working hand-in-hand with Israel against Palestine, saying Hamas is able to beat the Zionist entity. 
The group also urged the Arab people to stage an uprising.
In a statement on Monday, the MB said that dozens were killed, hundreds were injured in the attack against Shajaia neighborhood, describing it as "new horrible massacre that adds to the bloody record of Zionism." 
It added that most victims were children, women and the elderly.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hamas TV: Dead Gaza civilians privileged to have died this way

"These people [Gaza civilians killed in war]
- their time had come, and they were martyred.
They have gained [Paradise]... 
Don't be disturbed by these images...  
He who is Martyred doesn't feel... 
His soul has ascended to Allah."
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 20, 2014]

Hamas is trying to both justify and console Gaza's population over the many civilian deaths it has caused in the Gaza war. While broadcasting gruesome pictures of dead civilians, including children, a TV host explained that since in Islam a person's time of death is predetermined by Allah, the people who have been killed in the recent fighting have actually "gained": They would have died now anyway, but now they will receive the rewards of Martyrdom - Shahada - in Paradise.  


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Palestinian Media Watch has documented Hamas' use of civilians as human shields, which has led to a high civilian death toll. Hamas has instructed Gaza civilians to disregard Israel's warnings to evacuate areas before they were bombed, and has decried those who have criticized the high civilian death toll.

The glorification of Martyrdom both justifies the Hamas activities that led to these deaths and also may console the population. In addition, this message may persuade civilians to continue endangering their lives by protecting Hamas terrorists and their terror infrastructure with their bodies.

Recently, PMW reported on a sermon by the former Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, who likewise glorified Martyrdom death as something to which Palestinians should aspire.

FYI: IDF set to open field hospital for wounded Gazans

MSM has blocked this news from being released-Obama, Kerry et al have not yet told the american public-why do you think?

Border facility will include emergency clinic, pediatrician and other services for Palestinians injured in clashes


Just in Iraq alone 2400 civilians killed in one month. Where are the mass demonstrations in west capitals against extreme Islam?

A massive slaughter of Christians is on-going in Tikrit, Iraq, by extreme Islamic organization affiliated to Hamas. Is this news item not more important than Israel defends itself?

In Syria, 100 civilians are killed every single day 160,000 since the beginning of the civil war. Where are the mass demonstrations in the west capitals?
600,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan. Where are the mass demonstrations in the west capitals?

Obama wanders into Gaza conflict, calls for ‘cessation of hostilities’

[See first portion at link]... Hamas isn’t giving up this time: isn’t retreating behind a strategic ceasefire agreement with one eye on the future.  As I wrote 10 days ago, Hamas is going for broke.  The Hamas leadership knows it has lost importance in the post-Arab Spring environment.  Too many alternatives are possible now: scenarios in which there will be other ways for radical Islamists to come at Israel besides supporting Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah, or some combination of them.  Hamas needs to get something started now, if the terrorist group is to remain relevant.
So as ceasefire after ceasefire is proposed, Israel agrees to consider them and Hamas does not.  Critics of the Obama administration will justifiably ask if the president also urged Hamas’s leaders to cease hostilities today – or if his appeal was only to Israel.  The critics would point out that Israel has started a job that needs to be finished, if there is to be a basis for a lasting truce of some kind.
And none of these criticisms is unfair.  But there’s a bigger picture to consider: one that may actually cause Netanyahu to seek a negotiated ceasefire earlier, and after accomplishing less, than Israel’s well-wishers might prefer.
That bigger picture can be outlined very simply.  The whole reality of the Middle East has changed in the last three years, and no one knows what comes next.  Hamas can’t just be destroyed.  That would create a vacuum in Gaza, and there’s no one who is ready with a plan to fill it.

Arab casualties: Media don't care unless Jews can be blamed

While the world media obsess over “disproportionate” casualties in the Hamas-Israel conflict, far greater numbers of Arabs are being slaughtered in Syria. Raheem Kassan write in Breitbart London:
From reading the international and national news you would probably never have known that last Thursday and Friday alone, over 700 people were killed in Syria at the hands of jihadists and pro-Assad forces. Muslim on Muslim, Arab on Arab, human on human, whatever you like to think of it as - Western media is doing an awful job of reporting these abhorrent incidences (snip)
The Asharq al Awsat newspaper reported on Sunday:
More than 700 people were killed in Syria over the course of Thursday and Friday, in what activists say were the bloodiest 48 hours of fighting in the conflict to date.
The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Rami Abdul Rahman, told Asharq Al-Awsat that this was the first time casualties had topped 700 in the space of two days since the conflict began in 2011. He contrasted the violence to the gas attack in the Ghouta region close to Damascus last year, which he said killed around 500 people.
The UK-based SOHR tracks casualties on both sides of the Syrian conflict by collating reports from a network of observers on the ground in the country.
The final toll was announced after the SOHR reported that 270 people had been killed in fighting between pro-Syrian government forces and militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), when the latter seized the Shaar gas field east of the city of Homs on Friday.
And yet our radios, televisions, and streets are filled with people seekings to condemn and deplore Israel and sometimes even 'the Jews'.

Terrorists who infiltrated from Gaza wore IDF uniforms


OC Southern Command, Maj.-Gen. Sami Turgeman says infiltration in which ten terrorists were killed by IDF soldiers underlines threat posed to South; says IDF's destruction of tunnels is disturbing Hamas work which took years.


This morning's tunnel infiltration by two Hamas squads underlines the threat posed to the South, OC Southern Command, Maj.-Gen. Sami Turgeman, said Monday.
Dozens of terrorists in military uniform emerged from a tunnel, and were successfully stopped by the military, Turgeman added.
Uncovering the tunnels is a complex and challenging task, requiring intelligence and technology, he added.
The IDF's work in destroying tunnels, both inside Gaza and cross-border tunnels, "is disturbing the enemy," which spent years digging them,Turgeman said.
Two terrorist attack cells entered Israel from northern Gaza via a smuggling tunnel on Monday morning.
They were identified by IDF lookouts, and an aircraft was dispatched to intercept them. The first cell was struck from the air, and ten of its members were killed.

The second cell fired an anti-tank missile at a military vehicle.

Oren: Hamas media strategy relies on deaths of civilians

Michael Oren
July 21, 2014
Israeli soldiers weep at the grave of Israeli Sgt. Adar Barsano during his funeral on Sunday, July 20, in Nahariya, Israel. Israeli soldiers weep at the grave of Israeli Sgt. Adar Barsano during his funeral on Sunday, July 20, in Nahariya, Israel.
Israel's ground offensive in Gaza

Editor's note: Michael B. Oren, a CNN Middle East analyst, is the Abba Eban chair in international diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, and an ambassador-in-residence at the Atlantic Council. He was formerly Israel's ambassador to the United States. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN) -- The displacement, injury, and death of civilians in war is always tragic, and the current fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is no exception. But unlike the vast majority of conflicts in history, Operation Protective Edge, as Israel calls it, is one in which images of civilian suffering play a central—and potentially decisive—role in the outcome.
And the reason is simple: More than a military strategy, Hamas has a media strategy. Calculatingly, Hamas employs primitive military tactics to mount a sophisticated media campaign that can threaten Israel's basic security. And in conducting that offensive, Hamas can count on one of the world's most powerful weapons: the international media.
Hamas fires hundreds of rockets at Israeli cities and towns and tries to attack Israeli farms via the sea and through tunnels. Thanks to Israeli technology and vigilance, few of these actions have inflicted extensive damage. Still, they disrupt Israeli life, impair the economy, and leave cumulative psychological scars.

A Culture Westerners do not Understand and therefore dismiss as being possible-it is real!

Fatah Celebrates 'Abduction' of Soldier

Arutz Sheva Fatah Celebrates 'Abduction' of Soldier

The official Facebook page of Fatah, the terror movement and political organization headed by Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas, has published photos from Tulkarem, in Samaria, showing Fatah activists passing out sweets to people in the street to celebrate the alleged abduction of an IDF soldier in Gaza.

The claim regarding the abduction was circulated by Hamas early Monday morning, but has been denied by Israel.

The Facebook page administrator noted under the picture: “The Fatah branch in Tulkarem hands out sweets out of joy over the abduction of a soldier by the Palestinian resistance on the blessed soil of Gaza. Full freedom to all of our brave prisoners.”

We Use Missiles To Defend Civilians, Hamas Uses Civilians To Defend Missiles

israel Hamas pol cartoon human shield
Roi Kais of Ynetnews.com reports,  "Hamas Interior Ministry tells Gaza locals to stay in their homes despite Israeli phone calls, leaflets, and the ‘knock on the roof' procedure urging them to evacuate."
The "knock on the roof procedure", Israeli Air Force fires a small round at the roof of a targeted structure signaling residents to evacuate before the real strike.
Hamas Interior Ministry, on the other hand,  issues commands for the residents of Gaza to remain in their homes despite Israeli messages to evacuate.  Arutz Sheva reports, "The Hamas-run Palestinian Authority Interior Ministry told Gaza residents the Israeli messages "are designed to weaken our resolve and to sow panic and fear among us, in light of the failures of our enemies. We call on Gaza residents not to pay attention to these messages and not to leave their homes."
In other words, those who decide to flee their homes when Israel gives them the chance to do so, could be labeled as traitors and therefore face a fate far worse than Israeli bombs.  Hamas terrorists have learned that sacrificing their own Palestinian people and marketing their corpses to the world media represents an effective public relations tool.
We have all seen the pictures of Palestinians parading the bloody corpses of women and children in front of the international press, who then predictably report the carnage as Israeli barbarism against civilians.  What's rarely reported though are Israel's repeated efforts warning civilians to leave the targeted area prior to an attack.
Jihad Made Simple To Understand
For those of us in the West, the calculated sacrifice of civilians is instinctively repulsive and morally reprehensible.

“War Update”

Today was a day on which I had planned to skip posting.  A busy day, starting with an event in the Knesset this morning (about which more in time). But I know I must write to update my readers, even if very briefly.
After I had written yesterday, news was released of 13 soldiers who died late Saturday night during the operation in Shejaia, near Gaza City.  They were all from the Golani Brigade.  Terribly painful news. Sad news, pulling at our entire nation.
The battle in which they died was the biggest of this war, and one in which the IDF accomplished a great deal with regard to identifying and destroying tunnels, locating rockets, etc.
Later in the day yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the nation, in order to offer comfort and strength (emphasis added):
The heart of the entire nation is with the families of the fallen. We feel your pain. We bow our head to your sons who fell so that we can continue living here. On behalf of the Government and the entire People of Israel, I would like to express the deep pain that we feel. We send our condolences to the parents, children, spouses and families of the IDF soldiers who have fallen in defense of the State of Israel.

Israel Batters Hamas —- Kerry to the Rescue

P. David Hornik On July 21, 2014

As of Sunday evening, on Day 13 of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas was still fighting on against Israel, although its prospects didn’t look good.
With Hamas’s rocket fire on Israel intensifying two weeks ago, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, with Iran’s nuclear program the main thing on his plate, kept ordering only small-scale retaliatory strikes from the air, hoping to avoid a larger conflict. But Hamas kept firing—more and more. So Israel launched Operation Protective Edge—but still tried to keep it limited, without boots on the ground in Gaza.
On Wednesday morning Netanyahu made an adroit move, publicly accepting an Egyptian ceasefire proposal. Hamas turned it down flat. Netanyahu, who told the Israeli public in a televised address on Sunday evening that he has been in constant contact with the leaders of the U.S., Canada, Britain, Germany, France, and other countries, undoubtedly drove that point home to them.

A Tale of Two Gazas

Joseph Klein On July 21, 2014

There are two Gazas. One is at street level, where Palestinian civilians serve as Hamas’s human shields in the face of Israel’s narrowly targeted response to the more than 1500 rockets that have rained down on its citizens in recent days. The other is the subterranean Gaza, consisting of a labyrinth of elaborate tunnels where Hamas military commanders hide in relative comfort and which they use as their bases for rocket launchings and incursions into Israel. Hamas’s political chief Khaled Mashaal is too cowardly even to live in these bunkers. He is living luxuriously in Qatar while proclaiming recently that Hamas will not accept a simple ceasefire and that “It’s normal that you see those cycles of violence.”

Gaza-Israel Dateline Paris: Dispatch No. 1

Nidra Poller
20 July 2014
Lethal Narratives
Many of you are drowning in floods of information, can’t keep up with your email correspondence, don’t have time to read the best compilations let alone the middling ones, not even time for the “must reads” sent by trusted sources… But I encourage you to buy and read my book, Al Dura: Long Range Ballistic Myth. It sheds original light on events that are turning our world upside down, with the Middle East as the pivot. While Israeli civilians run for the bunkers to escape the murderous intentions of Hamas rockets and Israeli soldiers confront Hamas mujahidin on their own territory in the confines of the Gaza Strip, “international opinion” has mobilized for another round of lethal narrative warfare. On the third day of an all-out Hamas offensive against Israeli civilians, the lethal narrative kicked in. Today it has reached the height of frenzy. And Western media have gone berserk, in step with the raging crowd.
Metula News Agency [Cessez-le-feu humanitaire (info # 022007/14) ] reports today that several journalists that wanted to leave Gaza were blocked at the Erez Crossing by Hamas operatives. Why? Might they fear that once outside Gaza, journalists would report the truth about what is happening there? Western media fervently defends the fighting forces of a jihad movement that would just as easily behead them as enslave them, but would never allow them to report freely as they are doing today. Even though they abuse that freedom, they enjoy it.

Palestinians: The Arabs Betrayed Us - Again

Khaled Abu Toameh
July 21, 2014 

Since 1948, the Arab countries and government have been paying mostly lip service to the Palestinians.
"They have money and oil, but don't care about the Palestinians, even though we are Arabs and Muslims like them. What a Saudi or Qatari sheikh spends in one night in London, Paris or Las Vegas could solve the problem of tens of thousands of Palestinians." — Abdel Bari Atwan, Palestinian editor.
"Some Arabs were hoping that Israel would rid them of Hamas." — Ashraf Salameh, Gaza City.
"Some of the Arab regimes are interested in getting rid of the resistance in order to remove the burden of the Palestinian cause, which threatens the stability of their regimes." — Mustafa al-Sawwaf, Palestinian political analyst.
"Most Arabs are busy these days with bloody battles waged by their leaders, who are struggling to survive. These battles are raging in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Libya and the Palestinian Authority." — Mohammed al-Musafer, columnist.
"The Arab leaders don't know what they want from the Gaza Strip. They don't even know what they want from Israel." — Yusef Rizka, Hamas official.
Every now and then, the Palestinians are reminded of the fact that most Arabs don't care about them and their problems.
Arab "indifference" and "silence" toward the current war between Israel and Hamas has once again reminded Palestinians of the "betrayal" by their Arab brethren.

The Doctrine of Proportionality

Shoshana Bryen

Proportionality in international law is not about equality of death or civilian suffering, or even about [equality of] firepower. Proportionality weighs the necessity of a military action against suffering that the action might cause to enemy civilians in the vicinity.
"Under international humanitarian law and the Rome Statute, the death of civilians during an armed conflict, no matter how grave and regrettable does not constitute a war crime.... even when it is known that some civilian deaths or injuries will occur. A crime occurs if there is an intentional attack directed against civilians (principle of distinction) or an attack is launched on a military objective in the knowledge that the incidental civilian injuries would be clearly excessive in relation to the anticipated military advantage (principle of proportionality)." — Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court.
"The greater the military advantage anticipated, the larger the amount of collateral damage -- often civilian casualties -- which will be "justified" and "necessary." — Dr. Françoise Hampton, University of Essex, UK.
As the Israeli ground incursion into Gaza continues, increased attention will be focused on the notion of "proportionality" in both the number of casualties on both sides and the sophistication of the weapons each side brings to bear. Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg characterized Israel's operations against Hamas in language that came close to an accusation of war crimes. "I really do think now the Israeli response appears to be deliberately disproportionate. It is amounting now to a disproportionate form of collective punishment." Even President Obama, who has been a firm advocate of Israel's self-defense in this instance, told reporters that he "encouraged" Prime Minister Netanyahu to "minimize civilian deaths."

Jew-seeking Missiles, the Secure Border, and Other Nonsense

Clarice Feldman
I was thinking the world could not be more absurd when I read that a Hamas official announced to Arab Israelis they should not be fearful of their attacks because the missiles were designed to kill Jews only. This development is so outstanding that the Norwegians -- citizens of probably the most anti-Semitic country in Europe -- who decide the winners of the Nobel peace prize undoubtedly secretly voted on the spot to award it to Hamas this year.
I was wrong, though, there must be some virus rapidly spreading across the globe that paralyzes brain cells, creating a world gone mad.

The diversity proponents who have long exaggerated the numbers of gays, lesbians, or bisexuals in our midst had a bad moment this week when the Washington Post reported the results of a U.S. National Health Interview Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Turns out that 96.6 percent of Americans say they are heterosexual; 1.1 percent declined to answer  which means less than three percent of the U.S. population are gay, lesbian, or homosexual. This means, if we follow the proportional argument of diversicrats like those at the University of Wisconsin who argue “for representational  equity” on race and ethnicity grounds, that conceding that on sexual grounds as well might mean disaster for a passel of Area studies which are grounded in gay/lesbian and bisexual culture.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

UNRWA Transferred Rockets to Hamas

Published: July 20th, 2014


“Who is Like Our Nation?”

The question is rhetorical. For there is no nation like Israel. 
Said Prime Minister Netanyahu on Friday (emphasis added):
“I have met with the commanders who are leading the IDF operation, uncommonly brave, determined and motivated commanders, with strong values. I am impressed by the motivation of our soldiers, both conscripts and reservists, and their desire to take part in the campaign. They understand that their mission is to defend Israel’s citizens.”
“Our fighters all know that they are fighting for the most just of goals – the defense of our shared home.”
Meet here one uncommonly brave commander with strong values:
Col. Rassan Alian, a Golani Brigade battalion commander, was moderately injured last night when he was hit by shrapnel.  Doctors where he was hospitalized insisted it wasn’t time for him to leave the hospital yet. But the colonel objected: "I have a lot of soldiers over there and I need to get back to them."
Col. Alian is not some extraordinary exception.  He represents a norm for Israeli commanders.

PM to Gaza Arabs: Hamas Will Get You Killed

In an interview with the BBC on Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Gaza Arabs that Hamas wanted them to die.
First Publish: 7/20/2014

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
In an interview with the BBC on Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had a special message for Gaza residents: Get rid of Hamas before they get you killed. “We are shooting only at the sites where terrorists are shooting at us,” Netanyahu said. “We have asked the civilian population to leave, but Hamas is making them stay, turning them into human shields.”
As Netanyahu spoke in the interview, Hamas was in the midst of violating yet another “humanitarian” cease-fire that the terror group had requested. Via the Red Cross, Hamas asked for the cease-fire to allow it remove dead bodies from the Shejiaya neighborhood in Gaza, where fighting has been heavy since Saturday. After initial hesitation, Israel greed, and Hamas fired several rockets at Israel during the period of the cease-fire.

You still don't believe us? All-female Islamic State brigade enforces Islamic law on women

FemaleISISmembersInspiring piety by means of terror: “One of the women in the brigade came over, pointing her firearm at me. She then tested my knowledge of prayer, fasting and hijab.”
“In Raqqa, an All-Female ISIS Brigade Cracks Down on Local Women,” by Ahmad al-Bahri, Syria Deeply, July 15, 2014 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
Their mandate? To apprehend civilian women who do not follow the organization’s strict brand of Sharia law.
Shortly after the Sunni militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) retook control of Raqqa earlier this year, it created the al-Khansaa’ Brigade, an all-female unit operating in the city. Its purpose is to apprehend civilian women in Raqqa who do not follow the organization’s strict brand of Sharia law, including a mandate that all women be fully covered in public and that they be accompanied by a male chaperone.
“We have established the brigade to raise awareness of our religion among women, and to punish women who do not abide by the law,” says Abu Ahmad, an ISIS official in Raqqa. “There are only women in this brigade, and we have given them their own facilities to prevent the mixture of men and women.”
He says the organization, which has been pushing further into eastern Syria after taking control of the Iraqi city of Mosul and key points on the Iraq-Syria border last month, needs a female brigade to “raise awareness among women, and arrest and punish women who do not follow the religion correctly. Jihad is not a man-only duty. Women must do their part as well.”
The women who join the brigade are either women of Raqqa who wanted to take part in ISIS’s activities there, or, often, the wives of mujahedeen who have come to fight from other parts of Syria or the region.

The Goldstone effect

Gerald M. Steinberg 

From the first day (July 8) of Israel’s response to renewed and deadly rocket attacks from Gaza, the network of highly politicized non-governmental organizations (NGOs) went into high gear. As in previous conflicts, powerful global groups such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Oxfam, allied with numerous Israeli and Palestinian organizations claiming human rights agendas, are issuing numerous condemnations, primarily directed at Israel. And once again, their reports and statements are quoted by political leaders and journalists without any independent examination, reinforcing existing biases and false allegations, and fueling hate and violence.

Human Rights Watch, whose leaders have a long history of personal animosity, double-standards and false claims regarding Israel, repeated their accusations of “war crimes,” unlawful attacks and “targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians in violation of the laws of war.” These claims are invented and inconsistent with legal foundations and HRW positions in other conflict regions around the world – these attacks on Israel are unique. And while HRW bases its factual claims on “investigations” in Gaza, it is clear that the organization has no such capability. 

In sharp contrast, as in the previous Gaza conflicts and the 2006 Lebanon War, the NGO network that claims to promote moral agendas has largely and patronizingly ignored Palestinian terror, and the massive tunnels and thousands of rockets acquired by Hamas, stored in homes, schools (including those run by the UN), mosques and hospitals. Every missile located among civilians and every attack against Israeli cities constitutes a war crime, but these are not part of the NGO network’s warped definition of human rights.

Did the UNRWA school rockets go to terrorists? Almost certainly - just like their cement (UPDATE)

Elder of Ziyon

This cartoon of mine from last week has proven to be prophetic:

Arutz-7 reports:
The UN agency for Palestinian Arab “refugees,” UNRWA, has caused outrage by apparently giving rockets to Hamas.

On Thursday, UNRWA confirmed that 20 rockets had been found in one of its vacant schools in Gaza.

UNRWA staff said last week that they had “informed the relevant parties and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects.”

However, Channel 2 reports Sunday that - rather than destroying the rockets - UNRWA workers called Hamas to come remove them.
An EoZ reader wrote to UNRWA to ask them about this story. Their denial is not exactly satisfying:
Of course we did not hand the rockets over to Hamas.

It's Another "Death to the Jews" Weekend

Sultan Knish blog

From Berkeley to Boston and from Paris to Sydney, the season is upon us again. Hipsters twirl  Keffiyahs from some Shanghai factory around their necks, don army surplus jackets and Decembrist t-shirts and head to the nearest Israeli embassy to scream about a new Holocaust.

Shiites and Sunnis temporarily put aside their blood feuds and entire families of Syrian Alawites and
Turkish Sunnis stand in London or Berlin screaming "Death to the Jews".

Joining them are elderly Trotskyists and aging Stalinists, normally as mutually hostile as Shiites and Sunnis, who put aside their differences to feebly wave cardboard signs about the Zionist war machine.

Fake blood is everywhere. Aspiring art students who can't draw try to figure out new ways of intersecting a Swastika and a Star of David. Latuff cartoons are printed out along with bloody photos  of dead people from Syria, Hollywood horror movies and on the rare occasion, Gaza, and shoved in everyone's faces.

The organizers take a break from submitting angry Truth Dig articles about Brazilian cocoa exploitation and dive headfirst into a rally that, unlike all their other rallies, the media will actually cover. They prowl the police barriers like hungry hyenas looking for a reporter.

Arab MKs participate in anti-Israel protests across the country

Balad MK Hanin Zoabi calls Israeli homefront "weak," draws praise from Hamas • Public security minister: We will take every legal step to see Zoabi investigated and punished • Anti-war event in Tel Aviv sees clashes between Right and Left.

MK Hanin Zoabi: The Israeli homefront is afraid of casualties
Photo credit: Gil Yohanan

Hamas won't become more moderate

Prof. Eyal Zisser

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as "ISIS") broke into the limelight last June. The extremist (some would say outlandish, insane) organization had for years been operating far away from the public eye in Syria and Iraq, but suddenly made the leap from a sparse, marginal organization to a force to be reckoned with, using its fierce ideology, as well as its warriors' unwavering commitment, to overthrow the Iraqi state in just a couple of days, declaring an "Islamic caliphate" from the outskirts of Baghdad to the outskirts of Aleppo.
If you thought or hoped that ISIS' achievements would moderate the group or its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, its recent behavior has certainly proved otherwise. Baghdadi declared the establishment of the Islamic caliphate, making it absolutely clear that its intention was waging jihad against the whole world, starting with the Shiites in Iraq, then the Syrian government, Iran and Jordan, Israel and the United States. He rules his subjects through characteristic and boundless brutality.

More than 100 rockets fired at Israel over weekend

Sirens sound in Tel Aviv suburbs, Beersheba and Ashkelon on Sunday morning • More than 40 rockets intercepted by Iron Dome over the weekend • Rocket directly strikes yard of Gan Yavne kindergarten • Rocket damages vehicles in Ashdod.

A home in Gan Yavne damaged by a rocket, Friday

Heavy Fighting on the ground in Gaza, 5 IDF soldiers killed

Ground operation in Gaza intensifies, IDF casualty toll rises • Hamas terrorists carry out multiple attacks using tunnels on Saturday, including apparent kidnapping attempts • IDF to hold its fire for two hours in Sajiya neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.

Israeli soldiers near Kibbutz Be'eri after terrorists infiltrate the area through a tunnel and kill two soldiers
Photo credit: Albert Sadikov / JINI

Fighting terrorists who move around in ambulances

LAST UPDATED: 07/20/2014 

Hamas is an expert at embedding itself in the midst of the Palestinian civilian population and using it as human shields, to seek immunity from the army.

Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances [file]
Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances [file] Photo: Baz Ratner / Reuters
Israel’s decision to launch a ground offensive provides it with an important advantage in the war against Hamas.
A ground maneuver gives the IDF the ability to move in enemy territory, destroying targets from up close, while still deploying firepower from the air throughout.
It is a concept as old as Israeli military history. Today, however, Hamas represents the asymmetrical enemy that defines combat in our times.
Hamas is an expert at embedding itself in the midst of the Palestinian civilian population and using it as human shields, to seek immunity from the army.
In recent days, IDF sources reported spotting Hamas gunmen boarding ambulances in Gaza filled with children.
Hamas urged residents of northern Gaza to remain in their homes, and provide cover for its concentration of rocket launch squads in that area.

A War for Quiet

Nurit Greenger | July 20, 2014
What other country but the Jewish country has to invent and have an Iron Dome so that her citizens do not get zapped by rockets indiscriminately fired at her citizens?
The prime minister of Israel has said, over and over again, Israel just wants quiet. I say, she did not have much quiet since 1948, when she was first forced to defend herself, in the War of Independence.
Israel is at war, not a military operation. Thousands of army reservists have left their daily life to defend their homeland.
Pat Condell is a smart man and his YouTube videos do not contain politically correct language. Already in 2012 he tells us who Israel is facing in Gaza: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNNhG0zDtA8

“Keep Going, Keep Going!”

I mentioned in my last post the intention to return to the issue of ceasefires, and I will do so below.  But I begin by noting that my greatest fear in this very necessary war we are waging now is that it should be terminated prematurely because of pressure for a ceasefire.  Yet, in spite of that persistent unease, I think not. It’s simply too blatantly clear that we must do now what should have been done years ago. 
We lost two soldiers today.  But not in combat inside of Gaza. IDF reserve officer, Col. Amotz Greenberg, 45, of Hod Hasharon, and Sgt. Adar Bersano, 20, of Nahariya, were killed when a terrorist squad infiltrated from Gaza into Israel through a tunnel. 
Col. Amotz Greenberg, Sgt. Adar Bersano
Credit: Israel National News courtesy of the families
There were eight or nine terrorists, according to reports, who encountered a motorized IDF force on exiting the tunnel.  In the battle that ensued, the two soldiers were killed. One of the terrorists was shot dead, while the remainder went back into the tunnel.  They carried anesthetics and handcuffs with them, as well as arms, which meant they were going to attempt a kidnapping.
This, of course, simply reinforces the conviction that we have a great deal of work to do in Gaza.  The IDF has identified some 36 tunnels, five of which go into Israel.  Intensive work is being done to dismantle them, and to continue to seek out others that still exist.  I’ve picked up a couple of reports regarding plans to dig a trench that would disable tunnels near the Gaza-Israel border, i.e., those that could lead into Israel.  I’ll follow with more on this in due course.
Now there is talk that the operation will be stepped up further, and this is as it should be.  We need to hit hard, as quickly as possible. 

Gazan Homes Rigged with Explosives [video]

A home in Gaza with explosives lining the wall.
A home in Gaza with explosives lining the wall.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson

The IDF discovered that Gazan homes have been rigged with explosives, in order to kill IDF soldiers.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

IDF: Explosive donkey attacked forces in Gaza

Forces operating near Gaza attacked by explosive-laden donkey, and IDF claim this is not the first time Palestinians have used such animals to attempt and kill IDF forces – read details of this bizarre terror practice.

According to the IDF, ground forces operating in Gaza Strip were attacked by an explosives-laden donkey.

IDF forces were reportedly operating in the Rafah area in Gaza Friday night when they spotted the volatile animal approaching their position, the military claimed. Forces then opened fire, causing the explosives to go off.

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

According to the IDF blog, which first reported the story, sending animals – specifically donkeys - to their death in service of terrorist purposes is not such a rare phenomena as one might think: The IDF first claims to have encountered an animal-borne terrorist attack in June 1995.

Watch: Hamas Places Civilians in the Line of Fire

IDF releases another video showing how Hamas deliberately puts civilian lives in danger.

By Elad Benari, Canada

The IDF has released another video which shows how Hamas deliberately puts civilian lives in danger.
Click here to watch this video-amazing!

The video shows that Hamas hides weapons and missile launchers in densely populated areas and sends men, women and children directly into the line of fire to be used as human shields for terrorists.
Hamas has openly boasted about the "success" of its strategy of using civilians as human shields during Operation Protective Edge, and the IDF has published extensive evidence of the practice.
By contrast, the IDF has dropped leaflets, sent phone messages, and issued general warnings to all civilians within range of upcoming airstrikes to prevent further harm.

The IDF has also called off attacks upon realizing that there are innocent civilians in the area or, as shown in the video below, when seeing the terrorist target enter an ambulance.
(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

This Will Burn You Up

Dan Gordon
The Government of the state of Israel has declared in the clearest possible manner that the purpose of the ground incursion which began last night and continues today, is  first of all to deal with the “ homicide tunnels” which the Terrorist Army Hamas, has burrowed beneath the borders of, and well into  the pre 1967 territory of the state of Israel.  The only people who could possibly think of this area as being “ occupied territory” are the same ones who think of Tel Aviv as “ Occupied territory” , or for that matter any square inch of land in this part of the world ,where Israel has the effrontery to declare it’s sovereignty under international law.

In other words, contrary to the perception of some, that the core reason behind this conflict is Israel’s occupation of lands conquered in the defensive war of 1967, Hamas could not, and does not, give a tinker’s damn about “ Occupied territory” . This is so because Hamas regards ANY territory on which there is a sovereign Jewish state  as, “ Occupied territory”.

Moreover, Hamas  believes that any such Jewish state has no right to exist.