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Senator Ted Cruz Urge 'No More Illusions' on Hamas

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 28.06.2014 14:26

Watch Senator Ted Cruz Urge 'No More Illusions' on Hamas

by Tova Dvorin

Watch: Ted Cruz's Passionate Speech On Abduction

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) delivered an impassioned speech on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon, imploring the US to finally take action over the abduction of Naftali Frenkel, a 16-year-old US citizen, as well as Gilad Sha'ar (16), and Eyal Yifrah (19).

"This should be on the front page of every paper in the United States, because this is an issue which is as vital to us as it is to the nation of Israel." Cruz began. News coverage of the abduction in the US has been severely limited at best, biased toward Hamas kidnappers at worst.

"Just imagine if these were your children, or any children you know," he continued. "Just imagine if your child was kidnapped for fourteen days - and you don't know where they are, or even whether they're still alive."

Cruz explained how the boys - "smart, hardworking, diligent students" - were kidnapped on their way home from school. "These boys weren't doing anything wrong," he said.

"These are teenagers who were targeted for who they are, who have done no wrong, who have done nothing that comes near to deserving what has happened to them that day while waiting at the bus stop to go home from school."

Cruz then demanded that the US sever all ties with Hamas, a "vicious terror organization" that he points out has not only killed Israelis, but "many Americans."

"There can be no more illusions that Hamas has any role in any future government formed by the Palestinian Authority," he urged. "They must not receive any further recognition or legitimization."

"Hamas is a violent terrorist organization ready and eager to brutalize the most innocent. Hamas is a terrorist organization that kidnaps three innocent school boys."

"Hamas, give the boys back," he said. "Hamas, give those boys back now."
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Abbas adviser forced to flee Temple Mount

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 29.06.2014 12:16

Abbas adviser forced to flee Temple Mount

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

06/29/2014 06:16
One of Abbas's "most trusted advisers" attacked by Palestinian protesters with pepper spray for allegedly entering Jerusalem on Israeli permit.
Temple Mount
Temple Mount Photo: REUTERS

A senior adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was forced to flee the Temple Mount on Friday after dozens of Palestinian protesters assaulted him.

Mahmoud al-Habbash, who until recently served as religious affairs minister, is considered one of Abbas’s most trusted advisors.

Following the formation of the Hamas-Fatah government on June 2, Abbas appointed Habbash as chief justice of Islamic courts.

Friday’s incident began when Palestinians discovered that Habbash had arrived at the Temple Mount for meetings with the mufti of Jerusalem and other senior Islamic figures.

The protesters surrounded the office of the mufti and demanded that Habbash leave immediately.

They accused him of coming to Jerusalem with an Israeli permit.

They chanted slogans denouncing Habbash and Abbas as traitors.

Palestinians later posted videos on social media websites documenting the incident.

When the adviser and his bodyguards walked out of the office, they were pelted with stones, eggs and shoes, witnesses said.

The protesters also used pepper gas to attack Habbash, who managed to flee the Old City of Jerusalem unharmed.

He is a former Hamas official from the Gaza Strip who defected and joined the PA leadership in the West Bank several years ago.

Abbas’s office accused supporters of Hamas and Hizb ut-Tahrir (“The Party of Liberation”) of being behind the “premeditated and despicable” attack on Habbash.

A statement released by Abbas’s office claimed that “Israeli occupation provided the assailants with a cover.”

It said that at least 15 Palestinians were wounded when they tried to prevent the assault on the adviser.

A senior PA security official in Ramallah blamed “drug-dealers and mercenaries” for the assault. He said that the PA has launched an investigation into the incident and that those responsible would be severely punished.
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Israel’s Search for 3 Teenagers Ends in Grief

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 01.07.2014 17:33

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ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 02.07.2014 07:43

Mourning Together
We are a people who treasure life, surrounded by those who revere death.


The grief is intense. It is a tragedy beyond words. The news of the death of the three kidnapped youngsters turned the Israeli nation to weeping and brought caring people around the world to communal mourning.

For 18 days heartfelt prayers for their safety ascended to the heavens. Tears were shed, Torah was studied, candles were lit, Shabbat was begun earlier, mitzvot were added, masses of concerned individuals attended rallies of support. All, it seems now, to no avail.

The lives of three innocent holy young boys trying to come home from their yeshiva to their family for Shabbat were brutally murdered. And all of us try to come to terms with a horrible event that leaves us devastated and, from a theological perspective, profoundly perplexed.

How could this have happened?

There are no sufficient answers. Our faith must overpower our confusion. Our belief must be stronger than our questions. As the Jewish philosopher Ibn Pakuda put it long ago, “If we could understand God, we would be God.”

It is not a time for simplistic responses, nor is it a time for foolish assertions that this tragedy must of course be punishment for some collective failing that in no way can have any logical bearing on these innocent victims.

Jewish law goes a step further. We are not permitted even to offer consolation in the presence of the deceased. We need to respect the time when pain is too intense to even listen to crumbs of comfort. Let that come later. Perhaps then we might be able to discover some peace in the knowledge that as martyrs these youngsters have earned everlasting reward in the world to come.

For now I can think of only one reasonable response. Instead of blaming God for His unwillingness to accede to our prayers we need to acknowledge the sinfulness of those whose perverted reaction to evil made this tragedy possible.

Perverse Symmetry

In what must surely rank as one of the most bizarre coincidences of newspaper headline timing, on the very day the bodies of the three teenagers would subsequently be discovered, the New York Times gave front-page treatment to their kidnapping. For two weeks prior I wondered when this self-defined newspaper of record would give proper coverage to the horrifying story of the kidnapping. At last the Times decided the time had come. Not mind you as an anguished expression of sympathy for the victims of an unjustifiable crime against humanity but rather as a belated effort to place this story in the context of the contemporary holy Grail of “evenhanded and balanced journalism.”

There were two pictures side-by-side. The caption underneath them said simply: “Aida Abdel Aziz Dudeen mourning her son Mohammed, killed by Israeli soldiers. Right, Rachel Frankel, whose son is missing.”

At last the Times was able to do what has become standard practice in all of its coverage of Palestinian terrorism and violent attacks against Jews. Always look for “balance” to create a story that seems to consist only of “victims on both sides” in a liberal fantasy of political correctness and moral relativism that refuses to ever label evil by its true name.

Two mothers wept. One for a missing child whose fate was still unknown but guilty of nothing more than a desire to come home from school for Shabbat. The other for the son who disobeyed her orders and joined a horde of youths hurling stones at Israeli soldiers attempting to find the kidnapped children.

For the Times not to perceive the profound difference between them beggars belief. There’s only one response that is appropriate for the attempt to create this ludicrous symmetry. It is the famous words of Joseph Welch at the McCarthy hearings in 1954 when, in utter disgust and dismay at the Senator’s distortions, cried out, “You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

The Death of Klinghoffer

Just a few weeks ago we saw a perfect illustration of this perverse view in a different context. The Metropolitan Opera scheduled a production of The Death of Klinghoffer for next season. Klinghoffer, you will remember, was a wheelchair-bound Jewish- American passenger on a cruise ship hijacked by the PLO. The hijackers shot him in the forehead and chest and then forced the ship’s crew to throw him and his wheelchair overboard. If you find it hard to believe that this is a suitable narrative for an opera, be assured that John Adams who wrote the music and Alice Goodman who penned the English language libretto believe its theme requires the rapt attention of everyone interested in contemporary events. As the Times explained it when in a lead editorial it condemned the Met for giving in to the complaint of critics who labeled the play anti-Semitic and canceled its simultaneous worldwide televised simulcast, the play is important for “allowing us to see both sides of the issue and to understand the perspective of the hijackers.”

You see, for the New York Times, thugs who murder a cripple in his wheelchair also have a point of view. Who are we to say that their act of violence, committed out of desperation and with complete conviction for their cause, doesn’t deserve our understanding? As for Lisa Klinghoffer and Ilsa Klinghoffer, the daughters of Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer, who anonymously attended the world premiere of the opera in New York City, the matter seems to be far less morally ambivalent. The Klinghoffer family released the following statement about the opera: "We are outraged at the exploitation of our parents and the coldblooded murder of our father as the centerpiece of a production that appears to us to be anti-Semitic.”

Somehow the Times can’t understand the simple truth that evil doesn’t need to be understood as much as it needs to be condemned.

So with its “Klinghoffer mentality” the Times set to work putting the kidnapping story into the kind of perspective that wouldn’t allow pity for three Jewish families weeping for their children.

Read the following sentence at the outset of the story and ask yourself if the editors haven’t lost any claim to decency or to civilized dialogue: “More than two weeks after the abduction of Naftali and two other Israeli teenagers, Israel’s security crackdown has raised questions about the asymmetry of the Israeli – Palestinian conflict and the value of lives on both sides.”

Now read that sentence today, knowing that the young boys returning from yeshiva were murdered – while the young children of Palestinians were given sweets to celebrate the joyous tidings of their capture and taught to turn the agony of the three Israeli families into a jubilant three fingered salute.

Yes, this is an ideal time to reflect upon the difference between the value Israelis and Arabs place upon life. While the head of Hamas “blessed the hands of the heroic kidnappers,” Israeli surgeons used their hands to heal the wife of the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas secretly ensconced in a Tel Aviv hospital.

We are a people who treasure life. We are surrounded by those who revere death and rejoice in killing. That is why the moralizing of the New York Times and the liberal media is so appalling to us. That is why our pain is so intense that this time.

And that is why we must find the courage and the faith to direct our anger not against God but against those whose unwillingness to denounce evil is the key to our present suffering.

May the souls of my beloved cousin Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach be a source of blessing for their families and for all of Klal Yisroel.
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Sderot children's miraculous escape from rocket

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 03.07.2014 21:48

Sderot children's miraculous escape from rocket

Thursday, July 03, 2014 | Israel Today Staff

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As 13 more rockets slammed into Southern Israel overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning from Gaza, a children's day-camp suffered a direct hit.

The rocket penetrated the apartment building in which housed the children's day-camp but miraculously failed to explode saving the children's lives.

This was one of 3 rockets which scored direct hits in Sderot populated areas overnight. One struck a student's residence, another struck a house while one fell in the street outside an apartment building causing damage to cars and causing a electrical power outage.

The rockets come amongst rising tensions in the area on the backdrop of the abduction and murder of the three Israeli teens on June 12 and the abduction and murder of the Jerusalem Arab teen, which has been called a revenge act, early yesterday morning.

Below we see the number of rockets fired from Gaza since the abduction of the Israeli teens on June 12.

Dates No. of rockets
June 12 - June 20 15
June 21 - June 27 13
June 28 - July 3 60
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ISIS Issues Orders in Mosul: Give Over Girls for 'Sex Jihad'

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 04.07.2014 08:38

ISIS Issues Orders in Mosul: Give Over Girls for 'Sex Jihad'

Posters in public places told residents to bring their girls to 'fulfill their duty in sex jihad' or feel the full force of the sharia consequences.

Sun, June 29, 2014

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The militant Islamist group ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) put up posters calling on the people of Mosul to bring them their unmarried girls to participate in “jihad
al-nikah,” or sex jihad. The reports came from Al-Masryalyoum, a well-respected Egyptian daily newspaper as well as other sources in the Arab press.

ISIS has recently taken over vast territories in Iraq including Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. Jihad al-nikah refers to women joining the jihad by offering sex to the male fighters.

Posters in public places in Mosul read:

“We call upon the people of this county to bring their unmarried girls so they can fulfill their duty in sex jihad for their warrior brothers in the city and anyone who will not appear will feel the full force of the sharia
[Islamic law] upon him.”

Reports in Mosul indicate that ISIS fighters have been going door-to-door, entering houses, killing the men and raping the women. Rupert Colville, a spokesman in Geneva for Navie Pillay, the top United Nations human rights official, said that he had received information that four women in Mosul had committed suicide after being raped or forced into marriages with the militants.

Al-Iraqiya TV station published a report about the story of two Iraqi girls who were raped by the armed men of ISIS in Mosul (see video below). The two girls, who are sisters, said that ISIS fighters came into their house, killed the men and afterwards, they took turns raping the women.

“They came into the house. They were disgusting. They were armed and spoke among themselves in a language we did not recognize. We were afraid; I tried to save my sister, but one of them hit me with his weapon – on my body and then on my face – me and my sister. I blacked out and woke up to the sound the sounds of the screaming of my neighbor while one of the jihadis was playing with my hair.”

The girls said that the men were Arabs as well as foreigners.

Her sister said, “I heard one of them speaking in a dialect from the Gulf region and the other one was speaking in a language I have never heard before. I kept resisting and he hit me on my head. I woke up and saw that my entire body was covered in blood.”

A Kurdish Iraqi woman, who gave her name only as Um-Lara, reported that she fled to her sister’s house in Baghdad with her children so that her daughters and sons wouldn’t fall into the hands of ISIS.

Um-Lara, who is 40 years old, said that she escaped with her four daughters, who are between the ages of 14 and 23 as well as her two sons, from the Al-Wachda neighborhood in Mosul after men from ISIS started going house to house to take women, girls and boys.

The family fled to the mother’s sister’s house, located in a poor, rough neighborhood in Baghdad, with only the clothes on their backs. Speaking to Novosti (a Russian news agency), Um-Lara said that the militants had kidnapped many women in Mosul, never being heard from again.

To date, there are no statistics on the number of women who have been raped by ISIS since they took over Mosul.
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Abu Khder's mother has also called for violence against Isra

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 05.07.2014 09:00

Instructions Released for Terror Against 'Settlers'
by Dalit Halevi, Tova Dvorin Intifada Called Against 'Settlers'

A Palestinian Arab terror group dubbed the "Coalition of Youth for an Intifada" released a notice calling for violence against Jews in Judea and Samaria Thursday, including detailed operational and doctrinal instructions to "raise hell."

In the notice, entitled "Expelling Zionists Through Rocks," young Palestinian Arabs are called on to "scorch the earth and make it a living hell under the feet of the invaders", through the following methods:

A. Creating huge barricades to block "settlers" from leaving their communities and vandalize their cars;

B. Torching tires on common roads in the area;

C. Hurling rocks at cars and paint barrels at their drivers;

D. Placing sharp objects, nails, and shrapnel on roads to damage passing vehicles;

E. Staging 'price tag' graffiti near Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria;

F. Participating in raging clashes against IDF and police in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem.

Systemic Arab incitement against Jews and Israel has skyrocketed this month, since the abduction and murder of Israeli teens Naftali Frenkel (16), Gilad Sha'ar (16), and Eyal Yifrah (19), hy"d.

Besides for escalating calls to violence from Hamas - which has fired a hail of rockets onto Israel near-continuously over the past week - Fatah has both justified and encouraged Palestinian Arabs to become violent and hide evidence from the abduction.

In addition, rioting and unrest have exploded in Jerusalem and across Judea and Samaria since Wednesday, in reaction to the murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khder, who was found in the Jerusalem Forest that morning after allegedly being forced into a black car outside the neighborhood of Beit Hanina.

Following the news - which both Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the international media blamed as a "revenge killing" despite the lack of evidence for such a claim - several Fatah officials called for local Arabs to "rise up" and "declare a revolution" for Israel to "get out."

Abu Khder's mother has also called for violence against Israelis, stating in an interview Friday that rioting and rocket fire are an "exercise [in] Palestinian rights."
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BBC Warns – Gaza Photos Aren't Really from Gaza

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 08.07.2014 19:22

BBC Warns – Gaza Photos Aren't Really from Gaza

by Gil Ronen

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) published a short report Tuesday in which it warned that many of the graphic images that are being shared on social media, purporting to show destruction that the IDF is wreaking in Gaza, are not in fact photos from Operation Protective Edge.

“Over the past week the hashtag #GazaUnderAttack has been used hundreds of thousands of times, often to distribute pictures claiming to show the effects of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza,” the BBC wrote. “A #BBCtrending investigation has found that many of these images are not from the latest conflict and not even from Gaza. Some date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.”
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5 Reasons to Stand with Israel

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 09.07.2014 08:48

5 Reasons to Stand with Israel
As we condemn Mohammed Abu Khdeir's murder, let's not lose sight of the big picture.


All of Israel is in deep shock and shame over the horrific murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir allegedly by six young extremist Jews. The Israeli government and Jews from across the political spectrum have vociferously condemned this reprehensible murder.

With the images of Gilad, Eyal and Naftali swiftly cast aside, replaced by headline news of the grisly revenge murder by Jews -- along with a video of Israeli police beating a 15-year-old Palestinian-American, Israel is taking a beating in the world press.

At this time of deep national soul-searching, here are five points to balance our perspective (and help us effectively respond to critics).

(1) Condemnation and horror. The Israeli response to Jews committing murder is one of abject horror and unequivocal condemnation. This heinous act has no basis in Jewish values; the alleged perpetrators are from an extremist fringe that we entirely denounce.

This is in contrast to the Palestinian public's response to Arabs committing murder -- celebration and joy. These killings are not only tolerated in Arab society but are praised. As Prime Minister Netanyahu noted, Palestinian terrorists are hailed as heroes with public squares named in their honor.

Indeed, the mother of one of the Hamas suspects said: "If he did the kidnapping I'm proud of him."

(2) Rule of law. The Israeli response to Jews committing murder entails immediate arrests and punishment. “If a Jew kills they will be put to the court like any other criminal..." President Shimon Peres said. "The law is equal to all, and all are equal before the law."

Palestinians, in contrast, are responding to Arabs committing murder with obfuscation and denial. Senior Fatah member Mahmoud al-Aloul suggested that the three teens weren't even kidnapped. “Let’s think well of the growing possibility that all what’s happening is a play that wasn’t produced well and that no one was kidnapped in the first place,” he wrote on Facebook.

Hussein Abu Khdeir, the father of murdered Arab teen said to the grandfather of Gilad Shaer, one of the murdered Jewish teens, that there is no proof that it wasn’t Jews who were behind the killing and murder of the three teens.

This is in contrast to Rachel Frankel, the mother of the slain Naftali Frankel, who strongly denounced the killing of the Muhammed Abu Khdeir and sent condolences to his family.

She said in a public statement, “Even in the abyss of mourning for Gilad, Eyal and Naftali, it is difficult for me to describe how distressed we are by the outrage committed in Jerusalem – the shedding of innocent blood in defiance of all morality, of the Torah, of the foundation of the lives of our boys and of all of us in this country. Only the murderers of our sons, along with those who sent them and those who helped them and incited them to murder – and not innocent people – will be brought to justice: by the army, the police, and the judiciary; not by vigilantes.”

She emphasized that the legacy of the three slain teenagers “is one of love, of humanity, of national unity, and of integrity.”

(3) Value of life. In an ancient world that practice infanticide and killing humans for entertainment, the Jewish people taught the world the inherent value of life and that every person is created in the image of God. Israel seeks peace and worships life. This is the bedrock of our society, and in light of the horrific murder allegedly committed by Jewish fanatics, we must recommit to this value.

As Netanyahu once famously said, “If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.”

(4) Spiritual reaction. The overwhelming Jewish response to the appalling murders of Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frankel and Eyal Yifrach was spiritual introspection, deep unity and out an outpouring of love and mitzvot, good deeds. The funeral that brought tens of thousands Jews from all walks of life was one of surreal calm and intense sadness.

This is contrast to the ongoing riots and Arab acts of violence erupting daily in East Jerusalem and northern Israel.

(5) Enemies seek Israel’s destruction. Despite the media cackling about a "cycle of violence," the current situation was sparked by the kidnapping-murder of three Israeli teens, along with waves of new Hamas rocket attacks. The Hamas charter calls for the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews, and polls continue to show that Israel in the midst of an existential war against enemies who seek her destruction. Hamas is attacking the south with dozens of rockets that are now reaching Beersheva, Israel’s most populated southern city, as well as Ashkelon and Ashdod. It is a life threatening situation that no country in the world would tolerate. Yet Israel is showing enormous restraint, trying to calm the situation down. We are living in dangerous times and Israel must do what it has to in order to protect her citizens, while the media carefully watches with their double standards.

Six young Jews are accused of committing a shocking crime that is condemned by everyone. Their so-called act of revenge has absolutely no basis in Jewish values and Torah and if guilty they deserve the full weight of the law. There is only one place in the Middle East where you can expect this response, and that is in Israel, the sole democracy in the region.

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