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European Union blasts Hamas for "criminal and unjustifiable"

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 23.07.2014 08:14

The European Union (EU) on Tuesday issued what was widely taken as blistering criticism of Hamas - the Times of Israel described the statement as "taking a strikingly pro-Israel stance" while the left-leaning Ha'aretz settled for "dramatic" - with the bloc's 28 foreign ministers demanding that the Palestinian terror group "immediately put an end to [rocket attacks on Israel] and.. renounce violence," and also calling for all terror groups in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to be disarmed. The EU, which has for years been subject to not entirely unjustified accusations of institutionalized anti-Israel bias, described "the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and militant groups in the Gaza Strip" as "criminal and unjustifiable acts." Rocket attacks on Israeli population centers Tuesday managed to get within a few kilometers of Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport, after which the Federal Aviation Administration issued an order prohibiting American airlines from flying into or out of the airport for 24 hours. Europe's Air Safety Agency (EASA) issued a similar but more indefinite warning, which cascaded into Canada. The dynamic seems set to end debate over the degree to which Hamas's rocket arsenal constitutes a full-blown strategic threat to the Jewish state, after weeks in which some observers had sought to downplay the disruptions that rocket attacks were generating. The EU statement went so far as to acknowledge and condemn Hamas's "calls on the civilian population of Gaza to provide themselves as human shields." There has been occasional public debate over the extent to which Hamas has in fact deliberately mobilized Gaza civilians as human shields. Several videos on the issue - either documenting how Hamas's leaders have done exactly that, or rebroadcasting news segments in which mainstream journalists dismantled anti-Israel spokespeople for brushing aside Hamas's tactics - have gained traction on social media platforms.
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Has Hamas ended the prospects for a two state solution?

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 23.07.2014 08:29

Has Hamas ended the prospects for a two state solution?


by Alan M. Dershowitz
July 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4467/ ... el-airport

Hamas's decision to fire rockets in the direction of Ben Gurion Airport may well have ended any real prospect of a two-state solution. Whether the regulators and airlines that have stopped flights to and from Israel are right or wrong, this stoppage cannot possibly be tolerated by a democratic country that relies so heavily on tourism and international travel. It is of course a war crime to target an international civilian airport, as Hamas has clearly done. Israel has every right to keep that airport open, employing all reasonable military means at its disposal. Since Hamas fires its rockets from densely populated civilian areas, there will be more Palestinian civilian deaths.



Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)



This of course is part of Hamas' grand strategy: by targeting Israeli civilians and international air travel from its own civilian areas, Hamas leaves Israel no choice but to take military actions that risk the lives of innocent Palestinians. There will be even more innocent Palestinian deaths now, as Hamas has raised the stakes considerably for Israel. Every country in the world would do everything in its power to keep open the airports, which are the lifelines to its economic viability. Hamas knows this and welcomes Israeli military action that produces more dead Palestinian civilians and hence more international criticism of Israel.

Even more importantly, Hamas' actions in essentially closing down international air traffic into Israel, considerably reduces the prospect of any two-state solution. Israel will now be more reluctant than ever to give up military control over the West Bank, which is even closer to Ben Gurion Airport than is Gaza.

Were Israel to end its military occupation of the West Bank—as distinguished from its civilian settlements deep in the West Bank—it would risk the possibility of a Hamas takeover. That is precisely what happened when Israel removed both its civilian settlements and its military presence in Gaza. Hamas took control, fired thousands of rockets at Israeli civilian targets and have now succeeded in stopping international air traffic into and out of Israel.

Israel could not accept the risk of a Hamas takeover of the West Bank and the resulting Hamas rocket attacks at the nearby Ben Gurion Airport. It may still be possible to create a two-state solution whereby Israel withdraws its civilian settlers from most of the West Bank and agrees to land swaps for areas that now contain large settlement blocks. But Israel will have to retain military control over its security borders, which extend to the Jordan River. It will also have to maintain a sufficient military presence to assure that what happened in Gaza does not happen in the West Bank. These military realities do not have to exist forever. Israel's military presence could be reduced if the Palestinian Authority were to maintain effective control over the West Bank and prevent terrorists from using that area to send rockets and terrorists into Israel.

The new reality caused by Hamas' shutting down of international air travel to and from Israel would plainly justify an Israeli demand that it maintain military control over the West Bank in any two-state deal. The Israeli public would never accept a deal that did not include a continued Israeli military presence in the West Bank. They have learned the tragic lesson of Gaza and they will not allow it to be repeated in the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority, however, is unlikely to accept such a condition, though it should. This will simply make it far more difficult for an agreement to be reached.

It was precisely one of the goals of the Hamas rocket and tunnel assaults to scuttle any two-state agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. The Hamas Charter categorically rejects the two-state solution, as does the military wing of Hamas. In this tragic respect, Hamas has already succeeded. By aiming its rockets in the direction of Ben Gurion Airport, Hamas may well have scuttled any realistic prospects for a two-state solution. It cannot be allowed to succeed.

The international community, which has a significant stake in protecting international air traffic from terrorist rocket attacks, must support Israel's efforts to stop these attacks—permanently. If Hamas is allowed to shut down Israel's major airport, every terrorist group in the world will begin to target airports throughout the world. The shooting down of the Malaysian airliner over the Ukraine will be but one of many such tragedies, if Hamas is allowed to succeed. An attack on the safety on Israel's airport is an attack on the safety of all international aviation. Israel is the canary in the mine. What Hamas has done to Israeli aviation is a warning to the world. In its efforts to prevent Hamas from firing rockets at Ben Gurion Airport, Israel is fighting for the entire civilized world against those who would shoot down civilian airliners. The world should support Israel in this noble fight.
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How Many Times Is Enough?

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 23.07.2014 08:34

How Many Times Is Enough?

By RABBI MARVIN HIER

Tuesday July 22, 2014



World leaders are waxing their moral credentials at the terrorists and their constituencies while abandoning their friends with phony band aid solutions.




U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon make statements to reporters in Cairo
Photo: REUTERS



The more I listen to the 'band aid solutions' proposed by some world leaders and diplomats reacting to Israel's incursion into Gaza, the more convinced I am that some of the ideas have been lifted right from the "Wise Men of Chelm."

For the third time in a decade Israel was forced to call up tens of thousands of reserves to re-enter Gaza, the place they unilaterally withdrew from in 2005, to again respond to the hundreds of rockets being fired by Hamas' terrorists at their major population centers.

No sooner did the operation begin than a chorus of voices combining leaders of the European Union, the Arab World, and editorials in the leading newspapers like the New York Times began sounding the familiar alarm warning Israel of massive civilian casualties.

Even the United States, England, and France who unequivocally support Israel's right to defend its citizens against rocket attacks, insist that the Israeli incursion into Gaza must be very limited in scope to avoid civilian collateral damage.

But now is the time to ask the uncomfortable question, even of our friends who support us. Why is there such a double standard when it comes to Israel? Why is it that world leaders never miss an opportunity to set their alarms and ask for a wake up call only when Israel hits back at the Hamas terrorists?

Where were those moral voices and wake up calls when it came to taking steps and adapting measures to prevent Hamas from stockpiling 10,000 rockets? Why didn't UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, Secretary of State John Kerry and the Foreign Ministers of the EU rush to Israel to convene a conference on how to tighten the borders and close the tunnels in order to prevent the terrorists from smuggling arms and weapons into Gaza and to demand that no foreign aid ever be dispersed into neighborhoods housing any Hamas military personnel? Why is there never an emergency Security Council meeting on how to excise the malignancy and finally end Hamas' rule of terror in Gaza? Why do they only shuttle to the region to find a way to reign in the defenders and never on how to stop the perpetrators and their funders like Iran and Qatar?

Of course it's horrible to see the images of innocent children killed as a result of the incursion. But whose fault is it, if not the sick Hamas ideology of loving death and martyrdom and deliberately placing children in harms way. Now, once again, they may have taken a missing Israeli soldier hostage who is either dead or still alive to use as a bargaining chip in an attempt to force Israel to again release hundreds of terrorists with blood on their hands.

The legendary town of Chelm is famous in Jewish history for its collection of simpletons whose ideas never came close to solving the problem. Located on a mountaintop, the town faced a terrible dilemma when its citizens began falling off the mountaintop. Responding to the crisis, the city convened its 'Wise Men' and came up with a 'perfect Chelm solution - they would build a hospital at the bottom of the mountain!

That is precisely what world leaders are again doing in Gaza. They are waxing their moral credentials at the terrorists and their constituencies while abandoning their friends with phony band aid solutions that they all know can't work while forcing Israel to relive the same nightmare every few years. No country in the world is subjected to such treatment that only strengthens and props up terrorists and makes greater the price we will all have to pay.

Meanwhile, while the world leaders shuttle to Jerusalem to end the incursion, 40 meters below the ground somewhere in Gaza, the Hamas terrorist leaders, confident as always, are already plotting how many civilian airlines they will be able to bring down when they take delivery of their first SA-11 surface to air missile.

Rabbi Hier is the Founder and Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center
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Hamas Gambled on War as Its Woes Grew in Gaza

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 23.07.2014 13:43

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How selective body counts incite more violence

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 24.07.2014 08:19

How selective body counts incite more violence

by Alan M. Dershowitz
July 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4470/ ... ody-counts

The media has obsessively counted every dead body in the conflict between Hamas and Israel. They rarely explain why so many more Palestinians than Israelis have been killed: Hamas does not allow Palestinian civilians into their shelters, while using civilian areas from which to fire their rockets; Israel, on the other hand, devotes its resources to building shelters and Iron Dome protection. Put another way, while Israel uses shelters and Iron Dome to protect its civilians, Hamas uses its civilians to protect its rockets and its terrorists. A widely circulated cartoon makes this point effectively:

Recently, supporters of Hamas have argued that to say that Hamas uses civilians as human shields is a manifestation of racism and an attempt to dehumanize Palestinians. But it is Hamas' own leaders who have long boasted of this tragic reality. Listen to Fathi Hammad, a Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council:


"For the Palestinian people, death has become an industry, at which women excel, and so do all the people living on this land. The elderly excel at this, and so do the mujahideen and the children. This is why they have formed human shields of the women, the children, the elderly, and the mujahideen, in order to challenge the Zionist bombing machine. It is as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy: 'We desire death like you desire life.'"

Ban-Ki Moon—who is not known for a pro-Israel bias—recently confirmed what every objective observer knows to be true: that Hamas uses hospitals and schools as shields from which to launch rocket attacks against Israeli civilians—a double war crime. Here are his words:


"We condemn the use of civilian sites – schools, hospitals and other civilian facilities - for military purposes."

He was referring, of course, to Hamas, since Israel does not use such civilian facilities to fire rockets. That is why more Palestinians than Israelis have died in recent weeks.

During a two day period this past week while dozens of Palestinians and several Israelis were killed, the media failed to report that in neighboring Syria, 700 Arabs and Muslims were killed in just two days of fighting. This constitutes only a tiny fraction of the 160,000 people killed in Syria during the ongoing civil war. According to the Britain-Based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 53,978 civilians have been killed including 8,607 children and 5,586 women. Many if not most of these deaths were deliberate—part of calculated efforts on both sides of the conflict to maximize civilian casualties.

Yet this body count has received little notice compared to the far smaller body count in Israel and Gaza. Why is this? Is it because when Arabs and Muslims deliberately kill other Arabs and Muslims, that deserves less attention than when Israelis kill Arabs and Muslims, even in self-defense and in an effort to prevent the murder of their own civilians? If so, this is racism pure and simple, and the application of a noxious double standard. The lives of all human beings have worth, and the death of Arabs and Muslims at the hands of other Arabs and Muslims deserve as much media coverage as the deaths of Arabs and Muslims that are caused by Israel's efforts to protect its own civilians.

The media's exclusive focus on the death toll in Gaza—without explaining that it is largely Hamas' fault and part of its media strategy—incites hatred and anti-Semitism around the world. It has incited violence against Jews and Jewish institutions in many cities. Much of this violence comes from radicals on the hard left and from radical Islamists. But a recent incident in Italy shows that bigoted hate can come from the mouths of intellectuals as well as the fists of rabble rousers. Gianni Vattimo, who has been called Italy's most famous philosopher, recently announced that he would personally, "like to shoot those bastard Zionists," calling them "a bit worse than the Nazis". He said he was planning to launch a fundraising campaign to buy better rockets for Hamas so that this Jew-hating group can kill more Zionists, by which he means Jewish Israelis. He urged European volunteers to join Hamas and fight alongside of them against Israel, as volunteers fought against Franco during the Spanish Civil War.

If Vattimo is indeed Italy's most famous philosopher, I cry for the current state of philosophy in a nation that has contributed so much to that field over the millennia. Vattimo reminds me of the intellectual thugs—some of them "eminent" philosophers who provided academic cover and justification for the fascist abuses of Hitler and Mussolini. It is interesting, and perhaps relevant, that Vattimo is a follower of Martin Heidegger, a philosopher who joined the Nazi Party and provided cover for its anti-Semitic policies. Hamas, after all, is an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood, which actively supported Hitler during World War II. It is also interesting that Vattimo, who vociferously supports gay rights, would have such hatred for the one country in the Middle East that accords equal rights to gays and be so supportive of Hamas which punishes gays by torture and execution. Obviously his hatred for the nation state of the Jewish people runs deeper than his support for gay rights.

It is a crime under the law of the United States and several European countries to provide material support to designated terrorist groups, of which Hamas is one. Vattimo has committed this crime and might well be banned from travel to the United States and other countries or arrested if he travels to countries that have such laws.

The media has a moral obligation to tell the whole truth when it shows the pictures of the dead and counts the bodies on each side. If it fails in this obligation, it becomes complicit in the sins and crimes of bigots such as Vattimo and in the war crimes of Hamas.


Alan Dershowitz's latest book is "Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law".
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The Terror Within: A Survivor’s Tale

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 24.07.2014 08:41

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An Arab Pastor Speaks Out on Gaza

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 25.07.2014 01:42

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