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Muslim Cleric Thanks Israel for Protecting Jerusalem from Ha

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 26.08.2014 08:16

Muslim Cleric Thanks Israel for Protecting Jerusalem from Hamas Rockets


Zuheir Hamadan, the Islamic religious leader of a Jerusalem neighborhood praised Israel for defending the Holy City from Hamas rockets.

The Mukhtar (Islamic religious leader) of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Baher on Monday praised Israel for defending the city – and particularly the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount – from Hamas rockets.

Just days after wide-scale riots by Jerusalem Arabs over the murder of Arab youth Mohammed Al-Khdeir, Zuheir Hamadan said that Hamas, which claimed to be defending the Arabs of Jerusalem, was doing quite the opposite.

Hamas Endangers Arabs and Muslim Holy Sites

“Israel is the one defending Al-Aqsa from the missiles of Hamas,” Hamadan said. Speaking to Israel Radio’s Arabic service, Hamadan said that Hamas’ seemingly careless firing of missiles endangered Muslim holy places, as well as Arabs, who live and work in all parts of the country.

Red Color alert sirens have sounded several times over the past few days in Jerusalem and Gush Etzion. According to several reports, rockets have fallen in both Hebron and Ramallah.



Security officials confirmed that at least one rocket that was fired at Jerusalem missed and fell in a neighborhood in the Arab-controlled area of Hebron. No one was reported killed, but several buildings were damaged, residents said. The Iron Dome system was not activated against that missile.

Source: Israel National News
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Rescue teams under attack in East Jerusalem

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 26.08.2014 08:38

Watch: Rescue teams under attack in East Jerusalem

A police squad car accompanying an ambulance was attacked by Molotov cocktails, The video clip shows a Palestinian man ambushing with flaming bottles, and then tossing them unto the van. Luckily, no injuries were caused in this specific incident.

Aug 25, 2014, 07:52PM | Rio Avitayler

During the conflict in the Gaza Strip, and after a series of demonstrations held throughout East Jerusalem and the Palestinian Authority, a disturbing new phenomenon has emerged in the capital - Attacks on rescue vehicles.

The civilians living in East Jerusalem often complain they do not receive the vital services for their wellbeing, but in footage obtained by channel 2 news the locals attack the rescue vehicles that arrive at their request.

Documentation from the Savannah neighborhood in east of the city shows a man holding two Molotov cocktails, after he lit them. At first an ambulance passes him and then he attacks the police car driving behind it.

One of the bottles was able to ignite the car, but fortunately no one was hurt this time. This police car was accompanying an ambulance on the way to turn a sick woman from East Jerusalem to the hospital after her family called for emergency medical aid.

Fire trucks that also arrived in the neighborhood were stoned and one firefighter was injured. The police pointed out that this worrisome phenomena is increasingly widespread in recent weeks.
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Terrorists Killed by IDF Listed as Child Casualties

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 26.08.2014 19:43

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Living in Fear in Gaza: She Turned Her Husband in to Hamas

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 26.08.2014 19:54

Living in Fear in Gaza: She Turned Her Husband in to Hamas

The execution of 18 suspected collaborators with Israel over last weekend aroused much suspicion in the Gaza Strip. A Hamas source told Palestinian media outlets in recent days that 13 suspected collaborators were turned in, including people that were turned into Hamas by relatives.

Aug 26, 2014, 10:30AM | Rachel Avraham

Hamas executions in Gaza

Hamas executions in Gaza Photo Credit: Channel 2

Last week, Hamas’s brutality in the Gaza Strip was reported, during which 18 suspected collaborators were executed. A senior level Hamas source told Palestine Today that since the mass killings, 13 more suspects were turned in. He stated that in some cases family members betrayed their relatives.

One of the cases described in the report noted that a Gazan resident began to suspect that her husband collaborated with Israel after he started “acting strange.” According to her, she woke up and heard him speaking on the phone with an Israeli intelligence officer.

“I talked to him and asked him to turn himself in,” she stated. “I struggled with him, despite the fact that I love him and we have two children. I told him that if he does not turn himself in, we would get divorced.” She stated that the mass executions over the weekend convinced him that he had to confess.

“I contacted the security forces and told them that my husband decided to repent and stop cooperating,” the woman stated. According to her, after the report came, several Hamas people came to their home and questioned her husband for several hours. “They promised to help and to maintain secrecy,” she stated. After he confessed, they left, the woman claimed.

According to the report, all 13 people that turned themselves in were investigated, gave a statement, and then were released.

The father of another suspect claimed that he suspected that his son was collaborating with Israel and he caught his son on the phone talking to a Shin Bet agent. When he found out, he beat his son and imprisoned him in his room so that he could not use his cell phone. After Hamas announced that they had seized agents, the father let his son out of the room and turned him in together with his wife and son.

Last Friday, Hamas executed 18 Palestinians on suspicion of collaborating with Israel. 11 suspected collaborators were executed in the passport building in western Gaza City. Hours later, 7 other suspects were executed near the Al Omari Mosque in the city.
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Hamas: Our War is For Liberating Jerusalem, Not Lifting Bloc

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 26.08.2014 20:02

2. Hamas: Our War is For Liberating Jerusalem, Not Lifting Blockade

Hamas's true objective in Operation Protective Edge - and negotiations that may follow - is in "liberating" Jerusalem from the Jews, a Hamas spokesman stated earlier this week.

"The time has come for us to say that the true war is not aimed at opening border crossings," Sami Abu Zuhri said. "Our true war is aimed at the liberation of Jerusalem, Allah willing." His words were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI.

He then chanted "Khaybar, Khaybar al Yahood," an Arabic phrase meaning that Allah will return to expel (or kill) the Jews. Khaybar was a Jewish village north of Medina, Saudi Arabia, which was conquered by Islamists in 629 CE. Crowds waving Hamas flags cheered him on.

"The army of Mohammed has begun its return," he continued. "Resistance, resistance. . .we are all with the resistance."

"The war will continue," Abu Zuhri affirmed. "However, it is not only the blockade which is rejected by our people. Our people refuses to accept the defiling of the land by the occupier."

"Therefore, as of today, the resistance is not preparing for the opening of a border crossing here or there, but rather, for the liberation of our Palestinian land," he continued. "This is the truth that Netanyahu should understand."

"We have become more resolute to wage the war of liberation, in order to end the settlements and Judaization, and in order to liberate our land and holy places."

The rallying cry emerges amid rampant rumors that Netanyahu is weighing a ceasefire, which could extend indefinitely and acquiesce to several of Hamas's unprecedented demands, including a seaport and an airport.

Accusations of "Judaizing" Israel and Jerusalem are common amongst the Muslim world, despite the fact that Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran and that, according to Middle Eastern Studies scholars, Mohammed himself stated that the Land of Israel is "destined for the Jews."

Tags: Hamas, Propaganda, Sami Abu Zuhri, Op. Protective Edge
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Hamas's "Victory"

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 27.08.2014 19:29

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4653/hamas-victory

- It was the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad leaders, not the Israelis, who are the war criminals. It was these Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad leaders who were responsible for the civilian deaths of more than two thousand Gazans, while they safely hid and only claimed that they wanted to be shaheeds [martyrs].-

- The recent crucifixions, beheadings and other atrocities committed by radical Islamists in Syria and Iraq may have begun to help people understand that the Palestinian problem is merely a pretext for countries such as Qatar and Turkey, whose agenda is to destroy the Western world as we know it and replace it with only Islam.-

-The real causes of the crises, not just their symptoms, need to be identified and dealt with. First, according to international law, there are almost no Palestinian refugees because the status of a refugee cannot be inherited.-

- There are, however, millions of genuine refugees around the globe whose lives are in danger, who need help immediately, and to whom no one pays the slightest attention. UNRWA, which, in the name of the "Palestinian cause," has done nothing constructive for the Gazans, only perpetuates the problem, colludes in helping Hamas to attack Israel, is totally corrupt, and needs to be disbanded and the funds it receives diverted elsewhere.-

- The tragedy is that, as in previous wars, the Hamas leadership constantly lies to itself -- and to the Gazans -- when it claims to have won.

Hamas makes the absurd claim that it was "victorious" in Operation Protective Edge and can therefore dictate terms to Israel. In fact, Hamas did not win; Hamas was badly defeated. Maintaining the illusion that Hamas won only allows it resume shelling and threatening Israel -- and it is the Palestinian people who pay the price.-
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Israeli Negotiator: Gazans Have Nothing to Celebrate

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 28.08.2014 19:35

Israeli Negotiator: Gazans Have Nothing to Celebrate

Amos Gilad, who helped hammer out the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, says that the terror group did not gain anything in the deal.

By Moshe Cohen

First Publish: 8/28/2014,

Amos Gilad, the former IDF general who was a member of the Israeli negotiating team that worked on the Gaza ceasefire, said Thursday that the indirect negotiation process between Israel and Hamas was one of the most “tiring” experiences he had ever been through.


“You sit for hours in a room, waiting for the minor changes made by either Hamas or the Egyptians to the agreement, many of them designed to trick you into making a bad deal,” Gilad said of the process. Negotiations took place in a Gaza hotel, with Israeli and Hamas terror officials sequestered in different rooms. Egyptian officials ferried proposals and changes to the deal between both sides, who never met face to face.


“For Hamas, Israel does not exist,” Gilad said on Channel Two Thursday morning. “Even if I wanted to conduct direct talks with them, they wouldn't accept this. We also did not speak with members of the Palestinian Authority delegation. Everything was done by the Egyptians,” Gilad said.


Gazans had nothing to celebrate, Gilad added. As one who was privy to the negotiations and the full text of the ceasefire, Gilad said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was right when he said that Hamas had not gained anything in the deal. “There is no connection between reality and the celebrations in Gaza. Hamas agreed to a deal because we broke them militarily, not for any other reason. In the end, Hamas did not get anything, and agreed to the deal against its will.”
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Is the Gaza War Really Over?

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 28.08.2014 20:16

Is the Gaza War Really Over?


by Khaled Abu Toameh
August 28, 2014 at 5:00 am

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4660/gaza-war-over

It is important to note that these cease-fire demands are not part of Hamas's or Islamic Jihad's overall strategy, namely to have Israel wiped off the face of the earth.

Many foreign journalists who came to cover the war in the Gaza trip were under the false impression that it was all about improving living conditions for the Palestinians by opening border crossings and building an airport and seaport. These journalists really believed that once the demands of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad are accepted, this would pave the way for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

To understand the true intention of Hamas and its allies, it is sufficient to follow the statements made by their leaders after the cease-fire announcement this week. To his credit, Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas's leader, has never concealed Hamas's desire to destroy Israel.

Hamas and its allies see the war in the Gaza Strip as part of there strategy to destroy Israel. What Hamas and its allies are actually saying is, "Give us open borders and an airport and seaport so we can use them to prepare for the next war against Israel."

Statements made by Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders and spokesmen following the announcement of the long-term cease-fire agreement with Israel this week serve as a reminder of their true intentions and strategy.

Over the past two months, the two groups, together with several armed factions in the Gaza Strip, repeatedly announced that their main goal was to end the "siege" on the Gaza Strip and build their own airport and seaport.

During the cease-fire talks in Cairo, the Palestinian groups repeatedly and stubbornly insisted that complying with these demands, along with opening all the border crossings with the Gaza Strip, was the only way to end the violence and achieve a long-term cease-fire with Israel.

However, it is important to note that these cease-fire demands are not part of Hamas's or Islamic Jihad's overall strategy, namely to have Israel wiped off the face of the earth.

Hamas and its allies in the Gaza Strip are not only fighting for an airport and seaport. Nor are they fighting only for the reopening of all border crossings with Israel and Egypt.

During this war, many seem to have forgotten that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are actually fighting to "liberate Jerusalem and all Palestine." The two groups have never recognized Israel's right to exist and continue to oppose any attempt to make peace with the "Zionist entity."

Many foreign journalists who came to cover the war in the Gaza Strip were under the false impression that it was all about improving the living conditions of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by opening border crossings and building an airport and seaport. These journalists really believed that once the demands of Hamas and Islamic Jihad are accepted, this would pave the way for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Yet these journalists, like many others in the international community, failed to look at the bigger picture or take into consideration the context of conflict. Moreover, most of them did not even seem to be listening to what Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been stating before and after the war -- that their real goal is to "liberate all Palestine."

Operation Protective Edge may have ended, but the dream to destroy Israel is still alive. Even if Hamas and Islamic Jihad eventually get their own airport and seaport, it is obvious that the two groups are now more determined than ever to pursue their fight to eliminate Israel, especially in light of the fact that they feel they have emerged from the war triumphant.

Masked Hamas gunmen celebrate their "victory" over Israel before the international media this week. (Image source: Facebook/Palestinian Information Center)

The Egypt-brokered cease-fire may achieve some calm for Israelis and Palestinians in the foreseeable future, particularly in the aftermath of the severe blow Hamas and Islamic Jihad suffered as a result of Israel's massive military operation.

Indeed, Hamas and its allies will now be busy rebuilding the damage in the Gaza Strip. But they will also continue to raise new generations of Palestinians on glorification of terrorism and jihad, with the hope of achieving the destruction of Israel, which they view as an alien body planted by colonialist powers in the Middle East.

To understand the true intentions of Hamas and its allies, it is sufficient to follow the statements made by their leaders after the cease-fire announcement earlier this week. Evidently, these statements show that Hamas and Islamic Jihad see their "victory" in the Gaza Strip as a first step toward "liberating all Palestine." They also show that these groups intend to use the new cease-fire to continue preparations and amass more weapons for what they call "the mother of all battles - liberating Palestine."

Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah was one of the first figures to spell out his organization's real intentions. Hours after the cease-fire announcement, the Lebanon-based Shalah declared: "The war is not over. It will continue in other means and methods."

He went on to warn Palestinians against resuming negotiations with Israel, saying the Oslo Accords were now "buried under the rubble of the Gaza Strip" and Palestinians should as of now only endorse the "path of resistance."

The following day, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh crawled out of the bunker he had retreated to during the war to declare that "Gaza is now preparing for the battle of comprehensive liberation."

He told Hamas supporters during a "victory" rally in Gaza City that "Gaza has paved the way for reaching Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque."

To his credit, Haniyeh has never concealed Hamas's desire to destroy Israel. Only days before the war, he said in a speech before schoolchildren attending a Hamas summer camp that his movement's strategy "is to liberate the land of Palestine." He added: "Whether we are in the (Palestinian) government or outside, we will continue to educate and call for the liberation of all Palestine and the establishment of a Palestinian state on all the land of Palestine."

For those who do not know, Haniyeh is in fact just repeating Hamas's charter, which does not accept Israel's right to exist on any part of what is perceived as Muslim-owned land.

Another Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahar, went even farther by calling for the establishment of a "Palestine Liberation Army" in wake of the "victory" scored by his movement and other Palestinian groups during the war.

Further evidence that this war was not about border crossings or improving living conditions of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip was also provided by a spokesman for Hamas and several Palestinian groups that participated in the fighting against Israel.

At a press conference one day after the cease-fire announcement, Abu Obaida, spokesman for Hamas's armed wing, Izaddin al-Qassam, declared: "Gaza won because it has revived the hopes of 1.5 billion Arabs and Muslims that the road to Jerusalem is now open and all we need is to be united and have a will."

So for Hamas and its allies, the war in the Gaza Strip is not just about the closure of border crossings or freedom of movement. Instead, they see the war in the Gaza Strip as part of their strategy to destroy Israel. What they are actually saying is, "Give us open borders and an airport and seaport so we can use them to prepare for the next war against Israel."
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PA official: Hamas should admit defeat

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 29.08.2014 13:15

PA official: Hamas should admit defeat

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

08/28/2014 18:08

Abbas' adviser compares 7-week Gaza op to ancient battle for Medina, 2nd holiest city in Islam, which saw heavy casualties and was widely considered a loss for Muslims.
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Hamas supporters celebrate with people what they said was a victory over Israel in Gaza City, August 27 Photo: REUTERS


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• Crowds celebrate Hamas 'victory' in Gaza streets


• Ismail Haniyeh makes first appearance since start of Gaza operation


Mahmoud al-Habbash, a senior adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, hinted on Thursday that Hamas and other Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip should admit their defeat in Operation Protective Edge.

Habbash, who until recently served as PA Minister for Religious Affairs, drew a comparison between the Battle of Uhud, fought in 625 between Muslims from Medina led by the Prophet Muhammad and “polytheists” led by Abu Sufyan in Harb from Mecca.

The battle is generally believed to be a defeat for the Muslims, especially because of the heavy casualties they suffered.

Muhammad himself was badly wounded in the fighting.

Seeking revenge for their defeat in a previous battle, the polytheists mobilized an army of thousands of soldiers and set out to strike at the Prophet’s forces.

The Muslims initially seemed to have the upper hand, but a breach of Muhammad’s orders allowed a surprise attack from the “polytheists.”

This resulted in what is perceived as a defeat of the Muslim force in Medina.

In a post on his Facebook page, Habbash, who currently serves as Abbas’s adviser on religious affairs and chief of Islamic courts, noted that although the polytheists did not enter Medina and failed to kill the Prophet Muhammad, “history has registered that the Muslims were defeated because of the heavy casualties they suffered.”

In a message directed at Hamas, Habbash wrote: “The Muslims admitted their defeat,” he said.

He went on to quote from the Koran: “So take warning, O people of vision.”

Habbash, who is originally from the Gaza Strip, defected from Hamas several years ago and moved to the West Bank, where he became one of Abbas’s top confidants. Over the past few years he has been very critical of Hamas especially during his sermons at Friday prayers.
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