GAZA FLASH MOB DISPROVES PALEOSTINIAN CLAIM OF NATIONHOOD, THEY’RE JUST S.SYRIANS…….

They didn’t really think that one through now did they?

And I’m glad they didn’t.

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Aussie Dave @ Israellycool : Why This Gaza Flash Mob Is Music To My Ears

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For one, it gives a glimpse at the ridiculousness of the idea that Gaza is some kind of open-air “concentration camp.” And it sure beats the last music videoto come out of Gaza.

But I also appreciate it for another reason.

The music accompaniment is “Shamstep” by a band called 47SOUL. No prizes for guessing that the name is derived from the year 1947, the year the UN partition plan of Palestine was introduced, which they see as “the last year in which their grandparents were able to move freely within their homeland.” Here’s more about the band members.

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And here’s the irony. The term Bilad al-Sham hints towards their true origins.

Bilad al-Sham (Arabic: بلاد الشام‎, “the country of Syria”) was a Rashidun, Umayyad and later Abbasid Caliphate province in the region of Syria. It incorporated former Byzantine territories of the Diocese of the East, organized soon after the Muslim conquest of Syria in the mid-7th century, which was completed at the decisive Battle of Yarmouk.

More here.

US TREASURY DEPT: ISLAMIC STATE BUILDING BASES IN GAZA STRIP FOR RECRUITMENT AND DEPLOYING FIGHTERS…….

Because there is no difference between Islamic State and Hamas, other than in being charge of different islamic held areas.

They are both pious Islamic centered movements that personify the mohammedan prime directive, a political theory of military conquest. That they have turf arguments does not detract from their unity of purpose, conquer more land and people in the name of islam.

Treasury Department: Islamic State Building Base In Gaza Strip; Using Palestinian Enclave to Recruit and Deploy Fighters

TEL AVIV – With little fanfare, the Treasury Department earlier this month imposed financial sanctions on three Islamic State leaders, including a jihadist from the Gaza Strip it said was central to recruiting and deploying foreign fighters and establishing an IS base inside Gaza.

The move highlights the growing threat of the Gaza Strip serving as a central headquarters for IS.

“Treasury and our partners worldwide are aggressively targeting ISIL’s ability to earn and make use of its money, and we are making progress on many fronts,” said Adam J. Szubin, Acting Under-Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. Szubin said the new sanctions target “key ISIL leadership figures responsible for oil and gas production, foreign terrorist fighter recruitment and facilitation, and other financial facilitation.”

One of the three newly-sanctioned IS leaders is Gaza-based Salafi jihadist Husayn Juaythini. Treasury accused Juaythini of providing support and services to IS “by facilitating communications and the movement of foreign terrorist fighters and conducting financial activities in support” of the terrorist organization.

The Treasury profile of Juaythini stated that he was “the link” between IS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and armed groups in Gaza, and “had money that he was using to build an ISIL presence in Gaza.”

The profile continued:

Juaythini traveled to Syria in September 2014 to pledge allegiance to ISIL and was tasked to return to Gaza and establish a foothold for ISIL there. …

Juaythini not only maintains ties with ISIL, but as of mid-2014 was deputy head of the extremist group and U.S.-designated SDGT Mujahidin Shura Council (MSC). In 2013, Juaythini attempted to acquire supplies for the MSC in the environs of Jerusalem to conduct attacks against Israel and help the group overcome financial difficulties.

He also worked with a Libya-based facilitator, who served as the primary money and weapons facilitator for Juaythini’s activities in Gaza. As of January 2015, Juaythini was instrumental in fostering connections between Gaza- and Libya-based terrorists, and facilitating their travel to Syria.

More here.

PALEOSTINIAN GAZA-EGYPT: NAKED ARAB IN SURF SHOT DOWN WHILE CROSSING BORDER…….

h/t:  Kumitonttu: “Where all the defenders of the people of Gaza, this time?”

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Egyptian troops gun down Palestinian on beach who crossed Sinai-Gaza border

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Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were enraged on Saturday after Al Jazeera television aired footage of Egyptian soldiers shooting and killing a Palestinian man who had wandered into the Egypt side of the Rafah crossing through the beach.

In the clip, the man is seen entering the water along the Sinai-Gaza divide. After he steps a few meters into the Egyptian side, he is hit by live fire.

The victim has been identified as Ishak Khalil Hassan, 28, from the Gaza City neighborhood of Zeitoun.

According to reports, Hassan was known to have suffered from mental and emotional disturbances.

Gaza, a small impoverished coastal enclave, is under blockade by Israel, and Egypt has kept its Rafah crossing largely shut since Cairo’s Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, was toppled by the army in 2013.

More here.

USA TODAY RUNS USUAL CHRISTMAS ANTI-ISRAEL SCREED: CHRISTIANS DISAPPEARING FROM GAZA…….

Naw, it hasn’t anything to do with the street body-scrapping islamonazis of the Hamas.

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If they’re leaving the Islamonazi enclave of Gazastan, it’s for the same reasons they’re co-religionists are running from Islamic State.

After 2,000 years, Christians in Gaza disappearing

GAZA CITY, Gaza — Dim lighting and candles softly illuminate decorative tapestries as the smell of incense fills the air and the harmonic sound of hundreds singing in unison drifts onto a busy street next to an overflowing church on a wet and windy Sunday morning.

Despite the packed pews at Gaza’s Church of Saint Porphyries just weeks before Christmas, Christianity is not booming here. Rather, the worshippers at the 1,600-year-old shrine believe they may be the last group of Christians in Gaza, where they have lived and prayed since the birth of Christ.

The ongoing Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip and the highest unemployment rate in the world are prompting Christians to leave the besieged area in droves, some using the holiday season to their advantage.

Although Israel rarely grants permits to leave the Palestinian territory, dozens of Christians are allowed to visit Bethlehem and Jerusalem during Easter and Christmas, and some take the opportunity to never return home so they can start a new life elsewhere.

More here at this BS rag 

THE WELL CONNECTED ENJOYING THE GOOD LIFE IN GAZA…….

Kind of ruins the meme of a “concentration camp”.

The shops are full, the diners are packed, the roads choked with new cars and designer jeans plod the sidewalks of Gaza. Of course, all are kept in check by black beards carrying ak 47’s.

Gaza Strip’s middle class enjoys spin classes, fine dining, private beaches
The other side of Gaza

View Photos A year after the war, the small middle class here has created a niche market for rooftop dining, day spas and a beach resort.
By William Booth August 23

GAZA CITY — Alongside the Hamas training camps and bombed-out neighborhoods, there is a parallel reality where the wafer-thin Palestinian middle class here is wooed by massage therapists, spin classes and private beach resorts.

Media images beamed from the Gaza Strip rightly focus on the territory’s abundant miseries. But rising from the rubble of last summer’s devastating war with Israel are a handful of new ­luxury-car dealerships, boutiques selling designer jeans and, coming soon to a hip downtown restaurant, “Sushi Nights.”

More here. H/T: Yitzhak

HEAD TURK ISLAMONAZI PLANS TO BUILD STADIUM IN GAZA FOR HIS FELLOW ISLAMONAZIS PALS HAMAS…….

Calling it “Erdoğan Stadium”……..

Just one more target to hit when they launch rockets from it into Israel.

ERDOGAN the Hamas pal

Turkey to build Erdoğan Stadium in Gaza

GAZA – Anadolu Agency

  • Palestinian bride holds a poster of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a mass wedding for 2000 couples in Gaza City May 31, 2015. Reuters Photo

Palestinian bride holds a poster of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a mass wedding for 2000 couples in Gaza City May 31, 2015. Reuters Photo

Turkey is set to build a 20,000-seat stadium to international standards in the Gaza Strip to support sports in Palestine, officials revealed on July 14.

A member of the Higher Council of Youth and Sports in the Gaza Strip, Abd al-Salam Haniyeh, said the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) would build the stadium.

“The approval for the stadium’s construction by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is one of the best contributions Turkey has provided to Palestinian sports,” he said.

Haniyeh added the stadium would be named Erdoğan Stadium.

Earlier on July 12, TİKA organized an iftar for 700 Palestinian athletes and donated $225,000 to Palestinian sports institutes, Haniyeh said.

According to data provided by the Palestinian Sports Ministry, a total of 30 sports facilities were destroyed and 32 athletes were killed in the Israeli offensive in Gaza last summer.

More here.

INCARCERATED SWEDES FROM FAILED PRO-HAMAS TERROR FLOTILLA TO BE DEPORTED…….

They should be sent to an equivalent of GITMO, with hard labor until they pay for their flights back home.

SWEDISH-FINNISH Sea-hitler

Imprisoned Swedes from Ship to Gaza to be sent home

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On board Ship to Gaza's Marianne 1. Photo: Thomas D Johansson / Ship to Gaza.
On board Ship to Gaza’s Marianne 1. Photo: Thomas D Johansson / Ship to Gaza.

The six Swedes sitting in an Israeli prison, after Ship to Gaza’s boat was commandeered by Israeli military, are going to be released and sent back to Sweden this weekend.

Early Monday morning the Israeli military boarded the ship illegally (TT: Not illegal, but in accordance with international law) in international waters and brought it to Israel, something the Swedish Foreign Ministry has protested.

The Ship to Gaza was on its way to bring medical supplies and solar panels to the Gaza Strip, which is under blockade by Israel.

According to Gaza’s Israeli lawyer Lymor Goldstein, the Swedes will be deported two at a time on three different flights on Sunday and Monday.

More here.

NOTE: As soon as the ships left national waters with the full intention of running a legal blockade known, they can be intercepted and escorted to an Israeli harbor for inspection and impounding. That’s a fact. The Sweddish state news service is spreading false information.

IT’S OFFICIAL: ISLAMIC STATE CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR ROCKET FIRE ON ISRAEL…….

Israel has always been on the front line fighting the jihad, now the Islamic State has finally set its sights on the Jewish state.

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Rocket Fire on Israel

Israel retaliated “proportionately.”
By: Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Hamas terrorists in ceasefire training.
Hamas terrorists in ceasefire training.

A radical Islamist group claiming ties with the Islamic State (ISIS) announced responsibility for three rocket attacks on southern Israel late Wednesday.

The IDF immediately retaliated with attacks on three terror sites. No one was injured in the rocket strikes on Israel and in the retaliatory aerial raids.

The “Omar Brigades,” a Salafist cell identified with ISIS, issued a statement calling for a holy war against Israel and added:

We are continuing a jihad against the Jews, the enemies of God. No one can stop us.

So far, Hamas cannot stop them and neither can Israel.

The IDF issued its usual statement after rocket attacks, promising Israelis:

The IDF will act against the aggression, will act against those  that wish to terrorize Israel and will act to protect Israelis in the line of indiscriminate Gaza rocket fire.

More here.

ISLAMIC STATE SUPPORTERS LAUNCHED ROCKETS INTO ISRAEL…….

Islamic State: ”Hamas weak on Israel and sharia law.”

ISIS Supporters in Gaza Claim They Launched Rocket on Israel

Hamas finally has found an enemy it fears.
The ISIS Gaza battallon.
The ISIS Gaza battallon.

Islamic State (ISIS) supporters have claimed responsibility for the Grad rocket attack north of Be’er Sheva last week and have issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Hamas to halt its crackdown against them.

The Islamic Jihad originally said it was behind the missile attack, the first beyond the Gaza Belt area since the war against Hamas last summer.

It is not known if the ISIS cells in Gaza are directly linked to the parent organization, but the fact that they have claimed responsibility for the rocket attack indicates they are active are staging a propaganda campaign to attract more recruits.

They have not said what they will do if Hamas does not “withdraw the attacks” against them” in two days, but Hamas clearly is worried.

It has set up checkpoints within Gaza City the past month following several explosions that have been attributed to ISIS cells.

Jihadists blame Hamas for being “soft” on Israel and for not imposing Islamic law on Gaza.

More here.

ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER BLAMES ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR ROCKET ATTACKS……..

An IslamoNazi terror group whose name personifies what’s being waged around the world.

NOTE: The only way to end the Arabs’ conflict against Israel, is for there to be nothing left but smoking ruins and wailing widows in Gaza.

EXPLOSION IN LBYA

(File photo)

Israel defense minister: Islamic Jihad behind Gaza flare-up

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s defense minister is blaming Islamic Jihad — a smaller Palestinian militant group in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip — for the latest rocket fired at Israel that drew retaliatory airstrikes overnight.

Moshe Yaalon says the airstrikes targeted both Islamic Jihad and Hamas sites in Gaza early on Wednesday, after Islamic Jihad fired a rocket toward southern Israel late on Tuesday night.

There was no immediate comment from Gaza and no Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the attack. The military says it carried out four airstrikes, with no casualties reported.

Israel holds Hamas responsible for any attacks from Gaza.

Yaalon also warned that Israel would respond more forcefully if Hamas did not act to prevent such “provocations.”

More here.

50 WOUNDED IN GAZA ‘TRAINING CAMP’ BLAST…….

Get this, 30 of the wounded are women and children, ….at a jihadi training camp.

Then the Left tries to blame Israel exclusively for the death of women and children when Israel is forced to act against the jihadi enclave for launching war crime rockets and terrorist infiltrations into Israel. They really couldn’t care less about putting their own in harms way.

Blast in Gaza ‘Training Camp’ Wounds at Least 50

Explosion (illustrative)

At least 50 wounded in a blast in a training camp used by Hamas’s “military wing”.

At least 50 Palestinian Arabs were wounded in a blast that occurred Thursday inside a training camp for terrorists in Gaza, Hamas officials, medics and witnesses said, according to AFP.

“An explosion happened inside a post of the resistance in Beit Lahya,” said interior ministry spokesman Iyad al-Bozum, in reference to the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s so-called “military wing”.

The health ministry spokesman in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qudra, said the blast wounded 50 people, five of them in a serious condition, and including children.

Witnesses said the blast took place inside a training camp of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades in northern Gaza, where Hamas is the de factopower.

A doctor in the enclave, Baker Abu Safia of Al-Awda Hospital, said 30 wounded people were brought to his establishment, most of them women and children.

He said the hospital “declared a state of emergency” after the explosion took place.

The cause of the explosion is not yet known nor is it known who is behind it, but it comes one week after  a Salafist group in Gaza that is affiliated with ISIS threatened to kill Hamas members “one by one” in retaliation for the arrests of its members.

More here.

CLASSY GAZA ROOFTOP RESTAURANT OFFERS A VIEW IN SPITE OF ALL OF HAMAS’ ANTENNAS……..

I’m sure the customers don’t mind moving to some other table when they toss off homosexuals or Fattah officials.

Heh, the stupid media don’t even realize that by publicizing this well known feature available throughout Gaza, it rips the rug away from underneath the feet of those who claim Gaza is a prison camp under siege.

NOTE: Also, this is a good example of how the Hamas uses it’s people as human shields.

An Israeli intelligence officer told him that Hamas maintained a communications antenna on the roof of the building and that he had several hours to take it down.
“I told them I cannot take it down without permission from the Hamas Interior Ministry,” he explained. Knowing what lay ahead, he rushed home to avoid the likely Israeli attack. The next day, Israeli tank shells hit the upper floors of the building. Level Up’s kitchen was severely damaged.

Rooftop restaurant provides rare bright spot in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — When nightfall descends upon Gaza, the glittering lights of the Level Up restaurant seem to be the only bright spot in this darkened city.

In a territory plagued by chronic power outages, poverty and shortages of construction materials, the restaurant defies all the rules: It’s well lit, thanks to a humming generator. The tables are crowded and hard to come by, and it is one of the few places in Gaza to rebound and relax.

“People want to believe that they should live their lives,” said Basil Eleiwa, the manager of the restaurant. “People seem to like this place.”

The story of Level Up is in many ways the story of Gaza. It’s located in a high-rise complex that symbolized the short-lived hopes for prosperity in the crowded seaside territory two decades ago. It has been impacted by the rule of the Hamas militant group, experienced the horrors of war, yet somehow manages to plod along in difficult circumstances.

The restaurant opened just days before last year’s war with Israel broke out on July 8. At first, it suffered only minor damage. But about three weeks into the fighting, owner Mohammed Abu Mathkour says he received a phone call from the Israeli army.

More here.

GAZALIANS FIRE WAR CRIMES ROCKET INTO ISRAEL, IDF RESPONDS BY HITTING TERROR SITE…….

And the Jew bashers will blame Israel ……. for something.

Rocket fired from Gaza lands in Israeli territory; IDF strikes terror site

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Smoke trails are seen as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel [File]. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Terrorists in Gaza fired a rocket at the Sderot area on Thursday evening, ending four months of quiet and triggering air raid sirens in the area. The projectile exploded harmlessly in an open, uninhabited area, the IDF said, adding that security forces were searching for its remnants.

In response, the IDF struck a terror target in northern Gaza to the earlier rocket attack, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said on Thursday shortly before midnight.

It was not immediately clear which organization launched the attack. The assessment within the army is that a small Gazan terror group, not Hamas, fired the rocket.

Following the incident, the IDF announced that Gazan worshippers will not be able to go to Jerusalem for Friday prayers at al-Aksa Mosque this week.

Yesh Atid MK Haim Jelin, formerly head of the Eshkol Regional Council near Gaza, said that for the residents of the South, Israel’s 67th Independence Day “remains a day of no hope.”

JPOST

FATAH OFFICIALS VISIT GAZA ON ‘UNITY MISSION’…….

ALTERNATIVE HEADLINE: ”FATAH LEADERS MANAGE TO VISIT GAZA WITHOUT BEING SYMBOLICALLY THROWN OFF ROOFS.”

NOTE: That’s how Muslims kill homosexuals in accordance with Islamic law.

Now on to our story:

Palestinian Cabinet ministers make rare visit to Gaza on unity mission

Ten months after taking office, Cabinet ministers in a Palestinian unity government are making a rare visit to the Gaza Strip.

The Cabinet ministers, all from the West Bank, are spending the week in Gaza in hopes of wresting more control from the Islamic Hamas movement.

Hamas took control of Gaza from the forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007. Abbas has governed in parts of the West Bank since then.

The rival factions agreed to form an apolitical unity government last year. But the unity effort has faltered, and Hamas remains firmly in control of Gaza.

More here.

PMW: WIDESRPREAD VIOLENCE AGAINST PALESTINIAN WOMEN IN GAZA…….

Which stands to reason in an Islamo-run enclave predicated upon the notion of male superiority based on Islam 101.

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Widespread violence against Palestinian women in Gaza

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Apr. 6, 2015

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Widespread violence against Palestinian women in Gaza, reports women’s rights center

“The man believes he has bought the woman and paid for her, and therefore she has become his property and must obey his orders… [Palestinian] laws give him the right of ownership, based on the man being the guardian, and he is the one who commands and prohibits.” – Zainab Al-Ghneimi, head of Women’s Legal Counseling Center

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Violence against Palestinian women is widespread because of Palestinian laws and Palestinian culture that give men “the right of ownership” over their wives, according to the head of the Women’s Legal Counseling Center, Zainab Al-Ghneimi. Palestinian principles determine that the man “is the one who commands and prohibits,” she says, commenting on statistics of cases of violence reported to the Center of Women’s Affairs in Gaza.

The belief that the man “has bought the woman and paid for her, and therefore she has become his property and must obey his orders,” is, “unfortunately, the culture of the entire society,” said Al-Ghneimi.

Significantly, the statistics from Gaza show that a high percentage of women themselves felt that domestic violence is justified on certain occasions:

“41% of the women agreed that violence was justified if the woman leaves home without notifying her husband, while 74% agreed that violence was justified if she neglected her children.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 29, 2015]

However, Al-Ghneimi rejected this justification of violence, saying that a mistaken understanding of Islam “on the part of men and society” is used to justify this male violence. “There is not a single religious [Islamic] text that encourages violence against women,” she argued.  More here.

 NOTE: Not so fast Al-Ghneimi.

Qur’an (4:34)“Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.”

Qur’an (38:44)“And take in your hand a green branch and beat her with it, and do not break your oath…”  Allah telling Job to beat his wife (Tafsir).

From the Hadith:

Bukhari (72:715) – A woman came to Muhammad and begged her to stop her husband from beating her.  Her skin was bruised so badly that she it is described as being “greener” than the green veil she was wearing.  Muhammad did not admonish her husband, but instead ordered her to return to him and submit to his sexual desires.

Bukhari (72:715)“Aisha said, ‘I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women‘”  This is Muhammad’s own wife complaining of the abuse that the women of her religions suffer relative to other women.

Muslim (4:2127) – Muhammad struck his favorite wife, Aisha, in the chest one evening when she left the house without his permission.  Aisha narrates, “He struck me on the chest which caused me pain.”

Muslim (9:3506) – Muhammad’s father-in-laws (Abu Bakr and Umar) amused him byslapping his wives (Aisha and Hafsa) for annoying him.  According to the Hadith, the prophet of Islam laughed upon hearing this.

Abu Dawud (2141)“Iyas bin ‘Abd Allah bin Abi Dhubab reported the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) as saying: Do not beat Allah’s handmaidens, but when ‘Umar came to the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) and said: Women have become emboldened towards their husbands, he (the Prophet) gave permission to beat them.  At first, Muhammad forbade men from beating their wives, but he rescinded this once it was reported that women were becoming emboldened toward their husbands.  Beatings are sometimes necessary to keep women in their place.

Abu Dawud (2142)“The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife.”

From TROP 

GAZASTAN: FEMALE ISLAMONAZIS IN FACE COVERINGS ARM FOR WAR AGAINST JEWS…….

Stealthily moving around……not.

The only way they think that they’ll gain equality is dying for jihad, then again, according to Islamofairy tales, only males get their own harem when they die.

Gaza women take up arms for next Israel war

Gaza female fighters during weapons training
Salahhudin BrigadeGaza female fighters during weapons training
  • Gaza female fighters during weapons training Salahhudin Brigade

Hadifa sold all her engagement jewellery to buy the battered AK-47 that she lovingly cradled as she talked about preparing for “part two” of the war with Israel. Her fiancé didn’t mind the extravagant purchase, she said, giggling: he is her battalion commander.

A 26-year-old student from Gaza City, Hadifa wears the black niqab and monochrome bandana of her battalion, the Nasser Salahuddin Brigades. She is part of a growing movement of female fighters in the conflict-ridden territory.

The 51-day war with Israel last year, which claimed the lives of 2,100 Palestinians, 66 Israeli soldiers and seven civilians in Israel, was not yet over, she said, and fighting would break out again “any day” now that the Israeli elections were over.

“No proper ceasefire has been agreed, Gaza has not been rebuilt. We are prepared for fresh fighting to get our freedom,” Hadifa said.

With the re-election of Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s hawkish prime minister, both male and female fighters in the area are steeling themselves for more hostilities.

The increased presence of Israeli warplanes over the 32-mile-long territory, and new movement of Israeli soldiers at the eastern borders two weeks ago, sent many of the male militants into their underground bunkers. All bases were temporarily evacuated and daytime training sessions put on hold amid fears of fresh airstrikes.

A temporary truce is in effect, but negotiations for a long-term ceasefire have ground to a halt. The Palestinians are looking for a seaport, an airport and an easing of the eight-year Israeli blockade, while Israel wants the complete disarmament of Gaza. Hamas recently dismissed a possible five-year peace deal, claiming that not enough of their demands had been met.

Palestinian women fighters have been active since the second intifada in 2000, but their numbers have swelled since the most recent Israeli offensive. All of Gaza’s fighting groups have female units, but the most efficient is the Nasser Salahuddin Brigades unit.

“There are more women than ever — we are now almost equal to the number of men. After this war we saw a huge increase of women signing up for the next fight,” said Om Adam, 40, a leathery-faced veteran fighter, and wife of a senior Salahuddin commander.

She said there were several hundred female fighters in Gaza, but no one knew the exact number because each unit worked in a secretive, 25-strong, cell-like structure. She agreed to meet The Times only after nightfall.

The women know only their comrades in their unit. Each cell is led by a female commander, who is assigned a male superior. The Salahuddin Brigade is thought to have at least 80 female combatants and hundreds of others who work in support roles.

Om Adam said that the women fighters had become increasingly important because they could move more freely, passing on weapons, food and information to the men, who might spend weeks almost entirely underground in Gaza’s intricate network of tunnels. “We act as the eyes and ears on the ground for the fighters, checking the streets before they move.”

Some were engaged in direct combat, said Om Khadija, 24, a female fighter who manned an RPG and several rocket launchers during the two months of fighting last summer. All the women recruits were trained to use and fix weapons, including sniper rifles, AK-47s, RPGs and M16s.

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