There will be civilian casualties, but that is the fault, solely the fault, of the side responsible for beginning the hostilities. Any attack on military installations/enemy positions that results in the death of non-combatants, is the sole responsibility of Hamas, not Israel.
MK Feiglin: End the ‘Misplaced Pity’ That Endangers Our Soldiers
In order to avoid risking the lives of Gaza Arabs, the IDF has been risking the lives of IDF soldiers, and that has to stop, said MK Feiglin
By Moshe Cohen
First Publish: 7/20/2014, 10:48 PM
In a press conference Sunday evening, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz discussed how IDF soldiers warned residents of the Shejaiya neighborhood in Gaza to evacuate the area, providing Hamas with advance information on where the IDF would strike.
As a result, Hamas terrorists had time to prepare to “greet” soldiers, preparing traps, ambushes, and attacks – essentially sacrificing Israelisoldiets for the safety of Gaza civilians. That, said Likud MK Moshe Feiglin, is unacceptable; Israel should not be sacrificing its soldiers for the safety of Gaza residents, supporters of Hamas who voted to put the terror group in control of Gaza.
“The blood of ours sons is precious and we must not endanger it for nothing,” said Feiglin. “We must force the enemy to surrender. We have to stop supplying them with electricity, food, and all other supplies until they surrender and disarm.
Simon Cowell has donated nearly $150,000 to the Israeli Defense Forces.
The American Idol alum pledged the money at a gala for the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces in Beverly Hills, which was hosted by billionaire, Haim Saban.
The organization writes on their website, “The Israeli government is responsible for training IDF soldiers and providing them with the necessary tools for their service. FIDF is committed to providing these soldiers with love, support, and care in an effort to ease the burden they carry on behalf of the Jewish community worldwide.”
The Mirror writes, “Cowell, 54, is also planning a secret trip to Israel soon as he embraces the Jewish faith of girlfriend Lauren Silverman, 36, who is expecting his baby. And although he was raised as a Roman Catholic, his father Eric was Jewish – believed to be another factor influencing his decision to visit Israel.”
Netanyahu: The heart of the nation is with the families of our fallen soldiers
By LEV SELMON
PM addresses the country as IDF death toll in Gaza operation rises to 18 soldiers; premier urges nation to stand together as IDF continues to achieve its goals against Hamas in Gaza.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv, July 13, 2014. Photo: HAIM ZACH/GPO
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the nation on Sunday, expressing his condolences on behalf of the government and Israel to the families of those soldiers killed in action as the IDF presses on in its ongoing ground operation in Gaza.
“To the families of the fallen, we feel your pain. We bow our heads for those who fell so that we can continue to live here in Israel. I speak for the government and the whole nation; we send our condolences to the parents, to the children, to the families of the IDF soldiers who fell on the battlefield,” said the Prime Minister.
“There is no war which is more justified than that for which your sons have died,” Netanyahu assured, adding that, “We will complete the mission which they [the fallen soldiers] began. We will return quiet and peace to the communities in the South and to all of Israel.”
Netanyahu also asked Israeli citizens to stand united, be strong and “pray for a speedy recovery to our wounded soldiers.”
“We all know at least someone who is participating in this operation,” he said.
Islamic State kills 270 in Syrian gas field ‘massacre’
Militant jihadist group kills dozens of Syrian troops and workers in its largest attack yet on the regime
By Reuters 2:55AM BST 19 Jul 2014
Jihadists have killed 270 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees since seizing a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group said Friday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described Thursday’s takeover of the Shaar field as “the biggest” anti-regime operation by the Islamic State (IS) since it emerged in the Syrian conflict last year.
The watchdog, updating an earlier toll of 115, said it had documented “the death of 270 people killed in the fighting or executed” since Thursday.
“A large majority of the men killed were executed at gunpoint after being taken prisoner following the takeover of the camp,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Fifteen militants were killed early Saturday morning when an American drone struck a compound in the Pakistani tribal region of North Waziristan, according to local residents and a security official. It was the fourth known drone strike in the region since Pakistan launched a military operation there last month.
Residents said the drone fired four missiles into the compound about 2 a.m. They said that 10 of the militants killed were from Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province, and that the five others were Uzbeks affiliated with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. The strike occurred in the village of Datta Khel, a few miles from the Afghan border.
A security official gave a slightly different account, saying that six missiles had been fired at the compound, and that two vehicles loaded with explosives had been struck. “There are tents and there are mud houses, occupied by militants fleeing Miram Shah and Mir Ali,” the official said, describing the compound and referring to two nearby towns that have been hubs of jihadist activity. The army says it has cleared Miram Shah of militants, and a ground offensive is continuing in Mir Ali.
A Yemeni soldier checks the identity of a man at a checkpoint in the capital Sanaa on April 15, 2014 (AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais)
Aden (AFP) – Gunmen have killed two Yemeni police in an attack on a camp for anti-riot forces in the central province of Baida, an Al-Qaeda stronghold, an official said Thursday.
The assailants on board two vehicles fired machineguns at the camp in the town of Rada late on Wednesday, and on-duty policemen shot back at them, said the regional government official.
“Two policemen were killed and a third was wounded” in the clash, he said, adding the assailants fled after failing to storm the camp.
The official was unable to say if there were any casualties among the attackers.
Separately, the official said the authorities still had “no news of two policemen kidnapped two days ago in Baida,” the provincial capital.
In January 2012, hundreds of extremists briefly took over Rada before withdrawing under pressure from powerful tribal leaders.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, is active across several parts of Yemen and has taken advantage of a collapse of central authority during a 2011 uprising that ousted veteran president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Tensions ran high in Lebanon’s second largest city Sunday after a terror suspect was killed and a wanted Salafist militiaman was arrested overnight during raids carried out by Lebanese security forces, security sources told The Daily Star on Sunday.
Supporters of militiaman Hussam al-Sabbagh – one of those who orchestrated clashes related to the Syrian war – took to the streets and blocked road in Tripoli as the Lebanese Army worked on clearing the streets and restoring calm, the sources said.
The army blocked the road near the Abu Ali roundabout over fears of sniper fire from Bab al-Tabbaneh, where around 150 men brandished their weapons again and deployed heavily inside the impoverished neighborhood that has long served as Sabbagh’s main quarters, the sources added.
The eventful night also witnessed the killing of suspected terrorist Monzer al-Hassan, accused of providing a terror cell with explosives, during a raid of his apartment at 1 a.m. in the posh City Complex building in Tripoli.
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From Berkeley to Boston and from Paris to Sydney, the season is upon us again. Hipsters twirl Keffiyahs from some Shanghai factory around their necks, don army surplus jackets and Decembrist t-shirts and head to the nearest Israeli embassy to scream about a new Holocaust.
Shiites and Sunnis temporarily put aside their blood feuds and entire families of Syrian Alawites and
Turkish Sunnis stand in London or Berlin screaming “Death to the Jews”.
Joining them are elderly Trotskyists and aging Stalinists, normally as mutually hostile as Shiites and Sunnis, who put aside their differences to feebly wave cardboard signs about the Zionist war machine.
Fake blood is everywhere. Aspiring art students who can’t draw try to figure out new ways of intersecting a Swastika and a Star of David. Latuff cartoons are printed out along with bloody photos of dead people from Syria, Hollywood horror movies and on the rare occasion, Gaza, and shoved in everyone’s faces.
The organizers take a break from submitting angry Truth Dig articles about Brazilian cocoa exploitation and dive headfirst into a rally that, unlike all their other rallies, the media will actually cover. They prowl the police barriers like hungry hyenas looking for a reporter.
On the last few struggling Pacifica affiliates, Amy Goodman invites Noam Chomsky to talk about the war. Chris Hedges phones in to promote his new book, which is only 90 percent plagiarized from a Hemingway novel he thought he once read. Max Blumenthal shows up to lead a Students for Justice in Palestine protest while shouting about colonialism. Then he tags himself on Instagram.
At the Israeli embassy, the hipsters imagine that they’re guerrilla fighters. They scream themselves hoarse about oppression, duck into a Starbucks, come out with a few cinnamon lattes and then begin screaming again. Recruiters for the International Socialist Organization, the World Revolutionary Front, the International Workers Fourth Front Uprising and the always popular Brotherhood of Revolutionary Workers and Peasants push smeared pamphlets into their pockets hoping for a bite.
Joseph Massad mounts the stage to explain that Zionism is the real Anti-Semitism. Muslims in the crowd begin chanting that Mohammed’s army is coming back. “O Jews, O Jews,” they scream. Rage Boy is somewhere among them. They are all Rage Boy now.
An old Trotskyist waves a sign quoting Marx’s slur that the god of the Jews is money. But he changed it to Zionists so it’s not anti-Semitic anymore.
Purposefully using their own people as cannon fodder for photo ops.
NOTE: Any emotionally detached person without a political dog in the fight, after a careful examination of the evidence, will realize that the Arabs and their supporters are driven by an evil hatred and will use any means available to them for the completion of their genocidal agenda. If that means using their offspring as collateral damage props for the media’s cameras in order to blackball Israel on the world stage, then so be it.
To deliberately wage war so that your own people can be telegenically killed is indeed moral and tactical insanity. But it rests on a very rational premise: Given the Orwellian state of the world’s treatment of Israel (see: the U.N.’s grotesque Human Rights Council), fueled by a mix of classic anti-Semitism, near-total historical ignorance and reflexive sympathy for the ostensible Third World underdog, these eruptions featuring Palestinian casualties ultimately undermine support for Israel’s legitimacy and right to self-defense.
Moral clarity in Gaza
By Charles KrauthammerOpinion writerJuly 17
Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.
“Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”
Charles Krauthammer writes a weekly political column that runs on Fridays. View Archive
Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity. Yet we routinely hear this Israel-Gaza fighting described as a morally equivalent “cycle of violence.” This is absurd. What possible interest can Israel have in cross-border fighting? Everyone knows Hamas set off this mini-war. And everyone knows the proudly self-declared raison d’etre of Hamas: the eradication of Israel and its Jews.
Apologists for Hamas attribute the blood lust to the Israeli occupation and blockade. Occupation? Does no one remember anything? It was less than 10 years ago that worldwide television showed the Israeli army pulling die-hard settlers off synagogue roofs in Gaza as Israel uprooted its settlements, expelled its citizens, withdrew its military and turned every inch of Gaza over to the Palestinians. There was not a soldier, not a settler, not a single Israeli left in Gaza.
And there was no blockade. On the contrary. Israel wanted this new Palestinian state to succeed. To help the Gaza economy, Israel gave the Palestinians its 3,000 greenhouses that had produced fruit and flowers for export. It opened border crossings and encouraged commerce.
There has to be a Latin word for the fear of being called a ”racist”.
Islamofauxbia is a ruse, a false meme, solely concocted to shield Islam 101′ers from the due criticism and jail time they (and their ideology) deserve.
Kershaw did say, however, that some children had been “coerced” into Muslim worship. Girls were also ordered to return from a tennis coaching programme because “because the school policy… does not allow girls to have a male coach and take part in any activity with boys”. A girls’ netball game was also cancelled because organisers could not guarantee that no men would be present.
FEAR OF ‘ISLAMOPHOBIA’ GAVE ISLAMISTS FREE REIGN IN BIRMINGHAM SCHOOLS
A group of Islamist fundamentalists were able to infiltrate the management of at least 10 schools in Birmingham, UK, because council officials were too scared to confront them out of fear of being labelled “Islamophobic”.
According to the Guardian, a report by Ian Kershaw, independent advisor to Birmingham City Council, concluded that fundementalists were even allowed to break the law in order to introduce strict Islamic practices, such as sex segregation, to classes.
Sir Albert Bore, the Labour leader of Birmingham City Council, yesterday apologised to the people of Birmingham “for the way the actions of a few, including some within the council, have undermined the great reputation of our city”, but refused to resign, blaming the previous Conservative administration turning a blind eye to the problem.
Kershaw found there had been a “coordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos into some schools in the city”, which had been achieved through a “determined effort to change schools, often by unacceptable practices, in order to influence educational and religious provision for the students served”.
However, Kershaw’s report contradicts another report carried out by counter-terrorism police officer Peter Clarke when it claims that there was “no evidence of a conspiracy to promote an anti-British agenda, violent extremism or radicalisation of schools in east Birmingham.”
Clarke’s report, commissioned by former education secretary Michael Gove, said there had been a “sustained and coordinated agenda to impose upon children in a number of Birmingham schools the segregationist attitudes and practices of a hardline and politicised strain of Sunni Islam“.
Her ”imunity” should be revoked for identifiable anti-Israel behaviour, and kicked out of the Knesset.
That goes for Jews as well.
NOTE: This piece of fecal matter demonstrated in a violent anti-Israel demo, assaulted police officers, and openly sided with Israel’s enemy, that’s grounds for dismissal from public office and jail time. And in times past, her back would beplaced against a post with a small target pinned to her chest, a hood over head, and executed for high treason.
Zoabi to complain to Knesset about handcuffing treatment
IDF GROUND OP, DAY 2: ‘HAMAS HAS TAKEN A SERIOUS HIT’
by JORDAN SCHACHTEL19 Jul 2014,
Tel Aviv, Israel — Midday Saturday, a Hamas terror cell attempted to infiltrate Israel through a tunnel network in the Gaza Strip. They were met by Israeli forces, who reportedly exchanged fire with the jihadis and pushed them back underground.
Four IDF soldiers were wounded after an anti-tank missile was fired at their position. A Hamas militant was killed in the exchange. Hamas had bragged earlier that its operatives managed to get behind “enemy lines.” The IDF published photos of the weapons carried by the Hamas infiltrators. Israel’s Channel 10 News said there were reports that the Hamas terrorists were wearing IDF uniforms during the raid.
Jihadi sits in Gaza tunnel (Reuters)
Separately, a rocket attack killed an Israeli Bedouin civilian near Dimona, Israel, Saturday. The IDF blames Hamas for the man’s death. Last week, a Hamas spokesman said that their rockets were designed only to target Jews.
When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, there were at least 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Over the last ten years, significantly in the last few months with the emergence of ISIS, that figure has dropped to about 400,000.
In a region where Christians predate Muslims by centuries, over one million Christians have been killed or have had to flee because of jihadi persecution, while America is basically standing by and watching. This is the sad news that Breitbart’s National Security Editor and one of the world’s leading experts on asymmetric warfare, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, brought to Breitbart News Saturday, hosted by Editor in Chief Alex Marlow on Sirius XM Patriot Radio.
Dr. Gorka explained that “in the last 48 hours, ISIS, which is now called the Islamic State in Mosul, has painted the letter “N” for Nazarene on the houses of all the surviving Christians in the city. ISIS has basically given an ultimatum to all the Christians left: You can either flee or convert to Islam, or we will kill you.”
Gorka points out that, over the last 20 years, America has stood up around the world to save Muslims. “Whether it was to save the Muslims in Bosnia or the Albanians, Kosovars, and Muslims in Serbia, it is now time for a humanitarian operation to save the remaining Christians in Iraq,” he said. “It is time for the American people and our representatives to do something for our co-religionists remaining in the Middle East.”
Marlow observed that the blatant religious cleansing is horrifying and asked Gorka: “Why is it that the mainstream press is not interested in the story?” Gorka first responded by saying “Let’s face it, this is a Christian version of the Holocaust and nothing less.”
Take note of these same protesters’ lack of interest in marching over Syria, ISIS and other jihadis murdering, raping and pillaging across the length, witdth and breadth of Syria and Iraq. Nor their lack of interest in protesting the persecution of minorities throughout the Islamic world. Nope, It’s just Jews protecting themselves from Islamonazis that gets them into the streets.
Clashes as pro-Palestine protesters march in Paris despite ban
Latest update : 19/07/2014
Despite a ban announced Friday, thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched in Paris Saturday, leading to confrontations with the police and dozens of arrests.
On Friday, Paris city officials imposed a ban on the pro-Palestine demonstration set for Saturday after a similar protest had descended into violence earlier in the week.
Despite the ban, about 3,000 people came to show both their anger at the Israeli campaign in Gaza and their indignation at the Paris ban. Riot police were on site in the hours before the scheduled start to the protest.
The march began peacefully and quickly grew more violent. The fiercest confrontations appeared to be around the Barbès area in northern Paris, where cars were set alight and some demonstrators hurled rocks and other objects at the security forces.
However, by early evening, traffic was beginning to circulate again on the roads near Barbès and most protesters had dispersed, leaving behind smouldering wreckage.
Police said that the 38 protesters were arrested for violence against the police or for “throwing projectiles” such as rocks.
Police also reported that 14 officers were injured in the clashes.
To see what happened minute-by-minute on Saturday afternoon, scroll through FRANCE 24’s saved liveblog below.
Vlad brought to my attention the following story in which a bus load of lefties and arabs went to the border town of S’derot, to demonstrate against Israel’s defencive campaign against the Islamonazi regime’s rocket attacks on Israeli citizens. S’derot is the most major town closest to the Gazilian border, hence the amount of rockets launched against it.
Vlad (who edited the following video) told me that, while he understood the angst of the locals for the idiots intruding into their turf, he nonetheless advised a better response, instead of herding them away, he advises another alternative, which I captured in the following pic he asked me to cook up.
Beduin man killed in rocket attack on South; Hamas terrorists enter Israel via underground tunnel, head toward Israeli community; 4 soldiers wounded in crossfire; IAF strikes terrorists who escaped back into Gaza.
One Israeli civilian died after sustaining critical injuries from a rocket attack near Dimona on Saturday afternoon. Four other people, including two young children, were wounded in the attack and were evacuated to a hospital for medical treatment.
Continuous rocket fire bombarded southern Israel throughout the day as the IDF entered a third day of its ground operation in Gaza.
Paramedics pronounced the death of the Beduin man in his 30s after resuscitation attempts at the scene.
The IDF blames Hamas for the recent volley of rocket fire that killed Israel’s second civilian casualty in the recent conflict. The military vowed to continue its operation in Gaza with “determination and intensity.”
On Saturday morning, a Hamas terrorist squad entered Israel through a smuggling tunnel from the central Gaza Strip and headed towards an Israeli community.
The cell encountered an IDF patrol, and an exchange of fire ensued. One terrorist was killed and four IDF soldiers were wounded.
Two soldiers were moderately wounded and taken to hospital, two others sustained light injuries.
CNN international correspondent Diana Magnay hurriedly deleted a tweet she sent out referring to Israelis as ‘scum.’ But she did not delete it before 247 others retweeted it, and 49 favorited it. And then the retweets were retweeted, and now it’s all over the globe.
So why did Magnay refer to some Israelis as ‘scum’?
She is covering the Gaza-Israel conflict, and is in Sderot, which is on the border with Gaza. Her tweet explains it all:
The only way to defeat them, is to really defeat them, totally, not one brick left on top of another.
The violation so openly brazen that even the UN’s slush fund for paleostinian terrorism training of the youth (Jew hatred 101 indoctrination) UNRWA, was forced into a moment of moral clarity.
Wake up call for the fence sitters, this is how Hamas and other pious Islamic jihadis full of basic Islam 101 behave. Using their people as future press releases is their normal way of conducting business.
AGENCY DEMANDS FULL RESPECT FOR THE SANCTITY OF ITS PREMISES IN GAZA
Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law. This incident, which is the first of its kind in Gaza, endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestine refugees in Gaza.
Immediately after discovery, the Agency informed the relevant parties and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school. UNRWA has launched a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.
UNRWA has strong, established procedures to maintain the neutrality of all its premises, including a strict no-weapons policy and routine inspections of its installations, to ensure they are only used for humanitarian purposes. UNRWA will uphold and further reinforce its procedures.
Palestinian civilians in Gaza rely on UNRWA to provide humanitarian assistance and shelter. At all times, and especially during escalations of violence, the sanctity and integrity of UN installations must be respected.
Heading toward the exit, we were overwhelmed by the jet-like sound oftwo rockets being launched from somewhere near the school. Hamas, or some or militant group, clearly is hoping the Israelis won’t strike at the launchers, which are kept underground until the moment of firing, because they’re close to the school and so many refugees.
As the Hamas-made missiles screamed off into the sky, leaving a white vapour trail, the kids all cheered.
From somewhere in the Middle East: (It’s more than likely not Hamas, but it gives a great picture of their mindset reproduced by their co-religionists elsewhere)
US Jews furious over ‘Washington Post’ cartoon showing Netanyahu punching Palestinian infant
By JPOST.COM STAFF
The caricature is aimed at apportioning blame equally between Israel and Hamas for the suffering of Gazan civilians.
A prominent American Jewish organization is denouncing The Washington Post for posting an animated cartoon on its YouTube channel depicting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu beating a Palestinian infant.
The caricature is aimed at apportioning blame equally between Israel and Hamas for the suffering of Gazan civilians. It was created by Ann Telnaes, one of the newspaper’s editorial cartoonists.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center declared its outrage over the cartoon. In a statement released to news agencies on Friday, the center’s associate dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, said the clip was “disgusting.”
“It is disgusting that The Washington Post would present an animated cartoon that is so profoundly removed from the truth,” said Cooper. “Millions of Israeli citizens—men, women, and children—have been forced into bomb shelters and saferooms by thousands of missiles and rockets targeted at them by Hamas terrorists, whose open and avowed goal is the destruction of the Jewish state.”
“Even Israel’s enemies have recognized that Israel’s military countermeasures against Hamas have included phone and text warnings as well as leaflets urging innocent civilians in Gaza to vacate the targeted areas,” Cooper said. “It is the Hamas leadership that openly uses the people of Gaza to act as human shields to protect their weapons of mass destruction.”
“Israelis are saddened by the deaths of four Palestinian children on a Gaza beach yesterday, but the blood of these innocent children is on the hands of Hamas leaders, not Binyamin Netanyahu,” Rabbi Cooper also said.
There’s no utopian solution for guiding human communities.
Daniel Greenfield explains Islam 101:
"Every devout Muslim is an "Islamist". Islam is not a personal religion. It is a religion of the public space. A "moderate" Muslim would have to reject Islam as a religion of the public space, as theocracy, and that secularism would be a rejection of Islam.
Nothing in Islam exists apart from anything else. While liberals view culture and religion as a buffet that they can pick and choose from, it is a single integrated system. If you accept one part, you must accept the whole. Once you accept any aspect of Islam, you must accept its legal system and once you accept that, you must accept its governance and once you accept that, you lose your rights.''
BLOGGING FROM FINLAND
The UN, ''a crooked court with jury hanging judges'' It's the international Jim Crow of our times. Israel can expect the same kind of ‘justice” from the UN, that a Black African American could expect in the formerly segregated southern states of the US.