Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Israel loading humanitarian supplies for Gaza

Behind the Headlines: Israel Accepts Egyptian Ceasefire

Israel has agreed to the Egyptian proposal for ceasefire that will be unlimited in time. On Tuesday evening, August 26, 2014, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry announced that its ceasefire proposal has been accepted and would enter into effect at 7 pm:

“In order to preserve the lives of innocent people and prevent bloodshed, and in accordance with the Egyptian Initiative of 2014 and the Cairo 2012 memorandums of understanding, Egypt has invited the Israeli and Palestinian sides to a comprehensive and mutual ceasefire with the opening of the crossings between the Gaza Strip and Israel to allow a speedy entry of humanitarian aid and relief, reconstruction supplies and fishing permissions from six nautical miles. Indirect negotiations over other topics are to start in a month. As both sides accepted the ceasefire, it shall start at 7pm Cairo time on 26 August 2014."

Israel accepted the Egyptian ceasefire proposal from the start. Because of the military pressure Israel put on Hamas in recent days, Hamas accepted the same ceasefire proposal it previously rejected.

The Egyptian ceasefire proposal has no time limit. It includes none of Hamas’ declared conditions for ending the fighting: Hamas does not receive an airport; Hamas does not receive a seaport; Hamas does not receive the release of prisoners; and Hamas does not receive money for its payroll.

If Hamas honors the ceasefire, within a month indirect negotiations will begin, during which Israel will raise the issue of the demilitarization of Gaza.

As it repeatedly stated from the beginning of the hostilities, Israel has nothing against the civilian population of Gaza. According to the Egyptian proposal, reconstruction equipment and supplies will be transferred to Gaza. The transfer will be subject to an oversight mechanism between Israel and the international organizations operating in Gaza. The fishing zone will be restored and in the future, the possibility of its expansion will be evaluated.

Golan Heights near Syrian border

Israel’s Border with Syria Increasingly Dangerous

On Wednesday [Aug 27], Ynetnews reported that farmers in the Golan Heights were ordered to leave areas near the border with Syria, for fear that the shooting between the rebels and the Syrian army in Quneitra will leak to Israeli territory.

Israel’s border with Syria has seen increasing escalation and instability in fighting between the army of President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups. Due to militant actions of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) in northeastern Syria and Iraq, Syrian rebel groups are on the move. Ha’aretz reported that “fighters of the Nusra Front, the radical Islamist group linked to Al-Qaida in Syria, recently arrived en masse in southern Syria, and some of them proceeded to the southwest part of the country, near the Israeli border.”

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) remains on alert, to protect the border and its residents from any overflow of violence between Syrian rebels, the government regime and potentially fighters of the Islamic State.

In Sydney, Australia

Anti-Semitic Fliers Distributed in Sydney

Households in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood of Sydney on Monday [Aug. 25] received fliers calling on "white Australia" to take action against Jews, the Algemeiner website reported.

According to the report, residents of the suburb of Bondi found the hand-delivered fliers slipped under their front doors and in their mail boxes in the morning. The flier includes standard anti-Semitic claims that Jews control "all Hollywood studios and 97% of US newspapers and media."

It also argues that "Jews have been kicked out of countries 109 times throughout history… Could it be that having them in a European country is harmfull (sic) to the host????"

Abraham Blasenstein, a Jewish resident of Bondi who received the flier, told The Algemeiner that “It is part of an increase in anti-Semitism that such low people as the ones who issued these flyers feel comfortable coming out of the woodwork.”

He said, however, that unlike the Jews in Europe in the run-up to the Holocaust, "at least now in Australia it is reasonable to believe that most decent people will find this type of leaflet appalling.”

The flier also includes a call for membership in local white power group Squadron 88, The Algemeiner said, as well as a reference to notorious racist website Stormfront.

Earlier this month, Jewish pupils in Sydney were terrorized by a gang of teenagers who stormed their school bus and apparently hurled racial abuse and threats. The bus carrying about 30 children aged 5 to 12 years from three Jewish schools were subjected to "physical and racial threats" by a group of eight male teenagers.

One of the passengers who called for help during the incident, said: "They're threatening to slit our throats; they're chanting 'Palestine' and they're going crazy about Palestine—'must kill the Jews' and 'Heil Hitler.'" New South Wales state police said five minors were arrested over the incident.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Driver and passenger take cover following Code Red siren

Rockets from North, South

Rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel fell near Kiryat Shmona in the north Monday [Aug. 25] night, after more than 130 rockets were launched from Gaza at Israel throughout the day, wounding one man and damaging an Ashdod shopping mall, as Egypt pressed on with efforts to broker a durable truce.

Map of rocket launches
from Gaza

IDF Responds to Rocket Launching from Medical Facility

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, Gaza terrorists carried out repeated rocket attacks at central Israel during the afternoon hours. The rockets were fired from launchers concealed adjacent to several civilian facilities in the Al-Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, notably the Shuhada medical facility, a basketball court; and the Sina and Zlach Halif schools.

Terrorist (illustrative)

Caught: Hamas Reports Terrorist’s Death as a Civilian Casualty

Media outlets have relied on Hamas’ statistics when reporting casualties in Gaza, but the terrorist group routinely exaggerates civilian deaths for propaganda purposes.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Israeli kindergarten class during rocket alarm (illustrative)

Israel Hit by Rockets from Three Fronts

Residents of Israel’s southern communities woke up Sunday [Aug. 24] morning to the sound of Red Alert sirens that have pierced the air with few exceptions for the past 46 days. But new concerns joined the existing ones on Saturday night when rockets fired from across three borders landed inside Israeli territory.

Gazans being transferred for medical treatment (illustrative)

Gaza Terrorists Wound Israelis Trying to Help Palestinians

Multiple Israelis seeking to provide humanitarian assistance to Palestinians needing medical help were themselves wounded by Gaza mortar fire on Sunday [Aug. 24], as Gaza terrorists targeted one of the crossings between Israel and Gaza. A press statement from Israel’s Government Press Office said that hundreds of injured and sick Palestinians have used the crossing to receive care in Israel.

Logo: Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassem Brigades, military wing of Hamas

Hamas Executes 25 Alleged Collaborators

  Four more men accused by Hamas of collaborating with Israel were executed on Saturday [Aug. 23], bringing the number of those killed for the crime to 25 since last Thursday.

Friday, August 22, 2014

ISIS flag

The Killing Machine Called ISIS

Long before ISIS—the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria—released the horrific video depicting the execution of journalist James Foley, the world had already become acutely aware that there was no limit to the group’s brutality and ruthlessness. For months, news outlets have been presenting a virtual non-stop horror show of mass beheadings and the slaughter of innocents as ISIS carves out a swath of land from northeastern Syria and western Iraq upon which to establish its “caliphate”—a state run strictly according to its extreme vision of Islamic (“sharia”) law.