Unrest, Instability, Intifada in Hamas’ Interest

(Photo: flickr/ synnetonidas)

(Photo: flickr/ synnetonidas)

This week Stand for Israel has been keeping you abreast of the terror attack in Jerusalem, and the ensuing chaos. Violence and instability have spread across the Holy City. While Hamas is headquartered in Gaza and Turkey, The Times of Israel’s Mitch Ginsburg writes that the terror group longs to spread this unrest and tension, in hopes of wresting control of the West Bank:

Whether the violence in Jerusalem since the gruesome murder of Muhammad Abu-Khdeir in July amounts to a Third Intifada will only be clear in hindsight. But what the murder on Wednesday of Chaya Zissel Braun has shown, beyond the ruthlessness of the act and the enduring tension in Jerusalem, is the shrewdness of Hamas’s strategy of overthrowing the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank by, of all things, persistently killing innocent Israelis.

That is one of the ways Israel should view the recent developments in Jerusalem. When Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, a Hamas member and relative of a former head of the organization’s armed wing, turned his car into a lethal weapon on Wednesday, he was, whether by design or not, acting exactly according to the alleged Hamas coup plans exposed in August.

At the time, the Shin Bet said that it had exposed a Hamas plan to “overthrow the Palestinian Authority and seize control of Judea and Samaria.”

Many pictured a coup: the surrounding of the Muqata and the deposing of the chairman of the Palestinian Authority. But what the Shin Bet actually uncovered was a plan, coordinated from Hamas headquarters in Turkey, to establish a loose network of terror cells, comprising a total of 93 operatives, which would “destabilize the security situation in the West Bank and carry out a string of grave attacks in Israel…”

Hamas, of course, cannot take all of the credit for the roiling tension and constant drip of violence in the northern part of the city since the July murder. Other forces are at work, too – the…

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Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 8:09 AM  | Stand for Israel

Cruel to the Kind: Palestinians’ Anti-Jewish Hatred

(Photo: flickr/ talkingphotographer)

(Photo: flickr/ talkingphotographer)

Imagine the international condemnation were Israel to pass a law banning its citizens from selling or renting land and/or houses to Arabs, sentencing violators to a lifetime of hard labor. Well, the Palestinians did just that, and yet not a single word of rebuke or hint of criticism was raised by the West.

The Times of Israel reported:

According to the official Palestinian Wafa news agency, Abbas on Monday imposed a sentence of hard labor for life on “anyone diverting, renting or selling land to an enemy state [Israel] or one of its subjects [Jews].”

This law denying Jews the basic human right to purchase or rent land is a classic example of apartheid. Yet the Palestinian Authority knows it won’t be called out on it – not by the U.S., not by the E.U., and certainly not by its friends in the U.N.

If Israel outlawed the sale or lease of land to Arabs, The U.N. Security Council would immediately pass resolutions condemning the Jewish state, while also threatening boycotts and sanctions.

In fact, Israel has been accused of committing apartheid, while the Palestinian Authority – which is actually committing or attempting to commit apartheid – has never faced such accusations. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter wrote a book titled Israel: Peace or Apartheid, and many other world leaders have joined in this libel.

Meanwhile, Israeli Arabs enjoy more rights than all other Arab citizens of the Middle East, while Jews cannot rent or buy any land in Palestinian-controlled ”Jew-free” territories.

Common sense dictates that if you reward bad behavior you end up getting more of it. Unfortunately, common sense is not so common these days. The international community simply ignores Palestinian intransigence while rebuking Israel at every chance. And what do we get in return – no peace, more war, and zero flexibility from the Palestinian side.

Our Sages teach that “whoever is kind to the cruel will end up being cruel to the kind.” This lesson rings very loud today, especially in regard to…

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Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 8:08 AM  | Stand for Israel

Two Dead in Canada from Attacks by Islamic Radicals

iitnTwo Canadians were killed this week in two separate attacks by Islamic radicals. In the latest incident, a guard was shot dead during a shooting spree at Canada’s National War Memorial and Parliament building. Earlier in the week, a soldier was killed in a deliberate hit-and-run. Both attackers were known affiliates of extreme Islam.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• In Jerusalem, an infant girl was killed and several others were injured when a Palestinian man with ties to Hamas drove his car into a train station. Officials are calling it a terrorist attack.
• Two IDF soldiers were wounded in the Sinai Peninsula after anti-tank missile and gunshots were fired by attackers from Egypt.
• The newly elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met last week with Russian officials during a diplomatic summit in Italy. Talks focused on a more solid peace pact.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein with thoughts on Israel’s unflinching kindness.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 7:49 PM  | Stand for Israel

Canada Terror Attacks Follow Terrorist Playbook

(Photo: wikicommons)

(Photo: wikicommons)

Yesterday’s terrorist shootings at Ottawa’s War Memorial and Parliament building, as well as this week’s earlier hit-and-run killing of a Canadian soldier, have horrified Canada and the world. But these attacks are very much in-line with the directives laid out by al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), and other terrorist organizations. The Times of Israel’s Michel Moutot writes that these attacks follow terror groups’ instructions for “individual jihad” against the West:

These deadly acts appear to follow what al-Qaeda has been preaching for years through articles or videos posted online, calling on recruits and volunteers to go it alone without specific orders or training.

Members of the group founded by Osama bin Laden had always been scattered across parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan among other nations and were the regular target of US drone attacks, making it hard to group together all those who wanted to volunteer for jihad.

As a result, in late 2010, the English-language jihadist magazine Inspire, published from Yemen by American Muslim convert Adam Gadahn — known as “Azzam the American” — lauded individual jihad.

“Muslims in the West have to remember that they are perfectly placed to play an important and decisive part in the jihad against the Zionists and Crusaders… So what are you waiting for?” he asked in a video posted some time later …

Online jihadi magazines have published recipe upon recipe for homemade bomb-making — “how to make one in your mother’s kitchen” being one of them — as well as lists of prime targets.

Any method goes: shooting or knifing them, planting homemade bombs, giving poison, or using a car or a truck as a weapon …

In an eerie echo, the Islamic State group also called on Muslims around the world last month to kill fellow citizens, particularly from countries that are part of an international coalition fighting the extremist organization that controls swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 3:33 PM  | Stand for Israel

Netanyahu: Jerusalem Is Under Attack

(Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

(Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Yesterday Stand for Israel reported on the terror attack in Jerusalem that left a baby girl – three-month-old Chaya Zisel Braun – dead. In today’s Daily Dispatch, we noted that the Palestinian Authority has not only lauded the terrorist, but blamed Israel for inciting the murderous rampage. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has responded by saying that Jerusalem is under attack  – as are other world cities – and that Israel will not allow such terrorism to go unanswered:

“Jerusalem is under attack,” charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, less than 24 hours after a terrorist plowed through a crowd of Israelis at a Light Rail station.

The prime minister convened a security consultation at the Jerusalem Police headquarters with the internal security minister, the chief of police, the head of the Shin Bet, the mayor, and the regional commander – as rock throwing incidents continued across the capital …

“Jerusalem is not the only city under attack by terrorists; other cities across the world are, as well. But the offensive in Jerusalem is supported by the chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen, who glorifies the murderers and embraces the group they belong to – Hamas,” said Netanyahu.

Netanyahu used the occasion to remind world powers of the threat posed by terrorism. “Against these acts we face international flaccidity. But there is no such weakness here. We will stand strong for our rights and our obligations to protect our capital.”

We pray for the family of the infant who was killed, for the others injured in the attack, and for the peace of Jerusalem and elsewhere.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 11:19 AM  | Stand for Israel

Why Are Europe’s Teenage Girls Joining ISIS?

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(Photo: flickr/kenstein)

As the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) makes its way across Iraq and Syria, and as the United States and others battle this spread with airstrikes and support for those on the ground, reports continue to surface of young people traveling from elsewhere to fight for the terrorist organization. While some of these fighters have been from the United States, the large majority are European. Tablet’s Lee Smith takes a look at why ISIS has proven to be such a draw for Europe’s young people:

Thousands of young European Muslims have already left the continent for the Middle East to help the organization’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, build an authentic Islamic caliphate. Doubtless thousands more are on their way, to kill and die for an idea they believe in.

It is a striking fact that ISIS appeals not only to young men, but also young European women, many hundreds of whom have gone to Syria and Iraq to marry Islamic State fighters. Sure, some of them, like the 15-year-old French Jewish girl Nora el-Bathy, may have come to regret their decision. But that hardly alters the essential point: The girls sought out IS fighters because the West seems weak and unmanly and they pine for real men who are willing to kill and die for what they believe in.

Why? Europe’s got great health care, welfare, and lots of attractive young men and attractive women who, unlike the vast majority of women in the Middle East outside of Israel, are sexually available. So, why given a choice between a comfortable, if somewhat boring, life as a pharmacist in Hamburg, or fighting and dying in the desert, are thousands of Western Muslims opting for the latter?

Because, for all the awesome social services and consumer goods it can offer, Europe has become incapable of endowing the lives of its citizens, Muslim or not, with meaning …

And it’s precisely the violence of IS that appeals to the Europeans. For the Middle East, after all, despite…

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 9:49 AM  | Stand for Israel

The Story Behind Hamas’ Planned Tunnel Massacre

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Throughout Operation Protective Edge, Stand for Israel kept you abreast of Hamas’ network of terror tunnels, as well as the IDF’s work to find and destroy them. Because of the terrorist group’s attempts at gaining the sympathy and support of the international media, their evil actions often seem to go unnoticed by the world. But now, writing for Vanity Fair, Adam Ciralsky provides this fascinating in-depth look at what Hamas had planned and how Israel stopped it:

The threat, indeed, is all too plausible to Israeli intelligence officials, who agreed to share with Vanity Fair the backstory of how earlier this year they may have narrowly averted their nation’s own 9/11. The alleged plan of attack (as pieced together by defense and security professionals through electronic intercepts, informants, interrogations of Hamas operatives, as well as computers and satellite imagery obtained from Hamas compounds during the war) was chilling: a surprise assault in which scores of heavily armed Hamas insurgents were supposedly set to emerge from more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and proceed to kill as many Israelis as possible …

To much of the outside world, it was a battle of the skies, a lethal light show: Hamas relentlessly firing rockets—4,600 in all—and Israel responding with Iron Dome, a futuristic system that literally knocks them out of the sky. By any objective measure, the defense shield worked. In all, five Israeli civilians died and 127 were wounded as a result of rocket fire, and Israel’s leadership was able to buy time to plan a response. (The conflict ultimately claimed the lives of 67 Israeli soldiers.) …

While Israel, a nuclear power, takes pride in having fielded one of the world’s most technologically advanced armies, its adversaries have charted a decidedly different course. For half a century, the Palestinian resistance has proved to be something of an incubator for the tools of unconventional warfare: hijacking, hostage-taking, suicide bombings—all highly visible terror tactics designed to attract the world’s media outlets. As a result, Israel has repeatedly…

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 8:12 AM  | Stand for Israel

Better No Agreement Than a Bad Agreement: Israel on Iran Deal

(Photo: twitter/ @bogie_yaalon)

(Photo: twitter/ @bogie_yaalon)

Yesterday Stand for Israel reported on Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s meeting with his American counterpart, Chuck Hagel, where Hamas’ presence in both Gaza and Turkey was discussed. The men also discussed Israel’s concern over Iranian nuclear aspirations. After the meeting, Ya’alon voiced his nation’s worry over the impending nuclear agreement with Iran – and what kind of deal it might be – while still emphasizing the strong U.S.-Israel partnership:

Israel is concerned about the shape of an international agreement with Iran over its nuclear aspirations, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Tuesday night after talks with his American counterpart Chuck Hagel in Washington DC.

“The Iranian issue indeed worries us,” said Ya’alon in a Hebrew audio message released by his office after the meeting with Hagel at the Pentagon. “The question of if there will be an agreement and what kind of agreement worries us. I’m talking about that here and behind closed doors we express our concerns.”

“We’ve said all along that better no agreement than a bad agreement and the question is what are they discussing at the moment, are they talking about how many centrifuges there will be and if so, why should they have centrifuges at all?” Ya’alon said.

“Are they talking about other elements of the Iranian military nuclear project such as missiles ready for nuclear warheads?”

Ya’alon said he and Hagel had also talked about the conflicts in Iraq and Syria and the US-Israel defense partnership. Between Israel and the United States, he said, “arguments exist, but we must remember that the US is Israel’s most important strategic ally in every respect.”

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 3:29 PM  | Stand for Israel

Breaking News: Shooting Attack at Canadian Parliament

(Photo: wikipedia/ Xantener)

(Photo: wikipedia/ Xantener)

Following an earlier terror attack on Monday, The Daily Beast reports that there has been shooting today in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, leaving a soldier dead:

A fundamentally quiet and orderly town, Ottawa was rocked by the shooting of a uniformed Canadian soldier as he stood guard over the National War Memorial, located right across the street from Parliament Hill and the prime minister’s offices at Langevin Block.

It was the second attack inside Canada this week. The shootings come just two days after a 25-year-old man described by police as a “radicalized” Muslim drove his car into two Canadian soldiers in a city outside of Montreal, killing one and seriously injuring the other. Martin Couture-Rouleau, the suspect in that incident, was arrested in July while trying to travel to Turkey. Following his rampage, Courture-Rouleau was shot and killed.

On Wednesday morning, a man arrived by car, with a blanket concealing a rifle, and shot the soldier four times at the memorial, a witness told a Canadian news station.

The situation quickly escalated, with reports that Parliament itself was under attack and dozens of shots had been fired inside the legislature. Members of Parliament were caucusing in the building, and the building was promptly locked down. The Canadian Press reports that a gunman wounded a security guard on Parliament Hill before he was shot by the sergeant-at-arms.

We pray for all those harmed or targeted in this attack, and for God’s protection over His people in Canada and around the world.

 

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 2:24 PM  | Stand for Israel

Breaking News: Terror Attack in Jerusalem Kills Baby, Injures Several

A Palestinian known to Israeli security forces plowed his car into a crowded Jerusalem train station today in a suspected terror attack. Yediot Achronot reports that an infant was killed and many were injured:

Terror returns to Jerusalem: A 3-month-old baby girl was killed and seven other people were wounded Wednesday evening when a Palestinian plowed his car into a crowd of people waiting at the Ammunition Hill station of Jerusalem’s Light Rail.

The driver – a resident of the village of Silwad with a record of security related offenses – attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was shot by police. He sustained chest wounds and was taken to a Jerusalem hospital in serious condition.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the car struck the train station near the national headquarters of the police force.

He said police were investigating but all signs pointed to an intentional attack. “There is a strong possibility that it was a terror attack,” he said.

Interior Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich, who arrived at the scene, also said that, “all signs indicate this is a terror attack.” He further said that the driver had served time in prison before. He praised the police for their quick response.

 

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