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Hamas Calls for Suicide Bombings on Israeli Buses

(Photo: IDF)

(Photo: IDF)

While much of the recent violence against the Israeli people has been in the form of stabbings and shootings, Hamas is calling for that to change. The Times of Israel reports that yesterday the terror group called for suicide bombing attacks against Israel:

The Palestinian terror group Hamas called Sunday on activists to carry out suicide bombing attacks against Israelis, specifically on buses, in a manner reminiscent of the devastating attacks of the 2000-2005 Second Intifada.

In a music video posted online, Hamas, the de-facto ruler of the Gaza Strip, praised terrorists who target civilians in front of a burning green-and-white Egged bus, Israel’s main public transportation provider.

“To die as a martyr for Al-Aqsa [Mosque] gives the explosive device more and more force,” the song posted by the official Hamas channel Al-Aqsa TV said.

“The intifada is not an intifada if the bus roof doesn’t fly off.”

The song praised terrorists who perpetrate attacks, claiming they served to “humble” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…

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Monday, February 8th, 2016 at 7:27 AM  | Stand For Israel

Two Hamas Terrorists Killed in Another Tunnel Collapse

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Last week, seven Hamas operatives were killed in the collapse of a terror tunnel. This week, the rebuilding of the terrorist organizations tunnel network continued and, Israel Hayom reports, two more terrorists were killed in another collapse:

Two Hamas operatives were killed on Tuesday when a tunnel they were digging from the Gaza Strip into Israel collapsed.

Hamas identified the men, aged 35 and 23, as members of its military wing.

Up to eight others were injured in Tuesday’s collapse, according to Palestinian media reports.

 

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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 8:06 AM  | Stand For Israel

On Gaza Border, Israelis Feel Hamas Digging

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

This week we’ve already discussed the fate of some of Hamas’ terror tunnels, as well as the terrorist group’s ridiculous accusations. But it seems that Hamas is still hard at work, reports The Times of Israel’s Tamar Pileggi, as Israeli residents on the Gaza border have experienced the effects of their digging:

Residents of Moshav Pri Gan, a community adjacent to the Gaza border, said Thursday that tunnel digging into Israel from the Hamas-run territory has come so close to their homes that it has caused their floors to shake.

The head of the Eshkol Regional Council, Gadi Yarkoni, told Israel Radio that many residents have been complaining of hearing and feeling increased underground digging activity in recent weeks, and were disappointed that the IDF had failed to build protective barriers against the cross-border terror tunnels, as it had promised it would after the summer 2014 war in Gaza…

Hamas, the Islamist terror group that rules the Gaza Strip, built dozens of tunnels into Israel, many of which were used to carry out attacks against soldiers during the 2014 war. The IDF said it destroyed over 30 tunnels during the war, known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge, but officials have expressed fear the terror group is rebuilding its infrastructure.

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Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 11:00 AM  | Stand For Israel

Hamas Tries to Keep Lid on Terror Tunnel Disaster

(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

Earlier this week, we told you that heavy storms have caused many of Hamas’ rebuilt terror tunnels to collapse. Now, The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff reports that the terror group is not only trying to keep the incident under wraps, but at the same time is blaming Israel:

Seven people were confirmed killed and another four remain missing after the collapse, which came as heavy rains drenched the region, according to sources in Gaza.

In a bid to keep a lid on the disaster, the group, which is the de facto ruler in Gaza, prevented local media from reporting the incident, which occurred in the Al-Tuffah neighborhood in northeastern Gaza City.

Hamas accused Israel of causing the collapse by opening dams to flood Gaza with water — an annual claim made by Palestinians and flatly rejected by Israel.

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Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 7:52 AM  | Stand For Israel

Two Anniversaries, But No Democracies

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(Photo: flickr/ crazymaq)

We told you about Israel’s big anniversary – 67 years since the Jewish state’s first election. Well, former national security adviser Elliott Abrams writes that January 25 is also the anniversary of two groups’ – the nation of Egypt and the terror group Hamas – moves away from freedom:

…it is worth noting what the Egyptian picture has in common with Palestine: the lack of strong democratic political parties. The MB won in good part because it had weak competition, and it had weak competition because Mubarak for three decades made sure centrist or moderate (including moderate Islamist) parties could not be organized. Similarly, Hamas won in 2006 in good part because of the absence of alternatives.

The ruling party, Fatah, was rejected by the voters (the popular vote went 44%-41% to Hamas) for a mix of reasons: it was secular rather than religious, it was corrupt, it was organized not as a party but as a personal vehicle for Arafat, and it argued against violence and for coexistence with Israel. It is impossible to know what part each of these played in the Hamas victory. President Bush hoped the defeat would be a wake-up call that would lead to reforms in Fatah to turn it into a modern democratic political party.

Ten years later, there are no reforms. Mahmoud Abbas still rules, without a presidential election since 2005 and without a parliamentary election since 2006. Fatah remains an old boys’ club more than a party, with a reputation among Palestinians for incompetence and corruption. Hamas is a movement and a terrorist group, not a democratic political party…

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Monday, January 25th, 2016 at 3:14 PM  | Stand For Israel

Hamas Terror Tunnels Collapsing During Heavy Storms

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(Photo: flickr/oxfam)

Today, Stand for Israel reported that Hamas is hurriedly repairing its terror capabilities – both its stockpile of weapons, as well as its network of terror tunnels – in order to wage war on Israel. But The Jewish Press’ Hana Levi Julian reports that this week’s stormy weather in the Holy Land – which is bringing snow to Jerusalem and heavy rains to southern Israel and Gaza – has caused some of these terror tunnels to collapse:

As Jews around the world continue to beseech the One Above to continue the nurturing rains of winter in the Land of Israel, Mohammed Ashour al-Naj’ar, has found his rest after many hard hours living as a tunnel digger in Gaza…

The Khan Younis resident added his body to those of numerous other victims who chose to uselessly sacrifice their lives to the terrorist organization.

The soft sands of Gaza are easy for diggers to tunnel through, but that same softness becomes a death trap when the moisture seeps in from the heavy rains of winter. It is then that the weight of the mud above transforms their work environment into a grave…

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Monday, January 25th, 2016 at 10:15 AM  | Stand For Israel

IAF Strikes Hamas Military Facility in Response to Rocket Fire

(Photo: wikicommons/ Alexey Goral)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Alexey Goral)

This weekend, we updated you on a rocket attack from Gaza. After the rocket fire struck southern Israel, Israel Hayom reports that the IAF launched an airstrike against a Hamas military facility in response:

A rocket fired by terrorists in the northern Gaza Strip exploded in an open area in southern Israel on Sunday evening, causing no injuries or damage.

A second rocket fired toward Israel fell short and exploded in an open area inside Gaza.

In response to the rocket fire, the IAF targeted a Hamas military training facility in central Gaza.

 

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Monday, January 25th, 2016 at 7:38 AM  | Stand For Israel

IDF Warns Hamas Is Ready for Next War

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(Photo: flickr/ l_suddenly)

Yesterday, terrorists in Gaza launched rockets into southern Israel, prompting a response from the IDF. While much of the violence against Israel as of late has come in Jerusalem and the West Bank, JNS reports that a senior IDF official warns Gaza-based Hamas is against ready for war on the Jewish state:

A senior Israel Defense Forces Gaza Division official said that the Palestinian terror group Hamas has completely rearmed itself and is prepared for the next war with Israel.

The terror group “has rebuilt the tunnels, its rocket systems, intelligence collection, reconnaissance, and it is essentially prepared for war,” said the senior IDF official, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

The source, however, conceded that Hamas currently does not yet desire a conflict with Israel and is instead focused on defeating rival Salafi terror groups in Gaza, who seek to overthrow Hamas’s rule there.

Hamas is also believed to have completely rebuilt its network of terror tunnels running underneath the border between southern Israel and Gaza.

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Monday, January 25th, 2016 at 7:26 AM  | Stand For Israel

Hamas Cell Planned to Assassinate Netanyahu

(Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/ASHERNET)

Yesterday, we reported on a Hamas cell caught planning to kidnap and murder Israelis. But today brings news of more terrorists caught planning an even larger attack. The Times of Israel’s Adiv Sterman and Judah Ari Gross report that the Shin Bet arrested a second group of Hamas terrorists who were planning to assassinate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

The Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office filed an indictment with the city’s district court on Friday against two Arab Israeli residents of East Jerusalem who plotted to kill Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an event at the capital.

According to the indictment, Hazem Ziad Amran Sandouqa, a 22-year-old resident of Jerusalem’s Old City, and Fahdi Daoud Muhammad Abu Qaian, a 19-year-old Bedouin Israeli from the Negev, planned, along with Hamas activist Ahmad Jamal Mousa Azzam, 24, to plant explosives in the Jerusalem Payis Arena at a time when Netanyahu would be scheduled to speak at the site, Ynet reported.

The indictment said the three planned to place the device beneath the stage on which Netanyahu was due to be present…

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Friday, January 8th, 2016 at 7:33 AM  | Stand for Israel

Israel Busts Hamas Cell Planning Kidnappings, Murders

(Photo: Shin Bet)

(Photo: Shin Bet)

Many of the attacks in Israel in recent months have been carried out by “lone wolf” terrorists. However, organized attacks planned by terrorist groups pose an even greater threat. The Times of Israel’s Judah Ari Gross reports that Israeli security forces have uncovered a Hamas plot of kidnap and murder:

A Hamas terror cell that planned to kidnap and kill Israeli citizens was discovered by Israeli law enforcement in December, the Shin Bet security service announced on Thursday.

The group, whose members were from Jerusalem and Hebron, had planned to use the corpses of their victim or victims in order to negotiate the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, similar to the motive behind abduction and killing of the three Israeli teenage boys in June 2014.

From the Shin Bet’s investigation of the Hamas operatives, the cell was in the “advanced planning stages” and had even begun preparing the place where they would store the bodies of the kidnapped person or people.

“This case reiterates that Hamas still aspires to carry out serious terror attacks, even now, in order to further egg on the recent wave of terror into a violent intifada,” the Shin Bet said in a statement.

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Thursday, January 7th, 2016 at 8:20 AM  | Stand for Israel