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This past weekend, even more anti-Israel rallies turned into scenes of anti-Semitism. Writing at The Algemeiner, Dovid Efune says that while the conflict in Gaza may have sparked these riots, the riots themselves illustrate the hatred of Jews that is the basis of Hamas, the very group the rioters support:
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Media reports said that the marches were prompted by Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza and sympathy for Palestinian children.
So why is it that protesters in Paris were chanting “death to the Jews” and “Hitler was right,” and activists in London proclaimed “Heil Hitler” and “Oh Jew, you will die”?
Can anyone explain why Muslims in the Netherlands were referring to “dirty Jews from the sewers,” or why in New York they shouted “Intifada, intifada!”? And why was “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas” heard on the streets of Germany?
One group even sought to boycott McDonalds because “the owner is Jewish” and many of the rallies featured Swastika banners held high …
The sad truth is that while the situation in Gaza may have been used to ignite the raging protesters, it is the marches themselves and their message that have exposed a key motivation in Gaza’s war against Israel.
Hamas has made no secret of its visceral hatred of Jews, and anti-Jewish animus is enshrined in the group’s constitution.
The Charter reads: “The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say, ‘O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’”
According to a recent Anti-Defamation League poll, the Palestinian-controlled territories contain the most anti-Semitic population in the world, with 93% holding anti-Semitic views.
Away from Gaza, and Hamas’s iron grip on messaging, which is tailored to garner world sympathy, downplaying the elements of Hamas’s ideology that are unpalatable to the West, and highlighting Palestinian suffering, their allies chanting in the streets have exposed their genocidal aims.
Monday, August 18th, 2014 at 8:58 AM | Stand For Israel
The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas continues today, with some saying a long-term agreement is possible, while others say the sides are apart. Either way, it seems that despite the military defeat it has suffered at the hands of the IDF, Hamas hasn’t completely been beaten. At Commentary, Jonathan Tobin writes that Hamas’ grip on the people of Gaza isn’t slipping because of the Palestinian insistence on war on Israel and the terror organization’s control over both the press and possible political dissent:
Though no one in Gaza had to like the results of the fighting, Hamas’s political stock may actually have gone up due to the perverse culture of Palestinian life. Throughout the last century Palestinians have always given the bulk of their support to whichever faction proved to be the most violent. That dynamic kept Yasir Arafat at the top of the Palestinian pyramid and has inspired the ongoing competition between Hamas and Fatah in the last generation. Since Palestinian national identity has always been inextricably linked to their war on Zionism, peacemaking has always been political poison. Instead of concentrating on development or providing services for their backers, Hamas and Fatah have both concentrated on demonstrating their belligerence, with even moderates like Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas understanding that agreeing to recognize the legitimacy of the Jewish state is simply impossible. That’s why no matter what Hamas does it appears that Gazans will blame their suffering on Israel.
As for possible dissent, it should be noted that the one demonstration held in Gaza against Hamas was met with a stern response. Those involved were executed. That is where the iron rule comes in.
Throughout history, tyrannies have only fallen when they are ready to liberalize, not when they are still prepared to spill the blood of their people. The French revolution happened during the reign of the least tyrannical of the Bourbon kings, not under that of the most bloodthirsty. The Soviet Union fell after glasnost and perestroika, not…Read More » Comments (16) »
Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 at 8:18 AM | Stand For Israel
One of the IDF’s primary tasks during Operation Protective Edge has been to find and destroy the vast system of terror tunnels Hamas has spent years building – tunnels to be used to attack Israel and her people. While this part of the operation has proven successful, this new terrorist tactic is one that the Israeli military is still developing methods to combat. The Jerusalem Post reports on Israeli anti-terror technology, including a new system the IDF has successfully tested in order to improve its tunnel detection:
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A system designed to detect infiltration tunnels proved successful in laboratory tests for the first time ever and is now being tested in the field, a senior IDF officer said Monday.
If the field test proves successful, the system can be deployed around the Gaza Strip within approximately one year, the officer added …
The officer said that the IDF is also working to improve the Iron Dome. It is believed that, in the future, Israel’s enemies will try to overcome the rocket defense system by launching a number of missiles and rockets at the same time, including more advanced projectiles that can reach a greater height than those previously fired from Gaza. Among the improvements being worked on is giving the Iron Dome the ability to intercept rockets over enemy territory, before they enter Israel.
The officer also touted the Trophy tank defense system for its success in saving the lives of IDF soldiers during Operation Protective Edge.
He said the Trophy system had neutralized dozens of anti-tank missiles fired at tanks and armored personnel carriers during the operation.
Monday, August 11th, 2014 at 12:07 PM | Stand For Israel
This video from the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry shows rockets being fired at the border crossing through which Israel delivers humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. Because of the rocket attacks yesterday, the border was closed and deliveries of aid were stopped. Yet again, this shows that while Israel is trying to help the people of Gaza – even as the Jewish state defends its own people during this conflict – the terrorists of Hamas have no regard for the people who they claim to represent.Comments (4) »
Monday, August 11th, 2014 at 10:41 AM | Stand For Israel
We have mentioned the lack of fair reporting from Gaza, both in the media protocols they force upon foreign journalists, as well as the things they won’t let reporters see, all stemming from the terror organization’s intimidation and harassment of said reporters. Now the Foreign Press Association has put out a statement against Hamas’ treatment of journalists:
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The FPA protests in the strongest terms the blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas authorities and their representatives against visiting international journalists in Gaza over the past month.
The international media are not advocacy organisations and cannot be prevented from reporting by means of threats or pressure, thereby denying their readers and viewers an objective picture from the ground.
In several cases, foreign reporters working in Gaza have been harassed, threatened or questioned over stories or information they have reported through their news media or by means of social media.
We are also aware that Hamas is trying to put in place a “vetting” procedure that would, in effect, allow for the blacklisting of specific journalists. Such a procedure is vehemently opposed by the FPA.
Monday, August 11th, 2014 at 10:04 AM | Stand For Israel
The plight of Christians in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East is dire. Now The Algemeiner brings this report on Hamas firing rockets from a church in Gaza:
A Catholic Archbishop ministering to Gaza’s minute Christian minority says Hamas terrorists forced him to allow them to use his church to fire rockets at Israel during the four week-long Operation Protective Edge.
“Islam is the rule of this place and whatever Hamas says we must obey or face consequences,” Archbishop Alexios told The Christian Broadcasting Network.
Alexios showed the reporter where Hamas terrorists used the roof of the center to fire rockets at Israel …
Functioning as a tolerated Christian minority in an Islamic supremacist entity, some residents charge that Hamas has “imposed strict Taliban-style Islamic laws” on the populace, Muslim and Christian alike.
However, Alexios allowed 2,000 Gazans to take refuge within the church compound during the fighting, according to the report.
We pray for the safety of the many persecuted Christians in Gaza, in Iraq, and elsewhere across the troubled region.Comments (0) »
Friday, August 8th, 2014 at 10:44 AM | Stand For Israel
With the 72-hour ceasefire set to end this morning, Hamas officials refused to extend the truce. Instead, The Times of Israel reports that the terror organization launched dozens of rockets into Israel, forcing the IDF to respond with airstrikes:
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Hamas officials refused to extend the three-day cease-fire, but said they were willing to continue negotiations in Cairo. Israel said it would not negotiate under fire and would protect its citizens by all means …
Within minutes after the temporary truce expired at 8 a.m., Gaza militants began firing rockets. By midday, some 35 rockets had been fired. Twenty-six landed in Israel, three were intercepted and four fell short in Gaza, the army said. Four Israelis were hurt, none seriously. One rocket landed meters from a gasoline station.
Israel eventually responded with what the military said were strikes “across Gaza …”
The resumption of violence cast doubt over the Cairo negotiations.
Both Israel and Hamas are under international pressure to reach a deal. As part of such an arrangement, Israel wants to see Hamas disarmed or prevented from re-arming, while Hamas demands Gaza’s borders be opened.
Friday, August 8th, 2014 at 8:23 AM | Stand For Israel