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Hamas Caught Using Human Shields in Gaza

(Photo: IDF blog)

(Photo: IDF blog)

As the IDF continues Operation Protective Edge against the terrorists in Gaza launching rockets at Israel, it also provides this report – and evidence – on the troubling fact that Hamas is using human shields in order to protect its weapons stashes:

Hamas places weapons and missile launchers in densely populated areas. They also send men, woman and children to act as human shields for terrorists.

Innocent bystanders can be killed as a result of Hamas’ abuse of its own civilians. Instead of keeping its citizens out of harm’s way, Hamas encourages and even forces Gazans to join its violent resistance against Israel.

During Operation Protective Edge, evidence of Hamas’ and other terror organizations’ use of human shields has surfaced.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 2:35 PM  | Stand For Israel

An Open Letter to Hamas and the Arab World

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

As rockets continue to fall on Israel, Operation Protective Edge continues to target the terrorists who launch them. The IDF has called up 40,000 reserves in preparation for possible ground operations in Gaza. One of these reservists, the Israeli media personality Ari Abramowitz, has penned an open letter to Hamas and the rest of the Arab world, hoping for peace for all but promising that God’s children will be victorious:

We are enraged that this is what get after having gone to greater lengths than any country in modern history to make peace with you — even giving to you the very territory from which you are assaulting tonight — as a “confidence building measure”.

While our nature is to love peace, we are ready for war.

But do NOT mistake our hesitation for fear.

Do not mistake our compassion for weakness.

We are like a lion ready to pounce.

Remove our shackles and you will see a nation of warriors.

We will be victorious.

Not because of our own strength will we succeed, but because of the God of Israel who fights our battles for us – who fights our battles through us.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 8:34 AM  | Stand For Israel

IDF Preparing for Escalation Against Hamas

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

As terrorist rockets continue to rain down on southern Israel, the IDF is preparing for an increased campaign against Hamas. Calling up reserves and positioning troops, The Jerusalem Post reports, are some of the ways Israel is readying for an escalation:

The IDF’s steps to enhance preparedness on the Gaza border include the calling up of 1,500 reserves, and the setting up of infantry assault units on the Gaza border, in case “a decision is made” for an offensive in Gaza, the source said.

“We are ready for an escalation,” the source said, adding that Hamas is not only failing to prevent other terror groups from firing projectiles at southern Israel, it is taking an active and dominant part in the recent attacks.

Please pray for the brave men and women defending Israel, as well as for all those people they protect.

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Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 12:32 PM  | Stand For Israel

Is Hamas’ Kidnapping Mastermind in Turkey?

(Photo: wikicommons/ Kimdime)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Kimdime)

With Hamas’ role in the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens, the IDF has cracked down on the Gaza-based terror organization and will continue to do so. But, Eli Lake reports for The Daily Beast, the fact that Hamas’ kidnapping mastermind lives freely in Turkey may complicate the already strained Israeli-Turkish relationship:

The Hamas commander who is seen by Israel as responsible for a wave of kidnapping attempts in the West Bank is actually based in Turkey. Saleh al-Arouri, that senior Hamas operative, makes his home inside the territory of a NATO ally …

Israel’s security services said al-Arouri has “urged West Bank operatives incessantly to set up terror cells and perpetrate kidnappings.” A further clue that the Israelis blame al-Arouri for the teenagers’ kidnappings came on June 20 when Israeli military vehicles demolished the family home of al-Arouri outside Ramallah.

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 at 8:59 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: Hamas Will Pay, After Bodies of Kidnapped Teens Found

(Photo: White House/ Lawrence Jackson)

(Photo: White House/ Lawrence Jackson)

As Israel’s security cabinet convened an emergency session after the bodies of the three missing teens were found, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a statement condemning Hamas’s responsibility for the murders:

Netanyahu said it was “with great sorrow that we found the three bodies” — of Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19 — who he said were “kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by animals… Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay,” he said …

Netanyahu telephoned the families and expressed his condolences. “The entire nation is crying as one,” he said.

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Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 2:41 PM  | Stand For Israel

Breaking News: Israel Releases Names of Suspected Kidnappers

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(Photo: courtesy)

As all who stand for Israel continue to pray for the return of the three abducted boys and wait to hear any news of their whereabouts, the Israeli government has just named two suspects in the kidnapping. The Times of Israel reports that the suspects are known Hamas operatives:

The two alleged abductors, Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme, are both known Hamas members. They have been missing from their homes in Hebron’s Hares neighborhood ever since the kidnapping took place on the night of June 12 and are still at large …

The identities of the suspected kidnappers, who attended prayer services regularly at the same mosque, have been known to Israel since soon after the kidnapping, but were kept secret as the search operation continued over the past two weeks. They are alleged to have been in the car in which Gil-ad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Fraenkel were abducted from a hitchhiking post near the settlement of Alon Shvut in the Eztion Bloc south of Jerusalem, Israeli officials said. Other members of their Hamas group have been arrested …
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Thursday, June 26th, 2014 at 12:51 PM  | Stand For Israel

Hamas Prepares for War As Abbas Talks Peace

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(Photo: flickr/ mateus27_24-25)

Back when a Hamas-Fatah unity government still seemed like a pipe dream, we were sure that if such an agreement did occur, it would never succeed. Now that the Palestinian factions have entered into such a pact – and the agreement has not succeeded – we won’t gloat, but will instead look at the results. Writing for the Gatestone Institute, the always spot-on Khaled Abu Toameh notes that instead of moderating Hamas, the unity agreement has instead allowed the terrorist organization to head down the road toward increased extremism, violence, and war against Israel:

Hamas seems to be hoping that the reconciliation accord, which was signed in the Gaza Strip in April, will legitimize the Islamist movement in the eyes of the international community. Abbas himself even contributed to the legitimization of Hamas by repeatedly assuring the U.S. and many EU countries that the new Palestinian government would recognize Israel and renounce violence.

Today, however, it has become obvious that the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Abbas’s Fatah faction has had no moderating effect on the Islamist movement. On the contrary, Hamas seems to be headed toward more extremism and its defiant leaders are now talking about preparations for a new intifada against Israel.

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014 at 8:20 AM  | Stand For Israel

Is Hamas Coming Out Ahead?

(Photo: flickr/ crazymaq)

(Photo: flickr/ crazymaq)

Even as the IDF continues its search for the three kidnapped Israeli teens, and even as it continues to root out terrorist hideouts and weapons stashes, the Israeli government is scaling back on the operation. Jonathan Tobin writes that this not only shows Hamas’ true colors, but that the terrorist organization is coming out ahead of its P.A. “unity” partners:

It has not only won the applause of most Palestinians, who have mocked the boys’ plight with a three-fingered salute on social media, but also demonstrated that the Fatah-Hamas unity agreement didn’t stop Hamas from pursuing violence against Israel.

This means that this episode is not only a tragic instance in which a terror group has targeted children and seemingly evaded justice. It also proves that despite the progress that Abbas has made in condemning terror—which Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu rightly praised today—the reaction to the kidnapping shows the Palestinians are more of Hamas’s mindset on this question than their leader.

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 8:30 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu on Statement by Leader of Hamas

(Photo: Kremlin.ru)

(Photo: Kremlin.ru)

Yesterday, Hamas leader Khaled Mashal called the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens a heroic act, called the boys Israeli soldiers, yet denied any involvement in the abduction. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, while meeting with the prime minister of Romania, then made the following statement condemning Hamas’ remarks and actions:

Last night we heard Khaled Mashal, the leader of Hamas, praise and defend the brutal kidnapping of the three innocent Israeli teenagers who were making their way home from school. Mashal once again made clear that Hamas remains committed to its war against Israel and its war against every Israeli citizen, and coincidently, against every Jew around the world …

The quest for peace and stability and tranquility means that we have to fight the forces of terror, intolerance and darkness. There can be no alliance with the kidnappers of children.

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 at 9:21 AM  | Stand For Israel

Hamas Indoctrinates Palestinian Youth After Kidnapping

(Photo: IDF blog)

(Photo: IDF blog)

Last week we discussed the disturbing Palestinian celebratory reaction to the kidnapping of three Israeli teens. Today we bring you an IDF report on the terrorist organization’s further indoctrination of Palestinian youth. The report details how recent graduation ceremonies have featured widespread use of the “Three Shalits” symbol mentioned above, as well as the annual summer camps Hamas holds for Palestinian children:

Just days after the graduation ceremonies, Hamas invited journalists to photograph its annual summer camp for Palestinian children in Gaza. Nearly 100,000 children attend the camp, where they dress in military fatigues and take orders from Hamas terrorists …

“(You are) the generation of rocks, the generation of rockets, the generation of tunnels, the generation of the suicide bombings!” Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh declared at a graduation ceremony for one camp in January 2014.

Please continue to pray for the safe return of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali, held by terrorists so ruthless that they would kidnap boys and indoctrinate children into a mindset of hatred.

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