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Hamas Claims to Nab Israeli Spy Dolphin

(Photo: NASA)

(Photo: NASA)

A couple of years ago, Stand for Israel reported on the ridiculous Hamas claim that it had captured an eagle trained by the Mossad. Now, the Gaza-based terror group is up to the same type of shenanigans. The Times of Israel reports that Hamas is now claiming to have nabbed an Israeli spy dolphin:

Hamas claims to have captured a dolphin that was spying for Israel, Army Radio reported Wednesday.

The dolphin was said to have been equipped with “spying equipment” including cameras.

It was captured off the Gaza coast by the naval unit of the Hamas military brigades…

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at 10:25 AM  | Stand for Israel

Who Is Destroying the Palestinian Dream?

(Photo: flickr/ ahmadmesleh)

(Photo: flickr/ ahmadmesleh)

 

Writing at the Gatestone Institute, the courageous Israeli-Arab journalist Khaled Abu Toameh discusses the Gaza Strip’s rapid descent into chaos and anarchy:

Since its violent takeover of the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2007, Hamas has maintained a tight grip on the area, home to some 1.7 million Palestinians. But now Hamas’s totalitarian rule over the Gaza Strip seems to be nearing its end, as the Islamist movement faces increased challenges from various militias and groups in the area.

Some of Hamas’s rivals belong to more radical terror groups such as the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda-affiliated militias created by salafi-jihadis inside the Gaza Strip. Others belong to the secular Fatah faction, whose members continue to dream of the day when they will be able to topple the Hamas regime and regain control over the Gaza Strip.

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at 8:19 AM  | Stand For Israel

Hamas’ Child Abuse Camps

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

As most of us around the world enjoy the weather, barbecues, and other charms of summer, the children of Gaza spend their summers in a very different way. Gatestone Institute’s Khaled Abu Toameh reports on the terrorist training camps again filled with children being indoctrinated to hate and attack Israel:

For the third running year, thousands of Palestinian children from the Gaza Strip are receiving military training as part of Hamas’s summer camps.

The camps, which are being held under the banner “Vanguards of Liberation,” are aimed at preparing children as young as 15 for fighting against Israel. More than 25,000 children have joined this year’s Hamas camps, according to Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip.

What is most disturbing about this practice is that the families are not hesitant to send their children to be trained as future jihadis in the war against Israel. On the contrary, many of the families interviewed in the Palestinian media in the past few days said they were proud to see their children being taught how to use various types of weapons…

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Friday, July 31st, 2015 at 8:15 AM  | Stand for Israel

Iran Deal Empowers Enemies of Peace

(Photo: Alamy/Ahmed Deeb/ZUMA Press)

(Photo: Alamy/Ahmed Deeb/ZUMA Press)

While a nuclear Iran is the biggest worry posed by the recent agreement with the Islamic Republic. However, there are other dire implications of the deal. Gatestone Institute’s Khaled Abu Toameh explains how the deal will allow for even more aid to terror groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and others whose goal is to target Israel:

Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that has vowed to destroy Israel, is emerging as one of the biggest beneficiaries of the nuclear deal reached last week between Iran and the world powers.

Emboldened by the deal, Hamas is now seeking to reap the fruits by tightening its grip on the Gaza Strip with the help of Iran. This, of course, is bad news for Hamas’s rivals in the Palestinian arena, namely the Palestinian Authority (PA), as well as all those who still believe in the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.

The nuclear deal has also driven Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Muslim countries to restore their relations with Hamas. The goal is to entice Hamas and its patrons in the Muslim Brotherhood to become part of an anti-Iran Sunni coalition in the Arab world.

Hamas is now trying to have it both ways: to restore its ties with the major Arab countries while, at the same time, also improving its relations with Iran. For now, Hamas’s strategy seems to be working, thanks to the nuclear deal between the world powers and Iran…

Learn how you can tell the congressmen and senators from your state that you oppose the nuclear deal with Iran.

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Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 7:32 AM  | Stand For Israel

How Hamas Is Getting Supplies for Rockets and Tunnels

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Last summer’s Operation Protective Edge put a dent in Hamas’ terrorist capabilities, with the IDF targeting not only its rocket-launching sites, but also its terror tunnels. However, The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff reports that despite hard times, Hamas is again gearing up to attack Israel:

Yet despite the hunger, heat and financial hardship, the hundreds of workers digging tunnels under the Israeli border, inside the Gaza Strip and on the Egyptian border, kept on with their labor. That they worked at a slower pace was not because of the fast. Hundreds of Palestinians, members of Hamas, continued building the network, including new attack tunnels to reach Israel in the next war and smuggling tunnels to Sinai. The problem they have encountered over the past few weeks, causing a slowdown in the pace of digging, is a severe shortage of some of the materials critically important for the tunnel industry.

Quite a few reports on these tunnels have been published recently in both Israeli and Hamas media. Some in the Israeli defense establishment have a working assumption that, a year after Operation Protective Edge, it is likely that Hamas already has one or more tunnels crossing the border fence and reaching inside Israel.

Hamas’s intense focus on its tunnel project can only bolster this assumption. Hamas is putting an enormous amount of effort, personnel and money into digging with heavy engineering equipment…

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Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 7:19 AM  | Stand For Israel

Hamas Readying for Next War with Israel

(Photo: Alamy/Ahmed Deeb/ZUMA Press)

(Photo: Alamy/Ahmed Deeb/ZUMA Press)

It has been a year since Hamas forced Israel into a fifty-day war, after kidnapping and murdering three teen boys, launching thousands of rockets into Israel, and planning further attacks via terror tunnels. While Operation Protective Edge put a dent in the terrorist organization’s capabilities, Israel Hayom’s Gideon Allon reports that Hamas is again readying to wage war on the Jewish state:

[Head of Shin Bet, Yoram] Cohen said Hamas has stepped up its preparations for a future military confrontation with Israel by resuming its tunnel construction activities, renewing its development and production of rockets, increasing training, and intensifying its efforts to receive Iranian aid.

Cohen said Hamas is unlikely to launch an offensive against Israel now, but warned that it is capable of fighting Israel for a protracted period in the event of flare-up. He added that some of the funds that were supposed to go toward the rebuilding of civilian infrastructure in Gaza have been used instead to shore up Hamas’ military capabilities, which were badly damaged during Operation Protective Edge last summer.

 

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 8:00 AM  | Stand for Israel

What the UNHRC Report Tells Hamas

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(Photo: wikipedia)

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) submitted its report on last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, which Israel was drawn into after Hamas kidnapped and killed three Israeli teenagers and then indiscriminately launched thousands of rockets into Israeli towns and villages. The report, predictably, laid much of the blame on Israel. And while it admitted that Hamas was involved in terror, it claimed that Israel was as well.

The UNHRC called Israeli operations in Gaza both “disproportionate” and “indiscriminant,” and concluded that IDF measures to reduce civilian deaths in Gaza were insufficient and should not prevent Israel from facing war crimes charges.

This report is a complete sham. The standards by which the IDF approaches conflicts and approves operations in real time not only uphold but go above and beyond international laws of war. Reports by military experts around the world state that Israel’s self-imposed restrictions and conduct aimed at minimizing civilian deaths – both last summer and in previous conflicts – greatly surpass what is required under international law. Israeli measures aimed at preventing collateral damages and death to the civilian population exceed the records of other Western nations, including NATO forces and the U.S., both of which have conducted military campaigns in the Middle East.

The UNHRC report does not contain a shred of evidence which can be used to indict Israeli generals or politicians who made decisions during the conflict. In essence, it is just another U.N. propaganda piece against the state of Israel.

But what is so disturbing and morally deficient about this report is not that it wrongly accuses Israel of war crimes –we’re used to that from the U.N. Rather, it’s the fact that this report and others like it tell Hamas and other terror organizations that tactics such as human shields do work.

Hamas knows it is no match for the IDF. That is why they store their weapons in hospitals, fire rockets from schoolyards, and hide inside underground bunkers while placing Palestinian women and children in harm’s way. And, as long as…

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 at 12:59 PM  | Stand for Israel

BDS and Hamas: The New Partnership

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(Photo: Flickr/ Takver)

Stand for Israel keeps you updated on the many ways that Israel’s enemies try to attack the Jewish state. From Gaza, Hamas has used rockets and terror tunnels. But Gatestone Institute’s Khaled Abu Toameh reports that the BDS movement has not only emboldened Hamas, but that the terrorist organization counts on boycotts, divestment, and sanctions as much as any other weapons to further its goal of wiping Israel off the map:

Hamas has found new allies: the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Over the past few weeks, Hamas leaders have expressed deep satisfaction with the work of the BDS activists around the world. Hamas is convinced that the anti-Israel campaign will ultimately pave the way for the elimination of Israel.

For Hamas, this is not just about boycotting or imposing sanctions against Israel. Rather, it is about delegitimizing and isolating Israel, and turning it into a rogue state that has no right to exist.

That is why Hamas today believes that it shares a common goal with the BDS movement — namely to destroy Israel. As far as Hamas is concerned, BDS is not about putting an end to Israeli “occupation,” but about ending the existence of Israel.

Hamas supports the BDS campaign to boycott Israeli products, companies and academic institutions. But Hamas, which seeks to destroy Israel and replace it with an Islamic state, believes that such measures are not enough. Hamas wants BDS supporters to step up their activities so that it can achieve its goal of eliminating Israel…

The U.S. universities that allow BDS activists to disseminate their hate against Israel are unaware that these people are serving as Hamas’s ambassadors. Moreover, Western governments, above all the U.S., are unaware that Hamas and its BDS allies also consider them enemies of the Palestinians.

Here is what senior Hamas official Izzat al-Risheq had to say about the U.S. Administration’s public opposition to the anti-Israel BDS campaign: “The attempts by the U.S. Administration to prevent the rise of the political, economic and academic boycott against…

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Monday, June 15th, 2015 at 8:18 AM  | Stand For Israel

The Question of Hamas, Gaza, and Israel

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

In a Daily Dispatch last week, Stand for Israel reported that Amnesty International at last fingered Hamas for war crimes during last summer’s war in Gaza, a turnaround for the usually anti-Israel organization. Former national security adviser Elliott Abrams looks at what this means for Israel, Hamas, and human rights organizations’ anti-Israel bias:

Amnesty International has just issued a report on human rights violations by Hamas in Gaza during last year’s conflict between Hamas and Israel.  It has garnered a great deal of attention, in part because Amnesty has previously been very critical of Israel.

This report skewers Hamas. Here is Amnesty’s own summary:

Hamas forces in Gaza committed serious human rights abuses, including abductions, torture and summary and extrajudicial executions with impunity during the 2014 Gaza/Israel conflict. To date, no one has been held to account for committing these unlawful killings and other abuses, either by the Hamas de facto administration that continues to control Gaza and its security and judicial institutions, or by the Palestinian “national consensus” government that has had nominal authority over Gaza since June 2014. (more…)

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Monday, June 1st, 2015 at 8:11 AM  | Stand for Israel

Hamas Commander in West Bank Calls for Kidnapping of Israeli Soldiers

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(Photo: flickr/ ahmadmesleh)

It has been nearly a year since Hamas operatives kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teens, while more kidnappings were attempted during last summer’s war in Gaza. Now, Algemeiner’s David Daoud reports that a Hamas commander in the West Bank is calling on the terror group to kidnap Israeli soldiers once again:

The commander of Hamas’ military wing in the West Bank called on members of the terror group on Sunday to attempt to kidnap Israeli soldiers, Israel’s NRG news portal reported.

In an unprecedented move, Abdullah Barghouti, who is currently being held in an Israeli jail, issued the call on Al-Ra’i Radio, a radio station affiliated with Hamas which broadcasts from the Gaza Strip.

Barghouti, who was once one of Hamas’ chief bomb-makers, is currently serving 67 life sentences for his involvement in the deaths of 66 Israelis…

On the radio show, Barghouti urged the leadership of Hamas to be patient and not to rush into a deal with Israel. He said, “do not rush to sign a deal, we are patient and resilient as you have entrusted us to be.”

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Monday, June 1st, 2015 at 7:56 AM  | Stand for Israel