HAMAS spokesmonkey says: “There is no evidence that tunnels from Gaza to Israel are being used to attack Israel”

And CNN does not challenge him. I guess they are unaware that Egypt has demolished more than 1600 smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Egypt. And that Israel has found large caches of weapons, missiles and launchers inside them as well as Hamas terrorists trying to sneak into Israel from the tunnels.

And if you think Gazans don’t have an overabundance of everything they need, trucked in by Israel, check this out: take-a-look-at-life-in-the-open-air-prison-as-muslims-and-leftists-like-to-call-it-that-is-gaza-today

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GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT: Aussie jihadists “won’t be allowed re-entry from Syria or Iraq, unless they can prove they have no affiliation with terror groups,” warns PM Tony Abbott

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Australians who travel to Syria or Iraq must prove upon return that they weren’t involved in terrorism in a dramatic change to counterterrorism laws. The reversal of the burden of proof will mean that anyone who has been to a declared zone must prove to a court that they were not involved with a terror group, rather than police having to prove they were.

Daily Telegraph (h/t Colin W)  In a rewriting of the counterterrorism laws introduced by John Howard in 2005, the definition of terrorism will be fundamentally changed with new laws to give greater powers to police to arrest and detain people to prevent a terrorist act.

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It is believed that following the first round of national security laws introduced two weeks ago to boost the powers of the spy agencies, Attorney-General George Brandis will take a second tranche of counterterrorism laws to cabinet next week. It will involve more than 30 changes to the commonwealth criminal code, the Crimes Act and Foreign Insurgents and Recruitment Act.

The most significant change will be a new provision to declare that any Australian who travels to a declared zone, such as Syria or Iraq, will be “presumed” to be involved in terrorism. While some Australians such as alleged terrorists Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar have boasted of their terrorist acts, counterterrorism police and spy agencies are deeply concerned about the difficulty in gaining evidence against others who have hidden their activities overseas.

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Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamad Elomar

Sweeping changes will also be introduced to give police greater powers to lock up people believed to have links with terror groups or who were actively planning imminent attacks — within 14 days — on home soil under preventive detention provisions. It is believed the Act, which currently restricts police from arresting people unless they “believe on reasonable grounds” they are guilty of a terrorism-related offense, will be changed to “suspecting” they were involved.

It is also believed the definition of terrorism will be broadened to capture individuals or organizations who promote terrorism. The association provisions in current laws will be broadened to allow police to arrest people known to have links to organisations which promote terrorism or may be involved in planning terrorist acts.

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Changes will also be made, as first flagged by The Daily Telegraph last month, to the proscribing of terrorism groups in Australia to broaden the definition and include organisations who promote or encourage terrorism. Senator Brandis also wants to remove the 10-year sunset provisions on the counterterrorism laws, due to expire next year, and enshrine them in perpetuity in a sign the government believes the risks will be long-lasting.

‘‘Islamic community leaders are our partners and allies seeking to eliminate the radicalised few … who pose a specific concern to Australia’s security,” Mr Brandis said.

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ORLANDO al-Quds Day Rally features Jew-hating Hamas and Hezbollah supporters

Al-Quds (Arabic for Jerusalem) Day is a big holiday in Iran and Gaza which calls for the annihilation of Israel and where the crowds like to chant ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel.’

The Orlando Muslim demonstrators were brandishing Hamas and Hezbollah flags but figured they could appease the public by saying that the terrorists are really freedom fighters. They got a little nervous when they realized they were talking to people who weren’t fooled by the game they were playing. When the Hezbollah fan was asked what his name is, he answered “Shimon Peres” (Israeli president until last week)

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UN blasts Israel for not sharing Iron Dome technology with Hamas

If it weren’t for Hamas, Israel wouldn’t need the Iron Dome, you idiots. The UN’s top human rights official again condemned Israel for its military actions to stop Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, accusing the Jewish state of “deliberately defying International Law… in a way that may constitute war crimes.”

THIS JUST IN: US Senate approves $225 million emergency funding for Israeli ‘Iron Dome’ system

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Navi Pillay, UN degenerate

Breitbart  Navi Pillay told reporters following yet another “emergency” meeting of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council that Israel was not doing enough to protect civilians. “There is a strong possibility,” said the known Israel critic, “that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes.”

Among the UN’s long bill of particulars against the beleaguered Jewish state comes the almost unbelievable accusation that Israel’s refusal to share its Iron Dome ballistic missile defense shield with the “governing authority” of Gaza – i.e. Hamas, the terror group created to pursue the extermination of the Jewish state and now waging a terrorist war against it – constitutes a war crime against the civilians of Gaza.

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As of August 1st

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The UN chairwoman criticized the U.S. for helping fund Israel’s Iron Dome system which has saved countless Israeli and Palestinian lives. “No such protection has been provided to Gazans against the shelling,” she said. Just because Hamas fires rockets indiscriminately aimed at Israeli civilian population centers without provocation and fires them from within its own population centers does not “absolve” Israel from its own legal violations, Pillay told reporters Thursday.

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Marking the end of her contentious, six-year term as chairman of the notoriously anti-Israel UNHRC, Pillay saved her harshest condemnations for what she termed Israeli “targeting” of UN-run schools and hospitals in Gaza. She did not mention, nor was she reminded by any of the reporters present, that as of this writing, at least three UN-run schools in Gaza have been used as rocket warehouses, a gross violation of international law that clearly falls within the category of war crimes.

Neither did she mention, nor was she reminded, that in at least two of the three cases cited above, the terror rockets found on UN property in Gaza were returned to Hamas by the UN. “What I’m seeing now is a recurrence of the very acts that the Gaza fact-finding mission indicated as constituting war crimes and crimes against humanity,” she said.

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The UN’s Human Rights Council has long been a source of deep embarrassment to some UN supporters all-too-conscious that the council is widely regarded as a cesspool of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hatred, manipulated by the world’s very worst human rights abusers to cover up their own gross abuses of human rights by scapegoating Israel.

While Israel is the only country in the world that remains a standing agenda item at every session, the human rights body has to date said nothing about the recent Russian-backed shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, nor has it condemned the ongoing mass killings in Syria or South Sudan. North Korea, China, Pakistan, Syria, Sudan, or Iran, all recent or current members of the council, have never been condemned by it.

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The UNHRC has never formally mentioned “Hamas” by name, let alone condemned it.

From 2006 through 2012, Israel was formally condemned by the UNHRC at least 47 times.

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Israeli Ambassador to the UN

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BALL BEARINGS & CEMENT MIXERS: Turkey’s idea of sending ‘humanitarian aid’ to Gaza

Customs officials at Israel’s Ashdod port discovered hundreds of ball-bearings and cement mixers in a Turkish shipment of ‘humanitarian aid’ to Gaza, raising fears the cargo could have been used by Hamas to support its ongoing war against Israel. Both have played a central role building Hamas’s rocket arsenal and its vast network of terror tunnels into Israel.

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INN  Terrorists in Gaza regularly use ball-bearings to maximize the lethality of locally-made, short-range Qassam rockets. Unlike other, more powerful long-range rockets and military-grade mortar shells smuggled into Gaza from state-sponsors such as Iran, Qassam rockets have a relatively small warhead. But while the explosion itself may be relatively “small”, the rockets are also packed with shrapnel – including nails, razors and, most commonly, ball-bearings – which are scattered throughout a relatively wide radius upon impact, maiming or killing anyone in the vicinity.

The co-opting of hundreds of tons of concrete supplies by Hamas to build its underground tunnel network, used to store and transport weapons as well as carry out attacks inside Israel, has also been well-documented.

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The timing of those specific items of “humanitarian aid” is particularly suspicious; Gaza’s civilian population are hardly appealing for fresh supplies of ball-bearings, and rebuilding targets struck by the Israeli Air Force while it is still operating over Gaza’s skies seems a rather unfruitful endeavor.

The suspicious cargo had been handed over to security services for inspection. Authorities are currently withholding the problematic cargo, fearing it could be easily used by Hamas authorities to help replenish dwindling rocket supplies and rebuild the network of “terror tunnels” which has largely been destroyed by Israeli forces.

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For their part, the owners of the seized container claim that the mixers were not specifically meant for making cement, but for other, unspecified, uses. They added that the ball-bearings were meant for use in the mixers.

Turkey’s Islamist leadership is one of Hamas’s main backers, along with Qatar, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has modeled himself as a champion of the “Palestinian cause”, upping his already hostile rhetoric towards Israel since the start of Operation Protective Edge, comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany.

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Erdogan’s government has form when it comes to funding armed Islamist groups apart from Hamas. Kurdish fighters in northern Syria have long accused the Turkish government of backing Islamist rebels – including Al Qaeda-linked factions – to fight against them.

Last December the Turkish foreign ministry admitted its government had given 47 tons of arms to Islamist rebels in Syria, even as it attempted to pass them off as “non-lethal” cargo. Amusingly, the weaponry in question had been filed as “guns without military uses” – despite being shipped into a country gripped by a bloody civil war.

Turkey has announced that it is planning to send another ‘humanitarian’ flotilla to Gaza. I wonder if it will carry the same ‘humanitarian’ items that the last one carried?

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In reporting on Arab non-support for Hamas, CNN gets it wrong again

CNN finally gets around to mentioning how Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Jordan are not supporting Hamas and are in fact, backing Israel, but the reason they give is idiotic: They say it’s because the “Arab states fear the jihadists will try to bring democratic reform to their countries.”

Naturally, they fail to mention that Egypt just held a democratic election after the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood. And CNN wonders why their ratings are in the toilet.

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UK: Sharia-compliant Tesco stores ban Israeli products

Tesco, the UK’s largest sharia-compliant food retailer, has strongly rejected claims that the Gaza crisis is forcing it to stop selling Israeli produce and products, saying that in the case of Israeli dates packaged under its own label it had decided to stop selling them in September “for commercial reasons.”

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JPost  According to the grocery chain, the dates are grown in Israel but packaged in the West Bank. “It is clearly marked as “West Bank (Israeli settlement produce)” so customers are fully aware of what they are buying,” a spokesman told The Jerusalem Post. “As part of our regular review of our range, we will not be selling this product for much longer.”

The spokesman said that in line with the recent request from the British government on “origin of food” labeling, the dates have to be marked and sold as such, and as Tesco customers have been asking for such information, the company has to supply it.

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halal-e13693304276401Nevertheless, he emphasized that the decision had nothing to do with Gaza and that any report to the contrary was “erroneous.” “Like all major UK retailers we sell some products that are sourced from Israel,” he said. “We do this in line with the government position on trade with Israel, and we mark all products clearly with the country of origin so customers can make informed choices about what to buy.”

The spokesman said Tesco had “no plans to change our sourcing arrangements, which are in line with other retailers and in accordance with the Government’s position.” Explaining the background to its decision, Tesco confirmed it had received questions from customers about products from Israel or the West Bank.

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As to whether just the suppliers of kosher products had been approached or whether the company had sought similar information from other suppliers, the spokesman told the Postthat while it had not asked all its suppliers, many had been requested to indicate the country of origin of their products.

article-1315278-0B59D3F2000005DC-753_634x428He declined to name any examples of those approached.

2013’s figures for the Tesco chain of 2,500 stores showed a £3.3 billion profit. 

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HAMAS breaks its own ceasefire again, two Israeli soldiers killed, one feared abducted

The IDF released for publication the name of the soldier feared abducted by terrorists in Gaza. The missing soldier has been named as Second Lieutenant (Platoon Leader) Hadar Goldin, 23, from Kfar Saba. Goldin serves in the Givati Brigade.

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INN  The IDF Spokesperson’s office announced Friday that at about 9:30 am, terrorists opened fire on Israeli forces in southern Gaza, triggering a fierce exchange of fire, and preliminary information indicates that there is a concern that a soldier was kidnapped during the fighting. Two other soldiers were reportedly killed in the same gunfight. An investigation is underway and at this time, the IDF maintains a high-level operational and intelligence effort to locate the soldier.

“We are continuing our activities on the ground,” IDF Spokesman Peter Lerner stated.  “Our initial indications suggest a soldier has been abducted by terrorists in an incident where terrorists breached the ceasefire.” The soldier’s family has been notified.

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Heavy fighting broke out on the outskirts of Rafah shortly after the UN and US-brokered “humanitarian ceasefire” went into effect, after a group of terrorists allegedly emerged from a tunnel and began opening heavy fire at IDF forces stationed there. At least one report, this time from Walla! News, says that a suicide bomber detonated himself directly next to IDF forces before the fighting began, wounding several soldiers.

Intense clashes ensued; according to Palestinian media sources, thirty people were killed, at least eight terrorists among them – though the number is likely to be higher, as Palestinian sources regularly report terrorist deaths as civilians. Roughly 100 others were wounded, according to reports.

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A senior IDF commander stated on condition of anonymity that the condition of the missing soldier is unclear.”We don’t know whether he was wounded during the attack,” he said.

Meanwhile, Islamic Jihad officials have been told by Egypt that talks for a long-term truce have been postponed. “The Egyptians contacted the Islamic Jihad and said Israel told them that a soldier has been captured,” the terror group’s deputy leader Ziad al-Nakhale told AFP. “The talks have been postponed.” 

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Hamas has tried to blame the broken cease-fire on Israel, according to AFP. “It is the occupation which violated the ceasefire. The Palestinian resistance acted based on… the right to self defense (and) to stop the massacres of our people,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said in a statement. Hamas also claimed reports of the abduction – which it has not confirmed or denied, at least in English-speaking media – were simply “justification for Israel retreating from the truce, and a cover-up for massacres especially in Rafah.”

The United Nations said it was informed by Israel of “a serious incident this morning after the start of the humanitarian ceasefire at 8:00 am (0500 GMT), involving a tunnel behind IDF (army) lines in the Rafah area.”

“Two soldiers were reportedly killed, as well as a number of Palestinians,” said a statement from the UN special coordinator for Middle East peace, Robert Serry. “If corroborated, this would constitute a serious violation of the humanitarian ceasefire… by Gazan militant factions, which should be condemned in the strongest terms,” the statement said.

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CODE PINKO: Foaming-at-the-mouth pro-Hamas leftists disrupt ‘Christians United for Israel’ (CUFI) meeting

medea-shock1Gee, to look at these crazed whackjobs, one would think they were Muslims. Code Pinko founder Medea Benjamin (right) is a notorious radical left-wing, self-hating Jew known for her virulent hatred of Israel and support for Islamic terrorists. Not surprisingly, she’s an Obama favorite.

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