HAMAS admits to kicking out foreign journalists from Gaza who filmed Hamas rockets being fired at Israel from civilian areas

In an interview with Mayadeen TV, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Isra Al-Mudallal, head of foreign relations in the Hamas Information Ministry, confirms that Hamas security personnel would confront journalists suspected of filming its terrorist operations.

IPT  Throughout the latest conflict, Hamas has threatened and interrogated Western journalists, preventing them from covering the terrorist organization’s use of human shields. Recently, a Spanish journalist confirmed that Hamas launched rockets from the press hotel in Gaza, according to the Algemeiner website. Fernando Gutierrez, writing for Metilla Hoy, tweeted in Spanish: “On Saturday, 9th of August, Hamas launched a batter of rockets from press hotel. What was their intent? To provoke Israel to kill us? #SaveGazaFromHamas.

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Israeli Economics Minister Naftali Bennett: “For every rocket launched into Israel, Israel should bomb 20 Hamas commanders’ homes in Gaza

Nafatali Bennett wants Israel to stop negotiating with Hamas. “We have the power. We don’t need to compromise.” (Bennett for Prime Minister!)

Bennett to Sky News: "Are you kidding me?"

Bennett to Sky News: “Are you kidding me?”

INN  Jewish Home Chairman and Economics Minister Naftali Bennett said Thursday that it is time to stop the “unbecoming” negotiations with Hamas and opt for unilateral action against the terror organization.

“Open up the crossings into Gaza for humanitarian equipment, and respond with disproprtionate force to any fire on the southern communities,” Bennett prescribed, as he entered a session of the Diplomacy and Security Cabinet.

Residents of the so-called Gaza Belt, which is hardest hit by Hamas’s rockets, mortar shells and tunnels, require a specific solution, he said. “If we have to move them to guest rooms in the north for a month or two, we will do that. And for every shell that is fired, we will destroy 20 homes of Hamas commanders and rocket factories. We are the ones with the power. There is no reason to plead.”

Minutes after the cabinet session began, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu left it in order to talk to the heads of southern regional authorities, ahead of the rally that they are holding in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv. 

Listen to the Sky News dhimmi Hamas apologist accuse Israel of “disproportionate response.”

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BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA is blocking missile shipments paid for by Israel on behalf of his pals from Hamas

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Obama Regime officials stop missile transfer, order all future transfers to be scrutinized in sign of Obama’s further hostility toward the Jewish state. 

INN (h/t Susan K)  A new report reveals that US President Barack Obama’s administration stopped a shipment of missiles to Israel late last month and tightened weapons shipment procedures to Israel, as tensions between the two nations grow amid Operation Protective Edge.

The report in the Wall Street Journal, released Wednesday night, cites US officials in Obama’s administration, who say they discovered Israel had requested a large number of Hellfire missiles directly through military-to-military channels. An initial batch of the missiles was about to be shipped, according to sources in Israel and the US Congress.

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At that point, the Pentagon stepped in and put the transfer on hold. Further, top White House officials instructed various US military agencies to consult with the US State Department before approving any additional requests from Israel.

A senior Obama administration official was quoted in the report as sayingthe transfer shouldn’t have been a routine “check-the-box approval,” given Israel’s defensive operation in Gaza against Hamas, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by the US.

The decision to clamp down on future transfers was the equivalent of “the United States saying ‘the buck stops here. Wait a second…It’s not OK anymore,'” said the official.

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A Israeli defense official confirmed the reports to Walla! on Thursday, saying “the US delayed a shipment of Hellfire missiles to the Israeli airforce.” He added “apparently it was (done) on the background of national tension” with Israel.

Obama has been at odds with Israel over the defensive operation in Gaza, making various attempts to press Israel into accepting a truce with the adamant terrorist organization of Hamas. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly responded to the pressure by telling the administration “not to ever second guess me again,” after Hamas committed one of its many ceasefire violations.

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Currently a new five-day ceasefire has come into effect as of Wednesday at midnight, with Obama calling Netanyahu shortly ahead of when it came into effect to push for a “sustainable” ceasefire. According to US officials cited in the Wall Street Journal report, the Wednesday night phone call between Obama and Netanyahu was “particularly combative.”

The report noted that on July 20, ahead of the Hellfire missile cancellation, the IDF asked the US military for various munitions such as 120-mm mortar shells and 40-mm illuminating rounds, without the knowledge of Obama’s administration. Three days later the request was approved by the military, without Obama or US Secretary of State John Kerry being approached for approval, given that their approval was not required for such a transfer.

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The transfer without Obama’s unnecessary approval was followed by a similar incident ahead of the Hellfire cancellation, which occurred the same day as the July 30 IDF strike on terrorists adjacent to a UN school, which the US slammed as “disgraceful.

In response, the IDF confirmed it targeted Islamic Jihad terrorists in the vicinity of the school. Previously the IDF provided video evidence that Hamas fires rockets from inside schools; further, UNRWA schools have been used in at least three cases to store Hamas rockets, after which UNRWA repeatedly returned the rockets to Hamas.

On the same day as the UN school strike, US reports said the 120-mm and 40-mm rounds had been released by the US army to the IDF, with one Obama administration official saying “we were blindsided.”

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A US defense official responded, saying “there was no intent to blindside anyone. The process for this transfer was followed precisely along the lines that it should have.”

Demonstrating the tense ties between Obama’s administration and Israel, a senior official of the administration told the Wall Street Journal “we have many, many friends around the world. The United States is their (Israel’s) strongest friend.”

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“The notion that they are playing the United States, or that they’re manipulating us publicly, completely miscalculates their place in the world,” added the official.

The US decision to tighten down on arms transfers to Israel comes as the UK is threatening similar actions. On Tuesday, the British government threatened to suspend 12 arms export licenses to Israel if fighting resumed in Gaza.

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ARAB-AMERICAN columnist blames Western media for emboldening Hamas terrorists

Caliphate-Crescent-eclipse-17192National Review columnist Lee Habeeb appeared on CNN’s dreadful morning program “New Day” to lay out an articulate, intellectual, and ethical case for how recent news coverage of Israel’s war of self defense in Gaza has turned the American media into the public relations branch of the terror group Hamas.

Breitbart  (h/t Mike F) Unable to defend its appalling anti-Israel coverage, CNN not only is pretending there is a moral equivalence, it has has voluntarily become a public relations outlet for this evil — which has the added horror of encouraging Hamas to use more innocent children as human shields.  Lee Habeeb says: 

“The goal of Hamas’s strategy, the point of the spear is the media and dead children and dead women. They used to use women as human bombs, women and children. Now they’re using them as human shields. The American people, the world need to know Hamas’s strategy. And I don’t believe that the media is covering it. Where are the Hamas soldiers? We don’t see them because they’re hiding. We see the Israeli soldiers. They’re wearing uniforms. Why do we only see the images of dead women and children and not the images of Hamas soldiers? That needs to be contextualized by the media.”

RELATED STORY: ARAB LIKE ME by Lee Habeeb

 

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MALAYSIA: Student under investigation for sedition for liking a ‘Pro-Israel’ Facebook page

The alleged screen capture of the ‘I love Israel’ post from the teen’s Facebook was uploaded by a teacher onto her own Facebook page, with a comment saying: “My student likes Israel? How shameful for me.”

For a country reeling from two recent airline disasters, this isn’t going to help their image as a so-called “moderate” Muslim nation.

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Today Online  (h/t CC Leong) A Penang police probe into a secondary school student for sedition for allegedly liking an “I love Israel” Facebook page has sparked an outcry in Malaysia, with some questioning the action and others criticising the police’s move. Anti-Israel sentiments have been running high in Malaysia since the outbreak of conflict on July 8 between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, where close to 2,000 people have died, most of them Palestinian civilians.

On news portal The Malay Mail’s Facebook page, one user commented: “Stupid teen! Why love the country that killing children & women?!!” Internet users have also criticised the move. “What about all the people who visit Israel? Are they under investigation too?” asked user B Huan Yap on The Malaysian Insider’s Facebook page.

The 17-year-old student had on Monday gone to the police to file a report and seek aid, after he had been threatened with immolation over the Facebook “like”, which was allegedly screen captured and circulated by a teacher from his school. Instead, he was yesterday called in by the police for questioning.

Under Malaysia’s laws, sedition includes acts that raise discontent or disaffection among people in the country and promote feelings of ill will and hostility between different races or classes of the population.

The student has since deactivated his Facebook account. “He is now living in fear for liking the page,” said Mr Rahim.

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HAMAS spokesterrorist: “Our fighters are all civilians. That’s why we can say Israel is targeting civilians”

tumblr_n9w3qnhbKM1s4lolfo1_500Hamas TV Host: “The Palestinian public is a civilian public. Even the Security Forces – traffic police and  civil defense – are all civilian forces. Hamas Jihadist fighters are Palestinian civilians fulfilling their religious and national duty. This is why we cannot make the distinction and say ‘a civilian car’, ‘a civilian target’ and so on – since we have no regular army and no real military targets.”

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BROOKLYN: Cops bust man for driving by a mosque with Israeli flags on his car and blasting Israeli music

A Jewish man fired up by the Mideast conflict between Israel and Hamas nearly started a holy war of his own in Brooklyn — when he repeatedly drove his SUV draped with Israeli flags past a mosque while blaring Israeli music and flashing strobe lights.

But when Muslims blast the eardrum shattering Islamic Call to Prayer in the neighborhood five times a day beginning at 5AM, we aren’t allowed to complain because they are expressing their religious beliefs.

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NY Post  Officials charged Chaim Weiss, 20, Wednesday after he was allegedly caught on a surveillance camera repeatedly driving past the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge in a car ‘festooned with four Israeli flags. The Borough Park man allegedly drove by the mosque several times, playing Israeli tunes so loud that those inside could hear him as they recited Koran verses, officials said.

Chaim Weiss, 20, was arrested by cops from the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force for his stunt at the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge on July 20 during a 4 a.m. service for Ramadan, one of the most holy times of the year for Muslims.

Others who were worshiping outside because of an overflow crowd watched with outrage as Weiss cruised past. “This Jewish guy was driving by looking at people praying,” said Sarah Eljadu, a congregant. “People were angry. Why was he playing music and hanging an Israeli flag? They are killing us.”

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“Seven or more times this guy drove up and down the street during the prayer service blasting ­Israeli music with Israeli flags dotting the car,” an NYPD spokesman said. Weiss knew that the neighborhood was predominantly Muslim — and admitted he hatched the plan to demonstrate “support for the Israeli people in Israel,” the complaint said.

The worshipers eventually called cops and showed surveillance video of the prank. The footage led cops to bust Weiss at the scene on misdemeanor charges of disruption or disturbance of a religious service and of disorderly conduct, court records say. He was not charged with a hate crime.

A police source said cops decided to cuff Weiss and put him through the court system because of the blatant nature of the disruption of the Ramadan service, amid heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Bay Ridge Mosque Targeted in Music Hate Crime

 

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DESPICABLE! Palestinian mother whose son is being treated by Jewish doctors in an Israeli hospital hopes he becomes a jihadist against Israel

The Israeli government opened its doors to treat her son (free of charge, no doubt) with a heart condition. Instead of being eternally grateful, she advocates for her son to become a jihadist or suicide bomber against Israel when he gets out of the hospital.

Despicable? Yes. Predictable?  Also YES.

Gateway Pundit (h/t Mike G)

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Obama is upset that Benjamin Netanyahu’s poll numbers are so much higher than his

Barack Hussein Obama has opined in a New York Times interview that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is too popular with the Israeli public at the moment to make compromises with Hamas or the Palestinian Authority. ‘If he doesn’t feel some internal pressure, then it’s hard to see him…taking on the settler movement,’ Obama said.

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INN  Asked whether he should be more vigorous in pressing Netanyahu, and the Palestinian Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbasto reach a land-for-peace deal, Obama said that this has to start with them. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s “poll numbers are a lot higher than mine” and “were greatly boosted by the war in Gaza,” Obama said. “And so if he doesn’t feel some internal pressure, then it’s hard to see him being able to make some very difficult compromises, including taking on the settler movement. That’s a tough thing to do. 

With respect to Abbas, it’s a slightly different problem. In some ways, Bibi is too strong [and] in some ways Abbasis too weak to bring them together and make the kinds of bold decisions that Sadat or Begin or Rabin were willing to make. It’s going to require leadership among both the Palestinians and the Israelis to look beyond tomorrow. … And that’s the hardest thing for politicians to do is to take the long view on things.”

Asked if he is worried about Israel’s “long term survivability,” Obama said: “It is amazing to see what Israel has become over the last several decades… Think about the dream of the early Zionists and to have scratched out of rock this incredibly vibrant, incredibly successful, wealthy and powerful country is a testament to the ingenuity, energy and vision of the Jewish people.

“And because Israel is so capable militarily, I don’t worry about Israel’s survival.”

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Actual statistics disprove Hamas’ ‘Dead Baby Strategy’ that most of those killed by Israel were children, women and the elderly

The headline—“Most of those killed by Israel were children, women and the elderly”—will continue to be the conventional wisdom, despite its factual deception. Unless it is corrected, Hamas will continue to promote its ‘dead baby strategy’ and the complicit media will carry their water.

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Algemeiner  (Alan Dershowtiz) It’s a mystery why so many in the media accept as gospel Hamas-supplied figures on the number of civilians killed in the recent war.  Hamas claims that of the more than 1800 Palestinians killed close to 90% were civilians. Israel, on the other hand, says that close to half of them were combatants.

The objective facts support a number much closer to Israel’s than to Hamas’. Data published by the New York Times strongly suggests that a very large number—perhaps a majority—of those killed are closer to the combatant end of the continuum than to the civilian end.

A distribution comparing the dead in Gaza to the actual population, refuting accusations of indiscriminate killing by the IDF; most of the dead have been combatant-age males.

A distribution comparing the dead in Gaza to the actual population, refuting accusations of indiscriminate killing by the IDF; most of the dead have been combatant-age males.

Even human rights groups antagonistic to Israel acknowledge, according to a New York Times report, that Hamas probably counts among the “civilians killed by Israel” the following groups: Palestinians killed by Hamas as collaborators; Palestinians killed through domestic violence; Palestinians killed by errant Hamas rockets or mortars; and Palestinians who died naturally during the conflict.

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I wonder if Hamas also included the reported 162 children who died while performing child slave labor in building their terror tunnels. Hamas also defines combatants to include only armed fighters who were killed while fighting Israelis. They exclude Hamas supporters who build tunnels, who allow their homes to be used to store and fire rockets, Hamas policemen, members of the Hamas political wing and others who work hand in hand with the armed terrorists.

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Data published by the New York Times strongly suggests that a very large number—perhaps a majority—of those killed are closer to the combatant end of the continuum than to the civilian end. First of all, the vast majority of those killed have been male rather than female. In an Islamic society, males are far more likely to be combatants than females. Second, most of those killed are within the age range (15-40) that are likely to be combatants. The vast majority of these are male as well.

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The number of people over 60 who have been killed is infinitesimal. The number of children below the age of 15 is also relatively small, although their pictures have been shown more frequently than others. In other words, the genders and ages of those killed are not representative of the general population of Gaza. It is far more representative of the genders and ages of combatants. These data strongly suggest that a very large percentage of Palestinians killed are on the combatant side of the continuum.

They also prove, as if any proof were necessary to unbiased eyes, that Israel did not target civilians randomly. If it had, the dead would be representative of the Gaza population in general, rather than of the subgroups most closely identified with combatants.

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The media should immediately stop using Hamas-approved statistics, which in the past have proved to be extremely unreliable.  Instead, they should try to document, independently, the nature of each person killed and describe their age, gender, occupation, affiliation with Hamas and other objective factors relevant to their status as a combatant, non-combatant or someone in the middle. 

It is lazy and dangerous for the media to rely on Hamas-approved propaganda figures. In fact, when the infamous Goldstone Report falsely stated that the vast majority of people killed in Operation Cast Lead were civilians and not Hamas fighters, many in Gaza complained to Hamas. They accused Hamas of cowardness for allowing so many civilians to be killed while protecting their own fighters. As a result of these complaints, Hamas was forced to tell the truth:  namely that many more of those killed were actually Hamas fighters or armed policemen. It is likely that Hamas will make a similar “correction” with regard to this conflict. But that correction will not be covered by the media, as the prior correction was not.

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Hamas has also been firing missiles into Israel out of church in Gaza

Gaza-churchA 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.

Algemeiner  “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.

Numerous Israeli UAV videos have shown similar images of rocket crews using mosques, schools, hospitals and other civilian structures as ammunition and gun nests, as well as launch sites – all war crimes according to the Geneva Conventions.

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.

 

 

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Is anyone surprised that Sunday’s “appalling” “horrifying” “indefensible” Gaza school attack was totally staged?

On Sunday, Valerie Jarrett and the Obama Regime criticized Israel for firing on terrorists operating near a United Nations School in Gaza. Ten people were reportedly killed when Israel targeted terrorists on a motorcycle near the school.

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The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least ten more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed.

NFSE  (h/t Maria J) The account promoted by Hamas and repeated by the United States and the U.N. on Sunday was that an Israeli mortar hit a U.N. school, killing 10 people, including children. However, evidence is emerging that the Israeli strike hit outside of the school and the bodies were moved into the courtyard to make it look like Israel hit the school.

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As reported by Rick Moran at the PJ Tatler, the U.K Guardian pointed out the attack was outside the gates of the school:

A deadly attack on a school in the city of Rafah in the south of Gaza has been denounced as a “moral outrage” and “criminal act” by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon. At least 10 people were killed and dozens more wounded after a projectile struck a street outside the school gates on Sunday morning.

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As Moran reported, the U.K. Telegraph agreed: The school had been providing shelter to more than 3,000 people – the same number that had been seeking refuge at a girl’s school in Jabaliya last Wednesday when it came under attack from a hail of Israeli shells.

In contrast to that strike, which wrecked a classroom full of sleeping woman and children, the physical destruction this time appeared minimal: just a small but deep hole in the road where the missile had landed.

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The video below describes how bodies were moved. Even a small girl was added to the pile of adult bodies to make it look as if all the deaths came from the school. In the video, two dead men are photographed outside the school, but later images show them inside school grounds, suggesting their bodies had been moved or they weren’t really dead.A little girl then appears apparently lying dead and covered in blood, but pictures indicate she was placed there. Then another man picks her up and runs away from the school with her in his arms. We never see where he takes her or whether she is really dead.

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