Hamas uses the residential neighborhood of Shuja’iya as a fortress for its weapons, rockets, tunnels and command centers. Hamas exploits the neighborhood’s residents as human shields for its terrorist activity.
IDF This residential neighborhood in Gaza City lies just over the border fence from Israel. Since Hamas’ ruthless takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007, the organization has developed extensive terrorist infrastructure throughout the neighborhood. In just 13 days, Hamas has fired over 140 rockets from Shuja’iya into Israel.
Since the beginning of the ground phase of Operation Protective Edge, IDF soldiers have found 10 openings to terror tunnels in Shuja’iya. These tunnels are used for infiltrating Israel, smuggling weapons, and launching rockets at Israeli civilians.
The IDF warned civilians in Shuja’iya to evacuate the area many days before striking the terror infrastructure within it. Dropping leaflets, making phone calls and sending text messages are just some of the many actions the IDF has been taking to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza.
Hamas knows that Israel is reluctant to attack areas with many civilians. The terrorist organization fights from within the civilian population and uses them as human shields.
Shuja’iya is a densely populated neighborhood, close to the Karni Crossing and just over the border fence from the Israeli community of Kibbutz Nahal Oz. Since Hamas’ takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007, it has become a stronghold for Hamas terrorist activity. Shuja’iya is saturated with Hamas observations points and is home to a vast network of tunnels used for attacking Israel. Hamas exploits many of the neighborhood’s mosques as weapons caches as well as launching pits which are used to fire rockets at Israel.
Monday, July 21
7:49 PM: In the past 24 hours, 7 IDF soldiers were killed while fighting Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
7:25 PM: IDF field hospital at Gaza border opened today. We are working with the Red Crescent to treat wounded Palestinians from Gaza.
3:41 PM: Hamas terrorists opened fire moments after IDF forces found the tunnel in Shuja’iya. Our soldiers killed 2 of the attackers.
3:40 PM: IDF forces exposed access points to a Hamas tunnel in Shuja’iya. Terrorists planned to use the tunnel to commit an attack in Israel.
1:58 PM: Iron Dome intercepted five rockets above Ashdod and three rockets above Ashkelon.
12:06 PM: A rocket fired from Gaza hit the Tel Aviv area.
11:41 AM: The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two rockets above the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
11:40 AM: Hamas terrorists fired a barrage of rockets from Gaza into southern Israel.
8:55 AM: 2 terrorist squads infiltrated Israel through a tunnel from northern Gaza. An IDF aircraft struck 1 squad and other IDF forces killed 10 terrorists.
12:15 AM: Last night, 13 soldiers from the Golani Infantry Brigade fell protecting the people of Israel. Among them: Maj.Tzafrir Baror, 32, Cpt.Tsvi Kaplan, 28, Sgt.Gilad Rozenthal Yacoby, 21, Sgt.Oz Mendelovich, 21, Sgt.Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21.
Hamas terrorists infiltrate Israel from tunnel in Gaza, IDF blows them away
IDF Paratroopers discover tunnel under house in Gaza
IDF Paratroopers blow up tunnel in Gaza
Evidence of Hamas shooting out of homes
IDF Pinpoint strike on terrorists in a residential building in Gaza
On one hand Israel has always supported India, on the other hand Muslims all over the country are staging anti-Israel protests. But, yesterday the Bhagat Singh Kranti sena marched for Israel on India Gate.
Hindus United for Israel
PHOTO CAPTION: “Israel has always stood up for India on every International issue without conditions. Because 1800years earlier when Jews came to India, they were never persecuted here. People of India and jews have a very old and beautiful relationship. Israel always stood with India on the Kashmir issue whereas Palestine always supports Pakistan on the matter….Hamas has always backed the terrorist organisations active against India. This time too it was the Palestine which attacked Israel first and when facing the consequences they are shouting torture.”
Since the beginning of Israel’s offensive in Gaza, much of the Egyptian media has laid the blame squarely on the Islamist terror group Hamas.
France24 (h/t Maria J) Some journalists have even said that all Palestinians are to blame for their current plight. Israel’s escalating attack on the Gaza Strip has triggered worldwide debate. Egypt is no exception. But there is little of the traditional Arab solidarity towards Palestinians to be found in the Egyptian media.
Adel Nehaman, a columnist for the Egyptian daily El-Watan, said bluntly: “Sorry Gazans, I cannot support you until you rid yourselves of Hamas.” Azza Sami, a writer for government daily Al-Ahram, went so far as to congratulate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Twitter: “Thank you Netanyahu, and God give us more men like you to destroy Hamas!”
Star presenter of the Al-Faraeen TV channel, Tawfik Okasha, an ardent supporter of Egypt’s military regime and known for his firm stance against the ousted Muslim Brotherhood, attacked the entire Palestinian population live on air.
“Gazans are not men,” he declared. “If they were men they would revolt against Hamas.” His broadcast was even picked up by Israeli TV to demonstrate Egyptian support for Israel.
Why the hatred of Hamas? The hostility of these journalists is part and parcel of the movement that saw democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi removed from power in a military coup in 2013. They are now applying the same logic behind the ouster of Morsi, who was the favored candidate of the now-censured Muslim Brotherhood, to the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
In 2013, a significant chunk of the Egyptian media called for the Muslim Brotherhood’s “liquidation”. That same sentiment is now applauding Israel’s efforts to disarm Hamas, originally the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch. These Egyptian journalists link Hamas to ongoing violence in the Sinai Peninsula where in the last 12 months, armed Islamist groups have attacked Egyptian security forces on an almost daily basis.
Egypt’s current rulers insist that the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are behind these attacks. Much of Egypt’s media toes the government line. They see the neutralisation of Hamas as crucial to winning Egypt’s undeclared war in the Sinai Peninsula. They don’t hesitate to criticise Hamas and Palestinians generally, who they hold in contempt for failing to revolt against their Islamist leaders as Egyptians did in 2013.
Not all Egyptians are hostile to their besieged Arab neighbors. There have been demonstrations against Israel’s attack on Gaza in Cairo and Alexandria in recent days, but these only attracted a few thousand people at the most. Beyond this very small minority of pro-Palestinian militants, Egyptians are broadly unsympathetic to the plight of their Gazan neighbors.
“A senior source in the American Administration says that if the number of dead among the Palestinians in Gaza reaches 1,000 President Obama will demand that Israel immediately ceases fire- in a conversation with our correspondent Oren Nahari.” Israel tells Obama:
IMRA (h/t Linda R) Israel Radio News bulletin 14:00 19 July 2014 Dr. Aaron Lerner – IMRA: this arbitrary figure is another illustration that when the Obama Administration says “it has Israel’s back” it means it has a knife in Israel’s back. The issue is not how many human shields Hamas sacrifices in the Gaza Strip. The issue is addressing the festering cancerous security challenge. Stopping this operation with the tunnels intact, for example, means leaving open Israel’s population to the threat of huge bloody terror attacks at any moment.