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  • Driving Off a Cliff

    08/01/2014 8:47:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Last week, The Washington Post's Tehran, Iran, correspondent was arrested. The charges are unspecified, but according to the paper, Jason Rezaian, 38; his Iranian wife, Yeganeh Salehi; and two other U.S. citizens were detained. State Department spokesman Marie Harf issued a protest that didn't even rise to the level of tepid, saying "Our highest priority is the safety and welfare of U.S. citizens abroad." Reassured? Rezaian and the others join a list of Americans held captive -- many for years and years. Former FBI agent Bob Levinson, 66, went missing after traveling to Iran in 2007. Warren Weinstein, 72, was...
  • Iran leader calls Israel ‘rabid dog’, urges arms for Palestinians

    08/01/2014 2:25:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:12am EDT | Mehrdad Balali
    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Israel a “rabid dog” for its attacks on Gaza, and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians to enable them to counter what he termed genocide. […] In a speech marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Khamenei criticized the United States and European countries for what he said were their efforts to limit the military capacity of Palestinian fighters in the enclave. Of Israel, he said: “This rabid dog, this rapacious wolf, has attacked innocent people and humanity must show a reaction. This is genocide, a catastrophe of historical...
  • Marine Le Pen takes poll lead in race for next French presidential election

    08/01/2014 12:37:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    ft.com ^ | 7/31/14 | Hugh Carnegy
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6a09af64-18a7-11e4-a51a-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz397k1epX7 The growing threat to France’s mainstream political leaders posed by Marine Le Pen, head of France’s far-right National Front, has been underscored by an opinion poll putting her in the lead for the first time in the race for the next presidential election. The charismatic Ms Le Pen has overtaken former centre-right president Nicolas Sarkozy in voting intentions if the first...
  • MK Feiglin: Take Gaza, Pay People to Leave

    07/31/2014 2:33:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/7/14 | Gil Ronen
    Feiglin does not believe in going after rocket launchers or tunnels. Gaza should be retaken in whole, he said, by directly attacking the Hamas leadership and striving for victory, and doing so according to Jewish law, without sacrificing soldiers in order to save members of the local population, which voted Hamas into power. Once this is accomplished, the terrorists who fight Israel must be destroyed, he said, and the remaining population should be encouraged to leave through monetary compensation. Surveys show that 80% of Gazans would like to leave the Mediterranean coastal strip and move elsewhere in the world. The...
  • CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza

    07/31/2014 9:43:18 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    If you want to judge a nation, look at how it treats its most vulnerable civilians. Hospitals are a good place to start. Al-Shifa, the largest hospital in Gaza, is housed in a converted British army barracks. Some 126 miles north is Israel’s Ziv Medical Center in Zefat. Hamas, which controls Gaza, is using the civilian population as human shields. The terrorist group has placed its missiles in schools and mosques and, even more deplorably, burrowed its command center underneath the al-Shifa hospital. Hamas‘ activities are taking place in plain sight. Just two weeks ago, The Washington Post described al-Shifa...
  • Arab leaders, viewing Hamas as worse than Israel, stay silent

    07/31/2014 2:49:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Times of India ^ | July 31, 2014 | David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times News Service
    CAIRO: Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting. Not this time. After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan — that has effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip. That, in turn, may have contributed to the failure of the antagonists to reach a negotiated ceasefire even after more than...
  • Obama's Gaza Game

    07/31/2014 8:07:44 PM PDT · by arthurus · 6 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    During the Cold War, Israel was a pawn in a larger struggle between the US and the USSR. Now it is back to being a counter in a larger game. Israel’s function within the great halls of diplomacy was always as a lever on the Arab states. It was not an end, but a means of moving them one way or another. When the Arab states drifted into the Soviet orbit, the “Special Relationship” was born. The relationship accomplished its goal once Egypt was pried out of the Soviet orbit. It has lingered on because of the emotional and cultural...
  • Rouhani: ‘This Festering Zionist Tumor Has Opened Once Again’

    07/31/2014 4:06:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7/31/2014 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at Israel in vitriolic terms on Wednesday, referring to Israel as a “festering Zionist tumor.”Rouhani, who has been championed by Western media as a moderate reformer who could change Iran’s extremist ways, appears to be adopting a violent tone similar to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has advocated for the complete destruction of Israel in recent days.“Today, this festering Zionist tumor has opened once again and has turned the land of olives into destruction and blood and littered the land with the body parts of Palestinian children,” Rouhani was quoted as saying in a...
  • After Anti-Israeli Comments, Erdogan 'Glad' to Return Jewish Award

    07/30/2014 2:40:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 7/30/2014 | Abe Katsman
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be "glad" to return an award given to him in 2004 by a prominent American Jewish group, Turkey's embassy in the US said Tuesday, amid a growing controversy over the premier's anti-Israel remarks.According to Israel National News, the American Jewish Congress had given Erdogan the Profile of Courage award in recognition of his efforts at that time to seek peace in the Middle East. But the AJC now wants the award to be returned following Erdogan’s repeated verbal assaults against Israel, most recently over the Gaza conflict.Erdogan has slammed Israel's attacks on Gaza as "genocide" of...
  • Top Secret Hamas Command Bunker in Gaza Revealed

    07/29/2014 7:37:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | July 29, 2014
    And why reporters won’t talk about it. The idea that one of Hamas’ main command bunkers is located beneath Shifa Hospital in Gaza City is one of the worst-kept secrets of the Gaza war. So why aren’t reporters in Gaza ferreting it out? The precise location of a large underground bunker equipped with sophisticated communications equipment and housing some part of the leadership of a major terrorist organization beneath a major hospital would seem to qualify as a world-class scoop—the kind that might merit a Pulitzer, or at least a Polk. So why isn’t the fact that Hamas uses Shifa...
  • Hamas official: “We all remember how the Jews used to slaughter Christians”

    07/30/2014 1:04:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/30/14 | http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/07/hamas-official-we-all-remember-how-the-jews-used-to-slaughter-chri
    The age-old anti-Semitic blood libel makes yet another appearance to justify Hamas’s targeting of innocent Israeli civilians and threats of a new genocide of the Jews. But the international media is too busy presenting Hamas press releases as news stories to take any notice. “Top Hamas Official Osama Hamdan: Jews Use Blood for Passover Matzos,” MEMRI, July 28, 2014: In a recent TV interview, Osama Hamdan, top Hamas representative in Lebanon and a member of the Hamas political bureau, said: “We all remember how the Jews used to slaughter Christians, in order to mix their blood in their holy matzos.”...
  • Hamas Calls on Hezbollah to Join 'Resistance' Against Israel

    07/30/2014 7:38:42 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 15 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | July 30, 2014 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Hamas has urged Hezbollah to join the fight against Israel, according to multiple sources, after Israel's self-defense operation against the terror organization in Gaza has expanded further. “We hope the Lebanese front will open and together we will fight against this formation [Israel],” deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk told Russian news agency RIA Novosti. “There’s no arguing that Lebanese resistance could mean a lot,” Abu Marzouk stressed. The remarks surface just minutes after Hamas rejected yet another humanitarian ceasefire from Israel, which had expanded its operation in Gaza earlier Wednesday. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has expressed...
  • How the Media Support Hamas' Efforts to Delegitimize Israel

    07/28/2014 2:37:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/28/2014 | Noah Beck
    The Palestinians long ago realized that they cannot defeat Israel militarily and opted instead to delegitimize and diplomatically isolate Israel. The Palestinian Authority (PA) has approached this goal by pushing for unilateral diplomatic recognition, a strategy facilitated by its claim to represent a peaceful approach to the conflict with Israel. That claim became far less credible once the PA (1) accepted Hamas, which the U.S. State Department has designated as a terrorist group, into a unity government, and (2) more recently embraced Hamas' violent attacks. Like the PA, Hamas also seeks to delegitimize and diplomatically isolate Israel, and uses its...
  • Scrubbed: NBC Journalist 'Witnessed' Israeli Attack Against Gaza Hospital

    07/28/2014 11:49:45 AM PDT · by blueyon · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/28/14 | John Nolte
    According to Twitter and Google, an NBC journalist reported that he or she had personally witnessed an Israeli drone attack and fire on a hospital in Gaza. The eye witness report was at first included in this NBC News article, and read, "a NBC News journalist witnessed the attack on the hospital and said it had been fired by an Israeli drone." Since that report was published, though, the accusation has been scrubbed entirely from the article. The only evidence of the NBC journalist's "eyewitness" accusation is the apparent insertion of this sentence:
  • UN Secretary General Accuses Israel of 'Attacking Sleeping Children'

    07/30/2014 2:38:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/30/14
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon spoke Wednesday at a summit in Costa Rica where he placed blame on Israel for an attack at a UN school in Gaza. Not once mentioning Hamas in his speech, Ban said: This morning, yet another United Nations school sheltering thousands of Palestinian families suffered a reprehensible attack. All available evidence points to Israeli artillery as the cause. Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children. At least 16 civilians are dead, and many more are injured. I want to make it clear that the precise location of this Jabalia Elementary Girls School had...
  • Rubio: Iran Nuclear Negotiations a ‘Disaster’

    07/29/2014 4:28:07 PM PDT · by mgist · 27 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/29/14 | Free Beacon Staff
    BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff July 29, 2014 12:28 pm Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) blasted U.S. nuclear negotiations with Iran Tuesday, saying the rolling back of sanctions and allowance of the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism to enrich uranium constituted a “dangerous national security failure.” “This entire thing is a disaster,” Rubio said. “It’s not just an embarrassing diplomatic failure. This is a dangerous national security failure, in my opinion.” News broke earlier this month that nuclear talks were extended until November as the sides sought a more comprehensive deal. During that time, however, the U.S. will give Iran...
  • How Ted Cruz Trolls Obama’s Foreign Policy

    07/29/2014 1:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 29, 2014 | Eli Lake
    The Tea Party favorite loves to needle Team Obama. But in an interview, Cruz also reveals a new kind of conservative foreign policy: American exceptionalism without the nation building.One way to understand Ted Cruz’s foreign policy, particularly if you are a Democrat, is through the prism of the social media phenomenon known as trolling. The best trolls are provocateurs. Their language is meant to expose a fallacy or weakness in the opponent’s position as opposed to offering a constructive alternative. In a wide-ranging interview with the junior senator from Texas, there was a lot of trolling. Of Obama’s recent attempt...
  • Amir Mousavi, Former Advisor to Iranian Minister of Defense: Iran to Provide Missiles to West Bank

    07/29/2014 1:08:16 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 4 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | July 25, 2014 | Mayadeen TV (Lebanon)
    Iranian researcher Amir Mousavi was interviewed on July 25, 2014 on the Lebanese Mayadeen TV channel. Mousavi, a former advisor to the Iranian Minister of Defense, elaborated on Khamenei's statement about providing arms to Gaza as well as to the West Bank, and said that Iran and its allies would deliver missiles through Jordan and the Golan Heights to the West Bank. Interviewer: "Ali Khamenei talked about arming the Palestinian resistance in Gaza as well as the West Bank. What does 'as well as in the West Bank' mean? How will this arms supply be performed?" Amir Mousavi: "What I...
  • Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

    07/28/2014 11:33:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2014 2:09 PM EDT | Nedra Pickler
    President Barack Obama spoke out Monday against gender oppression in Africa that he said is “crippling” parts of the continent, urging young leaders there to empower women and eliminate traditions like female genital mutilation and violence against women. Obama held up an inaugural class of young African fellows who are getting six weeks of leadership training in the United States as inspiring examples of what the continent can achieve. He drew cheers as he announced their program is being expanded and renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela.Obama said the world’s security and prosperity depends on “a strong, prosperous...
  • Iran Releases Video Of Israel Under Nuclear Attack As 10,000 Riot In Judea and Samaria

    07/28/2014 10:07:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 7/28/14 | Pamela Geller
    Obama just released $2.8 billion to these savages. And he has sanctioned their nuclear weapons program. Mankind will always be plagued with evil annihilationists. But America funding them? And sanctioning their nuclear weapons program? That’s a whole new vicious reality for the free world to deal with. That’s new.
  • Iran General: We Will Hunt Down Israelis House To House

    07/27/2014 9:00:16 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9:50 PM 07/27/2014 | Reza Kahlili
    The deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards vowed revenge against Israel for its ongoing military incursion into Gaza, which has already killed hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis. “You [people of Israel] are trees without any roots which were planted in the Islamic lands by the British,” Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said at this week’s Friday prayer sermon in Tehran, Fars News Agency reported. That statement referred to the Balfour Declaration, which led to the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire after World War I and the eventual creation of the state Israel in 1948. “We will chase you house...
  • Iran to UN: Do More to Stop the ‘Zionist Crimes’

    07/27/2014 6:26:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 7/28/2014, 3:45 AM | Elad Benari
    Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Sunday criticized the United Nations for failing to end “the Zionist regime’s” crimes, AFP reported. The comments came in a conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as Zarif conducted a hefty round of telephone diplomacy to rally support and humanitarian aid for Gazans. He also spoke with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and other regional leaders, stressing that the priority was to get food and medical aid into areas worst hit by Israel’s military offensive, Iran’s official IRNA news agency said. According to AFP, in his conversation with Ban Zarif said...
  • 'Please stop!', Pope Francis makes plea for peace

    07/27/2014 5:29:59 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 45 replies
    Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square. As the Argentinian-born pontiff wrapped up his regular address to the faithful, he spoke of the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of World War One and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particular. With his voice appearing to crack with emotion, the pope broke off from his scripted remarks to make a direct appeal for fighting to end. "Please stop!, I ask you with all my heart, it's...
  • Reaching Critical Mass

    07/27/2014 6:03:04 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 16 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-27-14 | Skookum
    There is an undefined point, when a government is so corrupt and incompetent, that citizens will no longer be willing to defend it.Iran or maybe Obama’s chief handler Valerie Jarrett, the Iranian Mole, seems to be playing our president, he who has no experience at anything, like the proverbial fish on a line, but just maybe, one of Iran’s homicidal maniacs has read the writing of old Sun Tzu. It’s a cinch, none of our president’s people have a clue on anything but ideological rhetoric, and the followers of old Karl Marx have never been good at foreign policy.The quotes have been there...
  • SURPRISE: "Tech" news site Mashable is a front for the Nazi-aligned Hamas terror organization

    07/27/2014 4:16:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | July 27, 2014 | Doug Ross
    Question: When is a tech news site actually a public relations arm for a bloodthirsty terror group? Answer: when that tech news website is called Mashable. Consider a couple of their recent stories, designed to garner sympathy for actual bloodthirsty war criminals (no links for obvious reasons; simply search for the headline and you'll find it if you decide you prefer to read Hamas marketing material): • 'Am I Going to Die, Daddy?' The Child in Gaza Asked by Jon Snow • U.N. Official Warns of Gaza War Crimes; Only U.S. Votes Against Investigating by AP • 45000 Londoners Protest...
  • Archaeologists find bizarre burials in Burnt City

    07/27/2014 1:55:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Tehran Times ^ | Tuesday 22 July 2014 | Culture Desk/MMS/YAW
    “One of the odd burials is in Grave 1003, which had been excavated by our Italian colleagues,” Sajjadi said. The skeleton of 45-year-old man is located in the center of the circle-shaped grave and skulls of two dogs are placed above his head. In addition, 12 human skulls were placed on the north side of the grave, he stated, adding that to date, no other example of such a burial has been discovered in the Burnt City. Due to the structure of the grave, Sajjadi stated, “The grave undoubtedly belongs one of the peoples who had migrated from the Central...
  • US intel official warns against toppling Hamas

    07/27/2014 2:41:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 53 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/27/2014 | Lazar Berman
    Speaking at a high-level security conference in Aspen, Colorado, outgoing US Defense Intelligence Agency head Michael Flynn warned against the dangers of toppling Hamas, saying what may replace the Islamist group could be even worse. “If Hamas were destroyed and gone, we would probably end up with something much worse. The region would end up with something much worse,” Flynn, a lieutenant general, told the conference Saturday, according to Reuters.He warned that with Hamas out of the picture, the Islamic State, or something like the brutal Islamist group ruling over parts of Syria and Iraq, could take its place.Flynn also said...
  • Turkey to send another jihad flotilla to Gaza, this time with troops

    07/26/2014 6:19:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 96 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/26/2014 | Robert Spencer
    The people on the Mavi Marmara flotilla were genocidal Jew-hating jihadis, as you can see in the second video above: they were chanting a jihad war cry recalling Muhammad’s massacre of the Jews of Arabia: “Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, the army of Muhammad will return.” See the photos here of their weapons.And now Turkish troops will be accompanying a new jihad flotilla to Gaza. Will they attack Israeli troops?“Turkey to send another Freedom Flotilla to Gaza,” Middle East Monitor, July 26, 2014: The Turkish humanitarian relief organisation (IHH) is currently organising a “Freedom Flotilla II” which will carry humanitarian aid...
  • Muslims Take Fifty Innocent People, Cut Their Heads Off, And Place Their Heads On Poles...

    07/26/2014 6:15:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 83 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/26/2014 | Theodore Shoebat and Walid Shoebat
    After the ISIS defeated the Raqqa base manned by Division 17 of the Syrian army, the countless POWs were then beheaded and their heads were displayed for public view in the city square. Shoebat.com was the first to obtain this extremely gory footage: Shoebat.com also translated what the ISIS spokesperson said during the filming: In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful He had fulfilled his promise and defeated the enemy by himself. Your brothers here, the soldiers of the Islamic Caliphate, Allah had blessed us a great blessing from him. He had allowed us to defeat Division 17....
  • Kerry 'Tunneling Under Egyptian Ceasefire Deal', Says Minister

    07/26/2014 11:23:32 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26 July 2014 | Gil Ronen; AFP
    Israeli anger at US envoy for his attempt to forge a ceasefire with Hamas sponsors Turkey, Qatar, in Paris talks. An Israeli minister accused U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry of “digging a tunnel under the the Egyptian ceasefire proposal” by accepting Hamas's conditions for a ceasefire in Paris talks Saturday, Channel 2 reported. The minister's identity was not revealed. Kerry and top diplomats from Europe and the Middle East who gathered in Paris Saturday called for an extension to a temporary truce declared Saturday between Israel and Hamas. However, neither Israel, nor Egypt, nor the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud...
  • Islamic State destroys tombs, mosques in Mosul

    07/27/2014 6:06:06 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 11 replies
    The Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls large areas of both Iraq and Syria, continues to destroy religious sites in the city of Mosul in an effort to eradicate all competing religious groups and their symbols from the city. On July 24 the Islamic State destroyed the Nabi Yunus Mosque, which had housed the Tomb of Jonah, after destroying the tomb itself earlier this month. Islamic State fighters wired the mosque with explosives and detonated the religious site in broad daylight. Read more:
  • Policy Memo: A Good Deal Is Better Than No Deal (Is this a threat)

    07/26/2014 4:14:45 PM PDT · by mgist · 17 replies
    NIA Council ^ | 7/17/14 | parisi
    Washington, DC – Failure to reach a nuclear deal with Iran will not lead to a continuation of the current status quo, but rather a deterioration of the situation with severe military, economic and security consequences. This is the conclusion of a new NIAC Policy Memo published today analyzing the consequences of a diplomatic failure between the U.S. and Iran. The Policy Memo will be presented today at an event at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC at 2.30pm. The military consequences of not reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran have been clearly defined by the White House: “You...
  • Hamas and North Korea in secret arms deal

    07/26/2014 1:45:11 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07/26/2014 | Con Coughlin
    Hamas militants are attempting to negotiate a new arms deal with North Korea for missiles and communications equipment that will allow them to maintain their offensive against Israel, according to Western security sources. Security officials say the deal between Hamas and North Korea is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and is being handled by a Lebanese-based trading company with close ties to the militant Palestinian organisation based in east Beirut. Hamas officials are believed to have already made an initial cash down payment to secure the deal, and are now hoping that North Korea will soon begin shipping extra...
  • Israel-Gaza: Hamas calls for 'third intifada' after violent riots in Jerusalem and West Bank

    07/25/2014 4:28:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 25, 2014 | By Inna Lazareva, Tel Aviv
    Hamas and Palestinian Authority call for "day of rage" over Israeli assault on Gaza after two Palestinians killed in overnight riots north of Jerusalem. Hamas leaders, both in Gaza and abroad, have called for the start of the third intifada - or Palestinian uprising - after violent riots with live fire erupted throughout Jerusalem and the West Bank last night. Violence flared up as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets, rioting and protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza. Approximately 10,000 people marched from Ramallah to Jerusalem, where they clashed with Israeli police. In Gaza, Hamas TV played pro-intifada songs, while...
  • Unguarded Comments Suggest Kerry Frustration At Civilian Toll In Gaza [Lashes At Gaza Operation]

    07/20/2014 10:08:17 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Guardian (UK)R ^ | July 20, 2014 | Dominic Rushe
    Unguarded Comments Suggest Kerry Frustration At Civilian Toll In Gaza • 'It's a hell of a pinpoint operation' captured on open microphone Dominic Rushe in New York 20 July 2014 The secretary of state, John Kerry, on Sunday appeared to criticise Israel’s claims about the targeted scope of its attacks on Gaza, as a open microphone caught him talking to an aide ahead of a TV interview. “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry, who was appearing on Fox News Sunday as part of a tour of all five main US talkshows,...
  • Terror havens in Syria and Iraq: Five reasons the West should worry

    07/26/2014 4:22:45 AM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | July 26, 2014 | Paul Cruickshank,
    Events in Iraq and Syria have alarmed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Extremists from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria control vast swaths of Iraq and Syria. Its members may be mingling with Yemeni bomb makers who have a track record of getting devices on Western planes. And thousands of Europeans have gone to Syria ready to give up their lives. Holder has voiced "extreme concern" that the volatile mix could spread to Western shores.
  • (UN) War crimes commission takes aim at Islamic State (i.e. ISIS)

    07/25/2014 8:23:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 25, 2014 8:08 PM EDT
    The head of the independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes said Friday that commanders of the Islamic State extremist group are “good candidates" to be put on a confidential list of alleged perpetrators. Brazilian diplomat and scholar Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said the al-Qaida breakaway group, which now controls a swath of north and eastern Syria, has carried out public executions, crucifixions and other “gross human rights violations.” […] He said the list includes people who are “criminally responsible for hostage-taking, torture and executions;” heads of Syrian intelligence branches and detention facilities where detainees are tortured; military commanders who target...
  • In Gaza war, Egypt taking hard line over border [Israel and Hamas]

    07/25/2014 2:17:02 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 5 replies
    The a Times of Israel ^ | Friday,a July 25, 2014 | Lee Keith and Maggie Michael
    Vilification of Hamas in Cairo has only increased since Operation Protective Edge erupted. CAIRO (AP) — In the Gaza war now in its third bloody week, Hamas’ battle isn’t only with Israel, even though that’s the country it is firing rockets at. The terrorist group that rules Gaza is demanding Egypt open its border with the tiny, blockaded strip of territory Even as it presents itself as a mediator in the conflict, Egypt is taking a hard line, refusing any opening that would strengthen Hamas, a group it accuses of fueling militancy on its soil. And so far, the Egyptian...
  • Tenth Lesson of the Gaza War: Obama Doesn’t Want to Disarm Hamas

    07/25/2014 7:38:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | July 25, 2014 | Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn
    There is a growing consensus in the United States and around the world that the way to end the Israel-Gaza war is to disarm Hamas. President Obama seems to be the only hold-out. On July 24, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a resolution calling on the Obama Administration to make the disarming of Hamas a central part of any cease-fire proposal. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican, is spearheading this effort together with Democratic Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Ben Cardin of Maryland. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed on July 15 to...
  • Egypt’s ‘Not-So-Subtle’ Message to John Kerry [runs his entourage thru metal detectore]

    07/25/2014 11:46:58 AM PDT · by SJackson · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 23, 2014 | Sharona Schwartz
    “This was a not-so-subtle message delivered by the el-Sissi regime that the ties between the United States and Egypt have cooled considerably,” Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told TheBlaze on Wednesday. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki brushed off any concerns about the security screening, tweeting that Kerry was focused on the objective of his mission – securing a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. The Jewish-American news site the Algemeiner termed the incident “symbolic,” describing it in part as “humiliation in Egypt.” The International Business Times observed that foreign governments “normally trust U.S....
  • Israel singles out Qatar as key Hamas terror sponsor

    07/23/2014 5:08:41 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 48 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Elhanan Miller
    Gulf emirate is branded the villain behind Hamas belligerence, with PM’s former security adviser saying it funds tunnel diggers and rocket launchers. President Shimon Peres accused Qatar on Wednesday of becoming “the world’s largest funder of terror” due to its financial support for Hamas in Gaza. “Qatar does not have the right to send money for rockets and tunnels which are fired at innocent civilians,” the outgoing statesman told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem. “Their funding of terror must stop. If they want to build then they should, but they must not be allowed to destroy.” Qatar’s recently...
  • In Qatari-Backed Trip, UN ‘s Ban Ki-moon Laid Low by Israel’s Peres

    07/23/2014 6:59:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 20 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Joshua Levitt
    Israeli President Shimon Peres on Wednesday told United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that Israel would not stand by while Qatar, which paid for the UN official’s private flight to the Middle East, continued to finance Hamas militants, and took Ban to task for the two UN-run schools found to be housing Hamas rockets in Gaza. In his last full day in office, Peres, a historically dovish leader, struck a defiant tone in a statement delivered to the media after meeting Ban at the President’s Residence, in Jerusalem. “Qatar does not have the right to send money for rockets and...
  • At least 15 dead in Israeli shelling of Gaza school: Health Ministry

    07/24/2014 9:50:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Reuter ^ | 07/24/2014 | BY NIDAL AL-MUGHRABI AND DAN WILLIAMS
    Israeli forces shelled a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinians in the northern Gaza strip, the Gaza health ministry said on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and raising the conflict's death toll to nearly 750. Israel Radio said, without citing a source, that most of those killed at the United Nations school were children. The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the incident reported as a truce between the Jewish state and Hamas-led Islamist guerrillas remained elusive, despite intensive attempts at mediation.
  • Hillel Neuer ..called Hamas missiles a ‘crime against humanity.’ Why won’t the UN?

    07/24/2014 1:32:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Hillel Neuer
    What follows is testimony delivered on Wednesday by UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer, at the UN Human Rights Council Emergency Session on Gaza, in Geneva. The Palestinian ambassador to the UNHRC, together with Iran, Syria, Egypt, Cuba and Venezuela had tried but failed to silence Mr. Neuer. As expected, the council voted 29 to 1 (USA), with 17 abstaining (EU & others), to condemn Israel for “gross violations of international human rights,” and it created a new commission of inquiry. ... An entire nation—towns, villages and cities, from the Negev Desert up to the Galilee, from the Judean hills...
  • L.A. Times Prints Front-Page Defense of Hamas Terror Against Israel

    07/24/2014 2:18:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Breitbart's California ^ | July 24, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    (GRAPHIC-AT-LINK)The Los Angeles Times leads Thursday with a story entitled: "Gaza's dilemma: Deadly war or suffocating Israeli embargo." According to the story, Palestinians in Gaza are left with no choice but to wage war, because if they do not fire rockets at Israeli civilians, they must accept an Israeli [sic] "embargo." The article omits the obvious point that if Hamas would stop trying to kill Israelis, neither the embargo nor the war itself would be necessary. The authors, Alexandra Zavis and Batsheva Sobelman, accept that Hamas started the war--and even suggest that most Palestinians in Gaza support it, though there...
  • Hillary Clinton: ‘The Reset Worked’ With Russia

    07/24/2014 1:15:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | July 24, 2014
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to trumpet the so-called 2009 “reset” of the U.S.-Russian relationship despite all evidence to the contrary that it worked. With relations over the past two years dwindling to lows not seen since the Cold War, Clinton still told National Public Radio Thursday that it was a success. She told BBC last month that it was a “brilliant stroke.” “The reset worked,” she said. “It was an effort to try to obtain Russian cooperation on key objectives while Medvedev was president, and of course Putin still pulled the strings but he gave Medvedev a...
  • Iran Supreme Leader: The Only Solution For Crisis Is Israel’s Destruction

    07/24/2014 7:53:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 23, 2014 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated on Wednesday that the only solution for the region is the destruction of Israel, and that the armed confrontation must expand beyond Gaza. Meanwhile, revolutionary guards announced new missiles which could destroy Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. Fars News Agency, a media outlet run by the Iranian state, reported today that Khamenei addressed the conflict in Gaza in a meeting with Iranian college students. “These crimes which are beyond imagination and show the true nature of the wolfish and child killer regime, which the only solution is its destruction,” the ayatollah declared...
  • Iranian Christian to Have Lips Burnt for Eating During Ramadan

    07/23/2014 7:03:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 7/24/2014, 4:43 AM | Elad Benari
    An Iranian judge sentenced a Christian man to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during the day in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, The Daily Mail reported. The barbaric punishment was carried out in public in a square in the city of Kermanshah. Five other Muslim men were also flogged in public with 70 lashes for not fasting during Ramadan, the city’s deputy governor Ali Ashraf Karami said. […] At least 49 Christians were among 307 religious minorities being held in Iranian jails as of January 2014, noted the UN, which also criticized the regime for...
  • Khamenei to Palestinian Arabs: Keep Fighting Israel

    07/23/2014 5:53:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 7/24/2014, 3:42 AM | Elad Benari and AFP
    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urged Palestinian Arabs on Wednesday to keep fighting Israel, according to AFP. “The only way to deal with this savage regime is to continue resistance and armed struggle and extend it to the West Bank (Judea and Samaria -ed.),” the official IRNA news agency quoted Khamenei as saying. Iran, which does not recognize Israel, is a supporter of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups that have been at the forefront of the fighting in Gaza. …
  • Hamas Refuses International Cease-Fire Efforts - Again

    07/23/2014 12:54:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    inn ^ | 7/14/14 | Dalit Halevi, Tova Dvorin
    Hamas continues to be uncompromising in its position regarding an international cease-fire, AFP reports Wednesday. "We reject today and will reject in the future," Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Meshaal insisted, in a public speech in Qatar. Meshaal insisted that Israel must accept his list of unprecedented conditions for a cease-fire - which included lifting several security measures, such as the naval blockade and border control, designed to prevent terrorists entering into Israel, as well as re-releasing terrorists arrested earlier this month - and only then will Hamas deliberate with Israel on a date for a cease-fire. Meshaal claimed that the terms...