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  • Second Man Arrested After Synagogue Attack

    07/30/2014 7:40:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The Local ^ | 30 Jul 2014
    Police arrested a second suspect on Wednesday in connection with an attempted arson attack in which Molotov cocktails were thrown at a synagogue in western Germany. Another man who said he was Palestinian has denied involvement. Prosecutors in Wuppertal said they had arrested a 19-year-old from Syria on Wednesday in connection with the Molotov cocktail attack on the city's Bergische synagogue in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Police believe three young men threw a number of burning bottles into the synagogue entrance-way in an apparent attempt to burn it down. Officers found broken bottles on the ground at the...
  • 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 · 39 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 Intensifies Barrage as Israel Agrees to 4-Hour Ceasefire

    07/30/2014 7:43:10 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 19 replies
    Arut Sheva ^ | 7-30-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    The Israeli government has agreed to a temporary humanitarian ceasefire starting at 15:00 today (Wednesday). "The IDF (army) has authorized a temporary window in the Gaza Strip. The window will commence today between 15:00-19:00 (1200 - 1600 GMT)," it said. But the lull would not apply in areas where ground troops were "currently operating", it said. The four-hour ceasefire was declared as the Security Cabinet meets at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv to discuss whether to expand or end Operation Protective Edge, after 23 days of fighting in Gaza. It comes as the IDF has stepped up its operations against...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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...
  • American Voices

    07/30/2014 8:56:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    Barack Obama's foreign policy disasters are about what one might expect from a leftist community organizer elected to be leader of the free world. So many of the countries this administration has touched -- Ukraine, Libya, Iraq -- have descended into acute civil war on Obama's watch. It's worth asking why, exactly, this has been the case. It's not quite as simple as "the left sucks at war." French Socialist President Francois Hollande, for example, isn't too bad at it. He's been successfully running a series of ongoing foreign interventions in Africa. So what does a French Socialist have that...
  • Losing Iraq: A First Look at Frontline's New Documentary

    07/29/2014 5:45:39 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Wire ^ | july 29, 2014 | David Luwig
    In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq to topple dictator Saddam Hussein. During the subsequent eight years, the U.S. spent trillions of dollars and lost thousands of American lives fighting an insurgency waged against the new government. Today, two years after the last American combat forces left Iraq, the country is teetering on the edge of total chaos and threatening to pull the U.S. back into war. The Islamic State (ISIS), with the help of disenfranchised Sunnis, is gaining ground.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Is Obama To Blame for the World's Crises?

    07/27/2014 12:12:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    The world is a hot mess. Pro-Russian separatists shot down a passenger jet over Ukraine. Iraq is under siege from Islamic radicals, the Taliban is rebounding in Afghanistan and civil war grinds on in Syria. Israel is fighting in Gaza. Negotiations on Iran's nuclear program have come up empty. China is bullying its neighbors. When trouble flares up around the world, U.S. presidents get blamed. The latest polls show that only about 36 percent of Americans approve of Barack Obama's handling of foreign affairs -- down from 51 percent in May, 2011, after the death of Osama bin Laden. Republicans...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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,...
  • Al-Qaeda releases video of US suicide bomber in Syria

    07/26/2014 12:24:29 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | July 26, 2014 | AFP
    The parents of "the Florida boy" own a grocery store, with his father from Jordan and mother a convert to Islam, US newspapers reported.
  • 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...
  • Did Obama put politics ahead of security in Iraq?

    07/25/2014 2:41:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Reports surfacing in the press are beginning to ask disturbing questions about the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and just how much the Obama administration knew prior to that syndicate’s rapid ascension. The grim conclusion with which these reports leave the reader is that the Obama administration prioritized political considerations over the geostrategic necessity of preempting ISIS’s advance. The Weekly Standard’s Stephen F. Hayes concisely frames the Obama administration’s political calculation – and it was always ever political – when issues relating to Iraqi security arose. In Iraq, the president was willing to sacrifice the hard-won...
  • Group from Syria believed to be on their way to carry out ‘act of terror’ in Norway

    07/25/2014 9:57:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    ap ^ | July 25, 2014
    The head analyst of Norway’s intelligence agency says a group of people is en route from Syria “to carry out an act of terror in the West,” adding that Norway has been “concretely named” as the target.
  • US and Islamic State: "We did see this coming"

    07/25/2014 4:33:18 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Mercedsunstar.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Johnathan S. Landay
    WASHINGTON — Like the rest of the world, the U.S. government appeared to have been taken aback last month when Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell to an offensive by jihadis of the Islamic State that triggered the collapse of five Iraqi army divisions and carried the extremists to the threshold of Baghdad.
  • 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.
  • Officials: ISIS blows up Jonah's tomb in Iraq

    07/24/2014 6:05:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/24/2014
    If you blink during the video, you might miss the moment Jonah's tomb in Mosul, Iraq, explodes. The first few frames show the revered shrine towering over its landscape. There's a sudden burst of dust, fire and smoke. Then, nothing. CNN could not immediately confirm the authenticity of the video, which was posted to YouTube. The holy site is thought to be the burial place of the prophet Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale or fish in both the Islamic and Judeo-Christian traditions. Militants belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, planted explosives around the...
  • In the Middle East, a New Alignment Being Born?

    07/24/2014 4:56:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- It did not take all that long, when you think about it, for America's Nobel Prize-winning statesman to bring the world to a boil. Perhaps our Nobel Prize-wining president was only a community organizer all along. He has brought the world to a boil not by his use of force but by his inattentiveness. He has been playing golf or lecturing the world from a higher plain. He has been picking fights with the Republicans or devising new ways to thwart the Constitution. He has not reacted to provocations around the world that threaten peace and our allies....
  • 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...
  • ISIS Jihadists Seize Fourth Century Christian Monastery, Expel Monks

    07/24/2014 10:02:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jul 2014 | Frances Martel
    The purge of Christians from northern Iraq continues under the hands of the Sunni jihadist group, the Islamic State--formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). ISIS militants seized the famous Mar Behnam or St. Behnam monastery this week, a fourth century Christian landmark, and forced monks to leave immediately. According to the Agence France-Presse, the monastery, a famous landmark of early Christianity, is now fully in the hands of ISIS jihadists ... The monastery itself is one of the oldest monuments in the history of Christianity
  • 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...
  • Ted Cruz: The facts suggest President Obama has just used the FAA to launch an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT

    07/23/2014 1:12:00 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 49 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 23 July 2014 | Right Scoop Staff
    FULL TITLE: Ted Cruz: The facts suggest President Obama has just used the FAA to launch an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT on Israel…//// Sen. Ted Cruz ripped the president today for using a federal agency, the FAA, to launch an economic boycott on Israel in order to force them to comply with his demands. He pointed out that this economic boycott aids Hamas while simultaneously hurting Israel. What Cruz is calling for is the Obama administration to answer the following questions: Was this decision a political decision driven by the White House? If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why...
  • Obama to the Rescue--of Hamas

    07/23/2014 2:51:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    Realclear Politics ^ | July 23,"2014 | Caroline Glick
    Qatar hosts three major US military bases on its territory. And it is becoming one of the most important clients for US military contractors. Earlier this year Qatar signed an $11.4 billion dollar arms agreement with the US. At the same time, according to the Calacalist report, Qatar is the major bankroller of ISIS and al Nusra in Syria and Iraq. It gives $50 million a month to jihadists in Libya. It gives Hamas $100m. in annual aid. And in the past two years Doha has provided Hamas with an additional $620m. dollars, including $250m. it transferred to Hamas leader...
  • The Hashemite Kingdom is Threatened by the Islamic State — and the Islamic Republic

    07/23/2014 7:41:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cliff May
    AMMAN – The terrorist army formerly known as ISIS has conquered about a third of Syria and much of western Iraq. What are these jihadists going to do next? Assuming they can’t go to Disneyland -- and, trust me, that’s high on their bucket list -- Baghdad would doubtless be their destination of choice. But despite a series of bombings last weekend that killed more than two dozen people, the predominately Shia capital is unlikely to fall easily as did such Sunni-majority cities as Mosul. So the question being asked is whether these warriors will turn their lethal attentions toward...
  • Live Cams of the fighting in Gaza

    07/22/2014 5:35:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 144 replies
    Russia Today Ustream ^ | 7-22-2014 | Putin Toady
    RT has two cameras on a split screeen, overlooking Gaza. You can hear the 'crump' of mortars or artillery, and the whine of at least two drones in the air. It is just before the dawn there. You can hear the call to prayer in the background, right now.
  • Worse may yet lie ahead [Israel and Hamas]

    07/22/2014 3:34:46 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 37 replies
    The times of a Israel ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    As of Tuesday night, despite the efforts of international intermediaries here in the region, there was no sign of an Israel-Hamas ceasefire. Visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had failed to achieve the long-term humanitarian truce he planned. This despite signs Monday that Hamas might want to halt the fighting. The Al-Mayadeen satellite station, which has good contacts in the office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, claimed late Monday that Abbas and Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal had reached a ceasefire deal, based on Egypt’s proposal for an immediate cessation of hostilities. Abbas’s intelligence chief Majid Faraj set...
  • EU calls for disarmament of terrorist groups in Gaza

    07/22/2014 12:25:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    The European Union on Tuesday called upon terrorist groups in Gaza to disarm, and to end and renounce violence. The official statement read: "The EU strongly condemns the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and militant groups in the Gaza Strip, directly harming civilians. These are criminal and unjustifiable acts. The EU calls on Hamas to immediately put an end to these acts and to renounce violence. All terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm. The EU strongly condemns calls on the civilian population of Gaza to provide themselves as human shields."
  • Carter calls for end to fighting in Gaza

    07/22/2014 2:43:55 PM PDT · by NCjim · 59 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 22, 2014 | Shelia Poole
    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has called for an end to the fighting and bombing in Gaza. “Both sides must distinguish between combatants and noncombatants, and Israel must ensure that its use of force is proportionate in accordance with international humanitarian law. More immediately, all combat operations must stop, and Israeli troops should withdraw from Gaza,” Carter said in a statement released Tuesday. So far, more than 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the fighting, according to reports. The Israeli death toll is estimated at 29, including two civilians. Humantarian groups have also called for an end to...
  • EU defends Israel’s Gaza incursion (but…)

    07/22/2014 2:11:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.07.14 @ 20:14 | Andrew Rettman
    EU countries have defended Israel’s use of force in Gaza, but blamed it for harming peace prospects in the longer term. Foreign ministers in a joint statement on Tuesday (22 July) said they are “appalled by the human cost” of some parts of “the Israeli military operation”, which has killed hundreds of Palestinian civilians. But they “recognized Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself”, while blaming Hamas, the militant group which rules Gaza, for “indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel”, in what they described as “criminal and unjustifiable acts”. They also gave credence to Israeli claims that Hamas is urging civilians...
  • Indian PM says India won’t take sides as Gaza toll rises to 518

    07/21/2014 7:50:15 AM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    Times of India ^ | 21 July 2014 | PTI
    Asserting that India's policy on Palestine issue remains unchanged, government on Monday refused to take sides over the Gaza conflict as it said Israel and Palestine should have peace talks and forestalled a resolution in Rajya Sabha which was demanded by the opposition. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said the House should not be divided but send out a joint message that wherever there is violence, it is condemnable and both Israel and Palestine should accept Egypt's offer of peace talks. She was replying to a short-duration debate on Gaza situation during which opposition condemned the violence in Gaza, pressed...
  • Calgary mom targeted by jihadist blogger after her radicalized son killed in Syria

    07/21/2014 10:46:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | July 21, 2014 | Reid Southwick
    Chris Boudreau has been reeling for months after learning her son died fighting with a terrorist group overseas. Now, a self-proclaimed jihadist is urging the Calgary mother to embrace an extremist ideology she suspects was used to brainwash her son. On his blog, Abu Dujana al-Muhajir claims he was among a group of young men who left Calgary to join “various fronts of Jihad” after forming a study group at a downtown mosque. Damian Clairmont, Boudreau’s son who was also part of the group, was later killed during rebel infighting in Syria. Clairmont’s death devastated and confounded his mother, who...
  • Putin Posied to Retaliate Against Obama by Trashing Iran Deal

    07/18/2014 7:00:32 PM PDT · by Mariner · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 7/18/2014 | Josh Rogin
    Now that the U.S.-Russia relationship has broken down, Moscow could throw a wrench into the teetering nuclear negotiations with Iran. The escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow, brought to fever by the MH17 airliner disaster, are finally to the point where they threaten to spoil the number one item on President Obama’s foreign policy agenda: the nuclear talks with Iran. The man doing the threatening is Russian President Vladimir Putin. Earlier this week, Putin promised to retaliate against the United States for new sanctions targeting his friends and business associates, as well as large Russian defense, energy, and financial firms....
  • Sebastian Gorka: Christian Holocaust Underway in Iraq, USA and World Look On

    07/20/2014 7:16:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 Jul 2014 | Robert Wilde
    When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, there were at least 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Over the last ten years, significantly in the last few months with the emergence of ISIS, that figure has dropped to about 400,000. In a region where Christians predate Muslims by centuries, over one million Christians have been killed or have had to flee because of jihadi persecution, while America is basically standing by and watching. This is the sad news that Breitbart’s National Security Editor and one of the world’s leading experts on asymmetric warfare, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, brought to Breitbart News Saturday,...
  • Israel pulls diplomats from Turkey after missions attacked

    07/19/2014 3:52:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    AFP ^ | Friday, July 18, 2014 | unattributed
    Israel on Friday ordered some of its diplomatic staff in Turkey to leave the country for security reasons, after protesters angered by its assault on Gaza sought to storm Israeli embassy buildings. Turkish protesters overnight tried to break into the ambassador's residence in Ankara as well as the consulate in Istanbul, with the diplomatic controversy over the Gaza assault risking a new crisis in relations between Turkey and the Jewish state. "Foreign Minister (Avigdor) Lieberman issued a statement... following the demonstrations and instructed the Israeli consulate and embassy to reduce their diplomatic staff in Turkey," an Israeli embassy spokesman told...
  • Hillary: Qatar Could Mediate Peace Process Between Israel and Hamas (VIDEO)

    07/18/2014 10:13:32 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 36 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 18 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed that Qatar – the chief financier of Hamas – could play a key role in mediating peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. Clinton, during an interview with Charlie Rose, touted Qatar as a country that could play a constructive role in arbitrating peace between Hamas and Israel, which recently launched a full-scale ground incursion into Gaza in an attempt to cut off the terror group’s access to sophisticated weaponry. Qatar, which has served as Hamas’ chief financial lifeline, keeping the group afloat and facilitating its arms buildup, could convince Hamas to stop trying...
  • Envoy says US will work to get Abbas back ruling Gaza after conflict over [Israel and Hamas]

    07/19/2014 1:11:03 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 10 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Staff
    Dan Shapiro: ‘We’ll seek to help moderate Palestinians become stronger in Gaza,’ since they’d run it better than ‘Hamas, a terrorist group’ The US wants to see Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority restored to ruling Gaza after the current conflict is over, and will make efforts to bring this about, American Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro indicated Saturday night. In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 news, Shapiro was asked about the unity government formed last month by Abbas’s Fatah faction and Hamas. He did not reply directly and instead noted that Abbas was currently in close contact with Egypt, trying...
  • Gunmen kill 21 Egyptian soldiers in checkpoint attack

    07/19/2014 1:24:41 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 16 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | 7/19/14 | Jay Deshmukh
    Cairo (AFP) - Egypt's military said militants firing machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades attacked a border guards checkpoint Saturday, killing 21 soldiers in one of the biggest assaults since Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's ouster. The attack in a desert area 630 kilometres (390 miles) west of Cairo left four soldiers wounded, the military said in a statement, blaming "terrorists". It said a rocket propelled grenade fired by the militants set off an explosion in an ammunition depot at the El-Farafrah post, killing the soldiers. Militants have stepped up attacks on the security forces since Morsi was toppled in July 2013...
  • Islamic State kills 270 in Syrian gas field 'massacre'

    07/19/2014 8:02:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/19/2014
    Jihadists have killed 270 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees since seizing a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group said Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described Thursday's takeover of the Shaar field as "the biggest" anti-regime operation by the Islamic State (IS) since it emerged in the Syrian conflict last year. The watchdog, updating an earlier toll of 115, said it had documented "the death of 270 people killed in the fighting or executed" since Thursday. "A large majority of the men killed were executed at gunpoint after being taken prisoner following the takeover...
  • Erdogan Slams Egypt's Sisi as 'Illegitimate Tyrant' [Israel and Hamas]

    07/18/2014 9:00:47 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 29 replies
    Aritz Sheva Israel National News ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Elad Benari
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday slammed Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as an “illegitimate tyrant” and said Cairo could not be relied upon to negotiate a truce with Israel. "Is Sisi a party (to a ceasefire)? Sisi is a tyrant himself," Erdogan was quoted by the AFP news agency as having told reporters. "He is not different from the others," he said, adding that it was Egypt's current rulers who were blocking humanitarian aid channels to Gaza. Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri responded and said Erdogan's comments were "unacceptable". "They have no link with the events in...
  • Egypt: We will not revise cease-fire proposal rejected by Hamas [Israel]

    07/19/2014 4:41:01 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Staff
    Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri says Cairo's offer 'provides the needs of all sides.' Egypt does not have any plans to revise its ceasefire proposal to end the fighting in Gaza, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukrisaid in a joint press conference with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius in Cairo. "It provides the needs of all sides and we will continue to offer it, hoping to get their support as soon as possible," said Shukri, referring to the initiative rejected by Hamas. On Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked France to use its influence on Hamas allies such as Turkey and Qatar to...
  • Only Egypt can end the fighting [israel and Hamas]

    07/19/2014 1:41:23 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    YNet News ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2014 | Shimoni Shiffer
    Analysis: Israel's intelligence community sees Cairo as only real platform capable of influencing Hamas. With all the chatter incessantly coming out of the mouths of experts sitting in air-conditioned television studios and offering their different solutions to the Hamas problem, it's really hard to understand what is going on behind the scenes. But there is one thing we can all agree on: The news about a ceasefire will come from one place only – Cairo. The common estimate among the decision makers is that the Egyptians are the only ones who can end the fighting. The Egyptian capital serves as...