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  • If ISIS Doesn’t Liberate Palestine… Who Will?

    07/04/2015 8:50:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    CounterCurrents.org ^ | July 4, 2015 | Franklin Lamb
    Ein el Helwe Palestinian camp, Lebanon: This is one of the questions ricocheting between Palestinians in Syria and Lebanon, posed also by ISIS (Da’ish) operatives, as the hot summer months and plummeting quality of existence raise tensions in the refugee camps and social gatherings. With its resilience, on-the-ground “achievements”, adaptability, global franchising, copy-cat knock-offs, chameleon-like adaptations, combinations and permutations, and slick honing of medium and message, ISIS is offering oppressed and desperate populations in this region both hope and fantasy for escaping their deepening misery. The dream is to escape abject poverty and indignity by any means necessary, and joining...
  • ‘The UN Has Never Been Honest’ (Naftali Bennett)

    06/20/2015 7:30:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    INN ^ | 6/19/2015, 11:21 AM | Tova Dvorin
    The UN’s condemnation of the IDF’s conduct in Operation Protective Edge surprises no one, Jewish Home chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett commented Friday. “The UN has never been honest,” he said, during an interview with Army Radio. “The world will always come to us with complaints, and we need to focus on keeping ourselves safe.” …
  • UNRWA Chief Admits Hamas Hid Weapons in Facilities

    06/17/2015 3:10:59 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/6/15 | Uzi Baruch
    Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, the UN body tasked with aiding "Palestinian refugees," admitted on Wednesday that Hamas terrorists hid weapons at UNRWA facilities during their terror war against Israel last summer. "We were the ones who found the weapons caches in our facilities during inspections," Krahenbuhl told Yedioth Aharonoth in an interview. "The reason that the whole world knew about it is that we told them." Krahenbuhl's reference is to at least three separate occasions in which rockets were found at UNRWA facilities. After the first finding of rockets at an UNRWA school, UNRWA workers reportedly called Hamas to...
  • Gazans Upset with UNRWA Aid to Brethern in Syria

    06/09/2015 10:37:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/6/15 | Dalit Halevi & Ari Yashar
    Israel has often complained that UNRWA, the UN body dealing with "Palestinian refugees," merely exists to continue the conflict without resettling the people it treats as the UN does with all other refugees, but apparently the Palestinian Arabs are unhappy with the organization too - for not giving them enough, and for giving too much to their brethern in Syria's Yarmouk neighborhood. Residents of Gaza defined as "refugees," namely the descendants of Arab residents who left Israel in the 1948 War of Independence, are protesting against UNRWA after the latter transferred resources to displaced Palestinian Arab residents of the Yarmouk...
  • Explosive Device Targets UNRWA Offices in Gaza

    04/19/2015 12:06:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 4/19/2015, 4:44 AM | Ben Ariel
    An explosive device went off near the offices of the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City Saturday night, AFP reported. A second struck near police headquarters, the report said. UNRWA and Gaza security officials said there were no dead or injured. […] UNRWA facilities in Gaza were at the forefront during last year’s Operation Protective Edge. During the operation, no fewer than three UNRWA schools were found to be serving for storage of rockets for the terrorist organizations Hamas and Islamic Jihad. …
  • Islamic State takes 90 percent of Damascus refugee camp: monitor [Isaiah 17]

    04/04/2015 9:11:31 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 16 replies
    Yahoo Canada ^ | 4/4/2015 | Oliver Holmes
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State has taken control of 90 percent of a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts where 18,000 civilians have suffered years of bombing, army siege and militia control, a monitoring group said on Saturday. The hardline group's offensive in Yarmouk gives it a major presence in the capital. Islamic State, the most powerful insurgent group in Syria, is now only a few kilometers from President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power. The United Nations has said it is extremely concerned about the safety and protection of Syrians and Palestinians in the camp. Civilians trapped there have...
  • How to End the Middle East Conflict in Four Easy Steps

    04/02/2015 4:39:08 AM PDT · by tedbel · 8 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | April 2/15 | Ted Belman
    Dennis Ross and David Makovsky in Israel’s Drive Toward Self-Destruction, argue that Netanyahu must offer up hope to Palestinians or face a revived de-legitimization movement. They’re certainly right to point out that the delegitimation movement will grow, but they are wrong to suggest that the answer is for Israel to offer hope to the Palestinians. How facile is that? They argue that what Israel needs to do is begin capitulating even before the negotiations commence, let alone, conclude. They want Israel to give up its bargaining chips for nothing in return. The Palestinians don’t hope to be given a state,...
  • Even the UN accuses ISIS of human rights abuses, but the left stays silent

    02/06/2015 6:20:10 AM PST · by blueyon · 7 replies
    Allen West ^ | 2/05/15 | Allen West
    On Wednesday President Obama met with certain Muslim leaders in the White House — but the White House refused to state exactly who they were. Sadly, the president fails to realize it’s not his house. It belongs to the American people. I’m quite sure we’ll eventually find out exactly who these individuals were — probably ideologically aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood cohorts who recently visited the State Department. But I hope whoever it was, they discussed this particular topic. As reported by Fox News, “Islamic State militants in Iraq have committed “gross human rights abuses” that may amount to war...
  • UNRWA Spokesman Chris Gunness Suffers Mental Breakdown on Twitter

    01/28/2015 6:48:39 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    FrontPage ^ | December 6, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    During the Hamas attacks on Israel, in which the UNRWA whose local staff is dominated by Hamas supporters was complicit, Chris Gunness had become its public face, appearing everywhere and even breaking down during one broadcast. Now Gunness has suffered another breakdown, this time on Twitter. Gunness lost his cool over an op-ed written by a Palestinian Arab and published in the Jerusalem Post which blamed UNRWA for prolonging the suffering of his people in order to justify its existence and deepen its coffers.Bassem Eid, the author of that op-ed, is the founder and director of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human...
  • Hamas Publishes Fatah Hit-List, Confiscates US-Supplied Weapons

    06/13/2007 6:59:27 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 23 replies · 873+ views
    www.israelnationalnews.com ^ | 27 Sivan 5767, June 13, '07 | Ezra HaLevi
    Published: 06/13/07, 1:55 PM Hamas Publishes Fatah Hit-List, Confiscates US-Supplied Weapons by Ezra HaLevi (IsraelNN.com) The civil war between Hamas and Fatah terrorists raged on in Gaza Wednesday, with Hamas on the verge of victory. Hamas seized thousands of weapons and vehicles granted to Fatah by the Oslo Accords. A Hamas spokesman said that a decision had been taken to kill all of Fatah’s leading officials, who he referred to as “dogs beholden to their Israeli masters.” Hamas has distributed a list of at least 30 Fatah officials it seeks to have killed for complicity, they say, in a US-backed...
  • OBAMA AWOL IN TERROR WAR

    02/19/2009 3:56:32 PM PST · by jessduntno · 23 replies · 745+ views
    OBAMA AWOL IN TERROR WAR By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN Published on DickMorris.com on February 19, 2009 President Barack Obama's record in battling terrorism has proven so weak that one wonders if he really takes the issue seriously. Since he has taken office, the president has: • Announced closure of Guantanamo. • Declined to prosecute the mastermind behind the USS Cole bombing. • Closed all overseas CIA interrogation centers. • Appointed an Attorney General and Justice Department officials on record as opposed to the use of "enhanced" interrogation techniques in terror investigations. • Granted Al Arabia television his first...
  • Israel slams UN 'provocation' at Gaza border crossing

    02/03/2009 5:52:45 AM PST · by Yehuda123 · 8 replies · 656+ views
    The Israeli office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories slammed UNRWA and accused the United Nations organization of creating a provocation. Despite not having received Israeli approval, UNRWA drove several trucks carrying supplies from Jerusalem to the Gaza border crossing and coordinated their arrival with several media outlets, which filmed the trucks being turned away.
  • Hamas govt urges children not to study Holocaust

    03/04/2011 9:13:07 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    Maan News ^ | 3/4/11 | Staff
    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Gaza government officials on Tuesday urged school children to leave classrooms if human rights lessons included information about the Holocaust. The Hamas-led government said it would do everything it could to prevent children being taught about the Holocaust in UNRWA schools in the Gaza Strip. It accused the UN agency of overstepping its humanitarian and relief role. UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness explained that human rights education has been part of the agency's curriculum in schools across the region since 2002. In Gaza, the agency runs 228 schools, educating over 200,000 children. "Because of the situation in...
  • UNRWA-Sponsored 'Run for Love' - PA is 'Palestine'

    05/25/2009 12:21:29 AM PDT · by alj770 · 4 replies · 353+ views
    Israel National News ^ | May 24, 2009 | Hana Levi Julian
    'Extreme' desert runner Max Calderan's "Run for Love" may be more about politics than peace, despite claims by United Nations spokesman Chris Gunness that the event has little to do with religion or politics. Nonetheless, Calderan found out the hard way that not all marathons are alike, when he encountered a snag at the Erez Crossing into Gaza, where IDF officials stopped him right in his tracks.
  • UN: Hamas raided warehouse in Gaza, seized blankets, food

    02/04/2009 5:17:47 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies · 378+ views
    Hamas police in Gaza have seized thousands of blankets and food parcels meant for needy residents, UN spokesman Chris Gunness said Wednesday. Gunness said Hamas police raided a UN warehouse in Gaza City, snatching 3,500 blankets and over 400 food parcels - supplied meant for 500 Palestinian families. He said the incident took place on Tuesday evening, and that it marked the first time Hamas had seized UN aid. The aid is especially vital now because Gazans are facing hardship after Israel's three-week military offensive against Hamas. Israeli officials have charged that the group routinely confiscates supplies meant for needy...
  • Thousands Flee Gaza After Israel Warns Of Possible Escalation, Death Toll Crosses 170

    07/14/2014 3:22:52 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014 AS OF 6:13 PM EDT | Avaneesh Pandey
    Update as of 7:30 a.m. EDT: Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian protester near Hebron in the West Bank early on Monday morning. According to reports, 11 others were injured in confrontations between the Israel Defense Forces, or IDF, and civilians in Hebron, Bethlehem and Ramallah. Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said in an IDF briefing that Hamas had “suffered great damage” and that IDF will “make Hamas regret that they embarked on a round of fighting with Israel.” Referring to rocket fire from Syria and Lebanon, Ya’alon stated that Israel would “respond aggressively” against such attempts. At least...
  • UNRWA lifts suspension on Gaza aid imports--COGAT: Humanitarian effort to Gaza continues

    02/09/2009 11:47:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies · 193+ views
    IMRA ^ | 2-9-09
      UNRWA lifts suspension on Gaza aid imports http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=42740 UNRWA Press Release East Jerusalem 09 Feb 2009FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEUNRWA LIFTS SUSPENSION OF AID IMPORTS INTO GAZA PRESS STATEMENT BY CHRISTOPHER GUNNESS UNRWA SPOKESPERSONThe Hamas authorities in Gaza have returned to the UNRWA warehouses in Gaza City and Rafah all of the aid supplies confiscated on 03 and 05 February. UNRWA will now lift the suspension on the import of its humanitarian supplies into Gaza, which went into effect on 05 February.However, the Agency's food distribution operation to 900,000 refugees continues to be jeopardized by the decision of the Israeli...
  • IDF: Army didn't fire on UN truck driver

    01/14/2009 10:35:38 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies · 396+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan. 10, 2009 | Amir Mizroch
    The IDF was not responsible for the death of a Palestinian aid worker contracted to the UN and the wounding of two others on Thursday, the IDF Spokesman said Saturday. "An IDF investigation has found that it was not the army who fired on a UN truck at the Erez crossing," the IDF Spokesman's Office said. The IDF is not sure who fired on the truck, and is still investigating. "The army further wishes to point out that the Palestinian wounded were evacuated by the Red Cross to the Israeli border, where they were taken by Israeli medical personnel for...
  • Hamas: We've got UNRWA's ambulances

    08/11/2009 5:44:20 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies · 471+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8-11-09 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Hamas on Monday claimed to have confiscated three ambulances that were imported into the Gaza Strip for UNRWA several weeks ago, backing up an earlier IDF claim that the ambulances had been seized. But UNRWA, which last week denied an earlier Jerusalem Post article quoting IDF claims that the ambulances had been confiscated, reiterated Monday that the reports were false, said that the ambulances were safe and sound in its Gaza compound, and even distributed a photograph of one of its officials, Christer Nordal, posing with what it said were the vehicles in question. According to a statement released by...
  • UNWRA Runs Out of Money Israel Says is Being Used for Terror Tunnels

    01/27/2015 7:20:58 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | January 27th, 2015 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    As usual, there is a big gap between what Arab countries promise and what they deliver. Ki-moon walks through a Hamas terror tunnel from Gaza to Israel last year. Photo Credit: Haim Zach / GPO UNRWA said Tuesday it has suspended it program rehabilitate Gaza, which may be good news for Israel since it says material shipped to Gaza are also being used to rehabilitate terror tunnels. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told President Reuven Rivlin in New York Monday night that the United Nations has sent a team to Gaza to investigate assertions by Israel that metal and cement shipped...
  • UNRWA Spokesman Calls for Boycott of Israeli Paper

    12/08/2014 4:28:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 7/12/14 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    In an amazing breach of sworn neutrality, to say nothing of civility, a UN spokesperson on social media attacked the Jerusalem Post and its editor and called for a boycott of the paper. Chris Gunness, a spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Arab refugees posted the following on his UNRWA Twitter account: Link to Twitter Gunness lost his cool over an op-ed written by a Palestinian Arab and published in the Jerusalem Post which blamed UNRWA for prolonging the suffering of his people in order to justify its existence and deepen its coffers. Bassem Eid, the...
  • No Let-Up: More UNRWA Employees, Including School Principals, Laud Jerusalem Synagogue Slaughter

    11/25/2014 5:37:46 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 11-25-14
    The Facebook page of Mamoun Abunaser, an UNRWA school principal in Syria, carries an exhortation to support Palestinian "resistance." Image: Facebook Further examples of officials employed by UNRWA engaging in anti-Semitic activities online continue to surface, with no indication that the international organization’s management intends to clamp down on the incitement. As The Algemeiner reported last week, several UNRWA employees were among the many Palestinians who openly celebrated last Tuesday’s terrorist atrocity at a synagogue in Jerusalem, during which four worshippers and a police officer were brutally murdered. UNRWA is a body devoted solely to Palestinian Arab refugees from the...
  • UN chief: Palestinian recognition gains momentum

    11/24/2014 3:20:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 24, 2014 5:22 PM EST | Edith M. Lederer
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday the international community’s failure to advance a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is spurring governments and parliaments to take action to recognize the state of Palestine—and “that momentum will grow.” The U.N. chief said at the U.N. commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People that the international community must assume “a collective failure” for not being able to get a peace deal. “Indeed—as we see around the world—governments and parliaments are taking action,” Ban said. …
  • UNRWA schoolbooks in Gaza stress jihad, martyrdom, denial of Israel, and return of “refugees” by

    10/30/2014 8:20:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/30/14 | Robert Spencer
    And the schoolbooks are just one small part of the UNRWA/Hamas symbiosis in Gaza. “As usual, the question is – is anyone listening?” Apparently not Malala Yousafzai. “UNRWA-Hamas Symbiosis Detailed in New Film,” Arutz Sheva, October 29, 2014 (thanks to Inexion): In a new documentary video entitled UNRWA Goes to War, journalist David Bedein builds a seemingly incontestable case against UNRWA, showing the close symbiotic relations between it and the terror group Hamas. The video shows that not only did UNRWA schools serve as repositories for rockets in the last Gaza war, and not only were rockets launched from places...
  • COVERUP: UNRWA removes “human rights” webpage after hate and lies exposed

    10/20/2014 8:25:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Elder of Ziyon ^ | Monday, October 20, 2014
    It’s happened again. For the second time, after I exposed that UNRWA’s Gaza school curricula include many examples of promoting hateful ideas that directly contradict those of the UN and UNRWA themselves, the organization has stealthily removed the evidence without any acknowledgment or apology. My 2012 exposé of how UNRWA schools were teaching hate, martyrdom and jihad to students, with many examples of essays and poems, resulted in UNRWA removing many individual school sites and specific pages and domains from the Internet without any public notice. Now, my latest exposés showing explicit antisemitism and hateful historical lies in the UNRWA...
  • World Ignores as Hamas Boasts of Continued Tunnel-Digging

    10/19/2014 11:43:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 10/20/2014, 7:25 AM | Hillel Fendel
    The destruction of the widespread Hamas tunnel network was considered a major Israeli achievement of the recent war in Gaza, but the Hamas weekly newspaper Al-Risalah reports that Hamas continues digging tunnels from Gaza into Israel. A reporter for Al-Risalah claims to have visited an “offensive tunnel”—a term referring to an underground conduit planned to be used in an attack against Israel. Hamas has attacked Israel via tunnels of this nature in the past, either by sending armed terrorists into Israel to target Israelis, or—as in the famous case of Gilad Shalit—by capturing a soldier nearby and abducting him into...
  • UN Warns Over Plan to Relocate Bedouin Settlement

    09/21/2014 4:13:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/9/14
    The UN's "Palestinian refugee agency" UNRWA on Sunday urged the international community to oppose Israeli plans to relocate thousands of Palestinian Bedouin from the E1 and Maaleh Adumim areas east of Jerusalem, to the area around Jericho, next to the Dead Sea. "If such a plan were implemented this would ... give rise to concerns that it amounts to a 'forcible transfer' in contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention" banning involuntary population relocation in occupied territory, UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl said. "It might also make way for further Israeli illegal settlement expansion, further compromising the viability of a two-state...
  • Massive drop in support for Netanyahu — poll (down to 38% from 82% last month)

    08/25/2014 3:04:59 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 35 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | August 25, 2014, 10:28 pm
    Channel 2 reports survey showing nearly 50-point slide in prime minister’s approval rating A poll released Monday evening showed a massive drop in the Israeli public’s opinion of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s performance, as well as dissatisfaction with the way the government is handling the needs of southern communities battered by rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. The poll, commissioned by Channel 2 and conducted by Shiluv Millward Brown, showed that on August 25 — 49 days into Operation Protective Edge — only 38 percent of Israelis “supported” Netanyahu, while a full 50% were dissatisfied, according to a Monday news...
  • Goldstone Report Judge Named to UNHRC Gaza Probe

    08/25/2014 12:47:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 8/25/2014, 6:47 PM | (AFP/Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Former New York judge Mary McGowan Davis was appointed on Monday to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) commission investigating Israel’s Operation Protective Edge and that actions of the Hamas terrorist group. The move comes after Lebanese-born British lawyer Amal Alamuddin—Hollywood star George Clooney’s fiancée—turned down her nomination citing existing professional commitments. The selection of McGowan Davis is par for the course for UNHRC’s probe, given that the judge was part of the 2009 Goldstone committee which accused Israel of “war crimes” in Operation Cast Lead. Israel rejected the findings of the report which many assessed as blatantly biased, and...
  • IDF Reveals the Gaza That the UN is Hiding

    08/25/2014 12:43:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 8/25/2014, 8:38 PM | Ari Yashar
    An informative new video posted to YouTube on Monday by the IDF shows how the damage in Gaza reported by the UN is only giving half of the picture, and skewing the facts on the ground. In the video maps published by the UN showing Gaza buildings damaged in Operation Protective Edge are represented by red dots. However, the video goes on to clarify how these buildings—which include private homes, hospitals and schools—are being used to launch rockets and attacks from terror tunnels. …
  • 4-year-old Israeli boy killed by mortar fired from UNRWA school in Gaza

    08/22/2014 4:26:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/22/14 | Robert Spencer
    There needs to be an investigation of the United Nations. As I wrote on July 29: “There needs to be an investigation of the UNRWA over this. Could it really keep happening without any UN officials knowing what was going on? The problem is, who can investigate the United Nations? Not Obama’s investigative or intelligence apparatus.” Enough is enough. The UN should be defunded and expelled from the United States. “4-Year-Old Israeli Boy, Daniel Tregerman, Killed by Mortar Fired From UNRWA School in Gaza,” Algemeiner, August 22, 2014 (thanks to Pamela Geller): Daniel Tregerman, a 4-year-old boy was killed in...
  • Jewish groups accuse UN chief of being one-sided

    08/13/2014 1:57:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 13, 2014 4:50 PM EDT | Trenton Daniel
    Leaders of major Jewish organizations on Wednesday accused U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of being one-sided in his handling of the crisis in Gaza. A delegation of 11 Jewish organizations met with the U.N. chief to express their concerns, presenting a letter that listed what they said were 19 violations of international law by Hamas that have gone ignored, said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights group with an office in New York. Chief among their demands was a need for the U.N. to investigate rocket attacks by Hamas, which controls the...
  • UN Names Panel to Investigate Israeli ‘War Crimes’

    08/11/2014 3:03:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 8/12/2014, 12:13 AM | Elad Benari
    A three-member panel appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will investigate allegations that Israel violated humanitarian law in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, Bloomberg reported on Monday. The commission of inquiry will be headed by Canada’s William Schabas, an international law professor at Middlesex University in London who served on the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 2002 to 2004, the UN council said in an e-mailed statement to the news website. The other members are Amal Alamuddin, a British-Lebanese lawyer who previously worked at the International Court of Justice, and Doudou Diene of Senegal, the...
  • MSNBC Anchor: Israel Responsible For Deaths Equal To "One-Hundred 9/11's" In Gaza

    08/06/2014 4:32:17 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 6, 2014 | John Nolte
    MSNBC being left-wing is nothing new. But it is beyond the pale for an MSNBC anchor to say that Israel's war of self defense against terrorists (who use children and civilians as human shields) has resulted in Israel being responsible for deaths equal to "one hundred 9/11s."
  • Unwavering Support of Israel Harms U.S. Interests, Encourages Extremism (He's serious!)

    08/06/2014 2:29:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 6, 2014 | Professor Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University
    The blatant partiality of the United States in favor of Israel has already turned the words “peace process” into a bitter joke. Over many decades, American indulgence of Israel has blighted prospects of any resolution of the conflict with the Palestinians. Consequently, occupation has been entrenched and Israeli colonization of the West Bank and East Jerusalem has metastasized, going from under 200,000 illegal settlers in 1991 to over 600,000 today. This partiality only increases when Israel goes to war. By guaranteeing Israel impunity in its military actions, the United States has contributed massively to the bloodshed in Gaza in recent...
  • How to Fix It: Ending this war in Gaza begins with recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor

    08/05/2014 5:38:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 08/05/2014 | Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson
    Israelis and Palestinians are still burying their loved ones as Gaza's third war in six years continues. Since July 8, when this war began, more than 1,600 Palestinian and 65 Israeli lives have been sacrificed. Many in the world are heartbroken in the powerless certainty that more will die, that more are being killed every hour. This tragedy results from the deliberate obstruction of a promising move toward peace in the region, when a reconciliation agreement among the Palestinian factions was announced in April. This was a major concession by Hamas, in opening Gaza to joint control under a technocratic...
  • WH Advisor Jarrett: Attacks on Gaza Hospitals ‘Indefensible’

    08/03/2014 11:03:36 AM PDT · by maggief · 80 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 3, 2014 | Evan McMurry
    On Face the Nation Sunday morning, senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett said that Israeli attacks on Gaza schools and hospitals were “indefensible.” “This is why the ceasefire is so important,” Jarrett said. “It’s a devastating situation. Israel absolutely has the right to defend itself, and we are Israel’s staunchest ally. But you also can’t condone the killing of all of these innocent children.” “I think everyone involved is frustrated,” Jarrett said. “But you can’t let your frustration get in the way of trying to be a constructive player here, and that’s what [Obama's] determined to do.”
  • Valerie Jarrett: White House Can't Condone Israel's 'Killing of All of These Innocent Children'

    08/03/2014 10:12:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | August 3, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation," White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said the Israeli strikes near civilian areas can not be "condoned."(continued)
  • Was a UN School in Gaza Really Bombed? (Update: No, It Wasn’t)

    08/04/2014 7:53:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/04/2014 | Rick Moran
    The UN is going bonkers because they say another one of their schools in Gaza was shelled. Ten people were killed and dozens injured, but read this account carefully from The Guardian: 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.The school was sheltering more than 3,000 people displaced by fighting in...
  • UN Seeks to Prosecute Israelis for "War Crimes" in Global Court

    08/05/2014 5:00:40 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 17 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 August 2014 | Alex Newman
    UN Seeks to Prosecute Israelis for "War Crimes" in Global Court The New American 04 August 2014 After the United Nations was caught last month giving rockets found at UN “schools” in Gaza to the terrorist group Hamas, the UN’s top “human rights” bureaucrat accused Israel of perpetrating possible “war crimes” — for, among other actions, refusing to share with Hamas its Iron Dome defense technology that protects Israeli territory and civilians from Arab missile attacks. The widely criticized UN official’s accusation, made in a press conference about the ongoing conflict, prompted a mixture of ridicule and outrage around...
  • Captured Hamas Combat Manual Explains Benefits of Human Shields

    08/04/2014 10:22:02 AM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Israel Defense Forces ^ | August 4, 2014 | Staff
    IDF forces in the Gaza Strip found a Hamas manual on “Urban Warfare,” which belonged to the Shuja’iya Brigade of Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. The manual explains how the civilian population can be used against IDF forces and reveals that Hamas knows the IDF is committed to minimizing harm to civilians. Throughout Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has continuously used the civilian population of Gaza as human shields. The discovery of a Hamas “urban warfare” manual by IDF forces reveals that Hamas’ callous use of the Gazan population was intentional and preplanned. This Hamas urban warfare manual exposes two...
  • France Turns On Israel: ‘Security Does Not Justify Massacre’

    08/05/2014 11:30:45 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 33 replies
    Conservative Post ^ | 8/4/14 | Ronak Kallainpur
    PARIS: Israel’s right to security does not justify its actions in Gaza, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday, as he called for a political solution to be “imposed” by the international community. “How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza?” Fabius said in a statement. “The tradition of friendship between Israel and France is an old one and Israel’s right to security is total, but this right does not justify the killing of children and the slaughter of civilians.” The statement comes amid global outrage over an Israeli strike next...
  • Will captured Hamas manual on using human shields help Israel block war crimes trials?

    08/05/2014 6:08:23 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8-5-14 | YONAH JEREMY BOB
    According to the IDF the posted pages of the manual focus on urban warfare, and discuss the benefits to Hamas when its own civilians' homes are destroyed. The Tuesday meeting of Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki with the International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s Office is likely far less significant than it seems. First, the Palestinians threaten over and over again to file complaints against Israelis in the ICC, but have consistently failed to pull the trigger. Also, though “Palestine” can probably overcome the statehood obstacles that blocked the Palestinians from filing war-crimes complaints against Israelis after Operation Cast Lead (2009),...
  • UN Chief: This is the Last Time We’ll Rebuild Gaza

    08/06/2014 6:47:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    INN ^ | 8/7/2014, 3:44 AM | Elad Benari
    United Nations (UN) chief Ban Ki-moon declared on Wednesday that the organization is ready to help rebuild Gaza but it would be “the last time”. Ban opened a special meeting of the United Nations General Assembly with an appeal for a lasting peace as a 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was holding for a second day. “The senseless cycle of suffering in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as in Israel must end,” he was quoted by AFP as having told the 193-nation assembly. After three wars in Gaza in six years, the UN secretary general warned that...
  • Captured Hamas Urban Warfare Manual Encourages Human Shields

    08/05/2014 3:48:40 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-5-14 | Ari Soffer
    The IDF has published excerpts from a captured Hamas combat manual on "Urban Warfare", showing how the Islamist terrorist group exploits civilian casualties - and the knowledge that the IDF will seek to avoid them - to its advantage. The IDF says the manual was captured in Shujaiya suburb of Gaza City, which was the scene of particularly heavy fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists. Among other things, the manual urges Hamas fighters to exploit the IDF's desire to minimize civilian casualties, noting: "The soldiers and commanders (of the IDF) must limit their use of weapons...
  • Hamas Combat Manual Endorses Use of Civilian Human Shields

    08/05/2014 10:29:27 AM PDT · by maggief · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 5, 2014 | DANIEL NUSSBAUM
    JERUSALEM -- A captured Hamas combat manual belonging to the Al-Qassam Brigades, the terrorist organization's military wing, confirms what Hamas sympathizers and the United Nations have done their best to ignore for weeks: Hamas deliberately uses its civilians as human shields, and knows that Israel will take extreme precautions not to kill those civilians. According to the contents of the manual, posted on the IDF blog, Hamas calls civilians "pockets of resistance" that force Israeli soldiers into several sets of problems:
  • The U.N. Handmaiden of Hamas

    08/08/2014 5:06:51 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 7, 2014 | CLAUDIA ROSETT
    The relief agency in Gaza, financed in part by the U.S., has become a patron of Palestinian grievance. On Wednesday, as a truce held between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group ..., United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefed the U.N. General Assembly. "The senseless cycle of suffering" must end, he said, asking: "Do we have to continue like this: build, destroy, and build, and destroy?" For answers, the secretary-general would do well to look at the U.N.'s own main agency in Gaza, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, better known as Unrwa....
  • Greenfield: The UNRWA is Hamas

    08/07/2014 5:54:36 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 9 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Tuesday, August 05, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Tuesday, August 05, 2014 The UNRWA is Hamas Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog The UNRWA is on the front lines of the Hamas War in Gaza. In the headlines, its schools are forever being fired on or found to be stockpiling rockets. If individual Gazans are being used as human shields, the UNRWA often seems as if it is one big organizational human shield. But the UNRWA isn't Hamas' human shield. The UNRWA is Hamas. The "UN" part of the UNRWA, the blue logos and symbols, fool us into thinking of it as an international humanitarian...
  • BREAKING: Sunday’s Gaza UNRWA School Bombing Was COMPLETELY STAGED

    08/05/2014 3:28:03 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 8-5-2014 | Jim Hoft
    On Sunday the Obama White House 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. The Obama State Department said: 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. But it was all a hoax. Hamas staged the entire media spectacle. Via Jihad Watch: (video) The Israeli shell hit just outside of the UN school targeting and killing...
  • Why Hamas stores its weapons inside hospitals, mosques and schools (from Washington Post!!)

    08/04/2014 8:16:45 AM PDT · by dennisw · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 31 | By Terrence McCoy July 31
    The United Nations found troves of rockets hidden in three UN schools since the conflict began. “We condemn the group or groups who endangered civilians placing these munitions in our school,” Chris Gunness, spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, said Wednesday. “This is yet another flagrant violation of the neutrality of our premises. We call on all the warring parties to respect the inviolability of U.N. property.” Earlier this month, the United Nations also found rockets piled inside one of its vacant schools — near other schools used to accommodate displaced people. Inside a Gaza Strip mosque in...