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Hezbollah Leader: ‘We can invade the Galilee and Israel knows it’

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 08:05

In a speech that aired on MTV (Lebanon) on May 2, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that Hezbollah has the capability to invade the Galilee and that Israel acknowledges this fact.

He said that Israel is afraid to “get entangled” in Gaza and promised that if Israel’s army so much as thinks of invading southern Lebanon, it will be “crushed and destroyed for the world’s TV channels to see.”

The audience then chanted: “We respond to your call, oh Nasrallah!” The speech was delivered on the anniversary of the death of Hezbollah military leader Mustafa Badreddine.

How to Make an Israeli Classic: Pita Bread

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 07:51

Learn how to make this yummy classic in a one-minute video.



EXODUS 1:15

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 07:09

The identity of these ‘Hebrew midwives,’ meyaldot haivriyot (מילדות העבריות), is debated by Rabbinic commentators. Many have assumed, as the literal reading implies, that they were Jewish women. But other commentators, such as the Abrabanel, suggest that the midwives Shiphrah and Puah were Egyptians. This interpretation is primarily based on the use of the phrase “fear of God,” a phrase often used to describe the behavior of exceptional gentiles, in reference to their heroic actions. According to these interpreters, the phrase meyaldot haivriyot, ‘Hebrew midwives,’ is deliberately ambiguous, and it actually refers to the “midwives for the Hebrew women.” If so, Shiphrah and Puah were the first gentiles in history to risk their lives in order to rescue a Jew. Israeli Bible scholar and teacher par excellence, Nechama Leibowitz, remarked about this passage, “If we accept that the midwives were Egyptian, a …very vital message becomes apparent. The Torah indicates how the individual can resist evil. He need not shirk his moral responsibility under cover of ‘superior orders’ … Neither moral courage nor sheer wickedness are ethnically or nationally determined qualities. Moab and Ammon produced a Ruth and Naamah respectively; Egypt two righteous midwives.”

Netanyahu Addresses Emergency Cabinet: “I Instructed IDF to Continue Massive Attacks”

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 05:22

In an emergency meeting of the cabinet on Sunday, Prime Minister Netnayahu said, “This morning, I instructed the IDF to continue the massive attacks against terrorist elements in the Gaza Strip.”

Hundreds Defy IDF Orders and Hamas Threat to Attend Funeral of Man Killed by Rocket

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 05:09

Hundreds of friends and neighbors defied instructions from the IDF Home Front Command to attend the funeral of Ashkelon resident Moshe Agadi on Sunday afternoon.

Agadi, 58, was killed early Sunday when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit his home.

The crowds who showed up to accompany the father of four on his final journey included Knesset member Avi Dichter, who became the target of the mourners’ rage when the ceremony was over. Several demanded that the government take harsher action against the terrorist groups in Gaza.

Dozens of police officers and soldiers provided security at the cemetery. The funeral was punctuated by the sound of explosions from Gaza.

Out of concern that the mourners were exposed to rocket fire, the funeral was concluded in under half an hour. Soldiers asked those in attendance to leave the cemetery quickly.

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Tali, a relative of Agadi, said at the funeral, “It’s just unbelievable. I can’t believe it. He spent all Saturday reading Psalms, and when the siren went off he meant to go directly to the safe room, but he didn’t make it.”

“It got him where he was standing. I don’t know where we’ll find another man like him,” she said.

Ashkelon Mayor Tomer Galam eulogized Agadi: “Today, we are laying to eternal rest Moshe Agadi, may his memory be a blessing, a resident of the city, who was killed when a rocket hit his house. The unbearable ease with which only yesterday Moshe was with us, spending Shabbat with his family, praying at the synagogue, talking and laughing, and now we are putting him in the ground, cannot continue.”

“This is a delusional, dangerous, incomprehensible reality that no citizen of Israel, no resident of the city of Ashkelon, no child, should be part of,” said Galam. “Even at this difficult time, we will continue to stand upright, to demonstrate stalwartness and strength and let the terrorists who want to destroy us know that we will not give into them and we will not let them win. The blood of our soldiers and civilians won’t be spilled in vain.”

21-Year-Old Israeli-American Killed by Gaza Rocket Laid to Rest in Jerusalem

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 04:52

Pinchas Menachem Prezuazman, 21, was laid to rest in Jerusalem late Sunday night. A dual American and Israeli citizen, Prezuazman was killed earlier in the day by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip. He was killed while running to a bomb shelter in Ashdod. Prezuazman leaves behind a wife and young child.

Pinchas Menachem Prezuazman (Photo via Facebook)

Pinchas’s father, Haim Dov Prezuazman, said at the funeral, which was attended by hundreds of people, “I don’t understand why this is happening, but I am sure that you have fulfilled your purpose on this earth.”

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“I had a great blessing to raise you for 21, nearly 22 years,” he added.

Prezuazman was the fourth person killed by the barrage of rocket fire directed against Israeli civilian centers in Ashkelon, Ashdod, Yavneh, Beersheva, Gadera, Sderot and the Gaza periphery between Friday and Sunday night.

Earlier in the day, 47-year-old Bedouin Israeli Ziad al-Hamamda was killed when a rocket slammed into the factory in Ashkelon where he worked, and 68-year-old Moshe Feder was killed by an anti-tank missile from Gaza that was fired at his car.

On Saturday, 58-year-old father of four Moshe Agadi was killed when a rocket hit his Ashkelon home.

At least 10 others have been wounded by shrapnel from the hundreds of rockets, missiles and mortar shells that have been fired from Gaza, according to Magen David Adom emergency medical services.

Nearly 700 rockets were fired at Israel in just 48 hours, with 234 Israelis being treated in Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon and Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva.

After Firing 700 Rockets Into Israel, Gaza Declares Ceasefire

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 04:33

Approximately 700 rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza by Palestinian Islamic Jihad backed by Iran and Hamas since the attack began Saturday morning. Channel 12 reported that 173 were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile protection system. Four Israelis were killed by rockets and at least ten others were treated for shrapnel wounds. Dozens more were treated for shell-shock.

29 Gazans were killed in IDF strikes, many of them declared as terrorists by Gazan sources.

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Israel responded by hitting approximately 320 military targets in Gaza. The two crossings connecting Israel and Gaza were closed in the wake of the attacks and the IDF shut down fishing rights off the coast of Gaza. The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced that all fuel imports to Gaza would be stopped effective immediately.

Around midnight, the terrorist groups released a statement emphasizing that the rocket attacks would continue until the Israeli government gave in to all their demands.

The battle will not end until the occupation responds affirmatively to our people’s demands,” the Joint Command Center of Armed Palestinian factions in Gaza said in a statement in the early hours of Monday. “We will not allow the settlers [Israelis] to leave their shelters as long as the enemy’s leadership denies its understandings with the resistance.”

One of the demands is that Israel allow the transfer of $30 million from Qatar to Gaza for the Ramadan period which began on Sunday. Qatar has been accused of allowing terror financiers to operate within its borders and a state sponsor of Hamas which is classified as a terrorist group by the U.S. State Department since 2010.

Gazan officials declared a ceasefire that supposedly took effect at 4;30 am local time. The Israeli government refused to confirm the reported truce but the IDF declared all security restrictions that had been enacted in southern Israel since the attack began would be lifted beginning at 7 am on Monday. Israeli schools opened for the first time this week in some areas in the south though schools in other regions closer to the border remain closed. It is unclear whether the restrictions placed on Gaza will remain in place.

An Egyptian official also confirmed the deal to AFP on condition of anonymity.

No rockets have been reported as of 2:00 am on Monday.

Abu Mujahed, the spokesman for the Palestinian Resistance Committees, a coalition of various terrorist groups in Gaza, confirmed that the ceasefire went into effect. “The ceasefire agreement was reached on condition that the occupation implements the previous understandings to lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip,” he said in a statement.

Likud MK Gideon Saar slammed the Israeli acceptance of a Hamas-declared ceasefire.

“The ceasefire, in the circumstances it was reached under, has no gains for Israel,” said Saar. “The time between each round of violent attacks against Israel and its citizens is shrinking, and terror organizations in Gaza are strengthening. The fighting hasn’t been ended, just pushed off.”

Imam Calls Out Rashida Tlaib/Ilhan Omar for Defending Hamas Rockets

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 03:29

In the wake of a two-day rocket attack by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad firing approximately 700 rockets at Israel, freshman congressmen Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) made public statements condemning Israel.

Tlaib, born in Detroit to parents who emigrated from Jerusalem Israel, retweeted a post by Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. which slammed the NY Times headline for focusing on the hundreds of rockets fired at Israeli civilians from Gaza.

When will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestinian people who just want to be free? Headlines like this & framing it in this way just feeds into the continued lack of responsibility on Israel who unjustly oppress & target Palestinian children and families. #FreePalestine https://t.co/p3X3j8WtwM

— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 5, 2019

There were, in fact, approximately 700 rockets fired into Israel by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas since Saturday morning. The rockets intentionally targeted Israeli cities and civilian centers.

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Omar responded with a tweet that justified the firing of rockets into Israel.

How many more protesters must be shot, rockets must be fired, and little kids must be killed until the endless cycle of violence ends?

The status quo of occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable. Only real justice can bring about security and lasting peace.

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 5, 2019

It would seem that Omar, born in Somalia and raised in the U.S., is unfamiliar with the history of the region. Israel evacuated Gaza in 2005, relocating over 10,000 Jews and effectively ethnically cleansing the region. Tlaib’s identification of a humanitarian crisis in Gaza is accurate but it would be inaccurate to place the blame on Israel. Though it is impossible to accurately account how much money has been given to Gaza for humanitarian aid, three weeks ago Hamas forcibly quelled riots by the populace protesting misuse of humanitarian aid for terrorism infrastructures and government corruption. It is also unclear how Omar’s support of constant rocket attacks against Israeli civilians is intended to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

The two congressmen were called out by name by Iranian-born Australian Shia Muslim Imam and President of the Islamic Association of South Australia Imam Mohamad Tawhidi.

Remember that time @Ilhan and @RashidaTlaib condemned Hamas’ terrorism?

Neither do I.

— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) May 5, 2019

The stated opinion of the two congressmen does not reflect the opinion of the U.S. government and certainly not of the White House, as evidenced by tweets posted by both the president and vice president in support of Israel.

….To the Gazan people — these terrorist acts against Israel will bring you nothing but more misery. END the violence and work towards peace – it can happen!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 6, 2019

We strongly condemn the attacks in Gaza by Hamas terrorists. Israel has the absolute right to defend itself & the U.S. stands by our great ally Israel.

— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 5, 2019

Christian Holiday Massacres: The New Norm

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 02:00

Although the Islamic terrorist bombings that rocked Sri Lanka last Easter Sunday—killing more than 300, most inside churches—have shocked many, spectacular terrorist attacks on Easter are much more common than supposed.

Jihadi logic is simple: not only do attacks on Christians during their greatest religious holidays make a symbolic point; but because churches are often packed then—especially Easter, or Resurrection Sunday—they also potentially offer the greatest harvest in casualties.

Thus, on April 9, 2017—Palm Sunday, which starts the holy week of Easter—two Christian churches were bombed during mass in Egypt; at least 50 worshippers were killed and 130 injured and/or mutilated (graphic images/video of aftermath here). Two days later, another terror attack targeting a Coptic Christian monastery was thwarted.   On April 12, 2015, Easter Sunday, two explosions targeting two separate churches took place in Egypt.   Although no casualties were reported—hence only Coptic Solidarity reported it from Arabic media—large numbers could have resulted.

On Easter Sunday, 2016, an Islamic suicide bombing took place near the children rides of a public park in Pakistan, where Christians were known to be congregated and celebrating after church.  At least 74 people—mostly women and children—were killed and nearly 400 injured.  Something similar was in store for Pakistan in 2017, as authorities foiled a “major terrorist attack” targeting Christians on Easter.

Right before Good Friday, 2015, jihadis raided a Kenyan university and massacred 147 people; they tried to distinguish between Muslim and Christian students in order to kill only the latter, whom they taunted by saying things like “This will be a good Easter holiday for us.”

Celebrating Easter seems to be an especially dangerous affair in Nigeria: a church was burned down on Easter Sunday, 2014, leaving 150 dead; another church was bombed on Easter Sunday, 2012, leaving some 50 worshippers dead;   Muslim herdsmen launched a series of raids during Easter week, 2013, killing at least 80 Christians—mostly children and the elderly; over 200 Christian homes were destroyed, eight churches burned, and 4,500 Christians were also displaced.

As for this Easter, 2019, Muslim raiders killed 11 Christians returning from Good Friday church service in Nigeria; they also kidnapped and slaughtered a female British aid worker.  On Sunday, April 21, ten boys were killed while taking part in an Easter procession. Emmanuel Ogebe, a Nigerian human rights lawyer remarked in an email, “The Holy Week killings in Nigeria do not grab headlines like Sri Lanka but still Nigeria’s Christians are dying the deaths of a 1000 cuts in as many installments!”

As Islam’s presence continues to grow in Europe, and in accordance with Islam’s Rule of Numbers, Easter-related attacks are also on the rise.

This Easter in Germany, a migrant man, apparently of Somali origin, entered a church in Munich during Easter Mass and threw dangerous objects at worshippers (variously described as stones or firecrackers) while shouting Islam’s war-cry, “Allahu akbar” (Allah is greater).  Congregants hurled their Easter meal baskets on the ground and rushed out in a panic.  Some were injured; children were left in a “state of chock.”  Predictably, authorities concluded that he was “mentally ill” and therefore not responsible for his actions.

Other Easter related attacks in Europe have been much more deadly.  According to one report, “the terror cell that struck in Brussels [in March, 2016, killing 34] was planning to massacre worshippers at Easter church services across Europe, including Britain.”  In Scotland, 2016, a Muslim man savaged another Muslim man to death for wishing Christians a Good Friday and Happy Easter.  If an Islamic terror plot targeting Easter shoppers in the UK was not thwarted “it would almost certainly have been Britain’s worst terrorist attack, with the potential to cause more deaths than the suicide attacks of July 7, 2005, when 52 people were murdered.”

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Although deadly attacks on Christians have taken place every Easter in recent years, less spectacular attacks and shows of hostility are very common around that Christian holiday.  A brief list of examples follows:

  • Bangladesh: A Muslim mob attacked a Catholic village as it celebrated Easter, 2015; they stabbed its priest, destroyed Bibles, crosses, religious icons, musical instruments and homes, and randomly slaughtered goats and chickens.
  • Turkey:  Muslims beat a pastor immediately following his Easter service and threatened him with death unless he converted to Islam.
  • Iran: 12 Christians stood trial as “apostates” on Easter Sunday, 2012; in 2015, various churches were banned from celebrating Easter Sunday altogether.
  • Iraq: According to an AP report from 2013, “Iraq’s Catholic Christians flocked to churches to celebrate Easter Sunday, praying, singing and rejoicing in the resurrection of Christ,” but only “behind high blast walls and tight security cordons” due to precedents.
  • Philippines: A cathedral had to cancel 2018 Easter services after Islamic terrorists completely ransacked it.

It should be noted that other Christian holidays, especially Christmas, are also prime times for Islamic terror, and for the same reasons—to make a “point” and because churches are especially packed then.  Thus in Egypt, a Cairo church was bombed leaving 27 dead around Christmas 2016.  On New Year’s Day, 2011—which Orthodox Christians usher in at church—another Egyptian church was bombed, leaving 23 dead.  (For dozens more anecdotes of Muslim violence against and slaughter of Christians around Christmas, see here for Christmas 2018, here for Christmas 2017, here for Christmas 2016, here for Christmas 2015, and here for Christmas 2014.)

Commenting on the most recent carnage of Christians—last Easter Sunday’s bombing campaign in Sri Lanka that left over 300 dead—that nation’s archbishop said “we never expected such a thing to happen and especially on Easter Sunday.”

In reality, bombed churches and massacred worshippers during Christian holy days has become the new norm—with little room for shock, genuine or otherwise.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Raymond Ibrahim

The New, “Moderate” Hamas: Severe Cruelty to Jewish and Arab Prisoners and their Families

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 01:00

Hamas is trying to project a new image. At a news conference in Doha, Qatar, on Monday, May 1, it announced a purportedly moderate new document—without indicating in any way that it was abrogating its notoriously anti-Semitic 1988 charter.

The New York Times—at least on the face of it—quickly took the bait. That day its lead headline read: “Hamas Tempers Extreme Stances in Bid for Power”—later revised to “In Palestinian Power Struggle, Hamas Moderates Talk on Israel.”

The article quotes Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum: “The document gives us a chance to connect with the outside world…. We are a pragmatic and civilized movement….”

Yet, elsewhere in the report, even the Times is unable to get too enthused about the new “Document of General Principles and Policies.”

The Times notes that it “reiterates the Hamas leadership’s view that it is open to a Palestinian state along the borders established after the 1967 war, though it does not renounce future claims to Palestinian rule over what is now Israel.” Or in the document’s more emphatic words:

Palestine…extends from the River Jordan in the east to the Mediterranean in the west…the establishment of the Zionist entity therein do[es] not annul the right of the Palestinian people to their entire land and do[es] not entrench any rights therein for the usurping Zionist entity.

The Times also notes gingerly that the document “does not renounce violence.” Or as the document puts it:

The liberation of Palestine is the duty of the Palestinian people in particular and the duty of the Arab and Islamic Ummah in general…. Resisting the occupation with all means and methods is a legitimate right guaranteed by divine laws and by international norms and laws.

And the Times says the new document “specifically weakens language from [the] 1988 charter proclaiming Jews as enemies and comparing their views to Nazism.” The new document, however, says: “Hamas does not wage a struggle against the Jews because they are Jewish but wages a struggle against the Zionists who occupy Palestine.”

In other words, no problem with the Jews, as long as their state is destroyed.

And finally, the Times—which, despite all these bows to reality, gave the Doha press conference top billing as if it heralded a major change—acknowledges what all experts confirm: that the new document “does not replace the original charter,” which remains fully in force.

Why did Hamas makes this bid for a better image at this time? The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff notes that Hamas is in financial trouble:

Gulf states are closing the funding taps one by one and income from inside Gaza is dropping.

It is for this reason that the need arose to present a “friendlier face” to the world via this document of principles.

That and the intra-Palestinian struggle for power and influence; with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas set, at that time, to meet with President Trump in Washington on Wednesday, Hamas wanted to keep itself in the public eye and try to boost its respectability.

In what appears to be bad timing for the group, however, on Tuesday Human Rights Watch released a report that puts the “pragmatic and civilized movement” in a very negative light.

Significantly, Human Rights Watch is no friend of Israel. As NGO Monitor notes, HRW exhibits “a deep-seated ideological bias against Israel,” regularly accuses it of war crimes, calls for the boycott of Israeli communities in the West Bank, and much else.

In “2 Israelis Who Entered Gaza Held Incommunicado,” however, even HRW is unsparing in its criticism of Hamas.

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The two Israelis are Avraham Mangistu, of Ethiopian Jewish background, and Hisham al-Sayed, of Muslim Bedouin background. Mangistu is believed to have wandered into Gaza in September 2014, Sayed in April 2015.

Both men, HRW notes, have “serious mental health conditions”;

Sayed was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and Mangistu spent time in a psychiatric hospital.

And while Hamas claims the men are soldiers, HRW found that they “were not combatants or affiliated with the Israeli government when they entered Gaza.” Mangistu was found unfit to serve, and Sayed, also found unfit, volunteered for service but was discharged after three months.

But none of that has availed the two unfortunate men, who have been held incommunicado since straying into Gaza. There have been no visits from rights groups, no contacts with their families, no indications about their condition.

Hamas’s “price”—just for information about the men—would be Israel’s release of 54 Hamas security prisoners.

Hamas is also holding the remains of two Israeli soldiers, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, who were killed in the 2014 Gaza War; on April 20 it released a “ghoulish” video taunting their parents.

Notwithstanding the ever so slightly spruced-up prose of its new document, it is, of course, the same Hamas as always—existing at the lowest depth of human depravity while claiming divine sanction for all its actions.

It would be nice to say the opposing Palestinian Authority/Fatah stream of the Palestinians is a lot better; but that is a different subject.

Reprinted with author’s permission from FrontPage Mag

Palestinian Leaders and Inconvenient Truths

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 00:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas understood that he had made a grave error in calling out his Arab brothers for their tightfistedness. This was a massive mistake because his Arab brothers do not tolerate any form of criticism. For them, Abbas should only be criticizing Israel and the US.

This is the old Palestinian blame game: always make Israel or the U.S. appear responsible for the suffering you inflict on your own people.

Like most Palestinians, Abbas is well aware that the Arab states are no longer willing to serve as a cash machine for ingrates. Under the current circumstances, the Palestinians are more likely to succeed in cajoling money from duped Western donors than from their loving brothers. From the Palestinian leaders’ point of view, however, this is an inconvenient truth best hidden from their people.

The Arab states continue to lie to the Palestinians. At the last meeting of Arab foreign ministers in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, the Arabs “affirmed their commitment to support the budget of the state of Palestine by activating the resolution of the Arab summit in Tunisia to provide a $100 million safety net [to the Palestinians] each month.”

The Arab foreign ministers announced their decision after listening to a speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who complained that his government was facing a financial crisis because of Israeli and US measures.

Abbas was referring to Israel’s decision to deduct payments made by the Palestinian Authority (PA) government to families of security prisoners and “martyrs” from tax revenues that Israel collects each month on behalf of the Palestinians.

Earlier this year, the Israeli government announced it is deducting hundreds of millions of shekels from the tax funds it collects on behalf of the Palestinians because of the PA’s policy of paying salaries to terrorists and their families. The decision was in accordance with an Israeli law passed in July 2018. Under the law, the payments made by the PA government would automatically be frozen by the Israeli government, in accordance with the Paris Protocol, an agreement signed between Israel and the PLO in 1994 that allows Israel to collect and transfer to the PA government the import taxes on goods that were intended for the Palestinians.

The law also requires the Israeli Defense Ministry to provide the cabinet with data on the amount the PA pays terrorists and their families. Israel’s Finance Ministry will then withhold that amount from the tax funds it transfers.

Abbas was also referring to the steep cuts in US financial aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the PA government.

Abbas went to the Arab League meeting in Cairo with the seeming hope that the Arab countries would help him overcome the severe financial crisis his government has been facing in the past few months. He was apparently hoping that the Arab countries would implement the decision of the Arab summit held in Tunisia in late March to provide financial aid to the Palestinians.

As it turns out, however, both the Arab summit in Tunisia and the Arab League meeting in Cairo have given the Palestinians nothing but empty promises and meaningless statements of support and solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

Earlier this week, Abbas revealed during a meeting of his cabinet in the West Bank city of Ramallah that despite the pledges of financial support from the Arab states, the Palestinians still have not received any funds. He further disclosed that he had asked the Arab countries for a loan — a request which he said has also been ignored by the Arab states.

“We asked our Arab brothers to provide us with a financial safety net,” Abbas said, referring to his speech at the Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo.

“But we’re not pinning high hopes on them. God willing, something will happen. We asked for $100 million each month. We told them to consider it a debt, which we will pay you back. However, we haven’t received an answer even regarding the debt request.”

At this point in his speech, Abbas became aware that his remarks were being broadcast live on Palestine TV. It was at that moment that he stopped speaking about the failure of the Arab states to fulfill their promises to the Palestinians. What happened was that Abbas realized that his criticism of the Arab states was likely to enrage the Arab heads of state.

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Abbas understood that he had made a grave error in calling out his Arab brothers for their tightfistedness. This was a massive mistake because his Arab brothers do not tolerate any form of criticism. For them, Abbas should only be criticizing Israel and the US. Sure enough, to avoid a crisis with the Arab countries, Abbas’s official news agency, Wafa, deleted from its report about his speech the critical remarks he had made about the Arab states.

The Palestinian news agency evidently does not want Palestinians to know that their Arab brothers are refusing to help them financially. It appears, instead, to want the Palestinians to believe that Israel and the US are solely responsible for the financial crisis facing the Palestinian Authority government. In fact, this is how the Palestinian propaganda machine has long been functioning. This is the old Palestinian blame game: always make Israel or the U.S. appear responsible for the suffering you inflict on your own people.

The Arab betrayal of the Palestinians is not new. Instead of supporting their Palestinian brothers, the Arab states have been cutting aid to them. According to one report, Arab financial aid to the Palestinians has dramatically dropped in the past two decades. Another report revealed that donations from the Arab world to the Palestinians has been slashed over the past few years by 50%. A mere quarter of the PA’s 2017 budget of approximately $3.7 billion has come from Arab states, the report said.

The Palestinians are right to believe that the Arab world no longer cares about them and their problems. The Arab countries have their own problems, particularly financial ones. Most Arab countries seem sick of the Palestinians and see them as ungrateful, particularly after the PLO’s support for Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait – one of several wealthy Arab countries that funded the Palestinians to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in the 70s and 80s.

The PLO’s support for Saddam Hussein was a wake-up call for Kuwait and many Arab countries, who are now telling the Palestinians: “Here’s some tough love: you spit in our faces, we cut off your allowance.”

Like most Palestinians, Abbas is well aware that the Arab states are no longer willing to serve as a cash machine for ingrates. Under the current circumstances, the Palestinians are more likely to succeed in cajoling money from duped Western donors than from their loving brothers. From the Palestinian leaders’ point of view, however, this is an inconvenient truth best hidden from their people.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Gatestone Institute

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Even even worse, if a consumer has actually javascript impaired on their web browser at that point the internet site are going to certainly not make in any way. Wix.com utilized to become constructed along with Flash modern technology (which is actually certainly not suitable along with a lot of smart phones), as well as while that problem has actually been actually improved, they have actually opened up a totally brand-new may of earthworms.

How specifically is actually an organisation intended to acquire discovered online when the standard design of the web site carries out certainly not enable online search engine gain access to? If you plunge deeper right into Wix.com’s webpage construct, you discover that all webpages are actually approved, or even merely buttons of the homepage, and also as a result they can certainly never position on their very own.

With Wix.com you can construct an appealing (albeit common) website and also it may be actually very easy for you to improve, however if your web site isn’t online search engine suitable, or even likely also readable, exactly how is it heading to help you?

Site possession is actually vital for every single solitary website. Every organisation ought to possess their personal internet home and also they must possess a partnership along with their host provider. A business website is actually equally beneficial and also vital for you to know as well as preserve as some other service property.

“Wix carries out certainly not profess any kind of patent civil liberties over the User Submissions. Nonetheless, under the Wix.com Terms of Use, you give Wix worldwide, royalty-free as well as non-exclusive permit to make use of, disperse, recreate, change, adjust, openly execute and also openly show such User Submissions.”

That is actually frightful. Through joining Wix.com internet companies, you are actually making it possible for Wix.com to tweak your internet site as well as your website’s material just through accepting to the Terms of Use.

Always possess management over your website as well as your web content. Time. Edge of account!

Mobile web sites are actually the VHS video recording strips to today’s DVDs. They are going to inevitably participate in the very same film, yet one possesses a considerably a lot more stylish individual encounter than the various other. Mobile web sites were actually amazing and also successful prior to your moms and dads begun making use of Facebook, and now they merely do not produce any sort of feeling. In their spot, reactive internet sites are actually certainly not simply the brand new pattern, they possess formally end up being the brand new criterion.

Having an entirely seperate internet site for mobile phone consumers along with a fully seperate publisher brings about conditions like pair of detached analytics profiles. Ugh.

Modern web browsers like Google Chrome may grab where a scanning expertise ends on a various gadget. Possessing a completely various mobile phone web site coming from your pc internet site offers an individual along with a great deal of disparities and also many of the amount of time, unimportant or even unupdated info.

The most significant drawback I view along with Wix.com in the mobile phone type is actually that you need to define that you would love to develop a mobile phone internet site and afterwards become part of the different publisher. None of the web site design templates are actually reactive. Since 11 hrs before composing this blog post, the Wix.com online forums have plenty of messages asking designers for this attribute. As the initial discussion forum message was actually recorded January of 2013 (as well as I am actually composing this 7 months eventually), it leads me to strongly believe that there is actually little bit of chance that this ask for are going to be actually satisfied.

Already possess a website on Wix.com? Do not stress! You may not be a complete resting duck. Regrettably, you do not possess the capacity to get your website as is actually and also quick to a brand-new holding provider – you do not have your internet site, always remember?

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Philadelphia Muslim Children Sing About Decapitating Jews

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 09:33

On April 22, 2019, the Muslim American Society Islamic Center in Philadelphia (MAS Philly) uploaded a video of an “Ummah Day” celebration to its Facebook page in which young children wearing Palestinian scarves sang: “Glorious steeds call us and lead us [to] the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The blood of martyrs protects us … Take us, oh ships … until we reach our shores and crush the treacherous ones … Flow, oh rivers of martyrs!”

A young girl read a poem praising martyrs who sacrificed their lives for Palestine, and she asked: “Will [Jerusalem] be a hotbed for cowards?” Another young girl read: “We will defend [Palestine] with our bodies … We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque … We will subject them to eternal torture.

MAS Philly belongs to the Muslim American Society (MAS), which has 42 chapters in the United States and one in the United Kingdom. The MAS website says that its mission is to “move people to strive for God-consciousness, liberty and justice, and to convey Islam with utmost clarity,” and that its vision is “a virtuous and just American society.”

Children in Philadelphia Muslim Society: We Will Sacrifice Ourselves for Al-Aqsa; Will Chop off Their Heads, Subject Them to Eternal Torture pic.twitter.com/6ySfz0Ylel

— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) May 3, 2019

Child Narrator: Those who accept humiliation—what is the point in their existence? Those who reject oppression are the ones who assert their existence, and they eliminate the injustice from the land of the Arabs.

Children Singing: Rebels! Rebels! Rebels! Glorious steeds call us and lead us onto paths leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The blood of martyrs protects us. Paradise needs real men!

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The land of the Prophet Muhammad’s Night Journey is calling us. Our Palestine must return to us. Oh Saladdin, your men are among us—shame will be washed away!

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[You need] force and the Quran, oh free people! We must persevere no matter what happens, and with the help of the Omnipotent Lord, day will follow night.

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Take us, oh ships, until we liberate our lands—until we reach our shores and crush the treacherous ones!

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Blow, oh winds of Paradise—flow, oh rivers of martyrs! My Islam is calling, who is going to heeds its call? Rise, oh righteous ones!

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Girl 1: Our martyrs sacrificed their lives without hesitation. They attained Paradise, and the scent of musk emanates from their bodies. They compete with one another to reach Paradise. Will Jerusalem be their capital city, or will it be a hotbed for cowards?

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Girl 2: We will defend the land of divine guidance with our bodies, and we will sacrifice our souls without hesitation. We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque. We will lead the army of Allah fulfilling His promise, and we will subject them to eternal torture.

Holocaust, High-Tech, and Hamas Rockets

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 08:38

Hananya Naftali, the prime minister’s deputy social media adviser, puts the recent horrific rocket attacks from Gaza into perspective, showing that while Gaza rains death across the border, Israel chooses life and spreads light into the world.

Death Toll Rises to Three as Rocket Attacks Continue

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 08:17

A rocket fired from Gaza made a direct hit on a factory in Ashkelon killing one 22-year old man and injuring two others, one moderately and one seriously.

In a separate incident, a 60-year old man was driving near the border when his car was hit by a projectile. The man suffered shrapnel wounds to his leg causing significant blood loss and leaving him in critical condition. The man was later pronounced dead in the hospital. The IDF is investigating whether his car was struck by a rocket, an anti-tank guided missile, or a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG). Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two people were lightly injured Sunday afternoon after a rocket hit their home in the Eshkol Region of southern Israel.

A 60-year old woman was seriously wounded by a rocket that landed in the area of Kibbutz Yad Mordechai near the Gaza Strip.

A tragedy was averted when a bus carrying soldiers narrowly missed being hit by a rocket that landed by the side of the road.

Over 500 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza since Saturday morning. The sirens reached as far as Bet Shemesh, 12 miles west of Jerusalem, and Beersheba, 26 miles from the border with Gaza. The Iron Dome missile-protection system was claimed to have a 90 percent success rate, intercepting approximately 100 rockets. Despite the efforts of the IDF, many rockets penetrated the defenses.

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A rocket hit a building in Ashkelon at around 2:30 am on Saturday night, wounding a 58-year old man in the stomach and chest. He was taken to the Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon where he was declared dead one hour later. Magen David Adom (MADA) reported treating six people overnight for shrapnel wounds and 16 more for shell shock. The man was identified as Moshe Agadi, 58, a father of four.

Two people were reported wounded in the daytime attacks:  a woman approximately 80-years old was seriously wounded by shrapnel in Kiryat Gat and a man was in moderate condition after being hit by shrapnel in Ashkelon six miles north of the border. Dozens more have been treated for shrapnel wounds and shell shock.

The IDF responded by hitting over 180 military targets belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad inside Gaza with tank-fire and airstrikes. At least two rocket launchers were reportedly hit in the strikes.  The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said a 22-year-old man was killed and four people were injured by the Israeli strikes. Reuters cited a Hamas source as claiming the man was a terrorist in their military. A terrorist tunnel penetrating into Israel was also destroyed on Saturday.

Twitter Blocks IDF Updates on Rocket Attacks

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 07:38

The IDF has been hard-pressed to update Israelis about the ongoing rocket attacks with over 450 falling in 24 hours so it was disturbing when Twitter would not allow the rocket count to be updated.

We’d like to update you on the constant rocket fire from Gaza, but Twitter prevents us from repeating messages… pic.twitter.com/pj7hgmeBVN

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 5, 2019

Though the impediment was unintentional, the internet is an essential aspect of Israeli life under fire as apps warn Israelis of incoming missiles and the IDF updates Israeli citizens.

IDF Prepares to Answer Netanyahu’s Call to “Deal Hard Blow” to Gaza Terror Groups

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 05:04

Almost 500 rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza in less than 24 hours, beginning around 9:30 am on Saturday. The IDF responded by hitting over 220 military targets in Gaza with airstrikes and tank fire, killing at least two terrorists.

At least four terrorists were reported killed in the Israeli strikes, all of whom were said to have been part of rocket launching teams. The IDF also destroyed a terror tunnel that extended into Israel.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) released a statement that it would continue in its attacks. “We will respond forcefully against the Israeli enemy until the cessation of aggression,” the statement read.

In a joint statement, PIJ and Hamas said they were planning on increasing the range of the rocket attacks.

“A barrage of about 50 rockets was fired at the area of Ashkelon, and we are weighing increasing the fire to more than 40 kilometers in the coming hours if the aggression  [Israeli repsonse] continues,” the statement said.

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Hebrew-language media reported on Saturday Prime Minister Netanyahu instructed defense officials to  “to deal a hard blow”  to the terror groups in Gaza. As per the Prime Minister’s request, an IDF spokesperson said the military sent its 7th Armored Brigade southward “so that there would be a force available in the Gaza Division in case there is a need for it.”

IDF Spokesman Ronen Manolis stated that the IDF preparing for at least a few days of intensive fighting.

“The IDF is not engaged in a cease-fire, we are not aware of the ceasefire and are preparing for a few days of fighting, and we have decided to transfer a brigade to the Gaza Division.” Manalis referred to IDF attacks in the Gaza Strip, saying that the effort was focused on damaging the weapons stores.

A senior official told Channel 13 news that there is growing understanding there will not be an immediate return to calm on the southern border, with an expectation of “at least two to three days of fighting.”

IDF Video Recap of the Last 24 Hours: Under Fire

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 04:11

Wherever you are in the world, whether you are now going to sleep or just starting your day…you need to know that for the second day in a row, Israelis are waking up to rocket fire from Gaza.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad Starts a Fire in Gaza

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 03:39

The Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist organization—the second largest armed faction in Gaza—is responsible for the latest escalation in Gaza and Israel.

In recent weeks, PIJ, whose rocket arsenal is larger than that of Hamas, has conducted a string of attacks that it did not take responsibility for. The goal of these attacks appears to be the sabotage of Egyptian-led efforts to stabilize Gaza.

PIJ’s attacks include the launching of a rocket on April 29, which exploded in the Mediterranean Sea near a southern Israeli city. More recently, on May 3, the PIJ conducted a sniper attack on Israel Defense Forces soldiers on the Gaza border, during a Hamas-organized border riot. That shooting wounded an Israeli officer and a female soldier. It is that event that triggered the current flare-up. Starting on Saturday, hundreds of rockets and mortars have been fired from Gaza.

Israel accused the PIJ’s commander in northern Gaza, Bahaa Abu Al Ata, of being behind the April 29 rocket attack, which no group took responsibility for.

One possibility is that PIJ’s Syria-based radical secretary-general, Ziad Nakhala, who is extremely close to Iran and a frequent visitor to it, passed along orders to the faction’s commanders in Gaza to keep attacks on Israel going.

Egypt has worked hard to push Gaza away from the brink—efforts that the PIJ, Iran’s direct proxy, is apparently trying to undo.

Iran, for its part, is under growing economic distress and battling widening American sanctions. The Islamic Republic has a network of proxy groups around the Middle East, which it can activate in response to developments such as the recent U.S. designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization.

Iran could also seeking revenge for events in Syria. An air strike, attributed by international media reports to Israel, destroyed Iranian targets near the northwestern Syrian city of Masyaf on April 12,  reportedly resulting in Iranian casualties.

On March 27, an Iranian weapons warehouse near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was destroyed in an airstrike, which also reportedly resulted in casualties.

Israel is committed to preventing Iran from building military bases in Syria.

Either way, according to Israeli intelligence assessments, Hamas has been dragged into this latest escalation after failing to call out PIJ or enforce its sovereignty in Gaza.

During a conference call with journalists, the head of the IDF’s International Media Branch, Lt.-Col. Jonathan Conricus, confirmed that PIJ has “over the last week been trying to destabilize the area, and execute different attacks below the threshold, without being accountable, while trying to outsmart or trick Hamas.”

He described “numerous covert attempts” by PIJ to do this, while the faction simultaneously attends mediation talks in Egypt together with Hamas, which it pretends to cooperate with.

“Hamas has been unable so far to really control PIJ,” Conricus said. “We see that Hamas is deterred by PIJ, and [that it has] not been implementing its sovereignty over it.”

Hamas, for its part, has stuck with the “on-off” tactic of border riots and sending arson and explosive balloons over the border into Israel, as part of its extortion campaign to convince Israel to agree to its economic and infrastructure demands for Gaza. But that “controlled escalation” approach may well have collapsed over the weekend.

Following the PIJ sniper attack on Friday, the IDF responded by striking a manned Hamas position nearby, killing three members of Hamas’s armed wing. Conricus described that response as an “immediate tactical response … Our troops came under fire and we responded in the nearest place where we saw enemy officers.”

What followed was a wave of heavy rocket and mortar fire on Israeli civilians, launched by both PIJ and Hamas. Hamas abandoned its more “cautious” approach in favor of the escalation that PIJ initiated. Hundreds of rocket attacks followed.

“This is a reckless, coordinated fire effort by PIJ and Hamas, who are firing from almost all parts of Gaza at different Israeli civilian communities,” Conricus stated. “We have been responding by hitting military targets.”

As Gazan terrorist cells launch projectiles from densely populated urban areas in Gaza, Israel’s Iron Dome air defense batteries have intercepted most of the threats headed for populated areas. Conricus described the interception rate as “good.”

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Israeli air strikes have killed some five to six Gazan terrorists thus far, according to the IDF. Israel targeted dozens of PIJ and Hamas sites—a combination of weapons production facilities and military posts.

Israel is expected to broaden its air campaign in the coming hours.  The Israel Air Force also destroyed a cross-border PIJ attack tunnel, dug from the Rafah area of southern Gaza into Israel.

“They expedited the digging over the past weeks,” Conricus said, referring to PIJ, “in an attempt to have an operational infrastructure to conduct a terrorist attack. We monitored that digging for a long time. The tunnel did cross the fence into Israel. Now, we decided to attack and neutralize it.”

The Israeli military is preparing for what may come next, if the flare-up does not die down. At this stage, at least, it appears as if Israel’s goal is to get Hamas to rein in PIJ and commit to keeping it in check before considering any further steps.

In the meantime, Israel is reinforcing its air defense systems, sharpening intelligence capabilities and deploying Home Front Command crews around the country to aid civilians in dealing with rocket attacks.

Israel has sealed all the border crossings with Gaza and closed the fishing zone off the coast.

Meanwhile, Israeli civilians are on high alert, and authorities have called on them to be attentive to rocket alerts. Compliance with safety procedures saved lives on Saturday, Conricus said.

Alluding to where the escalation may lead, he added: “If needed, we have the ability to mobilize ground forces.”

US Stands Strong With Israel In Face of Rocket Attacks

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 02:25

Thousands of Israelis were sent on Saturday running to bomb shelters as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad attacked with over 430 rockets fired in an ongoing attack. One Israeli was killed and wounding dozens. Israel responded by hitting approximately 180 military targets inside Gaza.

The U.S. State Department issued a statement on Saturday night in support of Israel.

“The United States strongly condemns the ongoing barrage of rocket attacks by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad from Gaza upon innocent civilians and their communities across Israel,” said a statement by State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus.

“We call on those responsible for the violence to cease this aggression immediately. We stand with Israel and fully support its right to self-defense against these abhorrent attacks,” added the statement.

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When the Sabbath ended, Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt, a religiously observant Jew, tweeted his support of Israel.

Hamas & PIJ have engaged in yet another deplorable act of terrorism, indiscriminately firing hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilian communities. The U.S. stands firmly in support of Israel’s right to self-defense and we call on the international community to do the same.

— Jason D. Greenblatt (@jdgreenblatt45) May 5, 2019

“When Hamas and (Palestinian Islamic Jihad) PIJ continue to choose terrorism, they prevent the world from trying to help the Palestinians in Gaza and they cause harm to Palestinians,” he added in a second tweet.

Former Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikk Haley, underscored the gross double standard exhibited towards Israel.

If this was any other country, the international community would raise havoc. No other country would sit back and take this. Why should Israel? #DoubleStandard https://t.co/Ss3gAKhGKJ

— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) May 4, 2019

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro also expressed support for Israel in a tweet on Saturday night.

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The European Union also voiced its concern with spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic tweeting on Saturday.

Statement on the latest Israeli-Palestinian escalation. The rocket fire from Gaza towards Israel must stop immediately. A de-escalation of this dangerous situation is urgently needed to ensure that civilians’ lives are protected https://t.co/TlaVmwcNd8

— Maja Kocijančič (@MajaEUspox) May 4, 2019

Italy also expressed solidarity with Israel.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini: “Extremely heavy missile attack against Israel, all my solidarity to Prime Minister @netanyahu and all Israeli people.