Archive for December, 2008

Funny

From the site, israellycool.com, I learned about a website Hamas maintains for its “martyrs”, in other words, terrorists. It is unintentionally funny. Note also that the United Nations is in the terrorist training business.

Name: Majed Ata Al Habashi.

Home town: Gaza city.

Resident: Al Daraj neighborhood in Gaza city.

Martyrdom date: July 26th, 2006.

Birth

Majed was born in July 13th, 1974 in Al Daraj neighborhood. This day witnessed birth of a great leader in Ezzedeen Al Qassam Brigades. He finished his primary and preparatory studying in the UNRWA schools in Gaza city.

His family passed in a hard time. So he halt his studying to help his family. He directed to the sewing field. Before two months of his martyrdom, he finished his high studying with a rate of 74% in the literary department. He wanted to join to the university. He was humble man.

There are other examples of terrorist kindness and brilliance at the site.

What a culture!

Happy New Year everyone, and let’s hope that 2009 is better.

- Aggie

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What Goes On In Iran

Newspaper censorship and calls for volunteer suicide terrorists

The Iranian government on Wednesday ordered shut a leading reformist daily, Kargozaran, for publishing a statement by a student group that blamed Hamas for provoking the current IAF strikes on Gaza.

The paper’s editor Mehran Karami said the student statement condemned the Israeli attacks but also called Hamas a terrorist organization that hides in schools and thus draws civilian casualties.

Meanwhile, hard-line Iranian student groups have asked the government to authorize volunteers to go carry out suicide bombings in Israel in response to the military operation in the Gaza Strip.

The government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had not responded to the call by Wednesday. Five hard-line student groups and a conservative clerical group launched a registration drive on Monday, seeking volunteers to carry out suicide attacks against Israel.

The Piece of Islam.

- Aggie

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Saudi Arabia Arrests Anti-Israel Cleric

I’m starting to get the idea that Iran isn’t too popular with the Saudis

Iran arms Hizballah and Hamas. A Saudi Cleric issues a fatwa ordering Muslims to murder Israelis. And Saudi Arabia arrests him?

A popular radical cleric who urged Muslims to target Israeli interests around the world has been arrested, a Saudi Web site reported Wednesday.
Saudi Shi’ite cleric Sheikh…

Saudi security officials were not available for comment.

The site, Rasid, posts news about Saudi Arabia’s Shiite community and has reliable contacts within both the Sunni and Shiite religious community.

The site said Sheik Awadh al-Garni was detained Monday in connection with his recent fatwa, or religious edict.

How odd. The Saudis arrest a Jew-hating cleric. Egypt refuses to cooperate with Hamas. Fatah is rooting for Israel. 2009 could be an interesting year.

- Aggie

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Israelis Attacked In Danish Mall

Shot in a crowded mall in Denmark

Do you think it was a coinky-dink as a certain 5 year old I know likes to say?

A gunman wounded two Israelis working at a packed central Denmark shopping mall Wednesday, Danish police said.

The two wounded men are Israelis in their 20s, police spokesman Lars Thede said. He said it was too early to speculate on whether they were targeted because of their nationality.

One of the wounded was shot in the arm and the other in the leg, police said. Their condition is unclear.

The shooting took place at the Rosengaard mall in Odense, 170 kilometers (105 miles) west of Copenhagen. It occurred around 3:30 p.m. (14:30 GMT), when the mall was filled with people doing last-minute shopping before the New Year’s break.

Thede said a video surveillance camera showed a man in his mid-20s pulling out a gun before opening fire.

“We cannot say whether he is Palestinian, Iraqi or where he is from,” he said. “It is too early to say

Just a random attack on Israelis. Kind of like the random attack on the Chabad House in Mumbai. Or the fluke of an attack on the Jewish Center in Seattle a couple years ago. Or the non-terrorist attack on the people at the El Al counter at LAX in 2002, just a guy with a gun murdering Jews. Could happen to anyone.

- Aggie

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After So Many Qassams, So Many Pieces, Hamas Wants “Peace”

Or so the Russians claim

Let’s look at the kindergarten classroom in Be’er Sheva again, shall we?

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Does this look like the work of Peaceniks? Or does it seem like the work or terrorists who would love to see pieces of little kids scattered all over town?

Forgive my skepticism:

The exiled leader of Hamas is ready to stop the fighting with Israel in exchange for an end to the blockade on Gaza, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday.
A Palestinian man surveys a Hamas government compound after an Israeli airstrike Tuesday.

The leader, Khaled Mashaal, spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday and outlined Hamas’ position on the resumption of the Palestinian reconciliation process, the foreign ministry said.

“Mashaal said in response to [Lavrov] that they are ready to end the armed confrontation, but only if these measures are linked to steps intended to remove the Gaza Strip’s blockade,” the ministry said.

While living in self-imposed exile in Damascus, Syria, Mashaal remains the head of Hamas, which controls Gaza.

Earlier Wednesday, the Israeli military warned neighbors of Hamas co-founder Mahmoud al-Zahar to leave because it may bomb the area, the neighbors told CNN.

Al-Zahar was the Palestinian foreign minister under the Hamas-led government before it was dissolved by President Mahmoud Abbas after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007. Learn more about Gaza’s political history »

I certainly don’t have the answers. No one does. But Hamas has a charter which specifically calls for the elimination of Israel. And their actions are in synch with their words. Over 10,000 qassam rockets and now a barrage of Iranian made missiles. Sounds to me like they wants pieces of people, not peace.

- Aggie

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Learning Curve

To those of us who assumed that Israel had a flat learning curve, this is heartening

Israel decided on Wednesday to continue its offensive on the Hamas infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, according to the original plan of the defense establishment.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told cabinet ministers, who reached their decision following a presentation by defense officials, that Israel would not conclude its operation until all of its goals had been reached.

“We did not begin the Gaza operation in order to finish it with rocket fire continuing like it did before,” Olmert said. “Israel has restrained for years and given plenty of chances for a calm.”

“We knew what the price would be to enable people living in the Negev to recuperate and to live for some time without concern,” the prime minister added. “But Hamas breached the calm.”

Isn’t that sane and refreshing?

- Aggie

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International Reporting On Israel, Gaza

This is from the Hindustan Times

Israel rejected mounting international pressure to suspend its devastating air offensive against Palestinian militants whose rocket barrages are striking ominously close to the Israeli heartland, sending warplanes on Wednesday to demolish smuggling tunnels that are the lifeline of Gaza’s Islamic Hamas rulers. audio Podcast

The diplomatic action has been set in motion by the scale of destruction in Gaza since Israel unleashed its campaign on Saturday, and a casualty toll that Gaza officials now put at 390 dead and some 1,600 wounded. Hamas says some 200 uniformed members of Hamas security forces have been killed, and the UN says at least 60 Palestinian civilians have died. Four Israelis have been killed by militant rocket fire, including three civilians.

The chief of Israel’s internal security services, Yuval Diskin, told Cabinet ministers on Wednesday that Hamas’ ability to rule had been “badly impaired.” Weapons development facilities have been “completely wiped out,” and the network of smuggling tunnels has been badly damaged, a participant in the meeting quoted Diskin as saying.

He spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was closed to the media.

Overnight, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert discussed a 48-hour truce proposal floated by France with his foreign and defense ministers. The meeting ended with a decision to pursue the punishing aerial campaign.

“Giving Hamas a respite just to regroup, rearm is a mistake,” Olmert spokesman Mark Regev said. “The pressure on the Hamas military machine must continue.”

Calls for an immediate cease-fire have also come from the US, the European Union, the UN and Russia. President George W Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice personally called leaders in the Middle East on Tuesday to press for a durable solution. Underlying the Israeli decision to keep fighting are the mightier weapons that Hamas has smuggled into Gaza through underground tunnels along the border with Egypt. If previously militants had relied on crude homemade rockets that could fly just 12 miles (18 kilometers) to terrorize Israeli border communities, they are now firing industrial-grade weapons that have dramatically expanded their range and put more than one-tenth of Israel’s population in their sights.

I thought this was quite even-handed. I suppose that the constant terror attacks in India provide context.

- Aggie

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Targeting Kindergarten Children

An example of what Israel has lived with for the past several years:

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Hamas sent a rocket into an elementary school in Be’er Sheva

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday fired a barrage of rockets at Ashkelon and Be’er Sheva.

A Grad rocket fired by the militants struck directly into an empty schoolhouse in Be’er Sheva on Wednesday morning, 37 kilometers from the coastal territory. Earlier, two rockets exploded in open fields near the Negev city. No injuries or damage was reported.

Question: Would they have been happy in kindergarten had been in session?

- Aggie

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A Note On Comments

We’ve been receiving very long manifestos from a certain individual, longer than anything that either BTL or I post on the front. We are not the NY Times agreeing to publish the Unabomber. We are low on bandwith because the site has become more popular than we realized and we didn’t respond quickly enough. I’m not posting them. If we receive information and comments of a reasonable length we’ll consider it. We’ll reevaluate this policy after tomorrow.

- Aggie

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Next EU President Supports Israel Against Hamas

Hamas sure has made a lot of nice friends

The Czech Republic, which takes over the European Union’s presidency on January 1, defended Israel’s strikes against Hamas on Tuesday.

UN chief urges end to violence; Shalev: Hamas responsible for deaths in Gaza

While the EU has called for a cease-fire to end the violence between Israel and Hamas that has killed almost 350 Palestinians since Saturday morning, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg insisted Israel had the right to defend itself, according to the Reuters news agency.

“Let us realize one thing: Hamas increased steeply the number of rockets fired at Israel since the cease-fire ended on December 19. That is not acceptable any more,” Schwarzenberg told the daily Mlada Fronta Dnes in an interview.

The country currently holding the EU presidency, France, has condemned Israel’s strikes and the rocket attacks from Hamas terrorists and called for both sides to stop immediately.

It also said it deplored the many civilian casualties and condemned Israel’s “disproportionate use of force,” echoing comments from UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon, who has also called for a cease-fire.

Schwarzenberg, a staunch ally of the United States, said Hamas had excluded itself from serious political debate due to its rocket attacks on Israel. He also hinted the group’s putting its bases and gun warehouses in densely populated areas was the reason for the Palestinians’ growing death toll.

“Why am I one of the few that have expressed understanding for Israel? … I am enjoying the luxury of telling the truth,” Schwarzenberg told the daily.

He’s right: It is a luxury to be able to tell the truth.

- Aggie

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Even Fatah Is Supporting Israel Against Hamas!

Does anybody recall June of 2007? Hamas took over Gaza and in the process they murdered Fatah men in front of their families, threw people off of roofs, and were generally nasty and unpleasant. Turns out I am not the only one who can remember this

It’s a strange world, but there you have it. I’ve been talking to friends of mine, former Palestinian Authority intelligence officials (ejected from power by the Hamas coup), and they tell me that not only are they rooting for the Israelis to decimate Hamas, but that Fatah has actually been assisting the Israelis with targeting information. One of my friends — if you want to know why they’re my friends, read this book — told me that one of his comrades was thrown off a high-rise building in Gaza City last year by Hamas, and so he sheds no tears for the Hamas dead. “Let the Israelis kill them,” he said. “They’ve brought only trouble for my people.”

Aside from writing for the Atlantic, I think that Jeffrey Goldberg writes for the New Yorker and has written a book or two

It’s kind of funny watching these guys rooting for Israel. It isn’t just fatah; it is Egypt and some of the other countries. The only support Hamas seems to have is Iran and the Left. And even large parts of the Left just can’t seem to go there. heh. heh.

- Aggie

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Israeli Population Within Reach Of Hamas Rockets

an Israeli blogger provides details

Here is something to bear in mind – the populations of Israeli cities and towns under attack:

Ashdod: 210,000
Ashkelon: 109,000
Yavne: 32,000
Ofakim: 25,000
Sderot: 19,000
Beersheva: 186,000

That’s close to 600,000 (so far) under fire!

My apologies: I thought Sderot had 26,000 residents, but they only have 19,000.

Again, imagine an area in the US with 600,000 people being attacked daily. Or, if you want a more accurate feeling for it, you can adjust the population of Israel to the population of the US. That would give you a true sense of the problem. What do we have, about 300 million people? They have about 6 million? 6×50=300, right? So there are 50 Americans for every Israeli. When you multiply 600,000×50… you get, why 30 million. About 1/10th of our population. Come to think of it, 600,000 is 1/10th of 6 million, isn’t it? So here’s a more refined question: If all of California was receiving daily barrages of rockets, would our government tolerate it, and tolerate it for years?

I think not.

- Aggie

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