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The “Government” of “Palestine”

Translation: Arab terrorists (as if that would ever change).

Hamas Deputy Leader Moussa Abu-Marzouk revealed that despite the talk of a Fatah-Hamas unity government, Hamas remains firmly in charge of Gaza, and is giving the terrorists raining rockets on Israel a free hand.

Abu-Marzouk announced that the terrorists launching rockets, which on Saturday night directly hit a factory in Sderot burning it down, are not being stopped or arrested by Hamas.

While the IDF notes that Gaza terrorists have fired over 30 rockets at southern Israel since the kidnapping of three teens by Hamas terrorists on June 12, Abu-Marzouk clarified that not a single arrest has been conducted against the perpetrators of the recent attacks.

The unity government reportedly has responsibility for managing Gaza, although unity government Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has admitted that his government is completely powerless in Gaza.

As mentioned in the post below, it is US policy to recognize the government of the Arab entity, including Hamass. The Obama regime recognizes a terrorist organization as a legitimate partner. From we “will always have Israel’s back” to “hand us that Heinkel boning knife sticking out your back, will you Izzy?”

Just because Hamass isn’t going after the terrorists, doesn’t mean no one is:

[T]he IAF for its part took out two of the perpetrators in an airstrike on Friday, targeting a car in Gaza. CCTV video footage from Gaza apparently captured the targeted airstrike on film.

I take no joy (well, little joy) in the death of others, but I do have to marvel how wicked awesome such a strike—such a contained strike—is. Passersby within feet of the explosion were not harmed, while those terrorists in the car were vaporized. It’s like watching a David Blaine trick: how do they do that?

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Arab Family Values

Hey, as long as some three year-old girl died, the Arabs are happy:

A Palestinian Arab girl was killed and three others wounded in Gaza after a rocket fired at Israel by terrorists in the Hamas-enclave fell short, landing in Gaza itself.

The rocket was the third of four fired within an hour from Gaza. The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system shot down the first two, which were launched within minutes of each other, and the fourth hit a town in the Sedot Negev Regional Council, causing no damage.

Hamas medical sources say the fatality is a three-year-old girl.

What aim. Heckuva job, guys.

PS: You may have heard about the kidnapped teens, but probably not this:

Over 20 rockets have been fired at Israel since Operation Brother’s Keeper began two weeks ago to rescue the three Israeli teens kidnapped by Hamas terrorists, with the IDF noting that over 200 rockets have been fired from Gaza since the start of the year.

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Tell Us Something We Don’t Know

The Arab occupiers of Gaza lie? You take that back!

An article penned last month by a field investigator for rights group Amnesty International has been raising questions about how NGOs report on the Arab-Israeli conflict, after she admitted that Palestinian witnesses regularly lie to investigators.

Donatella Rovera’s article was published by Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP), and detailed the challenges facing fact-finding missions in conflict zones.

Among other things, she noted that eyewitnesses are often unreliable either due to the assumptions they themselves make about what they have seen or heard, out of fear of reprisals for telling the truth.

To be charitable, some of their lies are out of stupidity:

“In Gaza, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, and other places I interviewed civilians who described what they thought were artillery or bomb strikes being launched by far away government forces and striking near their homes – whereas in reality the loud bangs and tremors were caused by mortars or rockets being launched by opposition fighters from their positions nearby.

“For the untrained ear it is virtually impossible to distinguish between incoming and outgoing fire, and all the more so for those who find themselves close to the frontlines.”

How does one train one’s ear to so distinguish mortar fire? Should the occasion arise.

Now, to be less charitable:

“Fear can lead victims and witnesses to withhold evidence or give deliberately erroneous accounts of incidents.”

As an example she cited her own experience in Hamas-run Gaza, where Arab civilians living there are often afraid to go on record saying anything negative about the territory’s Islamist rulers.

“In Gaza, I received partial or inaccurate information by relatives of civilians accidentally killed in accidental explosions or by rockets launched by Palestinian armed groups towards Israel that had malfunctioned and of civilians killed by Israeli strikes on nearby Palestinian armed groups’ positions,” Rovera recalled. “When confronted with other evidence obtained separately, some said they feared reprisals by the armed groups.”

She pointed out that even where investigators did not include questionable testimonies in their reports, they should be aware that their overall reports can still be unduly influenced by what they heard.

“Even if they disregard it, investigators must be alert to the fact that disinformation and misinformation can contribute to shaping the perception of events, the narrative surrounding the events, and the behaviour of people who take it in good faith and internalize it, including victims, witnesses, and others potential sources.”

Quite. “Investigators” like Amnesty itself:

But the Elder of Ziyyon blog, which highlighted the story late last week, accused Rovera of whitewashing the role played by Amnesty and other NGOs in reporting unverified accusations against Israel for political reasons.

“It is a shame that Rovera didn’t include Amnesty International itself as being guilty of this, and she ascribes the lack of objectivity almost only to fake evidence that is created by one side rather than to the ideological desire to find war crimes when none exist,” it wrote.

“They might strenuously deny it, but Amnesty and HRW [Human Rights Watch] have systemic biases against Israel,” it continued, citing several examples of the two groups repeating false allegations of Israeli “war crimes” – including an infamous incident during the IDF’s Pillar of Defense operation in Gaza, when a Hamas rocket which killed a child was blamed on Israel.

Earlier this year a diplomatic crisis was only narrowly averted after the outgoing head of the European Union parliament claimed in a speech to the Knesset that Israel was unequally distributing water between Jews and Arabs in Judea-Samaria.

Martin Schulz had heard the claim – which turned out to be false – from Palestinian Authority officials, and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded by saying the incident illustrated how European “fact finding missions” approach accusations made against Israel

“They hear, they don’t check, and they hurl accusations,” he said.

Simon Plosker, Managing Editor of media watchdog Honest Reporting, said the article revealed that Amnesty and other groups were clearly aware of the problem, but questioned why they were doing little to internalize it.

“Too often, Israel is the victim of half-truths and libels perpetrated by Palestinians hiding behind the veneer of credibility that so-called human rights organizations afford them. If researchers such as Amnesty International’s Donatella Rovera are aware of this problem, one can only conclude that delegitimizing Israel’s right to self-defense takes priority over reporting the truth.”

So, thanks, AI. For nothing.

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Get Out Your Handkerchiefs

When Reuters writes about Gaza, there’s not a dry eye in the house:

Life has never seemed so grim for the Mustafas, a family of seven cramped into a shabby two-room hovel in Gaza’s Jabalya refugee camp.

Seven years into an Israeli blockade and ten months into a crippling Egyptian one, Gaza’s economic growth has evaporated and unemployment soared to almost 40 percent by the end of 2013.

Opposition to the Hamas militant group which runs the Gaza Strip has led its neighbors to quarantine the enclave, shutting residents out of the struggling Mideast peace process and leaving them with plenty of parties to blame.

And blame they do—though it might surprise you whom they blame (in the 22nd paragraph):

In northern Gaza’s green farmland, Mahmoud blames Hamas for much of the suffering.

“Do things ever change for their gang? If jobs open up, their people get them. They never suffer,” said the 23-year-old, who studied to be an electrician, then a truck driver, but found work as neither.

Mahmoud’s father, a farmer, sits in a flowing brown robe and rests his cane over his knees in a sunny enclosure next to his family house.

The 67-year-old remembers the orchards in his 180,000 square meters of land astride Israel’s border where olives, lemons and oranges once thrived in the area’s sweet well water.

Long since demolished by Israeli bulldozers amid cross-border violence in 2008, the orchard lives on only in his small garden. In it stands one of every type of tree he used to tend – a reminder of what he’s lost and of the steady erosion of land and livelihoods that Palestinians have endured over the decades.

Why would Israel bulldoze an orchard of olive, lemon, and orange trees?

Which would lead to this:

Has Reuters forgotten Passover already?

“Israeli civilians celebrating the Passover Holiday woke up this morning to the sound of Code-Red alarms and rockets. It is our obligation to seek out and target those who wish to attack our civilians and soldiers and to eliminate their capabilities. Hamas rocket terrorism is an intolerable reality Israelis should not have to accept”.

Since the beginning of 2014, 100 rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel.

Is 2013 so long ago?

Also, following discussions between COGAT and the International aid agencies operating in Gaza, the transfer of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing will continue tomorrow [December 15th]. This includes 1.2 million liters of gas: 800,000 liters of diesel fuel for transportation, and 400,000 liters of diesel fuel for the Gaza power station, and another 200 tons of household gas.

Of course, one could quarrel with the premise of the Reuters story from the get-go:

Despite what you may hear from the media, Gaza is not an “open-air prison.” This summer [2013], Gazans are out in force, enjoying themselves in beautiful beaches and hotels, and doing their shopping in pristine grocery stores and markets heaving with fresh produce.

You know the expression, “don’t believe everything you hear”? Swap “anything” for “everything” and you come closer to the truth when it comes to the media on Israel.

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Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People™ Daily Update

You can’t starve the Arabs in Gaza—that’s our job!

Scores of patients and disabled Palestinians on Saturday staged a protest outside the Egyptian embassy in the Gaza Strip to call for the reopening of the Rafah border crossing between the Palestinian territory and Egypt.

Mohamed al-Kahlout, a spokesman for the demonstrators, described as “choking” the blockade on the Gaza Strip and the closure of the Rafah crossing.

“The closure of the crossing is creating a human tragedy in Gaza,” al-Kahlout told Anadolu Agency.

“We just want to lead a dignified life like all other human beings,” he added.

Oh please. Isn’t it a little late for that now?


Ahmed, isn’t that last night’s dinner?

The Gaza Strip has been suffering an Israel-imposed blockade since 2006. Palestinians say the blockade has deprived the Palestinian enclave’s 1.8 million residents of their most essential needs.

An all-out Egyptian crackdown on smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza has also come to add insult to the injury of the Palestinians.

How’s that “Israel-imposed blockade” working out?

The Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and Gaza will be re-opened as of Sunday, Kol Yisrael radio reported on Saturday night.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon had accepted a recommendation by the Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, Yoav Mordechai, and ordered that the crossing be re-opened, the report said.

Half a million liters of diesel and gasoline to the private sector, 160 tons of cooking gas, and a quarter of a million liters of diesel for the power station in Gaza will enter through Kerem Shalom once it is opened, according to Kol Yisrael.

The border crossing was closed on Wednesday, at Ya’alon’s orders, after terrorists fired a barrage of dozens of rockets at southern Israel.

The Arabs in Gaza seem incapable of learning that terrorism is all fun and games until someone gets hurt:

A three-year-old child died on Thursday after he was unable to receive medical care abroad due to the closure of the Rafah crossing, an activist group said.

Spokesman for the National Committee to Break the Siege Adham Abu Salmieh said that Ahmad Ammar Abu Nahl was suffering from an enlarged heart and liver and had been planning to go to Turkey via Egypt for treatment.

However, the young child died Thursday while waiting for the crossing to open.

Tragic. Let’s end on a happier note:

Egypt’s most active militant group says that one of its founding leaders was killed when a bomb he was carrying was set off by a car accident.

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The statement posted early Saturday on militant websites by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis or Champions of Jerusalem, said Tawfiq Mohammed Freij was killed Tuesday. It did not where the accident took place.

It said he was the “field commander” of an August 2011 cross-border attack into Israel that killed eight people.

Wear your seat belts!

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Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People™ Daily Update

Americans learned to choose between “guns and butter”. Arabs have yet to learn to choose between missiles and electricity.

To choose wisely, at any rate:

The Gaza Strip’s only power plant shut down Saturday due to a lack of fuel from Israel, which closed a goods crossing after rocket attacks, the energy authority said.

“The plant has completely ceased to function due to a lack of fuel caused by (Israel’s) closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing,” said Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil, deputy director of the energy authority in the Palestinian territory ruled by the Islamist movement Hamas.

On Thursday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered the closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza and the Erez pedestrian crossing “until further security assessments,” after dozens of rockets were fired at Israel by Gaza terrorists on Wednesday.

I’m sure no one would dispute the notion that Israel can act in its own self defense (no one not a European commissioner, that is).

But can we also note that Israel is not alone?

A high committee against the Gaza siege on Wednesday erected a tent in front of Egypt’s embassy in Gaza City to host activists demanding that Egypt reopen the southern Rafah crossing.

Deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Ahmad Bahar, who joined the inauguration of the protest tent, delivered a speech urging leaders of Arab countries to end the siege imposed on Gaza.

It is a responsibility of the Arab and Islamic nations to support the Palestinian people, he said.

God knows they’ve never been able to support themselves.

Just three months ago, Israel was providing food, fuel and aid to the Arabs of Gaza, even helping getting tomatoes to market. But the Arabs insist on exporting other goods.

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So, they can sit in the dark for all I care.

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Blasts From the Past

Arabs in action:

A video released online shows how Islamic Jihad terrorists fired this evening’s barrage of rocket attacks from within heavily-populated areas in Gaza.

The footage, which was posted on a Hamas-linked Facebook page, shows the challenges often faced by the Israeli military in responding to such attacks whilst avoiding civilian casualties.

It illustrates what Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, have often referred to as a “double war-crime”: the firing of rockets against Israeli civilians, whilst using the Palestinian Arab civilian population in Gaza as cover, and in the hope that any Israeli response will draw condemnation for striking a civilian area.

Arabs in words:

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion – the swindlers of Zion – have revealed their schemes to subjugate the nations and gain control of the world. They are planning means to take over the reins of world politics, by spreading organized destruction throughout the countries and by corrupting people through the seizure of the banking system, the goldsmith profession and the control of capital, natural resources and the workforce, as well as by taking control of the media and the arts, and channeling them to serve their goals and realize their aims.

Year after year, it never changes. Neither does the condemnation of Israel for exercising self-defense. The only thing that has changed is the understanding of your humble correspondent, and those like me, who now see the world as it is, not as it has been described to un on NPR.

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Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People™ Daily Update

These updates are like orange juice: breakfast without them is like a day without sunshine.

Fatah activists say troops from the rival Palestinian movement Hamas broke up a Fatah gathering in the Gaza Strip, beating participants.

It was the most violent clash in months between Fatah and the Islamic militant Hamas, which seized Gaza from Fatah’s leader, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in 2007.

The incident signaled continued hostility between Hamas and Fatah despite reconciliation attempts. It also suggested Hamas is on edge as it struggles to survive an Egyptian border closure.

“A group of Fatah supporters organized an activity in Khan Younis without contacting police for approval, and that is a breach of the law and obvious attempt to bring security chaos back,” said Hamas official al-Bozoum.

Al-Bozoum further highlighted that Fatah supporters had “attacked police officers who arrived to enforce the law,” Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported,

Fatah spokesman Hassan Ahmed says Hamas security beat and briefly detained participants “for no reason” during the ceremony, which was held to commemorate “martyrs who fell during the Intifada.”

To be fair to Hamass, it’s hard to tell with these people between solemn ceremonies and deranged riots. BTW, I think Al Bozoum would make a great porn name.

The groups have made multiple failed attempts at reconciliation for years, Ma’an reported, most recently in 2012, when they signed two yet-unimplemented agreements in Cairo and Doha.

I started a drinking game based on taking a shot every time Fatah and Hamass held “unity” talks. I’ve lost my family, my job, my house, and currently live in a van down by the river.

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Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People™ Daily Update

Who does an activist have to [bleep] to get into Gaza? [You sure about "into"? Not "the hell out of"?]

A number of French activists left Cairo International Airport to other world capitals after Egyptian authorities denied on Thursday their entry to Gaza through the Rafah crossing.

The activists protested the authorities’ decision not to allow them entrance by lying on the floor in the airport imitating dead bodies while draping Palestinian flags on their bodies.

Imitating dead bodies? Teases.

A source at the Cairo airport said the French consul to Cairo apologized for the lack of cooperation by activists with the airport authorities.

How much of an a-hole are you if your consul has to apologize to Egyptian authorities for your behavior? They shoot Sudanese undocumented workers seeking refuge in Israel in the back over there.

Here’s a two-fer:

Egyptian security services have started to collect information about thousands of Hamas members who were granted Egyptian citizenship during the rule of ousted president Mohamed Mursi, according to Egyptian media.

Egypt’s Day Seven news website reported that Egyptian authorities plan revoke the citizenship of 13,757 Hamas members for being “affiliated to an offshoot of the terrorist group the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Egyptian authorities are investigating whether Hamas members have been involved in what they describe as “terrorist attacks,” adding that the prime minister has the right to revoke the citizenship of Hamas members without a court ruling if it is deemed that they endanger public security.

On Tuesday, an Egyptian court banned the activities of Hamas and ordered its assets seized.

Egypt won’t let people into Gaza or out of Gaza. That sounds like a siege to me. Good for them.

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Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People™ Daily Update

Another day, another humiliation:

Egypt on Wednesday detained and deported Northern Irish Nobel Laureate and anti-Israel activist Mairead Maguire and held up others who had been planning to go to neighboring Gaza, AFP reported.

Maguire had intended to join a delegation of women activists going to Gaza, activists and officials told the news agency. On Tuesday, airport police had already detained and deported American activist Medea Benjamin, also part of the delegation, who told AFP police broke her arm.

Come on, Medea, you’ve had that and worse coming for a long, long time.

But why would the lovely Irish colleen want to go to that armpit, Gaza?

This is not the first time she has tried to enter Gaza and failed. In 2010, Maguire took part in the flotilla that aimed to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza.

Following the flotilla, Maguire was expelled from Israel for 10 years. She appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, but the appeal was rejected. She was subsequently deported from Israel.

Egypt controls the only border crossing with Gaza that bypasses Israel, and is accused of colluding with the Jewish state to blockade the territory ruled by the Hamas terrorist group.

“I think it’s sad, what they’ve done,” Maguire told AFP of the reception she and the other activists received in Egypt.

“It is an example and confirmation of the Egyptian government’s compliance with the blockade of Gaza,” she charged.

She’s sad that Egypt is being mean to Hamass: yet another Jew-hater awarded with a Nobel Peace Prize. When’s Farrakhan’s turn?

These antisemites give Leftism—and peace—a bad name.

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Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People Daily Update

Boy, if Egypt keeps carrying on this way, how long will Obama be able to protect them from “international fallout”?

A Cairo court has banned all activities by Hamas in Egypt, calling the Palestinian movement that runs Gaza a terrorist organization.

Hamas member Izzat Rashq denounced Tuesday’s ruling by the Cairo circuit court as a “political decision aimed to undermine the Palestinian people and their valiant resistance.”

The nation’s military government has been cracking down on Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood. Morsy, along with other members of the group, face prison-break charges stemming from a January 2011 uprising that toppled longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak.

Obama said this to Israel the other day:

“If you see no peace deal and continued aggressive settlement construction — and we have seen more aggressive settlement construction over the last couple years than we’ve seen in a very long time — if Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within reach, then our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited.”

You’ve been warned, Egyptian Arabs. Don’t mess with Gaza Arabs while Obama’s sheriff.

BTW, does Obama understand the word contiguous? How does he envision a “contiguous sovereign Palestinian state” (four lies in four words) between Arab occupied Judea and Samaria and Arab occupied Gaza? They’re adept tunnelers, the Gazans are, but Ramallah’s a long way from Rafah. More Obama ignorance.

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Peace, Shmeace

I’ve steadfastly avoided all obits and reminiscences of Ariel Sharon. No reason, just cause.

But when I saw Henry Kissenger’s stab at it (“A Visionary for Peace”), I kind of had a reaction. Something along the lines of “f*ck peace”.

A person may be forgiven for pursuing peace, but only up to a point. A pacifist who refuses to defend his family from a violent intruder is no hero, no visionary of peace. He’s a miserable little worm. Sharon’s decision to render Gaza judenrein is not the same thing, but not far away. The act itself may have been well-intentioned (though the thousands of Jews who had to be forcibly moved would vehemently disagree), but the consequences—inevitable consequences—have decided the act as one of the most reckless, ill-considered, self-desrtuctive acts any country has ever undertaken of its own volition.

I’ve always cut Sharon a little slack, as his stroke rendered him powerless to respond to the results of his decision. He may well have gone all Lebanon ’82 in Gaza ’07. But I refuse to allow the intervening years since Israel “disengaged” from Gaza as peace. That is an obscenity: to the word and to the people who have suffered terribly.

I’m sorry he passed, and his life as a whole is very much to be admired. But he made a terrible mistake with Gaza, and never lived to make it right. That’s just a fact.

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