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Thanks, Hamass!

Killing Gazans that Israel can’t be bothered to kill:

The Hamas regime in Gaza continues to execute its own civilians, even while engaged in a terror war against Israel.

In a central venue in Gaza City on Friday morning, 11 local Arab residents who were charged with “collaborating with Israel” were publicly executed, according to the Arabic-language Al-Rai news agency as cited by Walla!.

The public killing, conducted by terrorists evidently associated with Hamas, comes in the midst of a rising wave of “collaborator” executions in the terrorist stronghold of Gaza.

Eleven here, eleven there—the bodies pile up.

Do they ever:

Hamas’s cynical disregard for its own citizens, openly displayed by fighting while embedded in civilian infrastructure and using human shields, has not spared “Hamas collaborators” either.

A Hamas spokesperson recently told Al Jazeera that since Operation Pillar of Defense ended in 2012, “hundreds of our men were martyred digging the tunnels during the previous lull period.”

Many of those who survived digging the terror tunnels did not meet a better end than their “martyred” companions; according to reports, in recent weeks Hamas has executed dozens of the diggers to make absolutely certain they would not reveal information about the locations in which they were digging.

Of the hundreds who died in the digging, “at least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels” according to the Journal of Palestine Studies in 2012, indicating how Hamas had no qualms about lethally manipulating child labor.

And it’s not just Gazans that Hamass seeks to kill:

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas took Qatar-based Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal to task during their meeting in Doha Thursday, over Hamas plans to launch attacks against the PA in the West Bank, a senior Palestinian source told The Times of Israel.

Mashaal and Abbas had a “difficult” discussion, the source said, in which Abbas castigated Hamas and called its members “liars” over a Shin Bet allegation that captured Hamas operatives had confessed to a plot to attack PA forces in the West Bank and even stage a “coup” there.

Benjamin Netanyahu says Hamass is as bad as ISIS, and I won’t disagree. But as we reported yesterday, Fatah is hardly better:

Jibril Rajoub, Head of the PA Sports Authority and Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee announced that Fatah has made a “political decision” to support slaughtering Jews who live in settlements.

I haven’t killed anyone, and will continue to live my life in such a way that I never will. But these two scumbags, Hamass and Fatah, can’t kill enough of each other to satisfy me. They can have my quota.

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Condolences

Bloodthirstan extends its deepest sympathies to families of the three men who died violent deaths in Gaza.

Not these three men!

The IDF has released footage of the pre-dawn Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip that killed that three of the senior commanders of the armed wing of Hamas.

Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades in a statement identified the leaders as Mohammed Abu Shamalah, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhum. Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said eight people were killed in the strike Thursday.

Witnesses said a four-storey family home was completely destroyed in a series of air strikes.

No, good riddance to bad rubbish.

We mourn the passing of these three men:

The armed wing of Hamas has executed three Palestinian Arabs and arrested seven others for allegedly collaborating with Israel during the Gaza war, a website close to the movement reported Thursday.

The Majd website quoted a senior security official in the enclave as saying seven people had been arrested on suspicion of scoping out targets for Israel and that three others had been shot dead. The official said that the three were killed after “revolutionary procedures” were completed against them.

Israel will be condemned for ridding the world of three terrorists, but no one will ever speak of the three men who were summarily executed by Hamass. But we will bear witness.

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Oy. Peaceful Palestinians At It Again.

The Religion of Pieces™ had plans for massive terror attacks in Israel, with the intent to overthrow the PA and start a shiny new terror war.

A large-scale Hamas terrorist formation in the West Bank and Jerusalem planned to destabilize the region through a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Israel and then topple the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said Monday.

The plot was orchestrated by overseas Hamas operatives headquartered in Turkey and centered on a string of mass-casualty terrorist attacks on Israeli targets, the Shin Bet added.

The end goal was to destabilize the Palestinian territories and use the instability to carry out a military coup, overthrowing the government of PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Hamas infrastructure relied on support from cells in neighboring Jordan and on couriers who delivered funding that totaled at least NIS 2 million.

This was used to purchase weapons and homes that were used as hideouts, according to the investigation.

There are 93 Hamas members in Israeli custody, of whom 46 have been questioned by the Shin Bet so far. Security forces plan to indict some 70 suspects.

The investigation began in May and is ongoing, security sources said.

Read it all; it’s fascinating. Again, how does anyone deal with these people? All they seem to want to do is to murder. Normal people can’t wrap their heads around it. And Yours Truly can believe that Abbas is terrified of these monsters, but that doesn’t make him the Dali Lama either. He just heads up a different division of creeps.

- Aggie

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Darwin Award Nominees

Don’t try this at home, boys and girls:

Hamas sources in Gaza report that a dud IDF missile exploded on Wednesday, killing five including an Italian journalist, after Hamas terrorists clumsily tried to dismantle the missile.

Hamas emergency services spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra stated that in addition to the five dead, there are several more who are seriously wounded.

“A number of explosives experts were killed while dismantling a missile in Beit Lahiya. Among them was a foreign journalist,” Hamas Interior Ministry spokesperson Iyad al-Buzam told AFP.

The Italian government shortly thereafter named the dead journalist as Simone Camilli.

“Simone Camilli’s death is a tragedy for his family and for the country. Once more a reporter pays the price for a war that has lasted too many years,” said Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini.

Not exactly, Ms. Lollobrigida, there was no war. In this case, a reporter (sadly) got what was coming to him for trusting Hamass. The death toll itself should bring their “expertise” into question.

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Your Tax Dollars at Work


Those Arab terrorist tunnels?

Not technically, but money is fungible. We pay a massive percentage of the UN’s bills, and the UN pays for the tunnels:

While controversy continues to swirl around the huge Hamas tunnel network in Gaza, an internal United Nations audit report reveals that a U.N. Development Program office that funds and monitors spending on construction in the territory allowed at least five non-staff contract employees to handle “core” procurement processes that only staffers are supposed to handle, including those for ordering up “significant” civil construction activities.

Moreover, the report says, of the UNDP office: “the Office was not monitoring and recording actual work” performed by these individuals and other contract employees handling “core” functions, and the terms of reference for their employment “did not include specifications for services provided to particular projects” — in other words, were relatively undefined.

At the same time, the office’s internal financial tracking system — a UNDP-wide system known as Atlas — was improperly recording at least $8 million worth of civil construction spending at far less than its full value, a practice that UNDP auditors noted could keep the activity under the radar of higher-level U.N. officials who must approve purchase orders above defined cost threshold levels.

Taken together, the findings in the carefully manicured audit report — which was vetted by UNDP management at the affected office — point to a possible black hole in the supervision of civil construction, and perhaps other programs in Gaza and the other Palestinian territories for at least a year before the current explosion of terrorism.

The report adds a new level of potential credibility to Israeli accusations that internationally-managed relief supplies to Gaza were diverted into construction of the elaborate and highly-engineered tunnels under the territory that were used by Hamas terrorists to launch and coordinate rocket attacks and incursions into Israel that dramatically escalated in March.

Anybody can eff up. Like when you find terrorists storing missiles in classrooms of schools you run for their kids. Who hasn’t had that happen to them? And then returned the seized missiles to the same terrorists? Come on, fess up. Let he who is without sin…

Of course, maybe the UN could do just a little better:

The main purpose of the UNDP program, based in Jerusalem and like all U.N. activities operating under diplomatic immunity from any national authorities, was to provide funding and support for what the document chastely calls “another U.N. entity” that coordinates the world organization’s activity in Gaza.

That “entity” is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, which has been accused for years — and especially during the last major Israeli military response to Palestinian terrorist attacks from Gaza in 2009 — of allowing Hamas to divert humanitarian supplies to its own military purposes. UNWRA has some 13,000 employees in Gaza, the overwhelming majority of them local Palestinians.

Your tax dollars, America, and paying taxes is patriotic!

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Hamas Executes Tunnel Builders

In order to protect the secrecy of the locations

The tunnelers, many of whom constructed the tunnels over the course of months, would dig for 8-12 hours a day, and received a monthly wage of $150-$300, according to the blog.

Sources in Gaza told the website that Hamas took a series of precautions to prevent information from reaching Israel. The terror organization would reportedly blindfold the excavators en route to the sites and back, to prevent them from recognizing the locations. The tunnels were strictly supervised by Hamas members, and civilians were kept far from the sites.

M., a former tunnel digger and Israeli collaborator, told the website that Hamas would strip search the workers to ensure they had no recording devices or cameras hidden on them.

“The people we met had their faces covered; no one knew them by their real names, it was all codes and first names. They didn’t want to take the risk that some of the diggers were collaborating with Israel,” he said.

A tunnel, within a civilian home, found by Golani soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/ Flash 90)
A tunnel entrance, within a civilian home, found by Golani soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/ Flash 90)

After the tunnels were completed, dozens were reportedly executed to prevent intelligence leaks to Israel.

“Anyone they suspected might transfer information to Israel on the tunnels was killed by the military wing,” a different source said. “They were very cruel.”

In 2012, a Journal of Palestine Studies article claimed 160 Palestinian children were killed while working on Hamas’s tunnel system.

The digging of tunnels began four years ago and has demanded 40 percent of Hamas’s budget, The Times of Israel has learned.

Tunnel diggers have been using electric or pneumatic jackhammers, advancing 4-5 meters a day. The tunnels found were reportedly mostly dug 18-25 meters (60-82 feet) underground, though one was discovered at a depth of 35 meters (115 feet). “That’s like a 10-story building underground,” one expert said.

So, let’s see: They executed both adults and children who were hired (forced?) to build the terror tunnels. They used 40% of the aid provided by the west to carry this out. And the Left thinks that Israel is somehow the bad guy?

- Aggie

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Some Ceasefire

I see reports in the news that the Arab occupiers of Gaza have declared a ceasefire against Israel.

Hard to see it myself:

Sunday, August 10

4:43 PM: Three rockets fired from Gaza hit open areas in southern Israel.

3:14 PM: Goods regularly reach Gaza through our Kerem Shalom crossing. We’ve temporarily closed the crossing due to Hamas’ rocket fire over the area.

2:54 PM: Gaza terrorists fired two rockets over Sderot. The Iron Dome intercepted them.

2:35 PM: Two rockets hit the southern Israeli community of Kissufim.

2:15 PM: Three rockets fired from Gaza hit the Israeli city of Sderot.

7:21 AM: Two rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel.

Twelve rocket launches do not a ceasefire make.

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About Those War Crimes

Yeah, but would the truth sell papers?

International media outlets, including The New York Times and the BBC, have raised serious questions regarding Gaza civilian casualty figures as recorded by health officials both in the Strip and abroad.

The outlets maintain that the hard data does not support the notion that the Israel Defense Forces is engaged in “indiscriminate” killing of unarmed residents in the Palestinian enclave, as was suggested by several international leaders over the past month.

Citing figures released by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the BBC’s head of statistics Anthony Reuben found that the number of civilian men killed in the fighting outnumbered the number of women by a factor of nearly 3.5:1. According to the UN, 725 men were killed in the conflict as opposed to 214 women. When the 216 confirmed “members of armed groups” were included in the figures, the disparity grew even larger. Israeli military officials said 750-1,000 Hamas and other gunmen had been killed in the fighting as of Tuesday, August 5.

“If the Israeli attacks have been ‘indiscriminate,’ as the UN Human Rights Council says, it is hard to work out why they have killed so many more civilian men than women,” Reuben noted dryly.

I emphasized the word civilian because I think most of them were anything but. As the New York Times concedes:

The question echoes a New York Times analysis from earlier this week, which showed “that the population most likely to be militants, men ages 20 to 29, is also the most overrepresented in the death toll: They are 9 percent of Gaza’s 1.7 million residents, but 34 percent of those killed whose ages were provided. At the same time, women and children under 15, the least likely to be legitimate targets, were the most underrepresented, making up 71 percent of the population and 33 percent of the known-age casualties.”

Sorry, you Jew-hating human rights wonks, but you have been hoist by your own petard:

The death-toll statistics may constitute decisive evidence that, contrary to the claims of organizations such as the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch, and others, civilians were not the targets of Israel’s strikes in the Strip. Deliberate targeting of civilians would amount to war crimes under both international and Israeli law. Israel has stressed that it is seeking to avoid civilian casualties as it tackles Hamas rockets and tunnels, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday the international community should hold Hamas responsible for all Gaza civilian deaths since it uses Gaza civilians as “human shields” for its terrorist infrastructure.

Now, where again did the BBC (hardly friendly to Israel in the best of times) get their data?

“Citing figures released by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights…”

How can the UN accuse Israel of war crimes when their own data proved the smear just another blood libel. But as Mark Twain (might have) said: “A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

PS: Meanwhile:

Conflicting reports concerning the mysterious death of a senior Hamas official surfaced Thursday, three days after his mangled body was said to have been uncovered in the ruins of the battered Shejaiya neighborhood, in the northeastern Gaza Strip.

While initial reports stated that Ayman Taha, a former spokesman for the Gaza-based terror organization, had been killed during an Israeli airstrike in the embattled coastal enclave, Palestinian daily Al-Quds reported that he was executed by a Hamas firing squad earlier this week for allegedly maintaining contact with intelligence services in Arab countries, and specifically in Egypt.

Taha, according to Al-Quds, was shot several times in the head and chest. His body was later transferred to the Shifa hospital. Hamas initially barred the incident from publication until Thursday, when the information was released.

All we know for sure is he’s dead. Very dead.

The rest is not so clear:

Sources in the Gaza Strip said on Thursday that Taha was executed because Hamas feared he might implicate some of its leaders in many corruption scandals. “The man knew too much about the senior leaders of Hamas.”

The international media, for its part, will simply endorse the Hamas story because it is more convenient to blame Israel than to get into trouble with a radical Islamist movement that carries out extra-judicial executions.

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Indian And French News Crews Broadcast Rocket Launcher Near Hotels, UN Buildings

Watch the videos here

I am not linking to the youtube site because it turns on automatically, meaning that if I post those videos, BTL will open with noise. Not good. However, the content of both videos is well-worth a couple minutes of your time. The Indian crew sort of hid in their hotel room and filmed the building of the launch pad and the surrounding area. The French crew filmed the rocket practically whizzing by the reporter’s ear, as well as children playing with the parts and a large UN building nearby.

Why didn’t they show us this when it mattered? My guess is that Hamas would have killed the reporters. I’ll bet a nickel that they are safe at home now, and so they feel comfortable showing us this stuff. So the question is this: Will the NY Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, CNN, MSNBC (hah!) and the rest of the MSM bother to report any of this? Will they show this footage?

PS – I know that many of you find Fox News tiresome, (it is in many ways), but Sean Hannity has be doing live reports from bomb shelters, tunnels, an underground playground, a kibbutz that was shelled during the previous “ceasefire”, etc. He’s interviewed a lot of interesting people. I don’t know if those reports are available on youtube or not, but they are interesting.

- Aggie

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Our Friends, Hamass

Indiscriminate killing, ethnic cleansing, documented intentions of genocide, violent intimidation and summary executions, human shields and other war crimes: Jimmy Carter’s people!

“Hamas cannot be wished away, nor will it cooperate in its own demise. Only by recognizing its legitimacy as a political actor – one that represents a substantial portion of the Palestinian people – can the West begin to provide the right incentives for Hamas to lay down its weapons.”

In the article, Carter praised Hamas for making a “major concession” in April when it entered into a reconciliation agreement with the Palestinian Authority’s President Mahmoud Abbas. In the reconciliation agreement, Hamas gave up all of the top government positions to technocratic Fatah appointees pending elections.

Carter also credits Hamas with adopting de facto the unity government’s pledge to nonviolence, recognition of Israel and adherence to past agreements.

Heck, give them a Nobel Peace Prize—yours! So, if Jimmuh loves himself some Hamass, guess whom he doesn’t like?

“Tragically, Israel rejected this opportunity for peace and has succeeded in preventing the new [Palestinian unity] government’s deployment in Gaza.”

If you can’t live with Hamass, with whom can you live?

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Finally! Someone Who Doesn’t Believe the Media Lies

While not strictly a pro-Israel rally, the effect is the same:

Palestinian Arab sources said Tuesday that Gaza residents attacked Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri Saturday evening, near the Shifa Hospital.

Abu Zuhri had arrived at the hospital for an interview with a news outlet.

The residents blamed Hamas for the death of family members and for destruction of their homes. Armed Hamas terrorists from the Izzedine al-Kassam Brigades extricated Abu Zuri and arrested the angry residents.

Arabic website vetogate.com said that reporters in Gaza are well aware of the incident but are afraid to report it, because Hamas’s security agency could go after them if they do.

A week ago, Palestinian sources reported that over 30 Palestinians were executed by Hamas, most of them in the Shejaiya neighborhood. Hamas claimed that they were collaborators with Israel.

Channel 10 said that Hamas executed 20 residents of Shejaiya who had dared demonstrate against Hamas.

Rockets were fired at Israel from next to Shifa Hospital during the fighting in Gaza, and Hamas’s leadership hid under it.

Ask yourself, Arab occupiers of Gaza, wouldn’t life be a whole lot better under Israeli sovereignty? You’ll have to learn to love life more than death, but it’s not that hard.

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War on Children Update Update

A companion piece to our War on Children Update from this morning:

Erez is Gaza’s only pedestrian gateway into Israel, and throughout Operation Protective Edge more than 400 Palestinians have crossed through it in local ambulances seeking medical treatment in Israeli and West Bank hospitals.

On July 21, the IDF opened a military field hospital in the enormous border terminal, meant to provide emergency treatment for civilians injured in Gaza and unable to seek medical care in the Strip’s failing medical installations. Two weeks later, the Government Press Office invited a busload of foreign journalists to view the hospital for the first time, striving to show the efforts of the Israeli army to protect Palestinian civilians’ lives.

With a permanent staff of 20 doctors, nurses and medics on location, the Erez field hospital boasts advanced resuscitation equipment, a delivery room, a pharmacy, and lab services. Specialists include a pediatrician, an ophthalmologist and a gynecologist. Yet despite the apparent eagerness of the Israeli professionals to treat Palestinians in need, on Friday the hospital was completely empty.

Colorful stuffed animals rested untouched atop a clean hospital bed in the pediatric room; doctors in military uniforms and white cloaks paced the empty corridors, stethoscopes around their necks.

“We encounter deep suspicion from patients,” said Lt. Col. Sharon Biton of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the IDF branch entrusted with Palestinian civilian affairs, which set up the hospital together with the Medical Corps. Since its establishment, the hospital has treated some 50 Palestinians, providing life-saving treatment to a few, he said.

“At first people refuse treatment, but later they calm down and understand that we are completely on their side. We are entirely detached from the fighting going on inside [the Gaza Strip],” Biton told The Times of Israel.

One would expect more activity in the state-of-the-art field hospital, given the high number of injured Palestinians just kilometers away in Gaza’s understaffed and under-equipped hospitals. Biton said the primary force keeping Palestinians away was Hamas.

In one case cited by Biton, a seven-year-old child was brought to the hospital and quickly diagnosed with leukemia. Before being referred to Shiba Hospital outside Tel Aviv, his grandmother was asked to sign Israeli admission forms.

“At first the grandmother said she couldn’t read or write, but then she told us she’s a school headmistress, so apparently she could,” said Biton, who oversees the Arabic-Hebrew translation at the hospital. “When I asked her why she had told us that, she said that I must understand the basic fear and mistrust, which I indeed do.”

The few patients who did arrive at Erez were either picked up by IDF fighting units in the field, or referred by UNRWA or the Red Cross. A 75-year-old woman was left behind by her fleeing family in Khan Younis and brought to Erez in a state of dehydration and fatigue by Israeli soldiers. A 21-year-old man arrived in serious condition with shrapnel in his lung. Both were referred to Israeli hospitals.

“Our capabilities await the residents of the Gaza Strip to come and receive medical treatment,” said Lt. Col. Rachel Mezan, chief nurse of the Medical Corps and head of the field hospital. “We are very experienced in this type of mission. We set the hospital up quickly and adapt to the changing needs. In some cases we’ve definitely managed to save lives.”

To paraphrase Hamass, they love dead children more than Jews and Christians love life.

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