Mashal: I A Ready To Co-Exist With Jews, Not Occupiers

July 28th, 2014

mashal.jpgThe arch-terrorist of Hamas is demanding anew that Israel end its occupation of Gaza and the “West Bank”.

Khaled Meshaal said in an interview broadcast Monday that he believes the world hasn’t taken an even-handed view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Unfortunately the world doesn’t blame the Israelis,” said Meshaal, interviewed by CBS news anchor Charlie Rose from Cairo.

Meshaal complained that Palestinians too frequently have to hear pleas for the security of the Jewish state, asking “why don’t you give it to Palestinians?”

Asked if Hamas believes there’s only a military solution to the longstanding regional conflict, he said, “As a Palestinian, I want to be liberalized. I want to live without occupation.”

“Did you not kick the British out,” he asked Rose, speaking through a translator. He called occupation “the worst thing you can imagine.”

Asked point-blank if he would recognize Israel’s right to exist, Meshaal replied, “No.”

“I can’t co-exist with occupation. Without occupation, you can co-exist,” he said. “I’m ready to co-exist with the Jews, with the Christians and with the Arabs and non-Arabs.”

Yet, Meshaal declined to say whether he would recognize Israel if it withdrew from the “territories”.

“I said I do not want to live with a state of occupiers:” he said. “One would have a Palestinian state, then the Palestinian state will decide on its policies.”

(AP)

Swastikas Painted On North Miami Beach Shul

July 28th, 2014

sA North Miami Beach Shul has been vandalized during the overnight hours.

Residents who voluntarily patrol the area discovered swastikas and the word, “Hamas” spray painted in red on columns on the Congregation Torah V’Emunah at 1000 NE 175th St, early Monday morning.

“I saw this and then I stopped and I said, ‘Wait a minute. What am I seeing here?’ and then I backed up again and I looked again and I immediately sent a text to the two supervisors,” said resident Yona Lunger.

Residents are now trying to figure out who would want to vandalize their synagogue. “Absolute hate and why are you doing this, what have we done to you? We want to live at peace over here, we’re not fighting with you, we want to get along,” said Lunger. “We don’t go to any mosques, we don’t go spraying, anything like that. All we want to do is get along.”
Some residents are even concerned about their safety.

“I mean honestly it makes you question if it’s safe to walk around, wearing your yamaka, like how safe you really are in America,” said neighbor Josh Rosenberg.

This incident comes a day after a Miami Beach family’s vehicles were egged and defaced with the words, “Jew” and “Hamas” smeared on the windshields.

(Source: WSVN)

Investigation Shows the IDF Did not Hit the UNRWA School

July 28th, 2014

idftIDF officials report that the investigation into the rocket fire that led to many deaths in an UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun shows the civilian deaths and injuries were not the result of IDF fire.

The IDF Spokesman reported that the investigation shows that while the IDF fired a number of mortar shell rounds towards terrorists, the latter fired anti-tank rockets at the force.

The investigation results are backed by video footage showing one of the IDF mortar shells landed in the school yard while it was empty. The IDF stresses that it is not operating against international organizations in Gaza and even during Operation Protective Edge, cooperation and coordination continue with these agencies continues.

The video footage clearly shows when the IDF mortar landed in the yard there were no people there, in line with statements from a number of officials shortly following the incident.

The IDF in its statement expresses sorrow over the loss of life among Gaza civilians.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

California Lightning Hits 14; 2 Critically Injured

July 27th, 2014

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Lightning struck 13 people at a popular beach in Los Angeles and another man golfing on Catalina Island, leaving two critically injured as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.

A 15-year-old was among those hit by lightning at Venice Beach around 2:30 p.m., city fire spokeswoman Katherine Main said. Four people were treated at the scene and the rest were taken to hospitals, where one was listed in grave condition and another in critical condition, she said.

Other fire officials said most of those taken to hospitals were mainly shaken up and were expected to recover. Some appear to have been in the water and others on the sand and the beach’s famed boardwalk.

Steve Christensen said his friend had been body-surfing and was sitting on the beach when lifeguards began searching for a missing swimmer.

“He (Christensen’s friend) went out to the water to find him and walked right into him,” Christensen said. “He was face down on the bottom.”

Christensen said his friend pulled the man, who appeared to be in his 20s, from the water, and lifeguards began CPR before taking him away on a truck.

Stuart Acher said he was struck while playing volleyball on the beach.

“We went about our game and then all of a sudden, there was a big flash of light and a boom, and it felt like someone punched me in the back of my head,” he told KABC-TV. “It went down my whole side of my right body, and my calves sort of locked up, and I fell over. And I looked up and everybody else was, you know, falling over.”

Paramedics examined Acher but he felt all right and went back to playing volleyball.

“The majority of the folks that were on the (volleyball) court all felt a little tingly,” said another player, Jerome Williams. “Everyone hit the court. It sounded like a sonic boom.”

On Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, off the coast, a 57-year-old man was struck by lightning on a golf course and was hospitalized in stable condition, said Steve Denning, a law enforcement technician with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He did not have other details.

The lightning strikes occurred as a thunderstorm hit the island, causing minor flooding and setting two small fires in the brushy backcountry that were quickly doused, Denning said.

The unusual weather came from monsoon moisture that brought a line of brief but fierce afternoon thunderstorms to the region.

Hundreds of lightning strikes were reported, but the storms were vanishing by later Sunday afternoon as they moved northwest.

There was a lingering slight chance of storms in the mountains and the Antelope Valley desert area into Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

(AP)

Obama Speaks With Netanyahu, Wants Immediate Unconditional Humanitarian Ceasefire; Demilitarization Of Gaza

July 27th, 2014

obbinThe following is via the Whitehouse:

“President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke again today by phone about the situation in Gaza. The President underscored the United States’ strong condemnation of Hamas’ rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel and reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself. The President also reiterated the United States’ serious and growing concern about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives, as well as the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza.

“Building on Secretary Kerry’s efforts, the President made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement. The President reaffirmed the United States’ support for Egypt’s initiative, as well as regional and international coordination to end hostilities. The President underscored the enduring importance of ensuring Israel’s security, protecting civilians, alleviating Gaza’s humanitarian crisis, and enacting a sustainable ceasefire that both allows Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives and addresses Gaza’s long-term development and economic needs, while strengthening the Palestinian Authority. The President stressed the U.S. view that, ultimately, any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza.”

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

LIVE BLOG DAY 20: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 11:23 PM IL]

July 27th, 2014

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23:23: Obama speaks with Netanyahu in phone conversation. Urges immediate humanitarian ceasefire.Says that any permanent deal with Hamas must include demilitarization in Gaza.

23:19: Red alerts now in the Eshkol Regional Council.

21:30: Two rockets have landed in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council area.

19:38: After a two-hour meeting with IDF Chief Rabbi Brigadier-General Rafi Peretz and forensic experts, the family of IDF soldier Sgt. Oron Shaul HY”D has accepted Rav Peretz’s ruling and has begun to sit shiva for their son.

  • Sirens in Gaza border communities minutes ago.

19:27: Three more mortar shells landed in the Eshkol Regional Council district. One of them struck a home. No injuries.

19:26: Urgent: Tefilos are requested for soldier Rachamim ben Aliza who is in critical condition. He was injured by jumping on a hand grenade in Gaza to save his fellow soldiers in the area.

18:54: Damage to an electric line in an Eshkol Regional Council community is reported as a result of the last rocket attack. B”H there are no fatalities or injuries.

18:44: Sirens sounding in Kerem Shalom.

18:11: Sirens sounding in Zikim and Karmiya.

17:44: One rocket detonated in the Merchavim Regional Council without causing fatalities or injuries.

17:33: The IDF spokesman reports the Iron Dome has just intercepted four rockets over Beersheva.

17:31: Police report that rockets fired towards Beersheva have landed in open areas outside the city. No damage or injuries are reported.

17:28: The Security Cabinet is convening  to discuss the ongoing warfare in Gaza. Today is the 20th day of Operation Protective Edge.

17:23: Sirens sounding in Beersheva, Ashkelon, Negev, Gaza border communities and surrounding areas.

17:14: Responding to a request from the family, IDF Chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz has arrived at the home of soldier Oron Shaul HY”D accompanied by the nation’s chief pathologist. The family has placed sitting shiva on hold pending an explanation and additional information that led to declaring their son dead instead of missing in action.

17:13: The woman transported to Soroka Hospital is listed in light-to-moderate condition upon her arrival in the emergency room.

16:53: A woman in her 40s is being transported to Soroka Hospital. Her home, in a Shar HaNegev District kibbutz, sustained a direct hit in a rocket attack a short time ago. She was asleep and did not hear the sirens. She has shrapnel fragments in her back.

16:52: Three rockets were intercepted over Kiryat Gat a short time ago.

16:42: Sirens sounding in the Ashdod & Ashkelon regions despite ceasefire claims

16:30: One person sustains moderate injuries from rocket attack in the Shar HaNegev Council.

16:01: Sirens sounding in Gaza border communities.

15:50: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in interviews to the US media announced Israel rejects Secretary of State John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal.

  • The prime minister adds that the only proposal on the table is the Egyptian initiative.
  • Official sources in Jerusalem announce Israel has not accepted Hamas’ call for a 24-hour humanitarian ceasefire that was to have begun at 14:00.

15:45: Channel 2’s Nir Divori reports the IDF has halted aerial and ground assaults in Gaza, limiting fire to responding to Hamas. Simultaneously, the IDF is continuing to destroy tunnels. This may represent a de facto acceptance of Hamas’ 24 hour ceasefire. There is no official confirmation of this from IDF of government officials.

15:35: Update from Barzilai Hospital

17 soldiers are admitted to the maxillofacial unit of the hospital; listed in moderate and light condition.
Keren, a nurse in that department who is employed in the hospital for 26 years, and an Ashkelon resident adds “I have never seen such an outpouring of support in all my years here. The concern for the soldiers is simply unprecedented. Their morale and desire to return to the fighting is truly amazing”.

15:34: Chen, a waitress in an Ashdod café reports “business is dead. Here and there adults will come in and have something quickly. Children and youths by and large are not coming at all”.

15:33: Update from Soroka Medical Center:

  • 38 soldiers remain hospitalized at this time
  • 1 is listed in critical condition
  • 3 are listed in serious condition
  • 8 are listed in moderate condition
  • The remainder is listed in light condition

15:26: IDF SPOKESMAN: One Hamas terror tunnel = sufficient building materials for 19 medical clinics. So far, 32 tunnels have been found.

  • With these materials, Hamas could build 86 homes, 7 mosques, 6 schools, & 19 medical clinics.
  • Each tunnel costs $3 million.

15:23: Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi Speaking with Channel 2 News: I do not understand all the talk about a ceasefire. For us, there has not been a ceasefire for the past 14 years.

15:09: Two rockets landed in open areas in the S’dot Negev Regional Council without leading to fatalities or injuries B”H.

14:44: Sirens sounding in Nachal Ohz, the third since Hamas’ 14:00 ceasefire.

14:40: Egyptian officials report destroying 13 tunnels connecting between Sinai and Gaza.

14:28: Absorption Minister Sofia Landver reports that since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge twenty days ago, over 2,000 new immigrants have arrived in Israel.

14:26: Three rockets landed in uninhabited areas in the Eshkol Regional Council without loss of life or injuries B”H.

14:22: Gaza reports continued IDF strikes at this time. Fatalities and injuries are being reported.

14:08: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol  Regional Council.

14:05: Sirens sounding in the Ashkelon Coast Council.

14:04: Israel does not appear to be responding publically to Hamas’ call for a 24-hour humanitarian ceasefire.

13:59 Sirens in the Ashkelon Coast.

13:44: Sirens sounding in the Ashkelon Coast Council.

  • Israel weighing the Hamas call for a 24-hour humanitarian ceasefire.

13:19: Hamas calling for a 24-hour ceasefire to begin at 14:00.

13:15: Three rockets landed in open areas in the Ashkelon Coast communities.

12:48: Hamas has now turned to the UN seeking an extension of the humanitarian ceasefire. Clearly Hamas wishes to show nothing will be done without its inclusion and without accepting its terms.

12:43: The Turkish IHH, which was behind the Mavi Marmara terrorist ship, is sponsoring another ship which is going to head to Israel with a “humanitarian vessel” which plans to break the Israel marine blockade.

12:32: According to Prof. Ze’ev Rothstein of Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Hospital, the facility remains on alert status to receive incoming wounded from the warfare. At present, 29 soldiers remain hospitalized in the facility with 13 listed as moderate and the remainder light.

12:30: Sirens sounding in Yad Mordechai and Netiv HaAsarah.

11:20: A Senior Islamic Jihad commander was eliminated by the IDF in Khan Yunis.

11:08: Health Minister Yael German who just visited IDF Eretz Crossing field hospital

  • There are 18 patients being treated
  • Hamas refuses to permit Gaza residents to seek medical care at Erez
  • Hamas does not permit chronically ill to seek medical care at the field hospital
  • Hamas has rejected a MDA offer to air drop units of blood to assist with the wounded
  • Hamas continues to cynically exploit the residents of Gaza

10:57: Swastikas and “death to Jews” graffiti found on el-Jazar Street in Akko.

  • In the N’vei David area of Haifa “We don’t want peace, we want revenge”, “Muhammad was a Pig” and “price tag” graffiti found.
  • Police are investigating

10:56: Sirens sounding in Kerem Shalom.

10:48: The levaya for reserve duty Staff-Sgt. Barak Refael Degorker HY”D, 27, of Gan Yavne will take place on Sunday, 29 Tammuz at 19:00 in the Gan Yavne Beis Hachaim.

10:45: Hamas has rejected the latest UN call for humanitarian ceasefire as was evident by the morning’s continued rocket fire.

10:44: Two rockets exploded in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council.

10:17: IDF SPOKESMAN: Due to Hamas’ incessant rocket fire during the humanitarian window, we are renewing our aerial, naval and ground activity in Gaza.

10:13: As result of repeated ceasefire violations, IDF artillery was directed at terrorists in northern Gaza.

08:27: Swiss Air, Lufthansa and other European airlines are resuming service to and from Tel Aviv.

08:26: Sirens sounding in Petach Tikvah, Oranit, Hod HaSharon, Kfar Kassem, and other Sharon and Shvelah communities.

08:25: Two rockets exploded in an open area in Ashkelon. There are no reports of injuries B”H.

08:11: Multiple sirens sounding throughout the Ashdod, Ashkelon, Eshkol and S’dot HaNegev regions at this time.

08:05: Hospital update:

  • Soroka Medical Center: 39 soldiers remain hospitalized with 4 in serious condition.
  • Barzilai Hospital: 32 soldiers remain hospitalized.
  • Tel Hashomer Hospital: 29 soldiers remain hospitalized.
  • Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital: 15 soldiers remain hospitalized.

 

07:25: It is permitted to announce that IDF Staff-Sgt. (Reserves) Barak Refael Degorker HY”D, 27, of Gan Yavne, was killed overnight by mortar fire from Gaza. He becomes the 43rd IDF fatality.

05:03: Red alerts are ringing now in Achof Ashkelon and surrounding areas.

00:25: Levaya announcements for the fallen;

  • The levaya for Chief Warrant Officer Rami Kahlon will take place on Sunday, 29 Tammuz 5774 at 17:00 in the Hadera military cemetery. 
  • The levaya for Lt. Roy Peles, 21, of Tel Aviv, will take place on Sunday,29 Tammuz 5774 in the Kiryat Shaul Military Cemetery.
  • The levaya for Staff-Sgt. Guy Levy, 21, of Kfar Veradim will take place on Sunday, 29 Tammuz 5774 at 17:00 in the Kfar Veradim Military Cemetery.
  • The levaya for Staff-Sgt. Guy Boyland, 21, of Kibbutz Genosar will take place on Sunday, 29 Tammuz at 17:00 in the Kibbutz Genosar Military Cemetery.
  • The levaya of Staff-Sgt. Amit Yeori, 20, of Yerushalayim, will take place on Sunday, 29 Tammuz 5774 at 15:00 in the Har Herzl Military Cemetery.
  • The levaya of Staff-Sgt. Avraham Grintzvaig, 21, of Petach Tikvah will take place on Sunday, 29 Tammuz at 18:00 in the Petach Tikvah Military Cemetery.
  • The levaya of Staff-Sgt Gal Bason, 21, of Holon, will take place on Sunday, 29 Tammuz 5774 at 17:00 in the Holon Cemetery.

יהי זכרום ברוך

00:22: Six rockets landed in southern Israel in the last half hour.

00:20: Two additional IDF personnel died of their wounds;

  • Captain Liad Lavie HY”D, 22, of Telmei Yosef
  • Chief Warrant Officer Rami Kahlon HY”D, 39, of Hadera
  • The IDF death toll now stands at 42

00:13: The Security Cabinet accepts a United Nations call for extending the humanitarian ceasefire for another day, until midnight. Israel explained that it will continue clearing tunnel during the ceasefire.

00:10: Two people were wounded in a mortar rocket attack a short time ago in the S’dot Negev Council. One is reported to be in serious condition.

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Arab Arrested by Police for ‘Death to Jews’ Statement

July 27th, 2014

nAn Arab male employed in a Bnei Brak simcha hall was arrested by police after writing “death to Jews” on Facebook. It was learned that the Bnei Brak employee, a PA (Palestinian Authority) resident, was inside Green Line Israel illegally.

The Facebook posting also showed a burned out IDF tank. He posted the message from his cellular telephone.

Police called on the Tel Aviv Magistrate Court to extend the prisoner’s remand. The court decided to release the prisoner with restrictions, explaining the nation is in a sensitive security situation accompanied by tension and concern, which may cause people to say things that are offensive to others. The court ruled that in a democratic nation the freedom of speech of individuals is paramount for as long as no laws are broken.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Turkey Promises to Come to Gaza’ s Aid; Plans Another Flotilla

July 27th, 2014

turkisg flagTurkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is signaling his country is coming to Gaza’s rescue with a major airlift including humanitarian supplies and medications for Gaza. Turkey plans to bring the goods to Gaza via Turkish Airline flights to Ben-Gurion International Airport, from there to Egypt and then to Gaza via Rafiach.

At present there is no word from Cairo on the announced plan.

There is also talk of a second Marvi Marmara so-called humanitarian ship that will leave from a Turkish port heading for Gaza, once again planning to break the Israeli marine blockade on Gaza. One report cites Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is willing to provide the vessel with a military escort towards intimidating Israel.

Most senior political analysts believe such an occurrence is most unlikely. Despite Erdogan’s harsh rhetoric against Israel, talk is one thing and actions are an entirely different matter.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Warfare Doesn’t Keep Olim Chadashim Away

July 27th, 2014

elalSpeaking to the media on Sunday, 29 Tammuz, day 20 of Operation Protective Edge, Minister of Immigrant Absorption Sofia Landver explained that since the beginning of the counter-terrorism offensive in Gaza, over 2,000 new immigrants have arrived in Israel.

Landver explained the immigrants have arrived from the US, France, the Ukraine, Russia and EU nations. She explained that she is confident that the trend will continue as the arriving new residents are determined to make Israel their home and they are undeterred by the warfare taking place. She added that she hopes the term “lone soldier” will be removed from the national lexicon, explaining that between her ministry, the IDF and other agencies, “no soldier is alone and we see to it that all their needs are met”.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Kerry’s Ceasefire Effort or Kerry’s Big Blunder

July 27th, 2014

kerUS Secretary of State John Kerry’s conference seeking to form a coalition that would impose a ceasefire in Gaza has failed miserably. According to most analysts, not only did Kerry fail to achieve his goal, he distanced any possibility of a ceasefire.

Despite ignoring Israel’s security interests in his draft document as published by Haaretz, Kerry managed to inflame relations with the PA (Palestinian Authority) as officials in Ramallah released angry statements that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) and the PA in Ramallah is the only legal entity that has a right to represent the Palestinian People. The PA has rejected Kerry’s plan outright, signaling without the PA and Egypt playing major roles, the US plan for a one-week ceasefire is a non-starter.

The PA is referring to Kerry’s peace conference as a gathering of Hamas associates and supporters, due to the fact that Qatar and Turkey play roles in the Kerry process to the exclusion of Ramallah and Cairo. For Ramallah, the inclusion of Qatar and exclusion of Egypt as the major player were fatal errors, and Kerry seems to have made them all. It is clear to anyone who understands Mideast realities that the US Secretary of State has blown it big time, perhaps yet another testimony to his lack of understanding of the realities vis-à-vis Israel, the PA and the region.

Another point neglected by Kerry is the Iranian factor, for as he seeks to pressure Israel into a suicide ceasefire agreement Khalid Meshal has been contacting Iran. The latter’s deputy foreign minister met with Meshal on Sunday 29 Tammuz as Tehran is eager to restock and resupply its formidable Gazan ally. In addition, Hamas has been in touch with North Korea and it has already put down a sizable down payment towards restocking its arsenal.

The Security Cabinet on Sunday did not officially respond to Hamas’ plea to the United Nations for a ceasefire, but instead announced it is returning to the “quiet buys quiet” policy, explaining that if Hamas stops firing Israel will halt its offensive while the destruction of the tunnel network continues. Israel appears unwilling at this stage to return to the ceasefire game as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told CNN and Fox News on Sunday Hamas has already violated five ceasefires, the latest of which was its own. In Hamas’ least call to the UN it demanded that Israel withdraw its forces from Gaza during the ceasefire. For Israel, this is among the many demands Hamas has made that remain a non-starter.

Israel is likely to agree to limited humanitarian ceasefires in the future to permit evacuation of dead and injured but at present, acquiescing to a Hamas call is highly unlikely.

Regarding the destruction of tunnels in Gaza, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz commented on Sunday that progress on this front is excellent. It appears the IDF will be completing the task of tunnel destruction in the coming days. While there are other internal Gaza tunnels that lead from one area of Gaza to another, Israel is only interested in those tunnels that extend from Gaza to Israel.

In the interim, rocket fire into Israeli population centers continues on Sunday evening. Sirens have been sounding repeatedly in the Eshkol and S’dot Negev Regional Councils.

In essence, for as long as Hamas halts attacking soldiers in Gaza and rocket fire into Israel, Israel is willing to stop its offensive for the time being as well amid the understanding the process of tunnel destruction continues.

At this time, the Security Cabinet continues meeting to decide what the next step will be.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Anti-Semitic Attacks Scar British Cities

July 27th, 2014

nnBritain’s Jews are suffering an anti-semitic backlash against Israel’s military action in Gaza with attacks, bomb threats, bricks thrown at a synagogue and “Hitler was right” banners.

About 100 hate incidents have been recorded by police and community groups this month — more than double the number that monitors would usually expect.

Many are said to have been carried out by young Muslim men and, in some cases, the attackers have invoked the Holocaust.

The most serious incidents being investigated include:

•A rabbi who was attacked by four youths outside a Jewish school in Gateshead

•Bricks being thrown at a synagogue in Belfast, smashing windows on two consecutive nights

•A group of Asian men who drove through a Jewish area of Greater Manchester, shouting “Heil Hitler” and hurling missiles at pedestrians

•A man using Twitter to call for a Jewish neighbourhood in London to be bombed so “Jews feel the pain” of the Palestinians.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators, angered by the mounting death toll in Gaza — which yesterday passed 1,000 — have even taken to the streets with placards declaring: “Hitler you were right!”

In a separate incident, a BBC journalist has been reprimanded after appearing to suggest that western politicians had failed to intervene in the Middle East crisis because they had been “bought” by the Jews.

In some cases, frightened Jewish families have decided to flee altogether.

Natan Sharansky, a former Israeli minister who was imprisoned for many years in a Soviet jail, wrote: “We are seeing the beginning of the end of Jewish history in Europe.”

Since the start of July, approximately 100 incidents have been reported to the Community Security Trust (CST), a charity that helps protect Jews across Britain.“This is well over double what we would normally expect to see and most of the incidents are linked to what’s going on in Israel and Gaza,” said Mark Gardner, the CST’s director of communications.

The last time there was such a “significant escalation” in anti-semitic activity, Gardner said, was during the Gaza War in 2009, when up to 1,400 Palestinians were killed. The latest hate incidents — many of which have been reported to the police — range from bomb threats and physical assaults to verbal abuse, sometimes involving child victims.

One of the most serious offences took place in the early hours of July 18 when a rabbi was attacked near a Jewish boarding school in Gateshead.

Four Muslim youths from Newcastle, aged 16, 17, 18 and 19, have been charged with racially aggravated common assault.

On the same day, a brick was thrown through the window of Northern Ireland’s only synagogue in Belfast.

The repaired window was smashed again the next day. Police are treating the attacks as a religious hate crime and are appealing for witnesses.

On July 12, following a pro-Palestinian rally in Manchester, four or five cars full of Asian men are said to have driven through Higher Broughton, a suburb of nearby Salford with a large Jewish population, shouting anti-semitic remarks, including chants of “Heil Hitler.”

Police were told that the men also threw eggs and drinks cans at passers-by.

In north London, the CST says one pro-Israel organisation received a bomb threat by telephone, while a Jewish boy riding his bicycle had a stone thrown at his head by a woman wearing a niqab.

More than a dozen incidents reported to the CST have involved social media.

On July 11, a Twitter user called “Samet” posted an inflammatory message referring to an area of London with a large ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

“I say we go bomb Stamford Hill up just so the Jews feel the pain,” he tweeted.

His account has since been suspended.

Last Saturday, at a pro- Palestinian demonstration in central London, a man carried a placard which read: “Save Gaza! Hitler you were right!”

The hashtags “Hitler- WasRight” and “HitlerDidNothingWrong” have also been widely used on Twitter. At another recent march in central London, protesters confronted a Jewish woman who was with her two young children and told them: “Burn in hell.”

David Ward, the Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, was forced to apologise last week after saying he would “probably” fire rockets at Israel if he lived in Gaza.

The row prompted a Muslim producer at the BBC to leap to Ward’s defence on Twitter with what appeared to be a reference to a conspiracy theory about wealthy Jews owning and controlling everything in the world.

Anish Shaikh, who says on his online CV that he has worked at the BBC since 1995, tweeted: “Attacking David Ward is a strategy to divert focus from real issue #Gaza politicians have no soul as they can be bought & sold by u know who.”

The producer, who has presented shows on the BBC Asian Network, including one devoted to Islamic music, refused to elaborate when repeatedly asked by other Twitter users to whom he was referring.

Shaikh was forced to delete his account after The Sunday Times approached the BBC and could face further disciplinary action.

The corporation said: “The BBC has clear social media guidelines which staff must adhere to, even when using personal accounts.

“We have spoken to Anish and reminded him of his responsibility to uphold our guidelines.

“He has deleted the account. We will meet him to discuss the matter further.”

(Source: Sunday Times UK)

Miami Beach: Police Investigating Hate Crime

July 27th, 2014

mbpMiami Beach Police are investigating an apparent hate crime that took place at 4275 Meridian Avenue at approximately 6:30 A.M. on Saturday.

Two vehicles were damaged in the incident.

One vehicle was “egged” in multiple places and the other vehicle was damaged by an apparent cream cheese bar.

The words “Jew” and “Hamas” were spelled out on two different areas of the second vehicle by the cream cheese bar.

(Source: CBS Miami)

Schumer Suggests Anti-Missile Safety Devices For Commercial Airliner

July 27th, 2014

planeU.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is urging federal authorities to study whether U.S. passenger jets should be equipped with devices that would protect them against missiles like those that recently shot down a Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine and projectiles fired near Tel Aviv airport in Israel.

The New York Democrat is calling for a comprehensive interagency study by the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Department and Federal Aviation Administration.

He notes a federal study on the technology was done in 2004, but no action was taken.

According to Schumer, a Government Accountability Office suggests more than 500,000 portable surface-to-air missiles in existence worldwide, with a substantial number acquired by terrorists.

Portable missiles packaged in tube, the launching mechanism and battery can fit in a car trunk.

(AP)

Understanding Hamas and Its Tenacity to Fight to the Death

July 27th, 2014

hamBrigadier-General (reserves) Yossi Kuperwasser, who spent his career in IDF intelligence and intelligence research explained to Channel 2 TV News that in order to defeat Hamas, the terrorist organization must be stripped of two components of its identity.

He explains that for one thing, Hamas will have to abandon its identity as a first rate terrorist organization capable of perpetrating attack against Israel at will. Kuperwasser states this is how Hamas perceives itself and thinking the terror organization may at some point surrender is a most unlikely scenario due to its inherent reason for existence. The second is to compel Hamas to relinquish Hamas’ control over Gaza. Kuperwasser explains this two main characteristics define Hamas identity today from the perspective of the organization’s leaders.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Ashkelon Mayor: Let the Gazan Mothers Cry if Need Be

July 27th, 2014

Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni told Israel Channel 2 on Sunday, 29 Tammuz, “I am undeterred by international opinion and the difficult photos from Gaza. It is time to stop the rockets and let the mothers in Gaza cry until they begin acting to stop Hamas. The rocket attacks must halt and the IDF must continue moving forward until Hamas is brought to its knees… The nation must stand firmly behind the cabinet, signaling it supports the decision to continue fighting until victory is achieved.”

Shimoni explained that if the option is that we cry or the citizens of Gaza, the choice is a simple one and the IDF must be permitted to take this to the end once and for all and bring an end to Hamas rocket fire into areas of Israel.

He added that while international opinion does play a role in the decision-making process, the safety of the citizens of Israel is the priority and for as long as Hamas continues to fire rockets, the war has not been won.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Health Minister German: Hamas Refuses to Permit Aid to Gaza

July 27th, 2014

Health Minister Yael German explained on Sunday, 29 Tammuz that despite repeated efforts to get humanitarian aid to the wounded and chronically ill in Gaza, Hamas prevents the assistance from entering the area.

Magen David Adom blood bank services officials have offered an air drop of badly needed units of blood. German explained Hamas is doing its utmost to prevent the wounded and chronically ill from reaching the IDF field hospital operating the Erez Crossing, on the Gazan border. She reported during her Sunday morning visit there were 18 Gazans being treated at that facility.

She adds that “the supplies are ready”, explaining there are shipments of supplies and medications but Hamas refuses to permit Israeli agencies to deliver the needed items to Gaza.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

IDF Combat Soldiers Provided ‘Power’ To Call Home to Concerned Family and Friends

July 27th, 2014

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For many husbands, fathers, sons and brothers currently serving in Operation Protective Edge, it’s been a long few days or even weeks stationed on the front lines or in battle. But for families back home it can feel like a lifetime- with many having gone for extended periods of time without speaking with their loved ones.

Through an initiative of Tzohar Rabbonim, several donors have funded an effort to make it easier for soldiers fighting in Gaza and stationed at the border to call home to their families. While safety concerns limit many of the soldiers from making phone calls from within the combat zone, a second limitation for many has been that their phones ran out of battery days ago and access to charging stations is extremely limited and sometimes even those who want to call are unable or have to resort to a few seconds on a friend’s phone.

After discovering A.L. , the one Israeli supplier who provides fully charged cell phone stick chargers (all other providers sell the product with the need to be charged upon purchase), late last night Tzohar bought out the complete stock of some 4000 chargers. Over the course of Friday, the chargers were being delivered to soldiers on the front lines from the Golani, Nachal, Givati, Paratroopers, Tanks, Engineering and Artillery Corps, with the hope of reaching them before Shabbos.

“As an active combat reservist, I know that the IDF takes full care of any and all needs of its soldiers,” said Nachman Rosenberg, Executive Vice President of Tzohar and the organizer of this operation. “Nonetheless, we were looking for something practical that could have a meaningful impact in boosting the morale of both the soldiers and their families. We hope that this will enable families to wish Shabbat Shalom to their sons, husbands and fathers fighting Hamas terrorists on the front lines.”

After receiving his charger, Ophir, an officer in Golani expressed his gratitude to Tzohar and all those who contributed. “Seeing the support from all over the world, we feel like we are not alone. Being able to call home to wish a Shabb/at Shalom to my mother will not only make her feel better, but renews my strength in this important mission. You have no idea how much this means to us.”

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

WATCH: PM Netanyahu On Fox News Sunday

July 27th, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu joins Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday for his take on the recent Israel-Hamas conflict and false narrative being promoted by the Palestinians over the valiant efforts of the IDF to keep civilian casualties to a minimum.

VIDEO: Kever Yonah Destroyed By ISIS Terrorists in Iraq

July 27th, 2014

Two weeks ago, YWN reported about ISIS terrorists in Iraq, took sledgehammers to Iraqi tombstones – smashing them to pieces.

One of the devastated tombstones belonged to the Prophet Jonah (Younis in Arabic) and was revered by Muslims and Christians alike, according to Iraqi authorities.

The prophet, who is the central figure in the s Book of Yonah, is best known for being swallowed by a fish or a whale, depending on translation.

This new video shows the entire Kever being blown up.

(Chaim Shapiro – YWN)