RODNEY BROOKS ON ISRAEL
June 10, 2014
KBRM founder Rodney Brooks gives his impressions from a recent visit to Israel. Download and Read pdf HERE
But Is It News?
May 1, 2014
The NZ Herald was persuaded to publish a correction after printing anti-Israel opinion as news.
We are delighted to have obtained, via one of our members, a formal correction from the NZ Herald, on the grounds that it printed an anti-Israel opinion item as news. Read HERE
From Other Angles
More than one perspective
Terror Group Tied to Turkish Gov't Recruits Hamas Human Shields
July 24, 2014. By Ryan Mauro
The head of the 'charity' said the purpose of the shields is to spark a war between Israel and Turkey and the broader Muslim world.
A terror-linked charity closely linked to the Turkish government is organizing human shields in the Gaza Strip and pledging to “erect the flag of Islam everywhere.” Prime Minister Erdogan is a top backer of Hamas and allows this charity, the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), to operate. Read at The Clarion Project
At UN, Canada Blames Hamas for Gaza Casualties
July 22, 2014.
Canadian representative backs Israel in UN debate, calls for investigation of reports that UN workers returned rockets found in Gaza to Hamas. Read at thestar.com Canada
Uphold the UN Charter or become terrorists' tool, WJC tells UN Human Rights Council
23 July 2014
GENEVA - At a special session on the conflict in Gaza today, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) laid out a stark choice for the United Nations Human Rights Council. “Today, this Council has a choice — will it uphold the principles of the United Nations Charter or allow itself to be a political tool of terrorists?” Read at WJC
IDF warned hospital
“Israel also struck the Wafa hospital in Gaza City, which the military says houses a Hamas command center. Basman Ashi, the medical center's director, said all 97 patients and staff were evacuated following Israeli warnings and that no one was hurt in the attack.” Read at Stuff
After Incessant Fire from Hospital, IAF Retaliates
July 23, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
After days of incessant terrorist gunfire emanating from the Waffa hospital the IDF had responded today.
For days terrorists have been using the Waffa hospital in Gaza as a military post. Terrorist have been firing small-arms fire and anti-tank rockets at IDF forces. The IDF has refrained from responding. Furthermore, the lower levels of the hospital are being used by terror organizations as a command and control center.
The IDF's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) approached several international Palestinian organizations on the issue more than once and contacted the hospital Director as well, but to no avail.
Today, the fire intensified, and the IDF finally decided to respond. The IAF attacked the hospital complex with accurate fire.
IDF shows photos of Hamas rocket sites dug into hospital, mosques
July 22, 2014. By YAAKOV LAPPIN, REUTERS
Read at WSJ
You need to see this before they delete it!
July 15, 2014
Egyptian Doctor Tawfik Hamid explains the source of Palestinian suffering. It's not the Israelis — it's the Hammas. Israeli Arabs aren't suffering. Only Palestinian Arabs are suffering says Dr. Hamid. What a statemnt from a man that used to be a membor of a terror organization. .... See it Here
Hamas's Civilian Death Strategy
July 22, 2014. By thane Rosenbaum, WSJ
Gazans shelter terrorists and their weapons in their homes, right beside sofas and dirty diapers. .... Read at WSJ
WSJ Reporter in Gaza: “Wonder How Patients at Shifa Hospital Feel as Hamas Uses it As a Safe Place”
July 22, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
Wall Street Journal's Nicholas Casey was about to interview a Hamas spokesman in the basement of the Shifa hospital in Gaza. The Hamas spokesman sat proudly on a chair, his dress immaculate and his shoes polished. Behind him a massive poster was set, allegedly of the destruction in Gaza. ... Read more
Israeli Christian Leader to Ambassadors: “We Must Unite Against Terror”
July 21, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
JERUSALEM – Father Gabriel Nadaf, one of the heads of the Greek-Orthodox church in Israel and a staunch supporter of the State of Israel, dispatched a letter to ambassadors from various countries stationed in Israel, calling on them to support Israel's government and the IDF during Operation 'Protective Edge', to unite and fight terrorism and “to safeguard the Holy Land.” ... Read more
Day 13 of Operation 'Protective Edge' – IDF broadens its Ground Operation
July 20, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
The IDF is continuing to broaden its ground operation in the Gaza Strip. Its current primary objective is to seek and destroy tunnels used by Hamas terrorists. Ground forces, armor, artillery and Special Forces are participating in the action. Reports indicate that the forces are meeting formable opposition by Hamas. Hamas invests months and even years in digging these terror tunnels, and therefore are doing all they can to thwart the IDF's efforts to seek and destroy them. The operation is executed slowly and with surgical precision as Hamas has booby-trapped the tunnels, forcing the troops to work slowly and at times in open areas in Gaza, leaving them exposed to sniper and anti-tank fire. ... Read more
Moral clarity in Gaza
... “Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We're using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.” Read at Human Events
Hamas Interior Ministry To Social Media Activists: Always Call The Dead ‘Innocent Civilians’; Don't Post Photos Of Rockets Being Fired From Civilian Population CentersRead at MEMRI
Gaza Strip Land Crossing Activity
Wednesday 16 July, 2014
65 trucks of food and general supplies; 170 tons of gas; 3 tons of medical supplies; 642,000 litres of fuel.
As Rockets Fall on Israel
The IDF keeps the border crossing to Gaza open
PM Netanyahu: “If The Rocket Fire from Gaza Does Not Cease, We are Prepared to Continue and Intensify Our Operation”
July 15, 2014. By Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met today (Jul. 15) with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as part of his diplomatic efforts to garner international support for Israel's current stance. Read more
Israel May Be Raising The Moral Standards Of Warfare
July 12, 2014. Will Saletan , Slate. Business Insider
The current conflict between Israel and Hamas shatters myths
July 10, 2014. By ALAN DERSHOWITZ
The current warfare between Hamas and Israel shatters several myths that have been accepted as gospel by many in the international community and the media. ... Read at Jerusalem Post
The Gaza Rules — Israel, unlike Hamas, isn't trying to kill civilians. It’s taking pains to spare them.
July 10, 2014. By William Saletan
“By the standards of war, Israel's efforts to spare civilians have been exemplary. Israel didn't choose this fight. Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the terrorist organizations that dominate Gaza, ... Read at The Gaza Rules
Where is the outrage over the bombardment of civilians in Israel?
July 8, 2014. By Arsen Ostrovsky
Hundreds of rockets have been fired and a million citizens are forced to run for cover. Imagine if London suffered this bombardment ... Read at The Telegraph
Operation 'Protective Edge' Enters its 7th Day: Hamas Blows Out its Own Power
July 14, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
JERUSALEM - In what seems to have become a routine, the Hamas continues to fire rockets at civilian targets all across Israel throughout the day and night, as the IDF continues to attack terror targets throughout the Gaza Strip. More than 130 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel yesterday. At least 102 rockets struck Israel. 22 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Read more
Friendship blossoms in war zone
Arab World Hopes Israel Continues Operation 'Protective Edge', Destroys Hamas
July 13, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
The Arab world, as a default, rallies around Hamas against Israel on any and all issues. Muslim countries in conflict, such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, as well as other Muslim countries came together last week at the UN in attempt to have Israel condemned for their so-called aggression in Gaza.
However, in wake of the ever evolving geo-political reality in the Middle East, this seems to be only lip service, and the Arab World is actually interested in the IDF seriously hindering Hamas' terror activities. They see the atrocities and massacres committed by Islamists on a daily basis in Iraq and Syria and are beginning to ask themselves if these serve the interests of the Arabs and Muslims. A growing number of Arabs and Muslims are fed up with the Islamist terrorists who are imposing a reign of terror and intimidation in the Arab world. Download or read pdf for full article
Palestinian Envoy to UNHRC: “Israelis Warn Civilians Before Attacks, We Don't”
July 13, 2014. By Aryeh Savir and Yaniv Hassidoff - Tazpit News Agency
Palestinian Envoy to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Ibrahim Khreisheh admitted in an interview,translated by MEMRI (The Middle East Media Research Institute), that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas do not abide by international law and commit war crimes. Read More
Middle East Insights
Day Six of Operation 'Protective Edge': A New Northern Front?
July 13, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
Three rockets were fired from Lebanon into northern Israel last night, the second time during this campaign. Some damage was caused to structures. In response, IDF artillery forces fired toward the source of the launch. The IDF is now considering the option of a developing northern front, and is considering moving up north some Iron dome anti-rocket systems. Read More
Regardless of the Bombing: Over 20 Arabs, including Eight Gazan Children, Treated at Rambam Hospital in Haifa
July 10, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
While half of the State of Israel is under Hamas threat, many Gazans continue to receive medical treatment in Israel. Read more
Despite Heavy Bombing: Israel Continues to Provide Gaza with Supplies and Fuel
July 10, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
Despite the heavy bombing of Israeli cities by Hamas Israel is continuing to provide the Gaza Strip with supplies and fuel. The IDF's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced that trucks were delivered through the Kerem Shalom Crossing yesterday. 94 truckloads containing a variety of goods and 106 tons of gas were delivered y.Some 200 trucks of foodstuffs and other basics goods and products have traveled through the Kerem Shalom crossing since the start of Operation 'Protective Edge'. Materials which may be used by terrorists, such as steel and cement, were not allowed entry into Gaza.
The trucks were heavily guarded, as is the Kerem Shalom Crossing, which serves as a high profile target for Hamas attacks. Only a few days ago the IDF blew up a terror tunnel that was discovered in the crossing vicinity.
Amid Gaza rocket fire, hundreds of Israelis console family of slain Arab teen
July 9, 2014.
“I may not have committed the crime, but I'm morally obligated as part of the group that did,” says Israeli student. Read more: The Times of Israel
Undetonated rocket found in the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area. Credit: IDF spokesman.
Overnight: Millions of Israeli Civilian Come Under Rocket Threat
July 9, 2014. By Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency
JERUSALEM - For the first time a rocket has been fired from Gaza at the northern town of Hadera, which is situated 100 km (62 miles&41; away from the Gaza Strip. A short while before that a rocket fired from Gaza hit Israel's capital city, Jerusalem. A rock concert with some 6,000 participants was surprised by the attack, the concert was immediately stopped and all were dispersed. Read More