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PMW special report on Operation Pillar of Defense #4

Via Palestinian Media Watch:

Hamas to Israelis:

“We’ve missed the suicide attacks
Expect us soon at bus stations and in cafés”
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

In response to Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense that aims to cripple the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and protect Israeli civilians, Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, has produced videos addressing Israelis.

“From the Palestinian people to the Zionists: We’ve missed the suicide attacks. Expect us soon at bus stations and in cafés.”

[Al-Aqsa TV (Fatah), Nov. 18, 2012]

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“From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionists: Don’t go to sleep, because we may get you in your sleep.”

[Al-Aqsa TV (Fatah), Nov. 18, 2012]

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The videos, which include footage of fighting Al-Qassam Brigades members, missiles being fired, and pictures of injured soldiers, also address Israeli soldiers:

“From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers: On the edge of Gaza, [your] grave is waiting for you.”

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  “Zionist soldiers: Come forward, brave one, so that you can be killed.”

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Part of a song on Al-Aqsa TV also encourages suicide operations:

“Strap on your [explosive] belt, brave one, and burn them with fire.

Shake the earth beneath those who occupied our home.”

[Al-Aqsa (Hamas) TV, Nov. 15, 2012]

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See Palestinian Media Watch‘s earlier reports on Operation Pillar of Defense:

#1 on Ahmed Al-Ja’abari, head of Hamas’ military wing
#2 on PA leaders’ responses to killing of Al-Ja’abari  #3 on Hamas’ false information about its success

 

The following is the full transcript of Hamas’ videos addressing Israelis:
“From the Palestinian people to the Zionists: We’ve missed the suicide attacks. Expect us soon at bus stations and in cafés.
From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionists: Don’t go to sleep, because we may get you in your sleep.
From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers: On the edge of Gaza, [your] grave is waiting for you.
From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers: Come forward, brave one,
So that you can be killed.”
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 18, 2012]

PMW special report on Operation Pillar of Defense #3

Via Palestinian Media Watch:

Hamas disinformation:
Israel’s international airport closed,
planes redirected to secret base

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

On the fifth day of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense that targets terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and which has successfully destroyed many Hamas rocket launching  points, Hamas issued false information about its own successes fighting Israel.
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 18, 2012]
Today, a news ticker on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV incorrectly claimed:

“Media of the enemy: International airport Ben Gurion closed, planes being redirected to a secret base in the north
[of Israel].”

Similarly, the Hamas website Al-Risala falsely claimed yesterday that Hamas had succeeded in shooting down an Israeli F-16 plane:

“Hamas’ military wing Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades confirmed that an ‘Israeli’ F-16 fighter plane was shot down… A reconnaissance aircraft was shot down as well.”

[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 15, 2012]

 

Likewise, on Thursday, when Israel launched the operation, Hamas immediately set out to create an illusion of its own success by reporting on TV and on a Hamas website that one of its missiles had hit Tel Aviv, falsely claiming that it had cut off electricity in the city:

“Al-Qassam Brigades shelled Tel Aviv for the first time with a locally made rocket. The electricity network in the southern part of the city was hit.”

 

The following are the articles from the

Al-Risala website:

“Hamas’ military wing Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades confirmed that an ‘Israeli’ F-16 fighter plane was shot down in the Al-Wusta Governorate. A reconnaissance aircraft was shot down as well. Abu Ubeida [the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades' spokesperson] said that the resistance and the Al-Qassam Brigades are doing well, and the occupation’s claim that the power of the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip has been destroyed is merely a lie. He described the Iron Dome (Israeli system that can intercept and destroy missiles in the air), which was built by the occupation and which costs it millions in order to intercept Palestinian rockets, as the ‘Paper Dome.’”

[Al-Risala website (Hamas), Nov. 17, 2012]

 
“Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, officially announced that occupied Tal Al-Rabia (“Tal Al-Rabia” is the Palestinians’ Arabic translation of Tel Aviv, to wrongly imply the existence of an Arab village of that name prior to Tel Aviv – Ed. ) was shelled with an improved Fajr-5 rocket on Thursday morning. Yesterday, Al-Qassam [Brigades] stated that Tal Al-Rabia was shelled with a locally made rocket. They emphasized in an announcement that what comes next will be worse. Hebrew (i.e., Israeli) media sources said that the rocket cut off electricity in ‘Tel Aviv,’ which is 70 kilometers from Gaza.”
[Al-Risala website (Hamas), Nov. 15, 2012]

News ticker on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV, broadcast on Nov. 18, 2012:

“Media of the enemy: International airport Ben Gurion closed, planes being redirected to a secret base in the north [of Israel].”
 [Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 18, 2012]

News ticker on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV, broadcast on Nov. 15, 2012:

“Al-Qassam Brigades shelled Tel Aviv for the first time with a locally made rocket. The electricity network in the southern part of the city was hit.”

[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 15, 2012]

See Palestinian Media Watch‘s earlier reports on Operation Pillar of Defense:

#1 on Ahmed Al-Ja’abari, head of Hamas’ military wing
#2 on PA leaders’ responses to killing of Al-Ja’abari

 

At Least Six Israelis Killed, 25 Injured in Terrorist Attacks Near Egyptian Border

Via IDF:

[Muslim] Terrorists carried out three terrorist attacks near the southern Israeli city of Eilat on Thursday (August 18).

In an incident that occurred around noon, terrorists opened fire on an Egged bus that was travelling from Be’er Sheva to Eilat on Highway 12 along the Israel-Egypt border. Nine people were wounded.

Magen David Adom paramedics were called to the scene and injured persons were transported to Yoseftal Hospital in Eilat.

In another incident, an explosive device exploded next to an IDF patrol, wounding several people.

All incidents occurred approximately 20 kilometers north of Eilat.

IDF forces pursued the terrorists that carried out the attacks and exchanged fire with them.

Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz arrived in the area following the attacks.

IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai said that the attacks were part of a “grave and complex event” in which civilians and soldiers were injured.

The IDF calls on the public to avoid the area where the attacks occurred and allow security and rescue forces to carry out their work.

Highways 10 and 12 are closed until further notice.

The Kerem Shalom Crossing and the Erez Crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip were closed following the attacks.

Palestinians Said “NO” to Peace Eight Times in the Last 65 Years

The eight instances of “No Peace” compiled by Israel Hasbara Committee:

1) In 1937, when Britain under the Mandate offered the Peel Commission plan.

2) In 1947, when the UN proposed the establishment of two states in the region, one Jewish, one Arab.

3) In 1948, when Israel’s Proclamation of Independence invited the Palestinians to remain in their homes and become equal citizens in the new state.

4) In 1967, when Israel offered to return all the territories conquered in return for peace.

5) In 1978-9, when Israel offered the acceptance of Palestinian autonomy in exchange for peace at Camp David I.

6) In 1993, when Arafat signed the Oslo accords, promised to renounce terrorism and recognize Israel, and then declared on Jordanian television that he had taken the first step “in the 1974 plan.” This was a thinly veiled reference to the “phased plan” according to which any territorial gain was acceptable as a means toward the ultimate goal of Israel?s destruction.

7) In 2000, at Camp David II when Israel accepted the Clinton Plan and the Palestinians did not.

8) In 2001, when Israel’s PM Ehud Barak offered Yasser Arafat East Jerusalem, 97% of the “West Bank” and 3% compensation from Israel’s territory, in addition to all of Gaza (the Taba Negotiation), and Arafat turned it down without so much as a counteroffer.

Sources:
– Israeli Embassy
Twenty Facts about Israel and the Middle East, By Bill Bennett, Jack Kemp, and Jeanne Kirkpatrick, empoweramerica.org, April 24, 2002;
Myths and Facts by Mitchell G. Bard

Polygamy in Islam

Click here to read about polygamy in Islam occurring in Gaza, and if you do bother to read this pathetic article about the “poorpowestinianpeepull”, try to skip the typical British deceit and anti-Israel commentary. Via The Economist.

In the crisp fourth floor office of Fahmi al-Atiri’s Islamic dating agency in Gaza, he explains that polygamous marriages were increasingly popular – a sign of fertility and status.

After all, Gaza’s burly interior minister, he noted, had six wives, though in accordance with Islamic tenets he had had to let two of them go.

For the sake of appearances, Atiri felt obliged to set a good example, though in a nod to gender equality had let his first wife select his second.

Gaza’s evenings now bubble with weddings. Open-topped trucks piled high with boys banging tambourines lead convoys of claxoning cars accompanying newlyweds through the streets.

Restaurants have mushroomed in the city in recent months, but are frequently fully booked for celebrations.

Israel Enables Gaza Flower Exports to Europe

Don’t tell me about “starving Gaza children”.  Gaza economics described below are  blotting out all of that typical PA mythology.  Via CS Monitor:

Flower farmers in Gaza exported a shipment of 30,000 flowers through an Israeli crossing on Thursday. Israel’s Defense Ministry responded to a request by the Netherlands to enable Gaza’s flower growers to export their entire harvest of some 35 million roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums to markets in European countries for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The next shipment of 250,000 flowers is slated for next week.

Israel Doubts Egyptian Wall Will Block Gaza Tunnels

Via JPost:

Egypt is currently building an underground metal wall that will reach a depth of 16 meters, as part of an effort to cut off smuggling tunnels used by Hamas to bring advanced weaponry into Gaza.

Israeli officials said they doubted the wall would be effective, since most of the smuggling tunnels were dug to depths reaching over 30 meters and sometimes even 50 meters.

While Egypt has slightly increased its counter-smuggling activity along the Gaza border, Israel believes Hamas is continuing to bring weapons into Gaza without difficulty.

U.S. House Condemns Goldstone Gaza Report by 344-36

A victory for factual and historical truth.  A knife in the gut of palestinianism, which is nothing less than a movement to ethnically cleanse Jews from their historical homeland.  Via Washington Post:

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, in a 344-36 vote, passed a nonbinding resolution that urges President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton “to oppose unequivocally any endorsement” of a UN report that accuses Israeli forces of war crimes in Gaza last winter. Twenty-two representatives voted “present.”

More information via Rep. Berman’s Response to Goldstone on House Gaza War-Crimes Resolution:

* After Judge Richard Goldstone wrote to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) to say that a resolution denouncing Goldstone’s report was factually inaccurate, Berman prepared a reply discussing some factual inaccuracies in the Goldstone report:

* Goldstone: The “mandate clearly included rocket and mortar attacks on Israel.”

Berman: “The broadened mandate Justice Goldstone sought was discussed, but not voted on, at a UNHRC plenary session. It was then announced via a press release in an altered formulation, more restrictive than the formulation envisioned by Justice Goldstone. The UNHRC did not create a new mandate.”

* When summarizing the results of investigations into alleged Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians, the report states that “in none of the cases reviewed were there any grounds which could have reasonably induced the Israeli armed forces to assume that the civilians attacked were in fact taking a direct part in the hostilities.” The report does not take into account that Israeli soldiers were operating under fire, in an extremely volatile and dangerous environment, in which the enemy was hiding among a civilian population.

* The report uncritically attributes numerous statements to “Gaza Authorities” (meaning, Hamas), while often casting doubt on information derived from the international and Israeli press and from non-government-affiliated Israelis. Perhaps most tellingly, the report appears only to cite Israeli statements when it finds such statements a useful basis for criticizing Israel.

Hamas Smuggling New Arsenal into Gaza

Via Ha’aretz:

Hamas has smuggled a new arsenal into Gaza that would upset the balance of power, Israel believes.

Muslims currently have 160 tunnels beneath the Sinai border that they are using to smuggle longer range rockets, anti-tank missiles and perhaps even anti-aircraft missiles, security sources say. Some of the tunnels are large enough to let small all-terrain vehicles pass.

With the help of Hizbullah, Hamas has drawn up a new strategy of engagement with the IDF based on anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles.

In addition, Iranian technology has been used to increase the range of Kassam rockets Hamas is producing in Gaza to more than 20 km.
Israeli officials believe Egypt has not managed to reduce the flow of arms into Gaza.

Gaza Fishing Boat Explodes near Israel

Oopsy daisy.   Looks like a member of the “poorpalestinianpeople” tribe left some explosives on a boat off the coast of Gaza that were eventually going to be used to maim and kill Jews. Via Ha’aretz:

An unmanned Palestinian fishing boat laden with explosives blew up on Monday off the coast of Gaza near the Israeli border after Israel Navy soldiers opened fire on the boat. No one was wounded in the blast.