France: Muslims defy police, more anti-Semitic riots today, featuring black flag of jihad

French-riotsFrench-riots-2JihadWatch (July 24) – The French condemnation of Israel obviously didn’t appease the savage Muslims rioting and brutalizing innocent Jews and others in France. And clearly the rioters don’t believe that they have much of anything to fear from the French police, whose order banning pro-”Palestinian” demonstrations they are repeatedly and brazenly defying.

This is France today: violent, aggressive Muslims menacing a cowed, supine police force. What will France look like ten years from now?

Photos thanks to Pamela Geller, who has more here.

Sharia Iran: Christian sentenced by Iranian judge to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during Ramadan

smokingOnce again we see that non-Muslims are expected to conform to Islamic norms. No Jew would insist that non-Jews fast on Yom Kippur. No Christian would insist that non-Christians fast during Lent. But all too many Muslims take it for granted that during Ramadan, non-Muslims must conform to Ramadan fasting rules — or risk the ire of Sharia judges like this one.

“Christian sentenced by Iranian judge to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during Ramadan,” by Harriet Hernando, Daily Mail, July 23, 2014:

An Iranian judge sentenced a Christian man to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during the day in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The barbaric punishment was carried out in public in a square in the city of Kermanshah.

Five other Muslim men were also flogged in public with 70 lashes for not fasting during Ramadan, the city’s deputy governor Ali Ashraf Karami said.

A spokesperson from The National Council of Resistance of Iran, a political coalition which opposes the government, denounced the treatment as ‘savage’ and called on western countries to take action.

They said: ‘The silence of the world community, especially of western countries, vis-à-vis these medieval punishments under the excuse of having nuclear talks with Iran has intensified the brutal and systematic violation of human rights in Iran.

‘This will ultimately embolden the Iranian regime to continue its nuclear projects more than before.’

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Bloomberg Flies to Israel to Protest FAA: ‘Hands Hamas an Undeserved Victory’

bloombergMediaite (July 23) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced earlier tonight he’s flying to Ben-Gurion airport to show support for Israeli security after the FAA instituted a 24-hour block on any U.S. carriers from flying to that airport (following several airlines making the decision to stop flying there themselves). The FAA decided on this after a rocket struck near the airport.

Bloomberg said he’s taking the trip tonight to show how safe it is to fly into and out of Israel. He claimed that Ben-Gurion is “the best protected airport in the world” and said the FAA block should be revoked.

Why? Because “the flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory.”

Here’s Bloomberg’s full statement:

“This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to show solidarity with the Israeli people and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel. Ben Gurion is the best protected airport in the world and El Al flights have been regularly flying in and out of it safely. The flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately. I strongly urge the FAA to reverse course and permit US airlines to fly to Israel.”

Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 20th Jul 2014

Highlights from the free weekly newsletter by verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com:

  • Two Israeli biotechs have developed solutions to eliminate diabetes.
  • An Israeli system can train your brain so that you can read without glasses.
  • Israeli hospitals are treating Gazan children, UN peacekeepers and the President of Zambia.
  • An Israeli alarm system reminds drivers not to leave their baby in a hot car.
  • Japan’s research & development agreement with Israel is its first with any foreign country.
  • Israel beat Germany and Japan at the Lacrosse World Cup to become world number 7.
  • Despite the rockets from Gaza, 900 Jews began new lives in Israel last week.

Transforming liver cells to cure type 1 diabetes. Israel’s Orgenesis is a pioneer in the field of “cellular trans-differentiation”, a process to transform a type 1 diabetic patient’s own liver cells into new insulin-producing cells.  Orgenesis is partnering with Belgium’s MaSTherCell to scale up development.

http://www.israel21c.org/news/orgenesis-masthercell-to-scale-manufacturing-of-insulin-producing-liver-cells/

 

Minimally invasive implant to cure diabetes.  Globes “startup of the week” is Israel’s Endobetix with its implanted device that traps bile fluids and diverts them to another part of the intestine.  The result is lower blood sugar without drugs or major surgery; hence no more diabetes.

http://trendlines.com/endobetix-featured-start-week/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJYxTtHUQTU

 

Get rid of your reading glasses.  Scientists at Israel’s GlassesOff have developed a proprietary method for improving near vision sharpness, by improving the image processing function in the visual cortex of the brain.  A smartphone app can turn back the age clock of your eyes by over 8.5 years.

http://nocamels.com/2014/07/israels-glassesoff-app-said-to-make-eyes-a-whopping-8-6-years-younger/

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Children are not our enemies. While her hometown is under constant missile attack from Gaza, Irena Nosel from Ashdod cares for critically ill Gazan childrens in Israel’s Wolfson Medical Center.  Irena is pediatric ICU head nurse for Israeli charity Save A Child’s Heart. Plus another similar article.

http://www.israel21c.org/headlines/children-are-children-they-are-not-our-enemies/

 

Zambia president receives medical treatment in Israel. Zambian President Michael Sata, 76, was receiving medical treatment in Israel.  Sata suffered a heart attack in 2008.

http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKBN0F115P20140626

 

Israel signs first-of-its-kind R&D agreement with Japan.  Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Toshimitsu Motegi has signed an industrial research and development collaboration agreement with Israel’s Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett. Israel is the first country with which Japan has signed such an agreement.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4539301,00.html

 

400 French Jews immigrate despite Gaza terrorists.  Some 400 French Jews have just made Aliyah, undeterred by the ongoing rocket fire and conflict with terrorist groups in Gaza. Most of the immigrants are from the Paris area. They include 195 minors and 18 babies. 900 Jews made Aliyah in the past week.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/182965#.U8ZoxkCKhD0

 

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7 Reasons Why the Palestinians Don’t Occupy the Moral High Ground

One hadith explains why it’s acceptable for Jihadists to kill women and children… 

By Robert Spencer, the world’s best jihad expert for PJ Media (July 20) – Children killed on a Gaza beach, Palestinian deaths now over 200 with Israeli deaths numbering only one – the mainstream media is in full anti-Israel mode, as it always is whenever Israel acts to defend itself against the relentless jihad that is determined to destroy the Jewish state. But its attempts to demonize Israel and portray the Palestinians as innocent victims of Israeli aggression founder on the facts, as they always have in the past. The question is increasingly becoming that of whether the mainstream media has any actual interest in the facts. Here are seven that mainstream “journalists” are overlooking:

7. Palestinians cheer as Gaza rockets fly toward Israeli population centers.

Reuters reported that “West Bank Palestinians cheered on Saturday as Hamas militants fired the largest salvo of rockets yet on the Tel Aviv area since the start of the recent escalations.”

This is to be expected from a culture that celebrates death – and the Hamas statelet in Gaza certainly does that. A Muslim child preacher once taunted those he has been taught to hate most: “Oh Zionists, we love death for the sake of Allah, just as much as you love life for the sake of Satan.” This taunt is derived from the Qur’an: “Say, ‘O you who are Jews, if you claim that you are allies of Allah, excluding the people, then wish for death, if you should be truthful.’” (62:6)

And if the Jews won’t wish for death, the Palestinians will wish it upon them.

6. Islamic jihadists fired rockets at the Israeli holiday resort Eilat.

The Guardian reported Tuesday that “several people were injured and cars and buildings were damaged” as rockets from Gaza hit the Israeli resort city of Eilat.

In targeting Eilat, the jihadis showed anew that they love civilian casualties on both sides. They love to target Israeli civilians. And they love to mount jihad attacks from civilian areas, so as to cause civilian deaths by Israeli retaliatory fire, as they then use those civilian deaths for propaganda purposes. They are the ones responsible for those civilian deaths, not Israel.

And when Islamic spokesmen claim that Islam forbids the killing of civilians, that is only half correct. The available hadiths are contradictory (as is so often the case). There are hadiths in which Muhammad forbids the killing of civilians, but there is also this one: “The Prophet… was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, ‘They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans).’” (Bukhari 52.256)

That is, it is permissible to kill the women and children, because they are of the pagans.

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5. Palestinian rep to UNHRC: Israel warns civilians before attacks, we don’t.

Last week, the Palestinian representative at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Ibrahim Khreisheh, was asked if the Palestinians could mount a case against Israel in the International Criminal Court. Khreisheh pointed out one problem with this: “The missiles that are now being launched against Israel – each and every missiles constitutes a crime against humanity whether it hits or misses, because it is directed at a civilian targets….Targeting civilians – be it one civilian or a thousand – is considered a crime against humanity.”

Khreisheh also noted that “many of our people in Gaza appeared on TV and said that the Israeli army warned them to evacuate their homes before the bombardment. In such a case, if someone is killed, the law considers it a mistake rather than an intentional killing, because [the Israelis] followed the legal procedures.” By contrast, “as for the missiles launched from our side.… We never warn anyone about where these missiles are about to fall, or about the operations we carry out.”

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4. Hamas to social media activists: “Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank.”

Yes, you read that right: Hamas is telling its supporters on social media to refer to all Palestinian casualties as “civilians,” before noting their military rank. In other words, they’re all civilians now in Gaza, and every Israeli strike against them is an unwarranted attack on innocent people. Hamas also advises its media stooges to “begin [your reports of] news of resistance actions with the phrase ‘In response to the cruel Israeli attack,’ and conclude with the phrase ‘This many people have been martyred since Israel launched its aggression against Gaza.’”

Not just social media writers, but mainstream media journalists have heeded this directive, with the death toll of Palestinians and Israelis now a feature of mainstream reporting about the conflict. Never, meanwhile, is it explained that Palestinian casualties are largely the result of its launching attacks against Israel from civilian areas, hoping to provoke a retaliatory strike that they can exploit.

3. Islamic jihadists place rockets in Gaza UNRWA school.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency reported that last Wednesday, “in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip.” It declared: “This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law.”

This incident vividly illustrates the primary reason why there are civilian casualties in Gaza: because Islamic jihadists do all they can to provoke them. They know that civilian casualties are useful to swing public opinion to their side.

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2. Hamas claims horror movie photo depicts civilian killed by Israelis.

Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, said “War is deceit,” and Palestinians have taken that dictum to heart. Their manipulation of the media with staged atrocities is well-documented, with the shooting of Mohammed al-Dura being only the most notorious example.

Yet despite the fact that their fakery is well-known, they’re still at it – secure in the knowledge that the mainstream media will generally report their fiction as fact. Algemeiner reported Tuesday that “Hamas supporters are being called out on Twitter for posting photos of Syrian casualties from 2012 as victims of the Israeli Army in Gaza in 2014,” and even worse, Hamas had posted a photo of a decapitated woman from the horror movie Final Destination 4, claiming that it was of a civilian killed in an Israeli attack.

Their fakery was unusually inept in this case: the woman was wearing a mini-skirt – not a sight often seen on the Sharia-compliant streets of Gaza.

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1. Israel is being attacked from areas from which it withdrew for peace.

Reuters reported Monday that “at least one rocket fired from Lebanon hit northern Israel on Monday….The rocket was fired from the area around the southern city of Tyre, Lebanese security sources said.” AFP noted that “a rocket fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on Sunday.” Rockets from Gaza continue to hit Israel despite the Israeli defensive actions. And according to Al Arabiya, “Egyptian security thwarted on Sunday an attempt to launch two rockets from Sinai at Israel.”

Southern Lebanon, Gaza, Sinai – all previously “occupied territory” from which Israel withdrew in order to help bring about peace.

Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in May 2000. Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s government thought that the withdrawal would show that Israel was serious about making peace, and would bring to an end the relentless attacks against Israel at the United Nations and in the international media. Israel withdrew from Gaza in September 2005. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s government thought that the withdrawal would show that Israel was serious about making peace, and would bring to an end the relentless attacks against Israel at the United Nations and in the international media. Israel withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula by 1982 as part of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty resulting from the Camp David Accords. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s government thought that the withdrawal would show that Israel was serious about making peace, and would bring to an end the relentless attacks against Israel at the United Nations and in the international media.

Peace never came, and the condemnations never stopped.

But at very least, those who have been watching all this unfold know that the media’s ongoing attempts to present the Palestinians as occupying the moral high ground are futile: they founder on cold, harsh reality.

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The Palestinian ‘Genocide’ Lie

It’s a moral scandal that it’s even necessary to debunk equating Israel with the Nazis. 

pic_giant_071614_SM_Palestinian-Genocide-GJonah Goldberg for National Review (July 17) — Here’s the difference between us,” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained on Fox News Sunday. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”

It’s a classic talking point. It’s also objectively true, and that truth is very frustrating for Israel’s critics.

All one needs to do is delve into the muck of Twitter and read the timelines for such hashtags as #GazaUnderAttack and #GenocideInGaza: “They’re killing the women and children to ensure there won’t be a new generation of Palestine.” “One Holocaust can NEVER justify another.”

And let’s not even talk about the globally trending hashtag #HitlerWasRight.

Of course, it’s not just on Twitter. Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the feckless Palestinian Authority, recently condemned Israel for committing “genocide” in Gaza. For decades, political cartoonists and cartoonish politicians have been jaw-jawing about how Israel now wears the SS uniform.

This too is basically a talking point — and a very old one. But this one is plainly a lie.

If the Israelis are, or have ever been, interested in genocide, they are utterly incompetent at it. As slanders go, it’s almost funny, like the old paranoid delusion that George W. Bush was simultaneously an idiot and a criminal mastermind.

On the one hand, the Israeli military is supposed to be ruthlessly competent and determined to wipe out the Palestinians. On the other, the Palestinian population has grown more than 100 percent since 1970. The population in the Gaza Strip has grown nearly threefold since 1990. The Palestinians themselves expect the population to double over the next two decades. “Genocide” is a loaded political term, but under any remotely reasonable definition, shouldn’t those numbers be going the other way?

It’s just a hunch, but if the Israelis wanted to wipe out as many Palestinians as possible, never mind commit genocide, they probably wouldn’t issue warnings to Gazans (by phone and leaflet) to get out of harm’s way. Nor would Israel continue to allow hundreds of trucks of food and medical aid to enter Gaza even as hundreds of rockets leave Gaza.

And if Hamas were chiefly concerned with protecting Palestinian lives, it would not implore Gazans to stay in their homes — serving as human shields and inflating the body count as a propaganda prop to increase international pressure on Israel.

One perverse complaint, often subtly echoed in the mainstream media, is that it is somehow unfair that Israelis are not dying, so far, from Gaza rocket strikes. The Israelis have the Iron Dome defense system, which intercepts the rockets aimed at civilians. They also have bomb shelters; the Palestinians do not. They have these things because, as Netanyahu said, Israelis are interested in protecting their citizens.

As Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin notes, no one is asking why the Palestinians don’t have bomb shelters. The assumption seems to be that the Gazans don’t have the wherewithal to build them. This is untrue because they do have bomb shelters — they just reserve them for Hamas’s leaders and fighters. Indeed, Hamas has dug thousands of tunnels under Gaza, largely so it can smuggle in, and store, more rockets to fire on Israel. Better that those tunnels were used as shelters for civilians, but that would mean not letting them die for the greater “good.”

Of course, not being as bad as the Nazis is a very low bar. And the fact that Israel clears it like a pole-vaulter leaping over a brick is not the same as saying Israel is without fault. But Israel’s shortcomings stem largely from the fact it is trying to deal with “peace partners” openly uninterested in lasting peace. Solving that problem is hard. So hard that some would rather shout “Nazi!” at Jews.

It’s a moral scandal that it’s even necessary to bring up this inconvenient truth. But it is necessary because even many of the people who would never say “Hitler was right” have nonetheless internalized another lesson from the Nazis. It was Joseph Goebbels who said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

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Canada: Muslim mob chanting “kill the Jews” assaults supporters of Israel

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Palestinian protesters are growing increasingly violent and brazen around the world, no doubt emboldened by the utterly supine response of Western governments to Islamic supremacist intimidation.

“URGENT: Pro-Israel people who were attacked in Calgary need your help,” Blazing Cat Fur, July 19, 2014 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

Via email:

Pro-Israel Jews and Christians were attacked by an angry mob yesterday at Calgary’s city hall. Video footage shows this clearly:

In addition to the males, 2 females were taken to the ground and kicked by a group of men. They sustained injuries. The crowd also chanted “kill the Jews”.

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Israel Attacked on Four Fronts

An excellent account of previous Israeli land withdrawals and analysis of the results of those withdrawals by Robert Spencer, the best jihad analyst in the world and director of JihadWatch.org.

Israel2FrontPage Mag (July 18) — The wreckage of earlier Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts – the Camp David Accords, Oslo, the Road Map to Peace and all the rest – was on particularly vivid display this week.

Reuters reported Monday that “at least one rocket fired from Lebanon hit northern Israel on Monday….The rocket was fired from the area around the southern city of Tyre, Lebanese security sources said.” AFP noted that “a rocket fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on Sunday.” Rockets from Gaza continue to hit Israel despite the Israeli defensive actions. And according to Al Arabiya, “Egyptian security thwarted on Sunday an attempt to launch two rockets from Sinai at Israel.”

Southern Lebanon, Gaza, Sinai – all previously “occupied territory” from which Israel withdrew in order to help bring about peace.

Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in May 2000. Prime Minister Ehud Barack’s government thought that the withdrawal would show that Israel was serious about making peace, and would bring to an end the relentless attacks against Israel at the United Nations and in the international media. Israel withdrew from Gaza in September 2005. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s government thought that the withdrawal would show that Israel was serious about making peace, and would bring to an end the relentless attacks against Israel at the United Nations and in the international media. Israel withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula by 1982 as part of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty resulting from the Camp David Accords. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s government thought that the withdrawal would show that Israel was serious about making peace, and would bring to an end the relentless attacks against Israel at the United Nations and in the international media.

Are you starting to see a pattern?

Israel carried out all three of these withdrawals in pursuit of peace. But peace never came.

The UN and the media never let up on Israel, and in each case, the Israeli withdrawal led to the previously “occupied territory” becoming a base for new jihad attacks against the Jewish state.

How many more times is this going to have to happen before the leaders of the free world stop pressuring Israel into entering into these self-defeating and fruitless “peace” agreements? The events of the last few days have assuredly not persuaded Barack Obama and John Kerry to stop pressuring Israel to withdraw from the “settlements” so as to show that Israel is serious about making peace, and to bring to an end the relentless attacks against Israel at the United Nations and in the international media. But even if such an agreement comes about, and it looks unlikely now with the latest jihad savagery and Netanyahu apparently resolute against it, it will fail, yet again. The war against Israel is a jihad for the sake of Islam. It will never be negotiated away. It will never be turned away from its ultimate goal of the destruction of Israel and the genocide of the Jews.

Obama and Kerry and the rest may know this. Obama’s anti-Semitic associations are so many and so long-lasting that it is hard to sustain the idea that he is pressing the Israelis to curtail their latest operations and enter into what would certainly be a disastrous ceasefire agreement with Hamas out of naivete and a well-meaning but ill-considered desire to make peace. He must know. And many in the Leftist intelligentsia must know.

Those who do not yet know, however, should ponder the spectacle of Israel being attacked from southern Lebanon, Gaza and the Sinai all in one day, as well as from Syria, with which the Nixon Administration pressed Israel to make peace in 1973.

It is long past time for a new paradigm in Washington — an across-the-board repudiation of the prevailing political establishment, and the ascendancy of people who are willing to face the reality of the jihad threat in its full magnitude, and to defend Israel to the hilt as being on the front line of that jihad. But with the Republicans so richly deserving their sobriquet of The Stupid Party, such a change in the political culture is not, alas, on the horizon.

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Iran, six powers agree to 4-month extension of nuclear talks

“Iran will be allowed to access an additional $2.8 billion in frozen assets but most sanctions against Tehran will stay in place, the United States says.”

This is incredibly dangerous. The West keeps giving the Iranian Ayatollahs what they want (more money to fund terrorism and more time to build nuclear weapons), while getting nothing in return. This 4-month and the previous 6-month deals have given Iran about $23 billion dollars and 10 more months to develop nuclear capabilities. The Western powers (P5+1) are either extremely naive to believe that the Iranians are honest, or they do not mind that Iran will eventually develop the atomic bomb. It is probably a mix between the two.

EU foreign policy chief Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif

EU foreign policy chief Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif

The Jerusalem Post (July 19) — Iran and six world powers have agreed to a four-month extension of negotiations on a nuclear deal with Tehran after failing to meet a July 20 deadline due to “significant gaps” between the two sides, the European Union and Iran said on Saturday.

“There are still significant gaps on some core issues which will require more time and effort,” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a joint statement.

Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China had set a July 20 deadline to complete a long-term agreement that would resolve the decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. But diplomats said they were unable to overcome significant differences on major sticking points.

“We will reconvene in the coming weeks in different formats with the clear determination to reach agreement on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (long-term agreement) at the earliest possible moment,” Ashton and Zarif said.

Ashton was speaking on behalf of the six powers. The extension begins July 21 and runs through November 24.

The White House said on Friday there was a “credible prospect for a comprehensive deal” with Iran over its nuclear program that made it necessary to extend talks with Western powers another four months.

“This extension will allow us to continue the negotiations while ensuring that the progress of Iran’s nuclear program remains halted during the negotiations,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.

“We have an opportunity to achieve a lasting, diplomatic solution that will resolve one of the most pressing national security issues of our time. We will not accept anything less than a comprehensive resolution that meets our objectives, which is why it is necessary for negotiations to continue.”

… First and foremost among the gaps facing negotiators are expectations over Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities. A major address delivered last week by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, called for a marked increase in Iran’s enrichment capacity, after world powers made clear for months they would settle for nothing less than a significant reduction of Iran’s centrifuge infrastructure.

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U.S. Senate Committee Approves Doubling Aid for Iron Dome

iron-dome-missileTheTower (July 18) – The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee on Tuesday approved legislation that would among other things double U.S. aid for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system, deepening military ties between Washington and Jerusalem:

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee approved a defense spending bill on Tuesday that would provide $621.6 million for Israeli missile defense, including $351 million for the Iron Dome system that intercepts short-range rockets and mortars. In the latest hostilities between Israel and Hamas, Iron Dome has been successful in shooting down rockets and preventing Israeli deaths.

“It works,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat and chairman of the subcommittee.

The bill’s approval comes a day after the release of a new national survey by Paragon Insights, which found substantial American support for Jerusalem’s actions – nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of 1,951 likely voters surveyed between July 10-13 responded that “Israel has the right and the obligation to protect its citizens from Hamas’ rocket fire directed at Israeli civilians through the use of military force.”

Rocket attacks emanating from Syria, Lebanon, and the Sinai Peninsula have put all of Israel under threat of rocket attack and necessitated the defense system’s use. Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s Iron Dome – which has a success rate of roughly 90 percent, up from 85 percent during Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012 – has intercepted more than 145 rockets fired out of Gaza, preventing strikes in major Israeli population centers.

The financing for Iron Dome’s research came from the Israeli government, but the production of its batteries is financed by the Pentagon. Military experts have envisioned that modified battlefield versions of Iron Dome could be deployed in support of U.S. soldiers, and the platform will likely be also used to defend U.S. allies like South Korea and Singapore.

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Muslim Cleric Says Islam Sees No Distinction Between Combatants and Civilians, So Killing American Women and Children Is Fine

This explains why Hamas finds it acceptable to target civilians while hiding behind civilians (a double war crime).

TheBlaze (July 17) — A radical Muslim cleric in Sudan with a history of incendiary statements against the U.S. now says that under Islam there is no distinction between combatant and civilian and thus American women and children are fair game for militant attacks.

“In its war with the infidels, Islam recognizes no distinction between regular armies and civilians,” said Sudanese cleric Muhammad Al-Jazouli at his Friday sermon, citing a fatwa, or religious ruling.

The Middle East Media Research Institute found video of the sermon and posted translated excerpts online.

In the sermon, Al-Jazouli said he had been “overjoyed” to hear of one particular hadith, that is, a tradition related to the prophet Mohammed.

Al-Jazouli quoted a statement once conveyed to the prophet Mohammed that when Muslims would attack “the polytheists at night, women and children would be harmed.”

“The Prophet Muhammad answered: ‘[Their offspring] constitute part of them.’ They are part of them, said our beloved Muhammad. This is not merely someone’s opinion. Thus, killing their women and children is permitted,” Al-Jazouli said.

“America is fighting us and there are countries that are allied with it. The Prophet Muhammad said that it is a duty to fight and target America, and same goes for targeting its allies,” he added.

At the end of his presentation, the crowd chanted “Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar,” MEMRI reported.

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Op-Ed: Sometimes the “Underdog” is Wrong

Palestinian Arabs have mastered the art of persuading everyone that because they die in greater numbers they are more deserving of sympathy and support in their conflict with Israel.

IsraelNationalNews (July 14) — Sometimes the underdog is wrong. The ruthlessly brutal regimes of Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, and Idi Amin were all weaker than the forces that ultimately vanquished them.

But for decades the Palestinians have mastered the art of persuading everyone that because they die in greater numbers, they are more deserving of sympathy and support in their conflict with Israel. Here’s why they’re wrong:

1) Israel’s military edge safeguards its survival in the world’s toughest neighborhood. But if a SWAT team is better armed than a wild gunman they must neutralize, does that mean that they’re at fault when the gunman dies?

2) Israel’s casualty figures are smaller because Israel tries to protect life by investing in anti-missile defense, shelters, and early warning systems to minimize the deaths caused by Palestinian rocket attacks.

3) By contrast, Palestinian terrorists purposely endanger life by targeting Israeli civilians while using Palestinian civilians as human shields (to maximize the PR benefits of any Israeli reprisals).

4) Israel’s death toll should be adjusted for its tiny population, to feel the true “national pain” of each loss. When Hamas terrorists abducted and murdered three Israeli teenagers last month, that’s like the murder and abduction of about 118 Americans teenagers. How many Taliban would die from a US military response to the Taliban abduction and murder of 118 American teenagers?

5) Gaza-based terrorism is inflicting collective punishment on about 8 million Israelis living under the constant threat of rocket attacks. How much could you focus on anything if blaring sirens regularly compelled you to seek shelter in under a minute? How much sleep could you get? Drivers must get out of their cars, lie on on the pavement face down with their hands over their heads, and wait ten minutes until the danger has ostensibly passed. Many elderly or disabled persons must descend flights of stairs to access the shelter, and the scramble to safety can be as dangerous as staying unprotected (an Israeli woman in her 70s died while trying to take shelter from an incoming rocket in Haifa). \

How long would the US expect its citizens to live like that before deploying overwhelming firepower to eradicate the threat?

6) In the Middle East, the weak perish quickly, and Israel — the only Jewish state (with 8 million people in a NJ-sized territory) surrounded by 22 Arab Muslim states (totaling about 370 million people) — can’t afford to lose a war. So the fact that Israel doesn’t cause far greater casualties to strengthen its deterrence should highlight Israel’s morality and restraint.

Yet most observers are oblivious to these key considerations, and simplistically look at comparative casualty figures before reflexively concluding that Israel is wrong. This cartoon aptly captures how Palestinians manipulate world opinion like a mischievous schoolboy misleading his teachers about who caused school spats.

When world leaders and media are duped into simplistic thinking, the result is a glaring double standard.

Consider the UN. On July 3, Israel gave Hamas 48 hours to stop firing rockets, even though 40 rockets had already been fired at Israel in the previous 24 hours. The Palestinian attacks continued until Israel finally took action on July 8. By the end of July 10, over 350 rockets had been fired at Israel, the Israeli Air Force had carried out almost 900 airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, resulting in at least 90 Palestinians killed (according to Palestinian reports), and a UN Security Council emergency session to address the hostilities.

So when Israel launches a justified military operation against Palestinians, it takes just three days and 90 Palestinian dead for the UN Security Council to convene an emergency session about the issue. Note that there was no emergency session to address the scores of unprovoked rocket attacks that forced Israel to respond in the first place.

But in neighboring Syria, it took about 1,650 civilian deaths and 141 days (from March 15 to August 3, 2011) for the United Nations Security Council, in a non-binding statement, to make any pronouncement at all on the Syrian war (which has killed over 4,000 people per month on average). Are Syrian lives less valuable than Palestinian lives? Incredibly, when the Palestinians are killed by Syrians or other Palestinians, this too is hardly noticed or addressed. It is only when Israelis are killing Palestinians — even if that killing is justified, accidental, or actually caused by Hamas’ use of human shields — that the diplomatic obsession with Palestinian security reaches a fever pitch.

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Hamas, Islamic Jihad know they’re losing: reportedly offer 10-year truce

TankJihadWatch (July 16) – If this is true, it means that Hamas and Islamic Jihad know they’re losing. Islamic law stipulates that “if Muslims are weak, a truce may be made for ten years if necessary, for the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) made a truce with the Quraysh for that long, as is related by Abu Dawud” (, o9.16).

Note that this can only be done if “Muslims are weak.” The same legal manual also quotes this verse of the Qur’an: “So do not be fainthearted and call for peace, when it is you who are the uppermost” (Sura 47:35). So Hamas and Islamic Jihad would not be calling for a truce at all if they believed that they were in a position of strength. “Interests that justify making a truce are such things as Muslim weakness because of lack of numbers or materiel, or the hope of an enemy becoming Muslim . . .” (‘Umdat as-Salik, o9.16).

The bottom line: Hamas and Islamic Jihad are feeling the heat and want a truce in order to regroup and emerge in a stronger position. But Western analysts do not know or care about what Islamic law says, and so they will think this means that these groups want peace, and press Israel to accept — when what it really means is that its enemies are weak, and know they’re losing, and Israel should press forward to victory.

“Report: Terrorists Offer 10-Year Truce,” Arutz Sheva, July 16, 2014:

Palestinian Arab sources reported Wednesday that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have drafted a ceasefire offer that would involve a 10-year truce with Israel.

The terrorists want all crossings into Gaza opened, and an international airport to be opened in Gaza. The Rafah crossing is to be opened up to international traffic, under UN supervision, with international observers along the borders.

There is no official confirmation of the offer and it is being greeted with skepticism, as more of a trial balloon than an actual offer.

Other articles in the alleged proposal include the withdrawal of IDF tanks from areas they entered in Operation Protective Edge; a complete removal of the blockade on Gaza; an international sea port; no more flights by Israeli aircraft over Palestinian territory and expansion of the fishing zone to 10 km from the shoreline.

In addition, the terrorists demand that Israel release the terror prisoners who were freed in the Shalit deal and re-arrested in Operation Brother’s Keeper.

Other terrorist conditions: Israel will be obliged not to interfere with the activity of the Palestinian unity government, and industrial zones along the border will be rebuilt and renovated.

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Israel under fire – IDF responds

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Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, at least 1,261 rockets have been launched at Israel, aimed deliberately at civilian targets. The IDF responded by striking at Hamas terror targets in Operation Protective Edge. 

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (July 15) — Since June 12, Israel has been the target of ever-increasing rocket and other terrorist attacks from the Gaza Strip, aimed deliberately at civilian targets.With the increased range of Hamas rockets, some 6 million Israelis are currently living under the threat of rocket attacks.

The Security Cabinet (Tuesday morning, 15 July 2014), accepted the Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire starting at 09:00.

  • PM Netanyahu said: “If Hamas rejects the Egyptian proposal, and the rocket fire from Gaza does not cease, and that appears to be the case now, we are prepared to continue and intensify our operation to protect our people. For this we have kept full support from the responsible members of the international community.”
  • IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner: “In according with the government directives, the IDF now holds fire. We remain alert and preserve high preparedness levels, both defensive and offensive. If the Hamas terror organization will fire at Israel, we shall respond.”


Five hours later, following the continuation of rocket fire from Gaza, PM Netanyahu said: “Hamas’s rejection of the cease fire gives Israel full legitimacy to expand the operation to protect our people.”

At 3pm the IDF Spokesperson announced: “After six hours of unilateral attacks by Hamas, the IDF has resumed operational activity in the Gaza Strip. Since 9am Tuesday, about 50 rockets were fired at Israel.” The IDF struck at Hamas tunnels, 20 concealed rocket launchers, weapons storage facilities and other operational infrastructure.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry: “I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas, in so brazenly firing rockets in multiple numbers, in the face of the good will effort to offer a cease fire in which Egypt and Israel joined together and the international community strongly supports the compelling need to have a ceasefire.

At the same time there are great risks in what is happening there and in the potential of an even greater escalation of violence. We don’t want to see that, nobody does, nor does Israel. But Israel has a right to defend itself and it is important for Hamas not to be provoking and purposefully trying to play politics in order to gain greater followers for its opposition, and use the innocent lives of civilians who they hide in buildings and use as shields and put in danger. That is against the laws of war. And thats why they are a terrorist organization.

We urge all parties to support this ceasefire. And we ask all the members of the Arab community, as they did yesterday at the Arab League meeting in Cairo, to continue to press to try to get Hamas to do the right thing here, which is cease the violence, engage in a legitimate negotiation and protect the lives of people that they seem all too willing to put to risk.”

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird: “As the Israeli cabinet approved a ceasefire that would have ended eight days of hostilities, Hamas rejected it without a second thought. This proves Hamas has no interest in peace.

We have long believed that innocent Palestinian people living in Gaza deserve far better than the reckless actions of this terrorist organization. Canada views Hamas as an international terrorist organization that is bent on the destruction of the State of Israel.

The scourge of terrorism must be wholly rejected by all peace-loving people around the world. We must never allow moral relativism to act as cover for the indiscriminate attacks on Israel we have seen over the past eight days. We believe that Israel has the right to defend itself, by itself, from the continued campaign of terror being waged by Hamas.”

  • Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, at least 1,261 rockets have been launched at Israel. 984 of those rockets hit Israel, and approximately 228 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Hamas claimed responsibility for most of the rockets fired, including those fired at the coastal plain south of Haifa, Dimona, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Daily distribution of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip during Operation Protective Edge

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The IDF has targeted over 1,752 terror targets, from the air and the sea. Among the sites targeted by the IDF are: long-range rocket launchers, Hamas leadership facilities, terror and smuggling tunnels, fuel-smuggling tunnels, compounds and training sites, communications facilities, air defense elements, concealed launchers, and additional sites used for terror activities targeting Israel, including command and control centers. 

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Paris: Savage anti-Israel rioters trap hundreds of Jews in synagogue

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“A person in the synagogue told Israel’s Channel 2 news that protesters hurled stones and bricks at the building, ‘like it was an intifada.’” Yes, very like. Pamela Geller has been reporting on the escalating violence against Jews around the world — see a host of links here. And there will be much more of this.

“Anti-Israel protesters trap hundreds in Paris synagogue,” Times of Israel, July 13, 2014:

PARIS — Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 166 Palestinians dead.

Several thousand demonstrators walked calmly through the streets of Paris behind a large banner that read “Total Support for the Struggle of the Palestinian People”.

But clashes erupted at the end of the march on Bastille Square, with people throwing projectiles onto a cordon of police who responded with tear gas. The unrest was continuing early Sunday evening.

Media reports said that hundreds of Jews were trapped inside a synagogue in the area and police units were sent to rescue them.

A person in the synagogue told Israel’s Channel 2 news that protesters hurled stones and bricks at the building, “like it was an intifada.”

Riot police dispersed the group, with two members of the Jewish community and six officers slightly injured in the ensuing scuffle, the source said.

The people were able to exit the synagogue at about 9 p.m., according to a picture posted to Twitter by the French Jewish Defense League, a far-right group.

A second synagogue was also attacked.

Six protesters were arrested, police said.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls condemned the attempted synagogue stormings “in the strongest possible terms”.

“Such acts targeting places of worship are unacceptable,” he said in a statement.

“I am profoundly shocked and revolted. This aggression towards the Jewish community has taken an absolutely unacceptable turn,” Joel Mergei, president of the Israelite Central Consistory of France, told AFP.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called for “calm in the face of tensions” in the Middle East.

In the northern city of Lille, meanwhile, between 2,300 and 6,000 people protested peacefully, according to differing figures provided by the police and organizers….

IDF Pinpoint Strikes: Targeting Terrorists, Avoiding Civilians

Urban warfare proves difficult because terror targets are often located in densely populated areas. In order to limit civilian casualties, the IDF uses precision attacks on these terror sites.

IDF blog (July 11) — During the first three days of Operation Protective Edge, the IDF made extensive use of tactics to avoid civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip. As the operation progresses, the IDF is gathering more evidence that Hamas takes advantage of the densely populated Gaza Strip and civilian population to protect themselves.

As Hamas fires rockets on Israel, it systematically exploits Palestinian civilians as human shields for military targets in Gaza. Hamas stores explosives and weapons in and around schools, mosques, residential homes and other civilian infrastructures.

These images, taken by the Israel Air Force, show how Hamas positions its rocket launching sites, weapons caches, and command centers in areas surrounded by civilian buildings.

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In order to limit the casualties to innocent bystanders, the IDF uses a number of tactics including precision airstrikes on weapons caches, tunnels, and other terror targets.

On July 9, the IDF targeted terror tunnels in the Gaza Strip. The precision attacks caused secondary explosions inside the tunnels, destroying the explosives stored inside and proving that the tunnels contained weapons caches near Palestinian homes.

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The following video shows a recent precision strike on a terror site located next to a school, which was left unharmed.

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As a warning tactic, the IDF targets buildings with loud but non-lethal bombs, meant to warn civilians that they are in the vicinity of a weapons cache or other target. This method is used to allow all residents to leave the area before the IDF targets the site with live ammunition.

This video shows how Hamas exploits the IDF’s efforts to avoid civilian casualties. On July 9, Palestinians fled a Hamas target after the IDF fired a warning shot. Moments later, other residents flocked to the roof to act as human shields. The Israeli aircraft called off the strike in order to avoid casualties.

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Despite these challenges, the IDF will continue to act against Hamas terror in order to defend its citizens.

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Egyptian cleric: Muslim Brotherhood authorizes ‘anal jihad’ for lonely terrorists

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An Egyptian cleric formerly known as the “preacher of the revolution” during the revolt against President Hosni Mubarak warned Egyptian television viewers this week that Muslim Brotherhood sheiks have issued a fatwa permitting “anal jihad” for terrorists far from their wives, which is exactly what it sounds like.

Breitbart (July 12) – In televised remarks on Egypt’s Al-Tahrir TV on June 26 and translated into English by the Middle East Media Research Institute, cleric Mazhar Shahin told his viewers that members of the Muslim Brotherhood were engaging in homosexual anal sex acts as a way to “wage jihad in the name of Allah.” It was a “new kind of jihad,” he explained, where “they practice homosexuality with one another, thinking, wrongly, that this constitutes jihad for the sake of Allah.” The acts are sanctioned if the jihadists are far from their wives. He does not explain how engaging in homosexual sex in private furthers the cause of establishing an Islamic caliphate – the goal of most mujahidin – but compares it with “sexual jihad,” an act he describes as when “somebody takes a woman and has sex with her because he is waging jihad.”

The anal jihad “catastrophe,” he continued, was proof that “the (Muslim Brotherhood) is a bunch of hopeless and desperate peddlers who have reached a state of foolishness, stupidity, filth, and so on, to the highest imaginable degree.” He emphasizes multiple times that this is not just deviant behavior performed by individuals straying from jihadist ideals, but rather, behavior sanctioned by Muslim Brotherhood sheiks. “Their sheiks permit them to do these things. This is despicable, foolish, and asinine,” he concludes.

Despite being a vocal opponent of Mubarak, Shahin has also been extremely critical of the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2013, while Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi was still in power, Shahin was suspended as a cleric at his mosque after a sermon in which, according to the Associated Press, “he warned against Brotherhood control over state institutions including the police, military and the Islamic institute of Al-Azhar.” He was accused of speaking “like a TV station or opposition paper” and fomenting discord among Muslims.

The suspension did not stop him from preaching against the Muslim Brotherhood. In February, Shahin encouraged men to divorce their wives if they were supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood, telling husbands that having such a wife is “having a sleeper cell in your house.” “These are priorities,” he explained, “…Should I sacrifice my wife or Egypt? My wife, in the end, is just a person… But when I say sacrifice, I don’t mean I kill her. I mean that I divorce her, and I give her all of her rights, and I protect my country and my patriotism.”

Shahin’s speech against “anal jihad” is another sign of the deep rifts between Islamist jihadists and Muslims that reject them, and even among different sectors of the jihadist community itself. In another example of homosexuality surfacing as an alleged element of jihad, a parody of the jihadist group The Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) on Palestinian television implied that its members were gay, calling them “ISISsy”s.

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Senator Ted Cruz: Enough votes in Senate to kill U.S. aid to Palestinian Authority

2550619Washington Examiner (July 11) – Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, reacting to the violence in the Middle East, said that there are now enough senators ready to cut the $440 million U.S. taxpayers send to the Palestinian Authority every year.

But, he said, Democratic leaders are holding up a vote. And on Monday, Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee blocked Sen. Rand Paul’s bill to cut aid, believing that it should go to committee before the full Senate.

The violence between Israel and Palestine has soared since the killings of three Israelis and one Palestinian youth. Both sides on Tuesday fired rockets into each country.

Cruz, interviewed on The Mark Levin Show late Monday night, said U.S. aid should be cut because of evidence the terrorist group Hamas is working in a “unity government” with the Palestinian authority. He criticized Hamas in a Jerusalem Post column also.

“Hamas are open terrorists,” he said. “The Palestinian Authority has now formed a so-called unity government with Hamas, with this open terrorist group,” he said.

While the State Department has denied there is a joint government, Cruz told Levin, “The U.S. should not spend a single penny to any unity government that has Hamas as a part of it. We shouldn’t be sending us taxpayer dollars to fund terrorists.”

Cruz, however, said the president’s allies are stopping a Senate vote. “If we had a vote on it we probably would get a majority of senators, which is precisely why Harry Reid in all likelihood would prevent a vote. What Harry Reid does over and over again is prevent votes on anything that would put even the tiniest scrutiny on the Obama administration,” said Cruz.

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