GAZA: Israeli Air Force strikes Gaza terror targets after rocket hits Israel’s south

From Israel Hayom:

The IDF struck Hamas targets in northern Gaza Strip in the early hours of Wednesday morning in retaliation for rocket fire at Israel’s south on Tuesday evening.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement that “the Israeli Air Force struck two targets operated by the Hamas terrorist group in northern Gaza.” It added that as Hamas is sovereign over the Gaza Strip it will be held responsible for any rocket fire emanating from the enclave.

The Palestinians reported that three people were injured, including one critically, in Wednesday’s strike.

A Palestinian security source confirmed two Hamas posts had been hit, saying they sustained significant damage.

The projectile fired from Gaza on Tuesday struck an open area outside the coastal city of Ashkelon, causing no injuries or damage. Moments earlier, air raid sirens sounded in the area.

Security forces canvassed the area but have yet to recover the projectile.

Israel has seen occasional rocket fire from the Gaza Strip in the three years since its last war with Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Most have been claimed by Salafi groups in the territory.

ISRAEL: Shin Bet foils international Hamas funding mechanism

From Israel Hayom:

Almost $200,000 transferred to the Judea-Samaria for Hamas terrorist activities since operations began in 2016 • Shin Bet security agency says it will continue to “thwart this terrorist activity orchestrated by Hamas operatives abroad and in the Gaza Strip.”

A large-scale investigation recently uncovered a Hamas money transfer mechanism funneling cash from Hamas headquarters in Turkey and Gaza to operatives in the Judea-Samaria city of Hebron.

The investigation, a cooperative effort between the Israel Defense Forces, the Shin Bet security agency and the Israel Police, was placed under gag order, lifted Thursday.

The investigation revealed that the money transferring mechanism began operating in 2016, set in motion by Muhammad Maher Badr, a senior Hamas official in Hebron and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Badr recruited two messengers, Mussab Hashlamoun, a Hamas operative from Hebron who was sent to Turkey under the pretense of business, and Taha Othman, also a resident of Hebron.

Hashlamoun was instructed to transfer money from Turkey to Hebron to fund terrorist activities in Hebron, with much of the money designated for Hamas members in the Legislative Council. Hashlamoun was also told to transfer money to Hamas terrorists who were released from prison.

Two of Hashlamoun’s colleagues — his brother Yusri and Omar Kimri — maintained ties with Majed Jabah, a Hamas operative in the Gaza Strip, originally also from Hebron, who coordinated the transfer of funds from Turkey. Jabah was released from an Israeli prison in the 2011 prisoner exchange that saw IDF soldier Gilad Schalit freed from Hamas captivity in Gaza.

Hashlamoun and Othman met several times with Haroun Naser al-Din, a Hamas headquarters official in Turkey who was also released in the Schalit deal.

Naser al-Din gave the messengers tens of thousands of dollars to buy goods in Turkey. The two imported the goods through international delivery companies and sold them in Hebron. After deducting their fee, the profits from the sales were then handed to Hamas operatives in Hebron. As part of his operation, Naser al-Din told the messengers to speak to Hamas terrorists in Hebron and offer them money from the headquarters.

The investigation revealed that until it was exposed, the mechanism allowed for almost $200,000 to be transferred to Hebron. The investigation further revealed that Hamas planned to build a multi-million dollar cement factory to launder money for terrorism.

The Military Prosecution is expected to request indictments in the case in the near future.

According to the Shin Bet security agency, the “exposure of this infrastructure illustrates Hamas operatives’ constant motivation to step up Hamas terrorist activity in the Judea-Samaria. Hamas operatives in Gaza and abroad have been recruiting messengers, residents of the Judea-Samaria who travel abroad, for the purpose of transferring terrorist funds to operatives in the field.

“Quite often, Hamas operatives abroad recruit relatives of Hamas members in the field, or enlist the help of merchants and business people, who end up paying a steep personal and financial price for this activity,” the Shin Bet said.

“The Shin Bet security agency, in cooperation with the IDF and the Israel Police, will continue to take action to expose and thwart this terrorist activity orchestrated by Hamas operatives abroad and in the Gaza Strip,” the agency said.

Interview With Israeli Activist Hananya Naftali, Part I

From The Daily Wire:

Hananya Naftali is a social media influencer. With a combined Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube following of over 175,000 people from across the world, the 21-year-old Naftali uses his status to advocate for the state of Israel.

The following is part I of a fascinating two-part interview with Hananya Naftali.

As is the case with all Israeli citizens, Naftali was conscripted into the IDF after graduating high school. He worked as a combat medic during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, and was promoted to First Sergeant upon completion of his service.

It was his experience in the military that brought him to activism:

“I started after the Gaza war in 2014. As a soldier, and as an Israeli who actually fought in Gaza, I was irritated by what I saw in the international media — how they portrayed the Palestinians, and how they portrayed us, the soldiers, as monsters. These were lies. I told myself that if no one would tell the truth, maybe I could tell the truth about Israel as someone who was there.”

It was at that point that Naftali began his advocacy through social media — mainly on YouTube.

The International Media

“The way international media outlets like to cover stories from Israel is by portraying the Palestinian people as victims. For example, the Hadas Malka terror attack that happened at Damascus Gate. Obviously, Hadas is not a terrorist — she was a policewoman — and still, the media outlets chose the title: ‘Three Palestinians Were Shot Dead After Stabbing Attack.’ That’s true, but it’s twisting the story to make the readers think that we are the bad guys.”

On June 16, Staff-Sergeant Major Hadas Malka was stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist while on patrol near Damascus Gate. She passed away shortly after being taken to the hospital.

“The same thing happened during the Gaza war,” Naftali said. “They were putting us in a bad light. They would say that we bombed innocent targets, that we killed innocent people — but Hamas is hiding in those buildings. They hide in hospitals, they hide in schools.”

Naftali recalled that as a tanker, his superiors told him verbatim: “Do not harm innocent civilians. That’s a command.” That said, he noted that “protecting Israel, stopping Hamas from entering Israeli territory, attacking civilians, and firing rockets” sometimes necessitated collateral damage.

“That was the reality. They were hiding their launchers in schools, hospitals — United Nations schools. Just a few weeks ago, the UNRWA reported that they found a Hamas tunnel under two U.N. schools. And that’s the reality.”

Hamas is known to deliberately base themselves in schools and hospitals in order to use Palestinian civilians as human shields.

Biggest Misconceptions

I asked Naftali what he believes are the biggest misconceptions the West has about Israel, and more specifically, the Israeli-Palestinian dynamic. His first answer pertained to the allegation that Israel is an “apartheid” state:

“I think there are some misconceptions. Claiming Israel is an apartheid state, and that we don’t give full rights to Palestinians is ridiculous. As a combat medic, I served in the West Bank — also known as Judea and Samaria — and most of the people I gave medical attention to were Palestinians.”

He also mentioned the freedom Palestinians have in Israel, but offered a dark picture of the dangers Israelis face in their own land:

“At five in the morning, I was able to see thousands of Palestinians entering Israel to work for Israeli companies. The Palestinians are free; they can go wherever they want. It’s actually Israelis who cannot go wherever they want. If you ever come to Israel, you’ll see signs that say, ‘Warning: Israelis Cannot Enter This Palestinian Area — and if you do, you endanger your life.’ So, it’s a complete misconception to say that Israel is an apartheid state. All you have to do is come to Israel to see the truth for yourself.”

Naftali next spoke about Israel’s wall:

“The second misconception I hear a lot relates to the wall — and it ties to the apartheid state. People say that Israel built a wall to stop the Palestinians. Some even say that Israel constructed the wall to build a ghetto where the Palestinians are. That’s not true. The wall was built to stop terrorists from invading Israeli territory and attacking Israeli civilians. The wall is not meant to keep the Palestinians inside a ghetto; it’s meant to stop terror, it’s meant to stop terrorists, and it’s very saddening that the Palestinian people are suffering because of the actions of Palestinian terrorists.”

“It’s a complicated issue,” Naftali admitted. “It’s true that Palestinians are living in the Judea and Samaria, and it’s not humane to just tell them to leave, and to kick them out. However, that isn’t Israel’s agenda. Israel’s agenda is to try to find a solution to live in coexistence. In the meantime, Israel’s agenda is to not let terrorists attack, and to stop President Abbas from funding terror.”

“My opinion on the settlements is that they are Jewish land. The Bible is not just a holy book for Christians and Jews, it’s an historical book. If you go to the West Bank, into Samaria, it used to be an ancient Jewish city — you can see the ruins there. If you go to Rachel’s Tomb, Hebron — which is populated mainly by Palestinians — it used to be one of Israel’s capitals in the ancient times. It’s obvious that Jews have lived in those places, in the land of the Judea and Samaria, but now many Palestinians live there. That’s a fact.”

While Naftali stated that “finding a solution is not easy,” he added that he doesn’t believe “settlements are an obstacle to peace.” This notion is bolstered by the fact that in the years following Israel’s unilateral evacuation of all 21 settlements in the Gaza Strip, the area has been used as a launch pad for Hamas to strike Israel repeatedly.

A real obstacle to peace is “President Abbas giving aid money to terrorists,” stated Naftali.

Regarding the possibility of a grand compromise, Naftali reiterated his point that land exchanges aren’t the solution:

“At first I thought that giving up the settlements would be a solution. I used to live in a Jewish settlement in north Samaria, and in 2005, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon decided to withdraw from that land, thinking that it would lead to peace. Obviously, it did not. We gave them land in 2005, and we don’t have peace in 2017.”

“Compromising over land will not solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Honestly, I don’t know what the Israeli government would compromise on.”

Additionally, some things are simply off the table:

“There are certain things we must say ‘no’ to. Dividing Jerusalem is something that’s not even a right to negotiate. I think that Jerusalem should stay under Israeli sovereignty. On the other side, the Palestinian Authority must stop paying the families of terrorists. This would be a first step to negotiations.”

When I asked what, if anything, Israel should change about the way it operates, Naftali offered an intriguing answer:

“The only thing I would change is to stop being sorry for who we are. There was a point when we felt the need to provide explanations to the Western world, and I think that Israel should stop being sorry for what we do for the sake of peace, and for the sake of security in the region.”

Make sure to come back for part II, in which Hananya Naftali talks about Israel versus the politically correct West, anti-Semitism, and offers two incredible stories about how his videos changed minds and may have even saved lives.

ISRAEL: AIR STRIKE FOLLOWING GAZA HAMAS ROCKET ATTACK

From The Jerusalem Post:

According to the IDF, two military facilities belonging to Hamas were targeted in the north and south of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli Air Force targeted Hamas infrastructure in the Gaza Strip on Monday night following an earlier rocket attack from the Hamas-controlled territory, according to a statement released by the IDF.

According to the statement, the airstrikes targeted two military facilities belonging to Hamas in the north and south of the Gaza Strip.

As Hamas controls the Gaza Strip, it is considered responsible for all attempts in Gaza that seek to harm Israel, reads the statement.

The group claimed responsibility via a statement that was shared through Israeli media. This is not the first time that the group, which has sworn allegiance to Islamic State, has claimed responsibility for a rocket attack.

The projectile landed in an open area near the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council in southern Israel, the IDF said.

No injuries and no damage were reported. A red siren alert was not activated as it was detected early on that the projectile was aimed at an open area.

IRAN: MISSILE STIKE STRUCK ISIS BUT IS ALSO AIMED AT US, SAUDIS, ISRAEL

From The Jerusalem Post:

That Iran would verbally threaten ISIS, Saudi Arabia, the US and Israel is not new. That it would launch six Zolfaghar ballistic missiles more than 600 kilometers into another country is.

Although Iran’s ballistic missiles hit ISIS in Syria on Sunday, the audience for the strike explicitly included the US and Saudi Arabia and, implicitly, Israel.

Recently, tensions have escalated on multiple fronts, between the US and the Saudis on one side and Iran on the other. The US and Saudi Arabia were specifically mentioned by an Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps spokesman as part of its audience for the “message” it sent by firing the missiles.

Israel, although not explicitly mentioned, has been the focus of constant threats by Iran – both directly and indirectly – via its support for Hezbollah and Hamas.

That Iran would verbally threaten ISIS, Saudi Arabia, the US and Israel is not new. That it would launch six Zolfaghar ballistic missiles more than 600 kilometers into another country is.

The question is how new, and does it transform Israel’s threat estimate? The argument – that firing the missiles greatly enhanced the threat Iran presents to Israel – would say its use of such powerful long-range weapons makes it more likely that it would use them again.

Going one step further, the argument would note: Even if Iran’s nuclear program is currently delayed by its deal with the West, in around another eight years, Iran could be launching ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads attached.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to take Iran’s missile launch seriously, saying on Monday: “We are following their actions and we are following their words. I have one message to Iran: ‘Don’t threaten Israel.’”

While the threat is nothing to scoff at, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman appeared to downplay it on Monday saying: “Israel is not worried, Israel is ready for any development. We are not concerned.”

Those arguing that Iran’s missile launch is not a serious change for Israel and is primarily one for ISIS, and possibly Saudi Arabia, can note that Iran has for years had the capability to hit Israel with its less advanced Shabab 3 and other missiles.

The longer range of the Zolfaghar might matter for US bases in the Middle East and for Saudi Arabia, but it adds no new threat for Israel.

Also, past conduct suggests that Iran’s missile strike, even as it shocked most of the world, is predictable behavior and may even have been understated.

According to both Iran and the anti-Iranian Mujahidin-e Khalq Organization (MEK), on April 18, 2001, Iran hit the Iraq-based MEK with between 44 and 77 missiles in as many as six locations.

Iran’s onslaught on the MEK came following the MEK’s launch of more than a dozen mortar attacks around Tehran.

Sunday’s six missiles against one ISIS location were a response to Islamic State’s June 7 audacious, simultaneous terrorist attack on Iran’s Parliament and the Ayatollah Khomeini shrine in the heart of Tehran.

So, in that sense, Iran’s attack on ISIS was far more modest than its last firing of ballistic missiles on the MEK.

Finally, in both the MEK and ISIS cases, Iran fired missiles on a weaker enemy to “teach a lesson” when it believed they had crossed some lines in confronting Iran deep in its territory.

Saudi Arabia has far more sophisticated firepower than ISIS or the MEK to hit back at Iran from a long distance; and the US and Israel each have even greater firepower than the Saudis to rain down on Iran if attacked by missiles.

Ultimately, though Iran’s missile strikes raised some eyes and were probably meant to show some toughness to the US and Saudi Arabia, for Israel, they did little more than confirm Iran as an ongoing and relevant threat that must be carefully monitored.

Amb. Nikki Haley: UNHRC report ‘reeks of anti-Israel bias’

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From Arutz Sheva:

U.S. envoy to the UN criticizes latest anti-Israel UNHRC report.

Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the UN, on Tuesday expressed concern about an anti-Israel report released by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which offered to “advise and support” efforts to create a “blacklist” database of companies operating in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights, and eastern Jerusalem.

The report, released on Monday, also criticizes Israel for failing to bring perpetrators of alleged war crimes to justice and blasts Israel for its alleged “rejection of the applicable legal framework and of its obligations in the occupied Palestinian territory.”

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Haley said, “This report is just the latest example of the Human Rights Council singling out Israel rather than focusing on the world’s actual human rights abusers. Not only does it undermine the credibility of the Human Rights Council on human rights issues, but it once again highlights the unfair bias of the UN when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

“Rather than providing an impartial and informative update on human rights violations,” the statement continued, “the report reeks of the anti-Israel bias that Ambassador Haley has been calling out since day one on the job, most recently in Geneva last week.”

The statement also pointed out how the report ignores terror attacks by Hamas and other violent groups while “choosing to fixate on matters like the human rights practices of companies in the region.”

“It’s actions like these that are forcing us to evaluate the United States’ future on the Human Rights Council. The Council, and indeed the entire United Nations, were founded on the principles of equality and fairness. This report once again fails that mission,” said Haley.

The report was compiled by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raed al-Hussein, and will be discussed by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on June 19.

It is the latest attempt by the UNHRC to single out Israel for criticism, which it often does while ignoring other conflicts in the region, such as the ongoing bloody civil war in Syria.

In March, the council passed a series of anti-Israel resolutions, including a motion condemning Israel for its construction in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights and urging states and firms to avoid ties with “settlements”.

Just last week, Haley blasted the UNHRC for its obsession with criticizing Israel, saying, “It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it is to have any credibility.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Israel’s UN Ambassador, Danny Danon, criticized the report as well, calling it “biased and one-sided” and noting that it “ignores the daily incitement to violence and the ongoing terror attacks planned and executed against Israel by the Palestinians.”

GAZA: U.S. Pressure Behind Decision To Stop Terrorist Stipends

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From Hayom Israel:

Hamas leader in Gaza Yihya Sinwar is among the officials whose payments have been suspended – 47 Hamas lawmakers also lose payments – PA official says move part of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ punitive measure against Hamas.

The Palestinian Authority’s decision to suspend payments to freed Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip stemmed largely from American pressure, a Palestinian source said Monday, shortly after Ramallah announced the move.

The Palestinian Authority has been spending millions of dollars annually paying stipends to the families of terrorists who are either jailed in Israel or were killed while carrying out terrorist attacks against Israelis, a practice Israel has repeatedly condemned.

According to a senior official in Ramallah, 47 Hamas parliament members freed in 2011 as part of the Schalit deal, along with some 270 ex-prisoners, are affected by the move to suspend the stipends. Among those affected is Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar.

Although most Hamas parliament members do not receive payments from the Palestinian Authority — as those ceased when Hamas violently seized control of the enclave in 2007 — hundreds of the 1,027 prisoners released as part of the Schalit deal who continued to receive salaries ranging from thousands to tens of thousands of shekels each month from a special fund operated by the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Senior Hamas figures also continued to receive salaries from the Palestinian Authority, but not through the same fund. Instead, the PA carried out a bureaucratic maneuver, ostensibly adding them to the Palestinian security apparatuses’ payroll, thus effectively “laundering” the payments.

A senior official in Abbas’ office told Israel Hayom that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas carried out the move after his May 23 meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Bethlehem. During that meeting, which was reportedly very tense, Trump rebuked Abbas over Palestinian incitement.

Another Palestinian official, however, insisted the move was part of recent measures taken by Abbas against Hamas over its breach of the two factions’ 2014 reconciliation agreement.

NORTH CAROLINA: AN ANTI-ISRAEL HILLEL GROWS

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From FrontPageMag:

In November of last year, members of the University of North Carolina’s Hillel, J Street U and Heels for Israel voted on an “official” pro-Israel position document. The document, though it was meant to set out a “united declaration of principles”, is almost impossible to find online.

And with good reason. It was as pro-Israel as Kentucky Fried Chicken is pro-chicken.

Hillel, J Street U and Heels for Israel don’t represent any kind of pro-Israel position.

J Street is an anti-Israel hate group. Brooke Davies, the president of J-Street UNC-CH, has a social media feed brimming with support for other anti-Israel groups, including T’ruah and B’Tselem, and hatred for the Jewish State and her supporters. Davies even spitefully accused comedian Elon Gold of being a “hasbara mouthpiece”.

Hillel’s “Senior Jewish Educator”, Jenny Solomon is active in T’ruah. Her husband, Eric Solomon, is on T’ruah’s board. The North Carolina Hillel hired Jenny Solomon in June of last year. Next month, the anti-Israel couple led a T’ruah trip linked to BDS.

And Heels for Israel? It describes itself as “Working to collaborate with organizations like UNC Hillel and JStreetU”. J Street U defines itself as fighting against the “Occupation” by Jews of their own homeland.

If you collaborate with a group fighting Israel and Jews, what does that make you?

The unified policy insisted on confining Israel behind the ’48 Auschwitz borders, it demanded a PLO capital in East Jerusalem and condemned Jews living in “Settlements” in ’67 Israel. Its glossary described BDS in terms both negative and positive. And linked to a site supportive of BDS. It blasted Jews living in areas claimed by the PLO and Hamas as “a threat to the viability of the two-state solution.”

The signatories included the J Street leadership, the two Heels for Israel Campus co-liaisons, and Hillel’s leadership, Noa Havivi, Hillel co-president, Shira Chandler, the other co-president and Daniel Barondes, the Hillel Israel Chair.

The policy was pure J Street U. Its argument that the best way to fight BDS was to create distance from Israel by being critical of her policies embodied the divide and conquer attack that the anti-Israel hate group had launched to further eat away at support for the Jewish State.

Hillel’s Executive Director Ari Gauss disavowed the policy. But its existence was the symptom of a deeper rot.

That’s usually the way it goes at Hillel.

Hillel had co-sponsored an appearance by Yavilah McCoy with the Black Student Movement. At UNC, as at so many other colleges, the list of Black Nationalist demands had included BDS against the Jewish State. McCoy, a diversity consultant, had been unsympathetic when the racist hate group Black Lives Matter had added an attack on the Jewish State to their platform.

Yavilah McCoy is associated with the radical left-wing group Bend the Arc. Bend the Arc’s CEO Stosh Cotler, a former sex club dancer turned anti-Israel activist, had called for prosecuting Israeli soldiers for war crimes. Despite that Hillel International provided Cotler with a platform. When Black Lives Matter took its hateful position, Cotler’s statement appeared to curiously echo McCoy’s language.

Cotler blamed the Black Lives Matter attack in part on, “the invisibilization of Jews of Color within the Jewish community and progressive movement”. McCoy in the past had said, “When Jews accepted a white identity in America, they participated in sustaining white supremacy.”

Hillel had brought Yavillah McCoy to college campuses to preach her gospel of intersectionality. But UNC’s Black Student Movement had attempted to co-sponsor an appearance by Rania Khalek with Students for Justice in Palestine. Khalek has a long history of hating Jews and attacking Israel.

While students come and go, UNC Hillel has maintained a policy of collaborating with hate groups such as the Muslim Students’ Association and J Street.

Under Ari Gauss, Hillel brought in Ari Shavit. Gauss hosted Shavit’s appearance. Shavit, a leftist critic of Israel, was not being sponsored by J Street by then because of allegations of sexual harassment. But what wasn’t even good enough for J Street was still acceptable at Hillel.

UNC Hillel “proudly” hosted the Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF). Despite its misleading name and branding, PCCF is an anti-Israel group. Parents of Israeli terror victims have accused PCCF of stigmatizing them and using grief to push anti-Israel propaganda. The group has even been linked to BDS movements.

When Muslim terrorism broke out in Israel, J Street used Hillel to host Lara Friedman of Peace Now, an anti-Israel group, which blamed the violence on the “settlements”. Friedman violently hates Israel. A typical article is headlined, “Israeli Occupation Is Poisoning America’s Democracy”. She and Peace Now have been fighting against legislation that would prevent BDS.

Lara Friedman has attacked Israel everywhere from the UN to UNC. We don’t expect much from the UN. Jewish parents of Hillel students expect more from UNC Hillel. UNC Hillel promoted Tea With Tagouri which was hosted by the UNC Muslim Students Association. Hillel did not seem concerned by Noor Tagouri’s hostility to Israel. And that is sadly typical.

Like Sherlock Holmes’ dog that did not bark, what is just as apparent at Hillel as the anti-Israel speakers is the lack of pro-Israel speakers. It’s not hard to see where the policy position came from.

And it’s not just Hillel in North Carolina.

When the Hillel International General Assembly invites Stosh Cotler, T’ruah’s Jill Jacobs and Eboo Patel, the situation at the local Hillel becomes all too inevitable. Hillel is more concerned with social justice than Jewish civil rights, with intersectionality rather than anti-Semitism and with progressive politics not Israel. That is why it is eager to collaborate with the Black Student Movement and the Muslim Students Association.

It is becoming increasingly impossible for Jews to reconcile their religion and their peoplehood with the politics of the left. That tension can be seen throughout the secular Jewish world. Intersectionality is inherently anti-Semitic. Its inevitable conclusion is that Jews have no right to exist.

In Israel, Jews are occupying colonists. In America they, in Yavillah McCoy’s words, “accepted a white identity” and so can be accused of being white supremacists. Everywhere Jews are the oppressors.

This is the old genocidal anti-Semitism of the left rearing its ugly head again. And Jewish leftists are eager to host it and sponsor it. They act as human shields against accusations of anti-Semitism. They put on a minstrel show Jewishness that is heavy on mock stereotypical expressions of “Oy” by leftists whose knowledge of Yiddish and Jewish identity begins and ends with an uncomfortable noise.

Hillel, like so much of the Jewish organizational infrastructure, has its head devoutly inclined not toward Jerusalem, but to the mecca of the left. Its tainted agenda taints the students it comes into contact with. That is true in North Carolina. But it’s also tragically true across the United States of America.

Marco Rubio DESTROYS J Street

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Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held confirmation hearings for David Friedman, President Trump’s nominee for Ambassador to Israel. Friedman received considerable opposition from liberal Jewish organizations for his comments on the “two-state solution” and organizations like J Street. These organizations started a vicious campaign calling on US Senators to reject his confirmation, claiming that he is unfit for the role.

Enter Senator Marco Rubio.

Rubio opened his first round of questions to Friedman by referring to the confirmation process as “unreal” due to the amount of scrutiny Friedman is facing for prior statements. He then directed his attention to J Street.

Let me begin by saying I find this whole process to be unreal. This sort of ordeal you’re being put through to account for all the words, in particular given some of the groups that have been ratcheting all this up. This group J Street, that, for example, a few years ago invited the chief Palestinian negotiator Erekat to address their conference, a person who has justified the murder of Jews as self-defense, as a person as they invited to speak at the conference.

Rubio is absolutely correct. J Street, a Soros-funded anti-Israel group masquerading as the home for “pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans,” invited Erekat to their 2015 conference. Not long after attending their conference, Erekat called on the Palestinian Authority to support lone-wolf Palestinian-Arab terrorist attacks against Jews, called for rejecting a future Jewish state, and called for cooperating with genocidal terrorist organizations like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Rubio continued to target J Street:

This is a group who has routinely attacked people who hold my views, with content that I find to be a smear and a mischaracterization of our views.

This is also correct. J Street’s Alan Elsner attacked Rubio during his candidacy for the Republican nomination last year, saying that Rubio could not be taken seriously as a potential Commander-in-Chief for wanting to “casually erode and eventually overthrow almost five decades of US bipartisan policy opposition to Israeli settlements in the West Bank.” In the same article, Elsner justified a comparison between Rubio and the BDS movement, claiming that Rubio’s policy positions “leave no room for a political stance of supporting Israel while opposing settlement and occupation.”

J Street’s President Jeremy Ben-Ami once referred to the American Jewish Congress, the Jewish Federations, and the Jewish Community Relations Council as a “multi-headed hydra” that needed to be cut down to make room for J Street’s radical, anti-Israel views.

J Street has a long history of anti-Israel polemics. Following the savage murder of two Israeli parents nearly two years ago, J Street wrote a statement insinuating that Jews living in Judea and Samaria were the reason for Palestinian-Arabs murdering them in cold blood. The organization was also an outspoken supporter of the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, which gave the world’s leading sponsor of terror $150 billion dollars as a reward for not continuing their nuclear proliferation for ten years.

Original Article: The Daily Wire

CALM BEFORE THE STORM ALONG THE GAZA BORDER?

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Hamas and Israel both say they don’t want another war, but are ready for one.

A day after a large-scale Israeli retaliation against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip gives a sort of misleading image of calm in southern Israel.

That same feeling of calm was also apparent shortly after Israel’s first retaliatory strike late Monday morning. A number of buses had just let out a dozen tourists who had come to the Black Arrow Monument, a memorial dedicated to fallen soldiers of the Paratroop Brigade in the years leading up to the Sinai Campaign of 1956, and which lies just 900 meters from the border with Gaza.

The tourists, who played musical instruments and took selfies with the blooming anemones, paid no attention to the smoke that was rising from the strip. It was indeed the quiet before the storm.

Over the course of the day on Monday, the IDF struck several Hamas targets with air strikes and artillery shells after the launching of a single rocket at southern Israel and later on gunfire targeting Israeli troops working on the border fence. The missile, whose launch was reportedly claimed by a small jihadist group, caused no damage or injuries when it hit in a field near Ashkelon.

Later on Monday evening, the IDF released a statement that the strikes were not only in response to the day’s attacks from Gaza, but also “for acts of aggression which have occurred over the course of the last month.”

Hamas released a statement saying that the terrorist group “holds the Israeli occupation fully accountable for the repercussions of the latest escalation that was launched against the Gaza Strip.”

Israel recently decided to change its policy regarding rocket fire from the Strip, deciding to no longer resort to a limited, measured response. The new policy, which was crafted by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon, allows the IDF to strike all Hamas targets, assets and infrastructure in response to any rocket fire from the Strip.

That policy became apparent following the launching of a rocket at the southern town of Sderot in August by an Islamic State-linked Salafist group, when the air force struck Hamas targets 50 times – the most intense Israeli reprisal attack on Gaza since the Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

Launches from Gaza in the past year have been infrequent, with fewer than 20 in 2016. Most of them have been claimed by small jihadist groups, many times as a means to pressure Hamas by raising tension between the terrorist organization and Israel. Hamas has cracked down on these small groups, recently carrying out a wave of arrests among Salafi, jihadist, and pro-Islamic State organizations.

Nonetheless, Israel considers Hamas to be responsible for any fire coming from its territory.

Yoram Schweitzer, head of the Program on Terrorism and Low Intensity Conflict at the Institute for National Security Studies, told The Jerusalem Post that while Monday’s retaliation was “significant, it was as per IDF considerations.”

Following a rocket strike “there is a scale that Israel determines” in order to assess what is a necessary response,” Schweitzer said, adding that in the August, the IDF may have taken advantage of the incident “to eliminate potential Hamas targets and to send a signal to Hamas.”

Since the 2014 Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has invested a significant amount of money and effort into its military capability.

In the next war, Hamas aims to inflict painful strategic blows on Israel with short- and long-range missiles, by kidnapping and killing Israeli civilians and soldiers via their attack tunnels, to using weaponized drones, infiltrating Israeli territory by the group’s naval commando forces and even cyber warfare against the IDF.

The terrorist group has also been investing in its drone capability.

While Hamas has yet to carry out an attack against Israel with drones, in recent years Hamas drones have sometimes breached Israeli airspace, causing the IDF to scramble jets.

Both the Islamic State group and Hezbollah have used weaponized drones to carry out attacks, and in October 2016 The New York Times reported that the Pentagon was struggling to deal with the aerial threat posed by ISIS. The terrorist group recently posted several pictures with advice on how to weaponize a small quadcopter with Russian-made anti-tank hand grenades, RPO anti-tank rockets and an anti-tank rocket launcher. The terrorists also claim to have used drones to drop explosive devices onto Iraqi and Syrian troops.

It is not hard to imagine that Israel could face a similar threat, as Hamas is reportedly producing drones that can carry explosive devices.

And while Israel has advanced anti-missile systems such as the Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Arrow, those systems don’t have 100% accuracy when shooting down small, but potentially dangerous, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can infiltrate Israeli airspace.

Like their attack tunnels, using weaponized drones is “a calculated risk,” Schweitzer said, adding that Hamas “must be very cautious about using this type of weapon.”

According to Schweitzer, “Israel must prepare for this threat, as its enemies will use this advanced technique to attack it.” Nevertheless, if the group does decide to use weaponized drones, “Hamas knows that if they use this, the retaliation will be very deadly, it will be an act of war.”

The group has also constructed military outposts along the border with Israel, patrolling the border area and arresting any individual who tries to cross into Israel. The Jerusalem Post has learned that individuals from Gaza try on an almost daily basis to cross into Israel, with an increase during the winter months, due in part to their desperation to escape the dire economic reality of the Strip.

According to a source in the Gaza Strip, Hamas considers anyone who wants to cross into Israel as suspicious, arresting and subjecting them to hours-long interrogations.

The worsening economic situation in Gaza led to widespread protests in the Strip in January, and while Turkey and Qatar stepped in to avert a crisis, the growing anger of Gaza residents is a ticking time bomb that can explode at any time. When that happens, Hamas may very well instigate a military escalation to deflect that anger toward Israel.

“I cannot say what will be the tipping point for Hamas, but they will be very cautious not to attack Israel,” Schweitzer said, stressing that, “If the group does retaliate, it will be a measured response.”

Original Article: The Jerusalem Post

Security cabinet orders arrests, closure of Jerusalem terrorist’s village

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After truck-ramming attack which killed four, police increase presence in Jabel Mukaber, ministers call to destroy family home as soon as possible.

In response to Sunday’s truck-ramming terror attack, the security cabinet decided late Sunday on a series of measures intended to deter new Palestinian attacks.

After convening Sunday night at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, the committee of 10 ministers voted to deny the release of the terrorist’s body to his family, in order to prevent the family from holding a public funeral at which his actions would be celebrated.

Fadi al-Qunbar, 28, a father of four from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, rammed his truck into a group of IDF soldiers touring the Jerusalem’s Haas Promenade in the city’s south.

Among the responses chosen by the ministers, the Qunbar family home will be destroyed at the earliest possible time — limited only by possible court appeals available to the family.

Standing family — unification requests by members of the Qunbar family to allow relatives from Gaza to come live with them in Jerusalem will be denied.

The neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, from which multiple terror attacks have originated over the past year, has been encircled by security forces, who placed a cordon on the village and begun carrying out security checks for anyone leaving the area toward other parts of Jerusalem.

The cabinet also ordered the security services to detain and investigate anyone found praising or celebrating the attack, after claims surfaced that some residents of East Jerusalem cheered and distributed sweets to passersby after the attack.

It also gave permission for security agencies to place anyone who expresses support for Islamic State, as Qunbar reportedly did, in administrative detention, a controversial counter-terror measure that allows the indefinite detention of terror suspects without trial.

Nine people were arrested in the immediate aftermath of the attack, including five family members of the terrorist. Police carried out multiple raids into Jabel Mukaber in the afternoon and evening hours.

Palestinian media reported that Qunbar was affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a secular terror group, but Qunbar’s family insisted he was “religious,” and Israeli intelligence believes he supported the Islamic State jihadist group.

The four soldiers who were killed in the attack were named on Sunday evening: Yael Yekutiel, 20, Shir Hajaj, 22, Shira Tzur, 20, and Erez Orbach, 20. All will be buried on Monday at military cemeteries around the country. Sixteen more people were injured, two of them very seriously.

Original Article: The Times Of Israel

HAMAS HOLDS RALLY IN GAZA TO CELEBRATE TERRORIST RAMMING THAT KILLED 4 ISRAELIS

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“The message of our Islamic party Hamas is a message of encouragement and support for every jihadi who carries out an attack that puts an end to the acts of the Zionist enemy.”

Thousands of Hamas activists and supporters took to the streets of Jabalya refugee camp in Gaza on Sunday night to rally against Israel and praise the terrorist ramming attack in Jerusalem which killed four Israelis.

Earlier on Sunday, a Palestinian rammed his truck into a group of Israeli soldiers on a popular promenade in Jerusalem, killing four of them in an attack which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said had likely been inspired by Islamic State.

Chanting anti-Israeli slogans the protesters marched to the rally where sweets were handed out in celebration.

“The message of our Islamic party Hamas is a message of encouragement and support for every jihadi who carries out an attack that puts an end to the acts of the Zionist enemy,” Hamas leader Fathi Hamad, who led the rally, told Reuters.

The Palestinian Islamist group routinely praises those who carry out street attacks against Israelis.

The Palestinian attack in Jerusalem was the deadliest in months and targeted officer cadets as they disembarked from a bus that brought them to the Armon Hanatziv promenade which has a panoramic view of the walled Old City.

The military said an officer and three officer cadets were killed and that 17 others were injured.

Police identified the truck driver as a Palestinian from east Jerusalem and said he was shot dead. His uncle, Abu Ali, named him as Fadi Ahmad Hamdan Qunbor, 28, a father of four from the Jabel Mukabar neighborhood.

Following the attack, Netanyahu said that access limitations were imposed in and around the east Jerusalem neighborhood and that further actions will be taken by Israel.

Late on Sunday, police were seen patrolling the area and stopping vehicles for checks. Palestinians threw fireworks at the forces, but no casualties were reported.

Actions inspired by Islamic State in Israel, the West Bank and Jerusalem have been rare and only a few dozen Arab Israelis and Palestinians are known to have declared their sympathy with the group.

A wave of Palestinian street attacks, including vehicle rammings, has largely slowed but not stopped completely since it began in October 2015 and 37 Israelis and two visiting Americans have been killed in these assaults.

Original Article: The Jerusalem Post