Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats carried out dozens of attacks hitting symbols of Hamas power in Gaza early Tuesday; “leveling the home of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, and damaging the offices of the movement’s Al-Aqsa satellite TV station, a central mosque in Gaza City and government offices.” Detroit Free Press
The fuel depot of the Gaza Strip’s only power plant was hit cutting electricity to Gaza City and many parts of the Gaza Strip. The Gaza fire brigade is not equipped to extinguish the blaze.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a joint statement on Monday that they are taking steps to ease the suffering of Christians now fleeing northern Iraq en masse.
“We will aid those who have been displaced following the threats from the Islamic State [formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS] and who have taken refuge in [the autonomous Iraqi region of] Kurdistan,” the ministers said in reference to the thousands of Christians who have fled Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, in recent days.
“We are ready, if they so desire, to help facilitate asylum in our territory,” the statement added, although it did not provide any details about the kind of aid France would provide in northern Iraq or the number of asylum seekers the country would accept…
The announcement by French ministers followed a rally in support of Iraq’s persecuted Christians that gathered around five thousand people outside Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral in the French capital on Sunday.
The U.N. issued a strong statement demanding that Israel and Hamas implement an “immediate and unconditional” cease-fire. A statement is not a resolution and therefore not legally binding. The Palestinians say they will continue to seek Security Council support for a legally enforceable resolution that demands Israel to halt its military actions in Gaza.
The U.S. backed a U.N. Security Council statement.
Israel has accepted a U.N. request for a humanitarian cease-fire three time, Netanyahu said, while Hamas violated
The diplomatic posturing of the Obama administration has been utterly deplorable. That “unshakable” commitment to Israel did not last long. A ban on FAA flights that backfired. Secretary of State trying to bring Hamas supporters, Turkey and Qatar, into the negotiations. A cease-fire agreement where Hamas demands were met and Israel scarcely mentioned. Hypocrisy.
Despite a history of rocky relations between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Obama administration could largely be counted on to watch Israel’s back in the U.N. Security Council, where it succeeded for more than five years in blocking successive efforts by the Palestinians to gain more of the trappings of an independent state and to get the world body to formally censure Israeli settlement policies.
That changed after the stroke of midnight Sunday when, in the early minutes of Monday, July 28, the U.N. Security Council, with the backing of the United States, issued a formal “presidential statement” demanding that Israel and Hamas implement an “immediate and unconditional” cease-fire to end fighting that has left more than 1,000 Palestinians and 43 Israelis dead….
“Ladies and gentleman, we heard a presidential statement right now from the Security Council that miraculously doesn’t mention Hamas or rockets or Israel’s right to defend its citizens,” Israeli U.N. envoy Ron Prosor said sarcastically.
Update: A Wednesday July 30th, Turkey agreed to cancel a ‘Freedom Flotilla’ to Gaza, in exchange Israel allowed the Turks to send planes of humanitarian aid to Gaza.
A ‘Freedom Flotilla” is being organized in Turkey by IHH to bring aid to Gaza with the protection of the Turkish military. This is the same group that attempted to break Israel’s Gaza blockade in 2010. IHH are radical Islamist that are listed as a terrorist group by the U.S. and Israel. The ‘Freedom Flotilla’ is a political act misrepresented as aid.
Chairman Bulent Yidrim of IHH said they will set sail, with the protection of the Turkish military, as soon as they receive the necessary permit form authorities in Ankara. It is not clear if the flotilla will set sail but reports are being watched carefully by Israel. What could possibly go wrong?
Amid Israel’s Operation Protective Edge to stop Hamas rocket fire from Gaza, a “Freedom Flotilla” was being organized in Turkey to bring humanitarian aid to the Hamas controlled Palestinian coastal enclave.
The flotilla being organized, called the “Freedom Flotilla II,” is the successor of the Mavi Marmara flotilla that sought to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip in May 2010.
The new flotilla is being organized by the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief” (Insani Yardim Vakfi), otherwise known as the IHH, the same organization behind the Mavi Marmara ship, which Israel Navy commandos boarded, killing nine aboard who attacked them.
Israel and the US have both labelled the IHH a terrorist organization.
IHH chairman Bulent Yildrim told local Turkish media last week that the activists will set sail as they had received permission from the authorities in Ankara and that the Turkish Navy will provide protection.
The current White House administration biased showed in the ceasefire proposal that Israel rejected. All of Hamas demands were met, scarcely mentioned Israel. Egypt was ignored, instead Turkey and Qatar (both openly hostile to Israel )would supervise the implementation of the agreement.
Israel quickly rejected the proposal, with some commentators questioning Kerry’s grasp of the situation in Gaza.
The newspaper claimed that the draft banned Israel from destroying the so-called terror tunnels that entered Israeli territory from Gaza during a proposed seven-day humanitarian ceasefire.
According to Haaretz, the draft contained 3 key items outlining the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the “Palestinian factions.” These items include a seven-day humanitarian ceasefire beginning Sunday evening, use of the understandings reached after Pillar of Defense in 2012 as a starting point, and talks in Cairo “within 48 hours” to resolve outstanding issues pertinent to maintaining a long-term cease-fire.
Haaretz said that Hamas’ demands were all met in the draft, including opening of border crossings, passage of goods, and payment of civil servant salaries. However, there is no mention, Haaretz said, of Israel’s central demand for the Gaza Strip to be demilitarized and the terror tunnels destroyed.
Furthermore, Haaretz reported, the draft also completely ignores Egypt and instead gives supervision for the implementation of the agreement to Turkey and Qatar, both openly hostile to Israel and extremely sympathetic to Hamas. YNet
The MS-13 (Mara Salvatruche) gang’s formation is traced back to Salvadoran immigrants to Los Angeles in the 1980s after the Central American civil wars. 13 had guerilla warfare experience and training making them the most ruthless, sophisticated, and violent street gang.
The gang, with its ties to Central American, is involved in gun smuggling. This gang’s assaults and murders using a machete to hack a victim to death or shoot a victim in the head in broad daylight. The gang is allied with several of Mexico’s drug cartels and is active in
throughout Central America.
The MS-13 gang is heavily involved in criminal activity: drug sales, robberies, home-invasions, gun smuggling, murder, rape, prostitution, car-jackings, human smuggling, extortion…
Police in Suitland, Maryland arrested six illegal immigrants, several are MS-13 gang members, for the suspected killing of Amos Jones a homeless man. The news video mentions the fact that the six murder suspects arrested are illegal immigrants. They range in age from 17 to 23.
Prince George’s County police are reporting that Amos Jones, the man stabbed to death in Suitland early Tuesday morning, was murdered by MS-13 gang members.
Police told ABC7 News Wednesday that six people have been arrested for Jones’ death, several of whom are confirmed to be members of MS-13.
Police said it appears that Jones, a homeless man, was hanging around outside a liquor store in the 4600 block of Huron Avenue when he made some remarks to a 17-year-old girl whom police believe is a gang member.
The woman reportedly left the scene and then returned with several others, who then proceeded to attack Jones and fatally stab him several times.
Jones’ body was discovered around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Posted on YouTube is a song young Israeli school children sing about how to behave during a rocket attack.
This song was composed by a local teacher and has been taught to hundreds of schoolchildren within firing range of Gaza’s rockets to help them deal with the fear and trauma of having 15 seconds to run for cover when the Color Red siren sounds.
Shachar Bar, an art therapist who teaches in Sderot, became increasingly alarmed after seeing the thousands of children of the western Negev suffering the cumulative effects of trauma due to the ongoing barrage of Kassam rockets from Gazan Palestinians. Teachers reported the fear and panic being heightened each time the recorded alert “Color Red” sounded, giving students 15 second to run for cover.
“Children experienced real developmental regressions, some began bedwetting,” she said. “They were getting hysterical when the alarm sounded — some freezing in place, unable to seek cover. One day I felt like ‘now is the time’ and I took this song I’d made up to a kindergarten class.”
“By mimicking the alert system we touch slightly upon this threatening thing in a playful way, while in a safe, protected place with people we trust,” she explains. YouTube
Surrounded by IDF forces 150 Palestinian terror operatives, many whom are members of Hamas, surrendered Wednesday to IDF soldiers during raids in southern Gaza Strip cities. 70 of the captives were suspect of carrying out terror attacks were transferred to Shin Bet (IDF Intelligence) for interrogation. The other detainees were released.
The captives were stripped of their clothes to make sure they had no weapons. Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz posted a picture on facebook showing the captives kneeling in the sand wearing only underwear and shoes. The captives were later blindfolded and given blue jumpsuits to wear.
Daniel Nietzel a middle school teacher in Muscatine, Iowa has invented The Sleeve, a mechanism to protect students in schools.
The simple device Nietzel developed in his basement is a v-shaped metal arm that slips on a doors closer arm and prevents up to 600 pounds of force and keep the door closed.
“I found the top of a Rubbermaid container and measured out geometrically the shape I needed and cut out five pieces,” says Nietzel, a middle school teacher and President of Fighting Chance Solutions. “Then I got out the hot glue gun and on my work shop table in the basement, hot glued it, and let it dry.”
Schools have purchased The Sleeve so has corporations, hospitals, and the military.
Meriam Ibrahim who was convicted and sentenced to death in Sudan flew into Rome on an Italian goverment plane Thursay and met the Pope.
Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.
Soon afterwards, Ibrahim, her husband and two children had a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican. “The Pope thanked her for her witness to faith,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.
The meeting, which lasted around half an hour, was intended as a “sign of closeness and solidarity for all those who suffer for their faith,” he added.
There were no details on what led up to the 27-year-old’s departure after a month in limbo in Khartoum, but a senior Sudanese official said it had been cleared by the government.
“The authorities did not prevent her departure that was known and approved in advance,” the senior official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Ibrahim was accompanied on the plane by Italy’s vice minister for foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli. He told journalists at Ciampino airport that Italy had been in “constant dialogue” with Sudan but did not give any more details on Rome’s role in securing her exit.