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Middle East News

FAA Flight Restritions Imposed On Israel Airport

Ben Gurion photoRocket debris landed near Tel Aviv airport when a rocket fired from Gaza struck about a mile from its runways. The FAA announced flight prohibitions on Tuesday and have extended the ban 24 more hours.  European countries followed the ban such as German Lufthansa,  Air France, Dutch carrier KLM, Austrian Airline, and Swiss and Brussels Airlines.

The FAA calmed to act with caution in protecting those traveling on U.S. airlines. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry both flew to Israel on Wednesday landing at the Tel Aviv airport.  Smacks of politics against Israel.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered a strong defense of Israel while visiting the country Wednesday and said the FAA “got it wrong” on its decision to cancel flights to Israel. The former mayor said in a statement that he has long supported the FAA, “but on this issue, I think the agency got it wrong.” Continue reading FAA Flight Restritions Imposed On Israel Airport

Greek Orthodox Church In Gaza Shelters Muslims

greekorthodoxchurchgazaSome Palestinian Muslims fleeing the shelling in their Gaza neighborhood have found shelter in the city’s Greek Orthodox Church.  “We have opened the church in order to help people. This is the duty of the church and we are doing all we can to help them,” said Archbishop Alexios.

About 1,000 Palestinian Muslims fleeing Israeli shells devastating their Gaza neighborhood have found shelter in a building they otherwise would rarely if ever enter, the city’s 12th-century Greek Orthodox Church.

Despite its thick walls dating back to the Crusades, the Church of Saint Porphyrius was still not a very safe haven. Shortly after they arrived, Israeli aircraft bombed a nearby field, spraying shrapnel on the church and damaging graves…

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Open Doors USA: Forced Exodus of Mosul Christians Unprecedented

Tahira Church one of the most ancient churches in Mosul. It dates back to the 7th century
Tahira Church one of the most ancient churches in Mosul. It dates back to the 7th century

Dr. David Curry, President/CEO of Open Doors USA has condemned the action of ISIS in Mosul.  ISIS ultimatum to Christians convert to Islam, pay tax, leave (taking nothing but their clothes), those who stayed would be executed. One of the worlds most ancient Christian communities has been forced to leave  Mosul, Iraq.

The persecution and treatment of Christians in Mosul is unprecedented in modern times,” he says. “This latest forced exodus of Christians further shows why Western governments and the people in the West need to cry out in support for religious freedom in the Middle East and elsewhere. If this does not move us concerning the near extinction of Christianity in the Middle East, it’s likely nothing else can.”

Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, Director of Interfaith Affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, adds: “Too many of us thought that forced conversions and expulsions of entire religious communities were part of a distant, medieval past. There was little that we could do to stop this horrible episode.

“It is not too late to realize that many others –  Christians today, but certainly Jews, Baha’i, Hindus, Muslims and others – are mortally endangered by a potent religious fanaticism that threatens tens of millions, and which still can be resisted.”

Online:  Open Doors USA President Calls Forced Exodus of Mosul Christians Unprecedented

One Of The World’s Most Ancient Christian Communities Is About To Come To An End

christiansfleemosulIn June the church bells in Mosul, Iraq fell silent. Now in July,  Chaldean Catholic Church leader Mar Raphael I Lousi Sako said, “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians.” 

The origins of Christianity in Iraq are ancient, over 2,000 years harking back to apostolic age. Dating back to the first century,  it is said that Christianity was brought to Iraq in the 1st century AD by the Apostles Thomas and Thaddeus.

The Christians of Iraq were considered to be one of the oldest surviving continuous Christian communities in the world.  The language of the Chaldean Catholics and Syrian Orthodox Christians is Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus Christ and the first disciples.

The Chaldean Catholic Church’s Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, in Kurdish-governed northern Iraq, said that June 15 is the first time in 1,600 years there was no Mass said in Mosul on Sunday.

Now that storied history appears to be coming to an end.

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Gaza Tunnels

Smuggling Tunnels, Rafah, Gaza
Smuggling Tunnels, Rafah, Gaza

Child labor is used to help dig the tunnels that lead into Israel and Egypt states JPost.  In 2012, the Journal of Palestine Studies reported at least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels.

Tunnels from Gaza are used to smuggle in goods, people, and weapons; the tunnels are used to infiltrate Israel and  attack and kidnap Israelis.   There are an estimated 1,500 tunnels in Gaza with new fortunes minted.  Some tunnels are very sophisticated with offshoot tunnels, electric and phone lines.

Hamas charges a  license fee for operating a tunnel costs $2,500 said Samir Abu Mdallala, president of the College of Economy and Management Science at Al-Azhar University in Gaza.  Gazens toil in smuggler tunnels in death traps to create Hamas millionaires.

Gaza Tunnel Civilian Home. Photo IDF
Gaza Tunnel Civilian Home. Photo IDF

Terrorist have been digging tunnels between Gaza and Egypt since 1982, the Egypt-Israel Peace treaty of 1979 spilt the city of Rafah with part in Gaza and part in Egypt. The tunnel well shafts were dug in home basements. Continue reading Gaza Tunnels

The Man Who Invented Israel’s Iron Dome

Retired Israel Defense Forces Brigadier General Danny Gold
Retired Israel Defense Forces Brigadier General Danny Gold (capture from video)

Retired Israeli Brigadier General Danny Gold helped develop Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system.  The Iron Dome system that has been shooting down Hamas rockets has become a core component of Israel’s defense. Gold said the Iron Dome benefits from “a robust design that can cope with future uncertainty”, it was designed to be quickly updated to counter more advanced missiles in the future.

When Gold first proposed the Iron Dome support for its development was hesitant.  Gold was told, “It cannot be done,” “it’s to science fiction”, with many thinking it would be a “15 to 20 years project.”  It took Gold two years of lobbying to receive the funds to begin developing the Iron Dome.

From idea to completion went quickly after funding was approved for the Iron Dome.  There are 15 major components involved.  Radar scans the sky, when Hamas launches rockets radar identifies each projectile, calculates its flight path, marks the rockets most likely to hit populated areas or strategic assets, fires an interceptor missile at the target, and destroys the target in the air.

The Iron Dome success rate is estimated at 90 %.

U.S. Firefighters Arrive In Israel To Help Fight Rocket-Induced Fires

usa-fire-fighter13 elite U.S. firefighters flew in from  L.A., Washington and Texas arriving in Israel to help combat rocked-induced fires.  30 more elite U.S. firefighters are to arrive later.

A delegation of 13 elite U.S. firefighters arrived in Israel to help with the fires set by Hamas rocket attacks.

Affiliated with a group called the Emergency Volunteer Project, the firemen came to help their Israeli counterparts deal with ongoing Hamas rocket attacks in towns and cities in the south, such as Sderot, YNet correspondent Eitan Glickman reported.

These senior firefighters took part in search and rescue missions following the 9/11 terror attacks on Manhattan’s World Trade Center.

“We were all part of the massive tragedy that was 9/11. There we undertook search and rescue missions,” fireman Billy Hearst from Texas told YNet.

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Israel Starts Gaza Ground Invasion

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Netanyahu’s office stated the purpose of mission is to destroy terror tunnels and seriously harm the infrastructure of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza.

The Prime Ministers office released the statement:

“Israel is committed to act to protect its citizens. The operation will continue until its goals are reached: To bring quiet to the citizens of Israel for a long period of time, and to seriously harm Hamas and other terrorist organizations’ infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.”

Online:  JPost IDF starts Gaza ground invasion

 

 

Hamas Millionaires in Gaza

hamasmillionaresIn 2006 Palestinians overwhelmingly voted for Hamas to deal with endemic corruption within the Palestinian Authority.  Gaza is one of the poorest strips of land on earth.  A World Bank report ranks the Gaza Strip  third across the Arab region in terms of poverty rates after Sudan and Yemen.  Yet Hamas officials have become millionaires in Gaza, there is about 600 millionaires in Gaza and an estimated 1,700 new Hamas millionaires living in Gaza and abroad.   Hamas morphed into corrupt war-profiteering millionaires.

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Hamas No Ceasefire

Hamas is a terrorist organization whose agenda is not protecting Palestinians but instead increasing its power, profits,  and Israel’s destruction.

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Hamas is not about protecting Palestinians in Gaza.  There are no bomb shelters for people in Gaza.  Plenty of shelters have been built, they are just not for the people of Gaza.  Gaza is honeycombed with underground structures and tunnels that house weapons, leaders in Gaza and groups of terrorist. Missiles are shot off next to schools and population areas, ammunition is stored in mosques, civilians are urged and forced to act as human shields against Israel.  Hamas is not about protecting civilians in Gaza, it is about increasing power and destruction.

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PA Offical Acknowledges Hamas War Crimes

Israel uses missiles to defend Israeli people – Hamas uses his own people to defend his missiles -Benjamin Netanyahu-Prime Minister of Israel

The Palestinian ambassador to  the U.N. acknowledges Hamas is committing war crimes in the Gaza Strip, and that Israel follows international law.

“The missiles that are now being launched against Israel, each and every missile constitutes a crime against humanity, whether it hits or misses, because it is directed at civilian targets,” Ibrahim Khraishi the Palestinian ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council, told Palestinian Authority TV last week.

By contrast, Khraishi said that Israel had very cleverly adhered to international rules of engagement, so even if the Palestinian death toll is higher, legally Israel is still in the right.

“Many of our people in Gaza appeared on TV and said that the Israelis 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,” he explained.

Hamas Spokesman Freudian slip “We’re Leading Our People To Death”

Online:  Israel Today-Palestinian Official Acknowledges Hamas War Crimes