In a statement released Friday, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) condemned the “existence” of Hamas terror tunnels passing under “two adjacent Agency schools in Maghazi camp the Gaza Strip.”
UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness said the tunnels were discovered “during the summer vacation, at a time when the schools are empty, and in the course of work related to the construction of an extension of one of the buildings.”
“UNRWA condemns the existence of such tunnels in the strongest possible terms. It is unacceptable that students and staff are placed at risk in such a way,” he added. “The construction and presence of tunnels under UN premises are incompatible with the respect of privileges and immunities owed to the United Nations under applicable international law, which provides that UN premises shall be inviolable. The sanctity and neutrality of UN premises must be preserved at all times.”
Based on UNRWA’s statement, one would be fooled into thinking that the Agency had no prior warning of the existence of such tunnels.
For a number of years now, Israel has warned the world of these terror tunnels to no avail. In the past, Israeli jets have struck sites near UNRWA precisely because of the fact that many of these schools double as arms storage facilities. These carefully coordinated precision strikes have nonetheless drawn the wrath of the United Nations, the same organization that has suggested that Israel is engaged in a campaign of gratuitous slaughter against perpetually victimized Palestinians.
But now, UNRWA’s own findings back what Israel has been saying all along. DailyWire
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday called for the dismantling of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), following the discovery of a Hamas terror tunnel dug underneath two of the U.N. body’s schools in Gaza.
“Hamas is using schoolchildren as human shields and this is the enemy that we have been fighting against for many years, an enemy that is committing a twofold war crime.It first attacks innocent civilians and then hides behind children,” Netanyahu said.
“I regret that UNRWA, to a large degree, by its very existence, perpetuates—and does not solve—the Palestinian refugee problem. Therefore, the time has come to disband UNRWA and integrate it into the UNHCR (U.N. Human Rights Council),” he said. BreakingIsraelNews
Hamas rewriting history by claiming Jerusalem is a Muslim city and referring to Israel’s capital as the “birthplace of Jesus”. Jesus was born in Bethlehem and was Jewish.
Hamas’ new policy paper, perceived by the world as softening of their position, calls for ethnically cleansing the region by force in order to create a Muslim state. Israel claims it is an attempt to fool the world, and fix Hamas’ image as a terror organization.
The five page document was presented on Monday at a news conference in Doha,Qatar, by Khaled Mashaal, the outgoing Hamas leader. The document stated that the State of Israel is, in entirety, illegal, and calls for the establishment of a Muslim State in its place.
The paper refers to Israel as “a racist, anti-human and colonial Zionist project”, while turning the regional conflict into a war of religion by calling Palestine “an Arab Islamic land…,a blessed sacred land that has a special place in the heart of every Arab and every Muslim.”
“Hamas rejects any alternative to the full and complete liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea,” the document states.
The paper also lay claim to Jerusalem as a Muslim city, rewriting history by referring to Israel’s capital as the “birthplace of Jesus”. While making these exclusive Muslim claims to all of Israel, Hamas makes other claims that most people would disagree with.
Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. It provides an umbrella for the followers of other creeds and religions who can practice their beliefs in security and safety. Hamas also believes that Palestine has always been and will always be a model of coexistence, tolerance and civilizational innovation.
The paper lay claims to all holy sites in Jerusalem, a claim that has been upheld by UNESCO in several resolutions.
The Facebook pages were closed after an online campaign celebrating an infamous bomb-maker.
Hamas slammed the social media giant Facebook for closing down over a hundred pages belonging or sympathetic to the terror group in control of the Gaza Strip.
The closures took place on Thursday, in light of a social media campaign by Hamas to celebrate the man who first manufactured bombs for it in the early 1990s, Yahya Ayyash, known as “the engineer.” Ayyash was assassinated by Israel 21 years ago on Thursday.
“We condemn the arbitrary measures taken by Facebook management against the pages and accounts supporting the Hamas movement. We affirm that those pages have the right to express their points of view just as anyone else does,” wrote Hamas spokesman Husam Badran in a statement posted on the terror group’s website.
Badran called on “Palestinian activists and Palestinian news sites with Facebook pages to search for effective replacements” for Facebook.
Hamas said a total of 90 Facebook pages belonging to Hamas or sites sympathetic to the group were taken down, as well as another 30 personal pages belonging to individuals. TimesOfIsrael
Photo – Screen shot from Hamas’s official news site 1/8/17.
Hamas and Fatah will meet in Moscow January 15-17, 2017 to discuss divisions between them and work the ways of reconciliation.
The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences will organize a meeting of Palestinian political parties Hamas and Fatah to facilitate the discussion of the perspectives of overcoming the strife between them, Kayed Ghul, a member of Fatah political bureau said.
“The Institute of Oriental Studies sent us an invitation for the meeting on January 15-17,” Ghul told RIA Novosti adding that the delegation was expecting to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his deputy Mikhail Bogdanov.
He added that the discussion would touch on “the issue of Palestinian divisions and the ways of overcoming the current situation.” SputnikNews
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview in April 2016 with Russian state news agency Sputnik, one of his top priorities is to reconcile with Gaza-based terror group Hamas.
In 2014, Abbas’s Fatah party joined forces with Hamas in forming a unity government. This was the first time both Palestinian groups came together since 2007, when Fatah took control of parts of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and Hamas took over the Gaza Strip following a deadly and violent conflict. Continuous political disagreements between Fatah and Hamas eventually led to the collapse of the unity government in June 2015.
Regarding the peace process with Israel, Abbas called on Russia to take on a greater leadership role in negotiations, based on what he says is Moscow’s success in brokering the Iran nuclear deal and its involvement in Syria. Russia’s “new proactive dimension in the Middle East” will “restore peace and stability” to the Palestinians, Abbas claimed. “From here we wish to see this dynamic in the Russian foreign policy extended to the peace process between the Israelis and us,” he said.
Abbas criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he is convinced does not intend to form an independent Palestinian state. “Policies and practices of the government of Israel and the dramatic facts on the ground due to the ongoing confiscation of our land, building of more settlements and the demolition of Palestinian houses, leave no doubts about Netanyahu’s commitment to destroy the two-state solution,” he said. Algemeiner
The DNC has a choice:
The Dems can move to the center and try to rebuild their voter base. Or they can move more left where they will need to find scapegoats to blame and demonize. It appears the dems have chosen the latter.
Ellison is African-American and Muslim and would bring diversity; he’s been hailed as a ‘bridge builder’ between the establishment and the far left. DailyMail
When is anti-Semitism not anti-Semitism? When it comes from the Left, of course…
The same Democrats who are howling about Bannon are applauding Ellison’s announcement that he is running for DNC Chair, despite the abundant evidence of Ellison’s links to anti-Semitic groups. Ellison has spoken at a convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Yet ISNA has actually admitted its ties to Hamas, which styles itself the Palestinian arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Justice Department actually classified ISNA among entities “who are and/or were members of the US Muslim Brotherhood.”
It took long enough for the US State Dept. to designate Fathi Ahmad Mohammad Hamma as a global terrorist.
As a senior Hamas official, Hammad has engaged in terrorist activity for Hamas, a U.S. State Department designated Foreign Terrorist Organization and SDGT. Hammad served as Hamas’s Interior Minister where he was responsible for security within Gaza, a position he used to coordinate terrorist cells.
Hammad established Al-Aqsa TV, which is a primary Hamas media outlet with programs designed to recruit children to become Hamas armed fighters and suicide bombers upon reaching adulthood. Al-Aqsa TV was designated in March 2010 by the Department of the Treasury under E.O. 13224. US State Dept.
Founder of Al-Aqsa TV
Much of Al-Aqsa TV programming is geared towards children with a focuses on glorifying violence.
Hamas MP Fathi Hammad: We Used Women and Children as Human Shields
Fathi Hammad says he is proud to be branded a ‘global terrorist’ by U.S.
Fathi Hammad said that he is pleased to be named a “global terrorist” by the United States.
Hammad told The Washington Post: “The decision only makes me more confident about my path. The threat of killing or arrest? It doesn’t freak me out, not at all. I am looking forward to it.”
Hammad said, “I feel proud that I managed to anger America.” Then he added, “I don’t know why they picked me.”…
Hammad said. “I am a founder of Al-Aqsa TV, and I was the minister of the interior, and I can’t understand what’s wrong with that.”…
Hammad spent six years in an Israeli prison, from 1988 to 1994. He also has been arrested three times by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas’s rivals who run the West Bank, and has spent almost two years in Palestinian jails. WaPo
There has been no Palestinian presidential election since 2005 and Abbas continues his 4-year president term. The Palestinian parliament has not met since 2007, the year Hamas seized the Gaza Strip by force, driving out Fatah.
No one in the leaderships of Hamas or Fatah will likely shed a tear over the decision Thursday of the Palestinian High Court of Justice (the equivalent of the Supreme Court) to postpone local elections in the West Bank and Gaza. These were due to take place on October 8; the court said it would reconsider the issue in a few months’ time. TimesofIsrael
In the Gaza Strip, Hamas has been using the courts to block some Fatah candidates.
Other analysts spoke of a tight and difficult race between the Hamas and Fatah lists and the decisions in Gaza’s courts (operated by Hamas) to disqualify their rivals’ lists one after another, sometimes for very strange reasons. This happened in places like Umm Zahara, Beit Hanoun, Nuseirat and Khan Younis.
In 2012, municipal elections were held in the West Bank “amid accusations of vote rigging and political violence from political rivals and human rights groups.” Hamas boycotted and refused to recognize the election “as a legitimate expression of the Palestinian peoples will.”
Some analysts saw Abbas’s decision to call for the elections as a failed gambit since he may have been hoping Hamas would again sit out as it did in 2012. AFP
Some actually see the elections as a stop toward reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah. Too funny!
2016: It was being seen by some analysts as a sign of whether Hamas and Fatah could take a significant step towards reconciliation. AFP
2012: Robert Serry, the United Nation’s peace envoy, had expressed hopes that these municipal elections would “serve as a prelude to general elections being organised next year in all of the occupied Palestinian territory in the context of reconciliation” between Hamas and Fatah. Telegraph
Israel arrested Hamas co-founder Hassan Yousef outside Ramallah. He is accused of inciting recent violence against Israel.
sraeli forces arrested one of the co-founders of the Hamas militant group Tuesday, accusing him of inciting recent violence that has resulted in the deaths of nine Israelis, many in stabbing attacks.
The military said Hassan Yousef was arrested near Ramallah. It marks the most high-profile arrest since a wave of unrest swept through the region a month ago.
The military said Yousef had been “actively instigating and inciting terrorism” by encouraging attacks against Israelis. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told the Associated Press, “Hamas’ leaders cannot expect to propagate violence and terror from the comfort of their living rooms and pulpits of their mosques.” FoxNews
Yousef’s eldest son, Mosab, for 10 years spied for Israel between 1997 and 2007. In 1999 a chance encounter with a British visitor who invited Mosab to learn about the Christian faith led to a change in Mosab. In the months that followed Mosab made a conversion to Christianity and was quietly baptized.
Operating on assumption sanctions will be lifted, Tehran has increased funding to the terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas.
Since the deal was signed, Iran has significantly increased its financial support for two of the largest terror groups in the region that have become political players, Hamas and Hezbollah. In the years before the deal was signed, the crippling sanctions limited this support, which had significantly diminished along with Iran’s economy. But Tehran’s belief that tens, or hundreds, of billions of dollars will flow into the country in the coming years as a result of sanctions relief has led to a decision to boost the cash flow to these terror organizations.
This support, for example, has enabled Hezbollah to obtain highly developed new armaments, including advanced technologies that many militaries around the world would envy. Al-Rai, a Kuwaiti newspaper, reported Saturday that Hezbollah has received all the advanced weaponry that Syria has obtained from the Russians. The report cited a security source involved in the fighting in Zabadani, on the Syria-Lebanon border, where Hezbollah is fighting the al-Nusra Front, the Islamic State, and other groups. It is evidently the growing Iranian financial support that is enabling the Lebanese Shiite militia to purchase advanced weapons, including ones that were hitherto outside of its reach.
The increased Iranian financial support for Hezbollah in the wake of the deal is not unrelated to other political developments in the region. The growing sense of security in Iran with regard to its political status has also been bolstered by a Russian decision to increase its involvement in Syria, and may be what drove Iran to send hundreds of members of its Revolutionary Guard Corps to play an active role in the Syria fighting. Iran, along with Hezbollah and Moscow, has decided to dispatch sizable forces to the Syrian front in the past few weeks to prevent the collapse of Bashar Assad’s regime…
As regards the Palestinians, in the past two months, Iran has sent suitcases of cash – literally – to Hamas’s military wing in Gaza. Not everyone is happy about this, including some Hamas officials. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, who was always the man who controlled the money, has found himself outside the circle of Iranian funding over the summer. Tehran, which was none too pleased by his visit to Saudi Arabia and meeting with King Salman, decided to take revenge on him in an original way. It bypassed Mashaal and has handed over the suitcases, by way of couriers, directly to the leaders of the group’s military wing in the Gaza Strip. TimesOfIsrael
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal met in Doha, Qatar, this week to discuss a Palestinian state.
The two men discussed the inter-Palestinian reconciliation issue, and the overall situation in the Middle East.
The Russian foreign minister also invited Meshaal to Moscow but a date has not been set. Russia reiterated that diplomatic talks between Israel and the Palestinians must include Hamas.
“We would like to see the Palestinians — all of them — to have their permanent home,” Lavrov said, as reported by Ynet News. BreitBart
Hamas has been growing closer to Moscow since they no longer receive funds from Iran. They also appear to be seeking close ties to “other regional powers such as Saudi Arabia in an attempt to both internationalize the conflict with Israel and find another financial sponsor for its military activities.” BreitBart