Update on Antisemitism

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/370-us-anthro-apology-academics-sign-petition-against-israel/2014/10/15/

In the never-ending battle of American academics attempting to prove that their own specialty is more devoted to the ‘Palestinian’ cause and more interested in teaching their students and the rest of the world how evil Israel is, the American Anthropological Association has entered the petition activism olympics.

The anthropology academics are so brave they not only tell everyone how bad Israel is (even when they get some of the facts wrong), by signing the petition they assert their right to “boycott” the Israeli institutions they believe are “complicit” in “Israel’s ongoing violations” of ‘Palestinian’ rights.

The anthropologists, you see, are taking this opportunity to distance themselves from their discipline’s historical complicity with the evils of colonialism. And so, who better to work out their own guilt issues than the Jewish State, of course.

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/another-ambush-in-jerusalem-as-media-ignores-silent-intifada/2014/10/15/

Arab rioters attacked Jewish motorists in eastern Jerusalem Tuesday night in what has become a “silent intifada” thanks to establishment media’s generally ignoring frequent violence.

Arab rioters attacked several cars whose occupants were on their way on the eve of Hoshana Raba, the last day of Sukkot, to learn Torah at the “Beit HaHoshen,” in the heart of a hostile and almost entirely Arab neighborhood above Wadi Joz in eastern Jerusalem.

Shuki Set wrote on the Rotter.net website that he and his son were driving to Beit HaHoshen when they got stuck in a traffic jam, a ready-made setting for Arab violence.

http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/journalists-just-cant-get-it-right-on-israel-arab-conflict/2014/10/15/

Insistence by Abbas and others that there is a “Palestine” to be recognized contradicts the Montevideo Convention and Yugoslavia Arbitration Commission. It also violates the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian Declaration of Principles and 1995 interim agreement.

Press omissions in this regard recall those during Operation Protective Edge. Then the media reported, for example, that according to officials in the Gaza Strip, a majority of Palestinian Arab fatalities were civilians, often “mostly civilians.”

Journalists rarely added that those casualty figures came primarily from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry, or that the Interior Ministry, also Hamas-controlled, had urged Gazans to describe all fatalities as “innocent civilians.”

When reporters occasionally added that Israeli sources disputed those numbers, they virtually never said why. Context – a traditional journalistic value –would have called for reporting Israel Defense Forces estimates that nearly half the Palestinian fatalities were gunmen from Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, or other terrorist groups. It could have noted analyses, like that of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), which indicated more than 50 percent were males between 17 and 39 – prime combat age.

Another Palestinian Mistake at the UN, by Daniel Gordis

Abba Eban, Israel’s legendary representative to the United Nations, once famously remarked that “the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas proved Eban’s point Friday, in an incendiary speech to the UN General Assembly in which he accused Israel of “a new war of genocide” against the Palestinian people.

Another opportunity squandered. During the Gaza War this summer, Abbas had positioned himself as a picture of moderation. When Hamas was accused of having kidnapped the three teenagers whose abduction set off this summer’s violence, Abbas condemned the kidnapping in no uncertain terms. As the war with Hamas dragged on, the Palestinian Authority was party to the cease-fire negotiations. When Israel and Egypt hammered out the details of who would monitor border crossings and the use of construction material in Gaza to prevent the construction of new tunnels, even Hamas accepted the notion of Palestinian Authority monitors.

Israelis are not terribly inclined to make grand gestures for peace right now -- the region is in too much turmoil for anyone to know what a smart move would be. Yet many Israelis also know that international pressure for some accommodation of Palestinian national aspirations will only grow. Prominent Israeli public intellectuals continue to worry about the corrosive effect of keeping millions of Palestinians under our military thumb on our national moral well-being. So suddenly, Israelis had begun to wonder whether Abbas might be the guy with whom to make the deal.

Why, therefore, would Abbas do something as seemingly stupid, alienating almost every Israeli, and even evoking a highly critical reaction from the Barack Obama administration? While the move was, in fact, a mistake, it was a calculated one. Abbas decided that for now, he needed to play to his street. Sadly, the Palestinian Authority has never prepared its citizens for the compromises a deal will require. Abbas knows that Israel is here to stay, but his accusation that Israel was engaging in “genocidal warfare against the Palestinian people” reeked of utter delegitimization. Abbas knows that Israel will never agree to the return of anything more than a token number of Palestinian refugees to Israel, for that would undermine Israel’s Jewish demographic majority, forcing Israel to choose between being democratic or Jewish, neither of which is negotiable. But he continues to promise that the refugees will return.

The Arab street is more radical than its government in many places. Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, but Egyptian TV continues to broadcast highly inflammatory anti-Semitic programming, creating a sense among Egyptians -- which continues to this day -- that the agreement is an oddity or an anomaly, at best. Jordan’s King Abdullah II may be modern in his appearance and moderate in his lexicon, but his street is no less radicalized. And the same is true of the Palestinian street, which just honored the murderers of the three Israelis teenagers.

Pandering to his street’s basest instincts, Abbas proved that he cannot lead. Whatever the opposite of leadership is, is precisely what Abbas did at the UN.

In so doing, he reminded even left-wing Israelis why the center and the right want nothing to do with him. In so doing, he reminded Israelis who might have been willing to overlook it that he was an avid promoter of the unity government with Hamas. In so doing, he pushed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to suggest, in his response at the UN, that Israel would seek alliances with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In so doing, therefore, Abbas slammed the door on the possibility of any negotiated deal with Israel in the near future.

Israelis are nervous about the shifting sands all around them, but most understand that just as Israel is going nowhere, so too the Palestinians are here to stay. Just as Israelis had national aspirations some 70 years ago and would not relent until they were realized, so too with the Palestinians. The difference is that Israelis have often been led by people who were willing to change their positions. Menachem Begin, sought by the British as Terrorist No. 1, made peace with Egypt and returned the Sinai Peninsula -- even though he had to battle his own cabinet to get the deal approved. Ariel Sharon, the controversial military leader of Unit 101, pulled Israel out of Gaza, despite the move’s unpopularity. Netanyahu, who used to reject the mere idea of a Palestinian state, has now openly accepted it -- much to the chagrin of some of his party’s leadership.

But as Abbas reminded us on Friday, there has been no similar movement on the Palestinian side. There are many reasons the Palestinians do not have a state, but chief among them is that the Palestinians have never had a genuine leader. They have figureheads, fearful of leading and unwilling to goad their citizens into thinking differently about Israel, refugees and their own future. So, they watch and wait, as those who call themselves leaders make mistake after mistake, consigning Palestinians to a life that sadly, once again, seems unlikely to change.

Abbas' strategic threat could be more dangerous than Hamas

Op-ed: Palestinian leader's initiative to isolate Israel is not aimed at achieving a better starting point for future negotiations – but at putting an end to the Zionist enterprise. 
                              by Michael Oren

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas proved that he is not a partner for peace.

And a Palestinian leader who accuses the State of Israel, which arose from the ashes of the Holocaust, of committing genocide in Gaza, apartheid and ethnic cleansing, has no intention of becoming a partner for peace either.

In his previous General Assembly speeches, Abbas denied the Jewish people's historical connection to the Land of Israel and Jerusalem. But this time he conveyed an unprecedented message: He does not want negotiations – not even American-brokered talks – and is not interested in durable pace based on security arrangements and mutual recognition.

 The fact that Israel doesn't have a partner for peace has been accepted by the Israeli public a long time ago. But now we are forced to acknowledge a new fact: That Abbas poses a danger which may be revealed as strategically more serious than the tactical dangers posed by Hamas.

 His remarks at the UN on Friday mark the opening shot of a political Palestinian initiative aimed at isolating Israel in the international arena, delegitimizing it and imposing sanctions on it.

 Abbas' plan basically sets an impossible ultimatum for Israel: He has asked the UN Security Council to impose a nine-month period of negotiations, during which the core issues will be discussed based on the 1967 borders, without security arrangements and with a solution to the refugee problem.

 If Israel refuses to accept these conditions – and there is not a single Israeli government, even a left-wing one, which will be prepared to accept them – Abbas will turn to the International Criminal Court in order to impose sanctions on Israel as an occupying force of a UN member state.

 Abbas' plan will be submitted to the Security Council and may be approved there as well, at least partially. Such a move has far-reaching consequences: The international community may impose boycotts on Israel which will inflict heavy damage on the economy and on Israelis' ability to travel around the world.

It's important to understand that these sanctions are not aimed at achieving better starting point for future negotiations – but at putting an end to the Zionist enterprise.

Although this move is a strategic threat to Israel, this doesn’t mean we don't possess the tools to deal with it. We must not sit idly by the in face of the strategic danger posed by Abbas. Just like the PA chairman is creating a route bypassing negotiations, through which he is forcing Israel to defend itself to the world, Israel must create, through an active move of its own, a route bypassing Abbas.

 As part of this move, Israel will promote a political initiative which will maintain its vital interests and set borders which will secure our future and identity as a democratic and Jewish state. Leaving an open door for future negotiations over permanent agreements with the Palestinians will be possible – but only when there is a responsible Palestinian leadership which is willing to reach an agreement and capable of doing so.

We must not forget that we are not operating in a void. The United States and President Barack Obama are currently dealing with significant threats in our region, led by ISIS. When Obama said in his UN address that the establishment of a Palestinian state was part of the war on ISIS, he was basically demonstrating how the regional challenges are only increasing the pressure on Israel.

All this highlights the need for Israel to take action in the diplomatic arena as soon as possible. From my talks with senior US Congress members and top European diplomats, I believe that such an initiative will be received with a lot of interest – and will even gain support.

We must not wait for the point in which we have lost control over our future. The Zionist approach is to initiate for our future.

Protesters Pack Plaza in Princeton to Protest War in Gaza

http://planetprinceton.com/2014/08/17/protesters-pack-scudder-plaza-in-princeton-to-protest-war-in-gaza/

Excerpt:

Protesters Pack Scudder Plaza in Princeton to Protest War in Gaza

by Krystal Knapp on August 17, 2014 4:30 pm 16

More than 700 people took to the streets of Princeton this afternoon to voice their support for Palestine and protest Israel’s recent military strikes on Gaza. A temporary cease-fire is slated to end late Monday.

Protesters peacefully marched down Nassau Street, and then gathered at the Scudder Plaza in front of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University for a rally. Many of the protestors carried posters calling for peace and freedom for Palestine. The protesters chanted as they marched, shouting slogans like “Free, free Palestine, killing children is a crime”, “Brick by brick, wall by wall, Israeli apartheid must fall” and “Obama, Obama don’t you know, the siege of Gaza has got to go.”

The event, one of the largest protest rallies in Princeton in more than a decade, was organized by Princeton for Palestine, a new group of local academics, students, activists, and community members.

Hamas Not Interested in Return to Full-blown Gaza Conflict, Even if Cairo Talks Fail

By JPOST.COM STAFF  18/08/2014

Diplomatic source tells 'Maariv Hashavua' that Hamas is facing heavy pressure from Egypt not to provoke Israel into wide-scale confrontation; Abbas reportedly to discuss truce efforts with Mashaal in Qatar.

The five-day cease-fire between Israel and Hamas is set to expire at midnight on Monday, and as of now, there are no signs of a breakthrough to reach a long-term deal between the sides in Cairo negotiations.

As the sides returned to Cairo for further talks on Monday, members of the Palestinian delegation expressed pessimism and estimated that efforts to reach a deal were not likely to succeed.

An Israeli diplomatic source told The Jerusalem Post's Hebrew-language sister publication, Maariv Hashavua, that "it is very unlikely that a full-blown military conflict between Hamas and us will reignite, even if no deal is reached in Cairo."

The source added that "Hamas has not shown signs that it is interested in returning to a wide-scale confrontation. We are hearing reports from Cairo that Hamas is facing heavy pressure from Egypt and others."

Hamas is also facing economic pressure that is likely to prevent it from provoking Israel to carry out further attacks in Gaza, according to the source.

The source said that reports that the leadership of Hamas is willing to delay negotiations on its demand for a seaport for a month also are a sign that the organization is not interested in a renewal of hostilities.

Palestinian media reported on Monday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would be traveling to Qatar in the near future for talks with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal and later visiting Cairo to discuss cease-fire efforts with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi.

Today in Princeton, A March for People of Gaza

http://carolineglick.com/

Antisemitism is spreading, dependent on the same lies as the propaganda that preceeded the Shoah. These people are allowing genocide and murder to occur in full view of the UN, US, EU and free world because when Muslims kill Muslims or Christians or Jews or Hundus or Buddists; no one cares. These protests are now in the US and actually on every university campus.

I am asking everyone to join one or more of the many organizations featured on this website in order to act now to protect our people and our safety here and all over the world; before it is too late.

A March & Rally for the People of Gaza Sunday, August 17th, 2014

12:30pm-3:30pm Princeton, NJ

Meet at Albert Hinds Plaza
65 Witherspoon Street, in front of Princeton Public Library
March starts at 1:30pm Northwards up Nassau Street
Ending with Rally at 'Fountain of Freedom'
Woodrow Wilson Library, Princeton University

Confirmed speakers:
Norman Finkelstein, political scientist & author
Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Shadee Elmasry, Director of Education, NBIC
Sherif Ibrahim, local activist

Invited speakers:
Cornel West, professor Amy Goodman, DemocracyNow! Tahani Salah, poet

Princeton for Palestine is a new group of local Princeton academics, students, activists and community members who have formed in response to the most recent atrocities committed on the people of Gaza by the state of Israel. With almost 2,000 dead, including almost 500 children, it is imperative for us to raise more awareness of the continued oppression of Palestinians.
Endorsing Organizations:
Princeton University Muslim Life Program, CODE PINK, ANSWER Coalition, Philadelphia Jews for a Just Peace, Christian-Jewish Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, CAIR-NJ, ISCJ,ICNA of Greater Philadelphia, New Brunswick Islamic Center (NBIC), Philadelphia Coalition for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel, Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War, Green Party of NJ, MuslimGirl.net, Princeton Committee on Palestine

Anti-Semitism and its limitations

by Caroline Glick

  Outside the US, throughout the Western world, anti-Semitism is becoming a powerful social and political force. And its power is beginning to have a significant impact on Israel’s relations with other democracies.   Consider South Africa. Following a lopsided vote by the University of Cape Town’s Student Union to boycott Israel, Jewish students fear that their own student union will be barred from operating on campus. Carla Frumer from the South African Jewish Student Union…

Don’t Count on Abbas to Save Gaza

Commentary magazine, by Jonathan Tobin

http://goo.gl/MOfWZX

No matter how you slice it, there simply is no scenario in which the PA really can wrench control of Gaza away from Hamas while the latter is still fully armed and in control of the strip’s government. Building a port in Gaza or anything else intended to make it easier to import materials and arms into the strip without first eliminating Hamas is asking for trouble. Nor is it reasonable to expect Abbas to recognize Israel’s legitimacy as a Jewish state and begin the process of ending the conflict while he is put in such an untenable situation.

Much as many in Israel and the United States would like to imagine that Abbas can somehow supplant Hamas, that just isn’t in the cards short of an all-out Israeli invasion of Gaza. More sensible Israelis know that the results of their nation’s withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 makes it obvious that any further territorial surrenders in the West Bank won’t enhance the chances of peace but will, instead, create new terror strongholds that will be even more dangerous and harder to wipe out. Though the Cairo talks have raised his profile from the near-anonymity that was forced upon him during the fighting, Abbas is just as irrelevant to the solution to the problem of Gaza as he ever was.

Middle East News Gaza Tunnel Network Fuels Recriminations in Israel; New Three-Day Cease-Fire Is Agreed On

The Wall Street Journal: By Asa Fitch in Gaza

"Israel's early failure to detect the vast Hamas tunnel network that its forces destroyed in Gaza is triggering a wave of recriminations within the country's security and political establishment.

As Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a fresh cease-fire in Gaza that started at midnight there, efforts already were under way in Israel to address the latest challenge to the country's security. Just as Israel built a separation wall to stem a wave of suicide bombings and developed the Iron Dome air-defense system to blunt rocket attacks, it is already casting for deterrents to address the newest Palestinian threat."

http://online.wsj.com/articles/gaza-tunnel-network-fuels-recriminations-in-israel-1407714903

Fox News: Netanyahu and Hannity

Israel PM Netanyahu in Hannity exclusive interview

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the battle against Islamic militants “will soon come to a theater near you and it has to be stopped now.”

Netanyahu spoke out as his country is engaged in a temporary cease-fire in its conflict with militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The month-long war has killed nearly 1,900 Palestinians and 67 Israelis, including three civilians.

Netanyahu told Hannity that the threat from Islamic militants is real, and will spread to other countries if the terrorists are not stopped.

“This is a danger I’ve been pointing to, it’s not a spin, it’s not a whim, it is a clinical diagnosis of a pathological movement that is sweeping our area but will soon come to a theater near you and it has to be stopped now,” he said.

Netanyahu said “this great battle” is heightened by the fact that the militants are under Iran’s “nuclear umbrella.”

“If in this great malaise, this great confrontation, this great battle, one of these militants, in this case the Shiite militants backed by Iran, sponsored by Iran, if they have an Iranian nuclear umbrella, if Iran itself can intimidate the U.S. with intercontinental ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads, then we bring history into a different threshold altogether,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

The Empty Spaces in Gaza by Alan Dershowitz

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4580/gaza-population-density

Excerpts:  

"How many times have you heard on television or read in the media that the Gaza Strip is "the most densely populated area in the world"? Repeating this statement, however, does not make it true. There are dense parts of Gaza, especially Gaza City, Beit Hanoun and Khan Younis, but there are far less dense areas in Gaza between these cities. Just look at Google Earth, or this population density map.

First, why don't the media show the relatively open areas of the Gaza Strip? Why do they only show the densely populated cities?

Second, why doesn't Hamas use sparsely populated areas from which to launch its rockets and build its tunnels? Were it to do so, Palestinian civilian casualties would decrease dramatically, but the casualty rate among Hamas terrorists would increase dramatically.

The law is clear: using civilians as human shields—which the Hamas battle manual mandates—is an absolute war crime."

Mercaz: Update on Ceasefire 8/5

This morning, Israel began a 72 hour ceasefire and pulled all of our troops out of Gaza in pursuit of achieving Israel’s objective of restoring sustained quiet and security for the people of Israel. We want an end to this conflict perpetrated by Hamas, a genocidal U.S.-designated terror organization whose charter calls for the murder of Jews worldwide. We want an end to terrorism. We want an end to violence. Israelis and Palestinians deserve peace and security, free from terror and violence.

Notes for today, August 5

Hamas’ Grotesque Use of Human Shields

Journalists in Gaza today released footage of Hamas’ grotesque use of human shields, showcasing Hamas rocket launchers next to UN facilities and hotels. This footage serves as further proof to Hamas’ double war crime: hiding behind Palestinian civilians, mosques, hospitals and UNRWA schools while indiscriminately firing at Israeli civilians. Hamas’ war crimes and violations of basic morality should be widely condemned by all persons of conscience. The world should be outraged by Hamas' use of human shields in Gaza. Failing to condemn Hamas's systematic use of human shields and blaming Israel for the deaths that are caused by this grotesque human shields policy sends a message to Hamas and terror organizations everywhere that using civilians as human shields is an effective and internationally acceptable strategy.

Hamas rocket launcher next to UN building

Algemeiner: Hungarian Mayor Holds Mock Execution of Israelis

Gazans Point Finger at Hamas – ‘The Government in Gaza Doesn’t Do Anything’ – ‘We Need Peace With the Jewish People, Good Relations, Not War’ (VIDEO)
A surprising televised report from Gaza showed residents last week busily going about their lives, shopping in a bustling and well-stocked marketplace, despite the nearly month-long conflict between Israel and Gaza’s rulers Hamas.

Hungarian Mayor Holds Mock Public Execution of Israeli Leaders (VIDEO)
A mayor of a rural town in eastern Hungary held a mock medieval-style public execution...More

Spontaneous Pro-Israel Rally Dwarfs Pro-Hamas Protest in New York’s Diamond District (VIDEO)
A robust pro-Israel rally spontaneously erupted in New York City’s heavily Jewish Diamond District on...More

Why Won’t the New York Times Support Disarming Hamas?
By Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn
You can tell Israel’s demand for disarming Hamas is gaining traction when the editors at The New York Times stoop to using a headline that has almost nothing to do with the story underneath, in order to undermine Israel’s position...More

By Col. Richard Kemp: Truth about Casualties in Gaza

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4570/gaza-civilian-casualties

Western media unquestioningly accept the casualty statistics given by Gaza's Hamas-controlled medical authorities, who ascribe all deaths to the IDF.

Is anyone in Gaza dying of natural causes? Mass executions of "collaborators," and civilians killed by malfunctioning Hamas rockets, are all attributed to IDF fire.

Are the "overwhelming majority" of the dead really civilians? It would seem so. We see a great deal of grotesque and heart-rending footage of dead and bleeding women and children but never so much as a glimpse of killed or wounded fighters.

There seems to be a complete absence of Gazan military casualties, an extraordinary phenomenon unique to this conflict.

The IDF has developed the most comprehensive and sophisticated measures to minimize civilian casualties during attacks against legitimate military targets.

Mandatory, multi-sensor intelligence and surveillance systems to confirm the presence or absence of civilians precede attacks on every target from the air.

The writer was Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan.

This Week on ShalomTV.com, Coverage of War in Gaza

CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THE WAR IN GAZA

Eyal, Shaar, Naftali Memorial
Sun 3:00pm, Mon 10:30am, Wed 7:30pm

Israeli Consul General Ido Aharoni, Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep Jerold Nadler, Rep Gregory Meeks and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik help memorialize Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel. From The Jewish Center in NYC by JCRC, UJA-FED of NY, NY Board of Rabbis.

LIVE: Israel in Turmoil
Thurs 8pm-10pm (Encore Midnight)

Guests discuss the latest developments and issues surrounding Israel's defensive action in Gaza, Operation Protective Edge.  With your phone calls.  201-242-1142.

L'Chayim: Bill Langfan
Mon 9:00pm & Midnight, Tue 3:00pm

World War II Veteran and Israeli activist William Langfan reflects on his time in the war and explains the duplicity behind the Palestine National Charter resolution. With Mark S. Golub.

Jewish Film Festival: Israel Inside
Sun 9:00pm and Midnight, Fri 9:00pm

How a small nation makes a big difference is at the heart of this documentary on Israel and the triumph of human spirit. From Jerusalem Online U.

Gaza's Civilian Casualties: The Truth is Very Different

Gaza's Civilian Casualties: The Truth Is Very Different  -
( http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4570/gaza-civilian-casualties )

"So are you going after innocent civilians or is it incompetence Colonel Lerner?" asks the interviewer, her face contorted with a contempt apparently reserved only for Israelis. Such shrill disrespect hurled at an American or British officer would alienate viewers, and, at an Arab commander, provoke accusations of racism.

With few exceptions, reporters, commentators, and analysts unquestioningly accept the casualty statistics given by Gaza's Hamas-controlled medical authorities, who ascribe all deaths to the IDF. We have never seen so much as a glimpse of killed or wounded fighters.

Analysis of casualty details released by Qatar-based Al Jazeera indicate that so far most of those killed in Gaza have been young men of fighting age, not women, children or old people.

All Palestinian civilian casualties in this conflict result ultimately from Gaza terrorists' aggression against Israel, and Hamas's use of human shields — the most important plank of Hamas's war-fighting policy.

Under Rocket Fire from Gaza, Israeli Humanitarian Aid Continues

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs:  http://mfa.gov.il/mfa/Pages/default.aspx

Despite the constant rocket fire into Israel, the Kerem Shalom crossing remains open during Operation Protective Edge, providing food and essential supplies for the residents of the Gaza Strip.

Despite the constant fire into Israel, the Kerem Shalom crossing remains open during Operation Protective Edge and the flow of goods and fuel into the Gaza Strip continues.

The Kerem Shalom crossing continues to operate with high security. The IDF acceded to the request of hundreds of Palestinians who hold foreign citizenship to leave the Gaza Strip. The Erez Crossing in northern Gaza also remains open to Palestinians pedestrians for humanitarian cases.

General Yoav Mordechai, Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories, noted that terrorist organizations daily attack the crossing through which Israel allowed trucks carrying supplies to enter the Gaza Strip.

At 10 am on August 1, despite the UN/US-backed humanitarian ceasefire which began at 8 am, rockets were fired at the Gaza periphery, including the Kerem Shalom Crossing for humanitarian aid to Gaza, which was closed due to rocket fire.

Israel will reopen the crossing today (3 August) to allow 200 trucks of humanitarian aid, including medications and medical equipment, into the Gaza Strip.

Col. Grisha Yakubovich, Head of the Civil Coordination Department / COGAT, briefing Foreign Ambassadors in Israel on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip
- 31 July 2014

  • On 28 July a young Palestinian child suffering from cancer was treated at the COGAT field hospital. The doctors sent him for further care in Israel.
  • On 28 July, COGAT facilitated the repair of two of the electrical feeder lines from Israel to northern Gaza. These lines provide electricity for roughly 110,000 people. Over the course of the operation all ten feeder lines from Israel have been damaged. Many have had multiple repairs, frequently due to overload problems that result from damage to the other lines. Repairs are often delayed due to security threats.
  • On 28 July, due to the Eid el Fitr holiday, only goods and equipment from international donors were transferred through the Kerem Shalom Crossing, including 60 tons of medicines and medical supplies.
  • Of the 131 trucks scheduled to cross into Gaza on July 30, only 65 trucks arrived at Kerem Shalom because of the reluctance of drivers to come to the crossing due to Hamas mortar fire and the security situation.

Field hospital for wounded Palestinians from Gaza

The IDF, in cooperation with  the Red Crescent, has opened a field hospital at the Erez Crossing, on the Gaza border, to treat wounded Palestinians from the Gaza Strip.  The field hospital contains an emergency room, lab, pharmacy, pediatric ward, ambulatory clinic, gynecology unit, family and internal medicine, and is equipped to treat dozens of patients.

Since the field hospital opened on 20 July, doctors and staff have attended to over 40 patients. Some have been treated and released, some treated and sent on for additional care at a hospital, and some sent immediately for hospital care. Unfortunately, Hamas has directly and indirectly prevented patients from arriving for care at the field hospital.

Fact Sheets: The Israel / Gaza Conflict

The "Jewish Virtual Library" is the best resource I have found so far.  A lot of content on the internet is not honest or truthful, however Jewish Virtual Library is excellent. The sources below are well researched and trustworthy. Click on pictures and text for detailed background information.  

https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/talking/talktoc.html

These (below) are from "The Israel Project". 

Other sources for news that combat media bias on a daily basis are:

Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent

After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — that has effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip. That, in turn, may have contributed to the failure of the antagonists to reach a negotiated cease-fire even after more than three weeks of bloodshed.

“The Arab states’ loathing and fear of political Islam is so strong that it outweighs their allergy to Benjamin Netanyahu,” the prime minister of Israel, said Aaron David Miller, a scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington and a former Middle East negotiator under several presidents.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/31/world/middleeast/fighting-political-islam-arab-states-find-themselves-allied-with-israel.html?emc=edit_th_20140731&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=31326054&_r=0

Silent Victims of Hamas's War against Israel

The most dangerous time of any conflict is when the victims become numbers. The deadly toll is expressed in a running tally, while untold numbers suffer silently. Comparing the number of victims on one side with the number on the other makes conflict abstract and defames the memory of those lost. The Jewish people are traumatized by numbers – we erect monuments and museums to record and remember every name. But the story of this conflict is not complete without including the silent victims: the anonymous, the unnoticed, the uncounted, who suffer but are not included in any of the official statistics.

The alphabet soup of international news organizations has descended on Israel, presenting infographics and “money shots” as the suffering continues. The human suffering of the innocent civilians in Gaza is heart-wrenching. Israel’s suffering has been mitigated by its near fanatical commitment to protecting its civilian population

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-Ed-Contributors/Silent-victims-369262