woensdag 27 augustus 2014

Rockets Strike Ashkelon House, 50 Hospitalized

A Hamas rocket scored a direct hit on a home in Ashkelon at about 6:30 Tuesday morning, causing light injuries to six members of the family that lives in it and to dozens of residents of nearby buildings. 

One of them, an eight year old boy, was reportedly injured in the face by broken glass. The rocket also caused a great amount of damage to the home and caused a water pipe to burst outside the home.

The rocket reportedly slammed into the master bedroom of the home just seconds after the parents left it, to wake up their children and lead them to the safe space.

Ashkelon resident John Daly recorded the moment of impact and uploaded the video to Facebook. "Two blocks over and a direct hit," he wrote. "Alarm goes off and my cat knew we were headed to film so she went to the window with me. You can hear the sound of glass shattering up and down the street from the shockwave. The 'shaking' of the camera is from the explosive force, look at the tree - it is shaking as well."

While national news outlets initially put the number of people hurt at six, Ashkelonet, a local news outlet, was among the first to report that 50 people were brought to Barzilai Hospital following the rocket attack. Of these, it said, 21 suffered light physical injuries and 29 suffered from emotional shock. This number was later corroborated by other outlets. Most of the injuries are apparently from broken glass, as the result of windows that shattered.


Ashkelon Man Tells of 'Miraculous Escape' from Rocket Strike

dinsdag 26 augustus 2014

2 killed, 4 hurt in mortar strike on southern kibbutz

Two Israelis died Tuesday in a mortar attack on Kibbutz Nirim, near the border with the Gaza Strip, and four others were wounded.

One person was in serious condition, and three others suffered minor injuries, in the strike on the Eshkol region community.

One man died while first-response workers tried to save his life. A second man was initially listed as critical but died several hours later in hospital.

Medical care was given to the wounded as rockets and mortars fell around the kibbutz and Code Red sirens wailed.

The two Israelis killed Tuesday raised the civilian death toll in Israel in Operation Protective Edge, which entered its fiftieth day Tuesday, to six.

The Nirim attack came amid a fierce bombardment of the towns and communities of southern Israel in the hour before a ceasefire agreed upon by Israeli and Palestinian representatives took effect.

Earlier in the day, dozens were injured in Ashkelon when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a house in the southern coastal city.


Second Eshkol Rocket Victim Dies of His Wounds

Hollywood Heavyweights Blame Hamas for Gaza Bloodshed

A bevy of Hollywood’s leading figures over the weekend attested to the utter failure of the attempted cultural boycott of Israel when they signed a statement blaming Hamas for the current violence in and around the Gaza Strip.

Championed by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Minnie Driver, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogen, and Sarah Silverman, the letter read:

“Hamas cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor can it be allowed to hold its own people hostage. Hospitals are for healing, not for hiding weapons. Schools are for learning, not for launching missiles. Children are our hope, not our human shields.”

It also blasted Palestinian groups that maintain “ideologies of hatred and genocide which are reflected in Hamas’ charter, Article 7 of which reads, ‘There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!’”

In that particular clause, the Hamas charter is actually quoting from the Hadith, an authoritative collection of Mohammed's post-Koranic teachings, deeds and sayings.

The statement was signed by no fewer than 187 actors, directors, writers, agents, executives and other Hollywood personalities. It was the initiative of the Creative Community for Peace.

David Lonner, a representative for the group, told Deadline Hollywood, “There’s been a lot of confusion in the media of what’s actually going in the Gaza Strip, but for those of who go to Israel, it’s not complicated at all. So, there’s been a feeling for a while now of how to get a message across and un-complicate matters, and we think this (statement) is a step in the right direction.”


Hollywoodsterren: Hamas heeft schuld aan het geweld

And the IDF Says:

The Lie of the Israei blockade on Gaza debunked

Islamic Jihad terrorists attacking the border-crossing which provides their own Gaza civilians with goods and food:

MK Feiglin: Key to Victory in Gaza on Temple Mount

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Shalom, as a Christian-Zionist I should be (and would like to be) there with you, to worship Hashem. Because for me as a believer (in Yeshua) from the gojim, it is natural to be with you (the Jewish people).

“Don’t press me to leave you
and stop following you;
for wherever you go, I will go;
and wherever you stay, I will stay.
Your people will be my people
and your God will be my God.
Where you die, I will die;
and there I will be buried.
May Adonai bring terrible curses on me,
and worse ones as well,
if anything but death
separates you and me.”

Ruth 1:16,17.

By the way, "And your land will be my land."


Entering the Temple Mount through the Mugrabi Gate, proceeding eastward along the southern side of the Mount, various artifacts can be seen on display.

While some of these artifacts date to later historical periods, a number of these items are remnants from the Second Temple period. Some of the capitals (a capital is the archaeological term for the topmost portion of a column) pictured here are actually from the Second Temple. Sources of Jewish tradition and history record that these capitals were covered with an overlay of gold.

The orange-tinted stain on the stone is ostensibly all that is left, the effect of the elements on the gold over the millennium. However a closer examination of several of these capitals reveals a fascinating detail: remnants of bright gold that still remain on the capitals! Indeed, this is the legacy of "Jerusalem of Gold," and while the Islamic elements that temporarily hold sway over the Temple Mount deny that the Holy Temple even existed, and deny the Jewish connection to this holy site... the evidence of the past points brightly to the future.

Photographs by Rabbi Chaim Richman.


An Open Letter to Critics of Israel

zondag 24 augustus 2014

Joden willen weg uit Schilderswijk

Sommige joden willen vertrekken uit de Schilderswijk. Ze zouden zich niet meer veilig voelen in de Haagse wijk.
Midden in de probleemwijk is een 'joods hofje'. Veel bewoners voelen zich bedreigd door antisemitisme in de buurt en sommigen eisen dat de gemeente ze een nieuw onderkomen geeft. Dat meldt The Post Online.

De joodse enclave ligt in een overwegend islamitische wijk. Vlakbij het hofje waren de afgelopen maand een paar onrustige protesten. Radicale moslims riepen antisemitische leuzen. Ook werd de Hitlergroet gebracht.

Schrijver Fabrice Schomberg is een van de bewoners die ergens anders willen wonen. Hij vindt de gemeente te afwachtend. "Je moet niet naïef zijn: een deel van de jongeren radicaliseert. Ik voel me nu nog veilig, maar je weet nooit of iemand iets wil uitrichten."

Israel tests hi-tech tunnel detection system

Gas deployed by the Israeli army gushes out of a hole in a tunnel which was used by Hamas terrorists.

Deep in the bowels of Tel Aviv's underground, engineers and scientists recently conducted trials of a new hi-tech detection system that aims to eradicate the threat posed by Hamas's underground tunnels.

As international pressure mounts to end the current round of fighting between Israel and Hamas, and the operation in Gaza continues to claim more and more lives, the IDF is racing against time in order to discover as many tunnels as possible.

But once the IDF withdraws from Gaza, there are currently no mechanisms in place to prevent Hamas and others from digging new tunnels into Israel. In a bid to find a solution, the IDF's elite Talpiot unit has been working on developing a tunnel detection system which was tested in Tel Aviv. Its costs are estimated to be $59 million.

"The high-tech system, which uses special sensors and transmitters, is still in its R&D phase, and if all goes well, should be operational within a year", notes a report on Israel's I-24 news.

The most common type of technology for tracking down tunnels is focused on listening for sounds of digging, notes Inbal Orpaz in the Israeli daily Haaretz.

Another Israeli company, Magna, already provides defence systems for the Israel-Egypt border, as well as for the nuclear reactor sites in Japan. It proposes digging a 70-km tunnel along the Israel-Gaza border, equipped with a sensitive alert system.

This "will provide real-time alerts of any tunnel digging that crosses our tunnel, whether above or below it. The IDF will know exactly where the attack tunnel is and how many people are in it, and can monitor the progress of digging it in real time, and decide how to respond to the threat," the company's founder and CEO Haim Siboni told Israel's Globes publication.

While hi-tech solutions are being tested and debated, many in Israel bemoan the fact that such a large number of tunnels dug from Gaza into Israeli territory have gone undetected for so long.

"For 10 years I've been crying and screaming to the highest possible levels - to the Defense Ministry, the chief of staff, the commanding officers of southern and northern command," Dr Joseph Langotsky, an Israeli geologist who has long advocated greater attention to the issue of the tunnels, said in an interview with the Jerusalem Post.

"Although the tunnels are a low-tech option, they might be a strategic threat to our security," said Dr Langotsky.


Where is the UN condemnation?