A baby is rescued from a house hit by a rocket fired from Gaza
Rescue of a baby in the Israeli city of Sderot, where a house has just been hit by a Hamas rocket fired from Gaza
Europe’s Jew-hatred dressed as anti-Zionism
Even from across the Atlantic, it’s startling to see mobs of Europeans joined by Arab immigrants rampaging through the streets of France and Germany shouting, “Death to the Jews.”
The demonstrators are ostensibly protesting Israel’s ground operation in Gaza, but the stink of anti-Semitism hangs over so much of what is happening.
In Paris, for example, eight synagogues have been targeted in the past week alone. Other targets included Jewish-owned stores and kosher butcher shops.
In Berlin and other German cities last week, mobs draped in Palestinian flags defaced synagogues to cries of “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas.”
Said the head of the German Jewish community Monday: “Never in our lives did we believe it possible that anti-Semitism of the most primitive kind would [again] be heard on the streets of Germany.”
Even in Britain, where demonstrations were not as violent, a group of protesters drove through a heavily Jewish neighborhood shouting, “Heil Hitler.”
All this is in response to Israel’s decision to send ground troops into Gaza to destroy both the rockets Hamas has been firing into Israel and the tunnels it uses to sneak terrorists into the Jewish state for attacks.
Which reminds us: When the death toll is reported in terms of Israeli soldiers versus Palestinian civilians, how many of these latter deaths are Hamas terrorists fighting in civilian clothes?
The mobs claim to be outraged by the Palestinian dead in Gaza. But the French prime minister rightly observes that “hatred of the Jews” is lurking behind “a mask of anti-Zionism.” Indeed.
This hatred the European Union has fomented with policies that treat the Jewish state as the source of all conflict in the region.
Sometime in the next few weeks, the fighting in Gaza will end. But the violence on the streets of Europe suggests the ugliness there is only beginning.
This is what Hamas did with funds intended for building kindergartens for Gaza’s children - building tunnels to strike at Israeli Kindergartens
Midnight, and the sirens are blaring. The kids are long asleep. I have one minute to wake them up and get them to our shelter. Whom do I carry there first? My youngest daughter, or her older sister—my eldest child—who always finds it difficult to wake up, or my 10-year-old son? I somehow manage to get them all into the shelter and then back to bed after the all-clear sounds.
My husband, a reservist in a special Air Force unit, is on alert call. This means that when the destined phone call comes he will have one hour to get to his base. Our house has become a miniature “war room”—his uniform is ironed and ready, and his high military boots have been shined. The children know from experience that once he leaves for reserve duty, they may not see him again for a very long time.
Leaving home and going to work each day is not easy. It’s summer and the children have no school. Each morning I give them an early “briefing,” reminding them not to keep the television on too loud, so they can hear the sirens and run to the shelter. Just to make sure, in addition to their video-game apps, my kids download the “code red” app—it beeps when the sirens are activated.
My youngest asked to go over to a friend’s house one afternoon after I came home from the office. That created a dilemma for me: in times like these I would like to have my children near me, and yet she is a normal child and deserves to live like one. I let her go. She and her friend played in a little plastic pool filled with 40 centimeters of water. The air raid siren went off suddenly and they had to seek shelter. I still think I made the right decision in letting her go.
Before accepting the position of director of the AJC office In Jerusalem this past April, I spent 22 years in the Israel Defense Forces, and served as chief IDF spokesperson to the international media. It is from this perspective that I can say, without hesitation, that the hero of the current Israeli conflict with Hamas in Gaza is the Iron Dome—actually, it is the heroine, since the Hebrew term for this missile defense system, Kippat Barzel, is a feminine noun. Strategically placed in or near populated areas, it has intercepted and rendered harmless an estimated 90% of the incoming missiles. Other projectiles from Gaza have fallen in unpopulated areas. While there has been property damage and some injuries, as I write, no one in Israel has been killed. We hold our breath!\
This crisis, like others that preceded it, has united the Israeli people. In normal times we tend to be a contentious lot, neighbors arguing against neighbors, political parties bickering bitterly in the Knesset and in the media. But all of that has disappeared, ideological and personal differences blurred or suspended. Israelis know that they are all in this together.
It is precisely as a mother that my heart goes out to the innocent Palestinians in Gaza. A cruel and inhumane Hamas regime has deprived them of freedom and dignity, and endangers their lives in the name of radical jihad. It commandeers their homes for military posts, and to store and fire rockets, using them and their children as human shields to die for propaganda purposes.
I am proud to live in a country that makes phone calls to the residents of buildings that have been targeted, warning civilians so they can get out in time; a country that even now, in the midst of battle, continues its ongoing practice of providing medical care for sick and injured Gazans, just as it does for Syrians fleeing the bloody civil war there.
The average Israeli would like nothing more than peace and quiet. But that will have to wait. I just learned that another barrage of rockets was fired moments ago toward Beersheva.
Ms. Leibovich is director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC ) Jerusalem Office.
The next time see poverty in Gaza, know that the Money Hamas government gets, is being spent on tunnels of death into Israel.
Not on food, not on medicine. The cement is not being used for the building of a new hospital, new schools, new houses.
You can see what it’s used for .
Free Gaza from Hamas terror regime, Don’t say you didn’t know.
"Discover" rockets in your school once, shame on you. "Discover" rockets in your school twice…
For the second time in less than a week, rockets have been found in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the body said.
“Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip,” the organization said in a statement issued Tuesday. “As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets. The school is situated between two other UNRWA schools that currently each accommodate 1,500 internally displaced persons.”
As it did the last time around when missiles were found in a school it operates, UNRWA said it “strongly and unequivocally condemns the group or groups responsible for this flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law.”
Israeli officials reacted furiously to the discovery. “How many more schools will have to be abused by Hamas missile squads before the international community will intervene,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor told The Times of Israel. “How many times can it turn its head the other way and pretend that it just doesn’t see?”
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon:
"The international community has pressed us to give cement to Gaza to build schools, hospitals, homes. And now we see what has happened to those deliveries of cement. They have not been used to build kindergartens, but to build a tunnel that penetrates our territory so that Hamas can blow up our kindergartens and murder our children."