• Hamas,  Israel

    Hamas leader’s daughter treated in Israeli hospital

    It will be most interesting to see if any of the hundreds of media outlets, websites, Twitter accounts, etc., obsessed with the alleged inherent malevolence of Israel will report this: An Israeli hospital confirmed Sunday that it had treated the daughter of Hamas’s top leader in the Gaza Strip, weeks after a brutal war between Israel and the Islamist group. Avi Shushan, a spokesman for Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, said the daughter of Ismail Haniyeh was hospitalized for “a number of days” this month. He did not disclose what she was treated for. A spokeswoman for the Israeli military also confirmed the hospital stay. She spoke Sunday on condition of…

  • Galloway,  Hamas

    Adios, Viva Palestina

    In the latest development in slow death of George Galloway’s mismanaged “charity” Viva Palestina (which ran convoys to deliver aid and cash directly to Hamas in Gaza): The Charity Commission has frozen the bank accounts of George Galloway’s charity Viva Palestina, and has replaced trustees with an interim manager, the regulator announced today. Viva Palestina, also known as Lifeline for Gaza, was set up in January 2009 to run aid convoys to Gaza, and claimed to have raised well over £1m. It has since run several aid convoys, one of which, in 2010, resulted in Galloway being deported from Egypt. The Commission opened an inquiry into the charity in June…

  • Gaza,  Hamas,  Israel

    Here we go again

    Hamas has broken yet another ceasefire (have any Israel-bashers noticed a pattern here?) and resumed rocket launches into Israel. What do they expect to achieve this time around? A more compliant Israel– one that will allow access to more weapons and concrete to build more attack tunnels in exchange for a “permanent” truce? Fat chance. More “martyrs” to display to the outside world? They may have reached a point of diminishing returns on that. And how will the blame-Israel-first-and-always crowd react as it becomes increasingly clear that it is Hamas, not Israel, which seeks to prolong the Gaza conflict? (Yes, I know…) Of course Israel needs to respond to the…

  • Gaza,  Hamas,  Journalism

    Hamas: We deported journalists who filmed launch sites

    A revealing interview with a Hamas spokesperson about journalists in Gaza: Notable quote: “[T]he journalists who entered Gaza were fixated on the notion of peace and on the Israeli narrative. “So when they were conducting interviews, or when they went on location to report, they would focus on filming the places from where missiles were launched. Thus, they were collaborating with the occupation.” If so, it’s amazing how few such reports there actually were. The BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reported last month after a week in Gaza: “I saw no evidence… of Israel’s accusation that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields.” Jeremy, it’s becoming increasingly clear you saw…

  • Gaza,  Hamas,  Israel

    Two more things worth reading

    I realize that by now, the thought of reading even one more piece about Israel, Hamas and Gaza may make you feel a bit unwell, but I think these two are worth it: Bassem Eid, a Palestinian human rights activist living in East Jerusalem, explains why it’s ultimately up to Palestinians themselves to get rid of Hamas. …Hamas depends on death, which gives it power and allows it to raise funds and purchase weapons. Hamas has never been interested in liberating the Palestinian people from the occupation. And Israel will never be able to destroy the infrastructures it has built. Only we, the Palestinian people, can do that. It was…

  • Gaza,  Hamas

    Hamas champion of human shields beaten by Gazans

    Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri, whom we last encountered praising Gazans for acting as human shields during Operation Protective Edge, was reportedly attacked and beaten by Palestinian civilians. According to the [Egyptian website Veto Gate], Abu Zuhri’s attackers were expressing anger at Hamas, placing blame on the terrorist organization for inciting the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge in which nearly 2,000 Palestinians were killed and some 10,000 homes destroyed. The Egyptian report cited politician and spokesperson for the Sisi Supporters Front, Mohamed Abu Hamed, as saying that the Gaza Strip is ripe for a revolution to overthrow Hamas’ rule over desperately impoverished Palestinians in the battered enclave. Is anyone surprised?

  • Hamas,  Israel

    Hamas, Qatar and the West: the anomalies

    Here’s the situation. On the one hand, as Ynet.com reports: In 2012, then Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani became the first head of state to visit Gaza since Hamas seized power there in a bloody 2007 battle with Fatah. Al Thani, who was driven around Gaza by the Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, pledged some $400 million to the strip. His son, the British-educated Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, took over as emir following his father’s abdication last year, and is known to look on Hamas just as favorably. …. Last week, former [Israeli] president Shimon Peres slammed Qatar as “the world’s largest funder of terror,” stating that…

  • Gaza,  Hamas

    No evidence?

    The BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen writes that while he was in Gaza, “I saw no evidence… of Israel’s accusation that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields.” If Bowen had added something like, “Of course what I saw during a highly-restricted week in Gaza in no way disproves the accusation,” I could cut him some slack. But he meant nothing like that. His personal observation is intended to be definitive. Questions for Bowen: Did you see where any of Hamas’s rocket launchers, weapons and ammunition depots, attack tunnels or operating bases are located? If not (and I’m sure you didn’t), how in the hell can you claim to have…

  • Gaza,  Hamas,  Israel

    Israel: no ceasefire that leave attack tunnels intact

    I suppose John Kerry is doing what he considers his job in pressing for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. But Israel at this point is right to reject any extended halt in hostilities that leaves even one of the attack tunnels from Gaza into Israeli territory intact. It’s a matter of the most basic self-defense. You can watch the IDF doing its job here: There will be time later to inquire into why the Israel’s leaders failed to deal with the tunnel threat years ago and, one hopes, to hold those leaders accountable. The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff writes: The failure is that of the political echelon,…

  • Gaza,  Hamas,  Israel

    Why Israel fights

    If anyone needs help understanding what Israel’s current ground offensive in northern Gaza is primarily about, watch this video. It’s not as if Hamas is trying to conceal its aims: Note especially at 2:30 that the entrance to a tunnel is inside a building. Update: The commander of the IDF’s elite Golani Brigade, Col. Rassan Alian, happens to be a member of Israel’s minority Druze community. He was injured in the face during the current fighting in Gaza, but has returned to his unit.