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Israeli tanks enter Gaza Strip despite truce: Zio-Watch, August 4, 2015


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From PressTV

Israeli soldiers drive a tank during a training exercise near the Israel-Gaza Border, on June 7, 2015. (AFP Photo)

Israeli tanks have violated a 2014 truce agreement with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, carrying out a limited incursion into the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military vehicles crossed over Gaza’s southeastern border Tuesday and advanced about 150 meters into the border town of Qarara, local residents said.

According to the Palestinian Information Center, eyewitnesses saw five vehicles with the Israeli insignia entering Qarar, which is located nearly four kilometers (about 2.5 miles) northeast of the city of Khan Yunis.

The incursion came despite a ceasefire agreement between Hamas and the Tel Aviv regime. The truce in the summer of 2014 came after nearly two months of Israeli war on Gaza, which saw more than 2,300 Palestinians killed.

According to the Egyptian-brokered deal, Israelis must observe the armistice line while they should also respect the fishing zone for Gaza fishermen in the Mediterranean. Israel was also expected to ease restrictions on the import of aid and construction materials into the besieged enclave.

A Palestinian girl plays in the rubble of buildings destroyed during Israel’s war in the summer of 2014, in Gaza City, July 21, 2015. (AFP photo)

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From Ynet News

Kahane’s grandson’s plan to spark a revolt and bring down Israel

Far-right activist Meir Ettinger was arrested by the Shin Bet, which says he developed a plan called ‘the revolt’, designed to inflame tensions and cause anarchy in order to hasten the end of days.

Meir Ettinger, who was arrested on Monday by the Shin Bet, was accused by the security service of heading a cell planning to commit a series of violent acts against Palestinians as part of a plan he branded “the revolt”.


Ettinger, considered the Shin Bet’s Jewish division’s number one target, was arrested at his apartment in Safed. He is the grandson of far-right late US-born rabbi Meir Kahane, who advocated expelling Arabs from Israel and the Palestinian territories.
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From The Times of Israel

In ‘rebel manifesto,’ Meir Kahane’s grandson calls to bring down state

Authorities arrest Meir Ettinger on suspicion of leading cell that carries out ‘price-tag’ attacks against Muslims, Christians

August 4, 2015, 5:59 am

Meir Ettinger, wearing a white skullcap, is escorted by IDF soldiers out of the  West Bank village of Qusra, January 7, 2014. (Rabbis for Human Rights)

Meir Ettinger, wearing a white skullcap, is escorted by IDF soldiers out of the West Bank village of Qusra, January 7, 2014. (Rabbis for Human Rights)


Meir Ettinger, the grandson of murdered Israeli-American far-right activist Meir Kahane, was arrested on Monday in connection to extremist activity, the Shin Bet security agency said.

Ettinger was being questioned by Shin Bet agents for “his involvement in a Jewish extremist organization,” it said in a statement.

Ettinger’s attorney accused the Shin Bet of making the arrest for “PR purposes” rather than for a real investigative purpose.

“The difficult incidents of the past few days has led the relevant authorities to invest in an impression that they are doing something and what’s better than [to arrest] the grandson of Meir Kahane,” attorney Yuval Zemer told Channel 10 in response to the arrest.

Zemer was referring to the deadly Molotov cocktail attack in the Palestinian village of Duma Friday, in which a Palestinian toddler was killed and which authorities suspect was perpetrated by Jewish extremists, and the stabbing attack the previous day at the Jerusalem Pride Parade in which an Israeli teenager died after succumbing to wounds sustained by an ultra-Orthodox attacker. Five other people were also wounded in the incident.
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From The Times of Israel

Iran’s Ahmadinejad seeks political comeback

Former president launches political campaign, posing a possible challenge to moderates behind the nuclear deal

August 3, 2015, 11:13 pm

Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Cairo, Egypt, February 6, 2013 (AP/Amr Nabil)

Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Cairo, Egypt, February 6, 2013 (AP/Amr Nabil)


TEHRAN (AP) — Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a political campaign ahead of February’s parliamentary elections in what could prove a challenge to the moderates behind a landmark nuclear agreement reached last month.

Few expect a rerun of Ahmadinejad’s surprise victory in the 2005 elections, which kicked off an eight-year presidency marked by confrontation with the West, incendiary rhetoric toward Israel and refusal to compromise on the disputed nuclear program. Many former allies have turned on Ahmadinejad, and two of his former vice presidents have been jailed for corruption.

But the unapologetic populist is believed to command strong support in the countryside, and could be seen by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a counterbalance to the reformers who have tried to reverse Ahmadinejad’s confrontational legacy since the election of President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate, two years ago.

At a gathering of his supporters Thursday, Ahmadinejad, 58, broke two years of silence, vowing to “redefine revolutionary ideals” laid out by the leader of Iran’s 1979 revolution, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

“God willing, victory and a very bright future awaits us. However, there will be bumps and satanic obstacles in our path,” the diminutive former leader, sporting his trademark close-cropped beard and sports coat, told some 400 supporters in Tehran. “One should not forget that the US is our enemy.”
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From The Independent

Abdullah al-Senussi execution: This perversion of justice suits Western security services just fine

The secret agreements between our intelligence and Gaddafi’s torturers will now remain safe for good

Shutting them up. That’s what it’s about. The hangman’s drop, the crackle of the firing squad, and their secrets go to the grave.

Saddam Hussein didn’t get the chance to tell us about his dealings with the US and German companies who provided the gas he used on the Kurds. And now Gaddafi’s spymaster Abdullah al-Senussi will be shot in Libya before he has a chance to tell us about the cosy relationship he had with our Western security services when he liaised between his boss, the CIA and MI6.

Not surprising, is it – despite Amnesty’s outrage at the charade of a trial and the UN human rights office being “deeply disturbed” by the sentences – that the Brits and Americans have not batted an eyelid since Senussi, Gaddafi’s son Saif and a bunch of other regime cohorts were sentenced to death last week without defence counsel or testimony or documents or witnesses? All those secret nudge-nudge agreements between Gaddafi’s odious torturers and our intelligence services will remain safe for ever. So everything is hunky-dory. Thank God for Libyan “justice”.

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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

A year after Gaza war, border communities are growing

Israeli children in the southern kibbutz of Nahal Oz playing near a colorfully painted concrete shelter. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Few communities were as battered during last summer’s conflict between Israel and Hamas as Nahal Oz, a kibbutz of some 350 people located just a mile from the Gaza border.

At one point in the fighting, 40 missiles landed on the community in a single day. Hamas militants attempting to infiltrate the kibbutz through a tunnel killed five Israeli soldiers. For much of the war, families with young children were evacuated to other communities far from the fighting. And  just four days before the war’s end, 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman was killed by a mortar outside his kibbutz home, dealing one last heavy blow to the community’s morale.

Nahal Oz is still recovering from the trauma of the war. But one year after it was a virtual ghost town, the kibbutz is not only functioning, it’s growing. And the same story is repeated throughout the Gaza border communities. Fifteen years of near constant rocket fire have not deterred families from moving to these small agricultural towns, known here as the Gaza Envelope.

“What we felt here, we didn’t feel anywhere else in Israel,” said Tom Oren-Denenberg, 40, who moved to Nahal Oz in November with his wife, Yael. “The moment you get here, you feel people’s warmth. You feel there’s a warm, embracing community. You feel it in the air.”
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Freshmen Congress members visiting Israel ahead of Iran vote

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Freshmen Congress members will tour Israel with their party leaders and meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Congress gears up to consider an Iran nuclear deal that Netanyahu vehemently opposes.

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the U.S. House of Representatives minority whip, will lead 21 House Democrats on a tour of Israel Aug. 4-10, his office said Monday in a statement.

“This trip gives members of Congress an important opportunity to see the region first-hand and to meet with key Israeli and Palestinian leaders, which will give them a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the Middle East today, along with American interests in the region,” Hoyer said in the statement.

His delegation also will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Leading House Republican, Democrat introduce anti-BDS resolution

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The top Republican and Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee introduced a resolution urging the Obama administration to increase its activities against any boycott of Israel.

The nonbinding resolution introduced July 30 by Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., respectively the chairman and ranking member of the House of Representatives committee, calls on the administration “to increase the use of its voice, vote, and influence in international organizations and other appropriate international forums to actively oppose politically motivated acts of boycott, divestment from, and sanctions against Israel.”

The language notably does not mention “Israeli controlled territories,” which appeared in a controversial amendment to a trade law Congress passed in June that mandated U.S. trade officials raise their concerns about Israel boycotts in their interactions with counterparts from other countries.

The Obama administration has said it will not make that portion of the law a priority because it does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Shin Bet sees Jewish terrorist network as likely culprit in Duma attack

(JTA) — Israel’s Shin Bet said it believes the deadly firebombing of a Palestinian home in the West Bank is the work of a Jewish terrorist network that has been operating since 2013.

Officials with the security agency said Monday that the network seeks to eliminate the practice of all religions other than Judaism in Israel, spark conflict at the Temple Mount, drive non-Jews out of Israel and replace the secular Israeli system of government with a Jewish theocracy, according to media reports.

The Shin Bet believes the network was also behind the June arson attack on the historic Church of the Multiplication in northern Israel, near the Sea of Galilee.

The agency shared information about a Jewish terrorism how-to manual it discovered recently in the car of Moshe Orbach, 24, who was among those arrested in the Church of the Multiplication fire. Orbach is believed to be the author of the manual, titled “Kingdom of Evil,” which shares detailed instructions for attacking mosques, churches and Palestinian homes, along with tips on how to beat Palestinians to the point of unconsciousness.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Ex-security figures in Israel urge Netanyahu to accept Iran deal, work with U.S.

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Nearly 70 former Israeli top security officials urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to treat the Iran nuclear agreement as a done deal and to repair relations with the United States.

“Recognizing that the P5+1 Agreement with Iran is an accomplished fact, we, the undersigned, urge the Israeli government to adopt certain policies,” said the ad appearing Monday in the daily newspaper Haaretz’s Hebrew edition.

P5+1 refers to the six major powers, led by the United States, that reached the sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions deal with Iran on July 14.

The letter called for the Netanyahu government to “renew the trust between and enhance the political and security cooperation with the U.S. administration in order to prepare for the challenges emanating from the agreement.”
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From PressTV

Zakaria Sadah, a Palestinian field worker for Rabbis for Human Rights, and a colleague protecting a terrified Israeli policewoman from a group of stone-throwing Israeli settlers (Photo by Shaul Golan)

In this picture, which was posted on social media websites last week, two Palestinians can be seen protecting a female Israeli police officer from a group of stone-throwing Israeli settlers.

Shaul Golan, an Israeli photographer, took the picture during clashes between settlers and Palestinian farmers in the illegal Israeli settlement of Esh Kodesh in the West Bank on Saturday.

When Israeli police forces arrived on the scene to break up the clashes, the settlers started throwing rocks at them too.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, settlers frequently attack local Palestinian villages and prevent farmers from reaching their lands.

The Israeli regime maintains a defiant stand on the issue of its illegal settlements on Palestinian land as it refuses to freeze settlement expansion. Tel Aviv has come under repeated and widespread international condemnation over the issue.

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From Ynet News

US Jewish community at ‘almost fratricide’ over Iran deal

Major rift divides American Jewry over deal over nuclear program; supporters of the deal in Congress are threatened and accused of abandoning Israel, while those in opposition argue that the deal will be abrogated by a Republican president.

WASHINGTON – As an epic showdown looms in Congress over whether to approve the deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program, the American Jewish community faces enormous internal divisions.
“No policy has threatened to tear the American Jewish community apart as much as the Iran deal,” said Greg Rosenbaum, chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council in the US, which represents the Jewish community in the Democratic Party.
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From The Times of Israel

Americans growing more skeptical of Iran deal — poll

33 percent oppose agreement, up from 17% last month; over one-third support it, a large majority of them Democrats

August 3, 2015, 11:45 pm

US Secretary of State John Kerry sits across from Iranian Foreign Minister Moyhammed Javad Zarif on July 1, 2015, in Vienna, Austria (State Department photo)

US Secretary of State John Kerry sits across from Iranian Foreign Minister Moyhammed Javad Zarif on July 1, 2015, in Vienna, Austria (State Department photo)


Americans who were undecided about the Iran nuclear deal last month are increasingly opposing the agreement, a WSJ/NBC poll published Monday found.

Support for the deal remains consistent with survey results from June, at roughly one-third.

According to the poll, 33 percent of respondents oppose the deal, up from 17% in June. The number of those who felt they didn’t know enough to form an opinion on the accord dropped from 46% in June to 32% in the recent poll.

Backing for the deal still topped outright opposition to it at 35%, compared to 36% in June, with higher support among Democrats (58%) than Republicans (15%).

The deal, reached July 14 between Iran and world powers, curtails Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing international sanctions.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Kanye West to perform in Israel

Kanye West performs during the closing ceremony on Day 16 of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games on July 26, 2015, in Toronto, Canada. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The American rapper Kanye West will perform in Israel.

Promoters announced the Sept. 30 concert in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, nearly four months after West visited the country with his wife, the reality star Kim Kardashian, and their daughter, North. During the April visit, the power couple baptized North at the Cathedral of St. James in Jerusalem’s Armenian Quarter.

Kardashian recently announced that she has a baby boy due in December. It is not known if she will accompany West to Israel for the concert.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

After ‘Trainwreck’ shooting, Amy and Charles Schumer join for gun control

(JTA) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York joined with his cousin, comedian Amy Schumer, to launch a campaign for gun control.

At a news conference at the senator’s office in Manhattan on Monday, Amy Schumer said she agreed to his request for the campaign, dubbed “Schumer and Schumer, Enough is Enough,” in the wake of the July 23 shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, during a screening of her film “Trainwreck.” Two people were killed and nine were injured.

“I’m not sure why this man chose this movie to end these two beautiful lives and injure nine others, it’s very personal for me,” said Amy Schumer, who stars in and wrote the movie. “Unless something is done and done soon, dangerous people will continue to get their hands on guns.”

The Louisiana gunman, John Russell Houser, was known for espousing misogyny and anti-Semitism on the Internet and call-in radio. Schumer’s film has been presented as a feminist comedy. Both Schumers are Jewish.
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From The Times of Israel

Palestinian taxi driver claims settlers smashed his car

Jews also accused of throwing rocks at bus full of Palestinians returning from a visit to Dawabsha home in Duma

August 3, 2015, 8:12 pm

Illustrative photo of a car on a West Bank road, north of Jerusalem (Kobi Gideon/Flash90/File)

Illustrative photo of a car on a West Bank road, north of Jerusalem (Kobi Gideon/Flash90/File)


A Palestinian taxi driver claimed Jewish settlers smashed the front windowpane of his vehicle Monday morning as he was driving north of Ramallah in the West Bank, Israel Radio reported.

No one was harmed in the attack, which took place near Wadi Haramia, and there were no passengers in the taxi. After the incident, the attackers continued on their way.

Musa al-Amleh, who is approximately 50 years old, said that a vehicle traveling towards him blocked his path as he was making his way to the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

After the vehicle stopped, one of the four passengers exited it and started smashing the taxi’s front windowpane with an iron rod.

Amleh, who is from Kfar Qabalan, south of Nablus, said that no words were exchanged between him and the attackers, and that there were no eyewitnesses.
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