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Executed journalist Sotloff had lived in Israel since 2008 and hid Jewish faith from ISIS captors, praying secretly and faking illness to fast on holidays: report
When ISIS terrorists mercilessly executed Steven Sotloff, America wasn’t the only country that lost a citizen.
Israel did, too.
The 31-year-old U.S.-Israeli dual citizen hid his Jewish faith — and his nationality — from his ISIS kidnappers for the year he spent in captivity. He prayed secretly, fasted on Jewish holidays by faking illness and never once mentioned that he moved to Israel in 2008.
Israeli media hid his ties to the country, too, out of fear the Islamic State could persecute him based on his religion, the Guardian explained.
On Tuesday, the terrorist group released footage of a masked militant beheading the Miami native. The freelance reporter, who wrote for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, was kidnapped last summer.
Sotloff also worked for a handful of Israeli media outlets, including Jerusalem Report and the Jerusalem Post.
“We refused to acknowledge any relationship with him in case it was dangerous for him,” said Avi Hoffman, editor of the Jerusalem Report. All of Sotloff’s presence online was stripped of any references to Judaism and Israel to protect him.
Sotloff went missing in August 2013 while working in Syria on assignment. The ISIS terrorists held him with other hostages from Europe and the U.S.
Sotloff carefully calculated his time in the militants’ hands, a former captive who was kidnapped with the journalist told Israel’s Yedioth Aharonoth.
A declassified intelligence report released by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) this week showed Hamas terrorists have been firing rockets at Israel from heavily populated civilian areas, including churches, United Nations facilities, Red Cross stations, hospitals, schools, children’s playgrounds, and a number of other areas.
The report, which was declassified by the IDF earlier this week, includes previously unreleased statistics and military surveillance videos showing Hamas launching missiles from many of these civilian locations, which constitutes a war crime.
New evidence is presented that Hamas used several United Nations schools run by the Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) as a base from which to fire rockets and mortars.
The revelation is likely to prompt further scrutiny of UNRWA’s activities during the most recent conflict, including the discovery of multiple rocket stashes that were later returned by UNRWA to Hamas.
At least 1,600 of the 3,600 rockets fired since July 8 at Israel by Hamas originated from civilian strongholds, according to the declassified report.
This included: Three rockets fired from churches, four from Red Cross stations, 10 from amusement parks, 20 from first aid stations, 30 from U.N. facilities, 41 from hospitals, 50 from children’s playgrounds, 85 from medial clinics, 248 from schools, 331 from mosques, and 818 from areas such as graveyards and power plants.
Lots of folks are wondering (hoping?) Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016. Frankly, I don’t believe she will, as her missteps continue to get worse – oh, have you heard about her diva-ish speaking contract riders?
But don’t worry too much about Hillary, because if does ditch the presidential race, she has a great future in the construction industry — and in particular cement.
According to Algemeiner, “Much has been said and written about the terror tunnels that Hamas built in Gaza. But too little has been said about who it was that put the cement into Hamas’ hands, thus making the construction of the tunnels possible in the first place. Until now. In a bombshell revelation, Dennis Ross, the senior Mideast policy adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2009 to 2011, has admitted that it was he who was assigned the task of pressuring Israel to ease up on its military blockade of Gaza.”
And who assigned him that task? Why the chief cement-pourer herself.
“I argued with Israeli leaders and security officials, telling them they needed to allow more construction materials, including cement, into Gaza so that housing, schools and basic infrastructure could be built,” Ross revealed in the Washington Post on August 10. “They countered that Hamas would misuse it, and they were right.”
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t heard much about this revelation and of course I can attest as to why not. I wonder if the Chairman of the Democrat Party, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who just happens to be Jewish, will be upset about this? Or how about Sen. Chuck Schumer? Matter of fact, will any of the Jewish Members of the House or Senate come out and denounce Hillary Clinton over this information? After all, it was IDF Sergeant Gilad Shalit who was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists using one of the tunnels — and of course countless Palestinian terrorists were released in exchange for Shalit.
Read more at http://allenbwest.com/2014/08/hillarys-hamas-terror-tunnel-connection/#1rPF7v57VPX0llLW.99
Three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel on Tuesday afternoon, breaking the temporary 24-hour ceasefire more than six hours before it was set to expire, according to IDF spokesman Peter Lerner.
The rockets landed in open areas outside of the city of Beersheba. There are no reports of injuries at this time.
According to Ha’aretz reporter Barak Ravid, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the IDF to retaliate in response to the renewed attacks.
“Today’s rocket attack on Be’er Sheva is a grave and direct violation of the ceasefire to which Hamas committed itself,” Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev tweeted. “This is the eleventh ceasefire that Hamas has either rejected or violated.”
The Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams were in Cairo on Tuesday to work on finalizing a long-term ceasefire outline. There is no immediate comment from either side on how the ceasefire violation will affect negotiations.
Rockets were fired from Gaza Wednesday night two-hours before the midnight deadline to Sunday’s 72-hour cease-fire, as the IDF enhanced its troop presence along the border preparing to once again wage war against Hamas in Gaza.
One rocket launched by terrorists in the Gaza Strip struck open territory in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, the IDF confirmed. No damage or injuries were reported.
At around 9:45 p.m., more than two hours before the end of the 72 hour ceasefire, rocket sirens sounded in Ashkelon and surrounding areas, including towns and moshavim in the Yoav Regional Council, Lahish Regional Council, Hof Ashkelon Council, and elsewhere.
A Hamas spokesman denied on Wednesday any rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel, after a rocket launched from the territory landed in southern Israel.
Archbishop Alexios, the Greek Orthodox Christian leader of Gaza, told CBN News on Wednesday that Hamas had used the church to fire rockets at Israeli civilians prior to the 72-hour ceasefire. The church was also being used at the time as a shelter for Palestinian civilians of all faiths who were fleeing the war’s bombs and rockets.
Hamas used the church and the civilians as human shields–a war crime under international law–in order to deter Israel from striking the rocket launchers, and to cause Israel maximum public relations and diplomatic damage if it did return fire. At least two United Nations facilities housing civilians were struck in that fashion.
Though the White House called Israel’s actions in those instances “indefensible,” and other world powers rushed to condemn Israel, few bothered to consider that they were playing directly into Hamas’s hands, and creating an incentive for Hamas and other terror groups to continue to use the same deadly tactics in future.
The outrage that might have ensued if Israel had struck a church–instead of merely a UN facility–would have been formidable, and could have greatly complicated efforts to rally support for Israel among Christians in the U.S.
Hamas violated the 72-hour ceasefire Friday morning and launched a barrage of rockets at Israeli civilians.
Israel said the IDF will hold fire in most of the Gaza Strip for seven hours in order to allow the entry of humanitarian aid into the Strip and displaced Palestinians to return to their homes, starting at 10:00 a.m. on Monday.
During the cease-fire dozens of rockets were fired from Gaza on Israel, the IDF confirmed. Seventeen projectiles landed in Israeli territory or near IDF soldiers operating in Gaza, one rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket defense system, and eight rockets landed in other areas of Gaza.
There were no injuries or damage caused in the rocket attacks.
The humanitarian truce would not apply in areas of the southern Gaza town of Rafah where Israeli forces are still operating, a Defense Ministry official said in a statement.
Immediately after the temporary cease-fire took effect, Palestinians accused Israel of breaking its seven-hour halt in fighting by bombing a house in Gaza City and killing one Palestinian.
Monday night, tt was reported that the Shin Bet and IDF jointly carried out a strike on a building in the Shati region of Gaza housing senior Islamic Jihad members on Monday morning.
The targets of the attack were Amar Arhim, a deputy Islamic Jihad brigade commander, and Ibrahim Masharawi, an Islamic Jihad battalion commander in the Sheikh Radwan region.
“Can you imagine if one of the contiguous countries to America were firing rockets at America?” asked former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg on CBS’s Face the Nation. “The same people who are criticizing the Israelis would be going crazy demanding the president does more.”
To guest host Norah O’Donnell’s question of whether Israel’s latest attacks on Gaza had gone too far, Bloomberg responded: “Israel cannot have a proportional response if people are firing rockets at their citizens.”
“Unfortunately,” said Bloomberg, “if Hamas hides among the innocent, the innocent are going to get killed.”
Representative Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) justified his recent vote against additional funding for Israel’s missile-defense system as part of an effort to reach a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
“Because a cease-fire is what we should prioritize now,” he said when asked to explain his vote on Meet the Press. “A cease-fire protects civilians on both sides — it doesn’t just say, ‘We’re only concerned about people on one side.’”
He pointed to the devastation he witnessed during his trips to Gaza.
Additionally, Ellison penned an op-ed in the Washington Post earlier this week calling on Israel to “end the Gaza blockade.”