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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thursday links

From Ian:

Operation Pillar of Defense: Summary of Events
During the next eight days, the IDF targeted more than 1,500 terror sites across the Gaza Strip. The sites that were targeted were positively identified by precise intelligence over the course of several months, including:
More Statistics: Ceasefire Agreement Comes Into Effect

Soldier killed by Gazan shell buried in Jerusalem
Eighteen-year-old Cpl. Yosef Fartuk, son of haredi family, always wanted to serve state.

Hamas’s Triple War Crimes
"It is actually a triple war crime, because the use of civilians as shields is intended not simply for protection of the terrorists, but to ensure that Palestinian civilians are killed — to produce the response from the UN, the New York Times, and others in the “international community” necessary to win the media war that is conducted alongside the military one."

On Gaza Body Counts and the Numbers Game
A double standard between Israel and Gaza, Israel and the world
Here was the line:
"Israel has a vastly more capable military than Hamas, and its air campaign has resulted in a lopsided casualty count: three Israelis have been killed."
And here was JG’s response:
"Whenever I read a statement like this, I wonder if the person writing it believes that there is a large moral difference between attempted murder and successfully completed murder."

Alan Dershowitz: Why a Cease Fire Will Not Last
"The only solution to this recurring problem is for the international community and the media, once and for all, to expose the Hamas strategy, to condemn it, and to deny Hamas the diplomatic and media victory it seeks to achieve by its double war crimes."

Until the next time By David Horovitz
Israel achieved successes in Pillar of Defense. The worry is that Hamas achieved more
"The intelligence aspect of Israel’s strikes has shaken Hamas, no matter how swaggering its bravado. To lose your chief of staff, Jabari, on day one of a mini-war exposes a massive intelligence vulnerability. To see many of your key long-range missile locations pinpointed and targeted underlines the extent to which Israel has penetrated Hamas’s command and communications networks."

Greens party in a dubious alliance
A SENIOR Labor MP (Australia) has accused the Greens of supporting "gay-hanging, women-hating" terrorists by failing to condemn Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel.

Giving the Greens a rocket
"Next question: If Gaza is the ``world’s biggest outdoor prison’’, strangled by a blockade so severe that Palestinians are left, as activists such as Professor Juan Cole like to claim, desperately short of food and medicine, why would Hamas be smuggling in rockets instead?Strange priorities, especially when rockets are not weapons of self-defence but of offence. Of terror. Which, of course, is the stock in trade of Hamas, pledged to Israel’s destruction.

Media Comment: Irresponsibility even in war
Why do so many readers continue to support media outlets proven to be consistently unethical with unfair and biased toward Israel?
"As reported originally by blogger Elder of Ziyon, in breaking news, the BBC showed a “wounded” Gazan civilian being removed by stretcher following an Israeli attack. The headline was: “Hamas military: Attack opens the gates of hell.” Yet 30 minutes later a clip shows the same person walking about freely. As a result, CNN corrected its report on this incident."

CIF Watch: Guardian claims Hamas scored political points from photo of Egypt PM cradling dead baby
"It is worth noting that the Guardian is once again suggesting that Hamas, unlike the “craven” Palestinian leaders in Fatah, is more deserving of our moral sympathy, more justified in claiming the mantle of the authentic Palestinian resistance movement. Further, the picture of the Egyptian prime minister clutching a dead Gazan child, which the Guardian is referring to, is an incident which was revealed (by EOZ) to be a fraud."

BBC Watch: Terror in Tel Aviv: scare quotes at the BBC.
Note the wording of the report’s synopsis as it appears on the website: [emphasis added]
“At least 10 people have been injured in an explosion on a bus in Israel’s commercial capital, Tel Aviv, in what one Israeli official described as a “terrorist attack”.

Minutes after Tel Aviv terror attack, Glenn Greenwald praises Seumas Milne’s defense of ‘armed resistance’

Honest Reporting: Airstrike on Aleppo Hospital While World Watched Gaza
Now that the foreign press corps in Israel and Gaza have set the bar on concern for civilian casualties, will we see a similar level of righteous indignation at Syria?

Ankara wants NATO Patriot missiles to help contain Syrian fighting
Organization, seeking to stay out of conflict, may deploy arms to protect Turkey

Al-Jazeera offices in Tahrir Square firebombed, gutted
Incident comes on third day of conflict between protesters and security forces in Cairo

Amnesty UK official in hot water over Jewish MPs tweet
Kristyan Benedict tweets joke suggesting three Jewish MPs support bombardment of Gaza; Amnesty UK launches ‘confidential’ disciplinary process; official’s private Twitter feed includes strong anti-Israel views
On Tuesday, during a parliamentary discussion on violence in Syria and in Gaza, Benedict tweeted, “Louise Ellman, Robert Halfon and Luciana Berger walk into a bar… each orders a round of B52s… #Gaza.”
NGO Monitor: NGO Warfare Update: Amnesty Launches Frontal Attacks
"On November 19, Amnesty launched a direct assault on Israel’s right to self-defense, calling on the UN Security Council to impose an “international arms embargo on Israel, Hamas, and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza.” (plus more offensive Amnesty tweets)"

The Vatican on Gaza: Israel is a Baby-Killer”
Not a word was heard from the Vatican all the years Sderot babies were in mortal danger. They began noticing the violence last week.

'Iran is hauling dirt to site IAEA wants to inspect'
Western diplomats: Satellite images reinforce suspicions Tehran is trying to hide illicit nuclear activity at Parchin plant.

Even as Rockets Rain Down, Israeli Economic Strength Recognized
NEW YORK—On Nov. 20, for the sixth consecutive year, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) recognized the innovative technology and business acumen that characterizes the Jewish state at its “Israel Day.”

Diaspora kids reach out to Israeli students under fire
A school twinning program sponsored by the Jewish Agency lets schoolchildren from abroad express solidarity with their counterparts in Israel

Israeli Kids Learn Song To Overcome Fear Of Rockets

IDF band’s European tour takes nasty turn during Gaza operation
A bomb threat and chants of ‘Jews to the gas’ provide the low points of young musicians’ annual concert series
“The audience, which had paid $15 for tickets and donated thousands more to aid Israelis under fire from Hamas, showered the players with affection.
"During a pause in the performance, a YouTube clip by Dr. Elisheva Ronen, a Dutch-born pediatrician who lives in Ashkelon, was projected on a screen. In the clip, which has become a Facebook hit, Ronen filmed rockets falling near her home as sirens wailed in the background. Ronen then took the stage and, choking back emotion, thanked the audience members for their prayers."