Abbas' Party Hails Terrorists Behind Recent Attacks as 'Heroic Martyrs'

The Palestinian terrorist who killed a 4-day-old baby in last Sunday’s shooting attack is being publicly mourned by the Palestinian Authority after he was eliminated by the IDF.

Saleh Omar Saleh Barghouti opened fire on a group of Israelis near the Jewish community of Ofra, critically injuring a pregnant woman. Her baby, a boy, was delivered by an emergency cesarean section, but he passed away on Wednesday.

In a separate incident on Wednesday, Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwa, who killed two Israelis at the Barkan industrial complex in October, was also cornered and killed.

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Palestinian recounts torture by PA for helping Israel to thwart terror attacks

A Palestinian man this week attended a Knesset meeting and described torture he was subjected to while in the Palestinian Authority’s custody for collaborating with Israel and preventing terror attacks. In rare Knesset discussion, Walid says he and other suspected collaborators were forced to carry heavy cinder blocks; official says government seeking to up pressure on Ramallah.

 

Tearful and angry, the man recounted his detention during an unusual discussion on Tuesday at an Interior Committee discussion that dealt with Israelis and Palestinian collaborators arrested by the PA, which was called following the arrest of a different man, Isaam Akel, two months ago on suspicion of selling land to Jews.

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Congress passes bill targeting use of human shields by Israel's enemies

A BOY WATCHES Hamas members gather in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis earlier this month ahead of commemorations marking the 30th anniversary of the group’s founding..

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation targeting individuals responsible for Hamas and Hezbollah's use of human shields as a war tactic in their battles with Israel. The legislation, titled the Sanctioning of the Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act, now goes to the president's desk for his signature.

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European Court of Human Rights Blasphemy Laws: Where a Word out of Place Can Cost Your Life

Under Islamic shari'a law, statements that even a few people may consider blasphemous — such as young schoolchildren naming a toy teddy bear Mohammad, a common enough name in the Sudan — might be treated as criminal offences. (Image source: Maxpixel)

  • The European Court of Human Rights ruled that criticism of Muhammad constitutes incitement to hatred — meaning that in Europe, criticizing Muhammad is no longer protected free speech.
  • What the court has actually done, however, is rule out the possibility of any debate in which a range of various experts and members of the public could take part. Now, it seems, the only views that will be respected in the public forum are those of devout Muslims.
  • Underage marriages are considered by some countries child abuse or statutory rape, but are acceptable under shari'a law; they also take place in Muslim communities in Western countries such as the UK. This alone is a major reason why platforms must be found to debate the issue instead of sweeping it, as something offensive, under the carpet. Ignoring it is offensive.
  • Moreover, as some Muslims are often offended by even small matters regarding their faith, such as a toy teddy bear named Mohammad or a prisoner on death row declared innocent — so that mobs take to the streets to condemn, or even kill, those individuals — what now will not be censored in the West?

There are, of course, social settings where it pays to watch your words…

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Hizbullah's Operational Plan to Invade the Galilee through Underground Tunnels

Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira for JCPA.org, December 4, 2018 –

Qassem Soleimani, Imad Mughniyeh, and Hassan Nasrallah

(l to r) Iranian Quds Force Commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Imad Mughniyeh, and Hizbullah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah

One of the main lessons Hizbullah learned from the Second Lebanon War in 2006 was the necessity of changing the aims of its next war with Israel. The new goals included building up its defensive capabilities and developing methods of attack that would allow Hizbullah to fight the war within Israeli territory. Hizbullah’s military commander, Imad Mughniyeh, led this process of integrating these lessons. He asserted that during the next war, Hizbullah would invade the northern Israeli Galilee region and conquer it. Hizbullah set its sights on regions which have topographical superiority in comparison to Israel’s inferior topographical positions near the border.

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Israel launches operation on Lebanon border to destroy Hezbollah attack tunnels

 

Israeli soldiers patrols near the area where Hezbollah held a rally to mark al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day, at the village of Maroun el-Rass on the Lebanon-Israel border, June 8, 2018. (AP/Mohammed Zaatari, File)

IDF Northern Command on high alert as army starts ‘neutralizing’ not-yet operational passages into Israeli territory from southern Lebanon; Metulla area declared closed zone.

The military said it believed these tunnels were for offensive purposes, unlike the tunnels and underground bunkers used by Hezbollah during the 2006 Second Lebanon War, which were primarily used for its defensive strategies.

Conricus said the tunnels “are not yet operationally ready” and therefore did not pose an “immediate threat.”

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