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Why Gaza "civilian casualty" numbers should be taken with a grain of salt Author: Or Avi-Guy Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates    

One of the most often cited criticisms of Israeli military operations is the supposedly disproportionate civilian death toll, which is all too often based on unreliable or heavily biased sources.Several detailed analyses of the actual casualty figures confirm that it is clear that Israel is definitely not indicriminately targeting Gazans - despite the rhetoric one often hears about the Palestinian casualties.

Memo to ABC, SBS: Al-Jazeera has a conflict of interest

Memo to ABC, SBS: Al-Jazeera has a conflict of interest Author: Ahron Shapiro Categories: Gulf states, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

The integrity of coverage of the current fighting between Hamas and Israel by Australia's national broadcaster, ABC, and its sister organisation SBS, has been compromised by their problematic and repeated use of reports by al-Jazeera, an organisation owned by the government of Qatar.

Biased against Israel in its coverage even at the best of times, al-Jazeera must be seen as having an egregious conflict of interest when it comes to the Israel-Hamas conflict, because Qatar is currently the biggest funding source for Hamas, and, together with Turkey, had been actively shilling a ceasefire plan that transparently serves Hamas' interests.

 

Why Hamas does not want Gazans to heed Israel warnings

Why Hamas does not want Gazans to heed Israel warnings Author: Robert Ellenhorn Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

While many Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other terror groups seek shelter in a network of fortified underground tunnels, the civilian population of Gaza is denied access to this shelter and is instead being encouraged to act as human shields against Israeli airstrikes intended to target terror infrastructure intentionally embedded in civilian areas.

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Proof positive that Hamas hiding military assets in civilian infrastructure - 20 rockets found in an UNRWA school

Proof positive that Hamas hiding military assets in civilian infrastructure - 20 rockets found in an UNRWA school Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

While some commentators have been claiming that Hamas' placing of military assets in civilian areas can be explained by the small dense nature of the Gaza Strip, there is in fact overwhelming evidence that these claims are wrong. It is not simply a situation of Hamas fighters shooting rockets from in or near residential buildings but of Hamas using civilian infrastructure including hospitals, mosques and, even UN administered schools to hide or store its weaponry.  Just this Wesdnesday, rockets were found in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

Hamas and the Ceasefire Failure/Proportionality and Gaza

Hamas and the Ceasefire Failure/Proportionality and Gaza Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

With Hamas having rejected an Egyptian ceasefire deal on Tuesday (the full text of the proposal is here), even after Israel unilaterally ceased fire for several hours (some excellent coverage from Gaza of how Gazans felt about the ceasefire is here) this Update explores what Hamas is trying to achieve via its continued rejection of an end to the fighting. Plus, it also discusses the legally incorrect and counter-productive nature of the focus of so many in the media on the "disproportion" in this conflict between Israeli and Palestinian casualties.

Israel continues to try to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza, Hamas blocks it
Gazan child treated at the Rambam campus

Israel continues to try to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza, Hamas blocks it Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Hamas' disregard for the suffering of civilians can also be seen in its recent orders to deprive Gazans of Israeli humanitarian assistance. On Tuesday, Hamas closed the Erez border crossing into Israel, which stranded a group of around 20 Palestinians planning to travel to Israel for medical treatment.  Despite the current conflict, Israeli hospitals continue to regularly provide medical care to patients from Gaza and the West Bank.

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How did the latest Gaza War start? Despite the claims of some, it is no mystery

How did the latest Gaza War start? Despite the claims of some, it is no mystery Author: Or Avi-Guy Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates    

Ruth Pollard, while reporting on operation "Protective Edge", claimed that "Any attempt to mark a starting point in the latest hostilities is a fraught process."
Apparently the obvious idea that this war was caused by Hamas' decision to shoot rockets at Israel in vastly greater numbers is one that some reporters are simply unwilling to consider.

Israel-Hamas hostilities prompt surge of antisemitic incidents

Israel-Hamas hostilities prompt surge of antisemitic incidents Author: Robert Ellenhorn Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Updates    

As has been the case in the past - amid hostilities between Israel and her enemies, attacks on Jews around the world have proliferated. Both physical attacks and blatantly antisemitic rhetoric at rallies and on social media have been evident - despite the routine claims by Israel's critics that they are targeting Israel and its policies, not Jews.

Machinations over a Gaza ceasefire

Machinations over a Gaza ceasefire Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Egypt, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

As the fighting between Israel and Gaza continues into the seventh day, a ceasefire proposal brokered by Egypt is on the table and has been supported by both the US and Arab League. Israel has accepted the cease-fire proposal, but the proposal has been rejected by the armed wing of Hamas.

Real issue is no peace partner

Real issue is no peace partner Author: Jamie Hyams Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians    

ISRAEL has again been forced to defend its civilians against unprovoked and indiscriminate massive rocket and other terror attacks from Hamas, a partner in the new Palestinian unity government, and kindred groups in Gaza...

Israel responded at first with low-intensity raids, stating several times that if the rockets stopped, so would the retaliation.

Hamas instead significantly escalated the rockets, and attempted to infiltrate Israel by tunnel and by sea, forcing Israel to degrade Hamas's ability to continue these attacks.

Israel's options for stopping Hamas' rockets

Israel's options for stopping Hamas' rockets Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Today’s Update looks at Israel’s military and strategic options as “Operation Protective Edge” enters a fifth day. With Israeli air strikes targeting Hamas’ command and terror infrastructure in Gaza, rockets are still being fired deep into Israeli territory - including reports some fell close to Israel's nuclear reactor at Dimona. There are also reports that rockets have been fired into northern Israel from Lebanon.

Al-Jazeera documentary scapegoats Israel for Egypt's problems

Al-Jazeera documentary scapegoats Israel for Egypt's problems Author: Ahron Shapiro Categories: Egypt, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates    

Egypt has a domestic gas shortage, even though it continues to sit on decades worth of proven reserves. Industry analysts, as well as some of the world's top business publications, have made clear that the reason for this shortage has absolutely nothing to do with Israel, which only imported Egyptian gas through a pipeline over a period of about three years, in quantities that amounted to an infinitesimally small fraction of all Egyptian gas exports. Moreover, rather than being the source of Egypt's gas problem, Israel is today part of its solution, and is now coming to Egypt's aid to help ease its production shortfall and meet Cairo's contractual obligations to its trading partners.

In light of these facts, al-Jazeera has plumbed new depths of its historic bias against Israel with its release, with much fanfare, of a documentary on June 9, "Egypt's Lost Power", that blamed Israel for "ripping off the Egyptian people" through the purchase of low-priced Egyptian gas, further implying that this sale was responsible for creating Egypt's gas shortage. It also aired the allegation that Israel is now opportunistically seeking to profit from the crisis and using it as a "tool to screw" and subjugate the Egyptian people.

Hamas rockets beg response
Iron Dome intercepts rocket fire from Gaza

Hamas rockets beg response Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians    

With confrontation between Israel and the Hamas in the Gaza Strip escalating, it is important to understand the conflict's context. Israel is currently under attack, with over 180 rockets fired into its territory from the Gaza Strip in recent days. The rockets have sent Israelis from central Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, from southern Beersheba to northern Hadera, running into bomb shelters.

Israel and Japan sign historic R&D agreement

Israel and Japan sign historic R&D agreement Author: Gabrielle Debinski Categories: Asia, China, India, Israel, Updates    

Japan's Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Toshimitsu Motegi, touched down in Israel on Sunday for an official visit, heading a delegation of senior members of his ministry as well as leading Japanese business people. The trip, which came about through an invitation from Prime Minister Netanyahu in the wake of his recent visit to Japan in May, is expected to further strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries. In an historic move, Minister Motegi and his Israeli counterpart, Minister for the Economy, Naftali Bennett, signed a research and development (R&D) collaboration agreement, which will make official a joint commitment to collaborate on R&D projects initiated by Israeli and Japanese businesses and research centres. The agreement will be put into practice by the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) under Israel's Ministry of Economy.

Hamas ramps up attacks as Israel launches “Operation Protective Edge”

Hamas ramps up attacks as Israel launches “Operation Protective Edge” Author: Robert Ellenhorn Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Over 225 rockets and missiles have been fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip since Monday night. Red alert sirens sounded throughout the country as rockets reached as far north as Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and even Hadera- which is around 110 kilometres from Gaza. Israel's Iron Dome defence system shot down approximately 40 of these rockets.

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After the kidnappings and murder

After the kidnappings and murder Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Today’s Update looks at developments since the burial of Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel, amid conflicting reports that Muhammed Abu Khudair, a 16-year-old Palestinian from east Jerusalem might have been murdered in an act of revenge (although other reports suggest criminal, not racist, motives). The murder has been roundly condemned overseas and in Israel, including by PM Benjamin Netanyahu. AIJAC’s statement of condemnation can be seen here. In Jerusalem, 1,000 people demonstrated against anti-Arab incitement, while hundreds of right-wing Jews and Arabs have rioted in Jerusalem.

AIJAC condemns horrific Jerusalem murder Categories: Israel, Media Releases, Palestinians    

AIJAC strongly condemns yesterday's horrific murder of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem.

While all leads are being explored, the possibility raised by Israeli authorities that this could have been a revenge attack for the brutal murder of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers is absolutely abhorrent.

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UN report confirms Iranian arms smuggling

UN report confirms Iranian arms smuggling Author: Robert Ellenhorn Categories: Iran, United Nations, Updates    

Back in March, Israeli Special Forces succeeded in intercepting a ship in the Red Sea, which Israel claimed was transporting Iranian supplied weapons bound for Gaza. Israeli commandos boarded and took control of the "Klos-C" merchant ship about 1500 kilometres from Israel's border in the Red Sea. The ship was believed to have had an intended destination of Port Sudan. Dozens of missiles and other arms were found hidden amongst the cargo. The ship was subsequently towed to Eilat for a full inspection.

Exposing the Palestinian sub-culture of hate and incitement

Exposing the Palestinian sub-culture of hate and incitement Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates    

Today’s Update looks at the destructive sub-culture in Palestinian society that legitimises hate for Israel and its people, and results in such all-too-familiar scenarios as the sickening kidnapping and murder of Israeli teenage boys, Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel. The trio who went missing 18 days ago, are believed to have been merely trying to hitchhike from the West Bank back to Israel and were abducted and murdered by Hamas members. Their deaths followed months of intense incitement by Hamas for Israelis to be abducted.