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5 Reasons Not to Equate Hamas With the Jewish Underground

5 Reasons Not to Equate Hamas With the Jewish Underground

Memo to Irish Times cartoonist Martyn Turner: Here are five reasons your cartoon was wrong to equate the Jewish underground groups of Israel’s War of Independence with Hamas. 1. The Jewish underground never sought to destroy Britain as the homeland of the British people. Hamas seeks to destroy Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. 2. The

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Gaza Conflict Day 21: Hamas Threatens Journalists

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF released its findings on the shelling of a UN school in Beit Hanoun, in which 15 Palestinians were killed. The Jerusalem Post reports: . . . Hamas terrorists fired at the army from within the school complex. The terrorists fired anti-tank missiles at soldiers, the army added.   The

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Gaza Conflict Day 20: Hamas Seeking North Korean Weaponry

Today’s Top Stories 1. Daily Telegraph: Hamas is trying to purchase missiles and communication equipment from North Korea. Security officials say the deal between Hamas and North Korea is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and is being handled by a Lebanese-based trading company with close ties to the militant Palestinian organisation based in east

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Gaza Conflict Day 17: UN Human Rights Council Launches Inquiry

Today’s Top Stories 1. The US cancelled its ban on flights to and from Ben Gurion Airport but some airlines are saying they’re not ready to wing it just yet. The Times of Israel, JTA and Irish Times look at the significance of what Hamas pulled off. For the latest flight updates, just go to

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Gaza Conflict Day 16: Ben Gurion Flights Suspended

Today’s Top Stories 1. Foreign airline carriers — all of them — suspended flights to and from Ben Gurion Airport. According to Globes, only Israel’s three airlines — El Al, Arkia, and Israir are “continuing routine operations.” This came after a Hamas rocket struck a house in Yehud, a Tel Aviv suburb five km (three

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Gaza Conflict Day Day 15: Soldier Missing in Gaza, Presumed Dead

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF confirmed that one of its soldiers in Gaza, is missing and presumed dead. The 21 year-old Sgt Oron Shaul is from the northern Israel town of Poriyah. The IDF released the names of other fallen soldiers.   2. 20,000 Israelis attend lone US-born soldier’s funeral. 3. Dr. Irwin Mansdorf

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Gaza Conflict Day 14: Did Israel Strike Hamas Stockpile in Sudan?

Today’s Top Stories 1. 40 members of UAE aid convoy to Gaza revealed as intelligence agents. Commentators say that suspicions should have been aroused when the convoy was allowed by the Egyptians to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing, as no other convoys have been allowed to enter since the start of the Israeli attack

To The New York Times: It's the Terror Tunnels, Stupid

It’s The Terror Tunnels, Stupid

There’s no place for Gazans to hide during Israeli strikes because there are no bomb shelters. If you read Anne Barnard’s New York Times dispatch, you might think it’s solely because of the nasty Israeli blockade of the Strip. Construction materials, we’re told, aren’t allowed in. Hemmed in by Israeli and Egyptian border restrictions, there’s

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Can We Call it a War, and What’s the Difference?

“Call it a crisis.” “Or a conflict. Or a campaign.” “But don’t call it a war. Not yet, anyway,” my editor said. “There’s a difference between a war and a conflict,” he said, though he didn’t elaborate. Operation Protective Edge at that point was only airstrikes, and we were on deadline. Deadline’s not a good

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Gaza Conflict Day 13: IDF Fatalities, Hamas Media Restrictions

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF suffered its first fatalities of Operation Protective Edge, and Israel’s second civilian was killed by a rocket. 20 year-old 1st Sgt Eitan Barak, of Herzliya; apparently killed by light arms fire. 20 year-old Staff Sgt Bania Roval of Holon; shot by a terrorist in a tunnel 21 year-old 2nd

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