Tag Archives: Gaza rockets


Amnesty International Slams Hamas Executions

Amnesty International Slams Hamas Executions

Today’s Top Stories 1. Amnesty International released a report (summary or full report) on Hamas torture and executions during last year’s Gaza war. According to the report Hamas used Operation Protective Edge as a cover to settle scores with rivals. Many of these unlawful killings were publicly billed as attacks against people assisting Israel during


Stories I’d Like to See: Scratching the Surface of UNRWA

We know of a few examples from the IDF of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) facilities being used to store weapons and launch rockets at Israel. This UN agency oversees Palestinian refugee camps — everything from schools and medical clinics, to camp infrastructure. According to its web site, the agency’s 2014-2015 budget is $1.4 billion,


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


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


CNN Yanks Reporter For Calling Israelis Scum

CNN removed correspondent Diana Magnay after she called Israelis “scum” in a tweet (since removed). She was in Sderot, on a hill overlooking Gaza, watching Israeli airstrikes in the distance. Off camera, a crowd of Israelis watching the night-time action were cheering, which Magnay described. But Magnay got into trouble for posting a tweet calling


Gaza Conflict Day 8: Hamas Rockets Wreck Ceasefire Initiative

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas rejected an Egyptian ceasefire initiative which Israel accepted this morning. A break in IDF air strikes to give peace a chance was met with continued Palestinian rocket fire, forcing Israel to resume operations. The truce was backed by the Arab League, the Palestinian Authority (with a twist), and the White House. According


Gaza Conflict Day 3: Israel Calls on Palestinians to Evacuate Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Times of Israel: The Palestinian Authority took the first steps to formal membership in the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Abbas did this while denouncing Israel’s military operations as “genocide.” Former ambassador Michael Oren explains why he’s worried: Abbas’s actions, including his threats to seek ICC membership so that he


Gaza Conflict Day 2: Hamas Escalates Rocket Fire

Today’s Top Stories 1. Escalation marked the second day of Operation Protective Edge. Hamas fired a Syrian-made M302 rocket at Hadera. Later in the day, rockets reached Zichron Yaakov, a coastal town about 120 km away from Gaza and just south of Haifa, representing the longest Palestinian rocket strike on Israel yet. According to Israeli


Comments and the Roar of the Crowd: Lost in Translation?

The perils of multi-lingual media monitoring. From: …@gmail.com Date: Tue, Jul 8, 2014 Subject: Re: IDNS: IDF Launches Operations Against Gaza Rocket Fire IDF launches Operation Protective Edge   IN HEBREW IT IS CALLED “TZOK EITAN” — THAT REALLY MEANS “SOLID ROCK” AND NOT A LIGHT DEFENSIVE “PROTECTIVE EDGE” (SO WHY WATERDOWN THE NAME?) I