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First Night of Gaza Ground Invasion: The Tunnel War

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 18, 2014 at 8:17am
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Overnight, the New York Times reports that one Israeli soldier and 20 Palestinians were killed. (A report at The Times of Israel puts the number at 22 Palestinians, at least 14 of whom were members of Hamas.)

An Israeli soldier was killed early Friday along with at least 20 Palestinians in the...

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Gaza ground war started (Live Updates)

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 3:39pm
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There are numerous reports that after heavy artillery shelling along the border, Israeli troops have entered on the ground in Gaza. Israel i24 News reports that the Prime Minister’s office has authorized a ground incursion to destroy tunnels.

It’s not known if it is a limited incursion or something...

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Rockets found hidden in UN Gaza school

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 10:02am
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The killing of four boys on a Gaza beach has generated enormous criticism of Israel.

Israel itself has expressed sorrow at the killing (see Featured Image Tweet).

But one fact not reported anywhere except WaPo is that the area was known to be used for rocket launching:

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Hamas attempts major Terror Attack before humanitarian truce, resumes rocket fire after

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 8:36am
Hamas terrorists emerge from tunnel near Kibbutz 7-17-2014

In the early morning hours today, prior the implementation of the humanitarian ceasefire, the IDF spotted a terror cell infiltrating from Gaza. Aircraft targeted the terrorists in a dramatic video.

The New York Times reports:

The Israeli military said it foiled an attempt by Gaza militants to infiltrate a kibbutz through a tunnel...

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The lopsided casualty rate in Gaza proves nothing about responsibility for the conflict

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 2:00pm
Barrage of Rockets Fired Towards Tel Aviv 7-15-2014

An argument which is being used against Israel and which is quite nonsensical is that the low Israeli casualty rate from over a thousand Hamas rockets somehow makes the higher Palestinian casualty rate a war crime or otherwise indefensible.

It’s true that the casualty rate is lopsided, but that has nothing to...

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Hamas rejects Egyptian ceasefire proposal, keeps firing rockets at Israeli cities UPDATE: Israel Resumes Attacks

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:10am
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Prof. Jacobson posted yesterday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an Egyptian ceasefire proposal. This morning Israel’s security cabinet accepted the Egyptian proposal.

The New York Times reports:

Israel has accepted Egypt’s proposal for a cessation of hostilities with Hamas and other militant Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip, the prime minister’s...

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Israel PM Netanyahu accepts Egyptian ceasefire proposal (Update: Hamas armed wing rejects)

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 14, 2014 at 4:50pm
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Egypt has offered a cease fire proposal, as reported by Haaretz at its live blog (times are Israel time):

10:29 P.M. Sources in the Egyptian Foreign Ministry say Egypt has proposed a cease-fire outline to Israel and Gaza: The cease-fire will start at 9 A.M., meaning Israel will stop aerial, naval and...

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Pallywood now pallywooding alleged Israeli pallywooding

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:32am
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We reported the other day how Pallywood swings back into action for Gaza conflict with images of carnage from Syria, Iraq and elsewhere being passed off by anti-Israel propagandists on social media as reflecting the current Gaza conflict.

It gets worse.

Now there are accusations that Israel is faking injuries, in essence doing...

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Paris Synagogue attacked by Pro-Palestinian crowd carrying boycott message

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 5:38pm
BDS banner at attack on Paris Synagogue 7-13-2014

On the streets of Paris today, a crowd of anti-Israel protesters surrounded and attacked a Synagogue full of worshippers, throwing rocks and attacking the building, via Times of Israel:

Several thousand demonstrators walked calmly through the streets of Paris behind a large banner that read “Total Support for the Struggle of the...

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Updates on #Gaza: Israeli Commandos Attack Rocket Cache, more (#IsraelUnderFire)

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 10:58am
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The Times of Israel sums up the casualties so far.

As of Saturday afternoon, the death toll in Gaza from Israel’s Operation Protective Edge had climbed to 127 people, after Israeli forces struck 60 targets overnight Friday and into Saturday; Israel had no breakdown on the proportion of civilian and combatant casualties....

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Pallywood swings back into action for Gaza conflict

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 10:20am
http://youtu.be/XnO4gy8dQIc

In the propaganda war against Israel, fakery is key. Pallywood is the longest running series in the history of fiction.

This video is from the November 2012 Gaza conflict:

In the July 2014 Gaza conflict,

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Video: Hezbollah flag-waving protester at Israeli Embassy in D.C.

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:20pm
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We highlighted earlier this week The threatening face of anti-Israel boycotters in America.

Here’s another example.

The Capitol City Project attended an anti-Israeli protest in Washington D.C. today, and had a nice chat with an anti-Israel protester carrying a Hezbollah flag:

A man carrying the flag of the terrorist group Hezbollah gathered with other...

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We Stand With our Blog Friends in Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 11, 2014 at 12:30pm
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This is a little spooky.

Here’s a blog post I wrote in November 2012, the last time Israel had to deal with the terrorist alliance in Gaza and its rocket fire:

Since then, we have added more Israeli blog friends, many of whom I met on my trip to Israel last summer.

So once...

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Hamas urging civilians to be human shields “just a fact”

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 8:58pm
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CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday interviewed Diana Buttu, former legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization, concerning the current conflict between Hamas and Israel. The interview got a bit…uncomfortable…as Tapper challenged Buttu on some of her responses.

Here is an excerpt:

TAPPER: Why is Hamas launching rockets into Israeli population centers and are...

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Three of six Israeli Jews arrested in teen murder released since not involved

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 12:30pm
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We have previously reported Six Israeli Jews arrested in murder of Palestinian teen.

Police now have determined that three of the six were not involved in the murder, and have been released on home confinement since they may be implicated indirectly to a group to which the actual murderers belonged.

The Times of...

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Israel Warns Civilians to Stay out of Harm’s Way; Hamas Sends Them Back In

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:00am
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As Operation Protective Edge it’s worth anticipating the likely response to Israel’s latest war against Hamas. Israel will be accused of a disproportionate response and of not taking care to avoid collateral damage. Already there’s been at least one incident in which a number of civilians were injured and and 7...

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Elephants at Israeli zoo huddle to protect young as sirens wail

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 9:38pm
http://youtu.be/vEh2S3LqTs4

From our good friend Anne in Petah Tikva, a story and translation regarding the zoo in Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv:

In contrast to the inhuman behaviour...

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