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Mohammed Deif – Dead or Alive?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 9:05am
Mohammed Deif

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Mohammed Deif is the head of Hamas’ military wing.

Israel has made several attempt to assassinate him over the years, injuring but not killing him.

The latest was last night, but Deif’s fate is unknown:

Hundreds of Palestinians turned out on Wednesday for the funeral of the wife...

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Rocket fire from Gaza, ceasefire talks over? (Live Updates and Video)(Update: Fighting Resumes)

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10:43am
Rockets fired from Gaza civilian area at Israel

Update: Looks like the fighting is on again after Hamas and/or other Gaza groups started firing rockets into Israel even before the prior truce was over. The question is, how much will it escalate? More updates and coverage in live video and Twitter feeds at bottom of post:

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Israel: Hamas Planned West Bank Coup of Palestinian Authority

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 18, 2014 at 3:37pm
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Israeli newspapers are reporting on the just disclosed coup attempt by Hamas to dislodge Fatah in the West Bank.

The Times of Israel reported:

The Shin Bet said it arrested...

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Hamas: We intimidated reporters into not covering rocket firing

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7:00am
Hamas Spokeswoman Intimidate Reporters Gaza

Israel and its supporters have argued for some time that the news media give a skewed view of Operation Protective Edge because reporters in Gaza are intimidated by Hamas.

Perhaps one of the most blatant examples was the disappearing tweet of The Wall Street Journal’s Nick Casey, showing a member of Hamas...

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Copenhagen “Yarmulke March” held with minor disruptions

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 6:00pm
http://youtu.be/v13qbt4UBDg

Several days ago we wrote about the “Yarmulke March” planned for Copenhagen to protest anti-Semitic violence, after numerous anti-Semitic incidents and attacks, including a confrontation with a Jewish man initiated by this precious lady:

The march, organized by conservative politician Rasmus Jarlov, was held today.

There were about 500 participants, according to BT....

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How the media abetted Hamas

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 11:46am
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Yesterday the Washington Institute for Near East published Six Ways Hamas Hamas Could Limit Civilian Casualties in Gaza by Jeffrey White. All of White’s suggestions involve separating the combatants from civilians, but as White acknowledges, “… there is little chance the group will implement any of these measures.” And why would...

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Bibi beware

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 10:25am
http://youtu.be/kNHR1tcDfpU

There are more apparent rifts between Israel and the U.S. administration, this time over an interruption of Hellfire missiles at the request of the White House and State Department.

Normal channels apparently were followed, but the administration reportedly has its nose out of joint because the U.S. has been sidelined as Israel...

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AACONS Interviews Michael Rubin and Chloé Valdary

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:30pm
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[WAJ NOTE: I have been interviewed on African American Conservatives Blog Talk Radio multiple times. AACONS has a weekly podcast with some very interesting guests. AACONS will begin posting their weekly podcasts at Legal Insurrection. (Legal Insurrection has written extensively about one of the guests in this podcast, Chloé Valdary.) ]

Guests:...

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Another Gaza truce countdown (Live Video and Updates)(Breaking – New truce after rocket fire?)

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 1:04pm
Hamas Ceasefire

The current 72-hour Gaza truce expires at 5 p.m. Eastern today.

There are completely mixed signals being reported as to whether there is progress on a longer-term ceasefire, and if not, whether Hamas will attack again when the current truce expires.

We will update as events clarify, and you can follow at the...

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“Yarmulke March” planned for Copenhagen to protest anti-Semitic violence

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 11:06am
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For years we have been documenting the rise of anti-Semitic violence in Europe masquerading as anti-Zionism, in a coalition of Islamists and Leftists in places like Malmö, Sweden.

Copenhagen, Denmark also has this history, so much so that the small (6,000-8,000) Jewish community all but stopped showing Jewish symbols in public. In...

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Another biased anti-Israel U.N. investigative committee formed

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 9:44am
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The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has decided that Israel’s self-defense needs to be investigated. (Note in the UN”s announcement the words “Hamas” and “rockets” are nowhere to be found.) After Operation Cast Lead the UNHRC picked a panel of four individuals, all of whom had prejudged Israel’s guilt. The...

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“Death to Jews” at The Hague, and Nazi in Chicago

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 6:33pm
http://youtu.be/3o443KJiBTU

On July 26, we reported on anti-Semitic protests that had taken place in The Hague in which Death to Jews was shouted to the dismay of local officials.

This video of ISIS supporters shouting Death to Jews was posted on June 24. It’s not clear if it was the same protest,...

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“Sweden ever so quickly has gone from so-called anti-Zionism to open anti-Semitism”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 1:08pm
http://www.thelocal.se/20140707/man-sweden-flag-assault-israel

Less than a week ago we wrote about how The anti-Semitic shame of Malmö, Sweden continues with attack on Rabbi.

It’s part of an outburst of open, unabashed anti-Semitism throughout Europe and the world, but particularly Europe, under the mask of opposition to Israel’s...

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Hamas breaches truce, fires rockets into Israel (Live Updates and Video)

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 9:45pm
Rockets fired from Gaza civilian area at Israel

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Official reports from Israel indicate that at least two rockets were fired into Israel hours before the truce ended at 8 a.m. (Israel time) Friday.

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NY Mag claim that Hamas not involved in Israeli teens kidnapping falls apart some more

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 2:18pm
Kidnapped Israeli Teens

One of the enduring claims related to the Gaza war is that pushed by New York Magazine author Katie Zavadski in a viral article originally titled: “It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill 3 Israeli Teens After All (link goes to updated version, not original)(screenshot via Seth Frantzman):

That claim gave rise to the...

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About Second-Guessing Israel on Hamas

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 12:21pm
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told the U.S. Ambassador to Israel “not to ever second guess me again” when it comes to Hamas, after Hamas’ refusal and eventual breach of ceasefire agreements.

Did he have a point?

The international community in its zeal to solve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians makes plenty...

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Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism — A distinction in theory, but not in practice

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 1:15pm
Frankfurt anti Israel protest sign - The Jews Are Beasts - cropped

As part of my continuing (but relatively new) effort to gain exposure to new audiences, I have a guest column today at The Hill, Anti-Semitism flares up with Gaza crisis.

How timely given the events just...

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