“Fear not, for I am with you, Be not frightened, for I am your God; I strengthen you and I help.”
An IDF drill in northern Israel. Credit: IDF
The Israel-Gaza security fence has been a hotbed of violence since the “March of Returns” riots began on March 30.
Violent clashes between the IDF and Palestinian rioters, though they ebb and flow in severity, have become routine over the past two months. Additionally, terrorist organizations are firing rockets into Israel. A recent rocket hit in the yard of a southern Israeli preschool.
“The weekend’s events are a continuation of Hamas’ repeated attempts to turn the area next to the security fence into a violent zone both above and below ground, conduct terror attacks, damage security infrastructure, and endanger lives of Israel civilians and IDF soldiers,” an IDF Spokesperson said
Dr. John A.I Grossman, Chairman of LIBI USA, explained to Breaking Israel News that the violence on the Israel-Gaza border is ongoing, even if much of the international media does not report on daily encounters.
“Day and night, the IDF is standing guard at one of the most tense and volatile borders in the world,” said Grossman. “Over the past few days in particular, the IDF is working around the clock putting out fires and responding to emergency situations.”
Thousands of Palestinian rioters gathered in five separate locations along the Israel-Gaza security fence last Friday afternoon. In addition to hurling burning tires, fire bombs, and stones towards IDF forces, shots were fired at an IDF vehicle. A terrorist was spotted planting a grenade on the Israel-Gaza border during the riots. The grenade exploded but did not cause any casualties or injuries to IDF personnel.
On Sunday, the violence was still at a peak. Terrorist groups fired rockets into Israel in the morning. The Iron Dome missile defense system successfully intercepted three projectiles, but sirens sounded in the southern town of Sderot and surrounding areas, forcing thousands of Israelis to seek cover in bomb shelters.
In response to the rocket fire, the Israeli Air Force attacked five terror targets in Gaza.
“This strike was conducted in response to the projectiles which were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel last night, in addition to the acts of terror approved and led by the Hamas terror organization throughout the weekend,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s unit.
The airstrikes destroyed two rocket and weapon manufacturing facilities, an urban warfare training facility and infrastructure belonging to Hamas’ naval unit in the Gaza Strip.
“Kite Terrorism,” in which incendiary kites are flown from Gaza into Israel, has been has become a new and common act of terror over the past few weeks. Burning kites land in Israeli fields and cause significant damage.
Saturday afternoon saw the largest fire in Israel as the result of “kite terrorism” to date. The Karmia Nature Reserve caught fire from an incendiary kite flown from Gaza. The fire required the efforts of 12 firefighting trams and four air tankers to be extinguished.
Some 75 acres of agricultural land was destroyed in the attack.
On Sunday, Palestinian terrorists breached the Israel-Gaza border. The terrorists set fire to IDF military supplies and other equipment used in the construction of terror tunnel barriers between Israel and Gaza. The terrorists managed to return to the Gaza Strip unharmed.
On Monday, two Palestinians were stopped while trying to cross into Israel. One terrorist was killed, and the second apprehended by IDF Forces. The pair of terrorists was carrying an axe, and the IDF is being credited with preventing a terror attack on Israel soil.
“Every day presents a new and difficult set of challenges for our forces on the Israel-Gaza border,” said Grossman. “During these stressful times, we must offer emotional and physical support to the soldiers of the IDF.”
Members of Students for Justice in Palestine speak at the “Palestine Without Borders” session at the 2018 United We Dream National Congress. Photo: Youth Empowerment Alliance.
A pro-Israel group on Thursday denounced an “antisemitic” session recently hosted by an immigrant youth organization, which compared Israel with Nazi Germany and equated the movement for Jewish self-determination with white supremacy and genocide.
69% of progressives are ashamed to be Americans, but 63% are proud of their political ideology instead. The majority don’t attend religious services, but 73% list politics as their preoccupation.
Numbers from one poll showed that, “religiously unaffiliated Democrats were more than twice as likely to have attended a rally within the past 12 months compared with their religious peers” and were “significantly more likely to have contacted an elected official or to have donated to a candidate or cause” or “bought or boycotted a product for political reasons or posted political opinions online”.
Campus Week: A guide for Jewish students and their elders
Anti-Zionism ghettoizes Jews from the rest of the justice movement, putting a wall around us that separates us from other marginalized people. It cannot be reconciled with any movement striving for inclusivity. It denies us access to solidarity-based movements which should be fighting for equality, for historically oppressed peoples. As American Jewish students return to campus, they should prepare to be challenged academically and intellectually, and should also prepare to challenge movements that don’t respect Zionism and their Jewish heritage.
The Jerusalem Post reviewed a video showing two speakers who called for the “liberation of all of Palestine 48” and “we must take a stand and boycott Israel. BDS.” The slogan to “liberate all of Palestine” reverts to the founding of the Jewish state in 1948 and is widely considered a euphemism to cleanse Israel of Jews.
The German Middle East expert Thomas von der Osten-Sacken wrote an article on the website of the Austrian-based think tank Mena-Watch, with the headline “Speaker at indivisible demonstration calls for Israel’s destruction.” The protest was called #unteilbar (indivisible) by its organizers.
From 1998 to 2008, 5.4 million Congolese died as a result of civil war. Most of the Congolese asylum seekers in Israel came during this period.
It is now the turn of hundreds of asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to be deported back to their country. The Foreign Ministry has implied that the conditions that justified collective protection to Congolese asylum seekers no longer prevail and that there is nothing to prevent them from returning home safely. The Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) has given them 90 days to leave the country.
With its decades-old track record of murder and mayhem, Hamas has already secured itself a place in the annals of infamy.
From bus bombings to underground terror tunnels to the indiscriminate firing of thousands of rockets and projectiles at Israeli towns and cities, the Islamic extremist group has repeatedly found new ways to sow widespread death and destruction.
Since Israel’s unilateral disengagement from Gaza in 2005, the standard of living for the Palestinian people in Gaza has steadily declined, even though Israel gifted the Palestinians with thriving agricultural lands, productive greenhouses and beautiful beachfront communities.
Every once in a while, I come across a book that I can say changed the way I understand the world I live in. Raymond Ibrahim’s new book, Sword and Scimitar, altered the way I understand the development of our civilization – I mean the one that America inherited from Europe and made our own. It drove home to me how little I knew about the way Islam – in the form of attempted and often successful conquest – really changed the way our civilization evolved and the way it grew to understand itself.
American Thinker: “How War with Islam Shaped and Defined Us”
“In the Hadith, the Day of Judgment will never happen until you fight the Jews,” Hatem Bazian reportedly declared, “until the trees and stones will say, oh Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him!”
That was in 1999.
Two years later, Bazian had co-founded Students for Justice in Palestine. Three years later, 79 members of his new SJP hate group were busted for disrupting a Holocaust Remembrance Day event.
Iran is a formidable enemy. A large country of more than 80 million people, endowed with energy riches, it has always been a regional power. Having an imperial past and revolutionary zeal (since the 1979 Iranian Revolution), Iran nourishes ambitions to rule over the Middle East and beyond. Furthermore, theologically there is no place in Iranian thinking for a Jewish state.