The beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley has raised concerns in the West about Islamist threats. But Israel has been facing this specter for decades and – given Israel's proximity to the Islamist threat – the Jewish state is the canary in the coalmine for the West. But Gaza seems to be the Western blind spot, even though the Hamas-ISIS parallels are glaringly obvious.
Since beheadings are the current media focus, and ISIS has beheaded infants, it's worth noting that Hamas praised the 2011 Itamar murders, which involved the decapitation of a baby. Islamist beheadings should surprise no one, given that they've been happening for much of (and despite) modernity – perhaps because "Islam is the only major world religion today that is cited…to legitimize beheadings," according to this study.
While there have been no reported Hamas beheadings of journalists, the similarities between Hamas and ISIS are more important than their differences. more >>
On Wednesday I urged conservatives to challenge jihadists and their enablers in international tribunals, including the U.N. Our ACLJ international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice, sent a letter to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights detailing Hamas's war crimes and describing exactly how her accusations against Israel lead to further use of human shields and further abuse of civilian facilities.
Today, we escalated our efforts, sending a letter to the U.N. secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, demanding an investigation into potential U.N. complicity in Hamas war crimes:
In light of our commitment to the rule of law in international affairs, we were distressed to learn of the intentional misuse of UNRWA facilities in the Gaza Strip in support of Hamas operatives in their attacks on Israel, a UN member state in good standing, in obvious violation of principles enunciated in the UN Charter, a number of UN Security Council resolutions, and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) . The very reputation and legitimacy of the UN and its various arms and agencies are at stake, especially since Hamas is widely recognized as a terrorist organization. Further, the return to Hamas of the rockets unlawfully stored in UNRWA facilities strongly suggests that UNRWA employees may be acting in concert and/or co-operating with Hamas operatives in unlawfully attacking a UN member state. That cannot be tolerated and may, in fact, constitute a war crime. At a minimum, it places in question the legitimacy and impartiality of all UNRWA operations in Gaza. more >>
An Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip on Thursday has killed three top Hamas commanders that it had identified as having "planned deadly attacks against Israeli civilians." Israel and the Palestinian militant group have resumed fighting following the collapse of a 10-day ceasefire.
The three senior Hamas military figures who were among six killed were identified as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum, with Hamas stating that they died in the bombing of a house in the southern town of Rafah.
A truce in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas collapsed Tuesday after the Palestinian militant group fired rockets at Israel, which retaliated by launching air strikes at terrorist targets.
Israel has reportedly recalled its negotiators from long-term peace talks in Cairo, France 24 reported. Both sides are accusing each other for the collapse of the truce, which had allowed humanitarian groups to provide some relief to the civilians trapped in the crossfire.
Azzam al-Ahmed, the head of a joint-Palestinian delegation in Cairo, said that "the ceasefire has collapsed and Israel is responsible." more >>
Dear Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS),
Our leadership felt bad about all of the tough press you've been getting lately and – given our talent for ruining Gaza while enjoying endless love from the media – we thought we'd share some pointers with you.
We've been at this Islamist terrorism thing for decades now, so we can offer some helpful tips for your war to establish a Caliphate – a goal we LOVE. After all, if you overrun Jordan, we could even become allied forces in the West Bank, from which we can jointly conquer Israel. more >>
It has been confirmed that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed to extend a temporary ceasefire in Gaza for 24 hours on Monday night, while talks in Cairo went on to secure a long-term deal to put an end to the six-week conflict.
The negotiations ended late on Monday night, with the Palestinian delegation saying that both sides are still some way from an agreement. They also hinted that the truce will not be extended again if things could not be resolved by Tuesday.
Negotiators spent Sunday and Monday conducting indirect conversations mediated by the Egyptian intelligence officers, but failed to reach agreement about a draft treaty proposed by Egyptian officials on Sunday. more >>