The Israeli-Hamas military conflict continued to escalate over the week, with Israeli airstrikes in response to rocket attacks driving Palestinians from their homes in Gaza.
Close to 17,000 Palestinians have fled their homes in northern Gaza and reached United Nations shelters, with officials sharing that at least 172 people have been killed and more than 1,250 wounded since last week.
Israel's military has been exchanging fire with Islamic militant group Hamas, with close to 1,000 rockets being fired from Gaza by Monday morning. BBC News reported that the mass evacuation in Gaza followed Israel's warning that it is prepared to launch a ground invasion. more >>
Rockets fired from Lebanon have hit Israel territory near the northern town of Metula, near the border. Meanwhile, the death toll from the conflict with Gaza has reached over 100 on Friday.
According to CNN, no damage or injuries have been reported from the Lebanon rockets, and it is unclear who exactly launched them. An Israel Defense Forces spokesman said that Israel believes the Lebanese government to be responsible for the attack.
Meanwhile, airstrikes exchanged by Israeli forces and militant group Hamas have left at least 100 dead in Gaza since the long-standing conflict turned violent again two weeks ago. more >>
Islamic militant group Hamas has vowed revenge on Israel after airstrikes on Gaza Monday morning killed seven of its members.
"The enemy will pay a tremendous price," the group said, according to The Associated Press.
The seven men were reportedly killed by an Israeli airstrike on a tunnel used by the militants. Two other militants from a different group were also killed in another bombing. more >>
There have been and will continue to be Jewish terrorists who use their religion to justify murder, but the difference between Jewish jihad and Islamic jihad is that only in Islam is jihad a legitimate expression of the faith.
It is true that there have been religious Jews like Baruch Goldstein, who gunned down 29 Muslim worshipers and wounded more than 125 others before being beaten to death in 1994.
And it is true that his epitaph reads, "He gave his life for the people of Israel, its Torah and land." more >>
A recent Gulf News report sheds some light on how and why the United States helped bring the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies to power, followed by all the subsequent chaos and atrocities in the Mideast region.
Large portions of the report follow with my commentary interspersed for added context:
Dubai: For the past decade, two successive US administrations have maintained close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Libya, to name just the most prominent cases. more >>
More than 10 years ago, media watchdog groups noticed a consistent pattern in Middle East reporting.
When Palestinians attacked Israelis, headlines expressed their actions in the passive voice, as in, "Bomb explosion leaves 5 Israelis dead." Yes, a bomb just decided to explode and kill some people. How it got there and who detonated it, nobody knows.
When the Israeli army attacked Palestinians, the headlines read very differently, with Israel portrayed as the clear aggressor, as in, "Israeli army kills 5 Palestinians." Those evil, murderous Israelis are at it again! more >>