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Gaza terrorists launch rocket at southern Israeli city; IDF strikes Hamas targets in response

Posted by Tip Staff - October 05, 2016


 

Gaza-based terrorists launched a rocket at the southern Israeli city of Sderot on Wednesday, prompting Israeli tank fire and Israeli Air Force strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. The rocket landed on a residential street and did not cause any bodily harm, although three Israelis were treated for anxiety. Ahfad al-Sahaba-Aknaf Bayt al-Maqdis, an ISIS-affiliated group, took responsibility for the rocket launch and declared (in what the Times of Israel described as “poorly-translated Hebrew”), “Oh you cowardly Jews: You don’t have safety in our land. [Former defense minister Moshe] Ya’alon, the failure at giving security. [Defense Minister Avigdor] Liberman to fail will be a certainty.”
Although Hamas did not carry out the attack, Israel has made clear that it holds Hamas responsible for any attacks originating in the Strip. IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said, “Today’s attack, the second since the beginning of August in the city of Sderot, is the direct result of Hamas’ terror agenda in the Gaza Strip that encourages deliberate attacks against Israeli civilians. The IDF remains committed to the stability of the region and the defense of the residents of southern Israel in the face of terror.”
After the airstrike, Hamas’ spokesman warned, “We condemn the Israeli escalation in the Gaza Strip and warn against its continuation. We emphasize that we will not be able to continue to sit idly by and allow it to continue.”
Hamas routinely attempts to smuggle materials into Gaza that can be used by terrorists to manufacture rockets and other weapons. In late May, Israel intercepted a shipment of material that could be used in the construction of rockets and terror tunnels. Earlier in the month, Israeli authorities uncovered a shipment of four tons of ammonium chloride that was concealed in over 30 tons of salt. The compound can be employed both as a fertilizer and in the production of rockets. The Israel Tax Authority stated that those four tons could have resulted in the production of hundreds of long-range rockets. Hamas also collaborates with ISIS’ Sinai affiliate, paying and training its fighters, as well as smuggling weaponry across the border into Sinai.
 

 

Iran is forcing women to cover their hair at the next world chess championship—and the reigning U.S. Women’s Chess Champion is having none of it. The top-ranked 22-year-old Nazi Paikidze-Barnes would rather boycott the contest than submit to Islamic dress codes used to subjugate women.
"Some consider hijab a part of culture. But I know a lot of Iranian women are bravely protesting this forced law daily and risking a lot by doing so. That’s why I will NOT wear a hijab and support women’s oppression. Even if it means missing one of the most important competitions of my career,” she posted on Instagram. An online petition to challenge the decision to host the Women’s World Chess Championship in Iran surfaced on her Twitter Monday, and is about 1,500 signatures short of its goal.
For this she is being attacked in a coordinated campaign run by the chess federation and the Iranians. They're saying she's being disrespectful to cultural differences and hurting Iranian women.
Asra Nomani, a women’s rights activist specializing in the Islamic world and former Wall Street Journal reporter, voiced her support for Paikidze-Barnes on Twitter. She previously challenged the hijab in The Washington Post alongside an Arab female journalist: “To us, the ‘hijab’ is a symbol of an interpretation of Islam we reject that believes that women are a sexual distraction to men, who are weak, and thus must not be tempted by the sight of our hair. We don’t buy it. This ideology promotes a social attitude that absolves men of sexually harassing women and puts the onus on the victim to protect herself by covering up.
The new Muslim Reform Movement, a global network of leaders, advocating for human rights, peace and secular governance, supports the right of Muslim women to wear — or not wear — the headscarf.”

 

The United Nations released satellite imagery of the recent destruction of eastern Aleppo, which is being besieged by the regime of Bashar al-Assad and its backers, on Wednesday. The images show a devastated city: craters (a telltale sign of airstrikes) and damaged buildings. Lars Bromley, a research adviser at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research’s Operational Satellite Applications Program (UNOSAT), told reporters, “Since the cease-fire has broken down, you certainly see an awful lot of new damage.” Bromley continued that the photos also showed that “[t]o a certain extent you’re looking at rubble being pushed around.” Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the conditions inside eastern Aleppo “worse than a slaughterhouse.” The World Health Organization announced last Friday that more than 300 civilians, including more than 100 children, had died in the onslaught against the eastern half of Syria’s largest city that week. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. was suspending bilateral engagement with Russia with regard to Syria due to Russia’s participation, alongside Assad, in the onslaught against Aleppo, which has seen the wanton, purposeful destruction of hospitals and the use of bunker-busting bombs to destroy underground civilian shelters and medical facilities.
The Assad regime, which has perpetrated countless atrocities against Syrian civilians, is staunchly backed in its brutality by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. The Syrian government has carried out the indiscriminate murder of civilians through the use of barrel bombsmassacres, intentional starvation, and chemical weapon attacks, leading to the death of over 400,000 people and the world’s largest refugee crisis since the Second World War.

 
Israeli chefs are bringing their flavor to New York, The Wall Street Journal reported in a story Tuesday, noting the import of “Jerusalem-style” dishes. “If you told me 17 years ago I’d be serving 40 pounds of hummus a day, I’d be laughing and saying you’re out of your mind,” said chef Amitzur Mor, drawing attention to the high demand for traditional Israeli fare. The article credits Einat Admony for jump-starting Israeli dining in New York about a decade ago.
A 2009 study commissioned by the UJA-Federation concluded there about 30,000 Israeli-born Jews living in New York—roughly a third of the United States total. But those numbers are widely disputed: the Israeli-American Council (IAC) clocks the number of Israeli-Americans at between 500,000 and 800,000. Moatza-Mekomit—another Israeli-American organization which merged with the IAC earlier this year—estimated that there were about 650,000 Israeli-Americans, with 150,000 in the New York area.


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