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Day after terrorist kills two in Jerusalem attack, Hamas calls for “a new phase of confrontation”

Posted by Tip Staff - October 10, 2016


A day after a Palestinian terrorist killed two Israelis and wounded six others during a shooting spree in Jerusalem, Hamas, which has claimed the attacker as one of its own, praised the attack and called on its militants in the West Bank to prepare “for a new phase of confrontation.” Levana Malihi, 60, and police officer First Sergeant Yosef Kirma, 29, were the Israelis murdered in the attack. The 39-year-old gunman, who was fatally shot by police, was set to begin a four-month prison sentence next week for assaulting a police officer three years ago.
According to The Times of Israel, the assailant, Musbah Abu Sbeih, was “reportedly known to Israel Police as a suspected terrorist and member of Hamas for several years. He previously spent a year in jail for incitement in Facebook posts.” Some of those posts read, “We sacrifice our souls and our blood for you Al-Aqsa,” and “we sacrifice our children for Al-Aqsa,” in reference to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which sits atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (Judaism's holiest site) and is the third holiest site in Islam. He was involved with a group that regularly harasses non-Muslim visitors to the Temple Mount.
Hamas referred to the terrorist as its “son” who “died a martyr.” The group called the attack “heroic” and “a normal reply to the crimes of the Israeli occupation.” In a Facebook post, Fatah, the party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, also praised Abu Sbeih: "The one who carried out the operation today in Jerusalem is a pilgrim [to Mecca] martyr, one of the most prominent people in Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and a released prisoner.” The Jerusalem branch of Fatah called for a general strike “in Jerusalem in memory of the souls of the martyrs of Palestine and this morning’s martyr.” Abu Sbeih's teenage daughter said in a video, “We deem my father as martyr...I am proud of what my father did. We’re very happy and proud of our father.” Hamas handed out candy and baklava in celebration of the attack and sweets were passed out in East Jerusalem as well.
Incitement to violence by the Palestinian leadership has driven an ongoing wave of terrorism for the past year, which has killed 42 Israelis and wounded more than 500. Fatah boasted in August that it has “killed 11,000 Israelis.” Abbas praised a Jordanian who was shot while attempting to stab Israeli Border Police officers as a “martyr” in a condolence letter to his family last month. He has consistently refused to condemn acts of terrorism. A senior adviser to Abbas stated this past June, “Wherever you find an Israeli, slit his throat.” When a Palestinian terrorist went on a stabbing spree in Jaffa that killed American army veteran Taylor Force in March, the PA’s official TV news station called the terrorist responsible a “martyr” and on Twitter, Abbas’s Fatah party hailed him as a “martyr” and a “hero.” Last February, Abbas met with families of terrorists who carried out attacks against Israelis, telling them: “Your sons are martyrs.”


Iranian-backed Houthi rebels fired two missiles at a U.S. Navy vessel off the coast of Yemen on Sunday. The USS Mason was traveling north of the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait, where it was “conducting routine operations in international waters,” said Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis. The missiles did not hit the ship and no American sailors were injured. The U.S. Navy destroyer was deployed off the Yemeni coast after a ship from the United Arab Emirates was struck and severely damaged by Houthi rockets there last week. The weapons used in that attack were supplied by Iran, American officials told Fox News.
The Houthis seized control of the Yemeni government in 2015, prompting a military intervention by a Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries. The United Nations has identified Yemen as a “humanitarian crisis,” reporting that more than 10,000 people, including 3,800 civilians, were killed between March 2015 and August 2016.
The Houthis, whose logo reads in Arabic “God is great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam,” have received arms, including missiles, and training from Iran. American, French, and Australian vessels have intercepted weapons shipments from Iran on their way to the Houthi rebels. After the capture of Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, in 2014, Iranian parliamentarian Ali Reza Zakani, who is close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, boasted that Iran now controlled four Arab capitals, the other three being Damascus, Baghdad, and Beirut.
In August, Secretary of State John Kerry said, “We were deeply troubled by the attacks on Saudi territory. We were deeply troubled by  the photographs which were shown to me...by [Saudi Crown Prince] His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Nayef showing missiles that had come from Iran that were being positioned on the Saudi border. And we are deeply concerned about missile attacks that have taken place on border towns.” Kerry continued, “The threat additionally posed by the shipment of missiles and other sophisticated weapons into Yemen from Iran extends well beyond Yemen. It is not a threat just to Saudi Arabia; it is a threat to the region, it is a threat to the United States, and it cannot continue.”


Iran is forcing women to cover their hair at the next world chess championship—and the reigning U.S. Women’s Chess Champion is circulating a petition in protest. She is just over 300 signatures short of her 15,000 goal.
The petition calls on the World Chess Federation (FIDE)—which “rejects discriminatory treatment for national, political, racial, social or religious reasons or on account of sex” in its handbook—to reconsider its choice of Iran as tournament host. Leading women’s chess player Nazi Paikidze-Barnes, 22, authored the document and declared she will be boycotting the contest “even if it means missing one of the most important competitions of my career.”
“Some consider a hijab part of culture,” Paikidze said in an Instagram post announcing her decision. “But, I know that 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.”
She has been harshly criticized by prominent officials involved with the chess federation and by Iranian media outlets, and more recently has been the target of op-eds in several prominent news outlets. Muslim women’s rights activists in turn criticized the op-eds, with former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Q. Nomani describing one as “tragic because it uses women to tell other women to shut up.” Nomani ran an op-ed against “Iran’s hijab fetish” in The Washington Post last week.
Nomani previously challenged the women’s head covering in another Washington Post piece alongside Arab female journalist Hala Arafa: “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.”


Israelis didn’t have far to go in the rush to get aid to the people of Haiti following Hurricane Matthew’s destructive brush with the island country. That’s because they were already there. A crew from the nonprofit organization IsraAID has been in Haiti for more than six years, having arrived just after the January 2010 earthquake to help in rescue and recovery operations. Hurricane Matthew’s 145-mile-per-hour winds and torrential rains destroyed houses and entire villages as well as roads, bridges and other infrastructure on October 3 and 4. Government and UN officials estimate that some 350,000 Haitians are in need of assistance.
IsraAID and local partner Prodev were the first to provide food and water for hundreds of children and their families at Cite Soleil, “a densely populated and extremely impoverished community in Port-Au-Prince,” Noam-Alon reported. “The little we had is all gone,” said a pastor in Cite Soleil who is working in a local school serving as a temporary shelter for residents. “Thanks to IsraAID’s donation, I was able to feed all these kids for the last two days.” Only two months ago, MASHAV, the Israel Foreign Ministry’s agency for international development cooperation, sent a new shipment of medical supplies to re-equip the trauma unit it established in one of Haiti’s main government hospitals three years ago. (via Israel21c)

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