I attach a number of videos, cartoons and notes below.
(This is a follow-up to other recent dispatches which can be read here.)
1. Intensifying conflict as more rockets aimed at Tel Aviv
2. Western-funded Fatah also takes credit for rocket attacks
3. Launched from a soccer stadium. (Will FIFA condemn this?)
4. Wedding guests run for cover
5. Alert Israeli soldiers prevent terrorists killing civilians
6. Jerusalem Arabs celebrate missile strikes on Israeli civilians
7. IDF releases video to show how Israel does its best to avoid civilian casualties
9. More anti-Israel protests in North America
10. “Perfume” rockets
11. Sunday Times correspondent apologizes for fake tweet
12. And now for something lighter: a 10 second summary of Germany v Brazil
INTENSIFYING CONFLICT AS MORE ROCKETS AIMED AT TEL AVIV
[Notes below by Tom Gross]
This is a follow-up to several other recent dispatches on the ongoing conflict between Hamas (which is now part of the Palestinian unity government, having been invited in by President Abbas) and Israel. More rockets were fired at Tel Aviv and other Israeli towns and cities this morning – at least five at Tel Aviv.
My own feeling is that so far the international media coverage has not been quite as biased against Israel as it has been in the past, although there are some notable exceptions, such as the lead New York Times editorial yesterday which was full of factual errors and slurs on Israel. Or the Economist magazine which this week, in spite of the swift arrests of the killers of a Palestinian teen, classified Israel as a country with a “democratic facade”.
(Incidentally, if journalists on this list would like to contact me for quotes, please do.)
WESTERN-FUNDED FATAH ALSO TAKES CREDIT FOR ROCKET ATTACKS
Fatah also has armed forces in the Gaza Strip.
According to media reports, at least two Fatah divisions have announced that they have also started firing rockets at what they called “settlements” (i.e. towns within the internationally-recognized borders of Israel) of Ashkelon and Sderot. Another Fatah group has claimed responsibility for firing 35 rockets into Israel since Sunday.
Some of these Fatah rocket-firers, who are breaking international law by deliberately targeting civilians, are members of the Palestinian Authority security forces, who continue to receive their salaries from the U.S. and European governments.
LAUNCHED FROM A SOCCER STADIUM (WILL FIFA CONDEMN THIS?)
Israel continues to use its Iron Dome system to shoot down many incoming rockets – an incredible feat of technology devised by Israeli scientists.
But some get through. Yesterday evening, for example, a house near Jerusalem took a direct hit. Fortunately, the residents were in a bomb shelter and no one was hurt.
For operational reasons, the IDF is not making public its knowledge of precisely where in Gaza the rockets are being launched from.
But here is a graphic the IDF released in 2012, based on satellite imagery, showing where some rockets were launched from then:
WEDDING GUESTS RUN FOR COVER
A wedding in Holon near Tel Aviv is disrupted yesterday evening by a rocket alert siren as the Iron Dome intercepts a rocket over the guests’ heads.
ALERT ISRAELI SOLDIERS PREVENT TERRORISTS KILLING CIVILIANS
This video is from last night, near Zikim. In previous such infiltrations from the sea, Palestinian terrorists have killed many Israeli civilians.
JERUSALEM ARABS CELEBRATE MISSILE STRIKES ON ISRAELI CIVILIANS
Hundreds of Palestinians went up to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s old city last night to celebrate the blitz of rockets being fired at civilians across Israel.
This video is from Palestinian sources.
In this second video, you can see the Dome of the Rock in the background.
IDF VIDEO: WE ARE DOING TO OUR BEST TO AVOID CIVILIAN CASUALTIES
The Israeli army releases a video to show how it is doing all it can to avoid civilian casualties while Hamas is trying to increases them
Here is the view of one of Israel’s leading cartoonists:
MORE ANTI-ISRAEL PROTESTS IN NORTH AMERICA
An estimated 250 anti-Israel protesters surround and threaten about 30 peaceful, pro-Israel demonstrators in San Francisco. Some call for another intifada, and the destruction of Israel.
Here is the video from Toronto that I mentioned in yesterday’s dispatch:
Israeli sources says that Hamas is now using M302s (302 mm) rockets with ranges of over 100 km, which may have been made in Syria, copying old Chinese systems. They are usually launched from a truck, with four firing tubes.
At least one such rocket has been fired at the northern Israeli town of Hadera, at least 100 km from Gaza.
“The launchers may be housed underground and wheeled out for launch, then immediately wheeled back into hiding. If the IDF could hit the launchers, the war would be over,” says one expert.
Hamas are also using indigenously-produced M75 rockets.
In 2012, Gazans named a new perfume after the deadly Hamas M75 missile.
SUNDAY TIMES CORRESPONDENT APOLOGIZES FOR FAKE TWEET
Following up the item in yesterday’s dispatch, BBC admits Gaza airstrike photos are fabricated (& Swastikas by the Western Wall):
The (London) Sunday Times correspondent Haba Jala sent out a tweet yesterday apologizing for previously sending out a tweet with a photo allegedly showing “a house being bombed in Gaza” this week which was not in fact the case. Like many Western journalists, she had been misled by anti-Israel propagandists.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING LIGHTER: A 10 SECOND SUMMARY OF GERMANY V BRAZIL
In case you missed last night’s Germany v Brazil World Cup match, here is a 10 second summary:
Some might say it was Brazil’s wurst defeat ever!
For previous dispatches on the World Cup, please see: Video dispatch 25: Iranians and Israelis enjoy World Cup love-in (& U.S. Soccer Guide)
For an article about FIFA and terrorism, please see: Football killing fields: International soccer singles out Israel
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