Hamas defiant after latest Israeli air strikes on Gaza: Revelation 11

Hamas defiant after latest Israeli air strikes on Gaza

Wednesday 14th Apr 2021

GAZA will not be broken, ruling party Hamas said today, after Israel launched another wave of air strikes on the Palestinian enclave, the second in a matter of days.

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) claimed that it had struck “Hamas terror targets including a training facility, an anti-aircraft missile launcher post, a concrete production plant and terror tunnel infrastructure.”

It alleged the attack was responding to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, although did not state who launched it.

Israel holds Hamas, which is the ruling party in Gaza, responsible for all rockets launched from its territory.

Tel Aviv often claims to have struck military targets, however most of its missiles are reported to have struck civilian infrastructure and agricultural land.

No casualties were reported as a result of either Thursday’s or Saturday’s air strikes, which took place in the first week of the holy month of Ramadan.

“Gaza still fights and doesn’t break,” a Hamas spokesman said after the latest attack.

Gaza is home to two million people and has been subjected to a siege, with Israel having imposed a blockade of its land and sea borders in 2007 when Hamas was first elected.

Mossad Missed the Mark: Revelation 11

Did the Mossad ‘shoot’ and miss with Natanz sabotage? – analysis

After initial denials, Iran has admitted that it lost the use of thousands of centrifuges plus extensive aspects of its electricity from the April 11 incident.

Did Israel’s mythic intelligence agency, the Mossad, take its best shot at slowing Iran’s nuclear program last week and miss?

Although Israel’s supporters were complimenting the spy agency all week on the incident at Natanz on April 11 (about which sources told The Jerusalem Post and others that it was involved), which supposedly set back Tehran’s nuclear program by nine months, this may be a case of winning the battle but losing the war.

Whoever carried out the April 11 sabotage of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program did so to achieve two goals:

One was to set back Iran’s clock for how quickly it could potentially break out to a nuclear program. Allegedly, Natanz’s centrifuges for enriching uranium were to be off-line or unusable for nine months.

The second broader goal was to eliminate Tehran’s bargaining leverage at the negotiating table with the US and world powers so that Washington would feel less pressure to rush a return to the 2015 nuclear deal and only return if it received significant concessions.

After initial denials, Iran has admitted it lost the use of thousands of centrifuges plus extensive aspects of its electricity from the April 11 incident.

But within days, the Islamic Republic was claiming it would make a major jump in uranium enrichment to the 60% level.

This act, if it happened, could bring Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei much closer to a nuclear weapon than he had been prior to the Natanz incident.

People familiar with the matter belittled the idea that Khamenei retained such a capability after the success of the Natanz sabotage. It was empty Iranian propaganda to save face and try to maintain a false sense of pressure on the US in negotiations, they told the Post.

Former IDF intelligence chief Aharon Ze’evi-Farkash and Institute for Science and International Security president David Albright expressed a combination of doubt and lack of clarity about how the Islamic Republic could achieve such a new high level of enrichment after being hit so hard at Natanz. But both said they were working only from public estimates.

When questioned by the Post, even the International Atomic Energy Agency initially seemed silent about any new Iranian violation, which could have supported the idea that it was all a bluff.

But over the weekend, the IAEA finally confirmed that Iran had in fact achieved a 60% enrichment level using new, advanced centrifuges that were apparently not among those knocked out on April 11.

It is still unknown why these centrifuges and their electrical power source survived undamaged.

Was it because they were off when the incident hit, because they were separated from the rest by distinct electrical systems or geography, or because they were being powered by alleged reserve electricity that Iran maintained in case of such an incident (following a similar method of attack on the Fordow nuclear facility’s electrical power in 2012)?

The amount of enriched uranium is still tiny: only a couple of hundred grams per day, compared with the kilograms that uranium enrichment is typically measured in.

But even this slow-moving process maintains pressure on the US and shortens the clock for the Islamic Republic to break out to a nuclear bomb.

Rather, than giving the US more time and leverage, the net total impact of the April 11 incident and the jump to 60% enrichment seems to have given the Biden administration a deeper sense of purpose and an understanding that speed is of the utmost importance to complete the negotiations before any new sabotage might further upset the applecart.

The US, Iran and China all made positive comments about progress in the negotiations over the weekend despite the April 11 incident and the 60%-enrichment announcement.

Alternatively, this was the endgame that Washington and Tehran always intended, and the two sides did not change their approach after last week’s events.

But even if that is true, it means that the April 11 incident plus Khamenei’s reaction may not have advanced Israel’s broader policy goals of driving the US toward taking longer to strike a tougher deal.

If so, it is possible that a remarkable intelligence operation may have succeeded tactically but failed at a strategic level.

Iran’s elections are set for June 18, and there is high pressure for at least an interim deal toward returning to the nuclear deal before Election Day.

The coming month or so will likely tell whether the sabotage of Natanz was worth it.

Israel arrests 144 Palestinians outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Israel arrests 144 Palestinians in April

RAMALLAH, Palestine

Israeli forces detained 144 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in the first half of April, according to a Palestinian research center on Sunday.

Six women and five children, including three from Jerusalem, were among those rounded up, the Ramallah-based Jerusalem Center for Studies said in a report.

Israeli forces also arrested four candidates in the upcoming legislative elections, including two from Palestinian group Hamas, the report said.

According to the Palestinian center, some of the detainees were released after a few days of arrest, without providing an exact number.

Hamas activists and candidates for legislative elections in the West Bank were “principally targeted”, Imad Abu Awwad, the head of the research center, told Anadolu Agency.

“This is a clear indication of the occupation’s attempt to interfere in the elections by disrupting Hamas electoral campaigns,” he said.

Abu Awwad continued: “Israel is practicing a form of intimidation against anyone trying to join the electoral process, and dissuading them from doing so.”

In a statement on Saturday marking the Prisoner’s Day, Hamas called on the international community to put pressure on Israel to ensure that the elections are held in the Palestinian territories.

“We call on the international community and the countries sponsoring the electoral process to respond to the occupation over its aggression,” Hamas said, in reference to the recent arrests by Israeli authorities of candidates from its list.

In January, a member of Hamas told Anadolu Agency that the movement has received guarantees from five countries namely: Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Qatar, and Russia, that elections will take place as scheduled.

Palestinians are scheduled to vote in legislative elections on May 22, presidential polls on July 31, and National Council polls on Aug. 31.

An estimated 4,500 Palestinians are believed to be held in Israeli prisons, including 41 women, 140 minors, and 440 administrative detainees, according to data compiled by organizations on the rights of prisoners.

*Writing by Ibrahim Mukhtar

Hamas: Struggle outside the Temple Walls will continue : Revelation 11

Hamas: Struggle will continue until full liberation of al-Aqsa from Zionist usurpers

Sunday, 18 April 2021 3:59 PM  [ Last Update: Sunday, 18 April 2021 4:05 PM ]

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, says the anti-Israel struggle will continue until the full liberation of al-Aqsa Mosque from the grips of the “Zionist enemy.”

In a statement on Sunday, Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, praised the “legendary steadfastness” of his fellow Palestinians in the occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds, saying the true inhabitants of the city are “facing Israel’s extreme racist plans and violations.”

He added that the regime’s repression machine is constantly working against Palestinians in the occupied city, targeting their “existence, rights, identity and sanctities.”

“While we hail such valiant resistance and great steadfastness by all people of [Jerusalem] al Quds, be at the gates of al-Aqsa or on the streets of [Jerusalem] al Quds, and their confrontation with the measures and violations of the Zionist enemy, we also affirm that we all defend our fellow Palestinians in al-Quds and their right to defend the al-Aqsa Mosque, the territory and the sanctities there,” Barhoum stressed.

The Hamas spokesman further called on all Palestinians to foil any attack launched by Zionists against inhabitants of Jerusalem al-Quds and their rights by being present in a constant battle against the enemy “until their full rights, particularly their right of political participation and voting, secured.”

Barhoum also urged all Palestinians, particularly those who live in the occupied West Bank, to travel to the al-Aqsa Mosque to defend and protect the holy sites there, and also to support Palestinians in the occupied city.

“The battle for al-Aqsa continues, and will not end until its liberation from the usurping Zionists,” the Hamas official stressed.

The al-Aqsa Mosque compound sits just above the Western Wall plaza and houses both the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosques.

Israel lays claim to the entire Jerusalem al-Quds, but the international community views the city’s eastern sector as occupied territory and Palestinians consider it the capital of their future state.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

Palestinian sources said 70,000 worshipers performed Friday prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, in occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds on the first Friday of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Israeli troops barred many more from entering al-Quds.

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Rocket from outside the Temple Walls is 2nd in 24 hours: Revelation 11

Israel: Rocket from Gaza is 2nd in 24 hours; no injuries

Published Fri, Apr 16, 2021 (6:52 p.m.)

Updated Fri, Apr 16, 2021 (6:52 p.m.)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military says Palestinian militants fired a rocket from Gaza into the country’s south Friday, the second incident in 24 hours.

The rocket caused no damage or injuries.

In response, Israeli fighter jets and helicopters hit five sites of the militant Hamas group, which controls the Gaza Strip. There were no reports of casualties in the air raids, which the Israeli military said targeted a training site, weapons manufacturing facility and a factory producing building materials for for attack tunnels, among other targets.

Israel blames Hamas for any attack emanating from the Palestinian enclave.

Hazem Qassem, a spokesman for the Islamic militant group, said the Israeli airstrikes “will not break” Gaza.

Early Friday, Israeli aircraft hit three facilities operated by Hamastgtfffr in response to the previous rocket attack.

The Israeli response came after the military said a projectile fired from the Gaza Strip Thursday evening landed in south of the country. That rocket attacks and Israeli retaliatory raids broke weeks of relative cross-border calm.

Hamas: massive uprising coming outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Hamas: ‘Occupation violations against Al-Aqsa herald a massive uprising’

February 27, 2021

Muslims perform first Friday prayer of holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on 16 April 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

April 17, 2021 at 4:23 pm

The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas has called on the Palestinian people to march towards Al-Aqsa Mosque and stay in its squares during the blessed month of Ramadan, protect it from the ongoing Israeli aggressions, and confront its vandalism.

Movement Spokesman Abdel-Latif Al-Qanua said in a press statement on Friday that the actions of the occupation forces, “when they stormed Al-Qibly prayer hall on Thursday night and arrested dozens of worshipers and those who were practicing the ritual retreat, followed by placing iron barriers the next day in the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque to obstruct the arrival of worshipers, preventing the adhan (Islamic call to prayer) and cutting the wires off from loudspeakers” all represent an escalation of aggression against our people, a flagrant breach of their legitimate rights, and a blatant violation of the freedom of worship.”

Al-Qanua stressed that “the continuation of these racist measures, vandalism in Al-Aqsa Mosque, restrictions on our people, and the pursuit of worshipers will result in a massive uprising against the occupier and its racist plans that target Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The Hamas official pointed out that the escalation of the occupation’s practices towards the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and daily harassment of worshipers since the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan constitute a desperate attempt to impose a new reality on the ground and enforce measures targeting Al-Aqsa Mosque and the religious rituals performed by the Palestinians in it.

Israeli army says it targeted ‘Hamas military sites’ outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Israeli army says it targeted ‘Hamas military sites’ in Gaza

Israeli military claims it targeted ‘weapons manufacturing site’, while Palestinian media say agricultural lands also came under attack.

The Israeli army claimed that the Palestinians fired a rocket from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel [Said Khatib/AFP]

Israeli warplanes have carried out air raids at several locations after midnight on Friday in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired from the besieged Palestinian enclave that hit southern Israel.

Fighter jets and attack helicopters struck a “weapons manufacturing site, a weapon smuggling tunnel and a military post” operated by Hamas, the movement which governs Gaza, the Israeli military said in a statement on Friday.

“We will not tolerate any threat to Israeli civilians,” it added. A security source in Gaza told AFP news agency there were no casualties from the series of attacks after midnight.

Palestinian Maan news agency reported on Friday that the Israeli attack started with artillery shelling east of Juhr al-Dik, a town in central Gaza. It added that missiles and drones targeted different sites, including agricultural lands in the southeastern neighbourhood of Al-Zaytoun and east of Al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.

Sirens sounded a warning in the border town of Sderot late on Thursday after a rocket was fired from Gaza, according to the Israeli military. A city spokesperson said the projectile landed on open ground outside the city. There were no reports of injuries or damage to property, he said.

The latest attack comes weeks after the Israeli military carried out night-time raids against Hamas positions in the southern part of the Strip.

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Palestinian groups, including Hamas, have called on Israel to end its 14-year crippling land, sea and air blockade on the enclave – home to two million people.

The United Nations has dubbed Gaza an “open-air prison” with residents enduring extreme poverty amid conditions that have worsened since the coronavirus pandemic.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been killed in recent years as they protested against the blockade, which Israel has justified on security grounds.

A fragile truce has held in recent years despite occasional flareups, with Palestinians firing rockets at Israel and Israel responding with air raids on the coastal enclave.

Israel strikes Hamas targets outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Israel strikes Hamas targets after Gaza rocket fire

IDF says military aircraft hit sites linked to the Strip’s terrorist rulers, including an armaments production facility and a smuggling tunnel

By Alexander Fulbright and Judah Ari Gross

The Israeli military struck targets in the Gaza Strip early Friday, hours after Palestinian terrorists in the coastal enclave fired a rocket at southern Israel.

An Israel Defense Forces statement said fighter jets and other aircraft hit a number of sites linked to Hamas, the Islamist terror organization that rules Gaza. The targets included an armaments production facility, a tunnel for smuggling weaponry and a Hamas military post, according to the IDF.

“The attack was carried out as a response to the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli territory earlier this evening,” the statement said.

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The military did not specifically blame Hamas for Thursday evening’s rocket fire, but Israel has stressed it holds the terror group responsible for all violence emanating from Gaza.

The rocket, which was fired as Israel’s Independence Day came to an end, struck a field northeast of Gaza, causing neither injury nor damage.

The rocket attack triggered sirens in the town of Sderot and the nearby communities of Nir Am and Ibim.

The attack came amid a general lull in violence from the Gaza Strip in recent months, amid a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Last month, a rocket was fired toward Beersheba as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a campaign stop in the southern city ahead of the March 23 elections.

Great March of Return Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

After ‘Great March of Return,’ Gaza still under threat

By Ted Kelly posted on April 14, 2021

Philadelphia

Gaza is located on the western side of occupied Palestine and has been under Israeli military control since 1967. With a population of 2 million, it is one of the most densely populated places on the planet. It is frequently referred to as an “open-air prison,” as the Israeli occupation forces have effectively blockaded it on all sides, including its shores on the Mediterranean Sea. To the south, the government of Egypt also polices a border that keeps Palestinians from fleeing the increasingly desperate conditions imposed upon them. Of the Palestinians in Gaza, 70% are officially listed as “refugees” in their own country. (Al-Jazeera, March 30, 2019)

The COVID pandemic has been weaponized by the Israeli occupiers against the people of Palestine. As Mahmoud Abu Saaman, a worker at the Palestinian Ministry of Communication, commented to Al-Jazeera, “People in Gaza had enough in their lives, moving from a crisis to another without a break. . . . This is a blockade within a blockade. It’s not the coronavirus, but the ongoing blockade that has destroyed our lives.” (tinyurl.com/49wf8tsk)

As of March 15, 50% of Israel’s population had been fully vaccinated, and 60% had received their first dose. (tinyurl.com/3m34zmvw) But Israel is refusing to share vaccines with Palestinians and has blocked delivery of Russian vaccines designated for prisoners in Gaza. Israel’s denial of lifesaving vaccines will result in countless deaths. Yet Article 56 of the Fourth Geneva Convention requires Israel, as the occupying power in the Palestinian territories, to provide medical supplies, including preventative measures, to stop the spread of contagious epidemics. The Zionist state is violating this protocol. (Workers World, March 10)

Before the pandemic

Palestinian nurse Razan al-Najjar murdered by Israeli snipers, June 1, 2018.

Three years ago, Palestinians met the ongoing blockade with a series of prolonged protests known as the “Great March of Return.” These first began in Gaza March 30, 2018. Palestinians demonstrated along the boundary area between Gaza and the rest of Zionist-occupied Palestine for 18 months.

In part because the state of Israel refuses to declare its borders under international law, occupation forces regularly murder Palestinians on both sides of this boundary zone. Electronic Intifada reports that 29,000 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli occupation forces during 2018, and nearly 300 were killed. (Dec. 27, 2018)

At least 48 of those killed by the Israeli military during this period were children. Nine of the slain protesters were people with disabilities, including 29-year-old Saber al-Ashqar, who had used a wheelchair since losing both his legs to an Israeli bombing in 2008. (Buzzfeed, May 15, 2018)

The majority of these murders were committed by military snipers targeting protesters at a distance. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that 2018 was the most violent year of Israeli aggression against Palestinians since the agency began collecting data in 2005. (Electronic Intifada, July 28, 2020)

Protesting the blockade of Palestine

Throughout the spring of 2018, simultaneous with the Great March of Return, protesters in the U.S. and Europe picketed concerts put on by the Philadelphia Orchestra, which toured occupied Palestine at the invitation of the Israeli government, while it was murdering protesters. Demonstrators participating in the “Philly Don’t Orchestrate Apartheid” campaign interrupted the orchestra’s performances in Philadelphia, Belgium, France and Germany, before they landed in occupied Palestine to give Israeli soldiers music lessons. (Workers World, April 24, 2018)

International solidarity with Palestine continues unabated in 2021. An ongoing campaign, “Shut Elbit Down,” targets an Israeli-owned weapons manufacturer. Elbit Systems is Israel’s largest privately-owned arms company, making obscene profits from Israel’s attacks on Palestinian people. Elbit’s biggest single customer is the Israeli Ministry of Defense. (Palestineaction.org)

The international campaign particularly focuses on Elbit’s ten sites within Britain including four arms factories, according to Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoners Solidarity Network. In February, activists blocked the entrance to an Elbit arms factory near Manchester, covered the building with red paint, chained themselves to the gates and temporarily shut down the factory.

Occupation forces infiltrate outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Occupation forces infiltrate border with Gaza, raze lands

GAZA, Sunday, April 11, 2021 (WAFA) –  Israeli occupation forces today infiltrated into borderline Palestinian-owned lands north of Al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, razing agricultural lands and randomly shooting at shepherds.

WAFA correspondent reported that three tanks and two D9 military bulldozers broke into agricultural lands east of al-Maghazi, and embarked on razing large tracts of planted lands.

In the meantime, Israeli occupation forces stationed at military watchtowers along the border fence east of al-Maghazi camp opened fire at Palestinian shepherds while they were grazing in the agricultural lands east of the camp, and forced them to leave the area.

No casualties were reported.

From time to time, Israeli occupation forces deliberately break into the border lands of Palestinian citizens in the north and east of the Strip, and prevent shepherds and farmers from accessing their lands.

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