UPDATED 1301 April 20/11 — Since January 2010 there has been a dramatic escalation in Palestinian targeting of Israeli civilians via rockets, mortars and terror attacks, coupled with a steady stream of incitement of hate against Jews and Israel from official Palestinian sources.
Hamas has launched 370 rocket attacks since January 2009, 90 in the months of March and April alone.
It seems likely that Israel’s leaders will be be forced, sooner or later, to take strong action to stop the attacks against their citizens by once again attempting to degrade Hamas’ military capabilities as they did in Operation Cast Lead in 2008/2009.
Indeed, the Israeli Air Force has already targeted launching sites in the Gaza strip which had fired rockets at the town of Ashdod.
- IDF blog, April 16/11: Following Ashdod rocket fire, Israeli Air Force target two terror sites
- Israel National News, April 15/11: Ashdod under rocket attack as another ‘ceasefire’ is broken
The confluence of Mid-East events leads one to wonder if Palestinians are deliberately provoking the Israelis as part of a strategic plan involving a coordinated attack against Israel and/or a longer-term plan to strengthen support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Arab countries currently facing popular revolts against despotic and/or western-friendly regimes.
Let us examine events leading up to the recent mass rocket attacks on Israel conducted between March and April of this year.
Palestinian terrorists murder Fogel Family
On March 11/11 five members of the Fogel family – including three children – were massacred by Palestinians who would not even spare the life of 3 month old Hadas Fogel who was found with his throat slit, lying in the arms of his murdered father (photo, right).
- Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), March 21/11: The Silent Massacre
- see also: Israel Today Magazine, March 14/11: Pictures of the Fogel family massacre (warning: graphic images)
- see also: VoiceofCanada, April 12/11: Jewish apathy decried at Fogel family massacre memorial in Hamilton
- see also: HonestReportingCanada, March 17/11: Massacre of Israeli family met by callous Canadian media indifference
Palestinian terrorists attack Israeli school bus
On April 07/11 16 year-old Daniel Viflic was on a yellow school bus that was attacked with a Russian-made, laser-guided ‘Kornet’ anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip. He later died of his injuries.
On April 07/11 Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations sent a letter to the Security Council asking that it condemn this deliberate assault on school children, and the continued attempt by Iran and Syria to “escalate conflict in our region” by smuggling advanced weapons to the Hamas terror organization.
- Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, April 07/11: Two wounded in anti-tank missile attack on school bus (Viflic later died on April 17/11)
- Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, April 07/11: Letter to UN Security Council on missile attack on school bus
- Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, April 10/11: Behind the Headlines: Hamas’ attack on an Israeli school bus
- Wikipedia.org: 9M133 Kornet (anti-tank missile)
Palestinian terrorists launch rockets at Israeli civilians
On April 10/11 Israel’s Ambassador to the UN sent the Security Council another letter asking that it condemn Hamas attacks on its civilians, noting that the attacks are a marked escalation in terror activity which pose a serious threat to the region’s stability:
“Following my letter of 7 April 2011, I write again to express my grave concern as a result of a continued escalation in projectile attacks launched by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip against innocent Israeli civilians, posing a threat to stability in our region.
“Since the appalling incident of 7 April 2011 in which two Israeli civilians were injured when the Hamas terrorist organization attacked a school bus with an anti-tank missile, terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip have fired some 131 projectiles – including 12 Grad missiles, 70 Qassam rockets, and 49 mortars – at communities in Southern Israel. These attacks have included the launch of Grad missiles at major population centers – such as the cities of Ashkelon and Be’ersheva – and caused significant damage to numerous civilian structures, including homes, a factory, water pipes, and farm buildings.
“These continuous attacks mark an escalation in projectile fire emanating from the Gaza Strip that has not been witnessed since the end of Operation Cast Lead in 2009. As a result of the persistent rocket fire, Israeli children were kept at home from school last week for the third time in the past month so that they could be in close proximity to bomb shelters at all times. [...]
- Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, April 10/11: Letter to UN Security Council regarding serious escalation of terrorism
- see also: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, April 10/11: Israel under fire – April 2011
- see also: Israel Defence Forces, April 17/11: Gaza Division: “We continue to hold Hamas responsible for all fire coming from the Gaza strip”
- see also: Israel Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, March 23/11: Escalation continues in Israel’s south: One Grad rocket falls near the city of Ashdod and two hit Beersheba
- Israel Defence Forces, April 12/11: Watch: Hamas launches rockets from heart of a civilian area in Gaza
Since the end of Operation Cast Lead (Dec 27/08 – Jan 18/09) Hamas has launched 370 rockets and 333 mortar shells against Israel. Ninety rockets were launched in March and April of this year alone, representing a very troubling escalation:
- Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, April 13/11: Palestinian ceasefire violations since the end of Operation Cast Lead
- see also: Wikipedia.org: Gaza War (Operation Cast Lead)
Official Palestinian incitement
Less than two months before the Fogel massacre, on Jan 25/11, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas gave the relatives of a suicide bomber $2000.
One week prior before the murders PA TV honoured the accomplice who drove a suicide bomber to the Jerusalem site where 19 people were murdered.
One day before, PA TV glorified the woman who drove the suicide terrorist to a pizza restaurant in Sbarro where 15 people, including 7 children, were murdered in 2001.
On March 27/11 – barely two weeks after the slaughter – a PA minister honoured the planner of a terrorist attack who is serving 30 life sentences for killing 30 Israelis at a hotel in Netanya where the killer detonated his bomb during a Passover dinner.
- Palestinian Media Watch, March 13/11: Palestinian Authority incitement to terror prior to the murders in Itamar
- Palestinian Media Watch, March 17/11: PA TV honors woman who drove suicide terrorist to Sbarro bombing (She is “heroic”)/PA TV honors man who drove suicide terrorist to Gilo bombing (He is “heroic)
- Palestinian Media Watch, March 31/11: PA honors terrorist serving 30 life sentences for Passover murders
- Palestinian Media Watch feature: Glorifying Terrorists and Terror
Palestinian Media Watch monitors and reports on the steady stream of official Jew-hate from the Palestinian Authority, much of which is directed at children.
- VoiceofCanada, Aug 25/10: Palestinians honour planner of 1972 Olympics massacre
- Palestinian Media Watch, July 28/10: Israel is off the map on PA TV kids’ show
- Palestinian Media Watch, Feb 08/08: Hamas children’s TV: Rabbit puppet vows to eat the Jews
- Palestinian Media Watch: Violence for Kids (how Palestinian children are indoctrinated into hating Jews)
- VoiceofCanada, Sept 21/10: Palestinian Authority: Death to Arabs who sell land to Jews
- Palestinian Media Watch: PA depicts a world without Israel
It should be no surprise, therefore, that 32% of Palestinians support the massacre of the Fogel family.
- Haaretz.com, April 13/11: Poll: One-third of Palestinians support Itamar massacre
The Hamas Charter: reject peaceful solutions, destroy Israel, exterminate Jews
Contrary to what the extreme left radicals who support Hamas operations against Israeli civilians would have you believe, Israel, like all modern democracies, does not have a policy of targeting civilians whereas Hamas does have such a policy — in writing. The Hamas Charter, in fact, clearly states that the organization’s goal is the complete destruction of Israel and the extermination of Jews, specifically rejecting all peaceful solutions to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It is for this reason that it has been condemned by the United Nations:
- United Nations Human Rights Council, July 06/06, A/HRC/S-1/NGO/4: Joint Statement on Hamas Charter [UN download PDF; VoC download PDF] (condemnation of Hamas Charter for calling for jihad against Jews)
- Intelligence and Terrorism Information Centre: The Hamas Charter (1988)
After Operation Cast Lead (Gaza War) of 2008/2009 allegations were made by those who support Hamas that Israel deliberately targeted civilians. These allegations were repeated by Justice Richard Goldstone in a 2009 UN report which criticized both Israel and Palestinians for possibly committing war crimes.
The conclusions of the Goldstone Report were vehemently denied by Israel, which produced its own counter-report showing how Hamas deliberately used civilians as human shields. Middle East experts were shocked when, on April 01/11 the Washington Post published an op-ed by Goldstone in which he retracted the war crime allegations against Israel, but maintained that “Hamas rockets were purposefully and indiscriminately aimed at civilian targets.”
- Washington Post, Richard Goldstone, April 01/11: Reconsidering the Goldstone Report on Israel and War Crimes
- Israel Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, March 2010: Hamas and the Terrorist Threat from the Gaza Strip: The Main Findings of the Goldstone Report Versus the Factual Findings [PDF, 349p, 10MB; VoC download, PDF] (exceptionally detailed report w/video links, docs, photos re Hamas war crimes in Gaza)
- Wikipedia.org: Gaza War (Operation Cast Lead)
Even though he professes to condemn the Fogel massacre, Abbas’ tolerance for incitement of hatred, and his statement to the 2010 Arab League summit makes clear that he prefers destruction of the Jewish state to peace:
“If you want war, and if all of you will fight Israel, we are in favour. But the Palestinians will not fight alone because they don’t have the ability to do it.” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to Arab League Summit, March 2010.
- VoiceofCanada, July 07/10: Abbas comments show Israeli military strength only hope for peace
- Haaretz.com, April 13/11: Poll: One-third of Palestinians support Itamar massacre
- VoiceofCanada feature: Gaza flotilla: Anti-Israel propaganda vs. the evidence
Forcing Israel to respond militarily could be the beginning of a new PR campaign to duplicate the initial success of the Goldstone Report by again painting her as a war criminal. The record is clear on the fact that Hamas has used civilians as human shields whose deaths can be exploited as propaganda ‘war crimes’ to feed the anti-Israel bias in western and Middle Eastern media outlets. This option seems unlikely given coincidental world events and alliances.
Hamas and the Palestinian Authority are engaged in a plan to use unintended Palestinian casualties to not only damage Israel’s reputation on the world stage, but to also aid the Muslim Brotherhood in inflaming anti-Israel passions in order to help their radical message gain favour as the first step of bringing about a unified Islamic federation whose primary aim would be to destroy Israel.
Given that Hamas, Hezbollah, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and other Islamic (and anti-Israel groups from Canada) have met with Muslim Brotherhood representatives, this seems the most likely scenario.
- VoiceofCanada feature: The Muslim Brotherhood: What do the Muslim Association of Canada, Hamas, Hitler and a school in Edmonton have in common?
- Ottawa Citizen, May 08/07: Canadians antiwar activists sat down with terror groups [PDF] (attendees included: CUPE’s Ali Mallah [VP Canadian Arab Federation]; Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid [Jamila Ghaddar of McMaster University ‘Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights’ spoke at CAIA protest Feb 22/08]; Hamas; Hezbollah; Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine; Jamaat Al-Islamiya; Muslim Brotherhood)
The escalation of attacks against Israeli citizens could be a prelude to another unified Arab attack to wipe out the state of Israel as per 1948, 1967 and 1973.
- VoiceofCanada feature: Israel’s fight for survival: a short history
In the short term, this seems unlikely given Israel’s military superiority, but if much of the Muslim world surrounding Israel were to become unified under control of the Muslim Brotherhood or its proxies, and the West continues down its destructive path of appeasing radical Islamists who have now destroyed free speech in much of Europe, then a war to end Israel’s bastion of democracy becomes much more likely – particularly if Iran is allowed to obtain nuclear weapons.
Those who value freedom and democracy in the West must defend Israel
In the end, it matters not what the motivation is for the latest Palestinian war crimes; Israel must defend itself, and we who value freedom and democracy must stand ready to defend her from the inevitable public relations campaign of lies that will be unleashed when the inevitable campaign to defend herself against monsters who wish to murder all her children begins.
We must go even further, however: not only must we in Europe and North America raise our voices to drown out the lies shouted by Israel’s would-be destroyers here at home, we must resolve to not give one single inch of our freedoms to cowardly politicians and police who choose to appease and collaborate with radical Islamists seeking to replace our rights with the oppression of Sharia.
- VoiceofCanada, Feb 13/11: TorSun founder Peter Worthington connects the dots between Caledonia victims, Dr. King, and European persecution of Islam critics
- see also: International Free Press Society (Canada), Gary McHale & Mark Vandermaas: Dr. King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ vs. Denmark’s thought crime prosecutions: a blueprint for victory over appeasement of Islamic extremism
Israel is much closer than most Canadians – especially Caledonians – would like to believe
Jamila Ghaddar of the McMaster University (Hamilton) Solidarity for PalestinianHuman Rights stated at a 2008 McMaster conference that members of SPHR were on the occupied Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia within two weeks of the land being seized by native radicals, and she was there when the Niagara Palestinian Association raised the Palestinian flag on the site May 03/06. Ghaddar also spoke at a Toronto protest organized by the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid – one of the groups that sent a delegation to the above-noted Cairo Conference to meet Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ghaddar waxed poetic when she described the emotions she and the other Palestinians felt when they looked at the Palestinian flag flying over the land illegally seized by native radicals who had later gone on to terrorize the people of Caledonia (emphasis added):
“The Winds Carry Our Colours Together“
Excerpt of remarks by Jamila Ghaddar, March 09/08 at McMaster University session: ‘The Politics of Six Nations-Palestinian Alliances in Caledonia’
“One of the proudest moments in the lives of McMaster SPHR [Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights] and my life and the Palestinian Solidarity Movement was the day that the Palestinian flag was raised over the reclamation site.
“That day the Niagara Palestinian Association along with the Haudenosaunee people, hoisted and raised the Palestinian flag alongside the flags of the Haudenosaunee, of various other countries, of unions and many organizations.
“In the months following, through cold and moments of exhaustion and worry we would raise our eyes to the swaying of the flags and think, we are one, and the winds carry our colours together from Jerusalem to the Grand River.” […]
- McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) ‘Displacements’ conference, March 7-9/08: Session – “The Politics of Six Nations-Palestinian Alliances in Caledonia” (March 09/08)
- Conference program only: [WORD doc]
- MostlyWater.org, May 03/06: Palestinian flag raised in support of Caledonia land claims dispute [PDF]
- VoiceofCanada feature: Israel’s fight for survival: a short history (highly recommended for readers unfamiliar with the history of Israel and its creation by a United Nations vote)
- VoiceofCanada resource page: Israel & Anti-Semitism
- HelplessByBlatchford feature: ‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares’ (see Mark Vandermaas presentation, ‘National Security’ section, PDF)
- HelplessByBlatchford feature: Excerpts
- Moose & Squirrel, April 20/11: Prelude to a unified Arab attack?
- GIYUS.org, April 2011: Minister Begin to GIYUS: Arab revolutions may lead to democracy but not peace (Interview w/Israel Minster Without Portfolio Benny Begin re recent developments in Middle East)