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Israel's military is claiming that Hamas has a new rocket capable of reaching Tel Aviv and other Israeli population centers. Hamas apparently test-fired their new rocket, believed to be Iranian-made, out into the sea. Hamas denies having a new rocket, saying Israel is trying to turn world opinion against them.
Most of the rockets fired from the Gaza Strip are very short range and have notoriously unreliable aim. Collective Journalism contributor Zouheir al-Najjar had incredible access to a militant group constructing rockets - and they walked him through how they're made. As you'll see at the end of the video - the rockets aren't very precise weapons.
Gaza Rockets (Video)
On the other side of the fence, Israelis in the city of Sderot live in constant siege from the haphazard firing of these unpredictable rockets. The rockets can't hit specific targets but their unpredictability makes them more of a menace to the civilian population.
City in the Crosshairs (Video)
If Hamas does have this new rocket that Israel claims it does - then the fear is that many more cities would become like Sderot, living in constant fear of wanton rocket fire. Of course the other question will be how many rockets could Hamas get its hands on. They are, after all, under an extensive blockade with just a trickle of supplies coming through their tunnels. Blogger Ibn Larry has a great write-up of the tunnels and blockades - and gives us a shout out as well (thanks!).
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A new 500 page detailed report including video and detailed maps captured during Cast Lead details war crimes committed by Hamas including using hospitals, Mosques and human sheilds.A new 500 page detailed report including video and detailed maps captured during Cast... more
The head of Dubai’s police force is planning to seek the arrest of Israel’s prime minister and the head of the country's secret service, Mossad, over the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.The head of Dubai’s police force is planning to seek the arrest of... more
The 'Son of Hamas' author on his conversion to Christianity, spying for Israel, and shaming his family.
'I absolutely know that in anybody's eyes I was a traitor," says Mosab Hassan Yousef. "To my family, to my nation, to my God. I crossed all the red lines in my society. I didn't leave one that I didn't cross."
Now 32, Mosab is the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founder and leader of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Throughout the last decade, from the second Intifada to the current stalemate, he worked alongside his father in the West Bank. During that time the younger Mr. Yousef also secretly embraced Christianity. And as he reveals in his book "Son of Hamas," out this week, he became one of the top spies for Israel's internal security arm, the Shin Bet.
The news of this double conversion has sent ripples through the Middle East. One of Mr. Yousef's handlers at the Shin Bet confirmed his account to the Israeli daily Haaretz. Hamas—already reeling from the assassination of a senior military chief in Dubai in January—calls his claims Zionist propaganda. From the Israeli prison he has occupied since 2005, Sheikh Yousef on Monday issued a statement that he and his family "have completely disowned the man who was our oldest son and who is called Mosab."
For the past two years, Mosab Yousef has lived near San Diego, where he's kept a low profile out of concern for his security. The U.S. is currently weighing his application for political asylum, and until his confession to espionage and the publicity blitz that accompanied it this week, only knew him as the son of a terrorist who sometimes attends evangelical churches in California. The book is intended to launch a new life in America.
Mr. Yousef, whose large, engaging eyes sit prominently on an oval face, says he was confused for many years himself, and realizes many people will be as well. His family has been shamed and old friends refuse to believe him. The book, a Le Carréesque thriller wrapped in a spiritual coming-of-age story, is an attempt to answer what he says "is impossible to imagine"—"how I ended up working for my enemies who hurt me, who hurt my dad, who hurt my people."
"There is a logical explanation," he continues in fairly fluent English. "Simply my enemies of yesterday became my friends. And the friends of yesterday became really my enemies."The 'Son of Hamas' author on his conversion to Christianity, spying for... more
RAMALLAH – Hamas has closed ranks and is licking its wounds following the Jan. 20 assassination in Dubai of one of its top operatives, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. It is alleged that one of its own was responsible for providing the hit team with vital logistical information.
Dubai’s chief of police, Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, on Sunday called on Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar to launch an "internal investigation" into the operation.
Tamim claims that an associate of al-Mabhouh, a high-ranking military leader, leaked information about the Hamas leader’s visit to Dubai and went as far as to refer to the associate as "the real murderer."
The Israeli intelligence organization Mossad, which has a history of assassinating Israel’s political opponents abroad, is believed to have both the motive and the means to carry out the killing which bears its hallmark.
Foreign media reports have further alleged that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave his approval for the murder at the beginning of the year and that members of the assassination squad were already scouting out the location months beforehand.
"This is a serious breach of Hamas’ security, something which the organization hitherto had prided itself on. It shows that Israeli intelligence has managed to penetrate the inner circles of the group," Samir Awad, from Birzeit University near Ramallah, told IPS.
"The Israelis have had to struggle to infiltrate Hamas intelligence in the past due to the fact that the inner core of the movement is made up of hard-core ideologues whose religious zealotry has made it difficult for them to be bribed.
"This is one of the reasons that the Israelis have been unable to establish the precise location of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who has been held by Hamas in Gaza for a number of years despite the many Israeli informers in Gaza," added Awad.
"This is indeed a big blow to Hamas’ invincibility," Prof. Moshe Ma’oz of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University told IPS.
Israel has found it fairly easy to bribe members within the Palestinian Authority (PA) due to the nepotism and corruption which pervade the organization
"There are various methods Israeli intelligence uses to establish agents and get close to the Palestinian leadership in both political factions.
"This includes using drugs, women, financial bribery, and emotional and political blackmail. This just goes to show that Hamas is human and has its weaknesses which too can be exploited," added Ma’oz.
The collective Hamas leadership has gone into damage control. Various sources approached by IPS refused to talk or even answer their phones.
Mahmoud Ramahi, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in Ramallah who was imprisoned for three years by the Israelis for Hamas membership and who recently gave an exclusive interview to IPS on Hamas’ stand on the 1967 borders, refused to comment.
"You will have to speak to Hamas in Gaza about this. I can only speak as a member of the PLC," Ramahi told IPS. A subsequent visit by IPS to the Ramallah offices of the Hamas PLC members failed to locate any of the PLC members.
Ahmed Yousef, a close associate of Gaza’s Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh, and former foreign adviser to Gaza’s Hamas leadership, refused to comment as well.
"No, I’m not interested in talking about the Dubai assassination. Surely you can find somebody else to talk to?" Yousef asked IPS without giving an explanation behind his refusal.
IPS then tried, without success, to contact Gaza’s Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoun, who had turned off his phone.
Another Hamas spokesman in Gaza, Sami Abu Zahuri, denied foreign media reports that Hamas member Nahro Massoud has been arrested in Damascus by Dubai authorities, a denial supported by Hamas politburo chief-in-exile in Damascus Khaled Meshaal.
As more information about the subterfuge surrounding the assassination is made public knowledge, the more conspiracy theories circulate and the thicker the plot becomes.
Two former PA-affiliated Fatah members, and former PA intelligence officers in Gaza before Hamas overthrew the PA unity government in the June 2007 coup, have been named as chief suspects in the Dubai slaying.
Anwar Shheibar and Ahmed Hasnain were allegedly members of a death cell which carried out violent suppression of the PA’s political opponents, especially Hamas members, before they fled Gaza after the 2007 coup.
According to newspaper reports they were recently arrested in Jordan and then extradited to Dubai on request of the Dubai authorities.
The two are alleged to have rented hotel rooms and hired vehicles for the assassination squad.
They are further alleged to be close contacts of the notorious Central Intelligence Agency favorite Muhammad Dahlan, one of the alleged chief instigators of an attempted Gaza coup against Hamas which was preempted by the Hamas authorities.
Media reports allege both men are not only employees of one of several Dubai-based companies run by Dahlan but until recently were also on the PA payroll in Ramallah.
Dahlan has denied the claims while a PA spokesman in Ramallah refused to be drawn on the issue.
"We are following a policy of no comment until the police in Dubai have finished their investigation as we believe this could negatively affect the outcome," Ghassan Khatib, a PA media office spokesman, told IPS.
"While all the allegations regarding Hamas and PA involvement in cooperating with the assassination are just rumors and possibly conspiracy theories at this point in time, none of this bodes well for future unity between Hamas and the PA, or Palestinian peace talks with Israel," Awad told IPS.
However, Ma’oz says there are other factors which enter into the equation of future negotiations between the two Palestinian parties as both have a lot to lose from the current circumstances.
"With the correct pressure and intensive negotiations the two sides could still find common ground," Ma’oz told IPS.RAMALLAH – Hamas has closed ranks and is licking its wounds following the Jan.... more
The son of one of Hamas’s founding members was a spy in the service of Israel for more than a decade, helping prevent dozens of Islamist suicide bombers from finding their targets, it emerged today.
Codenamed the Green Prince by Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas co-founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, supplied key intelligence on an almost daily basis from 1996 onwards and tracked down suicide bombers and their handlers from his father’s organization, the daily Haaretz said.
Information he supplied led to the arrests of some of the most wanted men by Israeli forces, including Marwan Barghouti, a Fatah leader often tipped as a potential president who was convicted of masterminding terrorist attacks, and one of Hamas’ top bomb-makers Abdullah Barghouti, who is no relation of the jailed Fatah chief.The son of one of Hamas’s founding members was a spy in the service of Israel... more
Israel is waging a covert assassination campaign across the Middle East. Israeli agents are suspected of recent killings in the United Arab Emirates, Syria and Lebanon.Israel is waging a covert assassination campaign across the Middle East. Israeli... more
Watch Full CCTV Footage: the assassination of Mahmoud al Mabhouh in Dubai
A few weeks ago we asked if Israel assassinated a senior member of Hamas in Dubai. Authorities in Dubai had blamed the death by electrocution of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior military operative of Hamas on assassins who then fled the country. Well this week the plot, it seems, has thickened. Dubai investigators released this video from CCTV cameras they say show the 17 member hit squad.
Eleven of the suspects names have been released as well as their passport photos. They were (unsurprisingly) traveling under fake names - the names of Israeli EU passport holders who deny any involvement in the affair. Here are the photos.
Israel for its part denies having anything to do with the killing, though no one expects the Mossad to come out and claim responsibility anyway. The best backgrounder on this thus far comes from True/Slant's Neal Ungerleider (love that guy!) who writes:
The Israeli intelligence agency certainly has the motives and the means. The modus operandi also fits prior Mossad operations. However, certain facts don’t add up. Mossad agents have had a long presence in the United Arab Emirates, which Israel has long held discrete economic and trade relations with. Presumably, had the Mossad been responsible, agents who had staked out the hotel prior would have been aware of the locations of both public and hidden CCTV cameras. The agents caught on camera, while highly professional, engaged in some odd behavior. The donning of fake beards and glasses in view of security cameras is one. Using the names of Israeli citizens for fake passports is another — what security agency would implicate their own citizens? Additionally, there is always the possibility of a false flag operation — where a foreign intelligence agency killed al-Mabhouh for their own purposes, while making it look like a Mossad killing.
But who could possibly want to implicate Israel in an assassination? (I kid.) Who do you think is responsible? Take a wild guess? Sloppy Mossad operatives? False flag flying Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen? Give us your best Dubai assassination theory in the comments.A few weeks ago we asked if Israel assassinated a senior member of Hamas in Dubai.... more
The blonde 'assassin': Hunt for 'hit squad' with British passports accused of executing senior Hamas leader in 5-star hotelSix British men and a blonde Irish woman are among an alleged hit squad wanted in Dubai today for the assassination of a Hamas commander in his luxury hotel room.
Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1251260/Team-11-Europeans-killed-senior-Hamas-leader-claims-Dubai-police-chief.htmlSix British men and a blonde Irish woman are among an alleged hit squad wanted in... more
A hit squad including British and Irish passport holders are wanted for an apparent assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel last month. The supposed killers were disguised in wigs, beards and tennis clothes.
http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Dubai-Assasination-British-And-Irish-Passport-Holders-Accused-Of-Being-Part-Of-Hit-Squad/Article/201002315549868?lpos=World_News_Carousel_Region_2&lid=ARTICLE_15549868_Dubai_Assasination%3A_British_And_Irish_Passport_Holders_Accused_Of_Being_Part_Of_Hit_SquadA hit squad including British and Irish passport holders are wanted for an apparent... more
Israeli forces have raided a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank, arresting at least 40 people. In a separate incident, Israeli military officials raided offices of Stop the Wall, a human-rights group that campaigns against the construction of the West Bank separation barrier.Israeli forces have raided a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank, arresting at... more
Further doubts have been cast on Israel’s challenge against criticism about it’s invasion of Gaza last year, after it emerged this past week that a bomb was defused at a Gaza flour mill that Israel had officially said did not come under attack. The El Badr flour mill is the only one in Gaza, and the Goldstone Report, commissioned by the United Nations, says its destruction "was carried out for the purpose of denying sustenance to the civilian population."Further doubts have been cast on Israel’s challenge against criticism about... more
A high-ranking officer in the Israeli military has acknowledged for the first time that the Israeli army went beyond its previous rules of engagement on the protection of civilian lives during last year's war in Gaza.A high-ranking officer in the Israeli military has acknowledged for the first time... more
Shocker! Only few weeks ago Obama and his administration issued a note for Chinese counterpart saying that China should stop censorships as its against the democracy rules just after Googles claims that Google will walk out from China market if Chinese government don’t stop the censorships, So what happen now? Well as far as I can see Under Obama America The capital of Democracy is slowly but steadily becoming The Capital of Censorships.Shocker! Only few weeks ago Obama and his administration issued a note for Chinese... more
Patsies take heed. The U.S. government will kill you. That’s what the Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair told a House intelligence committee yesterday. The Department of Defense will “follow a set of defined policy and legal procedures that are very carefully observed” in the use of lethal force against U.S. citizens who make the mistake of joining organizations created by the CIA and the Mossad.
See the Full Story How the American Government Is Planning to KILL YOU...VIDEO...http://ctpatriot1970.wordpress.com/2010/02/05/please-wake-up-dir-of-intel-dennis-c-blair-us-government-plans-to-kill-citizens-kill-you/
The CIA created al-Qaeda from scratch in Afghanistan. Hamas was created by Mossad in order to undermine the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Both countries have long and sordid histories of creating terrorist organizations for political purposes.Patsies take heed. The U.S. government will kill you. That’s what the Director... more
Oh My God! These Terrorists know that civilized people will hesitate to do what the Terrorists wouldn’t think twice about. To be honest I’m so sick of these filth bags and I’m running out of nasty things to say about them. May
God Save Palestinians and Palestine from these Filthy Terrorists, as these filthy bags pushing everyone towards war and war is hell.Oh My God! These Terrorists know that civilized people will hesitate to do what the... more
Corruption will let Hamas take W. Bank - Dramatic warning delivered by Abbas’s former corruption-busPalestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has surrounded himself with many of the corrupt officials who used to work for his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, and that’s why Hamas will one day take control of the West Bank, Fahmi Shabaneh, who was appointed by Abbas four years ago to root out corruption in the Palestinian Authority, said on Thursday.
In an exclusive interview with The Jerusalem Post, Shabaneh, who until recently was in charge of the Anti-Corruption Department in the PA’s General Intelligence Service (GIS), warned that what happened in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2007, when Hamas managed to overthrow the Fatah-controlled regime, is likely to recur in the West Bank.
“Had it not been for the presence of the Israeli authorities in the West Bank, Hamas would have done what they did in the Gaza Strip,” Shabaneh told the Post. “It’s hard to find people in the West Bank who support the Palestinian Authority. People are fed up with the financial corruption and mismanagement of the Palestinian Authority.”
Shabaneh said that many Palestinians in the West Bank have lost hope that the PA would one day be reformed. “The Palestinian Authority is very corrupt and needs to be overhauled,” he said.
Shabaneh cited several specific cases of alleged corruption within Fatah and the PA in the course of the interview, including asserting that Fatah personnel stole much of a $3.2 million donation given by the US to Fatah ahead of the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary election, won by Hamas, which had been intended to improve Fatah’s image and boost its chances of winning.
Shabaneh, a resident of east Jerusalem who worked as a lawyer before joining the GIS as its legal adviser after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, said he was forced to quit his anti-corruption job several months ago after exposing a sex scandal involving one of Abbas’s top aides in Ramallah in 2009.
Video footage and other documents presented to the Post by Shabaneh show the aide lying naked in bed after being lured to an apartment in Ramallah by an east Jerusalem woman.
The footage shows Shabaneh and other armed security agents storming the bedroom, much to the surprise of the Abbas aide who is heard uttering: “Thank God it’s you and not the Israelis.”
Shabaneh said in the interview, the first of its kind with a high-ranking PA security official, that he and his men had been operating on instructions from their boss, Gen. Tawfik Tirawi, the former head of the GIS. Tirwai, for his part, denied that he had authorized Shabaneh to spy on the Abbas aide.
The top aide, who is one of the closest advisers to Abbas, was caught on tape making derogatory remarks against Abbas and Arafat. “President Abbas has no charisma” and is “not in control,” he was quoted as saying. The aide was also caught on tape denouncing Arafat as one of the biggest dajjals (swindlers).
After the revelations, which were brought to Abbas’s attention and were embarrassing for the PA president, Shabaneh was removed from his anti-corruption post and reassigned as head of the GIS’s internal security force. More recently, he was promoted to overall commander of the GIS in the area.
Shortly afterwards, however, Shabaneh was arrested by Israeli police on suspicion of recruiting east Jerusalem residents to the GIS, spying on Israel, chasing suspected “collaborators” and Arabs involved in real estate deals with Jews, and threatening and blackmailing the senior Abbas aide.
Shabaneh has since been released from prison and most of the charges against him dropped. Today he remains under house arrest and is banned from entering the West Bank. The only charge he faces today is membership in a Palestinian military organization – a charge he claims is absurd given the fact that about 1,200 residents of east Jerusalem serve in the various security branches of the PA.
Shabaneh said that he had no doubt that his arrest by Israel was carried out atPalestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has surrounded himself with many of the... more
Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior military operative of Hamas, was found dead in a hotel room in Dubai last week. Authorities said he'd been electrocuted.
Authorities in Dubai confirmed al-Mabhouh was found dead in a hotel room a day after entering the emirate. Dubai's government said in a statement that initial investigations show the crime was likely committed by a "professional criminal gang," and that the suspects left the country before the body was discovered.
His compatriots blame Israeli assassins. Israel has not yet responded to the accusation.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/29/AR2010012900789.htmlMahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior military operative of Hamas, was found dead in a hotel... more