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  • » Updated: “Army Kills One Palestinian, Injures Seven, In Gaza”
    May 4, 2019 12:38 PM - IMEMC News

    The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed, Saturday, one Palestinian and injured at least seven others, during a series of air strikes and bombings targeting several areas of the besieged Gaza Strip.

    The Health Ministry said the soldiers killed Emad Mohammad Nosseir , 22, from Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

    It added that the soldiers injured seven other Palestinians, including four who were wounded in previous air strikes targeting Beit Hanoun.

    The Israeli Air Force also carried out several strikes targeting areas in northern Gaza, including many sites, run by armed resistance groups hundreds of meters away from the perimeter fence.

    The targeted areas are in Rafah and Khan Younis, in southern Gaza Strip, the Central District and Gaza city, in addition to Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.


  • Israeli Army Kills Two Hamas Fighters In Central Gaza
    May 4, 2019 1:55 AM - IMEMC News

    The Israeli army fired, on Friday evening, several missiles into a site run by the al-Qassam Brigades the armed wing of Hamas, in central Gaza, killing two fighters; the army said it was retaliating to gunfire that injured two soldiers.

    The Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has confirmed that the soldiers killed Abdullah Ibrahim Abu Mallouh , 33, from the Nusseirat refugee camp, and Ala’ Hasan al-Bobali, 29, from the al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza.

    The two fighters were in a site, run by the al-Qassam Brigades, east of the al-Maghazi refugee camp, when the army fired missiles at it.

    The Israeli army said it fired the missiles after Palestinian fighters shot and injured two soldiers near the perimeter fence.

    According to the Israeli “Jerusalem Post”, the Israeli Air Force “struck a Hamas post, following Palestinian sniper fire that injured two soldiers, one of them is a female.”

    In addition to killing the two Palestinians, the Israeli missiles caused excessive property damage.


  • IN PHOTOS: Israel and UAE fly together in annual joint exercise in Greece - Israel News -

    The Israeli Air Force is taking part in a joint exercise with the air forces of the United Arab Emirates and the United States, in Greece. Other nations also participating in the drill include Italy, the United Kingdom and Cyprus.

    A number of IAF F-16 jet fighters are participating in Iniohos, an annual exercise that resembles a complex, multi-threat combat environment to maximize the operational readiness of an air force.


  • Une roquette tirée depuis la bande de Gaza fait plusieurs blessés en Israël - moyen orient - RFI

    Un tir de roquette en provenance de la bande de Gaza a fait cinq ou six blessés – selon les sources – au nord de Tel-Aviv, en Israël, ce lundi 25 mars. Le Premier ministre Benyamin Netanyahu a annoncé qu’il allait raccourcir sa visite aux Etats-Unis et a promis de riposter « avec force ». L’armée israélienne envoie des renforts autour de Gaza. (...)


    • Rocket fired from Gaza hits Israeli House; Seven Wounded
      March 25, 2019 9:01 AM

      (...) The house that was hit by the rocket is located 100 km from the Gaza Strip, and the ‘Iron Dome’ system that the Israeli government has in place to intercept rockets fired from Gaza was not activated.

      No Palestinian armed resistance group claimed credit for the attack.

      When a rocket was fired from Gaza nearly two weeks ago, the Israeli airforce responded by dropping one hundred bombs in different parts of the Gaza Strip.

      Residents of Gaza report that they are fearful of what Israeli forces may be preparing to do, noting that drones and helicopters have been hovering over parts of Gaza all night.

      Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly cut short his trip visiting Trump in Washington DC to return to Israel to “manage our operations up close”.

    • surtout quand :

      Trump Signs Order Recognizing Golan Heights as Israeli Territory

      With Benjamin Netanyahu at his side, Trump said the U.S. will always stand by Israel’s side
      Noa Landau and Reuters (Washington, D.C. )

      President Donald Trump holds up a signed proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on, Washington, D.C., March 25, 2019.AP/Susan Walsh

      WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday to sign a presidential proclamation officially recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory on Monday, thus formalizing a move announced with a tweet earlier on Thursday.

      In a joint press conference, Trump said: “We do not want to see another attack like the one suffered this morning north of Tel Aviv,” adding: “Our relationship is powerful.” Trump then said: “We will confront the poison of anti-Semitism.”

    • Israeli Airstrikes Injure 8 Palestinians, Including Two Children In Gaza
      March 26, 2019 12:28 AM

      The Israeli Air Force carried out, on Monday at night, a series of air strikes targeting several areas, including homes, in many parts of the besieged Gaza Strip, wounding eight Palestinians, including two children.

      Media sources said the army fired two missiles into a commercial building, in the center of Gaza city, wounding two Palestinians, and causing excessive damage to the property and surrounding homes.

      The army also fired a missile at a residential building in the Rimal neighborhood, in Gaza city, wounding two children, and causing excessive damage to the building and some surrounding homes.

      At least one Palestinian was also injured when the army fired missiles into a building, east of the Sheja’eyya neighborhood, east of Gaza city.

      The army also fired two missiles into two sites, west of Gaza city, and in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, causing damage, in addition to several missiles striking Palestinian lands east of Khan Younis and Rafah, in the southern parts of the coastal region.

      Medical sources said four Palestinians were injured by Israeli missiles in Beit Lahia and Jabalia, in northern Gaza, and were rushed to the Indonesian Hospital

      The Maan News Agency has reported that the army fired more than 100 missiles into various areas in the Gaza Strip.

      It added that all schools, universities, banks and various institutions have decided to close their doors, to avoid civilian casualties should the situation witness a further deterioration.

      Among the targeted buildings are offices of Ismael Haniyya, the political leader of Hamas movement.

      Israeli daily Haaretz has reported that the army launched an offensive striking what it called “Hamas targets” in the Gaza Strip after a shell was reportedly fired from Gaza. (...)

    • L’armée israélienne d’occupation bombarde le ghetto de Gaza
      25 mars 2019 - Memo – Al Jazeera

      L’occupant israélien a lancé aujourd’hui des frappes aériennes sur la bande de Gaza, touchant des cibles à travers l’enclave assiégée depuis maintenant 12 années.

      Les frappes ont commencé ce soir vers 18h00 heure locale (16h00 GMT), après qu’Israël ait passé la journée à se préparer à l’assaut. Après avoir affirmé qu’une roquette a été tirée de Gaza sur une ville au nord de Tel-Aviv, l’armée israélienne a envoyé deux brigades de l’armée – totalisant plus de 1 000 soldats – le long de la clôture de Gaza et a appelé des réservistes des unités aériennes en vue des bombardements.

      Israël a également bloqué aujourd’hui toute la bande de Gaza, en fermant les points de passage de Kerem Shalom (Karm Abu Salem) et Erez (Beit Hanoun) qui permettent aux produits et fournitures médicales d’entrer dans l’enclave. Il a également réduit la zone de pêche qu’il impose au large de la côte méditerranéenne de Gaza, bloquant ainsi encore davantage le territoire. (...)

  • Opinion | Iran & Saudi Arabia, Thelma & Louise - The New York Times

    Les cons, ça ose tout, c’est même à ça qu’on les reconnaît... Après avoir chanté les louanges de MBS (Mohamed Bone Saw), Friedman vous analyse la politique extérieure iranienne !

    And how did that work out?

    Iran denuclearized, but the Revolutionary Guards used the release of pressure and fresh cash and investments from the West to further project their power into the Sunni Arab world, consolidating the grip of Iran’s proxies over four Arab capitals: Baghdad, Damascus, Sana and Beirut.

    Worse, Iran and its Lebanese Shiite mercenary army, Hezbollah, joined with Syria’s pro-Shiite regime in suppressing any chance of power-sharing with Syrian rebels and helped that regime ethnically cleanse Sunnis from key districts in Syria. Iran and its mercenaries also winked at Syria’s genocidal use of poison gas and barrel bombs, which contributed mightily to the death toll from the Syrian civil war of some 500,000 people, with 11 million people displaced.

    Iran’s imperial overstretch was halted only by the Israeli Air Force dealing a heavy blow to Iranian units in Syria when Iran sent missiles there to attack Israel.

    I thought the Iran deal was a bet worth making. No regrets. It did curb Iran’s nuclear program — a big deal — but it did nothing to moderate Iran’s regional behavior, which was never part of the pact. Indeed, it may have been the price of it, as Iran’s supreme leader seemed to compensate for making the deal with the “American devil” by allowing the Revolutionary Guards a freer hand to project their power.

    #friedman #nyt #iran

  • » Palestinian Killed as Israeli Military drops Multiple Bombs in Gaza
    IMEMC News - October 17, 2018 9:47 AM

    The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said one Palestinian, identified as Naji Jamal Mohammad Za’anin , 25, was killed when the Israeli missiles struck a site in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza. The Palestinian was from Beit Hanoun, also in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

    The Israeli airforce dropped bombs in several parts of Gaza Wednesday morning, wounding 14 Palestinians in addition to killing Za’anin, including six schoolchildren, in Deir al-Balah city, in central Gaza, before they were rushed to the Al-Aqsa Hospital.

    The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, said the army targeted three of its centers in several parts of the Gaza Strip.

    The first center, Abu Jarad, south of Gaza city, and the second, al-Waha, west of Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza, and the third in the Zeitoun neighborhood, in the center of Gaza city.

    The army later fired more missiles into areas in Rafah, in southern Gaza, and another site of the al-Qassam Brigades in Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza. In addition, the Israeli Air Force fired missiles into agricultural lands in the az-Zanna area, in Bani Suheila town, east of Khan Younis, and a near the seaport, west of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza.

    For its part, Egypt started contacting Palestinian officials in Gaza, and Israeli officials, in an attempt to mediate an prevent a further escalation in the area.

    The bombs were dropped on Gaza after unknown Palestinians fired a rocket into Israel Wednesday morning, causing no injuries.

    Abu Mujahed, the spokesperson of the Popular Resistance Committees in Gaza, said in a statement that no Palestinian resistance groups were involved in the firing of the rocket – and that all the armed Palestinian resistance groups are always willing to claim responsibility if they ever do fire rockets.

    The statement was made after discussions with the representatives of all the Palestinian armed resistance groups.


  • ‘Criminal negligence’ or disregard to Russia-Israel ties : MoD details chronology of Il-20 downing — RT World News

    A minute-by-minute account of the Il-20 downing shows Israel’s culpability and either its military bosses’ lack of appreciation of relations with Moscow, or their control of commanding officers, the Russian defense ministry said.

    We believe that the blame for the Russian Il-20 aircraft tragedy lies entirely with the Israeli Air Force,” said spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov, before revealing a detailed account of events leading to the downing of the Russian Il-20 military aircraft on September 17. The plane was shot down by the Syrian air defense units as Israeli’s F-16s effectively used it as a cover during the attack on its neighbor.

    The report featured previously undisclosed radar data and details of communications between Russian and Israeli militaries, and concluded that “the military leadership of Israel either has no appreciation for the level of relations with Russia, or has no control over individual commands or commanding officers who understood that their actions would lead to tragedy.

    On the evening of September 17, the Russian Ilyushin IL-20 with 15 crew on board was circling over the Idlib de-escalation zone on a special reconnaissance mission, when four Israeli F-16 fighter jets left their country’s airspace and flew over the neutral Mediterranean waters towards the Syrian coast. The Israeli Air Force gave the Russian side less than a minute’s warning before dropping the precision-guided glide bombs, leaving virtually no time for any safety maneuvers, Konashenkov said, calling such actions “a clear violation of the 2015 Russian-Israeli agreements.

    Moreover, the Israeli military failed to provide the location of their jets or properly specify their targets, claiming they were going to attack several ’industrial facilities’ in northern Syria, close to the Il-20’s area of operation. The misinformation prompted the Russian Command to order the recon plane back to the Khmeimim air base. The Israeli jets, however, instead almost immediately attacked the western Syrian Latakia province.

      (article paru avant la conférence de presse du ministère de la Défense russe)

      It would seem that there were two significant contributory factors here: i) the Israeli ‘bad-faith’ abrogation of the proper protocols for communication between themselves and the Russian Military, in order to attain a deliberate advantage for carrying out their attack; and ii) the regrettable features of outmoded air-defence hardware which ultimately lead to the shoot-down.

      The solution to the second issue is rather straightforward: Russia had earlier proposed selling S-400 systems to Syria – a move which wound up effectively ‘veto’d’ by Israel stating in no uncertain terms that they would carry out airstrikes against any such systems before they had been fully installed, regardless of whether they were still Russian crewed at that point. Given Israeli airstrikes are presently causing Russian casualties anyway; as well as the fact that the Russians have already had their own advanced SAM systems for Russian defence set up in Syria for some time now, in the present situation of Israeli diplomatic weakness created by Monday’s events, now is the ideal time to engage in such technology-transfer directly to Syria with an explicit view to ensuring that Monday’s events do not recur thanks to half-century old hardware malfunctioning.

      The first issue is much more complex, as I would be rather surprised if Russia genuinely wanted to seriously contemplate abandoning its significantly close relationship with Israel – although it may potentially be convinced to ‘downgrade’ it somewhat, assuming that we do not see a repeat of what happened following Turkey’s downing of a Russian military aircraft in 2015 (ironically, a seeming catalyst for the two countries beginning to work more closely together than ever before). Whether Russia chooses to remain on ‘friendly’ ‘terms with Israel in a militaristic sense or not, the plain reality is that the Israelis have demonstrated that they cannot and should not be trusted to behave in an up-front manner when it comes to the communication and co-ordination protocols essential to allowing them to continue to operate with relative impunity above Syrian airspace.

      Russia should therefore suspend this facility they have provided to the Israelis forthwith – and openly state that future instances of Israeli military aircraft turning up unannounced above Syria will simply be treated as hostile, and dealt with accordingly. After all, from the perspective of that IL-20 crew, what else characterizes the Israeli conduct than this designation? Certainly not the actions of something approaching a ‘trusted’ ally! The net effect of this would be to impose a ‘no-fly zone’ of sorts over Syria – thus allowing operational freedom for Russian and Syrian air assets, and denying precious, vital air-cover to the extremist forces which theoretically everybody agrees need to be wiped out.

    • Avec, au passage, l’utile rappel de la possibilité de perte de contrôle des vieux missiles anti-aériens S-200.
      C’était il y a longtemps, le 4/10/2001 époque où il y avait encore des manœuvres communes russo-ukrainiennes.

      Vol 1812 Siberia Airlines — Wikipédia

      Un rapport préliminaire russe confirma les évaluations de responsables militaires américains faites à titre privé : le missile S-200 avait dépassé sa cible téléguidée qui avait été détruite avec succès par un S-300 tiré au même moment. Au lieu de s’autodétruire, le missile S-200 prit pour cible le long courrier qui se trouvait à près de 200 kilomètres ; le projectile explosa en projetant des billes d’acier (shrapnel) 15 mètres au-dessus de l’avion.

      Les responsables militaires ukrainiens nièrent d’abord que leur missile avait abattu l’avion ; ils déclarèrent que le S-200 avait été lancé vers la mer et qu’il avait réussi à s’autodétruire. Le porte-parole du ministère de la Défense Konstantin Khivrenko affirma que « ni la direction ni la portée (des missiles) ne correspondaient à l’endroit réel ou théorique où l’avion avait explosé. » Toutefois, les responsables ukrainiens admirent par la suite que c’était bien leur armée qui avait abattu l’avion de ligne.

  •  » Army Kills Two Palestinians In Gaza
    IMEMC News - September 18, 2018 12:15 PM

    The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has reported, late on Monday at night, that an Israeli war jet fired a missile at Palestinians, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, killing two young men.

    Media sources in Gaza said the slain Palestinians have been identified as Ibrahim Najjar and Mohammad Khader , both from Khan Younis.

    The Health Ministry stated that the medics managed to reach the two Palestinians, near the perimeter fence in southern Gaza, and took them to Nasser Medical Center.

    Israeli sources said the Israeli Air Force targeted Palestinians, who reportedly approached the fence, and placed an explosive object.

    It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also fired dozens of live rounds, and flares, at Palestinian protesters, east of Rafah, and in Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza.

    In related news, several Palestinians managed to reach an Israeli army sniper post, across the border fence, and burnt it, while a number of fighters fired live rounds at an Israeli drone, east of Khuza’a.


  • The Aviationist » F-35 Stealth Aircraft Goes “Live” On Flight Tracking Websites As It Flies Mission Over Israel

    An F-35, most probably one of the Adir jets recently delivered to the Israeli Air Force, appears on deliberate action or just a case of bad OPSEC?
    On Jul. 23, an F-35 went fully visible on popular flight tracking website as it performed a mission out of Nevatim airbase. The aircraft could be monitored for about 1 hour as it went “feet wet” (over the sea) north of Gaza then flew northbound to operate near Haifa.
    As for the reasons why the aircraft could be tracked online, there are various theories. The first one is that it was a deliberate action: considered the F-35 went “live” few hours Israel made first operational use of David’s Sling missile defense system against two SS-21 Syrian ballistic missiles, there is someone who believes the mission was part of a PSYOPS aimed at threatening Israel’s enemies (Syria in particular). Our readers will probably remember the weird, most probably bogus claim of an IAF F-35 mission into the Iranian airspace originally reported by the Al-Jarida newspaper, a Kuwaiti outlet often used to deliver Israeli propaganda/PSYOPS messages.

    However the Israeli Air Force has already made public the fact that the F-35 has been used in air strikes in the Middle East (Syria and another unspecified “front”) lately. On May 23, the Israeli Air Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin said during a IAF conference attended by 20 commander of air forces from around the world: “The Adir planes are already operational and flying in operational missions. We are the first in the world to use the F-35 in operational activity”. He also showed a photograph of an “Adir” flying at high altitude off Beirut (with radar reflectors, hence not in “stealthy mode”). In other words, there’s probably no need to remind Syria or Iran that the Israeli Air Force has the F-35 since they are already using it in combat.

    For this reason, there is also someone who believes that the first appearance of an Israeli Adir on Flightradar24 may have been a simple mistake: the Mode-S transponder was not turned off. A case of OPSEC fail in one of the most secretive air arms in the world.

    Indeed, transponders are usually turned off during real operations as well as when conducting missions that need to remain invisible (at least to public flight tracking websites and commercial off the shelf receivers). Unless the transponder is turned on for a specific purpose: to let the world know they are there. In fact, as reported several times here, it’s difficult to say whether some aircraft that can be tracked online broadcast their position for everyone to see by accident or on purpose: increasingly, RC-135s and other strategic ISR platforms, including the Global Hawks, operate over highly sensitive regions, such as Ukraine or the Korean Peninsula, with the ADS-B and Mode-S turned on, so that even commercial off the shelf receivers (or public tracking websites) can monitor them. Is it a way to show the flag? Or just a mistake?

  • From the Freedom Flotilla, Former Israeli Air Force Pilot Calls for a Boycott of Israel
    July 17, 2018

    DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris, reporting for The Real News Network from the port of Naples, Italy. We are seated in front of the ships of the Gaza flotilla, the Freedom Flotilla, which have been docked here for a couple of days, and I’m pleased to be joined today by Yonatan Shapira. Yonatan is a former rescue pilot in the Israeli Air Force. He’s also a founding member and prominent activist of the Israeli movement Boycott From Within. (...)

    #FlottillepourGaza #BDS

  •  » Israeli Air Force Fires A Missile Into Northern Gaza
    May 6, 2018 12:18 PM | IMEMC News

    The Israeli Air Force fired, on Sunday at dawn, at least one missile into an area, north of Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, causing damage.

    The missile caused damage to the targeted site, believed to be run by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, causing damage to it, a few surrounding homes and property, and led to anxiety attacks among many children.

    In a statement, the Israeli army said it targeted the Hamas position in response to incendiary kites, set by Palestinian protesters into lands across the border fence.

    The army added that the latest attack had no relation with the Saturday explosion, which claimed the lives of six Palestinian fighters in Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza.


  • Who’s hiding Israeli air force participation in major exercise with UAE and U.S.?

    It’s unclear why Israel is not mentioned on the promotional website of the annual Iniohos exercise with the U.S., UAE, Greece, Britain, Cyprus and Italy

    Yaniv Kubovich Mar 20, 2018

    The Israel Air Force began a joint exercise in Greece with the air forces of the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Italy, the United Kingdom and Cyprus also participated in the exercise.
    A number of IAF F-16 jet fighters, along with dozens of planes from the other air forces, are participating in the annual Iniohos exercise.
    This is not the first time that the IAF has taken part in the exercise in Greece and the UAE’s participation was publicized, even though Israel does not have diplomatic relations with the UAE.

    Fighters and pilots participating in the multi-national Iniochos 2018 exercise in Greece Hellenic Air Force
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    IAFΠολεική Αεροπορία / YouTube
    This year, however, Israel does not appear on the Hellenic Air Force website that gives details about the exercise. It does not appear on the list of participants, nor does Israel’s flag appear in the group photo and Youtube video clip in which the flags of all the participating countries are shown next to an array of the countries’ planes.
    It isn’t clear why Israel’s participation is being hidden; in past years its participation was widely publicized. There is a hint of Israel’s involvement, however, in the patch worn by the pilots on their flight suits, where Israel’s flag can be seen along with the flags of the other countries.
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    Last November the air forces of eight countries took part in the international Blue Flag exercise at Uvda Air Base in southern Israel. In addition to the IAF, the air forces of the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Greece and India participated. It was the first time the air forces of Germany and France had taken part in air exercises in Israel.
    >> Blue Flag 2017: Israel’s Fighter-jet Diplomacy | Analysis >>
    At the time, the IAF said that despite the operational importance of the exercise, the real achievement was a diplomatic one. As for the exercise in Greece, the same is probably true, but the IAF plans continue the tradition of participating in this exercise.

  • » Israeli Air Force Fires Missiles Into Palestinian Land In Rafah
    February 19, 2018

    The Israeli Air Force fired, on Monday at dawn, several missiles into a Palestinian agricultural land, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

    Media sources in Gaza said the Israeli war jets carried out more than ten air strikes into lands in the an-Nahda neighborhood, in Rafah and its surrounding area, causing serious damage.


  • Israeli Air Force Fires Missiles Into A Border Tunnel In Southern Gaza
    January 14, 2018 4:08 AM

    The Israeli Air Force fired, on Saturday at night, at least two missiles into a siege-busting tunnel near the Egyptian border, in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

    The Israeli army said it attacked “underground infrastructure along the border with Egypt.” The first missile was fired by a drone, before an F-19 fighter jet fired another missile into the same area.

    The attack was carried out while army drones flew over many areas in Rafah, and other parts of southern Gaza.

    The Israeli army only said that it struck “a tunnel on the border with the Gaza Strip,” and held Hamas fully responsible for any escalation that could emerge in the coastal region.

    Meanwhile, Israeli Ynet News has reported that Israel has also decided not to open Karam Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, Sunday, following an assessment by the army, and added that the military did not provide any details for the reason behind the move.

    It described the decision to close the crossing as “unusual,” because there have been no shells fired from Gaza into Israeli areas in recent days, while protests near border areas have also been declining.


    • Israël détruit un « tunnel d’attaque » du Hamas à Gaza
      14 janvier 2018 / 09:04

      GAZA, 14 janvier (Reuters) - L’état-major de l‘armée israélienne a annoncé dimanche la destruction d‘un “tunnel d‘attaque” reliant Gaza à Israël et l‘Egypte et creusé par le mouvement palestinien Hamas.

      Des habitants de Gaza disent que l‘aviation israélienne samedi soir a bombardé la zone d‘entrée du tunnel située à l‘est de la ville de Rafah, ce qu‘Israël a confirmé.

      Le colonel Jonathan Conricus, porte-parole de l‘armée, a déclaré lors d‘une conférence téléphonique que la nature “terroriste” du tunnel était avérée parce qu‘il passait sous des installations stratégiques, des pipelines de gaz et d‘essence.

      Le Hamas, qui contrôle la bande de Gaza depuis 2007, n‘a fait aucun commentaire.

      Le tunnel, d‘une longueur de 1,5 km, passait sous le point de contrôle de Kerem Shalom, par où transite l‘essentiel des marchandises vers la bande de Gaza, sous supervision militaire israélienne. Ce point de contrôle a été fermé samedi.

      L‘armée israélienne dit avoir désormais détruit ces deux derniers mois trois tunnels creusés de la bande de Gaza. (Nidal al Mughrabi, avec Maayan Lubell à Jérusalem, Gilles Trequesser pour le service français)

  • I miss the Gaza Strip
    Israeli journalists have been in Syria and Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, but not in Gaza, an hour’s drive from Tel Aviv.
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    The kindergarten teacher lies on a stretcher, her body covered with blood. The minibus is parked beside her. The cannon fires shells, the children lie on the road. This is a child’s drawing on the wall in the town of Beit Lahiya in the Gaza Strip. It was drawn 10 years ago, a day after an Israel Defense Forces shell hit the kindergarten minibus, killing the teacher and two children who were standing in the street.
    This description was published 10 years ago today, in my last story from Gaza. For 10 years, the only Israeli journalists who have visited Gaza are Haaretz’s Amira Hass, who was there twice, once via the sea and the other time via Egypt, and the military reporters accompanying the IDF, who see nothing but the soldiers’ heroism. Israeli journalists have been in Syria and Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, but not in Gaza, an hour’s drive from Tel Aviv.
    Israel forbids such visits and nobody protests. During my last visit, I saw an elderly man lying wounded on a donkey-drawn cart in the courtyard of the shabby Kamal Radwan clinic. He had been hit by an IDF shell. Afterwards, we went with the children to the funeral of their kindergarten teacher, who had been killed in front of their eyes. It didn’t occur to me that this would be my last visit.
    The toddlers have since become teenage boys and girls, some of them may have been killed. The IDF killed 344 children in the 2008-09 Gaza war, known as Operation Cast Lead; 180 toddlers and 366 children were killed in the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, known as Operation Protective Edge.
    No Israeli journalist can write their stories any more. The Israeli reader knows nothing about them, nor does he want to know. For him, all the dead children are terrorists, or children that terrorists hid behind, as Israeli propaganda tells it. All of Gaza is Hamas, Israelis are told, and everyone in it wants only to destroy Israel.
    I look at my last reports from Gaza. A visit to the remnants of the Abu Udah family – Mohammed, whose son Ismail and daughter Hanan were shot dead by soldiers; Dam al-Ez Hamad, 14, the only daughter of a paralyzed mother, was killed by a missile fired by Israeli Air Force pilots at the house next door. Dam was killed in her sleep, curled up in her mother’s arms. The IDF said it was an attack on a tunnel.

  • The Syrians finding refuge in Lebanon’s capital Beirut impact the city’s social fabric and economy. UNHCR fights for a better life for everyone.

    The face of Beirut has changed since the civil war in neighbouring Syria has sent millions fleeing for their lives. Beirut is a city with a long history of conflict as well, where 15 years of civil war were followed by the onslaught of the Israeli Air Force during the battle against a hostile militia in 2006. All this fighting had taken a serious toll on the city’s infrastructure and social fabric, even before the Syrians started arriving, often with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.
    #Beirut #Liban #asile #migrations #réfugiés #réfugiés_syriens #urban_refugees #urban_matter

  • Le maire de Tel Aviv impute l’attaque meurtrière contre un café à l’occupation israélienne
    MEE | 9 juin 2016

    Ce jeudi, le maire de Tel Aviv a attribué à l’occupation israélienne des territoires palestiniens l’attaque meurtrière menée par deux Palestiniens armés qui a tuée quatre Israéliens dans cette ville de la côte méditerranéenne.

    Le maire travailliste Ron Huldai (71 ans) a déclaré à la radio de l’armée israélienne que l’occupation était responsable de l’attaque de mercredi soir, au cours de laquelle deux Palestiniens armés, originaires des alentours de Hébron dans le sud de la Cisjordanie, sont entrés dans un café populaire et ont ouvert le feu sur des personnes faisant la fête.

    « Nous sommes sans doute le seul pays au monde, où une autre nation est sous occupation sans aucun droit civique », a-t-il déclaré. « Vous ne pouvez pas maintenir les gens dans une situation d’occupation et espérer qu’ils vont conclure que tout va bien. »

    Ron Huldai a ajouté que « personne n’a le courage » de faire la paix avec les Palestiniens et il a demandé de tenter de conclure un accord lorsque les attaques se seront calmées.

    « Il y a eu une occupation qui dure depuis 49 ans, dont j’ai fait partie, et dont je connais la réalité, et je sais que les dirigeants ont besoin de courage pour ne pas se contenter de parler.

    « Nous devons montrer à nos voisins que nous avons véritablement l’intention de revenir à une réalité avec un État juif plus petit, avec une nette majorité juive. »

    Le vice-ministre de la Défense Eli Ben-Dahan a répondu à Ron Huldai, qualifiant ses remarques d’« étranges » et « délirantes ».

    • Reste à convaincre Obama, Hollande, Juppé, Fillon, Merkel et entre 50 à 90% (estimation perso ;-) ) des juifs-israéliens.
      Et la poignée de salopards de familles juives américaines qui, depuis leur loft à New York financent l’extrême droite et les colons extrémistes en Israël.

    • Tel Aviv mayor says the occupation is a cause of Palestinian terror
      By Edo Konrad |Published June 9, 2016

      (...) Huldai is a former Israeli Air Force pilot and a Labor Party stalwart, through and through, and his comments come at a time of crisis for both Labor and the Israeli Left at large. Labor Chairman Isaac Herzog is in dire straits with his party after repeatedly taking hawkish positions vis-a-vis the Palestinians and what can only be described as groveling at the feet of Prime Minister Netanyahu to join his far-right coalition.

      Herzog’s sycophantic behavior did little to bolster his support. On the contrary, it only widened an already existing chasm between the right and left flanks of the Labor Party. Enter Huldai, whose comments on the source of Palestinian violence can be viewed as the opening shot in his race for the Labor leadership. Like Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat — who seems to be perpetually mulling a run against Prime Minister Netanyahu to lead Likud — Huldai could be playing the long game.

      Huldai’s comments come at a time when the occupation has all but disappeared from the Israeli public consciousness, and Palestinian violence is seen as senseless and random. However, they also harken back to a time when Israeli leaders and public figures were able to speak more frankly about what drives Palestinians to terrorism and armed struggle. Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak once famously stated that if he were a Palestinian of the right age, he would have joined a terrorist group. Alan Dershowitz wrote an entire book on why terrorism — and specifically Palestinian terrorism — actually made gains for the Palestinian cause, and was thus a rational, thought-out strategy. Saying anything to that effect in Israel’s current political climate is a recipe for suicide.

      Ron Huldai is not the savior of the Israeli Left. He is, regardless of political opportunism, simply speaking the truth in a country where the idea that 50 years of military dictatorship might just have something to do with Palestinian violence is now popularly viewed as something akin to treason. And for that he is to be commended.

  • Mental illness on the rise in Israeli army
    Friday, 25 March 201

    The head of the Mental Health Unit in the Israeli army warned that the number of patients with mental illnesses among IDF soldiers will triple over the next ten years, as reported by the Quds Press Service.

    During a hearing held in the Israeli parliament on Wednesday, Col. Karen Ginat said that thousands of fighters in the Israeli army are being treated, revealing that there are pilots in the Israeli Air Force who are taking antidepressants.

    Ginat warned against allowing these soldiers to go out of their bases with their weapons because they would pose a danger to society.

    She added that military officials have warned of such danger; however, they decided to allow soldiers to take their weapons home.

    Ginat said that young soldiers often avoid asking for help regarding their mental illnesses; which creates a crisis for the army. This makes it difficult for the military to identify the psychological and mental disorders afflicting these soldiers.

    She pointed to the recent suicide of four soldiers who were suffering from serious mental illness, which they did not disclose.

    The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has recently revealed that the Israeli army has hired psychologists to work in its ranks, in response to a growing of phenomenon of mental illness and suicide among Israeli soldiers.

    #santé_mentale #Israël

  • The Poem That Exposed Israeli War Crimes in 1948 - Israel News - Haaretz

    On November 19, 1948, Natan Alterman, whose influential “Seventh Column” – an op-ed in poetry form – appeared every Friday in the daily Davar, the mouthpiece of Israel’s ruling Mapai party (forerunner of Labor), published a poem titled “About This.” Excerpts:
    Across the vanquished city in a jeep he did speed –
    A lad bold and armed, a young lion of a lad!
    And an old man and a woman on that very street
    Cowered against a wall, in fear of him clad.
    Said the lad smiling, milk teeth shining:
    “I’ll try the machine gun”… and put it into play!
    To hide his face in his hands the old man barely had time
    When his blood on the wall was sprayed.

    We shall sing, then, about “delicate incidents”
    Whose name, don’t you know, is murder.
    Sing of conversations with sympathetic listeners,
    Of snickers of forgiveness that are slurred.

    For those in combat gear, and we who impinge,
    Whether by action or agreement subliminal,
    Are thrust, muttering “necessity” and “revenge,”
    Into the realm of the war criminal.
    (translation by Ralph Mandel)
    Extremely moved by the verses, David Ben-Gurion, then chairman of the Provisional State Council in the nascent Jewish state, wrote Alterman: “Congratulations on the moral validity and the powerful expressiveness of your latest column in Davar… You are a pure and faithful mouthpiece of the human conscience, which, if it does not act and beat in our hearts in times like these, will render us unworthy of the great wonders vouchsafed to us until now.
    “I ask your permission to have 100,000 copies of the article – which no armored column in our army exceeds in combat strength – printed by the Defense Ministry for distribution to every army person in Israel.”
    What were the war crimes referred to in the poem?

    Natan Alterman.Moshe Milner / GPO
    The massacres perpetrated by Israeli forces in Lydda (Lod) and in the village of Al-Dawayima, west of Hebron, were among the worst mass killings of the entire War of Independence. In an interview in Haaretz in 2004, historian Benny Morris (author of “The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949”) declared that the most egregious massacres “occurred at Saliha, in Upper Galilee (70-80 victims), Deir Yassin on the outskirts of Jerusalem (100-110), Lod (50), Dawamiya (hundreds) and perhaps Abu Shusha (70).”
    Lod was conquered in Operation Dani (July 9-19, 1948), which also targeted nearby Ramle. The political and military leadership viewed the capture of those two towns as crucial, because the concentration of Arab forces there threatened Tel Aviv and its surroundings. Specifically, the aim was for the fledgling Israel Defense Forces to clear the roads and allow access to the Jewish communities on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem road – which remained under Arab control – and to take control of the hilly areas stretching from Latrun to the outskirts of Ramallah. This would mean a clash with units of Jordan’s Arab Legion, which were deployed – or supposedly deployed – in the area.
    Another goal of Operation Dani, which was led by Yigal Allon with Yitzhak Rabin as his deputy, was to expand the territories of the young Jewish state beyond the boundaries delineated by the UN partition plan.
    On July 10, Lod was bombed by the Israeli air force, the first such attack in the War of Independence. A large ground force had also been assembled, including three brigades and 30 artillery batteries, based on the army’s assessment that large Jordanian forces were in the area.
    To their surprise, the IDF units encountered little or no resistance. Even so, there are Palestinian and other Arab sources that allege that 250 people were massacred after Lod was taken. Claims about the scale of the massacre gain credence from Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, who maintains that the army killed 426 men, women and children in a local mosque and the surrounding streets. According to him, 176 bodies were found in the mosque, and the rest outside. Testimony of a Palestinian from Lod lends support to these estimates: “The [Israeli troops], violating all the conventions, shelled the mosque, killing everyone who was inside. I heard from friends who helped remove the dead from the mosque that they carried out 93 bodies; others said there were many more than a hundred.” Clearly, though, there are no agreed-upon, precise figures, and the estimates from both sides are tendentious.
    Israeli troops went from house to house, expelling the remaining inhabitants to the West Bank. In some cases, soldiers looted abandoned houses and stole from the refugees.
    Ben-Gurion’s intentions with respect to Lod remain a subject of debate. Years later, Rabin related how in a meeting with him and Allon, Ben-Gurion, when asked what to do with the residents of Ramle and Lod, gestured with his hand and said, “Expel them.” This version of events was to have been included in Rabin’s memoirs but was banned for publication in Israel, in 1979. His account did appear in The New York Times at the time, and caused a furor. Allon, who also took part in the meeting with Ben-Gurion, vehemently denied Rabin’s account.On July 12, an order was issued by the Yiftah Brigade “to remove the residents from Lod speedily … They are to be directed to Beit Naballah [near Ramle].” .

  • Israeli airstrike kills 10-year-old Palestinian, injures 1
    March 12, 2016 9:31 A.M. (Updated : March 12, 2016 3:40 P.M.)

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A ten-year-old Palestinian was killed and his sister seriously injured in an Israeli airstrike launched early Saturday in the northern Gaza Strip after rockets were fired from the besieged enclave.

    Gaza Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra confirmed the death of Yasin Suleiman Abu Khusah,10 , and told Ma’an his six-year-old sister Israa had sustained serious head injuries during the strike.

    A Ma’an reporter based in Gaza said the children were in their house at the time of the strike, located in northwestern Beit Lahiya, adding that the family was still living in their home that was partially destroyed during the most recent Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2014.

    Israa was transferred to the Shifa Medical Center in Gaza City from the Indonesian Hospital in Beit Lahiya due to critical injuries, al-Qidra said.

    The Israeli army said the Israeli air force targeted four Hamas sites in the northern Gaza Strip after four rockets were fired from Gaza Friday evening.

    6-year-old Palestinian dies from wounds after Israeli airstrike
    March 12, 2016 2:56 P.M. (Updated : March 12, 2016 3:36 P.M.)
    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A six-year-old Palestinian girl on Saturday succumbed to wounds sustained earlier in the day when her home was hit during Israeli airstrikes in the northern Gaza Strip.

    Gaza’s Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra confirmed that Israa Abu Khussa had died due to critical injuries. Her death came hours after her 10-year-old brother,Yasin, was killed in the strike and buried in the al-Salatin cemetery.


    • Deux enfants tués dans un raid israélien nocturne à Gaza
      AFP / 12 mars 2016 17h35

      Gaza (Territoires palestiniens) - Une fillette palestinienne de six ans et son frère de 10 ans ont péri dans un raid aérien israélien mené samedi avant l’aube dans la bande de Gaza en représailles à des tirs de roquettes sur Israël, selon des sources médicales.

      Israa Abou Khoussa, six ans, a succombé après avoir été grièvement blessée lors d’un raid sur le village de Beit Lahiya dans le nord de la bande de Gaza, dans lequel son frère Yassine, 10 ans a été tué sur le coup, ont affirmé les sources médicales palestiniennes.

      Vendredi soir, l’armée israélienne a annoncé que des roquettes avaient été tirées depuis l’enclave palestinienne vers Israël, sans faire de victime.

      Comme après chaque tir similaire, l’aviation israélienne a riposté et mené avant l’aube quatre raids contre des bases de la branche armée du mouvement islamiste Hamas, au pouvoir à Gaza.

      En réaction à l’agression, l’armée de l’air a frappé quatre sites du Hamas dans le nord de la bande de Gaza, a indiqué l’armée dans un communiqué.

      La maison de la famille Abou Khoussa, dont un troisième jeune de 13 ans a également été blessé, se trouve à proximité de l’une des bases des brigades Ezzedine Al-Qassam. Les raids ont provoqué d’importants dégâts.

      Dans l’après-midi, des centaines de personnes ont participé aux funérailles du jeune Yassine, ont constaté des journalistes de l’AFP.

  • Turkish Jets Shoot Down Drone at Its Border With Syria - The New York Times

    Turkey shot down an unidentified drone that flew into its airspace Friday near the Syrian border, while Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country’s air campaign backing a Syrian government offensive has killed hundreds of militants.

    A U.S. official said the downed drone was Russian, but Moscow staunchly rejected the claim.

    The incident underlined the potential dangers of clashes involving Russian, Syrian and U.S.-led coalition planes in the increasingly crowded skies over Syria. Russian and U.S. military officials have been working on a set of rules to prevent any problems.

    The Turkish military said it issued three warnings before shooting down the aircraft with its fighter jets. It didn’t specify how it had relayed the warnings to the operators of the drone.

    The drone crashed 3 kilometers (about 2 miles) inside Turkish territory, said Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu. “We have not been able to establish who the drone belongs to, but we are able to work on it because it fell inside Turkish territory,” he added.

    • Russia sets up contact with Turkish military after it downs aircraft : UNIAN news

      Russia’s Defense Ministry says it has established direct contact with Turkey’s military to ensure flight safety of Russian combat aircraft near the Turkish border with Syria and prevent any future incidents, according to Radio Liberty. 

      It is reported that Russia has also established a hotline between a base used by the Russian air force in Syria and the Israeli air force command center, according to Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov.

      The statement came after Turkish military on Friday said it had downed an “air vehicle” of unknown origin which had violated Turkish air space close to the Syrian border, with a U.S. official suspecting it was of Russian origin. However, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday all its planes in Syria had safely returned to the base.

      Meanwhile, social network users pointed that the photos of the drone of unknown origin that was downed in Turkey were very similar to the photos of the drone that was shot down over Donbas by Ukrainian military in May 2014. It was said to be a modified version of a Russian Orlan-10, although it was significantly different from the basic version of this air vehicle.

  • Report : Israel strikes #Hezbollah, Syrian army targets near Syria-Lebanon border

    Attack comes hours after an Israeli Air Force aircraft struck a militant cell trying to place an explosive device on Israel’s border with Syria.
    #Israël #attaque #Syrie

  • Report: Israel strikes Syrian military bases, Hezbollah targets near Syria-Lebanon border - Diplomacy and Defense - Israel News | Haaretz

    The Israeli Air Force attacked Syrian army bases where Hezbollah stored long-range missiles late Friday night, according to an Al Jazeera report.

    According to the report, the airstrikes targeted the bases of strategic missile brigades 155 and 65 in Kalamoon, near the Syria-Lebanon border. Residents of nearby cities Yabroud and Qarah reported hearing explosions.

    The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Defense refused to comment on the report.

  • 9 Palestinians killed in overnight Israeli airstrikes | Maan News Agency

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Nine Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes overnight Thursday, Gaza’s Ministry of Health said.

    Five Palestinians were killed and 15 injured in Rafah after the Israeli air force targeted the Ghannam family home.

    Ghaliya Dib Jaber Ghannam, 7, Wissam Abdulraziq Hassan Ghannam, 23, Mahmoud Abduloraziq Hassan Ghannam, 26, Kifah Shihada Dib Ghannam, 20, and Muhammad Munir Ashur, 25, were identified as those killed.

    The home was hit without warning and the impact of the airstrike completely destroyed the building and several surrounding properties.

    Toddler Nour Abu al-Najdah was also killed in Rafah after being injured by shrapnel from an airstrike, while Raed Abu Hani, 50, was killed in eastern Rafah.

    Adnan al-Ashhab, 40 , died from injuries sustained in an airstrike near the al-Nuseirat refugee camp.

    In Gaza City, Israeli warplanes targeted a fifth-floor apartment building, killing Anas Abu al-Kas .

    According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 98 Palestinians have been killed and over 600 injured in Israel’s assault on the besieged coastal enclave.

    • Gaza death toll hits 100 as Israel continues assault

      GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Twelve Palestinians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes since midnight Thursday, Gaza’s Ministry of Health said, bringing the death toll in Israel’s military assault to 101.

      The latest airstrike in Jabaliya killed Muhammad Rabee Abu Hmeidan , medics said.

      An airstrike in central Gaza killed Hamas municipality employees Mazen Aslan and Mazen Abu Kas , while five Palestinians were killed and 15 injured in Rafah after the Israeli air force targeted the Ghannam family home.

    • Gaza : deux Palestiniens tués, portant à 100 le bilan des morts en 4 jours

      Gaza (Territoires palestiniens) - Deux Palestiniens ont été tués vendredi dans le centre de la bande de Gaza lors d’une frappe aérienne israélienne, ce qui porte à 100 le nombre de morts palestiniens depuis le début de l’opération israélienne il y a quatre jours, selon les services d’urgences locaux.

      Les deux personnes tuées circulaient dans une voiture de la municipalité de Gaza dans le secteur du camp de réfugiés de Bureij au moment de l’attaque. Un troisième homme à bord du véhicule est grièvement blessé, a précisé le porte-parole des services d’urgences palestiniens, Achraf al-Qoudra.

      Cela porte à 100 le nombre de martyrs tués depuis le début de l’agression israélienne, a ajouté M. Qoudra.

      Plus tôt vendredi, selon la même source, un raid sur Rafah, dans le sud de la bande Gaza, avait fait cinq morts, dont une femme. La frappe, qui visait le domicile d’un militant du Jihad islamique, a également fait 15 blessés.

      Et un Palestinien, Anas Abu al-Kass, 33 ans, a été tué dans un raid à son domicile du quartier de Tel el-Hawa, dans la ville de Gaza.


      GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Sixteen Palestinians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes since midnight Friday, Gaza’s Ministry of Health said, bringing the death toll in Israel’s military assault to over 100.

      The latest airstrikes and shelling targeted the al-Nizar neighborhood in al-Shujaiyya in eastern Gaza City late Friday, killing two people.

      Spokesman for the ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra said Hussein al-Mamlok, 47 , and Saber Sukkar, 80 were killed and three others were injured in the strike.

      Three others were injured, he said.

      Medics say the attacks raised the death toll to 106 since the campaign began.

      Some 680 have been injured.

      Earlier, warplanes targeted worshipers leaving a mosque in the al-Zaytoun neighborhood, medics said. Seven people were injured.

      An earlier attack on a home in Jabaliya killed Saher Abu Namous, 4,

  • Israel fears #Hezbollah, #Hamas drones: Air force chief

    Israel fears Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza would deploy exploding drones against it in a future war, chief of the Israeli air force said on Monday. “We will have to cope with dozens of pilotless aerial vehicles, in both the northern and southern fronts,” Major-General Shachar Shohat, told a Tel Aviv “security conference.” Uzi Rabin, an Israeli aerospace expert, said Israel’s “Iron Dome” and Patriot missile interceptors were capable of shooting down most drones. read more