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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Laura Rozen is Distributing Document Typed/Edited By Al Jazeera As Kerry's Cease Fire Proposal

Laura Rozen a veteran Middle East Reporter with an anti-Israel slant has hit a new low. Now a reporter at al-Monitor Rozen has been spending much of her Sunday defending the State Department against Israeli claims the proposed 7-day Kerry cease-fire was so bad it could have been written by Hamas. Rozen has been arguing on Twitter that the Israelis are lying about Kerry's proposal. She specifically bases her accusations on a copy of a cease-fire plan that she was given. The document she is referring to was typed and edited by employees of al-Jazeera.

Yes WORD! I have never received a document such as that in word.  Always PDF or JPEG.

She specifically bases her accusations on a copy of a ceasefire plan that she was given. She links to the word document here.
Perhaps Ms Rozen should have checked the metadata of the document it appears under File/properties.  Take a look at these screen shots:

The initial document/transcription was done by Natalie Younis, a Doha (Qatar) based Al Jazeera reporter, and the last person to edit it was by Katie Turner, a Doha-based AJ producer.

Putting it another way, employees of a propaganda organ run by the country who is a major sugar-daddy of Hamas, fed a pro-Qatari document to Laura Rozen, who then uncritically picked it up and ran with it on the assumption that Israelis are liars.  That is what is considered Journalism in today's media world.

Note..this was first discovered by  Gerald Steinberg of NGO Monitor

IDF Releases Inquiry Results Regarding UNRWA School Bombing It Couldn't Have Been Israeli Bombs

The IDF has completed their inquiry into the the bombing of the UNRWA school which killed up to 17 people. Their investigation reports that in the during a firefight between the IDF and Hamas terrorists who were located next to the school,  one errant mortar struck the courtyard of the school however by that time the school was completely empty (see video below).

Therefore Israel was not behind the deadly bombing of the school. Although the IDF wont say, I will--that means it was Hamas who killed those 17 Civilians.


July 27, 2014

Location : Tel Aviv

Findings of IDF Inquiry of the UNRWA School Incident in Beit Hanoun
Since Thursday, July 24, 2014, the IDF has conducted a comprehensive inquiry regarding the incident in which the UNRWA school was fired upon. The inquiry concluded that during the intense fighting between IDF forces and Hamas militants, the militants operated adjacent to the UNRWA school. The militants fired anti-tank missiles at IDFsoldiers, who then responded by firing several mortars in their direction.
The inquiry and the documented footage presented here concluded that a single errant mortar landed in the courtyard of the UNRWA school, when it was completely empty. To download the video, right-click here and "save as" [embedded below]

The IDF stresses it does not operate or target international organizations in the Gaza Strip, and the ongoing coordination conducted via the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) is continuous without change, even during times of combat.  

In light of the inquiry's findings, the IDF rejects the claims that were made by various officials immediately following the incident, that people were killed in the school premises as a result of IDF operational activity.


Kerry's 7-Day Cease-Fire Proposal Was a Joke! (Even Israel's Most Leftist Newspaper Hated It)

The unanimous response to the Kerry proposal by the members of the Israeli cabinet on Friday night was a strong and definite NO. The Secretary’s proposal managed to unite Israel’s disparate group of key political leaders from Naftali Bennett and Avigdor Liberman on the right, through Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni on the left, the leaders of the Israeli government were horrified that Kerry would present such a bad deal.

Comments from unnamed senior government sources to Army Radio, Channel 2 and other Hebrew outlets have described the secretary as amateurish, incompetent, incapable of understanding the material he is dealing with.
The unnamed sources, quoted by Israel’s Channel 2 TV, said Kerry “dug a tunnel under the Egyptian ceasefire proposal” — which Israel accepted and Hamas rejected last week — and presented the Israeli government with a text that accepted “most of the demands” raised by Hamas, the Islamist terror group that rules the Strip.

To the “horror” of the Israeli ministers, the Kerry proposal accepted Hamas’s demands for the opening of border crossings into Gaza — where Israel and Egypt fear the import of weaponry; the construction of a seaport; and the creation of a post-conflict funding channel for Hamas from Qatar and other countries, according to the sources. The proposal, meanwhile, did not even provide for Israel to continue demolishing the Hamas network of “terror tunnels” dug under the Israeli border.
In its Sunday edition, Ha'aretz perhaps the most anti-Netanyahu major Israeli newspaper published an analysis ripping apart the Kerry offer as embarrassing and accused the Secretary of State of lying to the Israeli government and lying to the world by claiming he never presented a framework of a deal to Israel.
Kerry, as is his wont, seemed and sounded as if he came from a parallel universe. He claimed to have never presented Israel with a formal offer for a cease-fire, slammed the Israeli media's "mischievous reports" and promised that Netanyahu's office will issue a clarification.

As if that wasn't enough, Kerry claimed he made significant progress in the cease-fire talks and said, deadpan, that the disagreements with Israel are purely on matters of terminology. Reality, of course, was completely different. If anything happened on Friday it was another deep crisis in trust between Israeli senior cabinet members and the American secretary of state.
The truth is not only did he present a deal, but the deal was the opposite of what Kerry told them would be in the deal and as Haaretz explained, "it might as well have been penned by Khaled Meshal. It was everything Hamas could have hoped for. "
The document recognized Hamas' position in the Gaza Strip, promised the organization billions in donation funds and demanded no dismantling of rockets, tunnels or other heavy weaponry at Hamas' disposal. The document placed Israel and Hamas on the same level, as if the first is not a primary U.S. ally and as if the second isn't a terror group which overtook part of the Palestinian Authority in a military coup and fired thousands of rockets at Israel.

(...) The secretary of state's draft empowered the most radical and problematic elements in the region – Qatar, Turkey, and Hamas – and was a slap on the face to the rapidly forming camp of Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, who have many shared interests. What Kerry's draft spells for the internal Palestinian political arena is even direr: It crowns Hamas and issues Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with a death warrant.

It's not clear what Kerry was thinking when he presented this draft. It's unclear what he had in mind when he convened the Paris summit. It can only be seen as surreal. Along with foreign ministers from Europe's major nations Kerry greeted with regal honors Hamas' Qatari and Turkish patrons, ignoring what Israel, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority might have had to say.
After his Friday screw-up, on Saturday Kerry went to Paris to negotiate with Qatar, a major sugar daddy of Hamas (and where the Hamas leaders take refuge) and Turkey (who called Israel's self defense campaign Genocide and compared Israeli Premier Netanyahu to Hitler. Mysteriously he did not bring Israel, Egypt, or the PA to his Paris sessions angering all three of the omitted parties.

Here's the bottom line, if anything Kerry's intrusion into the cease-fire process has served to screw it up even more than it had been prior to his entrance.  Like others in the Obama administration, on too many foreign policy issues, the Secretary of State is so desperate to create a deal that he abandons reason.

House GOP To Introduce Bill Designating Muslim Brotherhood (and its Affiliates) A Terrorist Org.

Some House Republicans are submitting a bill, which will "impose sanctions against persons who knowingly provide material support or resources to the Muslim Brotherhood or its affiliates, associated groups, or agents, and for other purposes." Muslim Brotherhood affiliated groups in the U.S. include the Muslim American Society (MAS), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Circle of North America (ISNA), the Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA) and the Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA).

The bill currently has seven cosponsors: Peter Roskam (R-IL), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Kevin Brady (R-TX), Steve Southerland (R-FL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Doug LaMalfa (R-CA).

According to the Washington Free Beacon:

While the United States has designated individuals and certain affiliates of the Brotherhood in the past, this is the first time that Congress has moved to sanction the organization as a whole, including all of its member organizations.

The 19-page bill seeks to build a case against the group as one of the leading sponsors of terrorism and argues that the Brotherhood has long been a key player in orchestrating attacks across the globe via its proxies.

The bill would direct the U.S. government to level all “available sanctions” to any person in the United States “who knowingly provides material support or resources to the Muslim Brotherhood or its affiliates, associated groups, or agents.”

It also moves to block anyone affiliated with the Brotherhood from receiving a U.S. visa, which could complicate the White House’s diplomacy efforts on multiple fronts.

Additionally, the bill would force a complete shutdown of any Brotherhood affiliates located in the United States and permit the removal of “any alien who is a member or representative” of the group
Many of the Muslim Brotherhood affiliated groups were named unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorist funding group, and the FBI has specifically warned of CAIR's terrorist ties. Despite those red flags some Democrats have close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood affiliates. Presidential Adviser Valerie Jarrett has given a keynote speech at a ISNA conference, other White House personnel have attended ISNA events. Congressional Democrats such as Keith Ellison, Nancy Pelosi and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel have headlined CAIR events, NJ Democrat Bill Pascrell allowed CAIR to use a Capitol conference room for an event, and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) presented a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to CAIR, just to name a few.

With support of Muslim Brotherhood affiliated organization at the White House as well as Congressional Democrats, the bill to sanction the organization as a terrorist one, will most likely face strong opposition.