The Threat Facing Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Others in Gaza | Beyond the Cusp

This summer may prove to end differently than previous summers; it may end without the usual rocket attacks ramping to a crescendo eventually forcing Israel to mount an offensive to put an end to the rockets raining down on Israeli civilian areas. This came to mind that the summer rocket season may have started as a rocket was fired into Israel instigating an Israeli response. Those of us who follow the news in Israel are well attuned to the Hamas and friends usual offensive play out. It starts with a single rocket followed by an arrest to show the European and other Western media that Hamas is a real governing body that does what they can to interdict terrorist activities, especially rockets launched into Israel. There will be a few weeks where one or two rockets are fired on Israel with a smattering of arrests of supposed rocket launchers. The one item missing from actual governance is there are never any arrests of those running the production of the rockets. Also, before launching at Israel, Hamas holds some tests firings into the Mediterranean Sea of their newest rocket designs to test their accuracy and range. If this ends up being a normal summer, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah and the rest will start to fire a rocket a day after the first few weeks of slowly ramped up rocket firing into Israel. Within the next three weeks there will be increases in rocket launches into Israel initially forcing Israel to deploy Iron Dome interception batteries around the civilian areas to protect the population. The launches soon reach tens of rockets per day to eventually hundreds of rockets, many fired in barrages, eventually forcing an Israeli military response into Gaza. Then will begin the Great Hypocrisy.

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Hamas, Europe and How to Get a State

The Vatican is not the only European state to have recognized the Hamas and Abbas government as an independent state. The Vatican is just the latest member of a trend that speaks volumes about how alarmingly clueless European states are about the conflict in the region and how blind they have become to see who actually causes terrorism and killings there.

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WARNING FROM SHELL OIL COMPANY

Please send this information to ALL your family & friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas. If this were to happen, they may not be able to get the children out in time

MUST READ, EVEN IF YOU DON’T OWN A CAR. Shell Oil Comments – A MUST READ! Safety Alert!

Here are some reasons why we don’t allow cell phones in operating areas, propylene
oxide handling and storage area, propane, gas and diesel refueling areas..

The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations. 

In the first case, the phone was placed on the car’s trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump..

In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as
they answered a call while refueling their car!

And in the third , an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.

You should know that: Mobile Phones can ignite fuel or fumes.

Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition.

Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boat, etc.

Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust, (I.e.., solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc…)

TO sum it up, here are the Four Rules for Safe Refueling:

1) Turn off engine
2) Don’t smoke
3) Don’t use your cell phone – leave it inside the
vehicle or turn it off
4) Don’t re-enter your vehicle during fueling.

Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make people aware of fires as a result of ‘static electricity’ at gas pumps. His company has researched 150 cases of these fires.

His results were very surprising:

1) Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle while the nozzle
was still pumping gas. When finished, they went back to pull the nozzle out and the fire
started, as a result of a static spark from their bodies from sliding out of the vehicle .

2) Most had on rubber-soled shoes.

3) Most men never get back in their vehicle until completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.

4) Don’t ever use cell phones when pumping gas

5) It is the vapors that come out of the gas that cause the fire, when connected with static charges.

6) There were 29 fires where the vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle was touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models.. Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.

7) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began.

Mr.. Renkes stresses to NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas.
If you absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you ever pull the nozzle out. This way the static from your body will be discharged before you ever remove the nozzle.

As I mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware of this danger.

I ask you to please send this information to ALL your family and friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas. If this were to happen
to them, they may not be able to get the children out in time.

Thanks for passing this information along.

Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

David Cameron’s legislative programme, as laid out by the Queen yesterday, was billed as a “one nation” agenda, that – in his words – will “bring our country together”. Yet for a vision that the country should be uniting around, the Prime Minister is keen to pick a few fights.

His boldest move, which we have splashed on today, is an attempted raid on Labour’s coffers by forcing union members to “opt in” if they want to fund the party, which would put the millions of pounds it gets from them at risk. Labour and the unions are livid, fuming that it is “shamelessly partisan” and a “stitch-up” that would “take Britain back to the Twenties”. The Tories, one official told the FT’s Jim Pickard, have “started a bloody war”. So how risky is this fight?

Union influence is on the wane, as Nick Cohen recently pointed out in the Spectator. “Only 14 per cent of private sector workers are trade union members – and they are dying off,” he noted. “The government’s trade union bulletin reports that ‘over the eighteen years to 2013, the proportion of employees who belonged to a trade union has fallen in all age groups except those aged over 65’.” No 10 is nonplussed about the backlash, pointing out that Northern Ireland has similar laws in place already. Tory MPs should be happy to back it, especially to give Labour a thwack. They can get away with being “shamelessly partisan” for a simple reason – they have a majority.

Labour is too distracted by picking its next leader to put up a fierce fight, with Harriet Harman indicating she was “sympathetic” to the government’s proposed £23,000 benefits cap, and that her party would support the EU referendum bill. However, the Scottish National Party, as the third biggest force in the Commons, will try to make mischief with the EU referendum and plans for English Votes for English Laws. “Tory ministers could yet find themselves in a pincer of Scots unhappy at losing influence at Westminster, and English Tory backbenchers unhappy that the plans do not go far enough,” writes my colleague James Kirkup.

Many items on the government’s agenda will see it sail into choppy waters. Plans for a seven-day NHS have already prompted threats of strike action by unions, and the idea of scrapping the Human Rights Act for a British Bill of Rights – delayed amid criticism from senior Tories – risks a similar backlash. Cameron’s vision of a country “together” as “one nation” may take some time.

RED CARD FOR BLATTER

Conservative MP Damian Collins says “it couldn’t be worse for FIFA” after 14 executives and officials arrested in dawn raids by Swiss police at the request of the US government. “The whole thing throws into question the rights of Russia and Qatar to host the World Cups,” Collins told reporters. He added that the investigation calls into question the authority of FIFA President Sepp Blatter, and whether he should run for president in the upcoming FIFA election.

DENNIS THE MENACED

Dennis Skinner, the veteran Labour MP whose customary heckles during the State Opening of Parliament gladden the nation, has revealed why he failed to heckle during the Queen’s Speech ceremony because he is “preoccupied” with battling the SNP over Commons seats. Speaking to Ben Riley-Smith, the Beast of Bolsover said he did not have time to think of a jibe in recent days because all his attention is going into winning a battle with the Scottish Nationalists.

WHATSAPP COMING OVER THE HILL? IT’S GCHQ

Google, Facebook and other internet giants will be forced to give British spies access to encrypted conversations of suspected terrorists and criminals under plans to bolster surveillance powers, Tom Whitehead reports. New laws will require Whatsapp, which is owned by Facebook, Snapchat and other popular apps to hand messages sent by their users to MI5, MI6 and GCHQ about suspects under investigation.

MAN UP, SAYS MILI-MAJOR

Britain is in “political retreat” from the world stage and has managed little more than “hand-wringing” in confronting a growing crisis in Syria, David Miliband, the former Foreign Secretary, charged on Wednesday, Peter Foster reports. Delivering a scathing assessment of British foreign policy under the leadership of David Cameron, Mr Miliband said British inaction is contributing to a “vacuum in the global commons” as international trade deals stalled and wars continued unchecked and unabated.

He also warned that Labour had been “sent back to the classroom” for the second election in a row after his brother failed to win over voters, adding: “I was in the back room in the early 1990s when Labour in the UK figured out how to win elections rather than lose them.”

BLAIR WITHDRAWS FROM MIDDLE EAST

Tony Blair has resigned from his position as the Quartet’s peace envoy to the Middle East after seven years, David Barrett reports. The former Prime Minister has been criticised for his dual role as diplomat and businessman.

FEAR AND LOATHING IN SW1

Douglas Carswell, the Ukip MP, said he feared for his life after being surrounded by anti-austerity demonstrators who accused him of being a racist and a fascist. Dozens of protesters, some of whom were wearing balaclavas, surrounded the MP at St James’ Park underground station and chanted “Ukip racist” at him, Steven Swinford reports.

SHOULD EU STAY OR SHOULD EU GO?

People who want Britain to stay in the European Union will be able to campaign for a “yes” vote in the in-out referendum promised by David Cameron, Peter Dominiczak reports. Downing Street has disclosed that Britons will be asked in the referendum if they wish to “remain a member of the European Union”.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that long-term expats will have their right to vote in British and European elections restored. However, they will be unable to vote in the European referendum if they’ve lived abroad for more than 15 years. Elizabeth Roberts has more.

LESS TALK, MORE GOVERNING

David Cameron has challenged Nicola Sturgeon to stop complaining about austerity and use new powers coming to Holyrood to increase Scottish taxes and spending if that is what she wants, Simon Johnson reports. The Prime Minister said it was time for the SNP to “stop talking and start acting” if they are unhappy with decisions made at Westminster by using extensive new powers being devolved to Scotland.

This comes as SNP MPs were ordered to “show some respect” for the traditions of the House of Commons by John Bercow after applauding in the Chamber. The 50 new MPs were urged to follow the “very, very, very long-established tradition” of not clapping after speeches, Ben Riley-Smith reports.

NO TIME BEHIND BARS FOR JOYCE

Former MP Eric Joyce has avoided jail after attacking two teenagers in an “unjustified and unprovoked” assault in a shop. The 54-year-old attacked the boys aged 14 and 15 at News and Food Express in Chalk Farm, north London, on October 17, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard earlier this month.

Fatah’s Armed Militias Warn Israelis: “You Must Leave!”

The international community and the media often ignore the fact that Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah has a number of armed groups. Their fight is to destroy Israel, eliminate the “Zionist entity” and achieve the “right of return” for millions of descendants of refugees.

The Palestinian Authority leadership has never distanced itself from the rhetoric and actions of these groups. Fatah’s militias will be the first to reject any peace agreement that includes the slightest concession to Israel.

Several Fatah leaders, in fact, often speak in English about the need for reviving the peace process, while in Arabic they praise and endorse the Fatah gunmen.

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Murders in Bangladesh, Government Looks the Other Way

Forty-seven percent of Bangladeshi Muslims said that suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilian targets could be justified to defend Islam from an enemy (compared to Malaysia at 18%, Indonesia at 9% and Pakistan at 3%).

It seems clear, therefore, why the dissidents, atheists and secularists in Bangladesh remain unassisted by the society and the government.

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