Does Hamas Use Schools as Human Shields?

MYTH:

Hamas Does not use Schools as Civilian Shields.

FACT

During the war with the Palestinians (the “Al-Aqsa Intifada,”), and operations Cast Lead and Protective Edge, Hamas’s use of civilians as shields was well documented. Hamas, like its radical terrorist Hezbollah cousins in Lebanon, believe that civilians have a dual use in warfare with Israel: they discourage Israeli attacks and create an international public relations disaster for Israel if they are inadvertently killed. Men, women and children are considered expendable.

The most recent example of the strategy of using children as shields was revealed in June 2017 when the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) discovered a terror tunnel under two of its schools in the Gaza Strip (Ariane Mandell, “UNRWA discovers Hamas tunnel under Gaza schools,” Jerusalem Post, June 9, 2017). The report came as no surprise to Israeli officials who recalled finding weapons stored in UNRWA schools during the fighting in 2014 (“Weapons found in UNRWA school for third time in two weeks,” Jerusalem Post, July 30, 2014).

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New ‘Life-Changing’ Israeli Heart Treatment Could Benefit Millions

Researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Sheba Medical Center have developed a new method for treating atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The treatment prevents heart failure by reducing inflammation in the cardiovascular system and plaque in the arteries.

According to the 2015 Lancet Global Burden of Disease Report, 56 million deaths around the world each year result from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Atherosclerosis is caused by high blood pressure, smoking or high cholesterol, and damages the thin layer of cells in the arteries called “endothelium” that keep blood flowing smoothly. This damage causes plaque to form in the arteries and can eventually lead to heart failure.

“Our E-selectin-targeting polymer reduces existing plaque and prevents further plaque progression and inflammation, preventing arterial thrombosis, ischemia, myocardial infarction and stroke,” said Prof. Ayelet David of the BGU Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology.

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Israel weighs treating children wounded in Syrian gas attack

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman reportedly voiced opposition because such an operation would have to be coordinated with the Turks.

Idlib is located in northern Syria, and the children would have to be transferred to Israel via Turkey. If such a move were possible, it was made clear that the children would be brought to Israel only for medical treatment, not relocation.

The security cabinet also discussed the potential ramification of the recent developments in Syria on Israel.

Earlier in the day, at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel “fully supports” the US missile attack on a Syrian airbase because it was morally the right thing to do, and because it makes clear that there is price for the use of chemical weapons.

“We are doing this because of moral reasons in light of the difficult images from Idlib, and also so that it will be clear that there is a price for the use of chemical weapons,” he said.

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WATCH: At AIPAC, Dershowitz pulls water out of thin air

WASHINGTON — Harvard Law professor and Israel advocate Alan Dershowitz took the stage at AIPAC’s annual policy conference Sunday to showcase a new Israeli technology that can seemingly create water out of thin air.

He touted the innovation, which could provide humanitarian aid to remote parts of a world in which two-thirds suffer from water scarcity, as an instrument to combat the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

“There is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without,” the BDS critic told the crowd of nearly 18,000. “You cannot boycott products that you can’t live without.”

Standing onstage inside the Washington Convention Center, Dershowitz and AIPAC National Managing Director Elliot Brandt unveiled the technology from the Israeli company Water Gen — a contraption that is able to pull water from the air and purify it.

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The Offer that Turns the Gaza Strip into Singapore

The Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas has once again demonstrated its priorities: killing Jews. That clearly takes precedence over easing the plight of the two million Palestinians living under its rule in the Gaza Strip.

Since Hamas violently seized control of the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2007, the conditions of the Palestinians living there have gone from bad to worse. Crisis after crisis has hit those under the Hamas rule; electricity and water as well as lack of medicine and proper medical care are in dangerously short supply.

Disputes between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have left the Gaza Strip dangerously short of fuel, resulting in massive power outages. Palestinians there consequently have had to resort to using wood for cooking and heating. Hamas, which has brought about three wars that wreaked havoc on its people, is unable to provide them with basic needs.

Last week, Hamas received an offer that no sane entity would turn down. It is to be noted that the offer did not come from Hamas’s friends and allies in Iran and the Arab and Islamic world. Rather, the offer, which promises to turn the Gaza Strip, where most residents live in the poverty of “refugee camps,” into “the Singapore of the Middle East,” came from Israel.

Specifically, the offer was made by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who proposed building a seaport and an airport, as well as industrial zones that would help create 40,000 jobs in the Gaza Strip, if Hamas agreed to demilitarization and to dismantling the tunnels and rocket systems it has built up.

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