Hamas

Hamas is a terrorist organization that primarily targets Israeli civilians. Their goal is to destroy Israel and replace Jewish sovereignty over any part of the land with radical Islamist rule. After Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza strip, Hamas won control of the territory. Since 2006, Hamas has consistently used Gaza as a launch pad for rocket and mortar attacks against Israel. In 2014, Israel discovered Hamas was digging tunnels beneath the Gazan border. Hamas uses the Palestinian people living in Gaza as human shields, diverting money and resources meant for civilians in order to support terror. While Hamas prepares for the next war by stockpiling thousands of rockets and digging new tunnels in Gaza, the organization is also working to gain control of the West Bank.

Hamas leader threatens to rain rockets on Tel Aviv ‘for six months’

(November 5, 2019 / JNS) Yahya Sinwar, Hamas leader in Gaza, warned Israel on Monday that the terrorist organization could turn its cities into “ghost towns” and has enough rockets to fire on Tel Aviv “for six months in a row,” reported Ynet.

“We have heard the threats Israeli leaders made towards us, but we will still make them curse the day…

CN Traveler readers vote Israel one of 20 top countries

Readers’ Choice Awards ranks Israel 15th on a list of countries to visit, and rates four Jerusalem hotels among the best in the Middle East.

Israel ranks 15th in “Top 20 Countries in the World: Readers’ Choice Awards 2019,” released October 7 by Condé Nast Traveler.

Some 600,000 readers submitted comments for the 2019 awards.

Four Jerusalem…

Iran ‘deserves credit’ for ‘building our strength’ says Hamas chief

(November 6, 2019 / JNS) Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar admitted on Monday that the Islamic Republic of Iran was responsible for “building the strength” of the Palestinian terrorist organization by supplying it with both weapons and funding.

Speaking to a youth gathering in Gaza, Sinwar said Iran deserved “the greatest credit for…

Rare protest against ‘Hamas murderers’ erupts in Gaza

A rare public anti-Hamas protest took place in Gaza following the death of a 28-year-old man who’d been thrown from the window of his own home by the terror group’s security services.

Three Hamas police officers arrived at the home of Anan Abu Jameh in the city of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza last Friday. According to the family, the security…

‘We’ll turn Israeli cities into ghost towns,’ Hamas leader warns

If Blue and White leader Benny Gantz “dares” to order a “foolish operation” against the resistance movement in the Gaza Strip, he will “rue the day he was born,” leader of the Hamas in Gaza Yahya Sinwar declared on Monday.

Sinwar was speaking in response to remarks Gantz made about a possible military response to rockets fired from the Gaza Strip…

Israel pounds Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket barrage

(November 3, 2019 / JNS) Israeli fighter jets struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early Saturday after Palestinian terrorists fired a barrage of rockets at Israel from the coastal enclave.

The Israeli strikes targeted training compounds, weapons manufacturing and storage sites, and underground infrastructure, according to the Israel Defense…

Jewish schools, synagogues and congregations affected by fires raging in California

(October 28, 2019 / JNS) Up and down the state of California, synagogues, Hebrew schools and Jewish residents are dealing with effects of wildfires that have consumed tens of thousands of acres in recent days, from evacuations to school closures to days with no electricity as authorities try to limit the fire damage and danger.

In the Northern…

Global Jewish leaders stand in solidarity to honor the memories of 11 killed in Pittsburgh

 

(October 27, 2019 / JNS) At Sunday’s opening of the Jewish Agency’s board of governors meeting from Oct. 27-29 in Jerusalem, Jewish leaders from around the world stood side by side to memorialize the first anniversary of the attack on the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburg that claimed 11 Jewish lives and injured six others.

Hamas’ cat and mouse game over terrorist funding

Hamas is trying to thwart efforts to crack down on the funding it receives to sponsor terrorist activity by spreading the money around and using regular bank transactions to hide in plain sight, says an IDF intelligence officer who monitors terrorist funding in the West Bank.

“Most of the money transfers to Hamas are done physically through a…

US lawmakers call out Twitter for allowing Hamas and Hezbollah on the platform

Four members of the US House of Representatives have called out Twitter for allowing Hamas and Hezbollah to maintain a presence on its social media platform.

Reps. Josh Gottheimer, Tom Reed and Max Rose of New York and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania wrote in a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday that they were alarmed to learn that…

Jewish group planting ‘trees of life’ to honor synagogue shooting victims

The Jewish organization United With Israel is inviting people to sponsor the planting of more than 20 different fruit trees in Israel in memory of the 12 victims of the synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh and Poway, California.

“Join us in planting 12,000 trees of life! Make the land even more beautiful in their memory,” it said on the project’s…

Pro-Israel organizations increasingly alarmed over conflagration in Syria

(October 17, 2019 / JNS) The sudden decision of U.S. President Donald Trump last week to withdraw its forces from northern Syria, effectively taking them out of the country and putting them elsewhere in the Mideast, led to an immediate invasion by Turkish forces marked by violence.

Rallies have taken place in Israel and Europe in support of the…

Syria troops fighting Turkish forces alongside Kurds, says monitor

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The Syrian army deployed alongside Kurdish forces on the front line in northern Syria Wednesday but their newfound cooperation saw no let-up in the week-old Turkish invasion, a monitor said.

In a rare scene in Syria’s eight-year-old civil war, government troops and Kurdish fighters were “fighting together” against Turkey’s…

Netanyahu ‘strongly condemns’ Turkish invasion of Syria, offers aid to Kurds

Prime minister warns against ‘ethnic cleansing’ of minority in northern Syria, does not mention decision by US president that paved way for offensive.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday denounced Turkey’s invasion of Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria and said Israel was prepared to offer humanitarian aid to the Kurds in…

1,200 IDF soldiers race ahead of Yom Kippur Brigade’s 50th anniversary

Fifty years after its founding and on the eve of Yom Kippur, 1,200 soldiers and officers of the IDF’s 188th “Barak” (Lightning) Armored Brigade participated in the second annual 188-km. run from Haifa to the Golan Heights, where the brigade defended the country against the invading Syrian Arab Army in 1973.

“It’s a special date, which is the 50th…

Israel shuts down for Yom Kippur

Israel shut down on Tuesday evening for Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.

All flights in and out of Ben Gurion airport ceased at 1:35 p.m.. The airport will reopen Wednesday night with arrivals starting at 9:30 p.m., while departures will resume at 11:30 p.m. Border crossings also shut just after…

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Saluting one of the last living heroes of Israel’s fight for independence

(October 3, 2019 / JNS) Nothing really prepares you for the Smoky smile and the twinkle in an eye undimmed by nearly a century on earth.

And when Harold “Smoky” Simon grins at you, it’s hard to remember that, at 99, the man is one of a dwindling club: the heroes of Israel’s War of Independence.

“Unhappily, that’s true,” he says in an accent…

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UK to release ‘pay to slay’ audits after Freedom of Information request

The branch of the British government responsible for administering overseas aid will disclose audit reports regarding aid money allegedly used to pay salaries to convicted terrorists, after abandoning its appeal against a ruling by U.K. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

In July 2018, U.K. Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI), a British volunteer…