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.


IAF strikes underground Hamas target after Palestinians fire rocket into Israel

Israeli aircraft hit a Hamas underground facility in the Gaza Strip early Thursday after a rocket fired at southern Israel was shot down in the first such attack since Israel and terror groups in the coastal enclave fought a vicious two-day battle last month.

The Israel Defense Forces said its fighter jets bombed “underground terror…


Jewish stars and directors dominate key categories at 2019 Tony Awards

The key prizes in the roster of Sunday’s Tony Awards were dominated by Jewish directors and actors, including the directors of both the best play and the best musical, and the best actor and best actress in a play.

“Hadestown,” a brooding musical about the underworld, had a heavenly night and won eight trophies including best new musical, and…


Signs of a breakthrough on border — dispute talks between Israel and Lebanon

Israel and Lebanon have been in a formal state of war for more than seven decades, but the two neighbors are hopeful that significant progress on their disputed border could be near.

The United States has been quietly mediating efforts between Israel and Lebanon on delineating their maritime frontier in an area where large deposits of natural gas…


Violence with Gaza causing families to leave southern Israel

At least 10 families living in Gaza border communities have decided to leave the area following the repeated rounds of violence between Israel and terror groups in the Hamas-run coastal enclave, Channel 13 reported on Friday.

According to the report, the families arrived in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council last year and have told the council…


Hamas claims it tried to attack Iron Dome system

Hamas attempted to fire rockets at Iron Dome missile defense batteries during the recent escalation of tension between Israel and the Gaza Strip in May, a commander in the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades known as Abu Maaz told the organization’s Al Qassam website on Tuesday.

The commander told Al Qassam that the rockets Hamas utilized in the May…


Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar: If not for Iran’s support, we would not have our missile capabilities

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar said in speech that aired last week on Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas-Gaza) that the conflict with Israel will only end with the removal of the occupation from Palestine and with the Palestinians’ return to the “liberated and cleansed” Al-Aqsa mosque. He said that the Palestinians “suckled this spirit” from their mothers, who…


New book unmasks Ramallah- and Gaza-based academic and cultural boycotts of Israel

(May 29, 2019 / JNS) In the wake of Iceland’s pro-Palestinian gesture at Eurovision and related discussion promoted by the Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), Dan Diker and Adam Shay of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs have published an English book titled The PACBI Deception: Unmasked.

The book reveals PACBI’s…


Hamas music video celebrates murder of Jews

(May 29, 2019 / PMW) The same day that Hamas official Fathi Hammad promised to “slaughter, exterminate and annihilate” Israel, Hamas TV broadcast a music video on May 15 promising to “blow up” Tel Aviv and showing the staged stabbing of a religious Jew by a masked Palestinian:

“We have not yet drawn weapons, and yet we have brought down the…


Merkel: All German synagogues, Jewish schools need police protection

German leader Angela Merkel said Monday that her country’s Jewish population needs constant police protection.

Merkel addressed the current rise in anti-Semitism in her country, saying in a CNN interview that it has “always had a certain number of anti-Semites among us, unfortunately.”

“There is to this day not a single synagogue, not a single…


Hamas initiates online fundraising campaign to encourage youth to resist

Lebanon’s Mayadeen TV aired a report in March about an online campaign in Gaza to encourage support for the “resistance,” namely Hamas. The reporter, Lana Shahin, said that the campaign, which was launched by Hamas’s military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, strives to use modern and secure methods, and briefly discussed the Brigades’ cryptocurrency…


UCLA guest lecturer compares Zionists to white supremacists

(May 22, 2019 / JNS) A guest lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, last week labeled Zionists as white supremacists, reported Jewish Journal on Tuesday.

A Jewish student in the class, Shayna Lavi, recalled to the Journal that San Francisco State University Arab and Muslim ethnicities’ professor Rabab Abdulhadi, told the some 100…


Feds: New Jersey man aided Hamas, threatened to kill Israel supporters

A 20-year-old New Jersey man sought to aid the Hamas terror group and threatened to “shoot everybody” at an unspecified pro-Israel demonstration, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Jonathan Xie was charged with attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization, making false statements and transmitting a threat in…


This woman organized a Passover seder for 9 senators at 30,000 feet over Vietnam

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Air National Guard pilot gave Jill Cooper Udall the all-clear: There were storm warnings, but she had 10 turbulence-free minutes to get through her seder.

Cooper Udall, who is married to Tom Udall, a Democrat and the senior senator from New Mexico, waved the 25 or so people on the aircraft into the cabin at the plane’s…


COGAT announces Gaza fishing zone extension, does not mention ceasefire

The fishing zone off the coast of the Gaza Strip has been extended to 15 nautical miles, the head of COGAT, Maj.-Gen. Kamil Abu Rukun, announced on Tuesday.

According to the announcement, the act “is part of the civilian policy for prevention of deterioration in humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip and is consistent with the policy of…


Ukraine’s new president sworn in: ‘We must defend our land like Israelis’

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky stepped into his new role as Ukrainian president with his inauguration on Monday, launching a new era for the country wracked by war and economic difficulties.

A month after scoring a landslide election victory against incumbent Petro Poroshenko, the 41-year-old became Ukraine’s youngest post-Soviet president.

In a…


The Gaza Conundrum

On May 14, 2018, at the exact moment that Israel was celebrating the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, I sat across the desk from a senior Israeli official in Tel Aviv. He was in a foul mood. He looked as if he hadn’t slept much. He rubbed his eyes, scratched his stubble, and blurted suddenly, “Gaza is a problem from hell.”

Amid all…


PayPal among online payment platforms that shut down services to BDS group with terror links

(May 15, 2019 / JNS) PayPal has joined other major online payment systems in shutting down services to the BDS group Samidoun, which has close ties with Palestinian terror groups.

Over the last several weeks, the International Legal Forum, along with the Zionist Advocacy Centre, successfully petitioned PayPal, along with Donorbox and Plaid, to…


New England Revolution to play Chelsea FC to highlight hate crimes worldwide

(May 15, 2019 / JNS) The New England Revolution and Chelsea FC soccer teams will play in a friendly match on Wednesday evening titled the “Final Whistle on Hate” to raise awareness about hate crimes worldwide, especially anti-Semitic ones.

The game’s proceeds will be donated to 15 groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Agency…