Saturday, July 26, 2014



Hamas Rejects 4-Hour Truce Extension

Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Though the Israeli Cabinet approved a 4-hour extension to the 12-hour ceasefire on Saturday (and agreed to consider an even further extension), Hamas has rejected the deal. The truce would have been extended to midnight on Saturday, but Sami Abu Zuhri sent a text message to reporters saying, “No agreement to extending the calm for an additional four hours.” The Palestinian death toll in the conflict rose to over 1,000 on Saturday and over 100 bodies were recovered during the ceasefire, according to a Gaza health official. Civilians in Gaza used the ceasefire to gather food supplies, find missing family members, or just return to homes they had left behind for shelters. The Israeli death toll in the conflict rose to 42 on Saturday.

Friday, July 25, 2014


Israel Thousands Of Years Ago.

Israel 700 BC


GAZA BORDER -- Seven Israeli soldiers have been killed in a confrontation with Hamas infiltrators disguised as Israeli soldiers wearing suicide belts inside the Israeli border.

The IDF killed most of these infiltrators. So far, the Israel Defense Force has destroyed more than 20 tunnels and killed nearly 200 Hamas terrorists since the start of its ground operation.

Here on the Israeli-Gaza border you can see the plumes of smoke from the fighting within Gaza city. The IDF has called up 60,000 troops in Operation Protective Edge. About 30 soldiers have died in the line of battle.

Israeli soldiers find themselves fighting an enemy that uses the same tactics as al Qaeda in Iraq and the Taliban in Afghanistan. 

Col. Richard Kemp, who commanded British ground troops in Afghanistan, refutes the claim that Israel has committed war crimes.

"The British forces fought against the Taliban for many years in Afghanistan," Kemp said. "They use human shields. They attempt to lure us to kill their civilian population. It's a common theme among Islamist extremist groups in this world."

"Everything I've seen would suggest to me that Israel is not committing a war crime," he said. "Far from it. Israel is going further than most other countries in this world, going to prevent the loss of civilian innocent civilian life."

"The people that are committing the war crimes are Hamas who fire rockets into Israeli civilian population indiscriminately and who also use their own people as human shields," he continued. "That is a war crime."

"Hamas wants the Israeli Defense Force to kill their children, their women, that's what they want to happen," he said. "They want to get the propaganda; they want to get the publicity, the sympathy and the pity of the world to by getting the Israelis to kill their population. That's exactly what their tactic is."

Former IDF spokesperson Avital Leibovitz said Hamas deliberately put Palestinian civilians in harm's way during the intense fighting in Shebalia. 

"We are trying to do everything we can in order to make sure that civilians are evacuated from the area," he said. "However, as we've seen from Hamas time and time again, the Ministry of Interior is forbidding their civilians -- it's really tragic -- he's forbidding them from leaving those areas and we find ourselves in very tough situations."
On the diplomatic front, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are in the region trying to broker a ceasefire. Yet Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said they would continue to fight Israel.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014


Since 1822, scholars have connected the Biblical Philistines with the Egyptian "Peleset" inscriptions,[3] and since 1873, they have both been connected with the Aegean "Pelasgians".[4][5]Whilst the evidence for these connections is etymological and has been disputed,[5][6] this identification is held by the majority of egyptologistsand biblical archaeologists.[5]

Tuesday, July 1, 2014




FROM ONLINE PUB. QUEERTY - In a 5-4-ruling this morning, the US Supreme Court announced that, in theHobby Lobby case, the government cannot force companies to provide contraceptive coverage for employees.

That’s huge. Abortion coverage usually doesn’t mean a heck of a lot for gays and lesbians, but the decision sets a precedent that could do harm down the road for equal treatment in health insurance and discrimination by essentially declaring religious liberty to be superior to more secular concerns of employees. Hobby Lobbied sued the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act on the grounds that it violated the owner’s Christian moral standards by forcing it to provide contraceptive coverage.

Now that the Supreme Court has declared that corporations can have religious convictions, just like a person, the logical extension is that those same convictions could one day be justified in overruling well-established workplace nondiscrimination laws. In that scenario, an employer could justify a policy against hiring gays–or even anyone who seems gay-ish–by claiming that hiring gays or even providing health care to them would violate their company’s religious beliefs. Hobby lobby, which covers other forms of birth control, have not indicated such a sweeping view, but the potential is there for such an interpretation of the ruling.

Here’s a little background: the religious families who own Hobby Lobby (a chain of craft stores you may want to avoid at all cost) consider the morning-after pill abortion, despite it really not being abortion at all. But their religious beliefs say it is, so that’s what matters to them.

The government says there’s a minimum standard of health care that people must receive in order for a civilization to function (even if those people are women), and that Hobby Lobby is a company, not a person, and companies aren’t burdened by religious beliefs the way humans are.

So now that we have a ruling, what’s next? Well, the court’s made a determination on corporations, but the next lawsuit will be about nonprofits. Specifically, a nonprofit made up of nuns who care for the elderly. The leaders of that group, too, believe that there’s something so special about the possibility of conception that it would violate the organization’s collective conscience to prevent it from happening.