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Official: Hamas won’t form government recognizes Israel

Posted in Arabs, Christianity, Hate, Islam, Israel, Israeli, Jewish History, Middle East, News, racism, Religion, Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 7, 2009 by Michael Burks

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-04/07/content_11144500.htm

GAZA, April 7 (Xinhua) — A senior Islamic Hamas movement official reiterated on Tuesday that his movement wouldn’t accept forming a new unity government that recognizes the Jewish state.

    Ismail Radwan said in a statement sent to reporters “We won’t deal with any proposal or project, presented to the movement, that calls for abiding by the international Quartet requirements or recognizing Israel.”

    The commitments to the Quartet’s requirements is the core of substantial differences between the Islamic movement that rules the Gaza Strip and west-supported President Mahmoud Abbas.

    So far, a marathon and intensive dialogue held in Cairo between the two sides in March, which will be resumed on April 26, had failed to overcome major differences, mainly to agree on the platform of any new unity government.

    “Forming any Palestinian government that commits itself to the Quartet’s requirements and recognizing Israel as a legitimate state on the land of Palestine is not on Hamas Agenda,” said Radwan.

    Radwan expressed hope that the coming third round of dialogue expected on April 26 “would be more flexible and positive in order to overcome our differences and achieve our national unity.”

    Meanwhile, chief Palestinian negotiator to the dialogue with Hamas Ahmed Qurei said in a statement that the coming round of inter-reconciliation dialogue “will be final and decisive.”

    He accused Hamas movement for being hard in its position and not changing it in spite of several rounds of dialogue, adding that “Fatah is keen to make this dialogue success and is not intending to give up.”

    “We are still having the same differences on four major issues: reforming the PLO, the security forces, the political platform and the upcoming elections. So far we haven’t moved on inch in any of the four issues,” said Qurei.

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Hamas shows why Islam can’t be trusted

Posted in Arabs, Hate, Islam, Israel, Israeli, Jewish History, Middle East, News, racism, Religion, Uncategorized, War, Warfare, World News with tags , , , , , on March 18, 2009 by Michael Burks

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/18/content_11032655.htm

GAZA, March 18 (Xinhua) — A senior Islamic Hamas movement announced on Wednesday that the indirect talks, mediated by Egypt, with Israel on the release of captive Israeli corporal Gilad Shalit have stopped.

    Salah el-Bardawil, Hamas parliamentary block spokesman, told a news conference in Gaza that “Israel is the one which is fully responsible for the collapse of the talks to finalize the prisoners’ exchange deal.”

    “We had presented a list of the prisoners’ names to Israel through Egypt thirty months ago. We didn’t change it and we didn’t add to it anything new,” he said in response to Israeli claims that Hamas has elevated its demands.

    He added that the captors of Shalit “insist that 450 prisoners with high sentences terms should be released at a first stage, and then children, women, lawmakers and ministers would be freed in a second stage.”

    Hamas armed wing al-Qassam Brigades, and two minor armed groups abducted Shalit in the summer of 2006 during an armed attack carried out against an Israeli army base southeast of the Gaza Strip.

    “Israel has been all the time following the policy procrastination and thwarting the Egyptian efforts aimed at finalizing the deal,” said el-Bardawil, who mocked the Israeli threats to tighten the blockade on the Gaza Strip.

    Indirect intensive marathon talks held between Israel and Hamas in Egypt had failed to reach an agreement to free Shalit for the release of 1,450 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.

    A Hamas sources closed to the dialogue, who spoke on condition of anonymity had earlier said that the disagreement was on 90 prisoners that Israel wanted to exile them to Syria, Yemen and other Arab countries.

    El-Bardawil called on Egypt to official declare who was responsible for thwarting the deal, adding “We call on our prisoners and our people to be more patient to face the Israeli threats.”

Hamas tortured, killed Palestinians,

Posted in Arabs, Christianity, cults, Islam, Israel, Israeli, Jewish History, Middle East, News, Religion, Uncategorized, World News with tags , , , , on February 10, 2009 by Michael Burks

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/02/10/gaza.reprisal.killings/

CNN) — Amnesty International has accused Hamas militants in Gaza of kidnapping, killing and torturing fellow Palestinians they accuse of spying for Israel, the organization announced Tuesday.

Hamas supporters stand on the rubble of a building hit by an Israeli strike that killed Hamas' interior minister.

Hamas supporters stand on the rubble of a building hit by an Israeli strike that killed Hamas’ interior minister.

According to Amnesty International, at least 24 Palestinian men — most of them civilians — were shot and killed by Hamas gunmen during the recent Israeli offensive aimed at crippling the Hamas leadership in Gaza.

“Scores of others have been shot in the legs, kneecapped or inflicted with other injuries intended to cause permanent disability,” the human rights organization said in a news release.

Hamas leaders have publicly accused followers of its rival Palestinian political faction, Fatah, of spying for the Israelis during the conflict, and they have said many have been arrested for collaborating with the Jewish state. But they deny ordering any reprisal attacks against suspected spies, instead blaming rogue elements.

The Israeli military offensive in Gaza was launched at the end of December and ended three weeks later, when Israeli forces withdrew under the terms of a cease-fire agreement.

Amnesty said that the targets of “Hamas’ deadly campaign” include prisoners who escaped from Gaza’s central prison when Israeli forces bombed it in the initial days of the military conflict.

Some prisoners injured in the Israeli bombing were “shot dead in the hospitals where they were receiving treatment,” Amnesty said.

“The perpetrators of these attacks did not conceal their weapons or keep a low profile, but, on the contrary, behaved in a carefree and confident — almost ostentatious — manner,” it said.

Other targets included former members of Palestinian Authority security forces and supporters of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party.

Fatah, which is based in the West Bank, has denied spying on Hamas. Fatah leaders have accused Hamas of rounding up at least 175 of their members in Gaza during the Israeli war and torturing them.

The two Palestinian factions have been locked in a power struggle since Hamas won parliamentary elections in January 2006 and wrested Gaza from Fatah in violent clashes the following year. Abbas is a U.S. ally and regularly negotiates with Israel as the Palestinian leader, but he holds little sway in Gaza.

Fatah supporters have been accused of helping the Israeli military conduct its campaign in Gaza, which targeted the Hamas leadership. Neighbors of Hamas Interior Minister Said Siam said they suspected Fatah supporters helped Israel pinpoint his location when they bombed his house on January 15.

Siam was highest-ranking Hamas member killed in the Israeli offensive.

Most of those suspected of spying for Israel have been abducted from their homes and then “dumped — dead or injured — in isolated areas,” according to Amnesty International.

During the Gaza conflict, medical officials at Gaza City’s main medical facility, Shifa Hospital, said injuries they witnessed were consistent with people being shot in the kneecaps, elbows, hands or feet.

Punishment shootings are a time-tested tactic used worldwide by guerrilla and militia groups, from Che Guevara in Cuba to the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland. They are meant not only to take revenge but also to send a message to others.

Two self-described Fatah loyalists were found heavily bandaged at a Gaza City safe house during the recent conflict. One of their colleagues refused to say where or why they were injured, but they denied spying.

After Lebanon fiasco, Israel talks down Gaza aims

Posted in Christianity, Jewish History, Religion with tags , , , on January 5, 2009 by Michael Burks

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE50435V20090105

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent – Analysis

 

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Israel, pursuing ground attacks in the Gaza Strip to inflict maximum damage on Hamas before any ceasefire, has avoided setting over-ambitious goals, making it harder for its Palestinian foe to claim survival as a victory.

 

Hamas wants to emulate Hezbollah’s robust showing in the 2006 Lebanon war when it held off Israel’s military might for 34 days. But it lacks the strategic depth, arsenal and capabilities of the Shi’ite Islamist guerrillas, security analysts say.

 

But whatever its military weakness, the Islamist movement will not vanish. It will seek to fight another day, portraying its struggle to Arabs and Muslims as a beacon for resistance.

 

Israel’s challenge is to convert its military superiority into political and long-term security gains — without getting sucked into gritty street fighting that would risk significant military losses as well as more carnage among hapless civilians.

 

“The fundamental objective is to change the reality of security in the south,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday, referring to Israeli towns targeted by Hamas rockets.

 

A senior Israeli military official on Sunday talked of a prolonged operation “to hit Hamas infrastructure as much as we can (and) decrease the number of rockets.”

 

Israeli leaders have refrained from promising an end to all rocket fire from Gaza or the overthrow of Hamas rule there.

 

Yezid Sayigh, a Palestinian analyst at Kings College London, said Israeli leaders were avoiding the mistakes of the Lebanon war when grandiose stated objectives to destroy Hezbollah and eliminate its rocket arsenal set them up for failure.

 

“This doesn’t mean they won’t be flexible,” he said. “They might have a range of objectives. Depending on how things unfold, they could go for the top or the bottom of the range.

 

However, without a full-scale invasion of Gaza, Israel was tacitly accepting that Hamas would stay in place, Sayigh added.

 

Israel has said it has no intention to reoccupy the Gaza Strip. It withdrew its troops and settlers in 2005 after a 38-year occupation, but kept tight control of the enclave’s borders. Hamas drove its Fatah rivals out in June 2007.

 

“The Israelis want to divide Gaza into slices, cut communications between them and then go for search and destroy missions, without really engaging in all-out urban warfare,” said Timur Goksel, a Beirut-based academic and former adviser to U.N. peacekeepers in south Lebanon.

 

“STARK CHOICE”

 

Israeli warplanes and gunships pounded the Gaza Strip for eight days — possibly running out of pre-determined targets — before the ground incursions against Hamas. A six-month ceasefire with the Islamist movement had expired on December 19.

 

Sayigh said the ground troops could occupy open areas and destroy any Hamas tunnels or weapons caches there, but would have to probe into built-up areas to pursue trained fighters.