Israellycool » Operation Pillar of Defense Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:23:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Families Cannot Forget, Let Us Remember Sun, 17 Nov 2013 21:30:49 +0000 It is a year since Operation Pillar of Defense.

It is a year since a young family was wiped out for the crime of

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sitting in their living room.

A rocket from Gaza blew out the entire outside wall of their apartment,

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killing Yitzhak Amsellem,

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taking two other young lives and destroying the entire contents of their home.

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Shrapnel from the blast pierced metal.

photo Kiryat Malachi damage, rocket damage from Gaza rocket

The neighbors’ homes were damaged,

but already a few days after the bombing, they were replacing windows.

Though Israelis repair quickly and move on after a terror attack,

their families can never forget.

Being in those ruins, I find it hard to forget.

Please let us at least remember the dead once a year.

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Scenes From A Hamas Rally: Cynical Use Of Ambulances Edition – Updates Below Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:47:59 +0000 Hamas rallies never disappoint.

“Celebrating” 1 year since we killed Jaabari, their usual show of force included all the regular images we’ve shown in the past:



Child Abuse

Child Abuse

Too Many Barrels

Too Many Barrels

One image though, stands above the rest:

A Red Crescent Ambulance

A Red Crescent Ambulance

Hamasholes wilfully share their videos too, and I’ve spotted at least two different ambulances partaking in the rallies:

In the 1st video, you can spot one at 1:46. and another at 6:32




Possibly the same Hamasbulance from the 1st image

In another video, you can see another one at the 3:36 mark.

Possibly the same Hamasbulance from before

Possibly the same Hamasbulance from before

This isn’t Hamas’ first time it cynically (ab)uses Red Crescent ambulances. it has done so before, to smuggle arms and personnel, and also used them as human shields. This cynical terrorist tactic, that the west is blind to, is used by the Iranian terror corporation and their Hizballah division as well.

When Israel targets these vehicles, as they are now no longer civilian, the ICRC goes bonkers.

Will ICRC condemn Hamas?

Update: After Elder picked up this story, The ICRC chief in Israel commented:

I guess the answer to the question above is no. As they are not technically a PRCS ambulance, Hamas is more than welcome to keep abusing human rights, and put Civilians, ICRC and PRCS officials at risk.

Article 1. Ambulances and military hospitals shall be recognized as neutral, and as such, protected and respected by the belligerents as long as they accommodate wounded and sick.
Neutrality shall end if the said ambulances or hospitals should be held by a military force.

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Immoral Equivalence At Sun, 03 Nov 2013 16:54:59 +0000 After hinting that Zionism equals Nazism, and “forgetting” to mention the Temple Mount’s holiness to Jews, it seems that the Ha’aretz Facebook page is looking for the coveted top spot on the ADL top 10 anti-Israel groups.

It was reported today that an IDF tactical UAV had crashed inside the Gaza Strip due to a malfunction

Yet for some anti-Israel folk, the IDF’s word is as good as Hamas’.

Haaretz UAV

Do note that while the IDF “claims”, Hamas “reports”.

Remember, this is the same “news” outlet that reported Hamas shot down an IAF F-16 last year during OPoD.

Needless to say that this isn’t the first time one of these UAV’s has crashed due to a malfunction, and it isn’t the last. It is also not the first time Ha’aretz has shown it’s moral deviancy, and it too, isn’t the last.

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Where CNN Admit Hamas Killed Mahmoud Sadallah Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:32:37 +0000 CNN was quick to blame Israel for the death of 4 year old Mahmoud Sadallah, calling him “the symbol of Israeli aggression”

When it later turned out the he was in fact killed by Hamas, many news outlets issued a correction. Elder of Ziyon has documented the whole ordeal, with a lame excuse for a retraction issued by CNN.

In today’s video report by Sara Sidner, which I’ve already partially covered here, she did mention the case, though didn’t say who the baby is, or that she herself made a big issue with his death just half a year ago.

Skip to 5:14 for the gist:

Hamas has also been shown to have killed some its own people with rockets that misfired, including this 4 year old child that Hamas portrayed at the time as a symbol of Israeli brutality

No Sara, YOU portrayed him as said symbol.

Journalism at its worst.

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We Don’t Always Do The Right Thing Thu, 18 Apr 2013 06:41:30 +0000 Watch this.

A lot of people are going to criticise this dad and, yes, if he’s a local and he knows that’s a fertiliser plant and he knows exactly how explosive fertiliser is then he’s pretty dumb. So I’ll come clean, here are some of my biggest dumb moments.

From the last rocket war with Gaza:

I have an admission to make. When the alarms sounded in Tel Aviv for the very first time, I was at home, alone. My wife and kids were eating pizza nearby, and I didn’t run to our room. I hung around near the door to my balcony which has a view to the south of most of Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan. I thought maybe I’d see something. When the alarm went silent and I still hadn’t seen anything I thought for a second, false alarm. Then my home shook with an impact and I realised how stupid I had been.

From the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami:

The other dumb moment in my life saved by others: watching the sea in Sri Lanka recede by a mile and not figuring out that the greatest Tsunami in recent history is about to come flowing through my hotel. I have a PhD in Physics, I had watched every Nat Geo and Discovery channel program about the phenomenon and the only thing that saved me was the fabulous hotel staff shooing all the guests out of the garden and up the stairs to higher levels before the sea came flooding through our strong concrete hotel.

Fortunately very few of us have experienced a massive explosion far enough away not to hurt us but close enough to really know about it. Don’t mess with this stuff. Run as far away as you can and don’t give a moment’s thought to not getting it on video, especially with your kids near you.

h/t to Hugo on Facebook for showing me the video.

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Jon Donnison: Naive Fool Or Terrorist Shill? Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:18:36 +0000 donnison-11-3-masharawiI’m focusing this post on an individual journalist who works for the BBC and was stationed in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense. I make no apologies. We’ve had plenty of dealing with him here.

Jon Donnison, you may remember, uncritically re-tweeted a picture of a dead child from Syria adding the word “Heartbreaking”. He applied zero journalistic rigour, uncritically passing on terrorist lies.

But what I’m going to highlight here is the debacle over the death of a baby. Not just any baby, the 10 month old son of a BBC employee in Gaza.

The terrorists running Gaza immediately blamed Israel and Jon Donnison of the BBC immediately believed them.

Very quickly, led by Elder of Zion who is half a world away, extreme doubt was cast on the story. It looked strongly like the baby and a woman were killed by a mis-firing Hamas rocket loosely aimed at Israeli civilians. When this theory was proposed it was given almost no attention by the mainstream and dismissed by Jon Donnison and his BBC friends.

Well it turns out the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), a body known for being highly critical of Israel at every opportunity, has all but declared the baby was killed by Hamas.

Elder of Zion caught this first, of course, and now Jon Donnison has been forced to write a story because AP picked it up. He has included every caveat and doubt he could possibly muster. BBC Watch has dissected his story carefully.

I do have one nervousness about all of this: we’re all exalting the OHCHR at the UN for finally coming out with something we agree with: don’t make the mistake of thinking this excuses this and other UN bodies from their institutionalised anti-Israel bias.

So by repeating, uncritically, the lies fed to him by known Hamas sympathisers in Gaza, Jon Donnison and the BBC apparatus he represents are either acting as shills to provide aid and comfort to terrorists and enemies of humanity, or he is the most naive fool of a reporter since Walter Duranty.

And finally, the BBC story contains one oddity. The man whose son was killed is named, according to the BBC, “Jehad Masharawi”. That’s a rather odd spelling.

His first name in Arabic is spelt exactly the same way as the word Jihad: a holy war against unbelievers. Why on earth is the BBC, alone, choosing to use a very rare English transliteration when Jihad is by far the more common one?

Could it be they don’t want to admit their employee in Gaza is named after the very expression of Islamic desire to conquer the world for Allah? I think you know the answer.

Jehad masharawi or Jihad- Google SearchJehad or Jihad - BBC News - UN disputes Gaza strike on BBC man's house

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It’s Only Mud On A Mercedes Sun, 03 Feb 2013 11:59:05 +0000 Guest post from the excellent blog: A Soldier’s Mother. Some stuff is just too good just to link to but please, as a courtesy, click on the link and read it on Paula’s site too.

Photo Credit: "Muddy Washmitt Meister"

Photo Credit: “Muddy Washmitt Meister”

What would you do with a NEW Mercedes?

Now, if that title doesn’t hit high on the spam charts, I don’t know what will…but stay with me.

Last week, a representative from a very large company came to our offices to discuss potential new business. As with most meetings in Israel, it was a blend of personal and professional. The contract was signed, but the discussions veered off into so many things that are Israel, including the army and the recent Operation Pillar of Defense.

I mentioned my blog and how Elie had been part of the call-up. He mentioned his brother – in the Military Police being sent there and told me how he had never seen his mother so devastated, so paralyzed, so terrified, as during those days.

And then he told us what his brother was doing – basically guarding an entry point to the “closed military zone” where the fighting would take place…if the government had chosen to send in the ground forces. Elie told the man about his mad drive with the artillery vehicles. And the man told us two stories from his brother.

The first was of a young man who drove up and demanded entry. The representative’s brother explained that it was a closed area and he couldn’t let him in.

“I’m a pilot,” said the young driver rather arrogantly.

A bit sheepishly, the rep’s brother explained that he needed to see identification, which was quickly produced and the pilot was allowed to enter. The next day, a general showed up in full uniform driving a brand new, sparkling clean Mercedes. I can’t tell you what model, but it was enough to impress the young soldier. This time, without asking, the general pulled out papers to prove he should be allowed in, though I wonder if it even crossed the mind of the young soldier to deny the general in the first place. But deny him he did.

“You can’t go in there!” he told the general.

The general hesitated for a moment and then asked the soldier, “why NOT?”

“Your car,” said the young man. “It’s new. The mud. Look. You can’t,” he stumbled as he turned to point behind him to the tanks tearing up the wet, muddy ground.

And then the general did the most extraordinary thing. He laughed and told the soldier, “I have that car because of everything this country did for me. I’ll give it all back if I have to – including the car.”

With that, he got in the Mercedes – the brand new, sparkling Mercedes, and drove it into the thick mud, covering the tires and splattering the side within seconds.

All that we have, we have been given because we are here – our safety, our lives, our freedom, our blessings.

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Photos of Hamas Terrorists Who Really Wanted To Get Laid Sun, 30 Dec 2012 08:06:10 +0000 Former Israellycool contributor Challah Hu Akbar recently posted photos of 18 Hamas Terrorists Killed In Operation Pillar of Defense.

But at least in some of the cases, it looks more like Photos of Hamas Terrorists Who Really Wanted To Get Laid.

Aaed Sabri Radi – The Brooding Romantic

Rami Abed Rabbu al-Abeed – Proponent of The “Come Hither” Look

Saadi Maher Abu Kmail – The Braggart

Come to think of it, all Islamic terrorists really want to get laid.

Shame for them it doesn’t quite turn out that way.

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Drone Sweet Drone Sat, 29 Dec 2012 17:44:14 +0000 Mandatory reading from Fox News.


A single Syrian missile strike on a bakery near Hama killed more than 60 innocent civilians last week, so how did Israel manage to fire more than 1,500 high powered missiles into densely-populated Gaza in November, with the total loss of 161 lives, of which 90 have been acknowledged by Hamas itself as active combatants? (we know there were at least 101 terrorists – Aussie Dave)

The numbers speak for themselves, but very little credit has so far been given by foreign governments, NGOs, and the international media for the care taken by the Israeli military to avoid collateral damage during its recent vicious engagement with Hamas and Islamic Jihad fighters.

‘Major G,’ the chief instructing officer of the Israeli UAV (Drone) School, spoke exclusively to on condition of anonymity about Israel’s hi-tech drone capabilities, his military’s terms of engaging the enemy, and aspects of his direct role in the recent Gaza conflict in which Israel strongly contends most non-combatant deaths were as a result of Palestinian civilians being routinely used as human shields by Hamas.

“Drones (UAVs – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), play a very important and essential role in the protection of the State of Israel,” ‘Major G’ explained. “The great advantage of the drone is the ability to stay in the air for up to 40 hours at a time above the relevant area to perform ISR missions – Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.”

Once a drone identifies a target, its operator is then responsible for setting in motion a sometimes dizzyingly fast chain of events that may result in a missile strike taking place.

“Using commercial apertures and video cameras, we have the ability to work with both daytime and night time infrared images. My Heron1 drone does only ISR, but I have the ability to designate a target to another aircraft. This capability is very important because I am able to stay above and investigate the target for a long time, clear it of uninvolved civilians, and only when there is a clear path of fire do I call for the F16 or Apache helicopter,” said ‘Major G.’

Critics of Israel’s actions invariably suggest a lack of concern about collateral damage when air strikes are used, but ‘Major G’ revealed in detail how a drone operator sitting somewhere in Israel can clear a target on the ground in Gaza of innocent civilians.

“In a lot of cases we have regular houses where in the basement there is a lot of ammunition, bombs and missiles. The house is populated sometimes with the families having willingly cooperated with the Hamas, and in other cases they don’t have any choice; Hamas forces this on them. In cases where there are people inside a house or building we never strike the target without prior warning. We make phone calls, send leaflet flier warnings, and sometimes use a technique called ‘Knock On the Roof,’ where we fire very, very small, very precise tiny bombs onto the edge of the roof and then they (the family) know that the attack is about to begin and everybody can go outside.”

But even the best intelligence and prior warnings cannot always prevent civilian casualties caught up in the fog of war, as happened in the widely reported case of the Dalou family in Gaza, nine of whom were killed by a single Israeli missile strike. asked the Israel Defense Force for an official explanation on the loss of life at the Dalou house and received the following statement:

“The IDF targets only terror related sites based on carefully collected intelligence. All possible precautions were taken as the civilians in Gaza were not targets in this operation. The Dalou residence was known to the IDF intelligence as a hideout of a senior militant operative in Hamas’ rocket launching infrastructure. While the IDF regrets the loss of life on both sides, the responsibility ultimately lies with terror operatives who use the civil population as human shields when using civilian buildings as hideouts, or to store weaponry.”

Read the whole thing. Then spread it far and wide.


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Islamic Jihad Arts And Crafts Committee Sat, 29 Dec 2012 15:46:09 +0000 Not to be outdone by Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, A.K.A Al-Quds Brigades, are having a Pillar of Defense – “Shale Stones” – event of their own.

Here are some amateur pictures of that display.

Warning! Insane amounts of spray paint and Duct tape were killed during the filming of this event, viewer discretion is advised!

The PIJ Rocket-in-the-box:

The Kornet ATGM Launcher. Mind you, PIJ do have these missiles, and this is what they actually look like.

A heavy mortar, complete with wooden bi-pod and a paper cut-out hand crank. I’ll get to the background banner soon.

A Fajr-5, with glue on fins.

A Pipe dream organ.

Here’s a wide view of the display:

If you look carefully, you can see in the left of centre a picture of an Iranian made 107 mm rocket. It’s the same picture I have already linked here, and it is from Iraq. PIJ is in such a sorry state, they can’t even use their own stock photos.

As for the banner, it sums up nicely the Arab genocidal pshyce. It reads (top to bottom):

  • Palestine: no room for two peoples
  • Palestine from the river to the sea
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