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Uncivil War

Tuesday June 12th:

 

The Hamas-Fatah deathfest continues in Gaza and elsewhere, with 17 people being killed since Monday morning. Today’s tally so far: 3 dead, 14 wounded.

 

Things are happening at a bloodcurdling pace, and it is very hard sometimes to keep track of all the terrorist vs terrorist goings on. Thus as a special service for Israellycool readers, I have summarized today’s events in an easy-to-follow manner. No thanks needed, I’m a giver.

 

Hamas:

  • Demanded that Fatah terrorists abandon their positions, threatening to attack those who remained in their posts
  • Launched afternoon attacks against Fatah-allied terrorists
  • Captured several positions from Fatah
  • Surrounded a compound, in which approximately 500 Fatah terrorists were holed up, and fired mortars and rocket-propelled grenades at the building
  • Ransacked the Gaza home of former palestinian foreign minister Nabil Shaath of Fatah, and shot one of his bodyguards in the leg.
  • Deployed fighters in Khan Younis and erected roadblocks in order to inspect cars.
  • Seized a hospital in Khan Yunis, the third medical center to come under Hamas control in two days
  • Threatened to attack the headquarters of the Preventive Security Service in Gaza City, which is loyal to Fatah
  • Attacked the home of a senior Fatah security official with mortars and grenades, killing 3 women and a child
  • Accused Fatah of being “Zionist collaborators”
  • Called for the execution of the Fatah’s military and political leaders
  • Described the fighting as a civil war
  • Threatened to step things up a notch
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    Fatah:

  • Accused Hamas of staging a coup (ya’ think?)
  • Threatened to withdraw from the National Unity Government (ya’ think?)
  • Believe Hamas is trying to achieve a decisive victory in the Gaza Strip “within hours” (here’s hoping this thing is drawn out for a longer time)
  • Were up until the last few hours still awaiting orders from Mahmoud Abbas to fight back
  • Announced it would kill Hamas officials unless Hamas ceased its attacks
  • Abducted the deputy cabinet minister from Hamas in Ramallah
  • Attacked the home of palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh with a rocket-propelled grenade (Haniyeh and his family were unhurt)
  • Kidnapped a member of the Hamas military wing (a cousin of Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the arch terrorist we killed 3 years ago) and executed him in the street.
  • Stormed the house of a Hamashole and burned it to the ground.
  • Called for the execution of the Hamas’ military and political leaders
  • Started playing Fatah songs on Hamas TV (a possible sign that they have taken control of the broadcast)
  • Described the fighting as a civil war
  • Declared a State of Alert
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    Hamas or Fatah (not sure yet):

    Launched at least 4 shells at the Technological Science College

     

    The UN:

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    Human Rights Organizations:

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    Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

     

    Latest updates here.


    11:40PM: Here’s a story I just found, which should indicate to you the depravity of these terrorists.

    Jamal Abu Jadian, a top Fatah commander, fled his home in the northern Gaza Strip Tuesday evening dressed as a woman to avoid dozens of Hamas militiamen who had attacked it. He and several members of his family and bodyguards were lightly wounded.

     

    But when Abu Jadian arrived at a hospital a few hundred meters away from his house, he was discovered by a group of Hamas gunmen, who took turns shooting him in the head with automatic rifles.

    “They literally blew his head off with more than 40 bullets,” said a doctor at Kamal Udwan Hospital.

    Bear in mind that these are the same terrorists who target Jews, and whom many on the Left would have you believe are freedom fighters who are fighting for their rights.

    No sireee. We are dealing with evil here. They enjoy killing.

    11:20PM: Hamas has denied reports of a Gaza truce, saying the deal was only that violence should end.

     

    11:10PM: Here are two sequential items from the Ha’aretz news ticker:
    U.S. troubled by reports of widespread voter fraud, coercion in Egyptian elections (AP)
    Mubarak`s ruling party wins 97% of seats in Egypt upper house elections (AP)

    Mubarak wins 97% (about the same percentage that Syria’s Assad recently won), so I’m willing to bet the reports of fraud and coercion are 100% true.

    11:00PM: Back to Lebanon….and Israellycool friend and Lebanese blogger Charles writes that he was at Nejmeh when the bomb exploded, and is incredibly shaken, especially after human body parts landed next to him.

    This is what he posted on his blog:

    This is the closest I’ve been.

    I was 50m from this attack.

    We were in a cafe next to Luna Park enjoying the late afternoon next to the sea after an intense day.

    Children were playing on the equipment under the setting sun. Mothers were holding their babies. Old men were smoking argile.

    BOOM!!!

    Everyone hit the floor, except the group of European tourists who just looked surprised. Waiters dived under the tables. Mother grabbed their crying babies.

    Human flesh landed in the children’s play area.

    We didn’t know what happened. All I knew was that a bomb went off in the passageway between the Nejmeh Football Club and the Luna Park, a children’s amusement park on the Mediterranean coast.

    We knew there had to be casualties.

    The Army was IMMEDIATELY on the scene. At least two squads from the nearby Army base immediately secured the area. They came down, and started cordoning off the area. Everyone in the nearby beach areas and sporting clubs were asked to move their vehicles. There was great concern another bomb would go off.

    Within minutes, the police were there.

    I was on the scene for a number of the bombs in 2005, including Hariri’s assassination. It took the Army, at least, half an hour to arrive. This time, the security forces were amazingly professional. I was astounded. They were outstanding.

    We soon found out that 14 March Parliamentary Representative Walid Eido, his son, his two bodyguards, and at least two bystanders were killed.

    I was horrified that they had planted a bomb next to a children’s park. We knew there had to be bystanders killed, but we thought it was just another random bombing.

    Stay safe, Charles.

    10:42PM: Fatah leader/palestinian President Abbas spoke with Hamas leader/palestinian Prime Minister Haniyeh tonight, and both reportedly agreed to end the fighting. Easier said than done.

    10:40PM: Hamas has offered Fatah a ceasefire on condition that Hamas leader/palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh will command all of the palestinian security/terror services.

    “[Egyptian mediators] received the proposal and promised to present it to [Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud] Abbas. The ball is now in [his] court. Hamas does not set impossible conditions, and if there are serious intentions to resolve the crisis, we will be ready to reciprocate,” said Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman.

    9:50PM: Palestinians have launched an anti-tank missile at an IDF force in northern Gaza.

     

    9:25PM: Palestinian death toll since Saturday: 75.

    8:25PM: From the They’re Anti-Israel, Not Anti-Semitic Department:

    Among yesterday’s dead was a 14-year-old boy and three women, all killed in a Hamas attack on a Fatah security officer’s home.

    “They’re firing at us, firing RPGs, firing mortars. We’re not Jews,” the brother of Jamal Abu Jediyan, a Fatah commander, pleaded during a live telephone conversation with a Palestinian radio station.

    Minutes later both men were dragged into the streets and riddled with bullets.

    As usual, Dry Bones nails it.

    8:20PM: Ha’aretz is reporting that 2 female members of a Fatah-allied clan have been shot and killed by Hamas.

    8:15PM: Lawhawk brings to our attention this photo, which seems to show the middle terrorist taking aim at the photographer (click to enlarge).

     

     

    7:55PM: While many – including the Israeli government – would have you believe that Fatah are the good guys in all of this, the truth is that both Fatah and Hamas are terrorist organizations out for Israel’s destruction. Fatah terrorists just happen to wear suits more often, and hide their intentions (Hamas are usually more open about wanting Israel destroyed).

    I ssy this by way of introduction to the following: After accepting weapons from Israel, Fatah are blaming Israel for their fighting with Hamas.

    The Fatah movement on Wednesday accused Israel of propelling the Palestinians into the current state of security chaos.

    Spokesperson for the movement in the West Bank, Dr. Jamal Nazzal, told the Italian Radiotelevisione Italiana, known as RAI, “Israel paved the way for the growth of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, by destroying the PA [Palestinian Authority] departments and security forces’ buildings between 2000 and the election to power of Hamas.”

    Nazzal also accused Israel of “following a policy which allows Hamas to prevail and that will close the door for peace, the peace which both Hamas and Israel are scared of.”

    He urged the international community exert pressure on Israel to cease its “bloody” interference in Palestinian affairs.

    “Israel has turned the situation on its head, by ignoring arms-smuggling into Gaza, which is aimed to weaken the PA, and combating the idea of peace,” said Nazzal.

    Nazzal also stated that “Israel has understood since the beginning that the best way to prevent the Palestinians from asserting control on the ground is to weaken the security bodies.”

    7:38PM: More trouble in Lebanon: A car bomb has killed an anti-Syrian lawmaker and at least five others.

    I wonder who could be behind it.

    Meanwhile, the carnage continues in the palestinian territories. Fierce Fatah-Hamas clashes are taking place in Gaza over the last two Fatah strongholds in the city. According to Ynetnews, Hamas sources said they are “purifying” these places of the “Fatah traitors”, and renaming every street with “Islamic names”.

    Today’s death toll so far: At least 24 palestinians.

     

    6:10PM: Hamas are claiming that they have taken control over the area along the Gaza-Egypt border.

     

    5:42PM: 40 Fatah terrorists have reportedly fled to Egypt to escape the Gaza clashes. Meanwhile, Fatah has kidnapped 12 Hamasholes.

     

    5:12PM: It has just been revealed that the Shin Bet successfully foiled a double suicide attack on Tel Aviv and Netanya almost a month ago, planned by Islamic Jihad. The attack was to be carried out to two young mothers to young children.

    One of the women, a 30-year-old mother of four, requested the Israeli authorities’ permission to travel to Ramallah, falsely claiming she needed medical care. Her aunt, a 39-year-old mother of eight who is also currently pregnant, was supposed to accompany her to the fabricated treatment in Ramallah.

     

    The Shin Bet maintains that the two were due to meet with an Islamic Jihad militant in Ramallah, who was supposed to give them explosive belts and take them to the the locations of the planned attacks.

    Bear this is mind next time palestinian women complain of undergoing security checks at checkpoints (which are conducted in a sensitive manner).

    3:45PM: Switching momentarily to Israeli politics, it looks like perennial loser Shimon Peres will be the new President of Israel. After Peres fell on 3 votes short in this first round of Knesset voting, his rivals (Likud’s Reuven Rivlin and Labor’s Collette Avital), threw their support behind him. Even Arab MK Ahmad Tibi, who rarely sees any good in the State of Israel, commended Rivlin, stating “Rubi (Reuven) is a true nobleman. His presence honors politics and the Knesset.” Awwwww, brings a tear to me eye.

     

    3:40PM: Palestinian terrorists have shot dead 2 UN employees, prompting the UN to state it will temporarily suspend most of its operations in the coastal territory. Now contrast with the UN’s likely reaction if Israel had shot dead the workers.

     

    In other news, Hamas have blown up a tunnel under a security headquarters in the Gaza Strip, killing 13 members of Mahmoud Abbas‚Äôs preventive security service, and Hamasholes and Fatahniks have exchanged fire in the West Bank city of Nablus.

     

    12:12PM: Islamic Jihad activists and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorists have decided to take to the streets to protest the factional fighting in the Strip. This should end well.

     

    12:08PM: Palestinian terrorists have fired at the IDF in the northern Gaza Strip.

     

    11:40AM: Ha’aretz reports that Hamas are “on the verge of completing its conquest of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, with Fatah continuing to hold positions in Gaza City alone.”

     

    11:00AM: Hamas terrorists have gone all big bad wolf on Fatah, threatening to huff and puff and blow up a building on which some Fatahniks are entrenched. The Fatahniks are actually on the roof, so they are also at risk of death by tossing.

     

    10:05AM: Egypt is blaming Iran for Hamas’ attempted coup, while Fatah is blaming Syria as well.

     

    9:30AM: 6 more Fatah terrorists killed today. Meanwhile, the palestinian Foreign Minister has compared Hamas and Fatah to “two brothers in a cage.”

     

    9:15AM: Hamas claims it has seized several Fatah posts in Gaza.

     

    9:00AM: Since we last met:

  • The palestinians took time out from killing each other to focus on killing Jews, firing 2 Qassams into Israel, one hitting the yard of an elementary school.
  • Hamas attacked Fatah positions in the central Gaza Strip with mortars and anti-tank rockets, wounding 5 people, 2 of which are in serious condition
  • A palestinian teenager was reportedly killed and 2 more palestinians died of their wounds
  • Hamas claimed it captured a key Fatah post controlling Gaza’s north-south road
  • A Human Rights organization finally said something about the civil war, accusing Hamas and Fatah of committing war crimes (something that you hardly hear from them when Hamas and Fatah are killing Israelis).
  • The IDF arrested 8 palestinian terrorists in the West Bank
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    Wednesday June 13th

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    11:25PM: Fatah gunmen have attacked a number of Hamas institutions in Nablus, shooting some Hamasholes for good measure.

    If this isn’t a civil war, I don’t know what is.

    11:12PM: Fatah have declared that their ministers will suspend their participation in the unity government until this latest round of fighting stops. It’s amazing that they would even consider continuing in this unity government even after the fighting stops. But then again, when it comes to the palestinians, I am not really surprised by anything anymore.

    10:58PM: 3 more palestinians dead, bringing the death toll since Monday to around 50.

    10:53PM: Since my last update, Hamas terrorists captured the headquarters of the Fatah-allied terrorists, the last step in Hamas’ takeover of the northern Gaza Strip. At least 20 Hamas fatalities have been reported in the clash, and dozens more people wounded.
     
    8:40PM: Hamas are claiming that its forces have captured Fatah security headquarters in northern Gaza.

    Might be true, might not. The thing is, both Hamas and Fatah are adept at lying, so one never really knows until verified by other sources.

    8:27PM: 2 more Hamasholes down.

    8:05PM: PA negotiator Saab Erekat has told CNN that the Gaza violence between Hamas and Fatah is the “lowest point in Palestinian history.” Oh, I don’t know. I think the palestinians have a wealth of low points in their history to choose from.

    7:55PM: Hamas claim that they still have control of the TV station.

     

    6:42PM: Jordan and the EU are urging Hamas and Fatah to make nice and have a group hug.

     

    6:38PM: From the Department of Extreme Chutzpah and Predictability: Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti is urging the EU to recognize the palestinian unity government (soon to be dissolved, no doubt) and resume direct financial aid payments, while blaming the international embargo for the current deathfest in Gaza and the West Bank.

     

    But of course it is the fault of everyone but those to blame (the palestinians themselves, for those of the slower among you).

     

    6:35PM: Fatah’s ruling body is set to meet at 8:00PM to decide on remaining in unity government. This is up for discussion?

     

    Tuesday June 12th

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    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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