Wednesday, 4 March 2009


Hamas terrorist group revealed

A large (and ever growing) collection of videos, pictures and articles about the Hamas terrorist group.

What is the Hamas terrorist group? Here's an ever growing collection from all around the internet, featuring videos, many links to thoughtful articles and a bunch of pictures that show a side of Hamas that too many people would rather not believe.

As life loving, creative people, we all have a hard time understanding a movement whose passion in life is death in the name of holiness.

I hope you'll find these resources eye-opening and I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. If you'd like to suggest other material please do!

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by Alan M. Dershowitz

For the Criminal Court to work, the worst must come first.

There are efforts now underway to try to bring Israel before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on charges of alleged war crimes. Neither Israel nor the United States has signed on to this court, primarily out of fear that its power would be used against democracies that try their best to avoid war crimes, rather than against dictatorships and terrorist nations that routinely engage in them. This has certainly been the experience with many United Nations organizations, even including the International Court of Justice, which is largely a sham when it comes to Israel and other democracies under attack.

There has been high hope among some human rights experts that the ICC would be different for two reasons: First and foremost it is not a United Nations court. It was established by the Rome Statute, a treaty adopted in 1998 after years of negotiations, and is largely independent of the United Nations, though not completely so. Cases can be referred to it by the UN Security Council under Article 13(b) of the treaty. The second reason the ICC has encouraged optimism is that the person appointed as the court's Chief Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocompo, has a sterling reputation for objective law enforcement and basic fairness.

The ICC has rightly opened up investigations of genocide in Darfur, Sudan. (It is now under pressure to suspend any prosecution of President Omar al-Bashir). It has not opened investigations with regard to Russia's alleged war crimes in Chechnya and Georgia, where thousands of innocent civilians were killed. Nor has it opened investigations with regard to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, the Congo and other places where civilians are routinely targeted as part of military and terrorist campaigns. Nor -- to its credit -- has it opened an investigation of Great Britain and the United States, whose armed forces have inadvertently caused the deaths of thousands of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Were it now to open an investigation of Israel, ICC would be violating the cardinal principle that must govern all international prosecutions: namely, that the worst must be prosecuted first. It would also be violating its own rules which mandate that the International Criminal Court will not become a substitute for domestic courts. If there are processes within the State of Israel to consider allegations against the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), then those processes must be allowed to move forward unless Israel is "unwilling or unable genuinely to carry out the investigation or prosecution," according to the Rome Statute. There is no country in the world -- literally none -- that has a judicial system that is more open to charges against its own government. Not the United States, not Great Britain, and certainly not Russia, Zimbabwe or Pakistan! Moreover, Israel has a completely open and very critical free press, which is constantly exposing Israeli imperfections and editorializing against them.

Third, the IDF has legal teams that must approve of every military action taken by the armed forces. There are obviously close questions, about which reasonable experts can disagree, but there is no country in the world that goes to greater lengths in its efforts to conform its military actions to international law. Listen to retired British Colonel Richard Kemp - a military expert who, based on his experience, concluded that there has been "no time in the history of warfare when an Army has made more efforts to reduce civilian casualties...than [the Israel Defense Forces in Gaza]."

If anything, Hamas belongs in the dock, not Israel.

Despite deliberate efforts by Hamas to maximize Palestinian civilian casualties by firing rockets from behind human shields, Israel has succeeded in its efforts to minimize civilian casualties. Hamas has a policy of exaggerating civilian casualties, both by inflating the total number of people killed and by reducing the number of its combatants included in that total. A recent study conducted by the Italian Newspaper Corriere della Sera disputed Hamas figures and put the total number of Palestinians killed, including Hamas terrorists, at less than 600. And this week, the UN withdrew claims made during the war that Israel had shelled a school run in Gaza by the UN Relief and Works Agency.

The same Rome Statute that established the ICC also describes many of Hamas's actions during the war, such as attacking Israeli civilians and using Palestinian civilians as human shields, as war crimes. Any fair investigation by the ICC would have to conclude that Israel's efforts to prevent civilian casualties, while seeking to protect its civilians from Hamas war crimes, rank it at the very top of nations in compliance with the rule of law. It would also conclude that efforts to brand Israel's actions as war crimes are crassly political, based on ideology and not law. If anything, Hamas belongs in the dock, not Israel.

The prosecutor of the ICC must resist pressures -- from the United Nations, from radical ideologues and from other biased sources -- to apply a double standard to Israel by singling the Jewish state out from among law-abiding democracies for a war crimes investigation. No international court can retain its credibility if it inverts the principle of "the worst first" and instead goes after one of the best as one its first.

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Kassams Hit Sderot; 20 Percent of City Under Psychiatric Care

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

( Hamas terrorists attacked Sderot again Sunday night with a Kassam rocket that hit the porch and back yard of a home. Media reported “there were no injuries” to people inside the house, but eight years of attacks have placed 20 percent of the town’s population under mental care.

Five other rockets also exploded in the city and in Sdot Negev and Eshkol regions. No damage was reported.

“Four thousand people in Sderot are under psychiatric care in some form,” according to David Bedein, an investigative journalist who also has a masters degree in social work and works in the field.

More than 70 rockets and mortars have hit Sderot and the adjacent Sha'ar HaNegev area since the end of Operation Cast Lead, which the Olmert administration declared returned peace and quiet to southern Israel. More than thirty others have exploded in other areas, including Ashkelon.

“People are suffering from anxiety” from the attacks, Bedein said. Noting that the media have downplayed rocket attacks that “cause no injuries or damage,” Bedein explained, “It is difficult to report miracles.”

He noted that when covering the Gulf War in 1991 for CNN radio, his superiors turned down a headline story on a Scud rocket that destroyed a street and leveled homes.

“CNN asked how many people were killed, and they were not interested when I said there were no fatalities,” Bedein told Israel National News.

Students in Ashkelon regarded the Sabbath morning attack on their school as a miracle and recited Psalms Sunday morning.

“I don’t want to think what would have happened if the rocket hit in the middle of the week when pupils were in school,” said Amit school principal Yitzchak Abrijel. “It was a miracle that it happened on the Sabbath when the school is closed.
The students arrived at the heavily damaged school Sunday morning, went on a field trip after reciting Psalms and completed their day at the Amit youth village in Petach Tikva.

Parents at most schools in the port city announced their children will stay home on Monday because of the lack of security.

The rocket that hit the school on the Sabbath was more powerful than previous models and blasted through heavy fortification designed to protect from students and teachers from injuries.

Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the Cabinet Sunday morning that Israel will show Hamas a military response that will force a halt to the attacks. However, an international donors' conference in Cairo and the presence of international leaders in the region may place diplomatic obstacles to retaliation, unless a rocket causes serious injuries.


Exposed: How capture of a Nazi spy changed the course of WWII

By The Associated Press

Tags: Nazi, World War II

Newly released British intelligence files reveal how a Nazi spy was snatched from a boat on the high seas before he could warn Germany that an Allied convoy was steaming ahead to invade North Africa.

It was a little-known episode that changed the course of World War II.

Gastao de Freitas Ferraz, the radio operator on a Portuguese cod-fishing vessel, was secretly feeding Germany information about the movements of Allied ships in the North Atlantic.
The story of his capture, a week before the invasion by U.S. and British forces, is contained in previously secret documents from the MI5 security service released Tuesday by Britain's National Archives.

Cambridge University historian Christopher Andrew said "the file changes our understanding of British history and offers new information on Britain's intelligence battle against the Nazis."

On Nov. 8, 1942, British and American troops under Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower landed in Morocco and Algeria, which were occupied by the troops from Germany and the pro-Nazi Vichy French regime.

The French forces were quickly overcome, but German troops under Gen. Erwin Rommel resisted and pushed the Allies back. After fierce armored desert battles lasting into 1943, the Germans were defeated. It was a turning point in the war that helped lay the groundwork for the D-Day invasion of 1944.

But all that might have changed if Freitas Ferraz had not been captured.

Portugal was neutral during the war, but the files reveal that in 1942 British spies had become suspicious of unnatural behavior by Portuguese fishing boats, including ones with elaborate communications equipment.

Freitas Ferraz's boat, the Gil Eannes, was searched while in port at St. John's, Newfoundland, and MI5 decided the radio operator should be arrested.

But the documents show the detention was bungled in a series of errors. A frustrated MI5 officer named H.P. Milmo said he wasted valuable time trying to find out which government department was responsible for Newfoundland, then a British colony.

Officials then searched in vain for powers under which to detain Freitas Ferraz. But by the time the confusion cleared the Gil Eannes had sailed for Portugal, and officials made the risky decision to intercept it at sea.

Freitas Ferraz was arrested in a daring mid-Atlantic raid by HMS Duke of York on Nov. 1, 1942, and taken to Gibraltar and then Britain for interrogation. The MI5 file includes a detailed first-person biographical statement and confession. Freitas Ferraz was being paid 15,000 escudos a month to report to the Germans on the movements of Allied naval convoys and air units. The file notes that his job provided the perfect cover.

MI5 agent Milmo, later a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials and a High Court judge, reported that the Gil Eannes was intercepted by the Royal Navy and de Freitas Ferraz was arrested when the vessel was about to sail into one of the large convoys carrying the British and American forces which occupied North Africa a week or so later.

Andrew, who is writing the official history of MI5, said the Germans had been completely hoodwinked by British deception before the invasion and believed the Allies would land in France or Norway.

"This would not have worked if Gastao de Freitas Ferraz had not been captured because he was on the tail of [Gen. George] Patton's troops, and would have told the Germans where they were really going," Andrew said.

"[That] could have affected the outcome of the whole war," he added.

Freitas Ferraz was deported to Portugal in 1945. In 1953, his name was included on a list of deportees who no longer needed to be banned from Britain for security reasons. In 1955, his file was marked closed.

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