Hamas calls for massive participation in funerals of W. Bank martyrs

Movement has called on the Palestinian masses in the West Bank to keenly participate in the funerals of the martyrs, whose bodies were released by the Israelis on Friday.

Funeral processions and burial ceremonies for the martyrs will be held on Saturday and Sunday in al-Khalil, Ramallah and Nablus, according to a press release issued by Hamas in the West Bank.

“The righteous martyrs, who sacrificed their blood and lives for the freedom and dignity of our people, deserve massive popular participation from their people, befitting their sacrifices and their families’ patience for their detention,” the Movement said.

(Source / 02.1.2016)

IOF detains Palestinian after injuring him

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– A Palestinian citizen was injured at dawn Saturday after Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened fire at his car in al-Khalil, south of occupied West Bank, before being arrested.

The PIC reporter quoted eyewitnesses as saying that Israeli forces opened heavy fire at a Palestinian car while passing near al-Fahes area. The driver, who continued driving towards Yatta town, was injured during the armed attack.

The driver was then stopped and arrested at a make-shift military checkpoint that was erected near the entrance to Yatta town.

The injured driver was taken to an unknown detention center.

No Israeli comment was released on the incident.

(Source / 02.01.2016)

Hizb al-Tahrir: ‘Muslim armies’ needed to end Israeli occupation

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Hizb al-Tahrir political organization on Friday praised individual attacks recently carried out by Palestinians but said the power of “Muslim armies” was needed to end Israeli military occupation.A senior Hizb al-Tahrir leader active in the group’s Palestine branch, Musab Abu Arqub, told Ma’an in an interview that the group viewed the wave of attacks that began in October as a “popular reaction to the Israeli occupation.”“Individual attacks annoy and agonize the occupation, but they won’t be enough to achieve the needed liberation,” Abu Arqub said.Hizb al-Tahrir — a pan-Islamic political organization with the goal of uniting all Muslims into one state with an elected Caliph as its head — was founded in Jerusalem in 1953.The group has had a vocal presence in the occupied Palestinian territory since and believes that the establishment of an Islamic caliphate would end Israeli military occupation.Musab Abu Arqub told Ma’an that one of the party’s main goals in Palestine was to raise awareness that the most legitimate and practical way for “liberating Palestine comes through jihad by heavily-equipped Muslim armies.”“We call upon the people of Palestine to raise their voices and concentrate their efforts on urging Muslim armies to support Palestine and al-Aqsa mosque, and expel the Jews from the blessed land of Palestine,” the senior leader said.When asked about the role of Hizb al-Tahrir supporters in regards to violations carried out by Israel at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Abu Arqub told Ma’an that the group has been active in defending the holy site “side by side along with the Murabiteen.”The Murabiteen is a group composed of volunteers who often stay inside the compound with the aim of preventing groups of right-wing Jews from entering.The group was banned in September by the Israeli defense minister on the grounds that their activities were “a main factor in creating the tension and violence” at the compound.Under the new legal conditions, anyone who organizes, finances or participates in the groups’ activities could face trial.When asked about Hiz al-Tahrir’s stance on the Islamic state group, Abu Arqub said that the group was “nonsense and worthless from a religious point of view” as it “lacks the legitimate requirements of an Islamic caliphate.”Hizb al-Tahrir has largely avoided confrontation with Israeli authorities due to the group’s believed lack of participation in armed activity against Israel.The group has typically carried out its mission through public addresses, hanging posters, and releasing statements, but its vocal criticism of Palestinian political parties has in the past led to the arrest of Hizb al-Tahrir supporters by Palestinian forces.Speaking on divisions between Palestinian factions, Abu Arqub told Ma’an that political rivalries “do not represent the people of Palestine.”The Hizb al-Tahrir official said the group rejects negotiations with Israel on the grounds that they “give occupation legitimacy,” adding that acceptance of a Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders would be “a crime,” regardless of who makes the decision.“We have already warned Hamas of following in the footsteps of Fatah and joining an authority under occupation,” Abu Arqub said, referring to the Palestinian Authority created through the Oslo Accords.Abu Arqub condemned Palestinian leadership in both the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip for “forcibly prohibiting” the group’s activities by denying the group access to public places and by “warning owners of conference halls against hosting symposiums” organized by the group.

(Source / 02.01.2016)

Israeli airstrikes launched across Gaza after rocket fire

Smoke billows from a building hit by an Israeli air strike in the town of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 13, 2014

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Israeli air force early Saturday morning launched airstrikes across the Gaza Strip targeting Hamas facilities after rockets were fired from the besieged enclave, officials said.Official sources in Gaza told Ma’an that Israeli warplanes targeted training grounds used by the military wing of Hamas, the al-Qassam Brigades.One airstrike hit the al-Yarmouk training site in western Gaza City and another landed in the Falastin training site east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.Another strike targeted an open area near what was once the Gaza International Airport east of Rafah city in southern Gaza, and a fourth hit an open area in the central Gaza Strip, officials and locals told Ma’an.No human casualties have been reported though the strikes reportedly left noticeable material damages.The Israeli army said in a statement that multiple rockets had been launched from the Gaza Strip at Southern Israel on Friday night. Sirens reportedly sounded throughout communities in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council as two rockets hit an open area.“In response to the attack, Israeli air force aircraft targeted two Hamas military training facilities and two military sites in the Gaza Strip,” the army said.

Sporadic rocket fire has come from the Gaza Strip over the past year and has been met with retaliatory Israeli attacks, with the military making at least 56 incursions into the enclave in 2015, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Friday night’s rocket fire — as well as rocket fire over the past year — has not been claimed by the al-Qassam Brigades, however Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks from the Gaza Strip and typically targets Hamas infrastructure after such attacks.
Israeli airstrikes carried out in October that the army said targeted Hamas weapons manufacturing facilities killed a pregnant Palestinian woman and her two-year-old daughter when their home was hit.
(Source / 02.01.2016)

14 thousand Israelis broke into al-Aqsa during 2015

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A statistical report prepared by the media center for Jerusalem and al-Aqsa affairs showed that about 14,064 Israeli settlers and intelligence and security officials carried out desecration break-ins at al-Aqsa Mosque during 2015.

Most of the intruders were settlers and members of Jewish groups and organizations which champion accelerating the construction of the alleged temple, while there was a decrease in the number of incursions by Israeli ministers and political figures.

Statistics showed that about 12,256 settlers stormed al-Aqsa, while 1,056 members of the Israeli intelligence stormed al-Aqsa Mosque and the roofed buildings within it, 445 soldiers stormed al-Aqsa Mosque in their military uniform under the pretext of the so-called “military guidance and exploration tours” program, while about 307 of the Israelis who stormed the Mosque were officers or other staff of the so-called “Israel Antiquities Authority”.

The study showed that the incursions often increase during the seasons of the Jewish holidays, where the month of September had witnessed the largest number of intruders (1,670), the year’s second largest number of intruders was recorded in April (1,398); those two months coincide with the spring and summer Jewish holiday seasons.

The study concluded that the total number of the Israeli intruders this year significantly approximates the number of intruders the year before; where the total number of intruders reached about 14,952 in 2014.

While the statistics showed that the total numbers of intruders in the two years; 2014 and 2015, were close, but what distinguished 2015 was that the number of incursions by ministers of the Israeli government had decreased, where the Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel broke into al-Aqsa Mosque twice, the first was on 26-7 in “Tisha B’Av”, the other was on 13-9 during the Jewish New Year holiday.

(Source / 02.01.2016)

3 Palestinians buried in Hebron-area villages, clashes break out

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Three Palestinians were buried in Hebron-area villages after their bodies were returned by Israeli authorities the night before.They were among 23 bodies to be released by Israeli authorities Friday of Palestinians killed while suspected for carrying out attacks on Israeli military and civilians.In the town of Sair, mourners marched in the funeral of Fadi Hassan al-Froukh, who was killed by Israeli soldiers on Nov. 1 during clashes at the Beit Einun crossroads in eastern Hebron.The Israeli army said at the time of his death that al-Froukh had attempted to stab an Israeli soldier when forces opened fire and killed the young man.Residents of Sair were accompanied by Palestinians from surrounding villages in the funeral procession, repeating national slogans calling for unity and demanding the Palestinian leadership to respond to Israeli violations.In the town of Beit Ula west of Hebron, Palestinian locals took part in the funeral of Hamzeh Moussa al-Imla, who was killed on Oct. 20 after the Israeli army said he injured two soldiers in a vehicular attack at the Gush Etzion junction.Meanwhile clashes erupted in the town of Beit Ummar north of Hebron following a funeral held for Omar Zaaqiq, 19, who was killed Nov. 27 after running his vehicle into a group of Israeli soldiers stationed in the town, moderately injuring four.After mourners marched in a funeral procession and buried Zaaqiq’s body in the local cemetery, hundreds of Palestinian youths throw rocks at Israeli soldiers, a local activist Muhammad Ayyad told Ma’an.Ayyad said that 12 were shot by rubber-coated steel bullets, including two in the head.Ahmad Mahmoud Ayyad Awad, 29, was injured in the head and was taken by a Red Crescent ambulance to a hospital in Hebron with moderate injuries. Abd al-Rahman al-Allami, 57, was also hit in the head but treated on site.Awad told Ma’an that ambulances also carried several others to the medical center with light injuries.Israeli soldiers reportedly closed the entrance to Beit Ummar and deployed on the rooftops of local homes during clashes.An Israeli army spokesperson did not have immediate information on the incident.

(Source / 02.01.2016)

Large-scale Regime Offensive on Sheikh Misskin in Rural Dara’a

After weeks of military buildup, regime forces and Iranian militias have launched a large-scale offensive to recapture the strategic town of Sheikh Misskin in rural Dara’a under close air support by the Russian air force. The town, which has no ISIS presence, is being pounded by a barrage of mortar shells, rockets and barrel bombs.

The Syrian Coalition reiterated its condemnation of Russia’s aggression on Syria; in particular Russia’s deliberate targeting of Syrian civilians in violation of recent UN Security Council resolution 2254, which called for “immediate cessation of all attacks against civilians.”

In a statement released earlier today, the Syrian Coalition stressed that Russia is a partner to the Assad regime’s crimes against the Syrian people as it continues to provide air support for the Assad regime in its war against the Syrian people and the Free Syrian Army.

“Dozens of Russian air strikes on the town where ISIS does not hold territory demonstrate once again the nature of Russia’s plans in Syria; namely to shore up the Assad regime in its war on the Syrian people and the Free Syrian Army,” the Syrian Coalition stressed.

“Russian air strikes, directed exclusively at Syrian civilians and the Free Syrian Army, prove yet again that fighting terrorism has never been part of Russia’s plans in Syria,” the statement added.

The Syrian Coalition also said that “while the shameful inaction by the international community regarding the Russian invasion in Syria continues, Russia is yet to realize its intervention in Syria is doomed to fail.”

“The Syrian people, while remaining steadfast, continue to defend the revolution in the face of the Assad regime, Hezbollah militias and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. They have endured and thwarted the Russian attack for three months. The Syrian people will eventually emerge victorious with the help of the Free Syrian Army that put up exemplary resistance in Sheikh Misskin and indeed across Syria,” the statement added.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 02.01.2016)

Haneyya consoles family of martyr Hasan Bazur

GAZA, (PIC)– Deputy head of Hamas’s political bureau Ismail Haneyya has offered his condolences to the family of martyr Hasan Bazur, the young man who carried out a vehicular attack south of Nablus on Thursday.

Haneyya talked, over the phone, on Friday with relatives of Bazur and hailed the car-ramming attack which their son carried out as a heroic act.

He stated during the conversation that such resistance operations gave the impression that 2016 would be a year of anger and escalating intifada (uprising) in the face of the occupation.

One Israeli soldier was wounded when Hasan Bazur, 22, rammed his car into Givati troops in Huwara, south of Nablus.

(Source / 02.01.2016)

GRANADA – THE LAST MUSLIM KINGDOM OF SPAIN

In 711, Islam made its entrance into the Iberian Peninsula. Having been invited to end the tyrannical rule of King Roderick, Muslim armies under the leadership of Tariq ibn Ziyad crossed the straits between Morocco and Spain. Within seven years, most of the Iberian Peninsula (modern Spain and Portugal) was under Muslim control. Parts of this land would remain Muslim for over 700 years.

By the mid 900s, Islam had reached its zenith in the land known as al-Andalus. Over 5 million Muslims lived there, making up over 80% of the population. A strong, united Umayyad caliphate ruled the land and was by far the most advanced and stable society in Europe. The capital, Cordoba, attracted those seeking education from all over the Muslim world and Europe. However, this golden age of politics and society would not last forever. In the 1000s, the caliphate broke up and divided into numerous small states called taifas. The Muslim taifas were disunited and susceptible to invasion from Christian kingdoms in the north. For the next 200 years, the taifas fell one by one to the Christian “Reconquista”. By the 1240s, one kingdom remained in the south: Granada. This article will analyze the fall of this final Muslim kingdom in Iberia.

Emirate of Granada

The seal of the Emirate of Granada, declaring "There is no victor except for Allah"

During the Reconquista, Muslim states fell one by one to Christian kingdoms invading from the North. The major cities of Cordoba, Seville, and Toledo fell from the 1000s to the 1200s. The Murabitun and Muwwahidun (Almoravid and Almohad) movements from North Africa helped slow the Christian tide, but disunity among the Muslims eventually led to continued loss of land.

One Muslim state – Granada – was able to escape conquest by Christians in the 1200s. After the fall of Cordoba in 1236, the rulers of the Emirate of Granada signed a special agreement with the Kingdom of Castile, one of the most powerful Christian kingdoms. Granada had agreed to become a tributary state to Castile. This meant they were allowed to remain independent as the Emirate of Granada, but in exchange for not being invaded by Castile, they had to pay a yearly sum (usually in gold) to the Castilian monarchy. This created a detrimental situation for the Muslims of Granada as they paid regularly to strengthen their enemies.

Despite this, one of the reasons Granada was able to maintain its independence was its geography. It lies high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Southern Spain. The mountains created a natural barrier for any invading armies. Thus, despite being militarily weaker than Castile, the mountainous terrain provided a huge defensive advantage.

The Granada War

For over 250 years, Granada remained as a tributary state to the stronger Kingdom of Castile. But surrounded by unfriendly Christian nations, Granada was constantly at risk of being exterminated. In the early 1400s, a Muslim scholar wrote of al-Andalus’ last kingdom, “Is Granada not enclosed between a violent sea and an enemy terrible in arms, both of which press on its people day and night?”

The impetus for the conquest of Granada occurred in 1469, when King Ferdinand of Aragon of Queen Isabella of Castile married. This united the two most powerful Christian kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula. With a united front, now the Christians set their sights on removing the last Muslim state from the peninsula.

King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella sought to destroy the last Muslim emirate of al-Andalus

In 1482, war began between the new Kingdom of Spain and the Emirate of Granada. Despite being in a much weaker position, the Granadans fought valiantly. One Spanish chronicler expressed his respect for the Muslim soldiers, “the Moors [Muslims] put all their strength and all their heart into the combat, as a courageous man is bound to do when defending his life, his wife, and his children.” The ordinary Muslim civilians and soldiers were fighting for their existence and the survival of Islam in al-Andalus, and fought very bravely. The Muslim rulers, on the other hand, were not as chivalrous or brave.

Throughout the war, the Christians remained unified and did not break up into separate warring factions, as they had commonly in the past. In contrast, Granada experienced huge political upheaval. Muslim leaders and governors were commonly at odds and scheming different plans to undermine each other. Many of them were even secretly working with the Christian kingdoms in exchange for wealth, land, and power. Worse than all of that, in 1483, one year into the war, the sultan’s son, Muhammad, rebelled against his father and sparked a civil war in Granada, just as Spanish forces began to attack from outside.

King Ferdinand planned to use the civil war to his advantage. He supported Muhammad in his fight against his father (and later, his uncle) in an effort to weaken Granada as a whole. Muhammad was supported with arms and soldiers by Ferdinand in the fight against other members of his family, and thus was able to take power over Granada. Throughout this armed struggle, Christian armies slowly pressed further into Granadian lands, so that by the time Muhammad took power in 1490, he only ruled the city of Granada and nothing of the surrounding countryside.

Granada’s Last Stand

Right after solidifying his rule over Granada, however, Muhammad was sent a letter by King Ferdinand that demanded he immediately surrender the city. Muhammad was very surprised by this demand as Ferdinand had given him the impression that he would be allowed to rule over Granada with Ferdinand’s support. Clearly, Muhammad realized too late that he had been just a pawn used by Ferdinand to weaken Granada.

Muhammad decided to resist the Christians militarily and sought help from other Muslim kingdoms throughout North Africa and the Middle East. No help came besides a small Ottoman navy that raided the Spanish coast and did not cause much damage. By the end of 1491, the city of Granada was surrounded by Ferdinand and Isabella’s army. From the towers of his palace, Alhambra, Muhammad could see the huge Christian armies assembling and preparing to conquer the city. With this depressing future in sight, Muhammad was forced to sign a treaty which gave over control of the city in November 1491.

Christian banners and crosses were hung from the Alhambra on January 2nd, 1492

On January 2nd, 1492, the treaty took effect and the Spanish army entered Granada and officially took possession of the last Muslim state of al-Andalus. Christian soldiers occupied the legendary Alhambra palace that morning. They hung the banners and flags of Spain’s Christian monarchs from the walls, signifying their victory. At the top of Alhambra’s tallest tower, they erected a giant silver cross, telling the terrified people of Granada below that the forces of Christendom had been victorious over the Muslims of al-Andalus. Muslims were too fearful to venture outdoors, and the streets were deserted.

Sultan Muhammad was exiled, and on his way out of Granada, he stopped at a mountain pass to look back at Granada and began to cry. His mother was unimpressed with his sudden remorse and scolded him, “Do not cry like a woman for that which you could not defend as a man.”

Although the victorious Christians promised religious freedom and generally favorable terms to the people of Granada, these promises were soon broken. In 1502, Islam was officially outlawed in Granada and hundreds of thousands of Muslims had to either immigrate to North Africa or hide their beliefs. By the early 1600s, not a single Muslim was left in all of Spain.

The story of al-Andalus’ decline from one of the Muslim world’s leading political and social powers in the 1000s to a rump state that was conquered in the late 1400s is one that has no match in Islamic history.  The constant infighting among Muslims, the lack of support from other Muslim empires, and the focus on personal power instead of Islamic unity all led to this downfall. And with the loss of Granada in 1492, that story ended.

(Source / 02.01.2016)

Gaza: The brink of collapse triggers war

File photo of Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigade soldiers during their graudation ceremony

File photo of Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigade soldiers during their graudation ceremony

“I counted all the gunshots in his chest one by one. Why did they shoot him? He was naked and waving with his hands pleading for their help to get medication for the injury he has been suffering from since the Battle of al-Furkan of 2008.” Said the mother of Issac Hassan a young man who was recently killed by an Egyptian soldier while scraping through the sea into the Egyptian territory.

She broke down in tears and added “We always receive our martyrs with cries of joy and we feel proud of them because they are killed by our enemy not by a Muslim brother. I don’t know what to say; I wish I were in a nightmare and I’ll wake up soon.”

View: Exclusive Images from Issac Hassan’s funeral

Sisi-led Egypt announced Gaza as a hostile entity and Hamas representatives were expelled from Egypt, whereas the Gazans has been ironically identified as enemies of the Republic of Egypt and as an imminent threat to the Egyptian national security.

Lately Egypt’s ruling Generals have been trying to persuade Israel not to allow any Turkish empowerment in the Gaza Strip mainly after reconciliation talks between Turkey and Israel have surfaced. Turkey’s prerequisites to normalize relations with Israel and prioritizing lifting the blockade on Gaza apparently exasperated the Generals of Sisi’s regime.

Palestinians believe that Egypt is working hard to topple any agreement that would ease the suffocating siege on their coastal enclave. Already, the Sisi-led Egypt has successfully managed to utterly destroy the “tunnels of life” between Egypt and Gaza and almost entirely lock the only border crossing to the Gazans.

Hamas found herself entangled internally and regionally as she was plainly “quarantined” in undreamed-of ways while her mother Muslim Brotherhood Movement was in power 2 years ago. In the meanwhile, and due to the pressing challenges, Hamas’s politically endeavored to embrace reconciliation talks with the rival Palestinian Fatah Movement in the West Bank; nonetheless, all were efforts in vain.

Hamas was literally driven to rekindle the relation with Iran after the apparent failure of finding a substitute funder or military logistics supplier to fill the Iranian void. Even with the risk that the Sunni world would predominantly abominate Hamas mainly after Iran’s sectarian involvement in Syria; Hamas channeled most of its attention to restore the strategic relation with the Republic of Iran turning a blind eye on the drastic rift of the Iranian foreign policies toward the whole region and the striking rapprochement between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the “Great Satan” US.

Gaza has gone through horrible crises since Hamas was elected in 2006. Gaza has turned to be an unlivable place as it is well established to every living creature that there is no water, no electricity, no salaries, no food, no reconstruction, no hope, no life and the worst is that nobody can promise any change.

Gaza is walking a tightrope with a combination of dilemmas rapidly depriving its residents from most basic of needs that would eventually lead to the eruption of the volcano.

Both Gazans and Hamas are still staggering from the consequences of the last bloody war that claimed thousands of lives and left the Gaza Strip in rubble, where tens of thousands of people have been entirely displaced. Yet without any slim chances of change, Young Gazans prefer to die in the battle field not from hunger and diseases if the blockade of the Strip was not lifted.

Read: UN stops cement supplies for 70 factories in Gaza

Since the outset of the third al-Aqsa intifada, tens of Gazans have been killed during clashes with Israeli occupation forces at Gaza’s eastern borders. Many of them called for Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades to retaliate by re-firing rockets and mortars at Israel in response to Israel’s violations at al-Aqsa mosque.

The course of events in the west bank and Jerusalem since the outbreak of the al-Aqsa third Intifada constitutes a safe exit to Hamas as the momentum of the “inspiring” stabbing attacks and vehicular run over operation would cover Hamas’ back and disperse Israel’s power in case a war broke out.

Unlike the past war the West Bank and Jerusalem were paralyzed even to demonstrate or sympathize with the Gaza Strip. Hamas recognized that the strategic depth on any coming confrontation should flame the grounds of Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Israel’s insolence pushed the Palestinian apolitical and non-partisan youths to stand up to Israeli’s violations and plans to demolish Islam’s third holiest shrine to build their alleged Temple Mount.

Those young people are fully aware of the Palestinian Authority miserable conditions as it has been swamped by corruption, lug and indictments of squandering the public fund as recently auditors reported that approximately 40% of the budget had been vaguely shattered.

This is at the time where most of those youths do live a state of incomprehension or rather an inclusive state of denial to the whole peace process and the boring cliché of “lasting peace” as they are still living an entirely different reality with Israel’s armed soldiers and settlers, roistering, storming, slaughtering and running wilder by burning babies.

The Palestinians unwaveringly believe that more time is tantamount to more building of settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem; as colonies’ number has tripled since Oslo. In the meanwhile, the Gazans are either displaced or confined in ghettoes or makeshift camps without electricity or basic needs of decent life, and in case they decide to move they will be dying on the Egyptian-Israeli barriers of disgrace and the gates of ignominy.

Reality suggests that neither the democratic world nor Israel will abide to the basics of International Human Rights Laws when it comes to the Arab World in general and the Palestinians in Particular, all under the pretext of Israel’s security.

These west democracies will keep unequivocally denying Palestinians their basic rights; nonetheless, they have to reckon that whatever trials they conduct to “tame the shrew” – Hamas – are doomed to failure. Hamas-Blair talks predestined to fail as it entailed the detachment of Gaza from the rest of the Palestinian cause. The West should consider the people’s choice and mustn’t exclude Hamas as she is the most influential player in the conflict.

Ultimately, the evolving “inspiring attacks” in the Occupied Territory in addition to the continuation of Sisi-led Egypt obstructing serious promises, in case Turkey-Israel compromise achieved, to secure a floating port or at least alleviating the blockade on Gaza by allowing goods and materials access into the deserted enclave, will eventually enthuse the deprived and stranded Gazans to fight back whatever the consequences as far as they will belatedly die regardless of their choice.

Read: Israel imposes new rules for taking goods into Gaza

(Source / 02.01.2016)