Five nearly simultaneous car bombs rocked Gaza. The targets: leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. It was not immediately clear who was responsible. But there was some speculation that affiliates of ISIS may be to blame. However, there has been internal political division within Gaza of late. No one was seriously injured by the attacks that occurred over a 15 minute period and targeted parked, unoccupied vehicles.
Hamas says it will not enter into talks to swap prisoners with Israel until people who were rearrested following a previous prisoner swap are first released. Hamas says more than 70 Palestinians who were freed in a deal in previous exchange have been rearrested. Hamas says they must be released first before they’ll consider trading two Israelis who are being held in Gaza for even more Palestinians held by Israel. This even though Hamas hasn’t actually publicly acknowledged holding the two Israelis who voluntarily crossed over into Gaza and then disappeared.
Israeli officials say they want to hold talks with Hamas regarding the exchange of prisoners. prisoners.
Hamas’ deputy foreign minister says it’s untrue that they fired rockets from Gaza into Israel before the Israelis attacked Gaza in a much criticized effort a year ago.
“We did not start this aggression,” said Dr. Ghazi Hamad. “Israel started this aggression against Palestinians. They started targt(ing) civilians, target(ing) homes, hospitals, mosques,” he told Britain’s Channel 4 News.
When the reporter challenged him, saying, “Your rockets came first,” Hamad flatly denied it. “This is not true, this is not true,” he responded.
Hamad also defended the summary executions of Palestinians without trial for what he says was their treasonous collaboration with Israel.
Two Israelis are being held in Gaza after crossing the border. An Ethiopian Israeli and a Bedouin Israeli. Little is known about the Bedouin captive. But the family of the Ethiopian is calling for his release. Calling his imprisonment “a serious humanitarian case.”
The family is imploring the Israeli government to bring him home, “safe and sound.”
The Israeli government, lifting a gag order over the cases of two Israelis who are being held in Gaza, one by Hamas.
One of the men went voluntarily into the Gaza 10 months ago. He is a Ethiopian Israeli who may have gone over because of psychological problems.
The other is a Bedouin Israeli. Little is known about his case.
The 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council voted on Friday to adopt a resolution condemning Israel over the findings of a UN report into the Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.
Forty-one countries voted overwhelmingly in favor of the resolution, while only the United States voted against.
Photo by United Nations Photo
It’s not only Israel that has taken issue with the UN Human Right’s Council’s report into possible war crimes committed in Gaza last summer for its apparent slant.
Hamas on Monday panned the council’s report into last summer’s 50-day conflict in Gaza, calling the report’s conclusions “clearly biased” in Israel’s favor. Click here to read the story.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly said Monday that Israel is mulling whether or not it should continue cooperation with the UN Human Rights Council, after the body issued a report last weekin which it said that Israel’s actions in last summer’s Gaza conflict may constitute war crimes.
Army Radio reported that in a closed-door meeting, Netanyahu referred to the UNHRC commission of inquiry which issued the report as “a hypocritical committee.” Click here to read the story.
It’s “counterproductive.” That’s how the White House is characterizing the suit filed by the Palestinian Authority with the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Charging Israel with war crimes over its incursion into Gaza last summer. The filing also challenges Israeli settlement construction on disputed lands in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Click here to read the story.