Tuesday, 22 July 2014

US, European carries halt flighs to, from Israel

Airline officials cite security concerns as cause for 'temporary' move after Gaza rocket lands near airport

The national aviation authority of the United States ordered Tuesday all US airline carriers to cancel their scheduled flights to and from Israel for 24 hours after a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip landed in open area adjacent to the Ben Gurion airport in central Israel.

A number of major European carriers, such as Air France and Germany's Lufthansa, have followed suit, announcing the cancellation of all flights to and from the country shortly on the heels of the Federal Aviation Administration directive.
The French flag carrier said it was suspending service "until further notice."

"We have cancelled our flight to Tel Aviv as a precaution because we can't secure passengers' safety," the spokeswoman of the Dutch carrier KLM was quoted by KLM as saying. "We'll review the situation every day."

Earlier Tuesday major US airline carriers American Airlines, Delta Airlines and US AIR announced they cancelled their flights to the country before the statement by the FAA was circulated; another major US airline flying to Israel, United Airlines, announced its flights will proceed as scheduled.

"The FAA immediately notified US carriers when the agency learned of the rocket strike and informed them that the agency was finalizing a NOTAM [Notice to Airmen]," the statement read.
"The FAA will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation. Updated instructions will be provided to U.S. airlines as soon as conditions permit, but no later than 24 hours from the time the NOTAM went into force."

Delta issued a statement saying it had diverted a flight bound for Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport to Paris on Tuesday after "reports of a rocket or associated debris near the airport in Tel Aviv."
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One Israeli soldier unaccounted for in Gaza
Number of rockets fired from Gaza crosses 2,000 mark; 27 Israeli soldiers killed, more than 150 wounded

Operation Protective Edge Day 15:

IDFIsraeli forces uncover terrorist tunnels in Gaza, July 2014

The Israeli army announced Tuesday that a soldier whose armed personnel carrier hit a mine in Gaza on Sunday was unaccounted for. The six other soldiers who were with him were killed and he, too, is presumed dead. Hamas announced on Sunday that it had kidnapped a soldier but Israel denied the claim.

Two additional Israeli soldiers were killed in the Gaza Strip on Monday, the Israeli military announced early Tuesday morning.

Sgt. First Class Oded Ben-Sira, 22, was killed by sniper fire. The name of the second soldier was not yet released.
Three soldiers were seriously injured Tuesday morning, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said.

The announcement brings to 27 the total number of IDF soldiers killed during Operation Protective Edge.

According to the army's latest data, 2,060 rockets have been fired at Israel in the past two weeks, of which 396 were intercepted; Israel struck what it described as 2,925 terror targets since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge on July 8, some 570 since the ground operation began Thursday night. The army has unearthed 66 tunnel shafts and 23 tunnels, arrested 28 suspected terrorists and killed 183.
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Monday, 21 July 2014

Whistleblower: U.S. Satellite Images Show Ukrainian Troops Shooting Down MH17

Source tells award winning reporter Washington lying about responsibility for tragedy
by Paul Joseph Watson | July 21, 2014
Award winning former Associated Press reporter Robert Parry has been told by an intelligence source that the United States is in possession of satellite imagery which shows that Ukrainian troops were responsible for the shoot down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.
In the absence of any proper investigation, media rhetoric over the last few days has firmly pointed the finger of blame for the downing of the aircraft on Russian-backed Ukrainian rebels, but Parry’s source tells a different story.
What I’ve been told by one source, who has provided accurate information on similar matters in the past, is that U.S. intelligence agencies do have detailed satellite images of the likely missile battery that launched the fateful missile, but the battery appears to have been under the control of Ukrainian government troops dressed in what look like Ukrainian uniforms.
The source said CIA analysts were still not ruling out the possibility that the troops were actually eastern Ukrainian rebels in similar uniforms but the initial assessment was that the troops were Ukrainian soldiers. There also was the suggestion that the soldiers involved were undisciplined and possibly drunk, since the imagery showed what looked like beer bottles scattered around the site, the source said.
Although the establishment press has attempted to deride any questioning of the official narrative that Ukrainian rebels were responsible for the incident by invoking the tired “conspiracy theory” pejorative, Parry can hardly be dismissed as a crank given his key role in covering the Iran-Contra scandal for the Associated Press and Newsweek. Indeed, Parry’s investigative work on intelligence matters, for which he was awarded the George Polk Award, suggests that the information provided by his source is worthy of serious attention.
U.S. and Ukrainian authorities continue to insist that Moscow-backed separatists were responsible for the tragedy, asserting that a BUK missile system was used to bring down the airliner. However, this was contradicted by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Vitaliy Yarema, who stated, “The military told the president after the passenger plane had been shot down that the terrorists did not possess our Buk missile systems.”
In a related development, audio experts who conducted a study into the authenticity of a recording released by Ukrainian authorities which implicated Russian-backed rebels as being responsible for the missile attack on MH17 concluded that the tape was fabricated.
“The tape’s second fragment consists of three pieces but was presented as a single audio recording. However, a spectral and time analysis has showed that the dialog was cut into pieces and then assembled. Short pauses in the tape are very indicative: the audio file has preserved time marks which show that the dialog was assembled from various episodes, the expert said,” reports ITAR-TASS.


Israel Miracle? Gaza Strip Hamas Complain, ‘Their God Changes The Paths Of Our Rockets In Mid-Air’

Israel Miracle? Gaza Strip Hamas Complain, 'Their God Changes The Paths Of Our Rockets In Mid-Air'
Headlines in Israel claim miracles are protecting the Jews during the Gaza Strip ground war, with one headline proclaiming that Hamas terrorists are complaining about God changing the direction of rockets in mid-air.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Hamas leader are worth millions of dollars and critics claim they have been skimming money from donations. The issue of donations also came up in regards to the support provided to the Gaza Strip by Israel since the Hamas tunnels were built with cement provided by the government.

As the Gaza ground war has heated up, there has also been a surge of anti-Israel demonstrations which have turned into chaos where looting and car burning has taken place. The war in Gaza has caused some to question whether Israel has the right to defend itself and its citizens, with Hamas clearly answering “no” to that question.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry publicly supported “Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets that are continuing to come in” but when Kerry was caught talking on an open mic he was heard complaining, “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation — hell of a pinpoint operation. We’ve got to get over there. We ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around.”

If you go by the headlines of local newspapers in Israel, the Jews under attack by Hamas rockets have another hidden defense: God himself. The Jewish Telegraph opens with a quote from David Ben Gurion, who once said, “In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.” The article claims that even the Hamas have become frustrated with Israel’s miracles:
“[T]he Talmud Yerushalmi tells us that in no way are we to depend on miracles. It argues that we must not desist from our obligations and must not wait for miraculous intervention from the Supernatural. How perfectly relevant are both of these views today. We witness hourly miracles. As one of the terrorists from Gaza was reported to say when asked why they couldn’t aim their rockets more effectively: ‘We do aim them, but their God changes their path in mid-air.’ Amen! And when our God is not busy doing that, He is ensuring that the high-tech brain power of our ‘start-up nation’ is working overtime to produce yet another Iron Dome battery to help protect our cities and us.”
The theme of miracles protecting Israel during the Gaza war is not limited to this newspaper.
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Obama to Sign Executive Order for LGBT Workers, No New Exemptions for Religious Groups  

President Barack Obama. (AP)
President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders this week prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations.
Obama's action comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in the Hobby Lobby case that allowed some religiously oriented businesses to opt out of the federal health care law's requirement that contraception coverage be provided to workers at no extra charge. Senior administration officials said Friday that ruling has no impact on non-discrimination policies in federal hiring and contracting.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the plans publicly.
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Beijing assembles people's army to crush China terrorists with an iron fist

Headline-grabbing “people’s war” on terrorism is a nationwide crackdown designed to show that president Xi Jinping’s Communist Party is taking charge

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Thousands had packed the stands at the home of Yining FC but there was to be no football that morning.
Instead, as the sun rose high above the stadium and locals huddled under pink and purple umbrellas, a convoy of open-backed trucks rolled on to the Astroturf pitch and delivered an unusual cargo: 55 handcuffed prisoners flanked by rifle-toting guards.
From a platform high above, Communist Party leaders delivered the verdicts they hoped would send a clear message to the “rampant and unruly” criminals they had come to condemn.
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