Millions of Israelis will be displaced in next war with Hezbollah

The fire that broke out in the oil refineries in the Gulf city of Haifa, and neutralized a number of oil storage tanks was renewed.

Zionist police closed all roads leading to the place, while enemy media reported citing officials stating that the fire is difficult to be controlled, amid growing fears of its expansion to other tanks full of oil.

Occupation mayor in Haifa said the incident can be considered as a rehearsal of what might happen in case those oil containers would be hit in any future war.

In future war, Hezbollah will fire 1,000 rockets a day, IDF predicts

Outgoing Home Front Command chief Maj. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg said that a future war between Israel and the Lebanese Hezbollah group will include hundreds or even thousands of rockets raining down on the country every day.

Eisenberg spoke during an event Tuesday marking his stepping down from the post and handing it over to Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick.

The citizens of Israel, he said, should be prepared for significant challenges. According to estimates by the Home Front Command conducted during Eisenberg’s tenure, Israel must be prepared for a “blitz of attacks,” including 1,000-1,500 rockets falling on Israel’s home front every day.

But despite the grim scenario, Eisenberg remained upbeat as to Israel’s ability to weather a possible assault from Hezbollah. “Will it be hard? Can we stand up to them? Definitely; we have no choice,” he said.

Outgoing head of the Home Front Command, Maj.-Gen. Eyal Eisenberg (Photo credit: Yossi Zeliger/FLASH90)

Outgoing head of the Home Front Command, Maj.-Gen. Eyal Eisenberg (Photo credit: Yossi Zeliger/FLASH90)

The outgoing commander’s warning echoed information in leaflets distributed recently by the IDF’s Home Front Command to local authorities in which the army warned of the serious threat that Hezbollah poses to the country’s civilian population, and predicted that hundreds could be killed in a future conflict with Lebanon.

The army said that correct defensive procedures by civilians, such as retreating into stairwells during an attack, can significantly improve protection. The IDF has also been looking at plans that would see the evacuation of border communities and provide temporary housing for thousands of people at army bases and other sites.

The estimIsraeli explosives experts inspect a Hezbollah rocket after it landed in the northern Israeli city of Haifa August 9, 2006. (photo credit: Max Yelinson /Flash90) ates of what the Shiite-aligned Hezbollah can do with its arsenal of rockets, which could number as many as 100,000, were not new; however, in light of regional tensions and recent clashes on the northern border there is concern of an increased possibility of war. Hezbollah’s arsenal of rockets is said to cover the entirety of Israel.

Security pundits cited in Hebrew-language media suggested that a key aspect of the awareness campaign by the IDF is to keep civilian expectations of Israel’s anti-missile capabilities realistic. During the 2014 summer conflict between the IDF and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Palestinians fired over 4,000 rockets at Israeli towns and cities. The Iron Dome anti-rocket system knocked out of the sky many of the projectiles, preventing them from hitting population centers, but Hezbollah’s far greater ability to rain down massive barrages of larger, more accurate rockets, could overwhelm it.

Earlier this month the UN Security Council warned that recent violence along Lebanon’s border with Israel and the presence of unauthorized weapons in a UN buffer zone pose a risk of a new conflict.

An Israeli woman walks in front of a building destroyed by a Katyusha rocket in the town of Haifa on August Monday 07.2006. (photo credit: Max Yelinson /Flash90)

In January, two IDF soldiers were killed when an Israeli army patrol came under anti-tank fire from Hezbollah operatives in the northern Mount Dov region near the border with Lebanon.

Regarding that attack, Hezbollah said in a statement that a squad from the “fallen martyrs of the Quneitra brigade” had attacked the Israeli convoy in retaliation for an alleged Israeli airstrike near Quneitra, just over the border in Syria, a week earlier that had killed at least seven, including an Iranian general and a senior commander in the organization. The statement said it was a “first announcement,” alluding to the possibility of further attacks.

In October 2014, Hezbollah claimed a bomb attack against Israeli troops along the border that wounded two soldiers. Hours later, a second bomb went off along the border in the area, but did not result in any casualties. The clash came two days after a Lebanese soldier was lightly wounded by Israeli forces in the same area.

The last major conflict between Israel and Hebollah was in 2006 and began after the group killed five IDF soldiers and snatched the bodies of two — Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev — sparking a bloody, month-long war. The fighting resulted in the deaths of 43 Israeli civilians and 119 IDF soldiers, and over 1,700 dead on the Lebanese side, including 600 to 800 Hezbollah combatants, according to IDF figures.

During the 34 days of fighting, Hezbollah launched over 4,000 rockets at Israel, an average of over 100 a day.

The bodies of Regev and Goldwasser were returned to Israel in 2008 in exchange for Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar, four Hezbollah members and the remains of some 200 Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners.

Times of Israel staff and AP contributed to this report.

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Huge Fire Broke out in Haifa Oil Refinery, 40 Fire Trucks Trying to Control the Fire

December 25, 2016

Huge Fire Broke out in Haifa Oil Refinery, 40 Fire Trucks Trying to Control the Fire

A fire broke out Sunday morning at an oil refinery in the occupied Palestinian city of Haifa, containing huge amounts of fuel.

A spokesman for the Zionist fire-fighting unit pointed out that the fire broke out in one fuel tank, noting that the fire crews are on their way to the place before the fire expands to other tanks.

Sources said later that more than 40 Zionist fire-fighting vehicles are trying to extinguish the fire, but has so far failed to control the blaze.

Reuters news agency reported that the fire broke out in one of the fuel tanks of the “Oil Ravinaraz” company, but there were no reports of injuries. It showed pictures posted on Zionist news websites showing flames and smoke rising from the tank.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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Israel is the second poorest state in the OECD*

December 15, 2016  /  Gilad Atzmon

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The Israeli annual poverty report revealed today that the percentage of the population living under the official poverty line stands on 21.7%. In practice every fifth family in Israel is poor.

Israeli Arabs poverty grew to 53.3%. Four out of five East Jerusalemites (Palestinians) live in poverty, a sharp rise over past years.

Zionism, promised to ‘civilise’ the Diaspora Jews and establish an ethical productive society. What we see instead is a gross amplification of the Jewish ghetto condition-a gross divide between rich and poor.   And the Palestinians are just ‘Goyim du jour.’

*The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

“Israel” is burning..

Ynet Reports:  For the third straight day, firecrews are working around the clock to contain and extinguish a series of massive brush fires that broke out earlier this week; A state of emergency has been declared in Haifa, with all firefighting aircraft being scrambled to control the blaze that has forced the evacuation of thousands.

According to Haaretz, Tens of thousands were called to immediately evacuate as fires raged throughout Israel.

In case you wonder whether this development is a result of divine intervention or a new form of Palestinian resistance,  Israel’s security establishment believes that several of the fires were the result of “politically motivated arson”, though most of the fires have been caused by extreme wind gusts and drought. I guess that a ‘mixture’ is the official answer momentarily. This may change soon…

The Zionist PM Benjamin Netanyahu said that ‘Israel’ will deal with Haifa arson as a ‘terrorist’ operation and severely punish the ‘culprits’.

Zionist media accused the Palestinians of being responsible for Haifa fires, according to Al-Manar reporter who added that the Israeli outlets described the incineration as “Fire Intifada”.

In the latest developments, the Zionist authorities closed Ben Gurion Airport and Haifa port and evacuate Damon and Carmiel prisons due to the fire.

At least 132 were injured in Haifa fire, according to Haaretz

The Israeli army soldiers won’t be allowed to go home for the weekend as usual due to the fires spreading across the entity, the Zionist military has announced.

Earlier, around 50 thousands of Zionist settlers were evacuated as bushfires neared the residential areas in the occupied Haifa.

The incident exposed clearly that the entity failed to address the fire challenge despite its consecutive drills aimed to prepare the Zionists to face wars.

A viral twitter hachtag “Israel Burning” was marked as tweeters posted the photos of the fire.

Source: Al-Manar Website

Activists From Women’s Boat to Gaza Being Deported

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Activists who were on board the Women’s Boat to Gaza are now in Tel Aviv’s international airport awaiting deportation, Al Jazeera reported.

According to Al Jazeera correspondent Mina Harballou, who was aboard the Zaytouna heading to break the siege on the Gaza Strip: “When Zaytouna was intercepted from the west of Israel at around 4pm there were two warships one on the right and the other on the left of the boat.”

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Leigh-Ann Naidoo’s Diary on the Women’s Boat to Gaza: Day 8

It’s just after midnight and I am about to go to sleep because I need to be up for my final 4-8am watch. Today is when we reach the 100 mile mark from Gaza, which means the IDF are likely to be around and possibly intercept us or try and force us to turn around. Most flotillas have been stopped between 70 and 100 miles from Gaza, which is in fact quite far away if you consider that it will take us about 24 hours to sail the last 100 miles at a speed of 5 miles.

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Report: Israel Seizes Women’s Boat to Gaza

Posted on October 5, 2016

According to Women’s Boat to Gaza website:

At 15:58 (CEST) on 5 October, we lost contact again with the Zaytouna-Oliva and presume that the Israeli Occupation Navy has surrounded it in International Waters(latest recorded position: Lat+31.906033 Lon+33.757630) and has forced it off its course to Gaza. On board are 13 women, including Mairead Maguire, the 1976 Nobel peace laureate from Northern Ireland, Fauziah Hasan, a doctor from Malaysia, and retired US army colonel Ann Wright. Take action to protect them now.

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Roger Waters Expresses Support for Women’s Boat to Gaza

Musician Roger Waters again shows his humanity. Latest news on the Gaza women’s flotilla is that we are once again down to just one boat. As I reported two days ago, initially there were two boats that were to sail–the Zaytouna-Oliva and the Amal-Hope. The latter had engine trouble shortly after embarking from Barcelona, Spain and had to return to port there. The “Amal-Hope II” joined the “flotilla” (if you can describe one ship as a “flotilla”–which might be stretching it) in Messina, Sicily, but according to a report here, this effort, too, has now fallen through…due to lack of a crew:

“The new boat sailed from Messina to Palermo last week but “the delays meant that the crew we had lined up for the last part of the voyage were no longer available”, a statement on the activists’ website said.

“It was a Herculean task to get Amal-Hope II this far, but we just weren’t able to make it happen in time,” Eva Manly, a retired documentary maker from Canada, who was also due to be on the boat, said.

Report: Israel Issues Order to Intercept All-Woman Gaza-Bound Flotilla

Posted on October 2, 2016

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[ Ed. note – A group of women are presently sailing to Gaza in a two-ship flotilla. The two ships are the Zaytouna-Oliva and the Amal II (the original Amal-Hope ship experienced mechanical problems and was forced to return to Barcelona), the latter having joined the Zaytouna at Messina, on the island of Sicily. Below is an article from the Palestine Information Center, followed by some “ship’s log” type articles posted at the Women’s Boat to Gaza website. The year 2016 marks the 10th year that Gaza has been under Israeli blockade.]

Palestine Information Center

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation navy has received instructions to intercept women’s boat to Gaza and arrest onboard activists, Israeli daily Maariv reported Sunday.

The Israeli naval forces have received orders to intercept al-Zaytouna ship and arrest activists as soon as they reach Gaza shores.

The boat is reportedly to be towed to the Ashdod Harbor wile female activists will be deported to their mother countries after they sign pledges to never return.

Zaytouna ship is expected to reach Gaza shores in the next three days following a stopover in the Greek Island of Crete to fix a sudden breakdown.

Amal and Zaytouna, a flotilla of two boats with all-women crews and passengers, set sail from Barcelona en route to besieged Gaza in another maritime attempt to break Israel’s illegitimate blockade on the Palestinian coastal enclave.

There are 11 women in each boat, including Malin Bjork, the European Parliament member, Mairead Maguire, the Nobel peace laureate from Northern Ireland, Fouzia Hassan, a doctor from Malaysia, and retired US army colonel Ann Wright.

The Gaza Strip is a place where around two million Palestinians have been locked up for nearly a decade in what many describe as the “world’s largest open air prison.”

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Zaytouna-Oliva Departs for Gaza…

Amal-Hope II to follow soon.

Messina, Italy, September 27, 2016

This morning at 9:50 am, women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here.

When asked why they are going, the women gave a variety of responses. Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate from Ireland, notes that “theysay that ‘silence is golden’, but regarding the plight of Palestinians in Gaza the silence of the world, especially concerning their little children, shows a lack of moral and ethical leadership from the international community. Why has it lasted so long?”

For two of the women, their countries’ own historical struggles for human rights played an important role in their decision to join the Women’s Boat to Gaza. Leigh-Ann Naidoo, an Olympic volleyball player from South Africa, feels that “South Africans understand the importance of international solidarity in fighting regimes that practice segregation.” Marama Davidson, a Maori Member of Parliament from New Zealand, carries with her a strong personal connection to Palestinian women in Gaza. “As an indigenous woman myself, I want to stand alongside the women of Gaza and to draw attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis there.”

The Amal-Hope II has been making final preparations to sail and is scheduled to depart from Messina soon. Both boats are expected to arrive in Gaza in early October.

Yudit Ilany, an Israeli participant who has sailed with the Zaytouna-Oliva since Barcelona, said “The blockade of Gaza is a crime against humanity being committed in my name, and it is my duty to protest it in any way possible.”

Update from Zaytouna-Oliva, Day 2

We are in contact with Zaytouna-Oliva and all on board are OK. She is still sailing in the direction of Gaza. Difficult weather conditions last night caused damage to the rigging. We are considering options for repair, but the safety and well-being of all those on board are our priorities.

Our course remains the conscience of humanity.

Update from Zaytouna-Oliva, Day 3 and 4: Morale is Good

The following is a compilation from the Captain, crew and participants on the boat.

Wednesday, September 28

We had heavy showers and several women are seasick. There were not many takers of the cous cous salad we had for lunch.  But our discomfort at sea pales in comparison to the people of Palestine.

Thursday, September 29

Today has been easier and we are enjoying calm conditions. We are sitting together enjoying the noon sunshine. It is nice to see everyone smiling and finding their sealegs. Women are singing “I am sailing to be near to you”.

Update Day 5: Zaytouna-Oliva Receives Repairs and Supplies South of Crete

Mediterranean Sea south of Crete (Greece): During a storm a few nights ago, part of the rigging on the Zaytouna-Oliva was damaged by heavy winds. Although the damage was minor and she continued to make good progress for the last few days under motor towards the Greek island of Crete, she still needed her rigging fixed in order to continue the mission.

This morning our friends from Ship to Gaza Greece sent a repair boat which brought a skilled rigging specialist to repair the damage, as well as bringing more fuel and supplies.

According to Madeleine Habib, skipper of Zaytouna-Oliva: “the professionalism of rigger and team that came on board was great. It really meant so much to us! In addition to fuel and other supplies, the boat brought the women Greek desserts, solidarity and friendship.” Zohar Chamberlain Regev, coordinator of the Women’s Boat to Gaza who worked closely with women from Ship to Gaza Greece to arrange the needed repairs, adds: “This immediate response to our boat’s needs is just another example of how much solidarity there is around the world to help break the blockade of Gaza. While there are no Greek women on the boats, their campaign’s concrete solidarity has helped us on this international mission in a vital way.”

The Zaytouna-Oliva is now continuing on her way to break the illega blockade of Gaza, with many thanks to the solidarity and friendship from Greece! She is  scheduled to reach the shores of Gaza later this week.


Spanish band Aspencat performs September 14 at flotilla send-off in Barcelona…

Israel Absolves Itself from 2014 Naked Aggression on Gaza

Stephen Lendman

Israel remains unaccountable for decades of racist ruthlessness – massacring, persecuting and otherwise collectively punishing Palestinians for not being Jewish.

Operation Protective Edge was its third war on Gaza in five-and-a-half years – premeditated naked aggression against a largely defenseless population, 1.8 million people trapped under lawless siege, no safe havens for protection.

Israel’s war had nothing to do with Hamas rockets. Claiming it was a ruse, media scoundrels reporting it like gospel.

Attacking the Strip targeted Palestine’s legitimate government, democratically elected in January 2006, the PA installed as a puppet regime serving Israeli interests.

War was about preventing Palestinian self-determination. It was to maintain occupation harshness.

It was to keep stealing Palestinian land. It was to expand settlements exponentially. It was to control all valued parts of Judea and Samaria.

It was to keep Palestinians confined on isolated bantustans on worthless scrubland. It was to steal their resources.

It was to assure diaspora Palestinians don’t return. It was to maintain Gaza’s blockade while pretending otherwise when hostilities ended.

It was to have Jerusalem as Israel’s exclusive capital. It was to undermine Fatah/Hamas unity.

It was to let Israel commit high crimes against peace with impunity – any time against invented enemies, unrestrained by inviolable international laws.

It was to show Palestinians they’re defenseless against overwhelming Israeli might. It was to enlist popular homeland support for what demands universal condemnation.

Wars on Gaza, anywhere in Palestine or regionally can be launched at Israel’s discretion – with full US support and encouragement, most other nations turning a blind eye, supporting naked aggression, mindless of the cost in Palestinian lives and suffering.

Whenever Israel investigates its high crimes of war and against humanity, whitewash follows. On Thursday, it summarily closed 13 investigations into Operation Protective Edge criminality committed by its soldiers in summer 2014.

Over 2,100 Palestinians died, mostly civilians, including over 500 children and 300 women, over 11,000 injured, many maimed for life.

Virtually every child was traumatized by war, requiring professional help in most cases unavailable. Only three Israeli soldiers were held accountable for crimes involving looting – not mass murder and destruction, affecting residential areas most.

Dozens of entire families were wiped out, scores more lost three or more members. Promised relief following war’s end never materialized.

A UN warning about Gaza becoming uninhabitable by 2020 goes unheeded. It’s virtually this way now.

Israeli-imposed dire conditions created a humanitarian catastrophe. Little is being done to help long-suffering people, illegally blockaded by Israel for over nine years.

Naked aggression could be launched against them any time at Israel’s discretion. Slow-motion genocide stalks Palestine – its epicenter in Gaza.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

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“The Awful Clarity” of Israeli Oppression Becomes Murky Spin in the NYT

Posted on August 22, 2016

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When writer Michael Chabon visited the West Bank city of Hebron earlier this year, the brutal reality of the Israeli occupation hit him with force. During an interview with the Forward, he appeared “visibly jarred,” and he pulled no punches in describing his reaction.

“Once you see for yourself,” he said, “it is pretty obvious, I think, to any human being with a heart and a mind, it is pretty clear what to feel about it. It is the most grievous injustice I have ever seen in my life.”

His reaction echoes in the words of another author, Ben Ehrenreich, who recently published a book about the occupation,

“The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine.”

In his introduction Ehrenreich refers to “the awful clarity of the injustice,” and his book portrays Palestinian resistance under Israel’s state-sponsored system of oppression.

Both these American writers are saying that…

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