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Hamas commits war crimes. Israel is blamed. Of course.


Anti-Israel demonstration in London on May 11

The war against the Jews is being facilitated by often unwitting accessories

Over the past few hours, fresh barrages of Hamas rockets from Gaza have been raining down over Israel. Most have been intercepted by the country’s Iron Dome defence system. But at least 20 Israelis have been wounded in Ashkelon, and a five-year-old boy was killed by a direct rocket hit on a house in Sderot. The boy’s mother was seriously wounded, a five-year-old is moderately wounded and four others are lightly hurt. Rockets have also been fired at the town of Dimona, site of Israel’s nuclear reactor.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad have fired more than 1200 rockets at Israel since Monday evening. Dozens of Israelis have been injured. A five year-old girl was critically injured when a rocket fell next to a bus in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon.

At present, there are seven Israeli dead from the rocket attacks, including an Israeli Arab man and his 16 year-old daughter in a house near Lod.

There have been Arab riots and countless attacks on Jews in numerous cities. Israeli women out for a jog have been attacked, Israeli cars have been stoned and there have been attempts to lynch some of the drivers.

As the Times of Israel has reported, in the town of Lod on Tuesday night three synagogues and many cars were firebombed and shop windows smashed by Arab mobs. One Israeli was seriously injured when a slab was thrown at his car. People were too frightened to go to the bomb shelters for fear of being set upon. The violence was described by the town’s mayor as “civil war,” and he compared it to the 1938 Kristallnacht pogrom in Nazi Germany.

A Jewish man in his 30s was in critical condition yesterday evening after he was attacked by a mob of Arab demonstrators in the city of Acre. Police said he was attacked in his car by Arab Israeli protesters armed with sticks and stones.

Now some Jewish extremists have reacted by attacking Arabs in Bat Yam and Tiberias. In Bat Yam, a Jewish mob pulled an Arab driver out of his car and beat him up. Police have been making arrests, but clearly this is a further appalling and potentially devastating development. The Sephardi Chief Rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef, has put out out a statement imploring Jews not to turn violent against Arab citizens, and the ultra-nationalist member of Knesset Bezalel Smotrich has also emotionally urged Jews never to commit such acts.

This Jewish violence is shocking, tragic and indefensible. But compare these urgent Jewish appeals for it to stop with statements by Fatah, the party headed by Mahmoud Abbas and which runs the Palestinian Authority. Like Hamas in Gaza, Fatah has been inciting violence against Jews non-stop for weeks, calling for holy war and inflaming murderous hysteria with utterly false claims that Israel intends to invade the al Aqsa mosque.

With the Hamas rockets already raining down, and after weeks of unprovoked Arab attacks on Jews in the streets including bombardments of stones and petrol bombs at Jews and the police from the al Aqsa compound itself, Fatah called on everyone to “raise the level of confrontation in the coming days and hours”.

Its Facebook page and TV channel Awdah broadcast a video calling on Palestinians to “redeem Jerusalem with [their] lives” and calling for people to “sacrifice for the sake of the Al-Aqsa Mosque until our last breath”.

The official PA daily published a call by Qalqilya District Governor Rafe’ Rawajbeh to “escalate the popular resistance” ( a term used by Palestinians which also refers to the use of violence and terror) in order to “deter the occupation from carrying out its plans to Judaise the city.” Nablus Fatah declared: “Let us set the ground on fire under the occupation’s feet.” And Hamas official Fathi Hammad called on Palestinians to buy a knife for five shekels to “cut off the heads of the Jews”.


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