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West Bank Children: Whoever Has a Rifle, ‘Shoot a Jew’

Israeli forces destroy weapon manufacturing lathes in the West Bank. Photo credit: IDF.

One month into Hamas’ terror war against Israel, and Israel’s counter-terror response, female students in Ramallah in the West Bank were eager to show their support for Hamas and for Hamas’ massacre of Jews on Oct. 7.

Waving Palestinian flags and a green Hamas flag, the students enthusiastically called to “shoot a Jew,” while declaring that “the entire West Bank is Hamas!” [emphasis added]

They also voiced criticism of Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas, asking rhetorically “Abbas, where are you?” and then continued mocking him by saying that “Abu Ubeida,” the spokesman for the  Hamas’ military wing, “is poking you in the eye”:

Leader of chant: “[PA President] Mahmoud Abbas, where are you?”

Female students: “Mahmoud Abbas, where are you?”

Leader of chant: ”[Hamas spokesman] Abu Ubeida is poking you in the eye…”

Female students: “[Hamas spokesman] Abu Ubeida is poking you in the eye…”

Leader of chant: “They said Hamas is terrorist”

Female students: “They said Hamas is terrorist”

Leader of chant: “The entire West Bank is Hamas!”

Female students: “The entire West Bank is Hamas!”

Leader of chant: “[Whoever has a rifle,] shoot a Jew”

Female students: “shoot a Jew”

Leader of chant: “or give it to Hamas!”

Female students: “or give it to Hamas!”

Posted text: “News coverage: ‘[PA President] Mahmoud Abbas, where are you?’ — Calls of female students during a procession in Ramallah a short while ago.”

[Quds News Network (Hamas), X (Twitter) account, Nov. 5, 2023]

In Ramallah earlier this month, a crowd shouted a fuller version of the chant:

Leader of chant: “Whoever has a rifle”

Crowd: “Whoever has a rifle”

Leader of chant: “and is hiding it for wedding [ceremonies],”

Crowd: “and is hiding it for wedding [ceremonies],”

Leader of chant: “shoot a Jew”

Crowd: “shoot a Jew”

Leader of chant: “or give it to Hamas!”

Crowd: or give it to Hamas! [emphasis added]

[The Pulse of Gaza YouTube channel, Oct. 28, 2023]

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) has exposed that Palestinian students are taught to yell “Blow up the Zionist’s head … Strike Tel Aviv … Strike Ashkelon” and “our path is Jihad!”

On the day of Hamas’ massacre, children and youth participated in processions in the West Bank in celebration of the massive attack. PMW also documented that Fatah’s Student Movement Shabiba supports Hamas’ attack and celebrated the massacre, and called for more terror in the West Bank.

A recent post from Fatah’s Student Movement at Palestine Technical University — Kadoorie stressed the support for the war against Israel with the words:

“From out of your rifle barrels illuminate the flags of inevitable freedom, and from your pure blood the lamps of our path to the homeland were lit. Glory to you [Martyrs] in eternal life, and for us remains walking in your path and fulfilling your instructions… we salute all forms of resistance against this occupier, with all its forms.” [emphasis added]

[Fatah Shabiba Student Movement and Student Union Council at Palestine Technical University – Kadoorie, Facebook page, Nov. 6, 2023]

A photo posted by the movement two weeks into Hamas’ war against Israel shows in all clarity the hostile intentions of Fatah students towards Israel:

The image shows masked Fatah terrorists wearing yellow Fatah headbands kneeling in prayer with assault rifles laid on the ground in front of them. In the upper right corner is the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades logo that includes crossed rifles and a grenade above the Dome of the Rock, with Palestinian flags below it.

At the top of the logo is written: “So fight them and Allah will punish them at your hands, put them to shame, help you overcome them, and soothe the hearts of the believers” [Koran 9:14, Sahih International translation]. In the upper left corner is the symbol of the Fatah Shabiba Student Movement at An-Najah National University, which consists of a coat of arms featuring on its left a raised fist in the shape of the PA map of “Palestine.” The symbol also features an image of the Dome of the Rock and the keffiyeh (Arab headdress) pattern.

Posted text: “Allah, strengthen their brows so they will not kneel down before anyone but You

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades

#The_Al-Aqsa_Martyrs’_Brigades

#The_[Fatah_]Shabiba_Student_Movement

#An-Najah_National_University”

[Fatah Shabiba Student Movement at An-Najah National University, X (Twitter) account, Oct. 26, 2023]

 The author is a senior analyst at Palestinian Media Watch, where a version of this article was originally published.

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Kyiv Rejects Putin’s ‘Absurd Ultimatum’ to End War

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Photo: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

i24 NewsRussia’s strongman President Vladimir Putin said he would end the war in Ukraine only if Kyiv agreed to drop its NATO ambitions and hand over the entirety of four provinces claimed by Moscow. Kyiv swiftly rejected the demands as tantamount to surrender.

Putin demands that Ukraine transfers to Russia four regions, including a 300,000 city of Kherson and 700,000 Zaporizhzhya as a “precondition” to “peace talks”. This man is delusional, and those in the West who speak of “negotiations” or “cease fire” are enemies of the free world. pic.twitter.com/fqTGVqMdDu

— Sergej Sumlenny, LL.M (@sumlenny) June 14, 2024

“The conditions are very simple,” Putin said, listing them as the full withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the entire territory of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.

Putin’s maximalist conditions apparently reflect Moscow’s growing confidence that its forces have the upper hand in the war.

He restated his demand for Ukraine’s demilitarization and said an end to Western sanctions must also be part of a peace deal. He also repeated his call for Ukraine’s “denazification.”

“He is offering for Ukraine to admit defeat. He is offering for Ukraine to legally give up its territories to Russia. He is offering for Ukraine to sign away its geopolitical sovereignty,” said Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak, rejecting the demands as “absurd.”

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Deadly Explosion Kills 8 IDF Soldiers in Rafah

Illustrative. Some rises after an Israeli strike as Israeli forces launch a ground and air operation in the eastern part of Rafah, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, May 7, 2024. Photo: REUTERS/Hatem Khaled

i24 NewsEarly this morning, tragedy struck in the southern Gaza city of Rafah as eight Israeli soldiers lost their lives in a devastating explosion, marking the deadliest incident for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the region since January.

The IDF has confirmed the casualties, with one soldier identified as Captain Wassem Mahmoud, 23, a deputy company commander from Beit Jann in the Combat Engineering Corps’ 601st Battalion.

The names of the other seven soldiers will be released after their families have been notified.

According to initial reports from the IDF, the soldiers were traveling in a Namer armored combat engineering vehicle (CEV) as part of a convoy around 5 a.m., following a successful overnight operation targeting Hamas militants in the Tel Sultan neighborhood of Rafah. During the operation, troops under the 401st Armored Brigade reportedly neutralized approximately 50 gunmen.

The convoy was en route to buildings captured by the army for the soldiers to rest, when the Namer CEV, which was the fifth or sixth vehicle in the convoy, was struck by a powerful explosion. The nature of the explosion remains under investigation, with possibilities ranging from a pre-planted bomb to an improvised device placed on the vehicle by Hamas operatives.

Initial findings suggest that explosives stored on the exterior of the Namer CEV may have contributed to the severity of the blast. Normally, such explosives are designed to minimize harm to troops inside if detonated.

The IDF probe indicates there was no gunfire preceding the explosion, and the vehicle was not stationary at the time of the incident. The circumstances surrounding the tragedy have prompted intensified scrutiny into the safety protocols and operational procedures during military movements in hostile territories.

The deaths of these eight soldiers bring the total number of IDF casualties in recent ground operations against Hamas to 307. This figure includes a police officer killed during a recent hostage rescue operation and a civilian Defense Ministry contractor also slain in the conflict.

This is a developing story 

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U.S. Officials Fear Escalating Conflict Between Israel and Hezbollah

Israeli firefighters work following rocket attacks from Lebanon, amid ongoing cross-border hostilities between Hezbollah and Israeli forces, near the border on its Israeli side, June 13, 2024. Photo: REUTERS/Avi Ohayon

i24 NewsRecent actions by both Israel and Hezbollah have sparked growing concerns among U.S. officials, who fear that the situation could escalate into a full-scale war, according to reports from CBS News.

The tension has intensified following a series of Israeli airstrikes on Lebanese territory, which some American authorities believe are laying the groundwork for a larger military operation.

Sources within the US government have expressed worries that such a move could trigger a conflict that might strain Israel’s alliance with Washington.

Hezbollah, in response to recent events including the assassination of senior commander Taleb Sami Abdullah, has escalated its own actions. The group has begun launching daily rocket attacks targeting northern Israeli communities since October 8, citing solidarity with Hamas amidst the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

US officials cited by CBS News have highlighted concerns over the potential unintended consequences of Hezbollah’s increased attacks. They fear that these actions could provoke Israel into launching a significant military assault, further exacerbating the volatile situation in the region.

The developments come amid ongoing international efforts to de-escalate tensions and prevent a wider conflict. Diplomatic channels remain active, with calls for restraint and dialogue from various quarters.

The United States, a key ally of Israel, has historically played a crucial role in mediating and influencing regional conflicts. Officials are closely monitoring the situation, emphasizing the importance of avoiding actions that could escalate tensions further.

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