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Hamas Admits to the Kidnapping and Murder of 3 Teens, Calling it "a Blessed Heroic Act"

Hamas Admits to the Kidnapping and Murder of 3 Teens, Calling it

A senior Hamas official indicated on Wednesday that Hamas was responsible for the June 12 kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teens near Hebron. The three were picked up while hitchhiking at a junction in Judea south of Jerusalem, sparking a nationwide manhunt that ended when their bodies were discovered several weeks later.

The admission by Sheikh Saleh al-Arouri came during a conference of Muslim scholars. In a recording of the conference, al-Arouri is heard praising the "kidnapping to Hebron of the three settlers," describing it as “blessed heroic action” which was “carried out by the al-Qassam Brigades,” Hamas's military wing.

The terror group has a large political and military presence throughout Judea and Samaria. Hebron has long been a Hamas stronghold, leading Israeli intelligence to suspect Hamas operatives located in the vicinity of the attack, and to the subsequent roundup of hundreds of Hamas members throughout the region. Hamas retaliated to the arrests with a continuous barrage of rocket fire from the Gaza strip aimed at Israeli civilians throughout the country, compelling Israel to launch Operation Protective Edge to defend its population.

Meanwhile Hamas's war of terror against Israel has resurged to levels unseen since Israel's August 3 ground pullout, with a record 168 rockets launched on Wednesday. Rocket fire towards southern and central Israel continued through Thursday, including a mortar piece that struck a children's home in the Eshkol region near Gaza, seriously wounding a bystander. The 33-year-old sustained shrapnel injuries when he pushed a teacher into a safe room in response to a Code Red rocket siren. The woman was holding a small child, and medics believe that his intervention saved their lives.

The continued assault by Hamas has led to a renewal of Israeli airstrikes. Early Thursday the IDF reported the overnight killing of several senior Hamas terrorists, including the supervisor of the Shalit kidnapping. Among those assassinated were Rafah Division commander Raed al-Attar, Southern Division commander Mohammed Abu Shmallah and Rafah Division senior commander Mohammed Barhoum. Of those, Al-Attar had led the planning and execution of Gilad Shalit's kidnapping in 2006, and Abu Shmallah had assisted in the operation.

Meanwhile, belief grows in Israel that its air forces killed Hamas's military leader Muhammad Deif in yesterday’s airstrike on his Gaza home. A tweet from Voice of Israel's Gal Berger said that as of this morning, "there are growing indications that…Muhammad Deif was killed in an assassination [attempt] in Sheikh Radwan two nights ago."

Deif was the head of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas. Last Saturday night the Al-Qassam brigades had tweeted a short message reflecting its world view: "We are continuing our struggle. ALLAH IS OUR GOAL, THE PROPHET IS OUR LEADER, JIHAD IS OUR WAY, AND DEATH FOR ALLAH IS OUR MOST EXALTED WISH."

(Tazpit News Agency)

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:28 )

 

American Journalist James Foley Supports Terrorist; Ends Up Decapitated

American Journalist James Foley Supports Terrorist; Ends Up Decapitated

James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda. And the agenda was obviou...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:28 )

Islamic State Planning to Use Drones to Attack Israel

Islamic State Planning to Use Drones to Attack Israel

A member of the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) has threatened that the organization would soon use unmanned drones to attack Israel.

The IS member, a Canadian ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:28 )

Special Review: Israel’s Largest Defense Technology Display at Eurosatory 2014

Special Review: Israel’s Largest Defense Technology Display at Eurosatory 2014

Israel's participation at the Eurosatory defense exhibition this year was the largest ever. This review covers many of the highlights displayed at the Israel national pav...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:29 )

IDF and ISA Thwarted Massive Cyber Attack

IDF and ISA Thwarted Massive Cyber Attack

During Operation Protective Edge, pro-Palestinian hackers attempted a major cyber attack against Israel. IDF and Israeli security forces foiled the attack, but hackers re...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:29 )

Evidence Suggests "Edible Arrangements" Funded Hamas in 2009

Evidence Suggests

Public tax records suggest that Edible Arrangements indirectly funded the internationally-recognized terror organization Hamas in 2009. Hamas is responsible for countless...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 18:35 )

Destroy the ‘Islamic State’- Part 1

Destroy the ‘Islamic State’- Part 1

This must be the No. 1 U.S. objective in Iraq

The recent military successes of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, and the ongoing disintegration of Iraq’s “ce...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:30 )

Armed Men Raid Liberia Ebola Quarantine Center

Armed Men Raid Liberia Ebola Quarantine Center

Agroup of young men armed with clubs, claiming that "there's no Ebola" in Liberia, raided a quarantine center for the deadly disease in Monrovia, prompting about 20 patie...

Syrian Government Air Strikes Target Islamic State in Raqqa

Syrian Government Air Strikes Target Islamic State in Raqqa

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad hammered the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa with more than two dozen air strikes on Sunday, Aug 17, targeting areas controlled by ...

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