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Monday, July 28, 2014

New York: When the bodies of three Israeli teens, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. "Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay," he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region. But now, officials admit the kidnappings were not Hamas's handiwork after all. "After Israel's top leadership exhaustively blamed Hamas for kidnap of three teens, they've now admitted killers were acting as 'lone cell,'" reports Sheera Frenkel of BuzzFeed. After talking to Israel Police Foreign Press Spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld, Jon Donnison of the BBC reported, "men who killed three Israeli teens [definitely] lone cell, Hamas affiliated but not operating under leadership. Seems to contradict the line from Netanyahu government."

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[Gershon Baskin] pointed out that Hamas has earlier this month signed an agreement to form a unity government with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, bridging, for the first time in seven years, the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and Gaza.

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To recap: 3 teens kidnapped->100s of Palestinians in WB arrested->revenge attacks on Palestinians->violence along Gaza/Israel border->war

#1 | Posted by daniel_3 at 2014-07-28 01:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

They still have no clue who has done it really, only that it's unlikely to have been anywhere connected with Hamas or more than likely anyone in Gaza. Still that didn't stop the many imprisoned, the many killed and the attacks.

This is so similar to the Jim Crow south. No proof and really there is no need as there is no repercussion to wholesale slaughter of a group. Then the group is even further admonished if they turn to radicals, despite disagreement with their whole philosophy, but they are only element which fight back.

#2 | Posted by daniel_3 at 2014-07-28 01:11 AM | Reply | Flag:

Figures donut??

#3 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-28 01:55 AM | Reply | Flag:

Figures donut??
#3 | POSTED BY LARRYMOHR

Yep, right as scheduled..... pass the buck someone else is at fault..

Of course its a lone cell........... now.....

#4 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-07-28 02:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

I was asking about this a few days ago. Thanks for posting the update.

#5 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-07-28 02:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

Yep, right as scheduled..... pass the buck someone else is at fault..

Of course its a lone cell........... now.....

Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-07-28 02:08 AM | Reply

About like you and the horrific shape Iraq is in. Blaming it on Obama when you should be blaming Dubya. Funny how that works ehhhhhhh Ma'am.

#6 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-28 02:12 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Hamas-affiliated" but not under direct orders from Hamas....so Hamas gets a pass?

I hearken back to stories like "cops beat man, caught on camera, NAACP calls for police chief's resignation", "NJ administration lackey precipitates closing of 2 lanes of a bridge; Christy should resign", and so many others, where the leadership may have a degree of separation from the incident and is still blamed.

#7 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-28 08:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

Mustang, you forgot to harken back to stories like "without finding out who killed the teens, a thousand civilians were killed and their homes were destroyed during a combined air and ground assault."

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-07-28 08:28 AM | Reply | Flag:

#8 Stay on point, Bruce. My point is that the headline of this thread is "Hamas didn't kidnap and kill the 3 Israeli teens", when in fact the people that did so are "Hamas-affiliated". Affiliation has been good enough in the past when attributing guilt (the old guilt-by-association saw)...why isn't it now?

#9 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-28 08:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

"a lone cell" Right. More than likely Israel killed the kids as a pretext to attack Gaza.

#10 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-28 08:58 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

#9 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-28 08:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Hamas-affiliated" is a very loose meaning. It's almost like the "Al-Qaeda affiliated" monicker that we attach to every Islamist group, regardless of whether they talk or not.

The fact still remains that despite knowing that it was likely not Hamas or the Gaza Palestinians. They still went in anyway and imprisoned hundreds and attacked Hamas. All of which sparked this whole conflict.

#11 | Posted by daniel_3 at 2014-07-28 09:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

I don't understand why children in Gaza living close to missile sites are considered "human shields" but settler kids who are hitchhiking across the West Bank aren't deemed to have been put in harm's way on purpose. If you're Israeli and you want to turn your kid into a martyr, you wouldn't be able to think of a better way to make that happen than moving to a settlement and sending your kid out hitchhiking in occupied territory.

I'm not saying that any of these kids should have been killed. Just pointing out that the level of reverence shown for dead children is unequal. And the scrutiny placed on those who put the kids in danger is completely one sided. People who would never do anything 1/1,000th as dangerous with their own kids completely ignore the irresponsibility (at best) involved in this incident.

#12 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-28 10:01 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Affiliation has been good enough in the past when attributing guilt (the old guilt-by-association saw)...why isn't it now?

#9 | POSTED BY MUSTANG AT 2014-07-28 08:50 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

I feel very sorry to have to explain this to you: Killing innocent people. Especially killing women, children, and babies, should only be done when there is no other choice, and should only be done to prevent an immediate threat to an enormous amount of other innocent people. It should not be casual entertainment like some summer cook-out that you enjoy participating in from the top of a hill.

#13 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-07-28 10:29 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Who did it? IMHO, the same SOB who later killed the Palestinian teen. The people who did this knew it was going to start a war, so look who profits. Think Ike's farwell speech.

#14 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-07-28 10:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Of course its a lone cell........... now....."

I think I heard somewhere that Hamas strongly condemned the kidnapping and killing of any Jewish teens and the entire Muslim population of the West Bank and Gaza was appalled.

#15 | Posted by jestgettinalong at 2014-07-28 10:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

I'm not saying that any of these kids should have been killed. Just pointing out that the level of reverence shown for dead children is unequal. And the scrutiny placed on those who put the kids in danger is completely one sided. People who would never do anything 1/1,000th as dangerous with their own kids completely ignore the irresponsibility (at best) involved in this incident.

#12 | POSTED BY SULLY

Are we talking about Israel/Palestine or the US/Mexico border?

#13 Completely irrelevant to the question. I feel sorry to have to explain that to you. I'm addressing the blame, not the results of the blame

#16 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-28 10:54 AM | Reply | Flag:

when in fact the people that did so are "Hamas-affiliated"

Do you think any radical element in Gaza could not be described as "Hamas-affiliated"? The term is so loose it is meaningless unless it is explained exactly how they are affiliated.

#17 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-28 10:55 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Killing innocent people. Especially killing women, children, and babies, should only be done when there is no other choice, and should only be done to prevent an immediate threat to an enormous amount of other innocent people."

How many would be an "enormous amount?" Should Israel just hunker down until the rockets from Gaza kill that number of innocent people or should they take steps to stop it in its infancy? Once that "enormous amount" number is reached, would that meet your criterion for "no other choice?" Who woulda thought? Going back to Pearl Harbor, did that number of innocent civilians killed reach the criterion for the bombing of Tokyo and Hiroshima? How about the innocents killed on 9/11. Surely THAT met the criterion, right? Maybe you think we should have shrugged it all off until the number reached at least six figures in those cases. Just tryin' to understand your logic, Sully.

#18 | Posted by jestgettinalong at 2014-07-28 11:12 AM | Reply | Flag:

so look who profits. Think Ike's farwell speech.

#14 | POSTED BY KANREI AT 2014-07-28 10:31 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

America???? Who's supplying the weapons?

#19 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-07-28 11:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

How many would be an "enormous amount?"

#18 | POSTED BY JESTGETTINALONG AT 2014-07-28 11:12 AM | FLAG:

Semantics is the lowest form of argument, and a popular strategy from the RW. You could say I'm anti-semantics.

#20 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-07-28 11:28 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

As I posted earlier, Israel will fall victim of its own propaganda. They now hold the losing card.

#21 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2014-07-28 11:34 AM | Reply | Flag:

America???? Who's supplying the weapons?

#19 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER AT 2014-07-28 11:27 AM

Look it up. America only provides $3 billion if Israel's $15 billion military budget.

America doesn't profit. No country profits. Companies do. Remember Ike's speech.

#22 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-07-28 11:39 AM | Reply | Flag:

Zionist Orthodox Jews "abducted" and then murdered the three teens, whom they might have known. The revenge abduction and murder was performed entirely by Zionist Orthodox kids. We should expect more of Israels legacy cemented through parasitic infestation upon their brothers.

Perhaps the "settlers" rockets being sent into Gaza also explain that such close proximity is for better grooming their self-made "war zone"?

Paved roads are for Israeli only, keeping Palestinian cart-to-car traffic along observable lengthier routes with checkpoints. It's a primary aspect of their colony construction and really clarifies any factual intentions for paving over Palestine. The Israeli facilitate everything entering and leaving.

Gaza seems to have an endless supply of rockets. It's curious how thousands upon thousands of barely missiles - now including Iranian guidance systems (just in time for Iron Dome) - are able to penetrate that blockade where even the Sea Hitler failed.

#23 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-07-28 12:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

#23 | Posted by redlightrobot

Did you smoke something prior to posting that diatribe? Seriously confusing ramble there that even seems to contradict itself...

#24 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-07-28 12:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

#23 | Posted by redlightrobot
Did you smoke something prior to posting that diatribe? Seriously confusing ramble there that even seems to contradict itself...
#24 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-07-28 12:57 PM

No, I'm simplifying the data: it would appear that Hamas and the colonies are focused on similar goals. Namely, arming Hamas in Gaza strip - but not arming regular Palestinians.

#25 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-07-28 01:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

www.youtube.com

What actually happened.

There is absolutely NOTHING accidental about Israels fascist imperialism, nor the American empires support of it.

Nothing what so ever.

#26 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-07-28 01:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

Israeli security analysts concluded instantly that the children were dead, in real-time since the moment of their abduction. Hamas and PLA exclaimed it as terrorism. But instead of "believing" his own analysts and Hamas, Netanyahu outright lied - claiming his analysts conclude that Hamas murdered the three children. Subsequently, he "led" the air strikes and ground invasion of Gaza, murdering thousands. He's a war-criminal.

Is it probable that they plan on a false flag "final solution" as well?

#27 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-07-28 02:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

funny. how come i knew about this news two weeks ago?

oh yeah, that's right. i don't go to the msm for my news.

#28 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-07-28 03:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

Did Israel carry out any military action before Hamas fired rockets into Israel?

#29 | Posted by Donald at 2014-07-28 09:12 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Did Israel carry out any military action before Hamas fired rockets into Israel?

You want to talk about things many decades old? Start a thread with your pop quizzes. What year are you talking about? 1967?

#30 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-07-29 12:12 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Did Israel carry out any military action before Hamas fired rockets into Israel?"

yes. try to keep up.

#31 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-07-29 03:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

The only thing we know is that they were killed and the Israeli police had no interest in looking for the perps for some time. Why?

#32 | Posted by Robson at 2014-07-29 08:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

Did Israel carry out any military action before Hamas fired rockets into Israel?
#29 | Posted by Donald at 2014-07-28 09:12 PM Funny: 1

Yes. Netanyahu concluded that Hamas was to blame and began the search and destroy campaign which included air strikes on homes. The simultaneous incarceration of hundreds of people should have given you a great big clue, imo.

#33 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-07-29 10:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

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