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13th June 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Squeezed Between Gaza Electricity Crisis and Qatar Showdown, Hamas Said to Be Facing ‘Perilous Time’

Jonathan Schanzer

As it simultaneously confronts a domestic crisis in Gaza and an international one over Qatar, Hamas is living in “a perilous time,” a leading expert on the Palestinian Islamist terrorist organization told The Algemeiner on Tuesday.

12th June 2017 - Quoted by Raf Sanchez - The Telegraph

Israel cuts Gaza electricity after PA president says he will no longer pay the bill for Hamas

Grant Rumley

The 82-year-old Palestinian president may also be eager to show Donald Trump that he is the dominant figure in Palestinian politics and strong enough to negotiate a peace deal with Israel and be a partner to the US.

2nd May 2017 - Quoted by Alex Kane - Vice News

Hamas Stops Calling for Israel’s Destruction, but Still Thinks the Country has No Right to Exist

Grant Rumley

In a stunning about-face, Hamas has formally declared acceptance of a Palestinian state (based on 1967 borders), moving away from its hyperbolic calls for the destruction of Israel.

1st May 2017 - Quoted by Yasmeen Serhan - The Atlantic

What Hamas’s New Document Does and Doesn’t Say

Grant Rumley

Hamas unveiled Monday a new political document supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state based on 1967 lines, marking a rhetorical shift just days ahead of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s visit to Washington.

1st May 2017 - Politico

Can Trump Make Mideast Peace Without Gaza?

Grant Rumley

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will visit the White House this week for the first time in three years. By all accounts, his host is eager to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

27th April 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - Algemeiner

Human Rights Group: Israel Bears ‘Ultimate Responsibility’ for Gaza Electricity Supply as Crisis Loo

Jonathan Schanzer

Israel should refuse the Palestinian Authority’s request to cut off electricity supplies to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on the grounds that it is the “ultimate occupying power” in the coastal enclave, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) official told The Algemeiner on Thursday.

10th April 2017 - Quoted by Albawaba

‘Even before the money wasn’t enough’: Palestinian government employees suffer pay cuts in Gaza

Grant Rumley

“I arrived at the bank and only then found out there had been a pay cut. There was no information from the government at all beforehand,” Palestinian civil servant Mohammed Deeb, 43, says.

26th January 2017 - Quoted by Adam Rasgon - The Jerusalem Post

Hamas-run Court Sentences Eight Fatah Members to Prison

Grant Rumley

A Hamas-administered court in the Gaza Strip sentenced eight Fatah members to various prison terms on Wednesday, for “undermining revolutionary unity.”

13th January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German Court Calls Synagogue Torching an Act to ‘Criticize Israel’

Benjamin Weinthal

A German regional court in the city of Wuppertal affirmed a lower court decision last Friday stating that a violent attempt to burn the city's synagogue by three men in 2014 was a justified expression of criticism of Israel’s policies.

23rd November 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Israeli-Egyptian Relations Reach “Highest Level in History”

Egyptian-Israeli relations are at their “highest level in history,” regional analysts told the Qatari-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera on Monday, with Cairo and Jerusalem having forged a “full partnership and unbreakable alliance.”

28th October 2016 - Quoted by Sarah Tate Chambers - Lawfare

Protections Against Digital Bank Robbers

Yaya J. Fanusie

Bonnie and Clyde are a thing of the past. Bank robberies have declined in the past several years, a function in part of improved security measures. Instead, criminals have turned to robbing banks digitally, resulting in the Federal Reserve and other agencies calling on banks to beef up their...

20th October 2016 - Quoted by the Tower

Fatah-Affiliated Terrorists Training in Gaza for War with Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Terrorist belonging to Fatah, the political party led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, are training in Gaza in preparation for a war with Israel, veteran Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh reported Wednesday.

20th May 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Gaza rebuilding falls by the wayside as Arab states leave Palestinians hanging

Jonathan Schanzer

When it comes to the security situation at Israel’s borders in recent years, no border has been more perilous for the Jewish state as its southern boundary with the Gaza Strip. Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005, and the Palestinian terror group Hamas seized control of the...

16th March 2016 - Quoted by the Tower

How Hamas Uses Foreign Aid to Enrich Itself and Scam Gazans

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

Hamas, the Iran-backed terror group that controls the Gaza Strip, is “exploiting the humanitarian crisis in the Strip to pad its own coffers,” Times of Israel Palestinian affairs correspondent Avi Issacharoff reported on Saturday.

25th February 2016 - Newsweek

Hamas Is Fracturing, And Israel Should Be Worried

Jonathan Schanzer

The al-Qassam Brigades, the so-called “armed wing” of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, is reeling from the recent execution of former official Mahmoud Ishtiwi at the hands of his fellow fighters.

26th October 2015 - The Wall Street Journal - Washington Wire

Why Hamas Has Not Unleashed Violence From Gaza

Jonathan Schanzer

Israel’s internal security services, the Shin Bet, said earlier this month that the Palestinian militant group Hamas is among the key drivers of the violence raging in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

30th August 2015 - Quoted by The Tribune Review

U.N. Watch: More Propaganda

Once again the United Nations aid agency for Palestinians obliterates its credibility with a report blaming Israel for an increase in Gaza's infant mortality rate.

17th August 2015 - PJ Media

A New Low? UN Report Suggests Israel Caused Gaza’s Rising Infant Death Rate, Doesn’t Mention Hamas

File this one under “UN Sleaze,” or perhaps under “UNRWA’s Use of Dead Infants to Defend and Abet Terrorists.” Though even that may be putting it too mildly.

2nd July 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

ISIS is Threatening Hamas in Gaza. That’s Scary News.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIS has been signaling its designs on the Palestinian territory of Gaza. "The rule of sharia will be imposed on Gaza," an ISIS fighter announced in a recent video.

4th June 2015 - FOX News

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