The Muslim Brotherhood is about to take Jordan
“They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:” Psalm 83
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US President Barack Hussein Obama, so effective in arming and financing the Muslim Brotherhood’s takeover of Egypt has not yet voiced his support for the poor, misunderstood “students who want democratic change” in Jordan, but he will. You can almost set your watch by it…
From NBC WorldNews: Thousands of people called for the removal Jordan’s King Abdullah at a rally in downtown Amman on Friday in protest at fuel price hikes, in a marked escalation of street anger in the third day of demonstrations in the Western-backed kingdom.
“Go down Abdullah, go down,” the protesters Friday chanted as police, some in riot gear, largely stayed away from crowd, near the main Husseini Mosque.
The crowed also chanted “The people want the downfall of the regime,” the rallying cry of the Arab Spring uprisings that have shaken the Middle East and toppled leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
“Shame. Shame. Prices are spiking and Abdullah gambles,” people shouted. Criticizing the king in public is forbidden in Jordan and is punishable by up to three years in jail.
The Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s largest opposition group, had called on people to take to the streets, but top officials from the group choose not to participate in the rally. The 50-year-old king has ruled since 1999.
On Thursday, the protester was killed and scores were injured during an attack on a police station overnight in Jordan’s second-largest city of Irbid, witnesses told Reuters. Police said they used tear gas to disperse masked youths who attacked government property.
Some protesters torched part of Irbid’s municipal headquarters later on Thursday to vent their anger at officials who said the dead young man had been armed, the witnesses said.
Elswhere, hundreds of people blocked roads, set government buildings alight and trashed shops in the towns of Maan, Tafila, Salt and Karak.
“The country has risen up from north to south and this state of popular tension is unprecedented,” said Murad Adailah, a senior member of the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.
A staunch U.S. ally with the longest border with Israel, Jordan has not seen the kind of mass revolts that swept other Arab countries. The coming days will be crucial in testing whether the relative calm can continue.
Jordanians have held occasional protests inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings, demanding democratic reforms and curbs on corruption. But those gatherings were peaceful and the security forces did not use weapons.
Demonstrators sometimes chant against Abdullah but there seems to be little enthusiasm for revolution. The monarchy is seen as a guarantor of stability, balancing the interests of tribes native to the east of the Jordan river with those of the majority of citizens, who are of Palestinian origin.
But the price rises announced on Tuesday could boost the popularity of the Islamist opposition, emboldened by the successes of its ideological brethren in Egypt and Tunisia.
The government has warned Islamists not to take advantage of the tension caused by the price rises but they have never sounded more confident.
“This is a huge political crisis and it has become clear that there is no more room to delay real and comprehensive reforms,” said Jamil Abu Bakr, a Muslim Brotherhood leader.
Most of the civil unrest is in outlying areas inhabited by powerful tribes who are the original inhabitants of the country. They supply the army and security forces with recruits and form the backbone of support for the ruling Hashemite dynasty. source – NBC WorldNews
The threat from the South comes alive
Two major Israeli newspapers are reporting that rockets fired from Egypt have hit Israel.
“Terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula launched rockets into Israel Friday night,” reports the Jerusalem Post. “The rockets fell near an Israeli village on the southern border, causing some damage, but no injuries.”
The Israeli daily Haaretz reports, “Rockets fired from direction of Egypt toward Eshkol Regional Council.”
It appears no damage was reported in connection with the rocket fire from Egypt. Earlier today, the Egyptian prime minister visited Gaza to express solidarity with the Palestinians there.
This new front comes a day after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv and on the same day Israel’s capital Jerusalem was the target of rocket fire. Those attacks were courtesy of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
“After Tel Aviv metropolitan area, capital under fire too: An air raid siren was sounded in Jerusalem and surrounding communities early Friday evening. After residents reported hearing blast sounds, security forces confirmed that one rocket had landed in the Gush Etzion area near a Palestinian village,” Ynet reports.
“There were no reports of injuries or damage. This was the first air raid siren sounded in the area since the IDF launched Operation Pillar of Defense in the Gaza Strip. Air raid sirens were sounded in southern communities throughout the day and a barrage of missiles hit the area.” source – Weekly Standard
Hamas targets Jerusalem for first time
Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip say they have launched a rocket on Jerusalem – the first time the holy city has been targeted from Gaza.
Israel Army radio said the missile landed just outside the city – and there are no reported casualties. An earlier missile targeted Tel Aviv.
It comes amid mounting violence, following Israel’s killing of Hamas’s military chief on Wednesday.
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Egypt’s leader has vowed to back Gaza in the face of “blatant aggression”.
Twenty Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed since Wednesday.
Militants and civilians, including at least five children, were among the Palestinian dead, Palestinian officials said.
They include Hamas’s military leader Ahmed Jabari, killed by an Israeli air strike on Wednesday.
Two Israeli women and a man died when a rocket fired from Gaza hit a building in the southern town of Kiryat Malachi on Thursday, Israeli officials said.
Before the recent upsurge, Israel had repeatedly carried out air strikes on Gaza, as Palestinian militants fired rockets across the border.
It is not clear if the rocket targeting Jerusalem was the same Iranian-built Fajr-5 launched towards Tel Aviv for the second day on Friday.
The rockets have an estimated range of 75km (45 miles). source – BBC
Israel started drafting 16,000 reserve troops on Friday as Egypt’s prime minister visited the Gaza Strip to show support for Palestinians amid a cross-border conflict with Hamas militants that risks spiraling into an all-out war.
But even as Prime Minister Hesham Kandil arrived for a three-hour visit in the coastal enclave, a temporary cease-fire declared by Israel at Egypt’s request collapsed after both sides accused the other of violating it.
Explosions were heard Friday in Tel Aviv, prompting the city to sound air raid sirens, NBC’s Lawahez Jabari reported.
A police spokesman said one rocket fired toward the coastal city fell into the sea. “The rocket landed off the shores of Tel Aviv,” the spokesman told Reuters.
Earlier, Hamas’ military wing also claimed it had struck a building in the southern Israeli town of Ashkelon, NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin reported. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the military intercepted four rockets over Ashkelon, but that one exploded in an open area.
It was the second straight day that Gaza militants have targeted Tel Aviv. The attacks, which Israel considers to be a major escalation, could draw an Israeli ground invasion of Gaza closer.
Israeli troops have massed near the Palestinian territory and witnesses said they could see Israeli ships off Gaza’s coast, Mohyeldin reported. Israel’s army would be heavily dependent on reservists to fight any prolonged war. The military has received a green light to call in up to 30,000 reserve troops. source – NBC News
Welcome to Pallywood
Barely one day into the fighting in Hamas-run Gaza, the locals are hard at work playing the victim for the world’s press.
Footage from the BBC captured by watchdog group Honest Reporting shows a heavy man lying on the ground and being carried away by residents, apparently after being injured by an Israeli attack. Moments later, that same man again fills the frame, except he is walking about and obviously unhurt.
The widespread staging of such victim situations is a favored tactic of Arabs fighting Israel and has come to be known as “Pallywood.”
Because Israel is stronger militarily, the Arabs cling to the underdog image of poor refugees under occupation and siege by evil Israelis, thus eliciting sympathy. source – Israel National News
Rockets hit Gush Dan area for first time since 1991 Gulf War; Israel suffers first three fatalities after rocket hits residential building in Kiryat Malachi; three soldiers injured by mortar fire; 245 rockets fired into Israel since start of operation http://www.timesofisrael.com/southern-israel-under-fire-air-force-strikes-terrorist-targets-in-gaza/
Islamic Jihadists putting innocent civilians deliberately into harm’s way
Terrorists from the Islamic Jihad’s Al-Quds Brigades in Gaza are firing rockets at Israel from within urban residential areas, and publicizing the fact.
A video uploaded Wednesday to the official Al-Quds channel asserts the repeated and unapologetic use of the “human shield” tactics used by terror organizations in the area. Such methods intentionally endanger the civilian population and deliberately create a terrorist haven amid apartment buildings, schools and playgrounds.
The Al-Quds Brigades claimed responsibility for attacks on southern Israel, saying “those attacks come within the framework of an initial response to the Israeli attacks against unarmed civilians, east of Gaza, which led to the death of four Palestinians and wounded 30 others.”
More than 200 rockets have been fired from Gaza in the last 24 hours, killing three people and injuring two others in the southern Jewish community of Kiryat Malachi.
Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense on Wednesday in an effort to root out terrorist infrastructures and put an end to the barrage of missile attacks crashing down on Israeli citizens. source – Arutz Sheva