The daughter of the leader of Gaza’s Hamas terror militia, Ismail Haniyeh, received emergency medical treatment in an Israeli hospital in Tel Aviv earlier this month, according to Reuters news agency.
Ichilov Hospital confirmed the report and said that the daughter had been released over a week ago.
"Ismail Haniyeh’s daughter was indeed hospitalized for medical treatment for several days at the hospital,” Ichilov said. “Over 1,000 patients from Gaza and the Palestinian Authority territories – both adults and children – are hospitalized for treatment at our hospital every year.”
The daughter is one of Haniyeh’s 13 children. She reportedly received treatment for a week, after complications that occurred during a routine operation she underwent.
Haniyeh’s house was completely demolished by the IAF during Operation Protective Edge, and some reports said that some members of his family were hurt.
Several of Haniyeh’s relatives have received medical treatment in Israel, including his mother in-law and granddaughter, despite the fact that he has pledged Israel’s utter destruction.
Hamas routinely and intentionally targets Israeli children with its bombs. One of the last victims of Hamas’s rockets in the summer war with Israel was four-year-old Daniel Tragerman hy”d, of Nahal Oz.
Israeli humanitarian workers have joined the effort to provide desperately-needed supplies to displaced victims of the brutal Islamic State terrorist group in northern Iraq and Syria.
IsraAID supplied beds, blankets, and food to over 1,000 families in the Kurdish city of Duhok, in northern Iraq. The Israeli aid agency worked with Canadian ONEXONE to deliver a convoy to a 14,000-strong refugee camp carrying 2,000 blankets and mattresses, as well as enough powdered milk for all the 1,015 babies under one year of age.
The emergency supplies could not have come soon enough. Many of those at the camp arrived with only the clothes on their back and are living in nothing more than tents or makeshift huts. As winter approaches their misery has increased still further, with recent rainstorms and cold weather just a harbinger of worse to come: some parts of the region receive a meter of snow on average amid subzero temperatures.
IsraAID’s Founding Director Shahar Zahavi told Arutz Sheva that the Israeli team were warmly received by the Kurdish residents of the camp.
"They were aware that we were Israel, and they received us very well. The Kurdish people really love Israel," he said.
Indeed, the Jewish state has good - if somewhat covert - relations with the Kurdish Regional Government in particular, and many Kurds and Israelis see eye-to-eye on crucial issues such as the wave of Islamic fundamentalism sweeping the Middle East, which threatens both nations.
IsraAID has provided aid to disaster zones across the world, from Haiti to Japan, and from the Philipines to South Sudan. But Zahavi explained that the mission to help Kurdish victims of ISIS resonated particularly strongly with them. As the Middle East’s only full democracy, Israel has a special duty to aid the Kurds - who are the largest stateless nation in the region - in their struggle for freedom against Islamist forces, Zahavi said.
The mission - which was the first of its kind by an Israeli aid agency - went smoothly enough, and was coordinated with the KRG. But aid workers soon witnessed the extreme conditions faced by refugee when a massive storm tore through the camp, flooding the entire area and destroying many of the tents.
Duhok is part of the autonomous Kurdish region run by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), where nearly two million refugees - including Christians and Yazidis - have fled ISIS’s genocidal military campaign.
Although most refugees there were originally from parts of Iraq under attack or occupied by ISIS, as the battle for the Kurdish city of Kobane in northern Syria rages on, roughly 1,000-1,500 refugees from the city are arriving at the camp each day via Turkey, placing even more pressure on already-overstretched aid efforts.
Turning the tables on the region’s natural resource flow, Israeli gas will soon surge southward through the Egyptian pipeline that for several years provided gas to Israel – but was the victim of nonstop saboteurs in the Sinai region.
The developers of the 282-billion cubic meter Tamar reservoir, which has been supplying gas to Israelis since March 2013, have signed a bid to sell 2.5 b.cu.m. annually to the Egyptian firm Dolphinus Holdings Limited, the Delek Group reported to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on Sunday morning. This gas surplus sold to the Egyptian firm from Israel’s local supply will serve private industrial consumers beginning already in 2015, according to the partners.
The move will revitalize Egypt’s East Mediterranean Gas Company (EMG) pipeline that for several years carried gas from Egypt to Israel. In 2008, EMG began supplying Israel with about 40 percent of its natural gas provisions, until saboteurs began thwarting the flow through Sinai pipeline explosions. Following 14 months of such attacks, the Egyptian government formally terminated the agreement between EMG and Israel in April 2012.
At the Tamar basin, Noble Energy holds 36 percent of the basin. Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration each own 15.625%, while Isramco owns 28.75% and Dor Gas owns 4%.
The neighboring 621-billion cubic meter Leviathan gas reservoir, located about 130 km. west of Haifa, is expected to begin flowing in 2017. Noble Energy owns 39.66% of Leviathan, while Delek Drilling and Avner Oil – both subsidiaries of the Delek Group – each own 22.67% and Ratio Oil Exploration holds 15%.
Sunday’s announcement joins a number of other regional agreements and understandings that the Tamar and Leviathan partners have signed with Israel’s neighbors.
In September, the Leviathan reservoir partners signed a letter of intent to sell 45 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Jordan’s National Electric Power Company over a 15-year period.
Empty liquefaction plants in Egypt have also become an attractive option for Israeli gas. The British Gas Group signed a non-binding letter of intent with the Leviathan partners that could entail a 15-year supply of 105 b.cu.m. of natural gas to its Idku plant. Meanwhile, in early May, the Tamar reservoir partners signed a letter of intent with Spanish firm Union Fenosa, for the provision of 71 b.cu.m. to that company’s Egyptian liquefaction facility in Damietta.
In January, the Leviathan partners signed their first export deal for the larger basin – a $1.2b. sales agreement with the Palestine Power Generation Company. According to the agreement, PPGC will buy around 4.75 b.cu.m. of gas over 20 years, to fuel a future power plant in Jenin with a 200-megawatt capacity.
A month later, the Tamar reservoir partners signed a $500 million deal to provide 1.8 b.cu.m. of gas to the Jordanian firms Arab Potash and Jordan Bromine over 15 years, beginning in 2016, to power their Dead Sea facilities.
Islamic State (Isil) jihadists separated virgin women from the Yazidi minority sect in Iraq to take as sex slaves, according to a group that monitors Isil in Syria.
Earlier this month, Isil’s English-language online magazine Dabiq confirmed rumours that “thousands” of Yazidi woman and girls had been kidnapped and kept as concubines when its fighters stormed towns and villages in Sinjar province.
Now, a source with in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the “capital” of the extremist’s territory, has given details of the practice to a local anti-Isil group that monitors the jihadists.
"Only the virgins" were taken as sex slaves by the jihadists, the source told the group ‘Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently’.
The group is made up of sixteen activists in Raqqa who work to shed light on the jihadist’s actions in the city.
The Telegraph is not able to independently verify their claims, but they have a good track record for accuracy in their reporting.
According to a report published on the group’s website, the Islamic State source said that after the Yazidi women were captured in Iraq they were divided up, separating out “virgins” from married women and mothers.
The virgins were then distributed among “Isil soldiers” who had taken part in the battle in Sinjar province.
The virgin Yazidi women and girls were reportedly made to convert to Islam and then forced to marry the jihadist.
"After marrying her [and using her for sex], he might decide to divorce her and pass her onto another fighter", the source said.
Some of the women were brought to Raqqa province and given as gifts to the leaders of Isil, the source added.
The Isil emirs - leaders - then immediately took the girls out of Raqqa, instead keeping them in smaller towns in the northern Syrian countryside, such as Tal Abyad and Ain Issa, so that they would remain hidden.
"The inner circle of Isil leaders and security officials were careful that [the details] of this issue should not be known" by Raqqa civilians, the group said.
Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently had previously been wary of rumours of the practice of sex slavery, often writing them off as untrue propaganda.
But the group’s Isil source confirmed the use of Yazidi women for sex by their captors, with money changing hands.
The report adds further weight to the admission in the Dabiq publication and supporting reports by international rights NGOs including Human Rights Watch, which have interviewed witness and relatives of women who were kidnapped by Isil.
Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman called Jews visiting the Temple Mount a “herd of cattle” on Saturday, less than 24 hours after he incited violence against Jews visiting Judaism’s holiest site and called to prevent their access “by all means.”
"The Palestinian leadership will be taking the necessary legal measures, at the international level, regarding the aggression of settlers on the Al-Aqsa mosque," Abbas said in a speech to the Revolutionary Council of his Fatah party.
"We will not allow settlers to attack the mosque," he added, referring to Jews visiting the site as a "herd of cattle."
On Saturday, Abbas called all Israelis “settlers” for visiting the site, which is besieged by Arab rioters who have forced Israel’s police to close the Mount to Jews over the past several weeks on multiple occasions.
"It is not enough to say the settlers came, but they must be barred from entering the compound by any means. This is our Aqsa… and they have no right to enter it and desecrate it," Abbas said.
The Chairman’s words have already evoked outrage from Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu), who called Abbas an “anti-Semite” on Saturday night.
"These words reveal, again, the true face of Mahmoud Abbas, the Holocaust denier who talks about a ‘Palestinian state free of Jews,’" the Foreign Minister fired.
Abbas “was, and remains, an anti-Semite wrapped in a nice suit and pleasantries for the international community,” he added, accusing the Chairman further of “stirring up incitement against Israel and Jews and calling for a religious war.”
ISIS fighters have reportedly executed a 17-year-old boy and left his body on display on a cross in Syria.
Pictures being shared online show a banner attached to the teenager’s chest saying the boy has been crucified for taking photos of Isis military bases, as well as receiving “500 Turkish lira” for any footage taken.
The message describes the ruling for the alleged crime as “apostasy” and states the teenager has been “killed and crucified for a period of three days” as the punishment.
The alleged execution comes after it emerged Isis militants had beheaded their own fighters for spying and espionage.
It is not known who took the picture, which was circulated across social media by some Isis supporters on Friday.
Charlie Winter, Programs Officer at counter-extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation, said crucifixion is a prescribed punishment meted out by Isis for specific crimes.
He told The Independent: “Crucifixion has been used many times before – it’s an age-old punishment dealt out to people who have committed treason.”
He said this punishment arises from Isis’s fundamentalist interpretation of Verse 33 of the fifth book of the Koran, which reads: “Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land.
“That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment.”
However, he said the next very next verse emphasises forgiveness and removes the imperative to use such a punishment, saying: “Except for those who return [repenting] before you apprehend them. And know that Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”
Mr Winter said the apostasy ruling suggested a fusion of theological and statutory terms.
The recent killing follows a series of executions in Raqqa in May believed to have been committed by Isis militants, where bodies were left suspended on wooden crosses for two days.
In March, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Isis crucified a man for “purposefully killing a Muslim to take his money”.