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Hassan Eslaiah, freelancer for CNN, AP, referred to ‘beautiful thing about storming the settlements’
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The watchdog CAMERA warned the Associated Press about the freelancer five years ago, it said.
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The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis warned the Associated Press five years ago about the photographer Hassan Eslaiah, from whom the AP and CNN have distanced themselves following questions about the role he and other freelancers played during the Oct. 7 Hamas terror attacks on Israel.

CAMERA told the AP that Eslaiah “openly identifies with Hamas’s political platform and is a rabid antisemite, who praises terrorists and expresses joy over the murder of innocent and unarmed Israelis,” the media watchdog wrote on Friday.

“We documented AP’s failure to disclose his association with the Hamas terrorist organization, even as the news service cited him as supposed independent verification of a dubious Hamas claim that Israel was responsible for the death of 4-year-old Ahmed Abu Abed, reportedly fatally injured at a Gaza border clash,” CAMERA stated.

The AP’s Dec. 11, 2018 article remains live on the news wire’s website. It states: “Local journalist Hassan Islaieh said Tuesday the boy was with his father and dozens of other protesters when he was hit by shrapnel Friday. He says the boy was about 20 meters (yards) from the fence.” 

On Nov. 9, the AP said “We are no longer working with Hassan Eslaiah, who had been an occasional freelancer for AP and other international news organizations in Gaza.”

Since Oct. 7, Eslaiah has referred to “the beautiful thing about storming the settlements,” according to CAMERA. In other posts, he wrote, “Settlers hide inside a garbage container in fear of the warriors of al-Qassam battalions” and “a rocket of the resistance directly hits a building in Ashkelon,” per CAMERA.

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Some 120 protesters gathered in the Gush Etzion town of Efrat on Sunday morning to prevent local building contractors from bringing Palestinian laborers into the community.

The protest, the third of its kind over the past several weeks, was organized by "B’yadaim Shelanu" (In Our Hands), an initiative launched by a dedicated group of Efrat women in December 2023. The group opposes the reinstatement of Arab workers from the Palestinian Authority in the wake of Hamas's Oct. 7 massacre. 

According to Israeli intelligence, Arab workers from Gaza who had been allowed into southern Israeli kibbutzim aided Hamas's attack, mapping out homes and passing detailed information to the terrorist group.

Before the war, 193,000 P.A. workers were employed throughout Israel, including 30,000 in Judea and Samaria. Today only around 8,000 P.A. workers are employed by Jewish businesses in Judea and Samaria, mainly in local industrial zones or construction sites.  

According to an Israeli security official, while communities can request that P.A. workers be brought in, residents cannot keep them out.

"If a community wants to bring in P.A. workers, they can approach their local security chief and ask him to put in a special request with the IDF regional commander who makes the decisions," the official, who asked not to be identified, explained to JNS. However, he continued, the only way to stop them being brought in is to "block the entrance."

In addition to the protests, B’yadaim Shelanu has been raising awareness among local residents with the slogan "Efrat is not returning to Oct. 6." The group has also been voicing their security concerns to local municipal leaders and Knesset members.

Social media strategist and activist Malkah Fleisher, one of the movement's founders, has lived in Efrat for around seven years.

"Following Oct. 7...we refuse to accept the notion that in order to build or run our town we need to hire people who support terrorism against us, or could themselves be a terror threat," she told JNS.

She went on to state that "polls have shown that an overwhelming number of residents of the P.A. support the wanton rape, murder, mutilation and kidnapping of Jewish children, women and men."

Due to this, "We came together, a group of wives and moms, to say something very simple: We will not stand for terror supporters coming into our town. We are a town that wants to be built by lovers of Israel...not by those who want us to fail and to die."  

According to Fleisher, in the wake of the Oct. 7 massacre, P.A. workers were barred from Judea and Samaria communities for several months. However, the IDF then decided to relax this policy, starting with construction sites, she said.

"We refuse to ignore and forget the lessons of Oct. 7; We are going to stand strong and make sure that we do not accept the idea that we are dependent on a population that seeks our destruction. We demand that solutions be found that do not threaten the lives of our people just to save some money," she said.

Business owner Stephanie Treger, who has been living in Efrat for nine years and is another of the movement's founders, told JNS her group "will work tirelessly to prevent terror supporters from entering our streets. We will meet with every Knesset member and influencer to change the pre-Oct. 7 status quo and make sure our children are safe and our grandchildren can live peacefully."    

She explained that Sunday's protest succeeded because when the military grants permission for P.A. workers to enter a community, it sets a specific time for them to do so. In the case of Efrat on Sunday, that window was 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

When the Jewish Israeli building contractor arrived and saw the protesters blocking the entrance, he decided to avoid confrontation, she said.

Lactation consultant Rachel Pearson, another B’yadaim Shelanu founder, has lived in Efrat for the past 15 years.

"After Oct. 7 we know P.A. Arabs cannot be trusted," she told JNS. "We need to keep our children and families safe and we cannot go back to the way things were on Oct 6. We cannot bring them into our town, especially while we are at war with them. Our safety and our lives come before all else," she added.

Efrat Mayor Dovi Shefler, who was elected this past March, has attended several of B’yadaim's protests. He took to Facebook over the weekend to emphasize that the decision on whether or not to allow P.A. workers into Efrat was not up to him but "in the hands of the army." 

He explained that these decisions would greatly impact "new building projects, cleanliness of the community, gardening and other community functions."

One of the protesters, who asked not to be identified, told JNS that Shefler "is basically looking to the building contractors to come up with solutions, but won't prevent them from bringing in P.A. Arabs as building is his top priority."

The mayor claims that the workers will only be allowed into construction sites and not the community at large, "but this is a slippery slope and we must keep our families safe." 

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Senior U.S. officials have assured Israel that Washington is prepared to “fully back” its ally in the event of a further escalation on the northern border, CNN reported on Friday, citing a Biden administration official.

The Biden administration would offer Israel the security assistance it needs to fight Hezbollah, the senior official stated, adding, however, that the U.S. would not deploy American troops on the ground in such a scenario.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant took off for Washington overnight Saturday for meetings with top U.S. officials.

“The United States is our most important and central ally,” said Gallant shortly ahead of his departure. He said the Israel Defense Forces was transitioning to “Phase 3” of its war against Hamas in Gaza, hinting that the heavy fighting would soon wind down and the military would switch to more targeted raids.

This will “enable additional things,” said the defense minister, possibly referring to a military campaign against Hezbollah in the north, “and I know that we will achieve close cooperation with the U.S. on this issue as well.”

Hezbollah overnight Saturday threatening to wage war against Israel “with no restraints.”

In a video message, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said, “In case an inclusive war is imposed on Lebanon, the resistance will fight without restraints, without rules, without limits.”

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Hamas commander Raad Saad, the head of the terrorist group's Operations Division, is believed to have been the target of an Israeli strike in northern Gaza on Saturday, according to Israeli media reports.

Raad's fate remains unknown following the strike in the Al-Shati Camp on Gaza's northern coast, though Channel 12 News cited Arab reports suggesting that he had been killed.

Saad is considered Hamas's fourth most senior commander, after slain terror commander Marwan Issa. He is believed to possess extensive knowledge regarding Hamas's rocket arsenal, tunnel infrastructure and secret sites.

In late March, Palestinians claimed Raad had been killed in an exchange of fire at Gaza's Shifa Hospital, which Israel exposed in November as a Hamas command center used to hold hostages.

The Israeli government has reportedly urged Gazans to help locate Raad, with flyers dropped by the Israel Defense Forces in the coastal enclave promising up to $800,000 for information on his whereabouts.

Israeli ground forces entered Gaza on Oct. 27 of last year following a weeks-long air campaign in response to the Oct. 7 Hamas-led attacks.

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The Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group overnight Saturday threatening to wage war against Israel "with no restraints."

In a video message, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said, "In case an inclusive war is imposed on Lebanon, the resistance will fight without restraints, without rules, without limits."

The minute-long clip then shows footage of various sites in central Israel, along with their GPS coordinates.

"Whoever thinks of war against us, will regret it," the video ends.

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Last week, U.S. presidential envoy Amos Hochstein visited Israel and Lebanon in an attempt to prevent all-out war on the Jewish state’s northern border.

Hochstein met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling the premier that de-escalation was possible but that there was no “magic solution” to the situation, which he said was largely dependent on what happens with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The White House official reportedly rejected Jerusalem’s demand that a diplomatic deal to end the conflict in the north be based on the implementation of U.N. Security Resolution 1701—which was adopted to end the Second Lebanon War in 2006 and calls for a demilitarized zone from the Blue Line to the Litani River some 18 miles to the north.

Instead, he said it should include a range of options, including moving Hezbollah six miles from the border. He stressed that the United States was concerned about further escalation and called for calm on both sides.

Hochstein traveled to Beirut on Tuesday, including for talks with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, a powerful ally of Hezbollah.

“The conflict along the Blue Line [the de facto border] between Israel and Hezbollah has gone on for long enough,” Hochstein said after the meeting with Berri. “Innocent people are dying, property is damaged, families are shattered and the Lebanese economy continues to decline.

“The country is suffering for no good reason. It’s in everyone’s interest to resolve it quickly and diplomatically,” added the American envoy.

Iran-backed Hezbollah has attacked northern Israel nearly every day since joining the war in support of Hamas on Oct. 8, killing more than 20 people and causing widespread damage. Tens of thousands of Israeli civilians remain internally displaced due to the ongoing violence.

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An Israeli air strike on a vehicle in eastern Lebanon targeted a terrorist responsible for supplying weapons to the Hamas and Jamaa Islamiya terror organizations, the Israeli military said on Saturday.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, Ayman Ratma was eliminated by the Israeli Air Force "due to his involvement in the promotion and execution of terrorist activities against Israel in the immediate future, as well as his involvement in advancing terrorist activity against Israeli civilians."

The statement identified Ratma as a "central terrorist operative" in Lebanon who also helped build "terrorist infrastructure" in the country.

The strike took place in the Beqaa Valley region, a Hezbollah stronghold located approximately 60 miles from the border with Israel.

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Iran-backed Hezbollah has attacked northern Israel nearly every day since joining the war in support of Hamas on Oct. 8, killing more than 20 people and causing widespread damage. Tens of thousands of Israeli civilians remain internally displaced due to the ongoing violence.

In addition, Hamas and Jamaa Islamiya—a local branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in Lebanon—have also launched terror attacks across the Jewish state's northern border.

Last week, IDF Northern Command announced the approval of operational plans for a military campaign against Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon.

"We have an obligation to change the situation in the north, and to ensure the safe return of our citizens to their homes, and we will find a way to achieve this," Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said on Wednesday.

In response, Hezbollah on Saturday night released a video clip in which Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah threatened to fight a war against Israel "without restraints, without rules, without limits."

"Whoever thinks of war against us will regret it," stated the video, which included footage of various sites in central Israel, along with their GPS coordinates.

On June 18, Hezbollah released drone footage of Haifa Port, one of Israel's most important shipping gateways.

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French prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old man and a minor in the Paris region with plotting a terrorist attack on Jewish targets, Agence France-Presse reported on Friday.

The man was charged with "terrorist conspiracy" to commit attacks and the "acquisition and possession of arms for a terrorist enterprise," according to a judicial source cited in the report.

The youth was detained on June 13, the source said.

The pair connected online and were planning "a violent action notably aimed at Jewish targets," added the source.

The development comes after hundreds protested in the French capital on Wednesday following the antisemitic rape of a 12-year-old Jewish girl. The rally was organized by Collectif Nous Vivrons (“We Will Live Collective”), which was founded following Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre in Israel and the ensuing wave of antisemitism in Europe.

The Jun. 15 rape in a Paris suburb has drawn condemnation from across France’s political spectrum amid a heated campaign ahead of snap parliamentary elections later this month.

Three minors were arrested for their part in the assault, during which they allegedly forced the girl to perform vaginal, anal and oral sex, called her a “dirty Jew” and threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

France is home to the largest Muslim population in Europe and has seen a surge in antisemitic acts since Oct. 7. Antisemitic acts have tripled in the first months of 2024 compared to the same period last year, France 24 reported, citing official numbers.

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Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant took off for Washington, D.C., overnight Saturday for meetings with top U.S. officials.

“The United States is our most important and central ally,” said Gallant shortly ahead of his departure. "Our meetings with U.S. officials are critical to this war," he added.

“During these meetings I plan to discuss developments in Gaza and Lebanon,” he continued. “We are prepared for any action that may be required, and in additional areas.”

Gallant noted that the Israel Defense Forces was transitioning to "Phase 3" of its war against Hamas in Gaza, hinting that the heavy fighting would soon wind down and the military would switch to more targeted raids.

This will "enable additional things," said the defense minister, possibly referring to a military campaign against Hezbollah in the north, "and I know that we will achieve close cooperation with the U.S. on this issue as well.”

Gallant is reportedly set to meet with his counterpart Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and CIA Director William Burns, among other top U.S. officials.

Senior U.S. officials have assured Israel that Washington is prepared to "fully back" its ally in the event of a further escalation on the northern border, CNN reported on Friday, citing a Biden administration official.

The Biden administration would offer Israel the security assistance it needs to fight Hezbollah, the senior official stated, adding however that the U.S. would not deploy American troops to the ground in such a scenario.

Gallant's visit comes amid accusations the Biden administration is slow-rolling military aid to Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video message last week that "in the past few months, the administration has been withholding weapons and ammunition [from] Israel."

The Israeli premier went on to state that this was happening while Israel, "America's closest ally," was fighting for its life "against Iran and our other common enemies."

“Secretary Blinken assured me that the administration is working day and night to remove these bottlenecks. I certainly hope that’s the case. It should be the case," he added.

The White House has insisted that it only paused a single shipment of 2,000-pound bombs over concerns that they could cause civilian casualties.

“We genuinely do not know what [Netanyahu's] talking about,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday. “We just don’t.”

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 An Israel Defense Forces soldier was killed in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, the military announced.

Sgt. First Class (res.) Malkia Gross, 25, from Susya, served with the 205th “Iron Fist” Reserve Armored Brigade’s 9212th Battalion.

The military was probing the circumstances of his death.

The IDF's 162nd Division continues to carry out targeted counterterror raids in Rafah, Gaza's southernmost city, with soldiers locating weapons and underground infrastructure, the military said on Sunday morning.

The Givati Infantry Brigade, which is part of the 162nd Division, eliminated a squad of armed terrorists in the area.

At the same time, forces of the 99th Infantry Division worked to "clear the center of the Gaza Strip of terrorist infrastructure, weapons and armed terrorist squads," the IDF said in the Sunday announcement.

On Saturday, Israeli Air Force drones and fighter jets were said to have struck "dozens" of Hamas targets throughout the coastal enclave.

On Friday, the army announced that the 99th Division's special operations task force had carried out a raid on a university building that was being used as a Hamas headquarters. The troops discovered weapons and explosive devices inside the building, from which terrorists had fired on IDF troops.

In addition, an IAF drone destroyed a Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket launching site in the Khan Yunis humanitarian area. The IDF noted that "many efforts were made" to avoid collateral damage.

On Thursday, two IDF soldiers were killed in the Netzarim Corridor in central Gaza by a Hamas mortar.

The troops, from the Alexandroni Reserve Infantry Brigade’s 9203rd Battalion, were identified as Sgt. First Class (res.) Omer Smadga, 25, from Ganot Hadar, near Netanya, and Sgt. First Class (res.) Saadia Yaakov Dery, 27, from Tel Aviv.

The total death toll among IDF troops since the start of the Gaza ground operation on Oct. 27 now stands at 313, and at 665 on all fronts since Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre, according to IDF data.

Additionally, Chief Inspector Arnon Zamora, a member of the Israel Border Police “Yamam” National Counter-Terrorism Unit, was mortally wounded in Gaza earlier this month during a mission to rescue four hostages.

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Hezbollah has occupied Lebanon...

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