A Legal and Operational Assessment of Israel's Targeting Practices

Over the course of 50 days in the summer of 2014, the Israeli Defense Forces conducted a high-intensity air and ground campaign against Hamas in the Gaza strip. Sparked by the murder of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas militants, this short but violent conflict resulted in over 2,100 killed on the Palestinian side, as well as widespread destruction and damage to civilian infrastructure. Israel suffered roughly 70 casualties during the operation, including IDF [Israel Defense Force] soldiers killed in battle and Israeli civilians struck by Hamas' indiscriminate rocket attacks against Israeli population centers, which also took a large psychological toll on terrorized Israeli civilians. This latest chapter in the long saga of conflict between Israel and Hamas provides another salient lesson in the horrors of war, but also a new opportunity to examine the operation of the law of armed conflict principles in practice.

Abbas: Let Arabs Die in Syria Rather than Give Up 'Right of Return'

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has said he has rejected a United Nations' brokered deal with Israel to allow Palestinian [sic] refugees living in Syria to resettle in the West Bank [sic] and Gaza.

Speaking to a group of journalists in Cairo, Abbas told them that in December he reached out to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to contact Israel on his behalf to resolve the status of Palestinians caught in the Syrian civil war.

Barkat 'Puts Another Nail in Jerusalem's Coffin'

Jerusalem Councilman and Israel Land Fund (ILF) Director Arieh King warned on Monday morning that Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is on the verge of passing a new plan, which will whitewash illegal Arab construction in the capital and threaten the fragile demographic balance of the city.

King, who has long warned against Barkat's policies External link that he says constitute a de facto divide of Jerusalem, noted Barkat on Monday morning is "trying to put another nail in the coffin of Jerusalem as a unified city under Israeli sovereignty."

Analysis: White House Intervention Has Gone Too Far

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to the Israeli Arab community on Monday, and he was right to do so.

Since the Likud party's victory in the election a week ago, it seems that we have lost sight of the most important issues, such as housing prices and the emerging nuclear deal with Iran. Instead, with the media's encouragement, we have moved on to the conflicts between the Left and the Right, between Arabs and Jews, between Ashkenazi Jews and Sephardi Jews. We have even witnessed fights between senior journalists on these issues. So what should we do in a situation like this one? First of all, we need to calm down. Netanyahu's apology came precisely in that spirit.

UK Bans Ad for Implying Old Jerusalem Part of Israel

Britain's advertising watchdog banned an Israeli government tourism advert for suggesting that the Old City of Jerusalem was part of Israel on Wednesday.

The newspaper brochure showed a panorama of the walled Old City with the text "Israel has it all", and was ruled misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which said it implied the UNESCO World Heritage Site was part of Israel.

ABCD: Applaud Bibi's Congress Decision

I have opposed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on many occasions but when he does something right, brave and very courageous, I am the first to commend him. His controversial decision to speak in front of the US Congress next week [March 3, 2015] is an example of such an act. In my opinion, it is the greatest thing the Prime Minister has done since taking office, close to seven years ago!

Many people, both in Israel and throughout the United States are worried about souring relations with President Obama and the US administration. These critics claim that this speech is arousing unnecessary tensions between our two countries and causing a rift between us. To them, I have a very simple answer; this act by Prime Minister Netanyahu will accomplish the complete opposite! It will bring respect to Israel — and not just from the USA — but from around the world. It will bring honor to the Jewish Nation and will invigorate our people with positive energy.

Rise of Anti-Semitic Violence in Europe Linked to Fading Memories of Holocaust

World Jewish Congress leader Ronald Lauder said the recent massacres in Paris, which targeted Jews and newspaper satirists, are proof of growing hatred and extremism.

This is the message he plans to stress in his address Tuesday at the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, where the Nazis killed 1.3 million people, most of them Jews. January 27, 2015 marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Ten More Websites About the Holocaust

"I told him that I did not believe that they could burn people in our age, that humanity would never tolerate it ..." — Elie Wiesel, Night

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) is a national day of commemoration in Israel, remembering the six million Jews who were brutally murdered in the Holocaust. The UN General Assembly has also designated January 27 — the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau — as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides. Below are ten websites which focus on the Holocaust. Some of them tell the history of what happened, others give the names of those who died and others provide documents, pictures and other information.

West's Anti-Israel Propaganda Encourages Terror

The West's progressive circles have been waging an incitement campaign against Israel and Zionism for several years now. Many of the West's media outlets define what Israel is doing to the Palestinians [sic] in general, and in Gaza in particular, as genocide, crimes against humanity, and an intentional murder of children and civilians.

Blatant statements against Zionism, Jews, and Israel, which usually include blatant and intimidating lies, are considered part of the circle of enlightenment and progress. They are given a platform in newspapers which are considered to be serious.

Knesset: BDS Movement Fails to Derail Israeli Economy

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has not harmed the Israeli economy, and in some cases Israel's exports have grown in the regions in which the movement has the most traction, according to a recent report commissioned by the Knesset Finance Committee.

"So far, the attempts to boycott Israel have not hurt the Israeli economy on the macro scale.... The boycotts are able to hurt largely the end products of certain Israeli brands. However, since the majority of Israeli exports are intermediate goods, there has not been significant harm done to them," the report said.