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IDF fights deep into Gaza, takes out terrorists, infrastructure
1,400 Israelis murdered since October 7, including 339 soldiers 241 held hostage by Hamas, four hostages released, one rescued
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)
IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza
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Israel's Givati Brigade uncovers Hamas intel in northern Gaza stronghold
Operational maps, command and control tables and personal details of commanders who operate within the terrorist organization, were discovered.
By JOANIE MARGULIESTwitter Facebook
Soldiers for the Givati brigade of the IDF took control over a Hamas stronghold in the northern Gaza Strip, uncovering documentation that could be crucial for the IDF moving forward in the war, according to a Friday statement from the IDF spokesperson.

The facility was said to house Najaba terrorists and the Jabaliya-based Hamas intelligence headquarters.

Within the stronghold, soldiers uncovered Hamas intelligence headquarters and associated documentation, complete with detailed maps, tables, means of communication and personal details about Hamas terrorists and commanders.

Similar content was found on the bodies of both captured and dead terrorists following the October 7th attacks.

Command and control charts as well as operational orders for the terrorist organization were also uncovered.



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WATCH: IDF battles 15 terrorists in northern Gaza Strip
The IDF soldiers operated in areas where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMANTwitter Facebook
IDF operates in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF)
IDF operates in northern Gaza
(photo credit: IDF)
The IDF ground forces have been operating in Gaza for a week, eliminating Hamas terrorists and destroying the organization's strategic infrastructure.

During the past few days, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence, under the command of Division 460 in the northern Gaza Strip, operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack IDF forces through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities, the IDF reported Saturday morning.

The IDF forces eliminated terrorists who were active in the area, exposed tunnel entrances used for terrorist purposes, and identified the organization's means of warfare.

IDF takes on 15 terrorists at once
In one of the recent battles on Friday, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence engaged with 15 terrorists in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The soldiers eliminated several terrorists and targeted tanks destroyed three Hamas observation posts.

IDF soldiers operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and military facilities. The forces eliminated the Hamas terrorists.

Read full story by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/P0XJ3xANVt

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
Forces fire missiles as terrorists exit tunnel
Additionally, during a focused operation in the southern Gaza Strip, Engineering and Reconnaissance forces under the command of the Gaza Division, carried out building mapping and neutralized explosive devices.

Israeli Air Force's attacks in the Gaza Strip | Read more by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/tsYnNsUc1v

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
During the operation, the forces encountered a group of terrorists who emerged from a tunnel entrance. In response, the soldiers fired missiles towards the terrorists, eliminating them.

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Zelensky to visit Israel in midst of ongoing war with Hamas - report
The Ukrainian President will visit Israel next week, as it was reported already in the first week of the war that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023
(photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to visit Israel next week, amidst the ongoing war over the past few weeks, according to an initial N12 report on Friday.

Various sources already in the first week of the war reported that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel, but was rejected on the matter.

According to the report, there are advanced talks regarding the visit. Once agreed upon, the visit of the Ukrainian president is expected to take place on Monday or Tuesday.

Zelensky's reaction to October 7 massacre
In a speech delivered by Zelensky before the UN assembly, two days after the murderous massacre carried out by Hamas in the south of the country, he said that "Hamas and Russia are the same evil, and the only difference is that there is a terrorist organization that attacked Israel and here is a terrorist state that attacked Ukraine."

He has also made clear that "Israel's right to self-defense is unquestionable. All details surrounding this terrorist assault must be revealed so that the world knows and holds accountable everyone who supported and helped carry out the attack."

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Relations between Israel and Ukraine have seen a few ups and downs since the Russian invasion at the end of February 2022. Zelensky has explicitly criticized Israel in the past for not providing sufficient military aid to the Ukrainians.

Only a few weeks before the Hamas massacre, Zelensky met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a basement conference room at the United Nations, where the Ukrainian leader said that Ukraine "expects more" from Israel.

Ukraine has wanted to purchase Israeli defensive anti-missile systems.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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'You shouldn't have started the war,' Portugal's president tells Palestinian ambassador
Against the backdrop of demonstrations by Hamas supporters in Britain, in the country he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event (photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event
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The Portuguese president harshly criticized the Palestinian ambassador after he attacked Israel on Friday.

Portugal 🇵🇹 president roasts the Palestinian ambassador who complains about Israel's attacks:

The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it.
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Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) November 3, 2023
"Radicalism creates an ambiance of radicalism, and this time the radicalism started from some Palestinians," President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told to the Palestinian ambassador. "That's not an excuse for [the] reaction, it was brutal," responded the ambassador.

"I know, I know you blame the Israelis, but this time someone from your side started it," said Rebelo de Sousa "The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it."

Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Pro-Hamas demonstrations
"Meanwhile, thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate in favor of Hamas on British Remembrance Day, and locals fear that this will disrupt the day that honors the war dead," Rebelo de Sousa said.

He also added: "I asked the Minister of the Interior to support the police in doing everything necessary to protect the sanctity of Memorial Day. The right to remember, in peace and honor, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms must be protected."

Amongst demonstrations by Pro-Palestine supporters in Britain, in the country, he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the intention to demonstrate on this particular day a "provocative and disrespectful" act.

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Rising death toll in Gaza is tragic, but Holocaust scholars should know it's not genocide - opinion
Since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million
By DAVID LEE PRESTONTwitter Facebook
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
(JTA) Up in Broome County, New York, beneath a simple marker in a family plot in Hale Eddy Cemetery, I believe the Rev. Dr. Franklin Hamlin Littell is turning in his grave.

Littell, the son of a Methodist minister who also became one, was a towering figure in the study of the Holocaust and genocide. In postwar West Germany, he spent almost a decade as chief Protestant religious adviser to the High Commission on Germany, assigned to denazification. In 1958 at Emory University in Atlanta, he initiated the first US graduate seminar on the Holocaust. Eighteen years later in Philadelphia, as chair of Temple Universitys religion department, he started the worlds first doctoral program in Holocaust studies. And in 1998 at Stockton University in Pomona, New Jersey, he and his wife, Marcia Sachs Littell, established the first interdisciplinary masters program in Holocaust and genocide studies.

My late mother, Halina Wind Preston, a Jewish educator who survived 14 months hiding from the Nazis in the sewers of Lviv, was a frequent attendee at an annual Holocaust scholars conference cofounded by Littell. I knew Littell, who died in 2009, and at his invitation in 2000 I traveled from Atlanta, where I was a senior editor at CNN.com, to speak on Professional Ethics After Auschwitz at the 30th conference in Philadelphia.

So I can imagine Littells revulsion if he knew that the word genocide was being misused against Israel by scholars and activists including an Israeli historian who now directs the Stockton program he started.

As Israel retaliates in the wake of the bloody rampage of October 7 in which Hamas killed 1,500 Israelis, including 260 people at a music festival and hundreds of civilians in nearby communities, and took more than 200 hostages Raz Segal, the Israeli historian who directs the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Stockton University, has been attracting worldwide attention by blaming the victims.

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
On October 18, at a vigil on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Segal called President Joe Bidens visit to Israel support for Israels genocidal assault on Gaza. On October 13, Jewish Currents published A Textbook Case of Genocide, in which Segal wrote that Israels genocidal assault on Gaza is quite explicit, open, and unashamed and that Israels goal is to destroy the Palestinians of Gaza.

Segal is far from a lone voice accusing Israel of genocide. At Penn, a student group that organized a rally October 16 said it unequivocally stands with Palestine in the face of ongoing genocide committed by the Israeli government, which has been assisted by other Western allies like the United States. On October 24 in Washington, D.C., students at George Washington University projected the message Divestment from Zionist Genocide Now onto a library facade.

And on Tuesday, Craig Mokhiber, director in the New York office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, resigned, citing Israel for a textbook case of genocide.

Littell understood that genocide was coined in 1944 by a Polish Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin to denote the destruction of a nation or of an ethnic group. Lemkin wrote that genocide is intended to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.

Historian Michael Berenbaum, distinguished professor of Jewish studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, said that Israel has no greater ambition than to coexist with the Palestinians as peaceful neighbors and that Littell would be appalled at the suggestion that Israel was committing genocide in its attempts to root out the fighters and sever the leadership of a group that killed and kidnapped Israelis.

I knew and worked with and deeply respected Franklin Littell for the last 40 years of his life, Berenbaum, who was a visiting distinguished professor at Stockton under Littell, told me. These statements would be anathema to his values.

Richard Libowitz, coauthor with Marcia Sachs Littell and Dennis B. Klein of The Genocidal Mind, agreed that the Israeli incursion does not constitute genocide.

Israel has never advocated nor sought the total annihilation of an Arab population, whether in Israel proper, the West Bank or Gaza, said Libowitz, who received a Ph.D. in religion under Franklin Littell at Temple and is retired from the faculties of Temple and St. Josephs University.

Palestinian population has risen
Indeed, since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million, including 1.6 million Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Libowitz acknowledged the ferocity of the Israeli military strikes on Gaza in the wake of the October 7 attacks, as the Palestinian death toll as reported by the Hamas-run health ministry rose above 9,000.

Civilian casualties in Gaza especially the death of children are tragic, said Libowitz. Hamas carried out the worst murder of Jews since the Holocaust and the outrage should be understood. Israel intends to destroy Hamas, but Magen David Adom [the Israeli Red Cross] personnel treated wounded terrorists after their attack. Gazans were warned to flee the northern part of the strip. This is human tragedy, but it is not genocide.

He added: The stated aim of Hamas to wipe Israel from the Earth is certainly a genocidal intent.

Polly Zavadivker, an assistant professor of history at the University of Delaware, told me that Segals statements on genocide threaten future attempts to identify, prevent, and prosecute that crime. It is equally damaging to the legitimacy of Holocaust and Genocide Studies as a field when such false claims are presented in the guise of scholarly expertise.

Zavadivker, who teaches courses in antisemitism, the Holocaust, and comparative genocide, said that an accusation that Israel is committing genocide renders the word meaningless.

In 1973, after working on it for four years, Franklin Littell and 17 other Christian theologians released a 14-point statement on Israel. The statement, which appeared as an appendix in Littells book, seems strikingly relevant 50 years later.

The charge is sometimes made that Israel is belligerently expansionistic as a result of its military triumphs in the Six-Day War, it said in part. Visitors to Israel, however, can easily discover that the overriding concern of the majority of Israelis is peace, not more territory. Israels anxiety about national defense reflects the age-old human yearning for security, the anxiety of a people whose history has been a saga of frightful persecution, climaxed by the Holocaust of six million men, women, and children.

Against such a tormented background, is it surprising that the Jewish people should want to defend themselves? they continued. Criticism that would use the failure of Israel to live up to the highest moral standards as an excuse to deny its right to exist would be a double standard, one not applied to any other nation on earth.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media.

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Evidence of a shift among Democrats as calls for a ceasefire in Gaza grow
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter.
By RON KAMPEAS/JTATwitter Facebook
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023 (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023
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WASHINGTON (JTA) As Joe Biden was speaking a political fundraiser in Minneapolis this week, a rabbi and activist with an anti-Zionist Jewish group stood up and shouted, Mr. President, if you care about Jewish people, as a rabbi, I need you to call for a ceasefire right now.

Bidens response: Well, I understand her emotion. I really do. The president went on to enumerate the steps hes taken to ease Palestinian civilian suffering in Gaza: urging Israel to pause the fighting so hostages can be released and pushing Egypt to let people exit Gaza into the Sinai Peninsula.

The next day, another expression of concern for Palestinian civilians came from Bidens chief diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, before he boarded a flight to Israel.

When I see a Palestinian child a boy, a girl pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building, that hits me in the gut as much as seeing a child from Israel or anywhere else, he said. So this is something that we have an obligation to respond to, and we will.

Biden and Blinkens statements are two of several signals that a shift of sorts is happening in the White House and among Democrats in D.C. Alongside the unabashed support Biden has shown Israel since Hamas attack on Oct. 7 killed and wounded thousands, the president and other leaders in his party are now placing increasing emphasis on protecting Palestinian civilians and pausing the fighting as the war marks its first month with thousands of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
One sign of a change came on Thursday, when Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chambers number-two Democrat, called for a ceasefire the first senator to at least partially endorse the central demand of pro-Palestinian and other progressive groups. Durbin said a ceasefire could happen only when Hamas releases the more than 200 hostages it kidnapped on Oct. 7.

I think it is, Durbin said when CNN anchor Poppy Harlow asked him if a ceasefire is needed now. At least in the context of both sides agreeing. For example, the release of those who have been kidnapped should be a part of this. Immediate release. That should be the beginning of it. An effort should be made to engage in conversation between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

On Friday, he joined a dozen other Democratic senators in signing a statement endorsing Bidens call for a short-term cessation of hostilities that pose high risk to civilians and other noncombatants. The statement endorsed a pause in the fighting, rather than a full ceasefire advocated by progressive and pro-Palestinian activists.

Calls for a ceasefire
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter. Israel has vowed to depose Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and a ceasefire would leave the terror group in power. Biden administration officials say they still oppose a permanent ceasefire, and back Israels ultimate aim of destroying Hamas.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Blinken that he would reject a temporary ceasefire until Hamas released all of the hostages a blow to the Biden administrations push for humanitarian pauses in the fighting.

We will not accept a temporary ceasefire that does not return our hostages, Netanyahu said in a televised address to the nation after meeting in Israel on Friday with Blinken, who is in the region to seek relief for Palestinians while showing support for Israel. We will not allow fuel into Gaza, and we object to the transfer of money into Gaza.

Blinken went into his Israel trip determined to make the case for increasing the entry of aid into Gaza. At first, Israel fully barred aid from Gaza, but the daily inflow now stands at 50-60 trucks a day. We need that and want that to increase, and I expect youll see that in the coming days, Blinken said Thursday on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, just before leaving.

The same day, John Kirby, the National Security Council spokesman, said the Biden Administration would seek a series of humanitarian pauses to facilitate relief.

Were really not just talking about, like, one pause, Kirby said at the daily White House press breifing. What were trying to do is explore the idea of as many pauses that might be necessary to continue to get aid out and to continue to work to get people out safely, including hostages.

Speaking to media after meeting Netanyahu, Blinken did not back down from his quest for pauses in the fighting, but recognized that they would not happen immediately.

Each of these efforts would be facilitated by humanitarian pauses arrangements on the ground that increase security for civilians and permit more effective and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, he said referring to bringing in relief, releasing hostages and allowing more Palestinians to cross into Egypt.

How when and where these can be implemented, what work needs to happen and what understandings need to be reached we recognize this would take time to prepare and coordinate with international partners, he said. A number of legitimate questions were raised today how to use any period of pause to maximize the flow of aid, how to connect the pause to hostage release, how to ensure Hamas doesnt use the pause to own advantage. We believe they can be solved.

In his televised address, Netanyahu, his voice at times choked, said he showed Blinken a video of children wailing while watching terrorists murder their father.

Blinken also teared up at his own press conference, describing the video.

I saw, for example, a family on a kibbutz, a father of two young boys maybe 10, 11 years old grabbing them, pulling them out of their living room, going through their very small backyard and into a shelter, followed seconds later by a terrorist who throws a grenade into that small shelter, he said.

Netanyahu concluded his speech by describing the heroism of some Israeli troops who have fallen in the ground incursion into Gaza, which started last week.

We will do everything that is needed to defeat our enemies, with the help of God, and with the help of you citizens of Israel, he said in remarks screened just before the onset of Shabbat. We will do it and we will be victorious.

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Who killed a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza?
Pro-Israel and pro-Palestine voices on social media each blame the opposite side for the killing of a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza, but what does the evidence say?
By YUVAL BARNEATwitter Facebook
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A video made the rounds on social media on Thursday showing several dead Palestinians lying in the road, belongings strewn where they fell. A man, on a bicycle, rides through the chaotic scene shouting "God, a child. God, women. God, the girl. Please God protect our people. Please look."

The video is the latest in a series of videos from Gaza that show what pro-Palestine voices described as "Israeli war crimes." Pro-Israel voices have claimed conversely that the video shows evidence of a Hamas massacre of civilians fleeing south.

+18..Horrific scenes now on Al-Rashid Street, west of Gaza, after the occupation bombed the displaced people 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/p1MSPmmSki

Gaza Now in English (@EnglishGaza) November 3, 2023
The video claims to show the Al Rashid Coastal Road which is the only major road on the coast to run from the border with Egypt until reaching the Gaza marina. In the video, the man on the bike is indeed cycling north along the road, this can be confirmed when the man turns his head to the left and we see the coastal sand dunes.

Reuters, and multiple other sources, confirmed that the location was the Al Rashid Coastal Road specifically the section between Wadi Gaza and Gaza City. Reuters was unable to confirm anything else about the video, such as the identity of the person filming, those seen in the video, or what killed them.

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IDF fights deep into Gaza, takes out terrorists, infrastructure
1,400 Israelis murdered since October 7, including 339 soldiers 241 held hostage by Hamas, four hostages released, one rescued
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IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)
IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza
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Israel's Givati Brigade uncovers Hamas intel in northern Gaza stronghold
Operational maps, command and control tables and personal details of commanders who operate within the terrorist organization, were discovered.
By JOANIE MARGULIESTwitter Facebook
Soldiers for the Givati brigade of the IDF took control over a Hamas stronghold in the northern Gaza Strip, uncovering documentation that could be crucial for the IDF moving forward in the war, according to a Friday statement from the IDF spokesperson.

The facility was said to house Najaba terrorists and the Jabaliya-based Hamas intelligence headquarters.

Within the stronghold, soldiers uncovered Hamas intelligence headquarters and associated documentation, complete with detailed maps, tables, means of communication and personal details about Hamas terrorists and commanders.

Similar content was found on the bodies of both captured and dead terrorists following the October 7th attacks.

Command and control charts as well as operational orders for the terrorist organization were also uncovered.



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WATCH: IDF battles 15 terrorists in northern Gaza Strip
The IDF soldiers operated in areas where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMANTwitter Facebook
IDF operates in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF)
IDF operates in northern Gaza
(photo credit: IDF)
The IDF ground forces have been operating in Gaza for a week, eliminating Hamas terrorists and destroying the organization's strategic infrastructure.

During the past few days, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence, under the command of Division 460 in the northern Gaza Strip, operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack IDF forces through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities, the IDF reported Saturday morning.

The IDF forces eliminated terrorists who were active in the area, exposed tunnel entrances used for terrorist purposes, and identified the organization's means of warfare.

IDF takes on 15 terrorists at once
In one of the recent battles on Friday, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence engaged with 15 terrorists in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The soldiers eliminated several terrorists and targeted tanks destroyed three Hamas observation posts.

IDF soldiers operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and military facilities. The forces eliminated the Hamas terrorists.

Read full story by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/P0XJ3xANVt

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
Forces fire missiles as terrorists exit tunnel
Additionally, during a focused operation in the southern Gaza Strip, Engineering and Reconnaissance forces under the command of the Gaza Division, carried out building mapping and neutralized explosive devices.

Israeli Air Force's attacks in the Gaza Strip | Read more by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/tsYnNsUc1v

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
During the operation, the forces encountered a group of terrorists who emerged from a tunnel entrance. In response, the soldiers fired missiles towards the terrorists, eliminating them.

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Zelensky to visit Israel in midst of ongoing war with Hamas - report
The Ukrainian President will visit Israel next week, as it was reported already in the first week of the war that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023
(photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to visit Israel next week, amidst the ongoing war over the past few weeks, according to an initial N12 report on Friday.

Various sources already in the first week of the war reported that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel, but was rejected on the matter.

According to the report, there are advanced talks regarding the visit. Once agreed upon, the visit of the Ukrainian president is expected to take place on Monday or Tuesday.

Zelensky's reaction to October 7 massacre
In a speech delivered by Zelensky before the UN assembly, two days after the murderous massacre carried out by Hamas in the south of the country, he said that "Hamas and Russia are the same evil, and the only difference is that there is a terrorist organization that attacked Israel and here is a terrorist state that attacked Ukraine."

He has also made clear that "Israel's right to self-defense is unquestionable. All details surrounding this terrorist assault must be revealed so that the world knows and holds accountable everyone who supported and helped carry out the attack."

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Relations between Israel and Ukraine have seen a few ups and downs since the Russian invasion at the end of February 2022. Zelensky has explicitly criticized Israel in the past for not providing sufficient military aid to the Ukrainians.

Only a few weeks before the Hamas massacre, Zelensky met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a basement conference room at the United Nations, where the Ukrainian leader said that Ukraine "expects more" from Israel.

Ukraine has wanted to purchase Israeli defensive anti-missile systems.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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'You shouldn't have started the war,' Portugal's president tells Palestinian ambassador
Against the backdrop of demonstrations by Hamas supporters in Britain, in the country he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event (photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event
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The Portuguese president harshly criticized the Palestinian ambassador after he attacked Israel on Friday.

Portugal 🇵🇹 president roasts the Palestinian ambassador who complains about Israel's attacks:

The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it.
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Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) November 3, 2023
"Radicalism creates an ambiance of radicalism, and this time the radicalism started from some Palestinians," President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told to the Palestinian ambassador. "That's not an excuse for [the] reaction, it was brutal," responded the ambassador.

"I know, I know you blame the Israelis, but this time someone from your side started it," said Rebelo de Sousa "The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it."

Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Pro-Hamas demonstrations
"Meanwhile, thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate in favor of Hamas on British Remembrance Day, and locals fear that this will disrupt the day that honors the war dead," Rebelo de Sousa said.

He also added: "I asked the Minister of the Interior to support the police in doing everything necessary to protect the sanctity of Memorial Day. The right to remember, in peace and honor, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms must be protected."

Amongst demonstrations by Pro-Palestine supporters in Britain, in the country, he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the intention to demonstrate on this particular day a "provocative and disrespectful" act.

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Rising death toll in Gaza is tragic, but Holocaust scholars should know it's not genocide - opinion
Since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million
By DAVID LEE PRESTONTwitter Facebook
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022.
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(JTA) Up in Broome County, New York, beneath a simple marker in a family plot in Hale Eddy Cemetery, I believe the Rev. Dr. Franklin Hamlin Littell is turning in his grave.

Littell, the son of a Methodist minister who also became one, was a towering figure in the study of the Holocaust and genocide. In postwar West Germany, he spent almost a decade as chief Protestant religious adviser to the High Commission on Germany, assigned to denazification. In 1958 at Emory University in Atlanta, he initiated the first US graduate seminar on the Holocaust. Eighteen years later in Philadelphia, as chair of Temple Universitys religion department, he started the worlds first doctoral program in Holocaust studies. And in 1998 at Stockton University in Pomona, New Jersey, he and his wife, Marcia Sachs Littell, established the first interdisciplinary masters program in Holocaust and genocide studies.

My late mother, Halina Wind Preston, a Jewish educator who survived 14 months hiding from the Nazis in the sewers of Lviv, was a frequent attendee at an annual Holocaust scholars conference cofounded by Littell. I knew Littell, who died in 2009, and at his invitation in 2000 I traveled from Atlanta, where I was a senior editor at CNN.com, to speak on Professional Ethics After Auschwitz at the 30th conference in Philadelphia.

So I can imagine Littells revulsion if he knew that the word genocide was being misused against Israel by scholars and activists including an Israeli historian who now directs the Stockton program he started.

As Israel retaliates in the wake of the bloody rampage of October 7 in which Hamas killed 1,500 Israelis, including 260 people at a music festival and hundreds of civilians in nearby communities, and took more than 200 hostages Raz Segal, the Israeli historian who directs the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Stockton University, has been attracting worldwide attention by blaming the victims.

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
On October 18, at a vigil on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Segal called President Joe Bidens visit to Israel support for Israels genocidal assault on Gaza. On October 13, Jewish Currents published A Textbook Case of Genocide, in which Segal wrote that Israels genocidal assault on Gaza is quite explicit, open, and unashamed and that Israels goal is to destroy the Palestinians of Gaza.

Segal is far from a lone voice accusing Israel of genocide. At Penn, a student group that organized a rally October 16 said it unequivocally stands with Palestine in the face of ongoing genocide committed by the Israeli government, which has been assisted by other Western allies like the United States. On October 24 in Washington, D.C., students at George Washington University projected the message Divestment from Zionist Genocide Now onto a library facade.

And on Tuesday, Craig Mokhiber, director in the New York office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, resigned, citing Israel for a textbook case of genocide.

Littell understood that genocide was coined in 1944 by a Polish Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin to denote the destruction of a nation or of an ethnic group. Lemkin wrote that genocide is intended to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.

Historian Michael Berenbaum, distinguished professor of Jewish studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, said that Israel has no greater ambition than to coexist with the Palestinians as peaceful neighbors and that Littell would be appalled at the suggestion that Israel was committing genocide in its attempts to root out the fighters and sever the leadership of a group that killed and kidnapped Israelis.

I knew and worked with and deeply respected Franklin Littell for the last 40 years of his life, Berenbaum, who was a visiting distinguished professor at Stockton under Littell, told me. These statements would be anathema to his values.

Richard Libowitz, coauthor with Marcia Sachs Littell and Dennis B. Klein of The Genocidal Mind, agreed that the Israeli incursion does not constitute genocide.

Israel has never advocated nor sought the total annihilation of an Arab population, whether in Israel proper, the West Bank or Gaza, said Libowitz, who received a Ph.D. in religion under Franklin Littell at Temple and is retired from the faculties of Temple and St. Josephs University.

Palestinian population has risen
Indeed, since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million, including 1.6 million Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Libowitz acknowledged the ferocity of the Israeli military strikes on Gaza in the wake of the October 7 attacks, as the Palestinian death toll as reported by the Hamas-run health ministry rose above 9,000.

Civilian casualties in Gaza especially the death of children are tragic, said Libowitz. Hamas carried out the worst murder of Jews since the Holocaust and the outrage should be understood. Israel intends to destroy Hamas, but Magen David Adom [the Israeli Red Cross] personnel treated wounded terrorists after their attack. Gazans were warned to flee the northern part of the strip. This is human tragedy, but it is not genocide.

He added: The stated aim of Hamas to wipe Israel from the Earth is certainly a genocidal intent.

Polly Zavadivker, an assistant professor of history at the University of Delaware, told me that Segals statements on genocide threaten future attempts to identify, prevent, and prosecute that crime. It is equally damaging to the legitimacy of Holocaust and Genocide Studies as a field when such false claims are presented in the guise of scholarly expertise.

Zavadivker, who teaches courses in antisemitism, the Holocaust, and comparative genocide, said that an accusation that Israel is committing genocide renders the word meaningless.

In 1973, after working on it for four years, Franklin Littell and 17 other Christian theologians released a 14-point statement on Israel. The statement, which appeared as an appendix in Littells book, seems strikingly relevant 50 years later.

The charge is sometimes made that Israel is belligerently expansionistic as a result of its military triumphs in the Six-Day War, it said in part. Visitors to Israel, however, can easily discover that the overriding concern of the majority of Israelis is peace, not more territory. Israels anxiety about national defense reflects the age-old human yearning for security, the anxiety of a people whose history has been a saga of frightful persecution, climaxed by the Holocaust of six million men, women, and children.

Against such a tormented background, is it surprising that the Jewish people should want to defend themselves? they continued. Criticism that would use the failure of Israel to live up to the highest moral standards as an excuse to deny its right to exist would be a double standard, one not applied to any other nation on earth.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media.

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Evidence of a shift among Democrats as calls for a ceasefire in Gaza grow
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter.
By RON KAMPEAS/JTATwitter Facebook
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023 (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023
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WASHINGTON (JTA) As Joe Biden was speaking a political fundraiser in Minneapolis this week, a rabbi and activist with an anti-Zionist Jewish group stood up and shouted, Mr. President, if you care about Jewish people, as a rabbi, I need you to call for a ceasefire right now.

Bidens response: Well, I understand her emotion. I really do. The president went on to enumerate the steps hes taken to ease Palestinian civilian suffering in Gaza: urging Israel to pause the fighting so hostages can be released and pushing Egypt to let people exit Gaza into the Sinai Peninsula.

The next day, another expression of concern for Palestinian civilians came from Bidens chief diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, before he boarded a flight to Israel.

When I see a Palestinian child a boy, a girl pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building, that hits me in the gut as much as seeing a child from Israel or anywhere else, he said. So this is something that we have an obligation to respond to, and we will.

Biden and Blinkens statements are two of several signals that a shift of sorts is happening in the White House and among Democrats in D.C. Alongside the unabashed support Biden has shown Israel since Hamas attack on Oct. 7 killed and wounded thousands, the president and other leaders in his party are now placing increasing emphasis on protecting Palestinian civilians and pausing the fighting as the war marks its first month with thousands of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
One sign of a change came on Thursday, when Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chambers number-two Democrat, called for a ceasefire the first senator to at least partially endorse the central demand of pro-Palestinian and other progressive groups. Durbin said a ceasefire could happen only when Hamas releases the more than 200 hostages it kidnapped on Oct. 7.

I think it is, Durbin said when CNN anchor Poppy Harlow asked him if a ceasefire is needed now. At least in the context of both sides agreeing. For example, the release of those who have been kidnapped should be a part of this. Immediate release. That should be the beginning of it. An effort should be made to engage in conversation between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

On Friday, he joined a dozen other Democratic senators in signing a statement endorsing Bidens call for a short-term cessation of hostilities that pose high risk to civilians and other noncombatants. The statement endorsed a pause in the fighting, rather than a full ceasefire advocated by progressive and pro-Palestinian activists.

Calls for a ceasefire
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter. Israel has vowed to depose Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and a ceasefire would leave the terror group in power. Biden administration officials say they still oppose a permanent ceasefire, and back Israels ultimate aim of destroying Hamas.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Blinken that he would reject a temporary ceasefire until Hamas released all of the hostages a blow to the Biden administrations push for humanitarian pauses in the fighting.

We will not accept a temporary ceasefire that does not return our hostages, Netanyahu said in a televised address to the nation after meeting in Israel on Friday with Blinken, who is in the region to seek relief for Palestinians while showing support for Israel. We will not allow fuel into Gaza, and we object to the transfer of money into Gaza.

Blinken went into his Israel trip determined to make the case for increasing the entry of aid into Gaza. At first, Israel fully barred aid from Gaza, but the daily inflow now stands at 50-60 trucks a day. We need that and want that to increase, and I expect youll see that in the coming days, Blinken said Thursday on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, just before leaving.

The same day, John Kirby, the National Security Council spokesman, said the Biden Administration would seek a series of humanitarian pauses to facilitate relief.

Were really not just talking about, like, one pause, Kirby said at the daily White House press breifing. What were trying to do is explore the idea of as many pauses that might be necessary to continue to get aid out and to continue to work to get people out safely, including hostages.

Speaking to media after meeting Netanyahu, Blinken did not back down from his quest for pauses in the fighting, but recognized that they would not happen immediately.

Each of these efforts would be facilitated by humanitarian pauses arrangements on the ground that increase security for civilians and permit more effective and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, he said referring to bringing in relief, releasing hostages and allowing more Palestinians to cross into Egypt.

How when and where these can be implemented, what work needs to happen and what understandings need to be reached we recognize this would take time to prepare and coordinate with international partners, he said. A number of legitimate questions were raised today how to use any period of pause to maximize the flow of aid, how to connect the pause to hostage release, how to ensure Hamas doesnt use the pause to own advantage. We believe they can be solved.

In his televised address, Netanyahu, his voice at times choked, said he showed Blinken a video of children wailing while watching terrorists murder their father.

Blinken also teared up at his own press conference, describing the video.

I saw, for example, a family on a kibbutz, a father of two young boys maybe 10, 11 years old grabbing them, pulling them out of their living room, going through their very small backyard and into a shelter, followed seconds later by a terrorist who throws a grenade into that small shelter, he said.

Netanyahu concluded his speech by describing the heroism of some Israeli troops who have fallen in the ground incursion into Gaza, which started last week.

We will do everything that is needed to defeat our enemies, with the help of God, and with the help of you citizens of Israel, he said in remarks screened just before the onset of Shabbat. We will do it and we will be victorious.

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Who killed a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza?
Pro-Israel and pro-Palestine voices on social media each blame the opposite side for the killing of a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza, but what does the evidence say?
By YUVAL BARNEATwitter Facebook
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022.
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A video made the rounds on social media on Thursday showing several dead Palestinians lying in the road, belongings strewn where they fell. A man, on a bicycle, rides through the chaotic scene shouting "God, a child. God, women. God, the girl. Please God protect our people. Please look."

The video is the latest in a series of videos from Gaza that show what pro-Palestine voices described as "Israeli war crimes." Pro-Israel voices have claimed conversely that the video shows evidence of a Hamas massacre of civilians fleeing south.

+18..Horrific scenes now on Al-Rashid Street, west of Gaza, after the occupation bombed the displaced people 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/p1MSPmmSki

Gaza Now in English (@EnglishGaza) November 3, 2023
The video claims to show the Al Rashid Coastal Road which is the only major road on the coast to run from the border with Egypt until reaching the Gaza marina. In the video, the man on the bike is indeed cycling north along the road, this can be confirmed when the man turns his head to the left and we see the coastal sand dunes.

Reuters, and multiple other sources, confirmed that the location was the Al Rashid Coastal Road specifically the section between Wadi Gaza and Gaza City. Reuters was unable to confirm anything else about the video, such as the identity of the person filming, those seen in the video, or what killed them.

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IDF fights deep into Gaza, takes out terrorists, infrastructure
1,400 Israelis murdered since October 7, including 339 soldiers 241 held hostage by Hamas, four hostages released, one rescued
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IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)
IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza
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Israel's Givati Brigade uncovers Hamas intel in northern Gaza stronghold
Operational maps, command and control tables and personal details of commanders who operate within the terrorist organization, were discovered.
By JOANIE MARGULIESTwitter Facebook
Soldiers for the Givati brigade of the IDF took control over a Hamas stronghold in the northern Gaza Strip, uncovering documentation that could be crucial for the IDF moving forward in the war, according to a Friday statement from the IDF spokesperson.

The facility was said to house Najaba terrorists and the Jabaliya-based Hamas intelligence headquarters.

Within the stronghold, soldiers uncovered Hamas intelligence headquarters and associated documentation, complete with detailed maps, tables, means of communication and personal details about Hamas terrorists and commanders.

Similar content was found on the bodies of both captured and dead terrorists following the October 7th attacks.

Command and control charts as well as operational orders for the terrorist organization were also uncovered.



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WATCH: IDF battles 15 terrorists in northern Gaza Strip
The IDF soldiers operated in areas where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMANTwitter Facebook
IDF operates in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF)
IDF operates in northern Gaza
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The IDF ground forces have been operating in Gaza for a week, eliminating Hamas terrorists and destroying the organization's strategic infrastructure.

During the past few days, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence, under the command of Division 460 in the northern Gaza Strip, operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack IDF forces through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities, the IDF reported Saturday morning.

The IDF forces eliminated terrorists who were active in the area, exposed tunnel entrances used for terrorist purposes, and identified the organization's means of warfare.

IDF takes on 15 terrorists at once
In one of the recent battles on Friday, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence engaged with 15 terrorists in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The soldiers eliminated several terrorists and targeted tanks destroyed three Hamas observation posts.

IDF soldiers operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and military facilities. The forces eliminated the Hamas terrorists.

Read full story by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/P0XJ3xANVt

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
Forces fire missiles as terrorists exit tunnel
Additionally, during a focused operation in the southern Gaza Strip, Engineering and Reconnaissance forces under the command of the Gaza Division, carried out building mapping and neutralized explosive devices.

Israeli Air Force's attacks in the Gaza Strip | Read more by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/tsYnNsUc1v

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
During the operation, the forces encountered a group of terrorists who emerged from a tunnel entrance. In response, the soldiers fired missiles towards the terrorists, eliminating them.

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Zelensky to visit Israel in midst of ongoing war with Hamas - report
The Ukrainian President will visit Israel next week, as it was reported already in the first week of the war that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to visit Israel next week, amidst the ongoing war over the past few weeks, according to an initial N12 report on Friday.

Various sources already in the first week of the war reported that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel, but was rejected on the matter.

According to the report, there are advanced talks regarding the visit. Once agreed upon, the visit of the Ukrainian president is expected to take place on Monday or Tuesday.

Zelensky's reaction to October 7 massacre
In a speech delivered by Zelensky before the UN assembly, two days after the murderous massacre carried out by Hamas in the south of the country, he said that "Hamas and Russia are the same evil, and the only difference is that there is a terrorist organization that attacked Israel and here is a terrorist state that attacked Ukraine."

He has also made clear that "Israel's right to self-defense is unquestionable. All details surrounding this terrorist assault must be revealed so that the world knows and holds accountable everyone who supported and helped carry out the attack."

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Relations between Israel and Ukraine have seen a few ups and downs since the Russian invasion at the end of February 2022. Zelensky has explicitly criticized Israel in the past for not providing sufficient military aid to the Ukrainians.

Only a few weeks before the Hamas massacre, Zelensky met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a basement conference room at the United Nations, where the Ukrainian leader said that Ukraine "expects more" from Israel.

Ukraine has wanted to purchase Israeli defensive anti-missile systems.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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3 Hours ago
'You shouldn't have started the war,' Portugal's president tells Palestinian ambassador
Against the backdrop of demonstrations by Hamas supporters in Britain, in the country he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event (photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event
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The Portuguese president harshly criticized the Palestinian ambassador after he attacked Israel on Friday.

Portugal 🇵🇹 president roasts the Palestinian ambassador who complains about Israel's attacks:

The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it.
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Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) November 3, 2023
"Radicalism creates an ambiance of radicalism, and this time the radicalism started from some Palestinians," President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told to the Palestinian ambassador. "That's not an excuse for [the] reaction, it was brutal," responded the ambassador.

"I know, I know you blame the Israelis, but this time someone from your side started it," said Rebelo de Sousa "The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it."

Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Pro-Hamas demonstrations
"Meanwhile, thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate in favor of Hamas on British Remembrance Day, and locals fear that this will disrupt the day that honors the war dead," Rebelo de Sousa said.

He also added: "I asked the Minister of the Interior to support the police in doing everything necessary to protect the sanctity of Memorial Day. The right to remember, in peace and honor, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms must be protected."

Amongst demonstrations by Pro-Palestine supporters in Britain, in the country, he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the intention to demonstrate on this particular day a "provocative and disrespectful" act.

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Rising death toll in Gaza is tragic, but Holocaust scholars should know it's not genocide - opinion
Since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million
By DAVID LEE PRESTONTwitter Facebook
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
(JTA) Up in Broome County, New York, beneath a simple marker in a family plot in Hale Eddy Cemetery, I believe the Rev. Dr. Franklin Hamlin Littell is turning in his grave.

Littell, the son of a Methodist minister who also became one, was a towering figure in the study of the Holocaust and genocide. In postwar West Germany, he spent almost a decade as chief Protestant religious adviser to the High Commission on Germany, assigned to denazification. In 1958 at Emory University in Atlanta, he initiated the first US graduate seminar on the Holocaust. Eighteen years later in Philadelphia, as chair of Temple Universitys religion department, he started the worlds first doctoral program in Holocaust studies. And in 1998 at Stockton University in Pomona, New Jersey, he and his wife, Marcia Sachs Littell, established the first interdisciplinary masters program in Holocaust and genocide studies.

My late mother, Halina Wind Preston, a Jewish educator who survived 14 months hiding from the Nazis in the sewers of Lviv, was a frequent attendee at an annual Holocaust scholars conference cofounded by Littell. I knew Littell, who died in 2009, and at his invitation in 2000 I traveled from Atlanta, where I was a senior editor at CNN.com, to speak on Professional Ethics After Auschwitz at the 30th conference in Philadelphia.

So I can imagine Littells revulsion if he knew that the word genocide was being misused against Israel by scholars and activists including an Israeli historian who now directs the Stockton program he started.

As Israel retaliates in the wake of the bloody rampage of October 7 in which Hamas killed 1,500 Israelis, including 260 people at a music festival and hundreds of civilians in nearby communities, and took more than 200 hostages Raz Segal, the Israeli historian who directs the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Stockton University, has been attracting worldwide attention by blaming the victims.

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
On October 18, at a vigil on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Segal called President Joe Bidens visit to Israel support for Israels genocidal assault on Gaza. On October 13, Jewish Currents published A Textbook Case of Genocide, in which Segal wrote that Israels genocidal assault on Gaza is quite explicit, open, and unashamed and that Israels goal is to destroy the Palestinians of Gaza.

Segal is far from a lone voice accusing Israel of genocide. At Penn, a student group that organized a rally October 16 said it unequivocally stands with Palestine in the face of ongoing genocide committed by the Israeli government, which has been assisted by other Western allies like the United States. On October 24 in Washington, D.C., students at George Washington University projected the message Divestment from Zionist Genocide Now onto a library facade.

And on Tuesday, Craig Mokhiber, director in the New York office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, resigned, citing Israel for a textbook case of genocide.

Littell understood that genocide was coined in 1944 by a Polish Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin to denote the destruction of a nation or of an ethnic group. Lemkin wrote that genocide is intended to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.

Historian Michael Berenbaum, distinguished professor of Jewish studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, said that Israel has no greater ambition than to coexist with the Palestinians as peaceful neighbors and that Littell would be appalled at the suggestion that Israel was committing genocide in its attempts to root out the fighters and sever the leadership of a group that killed and kidnapped Israelis.

I knew and worked with and deeply respected Franklin Littell for the last 40 years of his life, Berenbaum, who was a visiting distinguished professor at Stockton under Littell, told me. These statements would be anathema to his values.

Richard Libowitz, coauthor with Marcia Sachs Littell and Dennis B. Klein of The Genocidal Mind, agreed that the Israeli incursion does not constitute genocide.

Israel has never advocated nor sought the total annihilation of an Arab population, whether in Israel proper, the West Bank or Gaza, said Libowitz, who received a Ph.D. in religion under Franklin Littell at Temple and is retired from the faculties of Temple and St. Josephs University.

Palestinian population has risen
Indeed, since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million, including 1.6 million Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Libowitz acknowledged the ferocity of the Israeli military strikes on Gaza in the wake of the October 7 attacks, as the Palestinian death toll as reported by the Hamas-run health ministry rose above 9,000.

Civilian casualties in Gaza especially the death of children are tragic, said Libowitz. Hamas carried out the worst murder of Jews since the Holocaust and the outrage should be understood. Israel intends to destroy Hamas, but Magen David Adom [the Israeli Red Cross] personnel treated wounded terrorists after their attack. Gazans were warned to flee the northern part of the strip. This is human tragedy, but it is not genocide.

He added: The stated aim of Hamas to wipe Israel from the Earth is certainly a genocidal intent.

Polly Zavadivker, an assistant professor of history at the University of Delaware, told me that Segals statements on genocide threaten future attempts to identify, prevent, and prosecute that crime. It is equally damaging to the legitimacy of Holocaust and Genocide Studies as a field when such false claims are presented in the guise of scholarly expertise.

Zavadivker, who teaches courses in antisemitism, the Holocaust, and comparative genocide, said that an accusation that Israel is committing genocide renders the word meaningless.

In 1973, after working on it for four years, Franklin Littell and 17 other Christian theologians released a 14-point statement on Israel. The statement, which appeared as an appendix in Littells book, seems strikingly relevant 50 years later.

The charge is sometimes made that Israel is belligerently expansionistic as a result of its military triumphs in the Six-Day War, it said in part. Visitors to Israel, however, can easily discover that the overriding concern of the majority of Israelis is peace, not more territory. Israels anxiety about national defense reflects the age-old human yearning for security, the anxiety of a people whose history has been a saga of frightful persecution, climaxed by the Holocaust of six million men, women, and children.

Against such a tormented background, is it surprising that the Jewish people should want to defend themselves? they continued. Criticism that would use the failure of Israel to live up to the highest moral standards as an excuse to deny its right to exist would be a double standard, one not applied to any other nation on earth.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media.

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Evidence of a shift among Democrats as calls for a ceasefire in Gaza grow
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter.
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US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023 (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023
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WASHINGTON (JTA) As Joe Biden was speaking a political fundraiser in Minneapolis this week, a rabbi and activist with an anti-Zionist Jewish group stood up and shouted, Mr. President, if you care about Jewish people, as a rabbi, I need you to call for a ceasefire right now.

Bidens response: Well, I understand her emotion. I really do. The president went on to enumerate the steps hes taken to ease Palestinian civilian suffering in Gaza: urging Israel to pause the fighting so hostages can be released and pushing Egypt to let people exit Gaza into the Sinai Peninsula.

The next day, another expression of concern for Palestinian civilians came from Bidens chief diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, before he boarded a flight to Israel.

When I see a Palestinian child a boy, a girl pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building, that hits me in the gut as much as seeing a child from Israel or anywhere else, he said. So this is something that we have an obligation to respond to, and we will.

Biden and Blinkens statements are two of several signals that a shift of sorts is happening in the White House and among Democrats in D.C. Alongside the unabashed support Biden has shown Israel since Hamas attack on Oct. 7 killed and wounded thousands, the president and other leaders in his party are now placing increasing emphasis on protecting Palestinian civilians and pausing the fighting as the war marks its first month with thousands of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
One sign of a change came on Thursday, when Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chambers number-two Democrat, called for a ceasefire the first senator to at least partially endorse the central demand of pro-Palestinian and other progressive groups. Durbin said a ceasefire could happen only when Hamas releases the more than 200 hostages it kidnapped on Oct. 7.

I think it is, Durbin said when CNN anchor Poppy Harlow asked him if a ceasefire is needed now. At least in the context of both sides agreeing. For example, the release of those who have been kidnapped should be a part of this. Immediate release. That should be the beginning of it. An effort should be made to engage in conversation between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

On Friday, he joined a dozen other Democratic senators in signing a statement endorsing Bidens call for a short-term cessation of hostilities that pose high risk to civilians and other noncombatants. The statement endorsed a pause in the fighting, rather than a full ceasefire advocated by progressive and pro-Palestinian activists.

Calls for a ceasefire
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter. Israel has vowed to depose Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and a ceasefire would leave the terror group in power. Biden administration officials say they still oppose a permanent ceasefire, and back Israels ultimate aim of destroying Hamas.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Blinken that he would reject a temporary ceasefire until Hamas released all of the hostages a blow to the Biden administrations push for humanitarian pauses in the fighting.

We will not accept a temporary ceasefire that does not return our hostages, Netanyahu said in a televised address to the nation after meeting in Israel on Friday with Blinken, who is in the region to seek relief for Palestinians while showing support for Israel. We will not allow fuel into Gaza, and we object to the transfer of money into Gaza.

Blinken went into his Israel trip determined to make the case for increasing the entry of aid into Gaza. At first, Israel fully barred aid from Gaza, but the daily inflow now stands at 50-60 trucks a day. We need that and want that to increase, and I expect youll see that in the coming days, Blinken said Thursday on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, just before leaving.

The same day, John Kirby, the National Security Council spokesman, said the Biden Administration would seek a series of humanitarian pauses to facilitate relief.

Were really not just talking about, like, one pause, Kirby said at the daily White House press breifing. What were trying to do is explore the idea of as many pauses that might be necessary to continue to get aid out and to continue to work to get people out safely, including hostages.

Speaking to media after meeting Netanyahu, Blinken did not back down from his quest for pauses in the fighting, but recognized that they would not happen immediately.

Each of these efforts would be facilitated by humanitarian pauses arrangements on the ground that increase security for civilians and permit more effective and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, he said referring to bringing in relief, releasing hostages and allowing more Palestinians to cross into Egypt.

How when and where these can be implemented, what work needs to happen and what understandings need to be reached we recognize this would take time to prepare and coordinate with international partners, he said. A number of legitimate questions were raised today how to use any period of pause to maximize the flow of aid, how to connect the pause to hostage release, how to ensure Hamas doesnt use the pause to own advantage. We believe they can be solved.

In his televised address, Netanyahu, his voice at times choked, said he showed Blinken a video of children wailing while watching terrorists murder their father.

Blinken also teared up at his own press conference, describing the video.

I saw, for example, a family on a kibbutz, a father of two young boys maybe 10, 11 years old grabbing them, pulling them out of their living room, going through their very small backyard and into a shelter, followed seconds later by a terrorist who throws a grenade into that small shelter, he said.

Netanyahu concluded his speech by describing the heroism of some Israeli troops who have fallen in the ground incursion into Gaza, which started last week.

We will do everything that is needed to defeat our enemies, with the help of God, and with the help of you citizens of Israel, he said in remarks screened just before the onset of Shabbat. We will do it and we will be victorious.

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Who killed a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza?
Pro-Israel and pro-Palestine voices on social media each blame the opposite side for the killing of a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza, but what does the evidence say?
By YUVAL BARNEATwitter Facebook
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022.
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A video made the rounds on social media on Thursday showing several dead Palestinians lying in the road, belongings strewn where they fell. A man, on a bicycle, rides through the chaotic scene shouting "God, a child. God, women. God, the girl. Please God protect our people. Please look."

The video is the latest in a series of videos from Gaza that show what pro-Palestine voices described as "Israeli war crimes." Pro-Israel voices have claimed conversely that the video shows evidence of a Hamas massacre of civilians fleeing south.

+18..Horrific scenes now on Al-Rashid Street, west of Gaza, after the occupation bombed the displaced people 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/p1MSPmmSki

Gaza Now in English (@EnglishGaza) November 3, 2023
The video claims to show the Al Rashid Coastal Road which is the only major road on the coast to run from the border with Egypt until reaching the Gaza marina. In the video, the man on the bike is indeed cycling north along the road, this can be confirmed when the man turns his head to the left and we see the coastal sand dunes.

Reuters, and multiple other sources, confirmed that the location was the Al Rashid Coastal Road specifically the section between Wadi Gaza and Gaza City. Reuters was unable to confirm anything else about the video, such as the identity of the person filming, those seen in the video, or what killed them.

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IDF fights deep into Gaza, takes out terrorists, infrastructure
1,400 Israelis murdered since October 7, including 339 soldiers 241 held hostage by Hamas, four hostages released, one rescued
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IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)
IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza
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Israel's Givati Brigade uncovers Hamas intel in northern Gaza stronghold
Operational maps, command and control tables and personal details of commanders who operate within the terrorist organization, were discovered.
By JOANIE MARGULIESTwitter Facebook
Soldiers for the Givati brigade of the IDF took control over a Hamas stronghold in the northern Gaza Strip, uncovering documentation that could be crucial for the IDF moving forward in the war, according to a Friday statement from the IDF spokesperson.

The facility was said to house Najaba terrorists and the Jabaliya-based Hamas intelligence headquarters.

Within the stronghold, soldiers uncovered Hamas intelligence headquarters and associated documentation, complete with detailed maps, tables, means of communication and personal details about Hamas terrorists and commanders.

Similar content was found on the bodies of both captured and dead terrorists following the October 7th attacks.

Command and control charts as well as operational orders for the terrorist organization were also uncovered.



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WATCH: IDF battles 15 terrorists in northern Gaza Strip
The IDF soldiers operated in areas where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMANTwitter Facebook
IDF operates in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF)
IDF operates in northern Gaza
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The IDF ground forces have been operating in Gaza for a week, eliminating Hamas terrorists and destroying the organization's strategic infrastructure.

During the past few days, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence, under the command of Division 460 in the northern Gaza Strip, operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack IDF forces through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities, the IDF reported Saturday morning.

The IDF forces eliminated terrorists who were active in the area, exposed tunnel entrances used for terrorist purposes, and identified the organization's means of warfare.

IDF takes on 15 terrorists at once
In one of the recent battles on Friday, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence engaged with 15 terrorists in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The soldiers eliminated several terrorists and targeted tanks destroyed three Hamas observation posts.

IDF soldiers operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and military facilities. The forces eliminated the Hamas terrorists.

Read full story by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/P0XJ3xANVt

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
Forces fire missiles as terrorists exit tunnel
Additionally, during a focused operation in the southern Gaza Strip, Engineering and Reconnaissance forces under the command of the Gaza Division, carried out building mapping and neutralized explosive devices.

Israeli Air Force's attacks in the Gaza Strip | Read more by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/tsYnNsUc1v

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During the operation, the forces encountered a group of terrorists who emerged from a tunnel entrance. In response, the soldiers fired missiles towards the terrorists, eliminating them.

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Zelensky to visit Israel in midst of ongoing war with Hamas - report
The Ukrainian President will visit Israel next week, as it was reported already in the first week of the war that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to visit Israel next week, amidst the ongoing war over the past few weeks, according to an initial N12 report on Friday.

Various sources already in the first week of the war reported that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel, but was rejected on the matter.

According to the report, there are advanced talks regarding the visit. Once agreed upon, the visit of the Ukrainian president is expected to take place on Monday or Tuesday.

Zelensky's reaction to October 7 massacre
In a speech delivered by Zelensky before the UN assembly, two days after the murderous massacre carried out by Hamas in the south of the country, he said that "Hamas and Russia are the same evil, and the only difference is that there is a terrorist organization that attacked Israel and here is a terrorist state that attacked Ukraine."

He has also made clear that "Israel's right to self-defense is unquestionable. All details surrounding this terrorist assault must be revealed so that the world knows and holds accountable everyone who supported and helped carry out the attack."

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Relations between Israel and Ukraine have seen a few ups and downs since the Russian invasion at the end of February 2022. Zelensky has explicitly criticized Israel in the past for not providing sufficient military aid to the Ukrainians.

Only a few weeks before the Hamas massacre, Zelensky met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a basement conference room at the United Nations, where the Ukrainian leader said that Ukraine "expects more" from Israel.

Ukraine has wanted to purchase Israeli defensive anti-missile systems.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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'You shouldn't have started the war,' Portugal's president tells Palestinian ambassador
Against the backdrop of demonstrations by Hamas supporters in Britain, in the country he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.
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Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event (photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event
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The Portuguese president harshly criticized the Palestinian ambassador after he attacked Israel on Friday.

Portugal 🇵🇹 president roasts the Palestinian ambassador who complains about Israel's attacks:

The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it.
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Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) November 3, 2023
"Radicalism creates an ambiance of radicalism, and this time the radicalism started from some Palestinians," President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told to the Palestinian ambassador. "That's not an excuse for [the] reaction, it was brutal," responded the ambassador.

"I know, I know you blame the Israelis, but this time someone from your side started it," said Rebelo de Sousa "The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it."

Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Pro-Hamas demonstrations
"Meanwhile, thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate in favor of Hamas on British Remembrance Day, and locals fear that this will disrupt the day that honors the war dead," Rebelo de Sousa said.

He also added: "I asked the Minister of the Interior to support the police in doing everything necessary to protect the sanctity of Memorial Day. The right to remember, in peace and honor, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms must be protected."

Amongst demonstrations by Pro-Palestine supporters in Britain, in the country, he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the intention to demonstrate on this particular day a "provocative and disrespectful" act.

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Rising death toll in Gaza is tragic, but Holocaust scholars should know it's not genocide - opinion
Since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million
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Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022.
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(JTA) Up in Broome County, New York, beneath a simple marker in a family plot in Hale Eddy Cemetery, I believe the Rev. Dr. Franklin Hamlin Littell is turning in his grave.

Littell, the son of a Methodist minister who also became one, was a towering figure in the study of the Holocaust and genocide. In postwar West Germany, he spent almost a decade as chief Protestant religious adviser to the High Commission on Germany, assigned to denazification. In 1958 at Emory University in Atlanta, he initiated the first US graduate seminar on the Holocaust. Eighteen years later in Philadelphia, as chair of Temple Universitys religion department, he started the worlds first doctoral program in Holocaust studies. And in 1998 at Stockton University in Pomona, New Jersey, he and his wife, Marcia Sachs Littell, established the first interdisciplinary masters program in Holocaust and genocide studies.

My late mother, Halina Wind Preston, a Jewish educator who survived 14 months hiding from the Nazis in the sewers of Lviv, was a frequent attendee at an annual Holocaust scholars conference cofounded by Littell. I knew Littell, who died in 2009, and at his invitation in 2000 I traveled from Atlanta, where I was a senior editor at CNN.com, to speak on Professional Ethics After Auschwitz at the 30th conference in Philadelphia.

So I can imagine Littells revulsion if he knew that the word genocide was being misused against Israel by scholars and activists including an Israeli historian who now directs the Stockton program he started.

As Israel retaliates in the wake of the bloody rampage of October 7 in which Hamas killed 1,500 Israelis, including 260 people at a music festival and hundreds of civilians in nearby communities, and took more than 200 hostages Raz Segal, the Israeli historian who directs the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Stockton University, has been attracting worldwide attention by blaming the victims.

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
On October 18, at a vigil on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Segal called President Joe Bidens visit to Israel support for Israels genocidal assault on Gaza. On October 13, Jewish Currents published A Textbook Case of Genocide, in which Segal wrote that Israels genocidal assault on Gaza is quite explicit, open, and unashamed and that Israels goal is to destroy the Palestinians of Gaza.

Segal is far from a lone voice accusing Israel of genocide. At Penn, a student group that organized a rally October 16 said it unequivocally stands with Palestine in the face of ongoing genocide committed by the Israeli government, which has been assisted by other Western allies like the United States. On October 24 in Washington, D.C., students at George Washington University projected the message Divestment from Zionist Genocide Now onto a library facade.

And on Tuesday, Craig Mokhiber, director in the New York office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, resigned, citing Israel for a textbook case of genocide.

Littell understood that genocide was coined in 1944 by a Polish Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin to denote the destruction of a nation or of an ethnic group. Lemkin wrote that genocide is intended to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.

Historian Michael Berenbaum, distinguished professor of Jewish studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, said that Israel has no greater ambition than to coexist with the Palestinians as peaceful neighbors and that Littell would be appalled at the suggestion that Israel was committing genocide in its attempts to root out the fighters and sever the leadership of a group that killed and kidnapped Israelis.

I knew and worked with and deeply respected Franklin Littell for the last 40 years of his life, Berenbaum, who was a visiting distinguished professor at Stockton under Littell, told me. These statements would be anathema to his values.

Richard Libowitz, coauthor with Marcia Sachs Littell and Dennis B. Klein of The Genocidal Mind, agreed that the Israeli incursion does not constitute genocide.

Israel has never advocated nor sought the total annihilation of an Arab population, whether in Israel proper, the West Bank or Gaza, said Libowitz, who received a Ph.D. in religion under Franklin Littell at Temple and is retired from the faculties of Temple and St. Josephs University.

Palestinian population has risen
Indeed, since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million, including 1.6 million Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Libowitz acknowledged the ferocity of the Israeli military strikes on Gaza in the wake of the October 7 attacks, as the Palestinian death toll as reported by the Hamas-run health ministry rose above 9,000.

Civilian casualties in Gaza especially the death of children are tragic, said Libowitz. Hamas carried out the worst murder of Jews since the Holocaust and the outrage should be understood. Israel intends to destroy Hamas, but Magen David Adom [the Israeli Red Cross] personnel treated wounded terrorists after their attack. Gazans were warned to flee the northern part of the strip. This is human tragedy, but it is not genocide.

He added: The stated aim of Hamas to wipe Israel from the Earth is certainly a genocidal intent.

Polly Zavadivker, an assistant professor of history at the University of Delaware, told me that Segals statements on genocide threaten future attempts to identify, prevent, and prosecute that crime. It is equally damaging to the legitimacy of Holocaust and Genocide Studies as a field when such false claims are presented in the guise of scholarly expertise.

Zavadivker, who teaches courses in antisemitism, the Holocaust, and comparative genocide, said that an accusation that Israel is committing genocide renders the word meaningless.

In 1973, after working on it for four years, Franklin Littell and 17 other Christian theologians released a 14-point statement on Israel. The statement, which appeared as an appendix in Littells book, seems strikingly relevant 50 years later.

The charge is sometimes made that Israel is belligerently expansionistic as a result of its military triumphs in the Six-Day War, it said in part. Visitors to Israel, however, can easily discover that the overriding concern of the majority of Israelis is peace, not more territory. Israels anxiety about national defense reflects the age-old human yearning for security, the anxiety of a people whose history has been a saga of frightful persecution, climaxed by the Holocaust of six million men, women, and children.

Against such a tormented background, is it surprising that the Jewish people should want to defend themselves? they continued. Criticism that would use the failure of Israel to live up to the highest moral standards as an excuse to deny its right to exist would be a double standard, one not applied to any other nation on earth.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media.

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Evidence of a shift among Democrats as calls for a ceasefire in Gaza grow
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter.
By RON KAMPEAS/JTATwitter Facebook
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023 (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023
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WASHINGTON (JTA) As Joe Biden was speaking a political fundraiser in Minneapolis this week, a rabbi and activist with an anti-Zionist Jewish group stood up and shouted, Mr. President, if you care about Jewish people, as a rabbi, I need you to call for a ceasefire right now.

Bidens response: Well, I understand her emotion. I really do. The president went on to enumerate the steps hes taken to ease Palestinian civilian suffering in Gaza: urging Israel to pause the fighting so hostages can be released and pushing Egypt to let people exit Gaza into the Sinai Peninsula.

The next day, another expression of concern for Palestinian civilians came from Bidens chief diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, before he boarded a flight to Israel.

When I see a Palestinian child a boy, a girl pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building, that hits me in the gut as much as seeing a child from Israel or anywhere else, he said. So this is something that we have an obligation to respond to, and we will.

Biden and Blinkens statements are two of several signals that a shift of sorts is happening in the White House and among Democrats in D.C. Alongside the unabashed support Biden has shown Israel since Hamas attack on Oct. 7 killed and wounded thousands, the president and other leaders in his party are now placing increasing emphasis on protecting Palestinian civilians and pausing the fighting as the war marks its first month with thousands of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
One sign of a change came on Thursday, when Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chambers number-two Democrat, called for a ceasefire the first senator to at least partially endorse the central demand of pro-Palestinian and other progressive groups. Durbin said a ceasefire could happen only when Hamas releases the more than 200 hostages it kidnapped on Oct. 7.

I think it is, Durbin said when CNN anchor Poppy Harlow asked him if a ceasefire is needed now. At least in the context of both sides agreeing. For example, the release of those who have been kidnapped should be a part of this. Immediate release. That should be the beginning of it. An effort should be made to engage in conversation between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

On Friday, he joined a dozen other Democratic senators in signing a statement endorsing Bidens call for a short-term cessation of hostilities that pose high risk to civilians and other noncombatants. The statement endorsed a pause in the fighting, rather than a full ceasefire advocated by progressive and pro-Palestinian activists.

Calls for a ceasefire
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter. Israel has vowed to depose Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and a ceasefire would leave the terror group in power. Biden administration officials say they still oppose a permanent ceasefire, and back Israels ultimate aim of destroying Hamas.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Blinken that he would reject a temporary ceasefire until Hamas released all of the hostages a blow to the Biden administrations push for humanitarian pauses in the fighting.

We will not accept a temporary ceasefire that does not return our hostages, Netanyahu said in a televised address to the nation after meeting in Israel on Friday with Blinken, who is in the region to seek relief for Palestinians while showing support for Israel. We will not allow fuel into Gaza, and we object to the transfer of money into Gaza.

Blinken went into his Israel trip determined to make the case for increasing the entry of aid into Gaza. At first, Israel fully barred aid from Gaza, but the daily inflow now stands at 50-60 trucks a day. We need that and want that to increase, and I expect youll see that in the coming days, Blinken said Thursday on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, just before leaving.

The same day, John Kirby, the National Security Council spokesman, said the Biden Administration would seek a series of humanitarian pauses to facilitate relief.

Were really not just talking about, like, one pause, Kirby said at the daily White House press breifing. What were trying to do is explore the idea of as many pauses that might be necessary to continue to get aid out and to continue to work to get people out safely, including hostages.

Speaking to media after meeting Netanyahu, Blinken did not back down from his quest for pauses in the fighting, but recognized that they would not happen immediately.

Each of these efforts would be facilitated by humanitarian pauses arrangements on the ground that increase security for civilians and permit more effective and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, he said referring to bringing in relief, releasing hostages and allowing more Palestinians to cross into Egypt.

How when and where these can be implemented, what work needs to happen and what understandings need to be reached we recognize this would take time to prepare and coordinate with international partners, he said. A number of legitimate questions were raised today how to use any period of pause to maximize the flow of aid, how to connect the pause to hostage release, how to ensure Hamas doesnt use the pause to own advantage. We believe they can be solved.

In his televised address, Netanyahu, his voice at times choked, said he showed Blinken a video of children wailing while watching terrorists murder their father.

Blinken also teared up at his own press conference, describing the video.

I saw, for example, a family on a kibbutz, a father of two young boys maybe 10, 11 years old grabbing them, pulling them out of their living room, going through their very small backyard and into a shelter, followed seconds later by a terrorist who throws a grenade into that small shelter, he said.

Netanyahu concluded his speech by describing the heroism of some Israeli troops who have fallen in the ground incursion into Gaza, which started last week.

We will do everything that is needed to defeat our enemies, with the help of God, and with the help of you citizens of Israel, he said in remarks screened just before the onset of Shabbat. We will do it and we will be victorious.

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Who killed a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza?
Pro-Israel and pro-Palestine voices on social media each blame the opposite side for the killing of a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza, but what does the evidence say?
By YUVAL BARNEATwitter Facebook
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022.
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A video made the rounds on social media on Thursday showing several dead Palestinians lying in the road, belongings strewn where they fell. A man, on a bicycle, rides through the chaotic scene shouting "God, a child. God, women. God, the girl. Please God protect our people. Please look."

The video is the latest in a series of videos from Gaza that show what pro-Palestine voices described as "Israeli war crimes." Pro-Israel voices have claimed conversely that the video shows evidence of a Hamas massacre of civilians fleeing south.

+18..Horrific scenes now on Al-Rashid Street, west of Gaza, after the occupation bombed the displaced people 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/p1MSPmmSki

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The video claims to show the Al Rashid Coastal Road which is the only major road on the coast to run from the border with Egypt until reaching the Gaza marina. In the video, the man on the bike is indeed cycling north along the road, this can be confirmed when the man turns his head to the left and we see the coastal sand dunes.

Reuters, and multiple other sources, confirmed that the location was the Al Rashid Coastal Road specifically the section between Wadi Gaza and Gaza City. Reuters was unable to confirm anything else about the video, such as the identity of the person filming, those seen in the video, or what killed them.

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IDF fights deep into Gaza, takes out terrorists, infrastructure
1,400 Israelis murdered since October 7, including 339 soldiers 241 held hostage by Hamas, four hostages released, one rescued
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IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)
IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza
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Israel's Givati Brigade uncovers Hamas intel in northern Gaza stronghold
Operational maps, command and control tables and personal details of commanders who operate within the terrorist organization, were discovered.
By JOANIE MARGULIESTwitter Facebook
Soldiers for the Givati brigade of the IDF took control over a Hamas stronghold in the northern Gaza Strip, uncovering documentation that could be crucial for the IDF moving forward in the war, according to a Friday statement from the IDF spokesperson.

The facility was said to house Najaba terrorists and the Jabaliya-based Hamas intelligence headquarters.

Within the stronghold, soldiers uncovered Hamas intelligence headquarters and associated documentation, complete with detailed maps, tables, means of communication and personal details about Hamas terrorists and commanders.

Similar content was found on the bodies of both captured and dead terrorists following the October 7th attacks.

Command and control charts as well as operational orders for the terrorist organization were also uncovered.



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WATCH: IDF battles 15 terrorists in northern Gaza Strip
The IDF soldiers operated in areas where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMANTwitter Facebook
IDF operates in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF)
IDF operates in northern Gaza
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The IDF ground forces have been operating in Gaza for a week, eliminating Hamas terrorists and destroying the organization's strategic infrastructure.

During the past few days, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence, under the command of Division 460 in the northern Gaza Strip, operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack IDF forces through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities, the IDF reported Saturday morning.

The IDF forces eliminated terrorists who were active in the area, exposed tunnel entrances used for terrorist purposes, and identified the organization's means of warfare.

IDF takes on 15 terrorists at once
In one of the recent battles on Friday, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence engaged with 15 terrorists in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The soldiers eliminated several terrorists and targeted tanks destroyed three Hamas observation posts.

IDF soldiers operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and military facilities. The forces eliminated the Hamas terrorists.

Read full story by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/P0XJ3xANVt

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
Forces fire missiles as terrorists exit tunnel
Additionally, during a focused operation in the southern Gaza Strip, Engineering and Reconnaissance forces under the command of the Gaza Division, carried out building mapping and neutralized explosive devices.

Israeli Air Force's attacks in the Gaza Strip | Read more by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/tsYnNsUc1v

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During the operation, the forces encountered a group of terrorists who emerged from a tunnel entrance. In response, the soldiers fired missiles towards the terrorists, eliminating them.

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Zelensky to visit Israel in midst of ongoing war with Hamas - report
The Ukrainian President will visit Israel next week, as it was reported already in the first week of the war that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to visit Israel next week, amidst the ongoing war over the past few weeks, according to an initial N12 report on Friday.

Various sources already in the first week of the war reported that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel, but was rejected on the matter.

According to the report, there are advanced talks regarding the visit. Once agreed upon, the visit of the Ukrainian president is expected to take place on Monday or Tuesday.

Zelensky's reaction to October 7 massacre
In a speech delivered by Zelensky before the UN assembly, two days after the murderous massacre carried out by Hamas in the south of the country, he said that "Hamas and Russia are the same evil, and the only difference is that there is a terrorist organization that attacked Israel and here is a terrorist state that attacked Ukraine."

He has also made clear that "Israel's right to self-defense is unquestionable. All details surrounding this terrorist assault must be revealed so that the world knows and holds accountable everyone who supported and helped carry out the attack."

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Relations between Israel and Ukraine have seen a few ups and downs since the Russian invasion at the end of February 2022. Zelensky has explicitly criticized Israel in the past for not providing sufficient military aid to the Ukrainians.

Only a few weeks before the Hamas massacre, Zelensky met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a basement conference room at the United Nations, where the Ukrainian leader said that Ukraine "expects more" from Israel.

Ukraine has wanted to purchase Israeli defensive anti-missile systems.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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'You shouldn't have started the war,' Portugal's president tells Palestinian ambassador
Against the backdrop of demonstrations by Hamas supporters in Britain, in the country he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.
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Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event (photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event
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The Portuguese president harshly criticized the Palestinian ambassador after he attacked Israel on Friday.

Portugal 🇵🇹 president roasts the Palestinian ambassador who complains about Israel's attacks:

The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it.
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Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) November 3, 2023
"Radicalism creates an ambiance of radicalism, and this time the radicalism started from some Palestinians," President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told to the Palestinian ambassador. "That's not an excuse for [the] reaction, it was brutal," responded the ambassador.

"I know, I know you blame the Israelis, but this time someone from your side started it," said Rebelo de Sousa "The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it."

Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Pro-Hamas demonstrations
"Meanwhile, thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate in favor of Hamas on British Remembrance Day, and locals fear that this will disrupt the day that honors the war dead," Rebelo de Sousa said.

He also added: "I asked the Minister of the Interior to support the police in doing everything necessary to protect the sanctity of Memorial Day. The right to remember, in peace and honor, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms must be protected."

Amongst demonstrations by Pro-Palestine supporters in Britain, in the country, he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the intention to demonstrate on this particular day a "provocative and disrespectful" act.

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Rising death toll in Gaza is tragic, but Holocaust scholars should know it's not genocide - opinion
Since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million
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Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022.
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(JTA) Up in Broome County, New York, beneath a simple marker in a family plot in Hale Eddy Cemetery, I believe the Rev. Dr. Franklin Hamlin Littell is turning in his grave.

Littell, the son of a Methodist minister who also became one, was a towering figure in the study of the Holocaust and genocide. In postwar West Germany, he spent almost a decade as chief Protestant religious adviser to the High Commission on Germany, assigned to denazification. In 1958 at Emory University in Atlanta, he initiated the first US graduate seminar on the Holocaust. Eighteen years later in Philadelphia, as chair of Temple Universitys religion department, he started the worlds first doctoral program in Holocaust studies. And in 1998 at Stockton University in Pomona, New Jersey, he and his wife, Marcia Sachs Littell, established the first interdisciplinary masters program in Holocaust and genocide studies.

My late mother, Halina Wind Preston, a Jewish educator who survived 14 months hiding from the Nazis in the sewers of Lviv, was a frequent attendee at an annual Holocaust scholars conference cofounded by Littell. I knew Littell, who died in 2009, and at his invitation in 2000 I traveled from Atlanta, where I was a senior editor at CNN.com, to speak on Professional Ethics After Auschwitz at the 30th conference in Philadelphia.

So I can imagine Littells revulsion if he knew that the word genocide was being misused against Israel by scholars and activists including an Israeli historian who now directs the Stockton program he started.

As Israel retaliates in the wake of the bloody rampage of October 7 in which Hamas killed 1,500 Israelis, including 260 people at a music festival and hundreds of civilians in nearby communities, and took more than 200 hostages Raz Segal, the Israeli historian who directs the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Stockton University, has been attracting worldwide attention by blaming the victims.

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
On October 18, at a vigil on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Segal called President Joe Bidens visit to Israel support for Israels genocidal assault on Gaza. On October 13, Jewish Currents published A Textbook Case of Genocide, in which Segal wrote that Israels genocidal assault on Gaza is quite explicit, open, and unashamed and that Israels goal is to destroy the Palestinians of Gaza.

Segal is far from a lone voice accusing Israel of genocide. At Penn, a student group that organized a rally October 16 said it unequivocally stands with Palestine in the face of ongoing genocide committed by the Israeli government, which has been assisted by other Western allies like the United States. On October 24 in Washington, D.C., students at George Washington University projected the message Divestment from Zionist Genocide Now onto a library facade.

And on Tuesday, Craig Mokhiber, director in the New York office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, resigned, citing Israel for a textbook case of genocide.

Littell understood that genocide was coined in 1944 by a Polish Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin to denote the destruction of a nation or of an ethnic group. Lemkin wrote that genocide is intended to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.

Historian Michael Berenbaum, distinguished professor of Jewish studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, said that Israel has no greater ambition than to coexist with the Palestinians as peaceful neighbors and that Littell would be appalled at the suggestion that Israel was committing genocide in its attempts to root out the fighters and sever the leadership of a group that killed and kidnapped Israelis.

I knew and worked with and deeply respected Franklin Littell for the last 40 years of his life, Berenbaum, who was a visiting distinguished professor at Stockton under Littell, told me. These statements would be anathema to his values.

Richard Libowitz, coauthor with Marcia Sachs Littell and Dennis B. Klein of The Genocidal Mind, agreed that the Israeli incursion does not constitute genocide.

Israel has never advocated nor sought the total annihilation of an Arab population, whether in Israel proper, the West Bank or Gaza, said Libowitz, who received a Ph.D. in religion under Franklin Littell at Temple and is retired from the faculties of Temple and St. Josephs University.

Palestinian population has risen
Indeed, since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million, including 1.6 million Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Libowitz acknowledged the ferocity of the Israeli military strikes on Gaza in the wake of the October 7 attacks, as the Palestinian death toll as reported by the Hamas-run health ministry rose above 9,000.

Civilian casualties in Gaza especially the death of children are tragic, said Libowitz. Hamas carried out the worst murder of Jews since the Holocaust and the outrage should be understood. Israel intends to destroy Hamas, but Magen David Adom [the Israeli Red Cross] personnel treated wounded terrorists after their attack. Gazans were warned to flee the northern part of the strip. This is human tragedy, but it is not genocide.

He added: The stated aim of Hamas to wipe Israel from the Earth is certainly a genocidal intent.

Polly Zavadivker, an assistant professor of history at the University of Delaware, told me that Segals statements on genocide threaten future attempts to identify, prevent, and prosecute that crime. It is equally damaging to the legitimacy of Holocaust and Genocide Studies as a field when such false claims are presented in the guise of scholarly expertise.

Zavadivker, who teaches courses in antisemitism, the Holocaust, and comparative genocide, said that an accusation that Israel is committing genocide renders the word meaningless.

In 1973, after working on it for four years, Franklin Littell and 17 other Christian theologians released a 14-point statement on Israel. The statement, which appeared as an appendix in Littells book, seems strikingly relevant 50 years later.

The charge is sometimes made that Israel is belligerently expansionistic as a result of its military triumphs in the Six-Day War, it said in part. Visitors to Israel, however, can easily discover that the overriding concern of the majority of Israelis is peace, not more territory. Israels anxiety about national defense reflects the age-old human yearning for security, the anxiety of a people whose history has been a saga of frightful persecution, climaxed by the Holocaust of six million men, women, and children.

Against such a tormented background, is it surprising that the Jewish people should want to defend themselves? they continued. Criticism that would use the failure of Israel to live up to the highest moral standards as an excuse to deny its right to exist would be a double standard, one not applied to any other nation on earth.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media.

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Evidence of a shift among Democrats as calls for a ceasefire in Gaza grow
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter.
By RON KAMPEAS/JTATwitter Facebook
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023 (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023
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WASHINGTON (JTA) As Joe Biden was speaking a political fundraiser in Minneapolis this week, a rabbi and activist with an anti-Zionist Jewish group stood up and shouted, Mr. President, if you care about Jewish people, as a rabbi, I need you to call for a ceasefire right now.

Bidens response: Well, I understand her emotion. I really do. The president went on to enumerate the steps hes taken to ease Palestinian civilian suffering in Gaza: urging Israel to pause the fighting so hostages can be released and pushing Egypt to let people exit Gaza into the Sinai Peninsula.

The next day, another expression of concern for Palestinian civilians came from Bidens chief diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, before he boarded a flight to Israel.

When I see a Palestinian child a boy, a girl pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building, that hits me in the gut as much as seeing a child from Israel or anywhere else, he said. So this is something that we have an obligation to respond to, and we will.

Biden and Blinkens statements are two of several signals that a shift of sorts is happening in the White House and among Democrats in D.C. Alongside the unabashed support Biden has shown Israel since Hamas attack on Oct. 7 killed and wounded thousands, the president and other leaders in his party are now placing increasing emphasis on protecting Palestinian civilians and pausing the fighting as the war marks its first month with thousands of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
One sign of a change came on Thursday, when Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chambers number-two Democrat, called for a ceasefire the first senator to at least partially endorse the central demand of pro-Palestinian and other progressive groups. Durbin said a ceasefire could happen only when Hamas releases the more than 200 hostages it kidnapped on Oct. 7.

I think it is, Durbin said when CNN anchor Poppy Harlow asked him if a ceasefire is needed now. At least in the context of both sides agreeing. For example, the release of those who have been kidnapped should be a part of this. Immediate release. That should be the beginning of it. An effort should be made to engage in conversation between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

On Friday, he joined a dozen other Democratic senators in signing a statement endorsing Bidens call for a short-term cessation of hostilities that pose high risk to civilians and other noncombatants. The statement endorsed a pause in the fighting, rather than a full ceasefire advocated by progressive and pro-Palestinian activists.

Calls for a ceasefire
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter. Israel has vowed to depose Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and a ceasefire would leave the terror group in power. Biden administration officials say they still oppose a permanent ceasefire, and back Israels ultimate aim of destroying Hamas.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Blinken that he would reject a temporary ceasefire until Hamas released all of the hostages a blow to the Biden administrations push for humanitarian pauses in the fighting.

We will not accept a temporary ceasefire that does not return our hostages, Netanyahu said in a televised address to the nation after meeting in Israel on Friday with Blinken, who is in the region to seek relief for Palestinians while showing support for Israel. We will not allow fuel into Gaza, and we object to the transfer of money into Gaza.

Blinken went into his Israel trip determined to make the case for increasing the entry of aid into Gaza. At first, Israel fully barred aid from Gaza, but the daily inflow now stands at 50-60 trucks a day. We need that and want that to increase, and I expect youll see that in the coming days, Blinken said Thursday on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, just before leaving.

The same day, John Kirby, the National Security Council spokesman, said the Biden Administration would seek a series of humanitarian pauses to facilitate relief.

Were really not just talking about, like, one pause, Kirby said at the daily White House press breifing. What were trying to do is explore the idea of as many pauses that might be necessary to continue to get aid out and to continue to work to get people out safely, including hostages.

Speaking to media after meeting Netanyahu, Blinken did not back down from his quest for pauses in the fighting, but recognized that they would not happen immediately.

Each of these efforts would be facilitated by humanitarian pauses arrangements on the ground that increase security for civilians and permit more effective and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, he said referring to bringing in relief, releasing hostages and allowing more Palestinians to cross into Egypt.

How when and where these can be implemented, what work needs to happen and what understandings need to be reached we recognize this would take time to prepare and coordinate with international partners, he said. A number of legitimate questions were raised today how to use any period of pause to maximize the flow of aid, how to connect the pause to hostage release, how to ensure Hamas doesnt use the pause to own advantage. We believe they can be solved.

In his televised address, Netanyahu, his voice at times choked, said he showed Blinken a video of children wailing while watching terrorists murder their father.

Blinken also teared up at his own press conference, describing the video.

I saw, for example, a family on a kibbutz, a father of two young boys maybe 10, 11 years old grabbing them, pulling them out of their living room, going through their very small backyard and into a shelter, followed seconds later by a terrorist who throws a grenade into that small shelter, he said.

Netanyahu concluded his speech by describing the heroism of some Israeli troops who have fallen in the ground incursion into Gaza, which started last week.

We will do everything that is needed to defeat our enemies, with the help of God, and with the help of you citizens of Israel, he said in remarks screened just before the onset of Shabbat. We will do it and we will be victorious.

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Who killed a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza?
Pro-Israel and pro-Palestine voices on social media each blame the opposite side for the killing of a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza, but what does the evidence say?
By YUVAL BARNEATwitter Facebook
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A video made the rounds on social media on Thursday showing several dead Palestinians lying in the road, belongings strewn where they fell. A man, on a bicycle, rides through the chaotic scene shouting "God, a child. God, women. God, the girl. Please God protect our people. Please look."

The video is the latest in a series of videos from Gaza that show what pro-Palestine voices described as "Israeli war crimes." Pro-Israel voices have claimed conversely that the video shows evidence of a Hamas massacre of civilians fleeing south.

+18..Horrific scenes now on Al-Rashid Street, west of Gaza, after the occupation bombed the displaced people 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/p1MSPmmSki

Gaza Now in English (@EnglishGaza) November 3, 2023
The video claims to show the Al Rashid Coastal Road which is the only major road on the coast to run from the border with Egypt until reaching the Gaza marina. In the video, the man on the bike is indeed cycling north along the road, this can be confirmed when the man turns his head to the left and we see the coastal sand dunes.

Reuters, and multiple other sources, confirmed that the location was the Al Rashid Coastal Road specifically the section between Wadi Gaza and Gaza City. Reuters was unable to confirm anything else about the video, such as the identity of the person filming, those seen in the video, or what killed them.

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IDF fights deep into Gaza, takes out terrorists, infrastructure
1,400 Israelis murdered since October 7, including 339 soldiers 241 held hostage by Hamas, four hostages released, one rescued
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IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)
IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza
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Israel's Givati Brigade uncovers Hamas intel in northern Gaza stronghold
Operational maps, command and control tables and personal details of commanders who operate within the terrorist organization, were discovered.
By JOANIE MARGULIESTwitter Facebook
Soldiers for the Givati brigade of the IDF took control over a Hamas stronghold in the northern Gaza Strip, uncovering documentation that could be crucial for the IDF moving forward in the war, according to a Friday statement from the IDF spokesperson.

The facility was said to house Najaba terrorists and the Jabaliya-based Hamas intelligence headquarters.

Within the stronghold, soldiers uncovered Hamas intelligence headquarters and associated documentation, complete with detailed maps, tables, means of communication and personal details about Hamas terrorists and commanders.

Similar content was found on the bodies of both captured and dead terrorists following the October 7th attacks.

Command and control charts as well as operational orders for the terrorist organization were also uncovered.



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WATCH: IDF battles 15 terrorists in northern Gaza Strip
The IDF soldiers operated in areas where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMANTwitter Facebook
IDF operates in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF)
IDF operates in northern Gaza
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The IDF ground forces have been operating in Gaza for a week, eliminating Hamas terrorists and destroying the organization's strategic infrastructure.

During the past few days, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence, under the command of Division 460 in the northern Gaza Strip, operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack IDF forces through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities, the IDF reported Saturday morning.

The IDF forces eliminated terrorists who were active in the area, exposed tunnel entrances used for terrorist purposes, and identified the organization's means of warfare.

IDF takes on 15 terrorists at once
In one of the recent battles on Friday, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence engaged with 15 terrorists in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The soldiers eliminated several terrorists and targeted tanks destroyed three Hamas observation posts.

IDF soldiers operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and military facilities. The forces eliminated the Hamas terrorists.

Read full story by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/P0XJ3xANVt

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
Forces fire missiles as terrorists exit tunnel
Additionally, during a focused operation in the southern Gaza Strip, Engineering and Reconnaissance forces under the command of the Gaza Division, carried out building mapping and neutralized explosive devices.

Israeli Air Force's attacks in the Gaza Strip | Read more by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/tsYnNsUc1v

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
During the operation, the forces encountered a group of terrorists who emerged from a tunnel entrance. In response, the soldiers fired missiles towards the terrorists, eliminating them.

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Zelensky to visit Israel in midst of ongoing war with Hamas - report
The Ukrainian President will visit Israel next week, as it was reported already in the first week of the war that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to visit Israel next week, amidst the ongoing war over the past few weeks, according to an initial N12 report on Friday.

Various sources already in the first week of the war reported that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel, but was rejected on the matter.

According to the report, there are advanced talks regarding the visit. Once agreed upon, the visit of the Ukrainian president is expected to take place on Monday or Tuesday.

Zelensky's reaction to October 7 massacre
In a speech delivered by Zelensky before the UN assembly, two days after the murderous massacre carried out by Hamas in the south of the country, he said that "Hamas and Russia are the same evil, and the only difference is that there is a terrorist organization that attacked Israel and here is a terrorist state that attacked Ukraine."

He has also made clear that "Israel's right to self-defense is unquestionable. All details surrounding this terrorist assault must be revealed so that the world knows and holds accountable everyone who supported and helped carry out the attack."

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Relations between Israel and Ukraine have seen a few ups and downs since the Russian invasion at the end of February 2022. Zelensky has explicitly criticized Israel in the past for not providing sufficient military aid to the Ukrainians.

Only a few weeks before the Hamas massacre, Zelensky met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a basement conference room at the United Nations, where the Ukrainian leader said that Ukraine "expects more" from Israel.

Ukraine has wanted to purchase Israeli defensive anti-missile systems.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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'You shouldn't have started the war,' Portugal's president tells Palestinian ambassador
Against the backdrop of demonstrations by Hamas supporters in Britain, in the country he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event (photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event
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The Portuguese president harshly criticized the Palestinian ambassador after he attacked Israel on Friday.

Portugal 🇵🇹 president roasts the Palestinian ambassador who complains about Israel's attacks:

The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it.
pic.twitter.com/o3F4X7B6yk

Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) November 3, 2023
"Radicalism creates an ambiance of radicalism, and this time the radicalism started from some Palestinians," President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told to the Palestinian ambassador. "That's not an excuse for [the] reaction, it was brutal," responded the ambassador.

"I know, I know you blame the Israelis, but this time someone from your side started it," said Rebelo de Sousa "The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it."

Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Pro-Hamas demonstrations
"Meanwhile, thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate in favor of Hamas on British Remembrance Day, and locals fear that this will disrupt the day that honors the war dead," Rebelo de Sousa said.

He also added: "I asked the Minister of the Interior to support the police in doing everything necessary to protect the sanctity of Memorial Day. The right to remember, in peace and honor, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms must be protected."

Amongst demonstrations by Pro-Palestine supporters in Britain, in the country, he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the intention to demonstrate on this particular day a "provocative and disrespectful" act.

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Rising death toll in Gaza is tragic, but Holocaust scholars should know it's not genocide - opinion
Since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million
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Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022.
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(JTA) Up in Broome County, New York, beneath a simple marker in a family plot in Hale Eddy Cemetery, I believe the Rev. Dr. Franklin Hamlin Littell is turning in his grave.

Littell, the son of a Methodist minister who also became one, was a towering figure in the study of the Holocaust and genocide. In postwar West Germany, he spent almost a decade as chief Protestant religious adviser to the High Commission on Germany, assigned to denazification. In 1958 at Emory University in Atlanta, he initiated the first US graduate seminar on the Holocaust. Eighteen years later in Philadelphia, as chair of Temple Universitys religion department, he started the worlds first doctoral program in Holocaust studies. And in 1998 at Stockton University in Pomona, New Jersey, he and his wife, Marcia Sachs Littell, established the first interdisciplinary masters program in Holocaust and genocide studies.

My late mother, Halina Wind Preston, a Jewish educator who survived 14 months hiding from the Nazis in the sewers of Lviv, was a frequent attendee at an annual Holocaust scholars conference cofounded by Littell. I knew Littell, who died in 2009, and at his invitation in 2000 I traveled from Atlanta, where I was a senior editor at CNN.com, to speak on Professional Ethics After Auschwitz at the 30th conference in Philadelphia.

So I can imagine Littells revulsion if he knew that the word genocide was being misused against Israel by scholars and activists including an Israeli historian who now directs the Stockton program he started.

As Israel retaliates in the wake of the bloody rampage of October 7 in which Hamas killed 1,500 Israelis, including 260 people at a music festival and hundreds of civilians in nearby communities, and took more than 200 hostages Raz Segal, the Israeli historian who directs the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Stockton University, has been attracting worldwide attention by blaming the victims.

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
On October 18, at a vigil on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Segal called President Joe Bidens visit to Israel support for Israels genocidal assault on Gaza. On October 13, Jewish Currents published A Textbook Case of Genocide, in which Segal wrote that Israels genocidal assault on Gaza is quite explicit, open, and unashamed and that Israels goal is to destroy the Palestinians of Gaza.

Segal is far from a lone voice accusing Israel of genocide. At Penn, a student group that organized a rally October 16 said it unequivocally stands with Palestine in the face of ongoing genocide committed by the Israeli government, which has been assisted by other Western allies like the United States. On October 24 in Washington, D.C., students at George Washington University projected the message Divestment from Zionist Genocide Now onto a library facade.

And on Tuesday, Craig Mokhiber, director in the New York office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, resigned, citing Israel for a textbook case of genocide.

Littell understood that genocide was coined in 1944 by a Polish Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin to denote the destruction of a nation or of an ethnic group. Lemkin wrote that genocide is intended to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.

Historian Michael Berenbaum, distinguished professor of Jewish studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, said that Israel has no greater ambition than to coexist with the Palestinians as peaceful neighbors and that Littell would be appalled at the suggestion that Israel was committing genocide in its attempts to root out the fighters and sever the leadership of a group that killed and kidnapped Israelis.

I knew and worked with and deeply respected Franklin Littell for the last 40 years of his life, Berenbaum, who was a visiting distinguished professor at Stockton under Littell, told me. These statements would be anathema to his values.

Richard Libowitz, coauthor with Marcia Sachs Littell and Dennis B. Klein of The Genocidal Mind, agreed that the Israeli incursion does not constitute genocide.

Israel has never advocated nor sought the total annihilation of an Arab population, whether in Israel proper, the West Bank or Gaza, said Libowitz, who received a Ph.D. in religion under Franklin Littell at Temple and is retired from the faculties of Temple and St. Josephs University.

Palestinian population has risen
Indeed, since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million, including 1.6 million Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Libowitz acknowledged the ferocity of the Israeli military strikes on Gaza in the wake of the October 7 attacks, as the Palestinian death toll as reported by the Hamas-run health ministry rose above 9,000.

Civilian casualties in Gaza especially the death of children are tragic, said Libowitz. Hamas carried out the worst murder of Jews since the Holocaust and the outrage should be understood. Israel intends to destroy Hamas, but Magen David Adom [the Israeli Red Cross] personnel treated wounded terrorists after their attack. Gazans were warned to flee the northern part of the strip. This is human tragedy, but it is not genocide.

He added: The stated aim of Hamas to wipe Israel from the Earth is certainly a genocidal intent.

Polly Zavadivker, an assistant professor of history at the University of Delaware, told me that Segals statements on genocide threaten future attempts to identify, prevent, and prosecute that crime. It is equally damaging to the legitimacy of Holocaust and Genocide Studies as a field when such false claims are presented in the guise of scholarly expertise.

Zavadivker, who teaches courses in antisemitism, the Holocaust, and comparative genocide, said that an accusation that Israel is committing genocide renders the word meaningless.

In 1973, after working on it for four years, Franklin Littell and 17 other Christian theologians released a 14-point statement on Israel. The statement, which appeared as an appendix in Littells book, seems strikingly relevant 50 years later.

The charge is sometimes made that Israel is belligerently expansionistic as a result of its military triumphs in the Six-Day War, it said in part. Visitors to Israel, however, can easily discover that the overriding concern of the majority of Israelis is peace, not more territory. Israels anxiety about national defense reflects the age-old human yearning for security, the anxiety of a people whose history has been a saga of frightful persecution, climaxed by the Holocaust of six million men, women, and children.

Against such a tormented background, is it surprising that the Jewish people should want to defend themselves? they continued. Criticism that would use the failure of Israel to live up to the highest moral standards as an excuse to deny its right to exist would be a double standard, one not applied to any other nation on earth.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media.

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Evidence of a shift among Democrats as calls for a ceasefire in Gaza grow
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter.
By RON KAMPEAS/JTATwitter Facebook
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023 (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023
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WASHINGTON (JTA) As Joe Biden was speaking a political fundraiser in Minneapolis this week, a rabbi and activist with an anti-Zionist Jewish group stood up and shouted, Mr. President, if you care about Jewish people, as a rabbi, I need you to call for a ceasefire right now.

Bidens response: Well, I understand her emotion. I really do. The president went on to enumerate the steps hes taken to ease Palestinian civilian suffering in Gaza: urging Israel to pause the fighting so hostages can be released and pushing Egypt to let people exit Gaza into the Sinai Peninsula.

The next day, another expression of concern for Palestinian civilians came from Bidens chief diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, before he boarded a flight to Israel.

When I see a Palestinian child a boy, a girl pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building, that hits me in the gut as much as seeing a child from Israel or anywhere else, he said. So this is something that we have an obligation to respond to, and we will.

Biden and Blinkens statements are two of several signals that a shift of sorts is happening in the White House and among Democrats in D.C. Alongside the unabashed support Biden has shown Israel since Hamas attack on Oct. 7 killed and wounded thousands, the president and other leaders in his party are now placing increasing emphasis on protecting Palestinian civilians and pausing the fighting as the war marks its first month with thousands of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
One sign of a change came on Thursday, when Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chambers number-two Democrat, called for a ceasefire the first senator to at least partially endorse the central demand of pro-Palestinian and other progressive groups. Durbin said a ceasefire could happen only when Hamas releases the more than 200 hostages it kidnapped on Oct. 7.

I think it is, Durbin said when CNN anchor Poppy Harlow asked him if a ceasefire is needed now. At least in the context of both sides agreeing. For example, the release of those who have been kidnapped should be a part of this. Immediate release. That should be the beginning of it. An effort should be made to engage in conversation between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

On Friday, he joined a dozen other Democratic senators in signing a statement endorsing Bidens call for a short-term cessation of hostilities that pose high risk to civilians and other noncombatants. The statement endorsed a pause in the fighting, rather than a full ceasefire advocated by progressive and pro-Palestinian activists.

Calls for a ceasefire
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter. Israel has vowed to depose Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and a ceasefire would leave the terror group in power. Biden administration officials say they still oppose a permanent ceasefire, and back Israels ultimate aim of destroying Hamas.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Blinken that he would reject a temporary ceasefire until Hamas released all of the hostages a blow to the Biden administrations push for humanitarian pauses in the fighting.

We will not accept a temporary ceasefire that does not return our hostages, Netanyahu said in a televised address to the nation after meeting in Israel on Friday with Blinken, who is in the region to seek relief for Palestinians while showing support for Israel. We will not allow fuel into Gaza, and we object to the transfer of money into Gaza.

Blinken went into his Israel trip determined to make the case for increasing the entry of aid into Gaza. At first, Israel fully barred aid from Gaza, but the daily inflow now stands at 50-60 trucks a day. We need that and want that to increase, and I expect youll see that in the coming days, Blinken said Thursday on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, just before leaving.

The same day, John Kirby, the National Security Council spokesman, said the Biden Administration would seek a series of humanitarian pauses to facilitate relief.

Were really not just talking about, like, one pause, Kirby said at the daily White House press breifing. What were trying to do is explore the idea of as many pauses that might be necessary to continue to get aid out and to continue to work to get people out safely, including hostages.

Speaking to media after meeting Netanyahu, Blinken did not back down from his quest for pauses in the fighting, but recognized that they would not happen immediately.

Each of these efforts would be facilitated by humanitarian pauses arrangements on the ground that increase security for civilians and permit more effective and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, he said referring to bringing in relief, releasing hostages and allowing more Palestinians to cross into Egypt.

How when and where these can be implemented, what work needs to happen and what understandings need to be reached we recognize this would take time to prepare and coordinate with international partners, he said. A number of legitimate questions were raised today how to use any period of pause to maximize the flow of aid, how to connect the pause to hostage release, how to ensure Hamas doesnt use the pause to own advantage. We believe they can be solved.

In his televised address, Netanyahu, his voice at times choked, said he showed Blinken a video of children wailing while watching terrorists murder their father.

Blinken also teared up at his own press conference, describing the video.

I saw, for example, a family on a kibbutz, a father of two young boys maybe 10, 11 years old grabbing them, pulling them out of their living room, going through their very small backyard and into a shelter, followed seconds later by a terrorist who throws a grenade into that small shelter, he said.

Netanyahu concluded his speech by describing the heroism of some Israeli troops who have fallen in the ground incursion into Gaza, which started last week.

We will do everything that is needed to defeat our enemies, with the help of God, and with the help of you citizens of Israel, he said in remarks screened just before the onset of Shabbat. We will do it and we will be victorious.

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Who killed a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza?
Pro-Israel and pro-Palestine voices on social media each blame the opposite side for the killing of a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza, but what does the evidence say?
By YUVAL BARNEATwitter Facebook
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A video made the rounds on social media on Thursday showing several dead Palestinians lying in the road, belongings strewn where they fell. A man, on a bicycle, rides through the chaotic scene shouting "God, a child. God, women. God, the girl. Please God protect our people. Please look."

The video is the latest in a series of videos from Gaza that show what pro-Palestine voices described as "Israeli war crimes." Pro-Israel voices have claimed conversely that the video shows evidence of a Hamas massacre of civilians fleeing south.

+18..Horrific scenes now on Al-Rashid Street, west of Gaza, after the occupation bombed the displaced people 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/p1MSPmmSki

Gaza Now in English (@EnglishGaza) November 3, 2023
The video claims to show the Al Rashid Coastal Road which is the only major road on the coast to run from the border with Egypt until reaching the Gaza marina. In the video, the man on the bike is indeed cycling north along the road, this can be confirmed when the man turns his head to the left and we see the coastal sand dunes.

Reuters, and multiple other sources, confirmed that the location was the Al Rashid Coastal Road specifically the section between Wadi Gaza and Gaza City. Reuters was unable to confirm anything else about the video, such as the identity of the person filming, those seen in the video, or what killed them.

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IDF fights deep into Gaza, takes out terrorists, infrastructure
1,400 Israelis murdered since October 7, including 339 soldiers 241 held hostage by Hamas, four hostages released, one rescued
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IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)
IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza
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Israel's Givati Brigade uncovers Hamas intel in northern Gaza stronghold
Operational maps, command and control tables and personal details of commanders who operate within the terrorist organization, were discovered.
By JOANIE MARGULIESTwitter Facebook
Soldiers for the Givati brigade of the IDF took control over a Hamas stronghold in the northern Gaza Strip, uncovering documentation that could be crucial for the IDF moving forward in the war, according to a Friday statement from the IDF spokesperson.

The facility was said to house Najaba terrorists and the Jabaliya-based Hamas intelligence headquarters.

Within the stronghold, soldiers uncovered Hamas intelligence headquarters and associated documentation, complete with detailed maps, tables, means of communication and personal details about Hamas terrorists and commanders.

Similar content was found on the bodies of both captured and dead terrorists following the October 7th attacks.

Command and control charts as well as operational orders for the terrorist organization were also uncovered.



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WATCH: IDF battles 15 terrorists in northern Gaza Strip
The IDF soldiers operated in areas where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMANTwitter Facebook
IDF operates in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF)
IDF operates in northern Gaza
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The IDF ground forces have been operating in Gaza for a week, eliminating Hamas terrorists and destroying the organization's strategic infrastructure.

During the past few days, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence, under the command of Division 460 in the northern Gaza Strip, operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack IDF forces through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities, the IDF reported Saturday morning.

The IDF forces eliminated terrorists who were active in the area, exposed tunnel entrances used for terrorist purposes, and identified the organization's means of warfare.

IDF takes on 15 terrorists at once
In one of the recent battles on Friday, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence engaged with 15 terrorists in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The soldiers eliminated several terrorists and targeted tanks destroyed three Hamas observation posts.

IDF soldiers operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and military facilities. The forces eliminated the Hamas terrorists.

Read full story by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/P0XJ3xANVt

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
Forces fire missiles as terrorists exit tunnel
Additionally, during a focused operation in the southern Gaza Strip, Engineering and Reconnaissance forces under the command of the Gaza Division, carried out building mapping and neutralized explosive devices.

Israeli Air Force's attacks in the Gaza Strip | Read more by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/tsYnNsUc1v

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
During the operation, the forces encountered a group of terrorists who emerged from a tunnel entrance. In response, the soldiers fired missiles towards the terrorists, eliminating them.

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Zelensky to visit Israel in midst of ongoing war with Hamas - report
The Ukrainian President will visit Israel next week, as it was reported already in the first week of the war that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023
(photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to visit Israel next week, amidst the ongoing war over the past few weeks, according to an initial N12 report on Friday.

Various sources already in the first week of the war reported that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel, but was rejected on the matter.

According to the report, there are advanced talks regarding the visit. Once agreed upon, the visit of the Ukrainian president is expected to take place on Monday or Tuesday.

Zelensky's reaction to October 7 massacre
In a speech delivered by Zelensky before the UN assembly, two days after the murderous massacre carried out by Hamas in the south of the country, he said that "Hamas and Russia are the same evil, and the only difference is that there is a terrorist organization that attacked Israel and here is a terrorist state that attacked Ukraine."

He has also made clear that "Israel's right to self-defense is unquestionable. All details surrounding this terrorist assault must be revealed so that the world knows and holds accountable everyone who supported and helped carry out the attack."

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Relations between Israel and Ukraine have seen a few ups and downs since the Russian invasion at the end of February 2022. Zelensky has explicitly criticized Israel in the past for not providing sufficient military aid to the Ukrainians.

Only a few weeks before the Hamas massacre, Zelensky met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a basement conference room at the United Nations, where the Ukrainian leader said that Ukraine "expects more" from Israel.

Ukraine has wanted to purchase Israeli defensive anti-missile systems.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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3 Hours ago
'You shouldn't have started the war,' Portugal's president tells Palestinian ambassador
Against the backdrop of demonstrations by Hamas supporters in Britain, in the country he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event (photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event
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The Portuguese president harshly criticized the Palestinian ambassador after he attacked Israel on Friday.

Portugal 🇵🇹 president roasts the Palestinian ambassador who complains about Israel's attacks:

The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it.
pic.twitter.com/o3F4X7B6yk

Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) November 3, 2023
"Radicalism creates an ambiance of radicalism, and this time the radicalism started from some Palestinians," President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told to the Palestinian ambassador. "That's not an excuse for [the] reaction, it was brutal," responded the ambassador.

"I know, I know you blame the Israelis, but this time someone from your side started it," said Rebelo de Sousa "The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it."

Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Pro-Hamas demonstrations
"Meanwhile, thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate in favor of Hamas on British Remembrance Day, and locals fear that this will disrupt the day that honors the war dead," Rebelo de Sousa said.

He also added: "I asked the Minister of the Interior to support the police in doing everything necessary to protect the sanctity of Memorial Day. The right to remember, in peace and honor, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms must be protected."

Amongst demonstrations by Pro-Palestine supporters in Britain, in the country, he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the intention to demonstrate on this particular day a "provocative and disrespectful" act.

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Rising death toll in Gaza is tragic, but Holocaust scholars should know it's not genocide - opinion
Since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million
By DAVID LEE PRESTONTwitter Facebook
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022.
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(JTA) Up in Broome County, New York, beneath a simple marker in a family plot in Hale Eddy Cemetery, I believe the Rev. Dr. Franklin Hamlin Littell is turning in his grave.

Littell, the son of a Methodist minister who also became one, was a towering figure in the study of the Holocaust and genocide. In postwar West Germany, he spent almost a decade as chief Protestant religious adviser to the High Commission on Germany, assigned to denazification. In 1958 at Emory University in Atlanta, he initiated the first US graduate seminar on the Holocaust. Eighteen years later in Philadelphia, as chair of Temple Universitys religion department, he started the worlds first doctoral program in Holocaust studies. And in 1998 at Stockton University in Pomona, New Jersey, he and his wife, Marcia Sachs Littell, established the first interdisciplinary masters program in Holocaust and genocide studies.

My late mother, Halina Wind Preston, a Jewish educator who survived 14 months hiding from the Nazis in the sewers of Lviv, was a frequent attendee at an annual Holocaust scholars conference cofounded by Littell. I knew Littell, who died in 2009, and at his invitation in 2000 I traveled from Atlanta, where I was a senior editor at CNN.com, to speak on Professional Ethics After Auschwitz at the 30th conference in Philadelphia.

So I can imagine Littells revulsion if he knew that the word genocide was being misused against Israel by scholars and activists including an Israeli historian who now directs the Stockton program he started.

As Israel retaliates in the wake of the bloody rampage of October 7 in which Hamas killed 1,500 Israelis, including 260 people at a music festival and hundreds of civilians in nearby communities, and took more than 200 hostages Raz Segal, the Israeli historian who directs the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Stockton University, has been attracting worldwide attention by blaming the victims.

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
On October 18, at a vigil on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Segal called President Joe Bidens visit to Israel support for Israels genocidal assault on Gaza. On October 13, Jewish Currents published A Textbook Case of Genocide, in which Segal wrote that Israels genocidal assault on Gaza is quite explicit, open, and unashamed and that Israels goal is to destroy the Palestinians of Gaza.

Segal is far from a lone voice accusing Israel of genocide. At Penn, a student group that organized a rally October 16 said it unequivocally stands with Palestine in the face of ongoing genocide committed by the Israeli government, which has been assisted by other Western allies like the United States. On October 24 in Washington, D.C., students at George Washington University projected the message Divestment from Zionist Genocide Now onto a library facade.

And on Tuesday, Craig Mokhiber, director in the New York office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, resigned, citing Israel for a textbook case of genocide.

Littell understood that genocide was coined in 1944 by a Polish Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin to denote the destruction of a nation or of an ethnic group. Lemkin wrote that genocide is intended to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.

Historian Michael Berenbaum, distinguished professor of Jewish studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, said that Israel has no greater ambition than to coexist with the Palestinians as peaceful neighbors and that Littell would be appalled at the suggestion that Israel was committing genocide in its attempts to root out the fighters and sever the leadership of a group that killed and kidnapped Israelis.

I knew and worked with and deeply respected Franklin Littell for the last 40 years of his life, Berenbaum, who was a visiting distinguished professor at Stockton under Littell, told me. These statements would be anathema to his values.

Richard Libowitz, coauthor with Marcia Sachs Littell and Dennis B. Klein of The Genocidal Mind, agreed that the Israeli incursion does not constitute genocide.

Israel has never advocated nor sought the total annihilation of an Arab population, whether in Israel proper, the West Bank or Gaza, said Libowitz, who received a Ph.D. in religion under Franklin Littell at Temple and is retired from the faculties of Temple and St. Josephs University.

Palestinian population has risen
Indeed, since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million, including 1.6 million Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Libowitz acknowledged the ferocity of the Israeli military strikes on Gaza in the wake of the October 7 attacks, as the Palestinian death toll as reported by the Hamas-run health ministry rose above 9,000.

Civilian casualties in Gaza especially the death of children are tragic, said Libowitz. Hamas carried out the worst murder of Jews since the Holocaust and the outrage should be understood. Israel intends to destroy Hamas, but Magen David Adom [the Israeli Red Cross] personnel treated wounded terrorists after their attack. Gazans were warned to flee the northern part of the strip. This is human tragedy, but it is not genocide.

He added: The stated aim of Hamas to wipe Israel from the Earth is certainly a genocidal intent.

Polly Zavadivker, an assistant professor of history at the University of Delaware, told me that Segals statements on genocide threaten future attempts to identify, prevent, and prosecute that crime. It is equally damaging to the legitimacy of Holocaust and Genocide Studies as a field when such false claims are presented in the guise of scholarly expertise.

Zavadivker, who teaches courses in antisemitism, the Holocaust, and comparative genocide, said that an accusation that Israel is committing genocide renders the word meaningless.

In 1973, after working on it for four years, Franklin Littell and 17 other Christian theologians released a 14-point statement on Israel. The statement, which appeared as an appendix in Littells book, seems strikingly relevant 50 years later.

The charge is sometimes made that Israel is belligerently expansionistic as a result of its military triumphs in the Six-Day War, it said in part. Visitors to Israel, however, can easily discover that the overriding concern of the majority of Israelis is peace, not more territory. Israels anxiety about national defense reflects the age-old human yearning for security, the anxiety of a people whose history has been a saga of frightful persecution, climaxed by the Holocaust of six million men, women, and children.

Against such a tormented background, is it surprising that the Jewish people should want to defend themselves? they continued. Criticism that would use the failure of Israel to live up to the highest moral standards as an excuse to deny its right to exist would be a double standard, one not applied to any other nation on earth.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media.

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Evidence of a shift among Democrats as calls for a ceasefire in Gaza grow
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter.
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US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023 (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023
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WASHINGTON (JTA) As Joe Biden was speaking a political fundraiser in Minneapolis this week, a rabbi and activist with an anti-Zionist Jewish group stood up and shouted, Mr. President, if you care about Jewish people, as a rabbi, I need you to call for a ceasefire right now.

Bidens response: Well, I understand her emotion. I really do. The president went on to enumerate the steps hes taken to ease Palestinian civilian suffering in Gaza: urging Israel to pause the fighting so hostages can be released and pushing Egypt to let people exit Gaza into the Sinai Peninsula.

The next day, another expression of concern for Palestinian civilians came from Bidens chief diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, before he boarded a flight to Israel.

When I see a Palestinian child a boy, a girl pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building, that hits me in the gut as much as seeing a child from Israel or anywhere else, he said. So this is something that we have an obligation to respond to, and we will.

Biden and Blinkens statements are two of several signals that a shift of sorts is happening in the White House and among Democrats in D.C. Alongside the unabashed support Biden has shown Israel since Hamas attack on Oct. 7 killed and wounded thousands, the president and other leaders in his party are now placing increasing emphasis on protecting Palestinian civilians and pausing the fighting as the war marks its first month with thousands of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
One sign of a change came on Thursday, when Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chambers number-two Democrat, called for a ceasefire the first senator to at least partially endorse the central demand of pro-Palestinian and other progressive groups. Durbin said a ceasefire could happen only when Hamas releases the more than 200 hostages it kidnapped on Oct. 7.

I think it is, Durbin said when CNN anchor Poppy Harlow asked him if a ceasefire is needed now. At least in the context of both sides agreeing. For example, the release of those who have been kidnapped should be a part of this. Immediate release. That should be the beginning of it. An effort should be made to engage in conversation between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

On Friday, he joined a dozen other Democratic senators in signing a statement endorsing Bidens call for a short-term cessation of hostilities that pose high risk to civilians and other noncombatants. The statement endorsed a pause in the fighting, rather than a full ceasefire advocated by progressive and pro-Palestinian activists.

Calls for a ceasefire
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter. Israel has vowed to depose Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and a ceasefire would leave the terror group in power. Biden administration officials say they still oppose a permanent ceasefire, and back Israels ultimate aim of destroying Hamas.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Blinken that he would reject a temporary ceasefire until Hamas released all of the hostages a blow to the Biden administrations push for humanitarian pauses in the fighting.

We will not accept a temporary ceasefire that does not return our hostages, Netanyahu said in a televised address to the nation after meeting in Israel on Friday with Blinken, who is in the region to seek relief for Palestinians while showing support for Israel. We will not allow fuel into Gaza, and we object to the transfer of money into Gaza.

Blinken went into his Israel trip determined to make the case for increasing the entry of aid into Gaza. At first, Israel fully barred aid from Gaza, but the daily inflow now stands at 50-60 trucks a day. We need that and want that to increase, and I expect youll see that in the coming days, Blinken said Thursday on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, just before leaving.

The same day, John Kirby, the National Security Council spokesman, said the Biden Administration would seek a series of humanitarian pauses to facilitate relief.

Were really not just talking about, like, one pause, Kirby said at the daily White House press breifing. What were trying to do is explore the idea of as many pauses that might be necessary to continue to get aid out and to continue to work to get people out safely, including hostages.

Speaking to media after meeting Netanyahu, Blinken did not back down from his quest for pauses in the fighting, but recognized that they would not happen immediately.

Each of these efforts would be facilitated by humanitarian pauses arrangements on the ground that increase security for civilians and permit more effective and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, he said referring to bringing in relief, releasing hostages and allowing more Palestinians to cross into Egypt.

How when and where these can be implemented, what work needs to happen and what understandings need to be reached we recognize this would take time to prepare and coordinate with international partners, he said. A number of legitimate questions were raised today how to use any period of pause to maximize the flow of aid, how to connect the pause to hostage release, how to ensure Hamas doesnt use the pause to own advantage. We believe they can be solved.

In his televised address, Netanyahu, his voice at times choked, said he showed Blinken a video of children wailing while watching terrorists murder their father.

Blinken also teared up at his own press conference, describing the video.

I saw, for example, a family on a kibbutz, a father of two young boys maybe 10, 11 years old grabbing them, pulling them out of their living room, going through their very small backyard and into a shelter, followed seconds later by a terrorist who throws a grenade into that small shelter, he said.

Netanyahu concluded his speech by describing the heroism of some Israeli troops who have fallen in the ground incursion into Gaza, which started last week.

We will do everything that is needed to defeat our enemies, with the help of God, and with the help of you citizens of Israel, he said in remarks screened just before the onset of Shabbat. We will do it and we will be victorious.

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Who killed a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza?
Pro-Israel and pro-Palestine voices on social media each blame the opposite side for the killing of a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza, but what does the evidence say?
By YUVAL BARNEATwitter Facebook
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A video made the rounds on social media on Thursday showing several dead Palestinians lying in the road, belongings strewn where they fell. A man, on a bicycle, rides through the chaotic scene shouting "God, a child. God, women. God, the girl. Please God protect our people. Please look."

The video is the latest in a series of videos from Gaza that show what pro-Palestine voices described as "Israeli war crimes." Pro-Israel voices have claimed conversely that the video shows evidence of a Hamas massacre of civilians fleeing south.

+18..Horrific scenes now on Al-Rashid Street, west of Gaza, after the occupation bombed the displaced people 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/p1MSPmmSki

Gaza Now in English (@EnglishGaza) November 3, 2023
The video claims to show the Al Rashid Coastal Road which is the only major road on the coast to run from the border with Egypt until reaching the Gaza marina. In the video, the man on the bike is indeed cycling north along the road, this can be confirmed when the man turns his head to the left and we see the coastal sand dunes.

Reuters, and multiple other sources, confirmed that the location was the Al Rashid Coastal Road specifically the section between Wadi Gaza and Gaza City. Reuters was unable to confirm anything else about the video, such as the identity of the person filming, those seen in the video, or what killed them.

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IDF fights deep into Gaza, takes out terrorists, infrastructure
1,400 Israelis murdered since October 7, including 339 soldiers 241 held hostage by Hamas, four hostages released, one rescued
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IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)
IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza
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Israel's Givati Brigade uncovers Hamas intel in northern Gaza stronghold
Operational maps, command and control tables and personal details of commanders who operate within the terrorist organization, were discovered.
By JOANIE MARGULIESTwitter Facebook
Soldiers for the Givati brigade of the IDF took control over a Hamas stronghold in the northern Gaza Strip, uncovering documentation that could be crucial for the IDF moving forward in the war, according to a Friday statement from the IDF spokesperson.

The facility was said to house Najaba terrorists and the Jabaliya-based Hamas intelligence headquarters.

Within the stronghold, soldiers uncovered Hamas intelligence headquarters and associated documentation, complete with detailed maps, tables, means of communication and personal details about Hamas terrorists and commanders.

Similar content was found on the bodies of both captured and dead terrorists following the October 7th attacks.

Command and control charts as well as operational orders for the terrorist organization were also uncovered.



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WATCH: IDF battles 15 terrorists in northern Gaza Strip
The IDF soldiers operated in areas where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMANTwitter Facebook
IDF operates in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF)
IDF operates in northern Gaza
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The IDF ground forces have been operating in Gaza for a week, eliminating Hamas terrorists and destroying the organization's strategic infrastructure.

During the past few days, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence, under the command of Division 460 in the northern Gaza Strip, operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack IDF forces through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities, the IDF reported Saturday morning.

The IDF forces eliminated terrorists who were active in the area, exposed tunnel entrances used for terrorist purposes, and identified the organization's means of warfare.

IDF takes on 15 terrorists at once
In one of the recent battles on Friday, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence engaged with 15 terrorists in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The soldiers eliminated several terrorists and targeted tanks destroyed three Hamas observation posts.

IDF soldiers operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and military facilities. The forces eliminated the Hamas terrorists.

Read full story by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/P0XJ3xANVt

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
Forces fire missiles as terrorists exit tunnel
Additionally, during a focused operation in the southern Gaza Strip, Engineering and Reconnaissance forces under the command of the Gaza Division, carried out building mapping and neutralized explosive devices.

Israeli Air Force's attacks in the Gaza Strip | Read more by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/tsYnNsUc1v

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During the operation, the forces encountered a group of terrorists who emerged from a tunnel entrance. In response, the soldiers fired missiles towards the terrorists, eliminating them.

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Zelensky to visit Israel in midst of ongoing war with Hamas - report
The Ukrainian President will visit Israel next week, as it was reported already in the first week of the war that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to visit Israel next week, amidst the ongoing war over the past few weeks, according to an initial N12 report on Friday.

Various sources already in the first week of the war reported that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel, but was rejected on the matter.

According to the report, there are advanced talks regarding the visit. Once agreed upon, the visit of the Ukrainian president is expected to take place on Monday or Tuesday.

Zelensky's reaction to October 7 massacre
In a speech delivered by Zelensky before the UN assembly, two days after the murderous massacre carried out by Hamas in the south of the country, he said that "Hamas and Russia are the same evil, and the only difference is that there is a terrorist organization that attacked Israel and here is a terrorist state that attacked Ukraine."

He has also made clear that "Israel's right to self-defense is unquestionable. All details surrounding this terrorist assault must be revealed so that the world knows and holds accountable everyone who supported and helped carry out the attack."

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Relations between Israel and Ukraine have seen a few ups and downs since the Russian invasion at the end of February 2022. Zelensky has explicitly criticized Israel in the past for not providing sufficient military aid to the Ukrainians.

Only a few weeks before the Hamas massacre, Zelensky met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a basement conference room at the United Nations, where the Ukrainian leader said that Ukraine "expects more" from Israel.

Ukraine has wanted to purchase Israeli defensive anti-missile systems.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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'You shouldn't have started the war,' Portugal's president tells Palestinian ambassador
Against the backdrop of demonstrations by Hamas supporters in Britain, in the country he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event (photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event
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The Portuguese president harshly criticized the Palestinian ambassador after he attacked Israel on Friday.

Portugal 🇵🇹 president roasts the Palestinian ambassador who complains about Israel's attacks:

The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it.
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Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) November 3, 2023
"Radicalism creates an ambiance of radicalism, and this time the radicalism started from some Palestinians," President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told to the Palestinian ambassador. "That's not an excuse for [the] reaction, it was brutal," responded the ambassador.

"I know, I know you blame the Israelis, but this time someone from your side started it," said Rebelo de Sousa "The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it."

Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Pro-Hamas demonstrations
"Meanwhile, thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate in favor of Hamas on British Remembrance Day, and locals fear that this will disrupt the day that honors the war dead," Rebelo de Sousa said.

He also added: "I asked the Minister of the Interior to support the police in doing everything necessary to protect the sanctity of Memorial Day. The right to remember, in peace and honor, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms must be protected."

Amongst demonstrations by Pro-Palestine supporters in Britain, in the country, he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the intention to demonstrate on this particular day a "provocative and disrespectful" act.

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Rising death toll in Gaza is tragic, but Holocaust scholars should know it's not genocide - opinion
Since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million
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Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022.
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(JTA) Up in Broome County, New York, beneath a simple marker in a family plot in Hale Eddy Cemetery, I believe the Rev. Dr. Franklin Hamlin Littell is turning in his grave.

Littell, the son of a Methodist minister who also became one, was a towering figure in the study of the Holocaust and genocide. In postwar West Germany, he spent almost a decade as chief Protestant religious adviser to the High Commission on Germany, assigned to denazification. In 1958 at Emory University in Atlanta, he initiated the first US graduate seminar on the Holocaust. Eighteen years later in Philadelphia, as chair of Temple Universitys religion department, he started the worlds first doctoral program in Holocaust studies. And in 1998 at Stockton University in Pomona, New Jersey, he and his wife, Marcia Sachs Littell, established the first interdisciplinary masters program in Holocaust and genocide studies.

My late mother, Halina Wind Preston, a Jewish educator who survived 14 months hiding from the Nazis in the sewers of Lviv, was a frequent attendee at an annual Holocaust scholars conference cofounded by Littell. I knew Littell, who died in 2009, and at his invitation in 2000 I traveled from Atlanta, where I was a senior editor at CNN.com, to speak on Professional Ethics After Auschwitz at the 30th conference in Philadelphia.

So I can imagine Littells revulsion if he knew that the word genocide was being misused against Israel by scholars and activists including an Israeli historian who now directs the Stockton program he started.

As Israel retaliates in the wake of the bloody rampage of October 7 in which Hamas killed 1,500 Israelis, including 260 people at a music festival and hundreds of civilians in nearby communities, and took more than 200 hostages Raz Segal, the Israeli historian who directs the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Stockton University, has been attracting worldwide attention by blaming the victims.

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
On October 18, at a vigil on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Segal called President Joe Bidens visit to Israel support for Israels genocidal assault on Gaza. On October 13, Jewish Currents published A Textbook Case of Genocide, in which Segal wrote that Israels genocidal assault on Gaza is quite explicit, open, and unashamed and that Israels goal is to destroy the Palestinians of Gaza.

Segal is far from a lone voice accusing Israel of genocide. At Penn, a student group that organized a rally October 16 said it unequivocally stands with Palestine in the face of ongoing genocide committed by the Israeli government, which has been assisted by other Western allies like the United States. On October 24 in Washington, D.C., students at George Washington University projected the message Divestment from Zionist Genocide Now onto a library facade.

And on Tuesday, Craig Mokhiber, director in the New York office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, resigned, citing Israel for a textbook case of genocide.

Littell understood that genocide was coined in 1944 by a Polish Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin to denote the destruction of a nation or of an ethnic group. Lemkin wrote that genocide is intended to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.

Historian Michael Berenbaum, distinguished professor of Jewish studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, said that Israel has no greater ambition than to coexist with the Palestinians as peaceful neighbors and that Littell would be appalled at the suggestion that Israel was committing genocide in its attempts to root out the fighters and sever the leadership of a group that killed and kidnapped Israelis.

I knew and worked with and deeply respected Franklin Littell for the last 40 years of his life, Berenbaum, who was a visiting distinguished professor at Stockton under Littell, told me. These statements would be anathema to his values.

Richard Libowitz, coauthor with Marcia Sachs Littell and Dennis B. Klein of The Genocidal Mind, agreed that the Israeli incursion does not constitute genocide.

Israel has never advocated nor sought the total annihilation of an Arab population, whether in Israel proper, the West Bank or Gaza, said Libowitz, who received a Ph.D. in religion under Franklin Littell at Temple and is retired from the faculties of Temple and St. Josephs University.

Palestinian population has risen
Indeed, since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million, including 1.6 million Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Libowitz acknowledged the ferocity of the Israeli military strikes on Gaza in the wake of the October 7 attacks, as the Palestinian death toll as reported by the Hamas-run health ministry rose above 9,000.

Civilian casualties in Gaza especially the death of children are tragic, said Libowitz. Hamas carried out the worst murder of Jews since the Holocaust and the outrage should be understood. Israel intends to destroy Hamas, but Magen David Adom [the Israeli Red Cross] personnel treated wounded terrorists after their attack. Gazans were warned to flee the northern part of the strip. This is human tragedy, but it is not genocide.

He added: The stated aim of Hamas to wipe Israel from the Earth is certainly a genocidal intent.

Polly Zavadivker, an assistant professor of history at the University of Delaware, told me that Segals statements on genocide threaten future attempts to identify, prevent, and prosecute that crime. It is equally damaging to the legitimacy of Holocaust and Genocide Studies as a field when such false claims are presented in the guise of scholarly expertise.

Zavadivker, who teaches courses in antisemitism, the Holocaust, and comparative genocide, said that an accusation that Israel is committing genocide renders the word meaningless.

In 1973, after working on it for four years, Franklin Littell and 17 other Christian theologians released a 14-point statement on Israel. The statement, which appeared as an appendix in Littells book, seems strikingly relevant 50 years later.

The charge is sometimes made that Israel is belligerently expansionistic as a result of its military triumphs in the Six-Day War, it said in part. Visitors to Israel, however, can easily discover that the overriding concern of the majority of Israelis is peace, not more territory. Israels anxiety about national defense reflects the age-old human yearning for security, the anxiety of a people whose history has been a saga of frightful persecution, climaxed by the Holocaust of six million men, women, and children.

Against such a tormented background, is it surprising that the Jewish people should want to defend themselves? they continued. Criticism that would use the failure of Israel to live up to the highest moral standards as an excuse to deny its right to exist would be a double standard, one not applied to any other nation on earth.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media.

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Evidence of a shift among Democrats as calls for a ceasefire in Gaza grow
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter.
By RON KAMPEAS/JTATwitter Facebook
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023 (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023
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WASHINGTON (JTA) As Joe Biden was speaking a political fundraiser in Minneapolis this week, a rabbi and activist with an anti-Zionist Jewish group stood up and shouted, Mr. President, if you care about Jewish people, as a rabbi, I need you to call for a ceasefire right now.

Bidens response: Well, I understand her emotion. I really do. The president went on to enumerate the steps hes taken to ease Palestinian civilian suffering in Gaza: urging Israel to pause the fighting so hostages can be released and pushing Egypt to let people exit Gaza into the Sinai Peninsula.

The next day, another expression of concern for Palestinian civilians came from Bidens chief diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, before he boarded a flight to Israel.

When I see a Palestinian child a boy, a girl pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building, that hits me in the gut as much as seeing a child from Israel or anywhere else, he said. So this is something that we have an obligation to respond to, and we will.

Biden and Blinkens statements are two of several signals that a shift of sorts is happening in the White House and among Democrats in D.C. Alongside the unabashed support Biden has shown Israel since Hamas attack on Oct. 7 killed and wounded thousands, the president and other leaders in his party are now placing increasing emphasis on protecting Palestinian civilians and pausing the fighting as the war marks its first month with thousands of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
One sign of a change came on Thursday, when Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chambers number-two Democrat, called for a ceasefire the first senator to at least partially endorse the central demand of pro-Palestinian and other progressive groups. Durbin said a ceasefire could happen only when Hamas releases the more than 200 hostages it kidnapped on Oct. 7.

I think it is, Durbin said when CNN anchor Poppy Harlow asked him if a ceasefire is needed now. At least in the context of both sides agreeing. For example, the release of those who have been kidnapped should be a part of this. Immediate release. That should be the beginning of it. An effort should be made to engage in conversation between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

On Friday, he joined a dozen other Democratic senators in signing a statement endorsing Bidens call for a short-term cessation of hostilities that pose high risk to civilians and other noncombatants. The statement endorsed a pause in the fighting, rather than a full ceasefire advocated by progressive and pro-Palestinian activists.

Calls for a ceasefire
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter. Israel has vowed to depose Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and a ceasefire would leave the terror group in power. Biden administration officials say they still oppose a permanent ceasefire, and back Israels ultimate aim of destroying Hamas.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Blinken that he would reject a temporary ceasefire until Hamas released all of the hostages a blow to the Biden administrations push for humanitarian pauses in the fighting.

We will not accept a temporary ceasefire that does not return our hostages, Netanyahu said in a televised address to the nation after meeting in Israel on Friday with Blinken, who is in the region to seek relief for Palestinians while showing support for Israel. We will not allow fuel into Gaza, and we object to the transfer of money into Gaza.

Blinken went into his Israel trip determined to make the case for increasing the entry of aid into Gaza. At first, Israel fully barred aid from Gaza, but the daily inflow now stands at 50-60 trucks a day. We need that and want that to increase, and I expect youll see that in the coming days, Blinken said Thursday on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, just before leaving.

The same day, John Kirby, the National Security Council spokesman, said the Biden Administration would seek a series of humanitarian pauses to facilitate relief.

Were really not just talking about, like, one pause, Kirby said at the daily White House press breifing. What were trying to do is explore the idea of as many pauses that might be necessary to continue to get aid out and to continue to work to get people out safely, including hostages.

Speaking to media after meeting Netanyahu, Blinken did not back down from his quest for pauses in the fighting, but recognized that they would not happen immediately.

Each of these efforts would be facilitated by humanitarian pauses arrangements on the ground that increase security for civilians and permit more effective and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, he said referring to bringing in relief, releasing hostages and allowing more Palestinians to cross into Egypt.

How when and where these can be implemented, what work needs to happen and what understandings need to be reached we recognize this would take time to prepare and coordinate with international partners, he said. A number of legitimate questions were raised today how to use any period of pause to maximize the flow of aid, how to connect the pause to hostage release, how to ensure Hamas doesnt use the pause to own advantage. We believe they can be solved.

In his televised address, Netanyahu, his voice at times choked, said he showed Blinken a video of children wailing while watching terrorists murder their father.

Blinken also teared up at his own press conference, describing the video.

I saw, for example, a family on a kibbutz, a father of two young boys maybe 10, 11 years old grabbing them, pulling them out of their living room, going through their very small backyard and into a shelter, followed seconds later by a terrorist who throws a grenade into that small shelter, he said.

Netanyahu concluded his speech by describing the heroism of some Israeli troops who have fallen in the ground incursion into Gaza, which started last week.

We will do everything that is needed to defeat our enemies, with the help of God, and with the help of you citizens of Israel, he said in remarks screened just before the onset of Shabbat. We will do it and we will be victorious.

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Who killed a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza?
Pro-Israel and pro-Palestine voices on social media each blame the opposite side for the killing of a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza, but what does the evidence say?
By YUVAL BARNEATwitter Facebook
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022.
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A video made the rounds on social media on Thursday showing several dead Palestinians lying in the road, belongings strewn where they fell. A man, on a bicycle, rides through the chaotic scene shouting "God, a child. God, women. God, the girl. Please God protect our people. Please look."

The video is the latest in a series of videos from Gaza that show what pro-Palestine voices described as "Israeli war crimes." Pro-Israel voices have claimed conversely that the video shows evidence of a Hamas massacre of civilians fleeing south.

+18..Horrific scenes now on Al-Rashid Street, west of Gaza, after the occupation bombed the displaced people 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/p1MSPmmSki

Gaza Now in English (@EnglishGaza) November 3, 2023
The video claims to show the Al Rashid Coastal Road which is the only major road on the coast to run from the border with Egypt until reaching the Gaza marina. In the video, the man on the bike is indeed cycling north along the road, this can be confirmed when the man turns his head to the left and we see the coastal sand dunes.

Reuters, and multiple other sources, confirmed that the location was the Al Rashid Coastal Road specifically the section between Wadi Gaza and Gaza City. Reuters was unable to confirm anything else about the video, such as the identity of the person filming, those seen in the video, or what killed them.

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IDF fights deep into Gaza, takes out terrorists, infrastructure
1,400 Israelis murdered since October 7, including 339 soldiers 241 held hostage by Hamas, four hostages released, one rescued
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IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)
IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza
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Israel's Givati Brigade uncovers Hamas intel in northern Gaza stronghold
Operational maps, command and control tables and personal details of commanders who operate within the terrorist organization, were discovered.
By JOANIE MARGULIESTwitter Facebook
Soldiers for the Givati brigade of the IDF took control over a Hamas stronghold in the northern Gaza Strip, uncovering documentation that could be crucial for the IDF moving forward in the war, according to a Friday statement from the IDF spokesperson.

The facility was said to house Najaba terrorists and the Jabaliya-based Hamas intelligence headquarters.

Within the stronghold, soldiers uncovered Hamas intelligence headquarters and associated documentation, complete with detailed maps, tables, means of communication and personal details about Hamas terrorists and commanders.

Similar content was found on the bodies of both captured and dead terrorists following the October 7th attacks.

Command and control charts as well as operational orders for the terrorist organization were also uncovered.



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WATCH: IDF battles 15 terrorists in northern Gaza Strip
The IDF soldiers operated in areas where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMANTwitter Facebook
IDF operates in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF)
IDF operates in northern Gaza
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The IDF ground forces have been operating in Gaza for a week, eliminating Hamas terrorists and destroying the organization's strategic infrastructure.

During the past few days, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence, under the command of Division 460 in the northern Gaza Strip, operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack IDF forces through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities, the IDF reported Saturday morning.

The IDF forces eliminated terrorists who were active in the area, exposed tunnel entrances used for terrorist purposes, and identified the organization's means of warfare.

IDF takes on 15 terrorists at once
In one of the recent battles on Friday, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence engaged with 15 terrorists in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The soldiers eliminated several terrorists and targeted tanks destroyed three Hamas observation posts.

IDF soldiers operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and military facilities. The forces eliminated the Hamas terrorists.

Read full story by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/P0XJ3xANVt

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
Forces fire missiles as terrorists exit tunnel
Additionally, during a focused operation in the southern Gaza Strip, Engineering and Reconnaissance forces under the command of the Gaza Division, carried out building mapping and neutralized explosive devices.

Israeli Air Force's attacks in the Gaza Strip | Read more by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/tsYnNsUc1v

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During the operation, the forces encountered a group of terrorists who emerged from a tunnel entrance. In response, the soldiers fired missiles towards the terrorists, eliminating them.

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Zelensky to visit Israel in midst of ongoing war with Hamas - report
The Ukrainian President will visit Israel next week, as it was reported already in the first week of the war that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to visit Israel next week, amidst the ongoing war over the past few weeks, according to an initial N12 report on Friday.

Various sources already in the first week of the war reported that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel, but was rejected on the matter.

According to the report, there are advanced talks regarding the visit. Once agreed upon, the visit of the Ukrainian president is expected to take place on Monday or Tuesday.

Zelensky's reaction to October 7 massacre
In a speech delivered by Zelensky before the UN assembly, two days after the murderous massacre carried out by Hamas in the south of the country, he said that "Hamas and Russia are the same evil, and the only difference is that there is a terrorist organization that attacked Israel and here is a terrorist state that attacked Ukraine."

He has also made clear that "Israel's right to self-defense is unquestionable. All details surrounding this terrorist assault must be revealed so that the world knows and holds accountable everyone who supported and helped carry out the attack."

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Relations between Israel and Ukraine have seen a few ups and downs since the Russian invasion at the end of February 2022. Zelensky has explicitly criticized Israel in the past for not providing sufficient military aid to the Ukrainians.

Only a few weeks before the Hamas massacre, Zelensky met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a basement conference room at the United Nations, where the Ukrainian leader said that Ukraine "expects more" from Israel.

Ukraine has wanted to purchase Israeli defensive anti-missile systems.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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'You shouldn't have started the war,' Portugal's president tells Palestinian ambassador
Against the backdrop of demonstrations by Hamas supporters in Britain, in the country he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event (photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event
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The Portuguese president harshly criticized the Palestinian ambassador after he attacked Israel on Friday.

Portugal 🇵🇹 president roasts the Palestinian ambassador who complains about Israel's attacks:

The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it.
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Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) November 3, 2023
"Radicalism creates an ambiance of radicalism, and this time the radicalism started from some Palestinians," President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told to the Palestinian ambassador. "That's not an excuse for [the] reaction, it was brutal," responded the ambassador.

"I know, I know you blame the Israelis, but this time someone from your side started it," said Rebelo de Sousa "The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it."

Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Pro-Hamas demonstrations
"Meanwhile, thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate in favor of Hamas on British Remembrance Day, and locals fear that this will disrupt the day that honors the war dead," Rebelo de Sousa said.

He also added: "I asked the Minister of the Interior to support the police in doing everything necessary to protect the sanctity of Memorial Day. The right to remember, in peace and honor, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms must be protected."

Amongst demonstrations by Pro-Palestine supporters in Britain, in the country, he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the intention to demonstrate on this particular day a "provocative and disrespectful" act.

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Rising death toll in Gaza is tragic, but Holocaust scholars should know it's not genocide - opinion
Since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million
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Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022.
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(JTA) Up in Broome County, New York, beneath a simple marker in a family plot in Hale Eddy Cemetery, I believe the Rev. Dr. Franklin Hamlin Littell is turning in his grave.

Littell, the son of a Methodist minister who also became one, was a towering figure in the study of the Holocaust and genocide. In postwar West Germany, he spent almost a decade as chief Protestant religious adviser to the High Commission on Germany, assigned to denazification. In 1958 at Emory University in Atlanta, he initiated the first US graduate seminar on the Holocaust. Eighteen years later in Philadelphia, as chair of Temple Universitys religion department, he started the worlds first doctoral program in Holocaust studies. And in 1998 at Stockton University in Pomona, New Jersey, he and his wife, Marcia Sachs Littell, established the first interdisciplinary masters program in Holocaust and genocide studies.

My late mother, Halina Wind Preston, a Jewish educator who survived 14 months hiding from the Nazis in the sewers of Lviv, was a frequent attendee at an annual Holocaust scholars conference cofounded by Littell. I knew Littell, who died in 2009, and at his invitation in 2000 I traveled from Atlanta, where I was a senior editor at CNN.com, to speak on Professional Ethics After Auschwitz at the 30th conference in Philadelphia.

So I can imagine Littells revulsion if he knew that the word genocide was being misused against Israel by scholars and activists including an Israeli historian who now directs the Stockton program he started.

As Israel retaliates in the wake of the bloody rampage of October 7 in which Hamas killed 1,500 Israelis, including 260 people at a music festival and hundreds of civilians in nearby communities, and took more than 200 hostages Raz Segal, the Israeli historian who directs the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Stockton University, has been attracting worldwide attention by blaming the victims.

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
On October 18, at a vigil on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Segal called President Joe Bidens visit to Israel support for Israels genocidal assault on Gaza. On October 13, Jewish Currents published A Textbook Case of Genocide, in which Segal wrote that Israels genocidal assault on Gaza is quite explicit, open, and unashamed and that Israels goal is to destroy the Palestinians of Gaza.

Segal is far from a lone voice accusing Israel of genocide. At Penn, a student group that organized a rally October 16 said it unequivocally stands with Palestine in the face of ongoing genocide committed by the Israeli government, which has been assisted by other Western allies like the United States. On October 24 in Washington, D.C., students at George Washington University projected the message Divestment from Zionist Genocide Now onto a library facade.

And on Tuesday, Craig Mokhiber, director in the New York office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, resigned, citing Israel for a textbook case of genocide.

Littell understood that genocide was coined in 1944 by a Polish Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin to denote the destruction of a nation or of an ethnic group. Lemkin wrote that genocide is intended to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.

Historian Michael Berenbaum, distinguished professor of Jewish studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, said that Israel has no greater ambition than to coexist with the Palestinians as peaceful neighbors and that Littell would be appalled at the suggestion that Israel was committing genocide in its attempts to root out the fighters and sever the leadership of a group that killed and kidnapped Israelis.

I knew and worked with and deeply respected Franklin Littell for the last 40 years of his life, Berenbaum, who was a visiting distinguished professor at Stockton under Littell, told me. These statements would be anathema to his values.

Richard Libowitz, coauthor with Marcia Sachs Littell and Dennis B. Klein of The Genocidal Mind, agreed that the Israeli incursion does not constitute genocide.

Israel has never advocated nor sought the total annihilation of an Arab population, whether in Israel proper, the West Bank or Gaza, said Libowitz, who received a Ph.D. in religion under Franklin Littell at Temple and is retired from the faculties of Temple and St. Josephs University.

Palestinian population has risen
Indeed, since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million, including 1.6 million Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Libowitz acknowledged the ferocity of the Israeli military strikes on Gaza in the wake of the October 7 attacks, as the Palestinian death toll as reported by the Hamas-run health ministry rose above 9,000.

Civilian casualties in Gaza especially the death of children are tragic, said Libowitz. Hamas carried out the worst murder of Jews since the Holocaust and the outrage should be understood. Israel intends to destroy Hamas, but Magen David Adom [the Israeli Red Cross] personnel treated wounded terrorists after their attack. Gazans were warned to flee the northern part of the strip. This is human tragedy, but it is not genocide.

He added: The stated aim of Hamas to wipe Israel from the Earth is certainly a genocidal intent.

Polly Zavadivker, an assistant professor of history at the University of Delaware, told me that Segals statements on genocide threaten future attempts to identify, prevent, and prosecute that crime. It is equally damaging to the legitimacy of Holocaust and Genocide Studies as a field when such false claims are presented in the guise of scholarly expertise.

Zavadivker, who teaches courses in antisemitism, the Holocaust, and comparative genocide, said that an accusation that Israel is committing genocide renders the word meaningless.

In 1973, after working on it for four years, Franklin Littell and 17 other Christian theologians released a 14-point statement on Israel. The statement, which appeared as an appendix in Littells book, seems strikingly relevant 50 years later.

The charge is sometimes made that Israel is belligerently expansionistic as a result of its military triumphs in the Six-Day War, it said in part. Visitors to Israel, however, can easily discover that the overriding concern of the majority of Israelis is peace, not more territory. Israels anxiety about national defense reflects the age-old human yearning for security, the anxiety of a people whose history has been a saga of frightful persecution, climaxed by the Holocaust of six million men, women, and children.

Against such a tormented background, is it surprising that the Jewish people should want to defend themselves? they continued. Criticism that would use the failure of Israel to live up to the highest moral standards as an excuse to deny its right to exist would be a double standard, one not applied to any other nation on earth.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media.

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Evidence of a shift among Democrats as calls for a ceasefire in Gaza grow
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter.
By RON KAMPEAS/JTATwitter Facebook
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023 (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023
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WASHINGTON (JTA) As Joe Biden was speaking a political fundraiser in Minneapolis this week, a rabbi and activist with an anti-Zionist Jewish group stood up and shouted, Mr. President, if you care about Jewish people, as a rabbi, I need you to call for a ceasefire right now.

Bidens response: Well, I understand her emotion. I really do. The president went on to enumerate the steps hes taken to ease Palestinian civilian suffering in Gaza: urging Israel to pause the fighting so hostages can be released and pushing Egypt to let people exit Gaza into the Sinai Peninsula.

The next day, another expression of concern for Palestinian civilians came from Bidens chief diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, before he boarded a flight to Israel.

When I see a Palestinian child a boy, a girl pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building, that hits me in the gut as much as seeing a child from Israel or anywhere else, he said. So this is something that we have an obligation to respond to, and we will.

Biden and Blinkens statements are two of several signals that a shift of sorts is happening in the White House and among Democrats in D.C. Alongside the unabashed support Biden has shown Israel since Hamas attack on Oct. 7 killed and wounded thousands, the president and other leaders in his party are now placing increasing emphasis on protecting Palestinian civilians and pausing the fighting as the war marks its first month with thousands of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
One sign of a change came on Thursday, when Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chambers number-two Democrat, called for a ceasefire the first senator to at least partially endorse the central demand of pro-Palestinian and other progressive groups. Durbin said a ceasefire could happen only when Hamas releases the more than 200 hostages it kidnapped on Oct. 7.

I think it is, Durbin said when CNN anchor Poppy Harlow asked him if a ceasefire is needed now. At least in the context of both sides agreeing. For example, the release of those who have been kidnapped should be a part of this. Immediate release. That should be the beginning of it. An effort should be made to engage in conversation between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

On Friday, he joined a dozen other Democratic senators in signing a statement endorsing Bidens call for a short-term cessation of hostilities that pose high risk to civilians and other noncombatants. The statement endorsed a pause in the fighting, rather than a full ceasefire advocated by progressive and pro-Palestinian activists.

Calls for a ceasefire
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter. Israel has vowed to depose Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and a ceasefire would leave the terror group in power. Biden administration officials say they still oppose a permanent ceasefire, and back Israels ultimate aim of destroying Hamas.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Blinken that he would reject a temporary ceasefire until Hamas released all of the hostages a blow to the Biden administrations push for humanitarian pauses in the fighting.

We will not accept a temporary ceasefire that does not return our hostages, Netanyahu said in a televised address to the nation after meeting in Israel on Friday with Blinken, who is in the region to seek relief for Palestinians while showing support for Israel. We will not allow fuel into Gaza, and we object to the transfer of money into Gaza.

Blinken went into his Israel trip determined to make the case for increasing the entry of aid into Gaza. At first, Israel fully barred aid from Gaza, but the daily inflow now stands at 50-60 trucks a day. We need that and want that to increase, and I expect youll see that in the coming days, Blinken said Thursday on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, just before leaving.

The same day, John Kirby, the National Security Council spokesman, said the Biden Administration would seek a series of humanitarian pauses to facilitate relief.

Were really not just talking about, like, one pause, Kirby said at the daily White House press breifing. What were trying to do is explore the idea of as many pauses that might be necessary to continue to get aid out and to continue to work to get people out safely, including hostages.

Speaking to media after meeting Netanyahu, Blinken did not back down from his quest for pauses in the fighting, but recognized that they would not happen immediately.

Each of these efforts would be facilitated by humanitarian pauses arrangements on the ground that increase security for civilians and permit more effective and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, he said referring to bringing in relief, releasing hostages and allowing more Palestinians to cross into Egypt.

How when and where these can be implemented, what work needs to happen and what understandings need to be reached we recognize this would take time to prepare and coordinate with international partners, he said. A number of legitimate questions were raised today how to use any period of pause to maximize the flow of aid, how to connect the pause to hostage release, how to ensure Hamas doesnt use the pause to own advantage. We believe they can be solved.

In his televised address, Netanyahu, his voice at times choked, said he showed Blinken a video of children wailing while watching terrorists murder their father.

Blinken also teared up at his own press conference, describing the video.

I saw, for example, a family on a kibbutz, a father of two young boys maybe 10, 11 years old grabbing them, pulling them out of their living room, going through their very small backyard and into a shelter, followed seconds later by a terrorist who throws a grenade into that small shelter, he said.

Netanyahu concluded his speech by describing the heroism of some Israeli troops who have fallen in the ground incursion into Gaza, which started last week.

We will do everything that is needed to defeat our enemies, with the help of God, and with the help of you citizens of Israel, he said in remarks screened just before the onset of Shabbat. We will do it and we will be victorious.

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Who killed a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza?
Pro-Israel and pro-Palestine voices on social media each blame the opposite side for the killing of a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza, but what does the evidence say?
By YUVAL BARNEATwitter Facebook
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A video made the rounds on social media on Thursday showing several dead Palestinians lying in the road, belongings strewn where they fell. A man, on a bicycle, rides through the chaotic scene shouting "God, a child. God, women. God, the girl. Please God protect our people. Please look."

The video is the latest in a series of videos from Gaza that show what pro-Palestine voices described as "Israeli war crimes." Pro-Israel voices have claimed conversely that the video shows evidence of a Hamas massacre of civilians fleeing south.

+18..Horrific scenes now on Al-Rashid Street, west of Gaza, after the occupation bombed the displaced people 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/p1MSPmmSki

Gaza Now in English (@EnglishGaza) November 3, 2023
The video claims to show the Al Rashid Coastal Road which is the only major road on the coast to run from the border with Egypt until reaching the Gaza marina. In the video, the man on the bike is indeed cycling north along the road, this can be confirmed when the man turns his head to the left and we see the coastal sand dunes.

Reuters, and multiple other sources, confirmed that the location was the Al Rashid Coastal Road specifically the section between Wadi Gaza and Gaza City. Reuters was unable to confirm anything else about the video, such as the identity of the person filming, those seen in the video, or what killed them.

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IDF fights deep into Gaza, takes out terrorists, infrastructure
1,400 Israelis murdered since October 7, including 339 soldiers 241 held hostage by Hamas, four hostages released, one rescued
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IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)
IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza
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Israel's Givati Brigade uncovers Hamas intel in northern Gaza stronghold
Operational maps, command and control tables and personal details of commanders who operate within the terrorist organization, were discovered.
By JOANIE MARGULIESTwitter Facebook
Soldiers for the Givati brigade of the IDF took control over a Hamas stronghold in the northern Gaza Strip, uncovering documentation that could be crucial for the IDF moving forward in the war, according to a Friday statement from the IDF spokesperson.

The facility was said to house Najaba terrorists and the Jabaliya-based Hamas intelligence headquarters.

Within the stronghold, soldiers uncovered Hamas intelligence headquarters and associated documentation, complete with detailed maps, tables, means of communication and personal details about Hamas terrorists and commanders.

Similar content was found on the bodies of both captured and dead terrorists following the October 7th attacks.

Command and control charts as well as operational orders for the terrorist organization were also uncovered.



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The IDF soldiers operated in areas where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMANTwitter Facebook
IDF operates in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF)
IDF operates in northern Gaza
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The IDF ground forces have been operating in Gaza for a week, eliminating Hamas terrorists and destroying the organization's strategic infrastructure.

During the past few days, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence, under the command of Division 460 in the northern Gaza Strip, operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack IDF forces through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities, the IDF reported Saturday morning.

The IDF forces eliminated terrorists who were active in the area, exposed tunnel entrances used for terrorist purposes, and identified the organization's means of warfare.

IDF takes on 15 terrorists at once
In one of the recent battles on Friday, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence engaged with 15 terrorists in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The soldiers eliminated several terrorists and targeted tanks destroyed three Hamas observation posts.

IDF soldiers operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and military facilities. The forces eliminated the Hamas terrorists.

Read full story by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/P0XJ3xANVt

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Forces fire missiles as terrorists exit tunnel
Additionally, during a focused operation in the southern Gaza Strip, Engineering and Reconnaissance forces under the command of the Gaza Division, carried out building mapping and neutralized explosive devices.

Israeli Air Force's attacks in the Gaza Strip | Read more by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/tsYnNsUc1v

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During the operation, the forces encountered a group of terrorists who emerged from a tunnel entrance. In response, the soldiers fired missiles towards the terrorists, eliminating them.

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Zelensky to visit Israel in midst of ongoing war with Hamas - report
The Ukrainian President will visit Israel next week, as it was reported already in the first week of the war that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to visit Israel next week, amidst the ongoing war over the past few weeks, according to an initial N12 report on Friday.

Various sources already in the first week of the war reported that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel, but was rejected on the matter.

According to the report, there are advanced talks regarding the visit. Once agreed upon, the visit of the Ukrainian president is expected to take place on Monday or Tuesday.

Zelensky's reaction to October 7 massacre
In a speech delivered by Zelensky before the UN assembly, two days after the murderous massacre carried out by Hamas in the south of the country, he said that "Hamas and Russia are the same evil, and the only difference is that there is a terrorist organization that attacked Israel and here is a terrorist state that attacked Ukraine."

He has also made clear that "Israel's right to self-defense is unquestionable. All details surrounding this terrorist assault must be revealed so that the world knows and holds accountable everyone who supported and helped carry out the attack."

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Relations between Israel and Ukraine have seen a few ups and downs since the Russian invasion at the end of February 2022. Zelensky has explicitly criticized Israel in the past for not providing sufficient military aid to the Ukrainians.

Only a few weeks before the Hamas massacre, Zelensky met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a basement conference room at the United Nations, where the Ukrainian leader said that Ukraine "expects more" from Israel.

Ukraine has wanted to purchase Israeli defensive anti-missile systems.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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'You shouldn't have started the war,' Portugal's president tells Palestinian ambassador
Against the backdrop of demonstrations by Hamas supporters in Britain, in the country he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event (photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event
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The Portuguese president harshly criticized the Palestinian ambassador after he attacked Israel on Friday.

Portugal 🇵🇹 president roasts the Palestinian ambassador who complains about Israel's attacks:

The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it.
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"Radicalism creates an ambiance of radicalism, and this time the radicalism started from some Palestinians," President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told to the Palestinian ambassador. "That's not an excuse for [the] reaction, it was brutal," responded the ambassador.

"I know, I know you blame the Israelis, but this time someone from your side started it," said Rebelo de Sousa "The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it."

Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Pro-Hamas demonstrations
"Meanwhile, thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate in favor of Hamas on British Remembrance Day, and locals fear that this will disrupt the day that honors the war dead," Rebelo de Sousa said.

He also added: "I asked the Minister of the Interior to support the police in doing everything necessary to protect the sanctity of Memorial Day. The right to remember, in peace and honor, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms must be protected."

Amongst demonstrations by Pro-Palestine supporters in Britain, in the country, he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the intention to demonstrate on this particular day a "provocative and disrespectful" act.

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Rising death toll in Gaza is tragic, but Holocaust scholars should know it's not genocide - opinion
Since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million
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Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022.
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(JTA) Up in Broome County, New York, beneath a simple marker in a family plot in Hale Eddy Cemetery, I believe the Rev. Dr. Franklin Hamlin Littell is turning in his grave.

Littell, the son of a Methodist minister who also became one, was a towering figure in the study of the Holocaust and genocide. In postwar West Germany, he spent almost a decade as chief Protestant religious adviser to the High Commission on Germany, assigned to denazification. In 1958 at Emory University in Atlanta, he initiated the first US graduate seminar on the Holocaust. Eighteen years later in Philadelphia, as chair of Temple Universitys religion department, he started the worlds first doctoral program in Holocaust studies. And in 1998 at Stockton University in Pomona, New Jersey, he and his wife, Marcia Sachs Littell, established the first interdisciplinary masters program in Holocaust and genocide studies.

My late mother, Halina Wind Preston, a Jewish educator who survived 14 months hiding from the Nazis in the sewers of Lviv, was a frequent attendee at an annual Holocaust scholars conference cofounded by Littell. I knew Littell, who died in 2009, and at his invitation in 2000 I traveled from Atlanta, where I was a senior editor at CNN.com, to speak on Professional Ethics After Auschwitz at the 30th conference in Philadelphia.

So I can imagine Littells revulsion if he knew that the word genocide was being misused against Israel by scholars and activists including an Israeli historian who now directs the Stockton program he started.

As Israel retaliates in the wake of the bloody rampage of October 7 in which Hamas killed 1,500 Israelis, including 260 people at a music festival and hundreds of civilians in nearby communities, and took more than 200 hostages Raz Segal, the Israeli historian who directs the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Stockton University, has been attracting worldwide attention by blaming the victims.

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
On October 18, at a vigil on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Segal called President Joe Bidens visit to Israel support for Israels genocidal assault on Gaza. On October 13, Jewish Currents published A Textbook Case of Genocide, in which Segal wrote that Israels genocidal assault on Gaza is quite explicit, open, and unashamed and that Israels goal is to destroy the Palestinians of Gaza.

Segal is far from a lone voice accusing Israel of genocide. At Penn, a student group that organized a rally October 16 said it unequivocally stands with Palestine in the face of ongoing genocide committed by the Israeli government, which has been assisted by other Western allies like the United States. On October 24 in Washington, D.C., students at George Washington University projected the message Divestment from Zionist Genocide Now onto a library facade.

And on Tuesday, Craig Mokhiber, director in the New York office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, resigned, citing Israel for a textbook case of genocide.

Littell understood that genocide was coined in 1944 by a Polish Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin to denote the destruction of a nation or of an ethnic group. Lemkin wrote that genocide is intended to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.

Historian Michael Berenbaum, distinguished professor of Jewish studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, said that Israel has no greater ambition than to coexist with the Palestinians as peaceful neighbors and that Littell would be appalled at the suggestion that Israel was committing genocide in its attempts to root out the fighters and sever the leadership of a group that killed and kidnapped Israelis.

I knew and worked with and deeply respected Franklin Littell for the last 40 years of his life, Berenbaum, who was a visiting distinguished professor at Stockton under Littell, told me. These statements would be anathema to his values.

Richard Libowitz, coauthor with Marcia Sachs Littell and Dennis B. Klein of The Genocidal Mind, agreed that the Israeli incursion does not constitute genocide.

Israel has never advocated nor sought the total annihilation of an Arab population, whether in Israel proper, the West Bank or Gaza, said Libowitz, who received a Ph.D. in religion under Franklin Littell at Temple and is retired from the faculties of Temple and St. Josephs University.

Palestinian population has risen
Indeed, since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million, including 1.6 million Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Libowitz acknowledged the ferocity of the Israeli military strikes on Gaza in the wake of the October 7 attacks, as the Palestinian death toll as reported by the Hamas-run health ministry rose above 9,000.

Civilian casualties in Gaza especially the death of children are tragic, said Libowitz. Hamas carried out the worst murder of Jews since the Holocaust and the outrage should be understood. Israel intends to destroy Hamas, but Magen David Adom [the Israeli Red Cross] personnel treated wounded terrorists after their attack. Gazans were warned to flee the northern part of the strip. This is human tragedy, but it is not genocide.

He added: The stated aim of Hamas to wipe Israel from the Earth is certainly a genocidal intent.

Polly Zavadivker, an assistant professor of history at the University of Delaware, told me that Segals statements on genocide threaten future attempts to identify, prevent, and prosecute that crime. It is equally damaging to the legitimacy of Holocaust and Genocide Studies as a field when such false claims are presented in the guise of scholarly expertise.

Zavadivker, who teaches courses in antisemitism, the Holocaust, and comparative genocide, said that an accusation that Israel is committing genocide renders the word meaningless.

In 1973, after working on it for four years, Franklin Littell and 17 other Christian theologians released a 14-point statement on Israel. The statement, which appeared as an appendix in Littells book, seems strikingly relevant 50 years later.

The charge is sometimes made that Israel is belligerently expansionistic as a result of its military triumphs in the Six-Day War, it said in part. Visitors to Israel, however, can easily discover that the overriding concern of the majority of Israelis is peace, not more territory. Israels anxiety about national defense reflects the age-old human yearning for security, the anxiety of a people whose history has been a saga of frightful persecution, climaxed by the Holocaust of six million men, women, and children.

Against such a tormented background, is it surprising that the Jewish people should want to defend themselves? they continued. Criticism that would use the failure of Israel to live up to the highest moral standards as an excuse to deny its right to exist would be a double standard, one not applied to any other nation on earth.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media.

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Evidence of a shift among Democrats as calls for a ceasefire in Gaza grow
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter.
By RON KAMPEAS/JTATwitter Facebook
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023 (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023
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WASHINGTON (JTA) As Joe Biden was speaking a political fundraiser in Minneapolis this week, a rabbi and activist with an anti-Zionist Jewish group stood up and shouted, Mr. President, if you care about Jewish people, as a rabbi, I need you to call for a ceasefire right now.

Bidens response: Well, I understand her emotion. I really do. The president went on to enumerate the steps hes taken to ease Palestinian civilian suffering in Gaza: urging Israel to pause the fighting so hostages can be released and pushing Egypt to let people exit Gaza into the Sinai Peninsula.

The next day, another expression of concern for Palestinian civilians came from Bidens chief diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, before he boarded a flight to Israel.

When I see a Palestinian child a boy, a girl pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building, that hits me in the gut as much as seeing a child from Israel or anywhere else, he said. So this is something that we have an obligation to respond to, and we will.

Biden and Blinkens statements are two of several signals that a shift of sorts is happening in the White House and among Democrats in D.C. Alongside the unabashed support Biden has shown Israel since Hamas attack on Oct. 7 killed and wounded thousands, the president and other leaders in his party are now placing increasing emphasis on protecting Palestinian civilians and pausing the fighting as the war marks its first month with thousands of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
One sign of a change came on Thursday, when Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chambers number-two Democrat, called for a ceasefire the first senator to at least partially endorse the central demand of pro-Palestinian and other progressive groups. Durbin said a ceasefire could happen only when Hamas releases the more than 200 hostages it kidnapped on Oct. 7.

I think it is, Durbin said when CNN anchor Poppy Harlow asked him if a ceasefire is needed now. At least in the context of both sides agreeing. For example, the release of those who have been kidnapped should be a part of this. Immediate release. That should be the beginning of it. An effort should be made to engage in conversation between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

On Friday, he joined a dozen other Democratic senators in signing a statement endorsing Bidens call for a short-term cessation of hostilities that pose high risk to civilians and other noncombatants. The statement endorsed a pause in the fighting, rather than a full ceasefire advocated by progressive and pro-Palestinian activists.

Calls for a ceasefire
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter. Israel has vowed to depose Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and a ceasefire would leave the terror group in power. Biden administration officials say they still oppose a permanent ceasefire, and back Israels ultimate aim of destroying Hamas.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Blinken that he would reject a temporary ceasefire until Hamas released all of the hostages a blow to the Biden administrations push for humanitarian pauses in the fighting.

We will not accept a temporary ceasefire that does not return our hostages, Netanyahu said in a televised address to the nation after meeting in Israel on Friday with Blinken, who is in the region to seek relief for Palestinians while showing support for Israel. We will not allow fuel into Gaza, and we object to the transfer of money into Gaza.

Blinken went into his Israel trip determined to make the case for increasing the entry of aid into Gaza. At first, Israel fully barred aid from Gaza, but the daily inflow now stands at 50-60 trucks a day. We need that and want that to increase, and I expect youll see that in the coming days, Blinken said Thursday on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, just before leaving.

The same day, John Kirby, the National Security Council spokesman, said the Biden Administration would seek a series of humanitarian pauses to facilitate relief.

Were really not just talking about, like, one pause, Kirby said at the daily White House press breifing. What were trying to do is explore the idea of as many pauses that might be necessary to continue to get aid out and to continue to work to get people out safely, including hostages.

Speaking to media after meeting Netanyahu, Blinken did not back down from his quest for pauses in the fighting, but recognized that they would not happen immediately.

Each of these efforts would be facilitated by humanitarian pauses arrangements on the ground that increase security for civilians and permit more effective and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, he said referring to bringing in relief, releasing hostages and allowing more Palestinians to cross into Egypt.

How when and where these can be implemented, what work needs to happen and what understandings need to be reached we recognize this would take time to prepare and coordinate with international partners, he said. A number of legitimate questions were raised today how to use any period of pause to maximize the flow of aid, how to connect the pause to hostage release, how to ensure Hamas doesnt use the pause to own advantage. We believe they can be solved.

In his televised address, Netanyahu, his voice at times choked, said he showed Blinken a video of children wailing while watching terrorists murder their father.

Blinken also teared up at his own press conference, describing the video.

I saw, for example, a family on a kibbutz, a father of two young boys maybe 10, 11 years old grabbing them, pulling them out of their living room, going through their very small backyard and into a shelter, followed seconds later by a terrorist who throws a grenade into that small shelter, he said.

Netanyahu concluded his speech by describing the heroism of some Israeli troops who have fallen in the ground incursion into Gaza, which started last week.

We will do everything that is needed to defeat our enemies, with the help of God, and with the help of you citizens of Israel, he said in remarks screened just before the onset of Shabbat. We will do it and we will be victorious.

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Who killed a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza?
Pro-Israel and pro-Palestine voices on social media each blame the opposite side for the killing of a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza, but what does the evidence say?
By YUVAL BARNEATwitter Facebook
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A video made the rounds on social media on Thursday showing several dead Palestinians lying in the road, belongings strewn where they fell. A man, on a bicycle, rides through the chaotic scene shouting "God, a child. God, women. God, the girl. Please God protect our people. Please look."

The video is the latest in a series of videos from Gaza that show what pro-Palestine voices described as "Israeli war crimes." Pro-Israel voices have claimed conversely that the video shows evidence of a Hamas massacre of civilians fleeing south.

+18..Horrific scenes now on Al-Rashid Street, west of Gaza, after the occupation bombed the displaced people 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/p1MSPmmSki

Gaza Now in English (@EnglishGaza) November 3, 2023
The video claims to show the Al Rashid Coastal Road which is the only major road on the coast to run from the border with Egypt until reaching the Gaza marina. In the video, the man on the bike is indeed cycling north along the road, this can be confirmed when the man turns his head to the left and we see the coastal sand dunes.

Reuters, and multiple other sources, confirmed that the location was the Al Rashid Coastal Road specifically the section between Wadi Gaza and Gaza City. Reuters was unable to confirm anything else about the video, such as the identity of the person filming, those seen in the video, or what killed them.

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1,400 Israelis murdered since October 7, including 339 soldiers 241 held hostage by Hamas, four hostages released, one rescued
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IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)
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Israel's Givati Brigade uncovers Hamas intel in northern Gaza stronghold
Operational maps, command and control tables and personal details of commanders who operate within the terrorist organization, were discovered.
By JOANIE MARGULIESTwitter Facebook
Soldiers for the Givati brigade of the IDF took control over a Hamas stronghold in the northern Gaza Strip, uncovering documentation that could be crucial for the IDF moving forward in the war, according to a Friday statement from the IDF spokesperson.

The facility was said to house Najaba terrorists and the Jabaliya-based Hamas intelligence headquarters.

Within the stronghold, soldiers uncovered Hamas intelligence headquarters and associated documentation, complete with detailed maps, tables, means of communication and personal details about Hamas terrorists and commanders.

Similar content was found on the bodies of both captured and dead terrorists following the October 7th attacks.

Command and control charts as well as operational orders for the terrorist organization were also uncovered.



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WATCH: IDF battles 15 terrorists in northern Gaza Strip
The IDF soldiers operated in areas where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMANTwitter Facebook
IDF operates in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF)
IDF operates in northern Gaza
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The IDF ground forces have been operating in Gaza for a week, eliminating Hamas terrorists and destroying the organization's strategic infrastructure.

During the past few days, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence, under the command of Division 460 in the northern Gaza Strip, operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack IDF forces through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities, the IDF reported Saturday morning.

The IDF forces eliminated terrorists who were active in the area, exposed tunnel entrances used for terrorist purposes, and identified the organization's means of warfare.

IDF takes on 15 terrorists at once
In one of the recent battles on Friday, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence engaged with 15 terrorists in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The soldiers eliminated several terrorists and targeted tanks destroyed three Hamas observation posts.

IDF soldiers operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and military facilities. The forces eliminated the Hamas terrorists.

Read full story by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/P0XJ3xANVt

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
Forces fire missiles as terrorists exit tunnel
Additionally, during a focused operation in the southern Gaza Strip, Engineering and Reconnaissance forces under the command of the Gaza Division, carried out building mapping and neutralized explosive devices.

Israeli Air Force's attacks in the Gaza Strip | Read more by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/tsYnNsUc1v

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
During the operation, the forces encountered a group of terrorists who emerged from a tunnel entrance. In response, the soldiers fired missiles towards the terrorists, eliminating them.

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Zelensky to visit Israel in midst of ongoing war with Hamas - report
The Ukrainian President will visit Israel next week, as it was reported already in the first week of the war that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023
(photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to visit Israel next week, amidst the ongoing war over the past few weeks, according to an initial N12 report on Friday.

Various sources already in the first week of the war reported that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel, but was rejected on the matter.

According to the report, there are advanced talks regarding the visit. Once agreed upon, the visit of the Ukrainian president is expected to take place on Monday or Tuesday.

Zelensky's reaction to October 7 massacre
In a speech delivered by Zelensky before the UN assembly, two days after the murderous massacre carried out by Hamas in the south of the country, he said that "Hamas and Russia are the same evil, and the only difference is that there is a terrorist organization that attacked Israel and here is a terrorist state that attacked Ukraine."

He has also made clear that "Israel's right to self-defense is unquestionable. All details surrounding this terrorist assault must be revealed so that the world knows and holds accountable everyone who supported and helped carry out the attack."

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Relations between Israel and Ukraine have seen a few ups and downs since the Russian invasion at the end of February 2022. Zelensky has explicitly criticized Israel in the past for not providing sufficient military aid to the Ukrainians.

Only a few weeks before the Hamas massacre, Zelensky met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a basement conference room at the United Nations, where the Ukrainian leader said that Ukraine "expects more" from Israel.

Ukraine has wanted to purchase Israeli defensive anti-missile systems.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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'You shouldn't have started the war,' Portugal's president tells Palestinian ambassador
Against the backdrop of demonstrations by Hamas supporters in Britain, in the country he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event (photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event
(photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)
The Portuguese president harshly criticized the Palestinian ambassador after he attacked Israel on Friday.

Portugal 🇵🇹 president roasts the Palestinian ambassador who complains about Israel's attacks:

The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it.
pic.twitter.com/o3F4X7B6yk

Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) November 3, 2023
"Radicalism creates an ambiance of radicalism, and this time the radicalism started from some Palestinians," President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told to the Palestinian ambassador. "That's not an excuse for [the] reaction, it was brutal," responded the ambassador.

"I know, I know you blame the Israelis, but this time someone from your side started it," said Rebelo de Sousa "The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it."

Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Pro-Hamas demonstrations
"Meanwhile, thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate in favor of Hamas on British Remembrance Day, and locals fear that this will disrupt the day that honors the war dead," Rebelo de Sousa said.

He also added: "I asked the Minister of the Interior to support the police in doing everything necessary to protect the sanctity of Memorial Day. The right to remember, in peace and honor, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms must be protected."

Amongst demonstrations by Pro-Palestine supporters in Britain, in the country, he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the intention to demonstrate on this particular day a "provocative and disrespectful" act.

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Rising death toll in Gaza is tragic, but Holocaust scholars should know it's not genocide - opinion
Since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million
By DAVID LEE PRESTONTwitter Facebook
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
(JTA) Up in Broome County, New York, beneath a simple marker in a family plot in Hale Eddy Cemetery, I believe the Rev. Dr. Franklin Hamlin Littell is turning in his grave.

Littell, the son of a Methodist minister who also became one, was a towering figure in the study of the Holocaust and genocide. In postwar West Germany, he spent almost a decade as chief Protestant religious adviser to the High Commission on Germany, assigned to denazification. In 1958 at Emory University in Atlanta, he initiated the first US graduate seminar on the Holocaust. Eighteen years later in Philadelphia, as chair of Temple Universitys religion department, he started the worlds first doctoral program in Holocaust studies. And in 1998 at Stockton University in Pomona, New Jersey, he and his wife, Marcia Sachs Littell, established the first interdisciplinary masters program in Holocaust and genocide studies.

My late mother, Halina Wind Preston, a Jewish educator who survived 14 months hiding from the Nazis in the sewers of Lviv, was a frequent attendee at an annual Holocaust scholars conference cofounded by Littell. I knew Littell, who died in 2009, and at his invitation in 2000 I traveled from Atlanta, where I was a senior editor at CNN.com, to speak on Professional Ethics After Auschwitz at the 30th conference in Philadelphia.

So I can imagine Littells revulsion if he knew that the word genocide was being misused against Israel by scholars and activists including an Israeli historian who now directs the Stockton program he started.

As Israel retaliates in the wake of the bloody rampage of October 7 in which Hamas killed 1,500 Israelis, including 260 people at a music festival and hundreds of civilians in nearby communities, and took more than 200 hostages Raz Segal, the Israeli historian who directs the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Stockton University, has been attracting worldwide attention by blaming the victims.

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
On October 18, at a vigil on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Segal called President Joe Bidens visit to Israel support for Israels genocidal assault on Gaza. On October 13, Jewish Currents published A Textbook Case of Genocide, in which Segal wrote that Israels genocidal assault on Gaza is quite explicit, open, and unashamed and that Israels goal is to destroy the Palestinians of Gaza.

Segal is far from a lone voice accusing Israel of genocide. At Penn, a student group that organized a rally October 16 said it unequivocally stands with Palestine in the face of ongoing genocide committed by the Israeli government, which has been assisted by other Western allies like the United States. On October 24 in Washington, D.C., students at George Washington University projected the message Divestment from Zionist Genocide Now onto a library facade.

And on Tuesday, Craig Mokhiber, director in the New York office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, resigned, citing Israel for a textbook case of genocide.

Littell understood that genocide was coined in 1944 by a Polish Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin to denote the destruction of a nation or of an ethnic group. Lemkin wrote that genocide is intended to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.

Historian Michael Berenbaum, distinguished professor of Jewish studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, said that Israel has no greater ambition than to coexist with the Palestinians as peaceful neighbors and that Littell would be appalled at the suggestion that Israel was committing genocide in its attempts to root out the fighters and sever the leadership of a group that killed and kidnapped Israelis.

I knew and worked with and deeply respected Franklin Littell for the last 40 years of his life, Berenbaum, who was a visiting distinguished professor at Stockton under Littell, told me. These statements would be anathema to his values.

Richard Libowitz, coauthor with Marcia Sachs Littell and Dennis B. Klein of The Genocidal Mind, agreed that the Israeli incursion does not constitute genocide.

Israel has never advocated nor sought the total annihilation of an Arab population, whether in Israel proper, the West Bank or Gaza, said Libowitz, who received a Ph.D. in religion under Franklin Littell at Temple and is retired from the faculties of Temple and St. Josephs University.

Palestinian population has risen
Indeed, since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million, including 1.6 million Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Libowitz acknowledged the ferocity of the Israeli military strikes on Gaza in the wake of the October 7 attacks, as the Palestinian death toll as reported by the Hamas-run health ministry rose above 9,000.

Civilian casualties in Gaza especially the death of children are tragic, said Libowitz. Hamas carried out the worst murder of Jews since the Holocaust and the outrage should be understood. Israel intends to destroy Hamas, but Magen David Adom [the Israeli Red Cross] personnel treated wounded terrorists after their attack. Gazans were warned to flee the northern part of the strip. This is human tragedy, but it is not genocide.

He added: The stated aim of Hamas to wipe Israel from the Earth is certainly a genocidal intent.

Polly Zavadivker, an assistant professor of history at the University of Delaware, told me that Segals statements on genocide threaten future attempts to identify, prevent, and prosecute that crime. It is equally damaging to the legitimacy of Holocaust and Genocide Studies as a field when such false claims are presented in the guise of scholarly expertise.

Zavadivker, who teaches courses in antisemitism, the Holocaust, and comparative genocide, said that an accusation that Israel is committing genocide renders the word meaningless.

In 1973, after working on it for four years, Franklin Littell and 17 other Christian theologians released a 14-point statement on Israel. The statement, which appeared as an appendix in Littells book, seems strikingly relevant 50 years later.

The charge is sometimes made that Israel is belligerently expansionistic as a result of its military triumphs in the Six-Day War, it said in part. Visitors to Israel, however, can easily discover that the overriding concern of the majority of Israelis is peace, not more territory. Israels anxiety about national defense reflects the age-old human yearning for security, the anxiety of a people whose history has been a saga of frightful persecution, climaxed by the Holocaust of six million men, women, and children.

Against such a tormented background, is it surprising that the Jewish people should want to defend themselves? they continued. Criticism that would use the failure of Israel to live up to the highest moral standards as an excuse to deny its right to exist would be a double standard, one not applied to any other nation on earth.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media.

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Evidence of a shift among Democrats as calls for a ceasefire in Gaza grow
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter.
By RON KAMPEAS/JTATwitter Facebook
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023 (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023
(photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
WASHINGTON (JTA) As Joe Biden was speaking a political fundraiser in Minneapolis this week, a rabbi and activist with an anti-Zionist Jewish group stood up and shouted, Mr. President, if you care about Jewish people, as a rabbi, I need you to call for a ceasefire right now.

Bidens response: Well, I understand her emotion. I really do. The president went on to enumerate the steps hes taken to ease Palestinian civilian suffering in Gaza: urging Israel to pause the fighting so hostages can be released and pushing Egypt to let people exit Gaza into the Sinai Peninsula.

The next day, another expression of concern for Palestinian civilians came from Bidens chief diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, before he boarded a flight to Israel.

When I see a Palestinian child a boy, a girl pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building, that hits me in the gut as much as seeing a child from Israel or anywhere else, he said. So this is something that we have an obligation to respond to, and we will.

Biden and Blinkens statements are two of several signals that a shift of sorts is happening in the White House and among Democrats in D.C. Alongside the unabashed support Biden has shown Israel since Hamas attack on Oct. 7 killed and wounded thousands, the president and other leaders in his party are now placing increasing emphasis on protecting Palestinian civilians and pausing the fighting as the war marks its first month with thousands of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
One sign of a change came on Thursday, when Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chambers number-two Democrat, called for a ceasefire the first senator to at least partially endorse the central demand of pro-Palestinian and other progressive groups. Durbin said a ceasefire could happen only when Hamas releases the more than 200 hostages it kidnapped on Oct. 7.

I think it is, Durbin said when CNN anchor Poppy Harlow asked him if a ceasefire is needed now. At least in the context of both sides agreeing. For example, the release of those who have been kidnapped should be a part of this. Immediate release. That should be the beginning of it. An effort should be made to engage in conversation between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

On Friday, he joined a dozen other Democratic senators in signing a statement endorsing Bidens call for a short-term cessation of hostilities that pose high risk to civilians and other noncombatants. The statement endorsed a pause in the fighting, rather than a full ceasefire advocated by progressive and pro-Palestinian activists.

Calls for a ceasefire
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter. Israel has vowed to depose Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and a ceasefire would leave the terror group in power. Biden administration officials say they still oppose a permanent ceasefire, and back Israels ultimate aim of destroying Hamas.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Blinken that he would reject a temporary ceasefire until Hamas released all of the hostages a blow to the Biden administrations push for humanitarian pauses in the fighting.

We will not accept a temporary ceasefire that does not return our hostages, Netanyahu said in a televised address to the nation after meeting in Israel on Friday with Blinken, who is in the region to seek relief for Palestinians while showing support for Israel. We will not allow fuel into Gaza, and we object to the transfer of money into Gaza.

Blinken went into his Israel trip determined to make the case for increasing the entry of aid into Gaza. At first, Israel fully barred aid from Gaza, but the daily inflow now stands at 50-60 trucks a day. We need that and want that to increase, and I expect youll see that in the coming days, Blinken said Thursday on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, just before leaving.

The same day, John Kirby, the National Security Council spokesman, said the Biden Administration would seek a series of humanitarian pauses to facilitate relief.

Were really not just talking about, like, one pause, Kirby said at the daily White House press breifing. What were trying to do is explore the idea of as many pauses that might be necessary to continue to get aid out and to continue to work to get people out safely, including hostages.

Speaking to media after meeting Netanyahu, Blinken did not back down from his quest for pauses in the fighting, but recognized that they would not happen immediately.

Each of these efforts would be facilitated by humanitarian pauses arrangements on the ground that increase security for civilians and permit more effective and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, he said referring to bringing in relief, releasing hostages and allowing more Palestinians to cross into Egypt.

How when and where these can be implemented, what work needs to happen and what understandings need to be reached we recognize this would take time to prepare and coordinate with international partners, he said. A number of legitimate questions were raised today how to use any period of pause to maximize the flow of aid, how to connect the pause to hostage release, how to ensure Hamas doesnt use the pause to own advantage. We believe they can be solved.

In his televised address, Netanyahu, his voice at times choked, said he showed Blinken a video of children wailing while watching terrorists murder their father.

Blinken also teared up at his own press conference, describing the video.

I saw, for example, a family on a kibbutz, a father of two young boys maybe 10, 11 years old grabbing them, pulling them out of their living room, going through their very small backyard and into a shelter, followed seconds later by a terrorist who throws a grenade into that small shelter, he said.

Netanyahu concluded his speech by describing the heroism of some Israeli troops who have fallen in the ground incursion into Gaza, which started last week.

We will do everything that is needed to defeat our enemies, with the help of God, and with the help of you citizens of Israel, he said in remarks screened just before the onset of Shabbat. We will do it and we will be victorious.

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Who killed a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza?
Pro-Israel and pro-Palestine voices on social media each blame the opposite side for the killing of a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza, but what does the evidence say?
By YUVAL BARNEATwitter Facebook
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A video made the rounds on social media on Thursday showing several dead Palestinians lying in the road, belongings strewn where they fell. A man, on a bicycle, rides through the chaotic scene shouting "God, a child. God, women. God, the girl. Please God protect our people. Please look."

The video is the latest in a series of videos from Gaza that show what pro-Palestine voices described as "Israeli war crimes." Pro-Israel voices have claimed conversely that the video shows evidence of a Hamas massacre of civilians fleeing south.

+18..Horrific scenes now on Al-Rashid Street, west of Gaza, after the occupation bombed the displaced people 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/p1MSPmmSki

Gaza Now in English (@EnglishGaza) November 3, 2023
The video claims to show the Al Rashid Coastal Road which is the only major road on the coast to run from the border with Egypt until reaching the Gaza marina. In the video, the man on the bike is indeed cycling north along the road, this can be confirmed when the man turns his head to the left and we see the coastal sand dunes.

Reuters, and multiple other sources, confirmed that the location was the Al Rashid Coastal Road specifically the section between Wadi Gaza and Gaza City. Reuters was unable to confirm anything else about the video, such as the identity of the person filming, those seen in the video, or what killed them.

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IDF fights deep into Gaza, takes out terrorists, infrastructure
1,400 Israelis murdered since October 7, including 339 soldiers 241 held hostage by Hamas, four hostages released, one rescued
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IDF soldiers fight Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)
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Israel's Givati Brigade uncovers Hamas intel in northern Gaza stronghold
Operational maps, command and control tables and personal details of commanders who operate within the terrorist organization, were discovered.
By JOANIE MARGULIESTwitter Facebook
Soldiers for the Givati brigade of the IDF took control over a Hamas stronghold in the northern Gaza Strip, uncovering documentation that could be crucial for the IDF moving forward in the war, according to a Friday statement from the IDF spokesperson.

The facility was said to house Najaba terrorists and the Jabaliya-based Hamas intelligence headquarters.

Within the stronghold, soldiers uncovered Hamas intelligence headquarters and associated documentation, complete with detailed maps, tables, means of communication and personal details about Hamas terrorists and commanders.

Similar content was found on the bodies of both captured and dead terrorists following the October 7th attacks.

Command and control charts as well as operational orders for the terrorist organization were also uncovered.



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WATCH: IDF battles 15 terrorists in northern Gaza Strip
The IDF soldiers operated in areas where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities.
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IDF operates in northern Gaza (photo credit: IDF)
IDF operates in northern Gaza
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The IDF ground forces have been operating in Gaza for a week, eliminating Hamas terrorists and destroying the organization's strategic infrastructure.

During the past few days, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence, under the command of Division 460 in the northern Gaza Strip, operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack IDF forces through tunnel systems and Hamas military facilities, the IDF reported Saturday morning.

The IDF forces eliminated terrorists who were active in the area, exposed tunnel entrances used for terrorist purposes, and identified the organization's means of warfare.

IDF takes on 15 terrorists at once
In one of the recent battles on Friday, soldiers from the Armored Corps and Intelligence engaged with 15 terrorists in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The soldiers eliminated several terrorists and targeted tanks destroyed three Hamas observation posts.

IDF soldiers operated in an area where numerous attempts were made to attack them through tunnel systems and military facilities. The forces eliminated the Hamas terrorists.

Read full story by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/P0XJ3xANVt

The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) November 4, 2023
Forces fire missiles as terrorists exit tunnel
Additionally, during a focused operation in the southern Gaza Strip, Engineering and Reconnaissance forces under the command of the Gaza Division, carried out building mapping and neutralized explosive devices.

Israeli Air Force's attacks in the Gaza Strip | Read more by @MaayanJaffe: https://t.co/uhZdzikzNU pic.twitter.com/tsYnNsUc1v

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During the operation, the forces encountered a group of terrorists who emerged from a tunnel entrance. In response, the soldiers fired missiles towards the terrorists, eliminating them.

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Zelensky to visit Israel in midst of ongoing war with Hamas - report
The Ukrainian President will visit Israel next week, as it was reported already in the first week of the war that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. September 19, 2023
(photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to visit Israel next week, amidst the ongoing war over the past few weeks, according to an initial N12 report on Friday.

Various sources already in the first week of the war reported that the Ukrainian President expressed interest in visiting Israel, but was rejected on the matter.

According to the report, there are advanced talks regarding the visit. Once agreed upon, the visit of the Ukrainian president is expected to take place on Monday or Tuesday.

Zelensky's reaction to October 7 massacre
In a speech delivered by Zelensky before the UN assembly, two days after the murderous massacre carried out by Hamas in the south of the country, he said that "Hamas and Russia are the same evil, and the only difference is that there is a terrorist organization that attacked Israel and here is a terrorist state that attacked Ukraine."

He has also made clear that "Israel's right to self-defense is unquestionable. All details surrounding this terrorist assault must be revealed so that the world knows and holds accountable everyone who supported and helped carry out the attack."

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured) in front of the presidential palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 6, 2023. (credit: Ritzau Scanpix/Ida Marie Odgaard via REUTERS)
Relations between Israel and Ukraine have seen a few ups and downs since the Russian invasion at the end of February 2022. Zelensky has explicitly criticized Israel in the past for not providing sufficient military aid to the Ukrainians.

Only a few weeks before the Hamas massacre, Zelensky met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a basement conference room at the United Nations, where the Ukrainian leader said that Ukraine "expects more" from Israel.

Ukraine has wanted to purchase Israeli defensive anti-missile systems.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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'You shouldn't have started the war,' Portugal's president tells Palestinian ambassador
Against the backdrop of demonstrations by Hamas supporters in Britain, in the country he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.
By MAARIV ONLINETwitter Facebook
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event (photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport to take part in a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial event
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The Portuguese president harshly criticized the Palestinian ambassador after he attacked Israel on Friday.

Portugal 🇵🇹 president roasts the Palestinian ambassador who complains about Israel's attacks:

The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it.
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Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) November 3, 2023
"Radicalism creates an ambiance of radicalism, and this time the radicalism started from some Palestinians," President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told to the Palestinian ambassador. "That's not an excuse for [the] reaction, it was brutal," responded the ambassador.

"I know, I know you blame the Israelis, but this time someone from your side started it," said Rebelo de Sousa "The Palestinian side started it. You can't blame Israel, you shouldn't have started it."

Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Police officers guard 'The Cenotaph' on the day of a protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, October 28, 2023. (credit: REUTERS/Susannah Ireland)
Pro-Hamas demonstrations
"Meanwhile, thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate in favor of Hamas on British Remembrance Day, and locals fear that this will disrupt the day that honors the war dead," Rebelo de Sousa said.

He also added: "I asked the Minister of the Interior to support the police in doing everything necessary to protect the sanctity of Memorial Day. The right to remember, in peace and honor, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms must be protected."

Amongst demonstrations by Pro-Palestine supporters in Britain, in the country, he expressed concern that the demonstrations would take place on British Remembrance Day, November 11.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the intention to demonstrate on this particular day a "provocative and disrespectful" act.

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Rising death toll in Gaza is tragic, but Holocaust scholars should know it's not genocide - opinion
Since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million
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Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Israeli soldiers look up at pictures of victims of the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre, ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day starting this evening, at the Hall of Names, in Jerusalem April 27, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
(JTA) Up in Broome County, New York, beneath a simple marker in a family plot in Hale Eddy Cemetery, I believe the Rev. Dr. Franklin Hamlin Littell is turning in his grave.

Littell, the son of a Methodist minister who also became one, was a towering figure in the study of the Holocaust and genocide. In postwar West Germany, he spent almost a decade as chief Protestant religious adviser to the High Commission on Germany, assigned to denazification. In 1958 at Emory University in Atlanta, he initiated the first US graduate seminar on the Holocaust. Eighteen years later in Philadelphia, as chair of Temple Universitys religion department, he started the worlds first doctoral program in Holocaust studies. And in 1998 at Stockton University in Pomona, New Jersey, he and his wife, Marcia Sachs Littell, established the first interdisciplinary masters program in Holocaust and genocide studies.

My late mother, Halina Wind Preston, a Jewish educator who survived 14 months hiding from the Nazis in the sewers of Lviv, was a frequent attendee at an annual Holocaust scholars conference cofounded by Littell. I knew Littell, who died in 2009, and at his invitation in 2000 I traveled from Atlanta, where I was a senior editor at CNN.com, to speak on Professional Ethics After Auschwitz at the 30th conference in Philadelphia.

So I can imagine Littells revulsion if he knew that the word genocide was being misused against Israel by scholars and activists including an Israeli historian who now directs the Stockton program he started.

As Israel retaliates in the wake of the bloody rampage of October 7 in which Hamas killed 1,500 Israelis, including 260 people at a music festival and hundreds of civilians in nearby communities, and took more than 200 hostages Raz Segal, the Israeli historian who directs the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Stockton University, has been attracting worldwide attention by blaming the victims.

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Stirp, as seen from Ashkelon on October 17 (credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
On October 18, at a vigil on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Segal called President Joe Bidens visit to Israel support for Israels genocidal assault on Gaza. On October 13, Jewish Currents published A Textbook Case of Genocide, in which Segal wrote that Israels genocidal assault on Gaza is quite explicit, open, and unashamed and that Israels goal is to destroy the Palestinians of Gaza.

Segal is far from a lone voice accusing Israel of genocide. At Penn, a student group that organized a rally October 16 said it unequivocally stands with Palestine in the face of ongoing genocide committed by the Israeli government, which has been assisted by other Western allies like the United States. On October 24 in Washington, D.C., students at George Washington University projected the message Divestment from Zionist Genocide Now onto a library facade.

And on Tuesday, Craig Mokhiber, director in the New York office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, resigned, citing Israel for a textbook case of genocide.

Littell understood that genocide was coined in 1944 by a Polish Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin to denote the destruction of a nation or of an ethnic group. Lemkin wrote that genocide is intended to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.

Historian Michael Berenbaum, distinguished professor of Jewish studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, said that Israel has no greater ambition than to coexist with the Palestinians as peaceful neighbors and that Littell would be appalled at the suggestion that Israel was committing genocide in its attempts to root out the fighters and sever the leadership of a group that killed and kidnapped Israelis.

I knew and worked with and deeply respected Franklin Littell for the last 40 years of his life, Berenbaum, who was a visiting distinguished professor at Stockton under Littell, told me. These statements would be anathema to his values.

Richard Libowitz, coauthor with Marcia Sachs Littell and Dennis B. Klein of The Genocidal Mind, agreed that the Israeli incursion does not constitute genocide.

Israel has never advocated nor sought the total annihilation of an Arab population, whether in Israel proper, the West Bank or Gaza, said Libowitz, who received a Ph.D. in religion under Franklin Littell at Temple and is retired from the faculties of Temple and St. Josephs University.

Palestinian population has risen
Indeed, since Israels founding in 1948, the Palestinian population in what now includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has risen from 1.4 million to 6.6 million, including 1.6 million Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Libowitz acknowledged the ferocity of the Israeli military strikes on Gaza in the wake of the October 7 attacks, as the Palestinian death toll as reported by the Hamas-run health ministry rose above 9,000.

Civilian casualties in Gaza especially the death of children are tragic, said Libowitz. Hamas carried out the worst murder of Jews since the Holocaust and the outrage should be understood. Israel intends to destroy Hamas, but Magen David Adom [the Israeli Red Cross] personnel treated wounded terrorists after their attack. Gazans were warned to flee the northern part of the strip. This is human tragedy, but it is not genocide.

He added: The stated aim of Hamas to wipe Israel from the Earth is certainly a genocidal intent.

Polly Zavadivker, an assistant professor of history at the University of Delaware, told me that Segals statements on genocide threaten future attempts to identify, prevent, and prosecute that crime. It is equally damaging to the legitimacy of Holocaust and Genocide Studies as a field when such false claims are presented in the guise of scholarly expertise.

Zavadivker, who teaches courses in antisemitism, the Holocaust, and comparative genocide, said that an accusation that Israel is committing genocide renders the word meaningless.

In 1973, after working on it for four years, Franklin Littell and 17 other Christian theologians released a 14-point statement on Israel. The statement, which appeared as an appendix in Littells book, seems strikingly relevant 50 years later.

The charge is sometimes made that Israel is belligerently expansionistic as a result of its military triumphs in the Six-Day War, it said in part. Visitors to Israel, however, can easily discover that the overriding concern of the majority of Israelis is peace, not more territory. Israels anxiety about national defense reflects the age-old human yearning for security, the anxiety of a people whose history has been a saga of frightful persecution, climaxed by the Holocaust of six million men, women, and children.

Against such a tormented background, is it surprising that the Jewish people should want to defend themselves? they continued. Criticism that would use the failure of Israel to live up to the highest moral standards as an excuse to deny its right to exist would be a double standard, one not applied to any other nation on earth.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media.

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Evidence of a shift among Democrats as calls for a ceasefire in Gaza grow
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter.
By RON KAMPEAS/JTATwitter Facebook
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023 (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
US PRESIDENT Joe Biden speaks during his visit to Israel, October 2023
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WASHINGTON (JTA) As Joe Biden was speaking a political fundraiser in Minneapolis this week, a rabbi and activist with an anti-Zionist Jewish group stood up and shouted, Mr. President, if you care about Jewish people, as a rabbi, I need you to call for a ceasefire right now.

Bidens response: Well, I understand her emotion. I really do. The president went on to enumerate the steps hes taken to ease Palestinian civilian suffering in Gaza: urging Israel to pause the fighting so hostages can be released and pushing Egypt to let people exit Gaza into the Sinai Peninsula.

The next day, another expression of concern for Palestinian civilians came from Bidens chief diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, before he boarded a flight to Israel.

When I see a Palestinian child a boy, a girl pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building, that hits me in the gut as much as seeing a child from Israel or anywhere else, he said. So this is something that we have an obligation to respond to, and we will.

Biden and Blinkens statements are two of several signals that a shift of sorts is happening in the White House and among Democrats in D.C. Alongside the unabashed support Biden has shown Israel since Hamas attack on Oct. 7 killed and wounded thousands, the president and other leaders in his party are now placing increasing emphasis on protecting Palestinian civilians and pausing the fighting as the war marks its first month with thousands of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference, during his visit to Israel, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023 (credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
One sign of a change came on Thursday, when Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chambers number-two Democrat, called for a ceasefire the first senator to at least partially endorse the central demand of pro-Palestinian and other progressive groups. Durbin said a ceasefire could happen only when Hamas releases the more than 200 hostages it kidnapped on Oct. 7.

I think it is, Durbin said when CNN anchor Poppy Harlow asked him if a ceasefire is needed now. At least in the context of both sides agreeing. For example, the release of those who have been kidnapped should be a part of this. Immediate release. That should be the beginning of it. An effort should be made to engage in conversation between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

On Friday, he joined a dozen other Democratic senators in signing a statement endorsing Bidens call for a short-term cessation of hostilities that pose high risk to civilians and other noncombatants. The statement endorsed a pause in the fighting, rather than a full ceasefire advocated by progressive and pro-Palestinian activists.

Calls for a ceasefire
The calls for a ceasefire, which began almost as soon as the war started, have been endorsed by more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress but rejected by Israel as a non-starter. Israel has vowed to depose Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and a ceasefire would leave the terror group in power. Biden administration officials say they still oppose a permanent ceasefire, and back Israels ultimate aim of destroying Hamas.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Blinken that he would reject a temporary ceasefire until Hamas released all of the hostages a blow to the Biden administrations push for humanitarian pauses in the fighting.

We will not accept a temporary ceasefire that does not return our hostages, Netanyahu said in a televised address to the nation after meeting in Israel on Friday with Blinken, who is in the region to seek relief for Palestinians while showing support for Israel. We will not allow fuel into Gaza, and we object to the transfer of money into Gaza.

Blinken went into his Israel trip determined to make the case for increasing the entry of aid into Gaza. At first, Israel fully barred aid from Gaza, but the daily inflow now stands at 50-60 trucks a day. We need that and want that to increase, and I expect youll see that in the coming days, Blinken said Thursday on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, just before leaving.

The same day, John Kirby, the National Security Council spokesman, said the Biden Administration would seek a series of humanitarian pauses to facilitate relief.

Were really not just talking about, like, one pause, Kirby said at the daily White House press breifing. What were trying to do is explore the idea of as many pauses that might be necessary to continue to get aid out and to continue to work to get people out safely, including hostages.

Speaking to media after meeting Netanyahu, Blinken did not back down from his quest for pauses in the fighting, but recognized that they would not happen immediately.

Each of these efforts would be facilitated by humanitarian pauses arrangements on the ground that increase security for civilians and permit more effective and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, he said referring to bringing in relief, releasing hostages and allowing more Palestinians to cross into Egypt.

How when and where these can be implemented, what work needs to happen and what understandings need to be reached we recognize this would take time to prepare and coordinate with international partners, he said. A number of legitimate questions were raised today how to use any period of pause to maximize the flow of aid, how to connect the pause to hostage release, how to ensure Hamas doesnt use the pause to own advantage. We believe they can be solved.

In his televised address, Netanyahu, his voice at times choked, said he showed Blinken a video of children wailing while watching terrorists murder their father.

Blinken also teared up at his own press conference, describing the video.

I saw, for example, a family on a kibbutz, a father of two young boys maybe 10, 11 years old grabbing them, pulling them out of their living room, going through their very small backyard and into a shelter, followed seconds later by a terrorist who throws a grenade into that small shelter, he said.

Netanyahu concluded his speech by describing the heroism of some Israeli troops who have fallen in the ground incursion into Gaza, which started last week.

We will do everything that is needed to defeat our enemies, with the help of God, and with the help of you citizens of Israel, he said in remarks screened just before the onset of Shabbat. We will do it and we will be victorious.

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Who killed a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza?
Pro-Israel and pro-Palestine voices on social media each blame the opposite side for the killing of a group of civilians fleeing to the south of Gaza, but what does the evidence say?
By YUVAL BARNEATwitter Facebook
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A general view of Beach refugee camp showing the erosion of the shore and new vertical wave breakers placed inside the sea in Gaza City July 26, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)
A video made the rounds on social media on Thursday showing several dead Palestinians lying in the road, belongings strewn where they fell. A man, on a bicycle, rides through the chaotic scene shouting "God, a child. God, women. God, the girl. Please God protect our people. Please look."

The video is the latest in a series of videos from Gaza that show what pro-Palestine voices described as "Israeli war crimes." Pro-Israel voices have claimed conversely that the video shows evidence of a Hamas massacre of civilians fleeing south.

+18..Horrific scenes now on Al-Rashid Street, west of Gaza, after the occupation bombed the displaced people 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/p1MSPmmSki

Gaza Now in English (@EnglishGaza) November 3, 2023
The video claims to show the Al Rashid Coastal Road which is the only major road on the coast to run from the border with Egypt until reaching the Gaza marina. In the video, the man on the bike is indeed cycling north along the road, this can be confirmed when the man turns his head to the left and we see the coastal sand dunes.

Reuters, and multiple other sources, confirmed that the location was the Al Rashid Coastal Road specifically the section between Wadi Gaza and Gaza City. Reuters was unable to confirm anything else about the video, such as the identity of the person filming, those seen in the video, or what killed them.

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