Weekend long read

1) At the JCPA, Yoni Ben Menachem reports on how ‘Hamas Suppresses the Protest Movement in the Gaza Strip’.

“Thousands of demonstrators demonstrated last week in various centers in the Gaza Strip and called for the overthrow of the Hamas government.

The Hamas movement deployed large forces throughout the Gaza Strip, imposed a blanket ban on press coverage of the demonstrations, and arrested suspects for organizing the protests.

The background for the protests this time was the Gaza Strip’s economic situation, the announcement of new taxes, the terrible electricity shortage in the current heat wave, the rising unemployment, and the corruption of the Hamas government.”

2) At the Long War Journal, Joe Truzman discusses ‘Hezbollah’s Multi-Faceted Approach to Destabilizing Israel’s Northern Border’.

“The recent targeting of IDF soldiers by Hezbollah serves as a clear indication of the Iranian proxy’s preparedness for a potential confrontation with Israel. This strategic move is part of a larger, comprehensive effort to disrupt Israel’s northern border region through various tactics, including kinetic action and the dissemination of controversial propaganda via Hezbollah’s media partners like al-Manar, al-Mayadeen, and its online platform, Central Military Media. As Hezbollah’s efforts continue to unfold, their multifaceted approach to destabilization poses a formidable challenge for the Israeli defense establishment.”

3) PMW looks at ‘The PA summer camps for terror and Martyrdom’.

“The main theme of the PA’s summer camps this year was presenting terrorists and Martyrs as role models for Palestinian children.

Summarizing the overall message of the camps, senior PA and Fatah official Jibril Rajoub, who is also the head of the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports that ran the camps, stressed that dead terrorists are “moons,” “stars,” and “the elite.” They are “heroes” who are “recorded in our hearts,” he said, adding that it is crucial that they “remain in our memories” and that they are “honored.” Rajoub stressed that the purpose of the camps are in line with the “Palestinian national ideology to ensure the awareness of these children who are the builders of the future.” In other words: The camps are a teaching tool for the PA through which the PA leaders make sure their ideology and values – that terrorists are heroes and role models – continue to live on in the next generation.”

4) UN Watch reports on a recent vote at UN ECOSOC.

“Libya, Qatar, and Zimbabwe were among members of the UN’s 54-nation Economic and Social Council, a principal organ of the world body, who voted on July 26th to single out Israel as the only country in the world to be rebuked by the council this year for allegedly violating women’s rights.

In a resolution adopted 37 to 6, with 4 abstentions, the Jewish state was accused of being  a “major obstacle” for Palestinian women “with regard to the fulfilment of their rights, and their advancement, self-reliance and integration in the development of their society.” […]

Despite the resolution’s global references to violence against women “in all its different forms and manifestations worldwide,” and to the need to eliminate violence against women in “all regions of the world,” Israel was the only country in the world targeted for criticism.”

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