Thanks to Carlos Latuff.
An Egyptian intelligence official on Thursday denied allegations leveled by Hamas that Egypt pumped gas into a cross-border tunnel used to smuggle goods into the Gaza Strip, killing four Palestinians.
Egypt has been under pressure to shut down the hundreds of tunnels that are a key economic lifeline for the blockaded Palestinian territory but which are also used to bring in weapons for the Islamic militant group.
The intelligence official confirmed that Egyptian security forces destroyed the entrances to several tunnels this week, but said that no gas was used in the operations. He said that Egypt routinely blows up the mouths to the tunnels to seal them off, and that the blast and an ensuing fire could quickly use up all the oxygen in the confined space, causing people caught inside to suffocate.
Egypt’s denial comes a day after Hamas accused Egyptian forces of killing four Palestinians by pumping gas into a smuggling tunnel. The Hamas Interior Ministry said in a statement late Wednesday that the gas used to try to clear the tunnel was poisonous. It said six people were also injured.
It was not immediately clear what evidence Hamas was basing its allegations on.
Mohammed al-Osh, the medical director of the Abu Yusef al-Najar hospital in the Gaza border town of Rafah where some of the dead and injured were taken, could not confirm those killed had inhaled poison gas. He said the hospital did not have the equipment or specialists needed to conduct the necessary tests on lungs and clothing.
Israel and Egypt have kept Gaza’s official border crossings closed since Hamas seized control of the coastal strip in 2007 from forces loyal to Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who now only governs in the West Bank.
The United States and Israel have been pushing Egypt to do more to try to close the tunnels, which provide Hamas with a lifeline helping it to stay in power in Gaza. Weapons and other contraband regularly move through the tunnels.
More dickbaggery by the useless Egypt.
Only Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan are viewed in a more negative light than Israel, according to a poll conducted in 28 countries and published Tuesday by the BBC.
The poll shows that just 19% of the 29,000 respondents questioned view Israel positively versus 50% who perceive the country in a negative light. Together with Israel at the bottom of the list are Iran (15% positive, 56% negative), Pakistan (16% positive, 51% negative), and North Korea (17% positive, 48% negative).
The poll also showed that world perceptions of the US are improving with 46% of respondents viewing the country favorably and 34% viewing the country negatively. Only two countries saw a decrease in the perception of the world’s number one superpower – Turkey and India.
I find it quite ironic that, if you read more, Germany is the most favoured. Disturbing, but amusing. Anyway, good news, hopefully the pro-Zionist organisations find out that hardly anybody supports their cause of funding them.
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Life is just not good when you have a week-longing migraine.
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He’s got the right idea.
The prime minister of Turkey, Israel’s only ally in the Muslim world, on Wednesday branded the Jewish state the “principal threat to peace” in the Middle East.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks to reporters at a breakfast meeting in Paris marked a new low in rapidly deteriorating relations between Israel and Turkey, which once had close military and political ties.
“If a country uses disproportionate force in Palestine, in Gaza – uses phosphorous shells – we’re not going to say ‘bravo’,” he declared, referring to Israel January 2009 offensive against Hamas-controlled Gaza.
This made me laugh, I do not know why.
An Israeli member of parliament has suggested a new law that would limit the price of popcorn in the cinema.
Carmel Shama of the governing Likud party has suggested a law that would see an end to 200% mark-ups on snacks and drinks at the cinema.
The law is in its very early stages and is not expected to come to a vote for some months.
Cinema companies condemned the proposed law saying most cinemas’ profits came from food sales.
“We have to put an end to this. The public should not have to mortgage their houses for a snack and a soft drink,” Mr Shama told the Hebrew newspaper Yedioth Aharonoth.
A large box of popcorn sells for around $5 (£3.30), double the price of ready-to-eat popcorn bought in a supermarket and about 10 times the price of popping kernels at home.