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Rockets reportedly fired towards Tel Aviv airport

There are reports that an Air Canada flight had to circle Ben Gurion airport before landing

Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons, as Israel's Security Cabinet was to meet later in the day to decide whether to expand its operation or consider ideas for a cease-fire.

Israeli ground troops and Hamas gunmen fought intense battles in the north and centre of the territory, Palestinian officials said.

The Israeli military said it hit 45 sites in Gaza, including what it said was a Hamas military command post, while Gaza militants continued to fire rockets at Israel, with one hitting an empty house.

There were reports early Friday that Air Canada flight AC84 circled Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport several times before landing safely. This was happening shortly after three rockets were reportedly fired in the direction of the airport. Air Canada has yet to confirm that.

An Air Canada flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv, left as scheduled Thursday evening after 6 p.m.

That was the first departure since a 2-day ban was lifted over concerns of rockets being fired near the airport. Air Canada made the decision to resume flying there, based on their own assessment of the situation.

Germany's two largest airlines said they are not yet resuming flights to Israel even though the European Aviation Safety Agency has lifted a recommendation that airlines refrain from flying to Tel Aviv airport.

Air Berlin says flights to Tel Aviv remain suspended at least through midday Friday, while Lufthansa says all Friday flights to the airport have been cancelled because of ongoing security concerns after a Gaza rocket landed about a mile away from Israel's international airport.

Lufthansa's cancellations apply to subsidiaries Germanwings, Austrian Airlines, Swiss and Brussels Airlines as well.

On the 18th day of fighting, Israel's Security Cabinet was to convene later Friday to consider international cease-fire proposals, an Israeli defence official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deliberations were taking place behind closed doors.

One plan calls for a five-day humanitarian truce during which Israel and Hamas would negotiate new border arrangements for blockaded Gaza, said Hana Amireh, a senior Palestine Liberation Organization official in the West Bank, who is involved in cease-fire efforts.

Hamas has said it will not halt fire without international guarantees that Egypt and Israel will open Gaza's border crossings and end their seven-year-old blockade. Israel and Egypt are reluctant to ease the blockade, fearing this will enable Hamas to tighten its grip on Gaza.

Israeli media reported that the military also wants more time to continue destroying rocket sites and tunnels from Gaza into Israel that Hamas has used to launch attacks. The military says it has found 31 tunnels but only destroyed about one-third of them so far. Israel has mobilized over 65,000 reserve forces during the fighting.

In Jerusalem, meanwhile, thousands of Israeli security forces were deployed for possible Palestinian protests after Friday prayers at a key Muslim holy site, said police spokeswoman Luba Samri.

The night before, thousands of Palestinians protesting the Gaza fighting clashed with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and in east Jerusalem in one of the biggest protests in the territory in years. One Palestinian was killed and dozens were wounded, according to Palestinian medical officials.

In Gaza, the Palestinian death toll reached 817, after 115 were killed on Thursday in one of the deadliest days of fighting, said Ashraf al-Kidra, a Palestinian health official. More than 5,000 Palestinians have been wounded since July 8, he said.

During the same period, 34 Israelis, among them 32 soldiers, and a Thai worker were killed.

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  1. Tarek posted on 07/25/2014 07:55 AM
    Have you seen the rockets that have been landing on the innocent Palestinians in Gaza. Over 800 innocent children and women were killed and still. No one seems to care about them. It's fortunate for the planes to land safely in Israel; however, it's unfortunate for the Palestinian people.
    Be fair. report both places. It's not a war. It's a genocide against Palestinians.
    1. Angry Bill posted on 07/25/2014 09:36 AM
      @Tarek You're right, no one seems to care about them. Not even their own people who are using them as human shields.
    2. Frankie posted on 07/25/2014 09:46 AM
      @Tarek You're correct it's a genocide, and it's being committed by Hamas. They store rockets in hospitals, schools, homes, tunnels and use citizens of Gaza as shields. People around the world should be protesting these tactics but Hamas is relying on prejudice and ignorance to make their citizens martyrs.

      Imagine your home being attacked by cowards firing rockets from schools and hospitals, using innocent civilians as shields, and everyone protesting against you for daring to fight back rather than lie down and die.

      Are you that blind, that ignorant, or that prejudiced?
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 07/25/2014 10:26 AM
      @Tarek BILL and FRANKIE are right.
      And may I remind you, of the two sides, Israel is the only one who seems interested in stopping the fighting.
      You would think with the amount of loses the Hamas has suffered, they would at least welcome the idea.
      And may I also remind you, that when Israel stopped the fighting so that humanitarian aid in Gaza would be possible, Hamas still used the opportunity to STILL fire rockets into Israel.

      So who's not being fair again?
    4. Frankie posted on 07/25/2014 10:41 AM
      @Tarek I forgot another perfect example to demonstrate what happens when the Palestinian militia stop attacking Israel. Ever heard of the West Bank? No fighting, the people are living in peace AND their economy is THRIVING!!!
      Ignore everyone's rhetoric and look at the West Bank as a perfect example of what's possible. Too bad Hamas is bent on destroying Israel as they're only helping to destroy their own people.
    5. arthur posted on 07/25/2014 11:06 AM
      @Tarek the UN says it's investigating possible war crimes on both sides. let's hope they do this for humanity sake and hope some biased nations don't impede these investigations and let the authorities do their work and bring to justice anyone involved in war crimes
    6. Ann posted on 07/25/2014 11:17 AM
      @Tarek Tarek, almost all Gaza is made up of generations of refugees that where driven out of their homes in Tel Aviv, Yafo, Jerusalem etc now being murdered again or left without a refuge.

      Morally defeated army that is “Bokhim Ve-Yorim”. Hamas has killed and captured only their soldiers, so in revenge they murder Gaza’s Palestinian civilians.

      It is strange that the settler soldiers, who killed that boy Mohamad Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem by pouring petrol down his throat and setting him on fire to burn to death, are slowly being forgotten. This is mainly because the Israeli terror machine is on the way to surpass all standards of decency and humanity. They are active in murdering almost a thousand and disabling many thousands of mainly civilians Palestinians in Gaza. They even managed to wipe out entire families huddling under their stairs for protection. It is not unusual therefore for their settlers to feel justified in terrorising the native Palestinians, because, after all they really only need the land that Palestinian homes, business, schools, hospitals are built on. It is known in the civilised and peaceful world as ethnic cleansing. The settler colony’s problem is that the ethnically cleansed natives will not stop resisting.

      The Canadian people have always been loved throughout the world for being fair-minded and supporters of justice. However, in recent years Canada has been lead by Israel firsters who, for their own personal reasons, have plunged this country to the wrong side of history.
    7. Frankie posted on 07/25/2014 11:41 AM
      @Ann The people who kidnapped and killed the Palestinian boy have been arrested, charged with his murder, will go to trial and if found guilty will go to prison for murder.

      Contrast that with Hamas who celebrate in the street that they killed 3 hitchhikers from Israel and look upon their killers as heroes.

      It's that type of attitude that will keep fuelling conflict and prevent the citizens of Gaza from ever living in peace, unlike the West Bank where they are thriving.
    8. Ann posted on 07/25/2014 12:30 PM
      @Karl Burgin Karl, this is not true. Netanyahu admitted that he agreed to that only when he knew that Hamas would not agree to it. And why should the Palestinians agree to terms of surrender and siege by their tormenters yet again. They have not started the targeted killings and the F16, drone attacks. It is like I kill a couple of hundreds of your civilians maim a couple of thousands and then tell you I will stop killing your people is you disarm. This is the sort of demented and cruel mentality the Israeli terror machine is dealing with the native Palestinians. They are committing war crimes and the whole world is telling them that including the UN. Their protection is that the United State (political unrepresentative Israel firsters).

      It is really obnoxious that an abuser Israeli terror entity is blaming the victims for the war crimes being perpetrated against them. The Hasbara Brigade will recite the familiar indoctrinated phrases defending the indefensible. It is similar to an abusive husband telling his wife the famous phrase “look what you made me do”.

      Hamas is legitimate freely elected party to rule the Gaza strip under a brutal Israeli occupation. The Palestinians are not living under normal circumstances to allow them the luxury of regular elections. Hamas military wing together with all other resistance groups are part of the overall Palestine Defence Force (PDF). The world recognise that if any one nation need defending itself then the Palestinians would be at the top of that list. Losses to this force during this Israeli terror attack are indeed significant, and that should not be a dishonour to their fighting ability. They are facing a killing machine that is armed to the teeth with the latest sophisticated weaponry that is freely supplied by the good old US of A (every day you get a president or a senator reaffirming or confirming their support and the promise to maintain Israel superiority in arms). They even had an offer of 2000 soldiers from Obama to help them during this current attack in their fight against the Palestine Defence Force. Had the Palestinians been allowed access to similar weapons then we could judge the effectiveness of each force. We do have a sample of what could happen, when the Israeli ground invasion started. You would think they could have been washing their feet in the Mediterranean had you beloved their boosting confidence. Instead they ended up being attacked on their side of the fence with soldiers killed and captured by the PDF. The Israeli army have managed a hundred metres after a couple of weeks of constant bombardment.

      You also said: “And may I also remind you, that when Israel stopped the fighting so that humanitarian aid in Gaza would be possible, Hamas still used the opportunity to STILL fire rockets into Israel.”

      Now have look at this young civilian man searching and calling for his family loved ones during the so called humanitarian cease fire, then murdered on top of the rubble of his home by a cowardly Israeli war criminal sniper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBakqLUBWP0&bpctr=1406307471

      It is not about fairness any more. It is about JUSTICE at the International Criminal Court. The discerning readers already know this!
    9. Mark7 posted on 07/25/2014 01:11 PM
      @Tarek ". It's a genocide against Palestinians".

      You will pay dearly on Judgement Day for this unforgivable lie. ITS THE PALESTINIANS THAT HAVE WANTED ISRAEL ERADICATED AND HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FOREVER. Not the other way around.

      If someone attacks me I will defend myself too, just like Israel ONLY retaliates after FIRST being attacked.

      Keep bearing false witness against thy neighbour. Yahweh has a cure for that too.
    10. Karl Burgin posted on 07/25/2014 01:14 PM
      @Ann I read up on the history of both Hamas and Hezbollah- and they are as crooked as they come.

      Sure, they provide social support for the citizens, which is all well and good. But in return you swear an oath to them- so that when they wage their wars, you are obligated to play a part in it. The last time I checked, humanitarian aid doesn't usually have those types of strings attached.

      Also, the ultimate goal of Hamas and Hezbollah is the elimination the Israel, and all the Jews.
      These are the same people that believe Jews are ultimately evil.
      These are the same people the believe that the Holocaust was a fabrication and a lie.
      These are the same people that believe that the Jews pull the strings of power worldwide.

      If these people had a nuke, I wouldn't doubt for a second that they would have used it already.

      As you've said, the Jews have the technological and militaristic upper hand. And yet, they haven't used their might to commit any genocide, or human right abuses.
      Hamas has also been known to use their citizens as human shields. Or they would commit guerrilla warfare by using people's homes or hospitals to hide in, and firefight with the enemy. Tell me, are these the same people you would want to bunk with. Even POWs in some countries are treated better.

      Hamas is very good at propaganda- and I know a good BS message when I see one. The goal of Hamas here with this latest tiff with Israel, is that they get a high enough body count, and then blame Israel for it- and garner support in the process. You've bought it hook, line and sinker. I've seen the masses in Australia fall for it too. Not to mention the people in Toronto who gather outside the Israeli embassy and protest.
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      Israel is the only real victim here as far as I see it. People think its ok that you could fire rockets that range from Toronto into Vaughn- and that the people in Vaughn should be ok with it- how absurd.
      I don't know if you remember the 6-day war, but that was when all the Arab nations banded together to destroy Israel.
      As far as I see it, Israel is far from being the bully here
    11. Ann posted on 07/25/2014 01:15 PM
      @Frankie The gang that kidnapped and burned alive the young Palestinian boy Khdaira in Jerusalem are part of a larger settler terror organisation that has been tormenting the native Palestinian population for many years. This formed a significant part of the wider Israeli apartheid policy of ethnically cleansing Jerusalem and the west bank from its indigenous people and position settlers from the far corners of the world in their place. These terrorist Jewish settlers have not been arrested and their gang is still at large. They started with three terrorist and now we have only one that confessed. This was only done due to the CCTV footage and the international condemnation, Caught in the act so to speak. I am sure things will be brushed under the carpet once the world attention shifts. Don’t forget that we have CCTV footage of innocent teenagers being shot in the back of their heads only couple of weeks before Khdaira’s brutal murder.

      As for the West Bank the remaining pockets of Palestinian towns are thriving some say. Have they asked the thriving Palestinians, indeed have they seen or been in the West Bank? Have they ever been through few checkpoints on their journey to school, work or shop? Have they ever been told to walk on the unmade narrow side of the footway while watching settler Jews straddling the middle of the road? I assume not. The Palestinians with their PLO leadership recognised Israel and started peace talks on a two state solution back in the 1980s. They have lost a further 80% of what remains of their 1967 West Bank while talking and watching their homeland being settled by foreigners. There is no appeasing Israel and its settler nation. They do not want peace; they are after more and more pieces of Palestine until they have it all. It really is simple, No Justice No Peace.
    12. Ann posted on 07/25/2014 01:44 PM
      @Karl Burgin You are mixing other groups such as Hezbollah in the discussion in a sleight of hand trick in order to divert attention. You may also bring in ISIS and other groups to link and confuse the issue.

      As a Hazbara Brigade member you are obviously reciting the usual victimhood rubbish that is in front of you. However, you should also consider that you are a human being and should have an understanding of why people need to have justice. You should be advocating the rule of law and supporting the submission of the current Israeli leadership to the International Criminal Court ICC for justice to be served on these war criminals. We all recognised the hunger for justice that Jews experience after the Holocaust why would you now deny it to the Palestinians?

      Palestinians are getting stronger and are becoming more capable of defending themselves. I would agree with you on one point; that had Hamas had nuclear capability, then Israeli would think twice before entering into this “tiff” as you call it. A “tiff”!? Tell that to the families of the 800+ murdered and thousands maimed that it was only a “tiff”. Your callas disregard to the loss of human life is disgusting and can tell us much about you.
    13. Karl Burgin posted on 07/25/2014 01:59 PM
      @Ann One question.....I would really lime to know where you are getting your rhetoric from. Because if it has so blinded you from seeing the obvious, then you have becomes Hamas' sheeple.

      I didn't not bring up Hezbollah as a sort of deflection tactic. I used that example to show that they are essentially have the same rhetoric as Hamas- with Hamas being noticeably worse.
      Nor am I mixing it up with ISIS- unless you of course would like to deflect the topic with bringing in another group.

      But the premise is simple. Fire rockets into Israel- Israel will retaliate.
      Stop firing the rockets, and the ground assault will cease.
      As for the 800 civilians killed and maimed, you only need to look at Hamas as being responsible. The blood is on their hands- and they don't seem to mind one bit.

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      Oh, and here's another little tidbit to consider. Concerning the fact that the Hamas is trying to get international attention. They are firing rockets trying to reach the Israeli international airport. Where there are not just Israelis who work and travel there. But other nationalities from around the world. Why should those people be under the risk of rocket fire. Or the planes risking landing at the airport- they are innocent too.

      Again, I don't know what terrorist propaganda handbook you're getting you're info from. But I challenge you to instead look at media critically, and learn to decipher and think for yourself. Don't let some handbook steer you.
    14. Ann posted on 07/25/2014 03:47 PM
      @Karl Burgin The terror entity of Israel must ultimately end the occupation and end the siege of Gaza. End apartheid and settlement of Palestinian land. End your terror criminal activities against the native Palestinian population. Justice and freedom for the people of Palestine, only then should the world expect peace in the region. You cannot just take over other people’s homeland and pretend it is yours cause YOUR god promised it. The civilised world public are on to you now. They can see the Israeli terror crimes.

      The Israeli terror entity and its war criminal cabinet has just rejected their closest allays Kerry initiative. So now we know who wants to live in peace and who wants to continue killing children. I do recognise this time round that the worm has turned and while on the one hand we have Israeli terrorist army are joystick murdering civilians, on the other hand the Palestinian Defence Force is killing and capturing only war criminals. Check the statistics. Time is clearly on the Palestinian side, growing from strength to strength. They now realise that although support from the international community is welcomed, they can only be free through their own resistance to occupation and oppression. Israeli terror entity understands only the language of terror. The “I want it all” strategy will backfire on the Israeli terror entity and their settler immigrant gangs that will lead to the zero endgame! Then you will have nothing. May be it is time to live in peace with the natives if only for your preservation.
    15. Ann posted on 07/25/2014 03:48 PM
      @Karl Burgin The terror entity of Israel must ultimately end the occupation and siege of Gaza. End apartheid and settlement of Palestinian land. End your terror criminal activities against the native Palestinian population. Justice and freedom for the people of Palestine, only then should the world expect peace. You cannot just take over other people’s homeland and pretend it is yours cause YOUR god promised it. The civilised world public are on to you now. They can see the Israeli terror crimes.

      The Israeli terror entity and its war criminal cabinet has just rejected their closest ally Kerry initiative. So now we know who wants to live in peace and who wants to continue killing children. I do recognise this time round that the worm has turned and while on the one hand we have Israeli terrorist army are joystick murdering civilians, on the other hand the Palestinian Defence Force is killing and capturing only war criminals. Check the statistics. Time is clearly on the Palestinian side, growing from strength to strength. They now realise that although support from the international community is welcomed, they can only be free through their own resistance to occupation and oppression. Israeli terror entity understands only the language of terror. The “I want it all” strategy will backfire on the Israeli terror entity and their settler immigrant gangs that will lead to the zero endgame! Then you will have nothing. May be it is time to live in peace with the natives if only for your preservation.
    16. Karl Burgin posted on 07/25/2014 04:02 PM
      @Ann 1.> You didn't directly answer my question about where you're getting that rhetoric from, but the way your general comment sounds speaks for itself. You sound more like an automaton, than a free-thinking individual. Hence, my conclusion is that you've allowed yourself to be brainwashed
      2.> You say that Israel rejected the cease fire. OK. But Hamas wasn't even at the table.
      3.>Time is clearly not on Palestine's side, because Hamas would rather see a war won (or lost) at all costs- including its citizens. And I don't see them garnering much international support. For example, you do remember Stephen Harper's stance- that Israel does have the right to defend itself, no?
      4.>And that is God with a capital "G". But lets not go there.....
    17. Mark7 posted on 07/25/2014 04:19 PM
      @Ann Most people like Jews (except France, Texas, and Eastern Europe), but everyone hates Israel. It whines about the Holocaust but uses the same tactics employed by the German Nazis against the Jews. Anyone that supports Israel against the Palestinians is promoting genocide. The Jews always use the concentration camps to guilt the world, but in Gaza, they have created the world's largest concentration camp...65 years the Palestinians have lived behind barbed wire and a blockade...5 generations have never know freedom, have not been able to work, live at the pleasure of the Jews. And some right wing idiots wonder why they want their freedom.

      More disgusting is Baird's interview this afternoon at a conservative U.S. radio station. He made Limbaugh look like Mother Theresa.
    18. Frankie posted on 07/25/2014 09:26 PM
      @Mark7 Actually the majority of people hating Israel hate Jews but don't have the honesty to admit it as it would hurt their bs arguments. Consider the number of Muslims and others murdered and massacred by their own groups with barely a peep and little attention. When 1 Palestinian dies at Israeli hands the outcry and media go into overdrive. I'm not minimizing any pPalestinian death, merely pointing out the racism against Israel and Jews.

      UN has censured Israel than any other nation that has massacred civilians so obviously they and all the protestors care little about innocent people dying and are more interested in slamming Israel.

      That is obvious to anyone that isn't brainwashed or incredibly biased.
  2. Mike posted on 07/25/2014 10:09 AM
    why are we not hearing from our Canadian government advising all our citizens about travelling to Israel?
    who would want to visit that pit anyway unless you're from there or have family there.
    we need more responsible action from the feds
  3. dama posted on 07/25/2014 02:15 PM
    Give Peace A Chance.

    (Let me tell you now)
    Ev'rybody's talkin' 'bout
    Revolution, Evolution, Masturbation, Flagellation, Regulation,
    Integrations, mediations, United Nations, congratulations
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    All we are saying is give peace a chance


    Innocent lives are lost in any war/conflict..

    Pray for Peace.. people..
  4. Sherwood MacLeod posted on 07/25/2014 08:25 PM
    Obviously humans will never learn to get along .......both sides are to blame
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