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Hamas admits executing Israeli teens: Israel

India Blooms News Service | | 23 Aug 2014, 04:19 pm
New Delhi, Aug 23 (IBNS): Senior Hamas official Salah al-Aruri admitted during a conference of Islamic clerics in Turkey that Hamas's armed wing, the Kassam Brigades, was responsible for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in June and has praised the perpetrators for their "heroic action".
Israel said this is another proof that  Hamas, like ISIS, kidnap and execute people based on religion or ethnicity. 
 
Israel has contended that Hamas was behind the kidnapping of the boys, a claim that Hamas had previously denied.
 
The Israeli government said Hamas and ISIS are two sides of the same Islamic terror coin. 
 
"Yet, as it has been claimed numerous times in the past, while many countries have rightfully united in condemnation and action against ISIS, a different standard was set for Hamas which consistently had been attacking Israeli civilians towards Israel, who have been facing incessant terror of Hamas," it said in a press communique.
 
"Hamas and ISIS come from the same radical, murderous Islamic roots with a pervasive indifference to human life, freedom and democracy. While ISIS is seeking to annihilate entire communities of minorities in Iraq, including the ancient Yazidis and Christians but first of all – other Muslims,  Hamas chases the same goal and shares the same perspective. 
 
"Hamas is essentially Israel's ISIS - but funded by Iran and other extreme fundamental entities, assembled on the border of Israel and with genocidal intentions of destroying Israel and killing all Jews. Hamas and ISIS are fighting for the same cause – establishing an Islamic State that has no respect for anyone else, may they be Muslims, Christian, Yazidis, Kurds or Jews or any other different belief. The danger is evident and Israelis, Indians and other people around various areas in Asia, Europe and Africa are all a target," it said.
 
Israel said : "ISIS and Hamas are enemies of peace and enemies of all civilized nations. Like ISIS, Hamas seeks to violently impose Islamist rule devoid of pluralism and basic human rights on women and minorities. Other terror organizations such as Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Nusra Front, Hizbullah, LeT, IM share the same agenda."
 
Hamas' own Charter observes the use of children as human shields, while openly professing to Israel, " We desire death as you desire life." 
 
Few weeks ago, Hamas reiterated again, "Our doctrine in fighting you [the Jews] is that we will totally exterminate you. We will not leave a single one of you alive."
 
Demilitarization of the Gaza Strip is also important to Israel, it said. The rehabilitation and development of Gaza is linked to demilitarization and to disarming the terrorist organizations from rockets, tunnels and other threats, it said. 
 
Last Friday, the foreign ministers of the EU repeated their call for all terrorist groups in Gaza to disarm. 
 
Meanwhile,  Israeli aircraft bombed the Gaza Strip on Saturday and Palestinian militants fired rockets at the Jewish state.
 
According to reports, five people were killed in an Israeli strike on a house in central Gaza.
 
 
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Erdogan's Turkey turns Hagia Sophia into a mosque again; UNESCO regrets #HagiaSophia, #Turkey, #Istanbul, #HagiaSophiaMosqueAgain Istanbul/IBNS: Hagia Sophia, Turkey's iconic monument, a UNESCO World Heritage and one of the central attractions of its capital Istanbul, is no longer a museum. It has been turned back as a mosque though some 1500 years ago it was built as an Orthodox Christian cathedral. Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque during the Ottoman time in 1453 while under Ataturk it was turned into a museum in 1935. The decision comes amid a growing rise of the Islamists in Turkey who had been demanding that it be restored as a mosque though Opposition leaders with secular credentials had been against the move. A top court in Turkey ruled that turning it into a museum in 1935 by modern Turkey's secular architect Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was illegal, paving the way for present Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to declare it as a mosque again and to open it for Muslim prayers. Erdogan made the announcement an hour after the court ruled the conversion to museum in 1935 as illegal and scrapped its status. "May it be beneficial," posted Erdogan on Twitter, sharing an official document on the change with his signature. UNESCO regrets In an immediate reaction, UNESCO said it "deeply regrets" the decision. UNESCO said it was "regrettable that the Turkish decision was not the subject of dialog nor notification beforehand". "UNESCO calls on the Turkish authorities to open a dialog without delay in order to avoid a step back from the universal value of this exceptional heritage whose preservation will be reviewed by the World Heritage Committee in its next session," the United Nation's cultural body said in a statement. Istanbul icon of beauty and wonderment According to Turkey's official tourism website, Hagia Sophia is a remarkable achievement in the history of architecture. and a living proof of mankind's revolt against the laws of physics and it calls it a monument whose importance transcends borders. It is one of UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage sites attracting millions of visitors across the world with its majestic grandeur

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