Posts tagged with 'gaza'

Reconsidering the Goldstone Report

Posted by Shapiro Ron on April 3, 2011 @ 1:37 am

On Friday, Justice Richard Goldstone, Chair of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, wrote an article in the Washington Post, discussing how recent information that has been released by Israel would have changed the outcome of the Goldstone Report from September of 2009. Below are a couple interesting quotes from the report:

“While the investigations published by the Israeli military and recognized in the U.N. committee’s report have established the validity of some incidents that we investigated in cases involving individual soldiers, they also indicate that civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy.

“Although the Israeli evidence that has emerged since publication of our report doesn’t negate the tragic loss of civilian life, I regret that our fact-finding mission did not have such evidence explaining the circumstances in which we said civilians in Gaza were targeted, because it probably would have influenced our findings about intentionality and war crimes.

-Richard Goldstone
Chair of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict

The full text can be read here.


Official Press Release – Jerusalem Bus Stop Bombing

Posted by michaelshapiro on March 23, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 23, 2011

This morning, an explosive device detonated at a central Jerusalem bus stop, wounding at least 25 and leaving at least three in serious condition. One woman has died from her injuries. As of this moment, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Israeli authorities suspect that Palestinian militants planted the device. The terrorist attack would mark the first within Jerusalem in several years.

The past few weeks underscore Israel’s unique security concerns. On March 11, five members of the Fogel family—including three children, one of whom was an infant—were brutally massacred in Itamar. Four days later, the Israeli naval forces intercepted a ship carrying thousands of weapons sent by Iran earmarked for Hezbollah in Syria and Hamas in Gaza. And four days after that, Hamas launched over 50 mortar shells into Israel. In addition to this morning’s bombing, Hamas fired two grad-type Katyusha rockets along with mortar shells into Be’er Sheva.

Recent events only serve as a roadblock to reaching a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nevertheless, Israel remains anxious for peace. Now she just needs a partner. As former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin once said, “We will negotiate as if there were no terrorism, and fight the terrorists as if there were no negotiations.”

LionPAC would like to encourage everyone to keep those wounded in today’s attacks in their thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

We will continue to provide updates as more details emerge.

By Michael Shapiro

President, LionPAC


The Right to Self-Defense: Noam Bedein Speaks about Sderot

Posted by Shapiro Ron on March 17, 2011 @ 11:13 am

Noam Bedein -

Courtesy: TOV! Taalservice

How would you feel if 8,000 rockets have been aimed at your town?

What if these rockets killed your friends and family?

Do you think you have the right to defend yourself?

Come and hear Noam Bedein, the director of Sderot Media Center, speak about daily life in Sderot, a town in Israel that has suffered OVER 8,000 ROCKET ATTACKS from Gaza by Hamas for the past eight years. Listen to the stories of human suffering at the hands of terrorism. Understand both Israel’s need and right to defend itself.

Co-sponsored by LionPAC and CAMERA.


Noam Bedein directs the Sderot Media Center, founded three years ago. Noam, a native of Tzfat, grew up in Efrat, Israel. Mr. Bedein served for three years as an IDF sergeant for an artillery scout unit along the Lebanese border. After the army, Noam served as an emissary for The Jewish Agency in Boston, and then traveled to the Far East for a year.

Upon his return to Israel, Mr. Bedein relocated to Sderot and pioneered the “Sderot Media Center for the Western Negev Ltd”, which has spawned the Sderot Media Center. In this position, Noam provides briefings in Sderot and the Western Negev for foreign diplomats, government officials, student groups, and other visiting organizations from all over the world. Mr. Bedein has helped produce a segment for EuroNews, a major European broadcasting outlet with over 200 million viewers, and was twice featured in a weekend edition articles in The Sunday Times Magazine of London. In early January 2008, Mr. Bedein assisted the bureau chief of the New York Times, Steve Erlanger, who wrote a front page feature for the New York Times about the situation in Sderot.

Mr. Bedein has appeared on numerous US and Israeli radio and television stations, and has been published in the Jerusalem Post, IsraelInsider Magazine, NFC and Israel National News. He has lectured about Sderot on countless college campuses and communities across the US, England, Canada and Norway. Recently, Mr. Bedein briefed congressmen and their staffers at Capitol Hill on the rocket situation in southern Israel, in a meeting organized by EMET.


Official Response to Gaza Flotilla Incident

Posted by ericlawrence on May 31, 2010 @ 10:42 am

Hope you are all having fantastic summers! By now most of you have probably heard about the violent incident that occurred early this morning concerning a Gaza aid flotilla. While we are still awaiting more details, LionPAC wanted to alert you to the available information. The following is our official press statement.

Violence Under the Mask of Humanitarian Aid

Early Monday morning, the Israeli Navy was forced to intercept a six-ship flotilla led by the Free Gaza Movement and Turkish-based Insani Yardim Vakfl off the coast of Cyprus en route to Gaza. The flotilla intended to break Israel’s maritime blockade off the Gaza coast, which prevents smugglers from providing weapons to the terrorist group Hamas. Continue reading…


LionPAC Response to the United Nation's Gaza "Fact Finding Mission"

Posted by Shapiro Ron on September 29, 2009 @ 7:01 pm

On September 15th, Judge Richard Goldstone released his report from a fact-finding mission looking into possible war crimes committed by both Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces in last winter’s Operation Cast Lead. The 574-page report excoriates Israel and only discusses possible war crimes by Hamas in ten pages. Of those ten, Judge Goldstone nearly dismisses any possibility of infraction by Hamas militants.

Prior to the beginning of the mission, many countries who sensed that the report would be biased and skewed against Israel’s behalf refused to support Goldstone and his commission.

A wide majority of both houses of Congress spoke out against the report, calling it biased and ignorant of the reality in the region. Since the report was released, the IDF has posted videos that disprove points made in the report.

Continue reading…