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Hamas leader threatens October 7 terror attacks were ‘just a rehearsal’

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The architect of the October 7 Hamas terror attacks on Israel sent a threat to the Jewish state this week. Yahya Sinwar stated the bloody massacre “was just a rehearsal.”

Sinwar made the threat in his first public statement since the terrorist attack, Israeli media network Arutz Sheva reported.

“The leaders of the occupation should know,” Sinwar said, referring to Israeli leaders.

The Daily Signal reports:

The attack was the deadliest day for the Jewish people since the Holocaust. Hamas murdered 1,200 people and took 240 as hostages, including children, women, and the elderly.

Sinwar’s threat came during a temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas to allow for the release of dozens of women and children being held hostage in Gaza by Hamas in return for Palestinian criminals held in Israeli prisons.

Some of the Israeli hostages who were released said Sinwar went to see them when they were in captivity. He reportedly spoke fluent Hebrew with the hostages.

“Sinwar was with us three or four days after we arrived,” Yocheved Lifshitz, a former hostage, told the Davar news outlet. “I asked him how he was not ashamed to do such a thing to people who, for all these years, supported peace. He didn’t answer. He was silent.”

Sinwar’s threats track with top Hamas official Ghazi Hamad, who said in an interview last month on Lebanese news channel LBC TV, “We must teach Israel a lesson, and we will do this again and again.”

Less than a year ago, Sinwar threatened Israel in front of cheering crowds in Gaza.

“We will come to you, God willing, in a roaring flood. We will come to you with endless rockets, we will come to you in a limitless flood of soldiers, we will come to you with millions of our people, like the repeating tide,” Sinwar said on Dec. 14 last year, according to Reuters.

Many of the Hamas leaders are hiding in different areas across the Middle East, including Qatar, Lebanon, and Turkey, according to media reports. However, Sinwar is reportedly in bunkers under Gaza, according to Reuters.

Sinwar was arrested in 1988 and spent 23 years in Israeli jails for attempted murder and sabotage.

“He’s 1,000% committed and 1,000% violent. A very, very hard man,” said a former Israeli interrogator who worked in the same jail where Sinwar was held.

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Good Riddance to UNRWA as it Supports Hamas

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The head of UNRWA recently accused Israel of waging an “expanded, concerted campaign” to destroy the UN agency. The leader of UNRWA does have a cause for concern, as Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated that UNRWA has “lost legitimacy and can no longer function as a UN body.” UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer stated that “The rot is systemic, and that’s why we’re holding a conference…to replace UNRWA.” And now Congressional Republicans are probing the Biden administration’s decision to restore US funding to UNRWA in 2021, following the Trump administration’s suspension of that funding in 2018.

Good riddance to UNRWA if it ends up folding under pressure; UNRWA and the UN are Hamas apologists at best, and facilitators at worst. For example, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator actually insisted that “Hamas is not a terrorist group for us,” but merely a “political movement.” And the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories, in a rejoinder to the French president calling the October 7 attack “the largest anti-Semitic massacre of our century,” stated that “No, Mr. Macron. The victims of [the October 7 attack] were not killed because of their Judaism, but in response to Israel’s oppression.”

UNRWA Employees Provide Material Support to Hamas, PIJ

Israeli Defense Minister Galant has named 12 specific UNRWA employees who “actively participated” in Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, and also stated that Israel has “significant indications based on intelligence” that implicates “over 30” additional UNRWA employees. Gallant stated that of UNRWA’s 13,000 staff in Gaza, “1,468 workers are known to be active in Hamas and PIJ, 185 UNRWA workers are active in the military branches of Hamas and 51 are active in the PIJ military branch.”

Additional to those numbers are the 30 UNRWA teachers known to have celebrated the October 7 attacks on a UNRWA Telegram group that had 3,000 members.

Hamas’ “Data Center” Found Underneath UNRWA Headquarters

Israel also found a Hamas “data center” under UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza, equipped with an electrical room, computer servers and rooms where Hamas operatives could work and sleep, and that there were power lines connecting UNRWA’s headquarters to this data center. And surprise, some of the equipment found was made in Iran and China. Interestingly, while the Hamas “data center” contained electronics, a server room in the above-ground UNRWA headquarters had most of its electronics missing, which appears to be indicative of “actions of someone who knew the army was coming and wanted to hide the evidence,” according to Col. Benny Aharon of Israel’s 401st Armored Brigade. After the head of UNRWA denied that UNRWA knew of this data center ahead of time, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) tweeted “Oh, you knew,” and stated that Israel had warned UN officials about the data center but those officials chose to ignore those warnings.

Additional Evidence of Strong UNRWA/Hamas Partnership

Additionally, UN Watch cited instances of UNRWA/Hamas synergy, including that Israel found:

  • At the UNRWA headquarters above ground, weapons and “documents that indicated that the same offices were also used by Hamas”;
  • UNRWA aid bags in Yahya Sinwar’s bunker;
  • UNRWA concrete in Hamas’ tunnels that housed hostages;
  • Missiles and rockets under UNRWA equipment;
  • That Hamas stashed ammunition, explosives, and weapons in UNRWA bags, and that Hamas also had UN vests;
  • That Hamas stored weapons in and fired weapons from a UNRWA school; and
  • That Hamas’ “Ministry of Health” stole 24,000 gallons of fuel from UNRWA.

And to further emphasize the scope of how seriously UNRWA is compromised by Hamas, every single UNRWA “site, school, mosque, [and] kindergarten” that Israel has inspected had weapons, according to Israel’s commander of the 646th Reserve Paratroopers Brigade.

Calls to preserve UNRWA merely deflect away from the “systemic” “rot” found in the organization. Israel should make sure that UNRWA does not operate in any post-war Gaza, as the organization compromises the security of the Jewish state.

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