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Tlaib: Palestinians provided “safe haven for Jews,” you know

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Rashida Tlaib deserves a ton of criticism for her comments in a Yahoo News interview, but perhaps not the specific ton she’s receiving at the moment. In the podcast “Skullduggery” podcast, Tlaib discussed her support for a one-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian question, but not before she offered her thoughts on the Holocaust and its outcomes. She claimed that her “Palestinian ancestors” provided Jews a “safe haven” after the genocide, and Jews have rejected them ever since:

Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib said she “loves the fact” that her “Palestinian ancestors” were part an attempt “to create a safe haven for Jews” after the Holocaust, although the role “was forced on them” and took place “in a way that took their human dignity away.” …

“There’s always kind of a calming feeling when I think of the tragedy of the Holocaust, that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence, in many ways, has been wiped out … in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-Holocaust, post-tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that in many ways,” said Tlaib.

“So when I think about one state, I think: Why can’t we do it in a better way? I don’t want people to do it in the name of Judaism just like I don’t want people to use Islam in that way. It has to be done in a way of values around equality, around the fact that you shouldn’t oppress others. So that you can feel free and safe. Why can’t we all be free and safe together?”

This is utter nonsense in several ways. The Palestinians didn’t offer anyone “safe haven” for the Holocaust, nor was it thrust on them. Jews had lived in the region for millennia, and the Diaspora had begun returning in the late 19th century with the Zionist movement. The Ottoman government didn’t take much of an interest in it at the time, and then the British seized the region after World War I as part of the Sykes-Picot arrangement of the post-Ottoman Middle East. The British pledged to provide Jews a safe homeland before that war, and followed through — although while still insisting on it being part of the British Empire.

If anyone provided a “safe haven,” it was the British, but in truth Jews had been building a revitalized homeland for decades before the Holocaust. It was the somewhat-bizarre partition after independence that set off the chain reaction leading to where we are today.  The Arabs, who had only lightly populated what they call “Palestine” now, resisted the idea of a Jewish state when Israel achieved independence. For decades prior to that, however, Arab states had also been ejecting Jews from all over the Middle East too, forcing many to relocate to Israel. Hebron would be one good example of the quality of the “safe haven” offered by Palestinians, for that matter, and a pretty good example of what would come if Tlaib got the solution she wanted.

What Tlaib suggests is the end of partition and establishing a state of Palestine in its place. She wants to end the idea of a Jewish state by forcing Israel to fully annex the West Bank and Gaza and offer the full vote to all residents. She cloaks this in democratic language, but the end result would be the extinction of a Jewish homeland — and Tlaib well knows it. She also tells Yahoo that protection of the Jews is something the new state would have to settle on its own. I’d bet the Israelis don’t see that as glibly as Tlaib does.

So yes, there is plenty to criticize here. Unfortunately, the criticism has mainly fallen on Tlaib’s wording, which was clumsy and sounded offensive when clipped out of context. Tlaib didn’t express “warm feelings” about the Holocaust itself, although that’s how it sounded from the initial reports. The Washington Post scolded Republicans for pouncing:

House Republican leaders took aim at Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) on Sunday for a podcast interview in which she discussed her support for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. …

But two of the top House Republicans on Sunday criticized her use of the phrase “calming feeling,” falsely accusing her of using the phrase to describe her views about the Holocaust itself.

That’s a fair criticism for the response, but it tends to let Tlaib off the hook. There’s a reason that no other Democrat supports a one-state solution of the type described by Tlaib, as Yahoo’s interviewer notes in framing the question. It would lead to the ethnic cleansing of Jews from their last position in their ancestral homeland, a claim that goes back much farther than those of the Palestinians. Tlaib wasn’t cheerleading the Holocaust, but she seems pretty sanguine about the next one.

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The Washington Post Goes with “Republicans Seize” After Tlaib Makes Yet More Anti-Semitic Remarks

Last night, I wrote on Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s latest dive into antisemitism, which involved historically ignorant comments about Palestinians providing a “safe haven” for Jews after the Holocaust.

“There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports,” Tlaib said just after the 28 minute mark. “And just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.”

This was extremely problematic for two reasons.

One, it’s completely false. The Palestinians were massacring Jews before, during, and after the Holocaust. Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Palestinian leader at the time, allied with Hitler and tried to carry out his own genocide, which includes numerous mass killings. There’s also the fact that Palestinians and their Arab allies tried to, you know, destroy Israel the same year it gained statehood in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The idea that there was ever an effort, voluntarily or even involuntarily, by Palestinians to provide a safe haven for Jews is objectively nonsense.

To assert such is like saying a German saying they are extremely proud their ancestors provided free housing for Jews during the Holocaust. It’s not only an extreme, out of context misreading of history, it’s morally gross to claim.

Second, Tlaib’s comments are not a new creation. What she said is typical anti-Semitic propaganda which seeks to paint the Jews as new arrivals after the Holocaust. In reality, Jews far predated Arabs in the region, were there long before the Holocaust, had legally begun buying land to resettle in Israel before World War 2, and the agreed plan for a Jewish state predated the conflict by decades. And that’s just me glossing over the matter. The complete history of Jews in Israel is vast and would take hours to recount here.

What is being done by Tlaib is an attempt to paint Israel as some random entity that popped up to facilitate European Jews after the Holocaust, which frames them as foreigners with no right to be there.

Now, we are starting to get reaction from non-right leaning sources on the matter and it’s exactly what you’d expect.

The Washington Post is claiming that Tlaib’s comments are being “seized” on by Republicans.

Yes, that’s the story here.

It’s objectively false to say Tlaib is being taken out context. What the WaPo is trying to do is center the conversation on her “calming feeling” comment, which could actually be taken out of context (no, she wasn’t saying the Holocaust itself gave her that). But that’s not what any conservative reacting is talking about. We are all commenting on her historical ignorance and the gross nature in which she painted genocidal Palestinians submissive protectors of Jews.

If you read the WaPo article, not once does the writer address the falsities in Tlaib’s comments, instead choosing to defend her and Ilhan Omar, who wasn’t even a part of this issue.

For her part, Rashida Tlaib commented late last night via her official Twitter account.

Notice the re-direct by Tlaib to her “calming feeling” statement, even though that’s not the issue anyone was discussing about her comments. She does that knowing the media will now spend all day claiming Republicans were accusing her of supporting the Holocaust. I haven’t seen a single legitimate conservative voice do that. Instead, the focus has been completely on what I described at the beginning of this article.

Tlaib lies and doubles down about the criticism against her knowing that not a single mainstream media outlet will call her on it. Instead, she can sit back and count on being defended at all costs. It’s insanity on a grand level.

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Rashida Tlaib Comments on the Holocaust, Ends Up Propagating Anti-Semitic Garbage

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Rashida Tlaib has continually found herself repeating Hamas propaganda. As Israel was being struck with hundreds of rockets last week, she took to Twitter to deflect blame and repeated a false claim that Israel randomly shot a pregnant woman and instigated the attacks. In reality, a Hamas rocket fell short and killed the woman in question (as well as her unborn child and another child). Islamic Jihad, one of the terrorist groups operating in Gaza, admitted to the incident.

Tlaib has apparently learned nothing from that episode. She recently went on a podcast named “Skullduggery” where she found herself making more historically illiterate and anti-Semitic remarks about the Holocaust, Jews, and the state of Israel.

The largest point of contention involves this comment.

“There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports,” Tlaib said just after the 28 minute mark. “And just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.”

To start, the whole “calming feeling” thing is really awkward language but I don’t think it’d be fair of anyone to take that as her supporting the Holocaust. To focus on that misses the greater issue and just gives her defenders an excuse to dismiss legitimate criticism. What she’s attempting to say is that she feels proud that the Palestinians opened their arms to victims of the Holocaust and gave up “their” land to do so.

The problem with that thought is that it’s objectively false and it’s a common claim you see in anti-Semitic, Arab propaganda to support the destruction of the Jewish state.

This thread explains the situation well and why Tlaib is saying what she’s saying.

Tlaib is repeating anti-Semitic propaganda that asserts Jews had no right to be in Israel despite predating Arabs in the area by thousands of years. By her telling, the Jewish state as it exists today was a random post-1945 invention led by the migration of European Jews after the Holocaust. It’s a subtle, yet purposeful way to paint the Jewish people in Israel as foreign invaders who “stole” their land.

We know this is nonsense. There is no historical question that Jews were in Israel long before any Arab populations. That should be enough given the typical Democratic position on land rights (i.e. Native Americans for example), but even if we are talking modern day, Jews were migrating back to Israel in large numbers in the 1800s. The state of Israel was planned in the early 1900s. It was not something that just sprung up after the Holocaust to facilitate European Jews.

The Palestinians also never opened their arms to the Jews even though the Jewish people had a clear historical right to be in the area. In fact, the Palestinian leadership joined with Hitler and tried to exterminate the Jews. Furthermore, the surrounding Arab populations, including the Palestinians, tried to destroy Israel in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The idea that there was any acceptance toward the Jews by Palestinians is a historically ignorant thing to say. It’s also dangerous because it propagates myths about Jews being “outsiders” in their own land, which only foments violence.

And that’s the big picture here.

Tlaib opposes the very existence of a Jewish state. This is one of the reasons she supports the boycott, divestment, and sanction movement. The entire goal of that movement is the internal collapse of Israel. Implicit in the propaganda she’s repeating about the Holocaust is the false idea that the Palestinians gave up “their land” and that the Jews have no right to be there.

It’s historically illiterate garbage.

What’s sad is that I’m not even sure she realizes what she’s doing. Tlaib strikes me as someone who’s been so pumped full of false anti-Semitic talking points her entire life that she actually believes what she’s saying. That’s no excuse though. She’s a U.S. Congressional member now and is responsible for the things she propagates. At every turn she finds a way to take the side of terrorists in Gaza when it comes to dealing with Israel and this latest outburst is no exception.

If we had a media worth anything, someone would have asked her directly by now if she believes Israel has any right to the land they hold. She’d almost certainly say no because her entire worldview is one where Israel has no right to exist and the Palestinians, even their terrorist leadership, are never at fault. Tlaib’s support for a non-Jewish, one-state solution is insidious because the purpose of such a view is to see Israel overwhelmed and destroyed.

She should be called out and condemned – strongly and often.

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Student government at Williams College refused to recognize a pro-Israel group

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The student government at Williams College voted against the approval of a new, pro-Israel student group called Williams Initiative For Israel (WIFI). From Forward:

The student government of Williams College in Massachusetts voted last month not to recognize a pro-Israel club as an official student organization – the first time in more than ten years that a club complied with all relevant bylaws but failed to gain recognition status, The Williams Record reported.

The Williams College Council voted 13-8 not to recognize Williams Initiative for Israel (WIFI) – and in a break from normal procedure, they conducted their vote by secret ballot and did not publish a livestream or attach speakers’ names to statements in the official minutes.

Student government meetings are usually live-streamed to create a record of their activity but in this case, no record of the vote was published to avoid creating a public record that might be used in news reports.

Prior to the actual debate in last week’s meeting, there was a discussion among Council members and guests concerning how the meeting would be recorded and archived given a flurry of recent national media coverage of College events. In particular, a livestream from a Council meeting earlier this month has been featured on a number of alt-right and white nationalist blogs and websites, and some College students have received explicit threats, according to both guests and CC members who spoke at the meeting. CC ultimately decided not to publish a livestream for the April 23 meeting and published meeting minutes without any speaker names in a document accessible only to students and faculty with Williams emails.

Here’s a description of how the meeting went according to the group’s supporters:

From the outset of the meeting, WIFI was vilified by multiple speakers, who conflated the club’s mission with what they called the “genocidal” and “apartheid” policies of the Israeli government. The speaking order mechanism of the CC meeting, which dictates that people be called upon to speak in the order in which they raise their hands, coupled with the fact that there were significantly more people speaking against the club than for it, made it virtually impossible for supporters of the club to contest these accusations, or to properly clarify the mission of the club. WIFI aims simply to promote education about Israel, celebrate Israeli cultural events, advocate for campus recognition of Israel’s right to exist and allow Williams students the opportunity to form their position regarding Israel for themselves…

CC is tasked with determining whether a proposed organization meets the required criteria to become an RSO; its role is not to evaluate the substance of what it perceives to be the organization’s ideas or positions. If any member of CC had such strong opinions about what they perceived to be WIFI’s political positions that they were unable to be impartial on the matter of the club’s approval, they should have recused themselves from the vote rather than vote the club down based on their own personal views.

After the vote to disallow the recognition of the group, Williams’ president Maud Mandel wrote a letter expressing her disappointment with the student government and basically agreeing that the decision had been made on political grounds:

The transcript of the debate and vote indicate that the decision was made on political grounds.

In doing so, Council departed from its own process for reviewing student groups, which at no point identifies a proposed group’s politics as a criterion for review. The decision also seems to be in tension with CC bylaws, especially Article V, Section 3: “Prohibition Against Discrimination in Student Organizations.”

We’ve always expected the Council to follow its own processes and bylaws. I’m disappointed that that didn’t happen in this instance.

Williams has recently been divided over a proposal to adopt the Chicago principles, a commitment to free speech which has been adopted by many campuses nationwide. From Inside Higher Ed:

Williams is in “meltdown,” said Luana S. Maroja, an associate professor of biology and one of the faculty members who led the charge for the college to endorse the Chicago principles, known formally as the University of Chicago’s “Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression.” At least 60 entities — including colleges, universities and higher education systems — have embraced the Chicago principles since they were first introduced four years ago. The growing support for the principles is due in part to a promotional campaign by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a civil liberties watchdog group…

The problems at the Massachusetts institution began in September with a panel discussion on free expression in which a well-known religious scholar took part. The scholar was Reza Aslan, a best-selling author and professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. Maroja, who attended the event, said Aslan dominated the conversation and made statements that baffled her, including that administrators should dictate what can and cannot be said on college campuses, and that only “factual talks” had a place in higher education. She said students cheered these remarks.

“This nonsense was met with intense student applause,” Maroja wrote in a blog post about the roundtable. “It was appalling.”

After that panel discussion, a group of professors drafted a petition to adopt the Chicago principles but a small group of students objected:

A group of about 20 students showed up, some carrying signs proclaiming “free speech harms” and other similar sentiments. Maroja said the students were disruptive and eventually started yelling at white, male professors to sit down and “acknowledge their privilege.” Maroja said she attempted to engage the students — as a Hispanic woman, she said she understood prejudice — and told them that shutting down speech they find offensive would only invigorate bigoted speakers.

The students were unpersuaded.

“Students were just screaming that we were trying to ‘kill them,’” Maroja said.

Williams is one of the most exclusive (and expensive, it was #12 on this list) colleges in the United States. It also has a reputation for being extremely progressive. And because it is, it’s not a surprise that opposition to principles of free speech and to pro-Israel student groups are happening at Williams. It would be more of a surprise if this wasn’t happening.

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Omar: Israel’s occupation of Gaza causes rockets to fire and children to be killed, or something

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The fighting has stopped for now, but the ignorance continues unabated. Hours before Israel and armed factions in Gaza reached a cease-fire, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) made sure everyone knew who had responsibility for the flare-up in violence. Was it the terrorists who started firing rockets from Gaza? Of course not:

The rockets fired because of an occupation? That’s a neat trick, considering that the occupation of Gaza ended in 2005. It’s been fourteen years since Ariel Sharon dismantled all of the Israeli settlements in Gaza — to a loud outcry at home — and pulled the IDF out of the strip, leaving the Gazans to their own devices. Sharon’s government had to forcibly evict some settlers from their homes in the area, and ended up relocating thousands of Israelis back into Israel proper. Gaza held elections the next year and, despite warnings from all over the world, elected Hamas to govern the territory. The rest is history, as is any prospect of improvement while Gazans cling to terrorists as their leaders. Israel imposed a full blockade on Gaza in 2007 after Hamas won that election, but it’s not an occupation, even if Hamas calls it that.

In this iteration of the decades-long terrorist war on Israel, it wasn’t “occupation” that started the rockets firing. Hamas wanted money, wasn’t getting it, and worried about an uprising because of it:

Hamas officials said they escalated the violence to push Israel to stick to the terms it had agreed after another such flare-up in March, when rocket fire had caused Netanyahu to cut short a trip to Washington. Hamas accused Israel of reneging on the deal to allow in cash assistance of $30 million a month from Qatar, expand fishing rights and ease the restrictions on imports and exports that have choked Gaza’s economy.

With Gaza’s beleaguered population of 2 million people increasingly turning its frustrations toward Hamas, the organization has been desperate to secure an easing of Israeli restrictions, particularly as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan approached. Egypt, which has been brokering efforts to reach a longer-term truce, has been opening its land border with Gaza more frequently.

Perhaps Israel was slow to pay the money because Hamas has been slow to stop its own aggressions. This started with sniper fire that wounded two Israeli soldiers on the other side of the border, and Hamas’ tunneling under the border continues unabated. One can argue that Israel needs to stick to its commitments in cease-fires, but one can also argue that Israel shouldn’t fund the terrorists that keep buying rockets to use in killing Israelis, too.

What one can’t argue is that Hamas shoots rockets from Gaza because of occupation, at least not if someone is the least bit informed on the topic. Hamas shoots rockets into Israel because Hamas is a terrorist organization bent on Israel’s destruction, and was long before the end of the occupation in 2005, too. It remains in power in Gaza because Hamas imposes its authority ruthlessly, but it originally got that authority from Gaza voters despite its status as a terrorist organization. To be fair, Fatah wasn’t much better in 2007, but the West Bank under Fatah control has certainly fared better than Gaza.

If Omar wants “peace and justice,” she should call for the end of Hamas rule in Gaza and the emergence of leadership that actually desires peace and justice.

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Leftist Media Runs Defense for Ilhan Omar After Her Anti-Israel Tweet Defending Terrorists

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You know a Democrat has done something wrong when the media won’t focus on what said Democrat did, but how the right reacted to it. This is exactly what The Hill did after Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) sent out a tweet blaming the violence and death occurring on the Gaza strip on the “occupation” and “humanitarian crisis” occurring there.

Omar posted the tweet on Sunday asking how much more violence needs to occur, and that only “real justice” will bring peace.

“How many more protesters must be shot, rockets must be fired, and little kids must be killed until the endless cycle of violence ends?” asked Omar. “The status quo of occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable. Only real justice can bring about security and lasting peace.”

This naturally caused backlash. For one, Israel does not occupy Gaza, the terrorist group Hamas does. Hamas is known for sending rockets into Israel in an attempt to kill as many people within its borders as possible. The iron dome system (an anti-missile device) is often all that stands between death and destruction.

Secondly, many aren’t quite sure what Omar means by “real justice,” but as Omar is a proven antisemite, one shudders to think.

Conservatives fired back on Twitter at Omar, publicly correcting her insinuations and pointing out that what she’s essentially doing is taking the blame off of murderous terrorist groups and putting it on innocent people.

In essence, conservatives were calling out that Omar was defending terrorists, namely Hamas.

The Hill took the backlash Omar received and created a news item out of it titled “Conservatives slam Omar over tweet on Gaza violence.”

In the article, The Hill wrote that Omar “lamented” the violence in Gaza, and made the usual comments about Conservatives using this as an opportunity to hit her.

“Conservatives seized on Omar’s comments to suggest the congresswoman was voicing support for Hamas, a Palestinian group behind hundreds of rockets fired over the weekend,” wrote The Hill.

The problem here is that this is exactly what Omar was doing. The term “occupation” as used by leftist, at least in terms of talking about the Middle East, refers to Israel settling on what they believe to be Palestinian land. However, Israel does not occupy Gaza.

The violence occurring in Gaza is due to the hands of Hamas, which hurts Israeli and Palestinian alike.

So what we have here is Omar running defense for terrorists, and The Hill running defense for her.

Perhaps President Trump’s declaration of the press being the enemy of the people isn’t so silly after all.

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Rashida Tlaib’s Father Says She Committed Election Fraud

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Yesterday, I posted on Tlaib defending terrorists who were launching hundreds of rockets into Israel. Today, I ran across another interesting story involving her.

Rashida Tlaib’s father claimed in 2010 that she lied on her election affadavit about where she lived in order to qualify for the office she was seeking. Why is something that happened in 2010 just now coming to light? Because the comments were in a Detroit News article that was effectively scrubbed from the internet.

In a March 11, 2010 newspaper article in The Detroit News, Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) father accused her of lying “big-time to get elected” by falsifying her address on an election affidavit.

The details center around a house that Tlaib’s father was part owner of.

He said his daughter misrepresented her residency when she signed an election affidavit in 2008 with the Wayne County Clerk claiming she was a citizen of Detroit.

According to that affidavit, Tlaib claimed she lived at 9123 Rathbone in Detroit. That house is owned in part by her father, Harbi Elabed, and he now says she did not live there and he was only recently made aware that she had claimed so.

“She lied,” Elabed said. “She lied big-time to get elected. I never teach her that way. I teach her the right way. It’s my house. She didn’t live there. She lived in Dearborn in her house with her husband and boy.”

There was apparently a lot of bad blood in the relationship and Tlaib claimed that her father was lying to get back at her. Who’s telling the truth? We’ll probably never know because Tlaib was never made to prove residency despite claims she could. I’d guess any statute of limitations on something like this is long gone and no one in Detroit would prosecute anyway.

Fudging residency to run for office is a favorite pass-time of politicians everywhere. You may recall that AOC faced similar questions that have yet to be resolved (among many others about her campaign finance). Perhaps it’s time for those that run for office to be made to prove this stuff? Seems like a small fail safe to implement given the importance of elections.

Nothing will happen here, but it’s worth exposing nonetheless. A Republican would be grilled on this so we’ll see whether the media finds it even worth mentioning (spoiler: they won’t).

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Fragile Cease-Fire Takes Hold Between Israel and Gaza After Weekend Attacks

JERUSALEM — A tentative cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in Gaza appeared to have taken hold on Monday morning, bringing a short but deadly bout of cross-border fighting to an end as abruptly as it had started.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the Gaza groups that fired about 600 projectiles at southern Israel on Saturday and Sunday, killing four Israeli civilians, had indicated a readiness to restore the fragile truce that went into effect nearly five years ago but has been interrupted repeatedly by violence. A Hamas-run television channel reported in the early hours of Monday morning that a new cease-fire had been reached, and would come into effect at 4:30 a.m.

According to Arab media reports, the understanding was brokered by Egypt and the United Nations, and includes measures to ease the acute economic crisis in the impoverished Gaza Strip, home to 2 million people. It came with the start of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

The death toll in Gaza over the weekend stood at 22, with at least nine militants and as many Palestinian civilians killed by Israeli forces on Sunday alone, including two children, according to health ministry officials in the Hamas-run coastal territory. It was the worst violence between the two sides since a 50-day war in 2014.

The Israeli military said it had struck 350 militant targets over the weekend. It resumed wartime tactics that included the targeted assassination of individuals and bombing multistory buildings it said were used for military purposes.

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The remains of a building in Gaza City after it was hit by Israeli air strikes on Sunday.CreditMahmud Hams/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The Israeli government did not overtly confirm a renewed cease-fire, as is customary in such situations, with officials reluctant to go public about understandings or agreements with groups Israel classifies as terrorist organizations.

But in an acknowledgment of the restoration of calm, the Israeli military announced the lifting, from 7 a.m., of all restrictions on public gatherings in communities within a 25-mile radius of Gaza. Roads in the vicinity of the border and most schools reopened.

Then, in a statement issued at about 11 a.m., Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alluded to the end of this round of battle, if not the general state of war.

“Over the last two days we struck Hamas and Islamic Jihad with great force,” he said. “We hit over 350 targets. We struck at terrorist leaders and operatives and we destroyed terrorist buildings. The campaign is not over and it demands patience and sagacity. We are prepared to continue. The goal has been — and remains — ensuring quiet and security for the residents of the south. I send condolences to the families and best wishes for recovery to the wounded.”

Israeli commentators said that Israel had also been eager to cut short the fighting, with Israel’s Memorial Day and Independence Day celebrations coming this week, and a stream of international singers arriving to compete in the Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv later this month. In hosting the international contest, Israel intends to showcase itself as a tourist destination.

The exact terms of the cease-fire were not publicized, but in the past they have included measures like an extension of the fishing zone off the Gaza coast in the Mediterranean waters controlled by Israel, assurances for the smooth transfer of Qatari money into the territory and other measures to ease the blockade imposed by Israel, with Egypt’s help. Both countries restrict the movement of people and goods in and out of the enclave, citing security grounds and the need to stop weapons smuggling.

A building in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod that was damaged by a rocket strike from the Gaza Strip.CreditJack Guez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

This latest round of fighting appeared to have been set off by events on Friday, when two Israeli soldiers were wounded by a Gaza sniper and four Palestinians were killed.

Two of the Palestinians were shot by Israeli forces during Friday’s weekly protest along the fence dividing the territory from Israel, according to Gaza health officials. The others, who were identified as Hamas militants, were killed in an Israeli airstrike in retaliation for the sniper attack. Starting Saturday morning, Hamas and Islamic Jihad unleashed an unusually heavy barrage of rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel.

Perennially simmering tensions along the border have burst into at least eight brief but increasingly fierce rounds of fighting over the last year, sometimes lasting little more than a day. These exchanges appear to have replaced the broader wars that occurred in 2008-2009, 2012 and 2014, with neither side showing any appetite now for a full-scale showdown.

Mr. Netanyahu, who also currently serves as Israel’s defense minister, is in the process of forming a new, right-wing and religious governing coalition after his party’s victory in the country’s April general election.

Opposition leaders from the political center and left have repeatedly criticized him for the lack of a more decisive and strategic policy toward Gaza.

Yair Lapid, of the centrist Blue and White party, accused Mr. Netanyahu of “a complete surrender” to Hamas.

Mr. Netanyahu was also criticized by a senior politician in his own Likud party.

“The cease-fire, given the circumstances under which it was reached, lacks achievements for Israel,” the politician, Gidon Saar, who is considered a rival for the party leadership, wrote on Twitter. “The time ranges between the rounds of violent attacks on Israel and its citizens are getting shorter, and the terrorist organizations in Gaza use the periods in between to get stronger. The campaign has not been prevented, but postponed.”

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After Intense Fighting in Gaza, Israel and Palestinians Observe Ceasefire

JERUSALEM — Fighting between Israel and Gaza escalated rapidly on Sunday in the worst combat since the last full-blown war in 2014, with Palestinian rocket and missile attacks killing four Israeli civilians and Israeli forces taking aim at individual Gaza militants.

Gaza officials said the two-day death toll for Palestinians had reached 22. At least nine militants and as many civilians were killed on Sunday alone. The civilians included a pregnant woman, a 12-year-old boy and 4-month-old girl, health officials said.

The Palestinians said early on Monday that they had reached a cease-fire with Israel. That news appeared to be confirmed indirectly when the Israeli military on Monday morning lifted restrictions on citizens living near the border with Gaza, though schools in affected areas remained closed for the day.

The outbreak of violence appears to have begun on Friday, when a sniper wounded two Israeli soldiers, a violent but localized expression of Palestinian impatience with Israel’s failure to alleviate dire humanitarian conditions in Gaza.

By Sunday, it had mushroomed into a display of firepower by both sides. The Israel army said Gazans had launched 600 projectiles in two days, with the territory’s secretive armed factions letting loose hundreds of rockets that had long been hidden away in arsenals.

Howling air-raid sirens and buzzing smartphone alerts kept tens of thousands of Israeli civilians hunkered down in shelters. The country’s Iron Dome antimissile batteries shot many — but not nearly all — of the incoming projectiles out of the sky as the Israeli military rumbled into action with jets, drones, tanks, artillery and attack helicopters.

Palestinians seized every opportunity to wreak havoc, killing an Israeli civilian with an anti-tank missile when he made the mistake of driving his truck within range of Gaza. They fired another, this time unsuccessfully, at an Israeli armored personnel carrier that was only partially obscured by defensive berms.

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Israelis outside their building in the coastal city of Ashkelon on Sunday after it was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza.CreditTsafrir Abayov/Associated Press

Ratcheting up its response, Israel blew up a car carrying a Gaza man it said was a terrorist, and published video of that airstrike as a warning to others. It leveled the homes of several militant commanders, saying they were used to store weapons or as operational headquarters, and fired on a number of Palestinians it said were engaged in launching rockets.

It also attacked a building it said had been used as a base for cyberattacks against Israel, partially destroying it.

The two antagonists have warred on and off since the militant Islamic group Hamas took power in Gaza in 2007 and Israel imposed a land, sea and air blockade of the territory and its roughly two million residents.

But as much as they loathe one another, they are also codependent: Hamas uses its defiance of Israel to portray itself as the true voice of Palestinian resistance, and Israel’s right-wing government exploits Gaza’s unruliness to argue that it lacks a partner for peace talks.

The fury of the weekend’s fighting reflected pent-up Palestinian frustrations over Israel’s slow pace in easing restrictions that have sent the densely populated and impoverished territory into economic free fall, said Tareq Baconi, an analyst with the International Crisis Group.

In November, Israel agreed to loosen the restrictions in an arrangement brokered by Egypt with Hamas.

“Hamas agreed to restrain the protests in return for concessions,” Mr. Baconi said, referring to the frequently violent border demonstrations that began in Gaza in March 2018. “Those haven’t materialized.”

The aftermath of an Israeli airstrike that killed Ahmad Hamed Al-Khudary in Gaza City on Sunday. Israel said he was responsible for cash transfers to militants.CreditMahmud Hams/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Israel’s decision this weekend to resort to targeted killing and to signal its readiness for a ground war was a reminder of the country’s low tolerance for the loss of civilian life.

But as has happened in so many other rounds of fighting in recent months, the violence quickly became so intense that each side seemed to pause long enough to listen for the words “cease-fire.”

Late Sunday, it was Ismail Haniya, the political director of Hamas, who uttered them.

Mr. Haniya said that “returning to the state of calm is possible and depends on the occupation’s commitment to a complete cease-fire” and on the “immediate start of implementing the understandings” reached with Egypt’s help.

But he also threatened to escalate if Israel did not comply, and more Israeli alerts of incoming rockets soon followed.

The Israeli civilians killed were the first to die in clashes with Gaza since the brief but devastating 2014 conflict. A Palestinian man living in Israel was killed in a rocket attack on Ashkelon in November.

One Israeli man was killed well before dawn Sunday when he left a safe room for a cigarette break and a rocket exploded in the yard of the house. In the afternoon, a strike on an Israeli cement factory in the southern city of Ashkelon killed a Bedouin worker. The man killed after stopping his truck was near Or Haner, a tiny kibbutz two miles from the Gaza border.

And in the southern city of Ashdod, a rabbi was killed when he left his car and tried to run for cover.

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Israel responded by following through on a longstanding threat — one heard more frequently in recent days from hawkish politicians — to start killing individual fighters in targeted attacks.

An airstrike that destroyed a car in Gaza City killed a man who the Israeli military said had been responsible for large transfers of cash from Iran to Hamas and to a rival faction in Gaza, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Israel said the man, Ahmad Hamed Al-Khudary, 34, had owned a money exchange company that it designated a terrorist organization last June.

Asked why Israel had resumed the long-dormant tactic of targeted killings, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said, “It’s important for Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad to understand the severity of the situation.”

All told, of the nine militants killed Sunday, only one was a Hamas member, Gaza officials said. Eight belonged to Palestinian Islamic Jihad, including two killed in an airstrike on the Al Buraij refugee camp.

The attacks from Gaza mostly hit targets in southern Israel with no military value, including a building housing a kindergarten in the town of Sderot and the oncology department at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. An army post in the community of Kissufim was hit by a mortar that struck its synagogue, lightly wounding two soldiers.

With rockets and mortars setting off sirens across southern Israel every few minutes, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered what he called “massive strikes,” and the military deployed an armored brigade and the Golani infantry brigade to the Gaza frontier to be available for a possible ground incursion. Another infantry brigade was put on standby.

Israel pushed back aggressively on Sunday against Palestinian accusations that it had killed a pregnant Gaza woman and a young family member the day before. Army spokesmen insisted that the two had been killed by a misfired Palestinian rocket, not by Israeli munitions. Gaza officials continued to accuse Israel of what they called a war crime.

The home of an Israeli, Moshe Agadi, who was killed when his house in Ashkelon was hit by a missile fired from the Gaza Strip.CreditAbir Sultan/EPA, via Shutterstock

President Trump on Sunday came down decisively on Israel’s side, condemning the rocket attacks from Gaza. “To the Gazan people — these terrorist acts against Israel will bring you nothing but more misery,” he said on Twitter.

The latest round of violence began much like several others since last summer.

Israel and Gaza have been locked in a cycle of clashes quickly followed by de-escalations, with Egyptian-brokered talks repeatedly achieving a temporary cooling off along the border.

In November, there appeared to be a breakthrough. Israel promised to ameliorate conditions in Gaza by allowing in cash supplied by Qatar, as well as fuel and humanitarian aid; expanding the zone in the Mediterranean in which it would allow Gaza fishermen to operate; and easing the movement of people in and out of the impoverished seaside territory.

Hamas agreed in return to restrain protests along its frontier with Israel that have often devolved into violence. But a truce has never taken hold, and indeed the cease-fires have only lasted a number of weeks.

Some resumptions of violence have been unforeseeable. In October, a freak of nature — a lightning strike — was said to have caused a rocket to be launched at Israel. In November, an Israeli undercover team was discovered inside Gaza, setting off a firefight as it made its escape and then two days of rocket attacks and airstrikes.

A rocket attack in mid-March was said to be a result of “human error” rather than a Hamas decision.

But Israel has also accused Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad of using violence for political advantage. In late March, two weeks before Israel’s parliamentary elections, a rocket hit a house northeast of Tel Aviv and caused Mr. Netanyahu to cut short a trip to Washington.

Now, with Israel’s Memorial Day and Independence Day celebrations coming this week, and a stream of international singers arriving to compete in the Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv later this month, the Gaza militant groups may have gambled that Mr. Netanyahu would pay an even higher price for quiet in the short term.

The funeral for a Palestinian child who was killed on Saturday with her mother.CreditKhalil Hamra/Associated Press

“Both of them believe that only pressure and force will force Israel to ease the restrictions of the blockade,” said Mr. Baconi, the analyst. “And Israel has done nothing but reinforce that lesson.”

Sunday night, on the eve of Ramadan, the monthlong Muslim holiday of daylong fasting and nighttime feasts, Israel tightened its chokehold on Gaza. It said it would cut off the supply of all fuel to the territory through Israel.

Omar Shaban, an economist who runs Pal-Think for Strategic Studies, a Gaza think tank, said that some of the recriminations between Israel and Gaza officials over easing the deprivations in Gaza had been missing the point.

“There’s no shortage of food in Gaza, but people don’t have purchasing power because there are no jobs,” he said. “There are some demands by the political factions that cannot be implemented: If you open the crossings while people don’t have cash for the private sector to operate, it’s pointless. Gaza needs a package of assistance.”

On the Israeli side, even some critics of Mr. Netanyahu said that the cycle of violence with Gaza was only strengthening his hand politically.

“His view — which, incidentally, is logical — is that the division between Gaza and the West Bank, which stems from the chronic conflict between Hamas and Fatah, weakens the national Palestinian movement and is worth the headache inherent in dealing with two semi-functional political entities,” Shimrit Meir, an Israeli analyst of Palestinian politics, wrote in the daily Yediot Ahronot.

The two Palestinian territories, Gaza and the West Bank, are governed by the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah.

On Sunday, as the family of one of the Israelis killed in the attack, Moshe Agadi, 58, prepared to bury him, it asked the public to avoid his funeral for fear of another strike from Gaza. Hundreds of Israelis came anyway, and home front soldiers wearing orange berets passed out instructions on what to do if the cemetery came under attack.

“We came to honor him, and to show that we’re not afraid of them,” said Tzipi Ben-David, 56, as distant blasts could be heard in the direction of Gaza. “Look how many came, even with this situation.”

At the home were Mr. Agadi had been staying, a golden-painted suburban dream house, large shrapnel divots in the exterior wall, a felled tree and grapefruits strewn on the ground all testified to what had killed him.

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As Gaza Fighting Intensifies, Israelis and Palestinians Bury Their Dead

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JERUSALEM — Fighting between Israel and Gaza escalated rapidly on Sunday in the worst combat since the last full-blown war in 2014. Three Israeli civilians were killed in Palestinian rocket and missile attacks and Israeli forces began to take aim at individual Gaza militants, killing at least seven.

The three Israelis killed were the first civilians to die in clashes with Gaza since the two sides fought a brief war in the summer of 2014. Gaza health officials said 15 people had been killed since Friday, though Israel denied responsibility for two of those deaths.

One Palestinian rocket struck an Israeli cement factory in the southern city of Ashkelon, killing a Bedouin worker there. A man was killed near Or Haner, a tiny kibbutz two miles from the Gaza border, when the truck he was driving in was hit by an anti-tank missile fired from Gaza. A third Israeli was killed in the early morning when he left his safe room for a cigarette break, his brother said.

Israel responded first by destroying what it said were the homes of several Palestinian militant commanders and then by following through on a longstanding threat — one heard more frequently in recent days from hawkish politicians — to start killing individual fighters in targeted attacks.

An airstrike that destroyed a car in Gaza City killed a man who the Israeli military said had been responsible for large transfers of cash from Iran to Hamas, the militant Islamic group that rules the territory, and to a rival faction in Gaza, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Israel said the man, Ahmad Hamed Al-Khudary, 34, owned a money exchange company that it designated a terrorist organization last June.

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Israelis outside their building in the coastal city of Ashkelon on Sunday after it was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza.CreditTsafrir Abayov/Associated Press

Asked why Israel had resumed its long-dormant tactic of targeted killings, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said, “It’s important for Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad to understand the severity of the situation.”

Two other fighters with Palestinian Islamic Jihad were killed in an airstrike on the Al Buraij refugee camp early Sunday, the group said.

The attacks from Gaza mostly hit targets in southern Israel with no military value, including a building housing a kindergarten in the town of Sderot and the oncology department at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. An army post in the community of Kissufim was hit by a mortar that struck its synagogue, lightly wounding two soldiers.

More than 100 Israelis were treated at Barzilai for injuries in the day’s attacks, hospital officials said.

With rockets and mortars setting off sirens across southern Israel every few minutes — a two-day total of 600 launches, the army said — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered what he called “massive strikes,” and the military used tanks, artillery, jets, attack helicopters and drones.

An armored brigade and the Golani infantry brigade were deployed to the Gaza frontier to be available for a possible ground incursion, and another infantry brigade was put on standby.

The aftermath of an Israeli airstrike that killed Ahmad Hamed Al-Khudary in Gaza City on Sunday. Israel said he was responsible for cash transfers to militants.CreditMahmud Hams/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Israel also pushed back aggressively on Sunday against Palestinian accusations that it had killed a pregnant Gaza woman and her young daughter in the first day of fighting on Saturday. An army spokesman insisted that the two were killed by a misfired Palestinian rocket, not by Israeli munitions, though Gaza officials continued to accuse Israel of responsibility for what they called a war crime.

The latest round of violence began much like several others since last summer.

Israel and Gaza have been locked in a cycle of clashes quickly followed by de-escalations, with Egyptian-brokered talks repeatedly achieving a temporary cooling off along the border.

In November, there appeared to be a breakthrough. Israel promised to ameliorate conditions in Gaza by allowing in cash supplied by Qatar, fuel and humanitarian aid despite its blockade, expanding the zone in the Mediterranean in which it would allow Gaza fishermen to operate, and easing the movement of people in and out of the impoverished seaside territory. Hamas agreed in return to restrain protests along its frontier with Israel that have often devolved into violence.

But a truce has never taken hold, and indeed the cease-fires have only lasted a number of weeks.

Some resumptions of violence have been unforeseeable. In October, a freak of nature — a lightning strike — was said to have caused a rocket to be launched at Israel. In November, an Israeli undercover team was discovered inside Gaza, setting off a firefight as it made its escape and then two days of rocket attacks and airstrikes. And a rocket attack in mid-March was said to be a result of “human error” rather than Hamas policy.

But Israel has also accused Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, its more radical ally, of resorting to violence for political advantage. In late March, two weeks before Israel’s parliamentary elections, a rocket hit a house northeast of Tel Aviv and caused Mr. Netanyahu to cut short a trip to Washington.

Now, with Israeli Memorial Day and Independence Day celebrations coming this week, and a stream of international singers arriving to compete in the Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv later this month, the Gaza militant groups may have gambled that Mr. Netanyahu would pay an even higher price for quiet in the short term.

The home of an Israeli, Moshe Agadi, who was killed when his house in Ashkelon was hit by a missile fired from the Gaza Strip.CreditAbir Sultan/EPA, via Shutterstock

“Both of them believe that only pressure and force will force Israel to ease the restrictions of the blockade,” said Tareq Baconi, an analyst with International Crisis Group. “And Israel has done nothing but reinforce that lesson.”

Indeed, the two Gaza factions have accused Israel of forgetting its promises as soon as violence gives way to calm.

“Hamas agreed to restrain the protests in return for concessions,” Mr. Baconi said. “Those haven’t materialized.”

Omar Shaban, an economist who runs PalThink for Strategic Studies, a Gaza think tank, said that some of the recriminations between Israel and Gaza officials over measures meant to ease the deprivations in Gaza had been missing the point.

“There’s no shortage of food in Gaza, but people don’t have purchasing power because there are no jobs,” he said. “There are some demands by the political factions that cannot be implemented: If you open the crossings while people don’t have cash for the private sector to operate, it’s pointless. Gaza needs a package of assistance.”

On the Israeli side, even some critics of Mr. Netanyahu said that the cycle of violence with Gaza was only strengthening his hand politically.

The funeral for a Palestinian child who was killed on Saturday with her mother.CreditKhalil Hamra/Associated Press

“His view — which, incidentally, is logical — is that the division between Gaza and the West Bank, which stems from the chronic conflict between Hamas and Fatah, weakens the national Palestinian movement and is worth the headache inherent in dealing with two semi-functional political entities,” Shimrit Meir, an Israeli analyst of Palestinian politics, wrote in the daily Yediot Ahronot.

The two Palestinian territories, Gaza and the West Bank, are governed by the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah.

In Ashkelon, a concrete factory that makes large pipes for underground sewers and other equipment for the army was struck by a rocket around 1 p.m. on Sunday. A worker there who refused to give his name said he was standing between two of the workers who were hit by the rocket when the siren went off. He ran for shelter, but the others either didn’t try or didn’t make it.

“There weren’t many seconds,” he said.

With rockets still arcing toward Israel, and Iron Dome antimissile systems knocking out a good number of them but not all, the family of Moshe Agadi, 58, who was killed in Ashkelon at around 2 a.m., asked the public to avoid his 4 p.m. funeral. They feared that those attending could be subjected to another strike from Gaza.

But hundreds of Israelis packed the funeral hall anyway, and then streamed outside for Mr. Agadi’s burial, as home front soldiers wearing orange berets passed out instructions on what to do if the cemetery came under attack.

“We came to honor him, and to show that we’re not afraid of them,” said Tzipi Ben-David, 56, as distant blasts could be heard in the direction of Gaza. “Look how many came, even with this situation.”

At Mr. Agadi’s residence, a golden-painted suburban dream house, large shrapnel divots in the exterior wall, a felled tree and grapefruits strewn on the ground all testified to the weapon that had killed him.

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