Good things happen when #Israel & #Hamas negotiate – 2008 Lull Agreement

The War between Israel and Hamas
Facts & Data on Rocket Firing before, during & after the Cease-Fire

Chart of Actual Rockets Fired before, during and after truce

Chart source – Terrorism Information Center – Tel Aviv
The above chart is based on the information provided in the report prepared by
the Terrorism Information Center in Tel Aviv. Here is the link to the original report (PDF) that also includes the chart above on page 10 of the report.

On 4 November 2008 Israeli forces attacked and killed six Palestinians inside Gaza, ending the four plus month old Lull Arrangement.

In September there were four attacks, in October only two and those launchers were arrested by Hamas. Of the small number of rockets and mortars launched during the Lull many, like Islamic Jihad’s 24 June launches, were in response to Israel’s killing of Palestinians on the West Bank.

Nonetheless, Hamas continued to arrest Palestinian violators of the truce until the 4 November strike.

Despite the assertions from the Government of Israel that their invasion of the Gaza Strip will only stop when Hamas stops firing rockets into Israel, it wasn’t the rockets that provoked this latest military carnage. The Lull was working and Hamas rockets WERE NOT being fired into Israel. So why did Israel attack?

Well, Nov. 4, 2008 means nothing in the Middle East. But it happened to be a very important date in the United States. Election Day with Barack Obama leading the field and eventually winning.

Here is a chart of the actual rocket fire from Israeli sources, which exposes the lie. Israel didn’t attack because of rocket fire.

Rocket and Morgar shell fire into Israel during the Tahadiya (Lull) Arrangement
compared with the with the preceding months (as of 16 December 2008)

This is a Second chart from the Israeli Consulate in New York City
Which also shows the Number of Palestinian rockets fired in each month of 2008
(adapted from The Israeli consulate in NYC [pdf])


 4 November 2008
Israeli Strike Is First in Gaza Since Start of Cease-Fire” – NYTimes 4 Nov ’08
Gaza truce broken as Israeli raid kills six Hamas gunmen” – The Guardian, UK
Heavy Blow to Ceasefire” – Xinhua (China) 6 Nov 2008
Cease-fire in Gaza Strip unravels” – Int’nat Herald Tribune 4 November 2008
Israeli strikes kill six in Gaza” – ABC News – (Australia) 4 Nov 2008
Google search – “ceasefire gaza 4 Nov 2008

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19 June Lull Agreement
“The core elements of the lull arrangement are the cessation of terrorism from the Gaza Strip, the cessation of IDF counter-activities in the Gaza Strip, and the opening of the crossings between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The ceasefire along the Israeli-Gaza Strip border was also supposed to re-launch the Egyptian-brokered negotiations on the release of Israeli captive soldier Gilad Shalit (as demanded by Israel) and promote dialogue on opening the Rafah Crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt (as demanded by Hamas).
The lull in the fighting is valid for six months and only in the Gaza Strip (during that time, Egypt will attempt to extend it to Judea and Samaria as well).

During its first month, the lull arrangement resulted in a significant drop in rocket and mortar fire at Israel. A relative calm has settled over Sderot and Israeli population centers near the Gaza Strip, occasionally broken by rockets and mortar bombs fired by terrorist organizations which oppose the lull (mostly local Fatah networks, with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad violating the lull only on one occasion).”
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Read More

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Hamas Was Careful
A period of relative quiet between June 19 and November 4 : As of June 19, there was a marked reduction in the extent of attacks on the western Negev population. The lull was sporadically violated by rocket and mortar shell fire, carried out by rogue terrorist organizations, in some instance in defiance of Hamas (especially by Fatah and Al-Qaeda supporters). Hamas was careful to maintain the ceasefire. The IDF refrained from undertaking counterterrorism activities in the Gaza Strip, taking only routine defensive security measures along the border fence. Between June 19 and November 4, 20 rockets (three of which fell inside the Gaza Strip) and 18 mortar shells (five of which fell inside the Gaza Strip) were fired at Israel .

Six Months of the Lull Arrangement – IICC Report Dec 2008

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24 June 2008
“Two Gaza rockets slam into southern Israel” – Agance France Press/Raw Story
“Rockets ‘violated Gaza ceasefire'” – BBC 24 June 2008

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Hamas Enforced Lull
“Hamas members have arrested Fatah operatives who were involved in firing at Israel and confiscated their arms. ” – Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
“Hamas arrests Gaza rocket squad after two Qassams hit Negev” – Haaretz 30 July 2008
“Hamas arrests Gaza rocket squad” – BBC 11 July 2008

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19 June 2008
“Truce Starts for Israel and Hamas in Gaza” – NYTimes 20 June 2008
“Israel-Hamas Truce Starts” – Al Jazeera 19 June 2008
Israel and Hamas reach Gaza truce deal – Agance France Press – 17 June 2008
Israel-Hamas Gaza truce goes into effect – China Daily – 19 June 2008
“Hamas Offers Israel 10-year Truce” – MSNBC 21 April 2008
Google Search – “Israel Hamas truce begins”

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 The Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center opened in 2001. It is part of the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC) , an NGO dedicated to the memory of the fallen of the Israeli Intelligence Community and it is located near Gelilot , north of Tel Aviv. It is headed by (Col. Ret.) Dr. Reuven Erlich .
The Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center focuses on issues concerning intelligence and terrorism. Via its website and e-mail bulletins it reports on:
• The Palestinian Authority and its policies regarding terrorism and terrorist organizations.
• Palestinian terrorist organizations and their activity during the lull in the fighting.
• Anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli incitement and hate propaganda.
• Terrorism-sponsoring countries (especially Syria and Iran ).
• Hezbollah.
• The global financing of terrorism .
• Links between Palestinian-Middle Eastern terrorism and global Jihad.
• Suicide-bombing terrorism and its source in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
• The involvement of women and children in Palestinian terrorism.
Learn more about the IICC

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From 19 June 2008, until Israel’s 4 November 2008 strike, Hamas “was careful to maintain the cease fire.” The Lull reduced rocket launches into Israel from an average of around 380 per month to less than 9.

Forward to the past. Same-Sex Marriage Legal… AGAIN #lovewins #scotus

Boswell’s primary argument is that throughout much of Medieval Christian Europe, unions between figures of the same sex and gender were socially accepted. Outlining the problems with accurately translating Ancient Greek and Latin terms regarding love, relationships, and unions into English, he discusses the wider context of marriage and unions in the Classical world and early Christian Europe.


Same-Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe attracted widespread academic and popular attention on publication. Reviews in academic, peer-reviewed journals were mixed, with some scholars arguing that Boswell’s translation of key terms were incorrect. The book was also widely reviewed in the mainstream media and the Christian media, with some conservative reviewers claiming that it was written to support the “gay agenda“.

My Inner Particle – Symmetry: Dimensions of Particle Physics

A lot of us physics groupies look to quantum physics as the coolest theory. We believe the physicists who say classical ideas don’t cut it when you go nuclear. We get that quantum stuff is so weird the only way you can convince anyone you’ve really studied it is to endlessly repeat, “I don’t know.” We, the civilians, accept that a rock is really a cloud composed mostly of empty space and sprinkles of tiny particles.

But what exactly are we supposed to do with the knowledge that everything we know from everyday life is different at the subatomic level? How should evidence of extra six or seven dimensions inform our days? Where in my head and worldview am I supposed to put antimatter?

I want to get in touch with my inner particle and let it point the way.

Particle logic–mysterious, counterintuitive, seemingly insane–pretty much describes life as I live it. And since we are so mind-numbingly small compared to the rest of the universe it makes sense to me to think of individuals as particles.

I want to reason like an electron, to be all over any task from every direction at once. I want to philosophize like a meson, yin and yang, opposites contained in a unified whole. I want to dream like a neutrino, limitless, unstoppable.

As individuals we display a kind of wave-particle duality. While the positions of our bodies are measurable with a high degree of accuracy at any given time our images–audio, video and photographic–spread out around the world via the Internet, existing everywhere at once. For millions of people appearing on TV, broadcast television images spread out, wave-like, across the galaxy in all directions at the speed of light.

Like quarks we are attracted to one another by a strong force: love. We are kept within our social shells by weaker but still potent bonds of commerce and culture. Geography attracts us, like gravity, in ways that are destiny-producing across the vastness of time. Civilizations reared amid bountiful and fertile soil are destined for one kind of history. Peoples arising on land that happens to contain oil will chase another fate. But like gravity acting on a gluon, the effect of geography on individuals is difficult to measure.

Race is an artificial and misleading social construct. My skin is not actually black nor is my wife’s genuinely white. Physics might help us categorize populations more usefully. Maybe we’d be well served by a Standard Model of Particle Humans. Top humans, for example, are the leaders of the industrial west. They’re certainly massive in terms of their ability to warp global resources. Tops are produced by powerful collisions and often decay quickly. Bottom humans would be the other ninety-nine percent of us.

Charm humans include athletes, politicians, performers–folks who make us believe. The strange ones are artists, academics and scientists–those who sit alone pursuing queer gods.

Folks in uniforms and guns certainly are the equivalent of force carriers. Though we may have to check whether some cops are more bozos than bosons.

My late father and sister have gone off to join our ancestors among the neutrinos. It’s unlikely that I will see them again in the visible particle world.

We humans are perhaps most particle-like in our slavish submission to the principle of uncertainty. Everyone who’s ever sat down to write a letter knows you can form in your mind precisely what you want to say, yet still be surprised by what you ultimately write. Uncertainty is what makes every day an adventure.

I believe accessing my inner particle will help me deal with the uncertainty of my life. My inner particle does not know how the world should be and is thus untroubled by how it is. It desires neither certainty nor comprehension. Thus my inner particle is far wiser than I.

Perhaps my inner particle will grant insights into all manner of human phenomena. Maybe I’ll be a faster cyclist by embracing my photon self. Maybe I’ll start to see the womb as a human Higgs field wherein eggs, like particles, acquire mass.

Then again, if the string theorists are right, maybe all I’ll get from my inner particle are some good vibrations.

Homegrown Radicals More Deadly Than Jihadis in U.S. – The New York Times


Non-Muslim extremists have carried out 19 such attacks since Sept. 11, according to the latest count, compiled by David Sterman, a New America program associate, and overseen by Peter Bergen, a terrorism expert. By comparison, seven lethal attacks by Islamic militants have taken place in the same period.

If such numbers are new to the public, they are familiar to police officers. A survey to be published this week asked 382 police and sheriff’s departments nationwide to rank the three biggest threats from violent extremism in their jurisdiction. About 74 percent listed antigovernment violence, while 39 percent listed “Al Qaeda-inspired” violence, according to the researchers, Charles Kurzman of the University of North Carolina and David Schanzer of Duke University.  Read more