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Below is a compilation of ICT's Articles, Commentaries and Reports covering the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) "Operation Cast Lead" in the Gaza strip and its aftermath.


The Mujaheed Sheikh - Dr. Nizar Rayyan: The Spiritual Mentor of Iz A-Din Al Qassam Brigades

02/09/2009 | by Fighel, Jonathan (Col. Ret.)

Sheikh Dr. Nizar Rayyan  - one of the most prominent leaders of Hamas in Gaza - was killed in an air strike in the Gaza Strip, the first such attack in its six-day-old offensive. The air strike killed Nizar Rayyan along with nine other people, including his wife and three children, Hamas said. Another 25 people were wounded. Israeli security sources reported that the house was also used as an arms cache, a communications headquarters and concealed a tunnel opening. It was Dr. Rayyan, who cynically initiated to use the Palestinian civil population as a human shield to protect Hamas’ targets and homes against Israeli air strikes, knowing the sensitivity of the Israeli army in avoiding civilian casualties. Hamas used this fact in their terrorist build up of infrastructure during the recent temporary cease fire.

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The Kisufim Attack - A Test to Israel’s Deterrence

30/01/2009 | by Fighel, Jonathan (Col. Ret.)
On January 27th 2009 an explosive charge was blown up near the Kisufim passage in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. As a result of the explosion, one soldier was killed and three were wounded. It is the first serious incident since the withdrawal of the IDF forces from the Gaza strip after the termination of the “Cast Lead” operation on January 21st.
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Islamization or Secularization of the Palestinian Cause

29/01/2009 | by Fighel, Jonathan (Col. Ret.)

Muhammad Dahlan: “There is no difference between Al-Qaeda and Hamas”. The Palestinian national aspirations, as traditionally reflected by Muhammad Dahlan, towards a rational pragmatic two states solution, are threatened by the Islamic Hamas. Hamas’ maximal, irrational radical Islamic aspirations pose an internal Palestinian danger to the very existence of the PLO, Fatah and the Palestinian Authority. Al Qaeda and Hamas, as representing the radical Islamic threat perception, are bonded together by Dahlan as a major factor in shattering the Palestinian dream.

This article is an updated version of a paper first published in Circunstancia, Year VII, Nº 18, January 2009, a journal of the Spanish Foundation Jose Ortega y Gasset, in colaboration with the Royal Elcano Institute.

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Hamas Minister killed in Gaza

16/01/2009 | by Fighel, Jonathan (Col. Ret.)
Hamas' minister, Said Siam, considered one of the most senior members of the Palestinian group's leadership, was killed on 15 January 2009 afternoon in an Israeli air strike on his brother's home in Gaza City. Siam, 50, is the most senior Hamas figure was killed in Operation Cast Lead so far, and is the most senior Hamas figure killed by Israel since the assassination of Dr. Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi in April 2004.
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A call to revise the Geneva Conventions

15/01/2009 | by Ganor, Boaz (Prof.)
As the Israeli operation in Gaza moves toward the end of its third week, voices of criticism are echoing among the international media. Although many people around the world accept Israel's right to defend its citizens from ongoing, daily missile attacks launched by Hamas against Israeli cities, others condemn Israeli actions as an allegedly disproportional reaction toward the Palestinians.
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