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Hamas has a new problem and it isn’t the Israelis

Hamas has a new problem in Gaza, and it isn’t the Israelis.

It is always dreamlike to see one Islamist terror group accuse the other of being too “lenient” when it comes to enforcing sharia laws. But it is not dreamlike when a terrorist group starts threatening writers and women.

That is what is happening these days in the Gaza Strip, where supporters of the Islamic State are accusing Hamas of failing to impose strict Islamic laws on the Palestinian population — as if Hamas has thus far endorsed a liberal and open-minded approach toward those who violate sharia laws.

Until this week, the only topic Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were talking about was how to rebuild homes and buildings that were destroyed during the last war between Hamas and Israel.

Now, however, almost everyone is talking about the Islamic State threats against poets, writers and women.

It is no secret that the Islamic State has a presence in the Gaza Strip. According to sources there, many disgruntled members of Hamas and other radical salafi-jihadi groups have already joined the Islamic State, with some fighting together with ISIS groups in Syria and Iraq.

Earlier this year, it was revealed here that Islamic State has already begun operating inside the Gaza Strip — much to the dismay of Hamas.

Hamas, nevertheless, continues to deny any presence of Islamic State inside the Gaza Strip. “There are no members of Islamic State in the Gaza Strip,” said Eyad al-Bazam, spokesman for the Hamas-run Interior Ministry.

Many Palestinians, however, do not seem to take Hamas’s denials seriously, and remain unconvinced.

Over the past few days, two separate leaflets signed by Islamic State threatened to target Palestinian poets and writers for their “wantonness” and “atheism.” The leaflets mention the poets and writers by name — a move that created panic among many Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The leaflets also included an ultimatum to Palestinian women to abide by Islamic attire or face the Islamic State style of punishment — presumably being stoned to death. The threat leaves one with the false impression that, under Hamas, women can wear swimming suits at the beach and walk around the streets of Gaza City in mini-skirts.

But this is what happens when one fundamentalist group believes that the other is not radical enough.

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Israel won’t stop until the tunnels are destroyed

Israel won’t stop until they destroy all the tunnels.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, says he won’t accept any ceasefire that stops Israel completing the destruction of militants’ infiltration tunnels.

The Israeli military estimated overnight (NZT) that accomplishing that task, already into its fourth week, would take several more days.

“We are determined to complete this mission, with or without a ceasefire,” Netanyahu said at a meeting of his full cabinet in Tel Aviv.

“I wont agree to any proposal that will not enable the Israeli military to finish this important task, for the sake of Israel’s security.”

Leaving open the option of widening a ground campaign in the Hamas Islamist-dominated Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said it had called up an additional 16,000 reservists. A military source said they would relieve a similar number of reserve soldiers being stood down.   Read more »

Nathans Dodgy Directors appear in court

Dodgy Nathans Finance director John Hotchin and two of his co-directors have appeared in the Auckland District Court today on criminal charges relating to the failed finance company.

Hotchin is the brother of Hanover Finance founder Mark and faces three charges under the Securities Act.

His co-directors, Donald Young and Kenneth Moses (known as Roger) face six charges each.

I know a fair bit about this crowd and their nice little money-go-round between Nathans Finance and the parent company VTL Group. I just wish i had taken photos with my cellphone of the whiteboard diagrams I saw in their board room on numerous ocassions.

I am sure the Serious fraud Office though have pieced it all together and so whatever is coming their way they richly deserve it.

SFO investigating Nathans Finance

The receiver has complained to the Serious Fraud Office about the shenangins at Nathans Finance and VTL Group their parent company. The SFO have intiated an investigation.

It seems that inter-party loans are even more than the money they owe investors.

I have a personal interest in seeing these pricks go down so I hope the SFO looks real close into their loan book.

This is good, because once they get stuck into Nathans then surely to god they will want a good hard look at Hanover and their inter-party loans especially the very cushy arrangements that saw 93% of the interest on the inter-party loans capitalised.

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