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Oct. 21, 2016
Lethal Terror Attacks in Be'er Sheva Thwarted
The Shin Bet have arrested four individuals suspected of planning to carry out a large scale terror attack in an events hall in Be’er Sheva and kidnapping an IDF soldier, it was cleared for publication Thursday.
According to the indictment issued against the four, they planned to throw grenades into a crowd of dancers celebrating at the Narnia events hall and to use weapons they would hide in trash cans ahead of the attack before fleeing the scene. They also considered detonating pipe bombs concealed under the dining tables.
Moreover, they began accumulating funds to perpetrate a separate attack
involving the abduction of an IDF soldier from the city's central bus station
who they intended to kill and use his remains to solicit concessions from
During the investigation of the four conspirators, one of whom is a resident of
the Bedouin town of
The suspects, two of whom worked in the events hall which they intended to strike, carefully plotted their attack as they collected information about their target. The members of the cell were arrested before they managed to acquire the necessary weapons for implementing the attack. However, the investigation revealed that they had located and rented an apartment in the area in which they could plan the assault and in which they intended to murder the kidnapped soldier. In an effort to familiarize themselves with hall and inflict the maximum number of casualties, two of the suspects had carefully scouted the venue ahead of the attack.
The ringleader of the suspects, all of whom were arrested on September 21 by the
Shin Bet in cooperation with the Negev Police Central Unit, was identified as
Mahmoud Yusuf Hasin Abu-Taha from Khan Yunis in southern
In May, Mahmoud and Wael presided over plans for the attack’s execution in the hall and, to that end, checked a number of entrances to the complex. It was decided that Shafik would enable the attackers to enter, including Mahmoud who was also scheduled to work on the day marked for the bloodletting. During a meeting between with Wael, Mahmoud was instructed to shift his focus onto kidnapping a soldier rather than the Narnia explosions.
Indictments for crimes against the security of the state were also issued at the
Be’er Sheva District Court against 39-year-old Ahmad Taysir Abd Elrahman Abu-Taha,
55-year-old Shafik Hamad Ahmad Abu-Taha, also from
The four stand accused of, among other things, establishing contact with a
foreign agent, divulging intelligence to enemies, fraud, residing in
According to the indictment, Wael suggested last March that Mahmoud carry out an
attack at the Narnia hall together with Shafik who were both working there that
day. As part of the kidnapping plot, Wael ordered Mahmoud to orchestrate the
abduction and murder of two or three Jewish Israeli civilians who would then be
buried and be used to force
Soon after Mahmoud returned to
Mahmoud also received the chilling instructions from Wael to rent a ground-floor apartment to which the kidnapped could be taken and then to smoke hashish, drink alcohol and photograph himself next to the victim and beat him to death using a hammer before burying him.
ADL: Online Anti-Semitism Against Jewish Journalists is on the Rise
There is a disturbing upswing in online anti-Semitic rants against Jewish journalists, especially on Twitter, a new report by the Anti-Defamation League has found. According to a report in the Jewish Business News on Wednesday, in June the ADL formed a special team, the Task Force on Harassment and Journalism, to monitor the trend, and reviewed information going back one year.
The task force found 19,253 "overtly anti-Semitic tweets" that had been sent to
at least 800 journalists in the
According to the ADL website, "The study presents findings based on a broad set of keywords (and keyword combinations) designed by ADL to capture anti-Semitic language on social media. Using this metric, a total of 2.6 million tweets containing language frequently found in anti-Semitic speech were posted across Twitter between August 2015 and July 2016. Those tweets had an estimated 10 billion impressions (reach), which ADL believes contributed to reinforcing and normalizing anti-Semitic language -- particularly racial slurs and anti-Israel statements -- on a massive scale."
There was a significant rise in anti-Semitic tweets from January to July this
year as coverage of the presidential campaign intensified, the group said. Of
the 2.6 million total tweets, ADL focused on tweets directed at 50,000
journalists in the
The report also found that 68% of the anti-Semitic tweets directed at those journalists were sent by 1,600 Twitter accounts, out of 313 million existing Twitter accounts.
According to the data analysis, Twitter deactivated 21% of the accounts responsible for the tweets aimed at journalists. The other offending accounts remain active, and ADL will be providing a list of those accounts to Twitter. "The spike in hate we've seen online this election cycle is extremely troubling and unlike anything we have seen in modern politics. A half century ago, the KKK burned crosses. Today, extremists are burning up Twitter," ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said.
"We are concerned about the impact of this hate on the ability of journalists to do their job and on free speech, which is why we established this task force. We hope this report hastens efforts to combat the surge of hate on social media. We look forward to working with Twitter, media companies, and other online platforms to limit hate and harassment and preserve freedom of speech."
Palestinians Push for UN 'Consequences' for Israeli Settlement Activity
>TX By VOA News
The Palestinians are pushing for a U.N. Security Council resolution threatening "consequences" if
"The global calls for cessation of Israeli settlement activity and crimes against the Palestinian people must be backed with serious practical measures to compel Israeli compliance with the law," he told the council. Mansour said an end to Israeli settlement activity and a withdrawal from Palestinian territories were "imperative for realizing a just, lasting, comprehensive Palestinian-Israeli peace."
Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon did not talk about settlements in his remarks to
the council, but denounced what he said would be a one-sided resolution against
Arab Couple with Three Children Arrested After Allegedly Joining
A couple from the northern Israeli town of Sakhnin in the lower Galilee were
arrested on September 22 by the Shin Bet security agency after returning to
Israel with their three children, 3, 6 and 8. on suspicion of attempting to join
Findings from the investigation indicate that Wisam and Sabrin Zbeidat had
decided to travel to
The Zbeidat family was taken in by Islamic State fighters near the Syria-Turkey
border and their Israeli passports were confiscated. The family was then taken
to the Syrian city of
He underwent military training -- learning to use firearms, machine guns and rocket launchers -- as well as religious training. Zbeidat was then sent to fight at different fronts, where he helped guard Islamic State facilities and took part in raids on the Iraqi army. He was injured during one of the raids.
The investigation also gained insight into daily life under
Shin Bet security forces emphasized: “The phenomenon of Israelis going to
In June, the Zbeidat family decided to leave
The family unsuccessfully attempted to cross the border several times. They were shot at twice, once by the Turkish military and once by Islamic State fighters. Another time, their daughter was drugged so that she would not give away their location.
When they finally managed to cross the border, they were arrested by Turkish
police, released for a few days, and then arrested once again after arriving in
How to Make an Origami Israeli Satellite
>TX By YnetNews.com
For many families, the actual construction of their sukkah is not the main event in Sukkot, what Jewish children really love is making decorations. This year, the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is encouraging people to get even more creative in this arena, releasing a series of videos that show people how to make origami creations in the shape of two of its flagship creations: The Arrow rocket interceptor missile and the Ofek spy satellite. See https://youtu.be/05xND0ygVKc
The models were designed by origami artist Paul Jackson, and the videos are narrated by Israeli artist Miri Golan. While the videos are in Hebrew, it is still easy to follow the steps even if you don't understand the language. More model instructions can be found on the IAI Facebook page.
The Ofek series of satellites are equipped with advanced surveillance means that allow Israeli security authorities to closely monitor enemy states and terrorist organizations. Some Ofek satellites have special equipment on them that allows for monitoring of targets 24/7, and in virtually all weather conditions. Other videos teach how to make origami models of an Israeli Navy Dvora ship and a civilian Gulfstream G280 jet.
The Holocaust and Hitler's Third Reich in
The Holocaust and Hitler's Third Reich in Hollywood Cartoons
Donald Duck: Der Fuehrer's Face https://youtu.be/bn20oXFrxxg
Cubby Bear: https://youtu.be/8Tu1fkiPW1M
The Ducktators: https://youtu.be/KsBG34TSJJ4
Daffy Duck, The Commando https://youtu.be/xFdG8lZ4PJw
Bugs Bunny, Herr Meets Hare: https://youtu.be/2CHGG4grTZA
Donald Duck: Commando Duck: https://youtu.be/IWAf3dQxAfQ
3 Little Pigs: Blitz Wolf: https://youtu.be/6f8STwtqdeg
Popeye: Spinach fer Britain https://youtu.be/c7WYKJaCrg8
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YOU SAY YOU WANT CHANGE?
By Frances Bernay-Cohen
I can't speak for you, but my grandparents came to the United States to find a refuge from "change." They came to The United States where their basic freedoms were guaranteed by the Constitution; where they could build a future on this solid ground.
Whether our forefathers and forI'm sure you will find some truth in this song.
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Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost
By Don Canaan (Commentary)
This year marked the 34th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.
Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.
Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.
Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.
Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.
The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.
Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."
April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.
That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.
Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."
The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.
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