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Dec. 2, 2016



Iranian Terrorist Attack Against Israeli Embassy in Nairobi Thwarted

 By DEBKAfile &


Two Iranian citizens and a Kenyan who filmed Israel's embassy in Nairobi with their cellular phones while riding in a vehicle belonging to the Iranian embassy were arrested by a counter terror unit of the Kenya Police and brought before a judge on Thursday for the extension of their arrests.


The prosecutor in the case said that memory cards found in the suspects' possession contained many videos of the Israeli embassy and of a maximum security prison where several days earlier the suspects visited two other Iranian citizens serving long sentences for possession of explosives and for planning terrorist attacks in Mombasa and Nairobi. The diplomatic status of the two Iranians was unclear. The Iranian embassy did not respond to requests for comment.


"My clients pleaded not guilty and have been detained by the ATPU (Kenya's Anti Terrorism Police Unit) for further interrogation," defense lawyer Cohen Amanya told Reuters after the men's court appearance.


Kenya has suffered repeated militant attacks in recent years but those were mainly carried out by ethnically Somali militants who would be hostile to Iran because of sectarian differences. In 2002, 15 people died when an Israeli-owned hotel was bombed in the coastal town of Mombasa at the same time two missiles were fired at an Israeli jet, narrowly missing it.


In June 2013 a Kenyan court convicted two Iranian nationals of being Quds agents plotting attacks against Western targets in Kenya and they were sentenced to life in prison. That sentence was reduced on appeal in February to 15 years imprisonment.


Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad and Sayed Mansour Mousavi were arrested in June 2012 and led officials to a 15-kilogram stash of the explosive RDX. At least 85 kilograms of the explosives that authorities say was shipped into Kenya has not yet been found. Kenyan anti-terror officials said the two Iranians are members of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force, an elite and secretive unit.


In November 2015, two Kenyans admitted assisting Iranian state intelligence to plot attacks on western targets in Kenya, according to the country's police chief. Abubakar Sadiq Louw, 69, and Yassin Sambai Juma, 25, confessed to being spies for the Quds Force, according to Joseph Boinnet. He said the two had been given money by their handlers to case their targets for future terror attacks and to recruit others, including children. He declined to say which western targets were being surveyed.



 Obama Leans Against Last-minute Action on Israel

 By VOA News & JTA

President Barack Obama has nearly ruled out any major last-ditch effort to put pressure on Israel over stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians, indicating he will likely avoid one last row with Israel's government as he leaves office. That's according to U.S. officials who weren't authorized to discuss internal matters and spoke on condition of anonymity.


Frustrated by the lack of progress, Obama had been considering giving a major speech or supporting a United Nations resolution laying out parameters for a future peace deal. But officials say discussions have fallen off since Donald Trump's surprise victory.


The Republican Party and many Trump supporters are vehemently opposed to U.N. actions targeting Israel. Any action by Obama would put Trump on the defensive, potentially leading him to stake out a hard-line position.


Obama also signed a waiver to prevent moving the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It is the eighth time Obama has signed the waiver, which must be renewed every six months.


Congress passed a law in 1995 mandating the move of the embassy to Jerusalem, but allowed the president to exercise a waiver, citing the national security interests of the United States. President-elect Donald Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to move the embassy to Jerusalem.



Women of the Wall Say They are Subjected to Illegal Body Searches



Members of the Women of the Wall movement complained Thursday of harassment of conservative and reform women by the Western Wall authorities. The group accused Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch of stopping at nothing to prevent women from reading from the Torah at the holy site.


It said the Western Wall Heritage Foundation set up a checkpoint at the southern entrance to the site on Thursday morning, while over 120 women were arriving for a prayer service marking the start of a new Jewish month.


Rachel Cohen Yeshurun, an administrator of the group, was barred from entering the compound by security guards, who suspected she was carrying a Torah scroll. A male member of the group was also barred from entering for trying to bring a Torah for prayer purposes.


Leslie Sachs, executive director of Women of the Wall, said, "We live in a world where humiliating and illegal body searches are conducted on Jewish women to stop them from reading from the Torah, just because the government of Israel gives radicals the go-ahead to exclude, discriminate and silence women at the Western Wall. Neither body searches today nor imprisonment tomorrow will discourage us from a moderate Judaism free of religious coercion in the State of Israel. The order to conduct body searches is another step toward theocracy. This amounts to spitting in the faces of Jewish women and a serious blow to the principles of gender equality and freedom of conscience of every Israeli."


Attorney Orly Erez Lehovsky, the group's legal adviser, said that by law "security guards only have authority to conduct bodily searches in the interests of public security or on suspicion of hostile terrorist activity."


The Western Wall Heritage Foundation issued a statement saying, "After consulting with security forces and in full coordination with the police, a number of measures were taken this morning to prevent disturbances, incidences of disorderly conduct and, God forbid, violence at the Western Wall. We praise the success of these measures that prevented violence at the Western Wall and limit the attempts of unnecessary provocation repeated each month. The prime minister should be given the time to find a proper solution that will maintain the sanctity of the Western Wall and prevent violence in the Western Wall Plaza."



Austrian Film Registry Races to Preserve Early Anti-Nazi Film



One of Austria's most important anti-Nazi films was thought lost for decades, until it was uncovered by chance last year. Now experts must race to keep from losing "The City Without Jews" again - this time from decay.


Shot and screened in Vienna in 1924, the silent film proved disturbingly prophetic in its dark depiction of anti-Semitism clutching the Austrian capital in the wake of World War I. Based on the eponymous bestseller by Austrian writer Hugo Bettauer, it tells the story of an anti-Semitic mayor who, reacting to rising social discontent, opts to expel all Jews. The decision leads the city to the brink of ruin as its economy declines and unemployment explodes. In the end, the law is repealed and the banished Jews are welcomed back.


The black-and-white movie broke ground as the world's first cinematographic work to foreshadow the horrors of the Third Reich, according to the Film Archive Austria (FAA). It would also cost Bettauer his life: the liberal author and journalist was killed by a Nazi a few months after the movie's premiere. "'The City Without Jews' is much more than a film: it is an anti-Nazi manifesto," said Nikolaus Wostry of the FAA.


The Vienna-based archive only possessed a fragmented version of the original until a French art collector stumbled across a near-complete reel at a flea market in Paris in 2015. Hitherto unknown scenes provided a much sharper articulation of the rising anti-Semitism in Vienna, which had been a prominent center of Jewish culture at the start of the 20th century.


"This version is the missing link. We have many wonderful new takes giving an insight into the Jewish community in Vienna, but there are also scenes showing the pogroms," Wostry said. The copy also contained the final scene, revealing a slightly altered ending - albeit still a happy one - to that in the book. However, the FAA fears that the new reel could soon once again be lost as it shows serious signs of deterioration.


The institute has launched a crowd-funding appeal until December 10 to raise money for the restoration of the highly flammable nitrate film. "We have to save it and make it available to the public, not just for its historic value but also for its current message against the walls we are building and the exclusion of people," said Wostry. The archive has already raised three-quarters of the required 75,000 Euros ($79,500). "It would be fitting to show this film in Vienna, which was the capital of political anti-Semitism," Wostry said.


At the time of the movie's release, a dangerous wind of change was already blowing across the Austrian city. Home to great minds like Sigmund Freud, Stefan Zweig and Gustav Mahler, Vienna in 1897 voted in the openly anti-Semitic mayor Karl Lueger who would stay in power for 13 years.


In 1907, Adolf Hitler, aged 18, moved to the capital. His six years spent here would prove a highly formative time and steer his political views. Hitler greatly admired Lueger and later referred to him in "Mein Kampf."


Bettauer, a Jew converted to Protestantism, astutely captured these changes in his novel published in 1922. "He perfectly describes the climate of anti-Semitic terror which gripped Austria at the time," Werner Hanak-Lettner of the Jewish Museum in Vienna told AFP.


The release of the film two years later sparked huge protests and would eventually force several of its Jewish actors to emigrate. Less successful than the book, the movie vanished after a screening in Amsterdam in the 1930s. Six decades later, a copy was found in the Netherlands Filmmuseum.


Austrian experts say the emergence of the new version shows that the Dutch copy from 1991 had been edited for foreign audiences. "This seems to have been a 'light version' of the original, destined for export and cleared of the shock factor," Wostry said.



 Egyptian Actor Announces He is Jewish - on Egyptian TV



If an actor talked about his Jewishness in an interview in the United States, he wouldn’t make headlines. But in Egypt — where levels of anti-Semitism are high and Jews are often ridiculed on TV shows and in other aspects of popular culture — that kind of revelation is a big deal.


Karim Kassem, who has appeared in prominent roles in Egyptian movies and TV series, told an Egyptian talk show host last week that his mother was Jewish. Kassem, 30, revealed that he discovered his Jewish roots as a boy while complaining about Jews. After he said that Jews have big noses and are stingy, his sister stopped him in his tracks, according to The Times of Israel. “Karim! You don’t know? Your mom is Jewish!” Kassem told host Mona Elshazly, The Times of Israel reported.


According to Arab media reports, Kassem had a multifaceted religious identity. He celebrated Jewish, Muslim and Christian holidays as a child. His dad’s father was Muslim, his dad’s mother was Christian and his mother was Jewish. One report, paraphrasing the original interview in Arabic, said Kassem’s mother was the one who taught him about the Quran.


Despite his Jewish pride, Kassem was careful to insist that his Jewish ancestors were not Zionists. His Jewish grandfather chose not to immigrate to Israel in its early days when many of his peers made the move because he saw Zionism as a “racist” movement.


Although only a handful of Jewish people remain in Cairo — nearly 80,000 lived in Egypt before Israel’s founding in 1948 — Egyptian attitudes toward Jews may be changing. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has shown he wants to work with Israel on security issues in the region. And the Egyptian TV show “Jewish Quarter,” which focuses on the Jewish neighborhood of Cairo in 1948, was a breakout hit last year during Ramadan.








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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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