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June 27, 2016
IDF: Hamas Planning 100-Man Tunnel Attack
The most serious scenario that the IDF is currently preparing for on the southern front is a multi-pronged “surprise attack by about 100 Hamas men coming out of several terror tunnels simultaneously,” said a military source Sunday. “We are preparing for this all the time and putting our greatest efforts into it,” he added.
The source said that Hamas has
three regiments facing
Hamas’ central ambition is to take the fighting into Israeli territory, the source explained. Once it is able to do this, it will – but this will not happen soon, he predicted.
‘Brexit’ May Push Arab World into Assad’s Arms
An unforeseen trickle-down effect
Officials in several Arab capitals are now discussing the possibility of ending their boycott of Syrian President Bashar Assad and cooperating militarily with his regime against the terrorists – an option which just a few days ago would have been unthinkable.
In general, there are signs of
satisfaction in Muslim Middle Eastern countries over what is seen as the
weakening of NATO. and even more of
Statements like “we have new and historic opportunities” and “the American star has been wiped off the EU flag” are just the tip of the iceberg – despite the return of a limited number of US forces to fight ISIS in Iraq, Syria and Libya over the past few months, to partly fill the void created by President Barack Obama’s Mid East policies.
The pleasure they are taking in
Europe’s undoing is surprising considering the political and financial efforts
as well as the military assistance that the EU invested over the past few years
in the Arab world, such as the
The deputy commander of
Retracts Water Poisoning Allegation Against
Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday retracted his allegation that Israeli rabbis had
called for the government to poison Palestinian drinking water in Judea and
"After it became evident that the alleged statements by a rabbi on poisoning Palestinian wells, reported by various media outlets, are baseless, Abbas has affirmed that he didn't intend to harm Judaism or to offend Jewish people around the world," part of a statement released by Abbas office on Saturday said.
In a speech to the European
Jews, allegations of water poisoning strike a bitter chord. In the 14th century,
as plague swept across
The PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs
went so far as to warn that there will be thousands of Palestinian deaths, and
condemned the international community for its silence on the matter. "What is
the international community waiting for to interfere; the death of thousands of
Palestinians from thirst? To meet such an incident with silence and ignore the
In his speech in
Arab Convert to Judaism Flees Home After Threats
With a black velvet kippah, tzitzit, and Hebrew name, Avihai Shanti looks like any other Orthodox Israeli Jewish man. But Shanti’s outward appearance belies his unique story and his journey as an Arab convert from Islam to Judaism.
Raised in the southern city of
“I was born to a Muslim family, and we lived in Be'er Sheva. Since I was little I always saw Jews as being compassionate and forgiving people, and I always sensed a connection to the Jewish people. We lived in a predominately Jewish area and I had a lot of Jewish friends in Be'er Sheva, and we would hang out a lot. On Yom Kippur I respected [their practices] and wouldn’t smoke or eat [around them]. I always saw a connection with this people.”
It was only after Shanti moved out
of Be'er Sheva, however, and began working in the center of
While Shanti’s parents warmly accepted his decision to become Jewish, his extended family was less than understanding. “From that point on things were straightforward. I told my parents about my intention to convert and they accepted it and even were happy for me. But my extended family was extremely outraged.”
Despite his parent’s acceptance of his decision, Shanti was eventually forced to flee, fearing retribution from relatives upset with his plan to convert. “After I started the conversion process I was still living in my parents’ house in Be'er Sheva. But [when] some of my relatives didn’t take my decision [to convert] well – it came to the point where it was really dangerous [for me] and I decided to leave my parents’ house in Be'er Sheva a few days ago”.
Google, Facebook Quietly Start Combating Extremist Videos
By Reuters and
Some of the web's biggest
destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove
extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the
process. The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager
to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so
from governments around the world as attacks by extremists proliferate, from
The technology was originally developed to identify and remove copyright-protected content on video sites. It looks for "hashes," a type of unique digital fingerprint that internet companies automatically assign to specific videos, allowing all content with matching fingerprints to be removed rapidly. Such a system would catch attempts to repost content already identified as unacceptable, but would not automatically block videos that have not been seen before.
The companies would not confirm that they are using the method or talk about how it might be employed, but numerous people familiar with the technology said that posted videos could be checked against a database of banned content to identify new postings of, say, a beheading or a lecture inciting violence.
The two sources would not discuss how much human work goes into reviewing videos identified as matches or near-matches by the technology. They also would not say how videos in the databases were initially identified as extremist. Use of the new technology is likely to be refined over time as internet companies continue to discuss the issue internally and with competitors and other interested parties.
In late April, amid pressure from President Barack Obama and other U.S. and European leaders concerned about online radicalization, internet companies including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and CloudFlare held a call to discuss options, including a content-blocking system put forward by the private Counter Extremism Project, according to one person on the call and three who were briefed on what was discussed.
The discussions underscored the central but difficult role some of the world's most influential companies now play in addressing issues such as terrorism, free speech and the lines between government and corporate authority.
None of the companies at this
point have embraced the anti-extremist group's system, and they have typically
been wary of outside intervention in how their sites should be policed. "It's a
little bit different than copyright or child pornography, where things are very
clearly illegal," said Seamus Hughes, deputy director of
Extremist content exists on a spectrum, Hughes said, and different web companies draw the line in different places. Most have relied until now mainly on users to flag content that violates their terms of service, and many still do. Flagged material is then individually reviewed by human editors who delete postings found to be in violation.
The companies now using automation are not publicly discussing it, two sources said, in part out of concern that terrorists might learn how to manipulate their systems or repressive regimes might insist the technology be used to censor opponents. "There's no upside in these companies talking about it," said Matthew Prince, chief executive of content distribution company CloudFlare. "Why would they brag about censorship?"
The two people familiar with the still-evolving industry practice confirmed it to Reuters after the Counter Extremism Project publicly described its content-blocking system for the first time last week and urged the big internet companies to adopt it.
The April call was led by Facebook's head of global policy management, Monika Bickert, sources with knowledge of the call said. On it, Facebook presented options for discussion, according to one participant, including the one proposed by the non-profit Counter Extremism Project.
The anti-extremism group was founded by, among others, Frances Townsend, who advised former president George W. Bush on homeland security, and Mark Wallace, who was deputy campaign manager for the Bush 2004 re-election campaign.
Three sources with knowledge of the April call said that companies expressed wariness of letting an outside group decide what defined unacceptable content. Other alternatives discussed during the call included establishing a new industry-controlled nonprofit or expanding an existing industry-controlled nonprofit. All the options discussed involved hashing technology.
The model for an industry-funded
organization might be the nonprofit
Microsoft announced in May it was
providing funding and technical support to
Facebook's Bickert agreed with some of the concerns voiced during the call about the Counter Extremism Project's proposal, two people familiar with the events said. She declined to comment publicly on the call or on Facebook's efforts, except to note in a statement that Facebook is "exploring with others in the industry ways we can collaboratively work to remove content that violates our policies against terrorism."
In recent weeks, one source said, Facebook has sent out a survey to other companies soliciting their opinions on different options for industry collaboration on the issue. William Fitzgerald, a spokesman for Alphabet's Google unit, which owns YouTube, also declined to comment on the call or about the company's automated efforts to police content. A Twitter spokesman said the company was still evaluating the Counter Extremism Project's proposal and had "not yet taken a position."
A former Google employee said people there had long debated what else besides thwarting copyright violations or sharing revenue with creators the company should do with its Content ID system. Google's system for content-matching is older and far more sophisticated than Facebook's, according to people familiar with both.
Lisa Monaco, Obama's senior adviser on counterterrorism, said in a statement that the White House welcomed initiatives that seek to help companies "better respond to the threat posed by terrorists' activities online.
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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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