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Hamas No. 2 Allowed to Travel Freely in Israel
Mahmoud Abu Tir, the Hamas terror group's number two, is being allowed to travel freely
in Israel, according to Jerusalem activist Aryeh King. He said police have refused demands
to arrest Tir, or even investigate him for membership in a terror group. Tir can be
clearly spotted in a crowd due to his bright orange beard, which is dyed with henna. Tir
lives in the village of Umm Taba, about 1,500 feet from Jerusalem's Har Homa neighborhood.
He holds Israeli citizenship and receives national insurance from Israel.
13 Suspects in Custody in French Hate Homicide
By IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz
The naked mutilated body of 23-year-old Ilan Halimi was found bound to a tree near
railroad tracks in Paris February 14, in what Paris police report does not appear to be a
hate related anti-Semitic attack. Members of the Jewish community state the evidence in
the case clearly indicates otherwise.
According to French police, 13 suspects, ages 17-32, have been arrested in the case,
including a female believed responsible for enticing Halimi to come to the area where the
murderers waited for his arrival. The gang includes Muslims of North African descent and
is headed by Youssef Fofana, who has escaped police capture so far. Police have documented
that the woman made contact with Halimi in the cellular telephone store where he was
employed, persuading him to exchange telephone numbers.
French media reports stated the victim was "tortured to death" as well as being
"handcuffed and gagged," adding he "died en route to hospital." The latest case is
believed connected to recent kidnappings in which the victims were enticed to an area by a
While police are unwilling to label the attacks anti-Semitic, local Jewish residents
assert that the gang has been targeting Jewish victims since December.
Police admit that, to date, they have not made significant progress in the case.
Hundreds of SWAT officers raided apartments in Bagneux and arrested 12 people. Another
suspect was arrested in Belgium. "They acted with indescribable cruelty," the judiciary
police chief leading the investigation said. "They kept him naked and tied up for weeks.
They cut him and in the end poured flammable liquid on him and set him alight."
"We think there is anti-Semitism in this affair," Rafi Halimi, Ilan's uncle, told the
press. "First, because the killers tried to kidnap at least two other Jews, and second,
because of what they said on the phone," Rafi Halimi added.
The family found a scanned image of Ilan, his eyes covered and a gun pointed at his head."
The message said, "450,000 euros or call the funeral home,'" his sister, Yael,
"When we said we didn't have 450,000 euros to give them they told us to go to the
synagogue and get it," Rafi said. "They also recited verses from the Koran."
But the Paris public prosecutor, Jean-Claude Marin, told Parisian Jewish radio on
Thursday "no element of the current investigation could link this murder to an
anti-Semitic declaration or action." The umbrella group of French Jewish secular
organizations, CRIF, issued a statement Friday calling on the Jewish community "to keep
calm, cautious and wait for developments in the investigation."
Ilan Halimi's mother, Ruth, accused the police of missteps that led to her son's
death. She revealed to Ha'aretz that the police told the family to ignore the gang's
attempts to contact them for five critical days, after which Ilan was found near death
outside the city. She also accused the police of ignoring the anti-Semitic motivation in
the case in order not to alienate Muslims. "If Ilan hadn't been Jewish, he wouldn't have
been murdered," she says.
The family came to France from Morocco 25 years ago. Ruth said that Ilan recently began
talking about immigrating to Israel. "He only wanted to work a little first to save up
money for the trip," she said, her voice breaking.
Olmert: Hamas-Led Government Will be 'Terrorist Authority'
By VOA News
Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the Palestinian Authority is becoming a
"terrorist authority" now that Hamas has taken control of the Palestinian parliament.
Olmert's comments, his harshest public statements yet on Hamas' election victory last
month, came ahead of an Israeli cabinet decision to impose tough new restrictions on the
Palestinians aimed at weakening a new Hamas-led government.
Olmert said Israel would have no contact with the Palestinian government and urged the
international community to isolate the Hamas-led government. Israel's Cabinet also decided
to stop $50 million per month of customs payments to the Palestinians.
The Cabinet urged the United States and Europe to follow suit and cut off nearly $1
billion in annual aid to the Palestinian Authority. But the Cabinet rejected some more
drastic proposals, including a ban on the travel of Palestinians through Israeli
The Cabinet did not accept recommendations by the Defense Ministry to bar thousands of
Palestinian workers and restrict the flow of goods from Gaza into Israel. "Israel will do
nothing to impede humanitarian support for the Palestinian people," said Israeli spokesman
Saturday, 74 members of Hamas were sworn in as lawmakers in the 132-seat Palestinian
Legislative Council. Afterwards, Hamas said it would not abide by previously signed
agreements recognizing Israel's right to exist, despite a call to do so by Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas.
Hamas' designated prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, said Israel's sanctions are designed
to break the will of the Palestinian people following his group's overwhelming election
Hamas refuses to recognize Israel's right to exist and has claimed responsibility in
the past for dozens of suicide bombing attacks against Israeli targets.
Meanwhile, Palestinian officials said two members of the militant Popular Resistance
Committees were killed in an Israeli air strike on the southern Gaza Strip. Israeli army
officials said the two men were trying to plant a bomb close to a security fence that
separates Gaza from Israel.
PA Media: 'There is No Better Blood Than the Blood of Jews'
In a reversal of the old classic blood libels of which Jews were accused in Eastern
Europe for hundreds of years, Hamas has released a video threatening to "drink the blood
of the Jews".
According to a report by the Palestinian Media Watch, the video featured the "goodbye"
statements made by two would-be Hamas suicide terrorists.
The video can be seen by going to http://trailer.mymarketing.co.il/Links/0X38BD53D6A6C3E7338FDCF30B3DDE95196D89998A9D60F29C1DEFB2D3EBDD856E72FD3E3E6D2A29356509D1085DE3EDD85D6CB27047D5C0B6.htm
The terrorists, preparing for their role as suicide attackers, were shown brandishing
their guns and threatening Jews. "Jihad is the only way to liberate Palestine - all of
Palestine - from the impurity of the Jews," one announced.
"We will chase you everywhere!" he threatened. "We are a nation that drinks blood, and
we know that there is no blood better than the blood of Jews. We will not leave you alone
until we have quenched our thirst with your blood, and our children's thirst with your
blood. We will not leave until you leave the Muslim countries.
"We will destroy you, blow you up, take revenge against you," said the second. He vowed
to "purify the land" from a Jewish presence, calling Jews "pigs that have defiled our
country... This operation is revenge against the sons of monkeys and pigs."
An additional message was directed at one of the terrorists' mothers, with instructions
for her to "be joyous" at his death. "Don't let me see you sad on my wedding day with the
Maidens of Paradise," he exhorted. Be happy and not sad, because in the name of Allah,
after death is merciful Allah's paradise". The video included a final farewell scene in
which the mother helps her terrorist son put on his military vest.
Iranian Fatwa Approves Use of Nukes
Israel News Faxx Services
Iran's hard-line spiritual leaders have issued a fatwa or holy edict, sanctioning the
use of atomic weapons as a "countermeasure" against other nuclear powers.
According to a cleric it is "only natural" to have nuclear bombs as a "countermeasure"
against other nuclear powers, thought to be a reference to the US and Israel.
Iran also warned that any Israeli attack against it would provoke a "swift response",
state-run television reported.
Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehei said an Israeli attack would be
"stupidity." In case the Zionist regime attacks Iran, it will get a swift response and
will regret its action," Ejehei said.
Israel has threatened to attack Iran's nuclear facilities if negotiations fail to
convince Iran to give up its uranium enrichment program.
Poland to Bar Iranian Team from Auschwitz
By VOA News
Polish officials said they would not admit a research team Iran reportedly plans to
send to Auschwitz, the notorious World War II Nazi death camp.
Polish Foreign Minister Stefan Mellar said his country should stop Iran from
investigating the scale of the Holocaust, which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has
dismissed as a myth. The manager of the Auschwitz museum said that deniers of the
Holocaust profane the memory of its victims and will not be admitted.
Most estimates put the number of deaths at Auschwitz alone at more than one million,
Last week, Iran's ambassador to Portugal said he doubts the number of victims of the
Holocaust, usually estimated at about six million. He said that, based on what he has seen
at Auschwitz, it would take about 15 years to burn that number of bodies.
El Al Fitted with World-Class Defense System
El Al Israel Airline's passengers are among the best-protected clientele flying the
skies, but the company has just taken security to a higher level.
Security sources said that the airline completed the installation of an anti-missile
system on each of its 29 passenger aircraft. Israel Military Industries and its subsidiary
Elta, both of which are state-owned, developed the new security equipment.
Carrying a $1 million price tag per unit, the "Flight Guard" is an Israeli-made system,
which is now installed on each of the planes in El Al's fleet.
The installation of the system is the final touch on a security overhaul that began in
2002 after an al-Qaeda terrorist in Kenya fired shoulder-held missiles at an Israeli
According to an aircraft industry source, "The State and El Al invest NIS 100 million
(about $22.5 million) a year in the airline's security.
El Al officials declined to comment on the move and said it does not discuss security
issues. The company, Israel's official national carrier, is also the largest airline in
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