A7News: ‘The Intifada is Here, Even if Media Hasn’t Said So’

Sivan 15, 5773 / Friday, May. 24 ’13

 

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Headlines

  1. 1.      ‘The Intifada is Here, Even if Media Hasn’t Said So’
  2. 2.      MK: Hareidi Men Will Marry Young, Avoid Service
  3. 3.      Israel’s History in Pictures: The Cigarbox Collection
  4. 4.      Forecast: Another Hot Sabbath
  5. 5.      Rabbi Criticizes Women of the Wall, Hareidi Thugs
  6. 6.      Report: Kerry Offers Freeze for Negotiations
  7. 7.      Rage in London after ‘Unforgivable’ Beheading
  8. 8.      Activists Protest Against Arab-Jewish Wedding

 

1. ‘The Intifada is Here, Even if Media Hasn’t Said So’

by Maayana Miskin

More and more Israelis living in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) have come under attack as Palestinian Authority terrorist groups increase the frequency of assaults on drivers in the region. One of the victims is Michal Weisel, who shared her post-attack thoughts with Arutz Sheva.

Israelis need to take advantage of technology that can reinforce car windows against attack, she said, and not to rely on the IDF to stop attacks.

Weisel was attacked by three young Arab men hurling heavy stones. “It’s lucky that the car was a reinforced car owned by the Regional Council – the rocks bounced off the frame of the car,” she recalled.

“I hope the IDF will take strong action against rock throwers, but for my part, I’m going to reinforce my car, because it saves lives,” she said. “A rock can kill, no less so than gunfire.”

“We’re in an Intifada, even if they media hasn’t said so yet,” she warned. The Palestinian Authority has launched two past “Intifada” terrorism wars targeting Israeli civilians in a variety of attacks including rock and firebomb attacks on passing cars, stabbings and shootings in civilian homes, and suicide bombings.

The IDF has reportedly started preparing for a third round of “Intifada” attacks. However, current and former military leaders have reassured civilians that there is currently no new Intifada, despite the many recent attacks on Israeli drivers.

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2. MK: Hareidi Men Will Marry Young, Avoid Service

by Maayana Miskin

The Perry Commission’s report on hareidi-religious army recruitment does not offer real solutions, MK Eitan Cabel of the Labor party argued Friday in a post to his Facebook page.

“Real equality means enlistment at age 18, without deferral and without ‘maybe,’” he wrote.

The proposed legislation would allow men to defer military service in favor of full-time Torah study for a maximum of three years.

The proposal ignores social realities, Cabel wrote. “Hareidi men will keep getting married at a young age. Some of them will get out of service altogether, and as for the rest, it will be so expensive to keep them [as soldiers] that it will not be worth it for the IDF to enlist them.”

The IDF pays married soldiers a significantly higher monthly salary than that given to unmarried soldiers.

The proposed deal is not good for hareidi men either, Cabel said, as it would mean they would be required to serve for 32 months, while those in the hesder program, which combines army service and Torah study in religious-Zionist yeshivas, would be required to spend only 24 months on active military duty.

“[Finance Minister] Lapid and [Economics Minister] Bennett went behind the hareidi public’s back on this,” he said. “But the secular will be the ones who pay the price.”

“This isn’t what we hoped for from the two ‘brothers’ who very quickly became a pair of old politicians,” he concluded.

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3. Israel’s History in Pictures: The Cigarbox Collection

by Arutz Sheva Staff

The following was written by Lenny David of Efrat, formerly of AIPAC, who created the website for a Picture a Day after realizing the extent of the Library of Congress archive of pictures – and the “Cigarbox Collection”:

Dr. Othniel Seiden of Denver is a fan of the History of Israel in Pictures and offered his exceptional collection of pictures found in a cigarbox in his parents’ home. I asked Dr. Seiden that he tell the story behind the collection. His recollection follows:

My father, Dr. Rudolph Avraham Seiden, was born in 1900 and was first involved in Palestine through a Zionist organization in Vienna called Die Blau Weiss or the “Blue White.” As a teen, sometime around 1919, he started smuggling Jews out of Eastern Europe into Palestine through Blau Weiss.

At that time, a whole family could travel to Palestine on a family visa. The organization established a front travel agency and hired a Greek ship in order to put together strangers as families and arranged tours to Palestine for these “large family groups.” When the tourists got to Palestine they “disappeared,” and their return tickets were sold to people wanting to go to Europe from Palestine.

My father’s intent was to move our family to Palestine, and in the mid-1920s he went there to check things out. He was the first chemist to take minerals out of the Dead Sea, and it was his intent to set up a factory to do that. Unfortunately he contracted malaria and had to go back to Vienna.

He still longed to move us all to Palestine, and in the late 1920s my mother’s family, the Abileahs, moved there. In the meantime, he worked in Vienna and held the first patent on tempered glass.

When Hitler came to power and the Austrian Nazi Party gained status, my father suddenly couldn’t publish anymore and saw the writing on the wall. In 1934, when we were planning our move, my mother’s family said that life in Palestine was very difficult, and if we had a chance to go to the U.S. we should do it. In 1935 we moved to the U.S. Many of the Abileahs are still in Israel. [Othniel’s uncle Beni Abileah was a well-known Israeli diplomat.]

In 1980, I started an organization called “Doctors To The World” which took medical personnel to various areas in the world to do volunteer work in needy areas. We sent dentists into villages in Israel to serve mostly Israeli Arabs and anyone else needing help. That was when I took out Israeli citizenship so I could get a medical license in Israel.

My father took only some of the photos. Many were either post cards or some other stock photos. Those that had an imprint on the back [some are stamped “Keren Hayesod Photo] I assume is that of the developing and processing individual.

When I asked for formal permission to publish the photos, Dr. Seiden responded: I give you full permission to use the photos I sent you in any way you feel fit, for educational purposes, or to lend and permit to be used by other media and organizations that will use them for educational or historical purposes.

Arutz Sheva thanks Dr. Seiden and Mr. David for this treasure chest, otherwise known as a cigarbox.

More historical pictures and essays at www.israeldailypicture.com

 

 

Bedouin Arab family   near Lake Hula and their reed huts

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4. Forecast: Another Hot Sabbath

by Maayana Miskin

Temperatures will rise Friday, particularly in the mountains and away from the coast, weather forecasters say. The end result will be a day that is significantly hotter than the norm for the season.

Forecasters issued a warning about potential poor visibility along the coast, in central Israel and in the north-western Negev. Visibility is expected to clear up by noon.

Temperatures are expected to drop significantly on Saturday, but the weather will still be unusually hot for the season, as it was the week before.

The weather will grow cooler again early next week, forecasters say. Temperatures will go back to being within the average range for the season.

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5. Rabbi Criticizes Women of the Wall, Hareidi Thugs

by Eliran Aharon, New York

Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, Rabbi of Young Israel of Kew Garden Hills in New York, took both sides of a recent dispute at the Kotel (Western Wall) to task in a video interview with Arutz Sheva.

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Rabbi Schonfeld accused the Women of the Wall group of seeking to create a provocation, and wondered if they would have done the same at another religion’s holy site. At the same time, he harshly criticized hareidi-religious “street thugs” who “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”

He had praise for the thousands of young Jewish women who came to pray quietly at the Western Wall in a public display of solidarity with the traditional observance at the holy site.

Rabbi Schonfeld also shared some teachings relating to this week’s Torah portion.

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6. Report: Kerry Offers Freeze for Negotiations

by Maayana Miskin

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly proposed that Israel freeze construction east of the 1949 armistice line if it wants to hold talks with the Palestinian Authority.

Kerry met Thursday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

It was not clear if Netanyahu responded favorably to Kerry’s suggestion of a new construction freeze. Israel formerly froze construction for several months in an attempt to bring the PA back to the negotiating table. The PA agreed to talks shortly before the freeze ended, but refused to continue meeting when the construction ban was not renewed.

Netanyahu has reportedly put a stop to new construction in Judea and Samaria (Shomron), but has not issued a public ban on construction, and has not stopped construction for Israelis in Jerusalem.

A government source told Maariv that Netanyahu would find it difficult to accept a public construction ban due to the makeup of his coalition.

It is also not clear if PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has accepted Kerry’s proposal. Since the last construction freeze Abbas has announced other demands that he considers preconditions to talks with Israel.

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7. Rage in London after ‘Unforgivable’ Beheading

by Gil Ronen

There is shock and fury in Britain following the gruesome murder of a soldier by Muslims in Woolwich, in southeastern London, on Wednesday. The murdered man was Drummer Lee Rigby, of the British Army’s 2nd Battalion.

“There is rage in London; the feelings are very bad,” a Jewish resident of Golders Green told Arutz Sheva. “London is having a hard time dealing with this kind of cruel terror. Muslims beheading a soldier – that is an unforgivable deed.”

There were riots and confrontations in different parts of London Thursday, and two mosques were reportedly attacked.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the attack was “truly shocking” and cut short a visit to Paris and returned to London in order to convene the security cabinet, known as Cobra. Home Secretary Theresa May described the attack as “sickening and barbaric.”

Police have confirmed that two men have been arrested in connection with the brutal murder.

In recent years, Muslims have become dominant in several neighborhoods in London, to the chagrin of the native locals, and there have been reports that fundamentalists have been trying to enforce Sharia law in the neighborhoods.

In the hours following the attack, around 250 supporters of the anti-Islamist English Defense League (EDL) gathered at Woolwich Arsenal train station. According to the Huffington Post, the group hurled bottles and became involved in minor skirmishes with the police, but later dispersed without any arrests being reported.

EDL leader Tommy Robinson was among the crowd and explained: “They’re chopping our  soldiers’ heads off. This is Islam. That’s what we’ve seen today… Our next generation are being taught through schools that Islam is a religion of peace. It’s not. It never has been. What you saw today is Islam,” he added. “Everyone’s had enough.”

The attack was captured on video, and clearly shows the terrorists with blood on their hands and holding what appears to be a large knife or machete.

Eyewitnesses said that the attackers shouted Islamic slogans as they beheaded the man in broad daylight. The attackers were shot by police and arrested, and then taken to a London hospital for treatment. A television broadcast showed one of the attackers saying that they were Muslim fighters who “would never stop attacking you. We are doing this because Muslims are dying every day.”

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8. Activists Protest Against Arab-Jewish Wedding

by Arutz Sheva Staff

Police officers on Thursday evening prevented 50 right-wing activists from arriving in the Arab village of Araba, located in the Lower Galilee. The activists had come to protest a wedding between an Arab man and a Jewish woman which was taking place in the village.

Among the activists who participated in the protest were Baruch Marzel, former MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari and Benzi Gopstein, a member of the Kiryat Arab local council.

The activists, who were traveling towards the village by bus, were stopped by police near Sakhnin. They were allowed to hold a demonstration elsewhere.

Gopstein told Arutz Sheva, “We will fight any assimilation in the Holy Land. The Arabs should know it won’t work so easily for them. If a Jewish woman does not maintain her dignity, we will fight for her dignity.”

He added that Thursday’s demonstration was only the beginning of a plan to eradicate the phenomenon of assimilation, noting that the activists intend to arrive at all similar weddings and protest against them.

Former MK Ben-Ari told Arutz Sheva, “We came to say that the women of Israel belong to the Jewish people. Assimilation is one of the greatest tragedies of the Jewish people. Every Jew can sleep tonight while clicking his tongue, but he must know that another daughter of Israel has married an Arab.”

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Sunday, Dec. 23 ’12, Tevet 10, 5773

 

 

 

HEADLINES:

1. ARAB ‘TAXI TERRORIST’ RUNS OVER POLICEMAN 2. CAIRO COURT TO RULE ON MUBARAK APPEAL OF LIFE SENTENCE 3. PA ARAB VIOLENCE AT BEIT UMMAR, IDF SOLDIER WOUNDED 4. SYRIA’S CHEMICAL WEAPONS SECURE, SAYS ISRAELI DEFENSE EXPERT 5. HAMAS PREPARING FOR WAR AGAINST ABBAS, REPORTS SUNDAY TIMES 6. FOREIGN MINISTRY RUSHES TO APOLOGIZE OVER ‘JESUS’ POST 7. WHEN THE FAR LEFT CALLS FOR MODEST CLOTHING 8. SEA OF GALILEE RISES BY 7 INCHES IN DAY

 

 

1. ARAB ‘TAXI TERRORIST’ RUNS OVER POLICEMAN by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Jerusalem police shot and wounded a Jerusalem Arab taxi driver-turned terrorist Sunday morning after he ran into a Border Police officer, wounding him in his leg.

 

The driver, approximately age 21, approached a police station in Jabel Mukaber, in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood near Talpiot.

 

After the taxi cab hit a supply truck at the entrance to the police station, a Border Police officer began talking to the driver, who then put the cab in reverse and then back into the drive position, aiming at the Border Police officer.

 

Jerusalem police at the scene immediately opened fire.

 

Both the Border Police officer and the taxi driver were taken to hospitals for medical care. The driver said as he was entering the hospital, “I went crazy. I wanted to die.”

 

An eyewitness at the scene, Oved Arad, told Arutz Sheva that uncontrolled crimes in the area have encouraged criminals to become terrorists.

 

Arad, who works with the Regavim organization that fights against for rights of Jews to build and campaigns against illegal building by Arabs, said, “We have been complaining for a long time about the abandonment of the problem of illegal building in eastern Jerusalem.

 

“It is impossible not to be surprised when criminal activity turns into terrorism.”

 

Regavim has called on the government to restore sovereignty over all of Jerusalem.

 

There has been an increase in terror attacks on Jews in the area the past two years, with  dozens of near-deaths as a result of Arabs blocking narrow streets and attacking Jews with rocks and clubs.

 

 

2. CAIRO COURT TO RULE ON MUBARAK APPEAL OF LIFE SENTENCE by Chana Ya’ar

 

A Cairo court will review the appeal by former President Hosni Mubarak of a sentence condemning him to life in prison for the 2011 deaths of protesters who deposed him.

 

Some 850 demonstrators died in the January 25 Revolution that began in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and ended up sweeping away Mubarak’s 31-year reign over Egypt.

 

Mubarak and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli were sentenced to life in prison after having been held responsible for the deaths of the protesters in the revolution.

 

Security forces became increasingly brutal in their use of force as the mob increased both in numbers and intensity, eventually beating protesters and firing into the crowds.

 

A court source said a ruling on the appeals of both men would be handed down on January 13. If accepted for review, both will be retried.

 

Mubarak has suffered from serious health problems for years. He had a major heart attack after being sentenced to life in prison, and both his attorneys and family have pleaded with the new regime for leniency over his health.

 

Mubarak was transferred to a military hospital in Cairo last Wednesday after stumbling in the shower and sustaining injuries a few days earlier. Mubarak, 84, was reportedly being treated and was to be returned to the prison once his health had improved.

 

Egyptian media has reported that current Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is suffering from a brain tumor. The Al-Wafed newspaper said in its report last week that although the tumor in his brain is currently small, it is spreading and Morsi must have it removed by the end of January.

 

 

3. PA ARAB VIOLENCE AT BEIT UMMAR, IDF SOLDIER WOUNDED by Chana Ya’ar

 

Palestinian Authority Arabs clashed with Israeli troops Saturday in a rock attack near the Judean village of Beit Ummar. An IDF officer suffered a head injury when he was struck by one of the stones hurled by the rioting Arabs.

 

IDF soldiers responded with gunfire aimed at the legs of those who were trying to prevent medical crews from evacuating the injured officer, according to the IDF.

 

One of the rioting Arabs sustained a gunshot wound in the leg while attempting to block medics from reaching the wounded IDF officer.

 

Both the IDF officer and the PA Arab attacker were taken to nearby hospitals for medical treatment.

 

Beit Ummar is a PA Arab village that has long been a hotbed of anti-Israel sentiment and terrorism. The village is located along the southern leg of the Highway 60 north-south artery that runs from the southern Hevron Hills through the Samaria (Shomron) region.

 

A young woman was hospitalized two weeks ago for head injuries after a metal cylinder was hurled through the window of the car her husband was driving.

 

The woman was injured when the window, on her side of the car, was smashed.  She has since been released from the hospital but still suffers from pain and trauma.

 

Three weeks ago, an Israeli driver was also lightly wounded when she came under attack by PA Arabs hurling stones at her vehicle as she drove past Beit Ummar on a Friday afternoon.

 

The driver was able to make it past the danger zone and into the nearby Jewish town of Karmei Tzur, where she was treated by IDF medics.

 

In October, Israeli security forces arrested two fugitive PA Arab men in Beit Ummar with ties to the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization.

 

 

4. SYRIA’S CHEMICAL WEAPONS SECURE, SAYS ISRAELI DEFENSE EXPERT by Chana Ya’ar

 

According to Defense Ministry military expert Amos Gilad, for the moment, there appears to be a balance of power between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and opposition forces.

 

It is that delicate balance that is keeping the chemical weapons in check, Gilad told listeners in an interview broadcast Sunday morning on IDF Army Radio.

 

“Suppose he (Assad) does leave,” said Gilad. “There could be chaos… In the Middle East, you never know who will come instead.

 

“We need to stay level-headed; the entire world is dealing with this,” Gilad pointed out, but added, “At the moment, chemical weapons are under control.”

 

Nevertheless, Assad’s forces are slowly losing ground, and rebel forces are gaining territory by the day.

 

But the rebel forces are fragmented –  they are split into two major factions, one of which is a radical Islamist coalition. The other is comprised of various groups that have banded together but which are various sects that range in observance from completely secular to moderately observant Muslim, or Christian.

 

At some point, they may begin to also fight each other. But for now, they are still united against a common enemy: Assad.

 

“The opposition is not managing to defeat him, and he is not defeating the opposition, though more and more parts of Syria are no longer under his control, and that is what matters,” Gilad said.

 

 

5. HAMAS PREPARING FOR WAR AGAINST ABBAS, REPORTS SUNDAY TIMES by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Hamas is preparing to duplicate its 2007 civil war in Gaza and has instructed terror cells in Judea and Samaria to get ready for a military coup to oust Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, according to a London Sunday Times based on Israeli intelligence sources.

 

The orders reportedly came from Hamas” supreme leader Khaled Mashaal, who recently visited Gaza to celebrate what the terrorist organization claimed was a victory over Israel in last month”s missile war.

 

Citing unnamed officials in the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), the London newspaper said that Iran is behind the plan for a coup. According to the Sunday Times, Iran wants to have an allied militia in Judea and Samaria, parallel to Hamas in Gaza and Hizbullah in Lebanon.

 

Tawfik Tirawi, a former PA intelligence director and now a senior member of Abbas” Fatah party, told the newspaper, “Hamas wants intifada and will take over the West Bank.

 

“We”re on the verge of catastrophe,” he said.

 

“Bibi [Netanyahu] understands the geopolitical changes in the Middle East. No way would [he] give up an inch of the West Bank – he is convinced that the intelligence assessment about a Muslim Brotherhood [Hamas] takeover is solid,” according to the London newspaper.

 

The report provides evidence that Prime Minister Netanyahu is making it clear that Israel is not to be shown as being weak. The intelligence information may have been one of the reasons, if not the major cause, for his recent and unusually solid nationalist statements for building new homes for Jews in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

 

It also contradicts mainstream media claims that Netanyahu’s statements were part of an election campaign to attract nationalists away from the Jewish Home party.

 

The information published in London totally eliminates the idea promoted by leftist commentators that Netanyahu”s” policies are designed to strengthen Hamas at the expense of Abbas, who has advertised himself as a “peace partner.” Abbas has won international support for demands that preclude negotiations on future borders while at the same time promoting unity with Hamas.

 

 

6. FOREIGN MINISTRY RUSHES TO APOLOGIZE OVER ‘JESUS’ POST by Gil Ronen

 

 

 

The Foreign Ministry has launched a probe into the posting of a Facebook message by the Israel embassy in Ireland that said if Jesus and Mary were alive today in Bethlehem, they would probably be lynched by local Arabs.

 

Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said, “We all agree that it was improper, inappropriate.” He said Tuesday that it wasn’t clear who posted the message.

 

The post included a picture of Jesus and Mary accompanied by a message saying, “A thought for Christmas … If Jesus and Mother Mary were alive today, they would, as Jews without security, probably end up being lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians. Just a thought …”

 

The embassy removed the message a few hours after it was posted and issued an apology, saying, “To whom it may concern, an image of Jesus and Mary with a derogatory comment about Palestinians was posted without the consent of the administrator of the Facebook page. We removed the post in question immediately. Apologies to anyone who may have been offended. Merry Christmas!”

 

In its rush to apologize, the Foreign Ministry made no mention of the fact that the Palestinian Authority’s Minister of Prisoners said in November that Jesus was “the first Palestinian and the first [Islamic] martyr in history.”

 

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Similar statements have been made in the past by PA officials and propagandists. These statements carry clear a anti-Semitic message, blaming “the Jews” for killing Jesus, who was himself a Jew, as were his disciples, while mendaciously claiming that Jesus was a “Palestinian” millennia before the term even existed. No denunciations, by Israel or other countries, are known to have been issued, and the PA certainly made no apologies.

 

The Foreign Ministry also did not mention the fact that Christians have been violently and sadistically persecuted in the PA, and that areas under PA control have seen massive emigration of Christians. In Bethlehem, the Christian population reportedly went from a 60 percent majority in 1990 to a 40 percent minority in 2000, to about 15 percent of the city’s total population in 2008.

 

International human rights lawyer Justus Reid Weiner, who teaches at Hebrew University, told the Jerusalem Institute for Global Jewish Affairs that, under the PA-Fatah regime, Christian Arabs have been victims of frequent human rights abuses by Muslims.

 

“There are many examples of intimidation, beatings, land theft, firebombing of churches and other Christian institutions, denial of employment, economic boycotts, torture, kidnapping, forced marriage, sexual harassment, and extortion,” he said. PA officials are directly responsible for many of the attacks, and some Muslims who have converted to Christianity have been murdered.

 

 

7. WHEN THE FAR LEFT CALLS FOR MODEST CLOTHING by Maayana Miskin

 

While the Israeli left has been extremely critical of hareidi Jews who pressure others to dress modestly, it turns out that sometimes the left supports modest dress. The extreme-left Magazine Hakibush (Occupation Magazine) recently called on its readers to dress modestly and respect community norms – when visiting Palestinian Authority Arab areas.

 

The magazine called on readers to join Arabs in the Hevron hills, and added, “Remember to bring your ID card, water, a hat, and modest clothing that respects the sensitivities of the Palestinians.”

 

The appeal mentioned shorts and sleeveless shirts as two things that should not be worn.

 

The planned visit to the Hevron hills area is part of an ongoing campaign. While far-left and anarchist groups say the purpose of the campaign is to help Arab farmers fight for their rights, Jews living in the region say the campaign deliberately foments conflict.

 

“We had discussions and agreements with the Arabs. There was co-existence and dialogue, but since the leftist activists entered the picture, everything has changed,” residents of the area told Arutz Sheva in a 2010 interview.

 

Far-left groups claim to be helping Arab farmers to cultivate their own land. However, local Jews say, in reality they target plots of land within Jewish communities that were not previously cultivated by Arab farmers.

 

 

8. SEA OF GALILEE RISES BY 7 INCHES IN DAY by Gil Ronen

 

 

 

The Kinneret, or Sea of Galilee, rose by a whopping 18 centimeters (7 inches) in the course of Saturday, and is now only 3.21 meters short of the maximum level, at which authorities allow its water to flow southward, into the Jordan River and Dead Sea.

 

Since Thursday, the Kinneret’s level has risen by 24 cm (9.5 inches), and it is expected to rise further in the next 24 hours. The Water Authority said that the rise sets a 10-year record for the month of December in the last ten years.

 

The head of the Kinneret Administration, Pinchas Green, told Arutz Sheva, “There has not been such a meaningful rise in such a short time for many years, and certainly not at this time of year. Usually it starts rising from mid-December, and this year the rise started as early as November.”

 

Green noted that the soil became saturated at an early stage, causing the flooding to begin early as well. The soil requires about 150 mm of rain in order to reach saturation.

 

He explained that since Thursday, there has been heavy rain in all of the regions from which water flows to the Kinneret: Kiryat Shmona, the Golan Heights, the Naftali Mountains, Merom Hagalil and the Upper Galilee.

 

Green is not certain that the Kinneret will reach its topmost level this winter, but he noted that the Kinneret rose by 4.7 meters in the winter of 2003, and that it rose by 4 meters in 1992, with another 1.5 meters being allowed to flow out to the Dead Sea.

 

“Let us hope that the seven bad years are over and that we are approaching the seven good years,” he said. “Perhaps this winter will provide a pleasant surprise.”

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A7News: Rockets Strike near Tel Aviv

Kislev 2, 5773 / Friday, Nov. 16 ’12

 

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Headlines

  1. 1.      Rockets Strike near Tel Aviv
  2. 2.      Commanders Prepare Troops for Ground Invasion
  3. 3.      Opinion: London 1940-Tel Aviv 2012. What’s the Difference?
  4. 4.      Legal Forum: Don’t Make Israelis Pay Gaza’s Electric Bill
  5. 5.      Jewish Home Candidates Run for Shelter in Be’er Sheva
  6. 6.      Children of Slain Chabad Woman in Better Condition
  7. 7.      IDF Has Struck More than 300 Targets in Gaza
  8. 8.      University of Haifa Denounces Students who Mourned Jabari

 

1. Rockets Strike near Tel Aviv

by Maayana Miskin

A rocket alert siren sounded in Tel Aviv on Friday afternoon, and residents reported hearing a loud blast a short time later.

Security services are searching for the impact site. According to initial reports, at least one rocket hit an open area in the Gush Dan region.

No injuries have been reported.

Hamas has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The cities of Be’er Sheva, Ashdod, Ashkelon and Ofakim repeatedly came under attack Friday. The Iron Dome defense system shot down several rockets.

One rocket hit and demolished a home in a community near Gaza, but did not cause injury as the residents were not at home.

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2. Commanders Prepare Troops for Ground Invasion

by Maayana Miskin

IDF commanders began Friday morning to brief their troops in advance of a possible ground operation in Gaza. Thousands of reservists have been called up for duty, and a total of at least 16,000 will be summoned for service.

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While troops gathered outside Gaza, terrorists in the area continued their attacks on civilian communities in southern Israel. More than 40 rockets have been fired since Friday morning.

At least two rockets were fired at the city of Be’er Sheva. The Iron Dome system successfully shot them down.

Four rockets were fired at Ashdod shortly before 11 a.m. They, too, were shot down by Iron Dome. Earlier in the morning terrorists fired a rocket that hit next to a residential building in the city, causing damage and sending four people into shock.

A short time later, terrorists hit a broadcast truck with an anti-tank missile. The truck went up in flames, but nobody was injured.

A kibbutz in the region lost 5,000 chickens when a rocket attack took out the town’s electricity, causing temperatures in the chicken coop to drop dangerously low.

The IAF has hit 250 targets in Gaza, most in pinpoint strikes that did not cause injury.

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3. Opinion: London 1940-Tel Aviv 2012. What’s the Difference?

by Giulio Meotti, Italy

There is only one precedent of a modern democracy besieged under rocket attacks.

During the afternoon of September 7, 1940, 348 Nazi bombers appeared over London’s skies. For the next two months, London was bombed day and night. Fires consumed many portions of the city. Residents sought shelter wherever they could find it – many fleeing to the underground station that sheltered as many as 177,000 people during the night.

Little is said or written about the incredible courage being shown by the civilian population of Israel, but it is reminiscent of events 70 years ago in Europe.

Like the Londoners, who endured the blitz stoically, with British aplomb and quiet courage, the people of Israel are equally valiant, going about their daily lives knowing that killers might explode a bomb or rocket in any public place at any time. Since the year of the founding of the state, more than 60,000 rockets have fallen on Israel.

Unlike those who believe in a peaceful and political solution to the “Palestinian” question, the Hamas’ Covenant proclaims: “There is no solution for the Palestinian question, except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”

Israel is like Guernica, the Basque town that in 1937 was the premature victim of the savage and merciless Nazi Blitzkrieg that was to sweep Europe.

But there is a big difference between the two historic situations.

The Allies during the war didn’t hesitate to impose a collective punishment on the German people, while today we like to believe that the State of Israel is facing just individual murderers and isolated fanatics, and must pardon the society that nurtures them.

The Arab population of Judea, Samaria and Gaza is responsible for Hamas’ terrorism. Collective punishment of that population by Israel is – when administered in proportion to the evils it is meant to combat – justified and required. The Palestinian Arab population is responsible for Hamas and the PLO.

An enemy society is exactly what the Jewish State is confronting. And in Kiryat Malachi, three residents, killed by Islamic terrorists, are just the latest victims in the war between Israel and that society.

Israel lost the battle during the first Intifada, when Jewish civilians on the roads were routinely assaulted with rocks and firebombs by Arab gangs, because it didn’t combat the attacks with the force that may have prevented them from evolving into the terror of today that comes from Gaza.

Palestinian Arabs rock-throwers were met with a vehicle that sprayed them with pebbles. Soldiers were armed with rubber bullets and given orders not to attack when not under attack themselves.

The Jewish “settlers” at that time called on the government to take punitive action against the villages from where the attacks were launched, but the Jewish residents were demonized themselves and were answered with self-righteous hypocrisy decrying the immorality of “collective punishment”.

This is how evil has grown to surround Israel.

Even Israel’s supporters in the West like to believe that the Jewish State, granting de-facto immunity to the society that sponsors terrorist savagery, committed itself to a higher ethical standard. We like to discern the IDF’s “purity of weapons”. But preferring an illusion of peace to retaliating with the full force at Israel’s disposal against the terrorists’ home base – their communities and their ideological supporters, who bear collective responsibility for the terror – is a Jewish crime, not a Jewish virtue.

Terror is a collective punishment, the answer to it must include collective punishment.

Twenty years after the first Gulf War, Israel remains the only “bunkered” democracy in the world and is now even more relentlessly demonized and ghettoized.

Israel is a small country. This is not to say that it’s destined for extinction; only that it can be.

Moreover, in its vulnerability to extinction, Israel is not just any small country. It is the only country whose neighbors declare its very existence an affront to God and make its destruction a paramount national goal.

But if in 1991, Israel responded with understatement and quiet civil courage, let’s hope that today it will react differently to genocidal terrorism. Because, as Joe McCain wrote few years ago, “the Jews will not go quietly again.”

And there is another big difference between London in 1940 and Tel Aviv in 2012: while the West backed the British resistance against the Nazi monster, Israel is alone in fighting a battle for all of us.

As Israelis are heading to shelters these days, the questions in their minds are two: Will the West come to our aid? How many friends can the Jewish State really count on these days?

Take a step forward and say that you are one of those friends. I did.

The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book “A New Shoah”, that researched the personal stories of Israel’s terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing, often the Arutz Sheva op-eds, appears in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He is at work on a book about the Vatican and Israel.

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4. Legal Forum: Don’t Make Israelis Pay Gaza’s Electric Bill

by Maayana Miskin

The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel has demanded that Israel stop transferring funds to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in order to put an end to the situation in which Israelis pay for electricity for the very terrorists who are attempting to murder them.

The Finance Ministry is funding a 3 billion shekel guarantee for the Israel Electric Company in order to avoid a financial crisis.

At the same time, the PA owes the electric company 700 million shekels in unpaid electric bills – which continue to amass despite Israel collecting 400-500 million in tax money on behalf of the PA every month and transferring the sum to the PA.

“Even when the residents of the south Israel are living in a reality of ‘Code Red’, under a barrage of missiles and rockets, the Israeli Electric Company continues to provide free electricity to the shooters and terrorists,” the Legal Forum stated in a letter to Finance Ministry CEO Doron Cohen.

“Reason, justice and morality require immediate action before providing huge guarantees to the Electric Company at the expense of the citizens of Israel, when it has not yet collected the funds of the murderers of Gaza,” the group argued.

If Israel continues transferring funds to the PA that are used for Gaza, it will be funding terrorism against its own citizens, the Legal Forum concluded.

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5. Jewish Home Candidates Run for Shelter in Be’er Sheva

by Maayana Miskin

The Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) Knesset candidates visited the city of Be’er Sheva on Thursday as Gaza terrorists continued a large-scale assault on southern Israel. During their stay in the city they were forced to run for shelter when the Color Red rocket alert sounded.

Party head Naftali Bennett explained why they had come despite the danger. “It’s very healthy for us to feel what you here have been going through for years,” he told Mayor Ruvik Danilovich and senior city officials.

“We’re all with you, and ready to act,” he declared. “On the Home Front or the battle front, and the minute we get call-up orders we’ll happily report for duty.”

Danilovich explained why he supports Operation Pillar of Defense. “It’s impossible to just take it and take it and take it,” he said. “No sovereign state could live like this.”

“The state of Israel must restore deterrence,” he added.

He voiced opposition to attempts to portray residents of southern Israel and of central Israel in adversarial terms, due to the latter’s freedom from Gaza rocket attacks until Thursday night. “Our brothers in Gush Dan [in central Israel] were hit by suicide bombings in the 90s. That’s how it works here, we give each other strength, that’s our shared fate,” he said. “We embrace our brothers in Gush Dan and hope no more missiles reach them.”

Jewish Home candidate Avi Wortzman, Deputy Mayor of Be’er Sheva, said, “We’ve reached a point where we can’t take it anymore. Sderot has been hit for 12 years.”

After meeting with city officials and Home Front Command officers, the candidates went through the city visiting with residents and expressing their solidarity and encouragement.

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6. Children of Slain Chabad Woman in Better Condition

by Maayana Miskin

The husband and children of Mirah Scharf are in better condition Friday after being wounded Thursday morning in a rocket attack on Kiryat Malachi.

The four remain hospitalized in Tel Hashomer. Father Shmuel, 29, is in moderate condition, four-year-old Yosef Yitzchak is in moderate to light condition, and young Hana (2) and Geula (8 months) are both in good condition.

The children have not yet been told that their mother was killed in the attack.

The Scharf family was in Israel temporarily, and normally lives in New Delhi, India, where they serve as Chabad emissaries and usually host 100 people for Sabbath meals.

They were intending to attend a memorial ceremony Thursday for Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, the young Chabad couple murdered by terrorists four years ago in Mumbai, India.

Mirah Scharf was killed in the attack, as were Ahron Smadja, 49, and Yitzchak Amsallem, 24. Her funeral Thursday was attended by many of the Israeli backpackers who met her in India.

Her father-in-law, Rabbi Yehoshua Scharf, recalled her as devoted to her work. “In our generation everyone is looking for luxury, but they lived in minimalist conditions in a Chabad house that was open to the public 24 hours a day,” he said.

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7. IDF Has Struck More than 300 Targets in Gaza

by Elad Benari

Since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF has struck more than 300 targets throughout Gaza, according to a statement released by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit on Thursday.

The statement said that during the day on Thursday, the IDF continued to launch attacks on dozens of rocket launching sites in Gaza, causing them significant damages.

On Thursday evening, the IAF launched a second assault wave on Gaza, targeting 70 underground missile sites.

The IDF statement added that IAF aircraft struck several terrorist groups that were involved in carrying out rocket attacks.

In the afternoon, the IDF continued to attack terrorist targets in northern Gaza using its armored forces.

Navy ships fired at Hamas’ targets along the Gaza shoreline, said the statement.

“Gaza has become a frontal Iranian base and it places the citizens of Israel under unbearable rocket fire and terror. The IDF is determined and will continue to attack targets that are bases for terrorism against Israeli civilians,” concluded the IDF statement.

Since the start of the operation, some 250 rockets have been fired at Israel. The Iron Dome system has intercepted over 80 rockets, en route to cities in the south of the country.

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8. University of Haifa Denounces Students who Mourned Jabari

by Elad Benari

The University of Haifa on Thursday denounced a group of its students who mourned the loss of Ahmed Jabari, the Hamas arch-terrorist who was killed on Wednesday in an Israeli air strike that launched Operation Pillar of Defense.

At about 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, around 30 to 40 Arab students assembled on one of the lawns of the university and stood for a moment of silence in memory of Jabari.

The administration of the university later issued a statement in which it said, “The University of Haifa supports the IDF soldiers who are protecting the State of Israel and sends condolences to the families of those killed in Kiryat Malachi. The university administration has taken and will take every legal step at its disposal to prevent any provocation on its property.”

The university’s statement emphasized that the Arab students’ event was “a gathering that was held without the approval of the university. A handful of Arab students gathered, Jewish students gathered in front of them and it ended after a few minutes.”

The Arab students’ provocation was condemned by several people, including MK Danny Danon (Likud), who contacted the president of the university, Amos Shapira, demanding the suspension of those Arab students.

“Treacherous statements have no place in a state-funded academic institution,” Danon said, adding, “The Arab students are affected by MK Hanin Zoabi and her friends, and are one step away from cooperation with Hamas. They must be suspended immediately.”

Danon said the students’ actions constitute incitement which encourages violent protests against State institutions and against IDF soldiers.

“Instead of thanking the army which keeps them safe, these enemies of Israel chose to act in a treacherous way that has no place in Israel,” said Danon and added, “Students who conduct themselves in this manner have no right to study in an institution which is funded by the State.”

MK Alex Miller (Yisrael Beytenu) also strongly condemned the incident and said, “It is inconceivable that such events take place on the properties of institutions funded by the State of Israel. I intend to demand that the university contact the Israeli police and ask it investigate a suspicion of incitement, while disciplining the participants and expelling them immediately.”

Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav denounced the incident as well and sent a letter to university president Shapira, in which he expressed his shock and disgust at the shameful ceremony.

“This does not befit the spirit of Haifa, which strives for co-existence, tolerance and dialogue,” Yahav wrote. “In truth, it is good if educational institutions lead a policy of democracy and freedom of expression to different political attitudes. However, a cynical exploitation of this natural right to promote the teachings of terrorist groups, which sanctify the killing of children and innocent civilians, crosses boundaries.”

“The University of Haifa is a respected and appreciated academic institution, and we do not want it to have an image of a body which provides a platform for organizations which deny the existence of the State of Israel,” wrote Yahav. “I expect that the university administration will publish a harsh condemnation of the incident, and will use all available means to not allow extreme and negative elements to spread their malicious propaganda between the walls of the academic institution.”

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Arutz Sheva Daily Israel Report Thursday, Nov. 15 ’12, Kislev 1, 5773

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HEADLINES:

1. TERROR’S TOLL: THREE KILLED, INFANTS AND CHILDREN INJURED 2. HESDER STUDENTS GET RESERVE CALLUP 3. OBAMA TO PM: GREEN LIGHT, BUT WATCH OUT FOR CIVILIANS 4. WITNESS THE CARNAGE: DAMAGED HOME IN KIRYAT MALACHI 5. HAMAS CLAIMS IT FIRED MISSILE AT TEL AVIV 6. TERROR’S TOLL: THREE KILLED, INFANTS AND CHILDREN INJURED 7. MORE THAN 100 ROCKETS FIRED AT SOUTHERN ISRAEL 8. IDF KILLS HAMAS’S ‘CHIEF OF STAFF’, LAUNCHES MAJOR OPERATION

 

 

1. TERROR’S TOLL: THREE KILLED, INFANTS AND CHILDREN INJURED by David Lev

 

Three people were killed as a result of the Grad rocket attack on Kiryat Malachi Thursday morning. The three were killed during or within minutes of the attack, after efforts to save them failed.

 

Six others were injured, including two infants, one of them eight months old. An additional victim, a four year old boy, was taken to Tel Hashomer hospital in central Israel for treatment. along with his father. The boy was in serious condition, and the father in moderate condition. Altogether, seven people were injured in the Kiryat Malachi attack. Six others were treated for shock in the attack.

 

The three killed were a married couple in their 30s, and an individual in his 20s.

 

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The victims were killed and injured when a Grad rocket hit an apartment building in Kiryat Malachi. The dead were among a large group that had taken refuge in an old building that suffered a direct hit from a Grad rocket. Rescue teams were trying to remove victims of the attack from the rubble, and were preparing for the possibility of more casualties, Magen David Adom officials said.

 

At around noon, several rockets were fired at Sderot, with one scoring a direct hit on a home. Miraculously, no one was injured in that attack, but that house sustained heavy danger. At least one rocket fell near a large gas installation. Rockets hit homes in Kiryat Gat and Ashdod. One person was lightly injured in the Ashdod attack. Also in Ashdod, a rocket destroyed two containers at Ashdod Port.

 

Another Grad rocket was fired at Kiryat Malachi at about 10:30 AM Israel time. Reports said that an Iron Dome missile blasted the rocket in the air above the city, before it could land and explode. Police urged residents to remain indoors and under cover, even in the event that an Iron Dome missile prevents an attack, because shrapnel from the destroyed missile falling to the ground could still injure people. At least one person in Ashdod was injured when they were struck by shrapnel from a rocket that was destroyed by an Iron Dome missile.

 

A heavy barrage of Grad and Katyusha rockets was fired at the main population centers in southern Israel Thursday morning. Red Alert warnings were heard in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Malachi, Beersheva, and Ofakim. Speaking live from Beersheva at around 8:00 AM Israel time, Israel Radio’s correspondent counted at least a dozen missiles hitting in the area of the city. The IDF said that several of the rockets fired at Ashdod and Ashkelon were intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket interception system.

 

IDF officials expected the barrage to continue throughout Thursday morning, as Gazans prepare to bury Ahmed Jaabari, commander of Hamas’s “military” terror wing, who was eliminated Wednesday night, takes place. The IDF was on alert throughout the country, saying that terror activity was likely to increase, with possible rioting by Arabs in PA controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, and a strong likelihood that terrorists would attempt to kidnap IDF soldiers or Israeli civilians. Speaking to Israel Radio, Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich said that the rocket fire would most likely get worse as the day went on, as the funeral for Jaabari progressed.

 

There was a very strong likelihood that Hamas would try to fire a missile at Tel Aviv or another city in the center of the country, security officials said, in order to score a decisive blow against Israel in revenge for the elimination of Jaabari.

 

The IDF eliminated three Hamas terrorists early Thursday, Israel Radio said, as Gaza Arab terrorists continued to hammer Israeli towns and villages with rockets. Several rockets were fired at the Be’ersheva and Ofakim areas on Thursday morning. The three were members of Hamas’ military wing, the IDF said. Since midnight Wednesday, about 30 rockets were fired at Israeli targets, for a total of over 110 since the beginning of the Pillar of Defense operation Wednesday night.

 

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2. HESDER STUDENTS GET RESERVE CALLUP

by David Lev

 

With the cabinet set to discuss a wider call-up of reserves Thursday afternoon, specialists and fighters with special units have already been placed on active duty – with dozens of students in Hesder yeshivas getting emergency call-up notices.

 

Most of those called up are in reserve units that generally serve in the south. Many other Hesder students who are not in the current reserve rotation have volunteered to help out as well. Students who are on active duty as part of their Hesder-IDF service are remaining with their units.

 

The students, and other reservists, are being called up both to ensure that the IDF has enough personnel to handle emergencies that might come up, as well as to prepare in the event that the government decides to send the IDF Into Gaza. No such decision has been made yet, but government officials said that there was a strong likelihood that such a move might be necessary if Hamas did not halt its attacks on southern Israel.

 

The Organization of Hesder Yeshivot said that it was coordinating the call-up activity with the IDF. Eitan Ezra, director of the group, said that he himself was called up for reserve service. “Hesder Yeshiva students are ready to help in whatever way they can,” he said. “We are giving encouragement to IDF troops and residents of the south. May G-d gives us strength and bless the nation with peace,” he said.

 

 

3. OBAMA TO PM: GREEN LIGHT, BUT WATCH OUT FOR CIVILIANS by David Lev

 

So far, the world’s leaders seem to be backing Israel’s defensive action in Gaza. U.S. President Barack H. Obama and EU Foreign Policy chief Katherine Ashton both expressed understanding, if not support, for Israel’s situation, and for the need to break the back of Hamas and other Gaza terror groups that have rained thousands of rockets over the heads of Israelis in the Negev for the past decade.

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke to Obama early Thursday, in which “the President reiterated to Prime Minister Netanyahu the United States’ support for Israel’s right to self defense in light of the barrage of rocket attacks being launched from Gaza against Israeli civilians,” a White House statement said. “The President urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to make every effort to avoid civilian casualties.”

 

The statement said Obama and Netanyahu agreed that Hamas needed to stop attacks on Israel to “allow the situation to de-escalate.” Obama and Netanyahu spoke after the Israeli leader, who has had a rocky relationship with the current US administration, briefed Vice President Joe Biden on the latest events in Gaza.

 

Obama also spoke with Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi, stressing Egyp’s “central role in preserving regional security,” the White House said. “In their conversation, President Obama condemned the rocket fire from Gaza into Israel and reiterated Israel’s right to self-defense,” the White House statement said.

 

The UN Security Council, at an emergency closed session, discussed the situation in Gaza without coming to any decisions. But during the meeting, U.S. Ambassador to the UN strongly defended Israel, saying that said there was no justification for the violence that “Hamas and other terrorist organizations” are aiming at Israel.

 

“We call on those responsible to stop these cowardly acts immediately,” Rice said, adding that the rocket attacks were harming efforts to end the Middle East conflict and create a PA state. “Hamas claims to have the best interests of the Palestinian people at heart, yet it continues to engage in violence that does nothing but set back the Palestinian cause,” said the US ambassador, who is considered a frontrunner to become the next US secretary of state. “Attacking Israel on a near daily basis does nothing to help Palestinians in Gaza nor to move the Palestinian people any closer to achieving self determination and independence,” Rice said.

 

 

4. WITNESS THE CARNAGE: DAMAGED HOME IN KIRYAT MALACHI by Hezki Ezra

 

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5. HAMAS CLAIMS IT FIRED MISSILE AT TEL AVIV by David Lev

 

Hamas claimed Thursday morning that it had fired a Fajr missile at Tel Aviv. There were no reports in Israel of a missile hitting the Tel Aviv area, officials said.

 

While Israel is carrying out Operation Pillar of Defense, Hamas has its own name for its ongoing terror campaign against southern Israel – “Sing’il Rock” – a reference to heavenly rocks that, according to Muslim tradition, Allah rained down on the heads of unbelievers.

 

On Thursday morning, Hamas released a statement saying that it had fired the missile at Tel Aviv, one of some 150 that have been fired since the IDF eliminated top Hamas terrorist Ahmed Jaabari, commander of Hamas’s “military” terror wing, onWednesday night. A government spokesperson said that there had been no evidence of such an event, and no witnesses have stepped forward to confirm the attack, although the story was given wide coverage in Israeli media.

 

Nevertheless, the possibility of such an attack existed, and was probably even likely, said security officials. There was a very strong likelihood that Hamas would try to fire a missile at Tel Aviv or another city in the center of the country, the officials said, in order to score a decisive blow against Israel in revenge for the elimination of Jaabari.

 

IDF officials expected the barrage to continue throughout Thursday, as Gazans buried Jaabari. The IDF was on alert throughout the country, saying that terror activity was likely to increase, with possible rioting by Arabs in PA controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, and a strong likelihood that terrorists would attempt to kidnap IDF soldiers or Israeli civilians. Speaking to Israel Radio, Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich said that the rocket fire would most likely get worse as the day went on, as the funeral for Jaabari progressed.

 

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6. TERROR’S TOLL: THREE KILLED, INFANTS AND CHILDREN INJURED by David Lev

 

Three people were killed as a result of the Grad rocket attack on Kiryat Malachi Thursday morning. The three were killed during or within minutes of the attack, after efforts to save them failed.

 

Six others were injured, including two infants, one of them eight months old. An additional victim, a four year old boy, was taken to Tel Hashomer hospital in central Israel for treatment. along with his father. The boy was in serious condition, and the father in moderate condition. Altogether, seven people were injured in the Kiryat Malachi attack. Six others were treated for shock in the attack.

 

The three killed were a married couple in their 30s, and an individual in his 20s.

 

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The victims were killed and injured when a Grad rocket hit an apartment building in Kiryat Malachi. The dead were among a large group that had taken refuge in an old building that suffered a direct hit from a Grad rocket. Rescue teams were trying to remove victims of the attack from the rubble, and were preparing for the possibility of more casualties, Magen David Adom officials said.

 

At around noon, several rockets were fired at Sderot, with one scoring a direct hit on a home. Miraculously, no one was injured in that attack, but that house sustained heavy danger. At least one rocket fell near a large gas installation. Rockets hit homes in Kiryat Gat and Ashdod. One person was lightly injured in the Ashdod attack. Also in Ashdod, a rocket destroyed two containers at Ashdod Port.

 

Another Grad rocket was fired at Kiryat Malachi at about 10:30 AM Israel time. Reports said that an Iron Dome missile blasted the rocket in the air above the city, before it could land and explode. Police urged residents to remain indoors and under cover, even in the event that an Iron Dome missile prevents an attack, because shrapnel from the destroyed missile falling to the ground could still injure people. At least one person in Ashdod was injured when they were struck by shrapnel from a rocket that was destroyed by an Iron Dome missile.

 

A heavy barrage of Grad and Katyusha rockets was fired at the main population centers in southern Israel Thursday morning. Red Alert warnings were heard in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Malachi, Beersheva, and Ofakim. Speaking live from Beersheva at around 8:00 AM Israel time, Israel Radio’s correspondent counted at least a dozen missiles hitting in the area of the city. The IDF said that several of the rockets fired at Ashdod and Ashkelon were intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket interception system.

 

IDF officials expected the barrage to continue throughout Thursday morning, as Gazans prepare to bury Ahmed Jaabari, commander of Hamas’s “military” terror wing, who was eliminated Wednesday night, takes place. The IDF was on alert throughout the country, saying that terror activity was likely to increase, with possible rioting by Arabs in PA controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, and a strong likelihood that terrorists would attempt to kidnap IDF soldiers or Israeli civilians. Speaking to Israel Radio, Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich said that the rocket fire would most likely get worse as the day went on, as the funeral for Jaabari progressed.

 

There was a very strong likelihood that Hamas would try to fire a missile at Tel Aviv or another city in the center of the country, security officials said, in order to score a decisive blow against Israel in revenge for the elimination of Jaabari.

 

The IDF eliminated three Hamas terrorists early Thursday, Israel Radio said, as Gaza Arab terrorists continued to hammer Israeli towns and villages with rockets. Several rockets were fired at the Be’ersheva and Ofakim areas on Thursday morning. The three were members of Hamas’ military wing, the IDF said. Since midnight Wednesday, about 30 rockets were fired at Israeli targets, for a total of over 110 since the beginning of the Pillar of Defense operation Wednesday night.

 

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7. MORE THAN 100 ROCKETS FIRED AT SOUTHERN ISRAEL by Elad Benari

 

Gaza-based terrorists fired more than 100 rockets at southern Israel”s communities from Wednesday evening until Thursday morning.

 

Israeli police reported that 104 rockets were counted as of 6:40 a.m. (local time) Thursday morning.

 

The “Red Alert” siren was heard in Be’er Sheva shortly after 2:30 a.m. Two Grad missiles were then fired at the city. One of them was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system and another exploded in an open area. There were no physical injuries.

 

Shortly before 3:00 a.m., another missile was fired at Be’er Sheva. It was intercepted by the Iron Dome system.

 

Two additional rockets were fired at Be’er Sheva after 6:00 a.m. Iron Dome intercepted them.

 

Five Qassam rockets were fired towards the Eshkol Regional Council throughout the night. They exploded in open areas, causing no physical injuries or damages.

 

Iron Dome was able to intercept 20 of the rockets that were fired at Israel. In at least two cases, rockets hit populated areas in Ashdod and Be”er Sheva. Damage was caused to a building in Ashdod and a parked vehicle in Be”er Sheva.

 

Magen David Adom paramedics treated 14 people, including two who suffered minor injuries from broken glass or from falling down stairs while rushing to shelters. 12 people were treated for shock.

 

Gaza terrorists also fired a rocket at Dimona, where Israel’s nuclear reactor is located. The rocket fell wide of its mark and caused no casualties or damage. Channel 2 said this was the first time a terror rocket was fired at the sensitive site.

 

Rockets also hit Sderot, Ofakim, and communities in the Gaza Belt.

 

The Home Front Command announced Wednesday that following the security situation in the south and the beginning of the military operation ‘Pillar of Defense’ in Gaza, there will be no school Thursday for all school districts within 7-40 kilometers of Gaza. Classes at the Ben Gurion University in Be’er Sheva will be cancelled as well.

 

In addition, for the safety of the population, a ban was placed on any large gatherings of 100 or more people. A ban was also placed on activities in shopping centers and all non-essential jobs will be closed.

 

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8. IDF KILLS HAMAS’S ‘CHIEF OF STAFF’, LAUNCHES MAJOR OPERATION by Gil Ronen

 

The IAF fired a missile at a car in Gaza Wednesday, killing the commander of Hamas’s “military” terror wing, Ahmed Jaabari. Israel’s TV Channel 2 says his son was also killed.

 

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There are reports that Raed al-Atar, Commander of Hamas’s southern division, has also been killed.

 

Hamas responded by saying that it was now in a state of “open war” with Israel with no date set for its end.

 

The IAF reportedly also struck targets in Khan Younes and Rafiah. Channel 2 said that the IAF has been striking launch silos for Hamas’s longer-range Fajr rockets, which can hit central Israel, in order to preclude their use. About 20 reinforced silos holding Fajr-3 and Fajr-5 silos were reportedly hit.

 

Nine people have been killed in Gaza, according to reports.

 

The IDF has begun a wide scale operation, which has been named “Amud Anan,” a phrase that refers to the column-shaped cloud that led the Israelites in Sinai during the Exodus from Egypt. The official English name is Pillar of Defense.

 

Terrorists fired at least 10 missiles at Be’er Sheva, after firing at Sderot and Ashkelon. There have been no reports of casualties. Iron Dome anti-missile batteries successfully intercepted most of the rockets fired at Be’er Sheva.

 

Terrorists also launched a rocket from Gaza at Dimona, where Israel operates a nuclear plant. The rocket landed in an open area. There are no reports of injuries.

 

Egypt’s response to the events is not yet known. Cairo denounced what it said was “Israeli aggression in Gaza” Wednesday evening and Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi held consultations with senior officials to decide on his course of action. Hamas has been calling upon Morsi to show that he is not like his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak. Hamas is saying that the “new Egypt” under Morsi must withdraw from the Camp David accords with Israel and expel Israel’s ambassador in Cairo.

 

Among other exploits, Ahmed Jaabari, 52, was personally responsible for the abduction and holding of IDF Sgt. Gilad Shalit. Raed al-Atar was in charge of Hamas’s smuggling tunnels. He was released from jail in Israeli in 1995.

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak appear to have purposely diverted attention away from Gaza by visiting northern Israel and publicly discussing the Syrian threat Wednesday, in order to make it easier to catch the Hamas off guard.

 

The IDF Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, announced on his Facebook page that “A harsh blow has landed upon Hamas’s command and control array, as the IDF hit Ahmed Jaabari, the head of the military wing of Hamas in Gaza, who headed the organization and dealt directly with carrying out terror attacks against Israel.

 

“We are at the beginning of a wide scale attack, in view of the unbearable situation of the residents of the South,” he added.

 

“While we are not talking about conquering all of Gaza,” Mordechai told Channel 2, “there is preparation for a ground operation as well, which will be undertaken if it is necessary. The required military units that need to be diverted for such an operation are at the ready,” he said.

 

“The occupation has opened the gates of hell on itself,” said a statement from Hamas’s Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, which vowed its terrorists would “continue the path of resistance.”

 

The United States is closely watching developments in Gaza following the killing Wednesday of Hamas’ military chief in an Israeli air strike, a Pentagon spokesman said.

 

“We’re monitoring the situation closely. We stand by our Israeli partners in their right to defend themselves against terrorism,” Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Warren said.

 

President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Tom Donilon, met Monday with his Israeli counterpart, Yaakov Amidror, at the White House.

 

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1. IN PICTURES: SANDY DROWNS THE US; NY ‘MAJOR DISASTER AREA’

2. FATAH FACEBOOK PAGE SHOWS MOTHER PLACING SUICIDE BELT ON SON 3. VIDEO: FIRE DESTROYS 50 HOMES IN HURRICANE-FLOODED QUEENS 4. 12 YEAR-OLD BOY STANDS TRIAL FOR MURDERING NEO-NAZI FATHER 5. ROMNEY WORSE THAN SANDY, SAYS BILL CLINTON 6. ISRAEL RELEASES ANOTHER HUNGER STRIKING TERRORIST 7. NEW LABOR CANDIDATE OPPOSES DOUBLE BEDS 8. LIVE VIDEO FROM AMERICA: HURRICANE SANDY HITS EASTERN COAST

 

 

1. IN PICTURES: SANDY DROWNS THE US; NY ‘MAJOR DISASTER AREA’

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Superstorm Sandy is whipping through New England, leaving behind $20 billion in damage, while President Obama declares New York City a “major disaster area.”

 

The storm”s ferocity has moved north, but it will be a slow recovery for the Washington-New York area. The capital has been described as a “ghost town,” and New York was virtually shut down.

 

The death toll has reached 16, and the subway systems in Philadelphia and New York City remain closed.

 

Economic damage is estimated to be approximately $20 billion, and the number is likely to grow as the East Coast begins to discover disastrous after effects while they dry out. The salt water that gushed into New York City streets may have done untold damage to subway mechanisms.

 

The storm set off an “alert” at the New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear power plant, where a rise in flood waters could force the use of emergency water supplies to cool down spent uranium fuel rods.

 

Sandy was lashing southeastern Canada as of noon Israeli time Tuesday, and more than 100,000 in Ontario are without electricity. A falling sign in Toronto killed one woman Monday night.

 

Several areas in the Mid-Atlantic states still are being evacuated due to rising flood waters.

 

Sandy was rare in several aspects, not the least of which is its size, reaching as far inland from the East Coast as the Midwest.

 

High winds knocked out power for more than 23,000 homes and businesses in Michigan and more than 200,000  in Ohio. Residents in at least one small lake-side village in Wisconsin were warned to evacuate.

 

Snow was expected in higher regions in Tennessee, West Virginia and Western Maryland.

 

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2. FATAH FACEBOOK PAGE SHOWS MOTHER PLACING SUICIDE BELT ON SON by Rachel Hirshfeld

 

A recent photo posted to the official Facebook page of Fatah”s Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon shows a mother placing a suicide belt on her young son, reported Palestinian Media Watch, which has documented the ongoing glorification of violence and martyrdom by the Palestinian Authority.

 

Beside the picture is written an imaginary conversation between the two which reads as follows:

 

“My mother dressed me in a strange belt (i.e., a suicide belt).

 

I asked her: “What is this, mother?”

 

She said: “I will put it on you and you will go to your death!”

 

I said to her: “Mother, what have I done that you want me to die?”

 

She shed a tear that hurt my heart and said: “The homeland needs you, son. Go and blow up the sons of Zion.”

 

I said to her: “Why me and not you?”

 

She said: “I will stay in order to give birth to more children for the sake of Palestine.”

 

I kissed her hand and said to her: “Keep it up, mother, for you and for Palestine I will kill the impure and the damned.””

 

 

3. VIDEO: FIRE DESTROYS 50 HOMES IN HURRICANE-FLOODED QUEENS by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

A six-alarm destroyed at least 50 homes in Queens, a borough heavy populated by Israelis and American Jews, and flooded by the Frankenstorm Sandy storm.

 

The New York Fire Department said on its Twitter page that more than 50 homes had been “completely destroyed” but could not immediately be reached for further comment, according to AFP.

 

The fire came after the megastorm slammed into the US East Coast, flooding lower Manhattan, inundating several subway lines and knocking out power to a half a million homes and businesses across the city.

 

More than 200 firefighters were fighting the fire in the Breezy Point section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens, NBC reported.

 

The fire was reported around 11 p.m. Monday night.

 

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4. 12 YEAR-OLD BOY STANDS TRIAL FOR MURDERING NEO-NAZI FATHER by Rachel Hirshfeld

 

Opening statements in the trial of a 12-year-old boy accused of murdering his neo-Nazi father are set to begin Tuesday in Riverside, California.

 

Then only ten years-old, Joseph Hall deliberately shot his father, who was a rising figure in Nationalist Socialist movement, using a snub-nose revolver at his family”s Riverside home.

 

“What he did, had it been done by anybody older, there would be no doubt that it was a murder,” said prosecutor Michael Soccio, according to The New York Times. “It”s planned. It”s premeditated. It was carried out in a cold, killing fashion. It is a murder.”

 

Joseph was present at neo-Nazi gatherings hosted by his parents and was taught at a young age how to use a firearm, but Riverside County prosecutors say the boy”s exposure to white supremacist culture probably won”t play a big role at trial.

 

Joseph”s public defender, Matthew J. Hardy, says his client has neurological and psychological problems, compounded by exposure to neo-Nazi “conditioning” and physical abuse in the home, the Times reported.

 

“He”s been conditioned to violence,” Mr. Hardy said, adding, “You have to ask yourself: Did this kid really know that this act was wrong based on all those things?”

 

Court documents reveal that the child was prone to violent outbursts and was frequently the target of his father”s drunken rages. The boy reportedly told police he killed his father to stop the abuse.

 

California”s penal code also states that children under 14 cannot be charged with a crime without clear proof that “they knew its wrongfulness.” The judge said she could make a ruling in the case as early as next week.

 

If convicted, Joseph Hall could remain in custody until the age of 25, providing he doesn”t commit any crimes while incarcerated.

 

 

5. ROMNEY WORSE THAN SANDY, SAYS BILL CLINTON by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Former President Bill Clinton exploited the devastating storm that is pounded the Eastern U.S. coast and charged that Mitt Romney would be worse than Frankenstorm Sandy if he is elected.

 

While President Barack Obama and Romney tried to show they are more concerned for the lives and property of Americans than they are about getting elected, Clinton plowed into Romney during a speech to Democrats in Connecticut, two days before Sandy took out its wrath on the state.

 

“We’re coming down to the 11th hour. We’re facing a violent storm,” Clinton said. “It’s nothing compared to the storm we’ll face if you don’t make the right decision in this election.”

 

Clinton used undiplomatic language in his accusations that Romney is promising the same jobs that Obama is about to deliver.

 

“Every time Mr. Romney promises us 12 million jobs, I want to gag,” Clinton said. “It’s actually not a bad promise.”

 

He latched on to recent economic statists that have raised eyebrows among economists and suspicions among some Republicans that highly-placed bureaucrats are fiddling with statistics to show a sudden turnaround in the American economy.

 

The jobless rate suddenly dropped by 5 percent last month, from 8.1 to 7.8 percent, and statistics last week showed an unexpected economic expansion growth of 2% for the past three quarters, up from 1.3% in the prior three-month period.

 

“We’re moving in the right direction,” Clinton said.

 

In a separate campaign stop in Ohio, Clinton charged Romney with “a load bull” by claiming that Chrysler is moving its Jeep production from the United States to China.

 

Even Jeep said “that’s the biggest load of bull in the world that they would ever shut down American operations,” Clinton said. Chrysler earlier had said n a somewhat contradictory statement that it “has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China,” but is “simply reviewing the opportunities to return Jeep output to China for the world’s largest auto market.”

 

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden declared, “Romney will say anything — absolutely anything — to win.”

 

 

 

 

6. ISRAEL RELEASES ANOTHER HUNGER STRIKING TERRORIST by Elad Benari

 

Israeli authorities on Monday released former hunger striker Hasan Safadi, the Palestinian Authority prisoners minister told the Bethlehem-based Ma”an news.

 

Minister Issa Qaraqe said Safadi had been freed from Hadarim jail in central Israel.

 

Safadi, who stopped a 93-day hunger strike in September, is one of two prisoners who ended a hunger strike after assurances they would be freed at the end of their current administrative detention term.

 

Ma”an reported that Safadi was detained from his home in Shechem (Nablus) in June of 2011.

 

He launched a previous 71-day hunger strike on March 5, which he ended when some 2,000 prisoners joined the strikes, resulting in an agreement with Israeli authorities.

 

When Safadi’s detention order was renewed on June 21, he re-launched his strike, the report said.

 

Hunger striking to bring about a release from Israeli prisons has become a very common phenomenon among PA Arab terrorist prisoners in recent months.

 

In April, Israel released Hana Shalbi, a female terrorist, after a 43-day hunger strike.

 

Shalbi, a terrorist from the Islamic Jihad organization, was arrested for terrorist activity in 2010. She refused to cooperate with interrogators and was violent towards them. This violence included threatening their lives, trying to attack one of them, spitting at police officers, and even biting a policewoman.

 

Another famous case of a hunger striking terrorist being released is that of Khader Adnan, who had gone a on a hunger strike for 66 days to pressure the State to release him. The hunger strike resulted in Adnan being admitted to hospital.

 

He launched the hunger strike to protest his administrative detention and the strike became a cause célèbre for anti-Israel activists and Arab propaganda organizations. His attorney appealed his administrative detention order to Israel’s Supreme Court.

 

The State later caved in to the pressure and agreed not to renew Adnan”s administrative detention order. He, in turn, agreed to end his hunger strike.

 

As part of a deal to end the last mass hunger strike, Israel made some concessions to the PA, including an agreement to stop placing prisoners in solitary confinement.

 

In addition, Israel agreed to allow prisoners to call relatives, to pursue academic studies, and to allow prisoners from Gaza as well as from Judea and Samaria to receive visits from family members.

 

The deal also included a release of the bodies of 91 terrorists to the PA. The release of the bodies was s another in an ongoing series of “gestures” by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to the PA, in an effort to encourage PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to agree to return to negotiations with Israel.

 

So far, the PA has refused, although Abbas has accepted Israel’s “gestures.”

 

 

7. NEW LABOR CANDIDATE OPPOSES DOUBLE BEDS by Gil Ronen

 

The latest in a long line of journalists to join politics in Israel is Merav Michaeli, a well known television and radio personality, who is famous for her radical neo-Marxist views on gender issues. Among other things, Michaeli opposes double beds, and not out of Halakhic considerations of purity. She announced Tuesday that she will vie for a spot on Labor’s Knesset list.

 

Michaeli writes opinion pieces in radical left wing newspaper Haaretz. Her latest column, “Forced Couplehood,” begins with a cite from French magazine Le Monde, according to which more and more people are buying 160-cm. wide double mattresses instead of 140-mm. wide ones. French doctors explained, she said, that people move around and snore in their sleep, and that sleeping in the same bed with another person is a completely unnatural habit.

 

Michaeli goes on to say that the marital double bed is an invention of the Church, which uses it to control procreation, and that this control is perpetuated by modern secular society. She goes on to explain that the heterosexuality, which encourages men and women to sleep together in the same bed, is a political institution through which men control and exploit women.

 

Michaeli has, in the past, exposed herself indecently while presenting a news show, in protest of some perceived injustice against women. She is also notorious for her habit of eating with her hands instead of using knives and forks.

 

Michaeli is the granddaughter of Rudolf Kastner, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant and Israeli government official who was accused of striking a deal with the senior Nazi official Adolf Eichmann to allow 1,685 affluent Jews to escape persecution, while failing to warn others that their resettlement was in fact deportation to the gas chambers. He also gave positive character references after the war for SS officer Kurt Becher, thus allowing Becher to escape prosecution for war crimes.

 

After an official defamation lawsuit was filed against a writer who accused Kastner of being a traitor, a court ruled in 1955 that Kastner had indeed, in the words of Judge Benjamin Halevi, “sold his soul to the devil.”

 

The Supreme Court of Israel overturned most of the judgment in January 1958, stating that the lower court had “erred seriously,” but not before Kastner had been assassinated.

 

Michaeli has come out strongly in defense of her grandfather.

 

According to Israeli media, she was, in the past, the romantic partner of Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy, who has been dubbed “the baron of the industry of lies” by Maariv.

 

 

8. LIVE VIDEO FROM AMERICA: HURRICANE SANDY HITS EASTERN COAST by Yoni Kempinski

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1. REPORT: DM BARAK WAS TARGETED FOR TERROR ATTACK IN SINGAPORE 2. TAL’S MOTHER: ‘SHE IS A HERO’
3. DIFFERENT EXPLOSIVES USED IN DELHI AND BANGKOK ATTACKS 4. CARJACKING ATTEMPTS ON THE RISE IN SAMARIA 5. 2,000 JEWS WORSHIP IN KEVER YOSEF 6. CHARGE: PROSECUTORS’ BIAS KEEPS NATIONALISTS IN JAIL 7. HEVRON SURVIVOR DIES WITHOUT SEEING LAND RETURNED 8. HUNGER STRIKING TERRORIST HEADED TO SUPREME COURT

1. REPORT: DM BARAK WAS TARGETED FOR TERROR ATTACK IN SINGAPORE by David Lev

A report in an Arab newspaper Thursday said that the Mossad, in cooperation with Singapore security forces, in recent days managed to foil a terror attack targeting Defense Minister Ehud Barak. The report, in the Kuwaiti Al-Jarida newspaper, is based on conversations with “senior Israeli sources” who said that the increased security by Israeli forces since the terror attacks in India and Georgia earlier this week have paid off.
Barak is in Singapore for an international aviation exhibition. According to the sources, Barak was targeted by several Iranians during the trip. Three Iranians, working with Hizbullah, had gathered information about Barak’s schedule in preparation for what was most likely to be a shooting attack.
Israeli intelligence officials alerted Singapore security forces about the impending attack even before Barak arrived in the country earlier this week, and the three Iranian terrorists were arrested in what the paper called a “secret operation.” The sources did not say how the plot was uncovered, but the three are now in custody, with Israeli officials participating in their interrogation in order to gather information about future planned attacks, the report quoted the sources as saying.
The Defense Ministry issued a statement Thursdau afternoon, saying that they were “unaware of any such incident, and apparently it did not take place.” In the past, Al-Jarida has been considered to be a reliable source, some Israeli officials said Thursday. Barak left Singapore Wednesday for Japan.

On Thursday, the Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning for Israelis in Thailand. The warning said that in the wake of the attacks on Israelis in India and Georgia earlier this week, Israelis should “act with caution” when traveling in Thailand. Similar warnings were released Thursday for travelers to Italy, Norway, and Taiwan.

2. TAL’S MOTHER: ‘SHE IS A HERO’
by Gavriel Queenann

The mother of Tal Yehoshua-Koren, the Israeli wounded in Monday’s terror attack in Delhi, will soon travel to India to be with her daughter as she recovers.
“She has been very, very brave throughout this incident. She is a hero for handling the situation so sensibly and has been raised to be a strong person. But right now, she is very weak physically and we plan to fly down to New Delhi very soon to be with her,” Tzafira Koren told the Indian Express on Thursday.
Koren told the paper she has yet to speak with her daughter, but did speak to her grandchildren aged 7 and 12. The family was informed of the terror attack by Tal’s husband, Israel’s defense attaché in Delhi.
Tal was on her way to pick her children up from the American Embassy School on Monday when a lone motorcyclist attached a magnetic explosive device to her car and sped off. According to reports she narrowly exited the vehicle as the bomb went off.
She sustained shrapnel injuries to her spine in the explosion, and has undergone two major surgeries at the Primus Hospital in Chanakyapuri. Doctors say she is experiencing partial paralysis in her lower extremities, but may regain full function.
Her driver and two Indian nationals who work for the embassy were also lightly wounded in the explosion.
Tal’s brother Iddo Koren and sister Sharon are expect to arrive in New Delhi on Thursday.
According to reports Tal, who has lived in Delhi for four years, is very active in Jewish life in Delhi.

3. DIFFERENT EXPLOSIVES USED IN DELHI AND BANGKOK ATTACKS by Gavriel Queenann

Officials in India said Thursday that the explosives used in attacks on Israeli targets in Thailand and India are not the same.
Sources from the Home Ministry told IBN-CNN that C4, a military explosive, was used in Thailand, while a nitrate and potassium based bomb was used Monday’s attack targeting an Israeli diplomat’s wife in Delhi.
Tal Yehoshua Koren, the wife of Israel’s defense attaché in Delhi, was seriously injured when terrorists triggered an explosive device on her vehicle. Her driver and two Indian nationals who work for the embassy were also lightly injured in the blast.
On Wednesday, it was reported Delhi police had arrested five suspects and identified the motorcycle used in the attack.
However, Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta, told reporters that while the investigation has “gathered pace,” no major breakthroughs have occured.
Meanwhile, security agencies in India, Thailand, Georgia, and Bangkok have been coordinating their investigations into this week’s attacks.
“Government agencies got information from Georgia and Thailand regarding organizations and persons. The forensic experts are working on these leads. Analysis is also on to match things used in the Tbilisi and Bangkok strikes with those found in the Delhi incident,” an Indian intelligence official confirmed.
Indian officials – who have over USD 10 billion in Iranian trade on the line – have refused to accuse any nation or group of the bombing. However, Indian intelligence sources told the Times of India that investigators believe Iran used local proxies to carry out the attack.
Indian officials have said there will be “consequences” if Iran is found to be behind the attack. Delhi consumes 12 percent of Tehran’s exportable oil.
According to officials monitoring the case, forensic experts are trying to ascertain whether there are similarities between the twin attacks in India and Georgia, as well as the Thailand attack.
Police in Georgian capital Tbilisi averted an attack on Monday when they disabled an explosive device found in the car of an Israeli embassy employee.
Meanwhile, another attack targeting Defense Minister Ehud Barak, was reportedly thwarted on Thursday by the Mossad and authorities in Singapore.
Israel has accused Iran of being behind the attacks. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday, “Iran is undermining the world’s stability and harms innocent diplomats. World countries must condemn Iran’s terror acts and draw a red line.”
His statement came after three Iranian men were arrested in Thailand and Malaysia in the past two days after an explosive device went off accidentally in Bangkok.
According to Bangkok police, the three were planning to attack Israeli diplomats.

4. CARJACKING ATTEMPTS ON THE RISE IN SAMARIA by David Lev

Thefts of cars owned by Israelis by Arabs from PA controlled areas is a long-time phenomenon, but in recent weeks, several incidents of attempted violent carjackings by PA Arabs on the roads of Samaria underscored the need for security on the roads.

On Tuesday, a resident of Karnei Shomron was forced from here vehicle while driving along Road 55 towards Kfar Sava. In an interview with Arutz 7, Osnat Vashdi said that all had been well until she stopped her car on the side of the road for a moment to adjust her seat belt. “After I passed the village of Nabi Elias, very close to the checkpoint on Road 55, I stopped the car,” she said. “Within seconds a number of Arabs attacked the vehicle, screaming and yelling that I should get out of the car. I held tightly onto the steering wheel and began blowing the horn, but they did not stop.”

The Arabs managed to get into the car and one began driving it, apparently intending to drive it to Kalkilya, just a few hundred meters away. But Vashdi was unable to get out of the car at that point, as she could not get her seat belt off. “Finally I was able to get it off, after I realized my life was in danger,” she said.

Police arrived within minutes, but the took about 35 minutes to get to the scene of the carjacking, she said. “The commander said that the gang was known, and that they had taken the car to Kalkilya, but after 25 minutes there was no point in chasing them,” she said. Her husband took her to the hospital where, thank G-d, she found that she hadn’t broken any bones – but she was badly bruised, she said.

A similar incident was reported last week by a woman who was driving past Yakir, in central Samaria. The woman was driving from Ariel to Kedumim at night, and was several hundred meters before the entrance to Emanuel when an Arab vehicle cut her off on the narrow road, and forced her stop. An apparently armed Arab jumped from the vehicle, rapped on the window, and demanded that the woman open the door. Instead she pulled the door closed – but as he was stronger, he managed to force it open, and dragged her from the vehicle. The Arab drove her car away, leaving her on the dark road alone. She managed to run to the Emanuel junction, where someone stopped for her and she was able to report the incident.

In light of the incidents, the Karnei Shomron Local Authority issued safety procedures it recommended everyone take when driving in the area, urging drivers to lock their doors, not to stop on the side of the road, not to stop near Arab villages, not to stop when unidentified people try to flag them down, and, if they do need to leave the car, to take the keys with them.

5. 2,000 JEWS WORSHIP IN KEVER YOSEF
by David Lev

Some 2,000 Israelis of all backgrounds – religious, secular, and Hareidi – held prayers overnight Wednesday at the Tomb of Joseph (Kever Yosef) in Shechem. The special visit was arranged with the IDF, and soldiers accompanying the group participated in prayers as well.

Leading the group was Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein, Rabbi Elyakim Levanon (rav of the Samaria region), Samaria Council director Gershon Mesika, and chairman of the Samaria Residents Council Benny Katsover.

Accompanying the group were some 50 reporters, both Israeli and foreign, mostly from France. The reporters heard a detailed presentation about the Tomb and about the return of Jews to Samaria by Katsover, one of the pioneers of Jewish settlement in the region. Among the guests were members of the Livnat family of Elon Moreh. Last year, Ben Yosef Livnat was killed near the Tomb.

Edelstein also spoke, unable to hide his emotion at the scene of thousands of Jews praying at the site. He called on the government to allow Jews to freely visit the site and to set up a permanent presence there. “Experience shows that holy sites that are under Israeli control have free access and are safe for all – unlike the Palestinian Authority, which prevents Jews from entering holy site, and even burns them down, as has occurred several times at Kever Yosef. I believe we need to return to total control of the site, and many in the government believe so as well,” Edelstein said.

The Tomb, which was destroyed and desecrated 11 years ago, was restored last year after painstaking and dangerous work by the Samaria Regional Council, the Shechem Echad organization, the IDF, and the Civil Authority.

Mesika thanked the security forces for ensuring the safety of visitors. “Kever Yosef, the Temple Mount, and the Machpelah cave are the basis of all of the Land of Israel, where the Jewish people derive their strength from,” he said. “Unfortunately, we remember how the ‘PA police,’ the terrorists in uniform, desecrated this site. We, along with the IDF, have merited to reclaim the site in recent years, and we call on the government to act upon something that is even written in the Oslo Accords – imposing Israeli control on the Tomb of Joseph, which is so holy to the Jewish people.”

6. CHARGE: PROSECUTORS’ BIAS KEEPS NATIONALISTS IN JAIL by Maayana Miskin

State prosecutors in Jerusalem are keeping nationalist Jewish activists in jail due to personal bias, legal rights activists charged Thursday. Several Jews have been kept in jail until trial for charges of vandalism – a situation that activists and families say is unprecedented.
Legal Forum head Nachi Eyal expressed shock as prosecutors fought an order releasing right-wing activists who protested two months ago in Qasr al-Yahud. “We have checked the precedents regarding anarchists in Bilin and Nalin, and we were amazed to find that there were no cases in which left-wing activists were arrested in similar circumstances,” he said.
The Qasr al-Yahud protesters have been in prison for several weeks. The recent release order would see them freed until trial under tight restrictions.
A similar situation is unfolding in the case of Oryan Nizri, a young woman accused of vandalizing an Arab man’s property in the PA town of Luban a-Sharkiya. Nizri is charged with puncturing bags of cement and leaving anti-Islam graffiti.
Like the Qasr al-Yahud protesters, Nizri was to be released until trial under strict conditions, including supervised house arrest. However, Jerusalem state prosecutors have filed an appeal aimed at keeping her in jail.
Her attorneys say the situation is unprecedented. Vandalism is not a charge that has previously been used to justify detention until trial, they said.
Legal experts who spoke to Arutz Sheva confirmed the attorneys’ claims. “It is not customary to arrest suspects for breaking laws regarding graffiti or property damage,” they said. “There is no doubt that if [the detainees] were left-wing activists or Arabs the police would not have arrested them even for a single day, and may not have attached any importance to the complaint.”
With the departure of Shai Nitzan from the Prosecutor’s Office “we have hoped for a new spirit, a balanced professional approach which would see each case individually and not ideologically,” they said. However, they continued, “Litman’s start in office has not boded well.”

7. HEVRON SURVIVOR DIES WITHOUT SEEING LAND RETURNED by Maayana Miskin

Yaakov Castel, one of the last remaining survivors of the 1929 Hevron massacre, passed away on Thursday morning. His dream of restoring his family’s home in the city remained unfulfilled.
Castel survived the brutal massacre of Hevron’s Jews at the hands of an Arab mob as a young child. His father, Rabbi Shlomo Castel, was murdered.
Survivors of the massacre were expelled from Hevron by the British. When Jordan seized control of the city in 1948, their homes were given to Arab families.
Israel’s return to Hevron in 1967 did not lead to survivors’ return to their homes. Instead, Israeli authorities decided to treat the properties as abandoned land. Jews who moved into the Castel family’s home in Hevron’s marketplace were expelled at the order of the Supreme Court.
Castel fought a lengthy legal battle to get his property returned.
Yaakov Castel owned an ancient copy of the Book of Esther which had been read on Purim by Hevron’s Jews. Eleven years ago he donated the scroll to the Hevron museum, which chronicles the city’s Jewish history.
Castel aslo owned a book detailing his family’s rich history, which has included more than 500 years living in Gaza and then Hevron following the expulsion of Jews from Spain. At the time of the Hevron massacre the family had been in Hevron for generations.
Castel displayed the book, written by a granddaughter, at the Diaspora Museum. In an interview with Arutz Sheva several years ago, he explained that his goal in displaying the book was, in part, “to make sure that there will be Jews living in Hevron.”

8. HUNGER STRIKING TERRORIST HEADED TO SUPREME COURT by Gavriel Queenann

The attorney for Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan said Monday that he will appeal his client’s administrative detention order to Israel’s Supreme Court.
Attorney Jawad Bulus said he would file an urgent request to the Jewish state’s highest court in light of a rapid decline in the health of Adnan, 34.
Adnan has been on a hunger strike for 61 days to protest his incarceration by Israeli security officials, which he began one day after his arrest on 17 December 2011.
Bulus said that Adnan was on Tuesday still refusing to eat and fighting “for the dignity and pride of Palestinian prisoners held without justification”
However, observers say the High Court may not consider Adnan’s hunger strike material to his detention as he is refusing food of his own volition, and note Adnan’s hunger strike is only unique in duration. Previous hunger strikes have not resulted in prisoner’s being released.
The World Medical Association maintains hunger-striking prisoners who have made a rational decision to refuse sustenance should not be force fed.
In 1975 the organization resolved, “Where a prisoner refuses nourishment and is considered by the physician as capable of forming an unimpaired and rational judgment concerning the consequences of such a voluntary refusal of nourishment, he or she shall not be fed artificially.”
“The decision as to the capacity of the prisoner to form such a judgment should be confirmed by at least one other independent physician. The consequences of the refusal of nourishment shall be explained by the physician to the prisoner,” the WMA maintains.
Israeli officials say they will consider forcibly terminating Adnan’s hunger-strike should he begin to suffer serious health effects, but say that hasn’t happened yet.
On Monday, a riot erupted outside the Ofer military base after an IDF tribunal rejected Adnan’s appeal of his detention by security officials. In the riot 23 protesters and 1 border police officer were injured.
Fatah and Hamas officials have warned that Adnan’s death in custody would spark mass protests throughout PA enclaves in Judea and Samaria, and Gaza.
Under Israel’s administrative detention laws security officials may seek a court order to detain an individual without charge if they are suspected of being a threat to national security.
Such orders can be appealed to a higher court, and must be reviewed by the court every six months. Israel’s Supreme Court is the final court of appeal.
Israeli officials have a strict policy of not discussing intelligence matters in public and Adnan’s hearings have been held in closed court.
However, Adnan is a senior member of the Islamic Jihad terror organization in northern Samaria. Islamic Jihad seeks the destruction of Israel and actively targets Jewish civilians.
In late January, the GSS and Israel Police foiled a shooting attack planned by an Israeli Arab in collaboration with an Islamic Jihad terror cell from Tulkarem in northern Samaria.
Last August, Islamic Jihad terrorists from Gaza were involved in the deadly cross-border ambush of an Israeli civilian bus that left 8 Israelis – 7 of them civilians – dead.
Islamic Jihad leaders in Gaza – whose terror cells are heavily involved in rocket attacks on Israel’s southern communities – have been targeted with airstrikes rather than arrest and detention.

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