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May 29, 2016 / 21 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Beer Sheva’

Armed Arab Arrested in Be’er Sheva

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

An Arab man armed with a knife tried to enter the central bus station in Be’er Sheva. When guards went to check him, he turned and ran, and during his attempted escape, he threw the knife into some bushes.

The guards caught him and he was arrested.

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Gazan Arab Tries to Enter Be’er Sheva Central Bus Station

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

An Arab resident of Gaza was arrested midday Sunday at the central bus station in Be’er Sheva after arriving at the entrance to the transit hub.

Security personnel who were guarding the bus station – the largest in the southern region – became suspicious of the Arab man and asked to see his identification.

He reluctantly pulled out a worn red-colored ID card that was not readable; the security personnel held him at the gate until Be’er Sheva police arrived.

“The suspect’s activities in Be’er Sheva and his reasons for coming to the central bus station are being investigated,” a police source told the Hebrew-language 0404 website.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel’s Cup of Blessings ‘Raineth’ Over With Flash Floods

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

A veritable downpour of blessings rained down from the skies over Israel on Monday, flooding roads, parking lots and various tourist sites.

In the north, the Mount Hermon ski resort was closed to visitors due to the poor weather conditions.

Moving further south, The north-south Highway 90 was shut down in both directions near the Ein Gedi nature reserve, north of the Arugot River, due to flooding.

Around the same area, the Tamar Regional Council district canceled school sessions due to road conditions. Kibbutz Ein Gedi is located within the Tamar region, as is Masada and the Dead Sea hotel strip at Ein Bokek.

Further west, the sparkling new Be’er Sheva “Grand Canyon” Mall also caved to the weather: a section of the roof collapsed under the weight of the downpour.

All the way to the south, less than a mile from the Gaza border, the city of Sderot found some of its cars nearly swimming in the rainwater. Streets were flooded nearly halfway up the hubcaps of some of the cars.

In other towns around the country, some of the parking lots were flooded nearly to the car trunks.

Throughout the Negev, the average amount of rainfall was approximately three centimeters (1.2 inches). Tel Aviv was close – 2.7 centimeters (a bit over an inch), Haifa had nearly 2 centimeters (almost an inch) and Jerusalem saw four centimeters (about an inch and a half.) In the Golan Heights, about 45 centimeters of rain was measured in some areas (nearly 2 inches).

What all this means is that the water level in Israel’s biggest drinking water reservoir – Lake Kinneret, the Sea of Galilee – has risen by another 1.5 centimeters due to the rain. The level is now -212.65 meters below sea level, which is 3.85 meters below the top red line, at which point the lake would be filled to capacity.

The rain is forecast to continue throughout Monday.

Hana Levi Julian

Ben-Gurion University Launches International CyberTech Summer Program

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will launch a cybertech program for international students this summer in data mining and business intelligence.

University President Prof. Rivka Carmi described the curriculum in her opening remarks Tuesday at the 2016 Cybertech Conference and Exhibition. BGU is the academic sponsor of the event for the third year in a row.

Over the last few years, data mining has become a factor in the competitive environment and is used in organizations from operational decisions to strategic planning.

The summer program in data mining and business intelligence is designed to meet the need for academic training in these fields, Carmi said. The Summer Program in Data Mining and Business Intelligence is to provide both theoretical and practical knowledge, including tools, on data mining.

The program offers two academic courses where students learn the basic tools of data mining and the utilization of machine learning techniques for cyber security. The program includes a mandatory one week internship at BGU’s Cyber Security Research Center. The internship corresponds with the course materials and contributes the practical experience component. In addition, students will take part in professional field trips to leading companies, in order to enhance their understanding of data mining and cyber security.

The program is intended for high achieving students in their final year of undergraduate studies or pursuing graduate studies in Information Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science, or Industrial Engineering and Management. Applicants must have a GPA no lower than 82 and be proficient in English.

“The world is increasingly turning to Israel for cyber security, and within Israel, BGU is leading Beer-Sheva to become a major national and international center,” Carmi said.

BGU has gathered partners to create the CyberSpark hub in Beer-Sheva.

Deutsche Telekom, EMC, Lockheed Martin, IBM, PayPal and others will cooperate in launching centers of excellence at the Gav Yam Negev Advanced Technologies Park (ATP) adjacent to the University.

“The Park is a one-of-a-kind public-private partnership arousing international interest because of its rapid growth and achievements,” Carmi said.

Israel’s government is providing financial and logistical support via the Israel National Cyber Bureau. In addition, Israel’s CERT will move to Be’er Sheva in the coming months as well.

In a few years the IDF’s elite technology units will also have their own campus adjacent to the Advanced Technologies Park. Soldiers will earn degrees from BGU and conduct joint research with the University and industry partners.

Hana Levi Julian

Be’er Sheva Central Bus Station Terrorist Buried Quietly

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

The terrorist who murdered two and wounded 10 others in his attack on October 18 at the central bus station in Be’er Sheva has been buried, quietly.

Al-Okabi was heavily guided by Hamas in carrying out the attack from start to finish, according to Israeli authorities. At the end, he was shot and killed by security personnel.

The full CCTV footage of the attack was eventually released by Israel Police.

The family of Muhannad al-Okabi was told Friday to prepare his grave but few other details were shared about when to expect the body.

Early Sunday morning, the terrorist was allowed to be buried, with specific conditions, in the cemetery of the Negev Bedouin town of Hura. The town is located on Highway 31, halfway between Arad and Be’er Sheva, close to the Shoqet Junction.

The funeral was small, brief, quiet and limited to close friends and family members, exactly as Israel Police instructed, in order to minimize any positive impact, praise or grandiosity resulting from the proceedings.

The burial was welcomed as the final page of a chapter to be closed by more than a few in a town where terrorist groups have taken hold, to the displeasure of an older generation that has formed strong bonds with Israeli society.

A rift has begun to develop, not only in Hura but in other Bedouin communities as well, where radical philosophies heard elsewhere are starting to clash with local attitudes and beliefs.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Declares War on Radical Islamic Movement and Seizes Weapons

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

The Security Cabinet has declared the radical Islamic Movement to be illegal, paving the way for overnight police raids in 13 cities on 17 offices connected to the radical Islamic group.

The decision was held under a veil of secrecy until police could raid Islamic Movement offices in cities that included Umm el-Fahm and Nazareth in the Galilee and Be’er Sheva and Rahat in the northern Negev. Police and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) confiscated weapons, cash and computers. Bank accounts were frozen.

Raad Salah, the leader of the northern branch based in Umm el-Fahm, southeast of Haifa, called the Israeli action a “cynical exploitation” of the Islamic State (ISIS) massacres in Paris Friday night. He is scheduled to begin servng an 11-month prison sentence next week for incitement and violence.

Declaring the Islamic Movement illegal was just a matter of time because Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said two weeks ago he would do so, but his statement Tuesday morning invites the question why Israel did not lock up the pro-terror group long ago.

The office of the Prime Minister stated this morning:

For years, the Islamic Movement’s northern branch has been waging a campaign of deceitful incitement under the banner of ‘al-Aksa is in danger,’ which blames Israel by falsely accusing it of intending to harm the al-Aksa mosque and to violate the status quo there.

Historians will ask why it took years to make illegal the Islamic Movment, which Netanyahu’s statement said is Hamas’ “sister, “and to place the anti-Zionist organization in the same category as Hamas that the United States, like Israel, has defined as an illegal terrorist organization.

The Prime Minister’s statement added that declaring the Islamic Movement illegal means that anyone who is a member or works on its behalf can be arrested and subject to a term in prison.

The statement added:

The northern branch has established a network of paid activists in order to initiate provocations on the Temple Mount. This activity has led to a significant increase in tension on the Temple Mount. A significant portion of recent terrorist attacks have been committed against the background of this incitement and propaganda.

The northern branch of the Islamic Movement is a separatist-racist organization that does not recognize the institutions of the State of Israel, denies its right to exist and calls for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in its place. The northern branch of the Islamic Movement belongs to radical Islam and is part of the global ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ movement. The two movements share an extremist ideology and a common goal – the destruction of the State of Israel.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Police Release Full CCTV Video of Be’er Sheva Attack [video]

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Israeli Police released the entire CCTV feed from the Be’er Sheva Central Bus Station attack on October 18, 2015.

In the video you see the terrorist stalking the targeted soldier from a distance. This goes on for close to 4 minutes.

Eventually the soldier goes to the bathroom and the terrorist follows him in, shooting him.

Hearing the gunshots, soldiers and eventually also the police gather outside, positioning themselves and waiting for the terrorist to come out, which he eventually does, leading to a gun battle where the terrorist is killed.

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