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Jordanian Warplanes Fly Over Pilot’s Hometown on Return from ‘Mission’

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Jordanian pilots honored their dead wing man Thursday in a flyby over his hometown as they returned from an unnamed “mission,” Jordan state-run television reported.

King Abdullah II was visiting the pilot’s family in Karak also on Thursday, just two days after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group released the barbaric video showing the captured pilot being burned alive in a cage.

Jordan’s military vowed to take full revenge on the group. The force is participating in the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS.

The Hashemite monarch asked the Obama administration earlier this week for more “sophisticated air-to-ground weaponry, ground-to-ground weaponry, weapons like anti-tank [and] spare parts,” said Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chairman Senator John McCain. Abdullah II managed to submit his request just prior cutting his visit short and flying back to Amman to deal with the murder of his air force pilot.

The senator told media that committee members from both sides of the aisle agreed to sign a letter to President Barack Obama to fast-track deliveries. He added that if the administration did not act immediately in response to the letter, “which every member is going to sign on this committee, we will then introduce legislation direct to the floor.”

Media reports in Arab and Kurdish news outlets reported overnight Wednesday that Jordanian Air Force fighter pilots struck dozens of ISIS fighters in Mosul, Iraq. An unconfirmed report claimed an ISIS commander for the Ninveh area, Abu Obeidah El Tunisi, was killed in the air strike.

Jordan threatened to avenge the death of its pilot at the hands of ISIS; on Wednesday two imprisoned Al Qaeda terrorists were hanged at dawn. Both were on death row and awaiting execution for multiple murders.

Remember the Terror Attack on Jerusalem’s Supersol Agron

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The family of a victim of terror fears Israelis will forget their loved one who died to give life to the Jewish State in 1969.

“Very few people are aware of this terror attack that took place in Jerusalem forty-six years ago, on Feb. 2, 1969,” Michael Jankelowitz wrote in an email marking the anniversary of the bombing at Jerusalem’s Supersol Agron – the supermarket on Agron Street in the capital.

Two Hebrew University students were killed that day: Eddie Joffe, formerly of Capetown, South Africa and Leon Kanner.

“Together with the Joffe family we are requesting the Jerusalem Municipalty and Supersol [together] place a plaque by the pavement near the entrance to Supersol on Agron Street in Jerusalem to mark the murder” of the two men, so their memories will be perpetuated.

On the lovely road that winds down to the Dead Sea from Be’er Sheva and Arad, one can see numerous memorials to those who have died in traffic accidents. They dot the landscape on each side of the narrow highway with various types of sculptures, each bearing a plaque with the name of the departed and the date he or she died.

This should not seem so difficult and one has to wonder why after nearly half a century that it has not yet come to pass. And yet, upon reflection, it is also true that generally within a short time after any terror attack, the scene is spotlessly cleaned and as if born anew; no trace of the tragedy remains.

Perhaps this is the way of Israel not to allow our enemies any way in which to gloat over our losses; our grief remains our own, private and within our hearts forever. If one cannot find evidence of terror, then can one say a scar on the nation exists? No victory to the terrorist…

Rest in peace, victims of terror. We remember you forever.

NYT: Dead Argentine Prosecutor Drafted Warrant to Arrest President Fernandez

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The federal prosecutor who died under suspicious circumstances in Argentina last month had drafted a warrant for the arrest of President Cristina Fernandez, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

The lead investigator into the massive 1994 terrorist bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment just one day before he was set to appear in court.

Nisman would have presented his findings in the probe had he lived, including a claim that Fernandez had conspired to derail his own investigation. The prosecutor had drafted the warrant for her arrest on suspicion of trying to protect Iranian officials from being implicated in the bombing, according to the report.

Not unaware of the danger around him, Nisman had already sent his findings and conclusions to the judge in advance of his appearance in the courtroom, a day before his death.

Although police and Fernandez initially claimed that Nisman had committed suicide, forensic results made it clear the prosecutor’s gunshot wound was not self-inflicted.

Forensics Prove Jewish Center Bombing Case Prosecutor Alberto Nisman Murdered

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

The plot thickens in the shooting death of Argentina’s federal prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, as the first journalist to report on the case flees the country.

The investigator – who four days earlier had given a judge a report on a government deal to prevent prosecution of former Iranian officials over the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish center – was shot from a distance of at least 15 centimeters (6 inches).

That’s no suicide, as government officials such as President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner initially claimed.

Forensic examination also showed the bullet wound to Nisman’s head had no exit wound – which it would have, had the gun been pressed to his skull as in a suicide.

The 10 police officers assigned to protect him have been suspended and are under investigation, according to The Associated Press. Lead investigator Viviana Fein questioned the two officers assigned to the door of Nisman’s building and will ultimately decide whether to try them, and on which charges if so.

The prosecutor was found in his bathroom Sunday night with a .22 caliber handgun next to his body – making it appear to the untrained eye as if he committed suicide – the day before he was to testify at a congressional hearing over the Jewish center bombing case.

Diego Lagomarsino spoke with authorities soon after Nisman’s death, saying he had given the .22 to the prosecutor because he wanted it for protection. He is not named as a suspect. However, justice officials say he now cannot be located. They have ordered that he be barred from leaving the country – if he hasn’t already skipped town – without first securing permission from the authorities.

Well aware of his risks, Nisman took precautions and had already handed the judge in the case his 289-page report. Nisman had alleged that President Kirchner had secretly cut a deal to prevent the prosecution of former Iranian officials who were accused of being involved in the 1994 car bombing that killed 85 people and wounded more than 200 others.

Argentina allegedly agreed to withdraw the “red notices” on Interpol seeking the arrests of former and current Iranian fugitives in the unsolved case, in exchange for exporting grain to Iran, who would pay with oil.

Initially Kirchner posted a letter on social media saying she was convinced Nisman had killed himself, but quickly reversed that stance as evidence began to flow in. Her second posting asserted that she was convinced it was no suicide.

Instead, the president wrote that Nisman’s allegations were based on “false information” given to him by the former head of intelligence services. This second letter, published Thursday, avowed that Nisman’s death was a deliberate attempt to damage the credibility of her administration.

Meanwhile, Damian Pachter, a journalist for the English-language Buenos Aires Herald, is on his way to Israel.

Pachter, who is Jewish and is an Israeli citizen, was the first to report the death of Alberto Nisman. He told several Israeli publications he was planning to seek refuge in the Jewish State.

“I left because my life was in danger. My phones were being monitored. I intend to return to Argentina when my sources tell me conditions have changed. I don’t think that will happen in the term of this government,” he told a local internet site.

His employer said in a statement the newspaper was willing to help him in any way possible and that he had not expressed his concerns at the time.

Pachter left Argentina on Saturday, according to Foro de Periodismo Argentino, the local journalism group, which added the reporter had said he was being followed on Friday and felt unsafe.

Argentine Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Over the years, Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman made some powerful enemies from Iran to his own country’s president.

He was set to testify this morning on a cover-up connected to Iran’s Buenos Aires Jewish Center bombing that reached the highest levels of his own government.

Nisman’s body was found, shot dead, in his home.

Al Qaeda Urges ‘Lone Wolves’ via Magazine to Attack US Airliners

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Al Qaeda is recruiting wannabe terrorists via its online magazine to carry out lone wolf bombings on U.S. commercial airlines.

The New York-based Anti-Defamation League sounded the alarm about the terror group’s intentions on Wednesday, adding that financial figures and prominent economic personalities were also being targeted.

The 13th issue of “Inspire” was released by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Dec. 24, the day before Christmas — one of the busiest travel days in the year.

The magazine contains an article with explicit instructions for easily building a portable bomb inside a 17cm plastic water bottle case. Entitled “The Hidden Bomb,” it was posted as a central feature of the English-language magazine.

The entire issue, in fact, is focused on Al Qaeda’s strategy for defeating the United States by attacking American military technology, manpower, media and economy.

The magazine suggests the easy-to-build homemade bombs be used against U.S. commercial airliners – specifically American Airlines, Delta, United or Continental — ideally over U.S. soil. Included are instructions about the best location on the plane for planting the explosive and the altitude at which to detonate the device. Failing the opportunity to attack a U.S. airline, the magazine suggests aiming at British Airways, Easy Jet, Air France or Air France KL.

The advantages of this bomb as described in the article is that it is allegedly undetectable by dogs, odor-detecting machines or metal detectors. It is, however, detectable by millimeter wave scanners – a small issue the terrorist group says may not be such a problem because “in most cases they are not used in local airports.”

The magazine also praises individuals who have carried out terror attacks for the cause of radical Islam, such as Man Haron Monis in Sydney, Australia, who last week held 15 people hostage for hours at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe. Two people died in the attack after police commandos finally stormed the site.

“The Lions of Allah who are all over the globe – some call them lone wolves – should know that they are the West’s worst nightmare.”

The magazine has played a role in the radicalization of multiple domestic extremists, the ADL pointed out, including the Tsarnaev brothers who were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing.

Following notification by the ADL, YouTube removed the video promoting the Inspire 13 magazine from its site.

Syria Asks UN for Sanctions Against Israel

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Syria has appealed to the United Nations in outrage over alleged attacks by the Israel Defense Forces against targets near Damascus on Sunday afternoon.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it “requires sanctions to deter Israel,” according to a report broadcast on Israel’s Channel 2 television news.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied reports of the attacks.

Syria alleged the Israeli Air Force bombed targets in and around the Dimas air base and the Damascus international airport, including a warehouse in which advanced Russian-made S-300 missiles were being prepared for transport to bases in Lebanon belonging to the Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met early Sunday in Beirut with Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah at the end of a two-day visit to Lebanon before heading to Turkey. The two men “discussed political developments in the region,” according to the Lebanon Daily Star newspaper, “with particular focus on Lebanon and Syria.”

Hezbollah has provided strong military support for government troops defending Russia’s ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since the start of the three-year Syrian civil war.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/syria-asks-un-for-sanctions-against-israel/2014/12/08/

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