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ISIS Claims Israeli-Canadian Woman Captured

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror organization is claiming to have captured a female Israeli-Canadian dual citizen who went to fight with the Kurds.

Dual citizen Gila Rosenberg, reportedly captured by the terrorist group, joined up with Iraqi Kurds a few weeks ago to fight against ISIS in Syria.

Last week she wrote on Facebook that she would no longer be updating her page because she was heading to an area without Internet reception.

Rosenberg had posted photos of Tel Aviv and the Old City of Jerusalem, snapped prior to leaving for the Kurdish areas of Iraq and Syria. “My last day in Israel seems like way more than a week ago,” she wrote.

And the caption of another: “YPG uniform pics coming soon! Once the tailor finishes my customized uniform.”

The Syrian jihadi websites associated with ISIS reported Sunday that Rosenberg, 31, was kidnapped by the terrorist group.

A site believed to be a mouthpiece for ISIS also claimed that several other female Kurdish fighters were captured along with Rosenberg. The site reported that ISIS guerrillas carried out three suicide attacks prior to the women’s abduction.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) has said it has no details about Rosenberg’s fate.

Kurdish rebel fighters told a reporter for Israel public radio, meanwhile, that Rosenberg had not been seen in the northern Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani. The fighter added it was doubtful she was captured, and more likely the report was ISIS propaganda.

Canadian-Israeli in Coma from Har Nof Massacre

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Canadian native and long-time Israeli citizen Howie Rothman remain s in a coma from wounds from a giant meat cleaver in week’s savage massacre of Jews praying at a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Haredi Har Nof community.

Howie Rothman, raised in Toronto and now 53 years old, lost vision in one eye and suffered brain damage,” a Toronto woman who knows the Rothman family told Canadian media. He has undergone three operations.

Rothman and his wife moved to Israel three decades ago and have 10 children, one of them a new mother while the youngest is only three years old. He was working for the State Comptroller before the barbaric attack, in which four Jews and a Druze policeman were killed.

“Yesterday we cried; today we gather strength. My father is strong and I believe he’ll overcome this,” Zehava Farago, who gave birth to her father’s first grandchild several weeks ago, told Israei radio.

His sister, Shelley Rothman-Benhaim of Montreal, told the Toronto Sun that her brother remains “in a medically induced coma.” She added, “He was very seriously injured and has already undergone several surgeries due to the attacks to his head, eyes and arms” the National Post of Canada reported.

United Jewish Appeal member Steven Shulman told the 500-member Beth Torah synagogue during prayers on the Sabbath. “This was an attack on Jews at prayer and an attack on the Jewish people. If we don’t support Howie Rothman and Jews around the world, no one else will.”

“We don’t do this kind of fundraising; we do it for the community at large,” he was quoted by the Toronto Sun as saying. “We have made an exception in this case. Howie is a product of this community and in terms of need it’s tremendous. He has 10 children and six are still at home,” Shulman added.

“He was attacked and his life has changed forever. We had to do something. That is the essence of being Jewish.”

Pray for the recovery of Chaim Yechiel ben Malka.

 

 

Canadian Professor Charged in Deadly Paris Synagogue Bombing

Monday, November 17th, 2014

A Canadian university professor was charged in Paris on Saturday in the deadly 1980 synagogue bombing in Paris that killed four and injured more than 40.

The arraignment of Hassan Diab came hours after he arrived in Paris after being extradited from Canada following a six-year fight to prevent it.

Canada’s Supreme Court last week declined to hear Diab’s appeal to reverse a lower court ruling that called for his extradition.

French authorities allege that Diab, a dual Lebanese and Canadian citizen, was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and took part in the deadly bombing of the Rue Copernic synagogue.

Canada to Counsel Wannabe Jihadis

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Law enforcement officials in Canada are planning to pilot a program to prevent wannabe jihadis from leaving the country and heading to Syria, according to Reuters.

The de-radicalization program, called “Prevent,” is currently being tried out in Britain, and was started after the 2005 bombing attacks by four terrorists that left 52 dead and more wounded.

In Canada, officials plan to counsel would-be jihadists and help find them gainful employment as well.

The program is seen as particularly urgent in Ottawa, given last week’s terror attacks in which converts to radical Islam murdered two Canadian soldiers. Canadian authorities intend to pair the program with traditional counter-terrorism methods, and use the integrated result as a means of keeping track of potential killers and hopefully preventing attacks.

The Canadian program is tentatively set to be launched by the end of this calendar year.

Israel Signs Weapons Deals With United States and Canada

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Israel and the United States announced the continuation of a sale of 19 new F-35 multipurpose fighter planes to Israel, as well as approval for a second squadron.

Israel Aerospace Industries will be assembling the wings of this new fighter, which will also include Israeli-made components. The assembly line for the F-35 parts manufactured in Israel is expected to be inaugurated next week.

Other deals, such as the continued joint development the David’s Sling and Arrow missile intercept systems, were also reached. These deals were discussed and agreed to by Secretary of Defense Moshe Yaalon and his American counterpart Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, when they met in Washington last week.

Elbit Systems also announced a deal to supply the Canadian Armed Forces with mobile satellite communication systems. The systems being sold are exclusive, as they have the ability to connect to the US Defense Department satellite network.

Despite recent comments made by unnamed American officials regarding Prime Minister Netanyahu, the deals point to a working relationship, and continued alliance, between the Unites States and the State of Israel.

Americans Frantic over Threat of Islamic Terror

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

An overwhelming majority of 86 percent of likely American voters “consider radical Islamic terrorism a threat to the United States,” according to a new Rasmussen telephone survey conducted last week.

The poll followed two deadly attacks in Canada.

The respondents also conceded that not all “lone wolf” terrorism can be prevented. The results obviously indicate that American also don’t seem to have much faith that terrorism by an organized group can be prevented.

Their sense of being threatened is 11 points higher than expressed in a similar poll in January.

Half of the sample of likely voters said that the threat from radical Islam is “very serious,” while only three percent dismissed it as not being a threat at all.

Terror: US Pledges Support for Canada but Tells Israel to Stay Calm

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The Obama administration pledged its “full support” for Canada to “to hold those responsible” for Wednesday’s terrorist attack but told Israel “to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions.”

The different reactions say in a nutshell everything you need to know how the United States is feeding what Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called a “worldwide epidemic” of terrorism.

The Obama administration constantly maintains that if Israel simply would stop trying to survive as a Jewish state and hand over more than half of the country to the Palestinian Authority on an Islamic platter, there will no longer be a reason for Arab terrorists to exist.

When a terrorist attacks in Ottawa, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says, “We will continue to work closely with our Canadian colleagues to ensure the safety of all our people, and together to counter violent extremism in North America and elsewhere around the world.”

When a terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, Kerry does not even bother to put his name on the press release. He dictates to Spokeswoman Jen Psaki to say, “We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.”

The United States condemned both attacks, of course.

“We condemn today’s heinous and evil attacks in Ottawa, seemingly aimed at the heart of the federal government itself. The United States has faced this kind of violence firsthand on our own soil, and we grieve with Canada, seared by the memory of our own painful experiences,” Kerry stated.

He even picked up the phone to speak with Canadian Foreign Minister Baird “to express our deepest condolences on this tragic day, and to pledge the full support of the United States to Canada as it works to determine the facts and to hold those accountable responsible.”

In response to the murder of a three-month-old baby, an American-Israeli, Psaki stated, “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack, and extend our prayers for a full recovery to those injured.

“We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.”

That’s it. No support for the Israeli government “to determine the facts and to hold those accountable responsible.”

No statement that the United States “will continue to work closely with our Israeli colleagues to ensure the safety of all our people, and together to counter violent extremism in North America and elsewhere around the world.”

The United States did not call on “all sides” in Canada “to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions.”

The State Dept. simply cannot condemn terror in Israel without sticking a knife in the victims’ backs.

“Maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions?” What does that mean?

It means, “Don’t get tough with terrorists. Let’s talk about it. Let’s agree that if the Palestinian Authority would be established as a country in place of Judea, Samaria and half of Jerusalem, including the Jewish Quarter, terror would go away, just like it went away when Israel expelled every last Jew and withdrew every Israeli soldier from Gush Katif and northern Gaza nine years ago.

Oh, were there a few thousand missiles attacks from Gaza on Israel since then? No worry. There now is a cease-fire while Hamas re-arms.

“Maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions” – is that what the Obama would have said if the terrorist had struck in Washington?

And want is this “all sides” business?

Official Palestinian Authority media day in and day out educate Arabs that every inch of the Land of Israel will be Palestine and incite youth to “resist” by becoming martyrs. So how does Psaki come up with this shpiel for “all sides to maintain calm.”

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