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Shin Bet Foils ISIS Terror Cell in Negev Bedouin Town

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Six suspected new Da’esh (ISIS) recruits have been arrested in the Negev Bedouin town of Hura, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced Monday.

Hura is one of the seven original Bedouin towns created for the permanent settlement of the Negev Bedouin by the Israeli government, along with Rahat, a large city considered to be the “Bedouin capital of the Negev.” Hura is located on Highway 31 just outside of Be’er Sheva, about 25 minutes west of Arad.

The suspected terrorists were identified as: Bashir Jabran Salim abu Alkyan, 26 (Hura elementary school teacher); Akram Al’ab Ahmed abu Alkyan, 30, (elementary school teacher, Rahat); Muhammad Al’ab Ahmed abu Alkyan, 27, (high school teacher, Hura); Khader Hassan abu Alkyan, 27, from Hura; Sharif Shahada Rezek abu Alkyan, from Atir; and Hamza Abed Ali Alkyan, (teacher from Hura.)

The suspects were accused of actively spreading Da’esh ideology. They were also allegedly attending secret meetings of the terror group’s movement, the Shin Bet said in its statement.

Four of the six suspects are teachers and used their positions as educators to spread the ISIS philosophy and propaganda among students and teachers. All six shared the Da’esh doctrine with their family members and associates, according to the Shin Bet statement.

The suspects were indicted on charges of distributing materials for an illegal organization; support for a terrorist organization; conspiracy to commit a crime and illegally exiting the country. Those who were teachers were brought to a hearing at the Education Ministry and their teaching licenses were revoked as well.

Several of the suspects allegedly were planning to travel to Syria to join the ranks of the terror group in its fight against government troops there. A number of other members of the terrorist cell had already left Israel and gone to Syria to fight for Da’esh.

In addition to the arrests carried out over the past two months, a school principal was investigated on suspicion of knowing about the teachers’ involvement with the terror group – and failing to report it to authorities. Other school personnel were investigated as well.

The Education Ministry also issued a statement stating its plans to begin working in the schools to restore stability and confidence among the other teachers and the students in the aftermath of the arrests.

British Teens Accused of Holocaust Theft at Auschwitz

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Two British teenage boys were caught stealing precious historic artifacts at the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camps, Polish police said Tuesday.

The two 17-year-olds were detained Monday by police on suspicion of stealing belongings of prisoners who were inmates of the camps during the Holocaust in World War II.

They were spotted Monday afternoon lurking near a building where German Nazi guards used to store belongings confiscated from the prisoners in the camps, said a spokespersons for the museum at the site.

Both of the boys are students at the Perse School of Cambridge, England and were participating in a school history trip at the time of the incident, according to a statement by the school.

The teens “attempted to keep some items of historical importance which they had found on the ground,” the school claimed. “We understand they have explained that they picked up the items without thinking and they have apologized unreservedly for the offense they have given, and expressed real remorse for their action,” said the Perse School spokesperson.

A body search turned up a piece of spoon, a number of buttons, two pieces of glass and a fragment of a razor, which may have been stolen from the site, police said.

Both boys were questioned through an interpreter, according to regional police. If found guilty, they could face up to 10 years in prison for the offense. The spokesperson for the Perse School said the students are cooperating “fully” with the authorities.

Apparently it is not unusual for visitors to try to steal artifacts from the death camp, as horrific as that may seem to some. According to the museum curators, a Swedish man was imprisoned in 2010 for masterminding the theft of the “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Makes Freedom) sign posted over the entry gate and which heralded the arrival of prisoners at the death camp at Auschwitz.

No Ramadan Fasting Allowed for Muslims in Xinjiang, China

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Residents of the majority- Muslim province of Xinjiang in China are not being allowed to celebrate their religious holiday this year.

The Chinese government posted statements banning the traditional month-long daily fasts on the websites of schools, government agencies and local party organizations.

“No teacher may participate in religious activities, instill religious thoughts in students, or coerce students into religious activities,” read a statement on the website of the No. 3 Grade School in Ruoqiang County in Xinjiang, according to the Virtual Jerusalem website.

“Students shall not participate in religious activities; they shall not study scripts or read poems at script and choir classes; they shall not wear any religious emblems; and no parent or others can force students to have religious beliefs or partake in religious activities,” another post on the website read.

Restaurants have been ordered to stay open in the province, including those owned and operated by Muslims, according to the Saudi Arabian Arab News website. Shops have been threatened with closure if they do not continue selling cigarettes and alcohol throughout the month of Ramadan.

According to the post, the ban is intended to “protect students’ well-being” and “prevent the use of schools and government offices from promoting religion.” But the ban may be adding fuel to a fire that is already beginning to blaze in the province against the Han ethnic majority in China, the largest such group in the country.

Dilxat Raxit, the Sweden-based leader of the Uighur people, however, warned in a statement last Friday, “The faith of the Uighurs has been highly politicized and the increase in controls could cause sharp resistance.” The second-largest ethnic group in China is comprised of the Uighurs, who largely identify with Islam. All told, there are some 56 recognized ethnic groups in the country.

“China’s goal in prohibiting religious fasting is to forcibly move Uighurs away from their Muslim culture during Ramadan,” said Raxit, a spokesperson for the exiled World Uighur Congress. “Policies that prohibit religious fasting are a provocation and will only lead to instability and conflict.”

The ruling party, which officially is atheist, is “encouraging” its members to avoid daytime fasting – a direct slap at the Islamic practice during Ramadan.

“They are extracting guarantees from parents, promising that their children won’t fast on Ramadan,” Raxit said in an interview with Radio Free Asia.

In December 2014, China prohibited the wearing of burkas – Islamic full-body, veiled robes – in public in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, referred to by some as East Turkestan. Some eight million Turkish-speaking Uighur Muslims populate the northwestern Xinjiang region, which has been autonomous since 1955, but remains subject to security restrictions by Chinese authorities.

Last month violence in a Xinjiang open air vegetable market left 43 people dead. A year ago 13 radical Islamic terrorists were killed in a clash with police. Attacks at train stations in Urumqi and in southwestern China were also blamed on Muslim extremists.

The most populous nation in the world, China is also the third largest country in size geographically. Its role as a leader in world politics as one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council is also bringing China to global prominence as well.

Up to this point, China has maintained a relatively low profile on the world stage with regard to the issue of terrorism driven by radical Islam. But its obvious return to the traditional Communist government intolerance for any religious practice, however – particularly timed to coincide with Ramadan — indicates a likely change in that attitude.

What remains to be seen is how local Muslims will respond to the whip, and whether – and how – fellow Muslims around the world will protest on their behalf.

Bloomberg Donates $100 Million to Cornell Campus of Technion University

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated the foundation carrying his name is donating $100 million towards a $2 billion the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, which is being developed with Israel’s Technion University.

The new campus is scheduled to open in 2017 and move from the small and temporary location since the Cornell-Technion project began two years ago. The new campus, to be called Bloomberg Center will cover 12 acres and accommodate approximately 2,000 students.

Cornell teamed up with Technion despite protests that the Ivy League university was tacitly supporting the “occupation.”

Giant Swastika Spread On San Francisco HS Football Field

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Anti-Semitism is alive and kicking in San Francisco, California.

A giant swastika was plastered on El Camino High School’s football field sometime after graduation last Friday, and stayed there, unnoticed, the entire weekend. Removable, snap-together tiles were linked together to construct the massive Nazi symbol of the Third Reich.

Assistant Principal Gary Gooch called the incident “dispiriting and disturbing,” telling the SFGate news site in an interview this week “it just really puts a damper on things.”

Gooch said police have launched an investigation into the incident. “It kind of boggles the mind that someone would do that,” he said.

“You hope it’s someone who has no idea what that means.”

Custodians only noticed the swastika when they arrived at the field on Monday. They immediately alerted school officials and then pulled it apart. But some residents had already seen the hateful symbol.

Brisbane resident Robin Belinsky, who is Jewish, certainly noticed it as she drove by the school; she stopped to snap photos and shoot video of the swastika on the field.

Although she said the community is one that is very “accepting,” she said “these types of incidents need to be brought to the public’s attention. Hate still happens.”

Belinsky said she remembers her own experiences with anti-Semitism as a child in school in Pacifica, and she wants to make sure her own child does not have to do the same.

Israel Parents’ Group Slams New Education Rules

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Israel’s national parent group has condemned new guidelines by the Education Ministry designed to ensure there will be no cheating on final exams.

The regulations call for student “lockdown” during the 45 minutes prior to the start of the Bagrut exams, which are similar to New York’s Regent exams.

Students will not be allowed to have access to their cell phones but will be allowed to study for the exams with regular study materials.

The National Parent Association stated its regret that the ministry chose not to consult or cooperate with its group. “The decision on the new guidelines is far-reaching and presents severe harm to students during their matriculation exams – the most sensitive and stressful time of their school year.”

Last week the Education Ministry explained that although officials realized the decision would cause “discomfort and unrest, and it is not perfect or ideal” the strategy had been reached “after examining all the other options, [and] analyzing the risks and chances they could be implemented.”

Ultimately, the ministry “found that this decision was the right one for the time being,” and maintained that “the rights of the students to take the matriculation exams be upheld.”

The lockdown strategy that is so vehemently being debated is designed ensure that students do not have time to access information about the exam while the questionnaire is being printed by school officials.

It comes in the wake of repeated incidents of cheating on the exams in various schools and population sectors.

This year’s questionnaire will be sent directly to the schools electronically via the Internet prior to the exam.

Nazis Continue to have their Evils Undone

Friday, May 15th, 2015

A brilliant German scientist was denied her doctorate back in 1938 because, as the daughter of a Jewish woman, she was ineligible as “a first-degree crossbreed,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

But now, at the age of 102, Inbeborg Rapoport will finally receive her doctorate for work on the infectious disease diphtheria, which was ravaging European and American children when she submitted her doctoral papers.

Rapoport was a student at the University of Hamburg, which declared itself “the first national-socialist institute of higher learning in the Reich,” and refused to allow her to complete her oral defense of her dissertation.

But now, almost eight decades later, Rapoport will finally receive her doctorate. Rapoport is already a doctor, having obtained a medical degree from Women’s Medical College in Philadelphia, after having arrived alone and penniless in the U.S. in 1938.

Rapoport has had quite the life – she fled Nazi Germany, came to the States and married an Austrian-Jew who came under suspicion as an active member of the Communist party, then fled the U.S. for Europe and now lives in Berlin.

Her son, a Harvard Medical School professor, was able to connect with the dean of the University of Hamburg’s medical school. After many obstacles, Rapoport finally was given – and passed – her oral defense of her dissertation and will receive the long-denied doctorate on June 9.

Rapoport will be the oldest person on record to receive a doctorate.

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