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August 29, 2015 / 14 Elul, 5775
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Joint Shin Bet, Customs Sting Foils Gaza’s Latest Smuggling Operation

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Cleared for publication: Smugglers were caught trying to sneak 2-ton rolls of fiberglass into Gaza in a joint sting carried out by General Security Services (Shin Bet) personnel and Israeli customs staff at the Nitzana border crossing.

The two teams worked together to prevent the smuggling earlier this month of the fiberglass, which is a prohibited item in the enclave.

Fiberglass is used as a raw material in the construction of long-range rockets, such as those that were fired at Israel’s major cities from Gaza last summer during Operation Protective Edge.

The fiberglass cylinders were discovered in a shipment that aroused the suspicion of customs workers due to its weight: the importer’s declaration stated the shipment was supposed to contain items of clothing and textiles. However, a closer inspection revealed the presence of the fiberglass rolls as well.

Shin Bet officials said they believe the fiberglass was intended for use by Gaza terrorists since these are used as a primary raw material in the manufacture of long-range rocket batteries.

A similar attempt was stymied last week as well at the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza, where fiberglass stocks were also found hidden among a shipment of school supplies that were intended for import into the enclave for the upcoming school year.

Legal action will be taken against the traffickers in both cases, Shin Bet officials said. Gaza terrorists attempt every way possible to smuggle in raw materials for terrorism, the security service emphasized, even through hiding the items in humanitarian supplies.

At the beginning of the year, cooperation between the Customs Administration Tax Authority and the General Security Service (Shin Bet) was important in thwarting dozens of attempts by terrorists to smuggle prohibited goods and materials in Gaza. The items included wetsuits (for underwater use by terrorists), polyurethane – which is used as rocket propellant – sulfur bars and special coal which is used to fuel furnaces for processing iron and other metals to produce rockets and other weapons.

Mengisto Family Protest Monday Seeks Son’s Release From Gaza

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

The family of Avraham Mengisto says it will speak out publicly and demonstrate Monday for the first time in an effort to free their son after 11 months of captivity in Gaza.

They have held their silence for nearly a year in order to allow talks with Hamas for their son’s release to proceed.

But the Ethiopian immigrant is not free, and there has been no progress despite the Israeli government’s ongoing request for the family to ‘stay quiet’ while negotiations continue.

On Monday, the family says it will hold a demonstration outside the Hadarim Detention Center to finally raise the national awareness on what has happened to their son.

The choice of venue is strategic, and poignant.

The family has scheduled its demonstration during visitation hours, when the families of Palestinian Authority Arab security prisoners are allowed to visit their own imprisoned sons.

Accompanying the Mengisto family will be Kibbutz Movement leader Yoel Marshak, who headed the campaign to free former kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, who was held hostage in Gaza for over five years.

The family is aware that this case is very different from that of Shalit.

For one thing, Mengisto was not kidnapped; he crossed directly into Gaza on his own two feet, of his own accord.

But more to the point, the 29-year-old Ashkelon man is known to be mentally ill. He did not serve in the IDF because of his condition, in fact.

Mengisto has still been held hostage in Gaza by Hamas anyway since crossing the border fence on September 8, 2014.

This is a strictly humanitarian case.

“We want to put pressure on Hamas using the families of the prisoners,” said a spokesperson for the family.

Hamas Fighter Confesses Details on Tunnels, Attack Plans

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

A Hamas fighter captured by Israel early in July has revealed a wealth of information about the terror group’s plans to attack civilians and soldiers in the Jewish State.

The arrest of Ibrahim Adel Shehadeh Sha’er, 21 was only cleared for release early Tuesday afternoon, however, after weeks of questioning.

Sha’er was captured in a joint operation by Israel Police and operatives from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), according to a release sent to Hebrew-language media.

A resident of Rafah, Sha’er revealed a great deal of information to his investigators, including details about Hamas emergency procedures.

Hamas has rebuilt much of its terrorist infrastructure since the end of last year’s Operation Protective Edge war in the region, he said, including its tunnel network.

Sha’er provided specific locations and routes of the tunnels, as well as digging sites in Rafah where tunnels start – including one that he said led to the Kerem Shalom Crossing into Israel.

He also shared details about the purpose of the new road built by Hamas along the security fence. Shin Bet was able to confirm, for instance, that the road was intended for use in a surprise attack on Israel that was to involve vehicles that were to have crossed the border.

A Hamas operative, Sha’er personally was involved in many different aspects of terrorist training that included combat, command, use of advanced weapons and explosives.

During the war he served in a logistics and support company that transported military equipment and explosives to fighters in the field. Sha’er was also directly involved in combat zones, planting anti-tank mines and carrying out observation in the field.

According to the report, Sha’er was also privy to information discussed by many Hamas senior officials. He revealed many details about the relationship between Hamas and Iran, who he said sent generous military aid to Gaza to strengthen the terror organization.

Iran has been sending money, advanced weaponry and electronic equipment to Gaza, including devices used to disrupt radio frequencies and help bring down Israeli reconnaissance drones flying above the enclave. Sha’er also claimed that Iran had trained Hamas operatives in how to fly para-gliders, with the hopes of using the novel equipment to infiltrate across Israel’s border.

The Hamas prisoner also provided information about the formation of elite units in the terrorist group, and their anti-tank, anti-aircraft and observation capabilities.

At present, he said, Hamas can view and film Israeli territory at a distance of three kilometers (approximately two miles) in from the border.

Sha’er provided more details about the changes in military strategy, logistics and unit formations since last summer’s war as well.

He told his interrogators that Hamas has indeed been confiscating materials for manufacture of weapons that are being permitted by Israel into the enclave – due to international pressure – for reconstruction of civilian homes and other infrastructure.

Civilians are once again being endangered, Sha’er said, as Hamas routinely stores explosives in residential structures – as it did prior to last summer’s war – in anticipation of air strikes by Israel on separate weapons storage sites.

An indictment against Sha’er was filed with the Be’er Sheva District Court on July 31, accusing the Hamas operative of membership and activity in an outlawed association, attempted murder, contact with a foreign agent, forbidden military training and additional various weapons offenses.

Hamas Proudly Presents Gaza Summer Camp ‘Graduates’

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization proudly held a Graduation Day ceremony a few days ago for the older division of its “summer camp” program.

The youths demonstrated their skills during a graduation ceremony of the military-style camp organized by Hamas, whose armed wing organizes Liberation Youth Camps for Gaza teens ages between 15 and 21.

 A Gaza teen exhibits his sniper skills at Hamas military summer camp.

This is the incubator in which children and youths are programmed to become the next generation of guerrilla fighters for the terrorist organization.

Palestinian youth demonstrate their skills during a graduation ceremony of a military-style camp organized by the Hamas terror organization. Hamas' armed wing organizes Liberation Youths Camps for young Palestinian Arabs aged between 15 and 21.

The “campers” were put through their paces to exhibit skills that ranged from learning hand-to-hand combat to how to aim and fire guns, jump through fiery hoops, climb ropes and walls, and camouflage themselves well enough to avoid detection.

Hamas also runs a similar military “summer camp” for children of younger ages as well — children as young as five years old.

Mortar Attack on Southern Israel, Code Red Alert Not Activated

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Jews living along the southern border of Israel were attacked by Palestinian Authority terrorists in Gaza late Friday afternoon but the Code Red incoming alert siren did not activate.

The residents were caught unawares when the shelling started.

One of the mortar shells landed in the Eshkol Regional Council district north of Kissufim, just east of Gaza, in an open field less than a kilometer (about half a mile) from the security fence.

Local officials reported no damage to property and no physical injuries to residents in the area.

At least one more projectile – either a Qassam rocket or another mortar shell – landed within Gaza territory, officials said.

Three rockets were fired at southern Israel by Gaza terrorists on Thursday night. All of them landed within Gaza, close to the security fence along Israel’s southern border, near the northern and central areas of the enclave.

As happened several days earlier as well, Code Red incoming rocket alert sirens were also not triggered by Thursday night’s rocket launch.

IDF soldiers were deployed to the area to search for shrapnel that may have landed on the Israeli side of the border nevertheless.

Hamas to Hang ‘Collaborator’ who Helped Israel

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Hamas is becoming more democratic. Instead of carrying out a summary street execution of criminals” who help Israel, this time the terrorist organization let its courts sentence a “collaborator” to death.

If the sentence is carried out, it will be the second execution that Hamas courts have approved this year, not counting several public killings carried out by the terrorist organization. Last year, a Hamas firing squad shot and killed six people in public, in front of a Gaza City mosque.

The latest victim was identified as “A.S.,” but no details of his collaboration were released.

Palestinian Authority law allows the death penalty for three types of crimes: drug trafficking, murder and helping the “Zionist enemy,” including selling property to a Jews.

Gaza informants help the IDF fight the Hamas terrorist regime and have been invaluable by tipping off authorities on planned terrorist attacks and locations of missile launchers.

Blast Kills Four Arabs and Injures Dozens in Gaza

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

A huge explosion in the southern Gaza city of Rafah killed at least four people and wounded more than 30 others Thursday.

Gaza sources reported that a family was removing debris from m their home that had been dropped last during Operation Protective Edge, when an unexploded bomb detonated.

The family reportedly was preparing to rebuild their home, but there was no explanation why it waited nearly 12 months after the latest war with Hamas ended before removing the debris.

It may be that the explosion was from an unexploded bomb, but no one should rule out that the cause may have been a “work accident” by terrorists.

The explosion occurred at the former home of Sheikh Attia Abu-Nakira, who Haaretz reported was a senior member of Hamas terrorist arm, euphemistically referred to as a “military wing.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/blast-kills-four-arabs-and-injures-dozens-in-gaza/2015/08/06/

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