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Gaza Digger Dies in Hamas Tunnel Collapse

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Another Gaza digger has died while working on a tunnel for the ruling Hamas terrorist organization. Hamas terrorist Anas Abu Lashin, 22, was identified as the worker who gave his life for military wing of the terrorist group, the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades, according to the WAFA news agency.

Abu Lashin was reportedly working on the tunnel in the al-Maghazi area in central Gaza at the time it collapsed, burying him alive.

More than a dozen Arab diggers have been killed in such cave-ins since the beginning of this year.

Terrorist tunnels honeycomb the entire region and have also been used to infiltrate under the borders of both Egypt and Israel for use in attacks, and to ferry arms, drugs and terrorists in and out of the territories.

Both Egypt and Israel have been working on various means to detect the subterranean infiltration efforts as well as come up with new ways to permanently block future tunnels.

Hana Levi Julian

Egyptian Court Denies Appeal, Sending Morsi to 20 Years in Prison

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Egypt’s Court of Cassation, the highest in that country’s judicial system, on Saturday rejected an appeal by ousted president Mohamed Morsi over a 20-year prison sentence in the Ittihadiya clashes case, Al Ahram reported on Saturday. With that, Morsi’s appeals in this case have been exhausted.

On December 5, 2012, clashes broke out outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace between Muslim Brothers and protesters that left 11 Egyptians dead. The protesters rejected a constitutional amendment issued by President Morsi on November 22, 2012, allowing him to issue any decision or law he wished, leaving all alternative authority without the power to oppose or revoke it. Video footage from the clashes showed Morsi supporters beating the protesters, even tying one up to the palace doors and torturing another.

The Ittihadeya clashes are regarded as the turning point in the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule in Egypt. The protests not only the denounced constitutional decree but also called for Morsi’s resignation. Six months later, Morsi was ousted by the military following mass demonstrations.

The ousted president is also appealing several other cases where he has been sentenced to death. This is the first case where he has exhausted all appeals. After his overthrow, Morsi faced several charges including inciting the killing of opponents protesting outside his palace, espionage for foreign militant groups including Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, for escaping Wadi el-Natroun Prison during the 2011 revolution prior to his election as president, for leaking classified documents to Qatar, and “insulting the judiciary.”

JNi.Media

Israeli UN Envoy: Stop Funding B’Tselem

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Israel’s UN envoy Danny Danon will call on the UN Security Council to suspend UN funding for the anti-Israeli NGO B’Tselem, Israel’s Army Radio reported Wednesday morning. In his speech before a special session of the UNSC on the Middle East, Danon will reveal the funding provided the leftwing NGO by the UN, blaming the latter for orchestrating attacks on Israel through this funding. “It is no coincidence that this specific organization is invited to speak at the UN, to damage the State of Israel,” Danon will tell the special Thursday session.

On a related topic, Danon announced on Tuesday a new “political struggle against aid money which is transferred to Hamas in Gaza.” He noted that intelligence reaching Israeli security forces points to a worrisome increase of humanitarian funds ending up in Hamas hands. “Today we launch a political war against funding Hamas terror infrastructure with money from aid organization,” Danon declared, adding, “We will not rest until the UN and the aid organizations keep track of every dollar being transferred to the Gaza Strip.”

Danon said that he had approached directly the UN secretary-general regarding the creation of control mechanisms to stop the leakage of funds into the hands of Hamas. He also called on international aid organizations to do the same. In recent months, Israeli security forces detained two Arab officials of international aid groups who confessed to diverting tens of millions of dollars in aid money to Hamas. Israel has reported that Hamas invests $110 million annually in constructing terror tunnels, using, among other sources, International aid money.

“We must put an end to the unacceptable phenomenon whereby the international community believes it is funding hothouse construction while, in reality, the money goes to digging tunnels and buying arms,” the envoy said.

At the same time, Danon also praised the forum of donor countries to the Palestinian Authority, whose annual meeting is coming up, saying “Israel welcomes the contribution of these countries to the Palestinian Authority and sees great value in it.”

JNi.Media

Hamas Test-Fires New Long-Range Rocket at Mediterranean

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

The Hamas rulers of Gaza launched a long-range missile on Monday in a test-fire that was aimed at the Mediterranean Sea, Israel’s Channel 2 television news reported.

Residents of Israel’s Gaza Belt communities reported hearing the explosion from the test-fire, according to the report.

Hamas test-launches into the Mediterranean are not new, nor is the existence of a long-range rocket. A long-range rocket — albeit a rather primitive model — was introduced on the scene two years ago during the terrorist group’s last war with Israel, Operation Protective Edge.

Earlier this month, Gaza terrorists launched two rocket attacks against southern Israel.

One of the short-range rockets exploded in the nearby Jewish town of Sderot, landing in a road and just missing several residential buildings. At least one resident was treated for severe trauma although no one was physically injured.

The second rocket landed in an open area, also fairly close to Gaza. No injuries or property damage were reported in the second attack.

Israeli air and artillery forces retaliated for the attacks, striking Hamas terrorist targets in northern and southern Gaza.

Hana Levi Julian

3 Wanted Terror Fugitives Captured Overnight

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Israeli security forces captured three wanted Arab fugitives late Monday night in operations carried out in Judea and Samaria.

Two of the arrested suspects were taken into custody in connection with terrorist activities and violence against civilians and security personnel.

One suspect was detained in Jenin, and two more were arrested in Hebron, including one member of the Gaza-based Hamas terrorist organization.

All of the suspects were transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Announces Heavy Fines for Gaza Smugglers

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has instructed the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) to ramp up oversight of materials entering the Gaza Strip. Major General Yoav Mordechai, commander of COGAT, said Thursday that the order was given in order to prevent raw materials requiring security clearance from reaching the Hamas-led canton.

“Any attempt to smuggle dual-use materials into Gaza without coordinating the shipments with [Israeli] security officials raises strong concerns that the materials are willingly being provided to terror operatives,” said Mordechai in a statement Thursday. ”The only goal these groups have is to harm the security of Israeli civilians. The responsibility for [preventing] smuggling does not only fall on the people ordering the materials, but also on [Israeli] companies and on truck drivers who transport the material that is intended for terrorism into Gaza.”

Liberman also said that companies that help smuggle materials into the Strip will be fined. At least one telecommunications firm has been advised that it will be fined hundreds of thousands of shekels for attempting to smuggle communications and fiber-optic cables. Defense officials believe the materials were intended for terror elements in the Strip.

Up to now, prohibited materials were confiscated at Gaza entry points, and truck drivers received warnings. The new policy was adopted following consultations with COGAT, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), the Land Border Crossings Authority of the Defense Ministry, Israel police and legal scholars.

The new policy calls for stiff penalties against all levels of the smuggling chain, from company administrators down to truck drivers. Possible sanctions include impounding trucks used for smuggling attempts, including the cargo. Fines for smuggling could reach approximately NIS 1 million (US $261,730). Used car parts will also be banned from the Strip, after security forces discovered parts in shipments that could be used to build a 4X4 jeep to be used by terror groups.

“We will hit back strongly and will not allow anyone to avoid responsibility. [We will try to ensure that] aiding terror simply does not pay,” Mordechai added.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israeli Secret Service Nets Hamas Terrorist Who Plotted Suicide Bombing

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

An operation of the GSS in collaboration with the central unit of Jerusalem Police has led to the arrest a month ago of Mohammad Fawaz Ibrahim Joulani, an Israeli resident living in the Shuafat refugee camp, on suspicion of plotting serious terror attacks, the GSS revealed in a statement Tuesday morning.

Joulani’s interrogation revealed that the man, a member of Hamas, has committed to carry out attacks for Hamas officials in Gaza with whom he was communicating over the Internet. Joulani was asked to recruit more activists and shared with his operators in Gaza the names of a few individuals.

The Joulani interrogation revealed he and his Hamas bosses considered the following violations:

1. Kalashnikov shooting attack at the Hizmah checkpoint.

2. Integrated bomb attack at a Jerusalem store where he had worked in 2011.

3. Throwing a pipe bomb at a checkpoint in the Shuafat refugee camp.

4. Bomb attacks in central areas of Jerusalem such as the central bus station or the Malha Mall, which were rejected due to increased security in these locations.

Finally they decided on a suicide bombing in a bus at the Pisgat Zeev neighborhood near Joulani’s home.

Joulani was directed to collect a large quantity of materials he would use to produce explosives, as well as nails, batteries and other components for an improvised explosive device. Joulani turned in his stash after his arrest.

Joulani was told that the date for his suicide bombing would be the Holiday of the Sacrifice, which fell on Sept. 12-15 2016. The date was picked so that the attack would not result in the closing off of the Temple Mount to Muslim worshipers.

Joulani was sent to Hebron to pick up about 7,000 shekels (about $1,845) to finance his attack. He wrote a will and scanned it, but was unable to email it to his operators due to technical failure.

The interrogation has also revealed that Joulani had planned to carry out a knife attack in Pisgat Zeev last year, but had a change of heart because he became concerned that his parents’ home would be demolished as punishment.

The GSS also picked up Joulani’s relatives Mohammad Robin Joulani and Iyad Joulani, who admitted to concealing weapons.

The GSS investigation exposed the ongoing effort on the part of Hamas in Gaza to initiate serious attacks in Israel, using Israeli residents with an easy access in and out of the green line.

David Israel

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