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Israeli Citizen Arrested, Accused of Support for ISIS

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

by Andrew Friedman Shin Bet intelligence agents and Israel Police said Wednesday that an Israeli citizen, currently residing in the Arab city of Jaljulia, of providing support for ISIS (Da’esh) and planning to join the terrorist group.

The man, a minor at the time of his alleged offense, was detained after security officials received detailed information indicating he was planning to travel to Syria to join the terrorist group.

Investigators said the man had become increasingly religious recently, while also maintaining connections with ISIS fighters in Syria. The suspect told individuals in Syria that he wanted to join the Islamic State (ISIS) organization.

Investigators also searched for and uncovered illegal weapons in the suspect’s possession, including Uzi submachine guns and Glock semi-automatic pistols. He also photographed himself firing the weapons into the air. Investigators also found a large number of photographs allegedly proving his support for ISIS and his weapons business.

Last month, three residents of Taibe were arrested and confessed during interrogation that they supported ISIS, planned to go to Syria and had dug weapons-smuggling tunnels underneath the Israeli security fence that runs along areas of Judea and Samaria.

The Shin Bet said in a statement that the security service views support for ISIS by Israeli citizens who are still in the country, and those Israeli citizens who have managed to already reach Syria, as a serious security threat. The domestic intelligence agency said that all available means are being used to find [these individuals] and thwart the threat they pose, including charging them with terrorism and other security-related offenses.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

ISIS Affiliated Syrians Fire on IDF Patrol on Golan Heights

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

A group of four armed men, reportedly connected to the Islamic State, opened fire across the Syrian border at an IDF patrol in the southern Golan Heights early Sunday.

Soldiers returned fire and killed the attackers, and Israeli fighter jets attacked targets inside Syria.

No injuries to Israeli forces were reported.

In addition, a mortar hit the area, but it is not clear if the shell landed on the Israeli or Syrian side of the border. IDF officials said they believe the incidents were part of the Syrian civil war and hit Israel in error.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement that “the IDF will not tolerate any violation of Israel’s sovereignty and will respond harshly to any attempt to violate it.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Egypt’s President El-Sisi Narrowly Misses Assassination, Twice

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi narrowly missed losing his life in two recently thwarted assassination attempts, according to a report Sunday by MENA, the Egyptian state news agency.

The attempts on el-Sisi’s life were planned by operatives from the Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization, and were to be carried out during a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, and in Egypt.

Also on the list for murder was the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Nayef, according to the indictments submitted by the Egyptian state prosecutor to a military tribunal in connection with the plots.

The indictments charged 292 suspects with helping to establish 22 terrorist cells affiliated with the ISIS-linked terror group in the Sinai Peninsula. The operatives charged in the plots received their instructions from senior ISIS figures, according to the Al Ahram news outlet.

Hana Levi Julian

ISIS Urges Lone Wolf Attack at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

The Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization once again is urging Muslims to carry out vehicle terror attacks, this time suggesting the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York would be an “excellent target.”

The latest issue of Rumiyah, the magazine produced by ISIS, included photos of the parade. An article suggesting the event would make a good target also described in graphic detail how to carry out such an attack, explaining that one can achieve the murder of more people with the use of high speed and a large truck. One must carry it out, however, “solely to please Allah.”

Macy’s said in a statement that it is working together closely with the New York Police Department in a security plan for the parade, and that safety is the top priority for the event.

According to the New York Post, however, there’s no credible threat against the parade.

Moreover, New York Police Department officials told reporters at a news conference Monday the department’s been preparing for such an attack ever since the terror group struck the southern French city of Nice. But NYPD is not limiting its defense of the city to only one type of attack.

NYPD Deputy Director of Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism John Miller said the department is planning for the parade “with a complex counterterrorism overlay….

“After the Nice attacks in France where a truck rammed into crowds at Bastille Day celebrations, the NYPD took a very proactive stance,” he said. “The Intelligence Bureau identified 181 locations that rent trucks to the public in the metropolitan area,” he said.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab-Israeli Couple Arrested, Accused of Joining ISIS

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

by Ilana Messika The District Attorney in the Northern District Court in Haifa filed indictments Thursday against an Arab-Israeli couple accused of visiting an enemy country and joining the ISIS (Da’esh) terrorist organization.

Wisam and Sabrin Zabeidat of the northern Galilee community of Sakhnin were detained at Ben Gurion International Airport on September 22 upon their return from Iraq with their three children.

Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) investigators said that prior to their departure on a family holiday in June 2015, the couple watched ISIS videos and TV programs. After traveling to Romania with their children, they proceeded to Turkey by car, where a resident of the Israeli Arab village of Umm al-Fahm helped smuggle the family across the Turkish border with Syria.

The family was taken by ISIS near the Syria-Turkey border and their Israeli passports confiscated. Wisam Zabeidat was separated from his family and sent to Iraq, where he received both military training and religious indoctrination about the ideology of ISIS. Following his training, Wisam took part in operational activities of ISIS such as defending the Islamic State facilities and raids on Iraqi army positions. During one raid, he injured his leg and was treated at a hospital in Mosul.

The investigation also revealed details about unsanitary living conditions under ISIS rule. The family lived in crowded homes, often with patients suffering a variety of serious diseases, and often without access to water, electricity, food or medical care. According to reports, the children were scheduled to begin military training at the age of eight.

On June 2016, a year after their departure, the couple decided to return to Israel due to worsening conditions in Iraq. They tried to cross the border into Turkey several times and by various methods, made difficult by the extensive smuggling network that controls the passages. During one attempt they were fired upon by both the Turkish army and ISIS. Eventually, the family made it back to Turkey, but they were arrested by Turkish police and sent to a detention camp before being released after several days. The family then flew to Ben Gurion International Airport, where they were arrested upon arrival.

Statistics released in July 2016 show that many Israeli Arabs have been arrested for attempting to join the Islamic State (ISIS / Da’esh) terrorist group. More than 40 Israeli citizens have joined ISIS in the last two years, according to the Shin Bet intelligence agency, and the group has had important influence on several terror attacks in Israel in recent months. For example, the two Palestinian Authority Arab cousins who carried out a shooting attack at the Tel Aviv Sarona market were inspired by ISIS, although they had not apparently received any direct assistance or operational guidance from the group.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

100 ISIS Terrorists Dead in Egyptian Bombing Campaign

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Egyptian fighter pilots struck and killed 100 ISIS terrorists and wounded at least 40 others in a concentrated three-hour bombing campaign before dawn on Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula.

The air strikes came in retaliation for a terror attack Friday by the ‘Sinai Province’ branch of ISIS that left 20 Egyptian soldiers dead, Sky News Arabic service reported.

“The blood of the nation of Egypt was spilled in the sands of Sinai only increases the desire and determination to complete the campaign (against the terrorists),” President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said Friday in a post on his Facebook page intended to console the bereaved families of the killed Egyptian soldiers.

Saudi Arabia led a list of Arab nations who condemned the ISIS attack on the Egyptian soldiers.

Speaking to local reporters, el-Sisi emphasized, “The war against ISIS in Sinai will be long, but the ability to fight them has improved and the weapons used to fight them have also gotten better.”

The Egyptian Air Force struck well-known terror targets throughout the Sinai Peninsula, including weapons storehouses and military vehicles used by terror groups, the Egyptian military said in a statement.

Air strikes were aimed at terrorist targets in northern Sinai cities that included Rafah, el-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid. Various weapons were captured from the terrorists, including more than 260 different types of assault rifles, the Egyptian Interior Ministry noted.

Israel military leaders have said they expect an attack some time within the next few months on the southern border by the same terrorists, called Wilayat Sinai in Arabic.

The group took responsibility for downing a Russian Metrojet passenger jet in October 2015, killing all 224 passengers on board after departure from the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Preparations by the Israel Defense Forces have been underway for some time to create an effective defense against the expected assault. The group has amassed an arsenal in the Sinai, just about 50 miles from Israel’s southern border, including at least one Egyptian M60 battle tank, and a number of Russian-made Kornet anti-tank missiles, each with a range of 3 miles.

Hana Levi Julian

Prominent Jordanian Christian Writer Shot to Death Outside Courthouse for Sharing ‘Allah’ Cartoon on Facebook

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

A 56-year-old Jordanian Christian writer was shot to death outside a courthouse in Amman on Sunday as he prepared to face trial on charges of giving offense to Allah, the Jordanian state news agency Petra reported on Sunday.

Nahed Hattar was being charged for sharing a cartoon on his Facebook page that portrayed Allah in a manner that was considered offensive to Islam. The cartoon was titled, “God of Da’esh” — the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State terrorist organization.

It showed an Arab sheikh, “Abu Saleh” lying smoking in bed in a tent labeled “Paradise” with two women, directing Allah to clear the dishes, bring him wine and cashews, get a “servant” to clean the floor and put a door on the tent and knock before entering the next time.

Hattar explained he was sharing the cartoon to ridicule “terrorists and how they imagine Allah and paradise,” saying that “it does not insult Allah in any way.” He removed the cartoon from his Facebook page and apologized for posting it after it triggered a firestorm of outrage on social media from conservative Muslim Jordanians.

Jordan’s highest official religious fatwa authority had condemned Hattar for what it said was an “insult to the divine entity, Islam and religious symbols.”

Hattar was shot three times by an unidentified bearded gunman in his fifties wearing a traditional Arab dishashada — a garment worn by deeply observant Sunni Salafi Muslims who shun a Western lifestyle, according to international news agencies.

The shooter was alleged by a security source to be a 39-year-old Muslim preacher from a mosque in Amman. He was arrested “and investigations are ongoing,” according to Petra.

The shooting was immediately condemned by the Jordanian Government. Spokesperson Mohammad Momani said in a statement that followed the murder, “The law will be strictly enforced on the culprit who did this criminal act and will hit with an iron fist anyone who tries to harm state of law.”

Hattar had said he believed his Islamist opponents were using the cartoon and the outrage it triggered to settle their political scores with him. The writer was a supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and an activist fighting political, radical Islam. He was arrested August 13 and charged with contempt of religion and incitement of sectarian strife.

Jordan has been struggling to contend with internal struggles between its secular, moderate and extremist Islamist sectors, as well as the internecine conflicts arising between Jordanian citizens and Syrian refugees.

The growing majority of Arabs from the Palestinian Authority has also become a growing factor in the rising discontent of various factions. This population is comprised of those who fled their homes and moved to Jordan during the 1967 Six Day War as well as their children, grandchildren and great-children.

Hana Levi Julian

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