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Another NY Man Pleads Guilty of Violence against Divorce-Refusers

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Another New York City man has pleaded guilty to being part of a group of men who used violent means in exchange for pay to force Jewish husbands to give their wives religious divorces.

Simcha Bulmash, 30, of Brooklyn pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Trenton, N.J., to participating in the extortion ring, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of $250,000 when he is sentenced in July. He remains out of jail on bail, which includes a $500,000 bond and GPS monitoring.

At least three other members of the ring have pleaded guilty in recent weeks and face the same punishments.

Several men, including two Orthodox rabbis, were arrested last October as part of an undercover FBI sting operation. The ring charged some $60,000 for its services.

The men allegedly kidnapped and beat up recalcitrant husbands until they agreed to the religious divorce.

Orthodox Jewish women cannot remarry without a get, or writ of divorce, granted by a rabbinical court, which requires the husband’s consent. Some husbands and wives withhold a get in order to gain more favorable terms for alimony or custody of children.

Libyan Prime Minister Kidnapped

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped on Thursday from the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli.

The kidnappers are reportedly from a former rebel group.

Turkey Warns Lebanon to Free Kidnapped Pilots

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Turkey has warned Lebanon, that if the two Turkish Airline pilots kidnapped last week aren’t released, it will damage the ties between the two countries, according to a report in the Lebanese Daily Star.

The Turkish pilot and copilot were kidnapped near the Rafik Hariri International Airport from the bus they were riding in from the airport. The group that kidnapped them are demanding the release of 9 Lebanese citizens kidnapped by the Syrian rebels. Turkey is a backer of the Syrian rebels.

The nine Lebanese citizens are Shiites who went through Syria on their way back from Iran. The Syrian kidnappers claim the nine are Hezbollah fighters.

Turkey has also asked for Iran’s assistance in getting the pilots released.

Lebanese authorities have one person is custody who they claim is involved in the kidnapping, and they say he has given up the names of his accomplices. The man is the son of one of the Lebanese men kidnapped in Syria.

The Syrian rebels kidnapped the nine men in an attempt to get Assad to release a woman he kidnapped.

Hezbollah has denied they are involved in the kidnapping, but say they are watching the situation very carefully.

UPDATED: Possible Kidnapping in Binyamin Area

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

8:19 pm The boy who was thought to be Ultra-Orthodox, turned out to be a Palestinian boy. The alert has been called off.

8:01 pm The Palestinian car has been spotted and stopped by the security chief of Alon, in Ayin Mavoah.

7:30 pm An Ultra-Orthodox boy who was hiking in the Alon area of the Binyamin was spotted in a Palestinian car. The car, a silver Kia, has fake license plates made of cardboard.

The boy was seen waving for help by residents of Alon.

IDF and security forces are currently searching for the vehicle and the boy.

Rabbi Uzi Meshulam (60)

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Rabbi Uzi Meshulam (60) died on Friday afternoon.

Meshulam was an activist who claimed that thousands of Yemenite babies were taken away from their families by the Israeli government when they were brought to Israel between 1948 and 1954 .

Meshulam’s activism escalated until it resulted in a standoff between Israeli police and Meshulam’s followers in 1994, which left one person dead, and 11 people arrested.

But the end result was that the government established the Cohen Committee in 1995 to uncover where the missing Yemenite children went.

The committee provided explanations for many of the disappearances, though a few cases remained unexplained, and are still open. The committee said there was no government conspiracy.

Abbas’s Threat and Denial at the WEF

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Today’s Haaretz quotes the president of the Palestinian Authority (elected in 2005 to a term that expired on January 15, 2009) Mahmoud Abbas speaking to the World Economic Forum meeting on the Jordanian shore of the Dead Sea this evening:

“Do you want us to abduct other Shalits? This is not part of our culture.”

There’s a context to the issuing of this threat. Abbas, the de facto head of one of the two Palestinian Arab statelets, devoted part of this evening’s speech to lamenting the refusal of Israel to negotiate on two specific issues: Palestinian Arab refugees, and Palestinian Arab prisoners.

On “refugees,” Abbas says the Israelis tell him “…only that we don’t want to talk about this issue.” And concerning prisoners, he says the Israeli side tells him “Why should we release these prisoners for free?’ [Source: Haaretz]

There’s a context as well to the difficulties that peace-loving Mahmoud Abbas keeps running into.

Six weeks ago, the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency laid out Abbas’s preconditions to getting into negotiations with the Israelis. In “Abbas tells Kerry: We are committed to peace“, they are listed as:

* “Settlements could not be tolerated, particularly Israel’s planned E1 settlement project which would divide the West Bank and isolate Jerusalem.”
* “There would be no return to negotiations without a settlement freeze… The PLO would only return to negotiations with Israel if it stopped building illegal settlements…”
* “…And released all prisoners, particularly those detained before the Oslo Accords were signed.”
* “Abbas also wants Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to present a map of the borders of a future Palestinian state before talks can resume… [He] wants to know, through a map to be presented by Benjamin Netanyahu to [US Secretary of State John] Kerry, what the prime minister’s view of a two-state solution would be, especially the borders…”
* “Any return to negotiations requires Netanyahu to agree on 1967 borders,” his political adviser Nimr Hammad said, referring in fact not to borders but to the 1949 ceasefire lines.

In that same week, a Jerusalem Post article “Kerry in another bid to get Israel, P.A. to talk” quoted two additional demands that Abbas has placed as preconditions to re-starting negotiations with Israel:

* “That Israel hand control over parts of Area C in the West Bank” to the P.A. “Under the terms of the Oslo Accords, Area C of the West Bank is under Israel’s exclusive control.”
* Israel must “promise to refrain from withholding Palestinians’ tax revenues in the future.”

None of these are put forward as the goals of peace negotiation. They are all pre-starting points, conditions to walking into the room.

Small wonder that even in the politest of diplomatic circles, Abbas sees no reason to refrain from the threat to carry out additional acts of hostage taking. It’s hard enough for the great man to live with the morale-boosting public opinion coup achieved by his despised rivals from Hamas when they secured the release of 1,027 seasoned terrorists, the large majority of them convicted of murder and conspiracy to murder.

It’s sadly familiar to hear Abbas invoking cultural values that reject kidnapping and hostage-taking while threatening to do exactly that. And worth noting that the Google search term “kidnapped by Palestinian” currently produces more than 660,000 hits.

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Israel Roots Out Hamas Cell in Hevron, Foils Kidnapping Plot

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The Israeli army and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet)  have arrested 20 Hamas terrorists in the Hevron area for trying to establish a regional headquarters, carry out terrorist attacks on Jewish soldiers and civilians and  kidnap a soldier.

Hamas terrorists planned to use the kidnap victim as barter to extract more terrorists being held in Israeli jails.

They were under the supervision of none other than Husam Badran, the Hamas terrorist who was one of more than 1,000 whom Israel freed more than a year ago in return for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit. Badran was deported to Qatar, where he stayed in touch with the Hevron area cell.

Soldiers and security agents found a large stash of rifles in the raid, which took place after several months of hard investigative work.

The Palestinian Authority officially is supposed to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure in Judea and Samaria, and the Obama administration constantly praised Abbas for his efforts, which in fact are usually limited to handing out tickets for violations and arresting criminals who are not part of the Palestinian Authority.

Mainstream media have largely ignored the exposure of the Hamas cell so far, instead headlining a United Nations “fact-finding” report demanding that Israel expel all Jews from Judea and Samaria as well as half of Jerusalem.

Rain Uncovers Gaza Terror Tunnel Inside Israel

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

The IDF discovered a terror tunnel inside Israel that originated from within the Gaza strip. The tunnel’s reached 100 meters inside Israel, and ended between Kibbutz Nir Oz and the Gaza security fence.

The IDF troops were on operational duty at the time near the southern Gaza border when they saw a section of ground that collapsed. Upon closer investigation it was discovered that a section of the ground over the tunnel had collapsed inward, apparently because of the rain.

The IDF is trying to determine when the tunnel was dug, and is looking at this as a very serious event, and very specifically as an attempt to commit a terror attack against Israeli civilians and the IDF.

The IDF tweeted that the large tunnel was similar to the tunnel used to kidnap Gilad Shalit in 2006.

There is also concern that there might be additional tunnels in the area that weren’t discovered.

On Monday, Abu Muhmad, spokesman for Islamic Jihad said that, “Kidnapping soldiers is the only way to free Palestinian prisoners from jail.”

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