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French Begin to Deport Radical Muslims

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The French Interior Ministry announced Monday the deportation of two Islamists, adding that it is planning to expel three more, in the wake of the killing of seven people by an Islamic extremist.

The statement by Interior Minister Claude Gueant said these were part of “an acceleration of the deportation procedures of foreign Islamic radicals.”

The Interior Ministry is also planning to start deportation proceedings against an imam of Saudi nationality, a Tunisian radical Islamist and an imam from Turkey.

The ministry cited provisions in French law which “allow this type of decision with regards the ‘urgent need for state security or public safety’ or ‘conduct likely to harm the fundamental interests of the state.'”

Other expulsions will take place soon, said the statement.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Saudis Might Support Israeli Strike on Iran

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Forbes’ Peter Cohan cites a weapons dealer who thinks that this June Israel will be using a Saudi air base for an attack on Iran’s nuclear site.

Why would Saudi Arabia support Israel instead of attacking it? Cohan asks and answers – Because Saudi Arabia is dominated by Sunnis, while Iran’s ayatollahs are the Sunni’s sworn enemies – the Shi’ites. His source believes that Saudi Arabia’s rage against the Shi’ites exceeds its dislike of its Jewish neighbors.

He may be exaggerating about Saudi rage, but he’s on the money about Saudi fears. If you think Israel is concerned about the Iranian bomb, wait until you listen to the Gulf states’ view on the notion that a nuclear Iran will be dominating their region.

Cohan’s source also says Israel is planning to occupy southern Lebanon again, concurrent with its attack on Iran, in order to take control of the millions of missiles that Iran has stationed there.

And the U.S. will not be an innocent bystander, Cohan completes his doomsday-in-June prediction. His source believes that U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan to support the Israeli attack on Iran.

So, do your shopping early, pick up that book you’ve been meaning to finish, be extra nice to your spouse and kids – because, come June, life as we know it might get way complicated.

Jewish Press Staff

Going To War Against Anti-Israel Hackers

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

The real heroes of our age are pencil-protector geeks. They sit at home, behind their keyboards, determining the rules of the game that you and I live by – and we trust them to do so. They love toys. They love games. They enjoy battle. They are at the forefront of the cyber war that is enveloping the world.

And then there are the wannabees.

Worms. Viruses. They made headline news and were front-page stories. Now come the hackers. Banks, stock exchanges, airlines, private Facebook pages – nothing is sacred and nothing is safe.

Most hackers are just an inconvenience. Yes, some of the damage they do can be serious and they must be found and punished for their actions. But run-of-the-mill computer pranksters are called “script kiddies” by serious hackers.

The reason for the term is that they only follow the directions of hacking. They use tools found online for free. They do not buy, build or create software to hack. They hate to pay for anything. They hack for the fun of it. They often hack for the irritation they give and the glory they get from their friends. They are hacker groupies.

So far, most of the hacking that disables servers – and frightens most people with a credit card – has been nothing more than a minor inconvenience. A self-proclaimed Saudi hacker called OxOmar was said to have stolen 400,000 Israeli credit cards and identification numbers. In the end it was 20,000 and he actually only gathered them from sites that had collected the information from merchants who have very poor security. OxOmar did not hack the Israeli banks. And getting private information on people is equivalent to kindergarten hacking, not post graduate work.

Israel’s Tel Aviv Stock Exchange website was hacked, as was Israel’s national airline, El Al. Once again, a very important distinction must be made. It is the websites that were hit, not the data banks. Yes, they should have been better protected, but websites are full of content, not data.

As one analyst described it, websites are like bulletin boards with lots of post-its. Someone just came and took down your material and put up his own insulting and graphic messages. The really important and valuable material stayed in the safe.

Script-kiddie hacking is a form of vandalism akin to graffiti. There’s no thievery and no other invasion – like viruses and worms – occurs.

There are professional and highly paid hackers who have the backing of industry and governments. They are the IT geeks tasked with the responsibility of developing software to access vaults. The technology they develop costs untold millions of dollars to develop.

They job of these professionals is to make certain the national electric grid is safe and the communication networks are secure.

They work quietly and behind the scenes. They are not headline grabbers like OxOmar, the Saudi hacker whose stated goal is to hurt Israel. OxOmar says he is a hacker and this is what he knows and how he can achieve his goal. He has joined forces with a group of pro-Palestinian hackers called Nightmare and they have begun their attack.

Not a day goes by without an Israeli website being assaulted. Israel’s allies have also been targeted. Azerbaijan has been attacked. The material posted by these hackers on Azerbaijanian websites emphasize that Azerbaijan has chosen to be friendly with Israel and the United States. Azerbaijan has responded by saying that some people are jealous of its success. And that is exactly correct.

It was the level of amateurism displayed by their enemies that so annoyed many Israeli hackers who under normal circumstances would have let things be and considered these hacking episodes as nothing more than children’s games. But Nightmare and OxOmar have announced they are unstoppable and can and will wreak havoc on Israel, making life miserable for Israeli society unless Israel apologizes for a slew of historical events.

Israel has to hit the hackers back. And they will hit back. The Israelis, by virtue of the situation, will take it up a notch. Israeli professionals will have to search for these anti-Israel amateurs and destroy their ability to hack. They will dismantle their systems and unmask them. Anonymity is what hackers need more than anything else.

There is no doubt that warfare is changing. But there is still a need to defend and to intimidate. Countries like the United States and Israel must make it clear that it is not worth the price of breaking into their computer systems.

True hacking is a game for grown-ups. True hacking save lives and saves money, it doesn’t hurt unknowing and uninvolved individuals for the sake of saying “Look at me, see what I can do.”

Micah D. Halpern is a columnist and a social and political commentator. The author, most recently, of “Thugs,” he maintains The Micah Report (www.micahhalpern.com).

Micah D. Halpern

Cyber Attacks UPDATE: Pro-Israel hacker strikes Saudi Arabian Weather Site

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Pro-Israel hackers struck the Saudi Arabian meteorological website Thursday.

A message was left on the website, saying “this is only the beginning. What does the Saudi hacker 0x0mar have to say now?”

0xOmar is the anti-Israel hacker that released the details of thousands of Israel credit cardholders, which marks the initiation of what has turned into an Arab-Israel cyber war.

Jewish Press Staff

Bank of Israel: 15,000 Stolen Credit Cards Will Be Protected

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

The Bank of Israel assured the 15,000 Israelis whose credit card numbers were posted online by a group of Saudi hackers they they will not have to pay for fraudulent charges on their cards.

The group initially boasted posting approximately 400,000 Israeli credit card numbers on the One sports website.  However, the Bank of Israel has determined the numbers is closer to 15,000, – 6,600 Isracard users, 4,400 Cal credit card users  and 4,000 Leumi Card users.

Army Radio reported that the hackers told One readers to use the cards to make purchases, saying more account information would be published in the future.

The Bank of Israel confirmed that victims of the hack would be protected by the Debit Card Law against making payments on items purchased through fraud.  Credit card companies have taken steps to freeze the compromised accounts, block the use of the cards, and to contact the owners so new cards can be issued.  Victims of the theft will be compensated.

The credit card numbers may have been stolen from coupon websites.  Investigations are ongoing.

Malkah Fleisher

Israeli Pencils Touch Off Saudi Scandal

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

A scandal has led to the investigation of the Saudi Ministry of Commerce by Saudi authorities, who discovered a well-known Saudi discount store selling recycled-wood pencils made by Israel’s Kravitz office and stationary supply store chain.

The pencils were for sale with the Kravitz logo in Hebrew, and were reported on the Saudi website Jazan.  Whilte they are sold for approximately $1.30 in Israel, they are going for only 53 cents in Saudi Arabia. Kravitz is the biggest manufacturer of office supplies in Israel.

Kravitz could not explain the event, and said no pencils appeared to be missing from their supply.

Malkah Fleisher

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

J Street Helping PA

In Its Bid For Statehood
 
   The left-wing Jewish lobby J Street has been aiding the Palestinian Authority in its bid to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state at the United Nations, according to PA officials speaking to WorldNetDaily.
 
   The officials said J Street has been helping the PA set up Capitol Hill meetings with mostly Democratic lawmakers in a search for diplomatic support for its UN statehood move. J Street did not return e-mail and phone requests for comment.
 
   J Street’s founder and president, Jeremy Ben-Ami, has acknowledged receiving seed money from left-wing billionaire activist George Soros. The group also has come under fire for accepting funds from numerous Arab sources as well as pro-Arab organizations.
 
   J Street states on its website that it seeks to “promote meaningful American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts peacefully and diplomatically.”
 

   The lobby group supports talks with Hamas. The group has also opposed sanctions against Iran and is harshly critical of Israeli offensive anti-terror military actions.

 

Weiner’s Mother-In-Law

Tied To Terrorist Charities
 
   The mother of Huma Abedin, Hillary’s Clinton’s chief of staff, has represented a Saudi-funded Muslim charity accused of terrorism financing and ties to al Qaeda. Huma is the wife of former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York.
 
   Huma’s mother is Saleha Mahmood Abedin, an associate professor of sociology at Dar Al-Hekma College in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
 
   Abedin has reportedly represented the Muslim World League, or MWL, a Saudi-financed charity that has spawned Islamic groups accused of terror ties. One of the groups was declared by the U.S. government to be an official al Qaeda front.
 
   In February 2010, Clinton spoke in Saudi Arabia at Abedin’s college, where she was first introduced by Abedin and then praised the work of the terror-tied professor:
 
   Saleha Abedin has been quoted in numerous press accounts as both representing the MWL and serving as a delegate for the charity.
 
   The MWL was founded in Mecca in 1962 and bills itself one of the largest Islamic non-governmental organizations. But according to U.S. government documents and testimony from the charity’s own officials, it is heavily financed by the Saudi government.
 
   The MWL has been accused of terror ties, as have its various offshoots, including the International Islamic Relief Organization, or IIRO, and Al Haramain, which was declared a terror financing front by the U.S. and UN.
 
   Indeed, the Treasury Department, in a September 2004 press release, alleged Al Haramain had “direct links” with Osama bin Laden. The group is now banned worldwide by United Nations Security Council Committee 1267.
 
   There have long been reports citing accusations that the IIRO and MWL also repeatedly funded al Qaeda. In 1993, bin Laden reportedly told an associate that the MWL was one of his three most important charity fronts.
 
   The MWL in 1988 founded the Al Haramain Islamic Foundation, developing chapters in about 50 countries, including for a time in Oregon until it was designated a terror organization.
 
   In the early 1990s, evidence began to grow that it was funding Islamist militants in Somalia and Bosnia, and a 1996 CIA report detailed its Bosnian militant ties.
 
   The U.S. Treasury designated Al Haramain’s offices in Kenya and Tanzania as sponsors of terrorism for their role in planning and funding the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in East Africa. The Comoros Islands office was also designated because it “was used as a staging area and exfiltration route for the perpetrators of the 1998 bombings.”
 
   The New York Times reported in 2003 that Al Haramain had provided funds to the Indonesian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, which was responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people. The Indonesia office was later designated a terrorist entity by the Treasury.
 
   In September 2004, the U.S. designated Al Haramain a terrorist organization. In June 2008, the Treasury Department applied the terrorist designation to the entire Al Haramain organization worldwide.
 
   In August, 2006, the Treasury Department also designated the Philippine and Indonesian branch offices of the MWL-founded IIRO as terrorist entities “for facilitating fundraising for al Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups.”
 
   In the 1980s, Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law, ran the Philippines offices of the IRRO. Khalifa has been linked to Manila-based plots to target the pope and U.S. airlines.
 
   The IRRO has also been accused of funding Hamas, Algerian radicals, Afghanistan militant bases and the Egyptian terror group Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya.
 
      In a court case in Canada, Arafat El-Asahi, the Canadian director of both the IIRO and the MWL, admitted the charities are near entities of the Saudi government.
 

   Nonetheless, despite its offshoots being implicated in terror financing, the MWL itself has never been designated as a terror-financing charity by the U.S. government. Many have speculated that the U.S. is trying not to embarrass the Saudi government.

 

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

Aaron Klein

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