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January 23, 2017 / 25 Tevet, 5777

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ADL Issues Security Advisory as FBI Investigating Threats to JCCs

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Wednesday issued a security advisory to Jewish institutions nationwide following a series of bomb threats to Jewish community centers in at least 17 states. ADL said it is closely monitoring the situation and has been in touch with federal and local law enforcement across the country.

Federal authorities, for their part, say they’re investigating the threats. An FBI Washington headquarters statement Wednesday said the agency and the Justice Department’s civil-rights division are investigating “possible civil rights violations in connection with threats.” The statement did not specify the threats beyond their being a violation of civil rights (and not terrorism, for instance).

The ADL said it received reports of bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Delaware, Connecticut, Alabama, California, Maine, Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri, Texas and Kansas.

“Although so far these threats do not appear to be credible, we are recommending that Jewish communal institutions review their security procedures and remain in close contact with law enforcement,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “While each incident needs to be taken seriously and investigated closely, thus far we are not aware of any of these threats being substantiated.”

The ADL also issued an additional security advisory on reports from several companies and businesses around the country which have received anti-Semitic faxes in recent days.

For the benefit of our younger readers: a fax (short for facsimile), sometimes called telecopying or telefax (the latter short for telefacsimile), is the telephonic transmission of scanned printed material (both text and images), normally to a telephone number connected to a printer or other output device. A telephone is the instrument your parents used before the invention of the smartphone.


Germany Blames Israeli Presence in Judea, Samaria for Continued Conflict with Palestinian Authority

Monday, January 16th, 2017

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier took a shot at Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria on Monday (Jan. 16), telling reporters in Brussels prior to a meeting of European Union officials “the basis of … negotiations [between Israel and the Palestinian Authority] cannot be undermined by construction of settlements.

“It is difficult but there is no alternative,” he said.

Steinmeier also said that both sides have to be willing to “create results” in order for Israel and the PA to co-exist peacefully.

“Everybody knows that the security situation in Israel is part of that,” he said, but referred back to language seen in the UN Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) as the only way to reach those results.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini later told reporters the European body opposes the Trump administration’s promise to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Hana Levi Julian

Stoning Terrorist Attacks in Judea, the Jordan Valley

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Palestinian Authority terrorists were out in force again Sunday night attacking Jews as the international community gathered to show its support for PA leader Mahmoud Abbas and its willingness to throw Israeli citizens under the bus in the process. A number of terrorists took the Paris proceedings at their figurative word much more literally.

Arab terrorists attacked an Israeli bus Sunday night as it traveled Highway 60 in Judea, between the Palestinian Authority village of Beit Omar and the Jewish community of Karmei Tzur, heading south towards Kiryat Arba-Hebron.

A second Israeli bus was also attacked in a different area, near the Arab village of Uja — in the Jordan Valley — as the driver was traveling along Highway 90 south of Kibbutz Niran.

The Hatzolah emergency response service of Judea and Samaria reported that none of the passengers were physically injured in either attack.

However, the status of the vehicles remains unclear.

Hana Levi Julian

Morocco Bans Burqas, Probably for Security Reasons

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Moroccan Burqa manufacturers and retailers were issued written warnings this week of their obligation to cease making and/or selling the garment,” Morocco World News reported, adding that those businesses were “further instructed to get rid of their burqa stock or convert it within 48 hours, or risk confiscation of all goods.”

Clearly, by ordering the burqas to be “converted” the government means them to be turned less modest, rather than dumping them on the followers of another religion.

Moroccan news outlet Le360 speculated that the ban reflects security concerns, “since bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes.”

Representatives of the Moroccan Interior Ministry visited markets to hand-deliver the written notices to vendors and tailors. Le360 published a copy of the notice, which warns: “Based on observations by the authorities, we notice that you sell burqas – and so we call on you to get rid of the products of this outfit within 48 hours and refrain from selling it in the future.”

Obviously, they mean business.

“We have taken measures to completely ban the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all cities and towns in the kingdom,” a senior official at the Ministry of Interior told Le360.

According to the Independent, the ban is understood to apply only to burqas that cover a woman’s full-face, while most Moroccan women wear only headscarves without the niqab (veil).


Jerusalem Municipality Posting Security Barriers along Armon Hanatziv Promenade

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

The Jerusalem municipality has begun a project to install stone barriers along the promenade of Armon Hanatziv in the neighborhood of East Talpiot, where on Sunday an Arab terrorist rammed his semi-trailer into a crowd of IDF soldiers, killing four, News 0404 reported Tuesday morning.

The stone barriers will prevent heavy vehicles from climbing on the sidewalk.

The municipality has erected a metal fence along the sidewalk as a temporary measure.

David Israel

Reports: Truck Murderer Was Released Security Prisoner

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

The Arab terrorist who was shot dead after driving a truck into a group of uniformed Israeli soldiers, killing four soldiers and injuring at least 13 Sunday afternoon, was Fadi Ahmad Hamdan al-Qunbar, 28, a released prisoner who lived in nearby eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir. He carried an Israeli “blue card” and an Israeli driver’s license.

Hamas released a statement in Arabic on social media, hailing the “heroic and brave truck attack in Jerusalem which comes as natural reaction to the Israeli occupation’s crimes.”

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov quickly reacted to the attack in a Tweet, saying: “My thoughts go out to victims of shocking #terror attack in #Jerusalem. Must be condemned by all. Absolutely no excuses, no justifications!”

Perhaps it’s time for the IDF to adopt the Russian Army’s rules of engagement.

David Israel

Haim Saban ‘Deeply Disturbed’ by US Abstention at UNSC, and Kerry’s ‘One-Sided Speech’

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Israeli American Jewish billionaire Haim Saban, has come out and publicly, intensely criticized last month’s American abstention at the United Nations Security Council, along with the “one sided speech” by Secretary of State John Kerry that followed.

Saban is known for being a superdonor to the Democratic Party for decades and founder of the Brooking Institution’s annual Saban Forum, which each year draws the mega stars of international leadership, politics and diplomacy to its panels.

The Egyptian-born Democrat gave more than $12.5 million to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. But this week he warned the Obama administration to veto any further “biased UNSC resolutions that may be introduced” in Paris later this month.

Saban, who owns Univision, has been – if not the highest, then certainly one of the highest – individual donors to the Democratic Party in history, funding construction of the Democratic National Committee headquarters building in Washington DC to the tune of a $7 million personal contribution together with his wife Sheryl. The couple is known for their philanthropy to the Jewish State, and for having established the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, a public policy organization.

“As a longstanding Democrat who has supported and defended President Obama on his treatment of Israel throughout his presidency, I am deeply disturbed by the Administration’s decision not to veto UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and Secretary Kerry’s subsequent one sided speech. These actions undermine our country’s long-standing support for Israel and harm any long-term prospects for peace, which is in our national interest. Further, I urge the Obama Administration to stay true to our decades old policy by vetoing any additional biased UNSC resolutions that may be introduced at the Paris summit later this month, and refrain from issuing any other policy statements that would only make things worse. “Fostering the conditions for peace, security, and prosperity for both Israelis and Palestinians is a core American interest. In the months and years ahead, it is essential that the US — in its role as the only superpower today — take the necessary steps to maintain its credibility as an intermediary between the parties and work to advance a sustainable two-state solution, in which a Jewish, democratic State of Israel lives in peace and security alongside its neighbors or, until the conditions are ripe for peace, promote a separation between the two peoples.”

Hana Levi Julian

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