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Israeli Firm Wins $2.2 Billion Contract for Security at 2016 Olympics

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

The Olympic Committee and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympiad have selected Israeli security company ISDS to provide security for the event with a $2.2 billion budget, Israel Defense reported.

ISDS will be responsible for consultation and supply services to protect the Olympics, the world’s largest sporting event.

“We already have teams operating in Brazil, and unofficially operated there during the World Cup last summer,” said ISDS vice president Ron Shafran.

“Since it was announced that Brazil would host the Olympic Games, we have greatly expanded our activity in the country,” he added. “Our teams are already preparing for the Olympics, designing our security concept and building technological systems to be installed at the various facilities where the competitions will take place in Rio and four other regions around the country. The games will begin on August 5, 2016, and will continue until December 2016, including the special Olympics.”

He said ISDS will “bring the right technologies from Israel and the rest of the world. We’ll also include small and medium-sized Israeli companies – ones with big solutions….

“This whole business will be an incubator for Israeli technologies and solutions in these areas.”

Netanyahu Convenes Top Brass in Jerusalem Over Terror Attack

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened top officials from Israel’s security establishment and the city of Jerusalem Thursday over the terror attack that killed three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun less than a day earlier, as well as to discuss ongoing terror in the city.

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino, ISA Director Yoram Cohen, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri were all included in the meeting, held at Israel Police headquarters in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Netanyahu was briefed on the attack and on the ongoing disturbances that have been taking place in Jerusalem on a near-daily basis in recent months. Despite the constant attacks by Arab terrorists, Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch continues to insist the violence does not constitute a “third intifada.”

Netanyahu ordered that “sovereignty be asserted in all parts of the city” via the stationing of additional forces throughout the city, according to a statement released by his office.

“Jerusalem is not the only city under attack by terrorists; other cities across the world are, as well. But the offensive in Jerusalem is supported by the chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen, who glorifies the murderers and embraces the group they belong to – Hamas,” Netanyahu said late Wednesday night after the attack, referring to the terrorist name of PA unity government chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Netanyahu also met Thursday with the Jerusalem District police officer who shot the terrorist and asked to send his condolences to the family of three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun who was murdered in the attack.

“On behalf of the entire nation, I send condolences to the family of this pure baby and my wishes for a quick and full recovery to those who were wounded,” the prime minister said.

Brussels Jewish Museum Reopens with Upgraded Security

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Almost four months after a shooting attack that left four people dead, the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels reopened its doors on Sunday with upgraded security and a greater awareness of the risks its staff faces.

Last May, a terrorist from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) murdered four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

To contend with the possibility of future such attacks, the museum has upgraded its security measures. Two armed police officers are now stationed at the site, and security checks at the entrance are to be tightened. Visitors will have to pass through newly-installed metal detectors.

The city of Brussels dedicated 30,000 euros ($39,000) to finance the measures.

“We had a certain innocence about us before. It’s not that we took things lightly, but we hadn’t considered the risks, that we could be a possible target of this kind of attack,’’ said Chouna Lomponda, responsible for the communication at the museum.

The museum, a 19th Century town house in the fashionable Sablon area of Brussels, shut down after the attack.

Sunday’s reopening coincided with the 15th European Day of Jewish Culture. It took place during an official event attended by several political, cultural, diplomatic and religious personalities, including Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo.

“We don’t want to serve the interests of extremists who want to muffle our culture,” said Philippe Blondin, the museum director. “We wanted to reopen our doors as soon as possible, but the Belgian authorities had to do their investigation work,” he said.

A memorial plaque bearing the names of the 4 victims of the attack – a couple of Israeli tourists from Tel Aviv, Emmanuel Riva, 54, and Myriam Riva, 53, as well as a French volunteer, Dominique Sabrier, 66, and a museum employee Alexandre Strens, 25 – has been affixed to the building.

“We have lots of exhibitions planned for the future,” says the museum’s president, Philippe Blondin.”Of course, it will be different now. We carry the burden and weight of this event and this wound will stay with us. It will not be destroyed with time. But we carry on.”

The museum staff are determined it will be business as usual – or at least as close to usual as it can be.

“We are continuing our educational work,” says Norbert Cige, the museum’s general secretary. “Those who tried to silence us: well, that objective has failed.”

Royal Jordanian Cancels Flights to Ben Gurion Airport

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Royal Jordanian Airlines has cancelled flights to Ben Gurion International Airport as a precaution due to the current security situation, the carrier said.

It has been a full month since Royal Jordanian flew its regular route to Tel Aviv, and the carrier only resumed its normal schedule this week due to concerns over rocket fire from Gaza.

Hamas terrorists warned commercial arline carriers not to fly to Israel Thursday, saying it was planning to target Ben Gurion International Airport with missile fire. However, there has been no rocket fire directed at the airport thus far.

Security has been increased in accordance with the current situation, and flights are continuing to take off and land on schedule with no disruptions of the routine.

Ma’ale Adumim Mayor Beefs Up Security After Terror Attack

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Ma’ale Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel has beefed up security following an attempted terror attack Tuesday, foiled by a security guard at the entrance to the community.

The guard fired at the terrorist but apparently missed; as he fought him off, the terrorist stabbed him and then fled from the Jerusalem suburb, home to nearly 40,000 people.

Three suspects were arrested later the same day in connection with the attack in the nearby Arab village of Azariyya.

Kashriel told residents that 20 new Border Guard officers have already been paired with the city’s regular police officers at checkpoints and in patrols around the city.

In a statement on the municipal website, Kashriel thanked local and national security officials for their rapid response to Tuesday’s terror attack. He added that he visited the security guard who was wounded and spoke with his family and the chief of surgery at Hadassah’s Mt. Scopus Medical Center campus, who said the victim was in “good condition.”

“I also have no doubt the terrorist will be caught,” he said. “I have faith in our security forces and I am sure we will hear good news soon,” he added.

Chinese Hacker Group Steals Iron Dome Software

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

A Chinese hacker group known as Comment Crew allegedly stole the software design for the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system in 2011.

According to Cyber Engineering Services (CyberESI) CEO Joseph Drissel, the group stole plans online from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries and Elisra Group, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Drissel said he decided to go public after warning officials in both the United States and Israel of the breach and finding that neither seemed to take the issue seriously.

CyberESI is a threat intelligence consulting firm based in Columbia, Maryland. He served as acting section chief in a section of the U.S. Defense Cyber Crime Center, part of the U.S. Air Force.

It is not clear what, if any, impact the theft has had on the deployment and implementation of the anti-missile batteries in Israel by the IDF. Some Chinese hacker groups are backed by the Chinese military but it is unclear whether Comment Crew is one of them.

Israel and China have tightened diplomatic ties over the past several years; it is not known whether Drissel’s revelations will have any impact on those relations.

Belgian Security Shaky for Jewish Museum in Brussels

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The Jewish Museum in Brussels is set to open in less than two weeks, but Belgium’s commitment to securing the facility is not clear — despite a pledge by Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo to strengthen Jewish communal security. Di Rupo made the statement following a meeting earlier this month in Brussels with the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and local Jews.

Security at the Jewish Museum of Brussels has always been “very light,” according to museum president Philippe Blondin, who met with Israeli journalists on Tuesday. Due to the museum’s limited funding, Blondin had asked Belgian authorities directly for upgraded security, but was turned down, he said.

That is a now an even bigger problem than it was a month ago, given the events of May 24, when a terrorist calmly walked into the building, opened his bag and removed a Kalashnikov assault rifle. It took him five seconds to fire the weapon from the doorway to the museum and bloody the floor and walls of the exhibit. By the time he left, three people were dead and a fourth was mortally wounded.

Terror suspect Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, is still being held in Marseille by French police, who immediately nabbed the accused gunman as he crossed the border.

“For a Jewish museum it was, in a way, way too light,” Blondin said of the security apparatus in place at the time of the attack.

There were no security guards at the door. There were none at the entrance to the building.

But the choice had been to close the museum or to take a risk, he said. “My choice and the choice of the people before me was education, education, education.”

Blondin said police would return the keys to the front entrance today (Wednesday) but that he would like to give his traumatized staff at least one more week to meet with psychologists over the horrific attack. And of course, they still had to clean the place up, and create a memorial for the victims.

He added that he is also still hoping for some increased police protection or security assistance from the Belgian authorities — who so far have promised nothing.

Blondin noted — as has every other Jewish leader over the past year — that there has been an uptick in anti-Semitism in Europe. He added that there has been a change in attitude towards the Jews in Belgium as well. “We’ve got Judeophobia and anti-Zionism, two different things working together,” he said.

When asked by The Jewish Press, Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev deferred comment on whether the Jewish State would consider assisting Belgium or the museum with additional security.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/belgian-security-shaky-for-jewish-museum-in-brussels/2014/06/11/

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