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Ashdod Joins Ashkelon to Impose Racism to Stop Terrorism

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Ashdod and at least one moshav farming community joined Ashkelon Thursday to declare that Arabs will not be allowed to work in the area of kindergartens despite widespread condemnation from political leaders.

Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni got the ball rolling with his public announcement Wednesday that no Arabs are welcome, as reported here. He not only refused to back down on Thursday but also stood his ground that his decision is legal because of the need for security.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said she has asked the Attorney General to enforce the law against discrimination and stop Shimoni in his tracks. Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid called Mayor Shimoni’s policy a surrender to terror and a denial of co-existence.

Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett took the opportunity to show a liberal face of the national religious community and went off the edge to declare that “99.9 percent of Israeli Arabs are loyal to the country.”

Everyone is racing, no pun intended, to show he is the most democratic politician since ancient Greece, even if it was not so democratic.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said, “There can be no discrimination against Israeli Arabs. We must not generalize about an entire public due to a small and violent minority. The vast majority of Israel’s Arab citizens are law-abiding and whoever breaks the law – we will take determined and vigorous action against him.”

Lest anyone think Netanyahu is flying on a left wing, he added that “in the framework of the draft nationality law that I will submit to the Cabinet on Sunday, we will enshrine the full equality before the law of every citizen regardless of religion, race or sex alongside ensuring Israel’s identity as the national state of the Jewish People.”

Mayor Shimoni’s declaration brought out the gut feeling of Israelis who reacted to Tuesday’s massacre of Jews praying in a Jerusalem synagogue exactly the way future murderers want – fear.

His ban on Arab workers in the vicinity of kindergartens comes on the background of trauma in the city from more than a decade of rocket and missile attacks on the port cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon.

It took the mayor’s statements to arouse Israel’s yellow journalist media to take a break from its own racism the past week that has tried to demonstrate that Israeli Arabs as a whole are at war against Israel.

Bennett grossly exaggerated to say that 99.9 percent of Israeli Arabs are loyal to the country. Netanyahu was more on the mark when he said a majority, without measuring it, are “law-abiding.”

Mayor Shimoni hit a raw nerve

Placing all Arabs in one basket of terror is racist, illegal and immoral.

It also expresses a frustration that the police must heed so that Israelis can be safe.

IDF, Shin Bet End 3-Day Spat

Friday, November 14th, 2014

While Israel is facing a third intifada and its security personnel are dealing with enemies from within and without, apparently they are squabbling among themselves as well.

It took the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the IDF three days to reconcile their differences in a spat over a claim the IDF ignored Shin Bet warnings in the summer about impending war.

On Friday, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Shin Bet director Yoram Cohen met to settle the dispute.

The IDF has vehemently denied claims by the Shin Bet that army brass ignored its warnings Hamas was preparing to launch a full-scale war against Israel in July.

Officials on both sides also emphasize that despite the dispute, which was public, both agencies maintained full joint cooperation.

“During the conversation, measures were agreed upon to further advance the cooperation between the two organizations on behalf of the security of the State of Israel,” said a joint statement issued by the two entities following the meeting.

Both were ordered by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to end the conflict.

“The cooperation between (the IDF and the Shin Bet) is a basic element of our national security,” said the prime minister in a statement on Thursday, Nov. 13. “This cooperation led to significant results on the battlefield during Operation Protective Edge. It saved many lives. Thus I, as a prime minister, am responsible for seeing to it that this cooperation continues, because the security of the citizens of Israel always comes before any disagreement.”

Security Sabotaged Around Jordan Valley Moshav

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

A chilling discovery was made Sunday morning by members of Moshav Hamra in the Jordan Valley — vandals chopped down and destroyed poles bearing electric power to the moshav.

The destruction by unknown hands signaled a plot to cut off power and communications to and from the moshav.

It might also potentially cut off the community’s ability to call for help in a terrorist attack.

The Palestinian Authority has insistently demanded that Israel hand over the Jordan Valley as part of the lands it desires for the creation of its hoped-for sovereign country.

Israel is unwilling to comply with this demand since the Jordan Valley has strong military significance. Relinquishing such a strategic location would be an act of national suicide.

District police told the Hebrew-language 0404 website that investigators were sent to the site and subsequently confirmed the attack appeared to have been carried out over the weekend.

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.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/royal-jordanian-cancels-flights-to-ben-gurion-airport/2014/08/21/

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