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September 28, 2016 / 25 Elul, 5776

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Hotel Guests’ Credit Cards Hacked in United States

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Hotel guests in at least 10 U.S. states and Washington DC have had their credit card information compromised due to a breach in the payment system security firewall, according to a report by Associated Press, and broadcast by ABC News.

Malware was found on the payment processing systems of more than a dozen properties belonging to HEI Hotels & Resorts, based in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Among the locations affected were 12 hotels in the Starwood network, six Marriott hotels and one Hyatt hotel.

The company, which operates nearly 60 hotels and resorts under a variety of brand names, was notified by its credit card processor that a potential breach had taken place between December 2015 and June 2016, although malware may infected systems at a few locations as early as March 2015.

According to the report, the hack affected cards used at point of sale terminals, such as the restaurants and stores within the hotels.

HEI said in its notice to consumers that as soon as the breach was made known the firm separated its payment card processing from the rest of its network, and now uses a stand-alone system. The malware was disabled and programmers are working to tighten security of the network and payment system.

The company added it’s continuing to cooperate with law enforcement officials in the investigation, and said the breach has been contained.

Hana Levi Julian

Barnacled Bombs Discovered Along Lake Kinneret

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Five unexploded mortar shells left over from a past war were found Monday on a beach along Lake Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee, near Kibbutz Ma’agen.

Police officers and sappers from the Israel Police bomb squad were dispatched to the site.

Searching along the beaches of Lake Kinneret for unexploded ordnance.

Searching along the beaches of Lake Kinneret for unexploded ordnance.

Security personnel immediately closed off the area and began a search to determine whether any other unexploded ordnance remained in the area.

At least four other shells were found.

Israel Police and IDF military personnel worked together to defuse the unexploded shells.

Hana Levi Julian

Goldstein on Gelt: What’s the correlation between financial security and self-confidence?

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Financial podcaster and money counselor Jen Hemphill explains why financial struggles are frequently caused by a lack of self-confidence. Why do stay-at-home mothers often feel guilty about not earning money, even though they are doing an important job?

As the American presidential elections approach, Doug Goldstein CFP® and guest co-host, financial advisor Roger Whitney, from The Retirement Man podcast, explore how the resultant economic upheaval may affect the way you invest. What should you do when dramatic world events impact the economy? Can having liquid assets available protect your portfolio?

The Goldstein On Gelt Show is a financial podcast. Click on the player below to listen. For show notes and contact details of the guest, go to www.GoldsteinOnGelt.com

Doug Goldstein, CFP®

Israeli Public Security Minister to Outlaw Hizb ut-Tahrir Organization

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced on Monday that he intends to outlaw international Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir.

“It is inconceivable that an organization that incites and supports terrorism and that shares the same ideology as the Islamic State terror group is active in Israel,” said Minister Erdan. “I intend to do everything in my power to outlaw the organization.”

According to the Public Security Ministry, Erdan is scheduled to hold a meeting with the Jerusalem District Police in which they will outline a course of action as to how to execute the ban.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international political organization dedicated to pan-Islamism. The Sunni Islamic organization’s stated goal is the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate from North Africa to Southeast Asia, much like the Islamic State.

The organization was founded by Taqiuddin al-Nabhani in Jerusalem in 1953 when the city was under Jordanian occupation and has since then grown and spread with a branch on every continent. In Israel, the organization is active mostly in Jerusalem and specifically on the Temple Mount compound, which includes the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Al-Nabhani also wrote the organization’s constitution, which serves as the draft constitution of the potential caliphate as well. The constitution calls for the complete eradication of the State of Israel without compromise.

Hizb ut-Tahrir was an unlawful organization in most Arab countries until the Arab Spring of 2006 and it is only legally currently legal in Lebanon, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates. The organization is also outlawed in several European countries, including in France and Spain, while it is considered a terror organization in Russia and Kazakhstan.

According to the Public Security Ministry, Erdan recently saw intelligence about Hizb ut-Tahrir that highlighted the activity of the organization on the Temple Mount.

“Leaders of the organization hold regular classes and preach on the Temple Mount and their influence in that compound is growing,” said a Public Security Ministry spokesperson. “These sermons and classes are of a radical and inciteful nature; they encourage terrorism and challenge Israel’s right to exist.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Pres. Rivlin Urges Israeli Arabs to Enlist for National Service

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

President Reuven Rivlin urged the Arab citizens of Israel on Sunday to enlist for National Service, a civilian arm that recruits young adults for a year or more service to the country, instead of doing military service.

Many of Israel’s observant Jewish girls volunteer for National Service, and according to director-general Sar-Shalom Jerbi, some 4,500 Israeli Arab citizens are also participating in the program.

National Service volunteers are found in nearly every agency, school, and hospital throughout the country. They act as tutors, counselors, mentors and assistants in any place they are needed. During times of high tension in particular, their presence is especially important.

There are precious few volunteers that speak Arabic fluently, who can provide qualified assistance in schools and clinics in the Israeli Arab sector; an increase in National Service volunteers for this sector would be invaluable.

But Rivlin would like to see those numbers increase, and this weekend urged the country’s Israeli Arab population to allow its young high school graduates to sign up, despite political disagreements.

The president said at a ceremony in the presidential residence in Jerusalem held to recognize outstanding national service volunteers, “We are one society, and we all live in one country; we are mutually responsible for one another.”

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel is also responsible for the program. At the ceremony he underlined the importance of those serving in National Service, saying their contribution is no less than that of the soldiers serving in the IDF and other security forces.

Those who serve in National Service are deemed eligible for most of the benefits granted to veterans of the military upon completion of their service.

Hana Levi Julian

Security Forces Demolish Sarona Terrorists’ Homes

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Security forces overnight demolished the homes of the two terrorists who carried out a murderous attack at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv two months ago. Four Israelis were killed and 16 injured in the attack. The two terrorists, Mahmoud Khalid Mahamrah and Khaled Mahamrah, both residents of Yatta in Judea and Samaria and both born in 1995, were captured in a manhunt. Last week the Israeli Supreme Court denied an appeal by the terrorists’ families, but ordered the government to avoid demolishing floors with residents who are not related to the terrorists.

David Israel

Soldiers Told No ‘Pokemon Go’ On IDF Bases in Israel

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

The latest craze on the global street, one that has intrigued nearly every kid with a cell phone in Israel who’s able to understand the concept of virtual reality, has also become another item on the “off limits” list for IDF soldiers.

The wildly popular Pokemon Go has engaged the attention of much of the United States and quite a bit of Israel. It projects small virtual reality figures into the scenery before the eyes of users when they look through the camera screens of their smartphones.

The object of the game is to follow a digital map to catch these creatures that appear on the screen.

Pokemon Go players have been roaming streets, buildings and venues all over the world to hunt down creatures everywhere, including in some places they never should be entering.

There have been numerous cases of Pokemon Go players getting hurt because they were playing the game without paying attention to their surroundings. There’s even been at least one case of a player literally walking off a cliff while playing the game.

The New York Legislature has just passed a new measure prohibiting registered sex offenders from downloading the app and playing the game, in fact, due to the risks they pose to the young players they might lure into their net.

Many in the ranks of Israel’s military, particularly those in the lower ranks, are young — teenager young — and deeply attracted to this interesting new game. Israel has a mandatory draft at age 18.

IDF soldiers were warned this month by the top command not to play the game on base, however. In a directive to both soldiers and officers, the army noted that the game uses both a camera and GPS, which can leak sensitive military information about the bases.

An IDF soldier who spoke exclusively with JewishPress.com on condition of anonymity said, “The minute it came out, they said we can’t play the game on base, we can’t use the camera, or the GPS, or the game itself. You cannot open the app on base.”

The soldier added that at this point military personnel are not being banned from having the “app” on their smartphones, but are warned not to play on the base.

Has anyone been caught disregarding the orders?

“No, not that I know of. The dangers of this one are pretty obvious.”

Hana Levi Julian

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