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December 2, 2016 / 2 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘security’

Mossad Chief, Staff, Mourn Passing of Shimon Peres

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The director of Israel’s international Mossad intelligence agency, Yossi Cohen, said in a statement Wednesday that he, “along with all the Mossad personnel,” mourns the passing of the ninth President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres.

Cohen said that for “many years” Peres worked with the Mossad on its “operations and work for the security of the State of Israel.” He said Peres was “one of the country’s most prominent leaders,” calling him a “symbol of peace and brotherhood.”

As such, he said, Peres “contributed greatly to building up the security of the State of Israel, May his memory be blessed.”

Hana Levi Julian

US Jewish Leaders Briefed by Dept. of Homeland Security Ahead of High Holy Days

Monday, September 26th, 2016

U.S. Jewish leaders participated in a pre-holiday conference call Friday that included briefings by a top official from the Dept. of Homeland Security, and the head of security for the Jewish Federations of North America.

Paul Goldenberg is the director of Secure Community Networks — the agency that manages security for JFNA.

Goldenberg told officials from more than a hundred Jewish agencies that were on the call that it is important to keep their security measures unobtrusive so as not to disturb worshipers during High Holy Day services.

“We have come to learn that the goal of terrorists is to wear down our citizens’ spirits and endurance, destroying national morale,” he said.

The barriers that European security personnel have placed around Jewish houses of worship, Goldenberg noted, have created a bunker mentality.

A poll conducted earlier this month by the European Jewish Association and the Rabbinical Center of Europe showed that some 70 percent of the Jewish population on the continent are afraid to leave their homes and attend High Holy Day services this year.

Huge Majority of Europe’s Jews Say They’re Staying Home for the Holy Days

Participants in the call were briefed on the recent terrorist attacks that have taken place in the United States, including the New York-New Jersey bombings that left 29 people injured in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

The officials reviewed security procedures, including pointers on how to deal with active shooters, and establishing relationships with local police.

Hana Levi Julian

Security Exercise at Western Wall Ahead of Tuesday’s National Defense Drill

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Jerusalem District Police and other security personnel gathered at various areas around the Western Wall around midnight Monday night, sealing off all entrances to the plaza where pious Jews are known to pray at all hours of the day and night.

The move came in advance of the upcoming Jewish high holy days, and as part of the national security defense drill that officially starts throughout the country on Tuesday. It’s just easier to carry out security drills at midnight at the Western Wall — and thereby avoid worldwide panic — because that’s when almost no one else is around. At least, that’s when the tourists aren’t around. And Israelis are used to security drills.

“All the entrances and exits in and out of the Kotel (Western Wall) Plaza have been closed off,  hermetically sealed,” complained one resident of the Old City who asked on an internet chat if anyone else knew what was going on.  “Some kind of operation is underway,” another answered.  A second writer said a security exercise was taking place at the Western Wall and surrounds. Within a very few minutes, however, it was all over and the human traffic was flowing freely through the ancient alleyways once more.

On Tuesday, Israel’s Home Front Command begins a national security exercise for the entire country. Red Alert air raid sirens will activate at various times throughout the country, depending on where in Israel the reader lives.  Each community will  have two opportunities to “practice” making a beeline for one’s safe space or bomb shelter, once in the morning and once in the evening.

The IDF urges each citizen to participate in the exercise and take the opportunity to become familiar with the routine of accessing your safe space and the issues involved in getting there, and staying there.

Readers are advised to check the Home Front Command website to determine what time your Red Alert activation is set to begin. To find out more about the exercise, and to access the Home Front Command site, click here.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Holds Security Meeting Ahead of High Holidays

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday held a meeting to assess the security situation ahead of the Tishrei holidays—Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Netanyahu called for in creased police presence, especially in the Old City and around the Temple Mount, directing “determined action” against any attempt to violate the public order there. In the case of Jews on the Temple Mount, these actions are normally determined by the Waqf agents, who are empowered to assess the level of spiritual engagement exerted by any Jew on the Temple Mount, and to decide whether said Jews have crossed the line and got dangerously close to their Father in Heaven.

Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein to continue to prevent MKs and cabinet ministers from going up to the Temple Mount during this sensitive period, such sensitive period being defined as “always.”

The Prime Minister also directed that activity be increased against PA Arab incitement on social networks, including Facebook, with the goal of removing inflammatory content. He also instructed that a response team be established to refute disinformation about Israeli policy on the Temple Mount, such as the Jews are plotting to destroy the Al Aqsa mosque.

Netanyahu received an update on IDF operations and the reinforcement of units along the roads and inside Judea and Samaria communities.

Also participating in the meeting were Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Israel Policy Deputy Inspector General Zohar Dvir, Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevy, the deputy Director of the ISA, an IDF representative and personnel from the National Security Council.

David Israel

Security Forces Seize 900 9mm Bullets in Arab Village

Friday, September 16th, 2016

A combined raid of Police, the Border Guard and the IDF in A-Ram village, north of Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria, seized 900 illegal 9mm bullets from a local resident, the Police Spokesperson reported. The suspect was taken for questioning.

David Israel

DM Liberman Travels to Cyprus for Talks

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman travels to Cyprus on Friday for meetings with the country’s leadership, including Cypriot Defense Minister Christofors Fokaides.

Liberman also is scheduled to meet with Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, as well as the head of the country’s Secret Service, Kyriakos Kouros.

On the agenda are discussions on tightening security relations between the two nations, as well as strengthening strategic, regional and bilateral ties as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Only You Can Help Efrat Stay Safe

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

For more information, contact Keren Efrat.

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