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June 29, 2016 / 23 Sivan, 5776

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Israeli Company Helps FBI Break Apple Security

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

By Jesse Lempel/TPS

Technology experts reveal that an Israeli company could dramatically circumvent the legal conflict between the FBI and Apple by hacking the iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook.

Cellebrite, a multinational cellular forensic company headquartered in Petah Tikva, has a sole-source contract with the FBI and provides the intelligence service with the Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED), which can break into locked iPhones and Android devices.

The US government has for weeks been attempting to legally compel Apple to hack into the phone belonging to Farook who murdered fourteen people in San Bernardino, California with his wife in December. Apple has publicly refused and has insisted that breaking into the phone would compromise the security of all its devices.

After having long claimed that only Apple could access the phone’s information, the Justice Department abruptly reversed itself on Monday, March 24 and announced that it may no longer need Apple’s cooperation since “an outside party had demonstrated a way for the FBI to possibly unlock the phone,” the New York Times reported.

While it now appears that Cellebrite is the party behind the game-changing hacking technology, the company did not respond to phone calls and emails requesting comment.

The about-face drew criticism from NSA-leaker Edward Snowden who said that it demonstrated that the FBI’s earlier testimony was “perjury.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israel Okays Incoming Flights from Europe

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Israel unlocked its temporary ban on incoming flights from Europe at about 12 noon on Tuesday following a massive terror attack at the departure hall of Zaventem Airport in Brussels a few hours earlier.

However, it is not clear whether the incoming flights will be allowed by the local airports to depart, depending on the various security restrictions currently in place. In addition, there may be restrictions on which air space may be used in flights out of Europe due to the security situation.

Israel had issued a temporary ban on all incoming flights from Europe in the wake of a massive explosion shortly after 8 am near the American Airlines desk at the departure hall of Belgium’s Zaventem Airport in Brussels.

The ban had been scheduled for 10:30 am until midnight (Tues. Mar. 22), at least until the security situation was clear.

Outgoing flights from Israel to Europe were not affected by the security measure.

The Israel Aviation Authority (IAA) opened a situation room at Ben Gurion International Airport to manage the ongoing crisis and help keep airline passengers updated.

Passengers were asked to have patience with the extra security measures and to check the schedule board at the airport for updates.

Three flights were set to arrive in Israel today from Brussels. According to the IAA, a total of 24 flights were affected by the ban.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Woman Wannabe Terrorist Caught on Camera

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Maybe it’s because it’s International Women’s Day?

An Arab woman who possibly had thoughts about starting a new life as a jihadist “for the cause” arrived Tuesday morning at the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem.

The wannabe terrorist got to the site just a few minutes after another Arab woman tried — and failed — to stab Border Guard police officers in the Old City of Jerusalem. That incident did not end well for the attacker, who was shot and ultimately died of her wounds.

But the wannabe terrorist at Qalandiya was immediately caught red-handed on camera during a routine inspection, before she had the opportunity to carry out an attack.

Her bag, which like all items was placed on the conveyer belt and moved through the X-ray machine, immediately revealed its hidden weapon.

A large knife was nestled among the other items in the wannabe terrorist’s bag.

The Arab woman was immediately arrested and transferred to security personnel for questioning.

The knife was held as evidence.

Hana Levi Julian

Rami Levy Security Upgrade

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

The Rami Levy supermarket chain has always been a symbol of coexistence – of Jews and Arabs working and shopping together. But not everyone (on the Arab side) likes that idea.

When the various Rami Levy supermarkets began becoming repeated target for Arab terrorists, Rami Levy took initial steps to increase customer safety, from removing all the knives off the shelves to (for a while) pre-cutting all the chickens and meat, so there were no knives in the butcher section (there’s a couple of knives back there now).

Besides the guard at the entrance, there are also IDF soldiers in the parking lots.

But, despite all that, the terrorist still managed to get in with a knife last week to stab and kill a Jewish man.

Today, Rami Levy is installing a full size metal detector at the entrance to the Rami Levy in Sha’ar Binymanin.

Will that be security enough? Or is coexistence no longer on the table?

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‘Small Schools, Kindergartens Don’t Qualify for Gov’t Security Protection’

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

The age and number of Arab attackers committed to jihad is beginning to raise questions about how important it is to protect every single child in Israel, regardless of how many students there are in a classroom.

The wave of terror currently washing over Israel has begun to feature more Arab teens as the weeks pass, and the wannabe attackers seem to be getting younger.

In some respects it is easier for a security officer to disarm a younger attacker, particularly if they are armed only with knives and kitchen utensils.

But what if there is no security guard available to protect the population from harm?

Barely a week after the Tel Aviv terrorist finally ended his days in a fiery shootout with police in his home village, an uninvited Arab worker walked into a Jewish school building.

“The staff … were in a panic,” related a source in the neighborhood who spoke on condition of anonymity. “They locked the doors to the temporary rooms with the children inside, hollering all together for help.

“As Heaven decreed, the Arab worker left the premises and the incident ended without harm to anyone. But since then we have been trying to find a way to bring a guard to the building,” the source said.

The school administration turned to the municipal authority of Bnei Brak, but were told the school was not eligible for protection. Although there are more than 200 children in the school, legally the institution merits no protection unless there are more than 100 students over the age of six, from first grade.

In this case, there are “only” 50 such students.

The school received a reply from Yigal Avraham at the Bnei Brak Municipality, who explained the law in a letter to the school.

“In a tour of the school premises together with the head of the security department, Mr. Yona Yitzhak, we saw there are only 50 students learning in the elementary school section of the institution, outside of the kindergarten area,” wrote Avraham.

He went on to explain “the criteria for receiving a security guard is determined solely by Israel Police and is restricted to those schools comprised of 100 or more students not including kindergartens.

“These are the rules set by the police in accordance with the decisions made by the government, or alternatively, under the specific guidance of the mayor with a special budget – and we have nothing with which to help in this regard, even with all the tragedies and all our good wishes!”

The spokesperson for Israel Police could not be reached for comment.

A Jewish school in Arad has also faced similar challenges in past years. The school’s elementary population recently grew to more than 100, and its preschool classrooms adjoin the building. “Because our kindergartens adjoin the elementary building, they also can benefit from having the security guard,” said a parent in the Arad community.

But that only works if the elementary school population has grown to more than 100. Such a solution is of little use to schools that are in the beginning years of their development. Nursery schools, daycare centers or kindergartens where there may be nearly 100 small children are also left without protection in the current environment under government regulations.

This means that literally thousands of the smallest, most vulnerable children in Israel are at the highest risk.

Hana Levi Julian

Hamas Confirms Beit El Terrorist Was Member of PA Security Force

Monday, February 1st, 2016

The Hamas terrorist organization confirmed in a statement late Sunday the terrorist who shot three Israeli soldiers at an IDF checkpoint near Beit El was a Palestinian Authority police officer.

According to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news outlet, Amjad Jaser Sukkari, 34, was a Staff Sergeant from Shechem (Nablus). His body was returned by Israel to the Palestinian Authority security forces several hours after the incident and was buried the same day.

The attacker drove up from Ramallah to an IDF checkpoint next to the Jewish community of Beit El on Sunday afternoon, got out of his car with a handgun and shot three Israeli soldiers at point-blank range. Two were seriously wounded and a third less severely so. Other soldiers immediately returned fire and killed the terrorist on site.

Gaza’s ruling terror group “hailed the heroic resistance operation carried out … by PA security forces member Amjad Sukkari,” Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri told the Alresala newspaper.

He deemed the shooting a “natural response to the Israeli field executions of Palestinians.

“This attack showcases the rejection of security coordination with the occupation, even among members of the PA security forces,” Abu Zuhri pointed out.

The Hamas official claimed that Sukkari worked as an escort for the chief of the Ramallah prosecution office.

Late Sunday night, the IDF surrounded Ramallah to implement a partial closure of the Palestinian Authority capital city in response to the attack. Only residents who can prove their status were being allowed in and out of Ramallah.

Hana Levi Julian

Beit Horon Terror Stabbing Victim Shlomit Krigman, HY’D, Laid to Rest

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Hundreds of mourners gathered to support friends and family of Shlomit Krigman, hy’d, as they paid their final respects Tuesday before she was laid to rest at the Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem. “She was a very special person,” said one.

The young woman — only 23 years old — lived in Shadmot Mehola in the Jordan Valley, but was staying in Beit Horon, located between Modi’in and Jerusalem along Highway 443, at the time of the attack.

“Shlomit was loved and known to all,” said the Beit Horon settlement administration in a statement. “She served as a Bnei Akivah youth group coordinator during her National Service. During the past year she lived with her grandparents in the settlement of Beit Horon.”

She was stabbed outside a grocery store late Monday afternoon by two Arab terrorists from the Palestinian Authority. Critically injured, she succumbed to her wounds on Tuesday morning at Hadassah Medical Center’s Mount Scopus campus.

A second Israeli woman, age 58, was also stabbed in the same attack. She is in stable condition with moderate wounds at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

When the terrorists tried to enter the store to continue their stabbing spree, two Jewish workers pushed them back with a shopping cart, forcing them to run.

At that point, both attackers were shot and killed by a security guard. Forces who were searching the area found three IEDs (improvised explosive devices) they had planted around the store. Sappers were summoned to the site defuse the bombs.

The two terrorists, Ibrahim Ala’an, 22, from nearby Beit Ur al-Tahta; and Hussein Abu Ghosh, 17, from Qalandiya, a Hamas operative; reached the store via a nearby wadi. They jumped the fence surrounding the community, store worker Motti Shalem told Ynet.

“These difficult times are fraught with confrontation and we will overcome. We will continue to fight against terrorism and the incitement which drives it. In the face of terror, we choose life,” President Reuven Rivlin said in the wake of the attack.

On Monday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the IDF to prepare an upgraded comprehensive security plan for the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

Immediately following the stabbing at Beit Horon, the IDF froze the work permits of the family members of the two terrorists and a series of other security measures. Roadblocks were set up on all access routes to Beit Ur al-Tahta, allowing only humanitarian cases in or out, according to an IDF spokesperson.

Hana Levi Julian

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