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Kerem Shalom Crossing Inspectors Block ‘Import’ of Bulletproof Plates for Gaza

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Israel this week blocked smugglers from attempting to “import” bullet-proof plates into southern Gaza via the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

The Israel Police and Shin Bet / Shabak (Israel Security Agency) have opened an investigation into the incident. It is not yet clear who was behind the “import,” although the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Customs Authority, and the Border Crossing Authority have also opened a probe into the smuggling attempt.

The plates were discovered Tuesday when employees of the Border Crossing Authority became suspicious at the sight of an Israeli truck carrying spare automobile parts for Gaza.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab ‘Gold Rush’ in Jerusalem

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Israeli soldiers discovered approximately NIS 2 million worth of gold bullion hidden within the side door of a car from eastern Jerusalem when the driver, an Arab with Israeli identification, arrived at the Derech Avot (Patriarchs’ Way) tunnels checkpoint this week.

The driver, who identified himself as an interior designer, told the soldiers that the gold — wrapped in five packages, each containing five individual 1.5 kg gold bars — belonged to him, and he was bringing it in his private Ford from Hebron to Jerusalem.

Since the man’s ID had checked out, and nothing else was found, the soldiers turned the matter over to Israeli customs authorities, who continued the questioning.

Customs officials requested the routine paperwork that generally accompanies gold bars in such amounts. At that point, it became clear there was no documentation, no accounting to back up the claims and no taxes having been paid on the massive sum involved.

At that point, the “interior designer “changed his story and said instead that he was taking the gold to Ramallah (not Jerusalem) from Hebron as a middleman between those who work in the jewelry trade.

Customs workers at the Israel Tax Authority seized the gold bars since there was no accounting paperwork to back up the claims.

The investigation is continuing, authorities said.

Hana Levi Julian

Iranian Arms Delivery to Yemen Rebels Intercepted

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

While European nations and others rush to renew their economic ties with Tehran, Iran’s military has also been busy making sure its arms export mechanism continues to roll out product to the masses.

An Iranian arms delivery to Shi’ite Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen was intercepted last week in the northern Arabian Sea.

It’s not clear whether the interception was carried out by a Saudi-led coalition of by a member of the 30-nation Combined Maritime Forces, (CMF) a U.S.-led multinational coalition.

It is believed the vessel, which was not formally registered to any country, was attempting to smuggle the weapons in to Shi’ite rebels in Yemen.

Crew members on the intercepted vessel said the ship was headed for Somalia, located near Yemen, across the Gulf of Aden.

The ship was a dhow, a large wooden vessel commonly used in the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean, according to a report by the Associated Press.

It was registered to Hogan Mohammed Hout, an Iranian national, and licensed as a fishing vessel, AP reported, quoting a Saudi coalition engaged in fighting Shi’ite Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The vessel was intercepted while carrying the weapons in international waters, the U.S. Navy said in a statement, contradicting a claim by the Saudi coalition which placed the interception a day later, and by Saudis. An American guided missile destroyer, the Forrest Sherman, reportedly went to provide backup once the arms were discovered.

The U.S. Navy also stated that based on statements by the crew, the port of origin and the arms were believed to be Iranian.

According to the Saudis, the ship was carrying papers indicating it was checked by port and customs officials in the southeastern Iranian ports in Sistan and Baluchistan.

Some of the anti-tank ordnance allegedly originated in Russia as well.

Most of the weapons were dumped into the sea, with the exception of a few retained for analysis, and the vessel was allowed to continue on its way.

The account differs from statements made earlier in the day by the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis. That coalition alleged it had foiled the same smuggling attempt – albeit on Saturday – saying Iran was using the ship to arm the Houthis.

Hana Levi Julian

Joint Shin Bet, Customs Sting Foils Gaza’s Latest Smuggling Operation

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Cleared for publication: Smugglers were caught trying to sneak 2-ton rolls of fiberglass into Gaza in a joint sting carried out by General Security Services (Shin Bet) personnel and Israeli customs staff at the Nitzana border crossing.

The two teams worked together to prevent the smuggling earlier this month of the fiberglass, which is a prohibited item in the enclave.

Fiberglass is used as a raw material in the construction of long-range rockets, such as those that were fired at Israel’s major cities from Gaza last summer during Operation Protective Edge.

The fiberglass cylinders were discovered in a shipment that aroused the suspicion of customs workers due to its weight: the importer’s declaration stated the shipment was supposed to contain items of clothing and textiles. However, a closer inspection revealed the presence of the fiberglass rolls as well.

Shin Bet officials said they believe the fiberglass was intended for use by Gaza terrorists since these are used as a primary raw material in the manufacture of long-range rocket batteries.

A similar attempt was stymied last week as well at the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza, where fiberglass stocks were also found hidden among a shipment of school supplies that were intended for import into the enclave for the upcoming school year.

Legal action will be taken against the traffickers in both cases, Shin Bet officials said. Gaza terrorists attempt every way possible to smuggle in raw materials for terrorism, the security service emphasized, even through hiding the items in humanitarian supplies.

At the beginning of the year, cooperation between the Customs Administration Tax Authority and the General Security Service (Shin Bet) was important in thwarting dozens of attempts by terrorists to smuggle prohibited goods and materials in Gaza. The items included wetsuits (for underwater use by terrorists), polyurethane – which is used as rocket propellant – sulfur bars and special coal which is used to fuel furnaces for processing iron and other metals to produce rockets and other weapons.

Hana Levi Julian

Police Crack Israel-Palestinian Authority Egg-Smuggling Ring

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Police closed in on a ring of Israeli and Palestinian Authority Arabs who smuggled eggs and sold to supermarkets in urban centers in Israel.

The gang raked in more than $2.5 million a year in the operation that stamped the eggs with forged approval. Police investigator Shai Kovnator noted, “The phenomenon of smuggling eggs from Palestinian Authority to Israel endangers human life.

“These are criminals who will stop at nothing to make money at the expense of the health of the public in Israel.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

A Lost Soul and $25 Buys a Ticket to Cross from Turkey to ISIS

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Wanabee Islamic State savages need only $25 to enter ISIS-controlled territory from Turkey, which U.S. intelligence director James Clapper said Thursday is not going to take an active role in the war against the ISIS.

He told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Ankara is more concerned with Kurdish opposition and its troubled economy.

The passage from Turkey to Syria is known as “jihad highway,” where $25 is enough for a lost soul to pay a smuggler to whisk him across to the dream of joining the ISIS and becoming a barbarian, if you are a man, or a slave to sex, if you are a woman.

“Public opinion polls show in Turkey they don’t see ISIL as a primary threat,” said Clapper, who referred to the ease of terrorists to travel in Turkey.

“And of course, the consequence of that is a permissive environment… because of their laws and the ability of people to travel through Turkey en route to Syria,” he explained. “So somewhere in the neighborhood of 60% of those foreign fighters find their way to Syria through Turkey.”

As usual, President Recep Erdoğan is missing the foreign policy boat. After he ditched Israel several yards ago and ran into the waiting arms of Bashar al-Assad and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he had a hard time escaping their deadly clutches when he woke up.

If the U.S.-led strike force does not eliminate the ISIS first, Erdoğan may come out of his stupor when is finds himself dressed in an orange jumpsuit.

Erdoğan is led by his ego and not common sense, and Turkish smugglers are led by money and not by morality.

The WorldPost described a 30-year-old Turkish smuggler, Jasim Qalthim, as a “devoted father” who smuggles people into ISIS territory. He explained that an ISIS official, a former Turk named “Abu Ali,” controls the border.

“All the soldiers are afraid of him. One time, he closed the border for 10 days, just because he was angry. He controls everything. He makes huge money and buys weapons and ammunition for ISIS,” Qalthim said.

So why does he continue to smuggle people?

He listed three reasons: He needs the money to fed his family, it’s easy work, and he doesn’t have to travel far from home.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Gag Order Lifted on Naval Interception of Rocket Materials for Hamas [video]

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

The Navy and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) intercepted a boat last January that was on its way to Gaza with materials for manufacturing rockets and mortar shells, according to military spokesmen after a gag order on the counter-terrorist operation was lifted on Wednesday.

The vessel was being used to smuggle liquid fiberglass for building weapons to be launched on Israel. The boat was sailing from off the Sinai Peninsula to a Gaza port. Israel has placed a maritime embargo on Hamas-controlled Gaza to prevent the smuggling of weapons and materials for weapons.

Security officials arrested three Arabs who confessed to planning to smuggle the liquid fiberglass for Hamas.

The three suspects were identified as Machmed Bechar, Ahmed Zaidi and Awad Zaidi.

​They gave investigators detailed information on previous weapon smuggling activities and told them how Hamas intended to utilize fisherman and smugglers for future smuggling attempts.

That explains why the Navy often fires on those supposedly innocent “fishing boats” that foreign media report were manned by poor Gaza Arabs who can’t make a decent living fishing because the big bad Israeli Navy thinks fishermen are enemies.

They are enemies because they are not fishermen. They are terrorists.

The gag order on the operation was lifted when the men were indicted in a Be’er Sheva court today for involvement in crimes endangering the security of the country.

“The IDF is determined to prevent unlawful attempts to ship weapons and raw materials that may jeopardize the well being of Israelis,” said Lt. Colonel Peter Lerner, IDF Spokesman. “This shipment highlights that when Hamas chose to smuggle materials for rockets and mortars, it chose not to invest in the rehabilitation for the people of Gaza.”​​

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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