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June 25, 2016 / 19 Sivan, 5776

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Brussels Airport Suicide Bombers Named, 1 ISIS Terrorist Named, At Large

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Belgian media have named the two suicide bombers who blew up the departure hall at Zaventem Airport in Brussels on Tuesday.

State broadcaster RTBF reported the two terrorists were brothers, Khalid and Ibrahim El-Bakraoui, both known to the police.

A third suspect, Najim Laachraoui, was also seen on CCTV security footage before the explosions in the airport, and remains at large.

Brussels authorities have asked residents to stay in their homes due to the security situation in the city.

The two brothers were acknowledged as “martyrs” by the Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization. The terror group took responsibility for the attacks on the city’s airport and a metro station near the headquarters of the European Union.

At least 30 people died in the attacks and more than 200 others were wounded. Two Israelis who sustained minor wounds and four U.S. citizens who were hospitalized.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli FM Director Dore Gold Travels to Turkey in Aftermath of Bombing

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Senior Foreign Ministry official Dore Gold has cut short his visit to the United States and is traveling to Turkey following the terror attack that killed three Israelis on Saturday morning in Istanbul.

Three Israelis and an Iranian were killed along with the terrorist; 39 people were wounded, including 11 Israelis.

Gold was in the U.S. to attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference.

Instead, he will visit wounded Israeli citizens who are hospitalized in Istanbul, and then meet with Turkish officials, according to Turkish media.

Numerous foreign consulates are located along Istiklal Street and around the immediate area where the attack took place.

This past Wednesday Germany closed its consulate and school in Istanbul due to credible security threats, according to the Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper.

The U.S. State Department condemned the attack in a statement released by spokesperson John Kirby.

“The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack today on Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and our hopes for a quick recovery for those wounded,” the statement read.

“We will remain in close touch with Turkish authorities during the investigation. The United States stands in solidarity with our NATO Ally Turkey in combating the common threat of terrorism.

“This vicious attack is the latest in a series of indefensible violence targeting innocent people throughout Turkey – Turkish citizens and international visitors alike. These acts of terrorism only reinforce our determination to support all those across the region working to promote peace and reconciliation,” the statement said.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also condemned the attack in a written statement saying there can be no justification for terrorism. He said, “NATO allies stand united with Turkey, determined to fight against terrorism.”

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also condemned the attack.

“I strongly condemn this despicable and cowardly act that has caused the death of several people,” Ayrault said in a statement, adding Paris stands in solidarity with Turkey.

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) meanwhile has launched disciplinary proceedings against its media director and women’s bureau chief Irem Aktas, who tweeted on Saturday after the Istanbul suicide bombing, “Let the wounded Israeli citizens be worse, I wish they all died.”

Hatice Yücel, who heads Istanbul’s Eyüp district women’s branch, tweeted that the comments of party member Irem Aktas did not reflect AKP’s viewpoint. The tweet was deleted and Aktas’ social media accounts were shut down. The disciplinary proceedings against Aktas could result in her dismissal from the party, Yücel added.

Hana Levi Julian

U.S. Condemns Istanbul Attack, Cites 2 American Victims

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

The White House issued a statement Saturday night condemning the Istanbul terror attack that killed two dual American-Israeli citizens earlier in the day.

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Istanbul, Turkey. Two American citizens were among those killed in this heinous attack,” National Security Council spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those killed, and we wish a speedy recovery to those injured.”

A third Israeli and an Iranian citizen were both killed in the attack, along with the suicide bomber, Savaz Yildiz, 33, a resident of the Turkish city of Adana who was reportedly known to the authorities.

Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said the explosion occurred outside a local government office on Istiklal Street, where numerous foreign consulates are located. The area is also dotted with many cafes and restaurants.

The U.S. State Department also condemned the attack in a statement released by spokesperson John Kirby.

“The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack today on Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and our hopes for a quick recovery for those wounded,” the statement read.

“We will remain in close touch with Turkish authorities during the investigation. The United States stands in solidarity with our NATO Ally Turkey in combating the common threat of terrorism. This vicious attack is the latest in a series of indefensible violence targeting innocent people throughout Turkey – Turkish citizens and international visitors alike. These acts of terrorism only reinforce our determination to support all those across the region working to promote peace and reconciliation,” the statement said.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg condemned the attack in a written statement saying there can be no justification for terrorism. He said, “NATO allies stand united with Turkey, determined to fight against terrorism.”

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also condemned the attack. “I strongly condemn this despicable and cowardly act that has caused the death of several people,” Ayrault said in a statement, adding Paris stands in solidarity with Turkey.

This past Wednesday Germany had closed its consulate and school in Istanbul due to credible security threats.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel, Turkey Uniting Against Terror After Istanbul Attack

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu sent a condolence letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Saturday night after three Israelis and an Iranian were killed by a terrorist in Istanbul hours earlier.

Eleven Israelis and 28 others, including 13 foreign nationals, were also wounded in the attack.

Two of the deceased are dual U.S.-Israeli citizens.

“The attack in Istanbul tonight proved once again that the international community must work together against terror organizations,” Davutoglu wrote. “I send my condolences to the Israelis who lost family members in the attack in Istanbul and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded Israelis.”

Turkey’s deputy prime minister, Mehmet Simsek, also tweeted condolences to Israel.

A ZAKA delegation left for Turkey along with two planes, one from Magen David Adom, the other from the IDF, to bring the wounded and deceased Israelis home to Israel from Istanbul.

Netanyahu received updates during the day about what was happening in Istanbul, he told media from the situation room at the Foreign Ministry.

“We can say with certainty that, sadly, two Israeli citizens were killed. It could be that there is a third victim. The two families have been updated; I send them condolences on behalf of the entire Jewish people. There are approximately eleven people who were wounded, the degree of their injuries varies, and we are dealing with them. I directed the dispatch of two planes – one from MDA and one from the IDF – in order to bring them, and the deceased, of course, back to Israel.”

Netanyahu added that he has asked the Turkish authorities to allow Israel to increase its presence in the country.

This evening there will be approximately 15 of our representatives in Istanbul; the Foreign Ministry Director General is on his way there. We are in contact with the Turkish government. The Foreign Ministry Director General spoke with his Turkish counterpart and, naturally, we are trying to clarify things in the intelligence sphere. We currently have no confirmation that this terrorist incident was directed at Israelis.

“We know that there are those who have yet to make contact; we are trying to locate them. At the moment it does not seem that they were part of this event but things will certainly become clearer later on.

“Foreign Ministry personnel, including those here in the situation room, are working constantly and will work around the clock in order to bring the people back to Israel and in order to give full support at this difficult time.

“I am certain that all Israelis join me in the hope for recovery for the wounded and in expressing condolences to the families of those who were murdered.”

Turkish officials said earlier there was evidence the suicide bomber, Savaz Yildiz, 33, from the Turkish city of Adana, may have been a Da’esh operative with the ISIS terror organization.

Hana Levi Julian

3 Israelis Dead, 11 Wounded in Istanbul Terror Attack [video]

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

At least three Israelis were killed and 11 others were wounded in a terrorist attack shortly after 11 am on Sabbath (Saturday) morning in Istanbul.

The terrorist and an Iranian citizen was also killed and 28 other people were injured on Istiklal Avenue in the central Taksim section of Turkey’s largest city, where tourist hotels and cafes are located.

Fourteen of the victims were foreign nationals, according to Turkish officials. A number of foreign consulates are located along the avenue where the attack took place. However, officials were speculating the terrorist may have detonated the bomb too early, since the area was quiet at that hour. It is also possible he was targeting a Jewish tour group in the area.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that two Magen David Adom ambulance aircraft were leaving Istanbul to bring the wounded and deceased home to Israel.

Turkish Health Minister Mehmet Müezzinoglu said 39 people, including 14 foreign nationals and a child, were injured and seven of the victims in hospitals were in critical condition.

“We as a nation are unfortunately now face to face with a situation of unlimited, immeasurable acts that are inhumane, defy human values and are treacherous,” Müezzinoglu said.

In a later statement the Health Ministry said six Israeli, one German, one Icelander, one Iranian, two Irish citizens and one Dubaian were receiving treatment at hospitals.

Two of the deceased Israelis also hold dual US citizenship.

Turkish officials said Saturday night the attack may have been carried out by the ISIS terrorist organization, or by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist group.

Hana Levi Julian

Updated: 128 Dead, Hundreds Wounded in 7 Simultaneous Paris Terror Attacks

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Post-Shabbat update: The death toll has risen to 128 dead and hundreds wounded. ISIS has taken credit for the attack.

 

Note: This report was filed from Los Angeles, California, prior to the start of the Sabbath. The information may therefore be inaccurate after several hours, and cannot be updated until the close of the Sabbath in Israel. We wish all our readers a safe, peaceful and pleasant Sabbath. HLJ

A cluster of coordinated suicide bombings, shootouts and other mass casualty attacks sent shockwaves through the glittering nightlife in Paris on Friday evening.

There were at least seven separate points of attack reported by French media, in what appeared to be a mass casualty event similar to that carried out in Mumbai seven years ago by Islamist terrorists from Pakistan.

At least 60 people were reported dead and 100 others were being held hostage when two terrorists opened fire against French police at the Bataclan concert hall in the 11th arrondissement.

A witness told the AFP news agency one of the attackers in the concert hall shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he fired into the crowd.

A second shootout took place at the 10th arrondissement restaurant.

At a third venue, fans poured out on to the pitch after explosions were heard outside a game between France and Germany at the Stade de France.

An official with the French Football Federation told Canal+ “There was a bomb explosion at the entrance to Gate J. There have been three deaths and some injured. The Stade de France is secure. There is no longer any danger, people will leave normally.”

French President Francois Hollande, who was at the Stade de France, told media that a state of emergency was to be declared across France, The Guardian newspaper reported.

Paris authorities and local police advised everyone to stay indoors; local businesses were asked to shelter shoppers. Several Paris Metro lines were closed as well. Schools and universities in France are to be closed on Saturday.

Officials announced that France has closed its borders in the wake of the attacks, according to Sky News.

New York City also reportedly went to high alert in the wake of the attacks.

U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement to media that America would do whatever it takes to “bring these terrorists to justice…

“This is not just an attack on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share.” He called the attacks an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians,” adding that “Those who think they can terrorize France or their values are wrong.”

Hana Levi Julian

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Beirut Suicide Bombing

Friday, November 13th, 2015

The ISIS (Da’esh) terrorist group has taken responsibility for the horrific suicide bombing attack that claimed the lives of at least 43 people late Thursday.

More than 200 others were wounded when two attackers blew themselves up on a crowded street in the middle of Burj al-Barajneh during evening rush hour, ripping apart cars and the bodies of those inside them.

“A soldier of the caliphate blew himself up in the stronghold of the heretics, and after the apostates crowded around the site of the explosion, a second martyr blew himself up using his explosive belt,” read a statement posted online by ISIS.

In the statement, ISIS used deragatory terms to refer to Shi’ite Muslims and the rival Hezbollah terror organization, and vowed to carry out more attacks against Shi’ites.

A third suicide bomber was killed when the second attacker detonated the explosive, according to Lebanon Health Minister Wael Abu Faour, who was quoted by The Daily Star.

In a statement to media, the Lebanese Army confirmed that two suicide bombers had carried out the attack. A third attacker’s body had been found with an intact explosive belt that was not triggered by the blast that had killed him, the statement noted.

The attack, which left 239 wounded, was one of the deadliest to strike the country since the start of the raging civil war in Syria. —

Riots and stonings were reported early Friday against Israeli military forces in Al-Bireh, according to The israel Link.

Hana Levi Julian

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