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July 7, 2015 / 20 Tammuz, 5775
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Rocket Alert on Golan – Nothing Hit Israel

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

11:50 Rocket Alert on Golan – Nothing hit Israel.

Syrian Rebels have launched a large offensive against Assad’s forces in the city of Madinat Al-Baath in Quneitra, near the Israeli border.

At 11:50 AM a rocket siren went off on the Golan Heights in Ortal, Alonei Bashan, Marom Golan, Ein Zivan and Keshet.

Residents went into the bomb shelters.

It appears that a rocket or mortar may have been launched by one side against the other, but no rockets landed on the Israeli side of the border.

Media Panic over Rocket Alarm in Golan Heights

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

A rocket siren sounded in the Golan Heights shortly before noon Wednesday, sending Israeli media into a panic while Golan residents continued their lives normally, except those towns were the siren specifically went off.

No rocket or missile fell in Israel.

Golan resident “Alex” told Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel):

 I don’t know what you are talking about. We did not receive any order from the IDF to stop working.

The IDF is checking to discover why the rocket siren sounded.

It must be a slow news week for Israel’s establishment media, looking for a way to frighten citizens.

Yesterday, the IDF declared a tiny part of northeast Golan Heights to be a “closed military zone” because of the fierce fighting across the border.

The closure might have been related to a planned Druze protest against the murder of their brethren in Syria.

Two hours later, after the media – not The Jewish Press, by the way – ran screaming headlines, anticipating all-out war between the IDF and the Islamic State (ISIS), or Hezbollah, or Assad’s army, or perhaps Al Qaeda.

Rockets from Syria have exploded on the Israeli side of the Golan too many times. We have no intention of belittling the fragile quiet on the Israeli side of the border, but let’s keep it in proportion.

Plight of Syria’s Druze Population Strikes Chord in Israel

Monday, June 15th, 2015

By Zack Pyzer

Syria’s ever-deepening civil war has for the first time put the country’s 800,000 strong population under threat of genocide by Islamic extremists.

Prominent Israeli Druze MK Ayoub Kara, speaking to Tazpit News Agency on Monday, said that the situation was complicated both for the Druze in Syria, as well as for Israel.

Last Wednesday, members of the al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front slaughtered 20 Druze civilians. This quickly raised fears that the Druze could meet the same violent persecution as other religious minorities under Islamic extremists.

Druze protestors and politicians in neighboring Israel are now trying to help their plight. However, the matter has caused a lot of
“I wear two hats, as a Druze, and as a member of Israel’s government,” Kara, who is a member of the ruling Likud party, said to Tazpit.

The Druze community in Israel have a high rate of conscription into the IDF, and are generally regarded as well integrated into society.

On Monday evening, around 4,000 protestors in the largely Druze town of Isfiya took to the streets to urge Israel to protect their brethren across the border.

Many Israeli Druze have close family relations in Syria, especially those from villages in the Israeli Golan Heights.
In addition to protests, Druze communities in Israel are said to have raised more than $2.6 million (NIS 10 million) to transfer to Syria, via Jordan.

The money will likely be used to buy weapons for the protection of the community, Kara suggested.

The MK explained that Israel cannot act like the USA and a coalition of nations are doing against the Islamic State. If the Jewish state is seen to be on the side of the Druze in Syria, “it would make it worse for our people,” Kara concluded.

Al Nusra Killers in Syrian-Druze Massacre to Face Islamic Trial

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

The Jabhat al Nusra Syrian rebel group stated on Saturday that the members of its organization who massacred 20 Druze civilians in Syria’s Idlib region last week will face trial in an Islamic Court, according to the Lebanese TV station, MTV.

Al Nusrah said the killings were a violation of orders and the killers would be punished.

The massacre shocked the international Druze community.

The Al Qaida-affiliated al Nusra group want to portray themselves as the liberators of Syria and a more moderate Islamic alternative than ISIS. They have made it a point of not forcing their Islamic views on areas they captured.

But it may too little, too late, as reports in Arab media indicate that the Druze community have begun organizing, and will be joining Assad’s side in the Syrian civil war.

20 Druze Civilians Massacred in Syria

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Twenty Syrian-Druze civilians were murdered in their village of Qalb al-Loza, in the Idlin region of Syria, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The civilians were massacred by Jabhat al-Nusra rebels, who are associated with Al-Qaida.

It began when the Tunisian-born Jabhat al-Nusra leader killed one of the Druze villagers.

The locals then killed one of the al-Nusra rebels in response. The rebels called in reinforcements, who then proceeded to kill the Druze civilians, including a child.

Druze are considered infidels by the various Muslim sects.

Israeli-Druze have been warning of a potential massacre against their relatives in Syria.

Syrian Pilot Commits Suicide to Avoid Fiery ISIS Death

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

A 29 year-old Syrian pilot committed suicide when his plane malfunctioned and he parachuted into territory held by ISIS, according to a report in the Syrian paper, the Shaam Times.

The pilot, Hassan Mohamed Mahmoud, shot himself in the head when he was surrounded by ISIS terrorists.

The speculation is that Mahmoud preferred to die quickly rather than to have an agonizing death at the hands of the ISIS barbarians, such as the one suffered by the captured Jordanian pilot who was placed in a steel cage and burned to death in late December.

According to the IBTimes, the pilot had taken off from a base in Syria near the border with Jordan. The incident allegedly took place last week.

US Army Website Breached by ‘Syrian Electronic Army’ Hackers

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

A Syrian hacker group breached a declassified U.S. Army web site on Monday, officials revealed at a news briefing late in the day.

U.S. military officials confirmed that Syrian government supporters hacked into the website, uploading various propaganda in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad before the site crashed.

The hackers, who identified themselves online as being linked to the “Syrian Electronic Army,” also redirected visitors to a page that championed the Syrian regime.

It is not clear whether United States national defense was compromised in the breach. Thus far, the Obama administration has denied reports that internal databases were compromised – but just to be sure, the site was temporarily shut down. It has since been returned to the Internet.

“Today an element of the Army.mil service provider’s content was compromised,” Army Brig. Gen. Malcolm Frost said in a statement. “After this came to our attention, the Army took appropriate preventive measures to ensure there was no breach of Army data by taking down the website temporarily.”

The SEA has claimed in the past to have breached news web sites such as The New York Times, CBS News, The Washington Post and BBC.

The group, which launched in 2011, states its mission is to attack the enemies of the Syrian government, mainly those who “fabricate” stories about the Syrian civil war. SEA wrote on its web site in 2011 that it is not officially affiliated with the government but is a group of Syrian youths.

A separate cyber attack traced to China announced several days ago, involved hackers who penetrated the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Interior. The personal data of some four million federal employees, past and present, were stolen in the breach of that computer system.

Earlier in the year, the personal data of more than 100,000 U.S. taxpayers was stolen after the Internal Revenue Service network was hacked in a massive cyber attack traced to Russia.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/us-army-website-breached-by-syrian-electronic-army-hackers/2015/06/09/

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