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May 26, 2016 / 18 Iyar, 5776

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UK Anti-Terror Video Advises, ‘Run, Hide and Tell’ [video]

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

The British government is keeping its threat level at ‘severe’ in the wake of Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels — indicating a terrorist attack is highly likely.

To help its citizens, British Prime Minister David Cameron is releasing regular updates via Twitter and other media.

But there is also the special anti-terror video that was created and released by the National Police Chief’s Council in December 2015, in the wake of the November 13 massacre by Da’esh (ISIS) in Paris.

The video advises, “run, hide and tell.” The video tells British citizens to put their mobile phones on silent and plan for an attack at work or in a public place, among other things, according to Sputnik.

“If you hear gunshots, the best option is to evacuate, but only do so if it won’t put you in greater danger. First, consider your route. Act quickly and quietly, leaving your belongings behind. Insist others come with you, but don’t let their indecision slow you down. Once you have identified a safe route, run. Consider your route as you leave. Will it place you in the line of fire? Is it safer to wait for the attacker to move away before you continue? If you can’t move to safety, hide.”

Cameron also chaired a second meeting of the UK government’s emergency COBRA committee (Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms), the British crisis management center.

“Let me update you on the #Brussels terrorist attacks,” Cameron tweeted following the second meeting. “Details are still emerging but at least 34 were killed; many others injured. “

The UK has increased border controls and screening; extra police have been deployed, Cameron told media. “The terrorists want to destroy everything our two countries stand for but we will never let them.”

The UK Foreign Office has also dropped its previous warning against travel to Belgium. A cautionary statement urging people to remain “vigilant” and stay away from crowded places was issued by the Foreign Office.

Hana Levi Julian

ISIS Terrorists in Istanbul Followed Israelis Before Attack

Monday, March 21st, 2016

The terrorist who attacked an Israeli group in Istanbul on Saturday followed them from the moment they left the hotel that morning before detonating his suicide vest, according to the area’s security cameras.

At least one and possibly as many as four Turkish terrorists followed the group of 14 Israeli tourists from their Besiktas hotel to Istiklal Street before launching the deadly attack that killed and maimed dozens. Three of the Israelis, two with dual U.S. citizenship, were killed and the rest of the group members were injured in the blast.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu both sent letters of condolence to their Israeli counterparts following the attack.

A total of four people were killed and 39 others were wounded, among them 11 Israeli citizens. Four people remained hospitalized in Istanbul Monday in critical condition, according to the Daily Sabah newspaper. Turkish intelligence officials said after examining security footage in the area, the Israelis — who were on a culinary tour — had been followed that morning from the time they left their hotel.

The terrorists faded back into an alley as the group stopped at a restaurant to have breakfast, according to a report published on the Turkish-language Haberturk news site.

Minutes after the group resumed its tour after breakfast, Mehmet Öztürk detonated his suicide vest. DNA testing confirmed the suicide bomber’s identity; he was a resident of the Turkish town of Gaziantep, and a Da’esh operative of the Islamic State terror group.

Turkish police continued searching on Monday for three other alleged Da’esh terrorists, according to the Daily Sabah. The suspects are believed to be planning further attacks in the wake of Saturday’s suicide bombing.

Photos of the three suspects, Haci Ali Dumaz, Savas Yildiz and Yunus Durmaz, were published in the newspaper in hopes that citizens might see and identify them to police. All are Turkish nationals. Police said the suspects have been given instructions to “carry out further attacks in crowded areas, primarily in Istanbul.”

Yildiz was initially believed to have been the operative who blew himself up in Saturday’s attack. The bombing was the sixth in Turkey since last July, the fourth perpetrated by ISIS. Two others were carried out by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK terrorist organization.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel, Turkey Continue Talks on Normalization

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Israel and Turkey reportedly are continuing efforts to resolve their differences despite a terror attack Saturday in Istanbul that left three Israelis dead and 11 others wounded.

Four people died in addition to the suicide bomber and 36 people were injured in the blast that struck the central Taksim section of the city. Israeli officials were working with Turkish intelligence to determine whether terrorists were aimed at Israeli tourists. Turkish government officials said Saturday night it was believed the suicide bomber may have been a Da’esh operative from the ISIS terrorist organization, or a member of the PKK terror group.

A nasty tweet celebrating the attack and wishing that more Israelis were killed was posted by the communications director of the ruling AK Party following the attack. But the immediate dismissal of the individual spoke volumes about the government’s intentions to advance towards between the two former allies.

Reconciliation efforts are continuing, the prime minister said, with talks ongoing between Jerusalem and Ankara. “We are working towards an agreement that will lead towards normalization,” Netanyahu said. “We have encountered some delays in this process, not from a lack of trying but due to fundamental issues” that are still being addressed.

The incendiary tweet posted earlier in the evening by Irem Aktas, the head of Turkey’s AK Party public relations and women’s department, was removed from Twitter. Aktas herself was fired following the incident.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nachson said Israel was investigating the veracity of the tweet; if true, Nachshon said it was “shocking and ugly.” He echoed an earlier statement by Netanyahu that Israel would expect an apology and statement by the Turkish government distancing itself from the sentiment.

AK Party official Hatic Yucel tweeted a statement immediately after Aktas, saying her tweet did “not reflect the opinion of the AK Party.”

Hana Levi Julian

1 Israeli Victim Identified in Istanbul Terror Attack

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

One of the three Israeli victims has been identified in the suicide bombing attack in Istanbul on Saturday. A fourth national was also killed.

The attack by a suicide bomber who blew himself up in central Istanbul occurred near two tour groups who were walking on Istiklal Street. The blast left 11 Israelis and 26 others wounded, including seven in critical condition.

Among the dead was Simha Demri, 60, of Dimona, who was on a culinary tour with her husband Avi, who suffered wounds to his legs and a punctured lung.

The terrorist detonated his bomb about four meters away from the group, according to Demri, who had spoken with Ynet about the attack before he was told about his wife’s death. He noted that both his legs were broken and that he could “barely breathe.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told media, “There is information that this was an attack by a member of ISIS. But this is preliminary information. In cases like this, we cooperate with other countries’ intelligence agencies.”

Hana Levi Julian

The Tamar Yonah Show – Rocks and Rockets on My Head [audio]

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Ever wonder what it is like to experience and live under rock and rocket attack?

Tamar describes her time under both, and invites on residents of Israel’s southern communities to take you through a real experience of what it is like to have 15 seconds or less to run for cover and save your life and the lives of your family.

Guests include Esther Blau Marcus, a social worker and resident of Kibbutz Alumim who also authored the book, ‘Tseva Adom‘ (Color Red, the alarm warning of incoming rockets). Also joining the show is Noam Bedein, Sderot resident and Director of the Sderot Media Center, who talks about the Friday night attack of rocket fire over Sderot.

Israel News Talk Radio

US VP Joe Biden: No Justification for This ‘Intolerable, Hateful Violence’

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Israel on what may have been one of the bloodiest days in the current wave of terror – but it did not deter him from teaching two of his grandchildren that their commitment to Israel runs deeper than the issue of security.

Biden is in Israel for a two-day visit, together with his wife Jill and the two children of his deceased son Beau, whose mother-in-law is Jewish.

The vice president commented Wednesday morning during a news briefing in Jerusalem that he deliberately brought his grandchildren to Israel this time around. He said he wants them “to see; they’re not too young to understand all of what [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] talked about – that this is a commitment that is deeper than security.”

That’s a pretty gutsy statement coming from a man whose wife and grandchildren were eating dinner just down the beach as one person was being murdered in an attack, nine others injured.

During the news conference Biden firmly condemned the escalation in violence he encountered upon his arrival.

Biden had headed for a meeting at the Peres Center for Peace while his wife Jill and two grandchildren went to the beach for dinner.

But the meeting had barely started before he began to receive messages about one terror attack after the next – including one about a particularly bloody, gruesome attack “not very far from where” his family was having dinner.

Taylor Allen Force, a U.S. citizen, Vanderbilt graduate student, a graduate of West Point and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, was murdered in that attack. Force’s wife was among the nine others who were wounded.

Biden’s comments about that nightmare followed a brief statement by Netanyahu in which he pointed out that Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas refused to condemn the terrorist attacks. His Fatah faction “actually praised the murderer of this American citizen as a Palestinian martyr and a hero,” Netanyahu said.

The prime minister also pointed out the dangers inherent in the “persistent incitement in Palestinian society” that “glorifies murders of innocent people and calls for a Palestinian state not to live in peace with Israel but to replace Israel.”

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization – who will automatically gain citizenship in any Palestinian Authority sovereign state – released an official statement praising the attacks. The group called them “heroic operations” and cited them as proof the wave of terror remains.

“Hamas celebrates the martyrs that have ascended through these operations and confirms that their pure blood will, God willing, be the fuel for escalating the intifada,” the terrorist group wrote on its home page.

Not that this is anything new in our neighborhood; but it is most likely a new experience for Biden. He undoubtedly hears about this from Israelis with whom he speaks, but equally likely rarely gives it much thought.

Clearly, he gave it a lot of thought this time.

“Let me say in no uncertain terms: The United States of America condemns these acts and condemns the failure to condemn these acts. This cannot become an accepted modus operandi,” Biden told reporters.

“This cannot be viewed by civilized leaders as an appropriate way in which to behave,” he continued. “It is just not tolerable in the 21st century.

“They’re targeting innocent civilians, mothers, pregnant women, teenagers, grandfathers, American citizens,” he exclaimed.

“There can be no justification for this hateful violence and the United States stands firmly behind Israel when it defends itself as we are defending ourselves at this moment as well.”

He commented that his own family was very close to the action. “I don’t know how [close], whether it was 100 meters or 1,000 meters,” he said, “but it just brings home that it can happen – it can happen anywhere at any time.”

Hana Levi Julian

Tragedy Avoided, Female Terrorist Caught in Kedumim

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

What could have become a massive tragedy has ended in the arrest of a female Arab terrorist in northwestern Samaria Jewish community of Kedumim, about 15 minutes east of Herzliya and Netanya.

The attacker infiltrated the community just before 11 am Wednesday morning, armed with a knife.

She was spotted by a female resident in the community who phoned security personnel as the terrorist approached the entrance to her home.

Security personnel arrived on the scene within seconds and shot the attacker who had the knife in her hand. She was then disarmed, taken into custody and provided with medical treatment.

No Israelis were physically wounded in the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

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