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January 29, 2015 / 9 Shevat, 5775
 
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Hezbollah Infiltrated by Israeli Mossad Spy Agency

Friday, January 16th, 2015

It’s taken weeks but Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has been forced to acknowledge that Israel has penetrated his terror organization.

Lebanese media reported a number of weeks ago that an operative in charge of Hezbollah’s ‘foreign operations’ was discovered to be a spy for the Mossad, Israel’s international intelligence agency.

Former IDF general Yaakov Amidror, an official with Israeli military intelligence, told Reuters the arrest shows Hezbollah’s air of “impenetrability is not founded in fact.”

Sources close to the group identified the alleged spy as a man named Mohammad Shawraba, said to have joined the terror organization in his youth when the group first was getting started. Shawraba participated in attacks against the IDF in southern Lebanon before its withdrawal in 2000.

A Lebanese official said Shawraba is a wealthy businessman who travels between Spain and Italy. “He worked for the Mossad for several years and played a role in foiling attempts to get revenge for [the death of second-in-command Imad] Mughniyeh. He exposed several people who were planning to avenge his death.”

The man was actually detained five months ago, according to an interview with Nasrallah on Al Mayadeen television in Lebanon.

“For me, this is a breach and should not happen,” Nasrallah said, “but if it happens then it is part of the battle. It is part of the war between us and Israel.”  The name of the infiltrator was not revealed in the interview, and Nasrallah made an effort to minimize his importance within the organization.  “He confessed about all the information he has given and the extent of his cooperation,” he told the interviewer.

Nasrallah added that the arrest shows Hezbollah has remained vigilant throughout the 32 years of its struggle against Israel.

It is clear that others are not taking the matter so lightly, particularly in Lebanon. A senior government official told Reuters, “This is considered one of the most dangerous breaches in the ranks of Hezbollah, which operates in a secretive manner. But it will not pose any threat to the group,” he said.

The Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group has been fighting alongside the Syrian Army to defend President Bashar al-Assad since the start of the civil war in Syria, together with Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards. The group, which is banned by the United States as well, is represented by a considerable segment of the national government cabinet as well as a faction in the Lebanese parliament.

Although Nasrallah speaks about avenging Mughniyeh’s death and waging war against Israel, he has remained in a secret hiding place since the end of the 2006 Second Lebanon War with Israel out of fear of assassination by Israeli agents.

Brussels Govt: ‘We’ve Averted A Belgian Charlie Hebdo’ 

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Government agents killed at least two suspects in what they say was a developing “Belgian Charlie Hebdo” situation late Thursday.

The suspects opened fire as police began their raid on an apartment above a bakery in the eastern city of Verviers, 70 miles from Brussels. No security personnel were injured.

The public prosecutor’s office has confirmed the deaths of the two suspects, and added there have been arrests of “several” more.

“We’ve averted a Belgian Charlie Hebdo,” an unidentified police officer told La Meuse, according to Fox News.

Magistrate Eric Van der Sypt told journalists at a briefing in Brussels that the terrorists were linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and were close to launching a major attack.

Counter terror raids are underway in the Brussels region at this time, as well as in Verviers, he said, and the terror alert level in the country has been raised to its second highest level.

The raids were part of the security establishment’s investigation into local jihadists who are returning to the country “battle-hardened” from Syria.

Another suspect is currently being detained in a separate part of the country on suspicion of selling arms that were used in last week’s terrorist siege in Paris.

Belgian media reported that suspect had turned himself in Tuesday in the southern city of Charleroi, saying he had been in contact with Amedy Coulibaly, one of the gunmen involved in last week’s Paris terror attacks.

It is not yet known whether the two are connected, nor whether those who were killed Thursday were directly tied to the Paris terror cells.

Netanyahu: War Against Terror Lost if Based on Hypocrisy

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at his meeting with AIPAC leaders on Wednesday, Jan. 14:

“I think the war against terror will not succeed if it’s founded on hypocrisy, and I’ve yet to hear any world leader condemn the comments by Erdogan, not one.

“Now he said that Israel should not have been represented in the march in Paris, and the reason he gave, was our actions to defend our citizens against the thousands of rockets hurled at our cities by the terrorists of Hamas.

“I believe his shameful remarks must be repudiated by the international community, because the war against terror will only succeed if it’s guided by moral clarity. That means that the terrorists and their supporters must be condemned, and those fighting terror, like Israel and the United States, must be supported. It’s as simple as that. And I think we’re going to be tested by these issues of moral confusion versus moral clarity and courage versus cowardice again, and again, and again.

“This is not a one-shot battle.”

PhotoEssay: French Terror Victim Funerals in Jerusalem

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Many thousands of people attended the funeral in Jerusalem for the Paris HyperCacher terror victims on January 13, 2015. The funeral was held at the Har Menuchot cemetery in Jerusalem:

HyperCacher Jerusalem Funeral 1Photo by: Hillel Meir / Tazpit News Agency

HyperCacher Funeral in Jerusalem 10Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

HyperCacher Funeral in Jerusalem 11Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO

HyperCacher Funeral in Jerusalem 9Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO

HyperCacher Funeral in Jerusalem 8 Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

HyperCacher Funeral in Jerusalem 12Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO

HyperCacher Funeral in Jerusalem 7 Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

HyperCacher Funeral in Jerusalem 2

Photo by: Hillel Meir / Tazpit News Agency

HyperCacher Funeral in Jerusalem 5Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

HyperCacher Funeral in Jerusalem 3Hillel Meir / Tazpit News Agency

HyperCacher Funeral in Jerusalem 4Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

HyperCacher Funeral in Jersualem 14Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Netanyahu Thanks French Jews for Warm Welcome

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with French Jewish leaders Monday morning and said that that terrorism will spread and worsen if the world does not join forces to fight it.

“Israel supports Europe in the struggle against terrorism and the time has come for Europe to support Israel in the exact same struggle, he said.

The Prime Minister tried to make believe that French officials did not want him to attend yesterday’s massive solidarity rally and said, “As soon as the security problem was resolved, thus allowing me to come, it was natural that I come here, it was important that I come here and therefore I came here.

“There is great significance in what the world saw, the Prime Minister of Israel marching with all the world leaders in a united effort against terrorism, or at least in a call for unity.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu also told French leaders, “Yesterday’s event in the La Victoire synagogue was emotional. I was also moved at the meeting with the bereaved families. I embraced the two brothers and I told them that I understand their feelings very well and that the entire Jewish People embraces the families. This was a moment of genuine Jewish solidarity. The visit to Paris was also a moment of general solidarity with humanity.”

NYPD Warned to ‘Consider Tactics, Watch For Hands’

Monday, January 12th, 2015

New York City police officers were given new orders on Sunday at roll call: “Remain alert and consider tactics at all times.”

It sounds pretty basic but the instructions carried an extra bit of warning after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terror group issued a new direct threat to the world.

“Pay close attention, and look for their hands,” the curt memo continues.

New York’s finest are already in a state of heightened security in the wake of last week’s terror attacks in Paris.

Although there has been no specific threat extra police were placed on patrol after ISIS issued a worldwide call to attack soldiers, police, civilians and anyone else by “lone wolf” operators.

In addition, police were told they can no longer sit together to eat or wait in patrol cars; one officer must be outside standing guard at all times.

Basically… none of us are safe,” commented a correspondent for New York’s ABC News.

However, NYPD has yet to prepare its force to meet the challenge in a comprehensive way. Few of the patrol officers on the street have actually received any training whatsoever in how to deal with terrorism. Such skills are not part of the regular Police Academy curriculum for America’s largest police force, even though one could argue that New York is one of the three top targeted cities in the United States.

Since the Al Qaeda attack on the Twin Towers at New York City’s World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the NYPD ESU squad is tasked with responding to terror threats. But the rank and file has had no such training; the force is poorly equipped to deal with the kind of challenges that Paris security personnel had to face last week.

 

Why French Jewry Cannot Afford to Sleep

Monday, January 12th, 2015

It appears the Jewish community in France has more to fear than simple anti-Semitism in Europe. Jews have often ended up in history’s crossfire when the winds of war were raging. This time appears to be no exception as the world wrestles with radical Islam.

There are two main issues that are endangering French Jewry. The first danger can be likened to the proverbial clash of the stags, so to speak. And the Jews are underfoot. Or fodder.

Al Qaeda is in competition with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), via its affiliates, each of which operates independently. An operative recruited by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, led the first of last week’s series of terror attacks in Paris. But the siege of terror was actually carried out by two separate teams from the competing terror groups who joined together for the purpose of making a statement in France.

The first team, comprised of Cherif Koachi, 32 and his brother Said, 34, also included 18 year old Hamid Mourad and a fourth person – as yet unidentified – who drove the getaway car. That group is linked to Al Qaeda; Cherif had been recruited while on the streets and then in the jails of France. His brother Said had actually traveled to Yemen and met with AQAP leader Anwar al-Awlaki, and trained at the terrorist bases there.

The second team – that of Amedy Coulibaly and his common-law wife, Hayat Boumedienne – belongs to ISIS. Coulibaly was seen on Sunday in the traditional terror shahid (martyr) video that was produced at some time prior to carrying out the attacks. Someone – possibly Boumedienne – uploaded the video to the Twitter social networking site two days after he died in a blaze of French SWAT team gunfire.  In the video he appears to be seated below the flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The footage was authenticated by a former lawyer for the terrorist as well as by the SITE research group that tracks terrorist propaganda. “We managed to synchronize to come out at the same time. What we have done is completely legitimate, given what they have done. If you attack the caliphate, we will attack you,” Coulibaly says in the video.

It is clear that Al Qaeda and ISIS, rivals who compete for the prestige of being able to claim control over the world of terror, have nevertheless found a way to work together when the goal is worthy. This is the first instance in which the two groups are known to have collaborated on any operation.

The Jews of France are a convenient target, where it is estimated that 1,000 Muslims have left to join the jihad abroad. Those fighters are expected at some point to return – as trained terrorists.

Not so far away, in Belgium, a French terrorist with links to ISIS left a river of Jewish blood in his wake last May after slaughtering staff and visitors to the Jewish Museum of Brussels. Despite the massacre, it took months for Jewish community leaders to convince the government — the same leadership which hosts the headquarters of the European Union and the European Parliament — to increase protection to the site following the attack.

Even though France has the largest Jewish population in Europe, it is dwarfed by that of the Muslim population, which more than 10 times larger. Muslims comprise 10 percent of the population of France; 6.5 million French citizens are Muslims. Only 500,000 are Jews.

In 2012, an Al Qaeda terrorist of Algerian descent attacked a Jewish elementary school in Toulouse, murdering three children and a rabbi.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/why-french-jewry-cannot-afford-to-sleep/2015/01/12/

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