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May 29, 2016 / 21 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘terrorism’

Report: Three PA Arabs Captured on Their Way to an Attack – by PA Security Forces

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Three Palestinian Authority Arabs were arrested north of Ramallah on Saturday night by Palestinian Authority security forces.

According to Arab sources. the three were reportedly on their way to committing a major terror attack against Israelis.

The sources said they were armed with hand grenades and a Carl Gustav sub-machine gun.

The three went off the grid a few weeks ago and Israeli and PA security forces had been searching for them since. Last week their cellphones and IDs were found.

Sources in the PA believe the three are linked to Hamas.

No Israeli sources have as of yet confirmed the Arab reports.

Over the past few weeks, PA Chairman Abbas has been trying to convince Israelis, through private meetings and TV interviews, to keep the IDF out of PA controlled cities and let him handle security.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Jerusalem Light Rail Attacked

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

A wannabe Arab terrorist attacked the Jerusalem Light Rail in a northern neighborhood on Saturday night.

Security personnel caught the young attacker red-handed as he was hurling rocks at the train.

None of the passengers were physically injured. The attacker was arrested and taken into custody.

Numerous stone-throwing attacks on the Light Rail have cost the CityPass company millions of shekels since the train began serving the capital.

Nearly all of the attacks take place in the northern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Shuafat and the nearby mixed neighborhood of Beit Hanina, disrupting service for Arab commuters as well as those in neighboring Jewish areas.

Hana Levi Julian

Casualty Numbers Rising After Brussels Terror Attacks

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

The number of casualties confirmed in the Brussels terrorist attacks on Tuesday is rising.

So far authorities report that 31 people have been confirmed to have died in the two attacks on the Zaventem Airport and the metro station near European Union headquarters in the city.

In addition, a number of people are reported missing, including a British citizen and a person from India.

At least 300 people were wounded in the two attacks; 150 are still hospitalized, including 61 patients who are critically injured. Four patients are still unidentified, according to The Guardian newspaper.

The two suicide bombers who blew up the departure hall at the airport and the bomber who blew up the metro station are all dead. The Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization claimed responsibility for both attacks.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered Israel’s assistance to his Belgian counterpart, Prime Minister Charles Michel, and said the Jewish State had much to offer Belgium in its battle against terrorism.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Company Helps FBI Break Apple Security

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

By Jesse Lempel/TPS

Technology experts reveal that an Israeli company could dramatically circumvent the legal conflict between the FBI and Apple by hacking the iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook.

Cellebrite, a multinational cellular forensic company headquartered in Petah Tikva, has a sole-source contract with the FBI and provides the intelligence service with the Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED), which can break into locked iPhones and Android devices.

The US government has for weeks been attempting to legally compel Apple to hack into the phone belonging to Farook who murdered fourteen people in San Bernardino, California with his wife in December. Apple has publicly refused and has insisted that breaking into the phone would compromise the security of all its devices.

After having long claimed that only Apple could access the phone’s information, the Justice Department abruptly reversed itself on Monday, March 24 and announced that it may no longer need Apple’s cooperation since “an outside party had demonstrated a way for the FBI to possibly unlock the phone,” the New York Times reported.

While it now appears that Cellebrite is the party behind the game-changing hacking technology, the company did not respond to phone calls and emails requesting comment.

The about-face drew criticism from NSA-leaker Edward Snowden who said that it demonstrated that the FBI’s earlier testimony was “perjury.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Brussels Police Find Third Bomb, Evacuate Nuclear Plants as ISIS Takes Responsibility for Attack

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Brussels police sappers neutralized a third bomb at Zaventem Airport on Tuesday after two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the departure hall hours earlier. The bomb, filled with nails, was discovered in a security sweep following the attack. It was safely detonated in a controlled explosion by sappers from the city’s bomb squad.

The Amaq news agency affiliated with the Islamic State terrorist organization issued a bulletin Tuesday afternoon claiming that ISIS was responsible for the attacks. The SITE intelligence watchdog group verified the claim.

“Islamic State fighters carried out a series of bombings with explosive belts and devices on Tuesday, targeting an airport and a central metro station in the center of the Belgian capital, Brussels, a country participating in the coalition against the Islamic State,” it said. “Islamic State fighters opened fire inside the Zaventem airport, before several of them detonated their explosive belts, as a martyrdom bomber detonated his explosive belt in the Maelbeek metro station.”

It is still not entirely clear how many people were killed and how many wounded at the airport and in the attack at the Brussels metro. Figures vary wildly, depending on the source – even varying between government agencies.

So far the death toll ranges from 10 to 14 dead in the attack at the airport, with between 81 to 100 wounded. In the attack at the Maelbeek metro station, the figures appear more consistent, with the death toll settled at 20; but the number of wounded ranges from 100 to 130.

Three suicide belts packed with explosives were discovered in the airport during the sweep. Also found on the terminal floor after the attack was a Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle with ammunition, near the body of one of the terrorists.

“Suspicious objects” were also found in the Maelbeek subway station and near Brussels University, located a bit further away. The bomb squad safely detonated those two as well.

However, the discovery of an additional suspicious package prompted police to re-establish a security cordon at the airport, according to Flemish broadcaster VTM.

Two suspicious packages were also found inside the offices of the National Pensions Office in Brussels, prompting authorities to clear the building, state-run RTBF reported.

Two nuclear power plants were shut down and evacuated by police, but few details were provided about the reason for the move. All but essential staff were evacuated from the nuclear plants in Tihange and Doel under orders by Belgian police, according to a spokesperson from Engie, the French firm that operates the facilities.

The office of Belgian federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw confirmed Tuesday night that raids conducted in the northern Brussels suburb of Schaarbeek “led to the discovery of [another] explosive device containing nails, among other things. The investigators have also discovered chemical products and an Islamic State flag,” according to the statement quoted by The Guardian.

The prosecutor told reporters at an earlier news conference there had been a total of three explosions earlier in the day – two at the airport and one in Maelbeek, rather than three at the metro as earlier reported. Two of three men seen in a CCTV photo leaked to European media “very likely” committed the suicide attack, according to Van Leeuw. He also confirmed there is an active manhunt underway for that third individual, seen in the footage at the airport, dressed in white.

The Belgian government received statements of condolence and support from leaders and governments around the world, including Israel, Turkey, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Egypt, all of the members of the European Union and NATO, the United States and elsewhere.

“This is a cowardly attack, an attack on our values and on our open societies,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement. “Terrorism will not defeat democracy and take away our freedoms.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Okays Incoming Flights from Europe

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Israel unlocked its temporary ban on incoming flights from Europe at about 12 noon on Tuesday following a massive terror attack at the departure hall of Zaventem Airport in Brussels a few hours earlier.

However, it is not clear whether the incoming flights will be allowed by the local airports to depart, depending on the various security restrictions currently in place. In addition, there may be restrictions on which air space may be used in flights out of Europe due to the security situation.

Israel had issued a temporary ban on all incoming flights from Europe in the wake of a massive explosion shortly after 8 am near the American Airlines desk at the departure hall of Belgium’s Zaventem Airport in Brussels.

The ban had been scheduled for 10:30 am until midnight (Tues. Mar. 22), at least until the security situation was clear.

Outgoing flights from Israel to Europe were not affected by the security measure.

The Israel Aviation Authority (IAA) opened a situation room at Ben Gurion International Airport to manage the ongoing crisis and help keep airline passengers updated.

Passengers were asked to have patience with the extra security measures and to check the schedule board at the airport for updates.

Three flights were set to arrive in Israel today from Brussels. According to the IAA, a total of 24 flights were affected by the ban.

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

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