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July 30, 2016 / 24 Tammuz, 5776

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5 Dead in Terror Attack on Jordanian Intelligence Headquarters

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Five members of the General Intelligence Department (GID) were killed early Monday in an attack at the headquarters of the secret police in Baqa’a, a northern suburb of Amman.

The attack on the security office, about 21 kilometers (13 miles) north of Amman, took place on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, said government spokesman Mohammad Momani, Minister of State for Media Affairs. The killers escaped and remain unidentified.

“The cowardly attack on the security office in the first day of Ramadan shows the criminal behavior of the terrorists,” Momani said in a statement.

The attack occurred shortly before 7 am local time. Three of the five victims were intelligence officers; the others were a guard and a receptionist at the office, according to The Guardian newspaper.

More than 100,000 people live in Baqa’a, including many who fled the 1948 war against the newly reborn State of Israel by its Arab neighbors, and the generations of descendants.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Earlier this year, a number of Da’esh (ISIS) supporters were killed in a security operation carried out by Jordanian government troops in the northern city of Irbid.

Hana Levi Julian

How Tax Laws Can Help in the Fight Against Terrorism

Monday, June 6th, 2016

American tax laws originally enacted to combat money laundering and terrorism adversely affect the millions of American citizens living abroad.

Colleen Graffy, a former United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Professor of International Law at Pepperdine University, explains why FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) restrictions are unfair to law-abiding U.S. expats. Did FATCA lower the value of U.S. citizenship?

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Israel Gives Security Lessons to Airport Security Execs

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Israel may be a pariah on the world stage when it comes to votes in the United Nations, but “secretly” it is apparently a great leader when it comes to keeping a country’s population safe. Security personnel have been streaming into Israel for years already to learn the ABC’s of keeping their countries safe, starting, of course, with the gateways to their nations — the airport.

Now, in light of the recent crash of EgyptAir flight MS804 and worldwide terror attacks, it’s no surprise to find airport executives from 40 nations are set to arrive in Israel next month.

The international airport representatives will arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport – one of the world’s safest – where they will learn first-hand about creative security procedures.

Since 1972, there has not been a single hijacking incident from Israel. But unless you’re very, very watchful, you would not notice the numerous security layers through which every individual passes at the airport. As such, security at BGI doesn’t disrupt the flow of traffic, nor does it do much to bother the traveler passing through the terminal.

The BGI Airport Security Operations Center, for example, is the heartbeat of the airport, monitoring every flight and checking the background of every passenger and flight crew member who is to pass through Israeli air space. Red-flagged individuals merit special attention and there are at least ten of those per day, according to a report by The Tower, quoting CNN.

But you’d never know it – in fact, one cannot even find it.

Earlier this year Israel also issued an additional security directive to airlines that fly to the Jewish State in order to address other potential threats such as the terrorists who recently were responsible for bringing down a Russian airliner last year in the Sinai Peninsula.

Those include insiders working at airports and resorts with access to passengers’ luggage.

Or, for that matter, airline personnel and cabin crew themselves, such as the depressed Germanwings co-pilot who became suicidal while flying a passenger plane. He took an entire aircraft filled with passengers along with him into death in March 2015.

Israeli security methods work partly because the system is flexible and responsive to dynamic situations, according to aviation security expert Shalom Dolev, who spoke with CNN.

By the time a passenger has reached an airline check-in counter, that individual has probably already passed up to five security checks, usually noticing only three: the initial entry point at the gate, the security check to allow the passenger in to the line for check-in, and the security officer who asks the “annoying questions that make no sense” before one reaches the check-in counter.

When those 40 airport executives leave Israel, they too will understand those “annoying questions” a little better — and perhaps begin to implement similar strategies in their own nations.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Starts Process to Revoke Citizenship of Arab Terror Suspect

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Arab terror suspect Ala’a Ziwad may lose his Israeli status in the wake of a recent decision to revoke or not renew the residency of anyone who harms the security of Israelis or the state.

Ziwad is charged with four counts of attempted murder and possession of a knife for racist purposes after having carried out a vehicle ramming attack at the Gan Shmuel junction near Hadera last October.

The terrorist has confessed to deliberately ramming his car into two IDF soldiers and then stabbing two more people before he was stopped.

A 19-year-old female soldier and a 20-year-old male soldier were evacuated to the hospital in serious and fair condition respectively. The attacker also stabbed a 14-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man, left with serious and minor wounds.

Interior Minister Arye Deri said Sunday on his Facebook page he would not renew Ziwad’s father’s residency permit. He also said he would file a request with the Haifa District Court to start the process of revoking Ziwad’s citizenship: the terrorist’s mother is an Israeli citizen.

Hana Levi Julian

Gaza Tots Taught to Wage War Against Israel in Realistic School Plays [video]

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Gaza tots are being taught from the tiniest ages –from three and up — how to wage war against Israel. They are being desensitized to the sounds of war in school plays where they learn to wage war against Israel in realistic-sounding battle scenes.

It’s not a joke, or even a game. It’s very serious business and deliberate, methodical indoctrination of the next generation that begins literally with playground or daycare, and continues straight through the lifespan, via all forms of media, to the grave.

The Da’esh (ISIS or Islamic State) and Hezbollah terrorist groups have been doing this for quite some time as well.

IDF Spokesperson Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner called the latest video of these events “a rare glimpse into Gaza child abuse,” and asked Facebook users to “please share this.”  JewishPress.com asks its readers to do the same, for only through wide dissemination of this information will English-speaking readers learn the truth about what is happening to the children of Gaza.

These events are not being covered at all in the mainstream media abroad for many reasons, perhaps primary among them might be the safety of their journalists whose own lives and those of their families depend upon the capricious whims of Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization.

For those journalists who do write about these horrors, their editors either ignore the facts or dismiss them as aberrations.

Few are really aware of the deliberate generational programming that is taking place among the Palestinian Authority Arabs, quietly promoted by Ramallah-based leader Mahmoud Abbas and Gazan Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

These school-based “war game plays” flow into the summer camp programs when the children learn the more practical aspects of battle: how to properly wield their little weapons, how to sight, aim and fire, the art of camouflage, etc.

Each terrorist group runs its own summer program for children from ages 3 to 21 – by which time, “graduates” have already become fully functioning operatives of the terror group.

Hana Levi Julian

Get Refusal: Terrorism By Any Other Name

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

During the recent Pesach holiday I had the opportunity to reflect on the freedoms we take for granted each day.

In this country we are afforded a wide array of freedoms previously denied our ancestors, neighbors, and colleagues. While we may take it for granted, most of these freedoms were obtained through such measures as military action, widespread protest, substantial political maneuvering, legal action, and judicial intervention.

When a woman is denied a Get following the disintegration of her marriage, she is denied her freedom. She is denied the freedom to separate herself permanently from a spouse to whom she no longer wishes to be married. She is denied the freedom to move on in her life and forge a new relationship. She is denied the freedom to have (more) children.

Too often, unfortunately, woman are also asked to forgo their parental and economic rights as well in exchange for their freedom. I would like to pose a question that may be viewed as controversial: Should a woman, and her supporters, negotiate with a recalcitrant spouse in order to gain her freedom? In essence, should we negotiate with a terrorist?

Terrorists make demands because they believe the demands will be met. When those demands are met or negotiated over, the tactic proves effective. When people or governments negotiate with terrorists, at least two important consequences invariably follow. There is an immediate relinquishing of what was demanded and there is a future fallout that can almost always be directly connected to the initial exchange. (For example, future terrorist activity on the part of prisoners freed in a negotiation).

To simplify the rationale for terrorism for the purpose of this article, let us assume that terrorists act in pursuit of a specific quid pro quo or to attain an overall sense of power and acquisition. (All too often, men who withhold a Get do so simply to gain and maintain power and control over their spouse.) It would follow, then, that if a terrorist understood that no matter what the demand and no matter how dire the situation, there would be no negotiation, the terrorist would not continue to incite terror.

How is such a goal achieved? Through zero tolerance. By not negotiating with terrorists under any circumstances.

Get refusal exists because we allow it to exist. Without looking to change halacha, we certainly have the power to effectuate change through a communal climate shift. If public pressure were such that recalcitrance in granting a Get would – without exception – be abhorred rather than tolerated, there would be no place for Get refusal in our communities.

When the Get of even one terror victim is negotiated, the freedom of so many others is sacrificed. In the absence of an unadulterated zero-tolerance policy, there will always be room for acceptance. Negotiating with a man who refuses his wife a Get sends a message to the community that Get refusal is within the norm and that the granting of a Get carries a price.

I do not want to suggest that even one woman serve as the sacrificial lamb in her fight for freedom. However, change will only come if there is a systemic and unwavering movement toward a policy of not negotiating with terrorists.

May we soon experience freedom and redemption for all of Klal Yisrael.

Rachel Marks

Armed Arab Caught at Entrance to Beitar Illit

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

An Arab, armed with a knife, was caught at the Givat Bet entrance to Beitar Illit in Gush Etzion as he was trying to get into the city.

The incident happened a little before 10 PM on Sunday.

He was apprehended with no injuries to any civilians or security forces.

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