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Shelling on Golan Heights Strikes Close to Israeli News Team

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Meters from where Israeli journalists were scanning the Golan Heights, shell fire struck from Syria on Wednesday afternoon shortly after 1:30 pm.

Despite a statement from the IDF claiming the shell was “spillover” from the civil war raging across the border, an Israel Radio reporter on site adamantly insisted the group was targeted and the attack was intentional. No one was physically injured.

This is the second time in less than a week that Syrian shelling has struck Israeli territory.

United Nations Disengagement Observation Force troops left the Syrian side of the northern border with Israel two days ago (Sept. 15) due to the deteriorating security situation. The forces headed for the more secure Israeli side of the border.

Early Monday, a rocket fired from the Syrian side of the Quneitra border crossing between Syria and Israel landed in northern Israel.

The rocket exploded in an open area at about 6 am; no physical injuries were reported. That attack was also ruled by IDF officials to have been “errant fire” from the intense fighting between rebel factions and troops waging civil war on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad.

Hamas Denies Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshaal Leaving Qatar

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Hamas has denied a report quoting Arab sources who said that Khaled Meshaal might leave Qatar. It is believed Meshaal, who heads the political bureau of Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization, has been considering moving to either Tunisia, Turkey or Malaysia, according to a report by prominent Arab affairs reporter Khaled Abu Toameh.

It was Meshaal who repeatedly nixed various cease-fire agreements between Hamas and Israel during negotiations in Cairo, when terrorist factions sent representatives to consult with him in Doha.

At least seven top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood group were asked to leave the country on Sunday by the monarchy of Qatar, according to an Egyptian member of the organization. Hamas was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood.

“We appreciate the great role of the state of Qatar in supporting the Egyptian people in their revolution against the military junta, and well understand the circumstances faced by the region,” said Dr. Amr Darrag, a Brotherhood leader and head of the Freedom and Justice political party. The group has since been banned in Egypt by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

“In order to avoid causing any embarrassment for the State of Qatar, which we found to be a very welcoming and supportive host, some symbols of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing … have now honored that request,” Darrag told international media on Sunday. He vowed that the “revolution will continue.”

‘Thanks But No Thanks’ – Gaza Landlords Refuse to Rent to Hamas

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Gaza landlords are learning at last, and so are would-be neighbors.

Egypt-based Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk let it slip to media on Sunday that Hamas renters are having a hard time finding places to live in Gaza.

“The phenomenon of refusing to rent out homes to families of resistance fighters is a dangerous one,” Abu Marzouk wrote on his Facebook page,” according to a report by prominent Arab affairs reporter Khaled Abu Toameh, who writes for numerous publications.

“The landlords are punishing the resistance fighters and their families… This is what the occupation wants by targeting the homes of the resistance fighters,” he added.

Three major skyscrapers in Gaza City that contained residential apartments, as well as offices used by Hamas, were targeted during Israel’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge this summer; the Italian Complex, Al-Basha and Al-Zafer 4.

All three were leveled by Israeli air strikes.

The lesson was apparently well learned: this month the tenants of the Daoud Tower high-rise in Gaza City demanded that Hamas remove its Interior Ministry offices from their building, lest they be targeted next.

Islamic Hate Mail

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Our cartoonist, Asher (no last name, for his own safety), drew an amusing cartoon today. It was titled, “An ISIS and Hamas Terrorist Walk Into a Bar…”.

The cartoon (below) had the two terrorists discussing their preferred terror techniques, via some clever wordplay.

hamas and ISIS

What we weren’t expecting was all the Muslim hate mail and comments – dozens of them – which had us rolling on the floor, laughing our heads off. But that might be a bad choice of words.

When President Obama talked about ISIS having nothing to do with Islam, I can guarantee you that his message definitely didn’t reach our Muslim readers.

A normal person gets upset that ISIS terrorists behead people, and that Hamas terrorists dig terror tunnels to steal dead bodies (to say the least).

But No. Our Muslim readers are all upset that we had the ISIS and Hamas cartoon terrorists (who President Obama said don’t represent Islam) sitting in a bar drinking alcohol.

And yes, to make that absolutely clear, our Islamic terrorists in the cartoon are drinking alcohol. The ISIS terrorist is having a Cosmopolitan, and the Hamas terrorist is drinking a Zombie.

We initially thought to tell Asher to go into hiding after drawing today’s cartoon, and we even sent him Salman Rushdie’s secret address, but we remembered that after a Hamas rocket blew out all the windows in Asher’s apartment – a month before he even drew the Islamic terrorists drinking alcohol – Asher had a few credits coming his way, since they attacked him first (well, they always attack first, so maybe we don’t have much of a case).

But getting back to the subject at hand… what upset all our Muslim readers about a cartoon of 2 terrorists, is that they are drinking alcohol. Because that is the worse thing in the world two cartoon terrorists could be doing.

It’s like our Muslim readers don’t even care about the ham sandwiches that both our cartoon Islamic terrorists ordered when they sat down at the bar.

Obama Takes America to War in Iraq & Syria, Against ISIS

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

US President Barack Obama announced Wednesday night that America is going back to war, this time against the global terror group ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known in Arabic as “Da’esh.”

Obama made the announcement in a 15 minute nationally televised address on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the September 11th attack on America by the international Al Qaeda terrorist organization.

“I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Obama said in his address. “It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil,” he promised.

Nevertheless, the president made it clear that the U.S. would wage a “relentless” military campaign to “degrade and destroy” the terrorist group that beheaded two American journalists, including one with dual Israeli citizenship.

The U.S. will rely heavily on air strikes to get the job done, Obama explained – including air strikes inside Syria, for the very first time. The four-part strategy includes air strikes, support to other forces battling the terrorist organization, counter terrorism efforts to prevent attacks and weaken the group, and continued humanitarian assistance to civilians.

A senior administration official carefully told reporters in a pre-speech briefing that attacks in Syria would be carried out at a ‘time and place of our choosing.” He added that no specific information would be provided to the media, in order not to “telegraph our punches by being specific about the time and nature of the target. We will do that as necessary, as we develop targets and as we continue what is a systematic air campaign that is not going to be restricted by a geographic border that, frankly, has very little meaning anymore, given [the group’s] operations in both Iraq and Syria.”

The official added that the formation of a new Iraqi government was what had allowed the U.S. to expand its support for a war against ISIS. Following the insertion of military advisers into Iraq earlier in the summer, the president said in June that “he would do more when the Iraqi cabinet was appointed. That has now happened and the next phase will be more offensive,” the official said.

The president cited support by what he said were dozens of “coalition” partners to “roll back this terrorist threat” in what will be an open-ended timetable. Several hours before going on the air, Obama authorized Secretary of State John Kerry to allocate $25 million in Foreign Assistance Act funds to train, educate and provide military assistance to the Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional governments in their fight against ISIS. Another 475 U.S. military troops will be sent to the region next week, bringing the total deployed to some 1,600 soldiers thus far.

To date, the U.S. has conducted 153 air strikes against ISIS terrorists in Iraq. The official who briefed journalists prior to the president’s speech said Obama is authorized to move from a humanitarian to offensive campaign against the terrorists without Congressional approval, based on the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress following the 9/11 terror attack by Al Qaeda. The legislation allows the president to use all “necessary and appropriate force” against any entity he believes “planned, authorized, committed or aided” the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The legislation expires when U.S. forces leave Afghanistan.

UN Commander Says ‘Raise the White Flag’ as Syrian Rebels Take UN Peacekeepers Hostage, Attack Others

Monday, September 1st, 2014

The chief of Philippine armed forces says it will ask for an investigation of the commander of United Nations peacekeeping troops in the Golan Heights who asked his troops to lay down their arms and ‘raise the white flag’ under fire. Two groups of United Nations peacekeepers — both of them Filipino — managed to elude capture by Syrian rebels in the Syrian side of the Golan Heights during the past 24 hours.

The head of the Philippine armed forces, General Gregorio Pio Catapang, told journalists in Manila that a group of 32 kidnapped Philippine peacekeepers trapped by the rebels in the Syrian side of the Golan Heights had been rescued.

“We may call it the greatest escape,” he said.

“Everyone is in a safe position,” UNDOF Philippine commander Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, said, according to the BBC. “We left our [former] position but we brought all our arms.” In addition, a second group of 40 UNDOF peacekeepers – apparently also from Philippines – managed to escape a seven-hour siege by the rebels after returning fire in self-defense.

The Philippine government has announced it will recall its force of 331 troops in October due to the deterioration of security in the Golan Heights.

A third group of 44 Fijian UN peacekeepers was kidnapped last Wednesday near Quneitra by the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al Nusra terror group (Al Nusra Front). The terror organization said in a statement posted on the internet that the captives were “in a safe place, and they are in good health, and that we have given them what they need of food and treatment.”

Jabhat al Nusra seized control of the Quneitra crossing with Israel — the only border crossing with Syria — last week. The group claimed it had carried out the abductions because the UN ignored “the daily shedding of the Muslims’ blood in Syria.”

The Philippine military is planning to demand a probe of the commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on allegations of endangering the safety of Filipino peacekeepers on active duty. (UNDOF was established May 31 1974, the day Syria and Israel signed a disengagement agreement to end the 1973 Yom Kippur War.)

Gen. Catapang told the BBC that Lt. Gen. Iqbal Singh Singha, of India, ordered Philippine UN peacekeepers to lay down their arms to ensure the safety of the Fijian peacekeepers abducted by the Syrian rebels. In addition to laying down their firearms, the general said the Filipino troops were also ordered by Singha to ‘raise the white flag,’ according to the BBC.

“He (Singha) said that if we were attacked we should raise the white flag. I said no way. That means our soldiers will also be held hostage,” said Catapang. The troops defied Singha and informed AFP Peacekeeping Operations Center chief Col. Roberto Ancan instead.

UNDOF is comprised of 1,223 peacekeeper troops from six nations — but it is not clear who will replace the Philippine troops in October.

Missing Yeshiva Student’s Parents Plead for Public’s Help in Search

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

“I’m having a hard time now, but I will try to speak,” Chulda Sofer, Aharon’s mother, began in a trembling voice, in a heartbreaking video plea to the public for help in finding her son.

Aharon Sofer, 23, went missing on Friday, Aug. 22, while hiking with a friend in the Jerusalem Forest. A student who is learning in Jerusalem at Reb Tzvi Kaplan’s Yeshiva, he is one of 10 children, the son of a rabbi and a mother who works in a school office. He disappeared after taking a diverging path while heading down a steep incline in the forest while hiking with his friend last Friday. When he didn’t re-appear by 6 pm in time to prepare for Sabbath, Sofer’s friend knew something was wrong.

Few are willing to voice the fear that Sofer was kidnapped by Arab terrorists. Fewer dare to even think the unthinkable: as with three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists on June 12, the awful silence that has followed this yeshiva student’s disappearance may not mean good news. There have been terrorist murders in the Jerusalem Forest before. An Arab teen was kidnapped and killed there in a revenge attack for the Hamas murders of the three Israeli teens. A Christian woman, Kristine Luken, was attacked with her friend by a Palestinian Arab terrorist in 2010 in the same forest. Her friend managed to escape, but Luken was murdered.

Seen in the video clutching a poster bearing a photo of her son with the word MISSING printed in heavy black letters in Hebrew and English, Chulda Sofer is clearly beside herself. She tearfully beseeches, “Please, please, please, I beg of you, beg you, please, if anyone sees, anything about Aharon, please call the police immediately.”

The video at that point is apparently spliced, probably for brevity; Rabbi Moshe Sofer, the young man’s father, is then seen reading his own statement in a calm, firm voice.

“Our son Aharon was taking a walk in the Ya’ar Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Forest) on Friday, August 22, and was last seen at 12 pm in the area of Yad Vashem.

“The police are working tirelessly on all fronts and all options are being strongly investigated. We would like to thank the American Consulate, the Office of the Consul-General and the FBI and the Israeli Police and ZAKA for all their efforts in trying to find our dear son Aharon.

“There is a reward of NIS 100,000 for any finder of Aharon,” he concludes, faltering slightly on the final sentence.

One of Aharon’s cousins from the United States tried to organize a ‘group think’ effort to brainstorm ways to help via Facebook.

“Below is a list of phone numbers you can call in order to get updates on my cousin’s situation, provide ideas and different ways of helping, and also to get a list of tehillim (psalms) to say as we are all trying to finish the whole sefer tehillim (Book of Psalms) over and over and over again,” he wrote. “Please spread the word, pass this on and make those calls. thank you!!!!”

A yeshiva student who joined the thousands of searchers in the Jerusalem Forest, A*, said he has spent the past three days combing the hills for his friend. “I have been up since 5 am,” he said, “and we haven’t found anything. Not a single thing. Those earlier rumors of things that were found were false reports, I think. But in a way, that’s good, right? Because it means he might still be alive.” The student added that his friend has been in Jerusalem since early last autumn, and is no novice to the area.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/missing-yeshiva-students-parents-plead-for-publics-help-in-search/2014/08/26/

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