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18 Dead, 13 Missing in Texas Flash Floods

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Flash floods ripped apart the roads and highways in Houston, Texas, washing away homes and bridges.

At least 18 people have died so far, 13 more are missing and countless others are still navigating the waters in kayaks looking for their loved ones.

Four states – Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas – have been hit by tornadoes, rainstorms and flash floods; basically, one storm after another since the past weekend. And the bad weather is expected to continue.

The death toll in Texas and Oklahoma is also continuing to rise. A flash flood warning was broadcast across the region again on Wednesday morning. Rain was already lashing the area by 8 am local time, with some three more inches of rain expected, if not more.

Israeli Companies Exhibit at Oil and Gas Conference in Texas

Friday, May 8th, 2015

The largest oil and gas conference in the world, known as the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) was held this week and 14 Israeli companies were present during the three-day event (May 4-7) in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1969, OTC serves as a major platform for the development of hydrocarbon resources in the area of drilling, environmental protection, exploration, production development, technology and innovation.

Israel’s Economic Mission to the Southern United States brought 14 Israeli companies to exhibit innovative technologies at the conference, including Amiad Water Systems Ltd., BERMAD, HARBO Technologies, Strauss & Co., PCT- Protective Cooling Technology, among others.

In addition to the Israeli companies, this year’s conference featured 2,682 companies from 37 countries. Over 90,000 visitors attended the U.S. oil and gas industry conference from across the world.

Texan Congressman Randy Weber (R) visited the Israeli Pavilion and met with the 14 Israelis companies as well as representatives of the Israeli Government and Economic Consul, Michal Niddam-Wachsman to discuss the strong alliance between Israel, the U.S. and Texas. According to Israel’s Economic Mission to the Southern U.S. Facebook page, Israeli government representatives also discussed new ways to expand the relationship as well as collaboration and mutual benefit across all business sectors.

The Government of Israel Economic Mission to the U.S. Southern Region is part of the Israeli Foreign Trade Administration at Israel’s Ministry Economy. It is responsible for managing and directing the international trade policy of the State of Israel with ten southern states in the U.S. including Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Mississippi and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

In related news, nine Israeli homeland security companies visited Indiana in late April and met with 24 of Indiana’s leading companies along with homeland security and state law enforcement agencies. Indiana’s governor, Mike Pence joined the meeting as well to discuss economic collaboration opportunities between his state and Israel.

ISIS Claims ‘Credit’ for Attack at Mohammed Cartoon Contest

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack Sunday night in Garland Texas, where a contest was being held for drawing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

The radio channel run by ISIS announced the claim Tuesday, and tweets by the two terrorists killed in the attack have been linked with ISIS.

It added:

We tell America that what is coming is more bitter and harder and you will see from the soldiers of the Caliphate what harms you.

One of the gunmen, Elton Simpson, posted a tweet shortly before the attack that wounded a security guard, “#texasattack:May Allah accept us as mujahideen.” He also encouraged his followers to read tweets by an ISIS propagandist, who tweeted after the attack, “Allah Akbar!!!! 2 of our brothers just opened fire.”

The same tweet stated that he and the second terrorist, Nadir Sofa, pledged allegiance to “Amoral Mu’mineen,” which means “the leader of the faithful,” a likely reference to the recently wounded ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

The apparent success of the ISIS to infiltrate into the United States coincides with polls showing that terror, especially the Islamic State, is the biggest worry of Americans.

As the campaigns rev up for the Republic and Democratic presidential nominations, the Democrats will be on the defensive to show their party is best equipped to win the war against terror.

 

 

US Christian Plotted to Blow Up Muslim Holy Sites in Israel

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

A Christian American fugitive moved to Palestinian Authority areas in Judea and Samaria and obtained weapons he intended to use to attack Muslim holy sites, according to information released by police following the lifting of a gag order.

Police arrested Texas native Adam Everett Livvix, age 30,  on November 19, and said Tuesday he is wanted in the United States for drug-related offenses.

He moved to Arab villages in the Bethlehem and Hebron areas, south of Jerusalem, and hooked up with a Palestinian Authority Arab who offered him sharpshooter rifles to kill President Barack Obama during his visit in 2013.

Livvix did not accept the proposal and instead kept his aim on Muslim sites.

He left the Bethlehem-Hebron area and moved around for more than a year as an unregistered alien in Netanya and other cities, telling people he had been a member of the US Navy commando SEALS unit.

Police, acting on intelligence information, searched his home and found bullets and rifle parts that had been stolen from the IDF. They also found explosives. Livvix was living with an IDF soldier whom he asked to make a 3-pound bomb.

Not surprisingly, he has been sent for a  psychiatric examination.

Livvix was arrested for unlawful possession of arms and being an unregistered alien. He confessed to several crimes involving fraud and revealed he intended to attack Islamic holy sites. Livvix tried to escape arrest by jumping out of his seven-story apartment window.

The FBI is involved in the case. Livvix is a wanted man in Texas for theft and also has several other warrants in other states.

The last thing Israel needs is a nut case trying to blow up Muslim holy sites.

Arab propagandists still blame Israel for the attempt in 1969 by Australian Christian Denis Michael Rohan, who died in 1995, to burn down the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount

He called himself “the Lord’s emissary” and that God told him to destroy the mosque to hasten the building of the Third Temple, which would be followed by the resurrection of Jesus, assuming that the all-out war that a “successful” arson attack on the mosque would not have set the entire Middle East on fire, leaving no one around to build the Temple.

The Arab world, of course, blamed Israel for the arson attempt.

Two dozen Muslim countries complained to the United Nations Security Council, and the Jordanian delegate stated, “The Israeli authorities introduced more than one explanation for the start of the fire and at last charged an Australian with the arson. According to news that originated from Israel sources, the Australian suspect is a friend of Israel who was brought by the Jewish Agency to work for Israel.”

Israel is a holy place. It attracts people searching for God and themselves, and they often mix the two together.

Livvix hopefully will be returned to the United States, where it is unlikely that American authorities will let him out of jail as easily and quickly as Israel does.

Nina Pham Released from Hospital, Ebola Free

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Nina Pham (26), the first nurse who contracted Ebola in Texas has been discharged from the hospital, after being cured.

in other Ebola news, New York and New Jersey officials have increased screening of foreign travelers, and health-care workers returning from West Africa as well as people exposed to Ebola will be quarantined.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a health-care worker was quarantined at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday, according to NJ Governor Chris Christie.

Carnival Cruise Passenger In On-Board Ebola Quarantine

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

A Texas lab technician is in voluntary quarantine aboard a Carnival Cruise ship after the CDC issued a travel ban on workers from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas who were near where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan died.

The technician on the cruise ship handled fluids from the dead Ebola patient.

The new CDC requirements are that suspected carriers are banned from planes, trains, ships, bars, restaurants, stores, theaters, and other public locations for a period of 21 days from their last contact.

The technician will be at day 21 on Sunday, and she is currently quarantined in the room with her husband and is showing no symptoms of the disease.

The cruise ship, with 4000 passengers, was set to dock in Mexico, but the country refused to let the ship dock.

The ship was able to let the passengers, except the possibly infected passenger, disembark in Belize and is returning to Texas, where it will arrive on Sunday.

In addition, Dallas nurse, Nina Pham (26) has been diagnosed with Ebola, and is in fair condition and being treated.

While another Dallas nurse, Amber Vinson (29), who was infected with Ebola, flew on a plane between Dallas and Cleveland. She is hospitalized in stable condition. She was flying out to plan her upcoming wedding.

Both nurses treated Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Ebola Victim Dies in Texas; Israel Gears Up to Meet Threat

Friday, October 10th, 2014

The first person on American soil diagnosed with the lethal Ebola virus, 42-year-old Thomas Eric Duncan, died Wednesday just before the Jewish Sukkot holiday, according to NBC News.

Duncan, a Liberian national who was diagnosed just days after arriving in Texas from Liberia, succumbed after nearly two weeks of battling the virus in an isolation room in a Dallas hospital. He had been treated with the experimental medication brincidofovir. The same medication is now being used to treat American journalist Ashoka Mukpo, who was airlifted from Liberia to a hospital to Nebraska on Monday.

Since the outbreak began in West Africa in March, more than 3,400 people have died from the Ebola virus out of nearly 7,500 confirmed, probable and suspected cases.

The U.S. has announced plans to begin screening air passengers arriving from affected countries sometime this weekend.

In Israel, meanwhile, health care officials are gearing up to deal with the strong possibility that Ebola may arrive in the Jewish State.

Israel is noting the progression of the disease across the continents as it moves closer to the Middle East.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gathered top ministers in his Jerusalem office just prior to the start of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot to review Israel’s readiness for the Ebola virus.

Health Minister Yael German, Transportation and Road Safety Minister Yisrael Katz, Deputy Interior Minister Fania Kirsenbaum, and representatives from Israel Police, the Airports Authority and the Foreign Ministry participated in the discussion.

Officials from the health ministry presented information on the current global situation regarding the spread and transmission of the virus.

The greatest concern about the spread of the disease was focused on Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the communique from the prime minister’s office. Government officials resolved to identify people entering the country from those nations, where the virus is the most prevalent. The foreign and health ministries are both advising Israelis to avoid travel to those areas as well.

Three mobile clinics have been dispatched by Israel to affected areas in western Africa to help combat the illness, the committee said.

Also this week, a Spanish nurse who became the first person to contract the virus outside of West Africa was admitted to hospital, according to a report by the BBC. Teresa Romero was part of a team of 30 staff caring for two missionaries who later died from the virus after returning from West Africa. Romero told the El Pais newspaper she believed she may have contracted the disease while removing her protective suit after cleaning one of the missionaries’ rooms.

Two doctors who treated her have also been admitted to the hospital for observation; so far, neither has shown any symptoms of Ebola, a spokesperson for the Carlos III Medical Center confirmed.

Romero’s brother was quoted as saying her health has worsened and she is now being helped with her breathing.

A Spanish court order to euthanize the nurse’s dog was issued Tuesday even though it was not clear whether the animal was infected or even bore any risk of carrying the disease. Protesters quickly gathered outside Romero’s home after animal rights groups were alerted by her husband, who is also being kept in isolation in a hospital as a precaution; they tried to stop the government van that came to remove the dog from her home.

In other parts of the world, Australia has also reported its first case of the disease this week, and a Turkish worker has been hospitalized with a suspected case in Istanbul as well.

Health officials in Germany have confirmed a third Ebola patient who arrived in the country after having contracted the illness in Liberia.

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