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MK Yogev: Out of Judea and Samaria Daily 1.98 Million Gallon Shortage, 1.1 Million Due to Arab Theft

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee’s Subcommittee on Civil Affairs and Security in Judea and Samaria, headed by MK Mordhay Yogev (HaBayit HaYehudi), on Monday discussed the problems of water supplies to Judea and Samaria.

“The authorities have ‘dried up’ the residents of Judea and Samaria – Jews and Arabs alike,” Yogev said at the opening of the meeting. “This committee deals with various infrastructure-related issues, but water is the most basic and important of them all, particularly when we’ve reached a point where there is a shortage of drinking water. The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories and the Water Authority have known for many years what needs to be done, but it has yet to be done. We must assume all the powers, initiate a ‘defensive shield’ of infrastructures and urgently implement a master plan to supply water to the population.”

According to data presented to the committee by Mekorot, the national water company of Israel is capable of supplying some 11.22 million gallons of water to the region daily, but the demand is for 12.76 to 13.2 million gallons daily; meaning, there is a daily water shortage of 1.5 to 1.98 million gallons. As a result, Mekorot has been forced to adjust its supply of water to the region and reduce the supply to each community, be it Jewish or Arab, by 15%.

The committee was also informed that some 1.1 Million gallons of water are stolen each day in Judea and Samaria through illegal connections to the area’s water infrastructure.

Yigal Lahav, head of Karnei Shomron Local Council, said, “For the past two years we have been receiving messages from Mekorot each morning telling us that there is no water in the pipes, and we have turned to all the relevant authorities. ‘Surprisingly,’ summer has arrived, the population is growing, and it is only getting warmer. This matter must be dealt with urgently and seriously.”

Water Authority Director Alex Kushnir said, “We must fight the thefts aggressively, as they are a major cause of the current crisis. To date, no indictments have been filed against water thieves. Force majeure is also at play in this crisis, because two projects which could potentially add more than 2.2 million gallons of water a day have been delayed. These projects would have resolved the current situation.”

“We took it upon ourselves to try and promote a master plan, though there is no statutory element which can currently provide a real forecast for population growth,” Kushnir noted. “The Water Authority does not have the power to give instructions beyond the Green Line, and I cannot force the Palestinians to convene the joint committee [on water], but I did meet with the Palestinian water minister, and he gave me information regarding their needs.”

MK Avi Dichter (Likud), chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, asked the government representatives who are responsible for the current situation and who is authorized to make decisions on the matter, and when he did not receive an answer, MK Yogev said that “the responsibility lies with the Minister of National Infrastructures and the Defense Minister, and from them down to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.”

Brigadier General Guy Goldstein, deputy Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, said, “We operate only in accordance with the government’s instructions. There needs to be a diplomatic decision for the entire region that will make it clear to the Water Authority how to plan and provide solutions.”

Yossi Dagan, head of the Shomron Regional Council, said, “My residents should not care that the State of Israel does not have the guts to stand up to the Palestinian Authority, which is not convening the joint water committee. The state must provide a solution for all our residents, in any way possible.”

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Murdered Israeli Tourist Beaten to Death in Hungary

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Hungarian media have reported that murdered Jerusalem resident Ofir Gross, z’l, was beaten to death with bricks, according to the initial findings of a police investigation.

Gross had just completed his studies in medical engineering and had traveled from Debrecen to Budapest a week earlier.

Two men were arrested in connection with his murder earlier this week. The Attorney General told media the two men, ages 19 and 21, found Gross sleeping in an abandoned yard and attacked him in order to steal his mobile phones, laptop computer and whatever money he had with him.

The attackers hit Gross with bricks, beating him to death, and then moved his body to a wooded area near a demolished house, covering it with debris.

The family was notified by Israeli foreign ministry officials when Gross was found, and flew to Hungary to identify his body.

Hana Levi Julian

Unique 1,800-Year-Old Sarcophagus Found at Ashkelon Building Site

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

A unique and extremely impressive stone sarcophagus approximately 1,800 years old has been exposed at a building site in a new neighborhood being built in Ashkelon.

This occurred during an overnight operation between Tuesday and Wednesday carried out by inspectors of the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery, the Southern District of the IAA, and patrol officers and detectives from the Ashkelon police station.

The find is among the rarest sarcophagi ever discovered in Israel. The coffin, made of hard limestone, weighs approximately two tons, is 2.5 meters long, and is sculpted on all sides. A life-size figure of a person is carved on the lid of the sarcophagus.

A wreath coming out of the upper edge of the sarcophagus, which is decorated with bulls’ heads. The wreath consists of acanthus leaves together with pinecones and fruit. A grape cluster is in the center of the wreath, and a rose-like decoration is also displayed in it.

A wreath coming out of the upper edge of the sarcophagus, which is decorated with bulls’ heads. The wreath consists of acanthus leaves together with pinecones and fruit. A grape cluster is in the center of the wreath, and a rose-like decoration is also displayed in it.

The unique artifact was repeatedly struck by a tractor in different places, scarring the stone and damaging the decorations sculpted by an artist on its sides. The irreparable damage was caused by the contractors who encountered the impressive sarcophagus during the course of their work.

They decided to hide it, pulling it out of the ground with a tractor while aggressively damaging it, and then concealing it beneath a stack of sheet metal and boards. They poured a concrete floor in the lot so as to conceal any evidence of the existence of the antiquities site.

Information received by the IAA’s Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery about unlawful activities at the construction site led to a nighttime search being conducted in the area. A close examination of the area revealed the sarcophagus and the lid concealed there.

The sarcophagus lid and the sarcophagus during the initial cleaning.

The sarcophagus lid and the sarcophagus during the initial cleaning.

Five Palestinian Arab construction workers from the Hebron area were detained who were sleeping at the building site. During investigation of the laborers at the Ashkelon police station, it became clear that the sarcophagus was excavated last week. When questioned, they showed the investigators photos and videos taken at the time of the sarcophagus’ discovery and while removing it from the ground.

Later that night, two building contractors were detained who are residents of the city and were responsible for the construction work at the site. The contractors were questioned under caution on suspicion of not reporting an ancient discovery and on suspicion of damaging an antiquities site and its artifacts – an offense punishable by five years imprisonment.

“This is an extremely serious case of damage to a rare antiquity of unprecedented artistic, historical and cultural importance,” said Amir Ganor, head of the Inspection Department at the Israel Antiquities Authority.

“The IAA is attentive to development needs and the needs of the public, but will strictly enforce the law against those who knowingly damage antiquities, which are assets belonging to us all.

“Out of consideration for the owners of the lots, we permitted building in the new neighborhood of villas, on condition they would report any discovery of antiquities in the area right away and immediately halt work until the arrival of our representative.

Hana Levi Julian

21.5 Million Americans Affected in Mega Hack By Cyber Attackers

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Cyber thieves managed to steal “sensitive information” belonging to 21.5 million U.S. citizens who applied for federal jobs, beginning in May 2014, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

The breach was not discovered until May 2015, OPM revealed in testimony before the Congress. Previous reports on the breach estimated that up to 18 million people were affected by the hack.

Among those were nearly 20 million who had allowed investigators to do deep background checks, and nearly two million more who were their life partners.

FBI Director James Comey confirmed on the Wednesday that his own data had been compromised as well.

Some of the files included “residency and educational history; employment history; information about immediate family and other personal and business acquaintances; health, criminal and financial history; and other details,” OPM said in a statement Thursday.

The massive cyber heist is separate from one that was reported earlier this year, in which hackers stole the personal data of 4.2 million past and present federal employees.

In addition to social security numbers and other personal information, copies of approximately 1.1 million records of fingerprints were stolen, according to the statement issued by OPM. Some of the records also included “findings from interviews conducted by background investigators” as well as the user names and passwords that applicants used to fill out investigation forms. The agency also noted that some mental health and financial information was included in the security clearance files affected by the breach.

Sources said there is evidence linking the breaches to China, although there have been no official statements on the connection.

In response to the attacks, agency direcctor Katherine Archuleta wrote in a blog post Thursday that she would create a position for a cyber security adviser at OPM, who would be tasked with establishing an online cyber security incident resource center and consulting with private sector experts on technology threats.

The agency is offering identity theft monitoring and protection services, and credit to those whose records were compromised in the breach.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Teens Nabbed in Horseback Robbery

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Sometimes the good guys win. A Jewish couple hiking in the woods near Jerusalem over the weekend had their idyllic interlude interrupted by three Arab teens on horseback.

The gang, ages 15 to 17, allegedly robbed the couple, grabbing a laptop computer and a mobile phone from the hikers and then escaping on horseback.

They didn’t get far, however — the teens were noticed by Israeli Border Police, who stopped the youths to see what they were up to — uncovering the stolen goods and leading to their arrest.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Chinese Hacker Group Steals Iron Dome Software

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

A Chinese hacker group known as Comment Crew allegedly stole the software design for the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system in 2011.

According to Cyber Engineering Services (CyberESI) CEO Joseph Drissel, the group stole plans online from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries and Elisra Group, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Drissel said he decided to go public after warning officials in both the United States and Israel of the breach and finding that neither seemed to take the issue seriously.

CyberESI is a threat intelligence consulting firm based in Columbia, Maryland. He served as acting section chief in a section of the U.S. Defense Cyber Crime Center, part of the U.S. Air Force.

It is not clear what, if any, impact the theft has had on the deployment and implementation of the anti-missile batteries in Israel by the IDF. Some Chinese hacker groups are backed by the Chinese military but it is unclear whether Comment Crew is one of them.

Israel and China have tightened diplomatic ties over the past several years; it is not known whether Drissel’s revelations will have any impact on those relations.

Hana Levi Julian

What’s Going On with the IDF?

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

The IDF is known as one of the world’s finest military forces, but bizarre and disturbing things have been occurring lately.

“Thieves break into IDF base, steal soldier’s rifle,” read a recent headline about the Naftali camp in the north. Last December, two Arabs breached the security fence at the Rama base north of Jerusalem, pepper sprayed the soldier at the guard station, then stole his weapon.

The same month, F-16 engines disappeared from a base in central Israel, preceded by crates of ammunition and military jeeps stolen from bases in the south.

In March, an Eritrean infiltrated and vandalized a base that contains classified units. This month, a prisoner in a high-security military prison escaped for the second time. Given that at least one base has been plagued with rats, maybe friendly rodents chewed out an escape route for him?

Another base last year was reported to have open sewage, worms in the kitchen, and other charming features. But at least soldiers there might be adequately fed, which doesn’t seem to be the case all around.

To top it off, soldiers describe feeling humiliated over orders that endanger their lives and incriminate them for defending themselves—in addition to the demoralizing effects of such policies.

This disgraceful reality didn’t happen overnight. Consider Aaron Klein’s description of the October 2000 surrender of Joseph’s Tomb in The Late Great State of Israel:

“…soldiers clandestinely removed holy materials and a Torah scroll from the site. Palestinian gunmen led by Arafat’s Brigades squad fired on an Israeli convoy as it departed the tomb, wounding one border policeman. The Israelis retreated completely while under fire. Within less than an hour, Palestinian rioters overtook Joseph’s Tomb and began to ransack the site…”

Yet look how robustly the military demolishes Jewish communities, as part of what a wife and mother expelled from Mitzpe Avichai has called “a well-oiled system of robots.”

If a military is a microcosm of society, then all of these events should be expected given the derelict and abusive national conditions I discussed a few columns ago. As long as mourners at the Mount of Olives suffer rock attacks and police ignore similar aggression elsewhere, don’t be surprised when the IDF mirrors this hideousness.

 

Menachem Ben-Mordechai

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