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May 30, 2016 / 22 Iyar, 5776

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11 Dead in Suicide Bombing at Belgium Airport, 15 Dead in Train Attack [video]

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

At least 11 people were killed and 35 were wounded in a twin terror attack at 8 am Tuesday morning in the departure hall of Zaventem Airport in Brussels. Another 15 people were killed and 55 wounded in the related metro attack.

Three suicide belts packed with explosives were found by police at the airport, according to local television news reports quoted by Sputnik. A suicide bomber was responsible for one of the blasts, Belgian broadcaster VRT reported.

Several Israelis were in the airport at the time of the explosion but all managed to exit safely with other travelers.

Map of Zaventem Airport in Brussels at time of explosions.

Map of Zaventem Airport in Brussels at time of explosions.

Two explosions were heard at the airport, coming just four days after Salah Abdeslam, the mastermind of the Nov. 13 ISIS attack on Paris, was captured in Brussels.

A United Hatzolah volunteer was at the Brussels airport at the time of the explosions. He described the scene: “At the time of the explosion I was praying at the synagogue in the airport. We felt the explosion. We exited the synagogue in order to see what was happening and we joined the stream of people who were being ushered by police to exit the terminal.

People at the scene said they heard gunshots and screaming in Arabic before the attack, according to media reports.
All airports in the country were shut down pending further developments.

Three explosions tore apart trains at separate locations on the Brussels metro system about a half hour after the initial attack at Zaventem Airport. Due to the obvious risk, the Brussels metro system was shut down and the country’s security leaders activated Level 4, the nation’s highest alert.

Hana Levi Julian

15 Dead as 3 Explosions in Brussels Metro Lead to System-wide Shut Down

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Belgium has raised its national threat alert to Level 4, the highest possible, after three explosions shut down the Brussels metro following a massive attack on the city’s international airport. 15 people were killed in the train attack and another 55 were wounded.

The Brussels Metro rail system was struck Tuesday morning in a carefully time, coordinated attack with blasts that were detonated within minutes of each other at separate locations.

The attacks came about a half hour after a suicide bombing at the departure hall of Zaventem Airport in the Belgian capital which killed at least 11 people and wounded 35.

The first two explosions in the city are believed to have taken place on a train between the Maalbeek/Maelbeek and Schuman stations stations, near the headquarters of the European Commission.

The blasts were heard at Maalbeek metro station at around 8:30 am, according to RTBF, about 400 meters from the Berlaymont building – home to the headquarters of the European Commission.

A witness said the explosion appeared to come from the front of the train. “The lights went off, there was panic given what happened at Brussels airport.

“The doors of the train were forced open to get off the train. There was a lot of smoke. We left via Maelbeek station. The glass doors were blown out. The explosion must have been violent.”

No trains are currently running to or from Brussels Midi, according to the Eurostar company.

“Brussels customers are advised to postpone, and not come to station,” the firm tweeted. “Our thoughts rest with anyone affected by the unfolding events in Brussels – we are closely monitoring and will update,” a Eurostar spokesperson said in a statement.

Both France and Britain have raised their national alert levels.

Security was increased at London Gatwick and Heathrow Airport following the attacks, and at the Paris Charles de Gaulles airport as well. UK Prime Minister David Cameron is set to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee Tuesday evening in response to the explosions in Brussels.

Hana Levi Julian

False Terror Alarm Causes Panic on Train

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

The high tension wire running through the hearts and minds of Israeli blew a fuse Thursday morning when female soldiers on a train north of Haifa thought they spotted an Arab with a knife.

They screamed “terrorist,” and a soldier acted quickly and fired a shot in the air.

A passenger pulled the emergency brake, people ran as fast as they could, and police arrived, only to discover that there was no terrorist.

Seven passengers suffered bruises and shock, but these days, better safe than sorry, or dead.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Train Hits Man Near Be’er Sheva

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

An Israel Railways train struck a man Thursday night in southern Israel near the Goral Junction, about five kilometers from Be’er Sheva.

The accident shut down a number of tracks, but trains continued to run on a single line.

The identity of the victim was withheld pending notification to next of kin. It is not clear what the man was doing on the tracks.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Anti-Nuclear Activist Arrested in Japan

Monday, September 21st, 2015

The grandson of Israel’s former ambassador to Japan, an anti-nuclear activist, has been arrested in connection with a series of suspected arson attacks in Tokyo.

Israeli-Japanese musician Izaya Noda, 42, is the grandson of Moshe Barter, who served as Israel ambassador to Tokyo from 1966 to 1972.

Noda, a resident of Musashino, has been a participant at anti-nuclear rallies in front of the Diet (Japanese parliament), his father told media. He apparently became a major critic of nuclear power plant operators following the meltdown at the Fukushima reactors in 2011.

Noda was charged by Tokyo police with setting seven fires along the city’s train lines, disrupting line functions and affecting some 150,000 passengers.

Noda has confessed to involvement in setting a fire on August 23, but denied involvement in any other case. He allegedly told investigators he “could not tolerate Japan Railways for consuming massive amounts of electricity,” Tokyo Police told media.

His father, who is Japanese, said he could not believe his son would commit such a crime. Noda’s is Israeli. Japanese media published a photo of Noda’s teudat zehut (Israeli ID card.)

Israel’s foreign ministry has declined to comment on the matter.

Hana Levi Julian

Record Number of Israelis Take the Train

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Israel Railways reported a 6% increase in passenger traffic in the first half of 2015, according to Globes.

A record number of 25.9 million passengers rode the trains from January through June, compared with 23.7 million in the same period last year.

For the first time ever, more than 200,000 Israelis take the train every day, except for Shabbat, an 11% jump from last year’s 180,000.

Cargo traffic increased by 3% to 3.7 million tons.

Traffic will grower even more starting next month, when Israel Railways launches the Be’er Sheva-Sderot-Netivot-Ashkelon line.

The new high-speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem line is scheduled to begin operation by the beginning of 2018. The project costs nearly $2 billion, and the trains are to whisk passengers from city to city in 28 minutes, less than half the time by car or bus.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Passenger Train Derails North of Los Angeles

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

A Metrolink commuter passenger train in southern California derailed in the city of Oxnard at approximately 5:55 am Tuesday morning after hitting a truck stuck at a railroad crossing in Ventura County.

Approximately 30 people were injured — but there were no fatalities — and an unknown number of cars were damaged on the train. At least three cars derailed.

No fatalities were reported by officials at the scene, according to initial information broadcast on CNN, which reported the train was traveling towards Los Angeles.

There is a large Jewish community in that city, including many relatives of American immigrants to Israel.

The truck — a tractor trailer — was stalled on the tracks, according to the report, but it is not yet clear why. The driver of the truck managed to escape his vehicle and was found a short distance away, unhurt, a battalion chief said. He is in custody.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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