Archive for Israel News

IDF nab Palestinian entering Israel from Gaza concealing rare silver coins

While inspecting a 40 yr-old Gazan entering Israel, 2 highly prized silver coins from the times of the final years of Alexander the Great’s conquests of our region, were confiscated.
– The apprehended smuggler from Gaza will now enjoy 24hr heating, 3 healthy meals served daily and a warm bed to sleep in each night for his 2 coins, until legal proceeding are complete, and he’s returned home.

By Itay Blumenthal, Yoav Zitun

 

Two ancient coins, originating from 325-323 BC, were discovered this week when a Palestinian man attempted to smuggle them into Israel from the Gaza Strip through the Erez Border Crossing. Continue Reading »

Stan Lee’s final essay, ‘Comic Books and the Holocaust’

Jewish cartoonist, Stanley Martin Lieber, better known as Stan Lee, laureate of the 2008 National Medal of Arts, saw the comic book medium as an educational tool that can promote an effective channel in combating anti-Semitism.

 

Note: Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee, who passed away this week, took a strong interest in the Holocaust in recent years. His final published essay appeared as the introduction to the recent book We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust, by Neal Adams, Rafael Medoff, and Craig Yoe (IDW / Yoe Books, 2018). 

We Spoke Out features Holocaust-related comic book stories, including superheroes from Stan Lee’s Marvel Universe such as Captain America, the X-Men, and Captain Marvel. Continue Reading »

Once laundering €1mil a week, Hezbollah found “a safe home in Germany”

With French authorities now prosecuting 15 members of the Hezbollah ‘criminal organization’ in Paris, the trial examines how Columbian narcotics money is being laundered in Germany to buy weapons for Syria, and possibly against Israel.

ByBENJAMIN WEINTHAL

 

Lax German illicit terror finance policies permitted the US and EU proscribed Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah to run a vast criminal enterprise to raise funds through a money laundering operation in Europe and South America. French prosecutors put fifteen members of the criminal organization on trial on Tuesday  in Paris.

According to three German media outlets–NDR, WDR and the Süddeutsche Zeitung–two of the accused men lived in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and  an additional two men charged  lived near the city-state of Bremen in northern Germany. Continue Reading »

Israel recruits foreign interns to assist in Int’l Court charges against Hamas, PA leaders

Jerusalem Institute of Justice CEO says dozens of foreign legal interns will be hosted to assist in bringing International Criminal Court charges against Hamas & PA leaders, as part of a program promoting human rights and the rule of ‎law.

By Yair Altman

 

An initiative by the Jerusalem Institute of Justice ‎hosts dozens of foreign legal interns a year as part ‎of Israel’s international public diplomacy efforts. ‎ The program was launched in 2010 as part of the ‎JIJ’s vision to promote human rights, the rule of ‎law, and the freedom of thought, conscience and ‎democracy. ‎

Since then, the institute has been hosting interns from around ‎the world who have an academic background in ‎international law, administration and politics, and ‎who are actively involved in research projects ‎focusing on human rights in the Middle East from an ‎Israeli perspective.‎

Jerusalem Institute of Justice ‎volunteers at the International Criminal Court ‎in The Hague – Screenshot: Twitter

CEO of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice Flavia ‎Sevald said one of the activities the interns ‎recently pursued was “filing a motion for an ‎International Criminal Court investigation against ‎Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh for crimes against ‎humanity and human rights violations. Continue Reading »

Jerusalem cable car plan to Old City under fire

While planners view the capital’s cable car project as an innovative solution to traffic woes, critical architects and activists call it an eyesore, a ‘Disneyfication’ of the sacred city, or as the Palestinians put it, a ploy to further ‘Judaize’ Jerusalem.

By Associated Press

 

An Israeli plan to build a cable car to Jerusalem’s historic Old City has united architects and Palestinian activists in opposition to a project they say is both an eyesore and a ploy to entrench Israeli control over the city’s contested eastern sector.

Developers say the proposed project is meant to relieve snarling traffic and will ferry some 3,000 tourists an hour from the western sector directly to the Old City, in east Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Police Chief suspended for assisting IDF soldiers fix flat tire

After photos of Hebron police chief Col. Ahmad Abu al-Rub, angered Palestinians on social media, he was suspended and referred to “investigative committee” for “collaboration with Israel,” when he helped Israeli soldiers change a flat tire.

By Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff

 

A local Palestinian police chief has been suspended for helping Israeli soldiers fix a flat tire in the West Bank.

Police spokesman Loae Izrekat said on Thursday that Col. Ahmad Abu al-Rub was suspended and referred to an “investigative committee.”

Earlier this week, pictures emerged of the Hebron district chief helping Israelis change their jeep’s flat tire. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Terrorists from Gaza Posts New Rocket Photos on Social Media

Palestinian terrorist group, Islamic Jihad published pictures of a new Gaza-made heavy warhead missile that likely struck the Ashkelon building killing a Palestinian father of 6, the only fatality from the over 500 fired.

BY ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

Islamic Jihad released pictures on Thursday of the new rocket with a heavy warhead, which they announced had been fired toward Ashkelon during the escalation of violence earlier this week.

The IDF has been concerned about heavy mortars which could carry 150-200 kilogram warheads, and which would inflict heavy damage on the Israeli home front. On Thursday, the group released images showing at least 12 small, locally produced improvised rockets made from a large metal canister. Continue Reading »

Abbas looks ‘irrelevant’ with absence in Gaza funding, now Hamas cease-fire

The United Nations, Egypt and Qatar are determined to achieve some sort of normalization in Gaza with or without Abbas’s consent; having reached the conclusion that Abbas is not going to change his position regarding Hamas, all three now negotiate directly with Israel and Hamas with his exclusion.
• In the eyes of many Palestinians, Abbas is the ‘bad guy’ who is punishing Gaza, while others, even Israel, are trying to end the crisis.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

As Hamas celebrated its “victory” after Tuesday’s ceasefire with Israel, with Israel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is increasingly finding himself irrelevant on issues concerning the Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »

Denied parole: Imprisoned Israeli-Arab parliamentarian for aiding terrorists

Israel Prison Service Parole Board: Former Joint Arab List MK Basel Ghattas, who is serving a 2-year sentence for smuggling cellphones to incarcerated Palestinian security offenders, did not express any remorse for ‎his actions, which could have seriously affected Israel’s security.

By Gadi Golan

 

The Israel Prison Service Parole Board on Tuesday ‎‎denied an appeal for early release by former Joint Arab List MK ‎‎Basel Ghattas,‎ saying he has expressed no remorse for ‎‎his crimes. ‎

Ghattas is serving a two-year sentence for smuggling ‎cellphones and other materials to ‎Palestinian ‎security prisoners. He is serving his sentence ‎in ‎ Eshel Prison, near Beersheba.‎

Former Joint Arab List MK Basel Ghattas‎ – Screenshot

In April 2017, Ghattas pleaded guilty to charges of ‎smuggling contraband into prison, violating ‎Israel Prison Service directives, providing the ‎means to carry out acts of terror, and fraud and ‎breach of trust by a public official. Continue Reading »

U.S. Dept of State blacklists Nasrallah’s son as “Global Terrorist”

The U.S. Dept of State has designated Hezbollah leader’s son, Jawad Nasrallah and the Al-Mujahidin Brigades as “Specially Designated Global Terrorists” which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S.

By Elad Benari

 

The US State Department on Tuesday designated Jawad Nasrallah, son of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, a terrorist and accused him of carrying out attacks against Israel, Reuters reported.

The State Department also blacklisted Al-Mujahidin Brigades (AMB), which it said had links to Hezbollah and had plotted a number of attacks against Israeli targets from a base in Palestinian Authority-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria. Continue Reading »

UPDATED: Hamas fires 400 rockets at Israeli civilians • 1 dead • 67 Israelis injured

WATCH Hamas video: Thinking it was a school-bus, Hamas fired a Kornet anti-tank guided missile, leaving a 19 yr-old IDF soldier in critical condition.

By i24NEWS

 

A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip on Monday hit a residential building, killing at least one man [40 yr-old Palestinian father of 6 – I&S] and leaving several others injured, including a woman in critical condition.

Another rocket hit an Israeli bus carrying Israel Defense Forces soldiers, leaving a 19-year-old in critical condition.

Israel said it responded with air strikes “throughout the Gaza Strip” that hit over 70 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets, killing at least two Palestinians and injuring more according to the Gaza health ministry. Continue Reading »

Israel to award housing grants to Lebanese soldiers who fought alongside IDF

In the coming days Israel’s government will vote on providing grants of up to $136,000 to the veterans of the South Lebanon Army [who fled to ‎Israel during the May 2000 withdrawal], in recognition of their courageous contributions to past IDF operations in Lebanon.

By Lilach Shoval

 

Veterans of the South Lebanon Army who reside in ‎Israel will soon become eligible for substantial ‎housing assistance, in recognition of their contribution to ‎IDF operations in southern Lebanon prior to the military’s ‎withdrawal from the region in May 2000.‎

The SLA was dissolved in the summer after the Israeli withdrawal and ‎‎Israel absorbed some 7,000 SLA veterans and their ‎‎families. Continue Reading »

German Foundation Rescinds Human Rights Award to  Women’s March USA

Advisory Board: “An organization that may support feminism, but discriminates against Jews and Zionists and denies Israel’s right to exist should not be honored by a democratic foundation that advocates diversity and speaks out against discrimination.”
– Co-founder Linda Sarsour sited for her antisemitism, saying, “Zionists were Nazis” and her admiration for Louis Farrakhan.

BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL

 

NEW YORK – The think tank for the German social democratic party withdrew its Human Rights Award to the Women’s March USA in Washington, DC, on Thursday because doctoral students associated with the foundation accused the organizers of the march of hardcore antisemitism and support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign targeting the Jewish state. Continue Reading »

Former Head of Mossad joins ranks at private Israeli intel firm, Black Cube

Having been embarrassingly outed in a few past operations, Ephraim Halevy, who headed the Mossad, is being recruited by the private Israeli intelligence firm to help screen potential clients as to prevent further scandals for the company.

By Ronen Bergman

 

Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy will be joining Israeli private intelligence firm Black Cube, which has been mired in international scandals.

Halevy will sit on the company’s board of directors, head its client screening committee, and serve as a senior adviser on operational and intelligence issues, a source told Yedioth Ahronoth.

Former Mossad Chief, Efraim Halevy – Photo: Wikimedia/Eli Itkin

The source added that Halevy might even be selected as president of the company within a short time. Continue Reading »

Cleared for Publication: Officer From Elite IDF Unit Killed Deep Inside Gaza

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement, “During IDF special forces’ operational activity in Gaza, an exchange of fire broke out, during which an IDF officer was killed and an additional IDF officer was moderately injured.”
– The commander of the Al-Qassam Brigades, 6 other terrorists killed and 7 were wounded during the military operation.

By Elad Benari

 

An IDF soldier from an elite unit was killed on Sunday night during an operation in the Gaza Strip.

Another soldier was injured and evacuated to the Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva. Their families have been notified.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement, “During IDF special forces’ operational activity in Gaza, an exchange of fire broke out, during which an IDF officer was killed and an additional IDF officer was moderately injured.”

The statement called on residents of the Gaza envelope to listen to the instructions in their communities and obey the instructions issued by the Home Front Command. Continue Reading »