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3 Israeli Arabs reportedly entered Syria to join Islamic jihad

According to a report in a local Nazareth magazine, the families of the three men tried to have them arrested before they crossed the Turkish-Syrian border.

Four residents of Yafia, a town near Nazareth, left Israel for Turkey during Eid al-Adha earlier this month with the intent of enlisting with the rebel groups in Syria, or with the Islamic State, according to a report in a local Nazareth paper.

ISIS fighters in Raqqa, Syria.

Fighters from the Islamic State marching in Raqqa, Syria, January 2014. – Photo: AP

One of the four dropped out en route and returned home, where he told the families of the other three that they were planning to travel to Syria.

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Irish peacekeepers on Syria’s border SAVED by Israeli troops

Irish UN members of force serving in Syria would have been kidnapped or killed had it not been for Israel’s direct & thorough military intervention.

By and Reuters



Military intervention by the Israeli army saved the lives of Irish United Nations troops last week, Ireland’s Sunday Independent has established.

Irish observers

Irish members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force sitting on their armored vehicles in the Golan Heights as they wait to cross into Syrian-controlled territory, Sept. 28, 2014. – Photo: AFP

Talking to senior sources, the Independent reported that “Irish soldiers would have been killed or taken hostage by Islamist extremists if it wasn’t for the military intervention of the Israeli army during last week’s battle to save besieged UN soldiers.”

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan described the situation in wake of the abduction of UN peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights as a crisis that “remains extremely tense.”

Flanagan made it clear he does not want “to see Irish troops or the UN contingent being drawn into a civil war,” according to the Independent report.

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Israel’s Retaliatory Air-Strike on Syrian Targets Leave 12 Dead

IAF responds to Monday’s latest rocket attack on northern Israel by striking targets Quneitra, in Syria’s Golan Heights.

NGO says 12 Syrians were killed.

By Tova Dvorin


The Israeli Air Force (IAF) bombed several terror targets in the city of Quneitra, Syria overnight Tuesday, following a volley of rockets on the Golan Heights, Syrian media reported.

Between four and twelve people were killed in the airstrike; exact numbers have varied among news outlets.

“Israeli planes flying over the occupied Golan Heights launched rockets into southern Syria’s Quneitra province at around 1:15 am (2215 GMT). Rockets hit Base 90 — a Syrian military airbase — and regime bastion Baath City.  Continue Reading »

SECURITY UPDATE: War Resumes – Gaza Ceasefire Already Over

For 1st time ever!

Israel hits simultaneously on 4 attacking fronts: Sinai, Gaza, Syria & Lebanon.

By Ryan Jones



An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that Western and Israeli leaders hoped would bring an end to the current Gaza war had already collapsed by Tuesday afternoon, just hours after Israel’s cabinet voted in favor of the truce.

Jihad, a family affair – Israel Today

Around mid-morning, Israeli ministers voted 6-2 to accept the Egyptian proposal, and the Israeli army was ordered to halt all operations against terrorist forces in Gaza.

But, the Gaza rockets just kept coming. Volley after volley targeted central and northern Israel.

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Israel Air Force strikes Syria & Gaza in response to fire


Fire originating from Syrian territory was directed towards IDF military post on Mount Hermon in Israel’s northern Golan Heights.


The Israeli military said it fired into Syria on Monday morning in response to high trajectory force that struck the northern Golan Heights.

Israel Air Force F-15 Eagles – Photo courtesy: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

According to the Israel Defense Force, no one was wounded in the shooting from the Syrian side, which landed near a military post at Mount Hermon earlier Monday morning, and no damage was incurred.

Initially, the army said it responded with artillery fire.

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Brussels Assassin Nabbed by French Police Still in Possession of AK-47 & Baseball-Hat


In a routine customs inspection, French Police in Marseilles arrest Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year-old French citizen, carrying an AK-47 assault rifle.



French police have arrested a suspect over the shooting last week at the Brussels Jewish Museum who apparently has ties to jihadi elements in Syria, a local media reported on Sunday.

A still image of the shooter.

Image of the shooter taken from the video of a security camera at the Jewish museum in Brussels. – Photo: Reuters

French citizen Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, was arrested Friday at a routine customs inspection at the Saint-Charles bus station in Marseilles, while he was on a bus from Amsterdam via Brussels. Continue Reading »

Assad forces destroy Syria’s oldest Synagogue

The more than 400 yr-old Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue was hit by a mortar shell in 2013. After Israel was established, the building was used as a school for Palestinian refugees.



A historic synagogue on the outskirts of Damascus was destroyed amid fighting in Syria’s civil war over the weekend.

Damascus synagogue destroyed

A sign at the entrance of the Damascus synagogue, taken from a Youtube video.

Opposition leaders said Syrian army forces flattened the more than 400-year-old Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue in an attack — part of a months-long bombardment of the suburb of Jobar — and also may have destroyed thousands of Jewish artifacts, The Daily Beast reported. Continue Reading »

al-Assad Livid at Syrian Rebel’s Desire of Peace with Israel

Dr. Kamal Al-Labwani advocates for Israel,  “This is what Israel wants: to distance itself from Assad, from the pact between Iran and Hezbollah, but also to prevent Al Qaeda from taking control.”

Al-Labwani also sends message to Assad not to preach to him about morality.

By Tova Dvorin


The calls of Syrian opposition activist Dr. Kamal Al-Labwani to make peace with Israel have caused a furor in Damascus Sunday, after he provided an interview with Israeli media and expressed support for the Jewish state.

President Bashar al-Assad – AFP photo

“We have the same enemies and similar interests,” Al-Labwani stated Friday evening, in a special interview with Walla! Continue Reading »

Fleeing Palestinians from Syria seek refugee status in Thailand


A year after hundreds of Palestinians fled Syria for Thailand, the UNHCR has yet to grant refugee status. Too busy investigating Israel, perhaps?




Dozens of Palestinians stranded in Thailand after fleeing war-torn Syria a year ago on Thursday petitioned the United Nations to speed up the process of granting them refugee status.

Civilians clean a street from rubble of damaged buildings at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk

Civilians clean a street from rubble of damaged buildings at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, south of Damascus, February 12, 2014. – Photo: Reuters

The Palestinian petitioners, most of them children, gathered outside the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bangkok in a bid to draw attention to their increasingly desperate plight in the kingdom.

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Former Palestinian Knesset Member Convicted of Contacting Israel’s Enemies

Former Israel MK of the Balad party, Said Nafa, met in Syria with PFLP-GC leader. Nafa was convicted of both illegally exiting to an enemy state & assisting others to do so as well.

By Ahiya Raved


The Nazareth District Court convicted former Balad Knesset Member Said Nafa of contact with a foreign agent, illegal exit to an enemy country and aiding other to exist to an enemy country.

Nafa was acquitted of another charge of contacting a foreign agent after no evidence was found that he had met with the leader of the Hamas political bureau Khaled Mashal. Continue Reading »

Syrian Orient News TV: Syrian Opposition Activist Advocates Peace with Israel

When the interviewer told Dr. Al-Labwani that “Israel has expansionist goals” he replied, “Not true. The people of Israel fled persecution in the Nazi Holocaust, & they want to live in peace.”

“It is in our interest today to engage in a peace process” with Israel, says Syrian opposition activist in televised interview.

By Elad Benari


A member of the Syrian opposition recently said that “it is in our interest today to engage in a peace process” with Israel.

Syrian Opposition Activist Kamal Al-Labwani Makes the Case for Peace with Israel

Syrian Opposition Activist Dr. Kamal Al-Labwani Makes the Case for Peace with Israel on Syrian Orient News TV

The comments were made by opposition activist Dr. Continue Reading »

IDF Shoot & Hit Two Terrorists on Israel’s Syrian Border


IDF soldiers shoot & hit two terrorists attempting to infiltrate into Israel’s Golan Heights from Syria.

By Elad Benari, Canada


IDF soldiers were able to prevent two terrorists from infiltrating into Israel in the Golan Heights, near the border with Syria, on Friday night.

Israel-Syria border (archive) – Reuters

According to the IDF, the soldiers identified two suspects fiddling with the security fence along the border. It is believed they also tried to place an explosive device. The troops open fired, hitting the two terrorists.

“The IDF will continue to protect the border and prevent attacks,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit in a statement quoted by Channel 2 News. Continue Reading »

Assad Definitely Behind Blitz of Terrorism on Israel’s Northern Borders

With 4 violent terrorist events on the borders with Lebanon & Syria in just a month, it is no longer an exaggeration to speak of a resurgent northern front, reminiscence of the 1980s-90s.


After four violent incidents on the borders with Syria and Lebanon since the beginning of the month, it is no longer an exaggeration to speak of a resurgent northern front. The wounding of four paratroopers on the Golan on Tuesday was preceded by rockets on Mount Hermon from Syrian territory, the planting of an explosive device on the Golan (which was neutralized) and the explosion of another device aimed at an Israel Defense Forces convoy on Mount Dov last Friday.

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Jewish American nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for aiding Syrian refugees


Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee nominates Yank Barry, a.k.a. ‘Jewish Schindler’, for his humanitarian work with Syrian refugees in Bulgaria.


NEW YORK – Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee nominated the Jewish philanthropist Yank Barry on Wednesday for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in providing refuge to Syrian refugees in Bulgaria who escaped their war-torn country.
Yank Barry (left standing) with Syrian refugees in Bulgaria.- Photo: REUTERS

Yank Barry (left standing) with Syrian refugees in Bulgaria.- Photo: REUTERS

Jackson issued a statement saying that Barry “singlehandedly spearheaded a never before accomplished mission to rescue over 60 individuals from the deplorable conditions in the refugee camps of Bulgaria.

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Syria Fires Rockets at Israel


Although 2 Syria rockets land on Israel’s Mt. Hermon, Israeli military suggest incident was a result of stray fire from Syria.

IDF stationed in Israel’s north are on high alert following alleged IAF airstrike on Hezbollah’s missile transfers into Lebanon.


Two rockets were found on Mt. Hermon in northern Israel on Saturday morning, hours after explosions were reported in the region during the night.

Israeli soldiers standing on a tank near the northern border with Syria on June 6, 2011, as troops in the Golan Heights remained on high alert after Naksa Day.- Photo: AFP

The IDF estimates the rockets were not launched deliberately at Israel, but were the result of stray fire by one of the warring factions in Syria’s civil war.

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