IDF: Arrested Hamas terrorists said cell planned series of attacks


A Hamas-affiliated terror cell that was planning attacks in Israel was arrested in the West Bank, the Israeli military said.

The six men arrested in the Palestinian city of Kalkilya confessed to plotting a series of terror attacks against Israelis, the Israel Defense Forces said Sunday in a statement. The suspects also revealed where to find dozens of pounds of chemicals used to manufacture explosive devices.

The IDF and the Shin Bet security agency made the arrests in a joint operation.

During the investigation, the cell members provided detailed information on the location of a weapons lab located in central Nablus, in the northern West Bank. The explosives manufactured there were meant to be used against Israelis, according to the IDF.

The Hamas operatives said they were recruited while staying in Jordan and then trained by Hamas in Gaza, the IDF said. They were transferred to the West Bank for further terror and recruitment activities.

According to the men, they had been instructed to carry out terror attacks on Israelis during Protective Edge, Israel’s 50-day operation against Hamas in Gaza over the summer.

Don’t worry, heroin-addicted would-be terrorist is not a Nazi


New York loves nothing so much as a good scandal. So considering the carnival of a mayoral race that is now unfolding, it’s probably understandable some people might have missed this one: Aaron Greene, 31, a son of New York Jewish privilege, was sentenced today to seven years in prison for possession of explosives.

Greene was arrested in December after police found a cache of shotguns, bomb-making literature and several grams of a potent explosive known as HMTD in the Greenwich Village apartment he shared with his girlfriend, Morgan Gliedman, 27. Police say Greene planned to blow up the arch in Washington Square Park.

The story is a tabloid writer’s fantasy. Greene and Gliedman, who was nine months pregnant at the time of her arrest, are both heroin addicts. They are also both children of the New York Jewish elite. Gliedman is the scion of a wealthy Jewish family who attended Dalton, NYU and the Art Institute of Chicago. Greene’s father is a respected architect who helped design the Eldridge Street Synagogue. In the papers, Greene and Gliedman come off as rich-kid junkies with a fetish for weapons: Sid and Nancy meet the Weathermen, only a few decades late on both counts.

You’d think that would be enough for the tabloids. But the story of two nihilistic junkies about to give birth in an apartment full of sawed-off shotguns and a copy of “The Terrorist’s Encyclopedia” apparently wasn’t enough. Greene was reported to have attended Harvard, and to self-identify as a Nazi – the former claim refuted by the university, the latter by his attorney. The New York Post interpreted a lightning-bolt doodle that Greene used as a signature as the infamous symbol of the SS, and cited an anonymous source that declared Greene had a Nazi grandfather.

In reality, Greene’s relatives were survivors. In what may be the first instance of the Holocaust being used to defend a heroin-addicted terrorist, Greene’s lawyers gave this statement to the New York Times: “To state that the young man is a neo-Nazi when this is a man who comes from a family devastated by the Holocaust, based upon a mere doodle, is more than unfair, it is unforgivable.”

It’s almost August, so perhaps the Post and its brethren can be forgiven for getting a little hot under the collar. But fear not, New York: your trust-funded, drug-addled pregnant hippie terrorists are only that — not neo-Nazis or Harvard graduates.

Now isn’t there something about sexting we can read about?

French police find ‘Jihadist’ bomb lab used in kosher store attack


French police have found an explosives lab which they say Jihadists used in the recent bombing of a kosher store near Paris.

On Oct. 9, French police officers discovered firearms and “all the elements necessary to produce explosive devices” at a parking lot in the eastern Paris suburb of Torcy, Francois Molins of the Paris prosecutor’s office said at a press conference on Oct. 10.

French police found the cache after interrogating 12 suspects arrested over the weekend in different French cities, predominantly in Cannes and Paris, he added.

Molins said the suspects belonged to a “Jihadist cell” that was “extremely dangerous.”

On Saturday, French police agents killed a suspected member of the cell in Strasbourg after he fired on officers during a raid.

The raid, one of several operations which French police carried out that day almost simultaneously, was on suspects in the Sept. 18 bombing of a kosher supermarket in Sarcelles, a northern suburb of Paris. Two men threw an explosive device into the shop. One man sustained minor injuries in the explosion.

On Saturday, Molins of the Paris prosecutor’s office said the dead man, Sidney Louis, had “converted into radical Islam,” adding he belonged to a “network, almost a cell” of “radicalized Muslim delinquents.”

On Saturday, just hours after the anti-terror raids, blank bullets were fired near a synagogue in Argenteuil, a Paris suburb.
French President Francois Hollande has said he would beef up security around Jewish institutions. “Security will be reinforced in the coming days,” Hollande said after meeting Jewish leaders on Sunday at the Elysee palace, vowing that the state was ready “to fight all terror threats.”

Israel kills Palestinian planting explosives


Israel’s military this week fired on a group of Palestinians that it said was preparing to plant explosives on the Israel-Gaza border.

One Palestinian was killed in Tuesday night’s incident, the Israeli Defense Forces said in a statement.

The Popular Resistance Committees, which is loyal to the Islamist Hamas movement, identified the dead man as Hassan Abu Rook, 22, a member of the group who it said was in the area on a special mission, Haaretz reported.

The incident was the second one in the same location in three days. Two Palestinians were killed in an incident on Dec. 26.

“Palestinian civilians in the area near the security fence are used by terrorist organizations to cover their activities there,” read a statement issued by the IDF following the incident. “These include planting explosive devices, planning terrorist attacks and attempting to kidnap IDF soldiers,”

UN sappers detonate leftover shells from Gaza war


From AP News:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – United Nations explosives experts have blown up several Israeli white phosphorous shells as they try to rid Gaza of munitions left behind in last year’s war.

Kerei Ruru of the U.N. Mine Action Team says his staff has collected 340 unexploded bombs and shells fired during Israel’s three-week offensive in Gaza. They include 84 white phosphorous shells and seven 1-ton bombs dropped by aircraft.

Read the full story at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100315/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_palestinians_un_bomb_disposal.

Attacks on Moscow Synagogues


Moscow’s five functioning synagogues have been repeated targets:

  • Dec. 30, 1993 — The old wooden building of the Marina Roscha Synagogue burned to the ground in what was considered an arson attack.
  • 1994 — A hand grenade was thrown at the window of the Bolshaya Bronnaya Synagogue.
  • October 1994 — An explosive device disguised as a beer can was found and defused in the courtyard of the Choral Synagogue.
  • August 1996 — An explosive device went off outside of the Marina Roscha Synagogue. No one was injured.
  • May 1998 — Two people were injured when an explosive device went off near the Marina Roscha Synagogue.
  • July 13, 1999 — A knife-wielding youth entered the Choral Synagogue and stabbed Jewish leader Leopold Kaimovsky several times.
  • July 25, 1999 — An explosive device containing 500 grams of TNT was found in the prayer hall of the Bolshaya Bronnaya Synagogue. It was successfully defused.
  • April 2003 — An explosive device was found and defused outside the Bolshaya Bronnaya Synagogue.

 

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