January 18, 2019

Palestinian Terror Group: Israel Will Face War Soon

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

A Palestinian terror group issued a video on Tuesday that essentially threatens Israel and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) with war.

The video, issued by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), shows terrorists adorned in black masks and uniforms running through a tunnel and then positioning themselves behind some bushes close to the border separating Israel and the Gaza Strip. The terrorists proceed to aim their weapons at a myriad of IDF vehicles and combat engineering units, each marked with crosshairs.

The video ominously warns that these targets are “in the line of fire.”

“We can reach the crimes and the aggression of Israel against the Palestinian people,” the video states. “The way of resistance is armed resistance, as long as occupation sits on the land of Palestine.”

The video also refers to “the weapon of resistance” as “a holy one.”

The full video can be seen below:

Suspected Paris synagogue bomber can be extradited from Canada

Canada’s Supreme Court declined to hear the case of the prime suspect in a deadly 1980 synagogue bombing in Paris, paving the way for his extradition to France.

The nation’s top court on Thursday did not give reasons for its refusal to hear the case of Hassan Diab, who was seeking to appeal lower court rulings that called for his extradition.

French authorities allege that Diab was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and took part in the bombing of the Rue Copernic synagogue that killed four and injured more than 40.

Diab, 60, a dual Lebanese and Canadian citizen, has repeatedly denied the allegations. He and lawyers appealed an extradition order charging that France’s reliance on secret information raised issues of constitutionality and procedural fairness in Canada.

French authorities also cite fingerprint and handwriting evidence against Diab.

In case before the Supreme Court, Canadian authorities had argued that it “raises no issue of public importance.”

In 2011, an Ontario judge upheld a French request for Diab’s extradition even though he said the case against him was weak. Since then, Diab has been living under house arrest. He had been working as sociology professor in Ottawa.

The lower court’s decision was upheld by Ontario’s Court of Appeal and the federal justice minister.

The high court’s ruling “sends an important message: that diligent, committed authorities will never cease in their pursuit of justice against terrorists on behalf of their victims,” the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs said in a statement.

Israeli soldier injured in Gaza border blast

An Israeli soldier was wounded seriously in an explosion while on patrol near the Gaza security fence.

The soldier, who was on what the military called a “routine patrol,” is believed to have been injured by a roadside bomb in Tuesday morning's attack. He was treated at the scene and then evacuated by helicopter to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack.

“Terror organizations continue their relentless attempts to harm Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers by using the area adjacent to the security fence for laying explosive devices and attempting to execute terror attacks,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

A week ago, an explosive device was detonated as Israeli soldiers patrolled the same area of the security fence near Kissufim in the central Gaza Strip, according to the IDF. That explosion damaged a military vehicle.