Hizbollah 'rearming against Israel'

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2009


Restoration for Lebanon's oldest synagogue

By Jessica Elgot, August 7, 2009

Beirut's oldest synagogue, Magen Abraham, was devastated during the Lebanese civil war, but work has finally begun to give it a new lease of life.

Magen Abraham, which was built in 1926 in the traditionally Jewish neighbourhood of Wadi Abou Jmil, fell on the Muslim side of Beirut during the war which lasted from 1975 to 1990.

Two other synagogues still remain in Lebanon, in mountain towns east of Beirut, but they have been closed since the war.


Why Israel fears a Lebanon flare-up

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 30, 2009

At a rare press conference on Tuesday, IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi tried to play down the reports of tension on the Israel-Lebanon border.

“We have no signs that the peace is about to be broken,” he said.

A few minutes earlier, though, while meeting new recruits bound for one of the IDF’s infantry brigades, he told them that “the chance we will have to act in the near future is large. So make the most of your training, you could well be put to the test.”


UK-Hizbollah talks spark Israeli ire

By Leon Symons, June 25, 2009

The first official meeting between a senior British diplomat and a representative of Hizbollah has taken place in Lebanon, drawing a sharp rebuke from Israel.

Britain’s ambassador to Lebanon, Frances Guy, met Lebanese MP Mohammed Raad in Beirut last Thursday.

British foreign policy allows cautious contact with people Britain considers to be in the political wing of the organisation and not involved in violence.


‘Mossad spies’ hunted down

May 21, 2009

Security authorities have arrested the deputy-mayor of a Lebanese town, accusing him of spying for Israel.

According to the Al-Akhbar newspaper, 61-year-old Ziad al-Homsy was asked by the Mossad to gather information on three Israeli soldiers missing since the Lebanon War in 1982. Al-Homsy is an anti-Syrian activist and a former spokesman for slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s al-Mustaqbal party.

Meanwhile, on Monday, two other men accused of espionage escaped across the border to Israel with their children, claiming asylum.


Arab general ‘is Mossad spy’

April 29, 2009

A Lebanese former general has been charged with spying for Israel.

Adeeb Al-Alam, his wife and nephew have been accused of sending classified information to Mossad.

They face the death penalty if found guilty.


Egypt in backlash against Hizbollah

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2009

The discovery of a Hizbollah terror network in Sinai could lead to a major Egyptian backlash against the Shiite movement and Iran.

Egyptian security forces this week revealed the arrest of dozens of suspects, allegedly belonging to cells recruited by Hizbollah in Egypt. At least 15 terrorists are still at large in Sinai and hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and policemen have been involved in the searches. Shots were twice fired at Egyptian security forces by Bedouin tribesmen believed to be working with the terrorists.


Banned Hizbollah fighter blames JC

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2009

A Hizbollah fighter has been barred from re-entering Britain, and has blamed the JC for his detention by immigration officers.

Lebanese-born Dyab Abou Jahjah addressed two meetings in London last week, but left the country to visit Brussels before the weekend.

When he attempted to return on Saturday to catch a flight home to Beirut, he was detained for six hours before being denied entry.

Jahjah, who is also leader of a radical Muslim group, wrote on his blog: “They say I am a threat to the peaceful co-existence of communities.


Jacqui Smith allows in Hizbollah man

By Leon Symons, April 2, 2009

The Home Office has refused to act over the presence in the UK of a Hizbollah fighter and leader of a radical Muslim group, despite accepting that his presence was not conducive to the public good.

The president of the Board of Deputies, Henry Grunwald QC, wrote to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith last week about Lebanese-born Dyab Abou Jahjah, who fought for Hizbollah against Israel before moving to Belgium, where he started an organisation called the Arab European League that became involved in riots after the murder of a Moroccan schoolteacher.


Moussawi is out - but could reapply

By Marcus Dysch, March 19, 2009

An intense lobbying campaign by Jewish organisations has succeeded with the Home Office rejecting a visa application from Hizbollah media relations officer Ibrahim Moussawi.

Under increasing pressure from the Board of Deputies, the Community Security Trust and the JC, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith turned down his request to attend a seminar at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies next week.

Jon Benjamin, Board chief executive, said the result was being treated as a substantial victory.