On this day: the Mumbai Terror attacks

By Jennifer Lipman, November 26, 2010

The world watched in horror as locations around the Indian city were taken siege by Islamic terrorists.

The Mumbai Chabad centre, along with the city’s main train station, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and the luxurious Taj Mahal hotel, became scenes or bloodshed and trauma.

More than 170 people were killed in the attacks at sites across the city, including four Israelis and Jews from America and Mexico.


Egypt helping Israel root out Gaza terror cells

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 18, 2010

While israel is disappointed with Egyptian efforts to stop the smuggling of weapons over the border into Gaza, joint intelligence efforts between the two countries are ongoing and there have been recent successes in tracking down terrorists in the Strip and in Sinai.

Last week the Egyptians arrested 25 terror suspects living in northern Sinai, with Israel's help. They are currently searching for a cell of seven jihadists still at large in the desert.


Gaza militants warn of more rocket attacks on Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, November 18, 2010

A warning of an attack on "aggressor Jews” has been posted online by Islamic extremists believed to have al Qaeda links.

The threat, in Hebrew for what is believed to the first time for such a message, was made by a man claiming to be a member of Jemaa Ansar al-Sunna, a militant group which operates in Gaza.

On the 30 second recording he warned that Jews will not be safe from rockets and other violence until they "leave the land of Palestine".

The message is understood to be about revenge for Israel’s killing of two Gazan terrorist leaders earlier this week.


On this day: the Luxor massacre

By Jennifer Lipman, November 17, 2010

They were there simply to visit one of Egypt’s archaeological treasures, the temple of Hatshepsut in the southern town of Luxor.

But the visit became a nightmare as six men, armed with firearms and knives, fired on them.

For 45 minutes the tourists were trapped inside the temple while their assailants systematically murdered them. They ten hijacked a bus but were stopped by a police shootout, in which three Egyptian tour guides died.


Omar Bakri arrested after boasting he'd remain free

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2010

An extremist preacher who claimed he "would not spend one day” in prison has been arrested just days after he was sentenced to life behind bars in Lebanon for terrorism charges.

Omar Bakri, a Syrian-born cleric who once called for Sir Paul McCartney to be killed for performing in Israel, and said “all Israelis must be destroyed" was sentenced in his absence on Thursday.

A Lebanese military court handed out the sentence for Bakri’s alleged role in training Al Qaeda militants at a camp in Tripoli.


Revealed: Al Qaeda's link to the killing of Meir Kahane

By Paul Berger, November 11, 2010

Rabbi Meir Kahane had just finished addressing a crowd of supporters at the Marriott East Side Hotel in New York on November 5, 1990, when a man, of Middle Eastern appearance and wearing a kippah, fired a shot at close range. The controversial 58-year-old founder of the ultra right-wing Jewish Defence League fell to the floor, blood gushing from a wound to his neck.


George W Bush reveals Abbas rejected secret peace deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 11, 2010

Much has been written about former US president George W Bush's new book, Decision Points, but one section has remained largely under the media radar.

According to Mr Bush, a peace deal was put together in secret talks between former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, including the handing over of the "vast majority" of the West Bank to a Palestinian state, but with some areas close to the pre-1967 borders that include Israeli settlements to remain within Israel.


Fall in West Bank violence

November 11, 2010

Terror activity in the West Bank has reached an all-time low due to the IDF and Shin Bet's efforts, and a major improvement in co-operation with the Palestinian Authority's security forces.


We were prepared, say targeted Chicago shuls

By Paul Berger, November 4, 2010

Like other Jewish populations around the world, Chicago's community is no stranger to threats of violence.

So when the Department of Homeland Security contacted the city's Jewish institutions last week to say that two bombs had been found in printer cartridges bound for local synagogues, there was little surprise.

"When we got the call we knew what to do," said Michael Kotzin, executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. "We weren't surprised. But there was a lot of curiosity about the details."


Israel predicted Chicago parcel bombs plot

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 4, 2010

"We were not aware of the precise timing," said a very senior Israeli security official this week, on the discovery of the two parcel bombs on America-bound cargo planes and addressed to shuls in Chicago, "but the platform and the method they used was certainly no surprise."

The official went on to explain that Yemen is now one of the major sources of international terror operations and that the successful location of the bombs was the result of co-operation between the intelligence services of various countries.