Terrorism

Comment: Peace talks? Don't get your hopes up

By Gerald M Steinberg, August 26, 2010

Six decades of failed peace efforts have left most Israelis (and Palestinians) deeply skeptical about the prospects for success.

The pattern is familiar - a new American president, faced with major difficulties at home and abroad, hopes that a Middle East peace breakthrough will help solve many of these problems. He squeezes the leaders of both sides, and as neither wants the label of "spoiler", they go along with the charade.

But the efforts fail, as core differences over history, religion (particularly in Jerusalem), borders and sovereignty remain insurmountable.

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Embassy gunman threatens to 'kill any Jew'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2010

A Palestinian man has broken into the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv and is threatening to kill any Jew who enters the building.

It is believed two people are being held hostage inside the embassy on Hayarkon Street by Nadim Injaz, a Palestinian from Ramallah. One person, thought to be Injaz, has been shot and injured.

Israel Radio said that rescue workers attempted to enter the building but did not bring anyone out.

Injaz was arrested in 2006 after an eight-hour standoff at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv, during which he wielded a plastic gun. Nobody was injured in that incident.

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Ahmadinejad: 'Zionists' told of 9/11 in advance

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2010

The Iranian president has accused “Zionists” of knowing about the September 11 terror attacks in advance and reiterated his denial of the Holocaust.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a conference in Tehran that no “Zionists” were killed in the World Trade Center, because "one day earlier they were told not to go to their workplace".

Five Israelis were killed when the two planes were flown into the Twin Towers in 2001.

Mr Ahmadinejad also claimed that there were no reports that revealed the names of the around 3,000 victims.

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Chaos over government counter-terrorism plans

By Marcus Dysch, August 5, 2010

The government is working to allay fears that its counter-extremism policy is floundering, three months after the coalition came to power.

Jewish leaders have expressed concern that not enough is being done to tackle the threat posed by extremists in Britain.

The Tories are thought to be ideologically split on the issue, with ministers also facing a backlash from civil servants opposed to Conservative policy.

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Jewish groups differ over 9/11 mosque plan

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2010

A row has broken out between rival American Jewish groups over the proposal to build a mosque and Islamic centre in Manhattan just metres from the site of the 9/11 attacks.

The plan by American Muslims to build a community centre by Ground Zero, where the World Trade Centre towers once stood, has the support of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and prominent Jewish lawyer Alan Dershowitz.

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Jordan vows to fight terrorism after rocket hit

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2010

Jordan has condemned a rocket attack on Israeli and Jordanian Red Sea port cities as an act of terror.

One man was killed and three injured when a rocket landed outside a luxury hotel in Aqaba in Jordan.

There were also reports of explosions in Eilat, on the other side of the Red Sea, but no Israelis were injured.

Both Israel and Jordan said they believed the short-range rockets had been fired from militants operating within the Sinai peninsula within, which Egyptian officials denied and said was “impossible”.

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Rockets fired at Eilat and Aqaba

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2010

Several rockets have been fired at Israel’s southernmost city of Eilat, although no injuries have been reported.

Officials said they believe the five rockets were fired from within Egypt.

The short-range rockets also hit the Jordanian city of Aqaba, minutes from Eilat on the other side of the Red Sea, exploding outside a hotel and killing one man and injuring three others.

Two other rockets are thought to have landed in the sea.

Jordan's Information Minister Ali Ayed said: "Preliminary investigation showed that the rocket was fired from outside Jordanian territory.”

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US shuls get 'terror grant'

July 22, 2010

More than 25 synagogues in the New York area will receive up to $75,000 each as part of a $6 million anti-terror grant from the US Department of Homeland Security.

The funds must be put towards shul security.

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N Korea fined for 1972 terror attack

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2010

North Korea has been fined nearly £200m for supporting terrorists who attacked an Israeli airport in 1972, killing 26 people.

More than 80 people were injured in the Lod airport massacre in May 1972, when three Japanese terrorists threw hand grenades and shot indiscriminately at passengers in the arrivals area.

A far left group, the Japanese Red Army, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine were responsible for the deadly shooting at what is now Ben Gurion International Airport.

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Abu Hamza extradition halted

By Robyn Rosen, July 8, 2010

The European Court of Human Rights has halted the extradition of hate preacher Abu Hamza to the US.

The radical Islamist was jailed in 2004 and the British courts approved his extradition in 2007, which he appealed.

While he was on trial, he accused Jews of being “blasphemous, traitors and dirty” and said this is why Hitler was sent into the world.

Today, the European Court of Human Rights ordered a halt to his extradition after he and three other British men complained about the length of sentence they could face in the US.

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