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.


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”.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


Tributes to 7/7 bomb victims

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2010

Relatives of the July 7 London bombing victims are marking the fifth anniversary of the terror attacks.

John Falding, whose Israeli partner Anat Rosenberg was killed on the Number 30 bus, plans to make a now-annual strip to Tavistock Square with a dozen white lilies to pay tribute to her.

Mr Falding said that his life has been on hold since the former charity worker’s death at 39.

He said: “This is my job now, to look after Anat’s memory.”

Ms Rosenberg, who is buried in Jerusalem, was one of a number of Jewish people injured or killed in the bombings.


Suicide vest man jailed

July 1, 2010

A man who called on Muslims to assassinate Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and who knew how to make suicide bomb vests and ricin has been given 34 years in prison.

Ishaq Kanmi, 24, from Blackburn, pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court last Thursday to three terrorist related offences.


Government pledge to tackle campus extremists

By Marcus Dysch, July 1, 2010

The government has pledged to reassess its Prevent counter-terrorism strategy to investigate whether it has done enough to challenge extremists.

Universities Minister David Willetts admitted there might still be cases where extreme speakers have fostered hatred or violence.

Millions of pounds have already been spent on the project in an attempt to prevent Muslim radicalisation.


NY synagogue bomb plot 'a setup'

By Paul Berger, June 24, 2010

Four Muslim converts accused of plotting to blow up New York synagogues and shoot down US military planes could be freed in a matter of weeks.

The trial of the men, from Newburgh, New York, stalled last week after prosecutors released a report by a federal agent saying that the men never posed a threat.

Judge Colleen McMahon berated prosecutors for not releasing the information earlier and ordered federal lawyers to scour records for similar documents, a process prosecutors say could take months.