Terrorism

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.

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Lone attacks fear after axe murder

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 6, 2009

The IDF warned this week of a new wave of terror attacks carried out by lone attackers after a 13-year-old was killed by an axe-wielding Palestinian last week.

The murder took place last week at the Bat-Ayin settlement, in the Etzyon bloc, south of Jerusalem. Shlomo Nativ was murdered and Yair Gamliel, seven, was wounded. The murderer fled in the direction of the nearby Palestinian village of Safa. Intensive searches by the IDF and the General Security Service (GSS) failed to locate him.

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Car bomb sparks terror fear

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 26, 2009

The failed attempt to explode a large car bomb in a shopping centre in Haifa on Saturday night has intensified fears of a possible wave of terror attacks.

The Israeli police and security forces have forbidden publication of any technical details of the car bomb. However, its size, described by explosives experts as “equal to 15 suicide bombers”, and the sophistication of the methods used to smuggle it into Haifa and the shopping centre car park, is of an order not seen in Israel for more than five years.

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Murders prompt new terror fears

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 19, 2009

The murder of two policemen in the West Bank last week has raised fears of a new terror offensive.

David Rabinovich, 42, and Yehezkel Ramzarker, 50, two veteran traffic policemen, were ambushed near Moshav Massua by gunmen posing as motorists.

Both officers were shot at point-blank range when they stopped to investigate a broken-down car. A previously unknown group, Imad Mughniye Brigade, claimed responsibility for the attack, but Israeli intelligence sources are dubious about the claim.

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UK taxes ‘funding terror’

By Marcus Dysch, March 19, 2009

British taxpayers are funding anti-Israel and extremist teaching in the Palestinian territories, a new report claims.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) said millions of pounds had been spent on Palestinian Authority-funded TV broadcasts, school textbooks and newspaper articles discouraging a two-state solution.

The TPA report, Palestinian Hate Education since Annapolis, concludes that money from the Department for International Development (DFID), which totalled almost £100 million in the 2007/08 financial year, is being used directly to promote hatred of Israel and the West.

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Name of bombed centre carved into man’s back

March 12, 2009

A lawyer who was a former investigator into the 1994 bombing of Buenos Aires’ Jewish community centre was kidnapped on Friday and tortured by men seeking information on the investigation.

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Hizbollah attack feared in Venezuela

By Daniella Peled - Foreign Editor, February 18, 2009

Venezuelan Jews fear they face a terror attack like the Hizbollah-linked Amia bombing in Argentina, a leading community member has warned.

The Iranian-backed movement was thought to be behind the 1994 attack on the Buenos Aires community centre in which 85 people died.

“Hizbollah is growing in force here,” said Sammy Eppel, Director of the Human Rights Commission of B’nai B’rith Venezuela. “We are trying to avert something like Amia happening in Venezuela.”

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Two men jailed for 2002 bomb

February 12, 2009

A French court sentenced two men to prison for their part in the 2002 bombing of a Tunisian shul in which 21 people were killed. Christian Ganczarski, a German convert to Islam, was sentenced to 18 years and Walid Nouar, the brother of the suicide bomber, received 12 years.

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Al Qaeda leader calls for Gaza reprisal in Britain

January 22, 2009

A Reuters reports says that an Al-Qaeda leader has called for retaliation attacks in Britain in return for the Gaza conflict, because, he says, the UK was behind the creation of Israel.

In a video posted on an Islamist website, Abu Yahya al-Libi, whose group took responsibility for the July 2005 terror attacks, said "It's high time that this criminal country, I mean Britain, paid the price of its historic crime. There is no child who dies in Palestine ... without this being the outcome of the (country) that handed Palestine to the Jews ... Britain."

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Analysis: Terror will bring us closer

By Saikat Datta, December 4, 2008

India and Israel have shared concerns over Islamic terrorism and cooperate in such diverse fields as agriculture and defence.

Culturally, they have sought mutual comfort in a divided world. Every year, nearly 30,000 Israelis spend months in India. Annual bilateral trade is pegged at nearly $3 billion, even if you discount the military hardware that India buys from Israel every year. Add in such defence purchases and you could add another $6bn to the total.

So Israeli criticism of the military operation in Nariman House was greeted in India with shock, hurt and disappointment.

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