Terror cells 'rife' in Sinai

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 15, 2010

Israel’s Anti-Terrorism Bureau warned all Israeli tourists to leave Sinai in Egypt as soon as possible on Tuesday, due to a serious terror threat.

Defence officials said that the Egyptian security forces were making a “serious attempt” to clamp down on the terror cells in Sinai but that a number of terror groups were operating in the peninsular almost at will.


Israeli citizens' urgent warning to leave Sinai

By Jessica Elgot, April 13, 2010

In an unprecedented move, Israel has urged its citizens to leave Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula immediately, warning of an imminent terrorist attack.

The Prime Minister’s Office issued the urgent warning, claiming that there is “concrete evidence of an expected terrorist attempt to kidnap Israelis in Sinai".

Israeli civilians currently in Sinai may be at high risk of kidnap, although the kidnappers’ target is likely to be an Israeli soldier.

Palestinian militants have kidnapped three soldiers from Israel. One of them, Gilad Shalit, has been held hostage since 2006.


Palestinian killed in Gaza border clash

By Jessica Elgot, April 13, 2010

At least one Palestinian terrorist, who attempted to plant a bomb at the Gaza border fence, has been killed by the Israeli army.

The IDF and Palestinian sources have confirmed the attack happened on the Kissufim border with Gaza.

The IDF said that a group of Palestinians had attempted to breach the border and a Givati strike force fired and shelled at the group. Military helicopters were also used to target the men.

The dead man is a member of the al-Quds Brigade, the military section of Islamic Jihad, the terrorist group confirmed.


Indian Chabad House targeted in February attack

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2010

Indian security officials have confirmed that the Chabad House in Pune was the real target of a bomb attack which killed seventeen people at a nearby bakery.

Rabbi Betzalel Kupchik, of the Chabad House, said he recognised the sound of the blast as like a “Katyusha rocket sent from Hamas.”

Chief Minister of the state of Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan, said that the attack which ripped through a popular German bakery in the north west of the city was intended for the Chabad House, a few metres away.


Orthodox: Naked airport scans 'a necessity'

By Robyn Rosen, March 18, 2010

The strictly Orthodox community has given its support to new airport security scanners which produce "naked" images, saying it "understands it is a necessity".

Manchester Airport trialled the invasive scanners before the government decided to implement them nationally in February, beginning with Manchester and Heathrow, after the attempt by the so-called "Underwear Bomber" to attack a flight to Detroit.

The scanners produce a three-dimensional image which can reveal concealed weapons and explosives, but the image also shows details of the passenger's naked body.


Gaza rocket kills Negev man at kibbutz

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2010

A man has been killed by a Kassam rocket fired by Gaza terrorists. It exploded next to him when it hit a kibbutz in the northern Negev, Nativ Ha’asara.

The man is believed to be a migrant worker from Thailand who was working in the kibbutz’s greenhouse.

The rocket is the third to have hit the region in the past 24 hours, after riots in Jerusalem and protests in the Gaza Strip over Israel’s plan to build 1,600 new homes in East Jerusalem.

Two women have been treated for shock, but no-one else has been reported injured.


Was the Indian bomb meant for Chabad?

By Saikat Datta in Pune and Demian Smith, February 18, 2010

Security officials are not ruling out the possibility that Chabad House was the real target of the bombing in India last weekend, as it was opposite the bakery which was destroyed.

Eight people were killed and scores were injured when a bomb ripped through a popular restaurant in Pune, east of Mumbai, last Saturday evening. The German bakery was located just a few metres from the Chabad-Lubavitch centre across the street.


Israelis warned of terror attacks abroad

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 18, 2010

Israelis have been warned that there is currently a heightened possibility of a terror attack on an Israeli or Jewish target abroad.

The Counter-terrorism Bureau in the Prime Minister's Office has issued a general travel warning, not connected to a specific country, which tells Israelis planning to spend time overseas that the probability of an attack will rise around the second anniversary of the killing of Hizbollah operations chief, Imad Mughniyeh, mid-February.


Michael Wolkind: I defended the BNP

By Simon Rocker, February 11, 2010

This week’s Torah portion is clear: if a thief breaks into your house at night, you are entitled to take his life — though not in daylight.

How much force householders can use against intruders is once again under debate in Britain, following the case of Munir Hussain, the Buckinghamshire businessman jailed, then freed on appeal last month, after clubbing a burglar.

Despite calls for change, Michael Wolkind QC, the barrister who represented him, believes that the law should stand as it is.


Israeli soldier killed in West Bank terror attack

By Jessica Elgot, February 10, 2010

An Israeli soldier has been stabbed to death by a Palestinian while sitting in a military jeep in the West Bank.

Judea and Samaria District police have arrested Mohammed Hatib, believed to be a senior officer in the Palestinian security forces, in connection with the attack.

The soldier, Sergeant-Major Ihab Khatib, 28, was attacked while he sat in a traffic jam at Tapuach junction, south of Nablus in the West Bank.

He was stabbed twice in the chest through the open car window. The injured man attempted to drive away but his car overturned in a nearby ditch.