Israel commemorates 9/11 attacks

Ceremonies in Israel and around the world commemorate the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

US ambassador Dan Shapiro speaking at the September 11 memorial in Jerusalem.. (photo credit:KKL-JNF)

US ambassador Dan Shapiro speaking at the September 11 memorial in Jerusalem.. (photo credit:KKL-JNF)

Jerusalem Post  September 11, 2014

People around Israel commemorated on Thursday the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, in which al-Qaida terrorists killed almost 3,000 people in the US.

A memorial ceremony was held by the Jewish National Fund at the site of the 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem. US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro spoke at the ceremony along with other ambassadors from around the world, as well as representatives of the Israeli families who lost their loved ones in the attacks.

To read more, click HERE

 

New terror fight casts shadow over 9/11 ceremonies

Thirteenth anniversary of the terror attack marked by a speech by Obama that vowed US action against the Islamic State

Times of Israel
By Rachelle Blidner and Jonathan Lemire September 11, 2014

Sam Pulia, mayor of Westchester, Ill., and a former police officer of the same town, mourns over the name of his cousin, New York firefighter Thomas Anthony Casoria, who was killed in the South Tower in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, prior to the the memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center in New York, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 (photo credit: AP/Andrew Burton, Pool)

Sam Pulia, mayor of Westchester, Ill., and a former police officer of the same town, mourns over the name of his cousin, New York firefighter Thomas Anthony Casoria, who was killed in the South Tower in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, prior to the the memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center in New York, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 (photo credit: AP/Andrew Burton, Pool)

NEW YORK (AP) — With the solemn toll of a bell and a moment of silence, the nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the September 11 attacks at the hallowed site just hours after President Barack Obama promised to root out and destroy a new group of terrorists threatening the US.

Family and friends of those who died read the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in New York, at the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Thelma Stuart, whose husband, Walwyn Wellington Stuart Jr., 28, was a Port Authority Police Department officer, said the nation should pray for its leaders, “that God will grant them wisdom, knowledge and understanding on directing them on moving forward.”

To read more, click HERE

September 11, 2014 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

France: The appeal of extremism

France_The appeal of extremism

More and more young people from Europe are fighting with Islamists in Syria and Iraq. Many were recruited by militant networks and preachers. In France, hundreds of young people have already joined the jihadist fighters.

The majority come from non-religious families. Many were first approached by Islamists who claimed to be social workers, while others were recruited over the internet. More than 700 young French men and women have already heeded the call to go to Syria. When they arrive, they find themselves confronted with a reality that is more violent and brutal than they had anticipated. Only a few manage to leave the militant fold – and others die in the civil war.

To watch 5-minute video, click HERE and scroll down in the right panel to France: The appeal of extremism.

Source: DW TV European Journal

September 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

Remembering U.S./Israel Dual Citizen Steven Sotloff (Video)

Journalist covered world’s most dangerous places

 

September 3, 2014, 7:32 AM|Sotloff’s reporting trips have taken him to Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Somalia and Turkey, but he vanished August 2013 while on assignment in Syria. A video was released Tuesday showing Sotloff being beheaded by ISIS. Jan Crawford reports

Source: CBS This Morning – September 3, 2014

September 3, 2014 at 8:29 am Leave a comment

How you can help save ISIS Hostage Steve Sotloff

Petition to save Steve Sotloff calls on Obama to ‘take immediate action’ to rescue him

To sign the petition to save Steve Sotloff, click HERE

Steve Sotloff was spotted in the same video in which James Foley was beheaded by an ISIS jihadist. The ISIS executioner warned Sotloff’s life ‘depends on (Obama’s) next decision.’

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, August 21, 2014, 1:00 AM
Steven Sotloff, a journalist working for Time magazine, was captured  Aug. 4, 2013 crossing into northern Syria from Turkey.

Steven Sotloff, a journalist working for Time magazine, was captured
Aug. 4, 2013 crossing into northern Syria from Turkey.

Supporters of Steven Sotloff, an American journalist being held by the bloodthirsty ISIS terrorists, are pleading for President Obama to save his life.
 
A petition posted on the White House website is asking Obama to “take immediate action to save Steven’s life by any means necessary.”
 
Nearly 5,000 people had signed the petition as of Wednesday night. Petitions get automatic responses from the White House once they get 100,000 signatures.
 
A masked ISIS executioner videotaped the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley as payback for U.S. air strikes in Iraq. In the same video, the terrorist warned Obama that Sotloff’s life “depends on your next decision.”
 
Obama didn’t mention Sotloff Wednesday in televised speech expressing outrage over Foley’s death.
Steven Sotloff's father Arthur Sotloff. A petition to save Sotloff has gotten 5,000 signatures so far.
Steven Sotloff’s father Arthur Sotloff. 
Sotloff, a freelance correspondent for Time magazine, was captured in Aug. 4, 2013, shortly after crossing the border into northern Syria from Turkey.
 
Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), said she met with Sotloff’s family in Miami on Wednesday, and was working back channels to “try to get answers for them.”
 
Sotloff described himself on Twitter as a “standup philosopher from Miami.” He’s also a huge Miami Heat fan.

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/petition-save-steve-sotloff-calls-action-article-1.1911392#ixzz3BA56sKnI

August 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Interview with Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States

Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer

Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer

To watch 16 minute interview with Charlie Rose, click HERE

July 18, 2014 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

Update on Israel

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Kerry slams Hamas for bucking ceasefire with Israel

By MICHAEL WILNER

LAST UPDATED: 07/15/2014 14:11

I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a ceasefire,” he says.

John Kerry 071514John Kerry Photo: REUTERS

VIENNA — US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Hamas for powering through a ceasefire with Israel, brokered by the Egyptian government and accepted by Israel’s cabinet Tuesday morning.

At least 35 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip since the ceasefire was set to begin, mere hours ago.

“I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in multiple numbers in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a ceasefire, in which Egypt and Israel worked together, that the international community strongly supports,” Kerry told reporters in Vienna on Tuesday morning.

Kerry said that Hamas is “purposely playing politics” by continuing the rocket fire, using innocents as “human shields… against the laws of war.” “And that is why they are a terrorist organization,” Kerry added.

The secretary is ready to fly back to the region at any moment, he said, and is declining to do so now in the hopes that Egypt’s effort to broker a ceasefire itself will bear fruit. But the US fears the potential for an even greater escalation of violence, he said.

“Perhaps reason could prevail” within Hamas, Kerry continued, “if the political wing could deal with the military wing.”

Kerry canceled a trip to the Middle East on Tuesday morning, relying instead on a ceasefire brokered by the Egyptian government between Israel and the Palestinians to at least temporarily end the conflict.

Israel’s government has accepted the proposal, but Hamas – the primary perpetrator of rocket fire from Gaza against Israeli cities and towns over the last month – has yet to respond to the paper, which calls for an end to hostilities followed by dialogue.

“The Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire and negotiations provides an opportunity to end the violence and restore calm,” Kerry said. “We welcome the Israeli cabinet’s decision to accept it. We urge all other parties to accept the proposal.”

Kerry will instead return to Washington from Vienna, where he has been engaging Iranian leadership directly over its controversial nuclear program.

“Secretary Kerry has been deeply engaged in conversations with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Egyptian government officials and President Abbas throughout this difficult period, and the United States remains committed to working with them and our regional partners to find a resolution to this dangerous and volatile situation,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/Kerry-cancels-trip-to-Cairo-relying-on-Egyptian-brokered-ceasefire-instead-362853

July 15, 2014 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

Update on Deeply Concerning Situation in Israel

Dear Friends,

We hope the following information will create greater awareness of what is going on today and how you can access timely updated information on the situation in Israel.

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 Click HERE for the Jerusalem Post’s LIVE BLOG: Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza – Follow all the latest updates on Israel’s efforts to extinguish rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

 

‘Rocket Attacks’ On Jerusalem And Tel Aviv
Sky News – 7/8/14

Rocket Atttacks on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

The Israeli cities of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa have been targeted in a series of rocket attacks from Gaza tonight, Hamas militants have said.

The wail of air raid sirens sent Israelis running for cover in Tel Aviv and there were reports of possible explosions in Jerusalem.

Television shots showed what appeared to be a mid-air interception of a rocket bound for Tel Aviv by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system.

Air raid sirens went off in the city, which is Israel’s commercial capital and about 45 miles (70km) north of the Gaza Strip.

Jerusalem is about 50 miles (80km) north of Gaza.

The apparent attacks came after Israel launched air and sea strikes on dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli soldiers also killed four Palestinian gunmen who slipped into southern Israel by sea from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said.

The White House “strongly condemned” the rocket attacks on Israel.

Israel said the current military campaign – dubbed Operation Protective Edge – could form part of an extended offensive on the Hamas-ruled territory.

“They chose the direction of escalation,” said army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner.

“So the mission will go on as long as we feel it is necessary to carry it out.”

His comments were echoed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has instructed the military to prepare options for every scenario.

The army was authorised to activate up to 40,000 reserve troops and to prepare for a possible ground invasion of Gaza.

“One way or another we are going to stop Hamas,” said Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, who announced a special state of emergency in southern Israel.

Among the sites targeted by the Israeli aerial and naval assaults were four homes of alleged Hamas operatives, concealed rocket launchers and training bases.

Palestinian media reported at least 15 people, including a child, had been injured.

An emergency services spokesman said four people had been killed, including a man in an area close to the Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.

There was also a suggestion one of the houses targeted was of a senior Hamas military-wing figure.

Sky’s Middle East Reporter Tom Rayner, on the Israel-Gaza border, said: “Israel says it has also intercepted rockets. This morning we have seen about four or five rockets fired from northern Gaza towards southern Israeli cities.”

Hamas warned Israel had “crossed a red line” and would pay the price, threatening an “earthquake” in response to the attacks.

“If this policy does not stop, we will respond by enlarging the radius of our targets to the point where the enemy will be surprised,” the group’s military wing said in a statement.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas demanded Israel end its assault.

He called on the international community “to immediately intervene to halt this dangerous escalation which would lead the region to more destruction and instability”.

The Israeli military said close to 100 rockets had been fired at southern Israel on Monday alone.

Israel responded with dozens of airstrikes and eight Palestinian militants were killed.

Tensions in the region have been inflamed following the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers.

Those killings were followed by the suspected revenge killing of 16-year-old Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khadair.

Three of the six people arrested over his death have reportedly confessed but charges are yet to be brought .

Source: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/israel-bombs-gaza-avenge-hamas-rocket-fire-084922688.html

Harriet and Bill

July 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

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