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Arab-Stolen Torahs Returned to Jerusalem Synagogue
Six Torah scrolls stolen from Jerusalem neighborhood were recovered by police near an
Arab village, and three others were saved last week from a fire in Afula.
The scrolls and other religious items were stolen from the Ohr HaChaim synagogue in
Pisgat Ze'ev, a northern Jerusalem neighborhood, several months ago. Police detectives'
efforts were crowned with success this week.
Netanyahu: Gazans Want to Overthrow Hamas
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that the Palestinian residents of Gaza
wanted to replace the current Hamas government, and that they will eventually be
successful, Army Radio reported.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony in Jerusalem's National Security College, Netanyahu
said "If the Palestinians in Gaza had the power to overthrow the government, they would.
And I tell you, they will have that power."
Netanyahu also addressed the recently publicized law of Gaza that requires female
attorneys to don head coverings in court, saying that "the fact that the Hamas government
is forcing women to wear head coverings is not making the organization popular among
The prime minister warned against extreme Islamists gaining nuclear weapons, saying
that the desire for nuclear weapons stems from the fact that the religious fanatics are
losing power. "The only thing that can slow the dwindling of the radical Islam is if it
obtains nuclear weapons, and that understanding is becoming prevalent among world
leaders," he declared.
"The extremist religious approach will be defeated by the global information
revolution," Netanyahu speculated. "It won't happen immediately, but it will happen.
Nuclear arms are the only thing that can prevent it."
In his speech, Netanyahu emphasized the importance of the demilitarization of any
future Palestinian state. "No one wants to repeat the outcome of what happened in Gaza and
in southern Lebanon, where terror groups have taken over every territory evacuated by
Israel. We know what happened in the north and in the south, and heaven forbid this should
happen in the center as well," Netanyahu said.
"The true test with the Palestinian Authority is whether we can help them advance
toward the direction of Dubai, or they will regress toward the direction of Gaza," the
prime minister addressed the importance of economically developing the Palestinian
Authority. "I'm not saying that they can become Dubai tomorrow or the next day, but they
are headed in that direction."
African Refugees and Illegal Immigrants 'Terrorizing' Arad
Residents of the northern Negev city of Arad told Knesset Member Uri Ariel (National
Union) that the dramatically increasing population of legal and illegal refugees in the
city was "making their lives miserable." Illegal immigration to Israel has increased by
approximately 1,000 percent in just three years, with over 7,500 people known to have
entered Israel illicitly in 2008.
Ariel proposed that the newly formed Oz Immigration Authority, which is in the midst of
a nationwide crackdown on illegal migrant workers, concentrate its efforts on Arad as
well. Some elements of Israeli society, however, oppose the Oz campaign, saying it forces
refugees back into the life-threatening situations from which they may have come.
Police figures show that the illegal migrant workers in the nation's south are
primarily from Eritrea, indicating a primarily economic motive, as well as from Somalia
and other African states. Legally recognized refugees who have arrived in previous years,
on the other hand, include significant numbers of Sudanese who fled the Arab-Muslim
genocide of non-Muslims and Muslim Blacks in Darfur. Some of the latter, however, may not
be authentic refugees and may even include some perpetrators of the massacres seeking new
Both legal and illegal migrants have been a source of increasing crime and violence in
Arad, with many veteran residents claiming that it is no longer safe to walk through the
center of town at night. The nearly 2,000 Africans have also found themselves in economic
competition with local Bedouin tribes in the labor market, which has sometimes spilled
into violent clashes between the two groups. Eilat and the Dead Sea area are also faced
with the issue of crime by migrants.
One reason the phenomenon is largely confined to the southern region is the Israeli
policy of keeping migrants from settling north of Gedera, in the highly populated coastal
plain (referred to as the area from "Gedera to Hadera"). An Arad citizen's group has
recently been founded with the aim of pressuring the government to distribute the burden
of the African refugees equally. As of 2009, more than 100 children of African refugees
have been absorbed into Arad public schools, and the municipality provides their families
needed health and welfare services.
The Arad citizens' advocacy group is in favor of tightening law enforcement initiatives
to find and expel illegal migrant workers. The illegals have no health care, no welfare
and are often without permanent housing, leading to crime, vandalism, drunkenness and
Anger over the situation has led growing numbers of Arad residents to consider leaving
the city. Two new churches were built in recent years as migrants hooked up with local
missionary and Christian groups. This, as one Arad resident told Israel National News, in
a city that did not have a single church despite the large percentage of non-Jewish
In addition to the economic impact and the increasing crime rate, residents of the
south have raised the potential for a security threat stemming from the Muslim migrants.
There is a danger of some of them becoming radicalized, as well as the possibility that
jihadists have already made their way into Israel under cover of economic or political
In response to the increasing infiltrations from Africa, IDF troops are taking more
swift measures to apprehend and immediately expel those found illegally crossing the
Israeli frontier with Egypt.
U.S. Charges 7 with Plotting Terror Attacks in Israel
By Israel Faxx News Services
American authorities have arrested seven North Carolina natives who have been charged
with plotting to carry out terrorist attacks overseas, including in Israel, Kosovo, Jordan
and the Gaza Strip.
U.S. prosecutors said the ringleader of the group, Daniel Patrick Boyd, trained in
Afghanistan and Pakistan from 1989 to 1992 and used that experience to set up his own
organization to train fighters, raise money and carry out attacks abroad.
The indictment released Monday does not detail any specific terrorist plans or targets
overseas, although it claims some of the defendants traveled to Israel in 2007 with the
intent of waging "violent jihad" and returned home without success.
After the unsuccessful attempt at jihad in Israel, the men returned home, officials
said. Court papers also say that group member Ziyad Yaghi went to Jordan to engage in
jihad in 2006.
In the seven-count indictment unsealed on Monday in Raleigh, North Carolina,
authorities also accused Boyd and others, including his two sons, of traveling to Gaza,
Jordan, Pakistan and Kosovo, as well as Israel, to plan or engage in attacks. Those
indicted beside Boyd were named as Hysen Sherifi, Anes Subasic, Zakariya Boyd, Dylan Boyd,
Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan and Ziyad Yaghi. All seven face up to life in prison if
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