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A Just Way to Deal with Those That Have Plans to Harm Jews
By Israel Faxx Humor Services
The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy
concerns that come with full-body scanners at airports. It's a booth you can step into
that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you. They
see this as a win-win for everyone. Justice would be swift.
You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter an
announcement comes over the PA system . . . "Attention standby passengers we now
have a seat available on flight number 1234. Shalom!"
Hats off to the Israelis.
IDF: We Can Identify and Intercept Unconventional Weapons
"Israel has developed capabilities for identifying and intercepting unconventional
weapons," a top IDF officer said Sunday. "We are not aware, at present, of the presence of
unconventional weapons in the hands of Hizbullah nor do we know of such intentions, but
there is preparedness for such a scenario," said Major General Yair Golan, who heads the
IDF's Home Front Command.
Golan spoke at the launching of a new civilian readiness campaign by the Home Front
Command. The campaign's slogan is "Be prepared, just in case" and it will inform residents
of Israel of the number of seconds or minutes they will have from the moment an alarm is
sounded in their region to the moment a missile hits. In this time span, the residents are
expected to enter predetermined protected spaces. The citizens will also be instructed to
prepare the protected spaces in their apartments and offices and store the necessary
emergency supplies inside them.
Golan said that two batteries of the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system will be
deployed in one month's time, but acknowledged that Israel needs more than two Iron Dome
systems to protect its citizens.
Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said that the exercise was planned a long time in
advance and is not a response to any security-related development. "There is no security
tension," he said. "The campaign is intended to maintain civilian alertness over time, and
not just during exercises."
New homes in Israel are currently built with predefined "protected spaces," which are
rooms that are relatively well fortified and far from outer walls. These are not bomb
shelters, however. In case of an enemy missile attack, the IDF prefers for residents to
remain in their apartments or offices because among other reasons poison gas
is heavier than air and people inside underground bomb shelters would be in greater danger
than people who stay in their homes. If the enemy uses conventional weapons, bomb shelters
are usually preferable. When all factors are taken into account, however, the IDF prefers
the "protected space" solution.
According to reports in Israeli media, a sophisticated underground bunker has been
built to protect Israel's government from all kinds of missiles in case of an enemy
attack. The ordinary citizens, however, are not as lucky.
A recent IDF campaign for distributing gas masks to civilians at post offices was
unsuccessful and apparently met with public indifference.
Ahmadinejad Calls for U.S. Leaders to be 'Buried'
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday called for U.S. leaders to be buried in
response to threats of military attack over Tehran's nuclear program. May the undertaker
bury you, your table and your body, which has soiled the world," he said using language in
Iran reserved for hated enemies.
Several top U.S. officials including Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint
Chiefs of Staff have said in recent months that the military option remains on the table
and there is a plan to attack Iran, although a military strike has been described as a bad
The crowd of military men and clerics in the town of Hashtgerd just west of the capital
chuckled at the president's insult and applauded. The speech was broadcast by both state
television and the official English-language Press TV, but the latter glossed over the
insult in the simultaneous translation. Ahmadinejad's remarks come in sharp contrast to
ones he made to Al-Jazeera Arabic news channel in August in which he offered the U.S.
In Sunday's speech, the hard-line president again questioned who was behind the terror
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 in the U.S. and said they gave Washington a pretext for seeking
to dominate the region and plunder its oil wealth.
He said there were still "100 questions unanswered" about the attacks. "The U.S. must
answer them. If they really presented reliable documents, we would even help them to
arrest the elements behind the attack," he said. "We cannot allow the September 11
incident to be used as a pretext to attack this region and shed the blood of innocent
people; therefore all dimensions of the incident should be clarified."
Referring to the Holocaust, Ahmadinejad said Sunday that "based on a faked and false
pretext, they have put a wild dog (Israel) in the region to loot the nations."
Coding of Virus Attacking Iran May Refer to Queen Esther
Iranian Intelligence Minister Heider Moslehi said Sunday that his country is under
cyber attack, and blamed the United States and Israel. Iranian officials initially
admitted that their country had been hit by the Stuxnet computer worm, but insisted that
the damage was minimal.
Iran has been forced to push back the opening of the nuclear plant in Bushehr. Senior
Information and Technology official Hamid Alipour admitted that while Iranian officials
had hoped to clean up the worm's infiltration in less than two months that hope had been
proven unrealistic. "The worm is not stable, and since we started the cleanup process,
three new versions have been spreading," he said.
Stuxnet hit Iran much harder than any other nation, affecting an estimated 62,000
systems. A total of 100,000 computers are thought to have been hit with the worm
worldwide. The worm was designed to target software created by the German company Siemens;
Iran relies heavily on Siemens systems.
Israel has been among the top suspects in the creation of the Stuxnet worm, due both to
Israeli opposition to Iran's unsupervised nuclear program, and to the complexity of the
attacker, which experts say could only have been created by a team with significant
funding, resources and expertise.
Stuxnet is uniquely dangerous in that it can not only cause damage to a system, but can
take control of facilities, producing physical, real-world results to an attack. The worm
also studies its targets, determining which type of system it has entered before deciding
whether or not to attack. To date, it has entered primarily systems that control critical
Even the worm's discovery has not stopped its destructive power. Attackers remain able
to communicate with infected machines using peer-to-peer networking.
A detailed analysis released by security firm Symantec revealed two clues that,
according to Wired.com, may indicate Israeli involvement in the attack or may
indicate that another country is trying to implicate Israel in the attack. Two file
directory names, "myrtus" and "guava," could be an allusion to the biblical Queen Esther,
who intervened to save the Jewish people from destruction at the hands of a Persian king.
Persia is now known as Iran.
Esther was also known as Hadassah, a name which means "myrtle" in Hebrew. Guavas are in
the myrtle family of fruit.
A second possible hint at Israeli involvement is the halt marker 19790509, a possible
reference to the date May 9, 1979, when Iran executed Persian Jew Habib Elghanian,
prompting the mass exodus of Iranian Jews from the newly Islamic state. The Symantec
analysis was released in an attempt to get information on what, exactly, Stuxnet is
Queen Esther seems to be a ubiquitous symbol, imagined or otherwise. Two years ago, an
Egyptian cleric called for a boycott of Starbucks' Coffee after he claimed to have
identified the image of Queen Esther in its logo.
Hundreds May Have to Undergo Circumcision Corrections
Israel's Chief Rabbinate suspects that a mohel (ritual circumciser) from the north
performed hundreds of circumcisions in recent years that did not comply with Jewish Law.
Some of the children circumcised by the rabbi have already undergone surgery to correct
the brit, thus rendering it kosher. There is significant concern that others will be
forced to undergo a similar procedure.
Ynet learned that the mohel oversight committee instructed the rabbi not to conduct
additional circumcisions until the Rabbinate's hearing on his case, expected to be held
this week, is completed.
According to the item published on ladaat.net, suspicions were aroused after a number
of senior rabbis from the Haifa area were present at a brit milah performed by L. a
rabbi affiliated with the local Chabad were surprised to find out that he did not
remove the foreskin around the penis, as is required by halacha. The guest rabbis notified
the Chief Rabbinate, and word spread throughout the community.
Following these revelations, dozens of concerned parents contacted expert mohels to
examine their children's circumcision. A number of circumcised children even had to
undergo a surgical procedure under full anesthesia to correct the botched circumcision.
Each such surgical procedure costs thousands of shekels.
The said mohel is well-known and performs hundreds of circumcisions a year. Estimates
are that the scandal will likely have implications for thousands of children. For
instance, the Chief Rabbinate may decide to summon the circumcised children for an
examination whether the circumcisions meet kosher standards.
However, it is important to note that there is no concern of medical complications. The
issue is a purely halachic and aesthetic one.
Rabbi Moshe Weisberg, a member of the inter-ministerial committee of the Health
Ministry and Religious Affairs ministry for oversight and training of mohels, told Ynet
that he does not remember any such instance. "It can happen to anyone because no one is an
angel, even if he is a mohel or a doctor," he explained. "But on such a scale? This is
already in the realm of the abnormal."
Weisberg added that a number of worried parents have already contacted him on the
matter. In most cases, he ruled that though their sons' organ may look "weird," by his
definition, it can be ruled retrospectively that the brit milah was kosher. However, in
some cases, he recommended that the corrective surgery procedure be performed.
"If it were my son, I wouldn't think twice," he said. Other mohels and doctors from the
north have also performed the "corrections" on a number of children.
N., a haredi parent of a three-year-old circumcised by L., told Ynet of the sense of
panic and subsequent meeting with Rabbi Weisberg. "He is known as one of the foremost
experts in our community. When he removed my child's pants he just said, 'Oy, oy, oy.' My
heart sank. I almost breathed my last breath. Fortunately for us, it was OK in the end,
and he said we don't need a correction."
N. said that he specifically chose L. to perform the brit milah because he heard that
babies don't cry when he does the procedure. Now, three years later, he understands why.
"Whenever I bathed the children, I saw there was something weird with him, but I didn't
make a big deal about it," he added. "I told myself it could just be a difference between
one child and the next. Only when my wife told me about the Rabbinate's investigation did
the other shoe drop."
Despite this, N. emphasized that the said mohel is "a God-fearing adherent," and that
the botch, if there was one, was done innocently.
Head of the Chief Rabbinate's brit milah department Rabbi Moshe Morsiano told Ynet,
"There is no medical damage, but it is a halachic matter. Circumcision is a commandment
and must be done in its entirety. There is concern here that this was not the case. This
is a serious, well-known, and highly regarded man who apparently made a mistake."
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