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Hamas Aims Grad at Dimona Reactor – Payback for Khartoum Raid

By DEBKAfile and Israel Hayom

Less than 24 hours after Sudanese President Omar Bashir pledged "decisive steps against Israeli interests which are now legitimate targets," for the destruction of the Iranian missile plant in Khartoum, Palestinian rocket teams early Sunday fired Grad missiles as target finders against Israel's nuclear reactor in Dimona. This is reported exclusively by DEBKAfile. They exploded on open ground in the Ramat Negev district southwest of the town of Dimona.

The nuclear plant is only 42.5 kilometers as the crow flies from the southern Gaza Strip. Saturday night, the Israeli Air Force struck a Palestinian rocket team in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younes, killing one Hamas operative and injuring a second critically.

The Palestinian Hamas has evidently launched a new and expanded targeting-policy marking two developments of grave import: One: Its rulers have submitted the Gaza Strip to Tehran for use as its southern operational arm against Israel, complementing Hizbullah's pivotal role to the north of Israel; and two, having acquired improved surface missiles, Hamas is setting its sights firmly on the most sensitive locations within their reach, e.g., Israel's nuclear reactor and air force bases and the American X-band radar station in the Negev.

Israel's defense ministry and high IDF command sounded at sea Sunday over this dangerous new departure. The IDF spokesperson started out by disclosing that one Grad rocket from Gaza had been aimed at the city of Be'er Sheba, later raising the number to two, both of which exploded outside the city.

But the Grad launched against the nuclear reactor at 07:44 was followed by hours of official silence. Even then, the army spokesperson reported a missile fired against Ramat Hanegev in general terms, without mentioning the reactor's location in that district at its northernmost point.

It was the second time in three weeks that Tehran was seen to be focusing on Israel's nuclear plant, DEBKAfile's military sources note. On October 6, an Iranian stealth drone, which flew over Israel, managed to photograph the reactor building and its air defense system's radar. The data gathered was given to Hamas to help guide its first rocket attack on Dimona.

DEBKAfile reported earlier that not two, but four, Grad rockets were fired Sunday morning at Be'er Sheba. They all exploded outside the town and caused no casualties or damage. The mayor decided to keep schools closed for the day since none are fortified against rocket attacks. Ben Gurion University stayed open for studies.

Saudi Arabia Turns Home of Mohammed's Wife into a Public Toilet

By Reuters

Three of the world's oldest mosques are about to be destroyed in Medina as Saudi Arabia embarks on a multi-billion-dollar expansion of Islam's second holiest site, according to the British Independent. The house of Mohammed's first wife, Khadijah, has already been replaced with a public toilet block, it reported.

The disregard for Islam's early history is due to the Saudi regime's adoption of Wahabism, an austere stream which scorns all forms of idol worship, including shrines and pilgrimages to graves, the paper explained.

Work on the Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina, where the prophet Mohammed is buried, will reportedly start once the annual Hajj pilgrimage ends next month. When complete, the development will turn the mosque into the world's largest building, able to take in 1.6 million worshippers.

But there are fears that the redevelopment of the Masjid an-Nabawi is "part of a wider drive to shift focus away from the place where Mohammed is buried," the newspaper says. "The spot that marks the Prophet's tomb is covered by a famous green dome and forms the centerpiece of the current mosque. But under the new plans, it will become the east wing of a building eight times its current size with a new pulpit."

Historic sections of Mecca and Medina have been bulldozed to make way for gleaming shopping malls, luxury hotels and enormous skyscrapers. The Independent quotes the Washington-based Gulf Institute, which estimates that "95% of the 1,000-year-old buildings in the two cities have been destroyed in the past 20 years."

Dry Bones is Kickstarting

By Israel Faxx News Services

To mark the 40th anniversary of Yaakov Kirschen's Dry Bones cartoon. It was decided to launch a Dry Bones Haggadah project at Kickstarter. As of October 15th, 101 backers had provided more than the initial goal of $5,000 that was requested.

Kirschen said that "I had stayed up, glued to the computer screen watching the numbers go up. Bleary-eyed and excited, I suddenly understood something important. I didn't need a Rothschild to back my project. One hundred and one Rothschilds had used the Internet to find me and my project. The implications are fascinating,"

For a video of Kirschen in his studio explaining the details, go to the Kickstarter link at The Kickstarter Haggadah Campaign will end on November 16th.

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