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Israel Refuses to Return Har Nof Terrorists' Bodies
Israel's political leadership has decided not to return the bodies of Ghassan and Uday
Abu al Jamal, the terrorists who carried out the massacre in the synagogue in Jerusalem's
Har Nof neighborhood to their families as a deterrent against future terror attacks,
Channel 10 reported Wednesday night.
This is the first time that the Israeli government has withheld bodies of the
terrorists as a deterrent against future attacks. Terrorists normally are given funerals
with their families in attendance, albeit usually with diminished fanfare and under tight
The attorney for the families of the terrorists asked during the debate held in the
court to transfer the bodies of the terrorists to families so they can bury them. The
State Attorney's Office allegedly objected, prompting the families to vow to take an
appeal to the Jerusalem District Court.
A police representative who attended the hearing told Channel 10 that the State may
arrange to bury the bodies in the end - but outside of Jerusalem, away from their
families. Families may be banned from holding funeral services.
Meanwhile, Jordanian MPs stood a minute silence in memory of the two terrorists who
carried out the massacre. According to Jordanian media, the Parliament opened Wednesday's
session by holding the moment of silence, then calling the terrorists shahids, or
Five people were killed in the attack Tuesday morning, when Ghassan and Uday stormed
the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue armed with a gun and meat cleavers during morning
Four worshipers were murdered as they prayed before the terrorists were shot dead in an
exchange of fire with police. One policeman, Zidan Seif, was critically wounded and died
of his injuries later Tuesday night.
The two terrorists held Israeli residency and the privileges entailed by it, and
reportedly one of them worked in a grocery store next to the synagogue they attacked.
The Abu Jamal family responded to the attack by celebrating and passing out candy, with
a cousin of the terrorists saying "we responded with shouts of joy when we received the
news about their deaths." He called the attack "a normal thing that can be expected from
every man who has courage and a feeling of belonging to his people and to Islam."
US Consulate Warns Americans to Make Themselves 'Harder Targets'
In a security message to American citizens in Israel, the United States Consulate in
Jerusalem said that Tuesday morning's deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue demonstrated
The grisly attack occurred when two Palestinian terrorists stormed the Kehillat Bnai
Torah Yeshiva Synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood armed with axes, knives and
guns during morning prayers.
They butchered to death four people, three of whom held dual American-Israeli
citizenship, and were also successful in critically injuring a security officer who
arrived on the scene and later succumbed to his wounds.
Eight other people were injured in the ensuing slaughter - four of them seriously.
Harrowing pictures from the scene showed bodies still wrapped in their prayer shawls
(tallitot) and tefilin scattered on the floor.
The two Palestinian terrorists, identified as cousins Uday and Ghassan Abu Jamal, from
the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukhaber, were affiliated with the Popular
Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The pair were killed in a gunfight with police
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also reportedly participating in the
investigation of the attack. "Today's incident differs from recent attacks, potentially
demonstrating low-level coordination to attack a pre-identified soft target as opposed to
an opportunistic random act of violence," the consulate suggested in the message posted on
its website and emailed to Americans registered with the consulate and/or the State
"While we cannot predict where and when attacks may take place, we have consistently
seen a cycle of violence in East Jerusalem neighborhoods following incidents like the one
The consulate's message urged Americans in Israel to "make yourself a `harder target'
and raise your situational awareness" when visiting "soft targets" such as hotels, clubs,
restaurants, shopping centers, identifiable Western businesses, housing compounds,
transportation systems, places of worship, schools, or public recreation events. These are
places, the message iterated, that often have little to no security in place.
The message added that there is no information to support the belief that the American
victims were targeted because of their American citizenship.
Iran Threatens to Flood Gaza With 'Millions' of Iranian Fighters
The head of Iran's Basij paramilitary force has claimed it is raising an army of
"millions" to flood Gaza and Syria to support Tehran's allies.
Fars, Iran's semi-official newspaper, reported that that Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza
Naqdi, Commander the Basij paramilitary force, as saying: "Millions of Basijis (volunteer
forces) are ready in Iran to be dispatched to Syria and Gaza and they have come to us (for
Iran's Basij forces are much feared inside the country and known for their brutality in
quashing anti-government dissent. They were highly utilized during Iran's violent
repression of the student protests in the wake of the Iranian elections of 2009.
Thousands of Iranian volunteers - mostly tied with Iran's Revolutionary Guards force -
are already reportedly fighting alongside pro-regime forces in Syria, where Iran is
attempting to forge a Syrian Hizbullah composed of Shia Islamist foot-soldiers.
Naqdi's threat to inundate Gaza, and even Judea and Samaria if possible, with Iranian
militiamen comes of the heels of Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei's call to arm the "West
Bank just like Gaza."
In fact, Naqdi himself elaborated on Iran's plans to arm its Hamas and Islamic Jihad
allies in the "West Bank" just as it has in Gaza stating that: "The most serious job is
that they need to receive the necessary training and skills; as today, Gaza has its own
defensive industry and they have stood on their feet, we also try to implement the same
plan in the West Bank, God willing."
In July 2014, after the recent 50-day Hamas-Israel conflict, Ayatollah Khamenei first
publicly emphasized that, "We believe the West Bank, too, should be armed just like Gaza
and those who are interested in the fate of the Palestinians must work in this respect so
that the pains and miseries of the Palestinian people will be decreased due to their
mighty hands and the weakness of the Zionist enemy."
Since Khamenei's call to arm terrorists in Judea and Samaria, numerous other Iranian
military leaders have publicly repeated the Iranian Supreme Leader's directive to "arm the
West Bank just like Gaza." For instance, in August 2014, Brig. Gen. Massoud Jazzayeri,
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, stated that "The continued war in Gaza
will accelerate arming the West Bank and annihilation of the occupiers. And, the holy
Quds [Jerusalem's] occupiers' fear from arming the people and the resistance movement in
the West Bank shows how deeply Tel Aviv is vulnerable to the start of a new phase of
(Palestinians') fight and resistance."
Although threats to send "millions" of volunteers to Gaza to fight Israel are little
more than bluster, it - along with threats to accelerate efforts to arm terrorists in
Judea and Samaria - highlight a serious flaw in the conventional `wisdom' that a
"two-state solution" will lessen the Palestinian demographic problem presented to Israel
by maintaining the status quo.
While Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria, as well as its blockade on Gaza, render
Naqdi's plans pure fantasy, an Israeli withdrawal from those areas makes the possibility
of such Shia militiamen being dispatched to both regions - as they already have been in
Syria and Iraq - far more real.
Israeli Technology to Protect Germany's New Transport Planes
Haifa-based Elbit Systems Ltd. will equip Germany's new Airbus A400 fleet with Israeli
laser-based technology to counter the threat of shoulder missiles, the Israeli defense
company said in a press release.
Elbit said it had been awarded a contract to install its "J-MUSIC multi-spectral
Directed Infrared Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems for the first phase of the German air
force's self-protection program." The project, which will span a 12-month period, is part
of a joint endeavor with the German corporation Diehl Defense.
"Designed to protect large military and commercial aircraft against attacks by ground
to air heat-seeking man-portable missiles (MANPADS), the J-MUSIC systems will be
integrated into a multi-turret DIRCM system, ensuring 360-degree protection of the
aircraft," Elbit said, noting that it has "completed extensive testing of the J-MUSIC
system and has already delivered systems to equip several types of aircraft to various
The project, known in Germany as Project Flash, was launched in mid-October, when the
German government partnered with Diehl and tasked the Uberlingen- based company with
protecting its new transport planes. According to Diehl's website, the J-MUSIC system "has
already been qualified for operation in aircraft" in Israel.
"Cooperation between Diehl and Elbit Systems Ltd. offers the Bundeswehr [the German
armed forces] the best possible, operational DIRCM solution. Both partners are
collaborating on the refinement of DIRCM systems in order to be able to address future
threats as well," the German corporation said in a statement.
Erdogan: `Muslims Discovered Americas' Claim
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit back at ridicule of his claim
that Islamic explorers discovered the Americas three centuries before Columbus, accusing
his Muslim critics of lacking "self-confidence."
In an aggressive rebuttal of the criticism heaped in some quarters on his comments,
Erdogan also suggested that the purported "discovery" of the Americas by Muslims should be
taught in schools.
"A big responsibility falls on the shoulders of the national education ministry and YOK
(higher education board) on this issue," Erdogan said at a ceremony in Ankara. "If the
history of science is written objectively, it will be seen that Islamic geography's
contribution to science is much more than what's known," Erdogan said in televised
Erdogan, a pious Muslim who has been in power for more than a decade, stirred up
controversy on Saturday when he claimed the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the
12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus. He cited as evidence for
his claim that "Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban
On Tuesday, Erdogan insisted that "very respected scientists in Turkey and in the
world" supported his claim. "Some youth of our country have begun objecting to this
without doing any research or paying attention to discussions. Not only youths but also
some very senior figures have begun disputing it.
"Why? Because they still do not believe a Muslim can achieve this
They do not
believe that their ancestors carried the ships over land to the Golden Horn," he said,
referring to Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II's conquest of Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1453.
"They did not believe in the leaders who closed the Dark Ages and opened up the New Age.
This is a lack of self-confidence."
His claim had been mercilessly mocked by some prominent columnists in the Turkish
media. "Now it should be the turn to correct other assumptions misunderstood by the
world," wrote Mehmet Yilmaz of the Hurriyet daily with heavy sarcasm, suggesting that
Erdogan's next idea maybe that a Muslim, rather than Isaac Newton, discovered gravity.
Devlet Bahceli, leader of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), said Tuesday
the controversy was a political maneuver devised by Erdogan to "cover up his faults",
including corruption claims targeting his inner circle.
But pro-government media supported Erdogan's claim, saying world history for too long
had been based on a distorted Western interpretation. "If President Erdogan had not made
the comments on the Americas' discovery, a big majority would have been unaware of the
continent's discovery by the Muslims because Western sources wrote that it was Columbus
who first set foot on America," Mehmet Seker wrote in the Yeni Safak daily.
History books say that Columbus set foot on the American continent in 1492 as he was
seeking a new maritime route to India. Some researchers also believe Vikings reached
America before the end of the first millennium.
A tiny minority of Muslim scholars have recently suggested a prior Muslim presence in
the Americas, although no pre-Columbian ruin of an Islamic structure has ever been
In a controversial article published in 1996, historian Youssef Mroueh refers to a
diary entry from Columbus that mentions a mosque in Cuba. But the passage is widely
understood to be a metaphorical reference to the shape of the landscape.
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