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US Military Warned of Possible Islamic State Attacks at Home
US officials have warned military personnel that Islamic State forces may be planning
attacks against them in the United States, ABC News reported on Monday.
A joint intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement agencies by the FBI and the
Department of Homeland Security urged members of the US military to erase from their
online social media accounts anything that would draw attention from "violent extremists,"
or reveal service members' identity, the news network said.
ABC said the government indicated late Sunday it had obtained intelligence that Islamic
State militants, who have taken over parts of Iraq and Syria with the intention of setting
up a fundamentalist caliphate, were targeting the United States within its borders. "The
FBI recently received reporting indicating individuals overseas are spotting and assessing
like-minded individuals who are willing and capable of conducting attacks against current
and former US-based members of the United States military," the bulletin said, according
to a Reuters source.
An FBI spokesman confirmed the accuracy of the ABC report, but declined to provide a
copy of the memo. US Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the advisory
"reinforces the guidance that our combatant commanders had put out several weeks ago."
The Pentagon had most recently advised personnel to check their social media after two
Canadian soldiers were killed in their country in October in separate attacks that police
said were carried out by converts to Islam, he said. "The department has long been aware
and mindful of the potential for homegrown extremism and we have continued to encourage
and to advise all of our personnel to exercise the maximum amount of vigilance," Warren
Israeli-Canadian Woman Believed Captured by Islamic State 'Is Safe'
By Israel Hayom
Gill Rosenberg, the Canadian-born immigrant to Israel who became the first foreign
woman to join Kurds battling the Islamic State group in Syria, was reported by extremist
Islamic websites to have been captured by Islamic State, but her Kurdish comrades are
denying the reports.
The reports, many of them on Palestinian websites, say that Rosenberg, 31, was taken
prisoner by Islamic State during battles in Kobani, but do not provide more information.
Islamic State has not responded to the reports, and Kurdish officials say they are false
and that Rosenberg was not even in Kobani.
The initial reports worried many of her friends, who wrote messages on her Facebook
wall. "I hope this isn't true," Chris Levy wrote, "but if it is then I am praying for
you." However, another post on her Facebook page is addressed at people concerned about
her. "Gill is safe and she is not active on Facebook [be]cause she has no Internet
access," her friend Oliver Brimo wrote.
Photos of Israeli Ministers in Nazi Uniforms Spark Police Probe
By Israel Hayom
Police will investigate the source of a series of altered photographs distributed on
social media networks depicting Israeli ministers and Knesset members wearing S.S.
uniforms. The pictures are of President Reuven Rivlin, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni,
Finance Minister Yair Lapid, Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino and former Likud MK
The decision to open a police investigation was made on Sunday evening after study by
the State Attorney Department's Special Issues Unit and the police's Investigations and
Intelligence Division. The charge being pursued in the case is insulting a public
official, though it was initially suggested that the distribution of the altered
photographs might constitute incitement.
UNESCO Seeks to Save Jewish Sites from Islamic State's Claws
By Israel Hayom
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization plans to hold a
special session in Paris this week, to discuss ways to save Jewish heritage sites in Iraq
from being destroyed by the Islamic State group.
UNESCO recently announced an emergency plan to safeguard Iraq's cultural heritage
sites, following growing media reports -- including an Israel Hayom exposé -- that
the jihadist terrorist group has been systematically destroying ancient sites.
In its report, Israel Hayom warned of the irreparable damage caused to Jewish heritage
sites in Iraq, including the tomb of the biblical prophet Ezekiel outside Baghdad,
Daniel's Tomb in Mosul, and Nahum's Tomb near Kush, as well as the destruction of Jewish
heritage sites in Islamic State-ravaged areas in Syria, such as the Jobar Synagogue, also
known as the Prophet Elijah Synagogue, in Damascus.
Israel Hayom has learned its report had resonated with several international
conservation organizations, as well as with UNESCO, which has asked Professor Shmuel Moreh
of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who was interviewed in the report, to brief it on
the issue and speak before its Paris convention later this week. Journalist Ksenia
Svetlov, who wrote the piece, was invited to speak at the meeting as well.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova recently warned that "Islamic, Christian, Kurdish
and Jewish heritage
is being intentionally destroyed or attacked in what is clearly
a form of cultural cleansing." Other than the physical damage, one of the greatest
concerns is that terrorists are plundering ancient sites and selling artifacts on the
black market to fund their operations. In a press release posted on its website, UNESCO
reiterated that a ban on trafficking in Iraqi cultural objects was adopted by the U.N.
Security Council in Resolution 1483 of 2003, and that it is still in effect.
Rabbi Seeks to Bring Back Cave Burial
Israel is dealing with a shortage of cemetery space, and a new initiative in the Etzion
Bloc suggests an original solution exhuming the dead person's remains one year
after his funeral and reburial inside an ossuary that is placed inside a burial cave.
This was the customary way for Jews in the Land of Israel to bury their dead during
Talmudic times, some 1,500 years ago. The idea is being floated by Rabbi Rafael Ostroff,
chairman of the Etzion Bloc Religious Council.
He told IDF Radio Monday: "At this time, burials are being conducted in ways that were
not practiced in the Land of Israel during the time of the Mishna and Talmud. Rather, it
seems that we learned this from the countries we were in during the period of exile. Now
that we have returned to the Land, one of the burial options is something called 'likud
atzamot' (literally 'the collecting of bones'). A person is buried, as is done
today, in a regular grave, and a year later, the bones that remain are collected and
placed in an ossuary."
The small container with the remains of the dead person is then placed in a special
cave alongside many others, and the lone grave is once again free for use.
Rabbi Yaakov Roget, who is considered a world authority in regard to Jewish burial, is
not opposed to the idea. "Several elements that turned to us asked us if the burial system
of the Mishna and Gemara can be renewed," he revealed. "This is a very big change; in
order to decide on such a change, general wall-to-wall agreement is needed. If a wide
forum of rabbis allows it, I will agree to go back to it."
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