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Iran Conducts Latest Missile Test in Defiance of UN Ban
By DEBKAfile & Reuters
According to Western intelligence sources, Iran conducted a ballistic medium range
missile test on November 21 in violation of a UN Security Council ban. The test of the
Ghadr-110, an improved version of the Shehab-3, took place at a missile test site near
Chabahar in Sistan and Baluchistan province near the Pakistani border, the sources said.
The weapon is said to have a range of up to 2,000 km and is capable of carrying a nuclear
Security Council Resolution 2231, which was passed in July after Tehran's nuclear deal
with Western powers, forbids Iran from engaging in any ballistic missile work for eight
years. It followed a 2010 resolution that banned all Iranian ballistic missile tests.
Tehran also violated the UN ban by testing a ballistic missile on October 10.
Under that deal, reached on July 14, most sanctions on Iran will be lifted in exchange
for curbs on its nuclear program. According to a July 20 resolution endorsing that deal,
Iran is still "called upon" to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver
nuclear weapons for up to eight years.
In October, the United States, Britain, France and Germany called for the Security
Council's Iran sanctions committee to take action over a missile test by Tehran that month
that they said violated UN sanctions. So far, no action has been taken by the committee.
Several Security Council diplomats said on Monday they had received no official
notification of a new alleged violation of the UN missile sanctions against Iran since the
October notification. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity.
America Contributes $100,000 to a Terrorist Hamas Fundraising Front
The US Agency for International Development (USAID), a taxpayer-funded aid
organization, is giving a $100,000 federal grant to an Islamic charity banned in Israel
for giving aid to Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Grant information on the USAID
endowment reveals the massive allotment to Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) will be given in
2016 for various foreign projects.
IRW was banned in Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2014, after
investigations revealed it was a fundraising front for Hamas, channeling its donations to
funding attacks and paying terrorists.
It also was found to be tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Hamas is a Gazan
offshoot, and financial reviews of the group's accounts showed it donated thousands of
dollars to a charity founded by a top Al Qaeda terrorist, according to terrorism analyst
Samuel Westrop's research on the group that was published by Gatestone Institute in
Kyle Shideler, director of the Center for Security Policy's Threat Information Office,
was quoted by the Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday saying he was shocked the US
government would fund a group like IRW. "The fact that the US government would provide
funding to an organization which two of our allies view as a terrorism finance entity is
obviously highly problematic both for our domestic security, but also for foreign
relations," said Shideler, who has investigated the group.
He noted that "both Israel and the UAE consider IRW a threat to their security. And
we're funding them. The fact that this administration is aware of the role IRW plays, and
yet sees fit not only to associate with, but actually funds them should be an outrage.
"Given that there's currently a bill before Congress to designate the Muslim
Brotherhood (a terrorist group - ed.), and Congress is currently in discussion over an
Omnibus spending bill, it would seem to me that now would be an opportune time to call for
a total defunding of organizations linked to terror finance or Muslim Brotherhood
activity," added Shideler. "One would think such a move wouldn't be necessary, but
unfortunately it appears that this administration will continue to do so unless restrained
Israel determined in 2006 that IRW was giving material support to Hamas, the terror
group with the genocide of Jews written into its charter. A Foreign Ministry statement
from the time revealed, "the IRW provides support and assistance to Hamas's
infrastructure. The IRW's activities in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip are carried out
by social welfare organizations controlled and staffed by Hamas operatives. The intensive
activities of these associations are designed to further Hamas's ideology among the
Also back in 2006, Israel arrested IRW's Gaza coordinator Ayaz Ali, a Pakistani-born
British national, for his aid to Hamas. "Incriminating files were found on Ali's computer,
including documents that attested to the organization's ties with illegal Hamas funds
abroad (in the UK and in Saudi Arabia) and in Nablus. Also found were photographs of
swastikas superimposed on IDF symbols, of senior Nazi German officials, of Osama Bin
Laden, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, as well as many photographs of Hamas military
activities," revealed the Foreign Ministry.
Terrorism analyst Samuel Westrop, in his research published in 2013, found the
charity's "accounts show that it has partnered with a number of organizations linked to
terrorism and that some of charity's trustees are personally affiliated with extreme
Islamist groups that have connections to terror."
Back in 2014 IRW held an internal audit in an apparent attempt to cover up its terror
ties in the midst of the Israeli and UAE ban. However, the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor
research group in 2015 analyzed the audit, and found it to be lacking.
"The information provided by (IRW) on its internal investigation is insufficient to
assess the veracity of its claims," said NGO Monitor. "NGO Monitor recommends that a fully
independent, transparent, and comprehensive audit of IRW's international activities and
funding mechanisms be undertaken immediately."
ISIS Terror Cell Planned Attacks Inside Israel
Five members of the same Arab-Israeli family have been charged with setting up an
Islamic State (ISIS) terror cell with the intent to carry out terror attacks inside
Israel, it was cleared for publication Tuesday.
According to the Israel Security Agency, the five terrorists - who are all from the
northern Israeli town of Nazareth - exchanged Facebook messages extolling ISIS' jihadist
ideology, trained with weapons and planned to wage a terrorist campaign inside the Jewish
None of them had any plans to travel to Syria or Iraq, investigators said. The
revelation comes just one day after senior Israeli security sources estimated that an ISIS
terror attack inside Israel was only a matter of time.
The five were identified as Abd al Karim Ihab abd al Rahman Sliman (22), Mahmoud Ihab
abd al Rahman Sliman (18), Abd al Karim Jamal Ali Sliman (23), Mohammed Salah Mohammed
Sliman (19), and Murad Mohammed Salim Sliman (27).
From the ISA investigation it became clear that during the last year, the five worked
to obtain weapons and even trained in using during repeated meetings. In the meetings they
expressed support for ISIS and praised the concept of jihad against the "infidels." During
their investigation, they gave over two rifles that they used for sporadic target practice
at Hursha, located adjacent to Nazareth. One rifle was of the SKS model, while the other
was a Carl Gustav variety.
ISA noted that during September 2014, the defense minister declared ISIS an illegal
association, and one-and-a-half months ago the government of Israel declared ISIS a
Indictments have been filed against the members of the terror cell by the northern
district attorney's office at the Nazareth District Court. While only a few dozen Israeli
Arabs are known to have traveled to Syria to join ISIS - far lower than the numbers from
surrounding Middle Eastern countries, or even in Europe - a growing number of ISIS cells
have been broken up by security forces, indicating a growing threat from the jihadist
Most such cells - including one broken up just last month - focus on recruiting
fighters to travel out of Israel to ISIS' "Caliphate." However, a growing number of ISIS
terror plots inside Israeli borders have been uncovered in recent month, including a cell
which planned an attack on an IDF base in northern Israel.
State Flummoxed Over 11 Year-Old Terrorist
The 11 year-old Palestinian Arab who stabbed and injured a Jerusalem light rail guard
in a terror attack last month has been released from hospital and into a state-funded
juvenile ward Tuesday, as the government scrambles to find an appropriate way to handle
the preteen terrorist. Under Israeli law, the minor does not reach the age of criminal
responsibility, which is 12.
Throughout the past two months, the State of Israel has already grappled with the
sticky logistical and moral issues regarding teen terrorists from ages 12-14 - and the
120% rise in teen terror - but the issue of a true minor committing a terror attack is a
As such, the 11 year-old was transferred to a closed juvenile rehabilitation facility
for the time being until his court date, as criminal responsibility laws prevent him from
being sent to a juvenile detention center.
The problem: he is not young enough to be considered completely cleared of
responsibility - and thus sent to a protection or foster facility for children, in either
Israel or the PA. Meanwhile, the security system must keep him away from civilians, out of
consideration for his actions and the risk he may pose. "The state has absolutely no idea
what to do with him," the source revealed.
Israel's Number One Spy: A Preview of the New Mossad Chief's Priorities: Iran and
Threat of Asymmetrical Warfare
Yossi Cohen, the next director of the Mossad, has given mostly general and polite
statements to the press since Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced on Monday that
he will be the one to replace current Director Tamir Pardo. But some information about his
ideas regarding matters of state and defense can be gleaned from a lecture he gave at the
Or Etzion yeshiva near Kiryat Malachi in December 2014.
In a video recording of the lecture, shown on Israel's Channel 10 News on Tuesday,
Cohen said: "The Iranian nuclear threat has to be, and is still, the top international
priority, and I'll say in brackets with the state of Israel at the lead."
Foreign news sources have attributed a series of assassinations of Iranian nuclear
scientists to Israel, as well as the implantation of the Stuxnet computer virus in Iran's
nuclear facilities, thus harming its nuclear program.
Cohen also spoke of the decreased chances of conventional war, saying, "What is a
conventional war? Battles of tanks against tanks aren't predicted to develop in the next
five years in our opinion. There isn't anyone to fight with (that way) either. The Syrian
Army is almost non-existent, the Jordanians won't fight us, Hizbullah doesn't have tanks,
and Egypt is a country with a peace treaty that I hope can create stability.
"That's why the threat of conventional warfare without nuclear weapons and complex
missiles goes down in comparison with the challenge of asymmetrical warfare. What is
asymmetrical warfare? We come with F16s, F15s, modern tanks, Merkava 4s (Merkava is the
main, Israeli-created battle tank used by the IDF. The name Merkava means "Chariot" in
Hebrew), maybe 5s too, APCs, with very accurate missiles and warheads and so on
with only terrorist organizations facing us."
Cohen, an alumnus of Or Etzion, told the students about his joining the Mossad: "And
then there's a plot twist. The Mossad wasn't necessarily part of my dreams. The Mossad
came to me, and in simple words enlisted me into its ranks. The contact happened where it
happened, at the university I studied at in London at the time. I agree completely and
with little resistance to meet the challenge and enlist to be, in fact, a Mossad
Rock Holding and Kaffiyeh Clad Dolls Seized at Haifa Port
"Inciting dolls," that is the terminology used by Tax Authority officials to describe
boxed dolls which were seized in Haifa as part of a shipment from the UAE.
Boxes within the shipment contained about 4,000 dolls. The dolls feature a scarf
bearing an image of the Al Aqsa mosque, and they were adorned with nationalist phrases
like, "Jerusalem, we are coming," and Jerusalem for us." All the dolls which were
painted in the colors of the Palestinian flag, feature a cocked arm holding a rock.
As a result of the symbolism, the dolls were deemed inciting materials. The dolls faces
were covered in Kaffiyehs and were bound for sale in the Palestinian territories.
The containers in which the dolls were found were labeled as clothing, carpets and
plastic items. A source told Ynet that the container was identified by the "profiling"
system at the Haifa cargo terminal. After the containers were identified as suspicious,
they were sent to an X-ray which showed the undeclared dolls.
Other unlisted items were found in the containers, including soles for military boats
and candles. The Haifa customs drug unit seized the goods and has opened an investigation.
Haifa port's customs manager, Kobi Yahav, said, "Customs units will continue their day to
day work in preventing smuggling attempts to Israel. We place special importance on
weapons and incitement materials, especially in times like these."
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