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Korean Spy Agency: ISIS Targets 77 US and NATO Bases
By DEBKAfile & Inquisitr
Islamic State has designated 77 US and NATO military facilities around the globe,
including US air force bases in South Korea, as targets, the National Intelligence Agency
in Seoul said Sunday. The terrorist organization distributed data on the bases to its
followers using the Telegram messaging service and urged them to carry out attacks. ISIS
was also said to have sent out personal information on people from 21 countries who have
been targeted as well.
Sophisticated computer hackers working for the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and
Syria have used digital networks to gather details on 77 air bases, including United
States bases in South Korea, the NIS discovered, according to a report by the Korea
JoongAng Daily newspaper on Sunday.
The ISIS-linked hacker group, calling itself the United Cyber Caliphate, gathered the
data, including location coordinates of the U.S. and NATO air bases, and has distributed
it to ISIS fighters and agents in numerous countries around the world via the secure and
widely available messaging app Telegram.
Telegram would be a preferred technology of the ISIS-linked hackers because the app
advertises itself as offering "heavily encrypted" messages sent across "distributed"
servers, meaning that the exact location where any given message originated would be
extremely difficult to trace.
The Telegram app also allows users to send messages with a "self-destruct" timer that
causes the messages to erase themselves, adding another layer of security that could prove
useful to covert terrorist groups such as ISIS, as well as ordinary users intent on
guarding the privacy of their instant text messages.
Among the 21 individuals identified as attack targets in the secret ISIS text messages
are a single South Korean employee of what was described as a "welfare agency" by the
U.S.-based news channel CNN. The South Korean government now has that individual, whose
name, address, and email information was released by ISIS hackers over Telegram, under
protection, CNN reported.
South Korea has deported 50 suspected terrorists from groups such as ISIS over the past
five years, the country's intelligence service said in a statement over the weekend, and
according to South Korea's prime minister, if the new report is accurate, it would not be
the first time that ISIS has placed South Korea in its sites. "The Islamic State of Iraq
and the Levant has been citing South Korea as a potential target for its attacks since
last September," said Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn. Hwang added that his country's
intelligence and security services were now stepping up investigations of suspected
terrorist activities in South Korea.
Gaza Arabs Demand UN Stop Israel's Anti-Terror Tunnel Wall
Construction of an underground security wall along Israel's border with Gaza has
prompted an outcry in the Strip, with calls for intervention by international human rights
organizations and the United Nations to block the Israeli plan.
The wall, which will run tens of yards into the ground and is intended to block Hamas
terror tunnels, will be built entirely on Israel's side of the border. That hasn't stopped
Palestinians from crying foul, however, with claims that the wall would cause
In an interview published by the Falastin newspaper, a Hamas mouthpiece, Gaza
environmentalists warned that the security wall would block groundwater from Israel moving
into the Gaza Strip. This, they claim, would prevent the replenishment of underground
aquifers and force Gazans to draw more heavily from alternative sources. The "experts"
cited in the interview also suggested that the wall could cause cave-ins along the border,
and would block the movement of animals across the Gaza-Israel border.
Palestinian Authority Resurrects Poisoned Well Blood Libel
The Palestinian Authority and Hamas are actively promoting a classic blood libel
against Israel, after circulating a fabricated statement in the name of a prominent rabbi
allegedly calling to poison Palestinian wells.
False allegations of Jews poisoning drinking water - along with other rumors such as
those accusing Jews of drinking non-Jews' blood - were often used as pretexts for
anti-Semitic massacres and pogroms in both Europe and the Arab world, particularly during
the Middle Ages.
Such libels are still commonly circulated in the Muslim world, but rarely has the PA so
brazenly fabricated a quote and apparently attributed it to a real Israeli rabbi - and
then used it to call for international sanctions against the Jewish state.
In an official statement on the PA website - which was subsequently reprinted in
various Palestinian media outlets - the PA's foreign ministry called on Israel to arrest
"Rabbi Shlomo Mlmad" for calling on "settlers" to poison Palestinian wells. It claimed his
statements were revealed by the extreme-left "Breaking the Silence" NGO.
The PA continued its statement by using the allegations to urge international sanctions
against the Jewish state. "What is the international community waiting for to interfere;
the death of thousands of Palestinians of thirst? To meet such incident with silence and
ignore the war Israel is waging against Palestinians is a cause of shame for the
international community," the foreign ministry's statement read. The PA foreign ministry
identified "Rabbi Mlmad" as "chairman of the so-called Council of Rabbis in West Bank
However, no such organization exists - in fact, Jews in Judea and Samaria actively
reject the term "West Bank," seeing it as a relic of Arab colonial rule under the
Jordanian King Abdullah I, who created the term to justify his annexation of the area in
1949. There is a Council of Rabbis in Judea and Samaria, but it is led by Rabbi Yishai
"Mlmad" appears to be a misspelling of "Melamed" - a prominent Israeli rabbinical
family. Rabbi Zalman Melamed - Chief Rabbi of Bet El and dean of Bet El Yeshiva - is among
the foremost leaders of the religious-Zionist community; his son Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
heads the Har Bracha yeshiva and is also a leading religious-Zionist scholar.
Yet both rabbis denied having made any such statements, or anything similar, and told
Arutz Sheva such a call would run counter to Jewish law. Rabbi Zalman Melamed branded the
allegations a "blood libel." No record exists of any rabbi issuing such a ruling. Of
course, that has not stopped various Arab figures from actively promoting the apparently
Dr. Bassem Naim - Hamas' former "health minister" - was among the first to jump on the
claims, which he illustrated with a picture of United Torah Judaism Party MK Yisrael
Eichler. The false report appears to have originated in a story fed to Turkey's Adadulo
Agency, by a senior figure in Mahmoud Abbas' PLO. "This is an incitement and a call for
killing the Palestinians," it quoted Wasil Abu Youssef, a member of the PLO Executive
Committee, as saying.
He added that the story proves "that Israel is not a real peace partner. Dozens of
similar orders were made by rabbis that called for killing Palestinians, robbing their
lands and farmlands and destroying their property," he claimed, though did not provide any
The saga comes on the heels of another recent, unsubstantiated claim - first published
in Al Jazeera - that Israel had cut off water supplies to Palestinian communities in Judea
and Samaria during Ramadan. That allegation was also later firmly debunked. Water supplies
to some Jewish and Arab communities alike had been temporarily effected by technical
problems, which were fixed shortly afterwards. In fact, the IDF supplied a record volume
of water to PA areas this year during Ramadan.
Israel Planning to Build a $5 Billion Artificial Island with a Port and Airport Off
the Coast of Gaza to Reconnect Palestinians with the Rest of the World
By Mail Online
A $5 billion island could be constructed by Israel to connect Gaza with the rest of the
world. The Israeli government's security cabinet is debating the proposal which is backed
by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
The island would be linked to Gaza by a three mile bridge and could provide an airport
and sea port. The island could cost up to $5 billion to construct and would connect Gaza
with the rest of the world
Yisrael Katz, a top Netanyahu deputy, said Israel had no objection to easing the Gaza
blockade as long as its security needs are met. Israel would supervise security checks but
the island would otherwise be run by Palestinians and the international community. "I do
not think it is right to lock up two million people without any connection to the world,"
he said. 'Israel has no interest to make life harder for the population there. But because
of security concerns we can't build an airport or seaport in Gaza.'
Israel destroyed Gaza's original airport during the second Palestinian uprising and its
small seaport is not large enough to handle container ships.
'Commercial Airliners are Exposed to Cyber Attacks'
By YnetNews.com & Reuters
Do airline travelers need to start worrying about hackers? Esti Peshin, head of the
cyber division at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), certainly thinks so. "Commercial
airliners are exposed to cyber attacks," she said.
It was only a year ago that a hacker grounded 10 Lot Polish airlines planes by
disrupting their flight plan systems. A month beforehand, a Spanish military cargo plane
crashed and killed four crewmembers after three out of four of the computers which control
the engines were accidentally wiped. That same week hacker Chris Roberts was arrested in
the United States after boasting that he was able to take control of the navigation system
of the plane he was on simply by hacking into the in flight entertainment system. And
these are only a few of the examples of the threats that Peshin describes.
According to her, "there isn't enough coordination between the airport authorities, the
airlines, and the airplane manufacturers. Some of the systems they use for these planes
are based on simple Windows operating systems, and were created at a time when no one
worried about hackers (hacking into airplanes). My home computer has anti-virus software.
Are you saying that the plane taking me to Thailand next month doesn't have any?
"There are standards which define the resilience of an airplane's electronic systems
against hacking attacks, but it's just one link in the chain. Throughout the flight, an
aircraft is in contact with air traffic control systems and airline systems which send it
a lot of information. Most flights today are flown on autopilot, and the autopilot relies
on this information. Basically, pilots today are only flying the plane during takeoff and
landing, and stay (in the cockpit) just in case something goes wrong."
Chris Roberts claimed that he was able to get around the security systems of the
"And he was arrested and interrogated by the FBI who took his claims very seriously. The
US Congress is currently discussing a law which will obligate airline companies to report
on any cyber attacks against them, but this is just the first step that the authorities
need to take."
"A hacker can hack into various airport systems and shut them down shut down the
checked bag X-ray system for example which can put planes in danger. But a cyber
attack isn't just hackers who are trying to take down planes. It could be some 16 year old
kid who wants to impress his girlfriend and send all of the luggage on a particular flight
to Japan. Or it could be someone who is hired by one airline to wreak electronic havoc on
another airline. Can you imagine if all of a sudden all 400 passengers on a flight are
signed up to receive a vegan meal? It won't bring down a plane, but it will seriously
damage the airline's reputation."
IAI is one of the largest producers of drones in the world. Isn't the danger a lot
bigger when it comes to drones? "There still aren't pilotless planes capable of
transporting hundreds of passengers, but the issue of cyber security is without a doubt
slowing the transition of commercial airliners from piloted to pilotless even when
it comes to cargo planes."
UN: Israel to Ratify Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
A senior UN official says that Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said his
country is prepared to ratify a treaty banning nuclear tests, a move that would be
significant for Mideast peace.
Lassina Zerbo, who heads the UN organization created to implement the treaty, told The
Associated Press that Netanyahu considers the issue of ratifying the treaty a matter of
"when, rather than if." Israeli ratification would move the treaty closer to taking
effect, leaving only seven holdouts among the 44 countries that must ratify it for the
pact to go live.
Zerbo spoke after meeting with Netanyahu. He said ratification by Israel would help
pave the way for a nuclear test-free zone in the Middle East.
A Palestinian Speaks His Piece
By Israel Faxx News Services
So what I really want the Palestinians? - the truth from the mouth of a journalist and
human rights activist brave and extraordinary
Bassam Eid, a Palestinian human rights activist, journalist and political commentator, interviewed by TV New Zealand, has presented an unusual perspective of profound thoughts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. See https://www.facebook.com/308779629229531/videos/837710126336476/
Eid spoke about the essence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, on the boycott,
divestment and sanctions movement, the UN, global communications and Arab countries. He
questioned what Palestinian priorities are and what most Palestinians want.
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