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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 environmental damage.

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 settlements."

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 Babad.

"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 fabricated story.

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 examples.

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 & 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 plane's computers. "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

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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