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Iran Claims Advances in Radar that it says can Reach Israel

By the Jerusalem Post

Iranian media claimed this week that it has developed better long-range radar that has a range of thousands of miles. It came as the regime has boasted it has long-range drones with precision weapons and as it is continues to build ballistic missiles and precision guided munitions. Overall the concept of the regime is to show that it is building more sophisticated military technology which will make it one of the top producers in the world. Iran recently put a satellite into orbit as well. The articles at Fars News are not the first time Iran said it would be able to create radar with a range of up to 3,000 kilometers. It has made this claim before, dating back to 2015. It hasn't shown any evidence that the radar it has built has this range. Nevertheless radar technology does exist that could give Iran the ability to produce long-range radar, whether it could reach so far seems unlikely. However, the reports persist that it accomplished this "over the horizon" radar system in the last years, adding to a variety of radars it already had which had ranges of several hundred kilometers. Part of the claims of Iran's defense officials is that its radar can also track hundreds of threats. This is also designed to show that Iran has built radar that is similar to the latest models in Russia, the US, Israel or elsewhere, which have capabilities to track threats at long ranges. Israel is around 1,500 km from Iran. Of interest is Iran's report about how this all came about. Fars News looks back to the period before 1979 and quotes Brig.-Gen. Mohammad Shirazi, the head of the military office of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution as noting that he had served with Americans in Iran prior to 1979. He says he once served in the "same barracks" as Americans when he was in the pro-revolution army and that he recalls how Iranians felt humiliated because they couldn't approach certain areas the US managed, not even to do maintenance. The premise of this conversation is to show that now Iran has its own indigenous technology and doesn't rely on others. The Iranian officer also discusses the war with Iraq in the 1980s and Iraqi air raids. He says at the time the radar the Iranians had was limited, reaching only 25 kilometers or more. The point here it so to show how Iran can now project power throughout the region. Iran today has been exporting technology to allies in Yemen, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. It also wants to threaten the US, Israel, the Gulf States and dissident groups, such as Kurds. Radar can help Iran monitor aircraft over the Persian Gulf or further away. Iran shot down a US drone last year over the Gulf of Oman. Iran's discussion of its new radar capabilities comes days after Iranian media also reported Israeli airstrikes on Syria. This could mean Iran is sending a message about deploying radar to Syria. Iran allegedly deployed a 3rd Khordad air defense system to Syria in 2018. Iran has sent radar to Syria before, in 2010. It has defense agreements with Syria as well. In July US jets intercepted an Iranian aircraft over Syria. In January Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner by mistake. A foreign report in the summer of 2019 indicated Iran had sent radar installations to Syria but that they had actually not been compatible with Syrian air defense. May reports said that Syria was using Chinese-made radar after Russian radar were not successfully detecting Israeli airstrikes. Israel has said it struck more than 1,000 Iranian targets in Syria as of 2019. An August 13, 2020 report in Haaretz said that airstrikes on "Syrian anti-air systems also struck about a fifth of the country's radar systems."

Iran's Khamenei Singles out Jared Kushner as the `Jewish Member of Trump's Family' in Tweet Decrying `Filthy Zionist Agents'

By JTA

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called out Jared Kushner as "the Jewish member of Trump's family" in attacking the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Khamenei made the comment on the White House senior adviser as part of a series of tweets on his English-language Twitter feed. Kushner is married to President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka. "The nation of Palestine is under various, severe pressures. Then, the UAE acts in agreement with the Israelis & filthy Zionist agents of the U.S. — such as the Jewish member of Trump's family — with utmost cruelty against the interests of the World of Islam," he tweeted. In a veiled threat to the UAE, Khamenei also tweeted: "The #UAE betrayed the world of Islam, the Arab nations, the region's countries, and #Palestine. Of course, this betrayal won't last long. The UAE rulers opened the door of the region to the Zionists, and they have ignored and normalized the question of Palestine, which is a question about the usurpation of a country. This stigma will remain on them." Khamenei used the terms Jewish or Jew in his English and Arabic messages, but not in Spanish or French, The Jerusalem Post reported.

11 Indicted for Eilat Gang Rape of 16-Year-Old Girl

By IsraelNationalNews.com
Indictments against eleven suspects arrested in the Eilat gang rape case were filed Wednesday, weeks after the teenage victim filed a police complaint in Ashkelon. The 11 suspects include two 27-year-old men from northern Israel and nine youths from southern Israel who were staying at the Red Sea Hotel in Eilat last month. Four of the suspects are accused in the indictments of raping the victim, while the seven others are charged with facilitating the rape by not intervening or reporting the incident. According to the indictment, the victim, a 16-year-old girl, and her friend had rented a room in Eilat for a summer trip to the south. While the victim was swimming in the hotel's pool, one of the 27-year-old suspects tried to make a romantic overture, but the victim rejected him out of hand, telling him he was too old for her, investigators wrote in the indictment. Despite being rebuffed, the suspect and his friend, the other 27-year-old suspect, waited for the girl after she left with her friend. Later, when the victim returned while under the influence of alcohol, the two suspects conspired to lead the victim to their room. While visiting a group of teenage friends, the victim asked to leave the teenage suspects' room, saying she felt ill and wanted to wash up. Police say the two adult suspects ambushed the victim in the hotel hallway, with one of the two presenting himself as a medic, offering to help the intoxicated girl. The suspects then led the victim to room 216, the hotel room set aside for bus drivers to rest in after long drives into Eilat. Once inside, the two adult suspects took turns raping the girl. The victim's friend tried to help her escape, but the two adult suspects prevented the victim from leaving. Security camera footage showed at least 16 men and teenage boys gathered outside the room where the victim was raped, with at least two of the underage suspects entering the room and taking part in the gang rape. The whole ordeal lasted for roughly an hour and a half, investigators say. Some of the participants filmed the rape, and later sent recordings to their friends. The next day, the two adult suspects contacted the victim, writing her messages on her cell phone. The victim seemed unaware of what had transpired the day before, asking the men "Who are you? What do you want from me?" The two responded by describing the previous day's events, prompting the girl to file a police report, and leading to an investigation which included no less than 20 officers probing the incident.

Armed Jewish Group Ramps Up Security in US with Help from IDF Veterans

By United with Israel

Leibel Mangel is a man on multiple missions. The former Israel Defense Forces soldier is kickstarting a new program with Magen Am, an armed Los Angeles-based Jewish group that takes security into its own hands. Mangel is the director of Magen Am's lone soldier veterans program. This new effort will not only help ex-lone soldiers to adjust upon returning home, but also use their security expertise for the benefit of the Jewish community. This new group within Magen Am will serve Jewish communities across the country, with guards heading to synagogues, Jewish centers and Jewish schools. Magen Am translates to "Nation's Shield," and that was seen first-hand during early June riots in Los Angeles, when the guards protected the area's synagogues. Rabbi Yossi Eilfort, a Mixed Martial Arts fighter, is the director of Magen Am. He believes that now is the time, more than ever, to provide enhanced security to the American Jewish community, as anti-Semitic attacks have reached frightening levels. The organization launched a GoFundMe campaign, which aims to raise $50,000. The program is valued at $25,000 per soldier each year. Mangel, who grew up in Cincinnati and completed his IDF service in 2015, discussed the new initiative with United with Israel. "About seven or eight months ago, I was in Los Angeles, and I was introduced to Yossi Eilfort. I had been working in the security industry in Cincinnati. We were looking for ways to collaborate at the time. In that meeting, we sat down and discussed this need to get lone soldiers involved… It fills the needs of the lone soldier veteran community as well as the security of the Jewish community. I got married – my wife is from Los Angeles – and we moved here [Los Angeles], and now I'm heading up this program." Why is this program important? "There are two aspects to it. Many lone soldier veterans, like me, come back to the United States after our military service, and the reintegration process is a struggle. There is no clear sense of direction for many of us, or guidance, or a support system. In Israel, we had this tremendous responsibility of protecting Jewish life, Israel's borders and her citizens. We come back to the States and that responsibility is taken away from us. "Many people struggle with that. There's a rise in drug overdose in the lone soldiers veteran community, as well as suicides. They need structure and guidance to get on the right path, giving them a foundation to succeed for the rest of their lives. This program will allow them to continue their sworn mission of serving and protecting Jewish life – here in the United States instead of Israel. "The second need this program fills is to better protect the Jewish community. As we know, the threats, attacks and civil unrest against our community are on the rise. Many organizations like Magen Am have stepped up with civilian volunteers, putting them through training. Our most skilled and qualified protectors live within our community, but we're not utilizing them. Why not allow soldiers to continue their training and use real-world experiences on the battlefield to be the first line of defense for the Jewish community?" What's the plan going forward for this program, which is starting from scratch? "The program's structure will be split up into three phases. The first phase will take about two months. We're hoping to get about 10-14 soldiers in every single class. In the first two-month period, they'll be heavily focused on security training and personal development side. Every Jewish community has its specific needs, and the rules and regulations of the security environment are a little different than in Israel and in a military environment. We'll be focusing on getting soldiers mental-health counseling, life coaching, and allowing CEOs to come speak to soldiers and help them figure out what they want to do next in life. They can continue [in the next phase] in the security industry, or maybe someone has an interest in finance and can build a relationship with a financial CEO. If there are two soldiers working at a Jewish day school, we'll introduce them to their job sites as we get them the proper licensing and certification. "Phase III is working at those jobs full time, whether it's a synagogue, school, Jewish business, or patrols through neighborhoods. It's the last nine months of a 12-month program… At the end of the 12 months, they can decide to stay in the security industry and make it a full-time career, whether in Magen Am or another organization. They can say they have a solid foundation and are ready to move on to a university. Or they can utilize one of the connections they've made to transfer into another industry." What cities are you targeting first? "The first run will be based here in Los Angeles. The goal is…to send them out to different Jewish communities. The major ones will be the first – New York, Chicago, Miami … We want to send soldiers to every Jewish community. When they finish their program, we might say [for example] we need two guards in Miami, who's interested? The base will be in Los Angeles, but we'll create branches throughout the country and provide the best possible security for the Jewish community." Regarding security at schools, is there concern that children might feel intimidated by someone who's armed? "It will be done in a way that kids will be protected, but we don't want them to feel like they're walking into a military base. Many schools already have guards on the premises. We'll make sure the kids feel welcome and comfortable. It's the new reality in the world that we can't just sit by and leave our schools unprotected. Threats continue to rise. It will all be done in conjunction with the school and making sure the security needs are met, as well as [with] sensitivity, making sure parents and children are in a comfortable environment." How can communities that feel a need for additional protection sign up and get involved in this program? "They can either visit magenamusa.org or reach out to me directly at leibel@magenamusa.org. We're happy to field any questions, even if it's just someone who is reaching out on how to best protect their community. We can give basic tips on how to get started, even if it's not with this program specifically. "The goal is to provide protection and security for the entire Jewish community in the whole country. All Jews should feel safe going to synagogue. They should feel confident that when they drop their kids off at school, they will be there later in the day to pick them up. We're getting the conversation started and empowering the community to understand that we're ultimately our first line of defense. We can't just rely on outside sources to protect us. "If you look at our history — and not just our Jewish history — it's ultimately that we're our own protectors. This program is another step in the right direction of controlling our narrative and putting our future into our own hands."

Target Removes Costume Resembling Clothes Worn by Jewish Diarist Anne Frank

By JNS

A costume that appears to look like an outfit worn by the young Jewish diarist Anne Frank during World War II and the Holocaust has been removed from Target's website, a spokesperson for the retailer told JNS. "I can confirm that as of this afternoon, that costume has been pulled and is no longer on Target.com," said the spokesperson. The item description read, "Is your child studying World War II or the Holocaust? Now you can help her transport back in time to the 1940s. They say that dressing up can be an important learning technique and this WW2 Girl costume for kids will be the perfect learning tool." Retailers have previously been censured for selling World War II and Holocaust-inspired clothing, and other merchandise. The clothing in this particular case had no yellow star that was worn to designate Jews throughout Europe. On Aug. 4, 1944, after 25 months in hiding in Amsterdam, Frank and her older sister, Margot, were rounded up and sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. In February 1945, they died of typhus. Only the girls' father, Otto Frank, survived after being liberated from Auschwitz by Soviet troops on Jan. 27, 1945.





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