Terrorism

Two perspectives on the Pakistan problem

 Amid the journalistic outpouring on the killing of terrorist mastermind Osama bin-Laden, I was struck by this Daily Beast opinion piece by novelist Salman Rushdie, who focused on the issue of Pakistan.

He wrote:

After Bin-Laden Death, Community Concerned About ‘Revenge,’ ‘Retribution’

05/02/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

Will Sekzer doesn’t mince words when asked about the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. forces Sunday.

“I wish he could have succumbed in a more sustained way,” referring to a longer, slower death, “but a bullet in the head is good enough,” said the Vietnam war veteran and former New York police officer, whose son, Jason, then 31, never returned home from work at Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Osama bin-Laden

Bin Laden’s Killing Raises Immediate Security Questions

05/02/2011
JTA

NEW YORK (JTA) – For years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans waited in fear for the next strike by al-Qaida on U.S. soil. But the ensuing decade has seen no more major terrorist attacks in the United States.

Now, with the news that Osama bin Laden has been killed in Pakistan by U.S. forces, the question many American Jews are considering is whether the liquidation of al-Qaida’s leader makes a follow-up attack more or less likely, and whether Jews could be a target.

Yom Hashoah Thoughts on the E Train

04/29/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Earlier this week, for reasons having nothing at all to do with the upcoming observance of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day)  this coming Sunday night and Monday, I found myself on the E train here in New York City.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Arrest of Two Palestinians for Itamar Killings Can’t Console Fogels’ Kin

04/18/2011
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- They came armed with knives and wire cutters looking for a Jewish target.

It was a Friday night, the Sabbath eve of March 11, and Palestinian teenagers Amjad Awad, 19, and Hakim Awad, 18, both from the Palestinian village of Awarta, hurried through the dark before climbing over the fence of the nearby Jewish settlement of Itamar, in the West Bank.

The first house they entered was empty of people, but they found an M-16, magazines and a flak jacket. They took the material with them.

Next they entered the Fogels’ home.

Congress Approves $19 Million in Security Funding

04/17/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Congress approved $19 million for non-profit security for 2011, a program that has mostly benefited Jewish institutions in the past.

The $19 million, identical to 2010's allocation, was included in appropriations approved this week and is part of a congressionally mandated program in place since 2005 that targets institutions that are vulnerable to attack.

In the past, security measures funded included reinforcements for windows, gates and doors, video surveillance, other enhancements, and training.

Two Palestinians Teens Arrested in Fogel Family Murder

04/17/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Two teenage Palestinians from a West Bank village have been arrested for the murders of five members of the Fogel family of Itamar.

The Israeli military announced Sunday that Israeli security services - including the Israel Defense Forces, the Shin Bet security service and police - had arrested two teens from the nearby village of Awarta in connection with the brutal Sabbath eve murder in March.

FBI: Jewish Defense League Extorted from Rapper

04/14/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- FBI records say the agency believed the Jewish Defense League extorted money from rappers by threatening violence.

The JDL has been "extorting money from various rap music stars via death threats," according to a report Thursday in Haaretz on the release of FBI files surrounding the unsolved 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur. The JDL is not otherwise linked to Shakur's murder in the files.

Another JDL target was rapper Eazy-E, according to the documents, which alleged that the JDL would follow-up death threats with demands for protection money.

Suspect Arrested in Attack on Calif. Chabad Center

04/12/2011

JTA) -- The suspect in an explosion outside of a Southern California Chabad House was arrested after he was recognized while praying in a suburban Cleveland synagogue.

Ron Hirsch, 60, also known as Israel Fisher, was arrested Monday night in a Cleveland Heights synagogue and Jewish center by the FBI and local police shortly after evening prayers as he sat studying from a Jewish text.

Israeli Teen Injured Critically When Gaza Rocket Hits Bus

04/07/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An Israeli teen was critically injured when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit the school bus in which he was riding.

The driver of the bus, which had dropped off all the schoolchildren except for the injured teen, also was wounded by shrapnel in Thursday afternoon's attack, Haaretz reported.

It is unclear whether the bus, traveling near Kibbutz Sa'ad, located next to the Gaza border, was struck by a mortar or an anti-tank missile.

The teen, who was resuscitated at the site of the attack, was airlifted to a hospital in Beersheba.

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