Thursday, March 23, 2017

Man Nabbed in Israel for JCC Bomb Threats; Dual US-Israeli Citizen Shielded Computer ID

A 19-year-old man with dual US-Israeli citizenship from Ashkelon, Israel has been arrested on suspicion of being responsible for most of the bomb and other threats to Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) ranging from the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand during the past six months, the Jerusalem Post website reports today (March 23, 2017).

The suspect used intricate methods to shield himself from identification, and law enforcement had to use a variety of its own complex methods to find him.

The suspect's father has also been detained and is being questioned as to whether he knew about the suspect's illegal activities.

Israel intends to indict the suspect in its own courts, while other countries -- including the United States -- will probably seek to extradite and try him for his anti-Semitic crimes.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Turkey's Erdogan Threatens Europeans' Safety; Won't Be Safe on Streets If Not Nice to Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said today (March 22, 2017) that Europeans would not be able to walk safely on the streets if they kept up their current attitude toward Turkey, according to the Reuters website.

Turkey has been embroiled in a dispute with Germany and the Netherlands over campaign appearances by Turkish officials seeking to drum up support for an April 16 referendum that would boost Erdogan's powers to those of an autocratic ruler, if approved.

Ankara has accused the European allies of using "Nazi methods" by banning Turkish ministers from addressing rallies in Europe over security concerns.

"Turkey is not a country you can pull and push around, not a country whose citizens you can drag on the ground," Erdogan said at an event for Turkish journalists in Ankara, in comments broadcast live on national television.

Coalition Airstrike Kills Over 33 Syrian Civilians; Bombed School Raqqa Residents Used as Shelter

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said today (March 22, 2017) that the U.S.-led international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) bombed a school being used as a shelter, killing at least 33 civilians, according to the UPI website.

The airstrike hit the school being used to shelter internally displaced persons yesterday in the village of al-Mansoura in the western Raqqa Governorate countryside.

The SOHR said one of its activists witnessed 33 bodies being pulled out of the destroyed school's rubble before IS militants sealed off the area. More dead bodies are believed to be in the rubble.

"The massacres committed by U.S.-led coalition in Raqqa are unacceptable," the Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) said in a statement. "The international community must intervene to stop this."

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tomb of Jesus Reopens after Yr. of Renovations; Redone by Greek Designers,Ceremony March 22

Extensive renovations to the tomb of Jesus at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem -- which have been taking place since May 2016 -- have been completed, the International Business Times website reports today (March 21, 2017).

The project was carried out by a team of Greek specialists who reconstructed the Edicule -- the protective structure over the shelf on which the body of Christ is said to have rested following His crucifixion.

The restoration was sponsored by the Greek Orthodox, Franciscans, and Armenians -- the three main Christian denominations of the six that share the Holy Sepulchre. The total cost of the project was about $4 million.

The site will be inaugurated on March 22 -- an event that will be attended by various political and religious leaders from Greece, along with the Holy Land clergy.

US Bans Electronic Stuff from Muslim Nations; Fears Terrorists May Hide Explosives in Them

Fearing that terrorists may try to blow up airplanes with hidden explosives, President Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security has put into place new rules limiting the technology that can be brought onto aircraft by passengers from eight predominantly Muslim countries, the Salon website reports today (March 21, 2017).

The eight countries whose airports will be impacted by this new rule are Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

Individuals flying to the U.S. from airports in these nations will be required to place any personal electronic device larger than a cellphone or smartphone into their checked luggage, as they will be prohibited on board the passenger section of the aircraft.

The new restrictions were issued because recent U.S. intelligence indicates that terrorists have developed explosives that can be hidden inside electronic devices.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hungary Opens a Military Base Along Its Border; Designed to Stop Migrants from Entering Nation

Hungary opened a small military base today (March 20, 2017) along its southern border for soldiers designated to stop migrants from entering the country, according to the Daily Caller website.

The complex is one of four bases built since the start of the year, and is meant to serve 150 troops stationed along Hungary's southern border.

The soldiers work with designated "border hunters" to prevent migrants -- mainly from predominantly Islamic countries in the Middle East and Asia --  from getting across the fence that has been erected along the border to Serbia.

"The defense of the border... so hundreds of thousands won't march across the country, deserves total respect," Hungarian Defense Minister Istvan Simicsko said at the opening of the base. "Our most important common interest is the protection of the Hungarian citizens, our family members and civilians."

Australian Anglican Church Befalls Child Abuse; 1100 People Filed Claims during the Past 35 Yrs.

The head of Australia's Anglican Church expressed sorrow and shame after a government report said some 1,100 people had filed child sexual assault claims against the church over the past 35 years, the Religion News website reports today (March 20, 2017).

The interim report published on March 17 -- which said most children were aged around 11 when they were abused -- came a month after a high level inquiry into child abuse was told the Australian Catholic Church had paid $212 million in compensation to thousands of victims since 1980.

The report -- which was published by the same inquiry, the Royal Commission Into Child Abuse -- said the complaints identified 569 Anglican clergy, teachers, and volunteers as alleged abusers. There were another 133 alleged abusers whose roles at the church were not known.

Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier said he felt a "personal sense of shame and sorrow" at the way the church had apparently silenced victims.