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Hamas seeks new map software: ‘Google is not accurate enough for rockets’

The arrest of Muhammad Murtaja, coordinator of the Gaza branch of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, revealed the extent of cooperation and assistance to Hamas terrorists.

Among other things, it turned out that in the past two years, Hamas asked the Turkish IHH organization for advanced mapping programs to improve rocket attacks on the Israeli home front, and especially on strategic sites.

Hamas, according to the investigation, used Google maps to fire more than 4,000 rockets to hit Israeli targets, but in most cases, the rockets were either intercepted or missed their targets altogether.


Murtaja said that he was supposed to fly to Turkey to receive a disk-on-key intended for Hamas, which consisted of improved and elaborately detailed maps of various sites in Israel, which were based on Turkish technological data acquired following Turkey’s involvement in the satellite launch project.

Murtaja said in his interrogation that he witnessed the transfer of suitcases laden with cash from the IHH organization in Turkey (which was responsible for the Gaza flotilla) to senior Hamas officials, including senior terrorists Raed Salah, Ismail Radwan and Ismail Haniyeh.

This case is unusual compared to previous similar affairs, since this time, a Hamas operative was groomed in the military wing, trained with the regiments of the Shati neighborhood and operated alongside the battalion commanders. As an engineer, he became an expert on TNT and the manufacturing of advanced explosives and explosive devices.


In 2012, he was appointed head of the Turkish government’s humanitarian aid organization in Gaza (TIKA).

The indictment filed last Thursday against Murtaja lists multiple offenses, among them misusing of resources and funds intended for humanitarian projects in the Gaza Strip by diverting them to Hamas’s military wing.

Moreover, the terrorist took part in the digging of a tunnel after Operation Protective Edge that would potentially be used by Hamas terrorists to attack IDF forces or civilians.

US bans laptops, iPads and cameras on inbound flights from some Muslim countries

The US government is barring passengers on Royal Jordanian Airlines flights from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and other electronics in carry-on luggage on certain U.S.-bound flights starting Tuesday, the airline said in a tweet on Monday.

The airline said cellphones and medical devices are excluded from the ban. Everything else would need to be packed in checked luggage.

It is unclear what other countries and airlines the ban will apply to, how long it will be in place or what prompted it.


The airline has since deleted their Twitter post announcing the ban but many shocked social media users documented the initial message.

A US government official said such a ban has been considered for several weeks. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose the internal security discussions by the federal government.

The ban would begin just before Wednesday’s meeting of the US-led coalition against ISIS in Washington. A number of top Arab officials were expected to attend the State Department gathering. It was unclear whether their travel plans were related to any increased worry about security threats.

An aviation security expert said the policy would raise other safety issues.

‘There would be a huge disadvantage to having everyone put their electronics in checked baggage,’ said Jeffrey Price, a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He said thefts from baggage would skyrocket, as when England tried a similar ban in 2006, and ‘some laptops have batteries that can catch fire and it’s easier to detect it when it’s in the cabin rather than burning in the hold.’

However, there are also advantages to screening items in checked baggage instead of as carry-on luggage.

Most major airports in the United States have a computer tomography or CT scanner for checked baggage, which creates a detailed picture of a bag’s contents. They can warn an operator of potentially dangerous material, and may provide better security than the X-ray machines used to screen passengers and their carry-on bags.

Iran’s supreme: Gender equality is ‘Zionist conspiracy’

Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei accused Israel and the West of promoting women’s exploitation for the purpose of earthly pleasures, calling it a “Zionist conspiracy” aimed at destroying human society.

In quotes relayed by Iranian news agency Mehr, Khamenei, who was speaking at an event that mostly focused on women’s position in Islamic society, mocked the West’s ideal of gender equality, claiming that raising certain topics in support of women’s rights actually undermines their position in society, which is predetermined by God.


“These aberrant and neglectful people humiliate the role of a housewife while a housewife is actually in charge of raising and educating the most valuable product, which is a human being,” said Khamenei, adding “unfortunately, sometimes inside the country and in some Islamic environments, tasks and expectations are ascribed to women that in fact collapse and humiliate their roles.”

The Iranian leader then referred to some similarities and differences between men and women as decided by God, saying “despite sharing similar goals like ‘rising to spiritual positions,’ ‘leadership,’ and ‘the ability to guide human beings,’ men and women are different when it comes to responsibilities in management of life.

Ayatollah Khamenei, while referring to promotion of concepts like ‘gender equality’ and ‘gender justice’ in the West, said justice means recognizing and nurturing God-given potentials of men and women, not burdening them with false freedom.

“Today, Western scholars and those who pursue issues like gender equality all regret their actions for the corruption they caused,” he claimed, expressing hope that views of those who raised similar issues inside the country were not based on the Western alleged misconception.

Shin Bet chief: 400 arrests prevented hundreds of terror attacks

Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Director Nadav Argaman, speaking before the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Security Committee warned on Monday morning that despite the current relative calm, Hamas and other terrorists entities may attempt to carry out attacks ahead of the upcoming Passover holiday.

“The relative calm that we are experiencing at this time is quite deceiving, it’s misleading and deluding because Hamas and global jihadi infrastructure are working every day in attempt to conduct terror attacks in Israeli territory,” he stated at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

“We’re approaching the Passover holiday. There is no question that the terror networks, particularly Hamas, will try to escalate the situation and carry out terror attacks. Our goal is to keep the holidays quiet.”

“We are engaged day and night in thwarting attacks,” he said. “We have stopped more than 400 potential hazards before they materialized into terrorist attacks.”

Noting that 16 civilians and one foreign national were killed last year as the result of terror attacks, the Shin Bet chief also spoke of the technological and operational developments the Israeli security apparatus has made in light of the continued threat of terrorism.

“We are currently experiencing significant changes in the geo-strategic arena that will be relevant for many years to come as a power struggle, the ramification of which are the result of the impact by the nuclear deal with Iran on terrorism in the Middle East,” he asserted.

Israel will destroy Syrian air defense systems if targeted again by Assad regime

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman threatened to destroy Syrian air defense systems after they fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes targeting a Hezbollah weapons convoy.

“The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation,” Liberman said on Israel Radio.

The IDF on Friday confirmed its first operational use of the advanced Arrow missile defense system, which it said was used to shoot down a Syrian anti-aircraft missile that was fired at an Israeli jet.

Israeli warplanes had attacked several targets in Syria, the IDF said, prompting the Syrian attack.

It was the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.

“We have no interest in interfering in the Syrian civil war, not for nor against Assad, and we have no interest in clashing with the Russians,” Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman clarified Sunday.

“Our main problem is with the transfer of advanced weapons from Syria to Lebanon. That is why every time we identify an attempt to smuggle game-changing weapons, we will act to thwart it. There will be no compromise on this issue,” the defense minister stressed. “If the IDF does choose to act, there is a real reason for it.”


Muslim terrorist known to French authorities is shot and eliminated at Orly airport near Tel Aviv check-in

French security officials have identified as a known Muslim terrorist the man who Saturday grabbed a gun from an Orly airport security guard near the check-in desk for Tel Aviv.

‘A convicted criminal with links to radical Islam’ has been shot dead at Paris Orly airport after trying to wrestle a soldier’s gun from her and fleeing into a McDonald’s.

Less than two hours earlier he had shot a female police officer in the head in a northern Paris suburb after a routine stop-and-search operation.

The terrorist’s father and brother have been taken into custody, judicial sources have confirmed.

Officials have confirmed that the shooting in Stains, where a gunman opened fire on three police officers, was carried out by the Muslim terrorist who was later killed.

After the police shooting, the 39-year-old terrorist fled in a Renault Clio, which was later found abandoned 11 miles away on the other side of Paris.

He hijacked a woman’s car at gunpoint, and this second car was later found parked at the airport.

This finding supports the French police in their assumption that the terrorist was not acting alone but part of a terrorist conspiracy.

The terrorist had previously been jailed for drug trafficking and was radicalized in prison, according to reports in Paris.

He has not been formally identified, but was a ‘homeless French national’ on the run from the authorities, according to police sources.

Orly airport is meanwhile under terror alert. Air flights are indefinitely suspended and the terminal evacuated as police comb through the large area for explosives.

Passengers landing at Orly were kept on planes while the anti-terror operation is carried out.

France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation into the shootings.


Syrian army: Israel struck military position near Palmyra

Syria’s army high command said in a statement on Friday that Israeli jets breached Syrian air space early in the morning and attacked a military target near Palmyra in what it described as an act of aggression that aided Islamic State.

In a rare confirmation of Israel carrying out airstrikes in Syria, the IDF said on Friday morning that “several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria during the operation. One of the missiles was intercepted by the air defense systems of the IDF.” It marked the first time that Israel used its Arrow-3 missile defense system.


According to Arab media, the target of the IAF strikes was a Hezbollah weapons convoy.

As a result of these activities, a rocket alert siren was heard in the Aravot HaYarden Regional Council in Israel’s Jordan Valley, the army statement added.

Syria fired 3 anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli jets; one knocked down by the “Arrow” defense system, reportedly over Jordan; other two strike Israel, causing no damage.

At no point was the safety of Israeli civilians or the IAF aircraft compromised, the IDF spokesperson added.

The Arrow is primarily designed to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere, intercepting the weapons and their nuclear, biological or chemical warheads close to their launch sites.

IAF strikes Hezbollah weapons convoy in Syria; ‘Arrow’ battery intercepts Syrian missile

A rocket alert siren was heard in Aravot HaYarden Regional Council in Israel’s Jordan Valley at around 3:00 a.m. Friday morning, the IDF confirmed.

Following the siren, residents of Jerusalem, Modiin and Samaria reported hearing an explosion.

There were no reports of injuries or damages.

It was unclear whether a rocket or rockets had landed or were intercepted and where they were fired from, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

The IDF later confirmed that the sirens were related to Israeli airstrikes on several targets in Syria.

According to Arab media, the target of the IAF strikes was a Hezbollah weapons convoy.

Several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria following the mission and IDF “Arrow” Aerial Defense Systems intercepted one of the missiles, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

At no point was the safety of Israeli civilians or the IAF aircraft compromised.


The Arrow is primarily designed to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere, intercepting the weapons and their nuclear, biological or chemical warheads close to their launch sites.

Therefore its use against a surface-to-air missile was somewhat odd and may indicate a misidentification of the type of weapon being fired from Syria.


2 ISIS terrorists planning Reina-style attack nabbed in Istanbul

Teams from the anti-terror branch of the Istanbul Police Department have detained two ISIS terrorists during an operation in Istanbul’s Kağıthane district.

According to police sources, the two terrorists C.C. and I.D., who hold Uzbekistani citizenship, “were readying for a sensational attack like the one” at the Reina night club that killed 39 people, mainly foreigners, including an Israeli citizen during New Year festivities, and was claimed by ISIS jihadists.

During searches in the ISIS cell house, police teams seized two Kalashnikov rifles with two full chargers with 500 bullets, and numerous digital and written documents containing information about the terrorist group.

The detained terrorists were brought to the Istanbul Police Department’s anti-terror bureau for further procedures.

Following the attack on Reina, Turkey launched nationwide operations that have netted hundreds of suspects. Turkey has also killed a large number of terrorists in Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria where the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is being supported by the Turkish military in its fight to retake towns captured by the terrorist group.

Turkey also thwarted several ISIS attacks in recent months. Last year, thirty-five ISIS terrorists were captured and accused of plotting to attack the Parliament, a Shiite mosque and a branch office of the ruling Justice and Development Party

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