Terror wave continues as Palestinian terrorists carry out shooting and stabbing attacks against Israelis

 

Four terrorist attacks rocked Israel Friday in the latest installment of the current wave of violence. There were two shooting incidents in Hebron – a 19-year-old Israeli was seriously wounded in one attack, and in the other, two Israeli teenagers, a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old, were shot near the Cave of the Patriarchs. The 16-year-old was seriously wounded. In another attack a Palestinian woman attempted to ram her vehicle into Israeli soldiers before being shot close to the Halhul Bridge near Hebron. In Sha’ar Binyamin, north of Jerusalem, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli man outside of a grocery store. The perpetrator, who fled the scene of the attack, claimed responsibility for the attack in a video uploaded to Facebook. He is an activist of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party. The terrorist said he was motivated to carry out the attack in order to protect the Al Aqsa Mosque. Earlier in the day, Israeli police arrested a Palestinian woman on the Allenby Bridge, which connects Jordan to the West Bank, who was caught carrying a knife. In addition, Palestinians threw fire bombs at Israeli vehicles near Hebron.

The terrorist attacks, centered on Hebron, are taking place just as the annual Shabbat Chayei Sarah festivities are to begin in that city this Shabbat, November 6-7. The pilgrimage commemorates Abraham’s purchase of the Cave of the Patriarchs, the second holiest site in Judaism, which according to Jewish tradition is the burial place of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, and Leah. This week’s Torah portion describes the purchase. Thousands of Jews from Israel and around the world have arrived in Hebron to take part.

The wave of terrorism against Israelis has now lasted for several weeks, driven by Palestinian incitement over the Temple Mount and the Al Aqsa Mosque, which lies on the esplanade in Jerusalem’s Old City. The Arab Israeli journalist Khaled Abu Toameh tweeted on Friday that Abbas had told Fatah activists, “Israel’s attempts to divide Aqsa Mosque won’t succeed.” In September, Abbas declared that Jews “have no right to desecrate” the Al Aqsa Mosque with their filthy feet, and that “each drop of blood that was spilled in Jerusalem is pure blood.” Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized the need “for Palestinian leaders to cease the incitement of violence.”

 

The global financial giant Deutsche Bank was fined $258 million for violating American sanctions against Iran, Syria, and other nations, The New York Times reported Thursday.

It is the latest in a string of settlements over sanctions violations as regulators take aim at banks for doing business with blacklisted countries. Still, criminal investigations by the Manhattan district attorney and the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan were continuing, people briefed on the matter said. …

 

The activity under investigation occurred from 1999 to 2006, according to regulators. Deutsche Bank handled 27,200 dollar-clearing transactions, valued at over $10.86 billion, for customers in Iran, Libya, Myanmar, Syria and Sudan. Regulators said bank employees had developed ways to hide the nature of the transactions from internal controls intended to flag problematic payments.

 

The regulators pointed to emails among various Deutsche Bank employees. One said, “Let’s keep this email strictly on a “need-know’ basis, no need to spread the news.”

According the Times, Deutsche Bank is one of several large European-based banks under investigation. Two French banks have also been forced to pay fines: Crédit Agricole agreed to pay $787 million, and BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank, paid $8.9 billion, a record.

The Times reported last year on how a lawsuit filed against Iran by Stephen Flatow, whose daughter was killed by Iranian-sponsored terrorists, led prosecutors to uncover the methods banks used to hide their dealings with Iran.

The prosecutors soon discovered that Credit Suisse and Lloyds, two of the world’s most prestigious banks, had acted as Iran’s portal to the United States financial system. To disguise the illicit transactions — the United States is closed for business to Iran — Credit Suisse and Lloyds stripped out the Iranian clients’ names from wire transfers to the Fifth Avenue charity and affiliated entities. The findings led the Manhattan prosecutors and the Justice Department in Washington to announce criminal cases against both banks.

In The Central Pillar Supporting the Iran Deal Has a Big Crack In It, which was published in the July 2015 issue of The Tower Magazine, Emanuele Ottolenghi explained that the banking sanctions against Iran were an important factor in getting Iran to negotiate.

It took years of patient and tenacious U.S. diplomacy to prod a reluctant international community into agreeing and then enacting the complicated sanctions regime in place since March 2007, when the United Nations Security Council approved Resolution 1737. In particular, getting the United Nations Security Council’s stamp of approval for non-proliferation sanctions proved extremely difficult. Though this approach eventually bore fruit—six binding resolutions under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter were approved between July 2006 and June 2010—it also showed its limits.

 

Since the Security Council passed the last of these resolutions, Russia and China have shown no desire to expand sanctions further. As a result, the measures that are most credited for bringing Iran into serious negotiations—the banking and financial restrictions passed between 2010 and 2012—were mainly autonomous U.S. and European Union sanctions. Globally, large corporations and financial institutions grudgingly went along with them. In addition, the painful fines inflicted on HSBC, BNP Paribas, and Standard Chartered had a chilling effect on the business world. Few dared question, let alone challenge the administration’s willingness to use economic pressure as its principal tool of coercive diplomacy. Who wants a $8.9 billion fine, after all?

 

Global compliance left Iran cut off from financial markets. Its energy sector rusted, while its oil sales plunged to a quarter of its production abilities. Its economy teetered on the brink of the abyss. But these achievements rested largely on three assumptions: The Obama administration was determined to enforce sanctions, come what may; America’s allies mostly supported or at least acquiesced to Washington’s punitive actions; and Iran had no effective recourse. Today, on the eve of a nuclear agreement, none of this is true any longer. (via TheTower.org)

 

The world’s tiniest Bible — the Nano Bible produced on a microchip at the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel – is the newest item in the collection of the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, DC. Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton accepted a Nano Bible from Technion President Peretz Lavie on October 30 for safekeeping in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology at the National Museum of American History. Engraved on a gold-plated silicon chip the size of a grain of rice, the biblical text consists of more than 1.2 million letters carved with a focused beam of gallium ions. The words are readable only when magnified 10,000 times. “We are excited to enrich the Libraries’ collections with this marvelous gift, which marries one of the world’s oldest and most significant texts with one of the newest technologies of the 21st century,” said Nancy E. Gwinn, director of Smithsonian Libraries. “As one of our principal values is to share our collections with the public, it is appropriate that the only copy in the United States be located here, as part of the national collections.” The Nano Bible can be viewed by the public by appointment; call 202-633-3872. The first of two copies of the Nano Bible, made by Prof. Uri Sivan and Dr. Ohad Zohar at the Technion, was presented to Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Israel in 2009.“ The Nano Bible exhibition is a fascinating confluence of history, culture, and cutting-edge science — where the Land of the Bible meets the Start-Up Nation,” said Lavie. (via Israel21c)


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