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Swedish Jews Close Synagogues After Terror Threat

(Photo: flickr/piven)

(Photo: flickr/piven)

As European authorities continue to hunt down those responsible – in France, in Belgium, and elsewhere – for Friday’s attacks in Paris, the threat of terror has spread across the continent. The Jerusalem Post reports that Sweden’s synagogues have been closed because of a credible terrorist threat:

Synagogues across Sweden were closed down as a precautionary measure after Stockholm raised the country’s terror threat assessment level on Wednesday, the World Jewish Congress has announced.

Swedish authorities have said that they are hunting a suspect and had “concrete information” of a possible attack only days after ISIS terrorists killed more than a hundred people across Paris in a series of coordinated attacks. The biggest scene of carnage during the attack, the Bataclan Club, was, until recently, Jewish owned and the scene of many Israeli and community-related gatherings.

Security police (SAPO) chief Anders Thornberg said one arrest had been made “in absentia” for terrorism crimes for an unnamed suspect. He said there were no known links at present with the Paris attacks but the threat from Islamic State militants formed the backdrop to the raised risk level.

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Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 1:17 PM  | Stand for Israel

An Open Letter to John Kerry

(Photo: US State Dept)

(Photo: US State Dept)

At the American embassy in Paris this week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that terrorists had a “rationale” for the murders earlier this year at a French newspaper. Rabbi Eckstein responded to Kerry’s remarks:

Dear Secretary Kerry,

I’m flabbergasted by your inflammatory statement: “There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo… There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale… they’re really angry because of this and that.”

How dare you make such an insensitive speech in Paris – the very city that has suffered multiple terrorist attacks this year – and during such an emotionally charged time for France?

Secretary Kerry, the only difference between January’s Charlie Hebdo attacks and last Friday’s was the date on the calendar. Both were heinous, unjustifiable acts of terrorism and you were wrong in making such a dangerous moral equivalence. You are America’s top diplomat and in a few words, you managed to offend all free societies throughout the world and all victims of terror.


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Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 1:10 PM  | Rabbi Eckstein

Three Killed, Many Wounded in Terror Attack

(Photo: Gush Etzion regional council)

(Photo: Gush Etzion regional council)

Today’s second terror attack against Israelis has left at least three dead, and many more wounded in Gush Etzion. Arutz Sheva’s Ari Yashar reports on what was a two-pronged shooting and car-ramming attack:

Three people – two Israeli and one Palestinian – have been murdered and another seven wounded on Thursday afternoon in a shooting attack in Gush Etzion region, ten minutes south of Jerusalem.

Of the victims, several are reportedly citizens of the United States.

A critically wounded 18-year-old victim died of his wounds inflicted in the attack shortly after, as did a 50-year-old victim who was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem with bullet wounds in his upper body. He had been classified as very seriously wounded and was unconscious.

A third victim killed in the attack was a Palestinian man who had been standing nearby…

The attack comes just shortly after a lethal stabbing attack in southern Tel Aviv, where an Arab terrorist from the Hevron region murdered two Jews at prayer and moderately wounded a third.

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Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 9:05 AM  | Stand for Israel

Two Killed in Stabbing Attack in Tel Aviv

(Photo: twitter/IDF)

(Photo: twitter/IDF)

Terror has struck Israel yet again today. The Times of Israel reports that two Israelis are dead and two more have been wounded after a terrorist stabbing attack in Tel Aviv:

The incident took place in the Panorama office building at an entrance to a synagogue next to the parking lot as afternoon prayers were taking place, according to reports from the scene.

One victim was declared dead at the scene and a second died after being rushed to a hospital with serious injuries.

Two more people suffered light and moderate injuries…

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Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 7:34 AM  | Stand for Israel

Palestinian Hypocrisy on Terror

(Photo: flickr/News Agency)

(Photo: flickr/News Agency)

Since last week’s Paris terror attacks, much of the world has come out against ISIS, who carried out the massacres – even the Palestinians. Yet, writes Gatestone Institute’s Bassam Tawil, these people condemning terror in Paris are the same ones who call for and praise the murder of Jews:

Abbas’s condemnation of the Paris attacks shows that the Palestinian Authority believes that there are good and bad terrorists. In the eyes of Abbas and the PA, the terrorists are “heroes” and “martyrs” when they murder Jews. But the terrorists who murder French nationals are bad and deserve to be strongly condemned.

This is the same Palestinian Authority that has refused over the past five weeks to denounce the terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians, including an 80-year-old woman, a father and his son, and a couple who were murdered in front of their four children.

This position again exposes the hypocrisy and double talk of President Abbas and his Western-funded Palestinian Authority. By refusing to condemn the anti-Israeli terrorist attacks, President Abbas is giving his tacit approval for the murder of Jews. In fact, he is doing his utmost to support the terrorists and their families…

For the war on terrorism to succeed, France and the rest of the Western countries also need to fight those who are harboring terrorists, glorifying murderers, and to stop financing the practitioners of terrorism who now regard it as a big, cherished business.

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Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 7:26 AM  | Stand for Israel

No Justification for Extremist Violence

(Photo: wikicommons/ א.ינאי)

(Photo: wikicommons/ א.ינאי)

This week, even as the world mourns the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, there are those who are taking this occasion to once again show their anti-Israel hatred. Iran has blamed Israel, not ISIS, for the attacks. And, as we reported, Sweden’s Foreign Minister laid blame for the attacks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a sentiment echoed by a Dutch politician. Rabbi Eckstein has responded to the Swedish FM’s anti-Israel remarks:

Swedish FM Wallström’s offensive moral equivalence is not only baseless but it is outright hostile towards Israel, just as the country is reeling from a surge in Palestinian terrorism. There is absolutely no justification for extremist violence and bloodshed – whether it appears in France or Israel. To suggest otherwise is an affront to all victims of terror and sets a dangerous international precedent.

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 3:45 PM  | Stand for Israel

Jewish Teacher Stabbed by ISIS-Supporting Group in France

(Photo: flickr/dgmckelvey)

(Photo: flickr/dgmckelvey)

Even while France has declared outrage at last Friday’s terror attacks, the French Jewish community is still under attack. The Times of Israel reports that just today, a Jewish teacher was stabbed by ISIS supporters in Marseille:

A history teacher at a Jewish school in the southern French city of Marseille was stabbed by three people shouting anti-Semitic obscenities on Wednesday evening, the local police chief said…

One of the attackers was wearing a shirt with the Islamic State terror group logo, prosecutor Brice Robin told Reuters.

“The three people insulted, threatened and then stabbed their victim in the arm and leg. They were interrupted by the arrival of a car and fled,” Robin added.

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 3:36 PM  | Stand for Israel

Welcoming French Jews to Israel


Yesterday we told you about the first French-Jewish families that The Fellowship has helped make aliyah (immigrate to Israel) since last week’s horrific Paris terror attacks. Now watch and celebrate with us as these families are welcomed to their new home in the Holy Land!

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 11:23 AM  | Stand for Israel

Iran Claims Israel, Not ISIS Behind Paris Attacks

(Photo: wikicommons/sayyed shahab-o- din vajedi)

(Photo: wikicommons/sayyed shahab-o- din vajedi)

Iran just won’t quit. Even after world powers agreed to a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, it still insists on its hateful and wrongheaded rhetoric, the latest of which comes in the wake of the Paris terror attacks carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS). Arutz Sheva’s Ari Yashar reports that one of Iran’s top military leaders says Israel, not ISIS, was behind the horrific attacks:

“If we write the word Israel instead of ISIS, the behind the scene of the recent events in France will come into light,” he claimed as quoted by the Iranian paper.

“ISIS is the infantry unit of the US and the usurper Zionist regime…”

Naqdi wasn’t done, however, going on to accuse the West of trying to spread “Islamophobia,” apparently accusing the US of staging the attacks by Muslim terrorists to raise anger against Islam.

Ironically, the statements by the general of the leading state sponsor of terrorism do not fall far from recent remarks by European officials who also blamed Israel – more specifically “frustration” at Israel – for the ISIS attacks on French civilians.

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 10:17 AM  | Stand for Israel

Will the West Adopt Israel’s Anti-Terror Strategies?

(Photo: screenshot)

(Photo: screenshot)

In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, the Western world is reeling, trying to figure out how to stop the very real, very violent, and very evil threat that is ISIS and radical Islamist terrorism. This, of course, is the reality that Israel has been facing for years. The Times of Israel’s David Horovitz writes that the West must now face this same reality in its fight against terror:

As bombers and gunmen targeted our buses and our shopping malls and our hotels and our colleges and our restaurants, we did two things that France, the US and the rest of the free world will have to do if they want to defeat this latest, particularly despicable Islamist terror iteration: We learned how to reduce our vulnerability to terrorism, and we tackled the killers in their centers of operation. Short-sightedly, hypocritically, and abidingly, the international community, including most of the Western world, barely understood the need for the former strategy, and castigated us for the latter.

We made it harder for terrorists to kill us by doing what those CNN experts are saying is impossible: yes, protecting all our cafes, and restaurants, and shopping malls, and hotel entrances, and buses, and every other public place where our citizens gather, with barriers and metal detectors and security guards; all these years later, suicide bombers still can’t just walk into our theaters and concert halls. We bolstered our intelligence-gathering in the viciously hostile Palestinian territories, notably including the West Bank cities from which we had withdrawn years before in the vain quest for peaceful coexistence. And to the ongoing fury of misguided critics everywhere, we built a security barrier — a mix of fences and sections of wall — so that Palestinian suicide bombers could not just drive into Israel and blow us up. We became a nation of domestic security analysts, gauging where to shop and whether or not to take the bus as we sought to minimize our exposure to the killers. And we…

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 8:54 AM  | Stand for Israel

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