Israel cracked details of ISIS laptop bomb plans leaked by Trump

President Donald Trump is flanked by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office of the White House, May 10, 2017. (Russia Foreign Minister Press Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump is flanked by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office of the White House, May 10, 2017. (Russia Foreign Minister Press Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Israeli cyber-intelligence reportedly uncovered detailed Islamic State plans for bomb attacks aboard aircraft that led to the U.S. ban on laptops on flights from eight Muslim-majority nations.

The revelation appeared Monday in a New York Times article about the difficulties facing the United States in using cyber warfare to contain the influence of the terrorist group, which quickly regroups once Western intelligence agencies are able to disable its networks. [Read more…]

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Two U.S. men charged with finding Israeli and American targets for Hezbollah

(JTA) – Two men living in the U.S. have been charged for working for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

A release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan on Thursday said Ali Kourani, 32, and Samer El Debek, 37, were arrested on June 1 for providing material support to and receiving military training from the Lebanese militia, which is designated by the United States as a terrorist group. [Read more…]

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Pro-Israel event in London postponed over security fears

(JTA) – A pro-Israel event in London has been postponed due to security concerns in the wake of terror attacks in London and Manchester.

The Christians United for Israel (CUFI)’s annual “A Night to Honour Israel,” scheduled for June 22, in Westminster, London, was expected to draw more than 1,000 people. It was postponed on Monday and a new date was not announced. [Read more…]

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British chief rabbi urges countrymen to stay tolerant in face of London Bridge attack

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis speaking at a National Holocaust Memorial Day event in London, Jan. 26, 2017. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis speaking at a National Holocaust Memorial Day event in London, Jan. 26, 2017. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis speaking at a National Holocaust Memorial Day event in London, Jan. 26, 2017. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

(JTA) – British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis called on his countrymen to remain committed to the values of peace and tolerance in the wake of a terror attack in London that left at least seven people dead.

A white van rammed into pedestrians on London Bridge Saturday night. Three men reportedly exited the van and began stabbing the bystanders on the bridge and in Borough Market near the bridge. The attackers were shot and killed by police.

“In the wake of yet another attack, of more loss of life and of more families devastated by terror, every one of us will once again feel the now too familiar sense of horror and helplessness. After Westminster and Manchester we stood together defiant. Yet it seems the terrorists believe that where they have previously failed to poison our communities, with their destructive ideology of hatred and prejudice, they can succeed with still more bloodshed and murder. But we must not let them,” Mirvis said in a statement on his Facebook page.

“We will not be cowed or intimidated nor will we allow our commitment to the values of peace and tolerance to be diminished. In the face of every attack, however devastating, we must continue to cleave ever closer to these values because ultimately they are what will defeat the evil of terror,” he continued.

London Metropolitan Police have labelled the van and knife attacks “terrorist incidents.” The stabbers were wearing fake explosive vests, police said.

Eyewitnesses told the BBC the stabbers shouted, “This is for Allah,” as they attacked.

The head of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Gillian Merron, in a statement condemned the attack and praised the emergency services who came to the aid of the injured. “People of all faiths and none must come together to defeat this evil,” she said

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) expressed “horror and sadness” over the attack.

“Unfortunately, once again London has been hit at its very center by a barbarous and repugnant terrorist killing spree. This strike, timed for just before the general elections, was meant to cower and instill fear in a great democracy,” Moshe Kantor, president of the EJC, said in a statement.

“However, we saw the resilience of the British people last night and we know it will continue as the government and police will do its utmost to find those behind these slayings.”

It is the third terror attack in the United Kingdom in as many months. In March, a car ramming and knife attack in Westminster left five people dead, and two weeks ago a bombing outside of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killed 22 people, including young fans.

A benefit concert by Grande and several heavy-hitting music stars scheduled for Sunday night in Manchester will go on “with greater purpose. After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honor those lost, injured, and affected,” Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, said Sunday morning in a statement.

“We plan to honor them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear. Today’s One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose. We must not be afraid and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly.”

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Dutch national jailed in Ireland for praising ISIS, threatening to behead Jews

(JTA) – A Dutch national living in Ireland was sentenced to five years in jail after threatening his two French housemates, praising the Islamic State and saying he would behead Jews.

Shmael Heirouche, 40, was sentenced Wednesday in Cork Circuit Criminal Court after pleading guilty to a charge of threatening to kill or cause serious harm, the Irish Independent reported. [Read more…]

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Arrested cousin of Manchester bomber posted anti-Semitic messages on Facebook

(JTA) – A cousin of the Manchester bomber arrested last week in connection with the attack that left 22 dead posted anti-Semitic messages on social media.

Abderahman Forjani, 21, was arrested on May 23, hours after the suicide bomb attack by Salman Adedi outside the Manchester Arena at the end of a concert by American popstar Ariana Grande. His brother, Abdalla Forjani, also was arrested. [Read more…]

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Jewish, Muslim Manchester mourners have been friends for 10 years

A Muslim man and a Jewish woman mourning the victims of a suspected terror attack that left at least 22 dead in Manchester, May 24, 2017. (Screenshot from Twitter)
A Muslim man and a Jewish woman mourning the victims of a suspected terror attack that left at least 22 dead in Manchester, May 24, 2017. (Screenshot from Twitter)

A Muslim man and a Jewish woman mourning the victims of a suspected terror attack that left at least 22 dead in Manchester, May 24, 2017. (Screenshot from Twitter)

(JTA) – The elderly Jewish woman and Muslim man whose photo mourning together at a memorial to the victims of the Manchester attack went viral on social media say they have been good friends for over 10 years.

Renee Black, 93,  and Sadiq Patel, 46, from Blackburn, Lancashire, one of the most deprived and racially segregated areas in Britain, are both members of The Interfaith Forum, a voluntary group devoted to promoting harmony between different faiths and ethnic communities, the London-based Daily Mail reported. [Read more…]

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