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January 4, 2010

A7News: Passenger Behavior Key to Catching Airline Terrorists

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  1. ‘Passenger Behavior’ Key to Catching Airline Terrorists
  2. Ben-Ari Claims: Likud MKs Perpetuate Left Leaning Court
  3. Midnight Trauma: Police Expel ‘Settlers,’ Wreck Home Second Time
  4. New! Book Review Section on Arutz Sheva
  5. Zambian Presidential Candidate: Israel has the Right to Defense
  6. Israeli Court: No PA Justice in ‘Peace House’ Case
  7. Iran Kicks Out Soccer Official for E-Mail to Israel
  8. Knesset ‘Downgrades’ Barak, Charges him for 1st Class Upgrade

1. ‘Passenger Behavior’ Key to Catching Airline Terrorists

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

While the United States and other countries beef up airport searches for terrorists, an Israeli expert advises that eying passenger behavior is critical for preventing attacks.

Rafi Sela, a security consultant at Ben Gurion International Airport, explained to the Canadian news agency Canwest, "If you have a suicide bomber or somebody who wants to make an impact, he doesn’t have to bring down a plane. He can just explode in the middle of this huge crowd that is waiting for security."

Sela’s advice was given shortly after the United States announced stricter inspections following last month’s failed bombing of an Amsterdam-Detroit flight. Passengers overcame the terrorist, who had put together an explosive device on board. Following the incident, Amsterdam officials hastily installed expensive scanning equipment.

Airlines and other companies around the world have frequently studied Israel’s airport and airline security to learn how to combat terrorists. The United States often has been charged by minority groups with “profiling,” but Sela criticized security procedures that check everyone equally, regardless of whether he is a potential threat or a tourist who is among the majority of harmless travelers.

"You have to actually look for the things that are dangerous, and not just scan everybody," he advises. “This calls for a total change in approach to the transportation security issue."

Sela said that direct eye contact by security officials can help them spot abnormal behavior. Using such procedures probably would have stopped last month’s bomb maker if he had tried to board the plane in Israel – although no system is failsafe, Sela added.

He also noted that the security warnings that the U.S. State Department received on the terrorist would have red-flagged him at Ben Gurion Airport.

The United States has announced it is increasing body scans and physical inspections for all passengers from 14 countries that are considered prone to terror. They are Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen.

The Transportation Security Administration said that the "majority” of all other passengers, including American citizens, will undergo stricter security searches.

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2. Ben-Ari Claims: Likud MKs Perpetuate Left Leaning Court

by Hillel Fendel

The ministerial committee for legislation turned down a proposal on Sunday to increase the number of Supreme Court justices from 15 to 18. The vote was 10 against and six in favor. The bill had been sponsored by two nationalist-camp Knesset Members.

MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union), who co-sponsored the bill with MK Yariv Levine (Likud), lashed out at two Likud members who opposed the bill in the committee: Education Minister Gideon Saar and Justice Minister Yaakov Ne’eman.

Ne’eman had threatened to resign if the bill was accepted.

"Saar and Ne’eman acted as the long arm of [Chief Justice] Dorit Beinisch in the committee," Ben-Ari said after the vote. Beinisch was known to have opposed the bill. "Today we saw… those who received the votes of the nationalist camp voters enable the left to perpetuate its hold on the Supreme Court."

Proponents of the bill said it would ease the crowded court schedule and enable faster service to those waiting for judicial redress, and would enable judges qualified in specific fields to deal with cases having to do with their expertise. But the most significant objective of the bill, according to its sponsors, was to help achieve a more politically balanced Supreme Court. With four justices scheduled to retire in the coming two years, passage of the bill would have led to seven new justices on the Supreme Court in the relatively short time of two years.

"The small number of justices on the Supreme Court gives the Beinisch group complete control over the critical decisions that affect the fate of the State of Israel," Ben-Ari said when he introduced his bill. "Expanding this number will provide an opening for the entry of judges whose world view sees the State of Israel as a Jewish state, and who know how to differentiate between friend and enemy."

The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel similarly voiced criticism of Saar and Ne’eman: "Their opposition to this bill is very strange, and it appears that they were not motivated by the good of the legal system. Whoever opposes an increase in the number of judges harms the ‘average citizen’ waiting for his case to be heard in the Supreme Court for months and years… Similarly, the judges are less representative of the public if there are less of them. The Justice Minister should have brought this proposal on his own, and his nay vote is not a credit to him."

Science Minister Daniel Herskovitz (Jewish Home) and Environment Minister Gideon Erdan (Likud) were among those who voted in favor.

Saar said he was among those who supported an increase in the number of judges from 12 to 15 a few years ago, and that "there is no logic" in making another change so soon. Others who voted against said that too many judges on the Supreme Court would lead to its "politicization."

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3. Midnight Trauma: Police Expel ‘Settlers,’ Wreck Home Second Time

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Police swarmed down on the Ben-David family home in Negohot, in southern Judea, in the wee hours of Monday morning, forced out the parents and six small children, and wrecked their home for the second time in several weeks.

"They cut the electricity and told us to move out,” Yehudit Ben-David told Israel National News. She said that she asked for a flashlight in order to wake up the children and dress them for the cold nighttime temperatures. Instead, the police barged in and began moving the little furniture that was in the wooden home before a bulldozer, belonging to an Arab, leveled the home – as well as two others.

The Ben-Davids, a founding family of Negohot, had built the small wooden home in the same place where police destroyed their former home, which was built with their life-savings. They began moving into their new home several days ago.

Yehudit explained that her family returned to the same site to rebuild, despite fears that police would demolish it, because the land, where they tend a vineyard, belongs to Jews. Two other wooden buildings, one belonging to another family, and a tent also were demolished .

Photo: Demolition of Ben-David’s first home Guards had been placed at the site to prevent thefts from Arab neighbors, but Negohot spokesman Nehemiah Krakower said that “as soon as someone was not looking, the Arabs stole everything that was moveable.” He noted the police have not investigated any of the thefts and did not arrive at the community except to expel Jewish residents and tear down the homes.

National Union Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad commented, “Defense Minister [Ehud Barak], who lives in his lofty penthouse, apparently has no moral problem with ordering the police to expel a family with six children from their home in the name of the law.”

He emphasized that an illegal foreign worker recently was discovered working in Barak’s home and that he has used government money to stay at expensive hotels in Paris that cost more than $1,000 a night. “Barak has nothing to teach the people of Israel about upholding the law,” according to MK Eldad. "When accounts are settled we will remember his despicable actions at Negohot.”

Nadia Matar, of the Women in Green movement, said the demolition and expulsion "will not break our spirits" and that she is establishing a new fund to help rebuiild the Ben David’s home.

Danger on the Road
Negohot residents face the danger of terrorist attacks this week when the government is expected to open the main road connecting the community with the Lachish area, located to the north and between Be’er Sheva and Beit Shemesh. The court ordered the road to be opened to Arabs in a ruling similar to last week’s decision that Palestinian Authority Arabs be allowed to use Highway 443, between Jerusalem and Modiin, despite a series of terrorist attacks.

Last month, Arab threw a Molotov cocktail at an Egged public bus traveling from Negohot, causing burn wounds to a National Service (Sherut Leumi) girl who works with children.

Yehudit Ben-David said that Egged has canceled bus service to the community. “This is their Zionist response,” she said. The government subsidizes bus service to many towns in Judea and Samaria.

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4. New! Book Review Section on Arutz Sheva

by Tzvi Barish

Arutz Sheva recently inaugurated a new Book Review section on its website that will benefit those who already are avid book readers and will grab the interest of those who are not yet enthusiastic book lovers.

The book section, although still fledgling, already boasts a variety of books. Each week, several new books will be reviewed. The most recent title to be reviewed appears on the homepage, and the complete selection of titles can be accessed through an attractive section page.

The latest book is showcased on the homepage

The complete selection of books can be access from the main menu

Arutz Sheva will strive to provide a wide selection of different titles to meet the needs and interests of its worldwide readership – from books on basic Judaism to Torah study, from children’s books to novels, and from cookbooks to guides to self-improvement.

Some of the titles reviewed so far include entertaining books, such as the mystery novel "The Disappearing Dowry", set in the early 1800s and centered around the disappearance of a young woman’s dowry and a wealthy benefactor’s quest to return it.

"Real Kids 2" captivates vignettes from the lives of kids from around the world. Every story relates a specific event or encounter that had a meaningful impact on a young person’s life.

"The Quest for Justice in the Middle East" describes the basics of the Arab-Israeli conflict for those being bombarded daily with news and misinformation coming out of this important region.

Torah Town is a well-illustrated, guided tour of a variety of Torah institutions, Jewish concepts, values, ideas and ideals in an interesting and entertaining fashion.

Reviews will provide readers with an interesting preview of the book without devulging all the details, which would spoil the fun of reading, especially when the book has a happy end.

In recent years, Internet and TV have taken up the lion’s share of people’s free time while books have been relegated the back seat. Reading can be such a relaxing, engaging, and educational experience and Arutz Sheva’s book review section hopes to revive and strengthen the reading of books.

Visit the Book Reviews main page

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5. Zambian Presidential Candidate: Israel has the Right to Defense

by Yoni Kempinski

Dr. Saviour Chisimba, the presidential candidate for the 2011 elections in Zambia, participated in the "Sderot Rally for Peace" and expressed his support for Israel in its war against terror. In the following video, Chisimba tells Arutz Sheva TV that he is against anti-Israel reports and in favor of the IDF’s activity against Arab terror.

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6. Israeli Court: No PA Justice in ‘Peace House’ Case

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

A district court has ruled that the Palestinian Authority judicial system cannot be trusted to decide fairly who owns the Peace House in Hevron, where police expelled the Jewish residents a little more than a year ago. The Peace House was ordered to be emptied until lower courts decide who is the rightful owner of the property.

Judge Yitzchak Avner noted that the PA law that imposes the death sentence on an Arab who sells land to a Jew precludes a fair hearing in its courts. Tal Investments, representing the Jew who paid cash for the multi-story building on the road between Kiryat Arba and the Patriarchs’ Cave in Hevron, had asked the court to rule against Arab interests who wanted the case to be heard in PA courts.

Attorneys for the Jew who says he purchased the building have provided filmed evidence of the transfer of money, but the Arab who is said to have sold it claims the evidence was forged. He faces a death penalty at the hands of the PA if the sale is verified.

Judge Avner noted that the death sentence precludes a fair hearing in the PA courts. He wrote, “Even if I suppose that the PA court in Hevron has authority in this case, it is not practical” in this case, commenting that Israelis are not allowed to enter Arab areas of Hevron.

Referring to the PA law against selling land to Israelis, he stated that if it is disclosed that the transfer of property was done through Arab intermediaries whose identities become known, a fair ruling “is very doubtful” because of the threat of a death penalty.

He also said that the alleged Arab sellers previously have depended on the Israeli judicial system. The Arab petitioners who asked for the case to be handed over to the PA courts were ordered to pay 10,000 shekels ($2,600) in court costs.

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7. Iran Kicks Out Soccer Official for E-Mail to Israel

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

The president of the Iran Football Federation (IFF), Ali Kaffashian, has apologized to the Iranian people for an e-mail New Year greeting that was accidentally sent to Israel’s football federation.

The e-mail is sent every year to members of the worldwide FIFA soccer organization, but this time around, someone forgot to delete the "Zionist regime," as Iran calls Israel, from the list of recipients. The oversight ended up with the IFF’s booting out Mohammad-Mansour Azimzadeh Ardebili, Director of IFF foreign relations’ office.

Officials in Iran claimed that the e-mail reached FIFA employee Amir Navan, an "Israeli of Iranian origin," who forwarded it to the Israel association, but Ali Ardebili admitted that the message was sent to all FIFA members and that he forgot to delete Israel.

He sent the letter to all football unions around the world and said the e-mail to the Israel Football Association was a mistake. The Israeli group responded, "We thank you for you Happy New Year greeting and wish all of the good people in Iran a happy new year.” A “wink” was added in the return e-mail.

Iran previously has revolted at the idea of having anything to do with Israeli athletes. At the 2008 Olympics in China, the Iranian regime ordered its swimmer to pull out of a race rather than swim in the same pool in which an Israeli swimmer was competing.

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8. Knesset ‘Downgrades’ Barak, Charges him for 1st Class Upgrade

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

The Knesset Ethics Committee has ordered Defense Minister Ehud Barak to pay out of his own pocket for having upgraded his and his wife’s seats on a Tel Aviv-New York flight last year from business to first class at the taxpayer’s expense.

National Union Knesset Member Uri Ariel had complained to the committee that Barak acted improperly. Following the Ethic Committee’s decision, MK Ariel commented, “This is not the first time and probably not the last time that Ehud Barak displays himself as being someone who loves life’s luxuries.”

The committee took no punitive action against the Defense Minister because it said he acted in good faith without intention of defrauding taxpayers. Barak argued that he thought he and his wife were entitled to the upgrade because he is a former prime minister.

Photo: Ehud Barak Barak’ spending habits have included $1,000-a-night hotels in a luxury Paris hotel and expenditures of more than one million shekels ($260,000) in public funds for business class seats and first-class hotels for an entourage of 34 people at the Paris Air Show.

State Comptroller and Ombudsman Micha Lindenstrauss investigated the outlays and charged the Defense Minister, who is also chairman of the Labor Party, with wasting taxpayers’ money. Barak responded that he was not personally responsible for the expenditures, which were authorized by his ministry. He promised to institute procedures to prevent further expenditures that are beyond the norm.

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