Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

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Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
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DAILY ALERT Wednesday,
January 30, 2008

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Muslim "Charity Worker" Planned to Kidnap British Muslim Soldier and Behead Him - John F. Burns (New York Times)
Parviz Khan, 37, from Birmingham, England, has pleaded guilty to plotting to behead a British soldier.
Khan, who described himself as a Muslim charity worker, was heard in covert recordings made by Britain's security services outlining a plan to kidnap a soldier from Birmingham's nightclub district and have him beheaded.
Prosecutor Nigel Rumfitt said Khan planned to videotape the killing and release the tape "to cause panic and fear within the British armed forces and wider public."
Three other men, all Muslims, have admitted offenses in the case. Khan was said to have shown the other men videos of terrorist beheadings in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Egypt's Hard Choices on the Gaza Border Debacle - Zvi Mazel (Jerusalem Post)
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has issued strict orders to his security services to closely monitor the stream of Palestinians coming into Egypt, who must on no account be allowed to cross the Suez Canal and reach the mainland.
Hamas terrorists must be prevented from making contact with Sinai Bedouin hostile to the regime and must also be prevented from crossing back into Israel from Sinai to carry out terror attacks.


UN Envoy: Women in Gaza Feel Coerced to Cover Their Heads - Barak Ravid (Ha'aretz)
The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Asma Jahangir, says women in Gaza have recently felt coerced into covering their heads, while Christians there have faced rising intolerance.
"Women seem to be in a particularly vulnerable situation and bear the brunt of religious zeal. I was informed about cases of honor killings carried out with impunity in the name of religion," she said.
She faintly praised Israel, saying: "During my talks with members of religious minorities in Israel, my interlocutors have by and large acknowledged that there is no religious persecution by the state."
"Within the Israeli democracy, I would like to emphasize the important role that the Supreme Court has played in the past and can play for safeguarding freedom of religion or belief."


Advanced Israeli Battlefield Management System for Netherlands Army (Defense News)
Elbit Systems of Israel will supply Enhanced Tactical Computers to the Royal Netherlands Army's (RNLA) Ground Forces.
The systems, to be installed in more than 1,800 vehicles, including tanks and armored vehicles, will provide an integrated and actual view of the situation in the operation area, improving operational effectiveness of the forces.

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Egypt-Hamas Tensions Rise Over Border - Salah Nasrawi
Egyptian state-owned newspapers were filled with harsh criticism of Hamas, blaming it for violating Egypt's border and undermining its security. One newspaper, Rose El Youssef, contended that Hamas had used the breach to smuggle weapons and explosive-laden suicide belts into Egypt. (AP/Washington Post)
See also Report: Egypt Thwarts Suicide Terror Attack Against Israel - Yoav Stern
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