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July 29, 2021
Secret Iran Hacking Plans Against West Revealed - Deborah Haynes (Sky News-UK)
Classified documents from Iran, obtained by Sky News, reveal secret research into how a cyber attack could be used to sink a cargo ship or blow up a fuel pump at a petrol station.
The papers reveal a particular interest in Western countries, including the UK, France and the U.S.
A security source said the documents were compiled by a secret, offensive cyber unit called Shahid Kaveh, part of Iran's Revolutionary Guards cyber command.
The source said the work is evidence of efforts by Iran to collect intelligence on civilian infrastructure. "They are creating a target bank," said the source.
Former German Intelligence Chief: Return to Iran Deal a Mistake - Yonah Jeremy Bob (Jerusalem Post)
Former German BND foreign intelligence service chief August Hanning told the Jerusalem Post he opposes a return to the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran, saying, "The present Iranian regime is not really in favor of carrying out the necessary steps" to limit itself from developing a nuclear weapon.
"Iran's role in the region is not very positive," he said. "So long as the Iranians are carrying out this very ambitious missile program, and there is a very suspicious Iranian background of trying to get access to a nuclear device and nonconventional warheads, I will be very skeptical of the present negotiations with Iran."
Iran Hits New Covid Infection Record (AP)
Iran recorded over 34,900 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, as the country's outbreak spirals out of control. Health authorities recorded 357 fatalities on Tuesday, bringing the total death toll to 89,479 - the highest in the Middle East.
The government ordered a lockdown but, as with previous government measures, Tehran's malls and markets were busy and workers crowded offices and metro stations.
Now, health officials warn that hospitals in the capital are overwhelmed with breathless Covid patients too numerous to handle.
Many front-line medical workers have been vaccinated with Iran's locally-produced shots or the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine.
Syrian Doctor Indicted in Germany for Crimes Against Humanity - Christopher F. Schuetze (New York Times)
Alaa Mousa, a Syrian military doctor accused of torturing opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria a decade ago, was indicted on Wednesday on charges of crimes against humanity by the German federal prosecutor.
Mousa, a Syrian government official who sneaked into Germany along with more than a million refugees, killed at least one detainee with a lethal injection and tortured at least another 18, the Federal Prosecutor's Office said.
See also U.S. Sanctions Syrians Linked to Atrocities - Ian Talley (Wall Street Journal)
The U.S. Treasury Department levied sanctions on Wednesday against five senior Syrian security officials involved in the kidnapping, killing and torture of Syrians opposed to the regime.
U.S.: Position on Moroccan Sovereignty over Western Sahara Unchanged (AFP)
Joey Hood, U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, said in Rabat, Morocco, on Wednesday that "there is no change in the U.S. position," after the Trump administration recognized Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara in exchange for Rabat's normalization of relations with Israel.
Hood added, "What we're seeing now is a fantastic age of these normalization agreements with Israel, including by Morocco, that are going to give future generations much more hope and much more of a foundation to build upon."
Jordan Foiled ISIS Plot to Kill IDF Soldiers - Khaled Abu Toameh (Jerusalem Post)
Jordan thwarted an attempt by four Islamic State terrorists to kill IDF soldiers near the border with Israel in February, the Jordanian newspaper Al-Rai revealed Tuesday.
The ISIS terrorists planned the attack in the Ghor es-Safi area of the Jordan Valley, near the southern Dead Sea. They planned to first attack Jordanian soldiers near the border before reaching the IDF soldiers.
Israel Weighs Legal Options over Ben and Jerry's West Bank Boycott - Sharon Wrobel (Algemeiner)
Israel is examining the use of legal tools in Israel and abroad to sway Ben & Jerry's and Unilever to backtrack from a decision to stop selling ice cream in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.
"The boycott movement does not come to promote peace and coexistence, but rather represents an anti-Israel and in many cases anti-Semitic policy that has no place in the public discourse in the 21st century," said Noam Katz, Deputy Director General of Public Diplomacy at Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"Serve Ice Cream, Not Hate" Banner Flown over Ben and Jerry's HQ in Vermont - Haley Cohen (Jerusalem Post)
An airplane with a banner reading "Serve Ice Cream, Not Hate" circled over Ben & Jerry's headquarters in South Burlington, Vermont, on Friday as part of a campaign by the Israeli-American Council (IAC) to stop their boycott of part of the Israeli population.
IsraAID Sends Response Team to Germany after Floods - Naama Barak (Israel21c)
Following devastating floods in western Germany, Israeli humanitarian aid NGO IsraAID sent a response team to help with relief distribution, clean-up efforts, and psychological first aid.
Israeli Team in Philippines to Share "Best Practices" in Covid-19 Treatment - Bernadette E. Tamayo (Manila Times-Philippines)
A team of medical specialists from Israel arrived in Manila this week for a five-day mission to share their "best practices" in treating patients infected with Covid-19.
The delegation will share their current local clinical guidelines for Covid-19, infection control protocols, and hospital management.
PA Encouraging Olympians to Boycott Israel Is "Racist" - Lahav Harkov (Jerusalem Post)
Refusing to compete against Israelis due to their nationality, as Palestinian Olympic Committee chairman Jibril Rajoub encouraged Olympic athletes to do, is racist, Prime Minister's Office Spokesperson for Arab Media Ofir Gendelman said on Wednesday.
"The Olympic Games celebrate friendship and respect," Gendelman tweeted. "Not only [is] refusing to compete against someone because of his nationality un-Olympic, it's also racist."
As Global Demand for Microchips Surges, Tech Giants Expand Operations in Israel - Shoshanna Solomon (Times of Israel)
Multinational giants like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Intel and Nvidia are all setting up or expanding their chip design operations in Israel, driven by a shift toward digitalization compounded by a global shortage of chips.
Semiconductor chips are used for everything from phones and laptops to cars and cloud computing, making them the engine of the tech industry.
Israel's prowess is mostly in the design of chips, said David Perlmutter, a former senior executive at Intel.
"R&D development of a chip is likely the most complicated task in the world. The level of complexity is huge, and these are projects of hundreds of people who use computing tools to program them and giant computers to do simulations."
Former Israeli Intelligence Experts Are Revolutionizing Agriculture - Josh Hasten (JNS)
A group of former Israeli intelligence experts are revolutionizing the fruit-tree farming industry, utilizing drones, satellite imagery, and artificial intelligence.
Tel Aviv-based SeeTree has been retained by some of the world's biggest fruit-tree farmers to provide key information on each tree's health and productivity.
Until now, farmers were unable to obtain accurate information on their trees' health, how its crops were doing, whether or not the tree was receiving enough water and sunlight, and the amount of crop-protection pesticides needed.
Garry Schiff, a forester in the U.S. for three decades who serves as a consultant for SeeTree, explained:
"SeeTree's key to success is that they can see every tree in detail like no one else. Because they can see every tree, they can help the forest owner before small problems become big problems, such as insects and diseases or drought stress. They can see when the fruit is ready....This is a game-changer for foresters."
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