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November 11, 2021
Hizbullah-Iran Plot Against Israelis in Cyprus Revealed (Globes)
Cypriot police on Sunday reported that six members of Hizbullah and Shi'ite organizations were being charged with planning a terror attack against five Israeli businesspeople in Cyprus on behalf of Iran.
The group was headed by Orkan Asadov, 38, an Azari citizen, who was arrested in the parking lot of a swimming pool in Nicosia with a gun in his hand.
He was found to be using five names and had four Russian passports and various driving licenses. On his phone was the insignia of Hizbullah.
Asadov was working with a Pakistani who was arrested in Paphos. Three others arrested are Pakistani Shi'ites living in Iran with Cypriot-Lebanese citizenship.
Report: Chief IRGC General in Syria Shunned by Assad (Maariv-Jerusalem Post-Times of Israel)
Syrian President Bashar Assad has shunned the commander of Iranian forces in Syria, Javad Ghaffari, Al-Arabiya reported Wednesday.
Sources in the presidential palace said Ghaffari had been dealing with the smuggling of goods and the establishment of a black weapons market that could compete with the Syrian market.
In addition, the Saudi news channel Al-Hadath reported that the Syrians blamed the Iranians for taking advantage of Syria's natural and economic resources for its own gain and for evading tax payments to the Syrian regime.
It also revealed that Ghaffari had stationed Iranian forces in places that were not approved of by Syria and conducted a number of attacks against the U.S. and Israel against the regime's guidelines, including the drone attack on the U.S. base at At-Tanf in southeastern Syria on Oct. 20 by Iranian-supported militias.
Iranian Arms Smuggled from Yemen into Somalia - Katharine Houreld (Reuters)
Guns supplied by Iran to its Houthi allies in Yemen are being smuggled across the Gulf of Aden to Somalia, according to the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, a Geneva-based think tank.
Based on data from more than 400 weapons documented in 13 locations across Somalia, "a preponderance of evidence points to Iranian state supply," said the study published on Wednesday.
Israel Sends Covid-19 Assistance to Romania - Brian Blum (Israel21c)
Israel this week sent a medical team and 40 oxygen concentrators to Romania, which is facing its worst wave of Covid-19 infections since the pandemic started.
Moroccan Airline to Launch Tel Aviv-Casablanca Flights (AFP)
Morocco's national carrier Royal Air Maroc said Tuesday it would start regular direct flights linking Casablanca and Tel Aviv on Dec. 12.
Claims of Israel Bulldozing Palestinian Graves Are Libel - Emily Schrader (Jerusalem Post)
Palestinian social media would like you to believe that Israel is bulldozing Palestinian graves in Jerusalem in order to build a theme park.
The Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA claimed that "dozens" of bodies had been dug up by Israel.
The reality is that no Israeli forces are bulldozing anything; there were construction workers doing landscaping work for an archaeological park, but no graves have been desecrated or moved and no drilling, demolition or excavation is occurring.
How Fares the New Palestinian City of Rawabi? - Ari Flanzraich (Ha'aretz)
Rawabi markets itself as the first new Palestinian city in modern times, situated 35 minutes north of Ramallah. Construction began in 2010, financed initially by Palestinian-American entrepreneur Bashar Masri and aided by substantial Qatari funds.
To date, 1,600 housing units have been built, with work underway on an additional 400, while the master plan is for 6,000 units.
Rawabi has gained popularity among wealthier Palestinians and has also attracted Israeli Arabs. It's current population is 5,000, of whom 70% consider the city their permanent home. A municipal official described the other 30% as "weekend/ vacation" visitors.
Amal, 46, a resident of the Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm, said his brother was among the first to buy a property there. "I thought there would be people living there. They are selling lots of apartments, but no one is living there: you pass through in the evening and the place is empty."
Amal says, "The simpler villagers of the West Bank see Rawabi as something alien and ill-fitting."
The central commercial strip is usually bustling late into the night, while the outer residential areas feel like a ghost town, with few cars and little movement.
Irish Cultural Boycott of Israel Feeds Anti-Semitism - Oliver Sears (Irish Times)
Unfortunately, support for the cultural boycott of Israel in Ireland, especially among some writers, musicians and artists, has grave and unintended consequences that I suspect are little understood by those whose intentions may be well-meaning.
The reality is that every time a high-profile individual embraces the cultural boycott of Israel, incidents of anti-Semitism increase in every form, everywhere.
It is bewildering to witness the haranguing by some Irish politicians of successive Israeli ambassadors while these same representatives refuse to condemn some of the world's worst offenders of human rights with anything like the same vigor. Some are even embraced.
The absence of any expression of genuine empathy for the suffering of Israelis or Jews is telling.
Ford Taps Israel's Watergen for In-Vehicle Drinking Water - Ricky Ben-David (Times of Israel)
U.S. carmaker Ford is partnering with Israeli water-from-air company Watergen to offer built-in drinking water in its recreational vehicles.
The Watergen Mobile Box, which buyers can have installed in new Ford Ranger vehicles, can make up to 20 liters of fresh drinking water a day.
Watergen said, "The ability to produce clean drinking water without relying on an external water source is a gamechanger for those who seek off-grid adventure."
Israel's Elbit to Provide Royal Navy with Electronic Warfare Systems (Xinhua-China)
Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems announced on Tuesday that it signed a $100 million, 13-year contract to provide electronic warfare (EW) systems to Britain's Royal Navy.
"These latest generation technologies will enhance the situational awareness and anti-ship missile defense of front-line platforms," Elbit said.
On Monday, Elbit announced it had signed an $88 million deal to provide and operate training aircraft for Britain's Royal Air Force.
Elbit to Bring 300 Jobs to South Carolina - Joseph Bustos (The Herald-Rock Hill, SC)
Elbit Systems of America plans to open a new facility in North Charleston to assemble automatic self-propelled howitzer guns for the Israel Defense Forces that will bring 300 jobs to Charleston County next year.
The company identified 280 suppliers in South Carolina that can provide materials and services in that effort.
"Establishing this facility is part of a strategy to increase Elbit Systems' engineering and manufacturing capabilities in the U.S. and contribute to strengthening America's defense industrial base," with future efforts to include supplying the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, said Elbit Systems CEO Raanan Horowitz.
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