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February 3, 2022
Russian Jamming System in Syria Said to Cause Interference with Flights to Israel (Times of Israel)
Planes flying into Israel are experiencing navigation problems due to a signal jamming system installed by Russia in Syria, Israel's Channel 11 reported Monday.
In 2019, Israeli civil air authorities complained publicly of similar Russian interference.
UAE Seeking Advanced Radar for Missile Detection - Arie Egozi (Breaking Defense)
The UAE has reached out to the Israeli Ministry of Defense to discuss receiving advanced Israeli radar as the Gulf nation deals with another week of missile strikes from Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The Green Pine radar, produced by Elta, the electronics subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, can detect and simultaneously track dozens of missiles from long ranges under all weather conditions.
Iran Stops Production at Sabotaged Nuclear Facility - Francois Murphy (Reuters)
Iran has moved production of parts for advanced centrifuges out of the TESA Karaj complex after an apparent sabotage attack there in June, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday.
IAEA inspectors installed surveillance cameras at a workshop in Isfahan on Jan. 24, but "the production of centrifuge rotor tubes and bellows at this new workshop had yet to commence," the IAEA said.
Iranian Wrestler Barred from U.S. after Calling for "Death to America" - Benjamin Weinthal (Jerusalem Post)
The U.S. barred entry to the head of Iran's national wrestling federation, Alireza Dabir, who called for "Death to America" with violence.
The U.S. and Iranian national wrestling teams are to meet on Feb. 12 in Arlington, Texas.
Iran's Fars News reported Tuesday that Dabir, a wrestling coach, and a wrestler were not granted visas by the U.S. State Department.
Iran's War on Its Own Athletes - Tess Rosenberg (U.S. Institute of Peace)
Since the 1979 revolution, the Iranian government has harassed, jailed, tortured and executed dozens of athletes - including world champions and Olympians - for criticizing the regime.
Dozens more have chosen exile after being mistreated by authorities based on their ethnicity, gender, religion, or political views.
At the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, 5 of the 29 athletes on the IOC refugee team were Iranian.
UN: Taliban Have Killed Scores of Former Afghan Officials (Reuters)
A report by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to the Security Council says the Taliban and its allies are believed to have killed more than 100 former Afghan officials, security force members and people who worked with the international military contingent since the U.S.-led pullout in August, despite a general amnesty announced by the Taliban.
54 Palestinian Terror Attacks in Israel in 2021 (JNS)
There were 54 Palestinian terror attacks in Israel in 2021, the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center reported Wednesday.
There were 40 attacks in 2020, 34 in 2019 and 55 in 2018.
Three Israeli civilians were murdered in attacks during 2021, with 34 injured. Twenty of the attacks occurred in greater Jerusalem.
There were 30 knife attacks, 12 shootings, and 8 vehicle-ramming attacks.
In addition, there were 1,700 rock-throwing incidents and 350 firebombings in 2021.
Israel Joins U.S.-Led Naval Exercise in Red Sea - Judah Ari Gross (Times of Israel)
More than 9,000 people from 60 militaries will take part in the American-led, three-week International Maritime Exercise which kicked off on Monday.
"The Missile Ship Flotilla and the Underwater Missions Unit will train with the American 5th Fleet in the area of the Red Sea, as part of the overall exercise," the IDF said.
This will be Israel's first time participating in this drill.
See also Israel Part of Naval Exercise with Saudi Arabia, Oman (Al-Monitor)
Israel Donates Half Million Syringes for Covid-19 Vaccines to Nepal (Katmandu Post-Nepal)
563,000 syringes to support immunization efforts in Nepal were handed to representatives of the Health Ministry on Tuesday by Hanan Goder, Ambassador of Israel to Nepal. Earlier, Nepal had put the vaccination drive on hold due to a shortage of syringes.
Israel previously sent supplies to support Nepal in its fight against Covid-19 in June and July 2020 and in May 2021.
Israel Sends Food Aid to Tonga after Volcano and Tsunami (Scoop-New Zealand)
On Jan. 31, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs donated a substantial amount of food aid to the children of Tonga, impacted by the devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami on Jan. 15.
Israel's Global Coronavirus Efforts - Daniel Meron (Jerusalem Post)
The Israeli Foreign Ministry Agency for International Cooperation (MASHAV) is in the midst of its Better Together initiative, which has seen assistance packages containing personal protective equipment (PPE) gear, syringes, medications, and more sent to medical staff in 52 countries, including Kenya, Peru and Bulgaria.
MASHAV has brought medical staff and administrators from Tanzania, Rwanda, Guatemala, and many others to Israel for world-class seminars and lectures.
Israeli NGO IsraAID just finished a six-month project in Eswatini (Swaziland) in southern Africa, where an Israeli team set up and managed an operations center for distributing vaccines, training medical staff and more.
The writer is a Covid-19 project manager at the Israel Foreign Ministry.
Oxfam Stops Funding Palestinian NGO Three Years after Being Warned about Terror Links - Felix Pope (Jewish Chronicle-UK)
The British-founded charity Oxfam has finally stopped handing over millions of euros to the Palestinian NGO Union of Agricultural Work Committees after a 300,000 euro payment in November 2021 - three years after being warned about its terror links by the advocacy group UK Lawyers for Israel.
The UAWC has received over two million euros from Oxfam since 2017.
Investigators from Proximities Risk Consultancy, commissioned by the Dutch government to probe UAWC, said the terrorist connections involved 34 people between 2007 and 2020.
28 UAWC board members had links to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and, for a period, 12 had leading positions in the UAWC and the PFLP simultaneously.
University of Arizona Took a Meaningful Stand for Jewish Students. Others Should, Too - Alma Hernandez (AZCentral)
The University of Arizona's Center for Middle Eastern Studies demonstrated real leadership in protecting its Jewish community and supporting free academic exchange by ending its membership in the problematic Middle East Studies Association (MESA).
Last month MESA advanced a BDS resolution against Israel, ignoring the fact that Israeli colleges and universities are the most diverse in the Middle East.
Jews, Muslims and Christians study and teach together in a collaborative environment that would be unimaginable in most neighboring countries.
The writer is a Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives.
Hizbullah's Religious Cleansing of Lebanon - Alberto M. Fernandez (MEMRI)
In Lebanon there is a silent, slow-motion ethnic cleansing happening, driven by the economic crisis and benefitting Hizbullah.
As Lebanon's best and brightest flee, desperate people who have had their savings wiped out find that the only thing they can sell to finance their flight is their property.
Lebanese tell me of families selling their property to other Christians or other Sunnis only to find out that these were middlemen acting for Shia, Hizbullah-connected interests.
Other times the buyers are supposedly from Gulf states but in the end also turn out to be Hizbullah-connected.
The new Lebanon that Hizbullah is building will be more homogenous. It will have less Christians, Sunnis, and Druze, but also fewer Lebanese Shia that are willing to stand up to the Nasrallah regime.
Hizbullah-controlled Lebanon - a reality that is almost complete - will serve as safe haven, training ground, and university for the terror and insurgent groups of tomorrow, especially ones targeting countries with a local Shia population like Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
The writer is Vice President of MEMRI.
Israeli Startups Raised $2.1 Billion in January (Globes)
Israeli startups raised $2.1 billion in January 2022, keeping pace with 2021's record year when startups raised $25.6 billion.
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The Campaign to Weaken Iran Has Begun - Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (Prime Minister's Office)
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv on Tuesday:
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