ISRAEL: Terrorists Kill 2 Israelis

25 04 2008

Two Israelis were killed Friday morning when Palestinian terrorists opened fire at them in the Nitzane Shalom industrial complex near Tulkarm in the West Bank.Israel Defense Forces troops and police were at the scene and were searching for the shooters.

According to the preliminary investigation, at least one terrorist arrived at one of the factories in the complex and opened fire at the two.

The gunmen initially intended to infiltrate Israel but returned to the industrial complex after they were unable to penetrate the security barrier, Army Radio reported.

The two men, Shimon Mizrachi, 53, of Bat Hefer and Eli Wasserman, 51, of Alfei Menashe, were declared dead by a Magen David Adom team that was called to the area. They were security guards at one of the factories.

Wasserman’s funeral is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. at the cemetery in Netanya. He is survived by a wife and two children.

Itzik Mimran, an MDA paramedic, was one of the first to arrive on the scene.

“When we arrived, there were two casualties,” he told Channel 10. “One of the senior medics reported that one of the casualties was dead and that another was wounded. We immediately initiated advanced resuscitation, but sadly he died.”

The two had weapons on their person, Mimran said.

The Nitzane Shalom complex was built in 1995. It houses nine factories that provide jobs to many Palestinians from the West Bank.







Tree stump saves man from fall off cliff

25 04 2008

PATERSON — A man who fell 30 feet off Garret Mountain on Wednesday afternoon while talking to his friend would have plummeted much farther had a tree stump jutting from the mountainside not broken his fall, authorities said.

Josue Barbosa, 32, of Clifton was speaking with his girlfriend on a cellphone and walking along a ridgeline in the Garret Mountain Reservation when he fell from a medium-grade cliff. His friend heard a commotion over the phone and, sensing something was amiss, rushed from her Passaic home to the location where Barbosa always hung out, said Bill Maer, a spokesman for the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department.

When the friend arrived, she discovered Barbosa about 30 feet below the ridge, propped on a tree stump growing out of the mountainside. Had he not landed there, he would have fallen about 100 feet, Maer said.

First responders came to the rescue. Paterson firefighters tied up ropes and rappelled down the cliff to reach Barbosa, who was placed in a rescue basket. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. Barbosa’s condition was not known Wednesday night, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening, authorities said.

‘Tribal’ tension in Crown Heights keeps neighborhood from moving beyond hate

23 04 2008

Nearly 17 years after riots tore Crown Heights apart, the recent beating of a black college student by Jewish assailants has exposed rising tensions between blacks and Jews in my neighborhood.

Cops and city officials have quietly gone on high alert, worried that another riot could be in the works.

The troubles began on April 14, when Andrew Charles, a 20-year-old sophomore at Kingsborough Community College, says he and a friend encountered a pair of young Jewish men while walking down Albany Ave. about 6 p.m.

“One was on bike, one was on foot. They were staring at us, staring us down,” Charles told me. “We stared back. They approached us and asked if we had a problem.”

The man on the bike sprayed Charles with tear gas, and a few minutes later a contingent of Jewish men arrived by car and in scooters and began chasing them.

One man beat Charles on the back and arm with a nightstick, inflicting injuries that sent him to the hospital. The group fled, but not before a witness on the street got the license plate number.

In any other neighborhood, a staredown between young men, even one that turns into a beatdown, would barely count as major news.

But this is Crown Heights, where a smoldering pile of intergroup grievances and injustices – some real, many imaginary – set the stage for the shocking outburst of mob violence in August 1991.

According to a memo circulated by Mayor Bloomberg’s Community Assistance Unit, city officials immediately descended on Crown Heights last week to establish “contact with the [Charles] family before outside agitators could jump in and reach out to the family to create community turmoil.”

I don’t know which “outside agitators” the mayor’s people were afraid of, but community activist Taharka Robinson, founder of the Central Brooklyn Anti-Violence Coalition, is acting as Charles’ adviser. The family also has retained Paul Wooten, a well-known Brooklyn lawyer recently nominated for a Supreme Court judgeship.

Robinson and Wooten are reliable, levelheaded men. They will have their work cut out for them.

At the urging of city officials, a group of leaders from both communities will meet tomorrow – “before the Sean Bell verdict,” the Community Assistance Unit memo cautions – to figure out a way to dial down the tension.

In the neighborhood’s calculus of tribal resentments, the attack on Charles was the mirror image of a January incident in which a teenage yeshiva student named Samuel Balkany said five black kids jumped and beat him, shouting “little Jew boy, you think you own this neighborhood,” and such.

Despite a call from authorities for help in solving the case, nobody was arrested for the Balkany beating. Let enough of these tribal skirmishes accumulate, and you end up with a neighborhood ready to explode.

Last week, much to their credit, cops from the 71st Precinct and Patrol Borough Brooklyn South quickly began a full-court press to solve the latest beating, with an extra incentive supplied by the fact that Charles’ father, Moses Charles , is a cop in Brooklyn’s 70th Precinct.

The NYPD swiftly found the attackers’ car in East New York , stripped of plates but still traceable. At the car owner’s home, according to the Community Assistance Unit memo, cops arrested a man – believed to be the brother of the car’s owner – for interfering with government administration, and later released him.

All along the way, local politicians and community leaders – both black and Jewish – have been talking.

It’s a rotten shame that people in my neighborhood haven’t figured out how to live side by side, and an embarrassment that we have to rely on cops and nervous bureaucrats to keep the peace.

Nowhere in the city will you find more devout religious people than in Crown Heights, yet it has come to this – shortly after Easter and the Pope’s visit, and in the middle of the Jewish High Holy Days.

Can’t we all just get along? DailyNews

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Pennsylvania—- Hillary Clinton Wins Primary—- CNN

23 04 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton will win the Pennsylvania primary, CNN projects. Clinton earlier acknowledged her White House bid was on the line in the state. The win would allow her to pick up a majority of the 158 delegates at stake in Pennsylvania and make a small dent in Obama’s lead.

ISRAEL: Iran Accused of Smuggling Arms Into Gaza

22 04 2008

The Jerusalem Post ( has stepped up its efforts to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip by using floatable devices it drops in the waters off the Gaza coast to be picked up by Palestinian fisherman, senior defense officials have told The Jerusalem Post. Iran has stepped up its efforts to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip by using floatable devices it drops in the waters off the Gaza coast to be picked up by Palestinian fisherman, senior defense officials have told The Jerusalem Post.     According to defense officials, Iran is sending rockets and other advanced weaponry to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip by sea as well as via tunnels dug under the Philadelphi Corridor and connecting the Sinai peninsula with Rafah.   Officials said the navy is doing a fairly effective job in curbing the smuggling by sea, but there are some shipments Israeli forces did not intercept.   “They throw the weapons overboard in waterproof, sealed tubes, which then float into the Gaza waters and are picked up by fishermen,” one official said. “Sometimes navy boats intercept them, and sometimes they get through.”   In recent months, the Israel Defense Forces noticed an increase in Iranian-made weaponry in the Gaza Strip, including rockets and mortars. Terror groups in Gaza recently were equipped by Tehran with two types of mortar shells made in Iran: one 120mm with a range of 6.2 miles, like a Kassam rocket, and another with a range of 3.7 miles. Defense officials told the Post that in recent weeks thousands of mortars have been smuggled into Gaza. Officials in Jerusalem said some of the weaponry now in Gaza is far too large to have been smuggled through tunnels burrowed from Sinai into Gaza and that there was obviously an alternative route that was being used to smuggle weaponry into the area. In addition to providing weaponry, Iran is training Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists, who have used the periodic openings at the Rafah Crossing with Egypt, as well as the collapse of the border with Egypt in January, to travel to Iran and train there in terror and guerrilla warfare. Officials said the weapons could take several routes from Iran to Egypt. One possibility is that the weapons are taken by boat from Iran to Egypt and then are smuggled into Gaza through tunnels or thrown into the waters off the coast and near the border. Another possible route is that the weapons are transferred by Iran to Syria, and then to Lebanon, where Hezbollah ships them by boat to Egypt. A branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards called the Quds (Jerusalem) Force is believed to be responsible for overseas operations, such as training Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists and providing them with weapons. Meanwhile, a full closure was imposed on Gaza and the West Bank at midnight Thursday for the duration of Pesach. A terror infiltration into the Kerem Shalom Crossing into Gaza was thwarted Thursday by the IDF. Military sources said three armed terrorists were spotted on their way to the crossing, the main conduit for food and medical supplies transferred to Gaza, and were intercepted by a force from the Bedouin Desert Battalion that was stationed nearby. One terrorist was killed and another was wounded in an ensuing gunfight. The foiled infiltration followed heavy violence Wednesday when three IDF soldiers and close to 20 Palestinians were killed in clashes in Gaza. On Thursday, 10 rockets were fired into Israel, including a Grad-model Katyusha rocket that hit an open field south of Netivot. No one was injured in the attacks. Earlier in the day, two Islamic Jihad operatives were shot dead in the West Bank town of Kabatiya near Jenin. The IDF said troops surrounded a home in which the operatives were hiding and called on them to come out. The suspects refused and were killed in an ensuing exchange of fire.