Community Intelligence Brief: October 24, 2018

October 24, 2018

Intelligence Brief

Quote of the Day

“We very much want you to have a space, [but] you need to govern, you need to decide you want peace as well. We said the same thing to the Palestinians both in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip...We are very hopeful that one day the Palestinian people will have the same kinds of things, the same material, the same opportunities that the people of Israel have...A real economy, a real governance, all the things that we want for every citizen of the world.”

- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo while discussing peace between Israel and Palestinians and blocked aid to Palestinian Authority

U.S. Blocked $165M in Funding Due to Palestinian Incitement

The State Department recently denied a $165 million transfer of aid to the Palestinian Authority over its failure to adhere to the Taylor Force Act, a law that bars the government from continuing aid to the PA unless it ceases compensating terrorists and their families. In a recent announcement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he signed a memo denying the funds that would have been appropriated to the PA.

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Dutch Court to Decide Whether to Release Names of Holocaust War Criminals

A Dutch tribunal will soon be deciding whether to release the names of Holocaust-era war criminals whose identity is currently shielded by privacy laws. This comes after a petition was filed earlier this month by activists regarding files on war criminals that are inaccessible to the public at the National Archives of the Netherlands. Simon Wiesenthal Center's Efraim Zuroff said it "may be the last opportunity to expose" war criminals living in the Netherlands.

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Code Red Alert Sounded in Gaza Border Communities

A Red Code Alert sounded across the Eshkol and Merhavin Regional Councils in Israel late Wednesday evening. At least one rocket exploded in an open area. No casualties have been reported.

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MPs Approve Motion Calling for Government Strategy on Returning ISIS Members

MPs approved a motion last night that calls on the Liberal government to put forward a plan within 45 days for bringing Canadians who fought with ISIS to justice. The motion passed following a 280-1 vote. Conservatives are urging the government to look into legal reforms to ensure courts have access to evidence against terror suspects and support initiatives proposing cutting off returning terrorist group members from provincial social programs. So far two terror suspects have been convicted after returning to Canada, while two more are awaiting trial.

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Palestinian Forces Routinely Arresting and Torturing Critics

According to a 149-page report published by Human Rights Watch on Tuesday, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas routinely arrest and torture peaceful critics and opponents as a way to "crush dissent." The report is based on interviews with 147 witnesses, including ex-detainees and their relatives, and reviewed photographic and video evidence, medical reports and court documents.  

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Antisemitism Tops List of Discrimination Complaints in Buenos Aires

Attacks against the Jewish community in Buenos Aires made up 24% of 215 discrimination complaints in 2017, making antisemitism the main reason for discrimination complaints received by the Buenos Aires City Prosecutor's Office. Only 2% accused of antisemitism were sentenced by the court, while some 70% were archived and closed mostly due to lack of evidence.

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Neo-Nazis Chatted About Joining Canadian Military Reserves, Report Says

According to a new report, neo-Nazis chatted about joining Canada's military reserves to gain access to combat training. Posts were obtained by VICE Canada from a neo-Nazi online chatroom, suggesting that several Canadian extremists had either joined or made plans to join the Canadian Armed Forces reserves.

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Pipe Bombs Sent to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and CNN Offices

Several prominent Democrats - including former president Barack Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton - as well as CNN received pipe bombs in the mail today. An investigation is underway into whether a bomber is going after political figures vilified by the right wing.

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From the Arab World

A delegation of senior Egyptian intelligence officials arrived in Gaza today to meet with Hamas's political chief, Ismail Haniyeh. This was the second meeting within a week between the two sides as Egypt continues efforts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and the terrorist group.

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