Turkey busts ‘Mossad espionage network’, arrests 15 men for spying on Palestinians & foreign students – reports — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/538101-turkey-busts-mossad-espionage-network/

Turkey’s intelligence agency reportedly cracked a Mossad spy
ring in an operation earlier this month, exposing five cells and
arresting 15 men suspected of conducting covert activities on foreign
students and Palestinians.
After tracking the network
for over a year, the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) shared
the information with counter-terrorism forces. According to the Sabah
daily newspaper, a 200-strong team raided the cells in a secret
operation across four provinces on October 7.

The Turkish
newspaper reported that the arrested men had been instructed to gather
information on foreign students, particularly Palestinians, enrolled in
Turkish universities – with an eye on those thought to have a future in
the defense industry. The spies were also allegedly tasked with looking
into a number of other unspecified associations and organizations that
hosted Palestinians in Turkey.

The network apparently used this
information to put together profiles on individuals, which were then
relayed to Mossad officials through end-to-end encryption programs like
ProtonMail and SafeUM – a software that generates fake phone numbers.
They also communicated through WhatsApp.

As compensation, the
suspected agents were transferred payments via Western Union, Moneygram,
and even Bitcoin in some cases, the paper said. The network also
reportedly developed a courier system to transfer funds, using jewelry
stores and markets.

One
of the suspects, identified by his initials ‘A.B.’, was said to be a
payment courier who was reported missing in Istanbul’s Maltepe district
in June – in an apparent bid to mislead security forces. He was
reportedly paid $10,000 this year for his spying activities, according
to the paper.

Another individual named as ‘R.A.A’ apparently met
with Mossad field agents in the Croatian capital of Zagreb and received
payments of $1,000 and $1,200. A third member, ‘M.A.S’, travelled to
Zurich twice to meet with an official. Like ‘A.B’, both men had
previously been reported missing.

While the Daily Sabah did not
disclose the men’s nationalities, a number of Israeli and Arab papers
have reported that they were of “Arab origin.” The Middle East
Eye (MEE) outlet revealed that six Palestinians who had been reported
missing in Turkey since last month are among those arrested.

In a
phone interview with MEE, the brother of an alleged Mossad agent
identified by the initial ‘M’ said that he had received a call from M a
few days ago confirming that he was in police custody in Istanbul and
asking him to hire a lawyer.

The brother claimed the allegations were “all false.”
M had reportedly lived in Turkey for the past nine years and was
supposed to graduate from a medical school in the city of Konya in two
months.



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Meanwhile, an unidentified source close to the Israeli security
establishment told MEE that the spy ring may have been working for both
Mossad and the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service. The source
also speculated that the alleged operatives could have spied on students
studying in fields thought to be useful for the Palestinian militant
group Hamas.

The Daily Sabah reported that a “comprehensive indictment” will be prepared once the MIT finishes interrogating the suspects.

Neither Turkish nor Israeli authorities have commented officially on the matter as yet.

Remembering the Crew of the USS Liberty – Station HYPO

https://stationhypo.com/2020/06/08/remembering-the-crew-of-the-uss-liberty/

On June 8 1967, the USS Liberty (AGTR 5) was attacked in international waters by Israeli forces killing 34 Americans and wounding another 171. Seven out of every 10 crew members was either killed or injured. Let us remember those who were killed and those who survived, including their families – many have physical and emotional scars that they will carry for the rest of their lives.

The men who gave their lives:

Israeli Regime Revokes Permanent Residency Of Jerusalemite Lawyer Salah Hammouri | Aletho News

https://alethonews.com/2021/10/19/israeli-regime-to-revoke-permanent-residency-of-jerusalemite-lawyer-salah-hammouri/

Al-Mezan Center For Human Rights | October 18, 2021

Earlier this morning, the Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked officially notified 36-year-old Palestinian-French human rights defender Salah Hammouri of the revocation of his permanent residency status in Jerusalem based on a “breach of allegiance to the State of Israel.” This decision comes after being approved by the Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit and Minister of Justice Gideon Sa’ar. The initiation of his residency revocation and forced deportation, pursuant to Amendment No. 30 to the Entry into Israel Law of 1952, comes on the heels of the Israeli apartheid regime’s targeted harassment campaign against Salah Hammouri, a vocal Palestinian human rights advocate, long-time employee at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and former prisoner.

In communicating the decision to move forward with residency revocation on the basis of “breach of allegiance,” the Minister of Interior cites intentionally vague and broad allegations of “terroristic activities” and/or affiliation with “terrorist entities,” based on withheld “secret information” withheld. The withholding of “secret information” mirrors the Israeli occupation’s administrative detention practices, in stark violation of fair trial standards, which place Palestinians under indefinite detention based on secret material that cannot be disclosed to the detainees or their lawyers. To this end, she further cites recommendations based on his past history of arrests—most of which were under administrative detention, without charge or trial. Notably, the Ministry explicitly alludes to the notable escalation of permanent residency revocation of Palestinian Jerusalemites for “breach of allegiance,” as exemplified by the case of Salah Hammouri, by stating that the decision was necessary “to deter others from breaching allegiance to the State of Israel.”

As a Palestinian human rights defender who challenges Israel’s widespread and systematic human rights violations and voices legitimate calls for justice and accountability, Salah has endured constant Israeli attempts to intimidate him and his family, including previous arbitrary arrests, banning from entering the West Bank for almost 16 months, and the deportation of his wife, Elsa Lefort, a French national, separating him from his wife and son in 2016.

Previously, on 3 September 2020, the Israeli occupying authorities notified Salah Hammouri of the Ministry’s intention to revoke his permanent residency status for so-called “breach of allegiance” to the State of Israel. Notably, Salah and his legal counsel, HaMoked Center for the Defence of the Individual and Advocate Lea Tsemeel, submitted written and oral claims challenging the decision.

Salah is alarmed by the imminent threat of having his residency revoked, which denies Salah’s basic human rights to family life, freedom of movement and residence, including the right to leave and to return to his country, freedom of expression, as enshrined in Article 19 of the ICCPR and freedom of peaceful assembly and association, in line with Articles 21 and 22 of the ICCPR.[1] Residency policies embedded in Israel’s regime of racial domination and oppression are designed to maintain a perilous legal status for Palestinians in East Jerusalem and uphold an Israeli-Jewish demographic majority in the city.

Israel’s policy of revoking Palestinian residency rights in East Jerusalem further violates Article 43 of the Hague Regulations and Article 64 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which stipulates that the Occupying Power may not act as a sovereign legislator or extend its own legislation over the occupied territory.[2] Moreover, the criterion of allegiance to Israel is illegal. In fact, international humanitarian law explicitly forbids the Occupying Power from demanding allegiance from the occupied population, as stated in Article 45 Hague Regulations and Article 68(3) of the Fourth Geneva Convention.[3] Furthermore, the transfer of Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem is considered a war crime under Article 8 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.[4] The revocation of residency policy forms part of a widespread and systematic transfer policy directed against a civilian population, which may also amount to a crime against humanity under Article 7 of the Rome Statute.[5]

[1] Articles 19, 21, and 22, ICCPR.

[2] Hague Convention (IV) Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and Its Annex: Regulations Concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land (adopted 18 October 1907, entry into force 26 January 1910) (henceforth the “Hague Regulations”) Article 43, Hague Regulations, and Article 64, Fourth Geneva Convention.

[3] Article 45, Hague Regulations, and Article 68(3), Fourth Geneva Convention.

[4] Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (adopted 17 July 1998, entry into force 1 July 2002) 2187 UNTS 3. (henceforth “Rome Statute”)

[5] Article 7, Rome Statute

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Israel moves to expand illegal settlement in occupied East Jerusalem located beyond the 1967 armistice line • The Cradle – muunyayo

https://muunyayo.com/2021/10/16/israel-moves-to-expand-illegal-settlement-in-occupied-east-jerusalem-located-beyond-the-1967-armistice-line-the-cradle/

By: Esteban Carrillo

Source: https://thecradle.co/Article/news/2600

An Israeli planning committee approved plans on 14 October to build thousands of homes in the illegal settlement of Givat Hamatos in occupied East Jerusalem.

If built, this would become the first Jewish settlement in 20 years to be built in occupied East Jerusalem, and the first ever beyond the 1967 armistice line.

The announcement came one day after Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met with US Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington, DC.

The Biden administration has previously spoken out against the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine. However, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet has said multiple times that his government has no plans to stop these expansions.

Experts believe that, once completed, the Givat Hamatos settlement will effectively split the West Bank in half, isolating Palestinians who live in occupied East Jerusalem and making a two-state solution virtually impossible.

EU officials condemned the Bennet administration’s plans for the construction of additional housing units in Givat Hamatos earlier this year, saying that the plan would “undermine the negotiations for a two-state solution.”

The Israeli settlement in Givat Hamatos is located beyond the 1967 Green Line, on lands which were seized from the Palestinian towns of Beit Safafa in the Jerusalem governorate, and Beit Jala in the Bethlehem governorate.

The construction plans approved on Wednesday would effectively cut off Beit Safafa from surrounding Palestinian villages and the rest of Jerusalem.

“A Huge Deal”: Amazon, Google Workers Demand Companies Sever Ties With Israeli Military

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/10/13/a-huge-deal-amazon-google-workers-demand-companies-sever-ties-with-israeli-military/
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Communist China’s Aggression in the South China Sea, by Judith Bergman | STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

Comment by tonytran2015: China has been successful in its aggressions against most of its neighbours. China may soon invade Taiwan with overwhelming force in the same way as it has done to Tibet, Mongolia, Vietnam, the Philippines, …

https://straightlinelogic.com/2021/10/07/communist-chinas-aggression-in-the-south-china-sea-by-judith-bergman/

Nobody in the US really knows for certain what the intentions and plans are of the Chinese government. Which makes it a good idea to keep a close eye on what it does. From Judith Bergman at gatestoneinstitute.org:

Tensions continue to rise in the South China Sea, as China, or, rightly, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), ramps up its military activities in the region. Within only the first four days of October, China conducted a record-breaking 150 incursionsinto Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) — after China’s People Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) had already, in September, set another monthly record with 117 incursions, some with nuclear-capable bombers, fighter jets and reconnaissance planes. The incursions were reportedly the highest monthly number on record since Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense began reporting Chinese aerial incursions 13 months ago. In addition, in August, the first-ever incursionof Chinese military helicopters into Taiwan’s ADIZ took place, with experts suggesting that the PLA was probing Taiwanese defense capabilities by using different aircraft.

Also in August and September, China conducted assault drills near Taiwan with war ships, early-warning aircraft, anti-submarine aircraft and bombers. “The joint fire assault and other drills staged by the Eastern Theater Command troops are a necessary action to further safeguard China’s sovereignty under the current security situation in the Taiwan Straits,” Colonel Shi Yi, spokesperson for the PLA Eastern Theater Command said, “and also a solemn response to the interference of foreign forces and the provocation of ‘Taiwan independence’ secessionists.” Shi stated that military exercises would be “conducted regularly” based on the situation in the Taiwan Strait and the “need to maintain sovereign security”. China has conducted 20 naval island-control exercises in the first half of 2021, compared to 13 in all of 2020.

This activity — in addition to diplomatic and economic pressure — is evidently meant to exhaust Taiwan, force it to capitulate to China and relinquish its independence without China firing a shot. “China is pursuing an all-of-party approach that seeks to coerce, corrupt and co-opt the international community,” former commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Philip Davidson, recently warned, “in a way in which they may be able to achieve their geopolitical edge… to force Taiwan to capitulate because of extreme, diplomatic, economic, pressure and strain”. Failing that coercion, Davidson estimates:

“the changes in the [People’s Liberation Army]’s capabilities, with their missile and cyber forces, and their ability to train, advance their joint interoperability and their combat support logistics, all those trend lines indicate to me that within the next six years they will have the capability and the capacity to forcibly reunify with Taiwan, should they choose force to do it.”

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Israel destroyed 172,900 homes, expelled 1.3m Palestinians since the Nakba | Aletho News

https://alethonews.com/2021/10/06/israel-destroyed-172900-homes-expelled-1-3m-palestinians-since-the-nakba
MEMO | October 5, 2021

The Israeli occupation has demolished about 172,900 Palestinian homes, displaced 1,324,000 Palestinians and confiscated 19 million dunums (19,000 square kilometres) of the land of historical Palestine “to bring 5 million Zionist immigrant from around the globe to replace the indigenous people.”

Marking the World Habitat Day yesterday, the Land Research Centre in Jerusalem said: “During the Nakba 1948, the Israeli occupation demolished 125,000 Palestinian houses and displaced 800,000 Palestinians, about 47 per cent of the Palestinians.”

The centre stated that the continuous Israeli attacks led to the occupation of about 78 per cent of historical Palestine and demolished about 4,500 houses, rendering 30,000 Palestinians homeless between 1950 and 2021.

During the 1967 war, Israel occupied the rest of the Palestinian lands, including the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem, the centre said, stating that 5,500 Palestinian houses were demolished during the war and 200,000 Palestinians were displaced.

“Israeli demolition policies in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still going on,” the organisation said. “Israeli bulldozers demolished 11,900 Palestinian houses, 7,440 of which are in East Jerusalem, between 1967 and 2021. Thus, 73,000 Palestinians lost their homes, 47,220 are in Jerusalem alone.”

“During the same period, Israeli air strikes demolished 21,000 Palestinian houses in the Gaza Strip – the most vicious attacks were during wars in 2008/9, 2012, 2014 and 2021, leaving 189,000 Gazans homeless, most of them slept or are still sleeping at schools or with relatives, and some still live in tents.”

Taiwanese Foreign Minister warns his country is preparing for war with China, asks Australia for help – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-04/taiwan-preparing-for-war-with-china/100511294

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister warns his nation is
preparing for war with China and urges Australia to increase intelligence sharing and security cooperation as Beijing intensifies a
campaign of military intimidation.