Showing posts from October 8, 2023

Analysis: Hamas’s terror attack is aimed at Israel-Saudi normalisation

  The scale and complexity of Hamas’s attacks, most analysts in Washington are convinced, could not have happened without Iran’s support Washington : Hamas’s unprecedented attack on Israel, which has been welcomed and celebrated by Iran, appears to be aimed to complicate the historic process of normalisation between Israel and Saudi Arabia that is underway in the region and has the potential to dramatically alter global geopolitics. Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) (AP Photo) But initial responses to the terror attacks from Israel’s Arab neighbours indicate that while they will stick to the stated line of support for Palestinians, they don’t wish to let Saturday’s developments completely derail the prospects for normalcy on the table. We're now on WhatsApp.  Click to join. Whether Riyadh can stay the course and whether Tel Aviv can find it within its national psyche to accommodate Palestinian aspirations to enable normalisation

Survey: More than 50% of German companies are victims of cyber attacks

  A multi-country survey by the British insurer Hiscox on Tuesday shows that security authorities around the world are struggling in the fight against cybercrime. According to the Hiscox comparison with selected countries, German businesses were relatively frequent targets of hackers. The latest edition of the annual comparison of eight countries shows that 53 per cent of the companies surveyed reported cyber attacks. The Cyber Readiness Report is based on a survey of 5005 executives, IT managers and professionals in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, Ireland and the U.S. According to Hiscox, cyber criminals were now increasingly attacking small and medium-sized businesses, in all eight countries, 36 per cent of the affected companies had less than ten employees, an increase by half compared to 2021. However, out of the 963 German companies that responded more than half had reported cyber attacks in 2022. During the study, it was discovered that 58 of German comp


  The National Terrorism Advisory System, an alert system of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is maintaining its warning that the United States remains in a heightened threat environment. DHS issued that alert status in late May, 2023. In light of the horrifying terrorist attack in Israel by Hamas, a democracy that is a close U.S. ally, a reminder of that warning is appropriate. As Colorado and Chaffee County head into the 2023 election season, DHS reminds us that: “Lone offenders and small groups motivated by a range of ideological beliefs and personal grievances continue to pose a persistent and lethal threat to the Homeland. Both domestic violent extremists (DVEs) and those associated with foreign terrorist organizations continue to attempt to motivate supporters to conduct attacks in the Homeland, including through violent extremist messaging and online calls for violence.” The alert goes on to warn that continuing in the coming months, several factors could mobilize indiv

Israeli forces say they’ve uncovered evidence of brutal killings: ‘They cut heads of children’

  Officials in the Israeli military say they have uncovered evidence of a bloody assault by Hamas fighters on the village of Kfar Aza that included the killings of women and children as young as infants. “They cut heads of children, cut heads of women,” David Ben Zion, a deputy commander in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), said in an on-camera interview with  Israeli television station  i24 News. IDF officials took a group of reporters to the Kfar Aza village near Gaza, but much of the information on specifically what happened has come from IDF sources. Nicole Zedeck, an i24 correspondent, said she had been told by soldiers that 40 babies had been killed in the attack, a figure that has widely been picked up elsewhere. “The horrors that I’m hearing from these soldiers that … about 40 babies, at least, were taken out in gurneys,” Zedek said. “Still, right now, they’re going house to house, still evacuating dead bodies.” Major Nir Dinar told  Insider that forces  had found the corpses o

Fury as Black Lives Matter group posts image of paratrooper and says it ‘stands with Palestine’

  A Black Lives Matter chapter from Chicago said it “stands with Palestine” and posted an online graphic of a paratrooper in the aftermath of   the Hamas attack on Israel . The organisation, which is affiliated to a group of similar BLM chapters in the United States, drew criticism for the image on a day of widespread condemnation of  Hamas  and its terrorist acts in Israel. Black Lives Matter  Chicago is one of the “#BLM10”, a group of anti-racist organisations that is not affiliated to the main parent organisation, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. The post drew condemnation on social media - TWITTER On Tuesday the group posted a black-and-white image of a paratrooper, with a Palestinian flag and the caption: “I stand with Palestine”. The image appeared to refer to the Hamas paragliders that invaded Israeli territory on Saturday, using motorised flying vehicles and engines attached to parachutes. Hamas members used the parachutes to evade Israel’s sophisticated air de

Is Russia involved in Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel?

  Palestinian terrorist group Hamas shocked the world on Oct. 7 by launching an unprecedented deadly offensive against Israel, brutally killing over 1,000 people and taking at least 150 Israelis hostage. As Iran-backed terrorists rampaged through Israeli cities, some – including many in Ukraine – pointed fingers at Russia, a country with established ties with Hamas and a clear beneficiary of a war set to diverge attention from its own atrocities in Ukraine. "Russia is interested in igniting a war in the Middle East so that a new source of pain and suffering will weaken world unity,"  said  Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky on Oct. 9. Ukraine's intelligence even  reported  that Russia gave Hamas captured Ukrainian weapons in an effort to discredit Kyiv, while Polish President Andrzej Duda  said , "This (war) certainly helps Russia and Russian aggression against Ukraine, it distracts the world's attention." While experts agree that the tragic events i

Video: Hamas terrorists kill dog, invade house and then set it on fire

As the Israel-Hamas conflict rages on for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday (Oct 10), a disturbing video has come to the fore showing Hamas militants invading a southern Israel property, shooting a dog dead and then setting a house on fire. The chilling video, recorded through bodycam footage, surfaced on social media platform X on Tuesday (Oct 10). The clip further showed Hamas walking into a house in Kibbutz Kissufim town, opening the fridge, and then setting the home on fire. Trigger warning: The following video shows a disturbing incident. Viewer's discretion is advised Bodycam video of Hamas entering Kibbutz Kissufim. A dog tries to chase the terrorists away but is shot. They then enter the home of an Israeli family, open their fridge and set the house on fire — Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24)   October 9, 2023 According to reports, the video dates back to the start of the surprise assault launched on early Saturday morning when the country first cam