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Hamas releases threatening video in Hebrew

Posted by Tip Staff - February 08, 2017
Not your average music video. Hamas released a new animated music video Tuesday night titled “Zionists, You Will Perish in Gaza” threatening to destroy Israel. The video is clearly intended to strike fear into Israelis—it is in Hebrew.

The video features a barrage of rockets raining down all over Israel, Hamas militants blowing themselves up among Israeli soldiers, and Jews being shot in the head. The Jewish characters resemble crude stereotypes common in anti-Semitic media.

Among the of the lyrical threats, the video warns “we will eat you, Zionists, without salt” and that "ooooh...Zionist, a rocket will get you where you live."

Hamas has released similar videos in the past.

Troubling. Israel is deeply concerned about an Iranian and Hezbollah presence on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, in the aftermath of military victories by the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, the BBC reported Wednesday. Prof. Asher Susser, a senior fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University, told BBC’s diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus, “The changes in Syria [due to  the civil war] have brought Iran closer to Israel’s borders than ever before.” Ehud Yaari, a veteran Arab affairs analyst, said, “The strategic objective of the Iranians today is to establish a land corridor between Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon, to reach the Mediterranean and the Israeli frontier…This is strategically the major threat to Israel today.”

Israeli officials are concerned about recent developments in the Syrian civil war, notably, Haaretz’s defense analyst Amos Harel wrote on Sunday, the fact that the Assad regime “has reestablished effective control…of the northern portion of its border with Israel on the Golan Heights…Now the Syrian army and militias that support it have managed to establish nearly contiguous control in the area north of the road from the city of Quneitra, in the Syrian Golan, to the capital, Damascus.” The regime has begun to exert a campaign to pressure village leaders in the southern Golan Heights to capitulate, which has showed results.

Hate in your inbox. Computer science and engineering students at the University of Michigan received three mass emails containing racist and anti-Semitic messages on Tuesday night.

As the Michigan Daily reported, two identical emails were sent under the subject line “African American Student Diversity” with the message “Hi n*****s, I just wanted to say that I plan to kill all of you.  White power!  The KKK has returned!!! Heil Trump!!!!”

The third was sent under the subject line “Jewish Student Diversity” with the message, “Hi you f*****g filthy jews, I just wanted to say the SS will rise again and kill all of your filthy souls. Die in a pit of eternal fire! Sincerely, Dr. Alex Halderman.”

Halderman, a professor of computer science and engineering at the university, told the Daily that the emails were were “spoofed” to appear as if they came from him and one of his PhD students, Matt Bernhard. “Matt and I did not send them, and we don’t know who did. As I teach in my computer security classes, it takes very little technical sophistication to forge the sender’s address in an email,” he said.

Halderman added that he believed his name was used because of his status as an election security expert. He had previously encouraged a recount in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania to make sure that vote totals in the recent presidential election had not been subject to hacking. “This appears to be a cowardly action by someone who is unhappy about the research that Matt and I do in support of electoral integrity,” he told the Daily.

In a joint statement, Michigan Hillel executive director Tilly Shames, Board of Trustees chairman Bob Stone, and Governing Board chair Joshua Blum said that the emails “were deeply disturbing and upsetting to our Jewish community."

With Tel Aviv’s dog population already world-famous – the city boasts a 1:17 ratio of dogs to humans – the municipality has now come through with an earlier promise to keep four-legged residents digitally in sync with new happenings in the city. Digi-Dog is the name of a new digital service which gives Tel Aviv dog owners access to important information and special offers, including reminders about vaccinations, lists of nearby veterinarians, information about upcoming events, discounts at local businesses, listings of available dog walkers, training courses, and directions to the nearest dog park. Card holders can choose to receive updates via an online newsletter or text messages. “Tel Aviv is an amazing city for dogs: We have beaches for dogs, parks for dogs, and we even hold film nights for dogs. Tel Aviv is also an amazing city for startups: With 1500 technological startups, Tel Aviv enjoys the highest concentration of technological companies per capita in the world. Today we are combining both assets – a dog-friendly city and a technology-friendly city – to create a revolutionary service.  If you like it – bark,” says Tel Aviv Global & Tourism’s CEO, Eytan Schwartz. Digi-Dog is based on the city’s award-winning “Digi-Tel” resident card program, which gives human residents real-time updates on culture, sport and leisure activities as well as on what’s happening in their neighborhood and around the city. (via Israel21c)

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