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Posted by Tip Staff - September 15, 2017

London Rush Hour Terror Attack Claimed by ISIS
Palestinians Suing the PA Describe Torture They Suffered
Two Hamas Members Killed in Terror Tunnel Collapses
Israeli-Designed 3D-Printed Book Honoring Einstein Produced on Int'l Space Station

London Rush Hour Terror Attack Claimed by ISIS

A major counter-terrorism investigation is underway in Britain after a bucket bomb was detonated during rush hour on Friday on a packed London underground train at Parsons Green tube station.

ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack, as authorities raised the terror threat level from severe to critical, meaning that another terror attack might be imminent.

The investigation is being led by the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism command and involves hundreds of detectives, with support from the intelligence community. No arrests have so far been made and the attacker remains at large. Some reports suggest that the bomber has been identified on CCTV footage, but the police have so far declined to confirm the information, The Times of Israel reported.

Commuters on the tube train described scenes of terror and panic after the explosion sent a "fireball" and a "wall of flame" through the carrier in west London. At least 29 people were injured during the attack, including children, but none were thought to be in a serious or life-threatening condition.

Police later confirmed the blast was from an IED.

Pictures and video posted on social media show a white plastic bucket inside a foil-lined shopping bag, which appeared to have wires coming from it, on the floor of the subway car. The device is not believed to have fully detonated and could have been set off on a timer.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the "cowardly" attack.

This is the fifth terror attack in Britain this year.

Palestinians Suing the PA Describe Torture They Suffered

A Palestinian man who was accused of helping Israel was taken by his Palestinian Authority jailers to a dentist, who then pulled some of his healthy teeth, the man told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday.

Sami, and a second man, Dani, are two of 51 former prisoners who are suing the PA for damages on account of the torture they suffered, described their ordeals to the paper.

Sami, currently in his late 30s described the day that five members of the Palestinian internal security service took him from his home 15 years ago as the end of his normal life, “they took all of my life. I can’t get married. I can’t work [jobs which are not on short-term contracts], it is hard for me to speak to people and I always get depressed."

“My teeth were hurting. They took me to a doctor. The doctor asked, who is he? They told him – he helped Israel," Sami said. But the dentist pulled teeth that were not hurting.

A fellow plaintiff, Dani, who is an older man, said that he was seized by Palestinian security services and brought to a place where they placed a urine-soaked sack over his head.

When the torture became unbearable, Dani told his interrogators, "what do you want from me? You want me to sign that I work with the Shin Bet. Okay, I did. You want me to say that I sold the Temple Mount, that I collaborated with Israel. Whatever you want."

Two Hamas Members Killed in Terror Tunnel Collapses

Hamas, the terrorist group that controls Gaza, announced that two of its members died in separate tunnel collapses, The Jerusalem Post reported Friday.

The two dead men were identified as Khalil al-Dimyati, 32, and Yusef Abu Abed, 22 and were killed in "resistance tunnels," the term Hamas uses for tunnels built as part of its military infrastructure.

Hamas confirmed that both men belonged to its Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

One of the tunnel collapses occurred in Khan Yhounis and the other was in Gaza City.

The residents of Gaza have suffered a dramatic loss in living standards ever since the terrorist group Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007 in a violent coup against the Palestinian Authority.

Avi Issacharoff, Palestinian affairs correspondent for The Times of Israel, observed this past June, “those who took control of Gaza in a military coup and since then invested more than $1 billion in their military infrastructure, could have easily directed their resources to resolve Gaza’s problems. But what is the value of another few hours of electricity for the people of Gaza, compared to another few tunnels or rockets?”

Veteran Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh made a similar observation about Hamas’ priorities in February 2016. The expense and effort that Hamas puts into building attack tunnels while Gaza is mired in poverty shows that “the last thing Hamas cares about is the welfare of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip,” he wrote.

Israeli-Designed 3D-Printed Book Honoring Einstein Produced on Int'l Space Station

To mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, the first prototype of Genius: 100 Visions of the Future — the world’s first entirely 3D-printed book printed and bound in one piece — was produced on the International Space Station in zero-gravity conditions 400 kilometers above Earth.

The project was conceived by Rami Kleinmann, head of Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University. Einstein was one of the founders of the university, which has two campuses in Jerusalem and one in Rehovot.

The limited-edition book (300 copies) was designed by Ron Arad, the Israeli-born preeminent industrial designer, architect and modern artist based in London.

The prototype was produced in coordination with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Association of Space Explorers president and astronaut Soichi Noguchi, and 3D Space Book project manager Yifat Sharon.

Genius: 100 Visions of the Futurefeatures laser-cut pages formed in the silhouette of Einstein. Each of its single-sided 100 pages is devoted to the vision of one distinguished contributor, among them Zubin Mehta, Shimon Peres, Barbra Streisand, Deepak Chopra, Wynton Marsalis, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Francine Prose, Salman Rushdie, David Suzuki, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Frank Gehry and Nobel laureates including Professors Dan Shechtman, Aaron Ciechanover and Robert Aumann of Israel.

The unique book – which Arad inadvertently designed to open left to right, like Hebrew books do — was unveiled September 10 at the Einstein Legacy Project Dinner of the Century in Montreal, part of a yearlong commemoration. (via Israel21c )

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