7:55 PM Suspicious Object at Jerusalem's central bus station -- currently being checked by the Israeli Police bomb squad.
7:53 PM Nine year old girl wounded by Arab rock throwing in the Shimon HaTzaddik neighborhood of Jerusalem. Taken to Hadassah Hospital emergency trauma room by MDA. (source) Earlier this evening, a Gazan rocket landed in the Eshkol region. No damage or injuries.
1:15 PM Defense Minister Ehud Barak promises that within 10 days, a new Iron Dome, anti-rocket battery will be installed to protect Ashdod (and a 10 kilomoter radius around the launch battery).
12:44 PM Due to a high level terror threat from the Islamic Jihad terror organization in Gaza, the IDF is increasing forces in Eilat and along the Southwest border between Israel and Egypt.
12:41 PM Israel Defense Magazine: The fall of Assad's regime in Syria would increase the threat of a chemical weapons attack on Israel, since the chemical weapons stockpile and rockets/launchers would fall into the hands of terrorists. Syria has dramatically increased their chemical weapons program since their attempt at a nuclear program was destroyed by an IDF pre-emptive attack.
12:32 PM Highway 12 -- that runs alongsige the Southwest border of Israeli next to the Sinai has been declared closed by the military. No civilian traffic will be allowed on it without a military escort. Seems like our border of peace has disappeared...
12:08 PM Ceasefire continues...Gazan rocket launched at Israel...lands in the Shaar HaNegev region, apparently in an open area. No injuries or damage reported.
11:30 AM IDF Naval Submarines to receive tiny Torah scrolls. YNET reports:
"Out of the depths I cry to you,' says the Song of Ascents in the Book of Psalms. These words will soon receive a different meaning, when a Torah scroll will be placed in Navy submarines for the first time in history.10:12 AM Three of the wounded in this morning's terrorist attack are still hospitalized in serious condition. For more on the terror attack, scroll down...
Since the army began using submarines, no Torah scrolls have been brought in as hardly any religious soldiers served there. But the situation changed recently, after some hesder yeshiva students and even one haredi fighter joined the unit.
A family which donated several Torah scrolls to military bases in the past decided recently to donate another one, and the military rabbi they approached suggested that they donate it to the submarine fleet, whose fighters often spend long period of time in high seas – underwater.
There was only one problem: A submarine is a vessel with very limited room, in which every single space is well calculated. In other words, there is no place for a standard Torah scroll.
What did the family do? It ensured that the scroll would be about one-quarter of its regular size, so that it could be stored in a case the size of a shoe box.
The writing of the Torah scroll will be completed in the coming days, and according to Navy officials, it will be transferred from submarine to submarine by demand.
Haredi website Ladaat reported that the Torah scroll would be handed to the Navy in a festive ceremony in the presence of military rabbis and the donating family. It will be placed in the submarine by a rabbi with a high security classification.
7:10 AM Neturay Karta, Anti-Zionist Wedding Invitation for the grandson of Moshe Hirsch (founder of Neturay Karta, and member of Arafat's Palestinian Authority)...invites you to a wedding to take place in "Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), Palestine"
source: BholWishing the whole Hirsch family a very Merry Ramadan.
News Roundup at 6:54 AM
Taking a Ramadan cue from from the rocket attacks in Gaza, a Palestinian from Shechem/Nablus stabbed a taxi driver, and used the taxi to hit a police roadblock, and stab people as he attacked a Tel Aviv Nightclub while peacefully screaming "Allah is Great" this past evening at 2:00 AM.
The terrorist stabbed a taxi driver, drove about a mile down Salameh street in South Tel Aviv to HaOman 17 Nightclub, which was packed with about 1000 teenagers celebrating an "end of the summer" party.
Border Police had set up a road block ahead of time at the entrance to the club on Abarbanel Street, in Tel Aviv's Florentine neighborhood. The terrorist rammed the road block, and struck a number of civilians and a Border Policeman.
"He then got out of the car, screamed Allahu akbar, and went on a knife attack," a police spokeswoman said.
Of the seven people injured in the attack, five were Border Police officers and one was a security guard. One was seriously injured and two were moderately injured. The remainder were lightly injured.
A police source said that the road block prevented a far worse outcome.
Israel Radio reported that the attack was coordinated to strike large youth party being held in the area. (JPost)
Photos from bhol.co.il