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“LIKE A CORNERED RAT:” How Hamas Leader Sinwar Has Survived Since Oct. 7

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, one of the masterminds of the Oct. 7 terror attacks, is hiding like a “cornered rat” in tunnels in Gaza, the New York Post reported. The report quotes Colin Clarke, a counter-terrorism expert at the New York-based Soufan Group, who said that Sinwar has survived by staying radio-silent and using Israeli hostages and Gazan civilians as human shields. “He’s likely still in Gaza, deep within the tunnel network and surrounded by hostages to secure his safety,” Clarke said. “Sinwar is someone who is out for his own survival. “It’s his ultimate goal, like a cornered rat.” Clarke added that Sinwar likely uses a network of couriers to transmit his commands, including his repeated rejections of ceasefire/hostage release deals. The “primitive method” enables Sinwar to avoid using cellphones, which the IDF could easily track. “Israel has a very high-tech network scanning for Hamas leaders, and he’s managed to avoid that,” Clarke said. “He’s clearly gone primitive.” Sinwar is hoping to simply survive the war in the tunnels despite the mounting death toll of Hamas terrorists above ground along with Gazan civilians. “As long as he and Hamas survive this, he’s won,” Clarke said. “And the more deaths the better for him since he can use it to garner backlash against Israel.” Clarke said that the only way for Israel to locate Sinwar would be via an informant. However, considering Sinwar’s reputation for brutally torturing and murdering suspected informants, finding a willing informant would be difficult. In his younger years, Sinwar’s brutal history earned him the title of “The Butcher of Khan Younis.” Eventually, his murders caught up with him and Sinwar was arrested for killing two IDF soldiers and four Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel. But after 23 years in prison, he was released as part of the Shalit deal in 2011. “His capture and the years he spent in jail built up his reputation, his ‘street cred,’ and that helped him rise among the ranks when he returned to Gaza,” Clarke said. A year after his release, he was appointed as a member of Hamas’s political bureau. In 2017, he became Hamas de factor leader, partly because Israel eliminated many of his rivals and superiors. “Israel is among the best at tracking down terrorists and taking them out, and in a way, Sinwar’s accession to power was a product of Israel’s own success in taking out extremists,” he added. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)
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Car Dealerships In North America Revert To Pens And Paper After Cyberattacks On Software Provider

Car dealerships in North America continue to wrestle with major disruptions that started last week with cyberattacks on a software company used widely in the auto retail sales sector. CDK Global, a company that provides software for thousands of auto dealers in the U.S. and Canada, was hit by back-to-back cyberattacks Wednesday. That led to an outage that has continued to impact operations. For prospective car buyers, that’s meant delays at dealerships or vehicle orders written up by hand. There’s no immediate end in sight, with CDK saying it expects the restoration process to take “several days” to complete. On Monday, Group 1 Automotive Inc., a $4 billion automotive retailers, said that it continued to use “alternative processes” to sell cars to its customers. Here is what you need to know. What is CDK Global? CDK Global is a major player in the auto sales industry. The company, based just outside of Chicago in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, provides software technology to dealers that helps with day-today operations — like facilitating vehicle sales, financing, insurance and repairs. CDK serves more than 15,000 retail locations across North America, according to the company. What happened last week? CDK experienced back-to-back cyberattacks on Wednesday. The company shut down all of its systems out of an abundance of caution, spokesperson Lisa Finney said last week. “We have begun the restoration process,” Finney said in an update over the weekend — noting that the company had launched an investigation into the “cyber incident” with third-party experts and notified law enforcement. “Based on the information we have at this time, we anticipate that the process will take several days to complete, and in the interim we are continuing to actively engage with our customers and provide them with alternate ways to conduct business,” she added. In messages to its customers, the company has also warned of “bad actors” posing as members or affiliates of CDK to try to obtain system access by contacting customers. It urged them to be cautious of any attempted phishing. The incident bore all the hallmarks of a ransomware attack, in which in which targets are asked to pay a ransom to access encrypted files. But CDK declined to comment directly — neither confirming or denying if it had received a ransom demand. Are impacted dealerships still selling cars? Several major auto companies — including Stellantis, Ford and BMW — confirmed to The Associated Press last week that the CDK outage had impacted some of their dealers, but that sales operations continue. In light of the ongoing situation, a spokesperson for Stellantis said Friday that many dealerships had switched to manual processes to serve customers. That includes writing up orders by hand. A Ford spokesperson added that the outage may cause “some delays and inconveniences at some dealers and for some customers.” However, many Ford and Lincoln customers are still getting sales and service support through alternative routes being used at dealerships. Group 1 Automotive Inc., which owns 202 automotive dealerships, 264 franchises, and 42 collision centers in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, said Monday that the incident has disrupted its business applications and processes in its U.S. operations that rely on CDK’s dealers’ systems. The company said that it took measures to protect and isolate its systems from CDK’s platform. All […]
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Do You Struggle Getting a Good Night’s Sleep? Always Exhausted? A New Sleep Program Can Be The Solution You’ve Waited For

Sleep issues affect millions of people worldwide and they take a major toll on our community as well.  So many people are struggling with insomnia, apnea, and other chronic sleep issues that leave them feeling exhausted and worn out.  But former insomniac turned Integrative Sleep Coach, Doron Lazarus is on a mission to change all that.  As opposed to focusing on the symptoms of sleep itself, Doron and his team at the Sleep Coach Academy spend time uncovering the root causes of sleep issues and help people around the world rebalance body, mind and breathing to sleep their best for life.  “Working with the Sleep Coach Academy was life changing. They worked with me to develop a customized approach to accomplish my sleep goals, and get off the pills, which I did. I highly recommend it.”  – Baruch B, Passaic Sleep issues are not all the same and that’s why Doron and his team focus on creating customized solutions even if other methods have failed.  [WATCH NOW] Video: How to Permanently Solve Your Sleep Issues  “The Sleep Coach Academy was able to really pinpoint my problem and give me direction and advice on how to feel better and start sleeping like a normal person! I highly highly recommend calling them for sleep coaching. It’ll change your life. Without proper sleep, one cannot function. I feel like a different person and I’m so grateful.” – Rivka S, Lakewood Ready to book in your free sleep consultation? CLICK HERE to book your free consultation today! PS. Are you interested in training to become a sleep expert yourself? An exciting new career with strong earning potential? Then check out… [WATCH NOW] Video: How to Launch Your Profitable Sleep Coaching Career 
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October 7 Victims File $1 Billion Lawsuit Against UNWRA

Over 100 victims of the October 7th massacre filed a lawsuit on Monday in a New York federal court against the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), alleging that its employees were responsible for Hamas atrocities including genocide, crimes against humanity, torture and rape. The lawsuit names six former and present UNRWA leaders, including Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini. “Hamas did not carry out these atrocities without assistance. It was aided and abetted by, among others, the above-named defendants who are current or former senior officials [at UNRWA] and UNRWA itself who collectively spent over a decade prior to the October 7 attack helping Hamas build up the terror infrastructure and personnel that were necessary to carry out the attack.” The lawsuit added that UNRWA was “warned repeatedly that their policies were providing assistance to Hamas. In the face of those warnings, defendants continued those very policies.” “The findings in this lawsuit demonstrate that UNRWA was aware of and actively participated in the diversion of funds earmarked to support the people of Gaza into channels that ensured those funds were used for terrorism and in violation of international law,” said Bijan Amini, one of the lead lawyers in the case. “UNRWA’s insistence that over a billion dollars in Gaza aid be distributed in U.S. cash that locals could not spend without going through Hamas moneychangers is one of the most damning pieces of new evidence presented in this case.” Instead of making aid payments in the local currency of Israeli shekels, UNRWA insisted on making aid payments in US dollars – a currency that the residents of Gaza could not use. This method was only used in Gaza, with aid to the Shomron, Jordan and other UN refugee programs provided in the local currency. Along with the cost and risk of transporting $20 million a month in cash to the Strip, this program required aid recipients to pay Hamas money changers 10-20% commissions to convert their dollars into shekels. “This payment scheme reduced the real value of aid to Gaza residents by $2-4 million per month and increased Hamas’s monthly revenue by that amount. Perhaps more significantly, it ensured a reliable supply of U.S. dollar currency into Hamas’s control each month, which was necessary to pay smugglers and arms dealers who do not accept shekels as payment,” the lawsuit stated. Two of the plaintiffs are Gadi and Reuma Kedem, whose daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren were murdered by Hamas. “There is no pain in the world that compares to burying your children and grandchildren who were murdered and suffocated in their own home,” said Gadi and Reuma Kadem in a statement. “All that is left is to fight to hold those responsible for strengthening Hamas to account. UNRWA strengthened Hamas and transferred funds and financed the murders, acting as a full partner in the growth of Hamas terrorists. UNRWA and its directors are fully complicit in the murder of my children and family.” Released hostage Ditza Heiman, 84, was abducted from Kibbutz Nir Oz and held in Gaza by a UNWRA teacher. A father of ten, he held her alone in his mouse-infested attic and at times, brought her UNWRA rations. Heiman stated: “The fact that Hamas controlled Gaza was not an excuse for UNRWA to hire […]
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IDF Chief: Military Has Hamas’s Rafah Brigade On Brink Of Defeat [VIDEO]

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi announced yesterday that the military is nearing victory over Hamas’s Rafah Brigade in the southern Gaza Strip. During a visit to the city, Halevi praised the troops’ “very significant achievements” in the fighting, citing the high number of terrorists killed and infrastructure destroyed, including tunnels. Halevi highlighted the importance of the IDF’s control over the Philadelphi Route on the Gaza-Egypt border, stating that it has closed Hamas’s “oxygen pipeline for future smuggling.” He declared that the military is “clearly approaching the point where we can say we dismantled the Rafah Brigade. It is defeated not in the sense that there are no more terrorists in it, but in the sense that it can no longer function as a fighting framework.” The IDF Chief of Staff revealed that “many” of the Rafah Brigade’s operatives have been killed and encouraged the troops to continue their mission, saying “you will take care to kill as many terrorists as possible and destroy as much infrastructure as possible until the end of the mission here.” This statement indicates a significant milestone in the ongoing conflict, as the IDF continues to target Hamas’s military capabilities. (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)
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