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Israel Railways Chief Says Attacks Thwarted on Train System

Cars drive on a highway as a train enters a station in Tel Aviv, Israel November 25, 2018. Picture taken November 25, 2018. REUTERS/Corinna Kern

The chairman of Israel’s train system told a conference on Tuesday that unknown foreign actors have repeatedly tried to hack the country’s rail system.

“There were attempts of a cyber attack on the trains, though we were not harmed,” said Moshe Shimoni, the chairman of Israel Railways at Yediot Ahronot’s National Resurgence and Resilience Conference. “We held a cyber week where we prepared for such a scenario, we raised awareness as much as possible, and we are fully protected.”

Shimoni’s announcement comes days after an El Al flight was targeted by hackers during a trip from Thailand to Tel Aviv. El Al said “hostile elements” had tried to divert the plane from its intended destination.

Shimoni further detailed how in the aftermath of the October 7 massacre, when Hamas terrorists broke into southern Israel amid thousands of rockets, slaughtering over 1,200 Israeli and taking hostage more 240, train service continued to function despite the weekly closure for Shabbat.

“The stations were closed, because it was on Saturday, and they quickly turned into soldier pick-up stations. At about 5:00 p.m., we received permission to operate trains to transport soldiers from north to south, and vice versa.”

According to Shimoni, over 1,000 rail workers were called for reserve service, causing initial delays for regular train transport. Operation have returned to normal though, he said, with all stations operating except for one in Sderot, which  was attacked by Hamas.

“We currently carry 220,000 passengers per day. This just shows how important the trains are,” he added. At the conference, Shimoni detailed the plans for expansion of the train, of which new stations in the center will be opened in the next two years to provide closer service for residents in places such as Petah Tikva and Bnei Brad.

Seven railway workers were murdered by Hamas, according to Shimoni. In their memory, seven citrus trees have been planted in one of the railway’s main compounds.

“We will find the way to commemorate together with the families,” he said. “The families know this, we will accompany them as much as possible.”

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OCAD University student is seeking $1M in damages—alleging a lack of protection from threats and abuse

Samantha Kline, 22, presented photos of antisemitic graffiti she says targeted her.

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad Releases New Propaganda Video of Israeli Hostage

Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov as seen in a propaganda video released by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Photo: Screenshot

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group on Tuesday released a short propaganda video featuring Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov, 28, who was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists during Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre across southern Israel.

The 30-second undated video shows Trufanov, an Amazon employee, identifying himself and saying that he will soon discuss what has happened to him and other hostages in Gaza.

Similar videos have been released by terrorists groups in Gaza. Israel has lambasted them as psychological warfare.

Trufanov’s mother said in a video released by the family that she was happy to see her son after all this time, but “it was heartbreaking” that he had been a hostage for so long.

Trufanov was an engineer at the Israeli microelectronics company Annapurna Labs, which Amazon owns.

Hamas-led Palestinian terrorists abducted over 250 people during their Oct. 7 onslaught. Trufanov was kidnapped alongside his mother, grandmother, and girlfriend.

All three were released as part of a temporary ceasefire agreement negotiated in November. His father, Vitaly Trufanov, was one of the 1,200 people killed during the Hamas massacre.

“The proof of life from Alexsander (Sasha) Trufanov is additional evidence that the Israeli government must give a significant mandate to the negotiating team,” the Hostages Families Forum, which represents the families of the hostages, said in a statement.

More than 120 hostages remain in Gaza, which is ruled by Hamas. Islamic Jihad is a separate but allied terrorist organization in the Palestinian enclave. Both are backed by Iran, which provides them with money, weapons, and training.

Negotiations brokered by Qatar, Egypt, and the US to reach a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas in Gaza have been stalled for weeks.

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Gal Gadot’s Action Movie Nabs Second Place on Netflix List of Most Watched Films in Second Half of 2023

Gal Gadot as Rachel Stone in a scene from the trailer for “Heart of Stone.” Photo: YouTube screenshot

Netflix released its engagement report that details the films with the most views from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2023, and Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s action thriller Heart of Stone secured the number two spot with 109.6 million views.

The film — starring Gadot alongside Jamie Dornan and Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt in leading roles — was the runner-up to Leave the World Behind, the drama starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, and Ethan Hawke that garnered 121 million views on Netflix.

Heart of Stone, directed by Tom Harper, was released on the streaming giant on Aug. 11 of last year. The action film is about international intelligence operative Rachel Stone, played by Gadot, who goes on a mission to protect an artificial intelligence system, known as The Heart, from falling in the wrong hands. The film was produced by Pilot Wave, a company founded by Gadot and her husband Jaron Varsano.

Gadot also stars in Netflix’s most popular film of all time, Red Notice, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds.

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