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April 26, 2015 / 7 Iyar, 5775
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Thousands Attend Funeral of Israeli Killed on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

By Anav Silverman and Matti Bernhardt

Thousands paid their respects to Shalom Yochai Sherki, 25, who succumbed on Thursday morning to grave injuries he received when a car that slammed into a bus stop that he was standing by on Wednesday night, April 15 on French Hill.

Police in Jerusalem have indicated that there is a strong case that the motive for the driver who struck Sherki and a 20-year-old woman may have been nationalistic. Israel’s Chief of Police Yohanan Danino said on the Thursday, April 16, that first suspicions indicate that the car slamming was a terror attack, “especially in light of the fact that the incident took place on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.”

The driver of the car is a 37-year-old Arab man from the Anata village near Jerusalem. He was also injured and following medical treatment will be questioned by the Shin Bet. At the funeral, Shalom’s father, Rabbi Uri Sherki, said that his son saved the woman standing next to him. “Go dear son, it is not difficult because your noble soul is ascending straight to the King of Peace.”

Sherki is the brother of Israeli Channel 2 News reporter, Yair Sherki, and the son of a prominent Orthodox Rabbi Uri Sherki. Shalom Sherki worked as a tour guide in ‘Masa Israel’, a program that strengthens Jewish, Zionist and Israeli identity among Israeli teenagers and soldiers. He was also a counselor at the Bnei-Zvi Yeshiva in Beit-El.

Representatives of the Bnei-Zvi Yeshiva told Tazpit News Agency that “Sherki was a wonderful man, full of life, with a constant smile on his face. He always wanted to help. He taught his students the importance of giving and loving God. We have yet to grasp the death of this special man”.

After standing during the siren in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day, the head of the Bnei-Zvi Yeshiva said that “Sherki has joined the millions of Jews who died in the Holocaust only because they were Jewish”.

The Beit-El Regional Council also spoke with Tazpit News Agency, saying: “Beit-El is in mourning together with the Sherki family over the murder of Shalom Sherki in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem yesterday. We send our condolences to his father, Rabbi Uri Sherki and brother Yair, and to the entire family”.

Shalom Sherki’s funeral took place today at 17:00 in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul Har Hamenuchot Cemetery.

The mother, Ada, of the 20-year-old girl who was hit in the car ramming last night has asked the public to pray for her daughter, Shira, who is in serious but stable condition at Hadassah Ein Karem hospital. She also said that her family offers their condolences to the Sherki family.

If the police conclude that this was indeed a terrorist attack, it will be the eighth such car-ramming incident within the past seven months where Palestinians have run over both soldiers and civilians.

On October 22, 2014 a terrorist ran over 8 people in a Light Rail station in the Giv’at Hatachmoshet neighborhood of Jerusalem, injuring six and killing two. Two weeks later, 14 people were injured in a similar attack, including 3 soldiers of the Border Patrol, in the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood in Jerusalem. In November, an Arab tried to run over two children in the Neve Zuf community in the Benjamin area. On December 3, an Arab stole a car from a Jewish citizen near the Migdalim junction in Samaria, running him over and killing him. A week later, a terrorist tried to run over civilians in the Old City of Jerusalem.

In 2015, a terrorist tried to run over soldiers in the Al-Hader junction in Gush Etzion on January 8. On March 6, 7 people were injured, including 4 soldiers from the Border Patrol, when an Arab from east Jerusalem ran them over at a Light Rail station in northern Jerusalem.

Terror Attack Foiled Near Yitzhar

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

An Arab terrorist tried to stab hitchhikers near the Little Yitzhar Junction on Thursday afternoon.

The Arab approached a group of Israeli hitchhikers asking them for water.

When one of the Israelis went over to give him a bottle of water, the terrorist pulled out his knife.

One of the hitchhikers at the hitchhiking post then pulled out his gun and fired a warning shot in the air.

The terrorist dropped the knife and ran away into the nearby village of Burin.

Update on Status of Tel Aviv Bus Terror Victims

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Three of the victims from the terror attack on the Tel Aviv bus last week still remain hospitalized in Ichilov hospital.

The bus driver‘s condition is improving and he is now listed in light to moderate condition.

One woman is still in the ICU and she is listed in moderate but stable condition.

Another woman is in the ENT ward and she is listed in moderate but stable condition.

In the Loewenstein Rehabilitation hospital in Raanana, one man is still unconscious. He lost his eye in the attack, and has deep head wounds.

Doctors at Loewenstein were able to reattach the hand of a second victim, which was nearly completely cut off by the Arab terrorist.

Refuah Shleimah to them all.

The terrorist is also still alive, and is hospitalized in Wolfson hospital in Holon. An Israeli citizen snuck into his room and video taped him.

Tel Aviv Bus Terrorist

Fearful Way Home

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Shots were fired at four Israeli vehicles in Route 465, in the Benjamin Regional Council, on Wednesday evening, January 14. Although no injuries or casualties were sustained, the shooting is an uncommon event that could signify the deterioration of the already fragile sense of security, for the residents of Israeli communities in the Benjamin Regional Council.

Tazpit News Agency spoke to Yechiel Kapach, the secretary of the Neve Tzuf (Halamish) community located in the Samaria hills.

“A terror attack that includes shooting is very rare, while stone-throwing terror attacks are much more common. They occur on a daily basis,” Kapach told Tazpit.

“The number of attacks depends on the general political situation in the country. When tension rises we see more terror attacks and when tension goes down we see less.”

Terror attacks include stone-throwing, shooting incidents, firework directed at people and cars as well as usage of Molotov cocktails. Tazpit News Agency reports that during December 2014 there were 27 stone-throwing incidents on the 465 route alone.

The 465 route is used by Israelis and Palestinians alike. It starts in the Benjamin Regional Council and crosses the green-line at the Rantis Checkpoint. Kapach told Tazpit News Agency that “the second you cross the Rantis Check point, it’s the wild wild west.”

“There is a real problem of sovereignty and enforcement of the Israeli law. We feel the lack of sovereignty in civil issues such as driving or illegal building for example, and it projects onto security issues,” he pointed out.

Kapach also added that Neve-Tzuf’s inhabitants felt so disappointed by the IDF’s inability to control security related incidents, that they started their own civil guard.

“I hope Israel can strengthen its sovereignty and enforce Israeli law so that real security will prevail.”

Likud Proposes Multipoint Plan to Fight Arab Terrorism in Israel

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Likud MK Yariv Levin is proposing an 8-point plan to combat Arab terrorism in Israel, according to a Yediot Achronot report.

The plan takes the form of “temporary legislation”, presumably for the duration of this current security crisis.

The proposal was put together at the behest of PM Netanyahu, who asked for proposals to help fight this current wave of Arab terrorism and restore Israeli deterrence.

The plan includes the following measures:

1) Citizenship: Israeli-Arabs engaged in terror or cooperating with terror attacks will lose their Israeli citizenship. And if they are Palestinian Authority Arabs, then their residency status.

2) Deportation: Following completion of their prison sentences, Arab terrorists will be deported out of Israel.

3) Funerals: Terrorists will not have funerals.

4) Unmarked graves: Terrorists bodies will be buried in locations unknown to the family.

5) Home demolitions: The homes of the terrorists will be destroyed within 24 hours.

6) Masked rioters: Masked rioters throwing stones, shooting fireworks, and those participating in those riots will be arrested and held in jail until legal proceedings against them are completed. That includes anyone waving an enemy flag (“Palestinian” flag) during riots. Anyone convicted will lose their National Insurance benefits and driver’s license for ten years.

7) Family: Family members who express support for their relative’s terror attack will be deported to Gaza and will lose their citizenship.

8) Printing: Printing businesses that print posters supporting terrorism will be closed.

In addition the proposal allows business owners to query the police about an employee’s security offenses, and fire them without fault.

As deterrence measures go, these could actually work,m and work well.

But it is highly unlikely that the plan could actually pass in its current form, as there are too many civil rights issues it rides roughshod over.

But some parts of it might pass muster, and perhaps simply having anything stronger on the books might be enough to help begin deterring Israeli-Arab terrorists and their supporters.

2 Yeshiva Students Injured in Friday Night Terrorist Attack

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Two student from Yeshiva Beit Orot on the Mount of Olives were injured Friday night when Arab terrorists set upon them as their group of 8 unarmed students were walking to their Yeshiva, coming back from the nearby Beit Hachoshen where they went for evening prayers.

The Choshen is a building on top of the Mount of Olives where 5 families reside, and has a hall that is serves as a local synagogue. It is a 15 minutes walk from Beit Orot.

One of the Jewish students, age 24, was slashed in the back with knife, a second, age 21, suffered a head injury from a metal pole wielded by the group of Arab terrorists. At least one Molotov Cocktail was also thrown at the group, and just barely missed hitting them.

The group of student, including the two wounded Yeshiva students ran the rest of the way back to the Yeshiva, and MDA ambulances transported them to Shaarei Tzedek hospital where they were stitched up. They were listed in lightly injured condition.

Residents of the area are angry that there wasn’t an active police presence on the A-Tur road, where numerous attacks against Jews and tourists repeatedly happen.

Just before Shabbat, according to Jerusalem councilman Arieh King, the local police commander announced a curfew for Jewish residents of the area, stating that any Jews found walking outside in Mount of Olives areas would be arrested. No such astounding announcement was made for the violent Arabs.

Yishai Fleisher, a local resident and JewishPress.com contributing editor told JewishPress.com that the residents will continue to walk the roads of Jerusalem, and the police had better get their act together, “The police need to defend our rights to walk the streets of Jerusalem, not curtail them.”

Yishai adds, the police didn’t place an actual general curfew on the residents from going outside, but unconditionally “forbade” the students from leaving via the back, southern gate of Beit Orot which leads only into Arab areas where rioting is happening.

Policemen Injured Near Temple Mount

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

3:49 PM: Two policeman have been injured by Arab stone throwers near the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, in the past hour.

One was hit in the shoulder, the second in the head when a cinderblock was dropped or thrown at them. Both have been listed as lightly wounded.

Both have been transported to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital.

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