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October 4, 2015 / 21 Tishri, 5776
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Arabs Attack Jewish Baby and Children in Old City [video]

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Arab violence continues in the Old City of Jerusalem as they harass and even attack Jewish babies and children in the Old City, as the videos show.

Video #1: Arab kicks Jewish baby in a baby carriage (give it a minute to load):

Video #2: Arabs harass Jewish family and children as they walk back from the Kotel:

H/T IsraellyCool

Attorney General Clashing with Netanyahu over Changing Rules of Engagement Against Rioters

Monday, September 21st, 2015

(JNi.media) Government legal experts opposed the demand to ease the rules of engagement with live ammunition when there is a risk to civilian lives. Speaking at a special session convened on Sunday by the Prime Minister in response to the rise in violent incidents in the capital, the same experts did authorize the use of non-lethal weapons. They said an examination of the plan to ease the rules will continue.

Netanyahu’s office said that during the hearing the prime minister instructed his legal experts to re-examine the rules of engagement in order to “adapt them to the reality on the ground, so that the police can prevent and deter terrorism.”

Netanyahu told his cabinet meeting on Sunday about the policy changes he wished to enforce following the deterioration in the security situation in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. “The police have already used new measures under the new directives this weekend, and struck the stone throwers and Molotov cocktail throwers,” Netanyahu reported. “Today we will allow further expansion of the ability of police forces to act and will add forces to damage the rioters,” he said.

But there have been tensions between the political and legal participants in the debate about the rules of engagement, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again demanding that the legal team at the office of the Attorney General re-examine the rules in light of the escalation of Arab violence in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. According to NRG, the legal team told the Prime Minister that he cannot change the rules of engagement with live ammunition, which is why the AG’s office had approved police use of the Ruger .22 sniper rifle, a non-lethal weapon used by the military to disperse rioters. However, the Prime Minister’s repeated demand, the Attorney General stated that the examination of the proposed changes will continue.

According to preliminary reports, the police was supposed to present at the discussion a draft proposal, finalized with the Attorney General, on the changes in the permission to open fire on rioters, namely that police would be able to use live fire in cases of risk to civilians inside Israel. However, as the debate had begun, representatives from the Attorney General’s and the State Attorney’s offices stated their opposition to the draft.

Later on Sunday, Israel Radio reported that the Prime Minister said in a private conversations that he was determined to confirm his new anti-terrorism measures put forward earlier. Netanyahu reportedly said his government is the sovereign and it can decide. Netanyahu once again instructed his professional staff to examine changes in the rules of engagement for rioters who throw stones and Molotov cocktails, setting minimum sentences for said violations, and denying the parents of rioting minors their government entitlements, such as social security benefits.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein told Israel radio he objected to minimum sentences, but said he was inclined to agree if the penalties remain part of a temporary order and be applied only to adults, and not to children. Weinstein also opposed a change in the rules of engagement for police but agreed to clarify the rules again, in case of a misunderstanding.

According to the Prime Minister, “there is a new situation and we should match the punishment and the rules of engagement to the new reality. We can’t allow that in Jerusalem, our capital, or in any part of the State of Israel, the Galilee or the Negev, people would organize popular terror and start throwing bottles at passing cars, or stones that kill people. This will not become the norm here, the opposite norm will be enforced — we will stop you in mid-action, and punish you to the full extent of the law,” Netanyahu said.

IDF Soldier Injured at Joseph’s Tomb Protecting Jewish Visitors

Monday, September 21st, 2015


A mob of Palestinian Arabs rioted at the Tomb of the Biblical patriarch Joseph on Sunday night while Israeli Jews were praying at the site.

Twenty bus loads of Jewish visitors traveled to the tomb under the protection of the Israeli army, according to a report by Tazpit.

At least one IDF soldier was injured in the violence. He was evacuated to a nearby medical center, where he was treated and released this morning (Monday, Sept. 21).

During the Ten Days of Teshuva, as the intermediate days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are called, it is customary to visit the graves of ancestors and loved ones.

While the visitors were praying, the Arab rioters started to go wild, burning tires, and hurling stones and firebombs (Molotov cocktails).

Joseph’s Tomb is located in the ancient city of Shechem (known today also by its Arabic name, Nablus).

Jews require the protection of IDF soldiers to safely reach and pray at the site despite a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority ensuring access to the tomb.

Last month Arab terrorists attempted to torch and destroy the ancient tomb. The raging Arabs hurled rocks, bottles and firebombs at Jewish worshipers and IDF soldiers at the tomb in the wee hours of a Saturday morning on August 1.

The attack came in retaliation for an arson attack on a home in the nearby Arab village of Duma.

It is still not clear who perpetrated the attack, which killed three of the four family members who were home. However, it is believed by many that Jews torched the home due to Hebrew-language graffiti scrawled at the site.


Nof Tzion Home Firebombed, as Well As a Bus and Police Car

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Arabs threw 3 firebombs into a home in the Nof Tzion neighborhood, located near the Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber in Jerusalem, according to a Tazpit report.

The fire was put extinguished by an on-site security guard.

Some of the outdoor furniture was completely burned to a crisp and a window was melted and broken.

A woman who was in the apartment was evacuated for her safety, and was not injured.

Police are searching for the terrorists.

In related attacks, Arabs threw a firebomb at a police car in the Silwan, no injuries or damage were reported.

Arabs also threw a firebomb at a bus near Rachel’s Tomb, no one was injured, but the bus was damaged.

Arabs Erupt in Violence Across Jerusalem, 2 Rockets in Southern Israel

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

(JNi.media) Despite a massive police reinforcement in Jerusalem, clashes between Arabs and security forces raged Friday and Saturday, with serious disturbances in several refugee camps; a rocket exploding in Sderot and a Grad intercepted over Ashkelon—the IAF retaliated.

Friday’s violent clashes in Jerusalem included serious disturbances in the Shuafat refugee camp and in the neighborhoods of A-Tur and Issawiya. Molotov cocktails injured Border Guard officers in Jabel Mukaber, a predominantly Arab neighborhood in south-east Jerusalem. Arab rioters were wounded and arrested. There was another attack on the Jerusalem light rail.

Muslim prayers on the Temple Mount ended in relative quiet Friday afternoon, but at the end of the prayers, according to Ynet, the signal was given for Arabs to start rioting at several locations in Jerusalem. Starting at 1:00 PM Friday, Arabs threw stones at police and Border Guard at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. In A-Tur, about half a mile from there, on Mt. Olives, masked rioters hurled stones at police and Border Guard. Officers responded with riot control gear and one rioter was injured by police.

Around 3:00 PM an Arab threw a paint bottle at the light rail tram on the Shuafat line—no one was injured.

Around 4 PM some serious disturbances developed in the Shuafat refugee camp, with dozens of youths, some masked and others wearing gas masks, throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Border Police officers. One rioter, 18, a resident of Hebron, was arrested. The Border Guard also arrested and transferred for questioning a 17 year-old who was throwing stones at police in Wadi Joz.

There were extremely violent clashes in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood in southern east Jerusalem, where three border policemen were injured, one moderately and two lightly, from a Molotov cocktail that was thrown at them. An Arab who was shot in the leg was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in moderate to severe condition. Eight Arabs who were involved in the clashes were later arrested.

At 6:25 PM, Friday, police arrested a 17-year-old Arab who, along with several other young men, threw Molotov cocktails and stones at the security forces and a security vehicle in A-Tur. The local guard fired in the air to disperse the rioters. There were no injuries.

Around 8:00 PM, three Arabs were wounded lightly to moderately, one of them 13-years-old, during clashes between rioters and IDF and border police forces at the Rachel’s Tomb compound. The rioters threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the security forces, and in response the forces fired at them. The boy was evacuated by Magen David Adom paramedics to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem and the rest of the injured were evacuated by the Red Crescent to a hospital in the Palestinian Authority.

At 8:40 PM, sirens sounded in the city of Sderot and the Sha’ar HaNegev regional council, as a rocket hit southern Israel. The rocket, launched from the Gaza Strip, landed adjacent to a bus in the Sderot area, causing damage. Sirens sounded for a second time, at 11:31 PM, in the city of Ashkelon. That rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome Aerial defense system. No injuries have been reported.

In response to the attacks, IAF aircraft targeted three terror sites in the northern Gaza Strip.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, IDF Spokesman stated: “This evening’s acts of aggression are a clear reminder of Gaza’s commitment to violent terrorism. Israeli civilians should not have to live in fear, no one should. Hamas is the ruling power in the Gaza Strip and is therefore responsible, accountable and culpable for every attack emanating from Gaza.”

These were the 10th and 11th rockets to hit Israeli territory since January 2015.

Rules of Engagement Changing: IDF Fires at Firebomb Throwers, Police Request Sniper Training

Friday, September 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) The night between Thursday and Friday saw Arab terrorists throwing a firebomb at an Israeli vehicle traveling on the road connecting Elon Moreh and Itamar in Samaria, only to be fired on by an IDF force lying in ambush. One terrorist was hit and another was caught and arrested following a chase.

Following the incident, the IDF spokesman said that “the IDF will continue to act to foil terror in Judea and Samaria, and to protect the citizens of our country.”

The force commander, Lt. Col. Liron Batito, said: “The battalion warriors posted an ambush with a clear understanding of their mission: to prevent harm against Israeli civilians. The professionalism of the fighters and their pursuit of contact led to an admirable operational success.”

During his cabinet meeting at the outset of this week, following the recent terrorist attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared: “We will fight by any means necessary against stone, Molotov cocktails and pipe bomb throwers, and against those who fire flares to harm civilians and policemen. On the holiday’s eve it has been proven once again that throwing rocks can kill. Such actions will meet a very harsh response of the punishment and prevention. We will lead a systemic change and set a new standard of deterrence and prevention.”

In consequent discussions this week, as security instability had worsened in Jerusalem, police officials asked the IDF to help train police snipers. This marks a new approach by Israeli police to dealing with terrorists who are not using guns.

According to security sources, it was agreed that the IDF would grant the police request, as well as participate in laying ambushes during disturbances or near road segments known to attract terrorist attacks. “The knowledge about this resource is in the army’s hands, and so it’s the army that can help train the police,” the source added.

During the discussions Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon supported the police request to permit it the use of sniper fire—as did Netanyahu and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. Ya’alon also expressed willingness to help police get the training they require. At this point, the government is awaiting an approval by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to changing the police rules of engagement in Jerusalem as well as in Judea and Samaria.

Netanyahu Vows at Security Cabinet to Fight Arab Violence

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed at the Security Cabinet meeting to fight the rising tide of Arab violence with “all necessary measures” regardless of where and how the attacks take place.

Also attending the discussion were Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Jerusalem Affairs Minister Zeev Elkin, Transportation and Road Safety Minister Yisrael Katz, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Acting Police Commissioner Bentzi Sau. ISA Director Yoram Cohen, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen, Foreign Ministry Director General Dr. Dore Gold, attorney Isaac Molcho and other senior officials.

The prime minister was grim in relating to a Jerusalem Arab rock attack on the first night of the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana (Sun. Sept. 13) that killed a Jewish man in his sixties and injured his wife and daughter.

At the start of the meeting (Tues. Sept. 15) Netanyahu said bluntly, “We will use all necessary measures to fight against those who throw stones, firebombs, pipe bombs and fireworks in order to attack civilians and police.

“On the eve of the holiday it was again proven that throwing stones can kill. Such actions will be met with very sharp punitive and preventive responses. We will lead systemic changes and will set a new standard of deterrence and prevention.”

Cabinet members voted to examine changes in ‘open-fire’ orders, along with changes in the minimum sentences for attacks involving various types of “homemade” ammunition (such as rocks, firebombs, pipebombs and fireworks). Other changes to be considered are the imposition of heavy fines on minors who carry out such attacks, and fines on their parents as well.

Netanyahu emphasized that Israel is committed to maintaining the ‘status quo’ on the Temple Mount, but added that rioters would not be allowed to prevent Jews from visiting the Mount.

Arabs have increased the intensity and frequency of violent riots and attacks on the site in order to prevent any access to the area by Israelis and other Jews.

On Rosh Hashana, government security personnel were forced to use riot control measures in order to ensure that Jews were able to safely visit the Temple Mount compound — Judaism’s holiest site — on pilgrimage.

The prime minister ordered staff to schedule another discussion to be held next week to advance the steps decided on during the evening.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/netanyahu-vows-at-security-cabinet-to-fight-arab-violence/2015/09/16/

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