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The terrorist who murdered two and wounded 10 others in his attack on October 18 at the central bus station in Be’er Sheva has been buried, quietly.
Al-Okabi was heavily guided by Hamas in carrying out the attack from start to finish, according to Israeli authorities. At the end, he was shot and killed by security personnel.
The full CCTV footage of the attack was eventually released by Israel Police.
The family of Muhannad al-Okabi was told Friday to prepare his grave but few other details were shared about when to expect the body.
Early Sunday morning, the terrorist was allowed to be buried, with specific conditions, in the cemetery of the Negev Bedouin town of Hura. The town is located on Highway 31, halfway between Arad and Be’er Sheva, close to the Shoqet Junction.
The funeral was small, brief, quiet and limited to close friends and family members, exactly as Israel Police instructed, in order to minimize any positive impact, praise or grandiosity resulting from the proceedings.
The burial was welcomed as the final page of a chapter to be closed by more than a few in a town where terrorist groups have taken hold, to the displeasure of an older generation that has formed strong bonds with Israeli society.
A rift has begun to develop, not only in Hura but in other Bedouin communities as well, where radical philosophies heard elsewhere are starting to clash with local attitudes and beliefs.
Israel Defense Forces entered Ramallah on the strength of intelligence from the Shin Bet and captured an Arab fugitive who attempted to stab Israelis at the Tapuach Junction on October 30.
Bassal Abu Alia, born in 1989, is accused in connection with the attack, along with a secon suspect. Alia, who lives in the Arab village of Muayaer, in Samaria, was injured when he attempted the attack, according to the allegations.
The would-be attacker was evacuated from the scene by the Palestinian Authority’s Red Crescent emergency medical response service. After an initial admission to an urgent care facility he was transferred to a medical center in the PA capital city of Ramallah.
After his discharge, however, he spent the past week hiding in a Ramallah hotel, hoping to avoid arrest by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).
Early Thursday IDF engineers accompanied by an elite unit of soldiers demolished the Shechem (Nablus) apartment in Samaria of the Arab terrorist who murdered Rabbi Eitam and Na’ama Henkin before the eyes of their four young children.
Rajab Ahmed Mohammed Aliwa was the commander of the Hamas terrorist cell that opened fire on the vehicle in which the Henkin family was traveling to the town of Elon Moreh on October 1 of this year. Aliwa was a member of the Hamas military wing in Shechem (Nablus).
Five suspected terror cell members were arrested within 24 hours of the murders in a joint operation by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), Israel Police and the IDF.
“After receiving confirmation that the road was ‘clean,’ the shooting cell set off in their car, identified a vehicle belonging to the Henkin family and opened fire. After the [victims’] car stopped, two members of the cell got out of their car, and fired again, from very short range, on those in the vehicle,” the Shin Bet said in its statement on the arrest of the cell of five operatives.
The homes of three other terrorists who participated in the attack have already been leveled.
On Wednesday, the home of another terrorist, Ibrahim Al-Akri, 47, was demolished in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.
Al-Akri, a Hamas operative, carried out a ram-and-stab attack in his mini-van at the Shimon HaTzadik stop for the Jerusalem Light Rail, just outside the Shmuel HaNavi neighborhood.
Al-Akri drove his van directly into the crowd of people waiting at the stop and then left his vehicle and attacked bystanders with a crowbar. Border Guard Police Officer Jedan Assad, 38, a Druze officer, died in the attack, as did young yeshiva student Shalom Aharon Ba’adani, age 17.
Al-Akri was shot and killed by police at the scene.
(JNi.media) The UAE government says it does not plan to change its relationship with Israel any time soon, despite Israel’s announcement of opening its first official diplomatic mission in the UAE, associated with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), headquartered in Abu Dhabi, 7 Days reported.
The UAE Foreign Ministry’s Director of Communications Maryam Al Falasi said on Friday: “The International Renewable Energy Agency is an international, independent agency that works according to the laws, regulations and norms that govern the work of such organizations. Any agreement between IRENA and Israel does not represent any change in the position of the UAE or its relations with Israel.”
The UAE does not recognize the state of Israel, and Al Falasi stated that missions accredited to IRENA are limited to dealings with agency business, nothing more.
“They do not, under any circumstances, cover any other activities and do not involve any obligation upon the host country with regards to its diplomatic relations or any other relations,” she said.
A statement issued by IRENA on Friday said that under its own agreement with UAE, signed back in 2013, the Gulf State host is responsible for facilities and services to ensure the proper functioning of the agency. “The headquarters agreement grants all IRENA members the right to establish permanent missions accredited to the agency, to strengthen the global platform it is creating for cooperation in the field of renewable energy,” the statement said.
The IRENA statement added: “Israel is a member of the agency. Under the agreement, the work of member missions is confined to engagement with the agency in implementation of its work program focused on the uptake of renewable energy, and bears no implication on the relation between the member of IRENA and the host country.”
When everyone began trying to understand the waves of Arab violence and terror hitting Israel, all sorts of explanations were proposed.
Personally, I’m sticking with simple bloodlust, as I’ve pointed out before.
Yes, there is the Islamic and Arab cultural baggage that fuels their fervor, but it’s always been bloodlust that sends them over the edge, moving from slogans to concrete actions.
But the other question is, what ignites this Sudden Jihad Syndrome, where repeatedly, a middle-class Arab from Jerusalem or other Israeli cities, wakes up and decides to stab a Jew or run him or her over?
I’m pointing out that the terrorists are middle-class Arabs for a reason.
The Arab scholar Bassam Tawil began looking into the family lives of these terrorists. He visited their homes and discovered that they didn’t live in poverty, they weren’t uneducated people, they weren’t jobless.
In Tawil’s words, they were “leading comfortable lives, with unlimited access to education and work.” They were from normative, middle class Arab homes.
Most were educated, popular, good-looking, had jobs, and their families are stable and financially secure members of their communities.
So what drives a normal, middle-class Arab young man or woman to suddenly wake up, take a knife out of his mother’s kitchen and get in his car to go kill Jews?
Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point” has been on my mind for a while now (I don’t have a copy in front of me, someone borrowed it and didn’t return it). Gladwell talks about “epidemics” and what makes them happen – what is the impetus that “jolts” a stable situation out of equilibrium – in our case, a low level of violence, to almost daily stabbings and vehicular attacks by a particular kind of person, who might otherwise sit next to you on the bus or light rail on the way to work, or serve you in the store or restaurant you frequent.
What triggered my memory is a story Gladwell tells in his book of a suicide epidemic that hit Micronesia, also known as the Werther effect. It is a spike and cluster of suicides in a community that follow a well-publicized suicide.
Wikipedia describe it as:
The Werther effect not only predicts an increase in suicide, but the majority of the suicides will take place in the same or a similar way as the one publicized. The more similar the person in the publicized suicide is to the people exposed to the information about it, the more likely the age group or demographic is to die by suicide. The increase generally happens only in areas where the suicide story was highly publicized. Upon learning of someone else’s suicide, many people decide that action is appropriate for them as well, especially if the publicized suicide was of someone in a similar situation as them.
There’s another similar epidemic, now called the Columbine effect, where the killers idealize the original massacre, try to duplicate it, and more so, try to improve upon it to reach it’s idealized form as they imagine it.
I can’t imagine a more fitting description for what we are facing in Israel.
An Arab runs some Jews over, gets out of the car and then tries to stab the Jews, the Arab terrorist is then shot and killed, or alternatively, an Arab takes his mother’s knife, walks around, stabs a Jew, the terrorist is then shot and killed. The story gets elaborated on, that the Jews planted the knife, or the breaks failed. The video/photo/story is then posted to Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.
Attack. Kill. Post. Watch. Repeat.
One of the proposed solutions in communities where these suicide epidemics hit, is for the local media to stop reporting the incidents, and that helps end the epidemic. Of course, in the age of social media, that’s damn near impossible, so the situation just feeds on itself, until some other factor changes, and it peters out.
Gladwell discusses three possible areas of change: the Law of the Few, the Stickiness Factor, and the Power of Context.
The Law of the Few: These are the trend-setters that first start an idea and the social connectors who get the idea out to their wider group of friends and followers.
The Stickiness Factor: This is the slogan. A contagious message connected to the act that keeps the act in mind. It could be some minor tweak to a well-worn message that suddenly gives it impact and for some reason turns it into an earworm that won’t get out of your head.
The Power of Context: This is what you see around you. People act and react based on the physical and social environmental cues around them. Our current situation fits this formula (and the previous waves fit similar formulas).
The Arabs see cool, middle-class Arabs suddenly getting up and killing a Jew using one of two easy methods, the youth gets killed, it gets posted on the internet by key social media connectors, and then widely distributed and watched – the Law of the Few.
The Arabs link the attacks to a slogan – in this wave’s case, the Jews are changing the status quo (which every time Netanyahu says that he isn’t, but uses those words, he triggers them even more). A second message has also developed which is “the Jews planted the knife” – The Stickiness Factor.
And finally, the Arab community hears repeatedly from their imams and in their mosques, on social media and at home, how the Jews are executing innocent Arabs and planting knives near their bodies, and they must defend Al Aqsa which the Jews are destroying. The returned bodies get a hero’s funerals. Other terrorists get streets and schools named after them by the PA government, and their jailed terrorists get healthy salaries. Those are the constant environmental cues around them, telling them that Arabs must take action against the Jews, and it’s OK and even heroic to do so – the Power of Context.
These three rules defining what pushes an act over the tipping point, turning it into an epidemic, can perhaps also provide clues on how to end the epidemic.
The Law of the Few: We have four “guilty parties” in this case, the people videoing the events, the people posting the videos to the “right” groups and pages, the social media platforms and the newspapers. You can’t have newspapers not report the latest terrorist attack, but perhaps they could be less gruesome about their reporting. Similarly, the popular social media platforms and video sharing platforms could be told to block and remove the videos. But alternative social-sharing platforms will just pop-up or become popular, if the current ones start restricting usage.
One could go after the people making and posting the videos, but again, it’s a widespread phenomena.
So we may be stuck with limited ability to affect this rule, but it’s worth looking into, nonetheless.
The Stickiness Factor: The message is the message. Proving it false clearly doesn’t work, and in fact even antagonizes them more, perhaps due to the cognitive dissonance it evinces.
We may be stuck with no ability to change their message, and the best move is to not even discuss it, or try to react to it – Netanyahu should not have even talked about the status quo or the Temple Mount.
The Power of Context: The environment is something we actually can change and affect.
If no terrorist bodies are returned, they can’t hold public celebrations.
If imams are inciting hatred and publicly repeating the message then isolate and arrest them.
If the messages are being transferred through social media and video sharing platforms, then identify those audiences most likely to be affected and temporarily shut down access, ranging from WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube, to internet and cellular access in specific neighborhoods and phones until things calm down.
When Israel put up the temporary wall in Jeruslaem and threatened to revoke residency rights from the terrorists and their families, that changed the environment, and caused those who understood what that meant for their lives to influence and control those family members more susceptible to the terror meme.
Israel disrupted the environment.
Israel non-violently forced the families to change the conversation. They still hate Jews, and they aren’t any less scared of dying, but the conversation now also says there’s too high a price to pay for heroically acting on the terror, and the rest of the family would suffer unacceptably.
A comparable price tag can be found for the Arabs in Judea and Samaria, which would similarly disrupt the conversational environment that provides positive context for the attacks.
We’re facing an epidemic of terror.
But now that we understand it, we have the tools to control it and keep it in check, if we’re prepared to use them.
Police have identified the Arab terrorist who stabbed three people in the central Israeli city of Rishon Lezion on Monday afternoon.
Imad al-Tarde, 19, an Arab resident of Hebron, was detained after “a stabbing spree on the streets of Rishon Lezion,” according to IDF Spokesperson Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner.
At least two of the three victims – an elderly woman and a middle-aged man — were seriously injured in the attack.
Police prevented Israeli citizens from beating and kicking the attacker, whisking him away from the scene after he was detained. Al-Tarde was transferred to security personnel for interrogation.
Rishon Lezion is located south of Tel Aviv.