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Posts Tagged ‘Ar’ara’

Father, Brother of Tel Aviv Shooter Released from Custody

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Mohammed Melhem, the father of Tel Aviv shooter Nashet Melhem, has been freed from custody along with his son Ali.

The two men were released to house arrest on $1,270 bond in an agreement between the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet/Shabak) and attorney Nechami Feinblatt, a public defender who represents the family.

“I think the Shin Bet understands that the family wanted to help capture him and not help him,” the attorney said.

Both were held in custody along with six other relatives and friends last week while the killer was at large. They were arrested on charges of being accessories to murder, illegal association and conspiracy to commit a crime and premeditated manslaughter.

Melhem murdered three people in Tel Aviv on Jan. 1 using a weapon he stole from his father, a volunteer police officer. It was the elder Melhem who identified his son to police as the killer after seeing a video of the murders on television.

When he still was not captured within three days, the elder Melhem was taken into custody along with other relatives and friends. It later turned out that numerous family members did indeed know Nashet was back in the village; but they were reluctant to turn in one of their own. The subsequent pressure by Shin Bet operatives, leveraged via arrests and questioning, plus the gathering of DNA and other hard evidence, proved essential in ending the saga.

Nashet Melhem will be buried in his home village of Ar’ara in Wadi Ara in a small private ceremony on Sunday afternoon. The family is doing whatever it can to put this behind them, a relative said.

Hana Levi Julian

Feces, DNA Revealed Whereabouts of Tel Aviv Shooter

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

It was the bodily needs of the Tel Aviv shooter, an Israeli Arab, that proved to be his undoing. In Judaism, there is a blessing for the correct function of those things.

Israel Police and all the linked and jointly operating security forces received unstinting praise Saturday night from Israel’s two top leaders for finding the Tel Aviv shooter. Their work was particularly unpleasant.

Security officials used DNA testing and feces found in an abandoned building in Nashet Melhem’s village to track down the killer.

Melhem had fled north toward his home village of Ar’ara immediately after murdering three people in Tel Aviv on January 1 — something suspected by security officials at the time, but that could not be confirmed.

In actuality, he made it back within hours, officials told reporters after he was killed in a shootout at the village on Friday.

First he hid out in the fields. Then he found shelter in an abandoned building – that’s where Israeli security personnel found the first traces of his presence.

By the following Monday they had tracked him down to that building, located in a field within the village boundaries. But they had missed him; he was gone.

How did they know he was there? Human feces was found at the site. They took a sample and tested it; the sample matched Melhem’s DNA, according to Channel 10 television news. Ditto a spent cigarette butt, which also matched his DNA.

Both discoveries allowed Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich to calm the public in Tel Aviv by Tuesday, telling them it was much less likely Melhem was still in the area.

The killer was ultimately tracked to the home of a 76-year-old female relative who is hospitalized on a respirator. She has no idea that her home was used as a murderer’s hideout. The outside wall bears the name “Melhem” painted in blue Hebrew letters, a relative – Ahmed Melhem – told Channel 2 television news on Saturday night.

When Melhem saw the security forces coming to get him on Friday, he opened fire at them from the window of that relative’s home. He then tried to escape.

Security personnel had orders to try and take Melhem alive – if possible.

About 200 meters away, he jumped over a low wall into the yard of a neighbor, according to security officials. He turned and fired at security personnel chasing him – including an officer with a police dog (who was not injured).

That’s when Melhem was shot and killed by police who returned fire.

In response to questions from the television channel, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan emphasized that accomplices are still being tracked down. “We will arrest everyone who had a role in this,” Erdan affirmed.

One suspect told a judge at a hearing that a friend had reported seeing Melhem in the village, but he had not credited the report.

Ahmed Melhem, however, had a different view of the matter: “Maybe people didn’t want to get into a fight with him. The whole country knew how dangerous he was.”

On Saturday night Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement “on behalf of all the citizens of Israel” saying he wanted to thank “Israel Police, ISA, and the police special anti-terrorism unit” for their skill.

“They did their work professionally, methodically, day and night; they focused on the mission and they achieved it. All those who would murder Israelis should know that sooner or later we will find them, inside and outside the borders of the State of Israel. No one is immune. We will find the murderers and their accomplices,” Netanyahu warned.

Hana Levi Julian

Police: Tel Aviv Shooter Disabled Cab Camera After Pub Attack

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Police believe Tel Aviv shooter Nashet Melham disabled the camera inside the cab he hailed after his attack on a Dizengoff pub last Friday, according to a report Thursday by Channel 10 television news.

Melham, an Israeli Arab, apparently shot and killed Ayman Sha’aban when the driver, an Israeli Bedouin, refused to cooperate with his passenger’s orders to avoid a police checkpoint.

Investigators who found the abandoned taxi and Sha’aban’s body near the Glilot interchange also discovered the camera. They said the trip with Melham was not recorded: a clear sign the camera had been tampered with, probably before he murdered the driver.

Up to this point police have been circumspect in the information they release to the public about the investigation.

However, the demands of Sha’aban’s family to release footage of his murder seem to have resulted in their willingness to share the events in the cab.

Nearly all of Melhem’s family members, with the exception of his mother, have been arrested as accessories to the attack in which he killed two and wounded eight at the Simta pub. Melhem’s parents live in Ar’ara, in the northern Israeli area of Wadi Ara.

Included among those arrested is Melhem’s father Muhammed, a volunteer police officer. The elder Melhem identified his son as the perpetrator when he saw a video of the attack on television over the weekend, and who publicly pleaded with his son to turn himself in.

It was his father’s service weapon that Nashet Melhem stole and used to carry out his murderous attacks.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Police Hunt for Tel Aviv Shooter in Northern Israel

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

The manhunt for the Tel Aviv shooter has expanded into northern Israel after five days of fruitless searching for the killer in the city and its surrounds.

Israel Police Commissioner Inspector-General Roni Alsheich has ordered the deployment of officers to Arab towns along the northern 1949 Armistice Line, also known as the “1967 line” or Green Line.

Police began searching for Tel Aviv shooter Nashet Melhem in the area early Wednesday after concluding he has managed to escape from the city. Melhem and his parents live in the northern Israeli Arab town of Ar’ara, in Wadi Ara.

Melhem killed two people and wounded eight others last Friday in an attack on a Dizengoff Street pub, “Simta.” He is also believed to have murdered Bedouin cab driver Ayman Sha’aban of Lod. Melhem allegedly hailed the cab right after the murders and rode with Sha’aban to an open area near the Glilot interchange, then allegedly killed him and escaped.

Although his father, volunteer police officer Muhammed Melhem identified his son last week after seeing video footage of the attack and pleaded before media for him to turn himself in, he was arrested Tuesday as a possible accessory. Two of the shooter’s brothers had already been arrested on Saturday.

In addition, the shooter’s brothers and a number of other relatives and friends have been arrested as well. All have been charged as possible accomplices in his escape.

His mother was also taken into custody Tuesday for questioning but she was not charged.

A large contingent of police and other security personnel are now involved in hunting for Melhem in northern Israel.

A Muslim Arab from eastern Jerusalem is also involved in the efforts to capture Melhem.

Mazen Qaq, chairman of the Committee of Jerusalem’s Old City Merchants, has offered a substantial cash reward for viable information leading to Melhem’s capture.

“We need to stop with the ‘Arab against Israeli’ narrative,” he said. “We are all cousins who wish to live in peace.”

 

Hana Levi Julian

Brotherhood of Murdered Kin Protest Release of Arab Israelis (VIDEO)

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Zichron Yaakov is a picturesque Israeli town near the coast, situated between Haifa and Netanya.  It is one of the oldest settled areas in modern Israel, and its quaint stone-paved streets, combined with wineries and stores displaying local artists’ wares and Israeli fashion makes it a favorite destination.

It is in the town of Zichron Yaakov that two families lived, nearly as neighbors, although they never met each other until common tragedies united them – the first tragedy being when each family lost a member to terrorist murders by Arab Israelis.  And now another tragedy looms: the potential release of those murderers in a political deal with no reciprocity at all from the other side.

In November, 1980 Corporal Avraham Bromberg was 10 minutes outside of Hadera on his way home to Zichron Yaakov, when he took a ride from the wrong Israelis.  These two, Israeli Arabs, members of Fatah, kidnapped Bromberg and later shot him at point blank range.  Then they dumped him out by the side of the road to die.

It took three years, but the Israeli Defense Forces and the Shabak captured Bromberg’s two murderers: Karim and Mahir Younis.  Karim was a student at Ben Gurion University when he was arrested.

The Younis men were brought to trial.  All three judges imposed the death penalty for all three defendants.

But, as Avi Bromberg, the nephew born one year after Avraham’s murder told The Jewish Press, the death penalty has rarely been carried out in Israel’s history. On appeal, the death sentences for Mahir and Karim Younis were commuted to life imprisonment.

But the commutation was not enough for the Younis family, which has been disappointed by Israel’s treatment of Karim and Mahir.  You see, the family hoped that their relatives would be part of the Shalit prisoner exchange.

“My brother has been in jail for 26 years. Even a life sentence has its limits – it’s like that all over the world. It’s only here that we’re treated differently… if this is a democracy than the law should apply to everyone equally,” is what Nadim Younis said at the time the Shalit exchange was first being discussed.

While it is unlikely that anyone in the Israeli government was persuaded by Nadim Younis’s twisted reasoning, perhaps someone had noticed that at least one Israeli was sympathetic to the murdering Younis mishpocha.

Writing in Haartetz in October, 2011, Gideon Levy wrote   movingly about an “Israeli Arab, Karim Younis, who provided transportation to Maher Younis who in turn killed a soldier, has been sitting in jail for 29 years without a single furlough, without a single phone call, even without any reduction in his sentence.” Levy was castigating Israel for only expressing joy at the release of Gilad Shalit and his reunification with his family, yet failing to rejoice with the families in Gaza whose sons were returning home to them.

Speaking with The Jewish Press on Monday, Avi Bromberg revealed something that had not been discussed before.  His uncle, Avraham, and one of the Younis murderers, were in high school together in Hadera.

Avi was speaking by telephone with The Jewish Press while sitting with a brother of another Zichron Yaakov family member who had been murdered by Israeli Arabs – also three cousins from the Arara Valley – ten years after Avi Bromberg’s murder.

NIGHT OF THE PITCHFORKS

When Guy Friedman entered the IDF in 1990, his original unit was with the Navy SEALs, but due to a leg injury he was subsequently transferred to a regular combat unit.  Late in the night of February 14, 1992, as he slept, three Israeli Arabs infiltrated the base near Mt. Carmel at which Friedman’s Nahal unit was conducting training exercises.

The infiltrators used axes and pitchforks to hack to death Friedman and two fellow soldiers, Yakov Duvinsky and Yuri Perda.  This attack shocked Israel both because of the brutality of the murders, but also because the killers were Israeli citizens.  All three were members of the terrorist group Islamic Jihad.

These Arab Israeli murderers, also from the infamous Arara Valley, were tried and convicted.  The judges hearing the trial found all three deserved three consecutive life sentences.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Bedouin MK May Only Bring One Wife to Swearing-In

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Taleb Abu Arar, the new Bedouin Knesset Member from the Raam-Taal party, is facing an unusual dilemma, according to this morning’s Maariv: which of his two wives to bring to the ceremonial plenum next week, when he swears allegiance to the Knesset and the state.

In the end, it appears that the freshman MK solved his dilemma in a simple manner: “I’m not inviting any family,” he said on Sunday. “I decided to invite only dignitaries from the Negev region.”

Abu Arar has an impressive personal record: he is an attorney, teacher, chairman of a workers committee and a school vice principal. In the past he also served as head of the local council of the Bedouin village of Ar’ara in the Negev.

The new MK is married to one wife who is 8 years his senior and has given him “almost ten children” (goes the official bio). His younger wife, who is 22, has already given Taleb one child, and lives in her own house in Ar’ara. The young couple spent their honey moon in Cairo.

Abu Arar’s two wives have been a well known secret among the Arab MKs. A source inside his party told Maariv that Abu Arar is not violating the state anti-bigamy laws because the younger woman is officially only his mistress.

When there’s a will…

Jewish Press Staff

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