Police in Istanbul on Tuesday arrested six suspects in connection with the New Year’s Eve nightclub attack that killed 39 people, a security official told Anadolu.
On Monday, eight people were arrested by Istanbul anti-terror police. An anonymous police source revealed that these first suspects are already “testifying.”
Police would not release the names of the 14 suspects, but according to Anadolu none of them is the actual lone gunman who carried out the attack at the Reina nightclub early Sunday morning.
Authorities have released security camera images of the suspected killer, who shot dead a police officer and civilian outside the club on the European shore of the Bosporus before entering and opening fire on the people inside.
A Jewish man, 18, was arrested during a tour of the Temple Mount Sunday morning for saying Sh’ma Israel, Honenu legal aid society reported. The young man’s glasses were broken in the altercation with police.
When the young man’s tour group reached the eastern side of the Temple Mount, he asked to speak and said, “The news is full of Amona and all the fires. I don’t know about divine thinking, but I know God told the people of Israel – you don’t care about My Torah, or about the site of My Temple, so what’s the point in your thinking whether it’s the fault of the Arabs or not. It’s our fault. So we have to cry out in a loud voice, Sh’ma Israel, [Hashem Elokeinu, Hashem Echad].”
Police who were accompanying the group immediacy rushed the young man, breaking his glasses. He was arrested, and is being represented by Honenu attorney Rehavia Pilz.
In Israel, Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount is completely forbidden. Jews may enter only to visit the place, and only at limited times. Muslims are free to pray on Temple Mount five times a day, every day. Jews are forbidden from singing, praying, or making any kind of “religious displays.” These include closing one’s eyes for a suspicious length of time while moving one’s lips, and even making a blessing on an apple. Jews who are observed making those religious gestures are quickly pointed out by Jordanian Waqf agents to Israeli police on site, resulting in arrests and followed by court bans against these individuals.
During times of political tension and fear of riots, on Fridays and some Jewish or Muslim Holy Days entry to the Temple Mount area is restricted to Muslim men over a certain age, which varies according to decisions taken by security officials. The restrictions do not concern Muslim women, who can enter regardless of their age.
Israel’s Declaration of Independence states: “The State of Israel […] will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”
Combined IDF, GSS and Police forces arrested 15 wanted Arabs in Judea and Samaria early Tuesday morning. Eight of the wanted are suspected of terrorism and violent disturbances. Two are members of Hamas. The suspects were taken to interrogations by security forces.
Ottawa police on Saturday arrested a teenage boy who is accused of painting swastika and other racist graffiti in local religious communities, CBC News reported. The Ottawa police chief announced the arrest to the Machzikei Hadas Synagogue in south Ottawa, which had been defaced by the boy.
The young man was arraigned on several charges Saturday morning, including making threats and mischief against religious buildings.
According to police, the boy was caught after defacing a Jewish community center in west Ottawa, his sixth attack. Earlier last week he attacked after two synagogues, a Jewish prayer center, a mosque and a church.
Several Canadian political leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, and Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi condemned the racist attacks.
Police arrested two brothers, residents of Prospect, CT, late Thursday night for shouting anti-Semitic slurs at and threatening a Jewish family at Bradley International Airport, the Hartford Courant reported. According to reports, the head of the family was wearing a yarmulke. The two brothers, Nicholas and Anthony Diorio, 27 and 29 respectively, face charges of intimidation based on bigotry or bias, breach of peace and interfering with police. Both brothers had to post $10,000 bail and will be arraigned Nov. 9 at Superior Court in Enfield.
According to the Courant, airport State police were notified shortly after midnight Thursday about two men who were shouting slurs at and threatening the family, who kept away but took ample photos of the brothers, their car and their car license plate. State police later arrested the brothers in their Prospect home.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Friday strongly condemned the “verbal assault of a visibly identifiable Jewish traveler at Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, CT,” and applauded the Connecticut State Police for their “swift and appropriate response.”
“We have seen a recent spike in anti-Semitism around the state and country, and this act apparently fueled by bias is an unfortunate reminder that we have significant work still to do to combat anti-Semitism,” said ADL Connecticut Regional Director Steve Ginsburg. “When a victim is chosen because of his or her religion, the impact resonates beyond just the person targeted it can leave the entire community feeling vulnerable. This lack of civility, respect and kindness ignore our country’s shared value of religious diversity. We applaud the Connecticut State Police for their swift action and investigation.”
The windshield of the first car in the Light Rail train was smashed by the rocks thrown by the terrorist. The perpetrator was caught immediately following the attack by police at the scene.
Hundreds of thousands of shekels — if not millions — have been spent on repairs to the Light Rail cars taken out of service due to the damage inflicted by stone-throwing, firebombing Arab terrorists from Shuafat.
The attacks are not only senseless in destroying transportation for their fellow residents, but they also are self-destructive in eliminating an efficient and low-cost means for Arab commuters to reach their jobs in the center of Jerusalem, where most enjoy well-paying salaries and generous benefits.
Four residents of the Palestinian Authority village Wadi Nis, adjacent to Efrat, were arrested by Palestinian Authority officials last week for attending a reception marking the Jewish Succot festival in Efrat. The gathering was hosted by Revivi and attended by senior military and police commanders in the Judea and Samaria region.
Palestinian Authority officials initially said the men would be charged with “normalization with Israel,” considered a crime in the Palestinian Authority, but later statements indicated the men were being held in protective custody.
Speaking to Tazpit Press Service (TPS) by phone Tuesday, Revivi said Israeli officials were virtually the only voices that called for the men to be released. He noted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s call on the international community to work to help free the men, and added that efforts to secure the mens’ release included senior IDF officers.
Revivi also said that several members of the US Congress and State Department did act to get the men released. But he, Netanyahu, Glick and others added that repeated pleas to foreign diplomats, Israeli left-wing groups and international organizations to intercede with the Palestinian Authority on behalf of the detained men fell largely on deaf ears.
“I contacted every member of Meretz and B’tselem to get them to press the PA to release them,” said Dr. Yitzhak Glick, a resident of Efrat and member of Shorashim/Judur, a local co-existence group that brings Jews and Arabs from the Gush Etzion region together. “Zahava Gal-on was the only one to respond, and even she only wrote me a formalistic note that she would try to ‘do something’, but nothing more.
“Even Gershon Baskin, who’s got top-level contacts throughout the Palestinian world and goes around the world crowing about how he negotiated the deal for Gilad Shalit’s release, told me there was nothing he could really do. So I have to ask – where were B’tselem, Human Rights Watch and the rest of the groups that are normally so concerned with Palestinian rights?” Glick steamed.