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May 6, 2016 / 28 Nisan, 5776

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Shabak Arrests, Interrogations, without Lawyers, Yield Picayune Charges

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Over the past few weeks, Israeli media have been publishing leaked bits of information from the Shabak—Israel’s clandestine police, and from rightwing sources, on the secret arrests of Jews in Judea and Samaria, in preparation for another case against “Jewish terrorists.” The suspects, adults and young teens, were kept away from legal counsel, as has been the norm rather than the exception in the workings of the Jewish Section of the secret police, not to be confused with the Yevsektsiya—the Jewish Section of the Soviet secret police. In a manner similar to the workings of their Soviet predecessors, however, the Shabak was definitely preparing a show trial, exposing once and for all the Jewish terrorists lurking everywhere in Judea and Samaria with murder in their hearts.

After all those weeks of isolation and rough interrogation, with the suspects’ human rights being trampled as only a secret policeman knows how to do, the indictments that were brought against the seven suspects on Monday include little more than being a group of Jewish settlers who have had it up to here with Arab violence.

The central suspects are two minors, ages 16 and 17, and a soldier, 19, from Nachliel, a Haredi communal settlement in Judea and Samaria located close to the Arab villages of Beitillu and Deir ‘Ammar, about 14 miles from Modi’in. The other suspects are Pinhas Shendorfi, 22, married and living in Kiriat Arba; Itamar Ben Aharon, 20, of Nachliel; Shneur Dana, in his 20s, married and father of children from Maale Ephraim; and Michael Kaplan, 20, from Nachliel. Three of the suspects are brothers, and Dana is married to their sister.

Arab car in Beitillu, allegedly burnt by the accused.

Arab car in Beitillu, allegedly burnt by the accused.

The indictment charges that the seven suspects “wanted, among other things, to spread fear and panic among the Palestinian residents of Judea and Samaria, on the one hand, and on the other hand to deliver messages to the security forces and to the Israeli public on security issues.”

In other words, none of them are accused of, say, murder, or even manslaughter. They are accused, and according to Walla have already confessed to causing damage to property in a number of neighboring Arab villages. They apparently threw Molotov cocktails on one occasion at a house in an Arab village north of Ramallah last November 20, but it was deflected by a window. On December 22 they are accused of throwing IDF issue gas grenades into a house in another Arab village. They also sprayed graffiti on walls belonging to Arabs, saying: “Revenge,” “death to the Arabs,” “Jews, Wake Up,” and “Revenge, Regards to the Prisoners of Zion,” the latter being the subject of some controversy as to what they actually meant — they most likely meant the Jewish administrative prisoners who are lingering in state jails without an indictment against them, by the stroke of the pen of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud).

The seven are also charged with illegal possession of weapons and membership in an illegal organization, although the organization appears to be this family in Nachliel. The prosecution says they constituted an extremist and violent organization which systematically attacked Arabs and their property “with full awareness of the possibility that they might harm human lives, even after the results of the arson of the Duma village house, and, in effect, inspired by it.”

In the end, the indictment comes down to accusing the defendants of hating Arabs and expressing their hatred in dangerous ways. In other words, harassment and disorderly conduct with illegal weapons involved.

Frankly, that’s a little disappointing for such a production.

David Israel

Jerusalem Bus Bomber Dead, Other Arrests Made

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

By Jesse Lempel/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – The Hamas operative who detonated a bomb on a Jerusalem bus this week has died in an Israeli hospital, the Israeli police confirmed on Thursday, partially lifting a gag order on the investigation. A police spokesperson further revealed that several other suspects have been arrested.

Abdel Hamid Abu Srour, a 19-year-old Hamas operative from the town of Beit Jala near Bethlehem, detonated an explosive device on the number 12 public bus in Jerusalem on Monday, injuring 20 people, including one seriously. Abu Srour died of his wounds on Wednesday in Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. The Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency) characterized the bombing as a “suicide attack.”

The police, Shin Bet, and IDF conducted extensive raids in Bethlehem on Tuesday, arresting multiple Hamas activists who are suspected of helping Abu Srour plan and carry out the terror attack.

Further details of the investigation remain under a gag order.

Following Abu Srour’s death on Wednesday evening, the Hamas terror organization claimed responsibility for the attack and called him a “martyr.” Spontaneous celebrations erupted in Bethlehem and Gaza, with people passing out candy in the streets to celebrate the bus bombing.

Four victims of the terror attack are being treated at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center. Three are in the intensive care unit on respirators, said Hadassah spokeswoman Hadar Elboim on Thursday.

“We will locate the men who created this bomb, we will reach the men who sent the bomber as well as the ones behind them,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after Monday’s terror attack. “We will settle the account with these terrorists.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Shabak Arrests Jews for Attacks on Arabs

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

by Michael Bachner

The Shabak on Wednesday released a statement that it has arrested members of a so called “Jewish terror cell,” including at least six individuals who carried out attacks against Arabs during the second half of 2015.

It should be noted that several thousand Arabs were involved in various levels of attacks on Jews at the same time period.

All the alleged attacks took place in the Talmonim bloc, northwest of Ramallah. Most of the suspects are residents of the community of Nahliel.

The Shabak statement said that the suspects confessed to the allegations and that reenactments of the incidents “revealed an extremist violent organization that was fully aware of the possibility that their acts may have killed people. The arrests prevented further attacks.”

The Honenu legal aid society issued a response saying the suspects have not been allowed to meet with an attorney for more than ten days and that they may have given false confessions.

“Most of the offenses discussed in this case did not involve casualties and are no more than quarrels [between neighbors],” responded attorney Aaron Rosa, who is representing some of the suspects. “This system of preventing a suspect from meeting with his lawyer in every security-related investigation is wrong. This may result in false confessions and is a disaster for democracy.”

The Shabak claimed that the “cell” was responsible for an attack in November, 2015, in which firebombs were thrown into a Palestinian family’s home in the village of al-Mazraa al-Qabaliya. The firebomb hit a window without entering the building and did not result in casualties. The phrases “death to Arabs” and “revenge” were sprayed in Hebrew graffiti on the building.

According to the Shabak, the cell also attacked the village of Beitillu in December, 2015. Smoke bombs were thrown into a house inside which a family was sleeping. Hebrew graffiti, including the Hebrew word for “revenge” (Nekama) was sprayed on the building. No one was injured.

Additionally, the “cell” allegedly set fire to several Arab owned cars and attacked a farmer with sticks and tear gas.

The suspects are Itamar Ben Aharon, 20, Michael Kaplan, 22, Pinhas Shandorfi, 19, who is a soldier, and two minors. They face indictment in the coming days.

The Tazpit News Agency

11 Arab Terror Fugitives Arrested

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Israeli forces arrested 11 terror suspects late Friday night in region-wide operations throughout Judea and Samaria.

Nine of the fugitives were accused of terrorism-related violence against civilians and security personnel.

Five of the suspects were arrested in the Hebron area. Two were picked up in Ouja, north of Jericho.

Two members of the Hamas terrorist organization were arrested in Samaria not far from the Palestinian Authority capital city of Ramallah.

All of the suspects were transferred to Shin Bet intelligence agents for interrogation.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Troops Arrest 14 Terror Suspects

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Israeli soldiers arrested 14 wanted Arab terror suspects in various operations late Wednesday night and into Thursday morning.

The arrests took place in different locations throughout the Judea and Samaria regions.

The suspects were transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

Hana Levi Julian

17 Arab Terrorist Suspects Captured, Assault Weapons Cache Discovered

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

It was another busy night for Israeli security personnel as troops found a weapons cache in the Judean Arab town of Yatta, and “mapped out” the home of a terrorist in Samaria.

Joint operations involving IDF soldiers, Israel Police and Border Guard Police officers led to the capture and arrest of 17 wanted terrorist suspects in Judea and Samaria late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

Two of the detainees were members of the Gaza-based Hamas terrorist organization. The others are accused of violent attacks on Israeli civilians and security personnel. All were transferred to the appropriate authorities for interrogation.

A cache of Kalashnikov assault rifles, hunting rifles and rifle sights was found by an IDF combat unit of the 401 Brigade armored division in the town of Yatta, a sprawling Hebron suburb south of the ancient city.

Hana Levi Julian

15 Terror Suspects Captured in Judea, Samaria

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

IDF soldiers arrested 15 Arab terrorist suspects late Saturday night and into Sunday morning in various locations around Judea and Samaria.

Four of the suspects were members of the Gaza-based Hamas terrorist organization, who were caught in the Palestinian Authority-controlled Hebron suburbs of Beit Awa and Adna, and in Shechem.

The other 11 suspects, captured in various areas around the region, were arrested on suspicion of participating in terror attacks and other forms of violence such as riots.

In addition, The Tzabar battalion of the IDF Givati infantry brigade seized a weapons cache after a raid in Hebron. Among the arms that were confiscated was a handgun, an M-16 assault rifle and a large quantity of ammunition for the weapons.

All suspects were transferred to security personnel for interrogation. None of the soldiers were harmed in the operation and all returned safely to base.

Hana Levi Julian

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