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July 27, 2016 / 21 Tammuz, 5776

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FBI Arrests ISIS Supporter Who Wanted to Attack JCC

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

FBI agent Benjamin Trentlage said that Mahin Khan, 18, who has been charged with plotting a terrorist attack on a motor vehicle office in metro Phoenix and instructed undercover FBI informants on building homemade grenades, told an undercover FBI agent that he wanted to attack a Jewish community center in his hometown, AP reported Wednesday.

Trentlage testified that Khan expressed a desire to attack the Jewish community center in October 2015, in conversation with an undercover FBI informant. According to Trentlage, Khan wanted to use pressure cookers to make homemade bombs, inspired by the Boston Marathon bombings.

On the day of his arrest, Khan left a voicemail for an undercover FBI informant expressing his admiration for the attack that killed 49 in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Trentlage testified. The FBI has charged that Khan wanted to inspire an Islamist insurgency in the US to carry out attacks similar to the ones in Paris and Brussels, and communicated online with a member of ISIS and with a Pakistani Taliban, requesting weapons and instructions on homemade explosive. But it isn’t clear whether those really were members of the two groups.

According to Trentlage, Khan described the Motor Vehicle Department in Mesa, Arizona as a soft target, saying “it would have a lot of people and relatively low security.” Khan preferred that office over a DMV office in Tucson because the sheriff’s office was located nearby.

Agent Trentlage testified on Tuesday at a bond hearing for Khan, who pleaded not guilty to charges of terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism and conspiracy to commit misconduct involving weapons. Khan was denied bail following his July 1 arrest. His bond hearing continues on Wednesday, when his attorneys will probably question the FBI agent.

JNi.Media

Turkish Government Fires Tens of Thousands After Coup Attempt

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Tens of thousands of government employees have been dismissed by the Turkish government in the wake of last week’s failed coup attempt.

Every department, every area of government has been affected by the event, from the judiciary to security to administration.

Some 9,000 judges, prosecutors, security personnel, religious leaders and others were arrested and taken into custody earlier in the week. The courts ordered 85 generals and admirals jailed as well. In addition, 9,000 police officers were fired Monday by the Interior Ministry, which then dismissed another 8,777 more employees on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Education fired 15,200 employees, and the Board of Higher Education “requested” the resignation of 1,577 university deans across the country.

At least 3,000 military personnel were arrested and held in custody over the weekend. Nearly 500 clerics, imams and religious instructors were dismissed by the Directorate of Religious Affairs. Nearly 400 staff members were fired by the Ministry of Family and Social Policy.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meanwhile has continued to advocate for the restoration of the death penalty. His government has formally submitted an extradition request to the United States for the deportation of elderly Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by the Turkish leader of fomenting and driving the attempted coup.

Gulen has denied any involvement in the plot and has said he will cooperate with the extradition if the U.S. decides to expel him.

Secretary of State John Kerry responded to the Turkish government with a request for concrete evidence connecting Gulen to the coup as a condition for cooperation by the U.S. with the extradition request.

Hana Levi Julian

7 Arab Terror Fugitives Captured in Judea, Samaria

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Israeli security forces captured seven terrorist fugitives in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

The arrests were made in various locations throughout Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria.

An IDF spokesperson said three of the suspects were allegedly members of the Hamas terrorist organization.

Four of the suspects were accused of involvement in violence against civilians and security forces.

All seven of the detainees have been transferred to security personnel for questioning.

Hana Levi Julian

11 Terror Fugitives Rounded Up

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Security personnel rounded up 11 terrorist fugitives over the weekend, beginning on Friday with the start of the holiday weekend.

The arrests were made by IDF soldiers in various locations around the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories throughout Judea and Samaria.

Most of those who were taken into custody have been charged with terrorist activity and violence aimed at civilians and security personnel.

All suspects were turned over to security officials for further questioning.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Forces Arrest 16 Terror Fugitives

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Israeli Border Guard police and IDF security forces captured 16 wanted fugitives overnight in various locations across Judea and Samaria.

Of those, 14 Palestinian Authority Arabs were accused of terrorist activities and other violence against civilians and security forces.

Two of the detainees were senior Hamas officials, including one who served as the former Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoner Affairs.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Soldiers Capture 3 Terror Fugitives, Find Weaponry

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Israeli security personnel captured three wanted terror suspects in the wee hours of Monday morning (May 2).

The arrests took place during operations in Judea and Samaria.

One of the suspects was taken into custody during an operation in the Arab village of Ein Umm a-Shrait, south of Ramallah in the Palestinian Authority-controlled area of Samaria.

A second fugitive was captured in the Arab town of Tzurif in Judea, southwest of the Jewish town of Bat Ayin. Tzurif is known as a Hamas terrorist stronghold.

The third suspect was arrested in the ancient Judean city of Hebron, whose population is today divided between Arabs and Jews, and where several terrorist groups maintain their regional headquarters.

All three suspects were transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

In addition, during the night, IDF soldiers from the Kefir Brigade found weaponry near the Qalandiya crossing. The gun and its related hardware were turned over to security personnel for investigation.

Hana Levi Julian

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

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