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Four Arrested in Ukraine in Attack on Chabad Rabbi

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Police in Ukraine have arrested four suspects for the brutal beating and robbery two weeks ago of Chabad-Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Mendel Deitsch, who remains in serious but stable condition at a hospital in Israel.

According to local press reports, two men and two women from the Carpathian mountain region attacked Deitsch, 63, near the central train station in Zhitomir on the night of Oct. 6, or in the early hours of Oct. 7. They then fled the city with the rabbi’s cell phone and cash, leaving him bleeding and unconscious under a bridge near the station.

The suspects returned to the city a week after the attack and were identified and arrested by police two days ago.

The rabbi was discovered the morning after the attack and was admitted to the intensive care unit at a regional hospital, where he was diagnosed with multiple head injuries and brain trauma.

Deitsch underwent emergency surgery in Zhitomir while the victim’s family in Israel urgently worked with the Israeli government and emergency-services organizations in Jerusalem to arrange an airlift to Tel Hashomer hospital in Ramat Gan.

Deitsch has been active in strengthening Jewish life in the former Soviet Union for many years, and is a central organizer of hospitality and programming at the burial site of Chabad’s founder—Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, in Haditch, Ukraine, where Deitsch is believed to have spent Rosh Hashanah.

Republished from Chabad.org


Female Terrorist Dead in Attack at Tapuach Junction

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

A female terrorist attempted to stab a soldier at the Tapuach junction in Samaria just before 1 PM on Wednesday. The terrorist was shot and killed. No soldiers were injured in the attack.

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan isued a statement saying, “This new attempt against our daily routine, not to mention our holiday, will not success. I wish to thank the IDF soldiers for their alertness.”

Dagan noted that tourism events throughout Samaria “will proceed as planned. The tens of thousands of visitors who right now fill up the numerous tourist spots in Samaria are voting with their legs. May we continue to have a happy and quiet holiday.

Arab news agency Ma’an noted that the still unidentified female terrorist was the 224th PA Arab terrorist killed by Israeli soldiers and civilians since the wave of terror began to spread across the country 13 months ago.

David Israel

As B’Tselem, Peace Now Attack Settlements, US Tells UNSC Israel Sabotages Two-State Solution

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

In a move that appears to confirm Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu’s worst nightmare, Deputy US Ambassador to the UN David Pressman told a session of the UN Security Council on Friday that the US is “deeply concerned and strongly opposes settlements which are corrosive to peace,” blaming Israeli settlement activities in Judea and Samaria for creating ” a one state reality on the ground.”

The council meeting, titled “Illegal Israeli Settlements: Obstacles to Peace and the Two-State Solution,” was called by member states Egypt, Venezuela, Malaysia, Senegal and Angola. The meeting was pushed by the PA delegation, which earlier this year shelved an anti-settlement proposal in favor of a French-led peace initiative. Attendance was not mandatory and there was no vote, however, it was clearly a signal of things to come, with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry preparing to go after Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as soon as the Nov. 8 vote is cast.

Pressman pointed to the rise in the number of demolitions of illegally constructed Arab homes in Area C of Judea and Samaria as being of particular concern, and called on both sides to adopt policies that encourage rather than impede “implementing the two-state solution.” He also condemned Arab terrorism against Israelis, and argued that by inciting violence the PA is telling the world it isn’t interested in peace.

The Russian representative said the situation in the liberated territories is near “the moment of truth,” and insisted that “settlement construction must stop,” because it creates “Palestinian enclaves” which are disconnected from the world. “Israel needs security, but without the two-state solution, the threat to Israel will grow,”he threatened.

Hagai El-Ad, executive director of B’Tselem, and Lara Friedman, director of policy and government relations at the Americans for Peace Now, were the darlings of the special anti-Israel session. Friedman said that the Israeli investment in settlements shows the state is looking to thwart the two-state solution, and called on the UNSC countries to “send a message” to Israel.

Friedman told the council about an entire system inside and outside the Israeli government dedicated to constructing new settlements and expanding existing ones. She accused Netanyahu’s government of promoting the construction of 11,000 new settlement housing units between 2009 and 2015.

El-Ad complained that “Israel has systematically legalized human rights violations in the occupied territories through the establishment of permanent settlements, punitive home demolitions, a biased building and planning mechanism, taking over Palestinian land and much, much more.” He added that 2016 was the “worst” in terms of the number of illegal Arab structures that were demolished by Israel in Area C, which is under Israeli control according to the Oslo Accords.

Zionist NGO Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg addressed the remarks by El-Ad, saying, “As we have said all along, the term foreign-agent does not do justice to the disgraceful activities of B’Tselem against Israel, which is enabled by funding from foreign governments and the New Israel Fund. History will not forgive those who, in exchange for money, are willing to sell out their country, people, and land.”

Peleg added: “We expect the government to announce that it will cease providing National Service positions to B’Tselem. The organization should be distanced from all contact and cooperation with the IDF and government offices.”


Jerusalem Deputy Mayor: I Killed Housing for Arabs as Punishment for Terror Attack

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman, who also chairs the City Planning Commission, on Monday morning told Jerusalem Radio that he plans to “punish” the Arabs of eastern Jerusalem for Sunday’s terror attack, and has already deleted from his committee agenda all the construction plans for the city’s Arab neighborhoods. “We’ve arrived at the moment of truth,” Turgeman said. “Let’s put our cards on the table — the people in eastern Jerusalem want to kill and annihilate us. Why should we give them new opportunities every day?”

“The whole time we’ve been living with the false hope that these people, if we give them and help them and support them, would change their bestial behavior,” Turgeman continued. “But it turns out that nothing helps. Why should people die in Jerusalem, where is it written, who said it? We need to accept responsibility around here. And I’m going to make an example. I removed from the agenda all the construction plans for eastern Jerusalem. I took down all the plans. They say we should use carrots and sticks, well we’re fresh out of carrots, only the sticks are left.”

“It’s over, I take the responsibility, and if you don’t like it, fire me,” Turgeman said.

As chairman of the city planning commission, Turgeman  actually has the authority to change his committee’s agenda and prevent plans from coming up for a debate. Naturally, what would ensue are countless lawsuits by contractors and land owners who would argue the delays are rooted in external motives. For now the planning commission is going to be on hiatus for the Jewish holidays, so the chairman will have a chance to gracefully walk back his angry statement.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s office has released a statement saying Turgeman’s plan had not been “coordinated with the mayor and does not reflect City policy. The way to prevent terrorism is by fighting in an uncompromising manner and with a strong hand against those who choose the path of terror, incitement and violence — and concurrently by bolstering the moderates and serving those residents who want to obey the law.”

David Israel

A Soldier’s Mother: Shooting Attack in Jerusalem…

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Later they may release the video. I’m sure it was caught live. There are cameras there…there where I stood a little two hours ago. I parked the car, as I always do. I checked the time. Five minutes to the next train. Do I walk to the next stop or wait? I forgot my phone in the car…I go back and then rush to the train again. I minute later it comes and I get on…

I took pictures this week of the train in movement. I have to remember to upload the pictures. I get in the office – so much to do. Payroll needs to be done. Two students want to register. I want to buy some pillows to close up the open area on my bed. I need more oil for the Sabbath candles.

I’m on the phone when I see that David called. My world stops when a son in the army calls. I put the person on hold without hesitation and called him back. He’s on his way to an appointment – I thought maybe he missed the bus and wanted to take the car.

“Where are you?” he asks.

“I’m in the office. The car is at Ammunition Hill. Do you need to take it?”

There was a brief hesitation. “There was an attack at Ammunition Hill.”

My baby was calling to check on me. I don’t want him to do that. I don’t want them to worry about where I am.

Four people were hurt, including two in critical condition. A woman in her 60s has been taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds.Traffic has once again come to a standstill in all directions towards my home.

Dear God…

Paula Stern

UPDATE: Terror Attack in Jerusalem, Terrorist Neutralized, Two Dead Six Wounded [video]

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

There was a terror attack that began at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem, near the train stop, at 10:12 AM on Sunday morning.

The terrorist, driving in his car opened fire at the Jerusalem light rail train, wounding one woman critically. He then drove further ahead towards the Shimon Hatzadik train stop, and opened fire at a car on the road, wounding another woman.

The terrorist then drove into the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood (Sheikh Jarrah) and got out of his car. He opened fire at the Yassam police team who were chasing him.

One policeman was critically wounded, another was lightly wounded.

The terrorist was then shot and neutralized (killed).


Altogether, eight people have been wounded.

-One Man Critically Wounded – taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital

-One Woman Critically Wounded – taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital

-Three Moderately Wounded – taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus, Hadassah Ein Kerem, and Sharei Tzedek Hospital

-Three Lightly Wounded – taken to Sharei Tzedek and Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital

-Four treated for shock – on site


Photo: Hillel Meier / TPS


United Hatzalah volunteers from the Jerusalem chapter are currently treating injured and wounded individuals at a light rail station following the attack.

Yossi Amar, a volunteer medic with United Hatzalah who arrived first at the scene relayed: “When I arrived at the scene I found an unconscious woman. Together with other volunteers of the ambucycle unit of United Hatzalah we provided her with first aid treatment at the scene. We did not find any other people who sustained physical injuries. We then began treating people in the area for shock.”

Service to the Jerusalem Light Rail has been restored as of 11:15 AM.

Video: Police shooting the terrorist, while Arabs filming yell “Allahu Ackbar””

The Ammunition Hill train stop after the terror attack - Oct 9, 2016

The Ammunition Hill train stop after the terror attack – Oct 9, 2016 / Hillel Meier / TPS


Jewish Press News Briefs

Security Guard Shot, Critically Wounded in Attack on Moscow Choral Synagogue

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

A security guard was shot by an assailant during an attack over the Sabbath at Moscow’s largest synagogue, the Moscow Choral Synagogue.

This is the same synagogue which then-Israeli Ambassador Golda Meir and the first official Israeli delegation to Russia visited and attended services during their posting to Moscow.

Interior of Moscow Choral Synagogue, Russia's largest and most prominent Jewish house of worship.

Interior of Moscow Choral Synagogue.

Svan Ivan Borisovich, age 40, arrived at the scene with a gun and a canister of flammable liquid during later afternoon prayers, according to Interfax, and attempted to enter the building with 150 worshipers inside, saying he was going to burn down the building.

The house of worship, located on Bolshoy Spasogolinschevsky Lane in central Moscow, is the largest and most prominent Jewish house of worship in Russia.

Security guards at the site blocked him from entering and attempted to take the man across the street, at which point he withdrew the gun and shot one of them. The guard sustained gunshot wounds in the head and chest.

The other guards overpowered the attacker and held him until police arrived and arrested him. The wounded guard was rushed to a hospital, where he is listed in critical condition, according to Mediazone.

The suspect told reporters as he was taken away by police that he had opened fire and carried out the attack “for Russia.”

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/security-guard-shot-critically-wounded-in-attack-on-moscow-choral-synagogue/2016/10/01/

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