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July 2, 2016 / 26 Sivan, 5776

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Congressional Hearing on European Anti-Semitism to Address Post-Brussels Attack Threats

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

In the wake of the recent terrorist bombings in Brussels and threats of violence against European Jewish communities from ISIS, a congressional hearing on what needs to be done by law enforcement agencies to anticipate and prevent future attacks will be conducted on Tuesday by Congressman Chris Smith (Rep-NJ), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE).

“Anticipating and Preventing Deadly Attacks on European Jewish Communities” is the title of the hearing to be held by the CSCE, also known as the United States Helsinki Commission, on Capitol Hill.

Violent anti-Semitic attacks doubled in some European countries between 2013 and 2014—in some others they quadrupled—and remained high in 2015. ISIS has instructed its followers to prioritize targeting European Jewish sites and killing European Jewish people. The terrorists who attacked the Jewish Museum of Belgium, Great Synagogue in Copenhagen, and kosher supermarket in Paris, all claimed ISIS allegiance. Other Islamist terrorist groups are similarly committed and Neo-Nazis, fringe nationalists, and people across the religious and ideological spectrum have committed violence against European Jewish communities.

The hearing will also focus on lessons from the partnerships between Jewish communities and law enforcement agencies that can help counter terrorism and improve security in European countries more broadly.

The committee has invited the following witnesses:

Rabbi Andrew Baker, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office on Combating Anti-Semitism, and Director of International Jewish Affairs, American Jewish Committee.

Jonathan Biermann, Executive Director, crisis cell for the Belgian Jewish community.

John Farmer, Director, Faith-Based Communities Security Program, Rutgers University.

Paul Goldenberg, National Director, Secure Community Network.

Smith has represented NJ’s 4th Congressional district since 1981. The district includes the counties of Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean. Smith is a social conservative, a Roman Catholic and a Reagan Democrat who switched from the Democratic to the Republican party in 1978.

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Israeli Stabbed by Unidentified Attacker in Holon

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

A 28-year-old Israeli man in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon was stabbed numerous times Tuesday night.

The man, who sustained multiple stab wounds, is in serious condition. He was evacuated to a nearby hospital after telling police the attacker – who escaped – was an Arab.

Forces are searching for the stabber.

Police are investigating. It is still not clear whether the incident is criminal or terror-related.

Hana Levi Julian

Arson Burns Holy Books at Givat Sorek, Near Karmei Tzur

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Once again, Arabs from the Palestinian Authority violated the sanctity of a Jewish house of worship. They burned the holy books with which Jews pray, first taking time to pile them ruthlessly, carelessly, and then setting them alight.

The holy books were burned Friday night in the synagogue in Givat Sorek, adjacent to the Jewish community of Karmei Tzur in Judea, south of Jerusalem, nestled in the Judean Hills.

The site is located on a strategic hill overlooking the location where the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens were found in 2014. The synagogue itself is a place where people go to meditate and pray; a site visited daily by Jewish children, teens and adults alike. It’s a house of prayer; a youth center; a tour site.

It’s also important to note that the arsonists took the time to pile up the holy books before setting them afire. In Karmei Tzur, the residents have taken this very hard, the Gush Etzion spokesperson sources said.

“It is difficult to come to terms with the fact that in the very heart of the country, something like this takes place, which reminds us of some of the darkest events in our history, not even a hundred meters away,” residents said.

“It is dangerous to allow this to continue,” they said. “It is necessary, and possible, to put an end to this,” they added.

Davidi Perl, head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, said, “These difficult pictures send chills over one’s entire body. I am sure the survivors of Kristallnacht and the founders of Gush Etzion never dreamt they would see burnt holy books under Israeli rule. The Israeli government must take control over the Arab rampaging that is turning Israeli lives and society upside down.”

Tazpit News Service contributed to this article.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Terrorist Stabbing Foiled Near Hebron

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

An Arab terrorist attempted to stab Israelis at the Beit Anoun junction near Hebron early Tuesday afternoon.

According to reports from the scene, no Israelis were injured in the attack.

Armed with a knife, the attacker “attempted to stab a soldier security the Beit Anoun Junction near Hebron,” an IDF spokesperson said.

“Responding to the imminent threat, forces at the scene fired towards the assailant, resulting in his death.”

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Terrorist Opens Fire at Gilboa-Jalame Checkpoint

Friday, December 11th, 2015

An Arab terrorist opened fire at security personnel stationed at the Gilboa checkpoint in Samaria on Highway 60, north of Jenin and south of Afula, on Friday morning.

The shooter approached the checkpoint on foot and began firing at personnel from a distance of several dozen meters away, according to Israel’s Defense Ministry.

Security personnel returned fire and the attacker fled, according to the report.

It is not known whether or not the terrorist was wounded in the shootout. IDF soldiers and other security forces are searching for the attacker.

No Israelis were reported wounded in the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Update: School Guard Attacked in Afula

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Initial reports indicate that 2 masked people attacked a school guard in the northern town of Afula, at the Nofim school, according to a TPS report.

The attack happened around 7:30 AM.

The 50-year-old guard was lightly to moderately injured according to MDA, and the guard says the attackers stole his weapon.

The guard has a head injury after being hit with an iron pole.

The attackers have escaped.

Police believe the attack was criminal, apparently in order to steal his weapon.

Searched are going on for the attackers.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Update: 55-Yr-Old Jew Stabbed by Arab Near Meitzad in Gush Etzion

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

One Jew was wounded Sunday morning in an Arab terror attack at the entrance to Metzad, a hareidi-religious community of 535 people, located in the Gush Etzion block in Judea.

According to the IDF, “Initial reports suggest two assailants disguised as ultra-Orthodox men attacked the Israeli in Gush Etzion. The Israeli responded to the attack, firing towards the assailants before they fled the scene. Forces are currently searching the area for the perpetrators.”

Moments before, the victim exited his car due to the hail of rocks hurled at the victim’s car and those already on the road. One of the terrorists then attacked the Israeli, stabbing him in the chest, and then fled.

The 55-year-old Israeli victm was treated at the scene and then rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem, where he is listed in fair condition.

At about the same time, Border Guard Police officers detained an Arab during a routine search on Sunday morning as he tried to cross a checkpoint at the Tapuach Junction.

The suspect was held for questioning by security officials.

TPS /Tazpit contributed to this report.

Hana Levi Julian

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