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CNN Headline: ‘Migrant Lynched at Bus Station’

Monday, October 19th, 2015

CNN strikes again.

It began its coverage of Sundays night’s terrorist attack on Be’er Sheva’s c central bus station with a headline stating, “Migrant Lynched at Bus Station.”

The headline later was changed to “Israel soldier, bystander dead after bus station attack by Bedouin,” but the main content of the article was the killing of the African worker whom a guard thought was one of the terrorists.

CNN correctly pointed out that bystanders kicked the wounded migrant, who was repeatedly shot by the guard, but made no mention of the attack itself except to state that the Bedouin “went on a shooting spree…killing an Israeli soldier.”

It returned to report the outrage at the beating and accidental murder of the migrant.

No mention was made of the wave of terror, the fact that the terrorists wounded several together people, including policemen and civilians.

Murdered IDF Soldier to be Laid to Rest in Sdei Hemed

Monday, October 19th, 2015

The IDF Golani soldier murdered in Sunday night’s terror attack on the Be’er Sheva Central Bus Station has been identified as Sergeant Omri Levi, age 19 and a resident of Sdei Hemed.

Sergeant Levi was murdered when Muhaned al-Okabi, a resident of the nearby Negev Bedouin town of Hura, entered the bus station armed with a pistol, ammunition and a knife. Police have arrested a family member who is suspected of having aided and abetted al-Okabi in planning and carrying out the attack.

The terrorist shot and killed the young soldier, grabbed his M-16 rifle and began spraying the waiting passengers. His mother was raised in Gaza before marrying a man who is an Arab citizen of Israel — allowing her to remain on this side of the border. Other details remain under gag order.

IDF Corporal Omri Levi, posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant, will be laid to rest Monday afternoon at 4 pm in the cemetery of Sdei Hemed, an agricultural community near Kfar Saba.

Four other military personnel were wounded in the attack, including one who sustained serious injuries.

Negev Bedouin Resident of Hura was Terrorist Attacker in Be’er Sheva Central Bus Station

Monday, October 19th, 2015

The terrorist who carried out the deadly attack on the Be’er Sheva central bus station Sunday evening was a 21-year-old Israeli Arab resident of the nearby Bedouin town of Hura, police say.

The mother of Muhaned al-Okabi was raised in Gaza, but under Israeli law she was allowed to cross the border after marrying an Israeli Arab citizen. The couple settled in Hura.

The rest of the case remains under gag order.

The fact that a resident of a Negev Bedouin town has joined the ranks of the Palestinian Arab terrorists, however, is deeply troubling.

It’s a game-changer in terms of its implications for Jews living in southern Israel, particularly for those living in the northern and eastern sections of the Negev. This is where Jews and Bedouin live cheek-and-jowl together, and co-existence is a reality, not an abstract concept discussed over coffee or at a symposium.

“The revelation that Hura has turned the corner to join Hebron’s ‘terrorist central’ mentality is scary for Jews living in Meitar, Arad, and Omer, each just minutes away – let alone Be’er Sheva, the central hub where everyone passes through,” Natalie J., a resident of Arad, told JewishPress.com on Monday.

There are more than 250,000 Bedouin living in the Negev, a vast region that comprises approximately 60 percent of the state’s land.

That population outnumbers the Jewish population in the region, which is comprised mostly of immigrants who do not mind the inconvenience of inadequate transportation, lower salaries, and a lack of jobs and services.

Despite all of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s promises, those living on the periphery are still pioneers and face hardships others know little or nothing about. In the south, that complicates traumatic events even further, due to a lack of funding and resources.

Sunday’s attack by a local Bedouin may in fact represent a further risk to the Negev Jewish population. If so, it will require a defense plan similar to that being considered for Judea, Samaria and the integrated parts of northern, southern and eastern Jerusalem.

Gazans, Lebanese Palestinians Celebrate Be’er Sheva Central Bus Station Terror Attack

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Palestinian Arabs both south and north of Israel celebrated the flow of blood from Jewish bodies in a terror attack on a central bus station on Sunday night.

The Hamas terrorist organization issued a statement saying it “praises and welcomes today’s fatal shooting attack in Be’er Sheva.”

The terror group called for more attacks but stopped short of claiming responsibility for the deadly shooting spree which claimed the life of at least one Israeli and wounded seven others.

Palestinian Arabs in Lebanon also celebrated the attack with “heavy celebratory gunfire,” according to a Lebanese Internet site.

Lebanon’s MTV site reported Sunday night that celebrations “erupted in the al-Beddawi and Ain el-Hilweh camps” after news of the terrorist attack on Be’er Sheva’s Central Bus Station reached the area.

Alert Arab Parents, Southern District Police Prevent Terror Attack

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Here’s a positive report about a teenage wannabe terrorist in the south who didn’t get her chance in the spotlight.

The Israel Police “100″ hotline received a call late Wednesday night warning that a 15-year-old Arab girl was missing from her home in Be’er Sheva. The girl had recently moved with her family to the southern Israeli city from the Judea and Samaria region.

The girl’s parents told the two police officials who went to the family’s home about a text their daughter had sent, in which she announced: “Soon they’ll be seeing me on TV.”

This immediately raised the suspicions of the officers, who activated intelligence and technological units to search for the girl.

She was quickly located at the northern train station in Be’er Sheva, where police picked her up and took her to the local precinct for questioning.

During their investigation, the teen admitted that she was on her way to Jerusalem “to stab Jews, cops and soldiers.” She was arrested after the investigation was completed.

Negev District Commander Amnon Elkalia noted, “Negev District Southern Region Police are organized and prepared to respond to any unusual situation while still maintaining a regular routine, for the safety of the residents.”

In this case, the parents of the girl called the police to report her missing, and shared the contents of her text.

It’s important to remember during this wave of terror that not every Arab parent agrees with what a terrorist child may attempt, or do. Not every Arab teen is a terrorist. The problem with a wave of terror is figuring out who is, and who isn’t.

SanDisk to Open R & D Center in Israeli Arab City

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The giant SanDisk flash-storage company has announced it will build a new research and development center in a northern Arab city, where dozens of Arabs will work.

The announcement comes at an opportune time. While Israeli Arab misfits riot and try to kill Jews, the majority are interested in a better social and financial life.

The new center will be located in Yafia, near the Lower Galilee city of Nazareth whose mayor earlier this week said he was fed up with loud-mouth Arab Knesset Members whose incendiary speeches incite others to terror.

He said they are ruining the city by scaring away thousands of Israeli Jewish shoppers.

SanDisk already employs approximately 650 people in Israel at its facilities in Kfar Saba, north of Tel Aviv, Omer, located north of Be’er Sheva, and Tefen in the northern Galilee.

The new center will attract Arabs from Haifa and Nazareth.

SanDisk Israel CEO Shahar Bar-or told Globes:

When we decided to establish the center six months ago, we couldn’t have imagined that the opening ceremony would take place at a time of tension and the recent events.

The integration of Arab engineers in the high-tech industry is now more important than ever. The main and most important reason is that the high-tech industry needs the capabilities and qualifications of the entire population in Israel, and we’re losing out on thousands of excellent Arab engineers.

The second reason is that only employment at high wages can bring about real integration of the Arab population in Israeli society.”

Another high-tech company located n the area is Galil Software, which has a stated goal of hiring Arab engineers.

Israeli Researchers Develop Method to Profile Potential ‘School Shooters’

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Ben-Gurion University (BGU) researchers have developed a personality profiling technique that automates the identification of potential school shooters by analyzing personality traits that appear in their writings.

“School shooters present a challenge to both forensic psychiatry and law enforcement agencies,” explains Prof. Yair Neuman, a member of the BGU Homeland Security Institute.

He said in an article published in Frontiers in Forensic Psychiatry:

There is currently no clear consensus or clinical diagnosis that can be used for screening shooters. Finding a single shooter in a large population, as well as a lack of clinical diagnosis before an occurrence adds to the complexity.

The study details the text-based computational personality-profiling tool, which uses “vector semantics.” This involves constructing a number of vectors representing personality dimensions and disorders, which are analyzed automatically by computer to measure the similarity with texts written by the human subject.

“For example, an investigator may want to measure the extent in which narcissism is manifested in a text,” Neuman explains. “First, we define a vector of words representing this personality such as ‘arrogant,’ ‘manipulative,’ ‘egocentric,’ and ‘insensitive.’ The computer measures the distance between the vector of words comprising our target text and those representing narcissism in a high-dimensional semantic space. The closer the vectors appear, the higher the writer’s narcissistic ranking.”

In this study, BGU researchers selected writings by six shooters involved in a number of high-profile scenarios worldwide, including the Virginia Tech Massacre in 2007. Then they analyzed and compared these with writings by 6,000 bloggers and tasked the computer to identify the shooters.

Although pinpointing a single person wasn’t the goal, the tool was able to significantly reduce the pool of suspects to only three percent of the original sample, which included the writings of all six shooters. This shows that using intelligent technology can significantly reduce the effort needed to identify shooters or even solo terrorists.

The methodology is automatic, which also enables screening a massive number of texts in a short time, which could aid in detection.

“While ethical considerations are inevitable, we can definitely imagine a situation in which parents give the school permission to scan their teenagers’ social media pages under certain limitations. In this context, using our automatic screening procedure, a qualified psychiatrist or psychologist who is trained may automatically get red flag warnings for students whose texts express a high level of potential danger,” explains Neuman.

He added:

The proposed methodology does not pretend to solve the enormous difficulties in profiling and identifying school shooters, but modestly adds another tool to the tool kit of forensic psychiatry and law enforcement agencies.
We believe our methodology can gain more validity with the ranking/prioritization process of suspects, similar to the automatic identification of sexual predators created to prioritize an investigation.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-researchers-develop-method-to-profile-potential-school-shooters/2015/09/09/

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