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January 18, 2017 / 20 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Berlin’

Iranian Regime Behind Assassination Attempt on Pro-Israel German Politician

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

The Iranian regime has been exposed for the first time ever, for attempting to assassinate a German government official.

A Pakistani national was indicted on charges of espionage by the German federal prosecutor for attempting to assassinate the former president of the German-Israel friendship society, Reinhold Robbe, in collaboration with Iran’s intelligence agency.

The German politician served as Social Democratic Party deputy in the Budestag from 1994 to 2005, and then as parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces as well, according to a report by journalist Georg Heil, writing for the West German Broadcasting (WDR) news outlet.

According to reports citing Germany’s federal prosecutor on Friday, 31-year-old Syed Mustafa H., a Pakistani national who worked for the German Aerospace Center in Bremen, was indicted Monday on charges of espionage in connection with planned terror attacks against groups and individuals involved in pro-Israel work in Germany.

The Berlin-based Tagesspiegel newspaper also reported on Mustafa’s arrest and indictment, adding that he may have been working for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

He is suspected of carrying out intelligence activity on behalf of the Iranian regime from July 2015 to July 2016, according to the indictment, which indicated that Mustafa was paid by the Iranian government for the information he provided.

Among the details he allegedly gave the Iranians was a “movement profile” of Robbe that included following him on his daily commute on public transportation to and from his home and office. He also gave the Iranians reconnaissance information of the society headquarters in Berlin.

The indictment accused Mustafa of being in contact with the Iranian intelligence agent responsible for Europe operations since 2011.

Hana Levi Julian

Berlin Truck Attacker Killed in Shootout with Cops

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Anis Amri, the Tunisian terrorist suspected of killing 12 and injuring 50, ramming a truck into pedestrians in a Christmas market in Berlin this week, was killed by the police in a shootout outside Milan, Italy, Friday morning, following a furious, Europe-wide manhunt, Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti announced. He explained that an examination of the body showed clearly that “the person killed, without a shadow of a doubt, is Anis Amri, the suspect of the terrorist attack.”

Amri, 24, who had spent time in prison in Italy, was stopped by two policemen during a routine police check in the Sesto San Giovanni neighborhood of Milan. When they asked him to show his identity papers he pulled a gun from his backpack and was killed in the shootout that ensued. One of the policemen was shot and was evacuated to hospital.

According to Italian authorities, Amri has used at least six different names and three nationalities since leaving Tunisia in 2011. His first stop in Europe was in Italy, where he served three and a half years for setting a fire at a refugee center.

David Israel

Berlin Massacre Israeli Victim Dalia Elkayam’s Body Identified

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

The body of Dalia Elkayam hy”d, an Israeli resident of Hertzliya who was murdered in Monday’s terror truck ramming attack in Berlin, was identified Wednesday night. The Israeli embassy in Berlin is collaborating with the victim’s family to fly the body to Israel. Dalya’s husband, Rammy, was severly injured in the attack and is hospitalized in serious condition. Twelve people were murdered and 50 injured, a dozen seriously, in the attack.

Wanted poster for Anis Amri

Wanted poster for Anis Amri

A massive manhunt across Europe is underway for Anis Amri, 24, the Tunisian man named as the suspect in the attack on a Berlin Christmas market. The Polish driver of the truck was found shot dead in the cab of the vehicle, amid signs of a struggle.

According to the government of North Rhine-Westphalia, Amri had been scheduled for deportation, which was delayed because documents that held up the procedure arrived only two days after the massacre. “He was classed as a potential risk by various authorities,” Ralf Jäger, interior minister for the NRW, said.

German authorities on Wednesday offered a reward of about $104,000 for information leading to Amri’s arrest, with a warning that he probably is “violent and armed.”


Manhunt Across Europe for Tunisian Suspect in Berlin Christmas Market Massacre

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

German security personnel are hunting for a 24-year-old Tunisian man who they say may be “violent and armed” and who has been in contact with radical Islamist groups.

Berlin Police are searching for Anis Amri in connection with the terrorist attack that took place at the Christmas Market on Monday evening. The German government is offering a 100,000-euro ($104,000) reward for information leading Amri’s arrest, saying he is under “urgent suspicion.”

WANTED posters were issued Wednesday by the German federal prosecutor’s office, saying, “If you see this person that we are seeking, inform the police. Please do not put yourself in danger because this person could be violent and armed!”

WANTED photo of Anis Amri, suspect in Berlin Christmas market attack in Dec. 2016.

WANTED photo of Anis Amri, suspect in Berlin Christmas market attack in Dec. 2016.

The suspect is described as being about 5 ft. 10 in. (1.78 meters) tall, and weighs about 165 lb (75 kilograms.)

Amri was known to German security agencies and had been in contact with radical Islamist terrorists in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia province, where police are now conducting raids.

He arrived in Germany in 2015. His request for asylum was rejected in July 2016 and was arrested in August in the German town of Friedrichshafen after having been found with forged documents just before heading to Italy – but a judge let him go.

Germany tried to deport Amri back to Tunisia, it was unable to do so, because the Tunisian government refused to take him back, citing no proof of citizenship since “he lacked identity papers.”

Amri’s identity papers, however, were discovered this week inside the cabin of the truck that was used to mow down holiday shoppers and sightseers on Monday at the Christmas Market in Berlin, according to German security officials.

An Israeli man who was at the Christmas Market at the time of the attack was seriously injured and is still hospitalized. His wife, who was with him in the market at the time, is still missing. At least 12 people were killed and 48 others were wounded in the horrific attack.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told a news briefing Wednesday that a manhunt had been underway across Europe since midnight Tuesday.

Hana Levi Julian

Berlin Prosecutor Frees Suspected Killer in Christmas Market Massacre

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

The Chief Federal Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday (Dec. 20) freed a man suspected of killing 12 people and wounding 48 others at a Christmas Market in Berlin a day earlier.

In a statement explaining the move, the prosecutor’s office said, “The investigation up to now did not yield any urgent suspicion against the accused.” The suspect made “extensive statements” during the hearing, according to the prosecutor’s office, Reuters reported – but denied the offense.

An Israeli man was critically wounded in the terrorist attack, and his wife, who was with him at the Christmas Market, was still unaccounted for as of Tuesday. The couple was reported missing when they hadn’t returned to their hotel overnight.

The prosecutor’s office said was forced to free their only suspect due to a “lack of evidence” as it was impossible to track the truck driver via eyewitness accounts following the attack.

The investigation has so far been unable to prove the suspect, a young Pakistani national, was in the cab of the truck at the exact time and place of the attack. German officials have only 24 hours to seek a formal arrest warrant to extend the remand of a suspect in custody.

German Interior Minister Thomas Maiziere told journalists, “One cannot rule out that the perpetrator is still at large.”

The Islamic State (ISIS, or Da’esh) terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Authorities have warned residents and tourists to be “particularly vigilant” and report any “suspicious movement” to a special hotline.

The U.S. State Department went much further, much earlier, warning American travelers last month of a “heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.”

American travelers in Europe are cautioned to be especially careful at “holiday festivals, events and outdoor markets” in what now seems to have been a particularly prescient alert.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Critically Wounded in Berlin Truck Attack

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Among the victims of the terrorist truck that jumped the sidewalk about 8 PM Monday near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, was an Israeli man who was critically injured in the attack, Israel’s foreign ministry reported Tuesday.

According to report, the man is in hospital on a respirator. The condition of his wife, who accompanied him to the Christmas market, is unknown. The couple was reported missing when they hadn’t returned to their hotel overnight.

The Berlin police announced early Tuesday that the killing of at least 12 and wounding of dozens more when the truck plowed through a Christmas market was “a suspected terrorist attack.”

David Israel

Russia’s Chief Rabbi: Terrorists Should Not Enjoy Safe Harbors

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar has urged world leaders to unite against terrorism in response to the tragedies in Ankara and Berlin, InterFax reported Tuesday.

“The terrorists are trying to impose their agenda and language on the world, focusing on no negotiations, no value for human life, and murder and intimidation,” Rabbi Lazar stated, suggesting that “the answer to these monstrous crimes, which places them outside the realm of civilized relations, must be to bring together the world’s leaders in the fight against terrorism.”

According to the chief rabbi, regardless of whether those terror attacks were coordinated or done based on individual whim, they showed that terrorism and extremism were “the number one danger in the world today.”

“There should be no safe harbors for the terrorists and their coordinators,” Rabbi Lazar concluded. “Our tolerance only inspires them to commit new bloody crimes.”

A native of Milan, Italy, Rabbi Shalom Dovber Pinchas Lazar grew up in the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement, beginning his service in Russia in 1990. In 2000 he became Chief Rabbi of Russia, and chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia and Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS. In September 2005 Lazar became an original member of the 168-member Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation which analyzes draft legislation and monitors Russia’s parliament and government. Rabbi Berel Lazar is known for his friendship with President Vladimir Putin.

David Israel

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