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Border Police Stop Terror Attack

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Border Police officers stopped a potential terror attack on Wednesday afternoon.

A Border Police lookout at the Salem checkpoint near Jenin reported hearing some sort of popping sound. They sent another Border Police patrol to check it out.

The patrol approached the area and spotted 4 suspicious Arabs and discovered they all had pipe bombs on them.

The four, all residents of Shechem (Nablus) told the officers they planned to attack Israeli security personnel.

The pipe bombs were neutralized. The terrorists were handed over to the Shabak for interrogation.

Israeli Border Police Celebrate Birthday with Holocaust Survivor in Jerusalem

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Although the Israel Border Police have been very busy in Jerusalem amid the terrorist attacks that have engulfed the city in the recent month, a group of border policemen took the time between shifts to celebrate a very important birthday to Leah Genzel, 79, a Holocaust survivor living in Jerusalem. Her husband, Yitzchak, turned 89 last week and the border policemen delivered a special birthday cake to celebrate with the elderly couple.

As part of a joint Yad Vashem project called Father and Sons, Israeli border police stationed in Jerusalem ‘adopt’ Holocaust survivors living in neighborhoods across the capital. Since 2007, the Israeli border guards have made a point to celebrate birthdays with Holocaust survivors, as well as calling them before holidays and making monthly visits to their homes. The Israeli border police also assist survivors in their own homes when their help is needed.

“We believe that we must know our past; our unit’s fighters must know in whose merit we stand here today in our democratic Jewish state of Israel,” said Zohar Araidy, unit commander and superintendent of the Border Police unit whose members organized the birthday celebration, in an interview with Tazpit News Agency.

“People like Leah, and her husband, Yitzhak – a decorated soldier who fought in many of Israel’s wars – are heroes and role models for us,” Araidy told Tazpit.

“We decided to surprise the couple and celebrate Yitzhak’s birthday. Seeing the surprised and happy expressions on both their faces when we sang happy birthday and brought out the cake was a very good feeling,” he added.

“Leah and Yitzhak’s lifetime experiences inspire our border policemen in their everyday work as they secure the streets of Jerusalem. This couple’s stories brings honor to our green uniforms.”

Araidy commands a unit within the Israeli Border Police that is comprised of Bedouin, Druze, Christian and Jewish policemen who come from all over Israel.

Police fighters from the unit visit Leah, who is an Auschwitz survivor, at least once a month and invite her and her husband to attend ceremonies and events that take place at their Jerusalem police base. More recently, the fighters got to know Yitzhak, who in his younger years served in the IDF and shared stories about his wartime experiences with the visitors.

“This project and forming these connections with Holocaust survivors does more than just warm our hearts,” said Araidy. “Leah and Yitzhak’s past leaves an imprint that goes deep into our hearts. We must always remember the difficult path that others walked before us and give some goodness back to them.”

Border Police Officer Arrested for Killing Arab Rioter

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

A Border Police officer has been arrested and is being arraigned in a Jerusalem court Wednesday morning on charges of killing a Palestinian Authority rioter near Ramallah on “Naqba” Day five months ago.

Two Arabs were killed in the riot, and media videos at the time did not show the source of the shooting that killed the 20-year-old man at the village of Betunia. The identity of the Border Police soldier has not been released.

The IDF at the time said that soldiers used rubber bullets, but a police investigation indicates that the arrested Border Police officer violated army orders and shot live bullets, one of which allegedly killed the rioter.

It is not clear if the video of the riot shows the Border Police officer shooting at the victim. A building appears to obscure the line of fire.

The arrest raises several issues. On one hand, it shows that Israel, perhaps more than any other country in the world, is secure and moral enough to investigate and prosecute soldiers and policemen who violate orders, even during a life-threatening riot.

On the other hand, it places the IDF Spokesman’s office in a bad light for having stated information that turned out to be incorrect.

In its defense, it can be said that army orders were that live fire not be used, but the arrest of the Border Police officer shows that it cannot always be assumed that everyone follows orders.

Another problem rests with policemen and soldiers, who often have to deal with rioters under strict limits when their lives are threatened.

Haneen Zoabi Instigates on Temple Mount – Invokes Holocaust [video]

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) continued her tirades against Israel, this time, on a video captured on the Temple Mount. Zoabi is apparently trying to instigate a reaction from some Border Police – who are clearly very well disciplined to not react.

Not getting a reaction from the first part of her bleating tirade, Zoabi then moves onto the Holocaust and says, “They killed 6 million of you, why?”, implying Israel is racist and didn’t learn the lessons of the Holocaust.

One can possibly consider it a step up that Zoabi actually acknowledges there was a Shoah.

In July, Zoabi was suspended from participating in Knesset debates by the Knesset Ethics Committee after she stated that the terrorists who killed Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Fraenkel were not terrorists. She is also under investigation for accosting a policeman in Nazareth.

In 2010, Zoabi participated on the Mavi Marmara flotilla to Gaza, in which IHH terrorists injured IDF soldiers legally boarding the boat.

Zoabi is a member of the Balad party in the Knesset. It’s founder, former MK Azmi Bashara, is on the lam in an Arab country, following a police investigation into his foreign contacts, and accusations of allegedly aiding the enemy (Hezbollah) during wartime, passing information on to the enemy and contacts with a foreign agent, as well as laundering money received from foreign sources.

Text courtesy of a reader:

הרי יש מי שעשה בכם את זה לפני עשרות שנים. יש מי ששלט בכם ודפק אותכם, לפני עשרות שנים.
לא למדתם את הלקח.
מה הלקח מההולוקוסט?
אל תרצח ואל תהיה גזען.
נכון?
נרצחו לכם 6 מיליון.
למה?
ולאחרים גם מיליונים שאתם שוכחים

There’s someone who did this to you 10s of years ago. There someone who ruled of you and destroyed you.
You haven’t learned the lesson. What’s the lesson to be learnt from the Holocaust?
Don’t kill and don’t be racist.
Right?
They killed 6 million of you.
Why?
And also millions of other that you’ve forgotten about.

Israel’s President Rivlin Makes History at Kafr Kassem Massacre Memorial

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

President Reuven Rivlin made history Sunday (Oct. 26) by being the first sitting Israeli president to participate in the annual memorial ceremony at Kafr Kassem that marksg the deaths of 48 residents of the village.

During his visit Rivlin met with the mayor and officials of the village, who said they had waited 58 years for such a senior Israeli leader to attend the ceremony and speak against the conduct of Israel’s security personnel during what was then called Operation Kadish.

Known as the Kafr Kassem Massacre, the October 29, 1956 event was one of the most complex and difficult in Jewish-Arab relations in the history of the State of Israel, and the source of the expression, ‘the black flag.’

Because the country was at that time on a wartime footing, an order went out on that day at 3:30 pm placing all Arab villages near the Jordanian border on curfew from 5 pm to 6 am. However, most of the Arabs from the villages who were working out of town were unavailable and could not be notified – there were no cell phones, or any phones in most Israeli homes – in those days.

The Israeli commanding officer received orders to take all precautions to ensure quiet on the Jordanian border, and he then reportedly ordered his commanders to “shoot on sight” any villager violating the curfew. No one was to be allowed to leave their home, or enter the village from any direction. The mayor of the village was advised of the curfew and he asked what would happen to those working outside. He was told they would be taken care of. Word was sent and most returned immediately. Some did not make it back in time.

Of the 48 people in the village, six were women (one was pregnant, leading Arab sources to make the count 49) and 23 were children ages eight to 17. More were wounded but their families were not allowed to come out to help them until the next morning after 6 am, when they were taken to hospitals in trucks.

Eleven border police officers and soldiers involved in the operation were charged with murder; eight were convicted and sentenced to prison terms. Judge Benjamin Halevy wrote in his decision, which is still quoted today, that “The distinguishing mark of a manifestly illegal order is that above such an order should fly, like a black flag, a warning saying: ‘Prohibited!’”

On November 20, 1957, a “sulha” (traditional Bedouin reconciliation ceremony) was held in memory of the victims of the Kafr Kassem massacre between Israeli government and community leaders, and members of the leadership of neighboring Arab villages. Reparations were made to the families of the victims.

In December 2007, then-President Shimon Peres formally apologized for the massacre, but until today, no president ever participated in the annual memorial ceremony commemorating the victims at the village.

“Distinguished guests, I came here today as a member of the Jewish people and as a President of the State of Israel to stand before you, the victims’ families and the injured, to remember the pain together with you,” Rivlin said.

“The existence of this terrible black flag that implemented the killing of innocent people was criminally ignored. The Supreme Court has spoken clearly and gave expression to legally verify the State of Israel’s moral consciousness,” he added. “It is our duty to teach future generations this difficult episode.

“Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, but it will also forever be the home of the Arab population. They are not a fringe group – it is a population which is part and parcel of this land, a population with a cohesive national identity and a shared culture that will always be a fundamental component of Israel.

Border Police Stop Terrorists at Tapuach Junction

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Border Police blocked two Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists in Samaria from carrying out a terrorist attack in pre-1967 Israel on Thursday.

The two would-be attackers were hiding three pipe bombs, several knives and a gun while trying to pass through a checkpoint near the Tapuach Junction.

Police officers became suspicious of the pair, both in their twenties, when one seemed nervous about his bag.

“Two young Palestinians arrived at the bus stop near the Tapuach checkpoint, and I notified two officers who were stationed nearby. The officers approached the suspects in order to examine them, and they initially said they were headed to Ramallah. At that point, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and directed it towards one of the officers,” checkpoint commander First Sgt. Almog Ohana told Hebrew-language newspaper Yediot Acharanot.

In response, a Border Police officer released the safety catch on her weapon while a second officer knocked the gun from the terrorist’s hands.

One of the suspects had refused to open a black backpack he was carrying. The officers noticed there were wires sticking out of the bag and immediately cleared the area.

The officers summoned the bomb squad to neutralize the explosives, and transferred the two suspects to security personnel for further interrogation.

Security in and around Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem has been tightened for the upcoming Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur and the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice.)

The crossings into pre-1967 Israel from the Palestinian Authority will be closed effective midnight Thursday night until midnight Saturday night and security will be raised in communities and synagogues around Israel.

Border Police Foil Arab Axe Attack

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Border Police officers blocked an axe-toting Arab from carrying out a terror attack near Jerusalem early Thursday morning.

Officers operating near the Palestinian Authority village of Beit Jala, close to Jerusalem, noticed an Arab man trying to hide an unusual object underneath his clothing, a spokesperson said.

The suspect, a 29-year-old resident of Bethlehem, was ordered to drop to the ground. When he did, an axe dropped to the ground along with him.

“The alertness and preparedness of the soldiers as well as their determination and readiness to engage [with the suspect] prevented a terrorist attack,” said the Border Police spokesperson.

Security personnel immediately arrested the suspect. During questioning he told investigators he was planning to travel to Jerusalem to attack an IDF soldier.

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