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January 23, 2017 / 25 Tevet, 5777

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Israel-Egypt Border ‘Smart’ Fence Raised to 8-Meter Height

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Israel has completed its “smart” fence project on the southern border with Egypt along the Sinai Peninsula, according to the Fence Administration, headed by Brigadier General Eran Ofir and the Department of Engineering and Construction at the Ministry of Defense.

The construction of the original barrier, known as the Hourglass Project, was completed in 2014 at a height of five meters. But that wasn’t high enough to keep out all the infiltrators, although it did slow the flood down to a crawl.

The 242 kilometer fence, equipped with warning systems and information collection centers, was built between Kerem Shalom and Eilat and subsequently brought to a stop the flow of illegal migration from Africa into Israel.

In 2015, however, smugglers from Sinai succeeded in partially overcoming certain areas of the barrier and the number of infiltrators suspended by security officials on the Israeli side of the fence rose to 213. Due to the increased number of infiltration attempts, the Ministry of Defense and the IDF decided to increase the height of the fence as a way to prevent future illegal crossings.

The project was assigned to the Fence Administration and the Ministry of Defense Department of Engineering and Construction.

In recent months, 17 kilometers of the fence were elevated from five meters to eight meters.

In addition, new “smart” technology was built in as well, in order to uncover smuggling routes from Sinai into Israel, and to more effectively detect infiltrators.

The project, completed over the last few days, has already significantly curbed the flow of illegal infiltration into Israel, with only 11 successful attempts to cross the fence throughout 2016, officials said.

Hana Levi Julian

Border Guard Officers Foil Stabbing Attack in Jerusalem

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

The alertness of Border Guard police in eastern Jerusalem has led on Monday to the arrest of an Arab terrorist, a resident of Judea and Samaria, who confessed his plan to attack security forces.

A Jerusalem Border Guard unit operating in At-Tur, an Arab majority neighborhood on the Mount of Olives, some half a mile east of the Old City, stopped and inspected a bus belonging to the eastern Jerusalem transportation system. They arrested a suspicious looking youth, 19, who turned out not to possess an entry permit to enter Israel. He was arrested and taken for questioning at the Shalem police station.

In his interrogation, the young man revealed that he had arrived that same day in Jerusalem and meant to proceed by bus to the area of Damascus Gate, where he planned to purchase a knife with the cash he carried on his person and stab security personnel at the gate.

The suspect was remanded to jail by the court until Wednesday, Jan. 18, when he will be brought before the judge for another remand while his investigation continues.

David Israel

Israel Crossing Authority Foils 1,226 Attempts to Smuggle Contraband Into Gaza

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

The Israel Defense Ministry says its inspectors blocked 1,226 attempts to bring forbidden materials into Gaza in 2016.

The ministry’s Crossing Authority released its statistics Sunday on operations carried out against smuggling attempts to bring contraband into Gaza.

There was a 165 percent increase in smuggling attempts at the Gaza border crossings in 2016, as compared with 2015, with much of the goods believed to have been intended for delivery to the Hamas terrorist organization and other terror groups in Gaza.

Goods seized by Crossing Authority inspectors included drones, model airplanes, communications equipment, dis-assembled pickup trucks, engines, spiral welding equipment, anti-freeze, security cameras, water pumps, lasers, iron pipes, aluminum, steel columns, abseiling equipment, metal cells, adhesives, diving suits and scuba diving gear.

Hana Levi Julian

Deal Busted with Border Guard Caught Shooting Rioter on CNN [video]

Friday, January 13th, 2017

A plea deal was scrapped Thursday between the state prosecution and a Border Guard policeman who allegedly shot and killed an Arab rioter on “Nakba (catastrophe) Day,” also known as Israeli declaration of independence day, May 15, 2014, at the Bitunia (Beitunia) check post near Ramallah in Samaria, Israeli media reported.

The deal, which had the accused admit to negligent homicide instead of the original charge of manslaughter, was rejected at the last minute by the defense.

One of the reasons the case received international attention at the time was the fact that the policeman, Ben Derry, was caught both on a local CCTV camera and by a CNN reporter, who presented the event as a shoot-to-kill incident. As the trial later revealed, a live round had been present in the soldier’s weapon, which was supposed to be loaded only with rubber bullets, for crowd control.

According to Attorney Zion Amir, who spoke to Ha’aretz, the prosecution, after having reached a plea agreement with his client, tried to sneak a fast one on him. “Today I receive the draft indictment with the plea arrangement,” Amir said, “and there – in the deal, not the indictment, there’s an item saying we agree that the [Israeli] force was never in any danger. That’s why I got angry.”

Speaking on the phone to Ha’aretz, the attorney stated he had told the prosecutors that the meaning of such an item, that a riot in which a mob of young Arabs are hurdling stones at an Israeli security force does not place the force in danger, would “expose Israel to attacks by the European Union, the UN, and the UN Security Council.”

Amir added that in the post-Sgt. Azaria era, he expected the prosecution to avoid dealing with a security event on the merit of its technical aspects only, but take into account the context.

Amir was also astonished to find out that his confidential discussion with the prosecutors was leaked to the media while he was still in the lobby on his way out.

David Israel

Rocket Alert – Gaza Border

Monday, January 9th, 2017

A rocket alert has gone off in the Eshkol region along the Gaza border at 11:21 AM on Monday morning.

11:37 AM At this point, no explosions have been heard and it is unknown if anything hit.

1:38 AM The IDF said it was a false alarm.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Rocket Alert – Gaza Border

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

The Rocket Alert went off along the Gaza border at 7:50 AM on Sunday morning.

The siren is in the Kerem Shalom area.

7:59 AM – At this point, no explosion has been heard. It is unclear if it was a false alarm or the projectile fell short.

The alert has been declared a false alarm.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Armored Troops, Border Guards, Furious at Amona Assignment: We Didn’t Enlist to Evict Jews

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

A lot has changed in Israel’s public opinion since February 1, 2006, when an overwhelming force of 10,000 Police, Border Guard and IDF troops pounced on the community of Amona in Samaria to carry out Supreme Court demolition and eviction facing an estimated 4,000 Jewish residents and protesters. As the court decreed new date for the demolition and evacuation of hundreds of Amona residents, both Border Guard and IDF troops are anxious and angry about their assignment, according to 0404 News.

A Border Guard officer, assigned to train his troops to handle the evacuation using humane methods – as opposed to 2006, when police horses trampled them with their hooves – told 0404 News: “My friends and I are going to be posted in Amona. Since they’ve told us we can’t sleep at night. … We enlisted to protect our brethren and here we’re commanded to kick them out of their homes.”

“I will carry out the mission, because we have no such thing as refusing an order,” the officer said, “but the government of Israel should know that they are hurting us, hurting our future, and scarring us horribly for the rest of our lives.”

Another Border Guard man said, “I will cry, I’ll simply be crying when I receive an order to evict someone from their home by force. I don’t know if I’m capable. How can I remove my brothers from their homes?”

And a third Guard said, “There’s so much admiration in Israel for the Border Guard, and now they’ll present us as criminals who evict Jews from their homes. It’s a disaster.”

In a separate story, 0404 News reported on IDF Armored Troops who are outraged after receiving word that they, too, would be assigned to Amona evacuations come December 25. It should be noted that back in 2014 the IDF announced it would no longer be taking part in removing Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria. The announcement followed news of paratroopers who refused such an assignment in a remote outpost.

Armored Troops warriors have been adamant about their objections to such an assignment. “We didn’t enlist in the IDF to evict Jews. We enlisted for the opposite reason – to guard Jews,” one said. “Let the Chief of Staff do the evacuations himself, let’s see him do it,” said another, adding, “We are not ready to evict our brothers from their homes.”

In March 2006, a Knesset committee inquiry into the events at Amona determined that security forces had employed excessive brutality, striking protesters with clubs and charging them with their horses.

Internal Security Minister Gideon Ezra was criticized for preventing police commanders from testifying at the hearings, and the committee found contradictions in the testimonies of IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz and the Internal Security Minister.


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