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February 14, 2016 / 5 Adar I, 5776

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Suspected Bomb Found at Light Rail Stop Near Damascus Gate

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

A suspicious package was found Sunday morning under the stop for the Jerusalem Light Rail near the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Traffic on the rail line was stopped temporarily in order to allow police sappers to examine the item to see whether it was indeed an explosive, and if so, to safely remove and defuse it.

Netanyahu Visits ‘Heroic, Resourceful’ Policewoman in Hospital

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited one of the two surviving wounded Israeli Border Guard Police officers hospitalized at Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center on Thursday.

Ravit was one of three who were wounded in a complex terror attack at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

It was the police officers who prevented a certain mass casualty attack from taking place within the Old City, having fearlessly approached the suspects to ask for identification when they acted suspiciously. As one presented his ID, his two companions produced concealed guns and knives, and immediately stabbed the police officers.

The officer with whom the prime minister visited, Ravit, told him what had happened during the attack. She added, “We are here to protect Israel’s citizens. That’s why we enlisted, and why we are here.

“I have no doubt that Hadar knew this and acted from this belief. I realize that Hadar saved my life,” she said.

“Your responsiveness and resourcefulness prevented a huge disaster,” Netanyahu said in praise of all the officers. “All of Israel embraces you, and sends to you wishes for a speedy recovery.”

The prime minister also visited an IDF soldier wounded in a terror attack Sunday in Samaria near Beit El carried out by a member of the elite, U.S.-trained Palestinian Authority security police force.

After the visit, Netanyahu declared, “Ravit acted heroically and resourcefully along with her colleagues. Together with the commander of their force, they prevented a large disaster. And of course we are all saddened by the death of Hadar Cohen, a real heroine. We all embrace her family.”

Netanyahu told reporters the government is carrying out a “large effort against terror.

“Qabatiya (the home village of two of the terrorists) is closed. The IDF is operating there with the Shin Bet and making widespread arrests. We have canceled many work permits into Israel, and the attorney general informed me… he has added a number of terrorists’ homes to be marked for demolition. This is only a portion of our efforts.

“It will take time to overcome terror – Islamic terror has spread throughout the world, inciting millions in countries from Jakarta to Africa, all the way to California,” Netanyahu pointed out.

“We are in this fray – it is not passing us by – but we are fighting it with great power and will continue to do so.”

5 Suspects Arrested in Qabatiya, Damascus Gate Killers’ Home Village

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Israeli security forces arrested five terror suspects Wednesday night in the Samaria village of Qabatiya, home to two of the three Damascus Gate killers.

The arrests came as part of the Shin Bet investigation into the terror attack earlier in the day at the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

The third terrorist in the cell who murdered a Border Guard Policewoman and wounded two others was a resident of nearby Jenin.

Shin Bet security personnel were searching for the driver who brought the terrorists to Jerusalem from the village, and other accessories who aided the attackers.

IDF soldiers also searched Qabatiya and Jenin for weapons and other contraband overnight Wednesday.

In addition, IDF engineers and Civil Administration officials mapped out the homes of the three terrorists overnight in preparation for demolition.

The slain officer, Hadar Cohen, hy’d, is to be laid to rest in a ceremony Thursday afternoon. The two policewomen who were also wounded in the attack – one very seriously – are hospitalized at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center.

State Dept. Slams Palestinian Arabs: ‘the Way NOT to Move Forward is by Attacking Israelis’

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Finally, after months of calmly responding to the incessant badgering by Palestinian Arab journalist Said Arikat to manipulate the State Dept. spokespeople into making statements that were then promoted as positions attacking Israel, State Dept. Spokesperson John Kirby had enough.

Kirby, a pleasant looking former Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, is generally unflappable, with a calm demeanor and a quick smile lost his cool – as much as he was capable – at the Wednesday, Feb. 3 daily press briefing.

Kirby had just responded to Matt Lee, the Associated Press reporter, who asked whether the State Dept. was going to condemn the terrorist attack by Palestinian Arab terrorists on two border patrol policewomen at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, which took place earlier in the day.

Lee was asking because he wanted to know what was happening with the much heralded at the time – but now apparently forgotten – decision to place video cameras at the Temple Mount in an effort to find out who is behind the incitement.

Lee’s point is a valid one. At the time the announcement was made Secretary of State Kerry hailed the agreement between Jordan, which has ultimate authority over the Temple Mount, and Israel.

But the Palestinian Authority quickly opposed the cameras idea and the effort has been stalled ever since. [note: the cameras would not have captured this attack as the idea was for them to be placed on the Temple Mount and this attack took place just inside the Damascus Gate, in the Old City, but not on the Temple Mount.]

STATE DEPT CONDEMNED THE TERRORIST ATTACK ON ISRAELI BORDER POLICE

Kirby said on behalf of the State Dept. “we do strongly condemn the attack in Jerusalem today in which two border police officers were attacked with automatic weapons.

“As before, sadly, once again, we have to extend our deepest condolences to a mourning family and to friends and the community of the victim, and we wish the injured officer a full and complete recovery. As we’ve said before, there’s no justification for these attacks,” the spokesperson said.

What Kirby didn’t mention, but surely knew, was that the police officer who was murdered, Hadar Cohen, was a 19-year-old girl, and her fellow officer who was severely wounded was only 20 years old.

But Arikat could not allow to pass a single statement of compassion made by the U.S. towards Israel. Instead of simply moving on to another topic, Arikat, so conditioned to getting in the last word and twisting any comments into ones that can be construed as anti-Israel, had to take a stab.

ARIKAT:” But you’re not,” he started, “These border police units, they are part of an occupying force. Correct? You agree with that?

KIRBY: “the-they-this was border police officers that were on duty doing their job.”

ARIKAT: “No, I mean, I understand you want to condemn this and that’s your prerogative, but, I mean, the flip side of that – I mean,” Arikat stumbled about a bit, and then got to his point:”But how should the Palestinians respond to an overwhelming military presence that basically suffocates their lives? How – what they should do, in your opinion? (Emphasis added.)

And this is when Kirby, finally, lit into Arikat. He didn’t raise his voice and he didn’t use vulgar terms. But finally, after so many months, Kirby gave back to Arikat what Arikat should have been getting all along. Instead of allowing a reporter in the room to use the daily press briefing as an opportunity to aggressively lobby for his people’s political positions, Kirby shut down Arikat with a hard dose of truth.

Third Terror Suspect Nabbed in Sat. Nite Attack on Jewish Teens

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

A third suspect has been arrested in connection with Saturday night’s stabbing of a Jewish teen outside the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

The suspect was tracked down in a joint operation by Israel Police and Shin Bet intelligence operatives. He is a minor, age 15, and a resident of the northern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Shuafat.

One of the first two suspects, age 16, “understood that the police were after him and handed himself in to investigators,” according to police. The second, age 15, was tracked down within the hour after the attack.

The victim, a 17-year-old American who just made aliyah from Brooklyn, NY a month ago, was stabbed as he and a friend were leaving the Old City after prayers at the Western Wall.

His friend managed to evade the two Arab attackers – teens who were even younger than their intended victims – and race back to the Old City to alert police.

The two assailants were captured within an hour after the attack, while the injured victim was taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center for emergency treatment. He still maintains he is determined to join the elite Sayeret Matkal combat unit when he turns age 18 and enters the IDF.

17-Year-Old Stabbed in Terrorist Attack Just Made Aliyah From Brooklyn

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

As the JewishPress.com reported earlier, just about at the close of Shabbat in Israel, two Arab terrorists stabbed a 17-year-old Israeli as he and a friend were leaving the Kotel after evening prayers.

It is now known that the Israeli victim was a student at Magen Shaul Nokdim, a pre-army mechina, and had become an Israeli citizen just one month ago. The young man was listed in fair to good condition when he was taken to Hadassah Medical Center’s Mount Scopus campus.

The victim’s name had not yet been released as his family, back in Brooklyn, were still observing Shabbat.

The 17-year-old said that despite having been the victim of a terrorist stabbing, he would not be deterred from his plan to join the IDF.

According to Walla, the stabbing victim was able to speak about the attack from his medical bed: “I did not see him [the stabber], he came from behind and stabbed. There were two stabbers, they were young.”

He also said that that he was unafraid, and that “now I’m enlisting in the army and I will give everything.” He hopes to join an elite unit in the Israeli Defense Forces. “God willing, I want to join the Sayeret Matkal,” he said.

As reported earlier, two Arab teenagers, both minors, have been taken into custody for interrogation relating to this terrorist attack.

Critically Wounded Police Officer Resumes Duty 5 Months Later, Offers Prayer of Thanks at Western Wall

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

A critically injured Border Guard Police officer has returned to duty after being stabbed by a Palestinian Authority terrorist in Jerusalem.

Officer Raz Bibi returned to active service on Monday, five months after he nearly lost his life in the terror attack at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. Just 20 years old, he went back to the Old City — the place where he was attacked — to offer prayers of gratitude at the Western Wall for his miraculous recovery.

Border Guard Police Officer Raz Bibi offers a prayer of thanks for his life being saved, at the Western Wall.

Border Guard Police Officer Raz Bibi offers a prayer of thanks for his life being saved, at the Western Wall.

Upon his arrival at the Western Wall Plaza, the officer found a touching surprise, when the members of his unit greeted him with cheers and applause for his bravery.

Just before he lost consciousness on that terrible day five months ago, the courageous officer had managed to shoot and kill the vicious terrorist who stabbed him.

“I was very happy to see this special military unit that has stood by the door at the hospital since [Bibi] was wounded, and supported him and prayed for his recovery together with all the people of Israel,” said Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall.

“Now [the unit] is once again with him, this time with thanks for the great miracle that happened to him, and his surprising recovery against all the predictions,” the rabbi told the soldiers who were gathered around the officer.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/critically-wounded-police-officer-resumes-service-5-months-later-offers-prayer-of-thanks-at-western-wall/2015/11/23/

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