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Police Foil Terror Stabbing Attack at Damascus Gate

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Jerusalem police foiled an attempted terror attack Tuesday morning at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Police stationed at the gate noticed a suspicious-looking Arab hanging around the area and approached to question him.

They discovered the 26-year-old man, a resident of the Palestinian Authority city of Jenin, had a knife hidden up his shirt sleeve.

“The alertness and operational skills of the officers prevented an attack on security forces and innocent bystanders,” said the commander of the post, praising the officers.

The suspect was arrested and transferred to security personnel for further questioning.

It was the third straight day in which an attempted terror attack was thwarted by police in the same location.

Hana Levi Julian

PA Security Police Officer Was A Terrorist in Damascus Gate Attack

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Once again, a U.S.-trained Palestinian Authority Police office has used his skills — and his foreign-supplied and funded equipment — to attack Israelis in a terror attack.

A Palestinian Authority Security Officer was one of two terrorists who opened fire Sunday night at Border Guard Police in Jerusalem.

The attackers opened fire just before 11 pm, as the Border Guard night shift were receiving their orders at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

The officers noticed a suspicious-looking Arab man approaching the group and asked him to show them what was in the bag he was carrying. He pulled out an assault rifle and aimed it at them.

Omar Ahmed Amru, a Palestinian Authority Security officer, died in a hail of bullets as the officers quickly opened fire. His partner, Mansour Yasser Shawamra, began shooting at the officers from a distance of approximately 100 meters away. He, too, was shot and killed by the Border Guard officers.

In the bag officers found explosives and a knife. None of the Israeli officers were wounded.

This is not the first or second or even the third time Palestinian Authority Security Police have been involved in terror attacks on Israelis during this terror wave.

On January 31, three IDF soldiers were shot at point-blank range in a terror attack by a member of the Palestinian Authority Security detail assigned to the Ramallah district attorney. The terror attack occurred at the ‘Focus’ checkpoint near the Samaria Jewish community of Beit El.

On Sunday shortly before the Damascus Gate attack, terrorists shot at a home within Beit El. Miraculously, no one was injured in the attack. IDF personnel are searching for the terrorist.

Hana Levi Julian

Update: Female Teen Terror Wannabe Fails at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Another female Arab wannabe teen terrorist has failed in an attempt to attack Border Guard Police officers. The incident occurred near the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem shortly after 9 am Tuesday morning.

The hopeful terrorist, age 16, pulled out a knife and tried to stab the officers when she was asked to hand over her bag for routine inspection before entering the Old City.

An officer immediately shoved her back and a second one tackled her, according to local sources. The teen terrorist wannabe, a resident of Jerusalem, was arrested and taken into custody.

She was transferred to security personnel for questioning.

Last week three male Arab terrorists just four years her senior murdered a young female Border Guard Police officer and wounded another plus a civilian in an attack at the same spot. All three terrorists were shot and killed — one of them taken down by the police officer he murdered, with her last shot.

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Hana Levi Julian

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.”

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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