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Defense Ministry to Demolish Amona, But Build Bigger Town Near Shiloh

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

The 40 families who live in the Samaria town of Amona have to find somewhere else to live by the end of this year; their town is to be demolished.

Although the town was built on land purchased — not stolen — from Arabs living in the Palestinian Authority, the deeds that prove the sale were not accepted as valid by Israel’s Supreme Court.

But officials remember the price paid over the court-ordered demolition of nine homes allegedly built on “privately owned Arab land” in 2006.

Hundreds of civilians were wounded in the clashes to defend the homes from the thousands of Israeli police and soldiers who came to destroy them. The vicious brutality of some of the security forces was caught on camera and a number of lawsuits followed; countless Israelis were permanently traumatized as well.

Media footage remains from that debacle.

This time, the Defense Ministry planned together with the Amana organization that built the town of Amona to create a new Samaria town in its stead, near the existent Jewish community of Shiloh.

If the state fulfills its promise, the new 139-home town will be built on state-owned property near the outpost of Geulat Tzion, a new community triple the size of that which they have been forced to leave.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Demolishes Home of Henkins’ Hamas Killer

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

IDF soldiers and engineers demolished the family home of Hamas operative Zir Ziyad Jamal Amar on Tuesday.

The family home of Rajeb Ahmed Mohammed Aliwa, the mastermind behind the attack, has already been demolished.

Amar was one of several terrorists in the Hamas cell responsible for the murder of Neria residents Rabbi Eitam and Na’ama Henkin as they traveled a road in Samaria last October.

The couple was shot to death before the horrified eyes of their four children while driving the road between the Jewish communities of Elon Moreh and Itamar.

The children, though badly traumatized, were miraculously not physically harmed.

Israeli security forces hunted down the terrorists involved in the attack – a Hamas cell from the Shechem area – and captured them several days later.

A fund has been set up for the future care of the four orphans who survived the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Demolishes Homes of Hadar Cohen’s Killers

Monday, April 4th, 2016

IDF and Border Guard Police escorted Civil Administration forces overnight Sunday when they demolished the family homes of the three terrorists who murdered a recently-enlisted Border Guard policewoman and seriously wounded a second one in Jerusalem.

The homes of Ahmad Naj’ah Ismail Netzar, Muhmad Ahmad Muhmad Kamil and Ammad Naj’ah Abd Aliltif Abu Alrov, all three located in the Samaria Arab village of Qabatiya, were demolished.

The destruction followed the terror attack perpetrated by the three operatives on February 3.

Border Guard Police Officer Cohen, hy”d, 19, fell in the line of duty at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. Her 20-year-old female fellow police officer was also badly injured but survived the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Small Synagogue at Karmei Tzur Demolished in Civil Administration Pre-Dawn Stealth Move

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

A small synagogue recently rebuilt at the site of the Givat Soreq outpost on the outskirts of Karmei Tzur was demolished by Civil Administration forces before dawn Thursday in accordance with instructions from the Defense Ministry, according to the Hebew-language 0404 website.

It was in this same synagogue that sacred texts were set ablaze two months ago by Arab terrorists, a hate crime carried out by those in nearby Halhul.

Just a few days ago, holy books had been donated to the newly-rebuilt house of worship. But by Thursday 9 am, not a trace remained of the solid cement-block structure upon which the community’s rabbi had placed a mezuzah.

Outraged residents told 0404, “Thousands of illegally-built Arab homes and other structures exist, but the Defense Minister in his ignorance destroys a synagogue established in the memory of three Israeli teens who were kidnaped and murdered (by Hamas terrorists). It’s clear that it’s worth it to continue burning – because instead of dealing with the Arabs, the Jews are destroying themselves.”

It would indeed seem that perhaps the defense establishment has become confused about who it’s supposed to be defending and where retaliation is appropriate in political or military terms.

Karmei Tzur has been under siege from its Arab neighbors since the start of the current wave of terror, and has not shied away from the challenge.

Barely two weeks ago, about 500 Israelis marched from Karmei Tzur to the Gush Etzion junction to demonstrate against terror.

The marchers blocked Highway 60, a main north-south artery, in both directions as they demanded that deterrence be restored. The move came in the wake of a series of deadly attacks in the Gush Etzion region.

The timing of the demolition of the synagogue and the stealth with which it was carried out raises the question of whether the move came in retaliation for the community’s activism.

At the start of this month, Arab squatters returned to the Wadi Rashrash valley near Karmei Tzur – six months after they had been ejected by the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). Arabs had started to build a road there and were using the wadi as a garbage dump.

The area has been under processing for declaration as state land for some time. The violation was reported but it is not clear whether the government followed up.

Karmei Tzur has been repeatedly traumatized during this wave of terror. On February 24 one of the community’s founders and leading residents, IDF reserve Captain Eliav Gelman was killed in a stabbing attack at the nearby Gush Etzion junction. He was stabbed by an Arab terrorist who was then shot by IDF soldiers, who also hit Gelman by accident in the crossfire. Gelman was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem but could not be saved. He is survived by his pregnant wife and two young children.

Earlier that month, on February 9 an armed 16-year-old female Arab terrorist tried to infiltrate Karmei Tzur at the start of the day, dressed for school.

A resident of the community alerted the guard, who then warned the young wannabe stabber to drop her weapon – a kitchen knife – which she did.

The blade had clearly been sharpened, most likely after watching an Internet video of a sermon by one of the numerous radical Islamist clerics who urge their followers to murder Jews. They include detailed instructions on how to carry out those killings, complete with directions on how to sharpen the knives.

Three days prior to that attempted terror attack, Arab arsonists attacked the little synagogue on February 6 at Givat Sorek, the neighborhood on the outskirts of Karmei Tzur.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Maps, Prepares to Demolish Home of Gush Etzion Stabber

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Late Sunday night, IDF engineers and combat forces to protect them mapped out the Dura residence of Mamdou Amro. The house will be demolished in accordance with current policy regarding terrorist attacks that result in the deaths of Israelis.

The terrorist, 26, attempted to murder IDF reserve Capt. Eliav Gelman last week in a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion junction.

Gelman lived with his pregnant wife and two children in the nearby Jewish community of Karmei Tzur. He was hit in the crossfire and critically injured as IDF soldiers were aiming at Amro to stop the attack.

The wounded officer was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem but could not be saved.

The terrorist was also hit by gunfire and seriously injured. He was taken to hospital as well and treated in Jerusalem.

Iran said last week it will pay $30,000 to families of Arabs whose homes are demolished because they murdered Israelis — but it is not yet clear how and when the money will be paid.

Jewish Press News Briefs

PA PO’d: No Flow on Iranian Dough

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Palestinian Authority officials are livid over an announcement by Iran that money promised to the families of “martyrs” will not flow through the Ramallah government coffers.

It seems Iran doesn’t trust the PA government’s sticky fingers – and perhaps Tehran also wants to stir the pot between Fatah and its proxy, Hamas a bit also. Hamas as a group is more Islamist and radical in its observance than the PA government’s ruling Fatah faction; moreover, Hamas is nearly entirely under Iran’s control whereas Fatah has many backers.

The International Affairs Adviser to the Iranian Parliament Speaker and Shura Council, Hossein Sheikh al-Islam, said Saturday that Tehran will not send the financial aid to the families who have lost their members in attacks on Israelis via the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) government.

“Tehran will not send its aid package to the families of those killed … through the PA as it cannot be trusted,” Sheikh al-Islam told al-Resalah news website on Sunday, the semi-official Iranian FARS news agency reported.

Noting that Iran will dispatch its aid through a special channel, he added, “The financial aid package will be sent at the earliest; Iran doesn’t spare any efforts to support the resistance.”

Nabil Abu Rudeinah, spokesperson for PA leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), called the Iranian move a “flagrant intrusion into internal Palestinian and Arab affairs.”

Rudeinah said “It would have been better if Iran would send its funds to the Palestinian institution responsible for Palestine’s heroes and their families, rather than resorting to crooked ways and illegal means,” according to the PA’s official WAFA news agency.

He added that al-Islam’s remarks are “unacceptable, not just [as] an overriding of the Palestinian legitimacy but a violation of all laws,” the Xinhua news agency reported.

Al-Islam’s interview with Alresalah was not spontaneous by any means: the online news site has a close link with the Hamas terror organization which controls Gaza. Hamas has become an Iranian proxy since seizing the region from the Palestinian Authority in 2007.

Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammed Fath’ali announced last Wednesday that Iran would pay Arab families $7,000 for each “martyr” who died attacking Israelis in Jerusalem. In addition, Iran promised to pay $30,000 to each Arab family whose home was demolished by Israel after one of its occupants murdered Israelis in a terror attack.

Although the funds are expected to be channeled through an Iranian charity it is not yet clear which one, nor how the money is to be distributed.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Forces Demolish Homes of 2 Terrorist Murderers

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Early Tuesday morning, IDF engineers backed up by Border Guard Police officers demolished the homes of two terrorists who carried out attacks against Israelis on November 19.

One of those demolished was the home of the killer who stole the lives of Rabbi Yaacov Don, Ezra Schwartz and Shadi Arfa, an Arab pedestrian, in a shooting attack at the Gush Etzion junction. Seven others were wounded in the attack.

Raed Masalmeh, 36, a resident of the Arab village of Dura (south of Hebron) confessed to the attack at the Panorama. He was indicted for the murders in the Tel Aviv District Court. Masalmeh had been issued a permit to work in Israel only four days prior to the murders, having no prior record of previous security-related activity.

The other demolition was a response to the murders of Reuven Aviram and Yisayev Aharon, who were stabbed to death at the Panorama Building in Tel Aviv. Two others were wounded.

Mohammed Abdel Basset al-Kharoub, 24, in the Arab village of Dayr Samet (west of Hebron) opened fire from inside his vehicle with an Uzi submachine gun. When he ran out of bullets he drove towards the junction and rammed into a car. Both police and IDF soldiers confirmed it was al-Kharoub who committed the murders.

Although recently such demolitions have been taking place almost immediately following terrorist murders, these two came much later due to appeals by the family members that were held up in court. Last week, the High Court of Justice rejected the appeals of the family members of the two terrorists, requesting the demolition orders be nullified.

In the case of the second terrorist, the family had appealed on the grounds the attacker was mentally unstable. However, the panel of judges ruled the motivation of the terrorist was not an issue of mental health but rather one of nationalistic desires – and that indicated mental competence. “From the evidence presented by the Israel Prison Services, there is no record of an active or effective psychiatric condition,” the judges said.

Hana Levi Julian

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