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Update: Child Killer Samir Kuntar Dead in Alleged Israeli Air Strike

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Lebanese Druze child-killer Samir Kuntar reportedly was killed in the alleged Israeli air strike carried out Wednesday morning near the Syrian Golan Heights village of Hader.

Five people died in the strike, including Kuntar and a second Hezbollah terrorist, along with three pro-regime “Popular Committee” fighters, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Israeli fighter jets allegedly targeted the group as their vehicle traveled in the outskirts of the Druze village of Hader. The air strike has not been confirmed by Israel, which has declined to confirm or deny reports of the attack.

Last April media also reported that Israel had attacked targets in Syria, but it later became clear that Syrian opposition forces had carried out the attacks.

In January, Israel attacked a group of six Iranian-backed Hezbollah fighters in Quneitra, a military source confirmed, saying they were “terrorists who intended to attack Israel.” Among the dead at that time was Hezbollah commander Jihad Mughniyeh, commander of the Syrian Golan sector where today’s attack was carried out. Mughniyeh was the son of the late Hezbollah international operations chief Imad Mughniyeh, assassinated February 12, 2008 in Damascus. Several Iranian troops were also killed in that attack, the semi-official Iranian Tabnak news site reported, including an Iranian commander.

Samir Kuntar Set Up Terror Network in Golan Heights
Samir Kuntar, who became a senior officer in the Hezbollah terror organization after his release from an Israeli prison in 2008, had set up a terror network on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights in recent months.

The former Druze member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) served nearly 30 years in an Israeli prison for leading an April 1979 terror attack on Nahariya. Kuntar was responsible for killing three members of the Haran family, including two small children and their father, plus an Israeli police officer. Almost 30 years later he was among five living and 199 dead terrorists swapped for the bodies of IDF reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser. The Israeli soldiers were abducted and killed by Hezbollah in a cross-border raid that ignited the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

In May of this year, a terrorist cell attempted to place an explosive charge along Israel’s border with Syria, up in the Golan Heights. Defense officials told reporters they believe the cell was headed by Kuntar, operating on instructions from Iran. Reportedly the cell was operating in retaliation for an air strike attributed to Israel destroyed weapons that were being handed over to Hezbollah by the Syrian regime. Sources said the defense establishment believes the cell was being instructed directly from Tehran, rather than via Hezbollah.

Kuntar’s No. 2 Was Golan Druze Villager
Kuntar’s second-in-command – Muwafaq Badiyeh – was assassinated on June 17 in an alleged car bombing on the road between Quneitra and Damascus. The Hezbollah-backed Al Akhbar newspaper blamed the attack on “Mossad agents.”

Badiyeh, like Kuntar, was a Druze and lived his entire life in Hader, and continued to live in the village until his death last month. The village is one of the few in the Syrian Golan Heights – other than Quneitra – that retains its loyalty to the regime.

Kuntar Was Inciting Israeli Druze in Golan Heights
Kuntar had been actively inciting Druze citizens in Israel as well as in Syria to violence in the Golan Heights, community leaders warned. Last month’s lynch by Israeli Druze of an IDF ambulance carrying wounded Syrians to a medical center for expert care was attributed by community leaders to incitement by Kuntar.

“The man … fueling the violent events here in Samir Kuntar,” the chairman of the Druze and Circassian local councils, Jabber Hamud said last month. “We’ve known this fo some time and I call on the heads of the defense establishment to do all that is necessary.”

Ten Israeli Druze Arrested in Connection to Lynching

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Ten Israeli-Druze have been arrested in connection with the Monday night lynching inside the IDF ambulance, as well as the attack on the ambulance in Horfish.

In Monday night’s attack, Druze citizens attacked an IDF ambulance and murdered the wounded patient being transported from Syria to an Israeli hospital for treatment.

The Druze have accused Israel of assisting Syrian Jabhat al-Nusrah rebels along the Golan Heights border.

A Jabhat al-Nusrah commander massacred 20 Druze in the village of Qalb Lawzah in Idlib provincethe two weeks ago, setting off a firestorm of anger in the international Druze community.

Netanyahu Calls on Druze Leaders to ‘Calm the Mood’

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed Monday night to “bring the lawmakers to justice” after Israeli Druze attacked an IDF ambulance bearing wounded Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, but asked leaders of the community also to “calm the mood.”

One of the two patients was killed in the lynching; the injuries of the second were worsened and he is now in critical condition.

“Nobody can take the law into their own hands,” said Netanyahu during a cybersecurity conference Monday night at Tel Aviv University. “No one can disrupt the missions of IDF soldiers.

“We will locate those who perpetrated this lynch and we will deal with them to the fullest extent of the law,” he went on. “We are a nation of law; we are not part of the anarchy that is spreading around us.

“I call on the heads of the Druze community, a splendid community with whom we have a brotherly bond, citizens of the State of Israel, I call on them to calm the mood and tell each Druze citizen of the State of Israel – respect the law, respect IDF soldiers and do not take law into one’s hands. This is what I ask of our Druze brothers; this is what I ask of all citizens of the State of Israel.”

The attackers, residents of nearby Majdal Shams, suspected the two Syrians were members of the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terrorist organization.

“I call on the leadership of the Druze community to turn down the heat and use discretion in their rhetoric,” Netanyahu added.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon condemned the incident in separate remarks in equally strong terms, noting that the “situation in Syria is complex” and pointing out that government officials have been keeping the Israeli Druze leadership “fully updated” as events unfold.

Israeli Druze Leadership Condemns Lynch of IDF Ambulance

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

The leadership of the Israeli Druze community also spoke out Monday night to officially condemn the attack on the IDF ambulance bearing Syrian wounded Monday night.

Sheikh Moafik Tarif, head of Israel’s Druze community, said, “This is not our way and we feel pain for what happened. This is a criminal act, carried out by lawless people, and the authorities must take action.”

Regional Cooperation Minister Ayoub Kara, a Druze member of the Likud party, also condemned the violence.

“There is no Israeli citizen who does not sympathize with the plight of the Druze in Israel in the face of the life-threatening danger of their brethren in Syria,” Kara said. “But in no case can an ambulance be attacked.

“I condemn the attack. It is immoral, and certainly it is forbidden to endanger the lives of soldiers and civilians.”

Many members of Israel’s Druze community serve as distinguished officers in the IDF and the vast majority of the community’s men serve as soldiers; the only non-Jewish group in Israel to do so in such numbers.

“Unfortunately, as Druze, today we lost the sympathy of the Israeli people due to this serious and unnecessary incident that has no place in an orderly state,” Kara continued.

“Also, I fear that as a result of this incident we have endangered our brothers on the other side.”

Ya’alon Condemns Druze Lynch of Israeli Ambulance Carrying Syrian Wounded

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Israeli media was buzzing Tuesday morning over the lynch by Israeli Druze in the Golan Heights of an ambulance carrying Syrian wounded to a local hospital late Monday.

The attack, which took place near Majdal Shams, left one Syrian rebel fighter dead and a second critically injured. It is suspected the two may have been members of the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terrorist group.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon condemned the attack and told reporters Tuesday that authorities would pursue the arrest of those who organized the deadly mob.

“We will not go back to a normal routine,” Ya’alon vowed. “Israel is a nation of law. We will not allow anarchy, violent behavior and small groups of vigilantes to take the law into their own hands.”

Israel has quietly been providing medical treatment for various select individuals with severe injuries throughout the savage civil war that has raged in Syria since March 2011.

“This incident is a violation of our values which are expressed by humanitarian medical treatment to injured Syrians and to every individual who needs it,” he added.

A small group of violent vigilantes will “not harm the special alliance the State of Israel has with its Druze civilians and will not succeed in tarnishing the face of that community [either],” he continued.

“I call on public officials who are discussing this issue to show discretion and refrain from fiery rhetoric,” Ya’alon cautioned.

“The reality in Syria is complex. We are dealing with the situation responsibly – with sound judgment – and we are updating the Druze leadership in accordance with developments.”

Druze Mob Attacks IDF Ambulance, Reportedly Kills Syrian Wounded

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

A Druze mob attacked an IDF military ambulance on Tuesday evening in the village of Majdal Shams in the Northern Golan in Israel.

The IDF ambulance was transporting 2 wounded Syrian to an Israeli hospital — and according to Channel 10 Israel TV, the 2 were beaten to death by the mob.

An IDF doctor and driver were lightly wounded by the mob.

Some of the Majdal Shams Druze are pro-Syrian (they are concerned that eventually Israel will leave the Golan and if they aren’t pro-Assad they will be slaughtered), and they are angry that Israel is providing medical aid to rebel forces, in addition to the daily death count of the bloody civil war in Syria.

The IDF has increased security at Israeli hospital beds where wounded Syrians are receiving medical care, due to concerns that Druze will attack the wounded in their beds.

At least one of the Syrians being transported tonight has been confirmed as being killed by the lynch mob.

Druze Block IDF Ambulance with Syrian Patient

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Israeli Druze in the northern town of Hurfeish for the first time actually attacked an IDF ambulance on Monday as it was transporting a wounded Syrian to an Israeli hospital.

It was the first act of violent protest carried out by the generally peaceful community.

The Druze surrounded the ambulance and blocked it from proceeding down the road – as they did last week with others in similar cases — but then they also attacked it.

Leaders of the Druze community in the Israeli Golan Heights claim the IDF medical teams are aiding fighters with the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terrorist organization.

Al Nusra is one of the groups responsible for attacking and murdering Druze communities on the Syrian side of the border. Their relationship to Da’esh (ISIS) or lack thereof is also not clear.

But the terror organization has maintained a firm grip on the town of Quneitra in which the sole border crossing between Syria and Israel is located.

Israel has not commented on the incident.

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