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Israel Foils Islamic Jihad Plot to Kidnap, Murder IDF Soldier

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Israeli security and intelligence agents have foiled a major attack plan by the Gaza-based terrorists who planned to abduct and kill an IDF soldier.

Mahmoud Yusuf Hasin Abu Taha, a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist group, was indicted Thursday (Oct. 20, 2016) in Be’er Sheva District Court by the State Attorney’s Office, Southern District, on terrorism-related charges.

Taha was arrested on September 21 by a joint team of Israeli police and Shin Bet intelligent agents as he attempted to enter Israel from Gaza through the Erez Crossing, ostensibly for commercial reasons, after an extended investigation.

It was learned during questioning that the Khan Younis resident was leading a (PIJ) terror cell from Gaza, and was planning to carry out a large-scale terror attack at a wedding hall in southern Israel. The plan included the abduction and murder of an IDF soldier, whose body would then be held in Gaza, to be used as a bargaining chip in future prisoner swap talks with the Israeli government.

Under interrogation, Taha revealed that he had been recruited by Wael Sufiyan Abu Taha, a senior PIJ terrorist living in Gaza. The recruiter directed him to establish a military infrastructure and prepare to carry out the aforementioned attacks. Mahmoud Yusuf Hasin Abu Taha, in turn, recruited three additional cohorts who have also been arrested:

* Shafik Hamad Abu Taha, born in 1961, from the Gaza Strip, who had been present in Israel illegally. He was employed at the events hall where the attack was to have been perpetrated.

* Ahmed Taysir Abdul Rahman Abu Taha, born in 1977, from the Gaza Strip, who had also been present in Israel illegally; and

* Hani Massoud Nasir Abu Amra, born in 1976, originally from Deir Al-Balah, who had been living in the south after receiving temporary resident status for “family unification.”

Mahmoud and Shafik had already carried reconnaissance on the designated events hall in southern Israel, and had developed their operations plan to maximize the number of casualties.

At the same time, Mahmoud began his plan to abduct and murder an IDF soldier for bargaining purposes, receiving from Wael Sufiyan Abu Taha thousands of shekels with which to rent an apartment in Israel. This is where he would take his victim, kill him and bury him, while delivering his personal effects to Gaza for use in negotiations.

“This grave case underscores, again, the efforts of Gaza-based terrorists to carry out murderous attacks in Israel, in addition to their activities in Gaza,” warned a spokesperson for the Shin Bet.

“The case also reiterates the manner in which terrorists will exploit humanitarian and economic permits to enter Israel, as well as the risk posed by Arabs from the Palestinian Authority who are present in Israel illegally.”

Hana Levi Julian

Gaza Businessman Admits, “Hamas Funds Terror Infrastructure in Judea and Samaria”

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

A businessman from Gaza with an entry permit to Israel and Judea and Samaria told the IDF under questioning on Wednesday that he had transferred USD 50,000 in cash from Hamas officials in Gaza to those in Hebron, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) revealed on Thursday evening.

According to Hamas’s own media reports, the businessman in question, Bashir Muhammad Yunus Mustafa, was apprehended at the Erez Crossing between Israel and Gaza by the Israeli Crossing Authority and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).

Mustafa, a resident of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, held a permanent permit issued by COGAT that allowed him to cross over freely from Gaza into Israel and to enter Judea and Samaria. According to COGAT, such permits are issued by the Israeli government for humanitarian reasons and in order to facilitate free trade between Gaza and the Palestinian Authority controlled territories.

According to COGAT Spokesperson, Hadar Horn, Mustafa was released after his questioning. “He has a heart condition,” was Horn’s explanation for the immediate release.

An Israeli security official revealed to Tazpit Press Service (TPS) that the Hamas terror organization has its own so-called “crossings unit.”. According to our source, one of the purposes of this unit is to identify Gazan residents who have entry permits into Israel or crossing permits into Judea and Samaria for either humanitarian or business reasons and to then approach these individuals and recruit them to serve as “mules” for their money-smuggling operations.

“It is very likely that this businessman is a decent and innocent man, but it’s a bit hard to say no to Hamas,” the security source told TPS.

Hamas is outlawed as an illegal terror organization in Israel, the United States, and the European Union. The organization contains a political and military faction that are the de facto sovereign in the Gaza strip.

Israel’s security and intelligence bodies over the past few months have apprehended several individuals who had legal entry permits to Israel and who used them to transfer large sums of money to Hamas operatives outside of Gaza.

“Terrorist groups take advantage of these [entry] permits for illegal purposes such as the financing of terrorism,” a Shin Bet spokesperson stated. “The money was destined for Hamas cells operating in Judea and Samaria. Hamas took advantage of Israel’s willingness to issue humanitarian permits to Gazans.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Busy Traffic at Gaza-Israel Border Crossings

Monday, August 29th, 2016

The Erez Crossing into Gaza was busy Sunday, with six ambulances making their way into and out of the region with medical patients.

The IDF Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories reports that 657 trucks packed with goods also entered the region on Sunday, via the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

Last Thursday, there were 1,100 crossings of foreigners, merchants and other people between Gaza and Israel, according to the IDF, and seven crossings by ambulances through the Erez crossing.

On the same day, 22,301 tons of goods in 738 trucks entered Gaza from Israel via the Kerem Shalom crossing.

Hana Levi Julian

Humanitarian Aid Still Continues to Flow Into Gaza

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Domestic and foreign humanitarian aid still continues to flow — flood, in fact — into the Hamas terrorist-ruled region of Gaza.

On Wednesday alone, 23,425 tons of goods in 745 trucks entered the region via the Kerem Shalom Crossing, according to the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

The day before, 22,437 tons of goods in 637 trucks entered Gaza via Kerem Shalom. On Monday, 22,788 tons of goods in 687 trucks entered the enclave via the crossing.

COGAT Activity July 17-23 2016

But it’s not just foodstuffs, dry goods and equipment that move across Israel’s southern border into Gaza.

There were eight crossings of ambulances between Gaza and Israel on Wednesday, the COGAT reported.

In addition, there were 1,088 crossings of foreigners, merchants and others between Israel and Gaza on Wednesday. One day earlier, there were 1,152 crossings in human traffic.

The shipments are very carefully inspected before passing through the crossings due to the frequent attempts to “import” weapons, ammunition and other ordnance and contraband by terrorist smugglers.

Inspectors have found electronics, components and other parts that are used to manufacture rockets and missiles as well as other instruments for waging war against Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Gaza Tunnel Collapses And Another Digger is Gone

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Arab media report at least one man is dead and numerous others are missing in a terrorist tunnel collapse in Gaza.

Salah al-Astal Amid was identified as the man who was buried alive and died in the collapse, according to Arab sources.

It is not yet known how many Hamas operatives were hurt in the collapse, nor why the tunnel caved in on Monday.

A little more than a week ago, an Islamic Jihad terrorist died while helping to dig a tunnel which collapsed on him in Gaza near the Erez Crossing into Israel.

Seven other terrorists were trapped for hours in the collapsed tunnel, but eventually were rescued by fellow Islamic Jihad operatives.

Hana Levi Julian

Turkish Energy Ministry Officials Meet in Gaza, Then Israel

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Officials from the Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Ministry have been meeting with Hamas officials in Gaza to discuss the current power crisis in the region, according to the Palestinian Authority-based Alresalah news outlet.

The Turkish delegation traveled to Gaza via the Erez Crossing two weeks after Israel and Ankara sealed an agreement to restore diplomatic ties between the two countries.

The delegation was also scheduled to meet with Israeli officials and members of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority government.

The discussions aimed at finding a way to relieve the power outages that have plagued the energy-starved enclave for more than a year.

Upon its return the delegation is expected to report its findings to Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak.

Hana Levi Julian

Liberman Opens Crossings Between Palestinian Authority, Gaza and Israel for Ramadan

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has opened the gates, so to speak, to allow almost completely free movement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel during Ramadan this year.

IDF Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) issued a statement late Friday noting the move was Israel’s “civil policy to improve the quality of life for Arabs citizens of the Palestinian Authority in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, including the maintenance of their freedom of religion.”

The policy – recommended first by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot – comes in advance of the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan which begins Sunday night.

Under the policy, Arabs in Judea and Samaria will be able to enter Israel for visits with relatives and to worship Friday at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

In addition they will be able to travel overseas via Ben Gurion International airport, and also be allowed to visit relatives in Gaza as well.

Gazans living abroad will be able to fly in via Ben Gurion to visit their families in the region.

The “crossings will be open for [travel to] prayers as the activity hours of the crossings will be extended,” according to a spokesperson for the COGAT.

Moreover, Gazans will be allowed to attend prayers in Jerusalem at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, and attend Ramadan religious events.

They will also be able to visit relatives in Israel, as well as in Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria — assuming, of course, that Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization agrees to allow its citizens all this freedom. It’s also not clear whether Hamas will allow visitors to enter the region to visit family members either, for that matter. That is not under Israel’s control.

But this time it won’t be the Israeli government placing obstacles in the way.

The Palestinian Authority and the international community have been “updated on these steps for the holiday,” the statement said.

Hana Levi Julian

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