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December 5, 2016 / 5 Kislev, 5777

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Jerusalem Arab Indicted in Terrorist Plot, Facebook Incitement

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

A Jerusalem Arab was indicted Thursday on charges of plotting a major terrorist attack in the capital city.

Muhammad Abbasi, 25, was charged as an accomplice to a planned terror attack in Jerusalem. He was indicted in Jerusalem District Court, according to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), which said he was arrested three weeks ago. Abbasi is also accused of destroying evidence, obstructing justice, supporting a terrorist organization, causing grievous bodily harm, manufacture and possession of weapons, attempted assault of police and rioting.

Shin Bet domestic intelligence agents said they discovered during their investigation that Abbasi, a Hamas operative, intended to attack Israeli security forces and civilians in eastern Jerusalem, and that he purchased firearms for the purpose. He was allegedly involved in a number of firebombing attacks in addition to having lit and thrown fireworks and stones and security forces and Israeli motorists.

The investigation also allegedly revealed that Abbasi tried to find out how to manufacture pipe bombs, although he had not actively tried to make them himself.

According to the indictment documents, Abbasi was employed by a Jerusalem bakery during 2016. In July of this year, the bakery owner plotted together with Ramzi Alouk, a former prisoner associated with Hamas who lived in Gaza, to attack Jews in Jerusalem. Abbasi told the bakery owner that he wanted to participate in the terrorist activity, and asked to communicate with Alouk, saying he wanted to participate in military operations against Israel.

The owner of the bakery was arrested by Israeli security officials this past September, and his remand was extended. After Abbasi heard about the arrest he allegedly decided to act to prevent security officials from obtaining criminal evidence against the bakery owner. According to the indictment, Abbasi purchased a new hard disk and installed it in his computer, and then broke the original hard disk and threw it away in the garbage. The indictment states this act constitutes “conspiracy to perform terrorist activity inside Israel, with intent to prevent or to thwart a legal procedure.”

From July 2015 until his arrest, Abbasi posted on his Facebook page calls for acts of violence and terrorism against Israeli civilians and security forces. He also posted words of praise, encouragement, and empathy for such acts, and for terrorists. In addition, Abbasi praised and demonstrated support for the Hamas terrorist organization and its military wing, the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades force.

On the day a suicide bomber attacked the Number 12 bus in Jerusalem, wounding a number of Israeli civilians, Abbasi uploaded a photo of the burned hulk of the bus, with the caption, “We bless the brave attacker… You have gladdened our hearts … Allah be blessed.”

On the day of the lethal shooting attack in the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, in which numerous Israeli civilians were killed and wounded, Abbasi wrote in his post: “3 bodies and 5 injured in Tel Aviv shooting attack … Allah bless those hands … Allah give them life … They broke their fast on something worthwhile … Palestine is proud of these men.”

During Operation Protective Edge in 2014, Israel’s war with Hamas, Abbasi participated with masked men in disturbances in the [Jerusalem] Ras El Amud (also known as Ma’alei Zeitim) neighborhood, hurling stones and fireworks at police forces at the scene. During the same period he manufactured firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and threw them at military and police vehicles.

According to the Shin Bet, “The arrest of Abbasi, who as a Jerusalem resident has had access to the entire city, prevented a serious terror attack from taking place in Jerusalem.

“His arrest and the findings of the investigation demonstrate once again the severity of the threat from lone attackers who are influenced by the incitement of terrorist organizations on the internet – in particular, by Hamas – and they themselves incite others to then perform attacks.”

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Soldiers Attacked With Stones, Firebombs and Firework Weapons

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Israeli security forces in Jerusalem were attacked over the 26-hour period of Yom Kippur with every possible means of violence available to the rioting population in the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

Israeli Border Guard Police officers patrolling the neighborhood of Silwan (Shiloach) were attacked by terrorists hurling rocks, boulders, cement blocks, firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and lit fireworks directly at the soldiers.

Each of the different weapons used can be, and in a number of cases in the past has been, deadly.

During the day, rioters became extremely violent and in one came hurled lethal projectiles directly at the forces; when the officers’ lives became endangered, they opened fire at the mob and identified a hit.

The rioters fled, taking their injured terrorist with them. Israeli forces who subsequently searched for the suspect who hurled the deadly projectile did not find him, and residents in the area claimed he had died and was buried overnight.

Overnight, there was more rioting, this time with Arab terrorists hurling firebombs at Israeli forces in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukabar. The rioters were dispersed using routine methods.

In the Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, masked terrorists hurled firebombs, stones and lit fireworks at Israeli forces. They also set fire to trash bins and blocked the entrance to the neighborhood.

Israeli forces responded to the violence with routine mob dispersal methods.

Hana Levi Julian

Dozens of Road Terror Attacks in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Dozens of stoning and firebomb attacks were aimed at Israelis over the course of the day, with another day of terror having passed in Israel.

Since the morning hours, at least 33 incidents involving stoning and Molotov cocktails in firebombing attacks took place in various regions throughout the country.

Among the events: stones hurled at passing motor vehicles near the town of Migdalim, stones thrown at Bus No. 143 as it was traveling on Highway 437 – on the Adam-Hizme road.

An incendiary bottle was thrown at a car as it passed near the town of Yitzhar. Stones and incendiary bottles were also thrown at vehicles passing the Amos junction (the T-junction).

Stonings took place near Tekoa, Atarot, eastern Jerusalem, the City of David, A-Rahm, in the area of Jelazoun and in other places as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Arabs Continue Attempt to Dislodge Jews from Jerusalem

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Arab terrorists were busy Monday night attacking Jewish residents of Jerusalem in their attempts to frighten Israelis into leaving the area or avoiding it in the first place.

Thus far, the effort has failed, though some Arabs are continuing their violence nevertheless.

Terrorists Monday night hurled three firebombs at Jewish homes in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ma’ale Zeitim, known in Arabic as Ras el Amud.

The neighborhood overlooks the Mount of Olives and has been the scene of numerous attacks by Arab terrorists who have tried to dislodge the growing number of Jewish residents moving into the area.

A storekeeper was stabbed on Rehov Malachi in Jerusalem, local sources reported Monday night. He was treated at the scene and then taken to a hospital in the capital where he is reportedly listed in good condition.

Less than an hour later, several Arab terrorists attacked an IDF “pillbox” outpost at the entrance to the Jewish community of Kochav Yaacov, just a few minutes north of Jerusalem.

The terrorists opened fire and launched firecrackers at the military position, some of which ignited a blaze next to a group of soldiers guarding the outpost, and caused a power outage.

The soldiers extinguished the flames. Miraculously no one was injured and no property damage was reported.

Hana Levi Julian

Terrorists Attack Jerusalem Light Rail, Riot Around Capital

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Jerusalem Arabs have again attacked the Light Rail as it passed through the northern neighborhood of Shuafat.

The “travel terrorists” threw stones at the rail cars, and also at Israeli public buses and cars as they traveled on the highway passing the neighborhood.

During the night Arab attackers riots at numerous locations in and around the capital.

Among the sites recorded were: the Qalandia and Ras el Amud neighborhoods on the outskirts of Jerusalem, near Rachel’s Tomb; Al Favar in Mount Hebron; El Hader in Gush Etzion; Havara and Azoun in Samaria; and others.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Elite Special Ops Unit Deploys in Gush Etzion to ID, Deter Lone Wolf Attackers

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

IDF Central Command has deployed the elite special ops ‘Maglan’ unit in Gush Etzion in a last-gasp attempt to avoid the necessity of another complete separation between Jews and Arabs in the region, as happened a decade ago.

The goal: identify potential jihadists before they start their journey to terror and turn them around.

“It is possible to track down and identify a lone terrorist before he has made that final decision to stab or run someone over, and to stop [the attack,] Col. Roman Gofman, Commander of the Etzion Brigade, told the Hebrew-language Ynet news site.

“This requires two things: locating the potential attacker and then putting pressure on him or persuading him not to carry out the attack. Once he has decided to attack it’s very hard to stop him,” Gofman noted, according to the report.

One of the new methods of pressuring potential attackers is that of “targeted closure.” This involves quietly knocking on the door of the targeted individual and then entering the home in the wee hours, before anyone can slip away to the cafe before heading out to work at 3:30 am, when most leave their villages. If it is not possible to enter quietly, IDF soldiers will do what they must, which could include shouting or drawing weapons. But the preferred method is to move quietly, with dignity, in order to carry out an arrest and begin the necessary conversation.

Targeted individuals include those ages 16 to 25 who appear to be seeking attention and perhaps martyrdom along the way, Gofman explains. “Every attacker leaves signs long before they decide to become martyrs. We just need to pick up these signals from every possible source: Shin Bet, social networks and many other things that would point to … a potential attacker.

“In earlier periods terrorists wanted to kill Jews and some were willing to become martyrs for it,” Gofman said. “Now they want to become martyrs and if they can kill a couple of Jews while accomplishing that, then all the better.

“One way or another they are lauded and gain status in Palestinian society. They are the target of incitement from all directions. Lone attacks are a result of vicious cycle whose essence is imitation and inspiration.”

Teens who have already thrown stones and/or firebombs at Israeli vehicles or security forces are arrested and taken into custody. They are then questioned by investigators who also try to persuade them not to repeat their mistakes — not to commit the same crimes once they are released. They are typically sent to jail for a long enough sentence hopefully to deter but not harden them.

Especially for those who have not yet acted and have no criminal file, the IDF discussions with parents and extended family, carried out in fluent Arabic, have often been effective. The explanations about the consequences of their child’s actions can have great influence, according to Gofman.

“Even those who distribute candy after attacks, do not want their sons to commit suicide,” Gofman told Ynet journalist Ron Ben-Yishai. “Most of them are like that. Most of them want to see their child come home from school, or the younger son return home from work, so they are therefore a powerful influence through whom we try to act.”

Hana Levi Julian

8 Overnight Arab Terror Attacks on Israeli Motorists

Friday, November 6th, 2015

In eight separate cases overnight Thursday night Israeli motorists found themselves with flying rocks and flaming bottle bombs smashing into their cars — sometimes directly at their windshields.

Arab terrorists carried out at least eight such attacks in different locations in the early hours of Friday morning in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

Attackers hurled firebombs along southern areas of Highway 60 in Judea. Arab terrorists hurled rocks and firebombs at motorists who drove past the villages of El Aroub, Tubas, Ein Yabrud and Kfar Na’ama.

IDF soldiers searched the area for the perpetrators after several vehicles reported the attacks, and eventually found some of the weapons.

The forces discovered a stockpile of firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and rocks squirreled away for use as ammunition in attacks against Israeli motorists.

Attacks were also reported at the Mount of Olives and the City of David in Jerusalem, and near the Samaria Arab city of Tulkarm as well.

No information was released about damage to property or injuries to travelers.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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