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Arab Celebration Time

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Following pressure from the Israeli High Court, after the families of the terrorists lied to the Judges (surprise?) saying they wouldn’t run celebrations when the terrorist bodies were returned, the police began returning bodies of terrorists – and surprise, the families and friends began to celebrate their martyrs.

This morning, Minister Erdan ordered the police to stop returning all the terrorist bodies.

Erdan posted on his Facebook page that he hoped the judges in Israel’s Supreme Court will take notice of these images of incitement to terror, which should not happen anywhere, and certainly not in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.

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Body of ‘Jerusalem Bezeq Terrorist’ Returned to Family, Buried as an ‘Honored Martyr’

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Late Monday night Israel Police returned the body of Ala’a Abu Jamal, the Bezeq technician-turned-terrorist who carried out a ram-and-stab attack in Jerusalem seven months ago.

Abu Jamal murdered Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky on Malchei Yisroel Street last October, ramming his Bezeq car into a crowd waiting at a bus stop. He then got out of the vehicle and then attacking people with an axe until he was shot and killed by a security guard.

Some 200 Jerusalem Arabs crowded outside the cemetery during the killer’s funeral in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, in the Jabel Mukabar neighborhood.

The funeral became a mass scene of hatred and incitement to more terror, with participants in the proceedings calling out “Allahu Akbar!” (Allah is Great) and “In blood and faith we will avenge you, O Martyr!”

Watch the video at this link.

It is not the first time a terrorist’s funeral has erupted in demonstrations of hatred and incitement to terror – one reason that Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan had opposed the return of the bodies of terrorists who died while killing Israelis, to the Palestinian Authority and/or the families.

Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon vehemently disagreed with this policy, as do military and intelligence officials, who say it simply exacerbates tensions without accomplishing deterrence.

On Tuesday morning, Erdan once again instructed police to cease returning terrorists’ bodies to their families for burials.

“I was just shown the outrageous images from the funeral last night in East Jerusalem, in which the conditions set by the police were violated and the commitments made by the families were broken,” Erdan said, according to the Hebrew-language Ynet news site.

“The terrorists’ families lied to the High Court of Justice. It’s a shame the High Court believed them and pressured the police to return all the bodies by Ramadan.”

But police claimed the family met the conditions that were set — only 40 people were allowed into the cemetery. Border Guard Police prevented the crowd from entering.

Police delayed the return of the body for six months, until an agreement was reached with the family that the funeral would be held late at night with a small number of participants. The agreement was made in order to avoid the demonstration that developed in any case late Monday night – and despite the guarantee signed by the family.

The chanting took place outside the cemetery while the body was being carried from the nearby mosque to the burial site, police noted. (italics added)

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Orders ‘No More Returning Terrorists’ Bodies’

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Sunday not to allow any more return of terrorists’ bodies to their families or the Palestinian Authority.

The order, confirmed by sources in the Prime Minister’s Office, was first reported by Israel’s Channel 2 television news.

In October 2015, the cabinet voted against returning terrorist bodies, but the army only followed through for less than a week.

Initially the army claimed they released the bodies due to a mix-up, and then Defense Minister Yaalon said he ordered the bodies released them after making an agreement with the PA, which the PA promptly disregarded to Ya’alon’s surprise.

Ya’alon, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot and Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) have strongly disagreed with this position of holding terrorists’ bodies, which is one that supported by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan.

All three military men have argued that holding on to terrorists’ bodies further inflames passions and escalates tensions with Arab communities. Ya’alon is also vehemently opposed to the “moral ground” of the issue, what he has called “trading in bodies.” His nephew is one of the soldiers whose body was captured and is held by the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has long argued against returning the bodies, however, contending that most terrorists’ funerals are used as forums for greater incitement against Israel and venues for recruiting more “martyrs.” Erdan ordered Israel Police not to return the bodies of terrorists who fall under their jurisdiction unless their families first agree to a series of stringent requirements to control the size and nature of the funeral.

Although Netanyahu offered no reason for the order, nor did his office, Netanyahu may be using this to indirectly express his displeasure with Ya’alon, both for ignoring the October cabinet decision and for Ya’alon’s ongoing public statements against the IDF soldier who shot and killed the terrorist in Hebron, which are inflaming public opinion against the Netanyahu government.

Some Arab analysts are speculating there may be another prisoner swap under consideration. One who agrees is an Arab writer on the Palestinian Authority side. Writing in Alresalah, Mustafa Swaf notes that in 2006, “every Israeli demand had a price.”

Hana Levi Julian

Strategic Affairs Minister: Fight Against BDS About To Become a “Whole New Ball Game”.

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan addressed the threat posed by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement Sunday night before an audience of Jews and Israel supporters from around the world.

During the Global Coalition for Israel conference at a Jerusalem hotel, Erdan outlined Israel’s strategies for combating the movement that has gained momentum in recent years.

Erdan, whose Strategic Affairs portfolio includes the fight against BDS, told the audience he hoped that the meeting would signify a turning point in the fight against delegitimization. “BDS is spreading to more and more countries and fields. It is successfully building relationships with mainstream groups. They are making use of modern technology to spread their propaganda. The threats are known,” he said.

Calling for “cautious optimism,” Erdan went on to share several methods being developed that are designed to counter BDS activities.

These included responding to individual challenges such as attempts to prevent Israeli artists from performing, attempts to blacklist businesses that deal with Israel and attacks on Jewish advocates for Israel on college campuses.

“We are developing the capabilities to identify threats before they are publicized. Once we identify them, we will bring all of the relevant bodies together and use one of the many options at our disposal, which can mean using diplomacy, operating behind the scenes or implementing legal measures. For too long, BDS has attacked Israel without paying any price,” Erdan declared to applause from the audience.

Attacking sources of funding and degrading BDS activities were also mentioned as strategies. “Wherever they operate, we will make sure there is no safe space for BDS.”

Erdan praised the various foreign governments that have already set about implementing anti-BDS legislation in their respective countries including the United States, Britain, Canada and France.

Erdan also turned to technological initiatives and social media platforms that he said Israel intends to utilize with greater force. “Finally, we are going to become much more active on social media. We aim to spread the truth as quickly as our enemies spread lies,” he told the audience. “The BDS [movement] might not realize it, but pretty soon it is going to be a whole new ball game.”

Finally, Erdan concluded by stating that Jewish communities around the world play a crucial role.

“In Israel, we understand that we don’t understand everything and don’t have all the answers. You are on the ground and know what is going on. This consultation is so important to me because in this battle, cooperation between Israel and the pro-Israel community is not just a good idea but a necessity. I can’t do it alone. We are all on the front line together,” he said.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israel Returning Bodies of 10 Arab Terrorists to Families in Jerusalem

Monday, February 8th, 2016

The bodies of 10 Arab terrorists who tried to murder Israeli Jews — and in some cases succeeded — are being returned to their families. One has already gone.

Meanwhile, where are the bodies of IDF Lt. Hadar Goldin and St. Sgt. Oron Shaul? Still in the hands or dungeons of Hamas in Gaza…

But clearly last week’s meetings and lobbying actions by Balad Israeli Arab Knesset members Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas were effective.

On Monday journalists were informed by government officials that the bodies of 10 terrorists are being returned to their families who live in Jerusalem.

All were killed while attacking Israelis during the current wave of terror.

In order to receive the bodies, the families had to agree to hold the funerals in the middle of the night, with a maximum of 50 family members and friends in attendance.

The ceremonies were to be quiet, and a monetary deposit of approximately $5,000 had to be submitted as a guarantee the conditions would be met. The family will not receive the money in return if the conditions are violated at burial.

The Defense Ministry made it clear, publicly, it has no interest in holding the bodies, Ynet reported. That’s ironic, since the body of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s own nephew is one of the two still being held “hostage” in Gaza by Hamas, where both soldiers fell in battle during Operation Protection Edge in summer 2014.

Allegedly the terrorists’ bodies have not been released due to the opposition of the Interior Ministry and particularly Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who expressed his doubt the families would respect the conditions. Erdan emphasized his concern that terrorist funerals become displays of support and incitement for further terror.

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Under Attack, Official Calls for IDF

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

The deputy mayor of Jerusalem, Dov Kalmanovich, is calling for IDF troops to be deployed temporarily in the capital following a major terror attack at the Damascus Gate earlier in the day.

One Border Guard police officer has succumbed to her wounds as a result of the attack; two others are hospitalized. Three terrorists were shot and killed.

Kalmanovich said Wednesday night there has been an escalation in the wave of terror in Jerusalem and recommended placing IDF soldiers at schools and in the Old City.

“Border Police and Jerusalem District police officers prevented – unfortunately with their bodies – a much more complex and serious attack than what occurred here,” Assistant Police Commissioner Avshalom Peled pointed out Wednesday night.

“A team of Border Police officers was suspicious of several people and sought to make contact with them. A battle then followed in which three terrorists were killed… During initial questioning they were armed with weapons. They had probably planned a complex, combined attack which would have been far more difficult [to deal with.]”

Peled concurred with the deputy mayor’s assessment. “There is no doubt this is a type of escalation,” he said.

Moreover, Peled emphasized that it was likely the terrorists were targeting civilians, rather than police – and that the approach by officers had blocked their access to the intended target.

“We believe the police were not the targets as it was their initiative (to approach),” he said. “I am unable to discuss some of these things because it is under intensive investigation.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the closure of Qabatiya Wednesday evening following the terror attack at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City.

The IDF declared the area around the Palestinian Authority town of Jenin to be a closed military zone. The area was completely sealed off with no one allowed to enter or leave the area until further notice.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan thanked the police for their “vigilance and professionalism.” He noted that because of the officers “an attack of a very large scale was prevented. Erdan added a request to the public to “remain on alert.”

Hana Levi Julian

Dead Terrorists Sneaked Out As Israel Votes to Withhold Bodies of Attackers

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Two dead Arab stabbers have been sneaked out to their families despite a vote by Israeli ministers to withhold the bodies of those who carry out terror attacks in the country.

The funeral of 24-year-old Uday Hashim al-Ma’asalama was held at midday on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he stabbed an IDF soldier in Hebron and was himself shot and killed.

A Palestinian Red Crescent Society ambulance arrived at the scene Tuesday immediately after the attack. Swiftly the Arab medics bundled Ma’asalama’s body into the vehicle and raced away towards the local hospital in Hebron. It is not clear whether the terrorist was alive at this point, or not.

IDF Spokesperson Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner told JewishPress.com in a telephone interview Wednesday evening that Israeli medics were focused on saving Jewish lives first.

“Red Crescent medical personnel arrived at the scene and quickly evacuated [Ma’asalama] to the local hospital in Hebron. No one knew that he was dead, if he was at that point,” Lerner said. “Our first priority is our wounded, and security,” Lerner said.

Nor was there any real concern there would be any problem in arresting and extracting Ma’asalama from the hospital to take him into custody once he was treated, assuming he was still alive. “We have gone into the medical center in Nablus before to apprehend a terrorist when that was necessary,” Lerner noted.

But once in the Hebron hospital, it took very little time for Masalama’s deceased body to disappear, and by Wednesday midday he was buried less than 24 hours after the attack with all due military honors, according to the Hebrew-language website rotter.net, which published a photograph of the funeral and numerous Arab media as well.

Thousands of Palestinian Arabs from the Hebron area towns of Dura, Beit Awwa and nearby villages took part in the funeral, shouting anti-Israel slogans and calling for “Palestinian unity,” according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news site. The killer’s body was carried on a litter by guerrilla fighters in combat fatigues marching after Arabs bearing large Palestinian Authority flags.

The new bill to withhold terrorists’ bodies, proposed by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, was intended to prevent just such funeral “celebrations,” which result in terror organizations heaping honors upon the departed and heavy recruitment of new members.

The return of the body of the first terrorist whose funeral was held earlier in the week was also the result of a similar mix-up, according to the spokesperson for Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

Hana Levi Julian

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