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Joint IDF, Shin Bet, PA Operation, Captures Hamas Cell Led by Terrorist Released in Shalit Deal

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

(JNi.media) IDF, Shin Bet, Israeli police and the PA security forces have arrested a Hamas terror cell responsible for the fatal shooting on June 29, that killed Malachi Rosenfeld and injuring three others in the Shvut Rachel community, 28 miles north of Jerusalem, the IDF Spokesperson’s Office reported Sunday.

The same cell is also responsible for the shooting attack on an ambulance and Israeli vehicles, near Beitin, an Arab town 3 miles northeast of Ramallah on June 27. There were no injuries.

During the Shin Bet investigation, the perpetrators confessed to the shootings, as well as an attack they planned on June 6 but never executed.

The investigation concluded that Ahmed Najar, 39, from Jordan, was responsible for leading the cell and plotting the attacks. Najar is a Hamas terror activist, who had been previously imprisoned for committing crimes and murdering Israeli civilians. He was released from prison as part of the Gilad Shalit exchange deal and has since moved to Jordan where he has continued his terror activity.

Several of the seven cells members have been detained by the Palestinians security forces, including Mehad Hamad and Ahmed Sabri. Hamad participated in plotting and executing both shootings. Sabri was an accomplice in plotting both attacks and kept the cell’s weapons. They are both in the custody of the Palestinian Authority security forces.

Hamas Negotiator on Israeli Detainees Was Released in 2011 Gilad Shalit Prisoner Exchange

Monday, July 13th, 2015

(JNi.media) Yahya Sinwar, one of the founders of the military wing of Hamas and an organizer of the abduction and murder of IDF soldier Nachshon Waxman, was appointed Sunday to lead the Hamas negotiations team on returning the remains of two soldiers who were killed in the 2014 Operation Protective Edge, and two Israeli civilians who entered Gaza in recent months, Ma’ariv reported.

Sinwar, who spent some twenty years in Israeli prison, and was released in the Gilad Shalit deal in 2011, was sentenced to five life sentences for murdering Arabs suspected of collaborating with Israel. While in prison, Sinwar was considered to be one of the senior leaders of the Hamas inmates, and led the hardliners who opposed any concession on the part of the Islamist terror movement in the Shalit deal.

At one point, according to Israeli media reports, Sinwar was placed in solitary confinement because he had gone wild in response to reports that Hamas was compromising on the release of prisoners with a lot of blood on their hands.

In the end, his insistence proved effective, as Israel released 1,027 prisoners in exchange for one Israeli soldier— Gilad Shalit. According to Israeli media sources, the released prisoners were collectively responsible for the murders of 569 Israelis.

Now, Sinwar has been appointed adviser to the Hamas bureau chief in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, was placed in charge of the “Israeli prisoners portfolio,” and all future negotiations on prisoner exchanges will be done through him.

Last Thursday, Israeli authorities revealed that Hamas is holding two Israeli civilians who voluntarily crossed the border into Gaza, one of them a member of the Israeli Ethiopian community in Ashkelon, the Other an Israeli Bedouin from the Negev region.

Both have been described as young men who grapple with mental issues.

The sources that revealed Sinwar’s appointment stressed that he will not be responsible only for negotiations over the release of the two Israelis whom Hamas has hinted are being detained in Gaza, but also over the return of the bodies of the two soldiers Hadar Goldin and

, who were killed in battle last summer.

Those same sources added that Sinwar was appointed, in part, because he is known as an aggressive negotiator, and for his stubbornness during the ceasefire talks last summer.

Hamas has informed Israel already that before any talks on releasing the soldiers’ remains can begin, the 80 or so security prisoners who had been freed in the Shalit deal and then re-arrested must be released.

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is serving as the go-between in the contacts between Hamas and Israel on the release of the two Israeli civilians who are believed to be detained in Gaza.

Arab Website Calls Israeli Hostages ‘Soldiers’

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Alresalah Arabic-language wrote that the two Israelis being held by Hamas are “soldiers.”

It reported:

An Ethiopian-Israeli soldier, identified as Abraham Mengistu, entered to the Gaza Strip by mistake on September 8, 2014.

The second Israeli, a Bedouin from the southern city of Hura, was not identified. Israel also has kept a veil of secrecy on his disappearance, but Hura’s reputation for crime and terror leaves open the possibility that the missing Bedouin entered Gaza with the cooperation of Hamas.

Nevertheless, Alresalah referred to him as a soldier, also.

Hamas has said it will not disclose any information about the two men until Israel releases terrorists from prison, including those who were freed for kidnapped soldier GIlad Shalit and then rearrested for more terror.

News of the missing Israeli broke on Thursday when Israeli media demanded a gag order be released and since then has dumped on the Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the IDF for alleged racism.

As in previous hostage incidents, the government and military should be given the benefit of the doubt and allowed to work quietly for their release, but the immediate conclusion, without any basis, that Mengistu still is in Gaza because he is an Ethiopian only complicates matters for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Lior Lotan, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s representative for the Mengistu affair, made things even worse by leaked comments to Mengistu’s family that they would make matters worse if they went public and criticized the Prime Minister.

That immediately was reported as a “threat,” and Lotan issued has issued a public apology.

However, the anti-Netanyahu media are not satisfied and want the Prime Minister’s head, an expression that perhaps should not be used so loosely these days.

 

Lotan had told the family:

You have two options: The first is to point the finger at Hamas and tell them ‘You are holding him; you are responsible for his fate, return him to us and we want to know that he’s alive.’

Then you have the second option, which is to point the finger at Jerusalem and say ‘You aren’t right, you let him cross and did not respond to letters.’

I have my opinion on what is best for Israel [and] what will help him and what will help Hamas, but you have to choose and you will be responsible for the outcome.

That does not sound like a threat. It sound like putting the facts on the table, but if the leftist media says it is a threat, it is a threat.

Zahava Gal-On, the leader of the left-wing Meretz party, immediately concluded that Lotan would not have spoken as he did to another family if their skin were white.

“No one should dare to tell us that this is not connected to skin color,” she asserted.

And if she says it is racism, it is racism.

Prime Minister Netanyahu personally apologized to the Mengisto family for Lotan’s remarks and is visiting them them Friday.

Now the family of the Bedouin is screaming “racism” because no one from the government has visited them.

It is not known if the Bedouin was a terrorist or a criminal. It is not known what Israel has been doing behind the scenes, quietly, to free them.

All that really is known is that the establishment media are further jeopardizing the lives of the missing Israelis and soon will be jeopardizing the lives of all Israelis by demanding that the government gain their release by handing over more terrorists, who can go around killing more people.

Red Cross Says it ‘Failed to Protect Jews’ Murdered by Nazis

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

The Red Cross failed to protest Jews murdered by the Nazis, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said at the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps in Geneva said that

Peter Maurer said in the keynote address:

The ICRC failed to protect civilians and, most notably, the Jews persecuted and murdered by the Nazi regime. It failed as a humanitarian organization because it lost its moral compass….

The ICRC did not see Nazi Germany for what it was. Instead, the organization maintained the illusion that the Third Reich was a ‘regular partner’, a state that occasionally violates laws, not unlike any army during World War I, occasionally using illegal means and methods of warfare.

World Jewish Congress president Ron Lauder told the audience, “World silence and indifference to the fate of the Jewish people led to the Holocaust. The Red Cross chose silence as well.”

The Geneva-based ICRC was the principal humanitarian institution maintaining communications with both the Allied and Axis powers in World War II.

The Red Cross assisted and protected to Allied prisoners of war held by Nazi Germany but not for Jewish deportees as Berlin.

The ICRC also did not publicly denounce the deportation of Jews to concentration camps.

Maurer declared at the event, called “Remembering the Shoah: The ICRC and the International Community’s Efforts in Responding to Genocide and Protecting Civilians,” that “never again” may only be an expression because “we cannot guarantee that a humanitarian catastrophe of the extent of the Holocaust will not happen again. On the contrary, we witness a catalogue of atrocities, every day, in wars across the globe.”

Lauder noted that the ‘ICRC needs to lead in struggle between good and evil’… and has an important obligation that goes beyond relief work.

Left unsaid was that the Red Cross actually helped Nazi criminals escape Germany during the war.

Also left unsaid was the Red Cross’ paralysis during the captivity of Israel soldier Gilad Shalit after he was kidnapped by Hamas. The Red Cross failed to convince Hamas to honor the Geneva Convention and allow communication with his family but continued to make sure that Gaza Arabs could visit their terrorist relatives in Israeli prisons.

Hamas Urges Kidnapping Israelis

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Hamas has launched a new appeal to kidnap Israelis to be used as ransom to free terrorists being held by the “Zionist enemy.”

Senior Hamas official Khalil al-Haya said Thursday night, the eve of “Prisoners Day,” according to the French news agency AFP:

We tell the Zionist enemy: you are all a target for us and the resistance, we will fight you until we finally get rid of you and take as many captives as possible to free our heroes

“Our men, our women, our children all envision kidnapping your soldiers and settlers, wherever they are, and it is our right because we have no other way to free our heroes, and it is the Zionist enemy responsible for this state of affairs.

Haya assured a crowd of hundreds that Arab terrorists will be freed from Israeli jails as they were in the 2011 swap of 1,000 terrorists for the return of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

Hamas terrorists in the Hebron area last summer kidnappers and murdered three Israeli yeshiva youth in what may have been a botched attempt to keep them alive for ransom.

It is widely accepted in Israel, even by the liberal establishment media, that there is a broad consensus against freeing terrorists for kidnap victims. The public finally has begun to accept the fact that doing  so endangers Israeli b encouraging more abductions.

The latest Hamas threat to kidnap Israeli should be taken seriously. Hitchhikers, especially should be especially careful before accepting a ride with someone they do not know.

They also should not hitchhike alone and should always have their mobile phones prepared to press an emergency number.

 

Israel Kills Top Hamas Commander Raed Al-Attar

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Who Was Raed Al-Attar?

Raed al-Attar, 40, was killed early Thursday morning (August 21, 2014) in a joint IDF-Shin Bet operation in Rafah, along with two other senior military commanders from the Izz a-Din al-Qassam wing of Hamas.

Al-Attar was involved in the 2006 abduction of former IDF soldier Gilad Shalit at an Israeli army outpost near the Kerem Shalom crossing. He remained involved in Shalit’s captivity for the next five years, until the soldier was freed in 2011 in exchange for more than 1,000 Arab terrorists held in Israeli prisons.

Al-Attar — who headed a Hamas military unit in Rafah — was also responsible for the recent abduction and suicide bombing murder of IDF Givati Lt. Hadar Goldin during Operation Protective Edge. The terrorist’s Rafah unit killed at least two other soldiers during the attack in which Goldin was abducted, and attacked and wounded a number of other IDF soldiers as well.

An IDF soldier was killed in 1994 attack in which al-Attar was involved; by 2002, he was planning attacks, and an IDF outpost near Kerem Shalom was the target of one of his plots. Four soldiers were killed.

Al-Attar was known most recently for his engineering and supervision of the construction of tunnels that ran from Gaza into Israeli territory. He was an extremely dangerous man, a wily and sophisticated terrorist, and an irreplacable commander in Hamas.

But he is dead.

IDF Destroys Home of Shalit Kidnapping Chief

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Israeli fighter pilots launched an air strike overnight Tuesday on the home of the Hamas terrorist chief who masterminded the kidnapping of former IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

As a result of the cross-border attack masterminded by Hamas military wing chief Raed al-Atar, Shalit was held captive by Hamas in Gaza from June 2006 till October 2011.

It is not yet clear whether Al-Atar was in his house in the southern Gaza border town of Rafiah when Israel’s air force struck.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-destroys-home-of-shalit-kidnapping-chief/2014/07/09/

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