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Israeli Court Rejects Appeal by 6 Hamas ‘Shalitnik’ Recidivists

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Israel is seeking to return to prison 54 Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists released as a result of the prisoner exchange deal that freed former IDF soldier Gilad Shalit two and a half years ago, The Jerusalem Post reports.

The High Court of Justice on Wednesday rejected the emergency petitons of six Hamas terrorists arrested during searches carried out as part of Operation Brother’s Keeper in the past two weeks. The fugitives were hoping to cancel their remand until evidence was brought to justify the arrests.

The court decided, however, that the six will remain in prison pending a final determination of their status and whether they violated a pledge they signed at their early release.

Shalit was kidnapped in a cross-border raid by Hamas and allied terrorists near the Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza in 2006, and held captive for more than five years.

He was freed only after Israel agreed to free more than 1,000 terrorists from its prisons, including several hundred murderers with Jewish blood on their hands.

The freed terrorists were required to sign documents listing conditions they agreed to live by in exchange for their early release. Violation of those agreements was to result in a return to jail to serve the remainder of their sentences.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Justice Neal Hendel wrote the decision on behalf of the three-judge panel that included Supreme Court President and Judge Asher D. Grunis, and Judge Noam Sohlberg. The attorney for the defense was the Hon. Avigdor Feldman.

J’lem Souk: Criticism for Netanyahu, Understanding for Noam Shalit

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

There are few places that better encapsulate the city of Jerusalem than Mahane Yehuda. As the quintessential meeting place for locals of all colors and stripes, the “shuk,” as the site is universally known to locals, brims with activity at most hours of the business day.

But a day after Ziad Awad, one of the 1,027 terrorists released in exchange for IDF hostage Gilad Shalit, was re-arrested on suspicion that he murdered off-duty policeman Baruch Mizrahi in April, many Jerusalemites said they were “disappointed” that Prime Minister Netanyahu refused to take responsibility for the murder. However, most people stopped short of calling for the prime minister to resign because there is “no better alternative’” on the Likud Party horizon to Netanyahu.

“I thought the whole thing was outrageous,” said Peretz Levy (53), a fruit vendor a the Mahane Yehuda outdoor market in the capital. “I was born in Aleppo, Syria, and lived there until 1993. You know what the Arabs would do to people who kidnapped one of their soldiers? They wouldn’t even make it to jail. They’d be hanging from the nearest tree faster tun you could blink an eye.

“And then Netanyahu made it worse. It was bad enough they kidnapped Gilad Shalit, but what did he think was going to happen by releasing a thousand murderers in exchange”, Peretz  asked rhetorically.

Levy’s son, Yitzhar (26), added that the “only way to deal with Arab terrorism is to teach them a lesson. They need a good education: We should shut off water and electricity to their cities. They’d figure out pretty quickly not to kidnap anybody.”

However, when asked whether Netanyahu should resign over the affair, both men said the prime minister is the “least worst” option out of the current crop of potential leaders.

“Nu, please. Really? You want people to take responsibility? There is no such thing in this country, and you are seeing it now again. But the problem with Netanyahu is that he’s the only person suitable to lead the country right now. Who would you rather replace him? Meretz?” added the elder Levy.

While Levy’s sentiments seemed to define at least one segment of Israeli society Tuesday, few people were prepared to criticise at least one other individual involved in the Shalit deal: The prisoner’s father, Noam Shalit. Out of the ten or so people interviewed for this article, not one said he could blame the elder Shalit for pushing the government to secure his son’t freedom.

“We can talk about the government all you want, but I can’t pass judgement on Noam Shalit. God forbid we are ever in that situation, I have no idea what I would do. We can’t judge him. God forbid,” said one woman customer who declined to give her name.

Other vendors at the market told The Jewish Press that they would “love” to see the end of Netanyahu’s reign in the Prime Minister’s office, but reiterated that they see no realistic replacement for the Likud chairman to head the Israeli polity at this time. Several stressed deep dislike and distrust of the prime minister and said they were not interested in Netanyahu’s “tough talk” that they said is not backed up by action.

“It’s a tough, tough dilemma,” said Shimon Ozeri, a 41-year-old butcher. “Bibi praised the security and intelligence forces for capturing the terrorist, but he conveniently forgot to mention the fact that Bibi Netanyahu was the person who signed his release [note: President Shimon Peres was the one to sign the pardons that brought freedom to the killers].  Everybody knew it was only a matter of time until something like this happened – how come Shalit’s life was worth more than Baruch Mizarahi’s?

“Instead of praising the Shin Bet, Bibi shouldn’t have set the killers free,” Ozeri said.

 

Video: Celebrating the Terrorist Awad’s Release [video]

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Released terrorist Ziad Awad murdered police officer Baruch Mizrachi, while Mizrachi was on his way to celebrate Passover with his family.

Ziad Awad was one of the 1027 terrorists released in exchange for Hamas releasing Gilad Shalit.

Here is a video of Awad’s friends and neighbors celebrating his release with a hero’s welcome.

It should be clear why his terror supporting friends and neighbors are just as guilty as he is.

Note all the Hamas flags in this village near Hebron.

Ziad Awad Arrested

Those Involved in Freeing Shalit Terrorists, Now Place Blame Everywhere Else

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Gershon Baskin, who proudly claims to have helped negotiate the release of Gilad Shalit, which came about only through the release of 1027 terrorists, released the following statement following the report that the terrorist that killed Officer Baruch Mizrachi was released in the Shalit deal he helped facilitate:

I am very pleased that they caught the murderer of the policeman Baruch Mizrahi that was murdered on Passover eve. I am very sad to know that the murderer was one of the prisoners released in the Schalit deal.

We always knew that something like this could happen.

I suggest to all of those who would like to blame and accuse me of something that you send your accusations to the Prime Minister and the 25 other Ministers who voted for the deal. I had absolutely nothing to do with the decision making or the selection of the names of the prisoners released.

The primary responsibility for selection of the names goes to the Head of the Shin Bet. Those who recommended to the government to accept the deal were the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Chief of Police, the Head of the Mossad and the Head of the Shin Bet.

For those of you who have a lot of complaints and anger, I would suggest that you first ask yourself: what would you do and think if Gilad Schalit was your child?

Noam Shalit, who pressured successive Israeli governments to make the lopsided prisoner swap instead of demanding action by international human rights groups, told YNet on the arrest, “I didn’t know that one of the terrorists freed in the deal killed Baruch Mizrachi. It wasn’t me that put together the list of prisoners to release.” Shalit added, “We didn’t demand the release of these prisoners or others.”

For the record, here is an ad, run by the Free Gilad Shalit campaign, consisting of former Shabak chiefs demanding the release of terrorists, and even saying they won’t pose a danger:

You decide.

Shalit Terrorist Recaptured, Believed to Have Murdered Baruch Mizrahi

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Israel Police have arrested Ziad Awad, one of the 1,027 terrorists released two-and-a-half years ago in exchange for IDF hostage Gilad Shalit, on suspicion that Awad was responsible for the murder of Baruch Mizrahi  on Passover eve near Hebron.

Mizrahi, a senior police officer, was on his way to a holiday Seder meal when he was ambushed and murdered, reportedly by Awad, a resident of Idna, an Arab village near Hebron.

Mizrahi’s wife was also wounded in the attack.

Baruch Mizrachi

Baruch Mizrachi

Police said Monday that they unearthed the signs that identified Awad as Mizrahi’s killer during the manhunt for Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel.

Evidence includes DNA samples, finger prints and other incriminating material were collected at the attack scene.

An indictment was filed today (Jun. 23) against Awad for murder and attempted murder. In addition, Awad’s son, A Adin Awad (18), was also arrested for abetting the attack by helping his father flee the scene.

Ziad Awad (L) and his son Izz Eddin (R) arriving to Ofer Mlitary court on June 23, 2014. They were arrested on May 7 by the Israel Police’s elite counter-terrorism unit in collaboration with the Shin Bet security service for the April 14 shooting of B aruch Mizrachi, the 47-year-old father of five. The senior Awad is accused of carrying out the shooting, while his son allegedly assisted him in planning the shooting and coordinating the escape.

Ziad Awad (L) and his son Izz Eddin (R) arriving to Ofer Mlitary court on June 23, 2014. They were arrested on May 7 by the Israel Police’s elite counter-terrorism unit in collaboration with the Shin Bet security service for the April 14 shooting of B aruch Mizrachi, the 47-year-old father of five. The senior Awad is accused of carrying out the shooting, while his son allegedly assisted him in planning the shooting and coordinating the escape.

Noam Shalit, who pressured successive Israeli governments to make the lopsided prisoner swap instead of demanding action by international human rights groups, told YNet on the arrest, “I didn’t know that one of the terrorists freed in the deal killed Baruch Mizrachi. It wasn’t me that put together the list of prisoners to release.”

Shalit added, “We didn’t demand the release of these prisoners or others.”

Here is an ad from the Free Gilad Shalit campaign, consisting of former Shabak chiefs demanding the release of terrorists, and even saying they won’t pose a danger:

Too many of those involved in freeing these terrorists deny their responsibility.

Content from Tazpit News Agency was used in this report.

Hunt for Kidnapped Teens, Night 7: IDF Nabs 30 Hamas Men, 2 ‘Shalitniks’

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

It’s the seventh night of desperate searching after an Israeli teen whispered to a police dispatcher, “We’re being kidnapped,” before his cell phone was cut off.

Dual Israeli-American citizen Naftali Frenkel, age 16, and his two friends, Gilad Sha’ar, 16 and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were kidnapped by terrorists last Thursday night as they hitchhiked home for the Sabbath from Gush Etzion.

Thousands of IDF soldiers were fanned out across Judea and Samaria, hunting for them and the terrorists who abducted them. There’s still been no news of their location or condition, and no clear idea of who took them. Constant prayer vigils by millions of Jews around the world continue at all hours of the day and night.

On Wednesday night, IDF troops ‘visited’ some 100 private homes and public institutions linked to the Hamas terrorist organization, mostly in the Hevron area, Israel public radio reported.

While looking for the missing boys, they were also out hunting for the terrorists who kidnapped them – and the rest of the Hamas members who may have assisted in some way.

And while they’re at it, they’re also hauling in those who were released early from Israeli jails in exchange for the freedom of former IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. The former hostage was kidnapped in a cross-border raid near the Gaza border by a consortium of Hamas and other allied terrorists in 2006. Shalit was held captive by Hamas for five years — until Israel agreed to swap more than a thousand terrorist prisoners for his freedom.

Those who were released signed pledges agreeing to certain conditions before they were freed. Under the circumstances, however, Israel is now determined to re-incarcerate the many who intelligence services know have violated their agreements.

Within the past seven days, 53 of the ‘Shalit terrorists’ have been picked up so far. They will appear before a military judge, unless their sentence was handed down by a civilian court. If the violation is found to be valid, the terrorist will return to jail to serve the remainder of the original sentence. In many cases, that is life in prison.

These cases are included in some 300 Palestinian Authority unity government terrorists that were rounded up by IDF troops, nearly all of whom are members of Hamas. A few were Islamic Jihad terrorists as well.

Accomplishing “Operation Brother’s Keeper” is not easy; Israeli soldiers encounter “resistance” at each location. Rocks, bottles… and last night even two firebombs (Molotov cocktails) were hurled straight at them in Jenin when they entered the area to search and make arrests. There were similar clashes in Bethlehem and Birzeit. In one case Arabs attempted to run over IDF soldiers with a car; other troops returned fire and hit the vehicle before it fled the scene.

But the soldiers are clear about their mission and they are firm in their resolve, as are the Israeli Air Force pilots who fly their missions in retaliation for the rocket attacks fired at Israeli civilian populations.

Last night (Wednesday) pilots carried out air strikes against five Hamas terror targets in Gaza, including a concealed rocket launcher and two terrorist bases. Direct hits were confirmed and all personnel returned safely to base.

The strikes came in response to a missile attack on Ashkelon by Gaza terrorists earlier in the evening. One of the rockets hit a house (no one was home at the time) and damaged it. The second exploded in an open area, causing no damage. No injuries were reported in either attack.

Red Cross Calls for Family Visits – For Palestinians Only

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

The International Committee of the Red Cross has called on Israel to resume prisoner visits for Palestinian terrorists, with nary a mention of the fact that Palestinian groups currently hold three Israeli teenagers hostage.

Like the Palestinian political spectrum, which draws a cause-and-effect relationship between the abduction and an ongoing hunger strike by 150 Palestinian terrorists in Israeli jails, the Red Cross says ICRC doctors are “conducting regular visits to detained hunger strikers. The group also call for “a swift resumption of family visits, which are required under the Fourth Geneva Convention.” 

However, the group does not extend the same demand to the kidnappers of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel. In a statement posted on the ICRC website, the group notes “mounting tensions” and “an extensive military operation takes place to rescue three abducted people in the West Bank,” but stops short of demanding the release of the hostages or the right to visit them. 

On the other hand, the Red Cross does detail the military aspects of the current incursion to Palestinian Authority-ruled cities in order to track down the missing boys. 

“The operation currently under way has included house-to-house searches and night raids, over 200 arrests, and the requisition of some private homes. Incidents of assault and clashes resulting in casualties – including one death in the West Bank and injuries in Gaza – are fuelling frustration and may trigger further violence. In Gaza, renewed air strikes and rocket fire are also contributing to rising tension.,” said the statement. 

The organisation’s current policy seems consistent with the stance it maintained during the Gilad Shalit affair. Then, Red Cross officials never demanded the right to visit him the hostage, sufficing only with several polite requests for “signs of life” from Shalit. 

In addition, Jacques de Maio, head of the ICRC delegation in Israel and the “occupied territories” said “Civilians living in the West Bank now face increased restrictions on their movements, and several thousand family members cannot visit their loved ones in prisons in Israel this week because of security closures.

It is not clear as of this writing whether de Maio intended to include the three Jewish families who have not been able to visit their children this week, and who do not know what condition the boys are in.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/red-cross-calls-for-family-visits-for-palestinians-only/2014/06/18/

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