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May 26, 2016 / 18 Iyar, 5776

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1 Judge Out in Manslaughter Trial of IDF Soldier

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

One of the judges has been recused in the manslaughter trial of an IDF soldier who shot and killed an injured Arab terrorist in Hebron.

Lt. Col. Yogev Yifrah, one of a panel of three judges in the military court, was removed due to his prior acquaintance with a witness who is slated to testify in the case, according to Walla!

Sgt. Elor Azaria is accused of killing the terrorist after he was already on the ground and disabled moments after he and a second terrorist had stabbed an IDF soldier in Hebron.

The trial is scheduled to continue as soon as Yifrah is replaced with another judge, by the president of the Jaffa Military Court, Col. Maya Heller.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Terrorists Stoning Israeli Motorists on Judea Roads

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Arab terrorists hurled rocks at Israeli motorists on Thursday as they traveled along Highway 60 in the direction of Hebron from Gush Etzion.

The stoning attacks damaged at least one vehicle as it passed the Arab village of Beit Omar, although none of the motorists were physically injured.

Israeli Border Guard Police and IDF soldiers were notified.

Hana Levi Julian

In Pictures: Planes Fight Massive Fire Caused By IDF Flare

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Negohot (TPS) – A massive bushfire caused by an IDF flare raged overnight Saturday in the Mount Hebron region, endangering residential homes in a Jewish community. At first light on Sunday, four firefighting planes dropped water on the blaze to assist the teams on the ground and several hours later the fire was extinguished, without causing any injuries.

According to a Mount Hebron spokesperson, the fire was accidentally started by a flare fired by the IDF to illuminate the area following a report of a suspected terrorist infiltration into the community. The flare helped soldiers conduct a search of the area, which did not yield any results, but then caused the massive fire that damaged agricultural fields and several industrial buildings.

The bushfire started around 2 a.m. at a warehouse and a workshop near the Jewish community of Negohot in the western Mount Hebron region. Eight firefighting teams arrived in the area and tried to prevent the fire from reaching the residential houses in Negohot. Dozens of families from two neighborhoods were evacuated from their homes after the winds directed the fire towards them.

The firefighters’ efforts continued all night, and at dawn four firefighting planes were sent to the area to help gain control over the fire. At about 8 a.m. the forces succeeded in gaining control, and the fire was extinguished shortly thereafter. The evacuated residents returned to their homes and the children went to school as normal.

The low-flying planes fighting the blaze in the Judean hills produced some spectacular images.

Firefighting in Har Hebron Area - May 14, 2016

Firefighting in Har Hebron Area - May 14, 2016

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Military Court on Medic Who Shot Neutralized Terrorist Recommends Parties Hold Mediation

Monday, May 9th, 2016

The Jaffa Military Court heard on Monday the indictment against Sergeant Elor Azarya who is charged with manslaughter and inappropriate behavior, and the court President, Colonel Maya Heller, suggested the prosecution and the defense seek mediation. The prosecution objected. Still, the court gave the two sides until the end of the week to consider this option.

Common sense suggests that if the court gives the two sides this opening to bargain the case down from manslaughter—a felony, to misdemeanor, it is because the court does not believe the prosecution is able to prove a felony and would like to spare them the embarrassment. But the prosecution is going for broke, and has even conscripted a top attorney, Nadav Weissman, “one of the most talented litigators involved today in many of the highest profile litigation cases in Israel,” to take down the young medic.

Azarya’s attorneys are also reluctant to cop a plea, because they believe the prosecution’s own files contain all the evidence they need to acquit their client.

Incidentally, the conscripted attorney has complained through his attorneys about the prosecution’s shoddy job of preparing the evidence in the case, and they also noted for the record that they can point to precedence where the most the accused soldier received was disciplinary action.

Indeed, disciplinary action was all the medic Azarya’s commanding officers were going to do, if that, until they got the call from the defense ministry about the B’Tselem video which supposedly proves hands down that the killing of the terrorist was an act of murder.

The defendant’s attorneys are accusing the army of running a show trial for the benefit of the political echelon, namely Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, not the most popular man in most Israeli households these days, most notably in his own Likud party. The majority of Israelis in several recent polls believe there should have been no prosecution at all in the case.

Much of the prosecution’s case hinges on the state of mind of the accused during the shooting, namely how much he knew about the neutralizing of the terrorist and the verification that followed his neutralizing. Since he arrived some ten minutes after the incident, the fact that the verification process had been proper may not matter if the defense can establish that the accused was not aware of it, and estimated the terrorist to still be dangerous.

The case will also revolve around the application of the rules of engagement in cases where a suicide bomb is suspected. The prosecution will bring witnesses who will tell the court there hadn’t been any suicide bombers in the entire six months of a terror wave leading up to the shooting. But that may not matter in establishing the state of mind of the accused or the validity of the rules of engagement that include an expectation of a suicide bomb.

JNi.Media

Likud Supreme Court Orders Review of Ya’alon’s Failure

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

The Likud supreme court on Sunday ordered the Likud Central Committee, Political Bureau, Directorate, Secretariat and Knesset faction to conduct reviews of the failures of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) regarding the eviction of Jewish residents from Beit Rachel and Leah in Hebron, Srugim reported . The Jewish residents moved into the building, which had been lawfully purchased from its Arab owner, on Thursday, January 21, and were forcibly removed by Police and Border Guard officers on Friday, January 22.

The discussions in each Likud institution will include a vote on a call to Prime Minister Netanyahu to remove Ya’alon from his post as Defense Minister, as well as a call on Likud elected officials to act at once to annul the eviction action against the Jewish residents of Beit Rachel and Leah.

The Likud supreme court ruled on a petition by six members of Likud Eretz Israel Loyalists against Ya’alon, in which they demanded the suspension of Ya’alon’s Likud membership over his order to evict the Jewish residents in Hebron. The petition, submitted by attorney Aviad Visoly, is based on an item in the Likud constitution according to which a member who aids a competing party would be subject to a two-year suspension from the Likud party. The petitioners argued that the Ya’alon order to evict the Jews from their homes aided the leftwing parties which are eager to eliminate the Jewish presence in Hebron.

The party court’s ruling stated that “there is justification for a piercing debate with Minister Ya’alon over his decision to evict the Jews from their homes in Hebron, a decision that may be criticized and action may be taken to change it, or, in the least, prevent a repetition of this behavior in the future.” But the court ruled that the debate does not belong in the court but in the various party institutions.

The court has ordered the heads of each of the party institutions to set a date for the debates in no later than seven days.

David Israel

Attack Foiled – Arab with Knife Arrested in Hebron

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Police foiled a terror attack early Friday morning, when a suspiciously acting Arab approached the Gutnick checkpoint, near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, according to a TPS report.

Keeping a safe distance, police stopped and checked the 26-year-old man, discovering a knife. They disarmed and promptly arrested him.

The man admitted he was on his way to attack Israeli security forces.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Daphna Meir’s Arab Killer is Convicted in Military Court

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

The killer of 39-year-old Otniel resident Daphna Meir, z’l, was convicted in a military court, the IDF spokesperson announced Tuesday.

A 16-year-old resident of the Palestinian Authority town of Yatta at the time he murdered the wife and mother of six, the Arab terrorist attacked Meir in her kitchen this past January.

Meir, a nurse in the neurosurgery unit at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, tried to fight him off as he stabbed her in the head and upper body. Three of her children were home at the time, and heard the sounds of their mother being attacked.

The screams of her oldest daughter at home at the time prompted the terrorist to flee, while Meir called security forces and reported the attack. Medics came promptly but were unable to save her.

Meir was known for her strength and courage, but also for her serenity and leadership in the community. Two of her six children were foster children. Her husband told visitors during the shiva mourning period that the family wanted to focus on healing and “lifting up the Jewish people,” rather than avenging her death.

Hana Levi Julian

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