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Israel Foils Islamic Jihad Plot to Kidnap, Murder IDF Soldier

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Israeli security and intelligence agents have foiled a major attack plan by the Gaza-based terrorists who planned to abduct and kill an IDF soldier.

Mahmoud Yusuf Hasin Abu Taha, a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist group, was indicted Thursday (Oct. 20, 2016) in Be’er Sheva District Court by the State Attorney’s Office, Southern District, on terrorism-related charges.

Taha was arrested on September 21 by a joint team of Israeli police and Shin Bet intelligent agents as he attempted to enter Israel from Gaza through the Erez Crossing, ostensibly for commercial reasons, after an extended investigation.

It was learned during questioning that the Khan Younis resident was leading a (PIJ) terror cell from Gaza, and was planning to carry out a large-scale terror attack at a wedding hall in southern Israel. The plan included the abduction and murder of an IDF soldier, whose body would then be held in Gaza, to be used as a bargaining chip in future prisoner swap talks with the Israeli government.

Under interrogation, Taha revealed that he had been recruited by Wael Sufiyan Abu Taha, a senior PIJ terrorist living in Gaza. The recruiter directed him to establish a military infrastructure and prepare to carry out the aforementioned attacks. Mahmoud Yusuf Hasin Abu Taha, in turn, recruited three additional cohorts who have also been arrested:

* Shafik Hamad Abu Taha, born in 1961, from the Gaza Strip, who had been present in Israel illegally. He was employed at the events hall where the attack was to have been perpetrated.

* Ahmed Taysir Abdul Rahman Abu Taha, born in 1977, from the Gaza Strip, who had also been present in Israel illegally; and

* Hani Massoud Nasir Abu Amra, born in 1976, originally from Deir Al-Balah, who had been living in the south after receiving temporary resident status for “family unification.”

Mahmoud and Shafik had already carried reconnaissance on the designated events hall in southern Israel, and had developed their operations plan to maximize the number of casualties.

At the same time, Mahmoud began his plan to abduct and murder an IDF soldier for bargaining purposes, receiving from Wael Sufiyan Abu Taha thousands of shekels with which to rent an apartment in Israel. This is where he would take his victim, kill him and bury him, while delivering his personal effects to Gaza for use in negotiations.

“This grave case underscores, again, the efforts of Gaza-based terrorists to carry out murderous attacks in Israel, in addition to their activities in Gaza,” warned a spokesperson for the Shin Bet.

“The case also reiterates the manner in which terrorists will exploit humanitarian and economic permits to enter Israel, as well as the risk posed by Arabs from the Palestinian Authority who are present in Israel illegally.”

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Soldier Drowns in Reservoir

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

IDF soldier Ilan Yankelevich, z’l, 19, died Wednesday after drowning in a reservoir near Kibbutz Kissufim, not far from the border with Gaza.

According to a medic at the scene, several youths called for assistance after Yankelevich entered the water but didn’t come out after half an hour had passed.

Firefighters who arrived with extrication equipment were assisted by IDF soldiers and together they found and pulled the victim ashore. Although he showed no signs of life, medics repeatedly attempted to resuscitate him; but after several minutes passed without success they were “forced to pronounce his death,” medic Omer Bitton said.

The cause of the drowning is not known.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Soldier Stabbed in Tel Aviv, Terrorist in Custody [video]

Monday, May 30th, 2016

An IDF soldier was stabbed in Tel Aviv Monday evening. The attack occurred place on Yigal Allon Street.

According to Magen David Adom emergency medical service, the victim sustained stab wounds in his upper body with a screwdriver. He was evacuated to Ichilov Medical Center in fair condition.

Sources said the 17-year-old attacker, a resident of the Palestinian Authority in the village of Slafit, near Shechem, was captured and is currently being questioned by security personnel.

The terrorist posted on Facebook on Monday morning that he wished to die, and asked to be buried next to his friend who died this past weekend in a car accident.

Video of the terrorist being captured:

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Hebron Soldier Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to Manslaughter in Terrorist Death

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

The attorneys for IDF Sgt. Elor Azariya submitted a plea of “not guilty” Monday on the charge of manslaughter for shooting to death a wounded terrorist in Hebron.

The case revolves around a March 24 stabbing attack on an IDF soldier by two Arab terrorists. One was shot and killed immediately. The second, Fatah a-Sharif, was shot and disabled, but did not die immediately. Instead, he lay on the ground, wearing a bulky, zipped up jacket that appeared to hide a possible explosives vest. Because he was still moving it was unclear whether or not he presented a current threat.

Attorneys Ilan Katz, Eyal Beserglick, Binyamin Malcha and Karmit Scheiber listed a number of points in the Jaffa Military Court in their rebuttal to the indictment against their client.

“The defendant acted in a fraction of a second to neutralize the terrorist to prevent an attack on himself and his friends who were standing close to the terrorist. He did not see any other way to save their lives or his own. The defendant admits that the gun fire may have killed the terrorist but that it definitely neutralized him,” the attorneys responded in their plea.

“The defendant saw a situation in which, given the circumstances, the terrorist was wearing an explosive belt and carrying a knife as part of a combined attack and his movements indicated that he intended to detonate the belt on his body which could have had serious consequences,” the plea continued. This was said to the defendant “during a briefing – he thought that a real and immediate danger was being posed to him and his friends,” the attorneys went on, Ynet reported.

The terrorist had already been shot in the lung and the groin. The attorneys said the autopsy report did not rule out the question of whether his death might have been caused by those shots, given the amount of time that elapsed between those first shots and the shot to the head by Azariya.

Hana Levi Julian

Thousands Attend Controversial Rally in Support of Soldier Who Killed Wounded Terrorist

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Tel Aviv (TPS) – A rally in support of Cpl. Elor Azarya, a medic on trial for manslaughter after being filmed shooting a wounded Palestinian Authority terrorist, drew approximately 2,000 people to Rabin square in Tel Aviv on Tuesday evening, according to police estimates.

“Don’t neutralize terrorists, kill them,” protesters chanted in support of Azarya. Others held signs reading “A dead terrorist can’t return to murdering Jews,” and “Neutralized = Dead.”

According to Azarya’s indictment by the military prosecution, he acted against the rules of engagement and without military justification. The case has shaken Israeli society and become a hotly contested political issue. The majority of Israelis support the soldier.

A violent incident erupted at the rally when participants attacked a Channel 10 News reporter, Moav Vardi. The incident was quickly broken up by undercover policemen and ended without, stated a police spokesperson.

The event was conceived and organized by Sharon Gal, a former right-wing member of Knesset with the Yisrael Beiteinu party, who invited several Israeli pop stars to provide musical interludes between speeches given by members of the Azarya family.

“This is a far-right rally, meant to weaken the IDF values and ethical code,” said Opposition leader and head of the Zionist Union party Isaac Herzog who is currently under investigation for corruption. “No member of government will attend it.”

Commenting on the incident and the rally, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “I suggest that everyone just lower the flames.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

NY Times Concedes Error on Palestinian Authority Arab Photo

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The public editor of The New York Times said she received hundreds of complaints last week after the newspaper used a large and sympathetic photograph of a distraught Palestinian Authority mother to illustrate a story about her son’s stabbing to death of a sleeping Israeli soldier sitting next to him on a public bus.

The JTA  spoke on Monday afternoon to two senior editors at The Times, which prints all the news that fits its agenda. Both editors agreed that the photo was a regrettable choice because the dominant image with an article should reflect the overall point of the article and the reason for its newsworthiness.

“This did not represent the essence of the story, which was clearly the moment of the Israeli soldier being stabbed,” said Michele McNally, the assistant managing editor in charge of photography.

 

 

 

 

JTA

Abbas Silent on Palestinian Authority Terrorist Murder of Soldier

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has remained mum more than 36 hours after a PA terrorist kidnapped and murdered an IDF soldier and even after security forces quickly arrested the terrorist in his home in western Samaria.

The United States has condemned the kidnap-murder. Robert Serry, longtime critic of Israel and also the U.N. coordinator of the “Peace Process,” declared the terrorist attack a “shocking murder.” And Abbas is silent.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has not yet commented, but we can count on the State Dept. to comment at the daily media briefing on Monday that the attack “proves that both sides much reach a peace agreement.”

If the reporters are on their toes, they will remind the State Dept. spokesmen that Kerry bragged last year that Abbas is doing such a great job at stopping terror that not a single Jew was murdered by a terrorist for a whole year.

Forget the fact that there were dozens of attempts to kill Jews. Facts are facts, and 12 months without a murder proves something – basically that the IDF was on its toes by doing what is supposed to be Abbas’ job of arresting heavy-duty terrorists.

Of course, Kerry’s boast on behalf of Abbas was irrelevant a few weeks later, when a Palestinian Authority stabbed an Israeli to death in Samaria earlier this year.

And now we have the second casualty of terror at the hands of a Palestinian Authority resident.  Nidal Amer, from a village near the city of Kalkilya that is located next to the northern metropolitan Tel Aviv city of Kfar Saba, killed Sgt. Tomer Hazan after luring him to share a taxi ride. Both of them worked together in a Tel Aviv area restaurant.

The IDF reported,  “In his investigation, Amer added that the motive for murdering the soldier was to trade his body for the release of his brother – Nur Al Din Amer – a Tanzim Fatah terrorist imprisoned since 2003 for his involvement in several terror attacks.”

Abbas previously has demanded that Israel free all Palestinian Authority terrorists and prisoners. His silence after the terrorist attack that ended the life of Sgt. Hazan raises two questions: If Abbas wants to prove he is trying to stop terror, even though he incites it in speeches in Arabic, why doesn’t he condemn it? And if he wants to prove to his Arab constituents that he really wants Israel to free all terrorists, why doesn’t he demand that Israel free Amer now instead of going through all the trouble to try, convict and jail him?

Not only is Abbas silent, but the official Palestinian Authority website also did not even mention the kidnap-murder.

In its daily review of the Arab press, the PA WAFA website listed the leading stories in PA Newspapers:

  • The Israeli army attack on an international aid convoy carrying humanitarian supplies to residents of Khirbet Makhoul in the Jordan Valley.
  • The upcoming meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee that meets periodically to discuss financial aid to the Palestinian Authority.
  • The trip Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah is going to make to New York to attend the AHLC meeting and his efforts to bring $500 million in budget support to help the PA overcome its deficit.
  • The PA is going to address the donors and tell them that chances for a two-state solution are fading quickly because of Israel’s settlement activities.
  • The papers also reported on the weekly anti-settlements, anti-wall protests in various West Bank villages and which the Israeli army usually attacks with force causing several injuries.

Outside of a few mentions of leftist protests and “settlers breaking into Solomon Pools area in Bethlehem,” there was not a word about the kidnap-murder.

It simply did not happen.

Al Jazeera, which now has an outlet in the United States, reported on “killing” and did not refer to it as terror. It noted, “The killing could deal a new blow to US-led peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinian Authority”  and it hastened to add, “The deaths of several Palestinians in Israeli arrest raids in the West Bank intended to detain fighters involved in attacks have further soured the atmosphere between the two sides.”

The reportage reflects an inherent an insidious bias. The terrorist are “fighters” and their arrests and deaths – not the terrorist activity itself –  are what “soured the atmosphere.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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