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February 9, 2016 / 30 Shevat, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘IDF’

10 Terror Fugitives Caught in Pre-Dawn Jerusalem Sting

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The IDF and Israeli Border Guard Police arrested 10 Arab terror fugitives in a pre-dawn joint sting operation in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Azariya and Abu Dis.

Their efforts were met with resistance from a rioting Arabs who tried to prevent the forces from arresting suspects connected with stone-throwing incidents. Some were accused of planting IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and shooting fireworks at Israelis.

IDF troops used crowd dispersal methods to deal with the riot. During the arrests soldiers also confiscated military equipment from a weapons cache and a large quantity of illegal drugs.

“Over the past few months we have carried out a number of similar operations to arrest suspects and bring them to justice,” the Judea-Samaria Border Guard Police Commander said.

About a week ago, an Arab terrorist in Abu Dis accidentally killed himself while carrying a bomb in his hands towards the Border Guard Police checkpoint in the neighborhood. The bomb blew up before the terrorist was able to throw it at the police officers at the checkpoint.

This past December members of a Hamas terrorist cell were arrested on charges of planning to carry out suicide bombings. Most of the operatives lived around Abu Dis.

“We will continue to act with determination against anyone who disturbs the peace and public order, and who tries to harm security forces and civilians in the State of Israel,” the Commander added.

Hamas Confirms Beit El Terrorist Was Member of PA Security Force

Monday, February 1st, 2016

The Hamas terrorist organization confirmed in a statement late Sunday the terrorist who shot three Israeli soldiers at an IDF checkpoint near Beit El was a Palestinian Authority police officer.

According to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news outlet, Amjad Jaser Sukkari, 34, was a Staff Sergeant from Shechem (Nablus). His body was returned by Israel to the Palestinian Authority security forces several hours after the incident and was buried the same day.

The attacker drove up from Ramallah to an IDF checkpoint next to the Jewish community of Beit El on Sunday afternoon, got out of his car with a handgun and shot three Israeli soldiers at point-blank range. Two were seriously wounded and a third less severely so. Other soldiers immediately returned fire and killed the terrorist on site.

Gaza’s ruling terror group “hailed the heroic resistance operation carried out … by PA security forces member Amjad Sukkari,” Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri told the Alresala newspaper.

He deemed the shooting a “natural response to the Israeli field executions of Palestinians.

“This attack showcases the rejection of security coordination with the occupation, even among members of the PA security forces,” Abu Zuhri pointed out.

The Hamas official claimed that Sukkari worked as an escort for the chief of the Ramallah prosecution office.

Late Sunday night, the IDF surrounded Ramallah to implement a partial closure of the Palestinian Authority capital city in response to the attack. Only residents who can prove their status were being allowed in and out of Ramallah.

Terrorist Killed Near Selait

Monday, February 1st, 2016

A terrorist was killed near the community of Selait, south of Tul Karem, around 6:50 AM on Monday.

The terrorist ran towards and tried to stab a unit of soldiers searching for a suspect that was spotted crossing over a security barrier.

The terrorist was shot.

Third Terror Suspect Nabbed in Sat. Nite Attack on Jewish Teens

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

A third suspect has been arrested in connection with Saturday night’s stabbing of a Jewish teen outside the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

The suspect was tracked down in a joint operation by Israel Police and Shin Bet intelligence operatives. He is a minor, age 15, and a resident of the northern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Shuafat.

One of the first two suspects, age 16, “understood that the police were after him and handed himself in to investigators,” according to police. The second, age 15, was tracked down within the hour after the attack.

The victim, a 17-year-old American who just made aliyah from Brooklyn, NY a month ago, was stabbed as he and a friend were leaving the Old City after prayers at the Western Wall.

His friend managed to evade the two Arab attackers – teens who were even younger than their intended victims – and race back to the Old City to alert police.

The two assailants were captured within an hour after the attack, while the injured victim was taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center for emergency treatment. He still maintains he is determined to join the elite Sayeret Matkal combat unit when he turns age 18 and enters the IDF.

Israel Fighting Back Against Online Terrorists

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

(JNi.media) Israel is banking on cyber intelligence to fight a new enemy dubbed as the “lone terrorist” that parallels organized terror organizations’ war against Israel.

“The most dangerous country in the Middle East is the State of Facebook,” former IDF Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin told this week’s annual Cybertech conference, which focused on the Boycott Israel and BDS—acronym for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions—campaigns against Israel.

The term “lone terrorist” sounds innocent, but hundreds of Palestinian Authority and Israeli Arabs, exposed to social media incitement, have acted on their own to kill and wound dozens of Israelis in the past two years.

Initially dismissed as a minimal threat, it has become one of the most difficult enemies to defeat, because each terrorist acts individually, usually without a rap sheet and without the support, financial and otherwise, of a terror cell.

Cyber technology can help spot them, said Gilad Erdan, who heads both the Public Security and the Strategic Affairs ministries. Erdan told the conference that Israel has established a National Cyber Bureau, headed by Dr. Eviatar Matani.

“There is incitement on Palestinian television and social media and you find yourself faced with hundreds of thousands of potential attackers who could try to kill innocent civilians,” Erdan said, adding, “They change profile pictures on Facebook, write on Facebook about their intentions and inform family and friends that they intend to attack.”

Israel is investing in technology to track down potential lone terrorists, and Erdan added that $25 million has been budgeted to fight the BDS movement, which was labeled an “existential threat” to Israel by Adam Milstein, head of the Israeli American Council that organized the Cybertech conference.

Yadlin told the conference that BDS is the equivalent of several armies fighting Israel, and gave the example of one of the methods used by BDS to undermine Israel, buying shares of American corporations and seeking representation on their boards of directors in order to stage a vote for divesting from Israel.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Cybertech conference that cyber threats originating from both organizations and countries “could paralyze a country.”

The two-day conference was sponsored by more than 100 technological giants, including IBM, Microsoft, Intel, and Samsung, all of which operate in Israel.

Other companies attending the conference were Illusive Networks, Argus, Checkmarx, Safe-T, ForeScout, Cybereason, Intellinx, PayPal’s CyActive, Microsfot’s Secure Islands, Lacoon, and Checkpoint.


Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Israeli police detained a few Ultra-Orthodox Jewish protesters who were blocking the main road in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Meah Shearim, during a demonstration against the arrest of two other Ultra-Orthodox army deserters.

Blocking traffic in Meah Shearim

Protesting in Meah Shearim

IDF: Hamas Exploiting Gazan Entries Into Israel

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization is exploiting Israel’s policy of allowing Arabs from the Palestinian Authority to enter Israel from Gaza, IDF Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai warns.

Mordechai, who is Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), said in a statement Tuesday, “Hamas is exploiting entries into Israel to recruit terrorists. This must end or we will be forced to revise our policies.”

The COGAT told the Al Quds newspaper, “Unless these actions end, we will be forced to take additional security measures.

“Our policies are devised to strengthen the economy and civil life in the Gaza Strip,” he said.

The crossings between Gaza and Israel saw an daily average of 1,000 human passages between the two sides at the Erez Crossing in 2015. In addition, 850 trucks filled with medical supplies , construction materials and other goods were delivered daily to Gaza last year.

“If these policies are misused by terrorists, we will be forced to revise them to maintain the security of the State of Israel and her citizens,” Mordechai warned.

The single land crossing from Gaza into Egypt, the Rafah Border Crossing is open only sporadically, and then only for a few hours or a few days at a time, with little prior warning.

There are three land crossings with Israel, including the Karni crossing, a conveyor belt for grains and similar goods.

The Erez crossing, used by international staff members, residents of the Palestinian Authority, (professional and non-professional employees, medical patients and family members) foreign aid workers, journalists, diplomats and others, is open from Sunday through Thursday, 8am to 4pm and Friday from 8am to 2pm. The Kerem Shalom crossing is open daily between morning and afternoon, depending on the number of trucks scheduled to make deliveries in Gaza.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-hamas-exploiting-gazan-entries-into-israel/2016/01/26/

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