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IDF Tightens Security in Northern Israel

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz has canceled his planned trip to a NATO conference in Europe, only a few hours away.

Israel’s security on the northern border has also been tightened following what was feared to be a terrorist infiltration Wednesday evening (Jan 21.)

Kibbutz security teams from Metulla to Malkiya combed the Ramim mountain range around 6 pm local time after five suspects were thought to have been spotted. Residents of communities in the area remained inside. Roads were sealed and IDF troops were sent to the area as well.

But after searching the area thoroughly, the IDF Spokesperson announced that no infiltration had occurred. Nevertheless, he asked residents to remain in their homes.

Tensions are rising in the wake of an attack on a Hezbollah convoy in Syria that killed six terrorists – including three commanders – and six members of the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Among the Iranian dead was a general.

The helicopter air strike, which fired two missiles, has been attributed to Israel although there has been no confirmation by the IDF.

South of Israel, the Hamas terrorist organization is working hard to figure out how to get in on the action and create another two-front war, as it did with Hezbollah in 2006.

Elusive Gaza-based Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif wrote a condolence letter to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah commiserating over the recent attack.

“All of the forces of resistance must band together and unite against the Zionist enemy and its accomplices,” Deif reportedly wrote in the letter, Reuters reported. It was believed last summer that Deif had been eliminated by the IDF during its counter terror Operation Protective Edge, but despite conflicting reports Hamas has insisted since that day that Deif is still alive.

Likewise, Gaza’s de facto Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh also sent a letter to Nasrallah expressing his “deepest condolences,” according to Hezbollah-linked Al Manar TV. Haniyeh’s sorrow was to be conveyed to the “families of martyrs.”

Iran, which generously funds and equips both terrorist groups, has meanwhile warned Israel that “ruinous thunderbolts” await in the future.

The U.S. State Department has not been unmindful of these developments: a travel warning has been issued barring American foreign service personnel from approaching the northern borders with Lebanon and Syria. Nor can American public servants use public transportation anywhere in Israel at this time.

The terror stabbing attack Wednesday (Jan. 20) by a Palestinian Authority Arab man on a public bus in Tel Aviv has only exacerbated American administration fears about what lies ahead.

“Because of concerns about security on Israel’s northern borders, U.S. Government personnel are currently required to obtain advance approval if they wish to travel within 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) of the Lebanon border, or travel on or east of Route 98 in the Golan Heights,” the U.S. Embassy alert reads. Visitors from the United States have also been advised not to use public transportation in Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel’s Knesset Battles with High Court of Justice

Monday, October 27th, 2014

A power struggle is taking place between the Knesset and the High Court of Justice, sparked by the issue of how to deal with illegal African migrants.

This week the Knesset is considering a bill that will enable lawmakers to retake their legislative authority from the High Court of Justice, and again consider a law to deal with the issue.

Dubbed the “High Court Bypass” measure, the bill proposed by Bayit Yehudi MK Ayelet Shaked would enable the Knesset to reconsider a measure struck down by the High Court as a violation of the Basic Law for Human Dignity and Liberty.

If Shaked’s law passes, the Knesset could re-vote on the bill to crack down on illegal emigrants from Africa. Such a crackdown could include detaining infiltrators in holding facilities for up to a year.

The law was passed for the first time last year – and then promptly struck down by the High Court this September. The Court ruled that the practice of holding African infiltrators in facilities such as the Holot center in southern Israel was illegal. The state was ordered to close the facility within 90 days.

A panel of nine judges handed down a 6-3 decision to limit the detention of the migrants to 60 days – rolling it back to a previous ‘infiltrator law’ — rather than 90 days. A second decision, to close Holot, came in a 7-2 ruling.

Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar was incensed, and told journalists he could “not accept the verdict of the High Court…. We won’t have a Jewish democratic state because our borders will be overrun… with illegal infiltrators,” he warned.

Sa’ar added that the Knesset would have to approve new legislation to undo the damage caused by the Court – and Shaked has since put those words into action.

That effort is now being opposed by Hatnuah party chairman and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

In fact, three of eight members of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation voted against the measure. The other two were Health Minister Yael German and Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri.

However, laws approved by the Ministerial Committee generally have a good chance of making through their first reading in the Knesset plenum. They must still make it through a second and third reading, however, in order to be written into law.

As did Sa’ar, Shaked also has pledged to revise the Basic Law on human dignity. This would end the debate altogether as it would eliminate the Court’s jurisdiction over the issue.

Hana Levi Julian

2 IDF Soldiers Wounded in Israel-Lebanon Border Bombing

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Two IDF soldiers were wounded Tuesday afternoon in a bombing on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon. The attack took place in the area near Har Dov in the Golan Heights, according to a report from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

The soldiers were treated at the scene before they were evacuated by helicopter to hospital.

A second explosion hit the same outpost two hours later, but no one was wounded, according to the IDF. Israeli personnel returned fire aimed at Hezbollah targets in Lebanese territory.

Other IDF troops returned fire to an area in southern Lebanon in the wake of the explosion.

A short while ago two soldiers were injured by “An explosive device was activated against [the soldiers] during activity along the Israel-Lebanon border,” the IDF Spokesperson said in a statement. “ Initial reports indicate that the explosive device was planted with the intent to attack soldiers.”

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) from Israel were seen flying over the site of the explosion, according to the Hezbollah-linked Al Manar television station.

IDF shelling has been targeting areas near Sheba’a Farms and Kfar Shuba, the station reported.

On Sunday, IDF soldiers spotted a terror cell attempting to infiltrate into northern Israel. The soldiers fired at the infiltrators, and hit at least one, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, who said the cell raced back across the border into Lebanon.

“The incident has not ended,” a senior IDF source said.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Sends Infiltrators Racing Back Across Israel’s Northern Border into Lebanon

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Unidentified infiltrators crossed into northern Israel from Lebanon early Sunday, according to a report from the IDF.

Soldiers spotted the suspects and sent them racing back across the border, an IDF spokesperson said.

The incident occurred Sunday morning “during a routine activity along the Israel-Lebanon border,” the IDF spokesperson said.

“The force responded by opening fire towards the suspects, who escaped north, returning to Lebanon. The incident is currently being reviewed,” the IDF spokesperson added.

Meanwhile two Turkish residents were wounded today (Sunday, Oct. 5) when a Syrian mortar shell scored a direct hit on a home in the Turkish border town of Suruc, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

A second Syrian shell struck a house in the nearby town of Buyukkendirli. No one was wounded in that attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Court-Ordered Dating Services and Day Camps for African Infiltrators

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

The Op-Ed article in Yediot Ahronot October 2, 2015 today is particularly noteworthy because it is written by Amnon Abramovitch. He is a hardcore leftist and ordinarily one of the most radical commentators in the newspaper and on Channel Two News. During the recent Gaza war demonstrators held a noisy protest against him in front of his home. But the fact that he wrote this Op-Ed shows you how deep is the rage and resentment against the Israeli Supreme Court for its recent outrageous and unconstitutional decision to order the Israeli government to release all illegal infiltrators from Africa from detention. It extends into the Radical Left.

The Supreme Court’s decision may be among the most unpopular in its long history of judicial activism and anti-democratic arrogance. There is no basis whatsoever for unelected judges to overturn the will of the elected representatives of the people with regard to anti-infiltrator policy. The reason why the massive tsunami of illegal infiltrators dried up in recent months has been because the Africans know that, if they sneak into Israel, they will be placed in detention centers and prevented from working (or stealing) to obtain funds to send to their families. Because of the slowness and the weakness of the government in responding to the problem, large swaths of southern Tel Aviv have been converted into a large Third World African miasma.

The presence of the infiltrators and the crime and disease they bring with them triggered massive outrage among Israelis. The government finally woke up and passed the law allowing the holding of the illegals in detention centers until they are deported. Not a single country in Africa, by the way, allows massive immigration of these same Eritreans and Sudanese.

But Israel’s imperious court is composed of judges who do not live in the neighborhoods filled with the Africans. Ignoring Israeli law and common sense, ignoring the will of the people, the imperious judges simply ruled, with no legal basis, that the law passed by the parliament is illegal. By “illegal” the leftist judges mean that they personally disagree with it. But no one elected THEM to make laws. The Chief Justice of the Court himself denounced the ruling as misguided and arrogant.

In his column columnist Abramovitch rakes the judges over the coals and rips the masks of judicial seriousness off their faces. He cites in particular the bases for the ruling as written for the majority by Judge Uzi Fogelman. There Fogelman rationalizes the verdict by claiming that if the illegal African infiltrators are held in detention centers: “Then how will the infiltrators be able to fill their lives with meaning? How will they find partners to form couples? What sort of hobbies will they be able to pursue?”

No, it is not a Purim gag. This judge believes that these considerations, dating and hobbies for Africans, trump the right of Israelis to rid themselves of the illegals. As Abramovitch says, the judge thinks Israel should be a large dating services, a sort of African version of J-Date. He says he reread Israel’s Declaration of Independence and found nothing there about Israel’s obligation to provide African criminals with vacation packages and day camps. But the Court insists that the human rights of Israelis must be subordinate to the right of Africans to have day camps.

Steven Plaut

Elite IDF Bedouin Trackers Eliminate Israel’s Northern Border Threats

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

A special unit in the Israeli army comprised solely of Bedouin trackers is keeping Israel’s northern border safe.

The Northern Bedouin Tracking Unit commanded by Lt. Col. Majdi Mazarib protects Israel from kidnapings, infiltrators and 100,000 rockets, among myriad other threats emanating from Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Speaking in Arabic, Lt. Col. Mazarib tells an interviewer in a video piece on his unit, “From Israel’s founding, the Bedouin community has chosen to volunteer and serve in the IDF, and actively participate in founding the country.”

The unique skills of a Bedouin tracker are unmatched anywhere else in the region, and cannot be duplicated by technology – a fact the IDF understands and accepts.

“Without the Bedouin, Israel would not be able to properly protect its borders,” the commander adds.

Bedouin are not obligated to serve in the IDF, though they volunteer in large numbers.

“The skills that they possess are unique” and the Bedouin soldiers are essential to the protection of Israel, notes the report on the unit posted this week on the IDF Blog.

“I am Israeli, and proud to be an Israeli Arab and to serve in the IDF,” Lt. Col. Mazarib says.

Hana Levi Julian

Illegal African Infiltrators March for Refugee Status

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Hundreds of illegal infiltrators from Africa fled from their detention facility in metropolitan Tel Aviv Sunday night and marched on a highway in southern Israel on Monday in a demonstration to demand refugee status.

The illegal immigrants are allowed to leave the detention center in the day and return at night. Instead of going back to the center Sunday night, they traveled south to Be’er Sheva, camped out at the bus station and starting marching north towards Jerusalem in the morning.

They are protesting last week’s law passed by the Knesset that allows them to be held in a detention facility for one year without trial. The Supreme Court recently struck down legislation that they could be held for administrative detention for three years, but the judges suggested they might agree to a shorter term.

If the government wants, it could take advantage of their violating conditions of detention as cause to try to deport them after having determined that they came into Israel looking for a better life and not to escape conditions where their human  rights were being violated.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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