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Israel Names 2 Hamas Suspects in Teens’ Kidnap

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The Shin Bet has cleared for publication that it suspects Hamas Hevron terrorists Amer Abu Aisha and Marwan Kawasmeh played pivotal roles in the kidnapping of three Israeli teens.

Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Frenkel, 16 and Gilad Sha’ar, 16, were kidnapped while hitchhiking home from yeshiva in Gush Etzion on June 12.

Security forces from the Shin Bet and IDF have worked together in Operation Brother’s Keeper to hunt for Kawasmeh, 29, and Abu Aisha, 32, almost since the night the boys were kidnapped, according to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).

“Since then, the Shin Bet and IDF have conducted a wide-scale search aimed at capturing the wanted suspects. The first aim is to track down the location of the abducted youths,” the Shin Bet said in a statement released to media Thursday night.

Both previously have served time in Israeli prisons, and both are missing from their homes.

Kawasmeh, a barber, has in the past been detained both by Israel and the Palestinian Authority forces.  His uncle, Abdullah Kawasmeh, served as commander of the Hamas military wing in Hevron until he was killed in a clash with Israeli security forces in November 2003.

Kawasmeh himself was first arrested and convicted at age 18, serving a 10 month prison sentence for Hamas-related terror activity. He was subsequently arrested four more times, and held under administrative detention at least twice. In 2010 he confessed under interrogation to being recruited a year earlier by the Hevron regional Hamas military wing. He participated in military training in local caves, learning how to find raw materials to assemble bombs. He also took part in recruiting other Palestinian Authority youths to Hamas. He was again convicted and sent to prison, where he served time until March 2012. His four brothers, all associated with Hamas, were arrested the day after the boys were kidnapped, as was his wife — who was released 24 hours later.

Abu Aisha, a locksmith who is married with three children, was first arrested in November 2005 at age 24, at about the same time his brother Zaid, also a Hamas terrorist, was killed while trying to throw an explosive at IDF soldiers. Abu Aisha was placed under administrative detention until the following June, then freed until he was re-arrested in April 2007, when he spent several weeks in custody again. In addition, Abu Aisha’s father Omar was arrested and convicted by Israel, serving prison time a number of times for Hamas terrorist activity as well.

Security personnel have intensively interrogated the wives of both men in the Hares neighborhood where they both live, according to Palestinian Authority media, but the report has not been confirmed by Israeli sources. Both men reportedly attend prayers together regularly at the same mosque, but neither has been seen since the night of the kidnapping.

Other suspects connected with the two and who are also suspected as accessories in the operation have already been arrested as well, counter-terrorism officials said.

Nearly 400 Palestinian Authority Arabs have been arrested by security forces sweeping through Judea and Samaria as part of Operation Brother’s Keeper on their search for the kidnapped teens. Some sites around the Hevron area have been searched two or three times — and are going to be searched again, officials said. In many private homes in the region IDF soldiers have discovered secret tunnels, chambers, and illegal weapons caches. Tucked away in the hills and terraces around the area the forces have found previously unknown caves, cisterns, and other possible places where terrorists may have hidden their captives.

Despite the impending holy Islamic month of Ramadan, Operation Brother’s Keeper will continue ‘full force,’ Israeli officials have said. The government had weighed the possibility of scaling back operations but in the face of fierce opposition from the families of the teens as well as the Israeli public, the security cabinet reconsidered the decision.

From the Interrogation of the Murderer of Eviatar Borovsky

Monday, May 6th, 2013

What is your name?

Salam al-Zaghal.

Tell me about yourself.

Wait, is my lawyer almost here?

No, and you’re not going to see him for a few days yet either.  Now—three years in jail wasn’t enough for you?

It’s not so bad there.  We get 1,600 shekels every month from the Palestinian Authority to buy stuff at the canteen.  Also a salary.  We watch TV.  Get family visits.  Play with sports equipment the Red Cross brings.  Great food.  We’re treated as prisoners of war.

I tried throwing rocks to kill, I didn’t manage, I got just three years.  I got out of jail, went back to killing, and this time I did it.

But now you’ll serve much longer.

Give me a break.  Do you actually believe that?  Either Hamas will get another soldier, or Abbas will put me on a list of prisoners he demands be freed.  And if not this time, then next time around.

We at the ISA would oppose any such move.

Look, are you for real, or did you come to laugh at me while I’m lying in the hospital?  You opposed the Schalit Deal too.  We won.

Everyone’s learned the lesson.  It won’t happen again.

I think you should take a look at Haaretz, boss.  You remember Samir Issawi, the prisoner who went on a hunger strike?  One of the ones who were freed in the Schalit Deal?  He went back to the “resistance.”  Because of pressure from you at the ISA and Almagor at the Supreme Court, a condition was attached to the release, that if there would be any sort of minor violation, a prisoner would go back and serve his whole sentence—in his case, ten years.

So what?  He went on a hunger strike.  Your journalists stuck up for him, and Netanyahu decided to free him in another eight months.  You didn’t see the letter they wrote for him in Haaretz?  They were practically fawning over him.

Maybe I’ll go on my own hunger strike …

Cut out the political lectures.  I want to know who’s behind you.

The whole Palestinian people.  The radio stations—

No, no.  Who sent you?

Listen to the radio!  Look at the schools’ syllabuses praising the shuhada (martyrs)!

You people don’t even listen to Abbas and Jibril Rajoub!  They hold us up as national heroes.  They’re the ones who sent me.

Let’s talk about what happened at the time of the attack.

I saw that your bus stops are total chaos so much of the time.  You have soldiers there, but they stand off on the side, and they don’t give us any problems getting to the hitchhiking stations.  There haven’t been roadblocks in ages.  If there were a red line around the station saying we can’t go past, then granted, the soldiers would notice I’d gone over there.  But there isn’t any.

I bought a big knife.  I stood there with a bunch of laborers, walked around as if going to the hitchhiking station, went over to my target, and stabbed him a few times.  Simple as can be.

But didn’t he have a pistol?  Weren’t there armed soldiers?

Yeah, but the Zionists don’t walk around with their guns ready—even the settlers.  They’re bashful.  I love it.  Obviously if I saw settlers with guns drawn every day, I wouldn’t think about coming near them.

Nah, I wasn’t afraid I’d get killed.  The soldiers weren’t going to shoot to kill as long as I was done killing.  It’s such a game.  You put your hands up, you go to the slammer.

But what did you get out of it?  You killed a man with five children.

We got plenty out of it.  Today Netanyahu said that the solution is two states for two peoples.  Why do you think he said that?  Because of the armed struggle.

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The members of the Bat Ayin underground, the only Jewish terrorist group serving time in prison, received sentences of 13 to 15 years.  For Palestinians, attempted murder carries a sentence of eight years or less.  We discovered this factoid when we obtained lists of prisoners who stand to be released: the most recent ones received eight years or less for unsuccessful gunfire.  For rock throwing they receive two to three years.  One military judge saw fit to determine that since rocks do not always hit their target, it is fallacious to assume that those who throw them intend to murder.  The message is simple: First kill a Jew.  Then we’ll figure out your intent based on the results.

We investigated the 120 prisoners Mahmoud Abbas is demanding Israel release because they are “long-time prisoners,” “old,” or “sick,” and it turns out that nearly all of them are serving life sentences (or two, or three … or 17).  Almagor (The Jewish Terror Victims Association) now has in its possession the names of all those terrorists, as well as descriptions of what they did, and is waiting for a brave journalist who is prepared to expose this information to the public through the media, the bulk of which is under the thumb of Jibril Rajoub, the lead Palestinian propagandist on this issue.

Here are a few of the terrorists’ names:  Mustafa Kalib Asrar, murderer of Tzvi Klein of Ofra.  Abu Harabish Salam Saliman Mahmoud, murderer of David de la Roza and the Weiss family.  Issa Mousa Issa Mahmoud, murderer of Nissim Toledano.  Abd a-Rabba Namer Jibril Issa, murderer of Revital Sari and Ron Levi.

The murder victims have families that expect justice to be done, just as they were promised.  They expect that justice will not cancelled due to pressures that are not germane, with a wink that yes, we promised at the graveside that our long arm would catch them, but we didn’t promise they would serve out their sentences …

Originally published at Mekor Rishon. Translated from Hebrew by David B. Greenberg. The above does not represent an actual interrogation transcript.

Liberman Done In by Former Deputy

Monday, December 24th, 2012

The person behind the recent frantic efforts of Israel’s police to extend its investigation in order to enhance the indictment against Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, has turned out to be none other than his deputy – Danny Ayalon. And as you may recall, Ayalon has been dumped by his boss from the top spots on the party’s Knesset candidate list. Rumor had it that Liberman only told Ayalon about his demotion in the car on the way to the press conference where said list was presented.

Hell hath no fury like a deputy foreign minister scorned, it turns out.

On Monday night, both the Channel 10 and Channel 2 news editions have reported that new testimonies were collected from members of the Appointments Committee at the Foreign Ministry—which approved the appointment of Zeev Ben Aryeh to the post of Israel’s ambassador to Belarus.

Ben Aryeh was convicted of passing to Liberman information about an investigation which was being conducted against the latter.

The new information appears to be making things a lot worse for the former FM.

Both news channels report that the most significant testimony against Liberman was provided by Ayalon, who was chairman of the Appointments Committee. Ayalon’s testimony appears to implicate Liberman in actively promoting Ben Aryeh’s appointment.

However, that’s not the only new testimony picked up by the police. According to the reports, more testimonies have been taken which support Ayalon’s accusation.

It was further reported that Liberman is expected to be summoned as early as next week to a police interrogation, and that he will be confronted with Ayalon’s testimony.

Channel 2 has also reported that Liberman is expected to argue that Ayalon’s testimony is infected by the latter’s need for revenge following his humiliation at the hands of his boss.

Liberman resigned his post last week, and this new twist might prevent him from campaigning or even being permitted to resume his Knesset membership.

Liberman’s successor at the helm of Israel Beiteinu will likely be the candidate at the number 2 spot, Yair Shamir, son of the departed Prime Minster from Likud, Yitzhak Shamir.

Ayalon will remain as the Deputy Foreign Minister until the elections.

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