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June 26, 2016 / 20 Sivan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Interrogation’

11 Terror Fugitives Rounded Up

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Security personnel rounded up 11 terrorist fugitives over the weekend, beginning on Friday with the start of the holiday weekend.

The arrests were made by IDF soldiers in various locations around the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories throughout Judea and Samaria.

Most of those who were taken into custody have been charged with terrorist activity and violence aimed at civilians and security personnel.

All suspects were turned over to security officials for further questioning.

Hana Levi Julian

Armed Gazan Caught Infiltrating Israel, But Motive Was Unclear

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

A Gaza man armed with a knife was caught in the wee hours of Wednesday just after he managed to infiltrate into Israeli territory.

The man, who came in from southern Gaza, was captured by IDF soldiers. A body search turned up the knife, according to a military spokesperson.

The infiltrator was transferred to security personnel for questioning. His motives were not clear, sources said.

Hana Levi Julian

Southern Israeli Bedouin Caught With Knife at Bus Station

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

A Negev Bedouin in his 20s arrested Wednesday after attempted to enter the central bus station in Be’er Sheva with a knife.

The weapon was discovered during a routine search of the man’s bag.

The suspect threw the knife and tried to flee when security guards detained him for questioning.

Local police recovered the weapon. The man, a resident of the Bedouin town of Kuseife, is being held for further questioning.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Soldiers Capture 3 Terror Fugitives, Find Weaponry

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Israeli security personnel captured three wanted terror suspects in the wee hours of Monday morning (May 2).

The arrests took place during operations in Judea and Samaria.

One of the suspects was taken into custody during an operation in the Arab village of Ein Umm a-Shrait, south of Ramallah in the Palestinian Authority-controlled area of Samaria.

A second fugitive was captured in the Arab town of Tzurif in Judea, southwest of the Jewish town of Bat Ayin. Tzurif is known as a Hamas terrorist stronghold.

The third suspect was arrested in the ancient Judean city of Hebron, whose population is today divided between Arabs and Jews, and where several terrorist groups maintain their regional headquarters.

All three suspects were transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

In addition, during the night, IDF soldiers from the Kefir Brigade found weaponry near the Qalandiya crossing. The gun and its related hardware were turned over to security personnel for investigation.

Hana Levi Julian

11 Arab Terror Fugitives Arrested

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Israeli forces arrested 11 terror suspects late Friday night in region-wide operations throughout Judea and Samaria.

Nine of the fugitives were accused of terrorism-related violence against civilians and security personnel.

Five of the suspects were arrested in the Hebron area. Two were picked up in Ouja, north of Jericho.

Two members of the Hamas terrorist organization were arrested in Samaria not far from the Palestinian Authority capital city of Ramallah.

All of the suspects were transferred to Shin Bet intelligence agents for interrogation.

Hana Levi Julian

Report: Hamas Terrorists to Get Light Plea Bargains So Shin Bet Won’t Expose Interrogation Methods

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

(JNi.media) Back in September 2014, it was revealed that a joint Shin Bet (Shabak) and IDF operation exposed and foiled an extensive military infrastructure of Hamas, which operated throughout Judea and Samaria, recruiting military units and carrying out attacks against Israeli targets. The infrastructure operations, controlled by Hamas headquarters in Turkey, involved Hamas members who had been trained abroad, and were placed in Judea and Samaria to carry out terror operations. The joint operation arrested 93 suspects, out of whom 46 were interrogated by the Shin Bet. The operation also captured 24 M16 rifles, six pistols, seven rocket launchers, explosives materials, and about $150,000 in cash.

The newly hatched Hamas underground was involved in the kidnapping of three Jewish boys which led to the 2014 Operation Protective Edge against Gaza.

Now, according to a report in Haaretz, the Shin Bet is demanding that the military prosecution sign plea bargains with the Arab defendants, who will receive disproportionately light sentences, considering this is a case of the largest-scale Hamas infrastructure effort in Judea and Samaria. The report suggests the reason for the light deals has to do with the Shin Bet looking to avoid having its operatives testify in court about the interrogation methods used against detainees in this case.

According to the Shin Bet website, Hamas is highly motivated to open a second front against Israel in Judea and Samaria, as part of its plan to destabilize the Palestinian Authority.

In 1987, after complaints about excessive use of violence, the Landau Commission— a three-man panel set up by the Israeli Government—drew up guidelines condoning “moderate physical pressure” when necessary. In 1994, State Comptroller and later Supreme Court Justice Miriam Ben-Porat found that these regulations were violated and senior Shin Bet commanders did not prevent it. In 1999, the Supreme Court heard petitions against Shin Bet methods, including “forceful and repeated shaking of the suspect’s upper torso, in a manner which causes the neck and head to swing rapidly,” manacling of the suspect in a painful position for a long period of time, and the “frog crouch” consisting of “consecutive, periodical crouches on the tips of one’s toes.” The Court, in a heralded, landmark decision, ruled that the Shin Bet did not have the authority, even under the defense of “necessity,” to use these methods. The Shin Bet claims it now uses only psychological interrogation methods, although B’Tselem and Amnesty International continue to accuse it of using torture.

JNi.Media

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.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-names-2-hamas-suspects-in-teens-kidnap/2014/06/26/

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