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September 19, 2014 / 24 Elul, 5774
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Israel Fights Back Against the Jerusalem Intifada

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Israel has begun to get serious about cracking down on Arab attackers who are determined to harm Jews in Jerusalem and around the country.

On Monday alone, by 10 pm security personnel had recorded a total of 39 terror attacks carried out against travelers on the roads of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

Most involved Arabs hurling rocks and firebombs at vehicles as they passed by. Such attacks can be lethal, and indeed have sometimes led to deaths or severe injuries.

Late Monday and early Tuesday, Jerusalem District Police arrested 22 Arabs in connection with recent rioting and attacks on Jews.

Among the detainees were six children around 12 years old, who were suspected of hurling firebombs – also called Molotov cocktails – at Jewish homes in the mixed southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor. Four teens confessed to hurling firebombs at police and security personnel in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan and elsewhere in the city, citing their “hatred for Jews.”

Three other teens were detained on suspicion of hurling rocks at the Jerusalem Light Rail, which has sustained damage to about half of its passenger cars due to constant attacks – most in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.

“The Jerusalem Police will continue its determined and uncompromising activity and lay its hand on whomever is involved in the rioting in the city, and will act to bring them to justice,” the police said in a statement. More arrests are expected.

In fact, the Jerusalem District Police have apparently been kept far busier in recent months than those in Judea and Samaria, according to data published by the Hebrew-language 0404 website.

Within the past two months, Jerusalem police have arrested more than 700 Arabs suspected of hurling rocks and firebombs and other terrorist activity in the Jerusalem area. So far charges have been filed against 250 of those suspects who were detained.

Widespread arrest operations have taken place in Arab neighborhoods where rioting has occurred. Among those is Shuafat, where massive demonstrations and violence utterly destroyed the infrastructure and equipment for three of the stops on the Light Rail line.

For the past two weeks, all vacations for police officers were cancelled. The number of arrests in Jerusalem has also been double those carried out by the IDF in Judea and Samaria over the past two months.

Police Arrest 4 Suspects in Jerusalem Gas Station Arson

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Police have arrested 4 Arabs from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawia, in connection with the arson attack that burned down a French Hill gas station’s convenience store last week.

The four are ages 15-17.

Travel Terror Again Aimed at Jerusalem Light Rail

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Arab terrorists were again hurling rocks at the Jerusalem Light Rail on Sunday, this time in three separate attacks, all taking place in the northern neighborhood of Shuafat.

No one was physically injured in the attacks, although riders were traumatized and rail cars were damaged. Nevertheless, the CityPass company reports that the train will continue to operate as usual.

Obama’s Hand-Picked Successor to Abbas Could Re-Ignite ‘Peace Process’

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

The head of Palestinian Authority intelligence, Majid Faraj, is the Obama administration’s hand-picked favorite to succeed an ageing and ailing Mahmoud Abbas, according to several Middle East experts.

Abbas, now 80 and suffering from several medical ailments, chose Faraj in 2009 to head the General Intelligence Services, and he has since proved so much a favorite in the United States that he was secretly honored by the CIA last year for providing information that led to the arrest of terrorist Abu Anas Al-Libi, involved in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassy in Libya.

The CIA ostensibly honored him for “his efforts to open channels with Washington and with Hamas,” according to an article written for the Globes business news site by Dr. Moshe Elad, an IDF Reserve Colonel and college lecturer.

In truth, the reward was for Faraj’s helping arrest al-Libi, who had gathered information on American targets and carried a $5 million price tag on his head.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry immediately fell in love with Faraj, seeing him as an “officer and gentleman,” the perfect requisites for an American-ordained “peace partner” for Israel. The State Dept. is big on image and soft-sell and does not care about explosive content.

Faraj, in his 50s, is everything that the Palestinian Authority needs in its next round of trying to achieve the dream of shrinking Israel to the “Auschwitz borders” of 1949-1967 and asserting sovereignty over the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.

The “obvious” successors’ to Abbas are fading out of the picture. Marwan Barghouti, serving five life prison sentences for involvement in suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks that maimed, killed and wounded hundreds of Israelis, is easily the most popular hero for Palestinian Authority Arabs. However, Israel is in no mood to free him, and his history as a terrorist, regardless of his “reform,” makes him less desirable for the American to pitch him as Israel’s greatest friend.

Other would-be successors are – or were – Mahmoud Dahlan, who was Abbas’ strong man in Gaza before Hamas’ revolution eight years ago. Dahlan has since been at virtual war with Abbas and has fled to the Gulf states.

Then there is Jibril Rajoub, former head of the Palestinian Authority security forces who was kicked upstairs to head the Palestinian Soccer League and has branded himself as irrelevant. Last year, he said that if the Palestinian Authority had a nuclear bomb, he would use it on Israel. Last week, he called the Israeli-Palestinian Authority youth soccer game, organized by the Peres Center for Peace, a “crime against humanity.”

Faraj, unlike the old guard “Tunis gang” in the Palestinian Authority, speaks perfect Hebrew and knows the Israeli system thoroughly, partly because he served served six years in several Israel jails. He was born in Bethlehem making him a model for the Palestinian Authority war against the “occupation,” unlike Abbas, who was born in Safed (Tsfat). Branding him a “refugee” from Dehaishe, next to Bethlehem, will win over the international media.

Faraj worked his way up in the ranks of Fatah. He proved his loyalty to Abbas since taking over as head of intelligence and has won the confidence of Abbas and of Israeli officials, so much so that his “black mark” among hawkish Palestinian Authority members is his cooperation with Israeli security authorities.

In 2008, when Khaled Mashaal said that the Abbas regime was illegitimate, he said, according to Elad, “We took care of every person in Hamas whose name was given to us… Out of 64 details on Hamas institutions, we took care of 40. Out of 330 bank accounts of Hamas people, 150 were closed.”

Arab Taxi Terror Foiled, Jerusalem Light Rail Targeted

Friday, September 12th, 2014

An Arab terrorist attack on IDF soldiers was foiled Thursday near the northern Samaria city of Ariel, but riders on the Jerusalem Light Rail were not as fortunate.

On Thursday afternoon, an Arab driver attempted to run over an IDF soldier with his taxi near Ariel, home to Israel’s newest university.

Other soldiers stopped the terrorist from carrying out the attack. He was taken into custody by IDF soldiers and handed over to police for interrogation. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Also on Thursday, Arabs in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat hurled rocks at the Light Rail train in two separate attacks.

No physical injuries were reported in either attack, although passengers were traumatized, and damage to the cars was reported as well. Nearly half of the Light Rail cars have been taken out of service due to constant attacks on the line by Arab terrorists in the Shuafat area.

Jerusalem Intifada Reaches French Hill

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Sunday night (Sept. 7) saw another round of intifada violence in Jerusalem as screaming hordes of Arabs went on rampages in various parts of the city — one gang destroying a gas station, others hurling rocks and ambushing motorists traveling around the capital.

Dozens of Arab rioters torched a “Menta” gasoline station in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of French Hill late in the evening. Miraculously, no one was physically injured in the melee, which completely destroyed the station in the quiet neighborhood. “I was lucky to get out of there alive,” the counter man told an interviewer on Army Radio. “Thank God no one else was in the store at the time.”

smashed items at Menta stop in French Hill

Some 40 screaming, rioting Arabs yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great) hurled rocks and smashed everything in sight. The little convenience store at the gas station was also badly damaged.

According to a report on Voice of Israel public radio, no arrests were made.

Jerusalem activist Aryeh King asked in a post on the Twitter social media website, “Where were the police?”

Masked terrorists also hurled rocks – again – at the Jerusalem Light Rail as it passed through the nearby neighborhood of Shuafat. No one was physically injured, although passengers were traumatized. Miraculously, none of the cars were damaged this time.

The CityPass company managing the line has been threatening to cut off service to the northern neighborhoods in the capital. Thus far the firm has kept the line going as a courtesy to the innocent commuters and students living in Beit Hanina, Pisgat Ze’ev, Neve Ya’akov and other neighborhoods. But the train is losing more passenger cars each day to the violence, and the line is rapidly becoming a losing enterprise as a result. More than a third of the Light Rail cars have been forced out of service, damaged by rioting Arabs.

Also on Sunday night, Israeli motorists and police found themselves dodging road terror attacks as Arabs hurled rocks along the roads in Issawiya and A-Tur. Both are suburbs of Jerusalem, along the northeastern outskirts. Two drivers were wounded in these attacks; both are in good condition. But just a few weeks ago, a Hebron Hills driver was left in critical condition from a similar attack. In September 2011, a Kiryat Arba father and his baby son were murdered in such an ambush.

Israeli media have linked Sunday’s violence to the death of an Arab teenager who died of wounds sustained a week earlier while rioting elsewhere in the capital. The teen was allegedly shot by Israeli police who were faced by a screaming mob of Arabs out for their blood, hurling rocks and firebombs (Molotov cocktails).

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat meanwhile has condemned the rioting and told reporters he was in contact with police officials. He called for a “heavy handed response” and pledged the assistance of city hall as necessary.

But regardless of this week’s pretext for the violence, the rising number of incidents and the escalating level of violence by Arabs in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel is just not okay.

It’s unacceptable behavior. Tragedy cannot be an excuse for mass rage. Twice so far the Arabs have used it as a pretext to trigger a nationwide intifada in this country.

Extremist, radical Islamists also used the same excuse to launch mass violence around the world, pretending it had something to do with their faith — which it doesn’t, and never did. It was simply a pretext to quench the extremist Islamist thirst for blood.

The Islamic State is doing the same thing right now.

Any hesitation on Israel’s part, any delay in an unequivocal, concrete response sends a message to local Arab thugs, their provocateurs, the Arab political leadership and the international community beyond that such violence can and will be tolerated in Israel.

This is truly dangerous to all Israeli citizens — here and abroad.

Jerusalem Intifada Puts A Third of Light Rail Out of Action

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Jerusalem’s Light Rail cars are reduced by one third due to Arab intifada attacks, also referred to as ‘travel terror’ or ‘rock attacks.’

“Due to continued and repeated rock-throwing that inflicts damage to the trains, this morning we only have 16 operable trains out of a total of 23,” the CityPass company that operates the line announced Sunday morning (Sept. 7).

“What that means is that fewer than needed trains are active on the line, and the frequency of trains throughout the line will be harmed,” the statement continued.

The line has become a favored target for Arab terrorism particularly in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, where three stops were totally destroyed at the start of the summer. It took weeks before the infrastructure and the furnishings could be properly repaired.

The riots spiked over the murder of an Arab teen who lived in Shuafat that followed by a day the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists. It was later revealed that three suspects in the Arab teen’s murder were mentally ill, including the main suspect who was a man in his 20s, with a history of severe psychiatric disturbance.

Since that murder, Arabs have rioted regularly in that neighborhood and nearby Beit Hanina, hurling rocks and firebombs at the Light Rail as it passes through the area. Each time a car is damaged or a window smashed, the repairs cost thousands of shekels and it takes days or weeks before the cars are returned to service. Passengers are traumatized and several times service has been curtailed at stops terminating before the area.

This leaves passengers in the northern Jerusalem neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze’ev, Neve Yaakov and elsewhere without service.

The increasing phenomenon of ‘travel terror’ aimed at the Light Rail – and its accompanying phenomenon, ‘road terror,’ in which rocks and firebombs are hurled at vehicles traveling along roads throughout Israel – can be deadly.

Last month a young father from the southern Hebron Hills was critically injured in a Judea road terror attack near El Aroub, on Highway 60, while driving with his wife and baby daughter. A couple of years ago Kiryat Arba resident Asher Palmer and his baby son Yonaton died exactly the same way, on the same road, just a few miles south.

Security personnel and professional drivers all know: rocks and firebombs (Molotov cocktails) hurled at moving vehicles are as lethal a weapon as gunfire or rockets.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/jerusalem-intifada-reduces-light-rail-by-one-third/2014/09/07/

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