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January 17, 2017 / 19 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Israel Police’

Police Officer Hurt, Patrol Vehicles Damaged in Rahat Stoning Attack

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

An Israeli police officer was wounded late Thursday night in a stoning attack on Israeli security forces by Negev Bedouin in their 20s and 30s who were trying to cover for a suspicious-looking vehicle that fled into a neighborhood in the southern Israeli city of Rahat.

Three security patrol vehicles were also damaged in the attack.

At least 12 of the attackers were arrested and on Sunday their remand was extended, according to the Hebrew-language 0404 website. The incident occurred during routine operations by Israel Police and Border Guard Police officers.

The car they were investigating was traveling without lights and without any identifying license plates.

Two suspects got out of the vehicle after it stopped inside the city, and then they fled on foot, escaping into the neighborhood, according to police. The security officers were pelted with stones by the Bedouin residents when they began to chase the suspects.

Hana Levi Julian

New Israel Strategy to Deal With Smart Phone Theft

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Israeli police and government officials have come up with a way to prevent cell phone thieves from using their ill-gotten gains.

The Communications Ministry and police are coordinating a plan to allow mobile phone companies to block the use of cell phones with a new licensing system if they are stolen, even if the SIM card is changed.

Police will also be able to locate stolen mobile phones more easily with the new technology.

Once a cell phone customer has notified the company about a theft, both the number and the device can be blocked by the company.

In addition, the phone itself will be unusable, even if someone tries to insert another SIM card into the phone.

According to Israel Police, more than 2,000 stolen cell phones and laptops were tracked down and returned to their owners last year.

Hana Levi Julian

MK Basel Ghattas Suspended 6 Months From Knesset Activity, But Allowed to Vote

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Balad party Knesset member Basel Ghattas has been suspended from all parliamentary activity for the next six months. The Knesset Ethics Committee voted 3 to 1 on Monday in favor of the suspension.

However, he will now be allowed to participate in voting on the floor of the Knesset plenum and will continue to receive his government salary since the committee is not authorized to strip him of either benefit.

Last month the Israeli Arab lawmaker was barred from voting in the Israeli parliament, after having been released from jail to house arrest while he remains under investigation by the Lahav 433 Serious Crimes Unit of Israel Police.

Ghattas is accused of using his diplomatic immunity to smuggle coded messages, SIM cards and cell phones to Arab terrorist prisoners during visits in the Ketzion Prison.

The lawmaker is a member of the Joint Arab List faction. He accused Israel Police of “fabricating the file” of evidence against him.

However, the evidence produced by police includes security footage of the MK handing an envelope to a prisoner that was later seized by prison guards. When the envelope was opened, it was filled with cell phones and SIM cards.

Hana Levi Julian

Firebombs Explode on Israeli Security Patrol Vehicles in Jerusalem Arab Neighborhood

Friday, December 30th, 2016

Israeli security forces came under attack Thursday night while patrolling the heights above the Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Issawiya.

Earlier in the evening, an Israeli driver had been attacked while traveling near the neighborhood.

Arab terrorists hurled four firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at two patrol vehicles as they traveled along the heights.

Security sources told the Hebrew-language 0404 website that the firebombs exploded, damaging the back window on one of the patrol vehicles.

The roof was damaged on the second vehicle due to the flames from the firebombing, according to the report.

None of the security forces were physically injured in the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Major Sting Operation Uncovers Terror Attack Plans in Northern Negev region

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Israeli security forces prevented a major terrorist attack in the northern Negev when they captured the members of an Israeli Arab terror cell last month, the General Security Service (Shin Bet) intelligence agency revealed on Tuesday.

Shin Bet agents and Israel Police forces captured two operatives in a joint operation carried out in the Negev region.

The terrorists were planning an attack against IDF soldiers, according to a statement by the Shin Bet, but there are other pieces in the puzzle not yet completely put into place.

Muhammad Masri, 37, of Be’er Sheva and Abdullah Abu Ayash, 26, were arrested by Shin Bet agents. During questioning one of the suspects revealed that Masri suggested carrying out a terror attack to avenge Israel’s ban on the northern branch of the Islamic Movement.

Abu Ayash agreed to the suggestion and the two planned the attack against IDF soldiers in three potential sites: the northern Negev cities of Dimona and Arad, and the Nevatim Air Base.

It is ironic that in all three of the target sites, the potential victims would inevitably include Negev Bedouin, Druze and Israeli Arab citizens, who live and own businesses in both cities, and are in all three places.

As part of the preparations for the attack, the operatives conducted a preliminary tour to gather information about the potential sites for their attack.

During the investigation, the forces also confiscated a Carl Gustav submachine gun and a large amount of hardware to be used for triggering explosives from a distance by one or both of the terrorists.

The leader of the terror cell, Muhammad Masri, has been employed for the past year as a deputy branch manager at the King Store Mashadawi” in Be’er Sheva, where Abdullah Abu Ayash was also employed. The two formed their relationship while working together at the store.

Masri has a long history of terrorist activity: He was released from prison just three years ago, in 2013, after serving a 12-year prison term for his involvement in planning a terrorist attack by the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades at a banquet hall in Herzliya.

While in prison, Masri developed a strong relationship with Hamas terrorists from Gaza, Judea and Samaria, including a friendship with senior Hamas leader Yechiyeh Sanwar. In the years following, Masri pledged his loyalty to the flag of the Islamic Movement in Israel, and took part in its activities.

In addition, three Israeli residents of Negev communities were also detained for questioning in connection with allegations of involvement in weapons sales and similar transactions with Masri and Abu Ayash.

Bakhar Abu Tuqfa, 21, and Rami Abu Tuqfa, 22, both residents of Segev Shalom; and and Mahmoud Abu Kaf, 26, a member of the Bedouin tribe of Daw’it, near Nevatim, were all taken into custody.

Preliminary investigation from questioning of these individuals revealed information about the involvement of other Negev residents in weapons trade and other criminal activities.

“Indictments are pending against Muhammad Masri and Abdullah Abu Ayash,” the Shin Bet said in its statement. “The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.”

Hana Levi Julian

Sderot Police Officers Bring Chanukah Joy to Seniors in Southern Israel

Monday, December 26th, 2016

City police in Sderot visited seniors in the community on Monday to bring them a bit of holiday joy.

The officers lit Chanukah candles with the seniors, sang holiday songs and ate sufganiot (special Israeli holiday jelly doughnuts).

“Israel Police are continuing to carry on operational activities to keep the public safe, prevent terrorism and capture offenders to bring them to justice,” said a national police spokesperson.

“But the aim of this program is the strengthen the connection between Sderot’s seniors and the rest of the community, and that of the city police department, which is there to ensure the personal safety of the citizens of the community.

“Some of the elderly residents in Sderot are truly alone, with families who have moved away and now live elsewhere. There is no feeling more heartwarming than to help and care for this population,” the spokesperson said.

“The main thing that their light will continue to shine for many more years to come, in good health, safety and happiness.”

Hana Levi Julian

MK Basel Ghattas Arrested For Aiding Hamas Prisoners in Israeli Jail

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

MK Basel Ghattas was arrested Thursday night after questioning in connection with allegations he passed cell phones, SIM cards and coded messages to Arab terrorist prisoners incarcerated in an Israeli prison, according to the Hebrew-language 0404 news site. According to the report, Ghattas passed information and communications equipment to Hamas prisoners in the jail.

The Israel Police Lahav 433 serious crimes unit questioned the Balad party Knesset member for a second time Thursday in connection with the accusation. He was placed under arrest following that interrogation.

Police told 0404 they believe the evidence is sufficient to charge Ghattas with assisting the enemy and endangering national security, in addition to the current charges of conspiracy, fraud, breach of trust and offenses under the Israel Prisons Service Ordinances (bringing in prohibited/dangerous items.)

The Balad party lawmaker is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday morning at 8 am before the judge in the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court.

Earlier in the day, Ghattas was officially stripped of his diplomatic immunity from the Israeli parliament, which up to that point had protected him from search and arrest during investigations.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein announced Ghattas had agreed to relinquish his immunity after being confronted with evidence proving he had sneaked in the cell phones to prisoners.

Ghattas was shown video footage that revealed him handing papers to an inmate who is serving a 37-year sentence for murder. The footage also shows him handing envelopes to a second inmate, which when later confiscated by prison guards and opened, were found to contain cell phones and SIM cards.

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit wrote in his request to the Knesset asking to strip Ghattas of his immunity, that Ghattas had denied passing anything to the prisoner.

However, “after MK Ghattas passed envelopes to a security prisoner in jail, and after the security prisoner attempted to conceal the envelopes on his person, the envelopes were confiscated by the prison service, whereupon 12 cell phones and 16 SIM cards, two cell phone batteries, and headphones were found.”

Moreover, it was only after he was shown the video that he admitted having passed the envelopes. Ghattas continued to insists he didn’t know what was in them, and according to Ynet, he said he believed he was giving the prisoner “literature.”

Hana Levi Julian

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