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October 1, 2016 / 28 Elul, 5776

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IDF Flare gun, Bullets, Seized in Israeli-Arab Village

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

The Israel Police Spokesperson’s office reported that around 11 PM Saturday police responded to complaints about flare shooting and firecracker throwing in Rameh, an Arab town in northern Israel. Police raided a home in the town, after stopping and detaining two minors with backpacks containing firecrackers.

A search in the home of a local resident, 20, revealed an IDF Flare gun and more than 30 bullets of various diameters.

The raid was part of an ongoing police effort to seize illegal, dangerous toys in northern villages.

The police spokesperson took the opportunity to bless “our Druze, Muslim and Circassian brethren” on the occasion of the festival of Eid al-Adha.

David Israel

Police Raid Netanya City Hall, Mayor to Be Questioned

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Netanya Mayor Miriam Feirberg Ikar is expected to be invited for police questioning with a warning, as part of a large-scale investigation of the Netanya municipality which culminated with a raid of city hall Monday morning. A senior source in the police has told Haaretz that the mayor and members of her family may be suspects. Searches in the homes and offices of several suspects as well as offices in Netanya’s city hall building have yielded documents and other content. Three men, including an attorney and a developer have been detained for questioning.

According to an Haaretz investigation, the mayor’s family members have been involved in construction projects associated with members of tycoon Yitzhak Tshuva, the chairman of El-Ad Group which owned the New York Plaza Hotel.

Investigators of the Lahav 433 crime-fighting umbrella organization within the Israel Police along with Income Tax investigators on Monday carried out raids in multiple locations in the coastal city of Netanya. Also on hand were the Prohibition of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism Authority, and the State Attorney’s Economic Department. A preliminary announcement states that the investigation is based on suspicion that elements involved in construction have promoted their interests illegally with the Netanya municipality, among other things through bribery and while committing tax violations.

Back in 2007 police closed a similar investigation of Mayor Feirberg for lack of sufficient evidence.

Feirberg is the first female mayor elected in Netanya and one of very few women who have served as mayors in Israel. She was first elected in 1998, and again in 2003, 2008 and 2013. She has won a prize for efficient management from the Union of Local Authorities in Israel.

Netanya is one of the most affluent cities in Israel, and has attracted a large population of Russian and French immigrants. The city is considered one of the cleanest in Israel, with a long stretch of sandy beaches. It features of balanced mix of secular, national-religious and Haredi Jews, and is home to a growing Arab population.

JNi.Media

High-Speed Chase at Ben Gurion International Airport

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Four suspicious-looking Arabs in what first appeared to be a stolen vehicle dodged the initial security checkpoint at the entrance to Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday headed for Terminal 3, with police in pursuit.

The car and its occupants came up against an obstacle, however, at the main entrance gate, where police were waiting.

According to a report on the Hebrew-language Rotter.net website, two of the passengers reportedly jumped out of the car and tried to climb over the gate — but were overpowered by Israeli security guards.

All four were arrested and transferred to security personnel for interrogation after initial questioning by Israel Police.

An Israel Police spokesperson at the airport said in a statement the four suspects “broke the first gate with a private vehicle.

“The driver ignored instructions by security personnel to halt and continued driving towards Terminal 3,” he continued.

“As a result, security personnel pursued the vehicle, which was stopped by the main gate. The passengers got out and fled on foot, but were quickly captured by Ben Gurion Airport security forces and detained by Israeli police.

“An initial investigation reveals the individuals are Israeli citizens and the vehicle was not stolen. The reasons behind the incident are under investigation.”

Hana Levi Julian

Legal Group Challenging Police on Criminalizing Entry into Judea and Samaria Area B

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Is entering Area B without coordinating it with the authorities a criminal offense? Israeli police have apparently begun to charge Israeli citizens who enter these (few) parts of Judea and Samaria where, according to the Oslo agreements, the PA enjoys civil control and security is managed jointly by Israeli and PA forces.

On Friday, August 26, the Petah Tikva Magistrate Court agreed to a police request to distance a group of 13 Breslov hasidim from Judea and Samaria for a period of 60 days because on Thursday night they had entered the village of Kifil Haras (Timnat Heres, location of Joshua’s tomb), near Ariel in Samaria, to pray at the tomb. The group was attacked by rock-throwing Arabs. Soldiers and police who arrived at the scene promptly detained the Jews.

Kifil Haras is located in Area B, which Israeli citizens may enter at will, just as they are permitted to drive on sections of Route 60 which cuts through the Area B Arab town of Hawara, as well as on the road from Jerusalem to the Jewish community of Nokdim.

Legal aid society Honenu attorney Chai Haber said in a statement Monday that he finds it difficult to understand the police unprecedented approach, “claiming that entering Area B, which is permitted to Israeli citizens, constitutes the criminal offense of ‘public nuisance,’ due to the fact that Arab terrorists throw rocks and endanger the lives of Israeli citizens.”

As is often the case in these hearings, Judge Smadar Abramovitch-Kollende sided with the police and ordered the restraining of all of 13 detainees from entering any part of Judea and Samaria for 60 days.

Haber complained against Israeli security forces who detained his clients. He said that “instead of protecting the worshippers, the IDF and the police decided to detain them. I was not surprised to hear from the police representative during the deliberation that not one of the rock-throwing Arabs had been detained.”

“This is a slippery slope,” Haber argued, adding: “Tomorrow the IDF could decide that instead of dealing with the individuals throwing rocks on the roads, they will detain the Jewish residents driving on the main roads, some of which are in Area B. We will file an appeal on the scandalous decision to distance the worshippers from all of Judea and Samaria.” He also wondered “why it is that the left-wingers who entered [Area A] Ramallah [in June 2016] and were attacked [by local Arabs], were not detained, while the worshippers who entered Area B were detained.”

The police argued that although entry to the Area B village of Kifil Haras is permitted to Israeli citizens, there are scheduled, guarded entries to the village, and because the Breslov group did not coordinate their arrival with security forces they were charged with being a “public nuisance” and with “disturbing a public servant in the performance of his duty.” Police claim that by riding into the village unaccompanied, the hasidim provoked local Arabs’ anger, endangering their own lives and the lives of the soldiers who were sent into the village to protect them. In court, the police argued that a week earlier Breslov hasidim had entered the city of Shechem (Area A) in order to reach Joseph’s Tomb in Area C — which police believed bolstered their demand to bar them from all of Judea and Samaria, including Area C.

As we mentioned earlier, attorney Haber asked police in court whether the rioting Arabs had been detained and was told that none of them had been picked up, because, according to police testimony, security forces did not want to “create a provocation, but rather acted to save the lives of the suspects.”

But they did much more than save their lives, as Haber noted: the Jewish worshippers, some of them only 14 years of age, were detained for interrogation at 3 AM and brought to court only after 2 PM the next day. This was in violation of Israel’s Youth Law. Another violation: their parents were not invited to the court deliberation. Haber said some of the minors complained of police brutality and one of them said that a policeman threatened him with a Taser gun.

JNi.Media

Police Seize 30,000 Eggs Unfit for Human Consumption in Arab City

Monday, August 29th, 2016

A raid by Israel Police, the Poultry Council and the Income Tax Authority has led to the seizing of some 30,000 unsupervised eggs at the home of a Shfaram resident. The eggs were stored in poor condition, without refrigeration. Poultry Council staff determined the eggs were dangerous for human consumption.

The owner of the illegal eggs was detained on suspicion of storing and trading eggs that are unfit for consumption. The eggs were seized and destroyed by the Poultry Council.

Over the summer, Israel has experienced an outbreak of salmonella that was related to the effect of the unusual heat conditions on poorly stored food, including eggs. Children and pregnant women are especially susceptible to these bacteria because their immune system is naturally weaker.

Eggs that are not grown under proper supervision and are not stored properly endanger public health, causing many cases of hospitalization each year, the Police Spokesperson’s office said in a statement that described the raid. The announcement also noted that illegal egg sales hurts the legitimate egg growers who produce and market their eggs in keeping with proper conditions.

Shfar’am. A.k.a. Shefa-‘Amr, is an Arab city in Israel’s northern district. According to the 2012 census, the city has a population of 38,300, with a Sunni Muslim majority alongside large Christian and Druze minorities.

The Shfaram Ancient Synagogue was active as late as 1845. A Christian resident of the town holds the keys to the building. The synagogue was renovated in 2006. The tomb of Rabbi Yehudah ben Bava, who was captured and executed by the Romans in the second century CE for ordaining Rabbis, is located in Shfaram and attracts many Jewish visitors.

They should avoid the eggs.

David Israel

Israeli Forces Locate 7 Illegal Weapons Workshops Overnight in Bethlehem, Hebron

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Overnight a combined operation of the IDF Judea and Samaria Division, Shabak and Judea and Samaria Police thwarted a weapons manufacturing infrastructure and arrested weapons makers and merchants in Bethlehem and in Hebron, the Police Spokesperson’s office reported. It was largest such operation this year.

IDF, Shabak and police forces, as well as Border Gurad units, located and captured seven weapons workshops with 22 lathes. In addition the forces discovered dozens of firearms, including magazines and parts. The forces arrested two suspects believed to be involved in making and selling illegal weapons. One of the two, considered the most prominent illegal weapons merchant in the PA, was taken in for questioning by the Shabak.

The illegal items were confiscated.

Since the beginning of 2016, the IDF, Israel Police and the Shabak have located 29 illegal weapons workshops in Judea and Samaria, with 49 lathes and more than 300 firearms. Security forces have also arrested more than 140 Arabs suspected of involvement in making and selling illegal weapons.

Since the beginning of the year there have been more than 30 terrorist attacks using firearms.

David Israel

IDF Rescues Dozens of Breslov Hassidim from Arab Mob at Joseph’s Tomb

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The IDF on Monday night was sent to rescue a group of about 60 Breslov Hassidim from an Arab mob that was pelting them with stones outside Jospeph’s tomb, Walla reported. The Hassidim entered the tomb compound on a Bus with PA plates, without pre-arranging the visit with the IDF and without security guards. As soon as the bus entered the city of Shechem it was hit with a barrage of stones and the driver eventually escaped, deserting the Haredi Jews on the bus. Soldiers from the Granite Battalion of the Nahal Brigade stormed the area and chased away the attackers. Medical teams treated two Hassidim who had been injured by stones. One of the injured, age 17, was evacuated to hospital in Petach Tikvah.

This is not the first time Hassidim go on their own to pray at Joseph’s tomb without coordinating the visit with the IDF. Protocol calls for assembling a large force to secure the Jews at the tomb, which is located in Shechem, one of the most volatile Arab cities in Judea and Samaria.

More than 30 Hassidim were detained by the soldiers until police arrived to investigate. A few Hassidim tried to escape in the direction of Har Brakha, an Israeli community on the southern ridge of Mount Gerizim, but were captured and handed over to police.

The IDF Spokesperson said in a statement: “The IDF stresses that the entry of Israeli citizens into Area A is dangerous and constitutes a violation of the law.”

Israel Police said in a statement: “We consider tonight’s event very seriously. Uncoordinated visits without security are dangerous to the visitors as well as to the security forces who are sent to rescue them.”

David Israel

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