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May 5, 2016 / 27 Nisan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Israel Police’

Terror Attack Averted in Jerusalem’s Old City

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Another day, another terror attack… averted in the Old City of Jerusalem, thanks to the alert eyes of Israeli security forces deployed around the area.

Police stationed near Haggai Street monitored the behavior of a 14-year-old Arab youth who didn’t quite belong in the largely Jewish area.

The youth was acting suspiciously, and police eventually decided to search him.

The investigation revealed a knife concealed among the teen’s belongings.

The young man was arrested and transferred to security personnel for interrogation. His knife was confiscated as evidence in the investigation that was launched.

Hana Levi Julian

British Mandate Period Anti-Tank Mine Found, Defused in Netanya

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Israel Police sappers examined and carefully removed an anti-tank land mine that was planted in Netanya during the British Mandate period.

The mine was being used against Mark II Infantry tanks. There are two types of tanks known as “Mark II”: the British “Matilda (A12) Mark II, and the Israeli Merkava Mark II.

The British Matilda A12 was introduced into service in 1937. The Israeli Merkava Mark II made its debut in April 1983.

Of the two, it is more likely that landmine found in Netanya was set by Israeli fighters to detonate against British forces during the Mandate period.

In any case, today’s modern sappers carefully removed the bomb and safely defused it.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Arab Woman Was Not a Terrorist, Is Released by Police

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

An Israeli Arab woman detained on suspicion of being a terrorist was found not to be a terrorist, and was released by Israel Police Tuesday morning.

Police said in a statement, “Security officials have determined that the suspect did not in fact intend to carry out a terrorist or criminal attack. The woman was released after interrogation,” the statement added.

The 28-year-old Tayibe resident was suspected of planning an attack in the northern town of Nahariya. A terror alert was issued in the city Monday evening, similar to one issued in Israel’s southern Lachish region about an hour earlier.

The woman was detained late Monday by security forces while riding in a taxi in Nahariya. She was searched by sappers to make sure she was not wearing explosives or carrying them anywhere on her person or among her belongings.

Security personnel had received a tip Monday morning that an Arab woman from Gaza was about to carry out an “imminent” cross-border attack. Because she had not yet been tracked down, police in southern Israel had set up roadblocks and carried out searches, eventually tracking down a different suspect altogether.

The alert in Nahariya was later removed.

Hana Levi Julian

Father, Brother of Tel Aviv Shooter Released from Custody

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Mohammed Melhem, the father of Tel Aviv shooter Nashet Melhem, has been freed from custody along with his son Ali.

The two men were released to house arrest on $1,270 bond in an agreement between the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet/Shabak) and attorney Nechami Feinblatt, a public defender who represents the family.

“I think the Shin Bet understands that the family wanted to help capture him and not help him,” the attorney said.

Both were held in custody along with six other relatives and friends last week while the killer was at large. They were arrested on charges of being accessories to murder, illegal association and conspiracy to commit a crime and premeditated manslaughter.

Melhem murdered three people in Tel Aviv on Jan. 1 using a weapon he stole from his father, a volunteer police officer. It was the elder Melhem who identified his son to police as the killer after seeing a video of the murders on television.

When he still was not captured within three days, the elder Melhem was taken into custody along with other relatives and friends. It later turned out that numerous family members did indeed know Nashet was back in the village; but they were reluctant to turn in one of their own. The subsequent pressure by Shin Bet operatives, leveraged via arrests and questioning, plus the gathering of DNA and other hard evidence, proved essential in ending the saga.

Nashet Melhem will be buried in his home village of Ar’ara in Wadi Ara in a small private ceremony on Sunday afternoon. The family is doing whatever it can to put this behind them, a relative said.

Hana Levi Julian

Shabak Foiled Hamas Plan to Kidnap, Murder Israelis, Bargain over Bodies

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

A Hamas terrorist cell in the advanced stages of planning a major attack has been taken out in a joint operation by the Israel Police and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency, or Shabak).

The cell was discovered last month; its six members were residents of Jerusalem and Hebron. The terrorists planned to kidnap and murder Israeli citizens in an attack similar to that carried out in June 2014 against three yeshiva teens in Gush Etzion. The cell was in the advanced stages of planning, according to the Shin Bet, and had reached the point where cell members had begun to prepare a place to store the bodies of abduction victims.

The Shin Bet investigation revealed the cell was comprised of three Israeli residents who lived in Jerusalem, and three members who lived in the Palestinian Authority-controlled section of Hebron.

All six members of the cell have been taken into custody.

The Shabak investigation discovered that over the past few months the six cell members had been looking at caves and digging up several plots where they planned to hide the dead body of their kidnapped victim. They were going to use two vehicles, with the Israeli member of the cell driving the kidnapping vehicle, since his Hebrew is good enough to allay suspicion. They planned to murder their victim and bury the body, then negotiate for released prisoners in exchange for it.

Mehar Kawasma, 36, a resident of Hebron, was the leader of the cell. He had served two years in Israeli prison for a previous involvement in planning Hamas terror activities.

After the Israeli members of the cell had been arrested, Kawasma started to produce explosives with the remaining members, in the hope of carrying out a mega-attack in a civilian center. They purchased fertilizer and tried to make explosives but did not succeed.

Jewish Press Staff

Indictment Filed Against MK Hanin Zoabi

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

MK Hanin Zoabi was indicted Thursday by the Northern District State Attorney’s Office on charges of “disgracing a public servant.”

The prosecution filed the charge as part of a plea bargain in which the Knesset member agreed to plead guilty as charged.

In return, the prosecution agreed not to charge the lawmaker with a more serious accusation of incitement to racism or threats.

The prosecution is also expected to seek a suspended prison term; Zoabi, however, is expected to vigorously oppose this and argue for a fine.

The accusation results from a July 6, 2014 incident in which Zoabi sneered at Israeli Arab security personnel. The MK told a mob of demonstrators at a court in Nazareth that Israeli Arabs who work for government security forces “should be scared of us.”

Zoabi called Israeli Arab police officers “traitors.” She told the mob to spit in their faces and made remarks with implied threats towards the officers.

The plea deal worked out with the MK was signed in December by Zoabi and outgoing Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Police Commissioner Reworks Top Brass

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Newly appointed Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich is reworking the department’s top brass.

Effective Wednesday, Jerusalem District police will be headed by former Southern District commander Maj.-Gen. Yoram HaLevy.

Former Jerusalem District commander Maj.-Gen. Moshe Edri is moving to head the Tel Aviv District instead.

In the south, Maj.-Gen. David Bitan will take over, and will leave his current position as head of Logistic Support.

There have also been a number of promotions, in part due to the number of senior officers who retired over the past few months.

Brig.-Gen. Yaakov Shabtai has been promoted to Maj.-Gen. and will now head the Border Guard Police unit. The former head of that department, Maj.-Gen. Amos Yaakov, is moving to become the new commander of the Coastal District.

Another promotion goes to Brig.-Gen. Alon Asur, who will now be Maj.-Gen. Alon Asur, and will be commander of the Northern District.

Brig.-Gen. to Maj.-Gen. Goes to Moshe Barkat now becomes commander of the Judea and Samaria District.

Brig.-Gen. Alon Levavi now becomes Maj.-Gen. Alon Levavi, and will head the Operations Branch.

In addition, two new major-generals are joining the Israel Police as well. One was recruited from the IDF, the other from the Shin Bet / Shabak (Israel Security Agency).

IDF Brig.-Gen. (res) Tzvi Tessler now becomes Maj.-Gen. Tzvi Tessler and will head the Israel Police Planning Department.

Hana Levi Julian

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