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Israel Police to Expand Use of Body Cameras

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

by Andrew Friedman Israel Police told the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs on Tuesday that a pilot program to supply officers with body cameras has been “very successful” and said the department plans to provide cameras to all officers within two years.

Committee Chairman Avraham Neguise (Likud), who initiated the program, said “we have been fighting over-policing vis-à-vis Ethiopian immigrants, and I am happy that by this a bill brought about this trial period. [The use of cameras] is critical to preventing police brutality, as well as baseless charges against police officers.”

Yossi Bachar, deputy commander of the Tel Aviv district, added that the cameras have been used for about 14 months in six different precincts, selected according to frequency of violence. In the coming year the program will get an additional NIS 20 million boost.

MK Shelly Yechimovich (Zionist Camp) said that despite the use of cameras to document police abuses, a simple arrest – even without physical abuse – can leave a scar on a young person that will never completely heal. Others MKs called for increased penalties for abusive cops, while others partly blamed illegal immigrants for the phenomenon.

“The police must do their jobs,” said MK Yulia Malinovsky (Israel Beytenu), adding that sometimes Ethiopian Israelis are arrested because they are mistaken for illegal immigrants, tourists who overstay their visas and foreign workers.

Avi Frankel, head of the police discipline department, clarified that the police do not keep statistics on brutality complaints because those complaints are handled and investigated by the Department for the Investigation of Police Officers, part of the Justice Ministry.

The Department is responsible for prosecuting and recommending prosecution for discipline offenses, officers suspected of abusing civilians. He also said that abuse numbers have dropped sharply in the past decade, from 95 cases in 2006 to 13 in 2016.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

MK’s Driver’s License Suspended 30 Days

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Likud MK Oren Hazan has lost the right to drive in Israel – at least for the next 30 days.

The lawmaker’s driver’s license was suspended Sunday after he was caught Friday night driving at 150 kilometers per hour on the Arava Highway, in a 90 kilometer per hour zone.

Hazan, who was headed towards Eilat in his personal vehicle at the time, was driving 60 kilometers per hour over the posted speed limit.

Hana Levi Julian

Highway 60, Entrance to Ofra Temporarily Blocked by Protesters

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Demonstrators blocked the entrance to the Jewish community of Ofra, north of Jerusalem, and also a segment of Highway 60 near the community in both directions on Wednesday night.

Reportedly the demonstrators were Jewish, and their reasons for the protest are unknown.

They dragged dozens of tires on to the road, and reportedly also added cinder blocks and boulders.

Israel Police spent some time dispersing the crowd and opening the road. Police then remained on site to prevent further disturbances as well.

Two of the teens were arrested on suspicion of organizing the road block and encouraging the rioters.

Highway 60 is a main artery which runs from north to south along the eastern part of the country, traveling through Samaria, Jerusalem and down through Judea to Be’er Sheva in southern Israel.

The highway is a favored venue of countless terrorists who target residents and travelers along the route in both directions from north to south.

In an attack on Wednesday night, Arab terrorists targeted an Israeli driver and passengers on a bus traveling on Highway 40.

No one was physically injured and no damage was reported.

Hana Levi Julian

Knives, Pipe Bombs Seized, 18 Arrested, in Judea and Samaria Raids

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

by Ilana Messika

IDF and security forces arrested 15 wanted Arabs in nightly raids in Judea and Samaria, on suspicion of involvement in terrorism along with violence towards civilians and security forces. Seven of the detained are wanted Hamas terrorists. They were transported for questioning.

During search operations in the village of Katana, the IDF seized several knives and uniforms that were passed to security forces.

A Police spokesperson stated the Israel police arrested three additional suspects on Tuesday morning, during police and IDF operations in the village of Bet Awa near Hebron, on suspicion of making and possessing seven improvised pipe bombs. The bombs were all destroyed by bomb disposal experts and the investigation is still ongoing.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Cabinet Holds Special Meeting in Fire Plagued Haifa

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assembled his cabinet on Sunday morning in Haifa, the Israeli city that has suffered more than any other large urban center in the week of blazes, both the natural and the man made kind. The prime minister said: “First, I would like to commend the IDF soldiers who, this morning, successfully repelled an attack against in the border triangle area (where Israel, Lebanon and Syria meet). We are well prepared on our northern border and we will not allow any ISIS or other hostile elements, under cover of the war in Syria, to establish themselves adjacent to our borders.

“En route here this morning I spoke with Rama Ben-Tzvi; her and her husband’s restaurant in the Jerusalem hills was completely burnt. I think that we all know how much love they have invested in this, their life’s work, for 20 years, and in an instant, it went up in flames. The fire there and in other places burned property, it burned objects replete with memories, it even burned animals in some places, but to our joy, this time we were well-prepared and it did not burn lives; we saved lives. I told Rama that we would help her rebuild her restaurant forthwith. The Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office has already spoken to her. This, in effect, is our message to all Israeli citizens whose homes and property were hit by the fires: We will help you rebuild your homes and your lives forthwith and this is the main goal of this special Cabinet meeting this morning in Haifa.

“We have come to Haifa and we have invited council heads from across the north whose communities were affected by the fires in order to give them clear message: All government ministries are committed to extending a hand to you quickly, to shorten the bureaucracy, and I say to brutally shorten the bureaucracy, to bring you assistance, relief and rebuilding as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will do everything necessary to maintain your remaining property.

“Immediately upon concluding my remarks, I will ask my fellow ministers – the ministers of Public Security, Finance and Interior – who, I must say, from the outset, have worked tirelessly in the field, to report on their ministries’ activities.

“Later, I will ask the other ministers to do so. Of course, we will be measured by results and not by processes, by deeds and not words. We will be measured by results. The event is still not over. There are reports now of a fire in the Zichron area and several other locales, that seem as if they are rekindling. We are working on all fronts, including law enforcement. Whoever starts a fire, either by malice or negligence, whoever incites to arson – we will act against them with full force.

“There is no doubt that thanks to the courage of the firefighters, the pilots from Israel and abroad, and to the determined response of the Israel Police, MDA, IDF, Home front Command and the other rescue forces, the local councils represented here and the extraordinary spirit shown by Israeli citizens – thanks to all these, we achieved impressive control of the fires which, to a certain extent, were much more complicated and much more difficult than the Carmel fire.

“On Friday, I received a meteorological report, which indicated difficult conditions vis-à-vis dryness and the weather, the combination of temperatures and the wind and continued dryness, it was 30% more difficult than the conditions that prevailed during the Carmel fire. Along with all the government ministers here, I salute all those who took part in dealing with this crisis, in extinguishing the fires, and in guarding life and property. We have built an impressive ability to fight fires on the ground and from the air and it proved itself. I do not want to imagine what might have happened if we hadn’t built this ability.

“I would like to thank the many governments who sent assistance in the form of firefighting aircraft, pilots and firefighters and I would like to thank the personnel at the Foreign Ministry and the National Security Council and especially you, Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Zeev Tzuk-Tam who supervised very impressive international coordination. It is not simple to bring here so many elements, pilots, planes and materials from so many countries.

“Against the mighty forces of nature, countries worked together and the principle that has guided me and the government was – better over-ability than the risk of under-ability.

“During the events, I personally visited several centers of the fires and I already instructed that a team be established to learn lessons so that we will be even better prepared in the future. I am initiating the establishment of a multi-national force that will be coordinated not just for action in time of disaster, but also to acquire planes and allocate the acquisition of various types of planes so that we might thereby achieve multi-national effectiveness, and not just national effectiveness, in dealing with gigantic fires. I have spoken about this with several leaders from the region. I must say that they have shown great interest in the idea and we will advance it.”

Jewish Press Staff

Arrests Made as Israel Burns

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

A number of arrests have been made by security personnel as Israeli firefighters continued on Thursday to battle blazes raging across the center and north of the country, with communities in the south opening their doors to those who were forced to flee the flames.

“It’s likely that there is a nationalist motive in some of the arson cases,” Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh told reporters at a briefing in the northern city of Haifa on Thursday.

“We have a special integrated investigation team that is monitoring everything that is happening across the country,” he said. “I don’t want to get into questions regarding where [we suspect] arson and where we do not. If this is… arson, it could be nationalistically motivated. It’s certainly not just [simple] pyromania,” he emphasized. “And there have been arrests. But Alsheikh declined to share further details.

“There are some cases of arson, and lots of cases that are not arson,” he allowed, but revealed little else.

Four Arabs from the Palestinian Authority have been arrested so far on suspicion of having deliberately set the fires that continue to blaze across the Jerusalem Corridor.

Officials from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) said in a statement they are investigating the possibility that some of the fires are actually terrorist attacks.

Earlier in the day, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said in a statement that up to half of the fires raging across the nation were, in fact, caused by arson. High winds and dry weather, he said, meant that a spark as small as a cigarette butt could ignite a blazing forest fire.

In Haifa, a state of emergency was declared. Some 60,000 people were evacuated from their homes, at least 100 were sent to city hospitals suffering from smoke inhalation. More than a dozen neighborhoods were evacuated, local trains stopped running and the local airport was shut down.

Fires near the Paz Bridge, Haifa Bay and the city stadium were reported, with high winds and dry conditions helping the flames to spread.

Some 350 firefighters and Home Front Command rescue personnel working with 115 fire trucks battled dozens of blazes across the port city.

Southern Israeli communities have again swung into action — as they did during prior wars — and are asking families on a pre-arranged list to take in those who were forced to flee their homes.

In the northern Negev city of Arad, the S. family told JewishPress.com, “We’ve really got no room, since we moved into a smaller house since that last time, but we might take in a couple. We’ll probably put the kids in the living room; they’re still pretty small.”

Hesder yeshiva students from the Ohr Yeshu’a Yeshiva in the Neve Sha’anan neighborhood caught an Arab teen red-handed as he made kindling from cardboard boxes to start another fire, Rotter.net reported. The teen managed to escape, but the students were at least able to put out the fire.

Four road workers were arrested Wednesday in the mixed-population community of Nataf, near Jerusalem, for not properly extinguishing a fire they started in order to cook a meal. They were freed Thursday.

Hana Levi Julian

30 Arrested for Arms and Drug Trafficking

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Israel Police arrested 30 more suspects Tuesday in a sting operation involving an undercover agent who bought weapons and drugs over a six month period.

Among those arrested were 11 suspects from the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Silwan, Sur Bahir and Ras al-Amud, also known as Ma’ale Zeitim. Those arrested were both Jewish and Muslim, and were residents of Jerusalem, Beitar Illit and Ma’ale Adumim.

“The undercover agent worked … in dangerous operations, including buying M-16s, five Carl Gustav submachine guns, a pistol and eight stun grenades,” said Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld.

The suspects were accused of buying and selling arms as well as drug trafficking.

Earlier this week, a separate sting operation resulted in 37 arrests, also for arms and drug trafficking.

Hana Levi Julian

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