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Major Hamas Cell Nabbed, Plotted Shooting and Abduction

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Intelligence agents from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), IDF soldiers and Israeli Police officers recently joined forces in an massive operation to capture a seven-man Hamas terrorist cell, officials announced Thursday.

The terrorists were planning a complex attack that involved shooting and then abduction of a victim to be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations for the release of jailed terrorists.

According to the information cleared for release, the members of the cell, residents of Tzurif and Hebron, had set up observation posts to gather intelligence on IDF troop movements in the area around Tzurif.

The lead terrorist, a prisoner named Ibrahim Abdullah Ranimat, (born in 1958), has a long rap sheet for which he is already incarcerated and serving a sentence of life in prison.

Ranimat was responsible for the 1996 abduction and murder of IDF soldier Sharon Edri, and the 1997 bombing attack on a Tel Aviv cafe that killed three Israeli women. He also participated in two shooting and suicide bombing attacks that took the lives of three Israelis.

Nevertheless, Ranimat’s six co-conspirators managed to reach him and plot another deadly attack together with him — one that would have taken more Israeli lives, had it been carried out.

Two of those arrested were Ranimat’s sons, Fadi and Shadi Ranimat. A third conspirator who was arrested was Muhammad Ranimat, Ibrahim Abdullah’s son-in-law., who directed the operatives of the cell.

Conspirator number four was Haitham Hamidan, who hid the weapons for Ranimat’s family. The fifth member of the cell was J’ad Sultan, who was tasked with delivering the arms to the cell, and the sixth member was Rami Rajoub from the village of Dura. All were arrested.

Shin Bet agents, IDF soldiers and Israel Police officers uncovered during their investigation large quantities of weapons during the arrests. Included were two Kalashnikov rifles, three handguns, a hunting rifle, an M-16 military assault rifle, magazines and ammunition. All were confiscated by the security forces.

In the course of the investigation six additional Hamas terrorists were also arrested and indictments are expected to be issued shortly by the military prosecutor.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Citizen Arrested, Accused of Support for ISIS

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

by Andrew Friedman Shin Bet intelligence agents and Israel Police said Wednesday that an Israeli citizen, currently residing in the Arab city of Jaljulia, of providing support for ISIS (Da’esh) and planning to join the terrorist group.

The man, a minor at the time of his alleged offense, was detained after security officials received detailed information indicating he was planning to travel to Syria to join the terrorist group.

Investigators said the man had become increasingly religious recently, while also maintaining connections with ISIS fighters in Syria. The suspect told individuals in Syria that he wanted to join the Islamic State (ISIS) organization.

Investigators also searched for and uncovered illegal weapons in the suspect’s possession, including Uzi submachine guns and Glock semi-automatic pistols. He also photographed himself firing the weapons into the air. Investigators also found a large number of photographs allegedly proving his support for ISIS and his weapons business.

Last month, three residents of Taibe were arrested and confessed during interrogation that they supported ISIS, planned to go to Syria and had dug weapons-smuggling tunnels underneath the Israeli security fence that runs along areas of Judea and Samaria.

The Shin Bet said in a statement that the security service views support for ISIS by Israeli citizens who are still in the country, and those Israeli citizens who have managed to already reach Syria, as a serious security threat. The domestic intelligence agency said that all available means are being used to find [these individuals] and thwart the threat they pose, including charging them with terrorism and other security-related offenses.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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

Stone-Throwing Teen Terrorist Gets 9 Years in Jail

Monday, November 21st, 2016

A teen terrorist who murdered Alexander Levlovich in a stoning on the street of a Jerusalem neighborhood on Rosh HaShana last year has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

The decision was handed down after a plea deal was reached three weeks ago with the State Attorney’s Office, against the wishes of the victim’s family.

The murderer agreed to admit to the charges and serve his jail term in exchange for testimony against the other three perpetrators involved in the attack.

All four Arab attackers were indicted on charges of manslaughter, aggravated battery, endangering human life on the road, obstruction of justice by a police officer in the line of duty, arson and weapons manufacturing. Two were also accused of throwing firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and stoning security forces during riots in 2014.

The four attackers hurled the rocks at Levlovich’s vehicle as he drove home with his family from a holiday dinner, attacking the Israelis in “retaliation and in solidarity” following clashes on the Temple Mount, according to the indictment.

According to the statement by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), it was Abed Dawiat who hurled the stone that smashed Levlovich’s windshield, destroying his ability to control the vehicle and sending the car hurtling into a utility pole.

Earlier that year, four-year-old Adele Biton succumbed to the massive injuries she suffered months earlier when she and her family came under a stoning attack by Arab terrorists as they drove in a car on a road in Samaria.

Little Adele’s mother and sisters were also injured, but it was the smallest child who fought a lion-sized 18-months-long battle along with her doctors for life.

One of Adele Biton’s murderers was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the crime of murder by stoning.

There have been others.

Asher Palmer, 24, was the son of American immigrants to Israel when he and his baby son Yonatan were murdered in a September 2011 stoning near Kiryat Arba, by Arabs from the Palestinian Authority in Judea. Both of their murderers proudly confessed to their role when they were captured and charged with the attack.

That same month alone, 498 incidents of stoning attacks were recorded by the IDF.

It’s important to know that the leadership of the Palestinian Authority to this day glorifies those who maim and murder Jews and Israelis.

The PA government especially honors those who succeed in terrorist attacks against citizens of the Jewish State, and pays monthly salaries to those who are convicted and jailed in Israel on charges of terrorism. The longer the sentence, the higher the salaries, which are supported — perhaps inadvertently — by the international community via foreign aid to the coffers of the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Financial aid to the Palestinian Authority and to the Palestine Liberation Organization, via the United Nations, Russia, the European Union or the United States — the much-vaunted “Quartet of Nations” — or anyone else, for that matter, has translated into terrorist attacks against Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu: I’m Motivated Only By Security Concerns

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rejected calls by Opposition Leaders Sunday to investigate Israel’s purchase of three combat submarines from Germany, following a report by Hebrew-language Channel 10 last week that the purchase was made over the objections of then-Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. Channel 10 noted that Netanyahu’s confident and personal attorney, David Shimron, had financial interests vested in the company that sold the submarines, insinuating that Netanyahu’s push for the deal was motivated by a desire to help Shimron, rather than by Israel’s legitimate defense needs.

The issue has created a political storm in Israel over the past week.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu denied the charges outright, and rejected calls by opposition members for a State Commission Of Inquiry over the matter.

“I am guided by only one principle: Israel’s legitimate defense needs. That Israel will be able to defend itself by itself against any enemy in any realm,” Netanyahu told cabinet ministers. “These are strategic weapons that ensure the future of Israel…Strengthening of Israel’s [military] strength is the only thing I considered when purchasing the submarines.

Yesh Atid Head Yair Lapid and Labor Party MK Erel Margalit called for a formal Commission of Inquiry over the issue, but former defense establishment officials now involved in politics suggested that reportage of the incident was likely flawed.

“I’ve got to say, from all the information that’s running around the media, I’m sorry to say there is a severe lack of actual information,” said MK Avi Dichter (Likud) a former head of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and current Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. He told Israel Radio it was “inconceivable” that a multi-billion dollar deal could be accomplished without the full agreement of the military, the National Security Council and the Defense Ministry.

He added that his recollection of the deliberations was that the arguments for and against the sale were presented professionally and transparently.

Former IDF Director of Military Intelligence Amos Yadlin added that the purchase of new military hardware is an issue that requires years of forethought.

“You have to think about how many submarines we need, how many we have, when we’ll need to upgrade them,” Yadlin told Army Radio. “[You consider the issue in] light of the defense budget. ‘Do we invest in submarines (which typically have a useful life of approximately 30 years) at the expense of other branches of the armed forces? It’s a question of how you build your strength.

Yadlin stopped short of calling for a commission of inquiry, but he added that it is important that the public view the administration of the defense establishment as clean, and not tainted by even the appearance of corruption.

“There are many questions, and [the issue has ]been in the public eye, so it would be correct to investigate. That way, if there is no truth to the rumors, it would dispel the public’s suspicion that something is afoul. And if mistakes were made, they should be investigated and fixed,” Yadlin said.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Jerusalem Arab Indicted in Terrorist Plot, Facebook Incitement

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

A Jerusalem Arab was indicted Thursday on charges of plotting a major terrorist attack in the capital city.

Muhammad Abbasi, 25, was charged as an accomplice to a planned terror attack in Jerusalem. He was indicted in Jerusalem District Court, according to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), which said he was arrested three weeks ago. Abbasi is also accused of destroying evidence, obstructing justice, supporting a terrorist organization, causing grievous bodily harm, manufacture and possession of weapons, attempted assault of police and rioting.

Shin Bet domestic intelligence agents said they discovered during their investigation that Abbasi, a Hamas operative, intended to attack Israeli security forces and civilians in eastern Jerusalem, and that he purchased firearms for the purpose. He was allegedly involved in a number of firebombing attacks in addition to having lit and thrown fireworks and stones and security forces and Israeli motorists.

The investigation also allegedly revealed that Abbasi tried to find out how to manufacture pipe bombs, although he had not actively tried to make them himself.

According to the indictment documents, Abbasi was employed by a Jerusalem bakery during 2016. In July of this year, the bakery owner plotted together with Ramzi Alouk, a former prisoner associated with Hamas who lived in Gaza, to attack Jews in Jerusalem. Abbasi told the bakery owner that he wanted to participate in the terrorist activity, and asked to communicate with Alouk, saying he wanted to participate in military operations against Israel.

The owner of the bakery was arrested by Israeli security officials this past September, and his remand was extended. After Abbasi heard about the arrest he allegedly decided to act to prevent security officials from obtaining criminal evidence against the bakery owner. According to the indictment, Abbasi purchased a new hard disk and installed it in his computer, and then broke the original hard disk and threw it away in the garbage. The indictment states this act constitutes “conspiracy to perform terrorist activity inside Israel, with intent to prevent or to thwart a legal procedure.”

From July 2015 until his arrest, Abbasi posted on his Facebook page calls for acts of violence and terrorism against Israeli civilians and security forces. He also posted words of praise, encouragement, and empathy for such acts, and for terrorists. In addition, Abbasi praised and demonstrated support for the Hamas terrorist organization and its military wing, the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades force.

On the day a suicide bomber attacked the Number 12 bus in Jerusalem, wounding a number of Israeli civilians, Abbasi uploaded a photo of the burned hulk of the bus, with the caption, “We bless the brave attacker… You have gladdened our hearts … Allah be blessed.”

On the day of the lethal shooting attack in the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, in which numerous Israeli civilians were killed and wounded, Abbasi wrote in his post: “3 bodies and 5 injured in Tel Aviv shooting attack … Allah bless those hands … Allah give them life … They broke their fast on something worthwhile … Palestine is proud of these men.”

During Operation Protective Edge in 2014, Israel’s war with Hamas, Abbasi participated with masked men in disturbances in the [Jerusalem] Ras El Amud (also known as Ma’alei Zeitim) neighborhood, hurling stones and fireworks at police forces at the scene. During the same period he manufactured firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and threw them at military and police vehicles.

According to the Shin Bet, “The arrest of Abbasi, who as a Jerusalem resident has had access to the entire city, prevented a serious terror attack from taking place in Jerusalem.

“His arrest and the findings of the investigation demonstrate once again the severity of the threat from lone attackers who are influenced by the incitement of terrorist organizations on the internet – in particular, by Hamas – and they themselves incite others to then perform attacks.”

Hana Levi Julian

Two Jerusalem Arabs Arrested, Charged With Plotting Attack

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and Jerusalem Police announced Thursday that two residents of Ras al-Amud, a neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem, were arrested on September 14 on suspicion of planning a terror attack.

The men, 25-year-old Mohammad Abassi and Mohammad Musa, tried to purchase guns in recent months in order to shoot Israeli civilians and security personnel. In a statement, Shin Bet also said Abassi’s Facebook profile includes posts in support of Hamas, and also has a history of involvement in stone and Molotov cocktail attacks. Investigators also said Abassi tried to learn how to make pipe bombs, although he never tried to create one.

Abassi’s Facebook page also allegedly features incitement to terrorism, including support for the  terrorist who killed four people at Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market last June, as well as the person who exploded himself on the number 12 bus in Jerusalem last April. He has been charged with making contact with a terror organization, intent to kill, creating and carrying weapons, rioting and attempting to attack security officers.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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