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December 21, 2014 / 29 Kislev, 5775
 
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Netanyahu: Cancel Citizenship of ‘Those Who Call to Destroy Israel’

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared Saturday night that he “will instruct the Interior Minister to evaluate revoking the citizenship of those who call for the destruction of the State of Israel.”

The Prime Minister did not specifically relate to the riots in the northern Israel city of Kfar Kanna on Saturday following the Friday night police action that killed an Arab terrorist whom officers tried to arrest.

Arabs in the city claimed that the terrorist was shot in cold blood.

“Israel is a nation of law. We will not tolerate disturbances and rioting,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu. “We will act against those who throw stones, block roads and call for the establishment of a Palestinian state in place of the State of Israel.

Whoever does not honor Israeli law will be punished with utmost severity.”

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who previously has called on all Israeli citizens to sign a loyalty oath, specifically backed the Public Security Minister Yitzhack Aharonovich, who is responsible for the police.

Netanyahu is sounding more like Avigdor Lieberman every day, perhaps another sign that elections are not so far away.

Arab Revolt in Pictures – from the Northern Israel to Jerusalem

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Arabs with Israeli citizenship called for a “third intifada” on Saturday in protests in Haifa and trendy neighborhood in Jerusalem and riots in the Galilee in northern Israel, in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria.

The radical Islamic Movement, whose northern branch is headquartered in Umm el-Fahm in the Lower Galilee, called settlers “dogs” and hailed the Arab terrorist who was killed by police Friday night a “martyr.”

Rock -throwing spread from the usual hotspots in Judea and Samaria to a major highway north of central Israel. Two Egged bus passengers suffered light wounds when rocks were thrown as the bus passed the police station near the Iron Junction, east of Hadera.

A three-year-old child was one of several Jews lightly injured by rock-throwing terrorists near the community of Shilo in Samaria.

Rioters in Jerusalem caused light damage to the light rail system, used by Arabs and Jews.

In the up-scale German Colony neighborhood in Jerusalem, 100 members of the left-wing Hadash party staged a protest blaming the Netanyahu government for the escalation of violence in eastern Jerusalem.

Border Police clashed with rioters in the Muslim Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem and in eastern Jerusalem.

Arabs with sledgehammers break the security wall between Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Arabs with sledgehammers break the security wall between Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Arabs create opening for terrorists to walk the security wall between Ramallah and Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Arabs look out from the opening for terrorists to walk the security wall between Ramallah and Jerusalem and Ramallah.

 

Arab youth shoot fireworks during clashes with Border Police in Shuafat in Jerusalem.

Arab youth shoot fireworks during clashes with Border Police in Shuafat in Jerusalem.

Arab youth throw rocks at Border Police at the entrance to Kfar Kanna in the Galilee, in northern Israel.

Arab youth throw rocks at Border Police at the entrance to Kfar Kanna in the Galilee, in northern Israel.

Intifada Spills into Northern Israel after Police Kill Attacker

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Arab rage spilled over into the Galilee in Northern Israel Saturday, one day after police killed an armed Arab who attacked their vehicle but who is shown in a video running away from police when an officer shot him in the back and killed him.

The mayor of the city accused police of “murder in cold blood,” but the police said their officers were in a life-threatening situation because the attacker was armed with a knife. He was identified as 22-year-old Kheir Hamdan

Former and current Knesset Members as well as current Arab MKs joined thousands of protesters Saturday afternoon in a protest that turned into a full-scale riot, complete with rock-throwing and firebombs aimed at police as well as burning tires in the streets.

MK Ahmed Tibi demanded the arrest of the police officer who shot and killed Hamdan.

The police version of the incident is that Hamdan tried to stab officer when they attempted to arrest him at his house for allegedly having thrown a stun grenade. Police official said that officers fired warning shots in the air and then shot and killed him when he ignored the warning.

The video, as seen below and probably edited, only shows that Hamdan banged on a police vehicle and then ran away when officers got out of their vehicle and shot him in the back as he fled.

The Justice Ministry said it will investigate police behavior.

Even if the video turns out to be a “Pallywood” edit of an obvious life-threatening attack on police, history has shown that rioters will believe what they want to believe.

This does not automatically acquit the police, whose behavior in protests has often proved to be totally unprofessional.

Kfar Kanna was quiet Saturday night as Hamdan’s funeral took place, but more violence is expected later in the night or tomorrow.

Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett commented, “A crazed and Arab terrorist, armed with a knife, attempted to murder police officers who were in their vehicle. The reaction of the police was exactly what should be expected by security officers. It is necessary to investigate, but this was not a cold-blooded murder, and there is no room to abandon police officers who are deployed to defend us.

“If we do not support them, we will see more and more murders with knives, firecrackers and hit-and-run terrorists.”

POLL RESULTS: Jerusalem Riots and the Temple Mount Status Quo

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Makor Rishon ran a fascinating poll this week, asking Israelis for their opinions on the current status quo on the Temple Mount, as well as who is responsible for the recent violence in Jerusalem.

1) Do you know what the status quo currently is on the Temple Mount?

Know: 61%
Don’t know: 22%
Might know, but not sure: 17%

2) Do you support removing the restrictions on Jews on the Temple Mount?

Against removing restrictions: 34%
Support removing restrictions: 37%
Don’t Know: 29%

3) If an arrangement were set up on the Temple Mount like it is in the Tomb of the Patriarchs, such that there is separation between Jews and Muslims, would this calm the situation?

It would create more conflict: 37%
It would calm things down: 40%
Don’t know: 23%

4) In your opinion, who is primarily to blame for disturbances over the past few months in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount?

Arabs: 55%
Jews: 19%
Police: 10%
Don’t know: 22%

4a) Same question, results broken up by sector:

Secular:

Arabs: 60%
Jews: 28%
Police: 12%

Hareidi:

Arabs: 80%
Jews: 5%
Police: 15%

Religious:

Arabs: 71%
Jews: 2%
Police: 27%

Arab:

Arabs: 5%
Jews: 65%
Police: 30%

 

The poll was held by telephone on the 4th and 5th of November. 501 people answered above the age of 18.

An Iron Dome for Every Israeli

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The installation of concrete barriers by every train platform yesterday should be a kick in the pants for the Prime Minister, the Security Minister, and just about every other elected official we have.

Iron Dome, that technical miracle, was a failure.

It was a failure because we needed to use it.

It meant that Israel no longer maintained a sufficiently high level of deterrence with out enemies, and as such, they decided they could shoot freely at us, and even as of this week, continue to do so.

It was a failure because as a result of having it, we no longer felt the need to fight to win.

It was a failure because as a result of having it, the world blamed us when we defended ourselves, because,in their eyes, not enough Jews were killed to justify our response.

Now we have “Concrete Box”, a concrete barrier to prevent Arabs from running over Jews at Jerusalem train platforms, because the Arabs in Jerusalem no longer feel deterred from committing terror attacks. Their sick society praises their terrorists, glorifies them, encourages them, and Israel… Israel puts up concrete barriers.

Israel has the means to end this anarchy.

And I don’t mean by shooting down all the Arabs, as some of you are thinking, and perhaps even wishing.

I’m talking about minimum required jail sentences in solitary confinement for the stone throwers and fireworks shooters.

I’m talking about real zero tolerance policies for stone throwers.

I’m talking about massive numbers of Yassam police troops walking through the streets of Jerusalem, including Shuafat, Beit Hanina, Assawiya, A-Tor, and everywhere else the Arabs have brought their anarchy into, and using overwhelming force to quell these rioters when they dare raise their head.

Where’s the Skunk? Where’s the Screamer. They need to be deployed immediately.

Israel knows who many of the Hamas members are in Jerusalem. Send them and their families to their friends in Gaza.

And the Temple Mount must be absolutely closed. Not for some people. Not for everyone under 50. Not for for everyone, except Waqf officials.

Closed. Period. Everyone. No human beings allowed. No Waqf officials. No one.

If Jews can’t go and pray on our holiest site, then certainly no Arab terrorist should be allowed up there to desecrate it under the Waqf’s watchful eyes.

Israel has the legal means to restore deterrence and calm in Jerusalem.

Does the government have the will?

Israel’s President Rivlin Makes History at Kafr Kassem Massacre Memorial

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

President Reuven Rivlin made history Sunday (Oct. 26) by being the first sitting Israeli president to participate in the annual memorial ceremony at Kafr Kassem that marksg the deaths of 48 residents of the village.

During his visit Rivlin met with the mayor and officials of the village, who said they had waited 58 years for such a senior Israeli leader to attend the ceremony and speak against the conduct of Israel’s security personnel during what was then called Operation Kadish.

Known as the Kafr Kassem Massacre, the October 29, 1956 event was one of the most complex and difficult in Jewish-Arab relations in the history of the State of Israel, and the source of the expression, ‘the black flag.’

Because the country was at that time on a wartime footing, an order went out on that day at 3:30 pm placing all Arab villages near the Jordanian border on curfew from 5 pm to 6 am. However, most of the Arabs from the villages who were working out of town were unavailable and could not be notified – there were no cell phones, or any phones in most Israeli homes – in those days.

The Israeli commanding officer received orders to take all precautions to ensure quiet on the Jordanian border, and he then reportedly ordered his commanders to “shoot on sight” any villager violating the curfew. No one was to be allowed to leave their home, or enter the village from any direction. The mayor of the village was advised of the curfew and he asked what would happen to those working outside. He was told they would be taken care of. Word was sent and most returned immediately. Some did not make it back in time.

Of the 48 people in the village, six were women (one was pregnant, leading Arab sources to make the count 49) and 23 were children ages eight to 17. More were wounded but their families were not allowed to come out to help them until the next morning after 6 am, when they were taken to hospitals in trucks.

Eleven border police officers and soldiers involved in the operation were charged with murder; eight were convicted and sentenced to prison terms. Judge Benjamin Halevy wrote in his decision, which is still quoted today, that “The distinguishing mark of a manifestly illegal order is that above such an order should fly, like a black flag, a warning saying: ‘Prohibited!’”

On November 20, 1957, a “sulha” (traditional Bedouin reconciliation ceremony) was held in memory of the victims of the Kafr Kassem massacre between Israeli government and community leaders, and members of the leadership of neighboring Arab villages. Reparations were made to the families of the victims.

In December 2007, then-President Shimon Peres formally apologized for the massacre, but until today, no president ever participated in the annual memorial ceremony commemorating the victims at the village.

“Distinguished guests, I came here today as a member of the Jewish people and as a President of the State of Israel to stand before you, the victims’ families and the injured, to remember the pain together with you,” Rivlin said.

“The existence of this terrible black flag that implemented the killing of innocent people was criminally ignored. The Supreme Court has spoken clearly and gave expression to legally verify the State of Israel’s moral consciousness,” he added. “It is our duty to teach future generations this difficult episode.

“Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, but it will also forever be the home of the Arab population. They are not a fringe group – it is a population which is part and parcel of this land, a population with a cohesive national identity and a shared culture that will always be a fundamental component of Israel.

Israel, Like Many Other Western Countries, Has A Homegrown Jihadi Problem

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

The phenomenon of Western Muslim citizens traveling from their home countries in the West to fight for ISIS in Syria and Iraq has been widely reported on. Israel is now seeing this phenomenon with its citizens, as there are over 30 Israeli Arab citizens having joined ISIS according to Israeli intelligence estimates.

Some of these jihadists have begun to make the local Israeli news. Recently a doctor who was interning in Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, named as Alkia’an Othman, was reported to have died while fighting for ISIS in August. Othman was from the small Negev town of Hura, located ten kilometers north of Be’er Sheva.

Earlier this month, Ahmed Habashi, a 24 year old from Iksal, was killed in Iraq fighting for ISIS. Reports say he went to Syria with Rabiya Shahade, from Nazareth; Shahade is now known in jihadi circles as “the Butcher from Palestine”. Both traveled with two other friends intending to join ISIS; they had told their families and friends they were going to Turkey for vacation over Eid-al-Adha, but were smuggled into Syria to join the fighting by jihadists upon their arrival in Antalya, a Turkish resort town.

In addition, Ahmad Shurbaji, 23 years old and from Umm-al-Fahm, was arrested in late September upon returning to Israel from Syria, where he had been trained by ISIS and fought against the Syrian Army. Another Israeli Arab was arrested by Syrian government intelligence services trying to join ISIS there.

ISIS materials, including flags and other paraphernalia, have been found in Nazareth and Umm-al-Fahm as well.

The General Security Services (Shabak) of the State of Israel believes that more Israeli Muslims are preparing to join ISIS.

Minister of Tourism Uzi Landau wrote a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week calling for Israelis who join ISIS to have their citizenship revoked. “These are people who live in Israel as citizens of the state, and as such they enjoy a long list of privileges and may have access to a lot of sensitive information. It is only a matter of time before these people become a lethal threat to us.”

The traffic between Israel and ISIS has not been one way. One of the terrorists killed by the IDF during Operation Protective Edge was Saudi-born Sultan Farhan Rajah Harbi. Harbi had fought in Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Syria previously. There were also two ISIS-affiliated terrorists, Osama Hasoumi and Mohammed Fatsih, killed in June by an IDF airstrike in Gaza.

While 30 Israeli Arabs leaving to fight ISIS may seem like a high number, other Western nations have much higher numbers of citizens who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight on ISIS’ behalf. According to EU Counterterrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove, there were over 3,000 Europeans fighting in ISIS as of a month ago – and they come from France, Britain, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Austria. Fundamentalist Muslims from all over the world are flocking to join the nascent Islamic State, and Israel continues its efforts to combat the terror and aims of those who wish to create a global caliphate.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-like-many-other-western-countries-has-a-homegrown-jihadi-problem/2014/10/19/

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