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Posts Tagged ‘Israeli Arabs’

7 Israeli Arabs Accused of Forming ISIS Cell to Strike Police, IDF

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Cleared for release: A group of seven Israeli Arab citizens have been arrested in connection with formation of an ISIS terror cell. Details of the arrests, carried out in August, were under gag order until the suspects were indicted in Nazareth district court Thursday morning.

The names of two of the members of the cell remain under wraps, pending release by security officials.

The members of the group are all residents of the Lower Galilee and all but one were caught in a joint sting operation carried out by Israel Police together with the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet). The seventh is already serving time.

They are accused of possessing weapons and undergoing training to attack Israeli police and IDF military targets.

ISIS terror cell "in formation" allegedly used weapons procured in Nazareth to train for attacks.

One of the suspects has been incarcerated in an Israeli prison since 2009, serving a life sentence for involvement in a 2009 murder. He was involved in the organization and plotting of targets.

“Exposing the terror cell’s plans in advance and preventing murderous attacks by its members, points to the growing threat of the exodus of the members to jihad fighting areas throughout the world,” the Shin Bet said in a statement.

The confessed to membership in the “Salfiyeh Jihad terrorist group, and said they were tasked with setting up a terror network in Israel for the Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization, with the stated intent to carry out attacks.

Mohammad Ihab Mahmad Sharif, 22; Mahmad Hamad MahMad Jiza’ala, 23; and Ahmad Omar Mahmad Mahajna, 19, all residents of the village of Yafiyeh, were taken into custody in August.

Two others, residents of Nazareth were also arrested in connection with the cell: Ahmad Ali Halil Ahmad, 26, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Yafim Weinstein in 2009, was arrested in his cell. His 55-year-old father, Ali Halil Salim Ahmad, 55 (Ahmad’s father), was arrested in their hometown of Nazareth. Both are accused of providing the weapons to the group of young men from Yafiyeh.

The suspects admitted under Shin Bet questioning to possession of weapons, and in November 2014 maintained contact via the Internet with those who are currently fighting in the ranks of ISIS in Syria, among other charges.

They also confessed to planning an attack on an IDF base near Migdal HaEmek, and to numerous surveillance operations in order to study the target in detail prior to an attack.

The cell gathered intelligence on another target – a police car that patrolled the town of Migdal HaEmek.

Targets for firebomb attacks included police stations in Migdal HaEmek and Nazareth.

In addition, the cell plotted attacks on a number of business establishments in Nazareth which sell alcohol. The attacks were aimed at damaging the businesses but without inflicting casualties, according to court papers. (It is forbidden to drink alcohol under Islamic law.)

Further details about the suspects and their planned operations remain under gag order at this time, according to court papers. The order has been extended to Oct. 18. The suspects are charged with possession of weapons, contact with a foreign agent, membership and involvement in an outlawed organization and other security offenses.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Flags Banned from Jewish-Arab Soccer Game

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Police have ordered that no flags, including those of the State of Israel, will be allowed at a soccer match between Beitar Jerusalem and the team from the Galilee city of Sahknin next week.

Fans of Beitar have a reputation for being rowdy and racist, and sometimes violent.

Police said no “non-sport” objects, including flags, will be allowed into the stadium in Sahknin, where fans will undergo a strict inspection before entering.

Approximately 600 policemen will be deployed, in addition to 100 guards, to prevent disorder.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Six Jerusalem Arab Teens Arrested for Sexual Attack on Tourist

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Jerusalem police have arrested six Arabs from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tur on suspicion of sexually attacking a Polish tourist and then photographing her.

The teenagers were only 12-14 years old, and one of the youth admitted to sexually attacking the woman, described as being in her 40s.

Police brought the gang was brought to a Jerusalem court Monday night, after the conclusion of the first day of Sukkot, to keep the minors under arrest.

Jewish Press News Briefs

4 Arab Teens Arrested in Jerusalem Terror Rock Attack on Rosh Hashana

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced Saturday night that four Israeli Arab minors have been arrested in connection with the Rosh Hashana terror attack that killed Jerusalemite Alexander Levlovitz.

The four Arab teens are accused of hurling rocks at Levlovitz’s car as he drove in the Arnona neighborhood in southern Jerusalem, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

Levlovitz was mortally injured as the car crashed into a light pole, and died shortly thereafter at a hospital in Jerusalem. His wife and daughter were less seriously injured in the crash.

After intensive intelligence gathering, the investigation by the Shin Bet led to the arrest of the following four Israeli Arab teens:

Muhamad Salah Muhamad, age 18 Walid Faras Mustafa, age 18 Abed Muchamad Abed Rabu Daviat, 19

An additional suspect is a minor and his name may not be released due to his age.

Hana Levi Julian

Bennett: Israeli-Arab Children to Start Learning Hebrew in Kindergarten

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Education Minister Naftali Bennett announced that in the coming year, Israeli-Arab students will begin learning to speak Hebrew in kindergarten, and will be required to learn Hebrew until the 12th grade.

Bennett says the move will help narrow the social gap between Arabs and Jews.

In May, MK Oren Hazan (Likud) proposed that Jewish students be required to learn Arabic, starting in first grade.

Jewish Press News Briefs

President Rivlin Tells Arab Media Ramadan Based on ‘Compassion’

Monday, July 6th, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin hosted Arab media at his official residence Sunday night to break the daily fast in the Muslim month of Ramadan, which he said “is based on the values of compassion, mercy, and grace.”

President Rivlin added:

Unfortunately, there are those who seek to exploit the sanctity of Ramadan, and distort its meaning in favor of criminal and murderous terrorism.

I join in the concern of those countries around us, about the increase in terrorism, and I send my condolences to the President of Egypt, and the Egyptian people, following the horrific terrorist attacks in the Sinai.

In the face of these bloody events, we have the duty, all the children of Abraham, to condemn strongly, loud and clear, these atrocities committed ‘in the name of God’, or ‘in the name of Islam’.

He declined to specifically remind his guests of last week’s Palestinian Authority terrorist attack that killed Malachi  Rosenfeld and wounded two others . He only referred to it vaguely while balancing the murder with Jewish “price tag” attacks of vandalism, by stating:

These have not been easy weeks for anyone who loves this country; for those who believe we have the ability and the duty – as Arabs and Jews – to live together. At this time, in the face of those on both sides who seek to fan the flames, we cannot and must not remain silent.

He finally made one explicit reference to Palestinian Authority terror, saying that the Abbas regime “has  a responsibility to act decisively against terrorists seeking to sabotage our daily lives here.”

The President reminded the Arab media that while Muslims were breaking the fast, Jews also were ending their fast of the 17th of Tammuz, which was postponed until Sunday because of the Sabbath.

President Rivlin also said he is working with the Netanyahu administration on the issues of “distress and pain of the Israeli Arab society” and “violence in the Arab community, shortages in housing and employment.”

“The citizenship of the Arab residents of the State of Israel is not a goodwill gesture, President Rivlin said. ” It is the citizenship of individuals and of a society which is part and parcel of this land; this land is their homeland, the State of Israel is their home.”

Wouldn’t  it be nice if Arab Knesset Members would agree?

Jewish Press Staff

General Strike in Kafr Kana

Monday, April 13th, 2015

A general strike was declared this morning in the Arab-Israeli town of Kafr Kana after the illegally constructed home of a resident of the town was demolished.

Six residents, including Kafr Kana municipal council mayor Mujahad Awadeh, were lightly wounded in ensuing clashes in which police used tear gas, stun grenades and rubber coated bullets to disperse the demonstrators.

The resident, Tarek Khatib, vowed to rebuild his home, which he claimed to have built on land he had inherited.

During a visit to the town, Israeli Arab MK Basel Gattas of the United Arab List called for the building’s reconstruction, explaining that a year ago, he had sought to resolve the problem with the regional council, to no avail. “This is the result of the stubbornness and inflexibility of the regional council,” he said.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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