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September 23, 2014 / 28 Elul, 5774
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False Arrest for Highlighters

Friday, July 4th, 2014

A boy from Tapuach was arrested overnight when Taibe police driving by noticed him waiting at a bus stop at Tzomet Kessem and looking suspicious to them, because he looked like a “hilltop youth”.

They asked what he was doing at the hitchhiking station (“going home”), and if he was planning on writing “Tag Machir” – Price Tag somewhere (“no”).

They demanded to see the contents of his bag (he complied).

The police found three highlighters in his bag and arrested him, as they decided he was his thinking about writing “Tag Machir” somewhere (with yellow highlighters!).

The boy explained that the highlighters are for highlighting words in his notebook.

The boy was taken to the Taibe police station.

In the morning, the very overworked Jewish civil rights lawyer Itamar Ben-Gvir arrived, threatened the police with a civil lawsuit for false arrest (and hopefully idiocy), and the police released the boy with no charges.

Police Stop Palestinian Authority Prime Minister for Speeding

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Israeli soldiers stopped a speeding car north of Ramallah Tuesday, and it turned out to be a vehicle driving Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Razi Hamdallah, who immediately turned the incident into a nasty political fight.

He reportedly called one soldier a “dog” and scorned him for standing in “occupied territory.”

His car and convoy had been stopped for crossing the solid white line and for other violations resulting from reckless driving  on Highway 60, the major artery connecting Jerusalem, Ofra , Beit El and other northern Jewish communities. It also bypasses Ramallah, which is connected with Highway by an “Arab only” road.

The IDF called the police to handle the situation, and then it was realized that the car was part of an official PA convoy, which usually travels with an Israeli police escort. The convoy and the IDF eventually parted company after a stalemate following Hamdallah’s demand for an apology and the IDF’s refusal.

The way the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency reported the incident, “a group of settlers escorted by Israeli soldiers” stopped Hamdallah’s car and convoy, and Hamdallah alleged that the soldiers planned to assault him,

How he knew their plans is not known, but if the Palestinian Authority is smart, it will see the arrest as a divine sign that Mahmoud Abbas indeed is speeding too fast, politically, for his own good.

Police Detain 14 Yeshiva Students for Anti-Arab Mischief

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Israeli police has arrested over the past few weeks a total of 14 students from various yeshivot around Israel on suspicion of organizing to carry out “Tag Mechir” (price tag) actions against East Jerusalem Arabs.

The boys, ages 13 to 16, are suspected of carrying out violent actions in the Sheich jarach neighborhood and the Bar Lev Road area, out of hatred for Arabs and as revenge for Arab attacks against Jews.

The investigation was started following the arrest of two boys last week, for causing damage to Arab vehicles in the neighborhood. After their interrogation, the rest of the group members were arrested.

According to police, the suspects admitted during their interrogation that over the past few months they had attacked, on several occasions, in at least 20 locations, Arab motorists driving along Bar Lev Road in the city, threw stones at Arab buses, set fire to one Arab-owned vehicle in the neighborhood, and punctured the tires of Arab owned cars.

The boys also told their interrogators that they used to post observers in various streets, prior to the attacks, in order to identify Arab pedestrians or vehicles. As soon as their target would stop at a red light, they would signal their comrades to open the car door, spit on the passengers and hit them.

All 14 boys were arrested by the Central Jerusalem Police. Four have been released on a high bail and must stay under house arrest, and the Magistrate Court remanded the rest to jail until Thursday. Police are expecting additional arrests.

Hanenu Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir (white yarmulke) with clients (not in current case). Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Hanenu Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir (white yarmulke) with clients (not in current case). Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Shortly after the police public announcement, Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir, of Hanenu, told the website Srugim that the entire saga will become a source of great embarrassment to police. He said that one of the boys who were released today was supposedly the main suspect.

The Police argued in court that all the suspect should be remanded, since the investigation is bound to take a significant period of time. But attorney argued that this is the very reason why his clients, who are all minors, should be released so as not to spend an unreasonable amount of time behind bars before their trial. The judge bought his argument regarding 4 out of the 14.

Attorney Ben Gvir said he will argue that the lengthy arrest and interrogation period, in the case of minors, invalidates their admissions. He said police will have to explain to the court why they had to conduct late night interrogations, why they did not update the suspects’ attorneys, and why they resorted to the tactic of telling one suspect that his friend had already turned on him, which may constitute a violation of the civil rights of a minor.

Temple Mount Closure And EU Boycott

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

On Tisha B’Av Prime Minister Netanyahu dramatically declared that Israel would not allow foreigners to interfere with our borders. This may have sounded like good news to local ears, but on the very same day the prime minister contradicted his own policy.

On the morning of Tisha B’Av, hundreds of Jews, among them three Knesset members, attempted to enter the Temple Mount – but were denied access. The next day Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin made a second attempt to enter the Mount but was turned away. When MK Yariv Levin asked about this fiasco in the Knesset plenum, Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich answered, as usual, that there is no policy change regarding the Mount and that anyone who wishes to enter can do so. He said that Jewish visitors enter the Mount every day with no problem and that the closure of the Mount to visitors (including Knesset members) was the security decision of the local commander.

Aharonovich knowingly lied to the Knesset. Everyone involved with the Temple Mount issue knows that since Netanyahu acquiesced to the demands of the Muslim wakf and denied me access to the Temple Mount, police control of the holy site has rapidly deteriorated. The Temple Mount has become a staging ground for a vicious struggle, with cries of “kill the Jews!” becoming routine there. Jews are consistently distanced from the Mount and Israel’s police project unprecedented spinelessness, fear and defeatism in the face of the burgeoning brazenness of the Muslim wakf.

Israeli police have all the means at their disposal – if they choose to use it – to disperse the Arab rioters within minutes and to make it possible for the Jews to visit their holiest site. But, as it is wont to do, Israel’s police adopted the role of security fig leaf for the prime minister, who is giving the holy Mount’s sovereignty to Jordan and the Muslim wakf – while talking mightily about not allowing foreigners to interfere in Israel’s sovereignty.

Aharonovich claimed that the Mount was closed, due to security considerations, as per the decision of the local commander. But there is a truly reliable side to this story contrary to his version of events. Here is the relevant part of the Jordan News Agency’s July 16 report from Ramallah:

Israeli Police Prevent Jewish Extremists From Entering Al-Aqsa Compound Due To Demand By Jordan

Following the pressure exerted by [the] Jordanian government on the Israeli authorities, the Israeli police on Tuesday closed the Mughrabi Gate, one of Al-Aqsa Mosque’s doors, and prevented Jewish extremists from entering it.

Director of the Islamic Waqf in occupied Jerusalem, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, told Petra [News] that the Israeli police closed the gate and prevented extremists and foreign tourists from entering Al-Aqsa compound today, “the anniversary of the destruction of the Temple,” after Jordanian pressure and intervention by the Department of Islamic Waqf and [the] Jordanian ambassador in Tel Aviv, Walid Obeidat.

He confirmed that the ban came as a result of the intensive communications undertaken by Jordan to prevent the desecration of Al-Aqsa during the holy month of Ramadan. Al-Khatib praised the vital Jordanian role in protecting Jerusalem and the holy sites.

This report, verified by additional sources, is nothing new. The prime minister has used the police, the attorney general’s office and the courts before in his quest to implement a political decision when wanting to cede sovereignty on the Temple Mount to the Muslims. And he’s done this without the Knesset’s authorization. This is how issues surrounding the Temple Mount have been disposed of since it was liberated. Netanyahu has simply expanded the practice.

The capitulation on the Temple Mount leads to the construction halt in Jerusalem. In other words, the organs close to the heart become infected with the same illness: the loss of sovereignty syndrome. In this manner, our existential legitimacy in the entire land is crumbling before our eyes.

What do we expect of the European Union? After all, for 46 years we have been saying that the land of Israel is theirs – not ours. We hurried to give the heart of Jerusalem and the nation, the Temple Mount, to the Muslim wakf. We refused to declare Israel’s sovereignty in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. We recognized another, conveniently invented “nation” as indigenous to the land, recognized its terrorist liberation movement, and armed it with Israeli weapons. We vowed to retreat so as to enable the establishment of a state for this make-believe “nation” in the heart of biblical Israel. We expelled and destroyed entire Jewish communities. We committed ourselves to the two-state principle.

But over the past 20 years not one of our leaders, at any level, has said that this is our land – no ifs, ands, or buts. This straightforward phrase simply does not exist in the lexicon of Israel’s political and military leadership.

So why are we surprised that the Europeans are tired of this entire subject? It took them 46 years to be convinced that we are serious that this really is not our land, that we are nothing more than foreign conquerors in Palestine. Perhaps the Arabs are not nice, they think, but they are very, very right on this issue. After all, Israel’s political Left and Right have both bowed to their claims and recognized the justice of their cause. Yitzhak Rabin shook the hand of their murderous leader, while Netanyahu hugged him with both his hands. So what can we expect: that after we have admitted that we are the problem, the Europeans will allow us to continue to threaten world peace?

We no longer have anywhere to run from the scales of justice. When you do not put your weight on one side of the scale, the other side is heavier. You can be prettier, nicer, more European – and even a peace seeker. But if you have abandoned your side of the scale, the other side will always win.

We lost the justice of our cause when we gave the Temple Mount to the Muslims. The only way to restore our justice is to remove the Muslim wakf from the Mount and to empower our holiest site as the center of holiness and exclusive sovereignty of Israel.

Israel’s Keystone Cops Catch the Arab – after a Car Crash

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Israeli police once again have managed to get involved in a traffic accident while chasing after a fleeing Arab.

This time around, it ended up a lot better than earlier this year, when police in the south chased after an Arab vehicle that had fled a checkpoint. As the police chased, the speeding Arab vehicle was recklessly driven over to the wrong side of the road, crashing into another vehicle and killing its Jewish driver.

Monday’s crash occurred on Highway 5, which connects northern Tel Aviv with the north-south superhighway 6 (Kvish 6) and which continues into Samaria. The pursuing police car and the fleeing Arab car collided, causing moderate injuries to the Arab and lighter injuries to three policemen.

Pro-Palestinian ‘Flytila’ Busted; 43 Refused Entry, 12 Returned, 31 Detained, 9 Israelis Detained

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

The latest Israeli Police figures: 43 activists altogether have been detained at Ben Gurion airport. Out of this number, 31 were transported to the Givon detention facility for processing and 12 were put on returning flights. Nine Israeli activists waving pro-Palestinian banners were detained for questioning.

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Some 650 Police were deployed in and around Ben Gurion airport Sunday with orders “to exercise restraint, but to intercept any troublemakers,” according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, as the great “flytila” of Palestinian sympathizers is beginning to arrive. But so far this has been more of a drip than a wave.

According to Ynet, one Portuguese passenger aboard a Royal Jordanian flight from Amman, and one Canadian national aboard American Airlines were expelled.

Organizers of the “flytila” had been expecting between 1,500 and 2,000 arrivals, a third of them from France. But Israel has been preparing since last week to prevent their entry into Ben Gurion, much less into the PA governed areas of Judea and Samaria.

AFP quoted campaign organizer Mazin Qumsiyeh, who said that “a lot of people did manage to board planes and a lot of people have been denied.”

“We are expecting 1,500 people from at least 15 countries, but most of them from Europe,” Qumsiyeh elaborated.

Lufthanza, Air France, Jet2.com, as well as the Turkish authorities in Istanbul, have been preventing protesters from reaching their seats on flights to Ben Gurion.

The “Welcome to Palestine” campaign reported that at about 6 a.m., Sunday, Swiss police and customs at Geneva airport prevented “a half-dozen passengers, duly provided with their boarding passes and already in the waiting room” from boarding an Easyjet plane to Tel Aviv. The activists were arrested and placed in a detention room.

But if European pro-Palestinians aren’t able to arrive, local leftist groups have been planning to fill in the void. According to “Welcome to Palestine,” Israeli groups of peace activists are going to the airport carrying signs to welcome those who do manage to break through.

Mick Napier, a British activist coordinator, told the AP that his group would sue airlines which deny access to activists wishing to fly to Israel.

He said organizers have asked participants to be honest with Israeli airport authorities about their purpose of arrival.

The Confederation de Syndicats National (Quebec, Canada) denounced the denial of one of their members, Julie Lachapelle, her right to visit Israel and be part of the WTP campaign.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-blocks-pro-palestinian-flytila-well-ahead-of-its-arrival/2012/04/15/

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