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Israeli Arab Stone Throwers Damage Buses on Highway to Jerusalem

Monday, October 17th, 2016

For the second time in recent days, stone throwing Israeli Arabs on Monday night inflicted damages on a bus going through the Ginaton Junction, where Route 40 and Highway 443 to Jerusalem meet

Another bus windshield was smashed in a stone throwing attack on a bus Monday night, near the Haredi City of Beitar Ilit. The driver was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

David Israel

Israeli Arrested After Firing Gun at Stone Throwers

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

A resident of Alon Moreh came under rock attack around noon on Sunday as he was driving between Itamar and Alon Moreh, according to a report on Rotter.net.

The Israeli man fired his licensed personal handgun at the attackers, but didn’t hit them.

The police arrested the man and brought him in for questioning.

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GSS Captures Tunnel-Digging Israeli Arabs’ ISIS Cell

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The Israeli General Security Services have announced on Thursday the capture of an ISIS cell in September made up of Israeli Arabs from the town of Tayibe. The capture marks a new low in the tenuous relationship between Israeli Arabs and their home country.

Tayibe is an Arab city (pop. 40,000) in central Israel, located about 7 miles east of Kfar Saba, part of the Arab Triangle region. During the 1948 War of Independence, Israeli forces captured the Tayibe fields, but not the town itself. Tayibe was then transferred to Israel in the 1949 ceasefire agreement with Jordan. In the process, the residents have claimed the state had taken away from them more than two thirds of their lands. Tayibe became a local council in 1952, and in 1990 was declared a city. The city is 100% Arab, 99.7% Muslim.

In 1996, Hapoel Tayibe F.C. became the first Israeli Arab soccer club to play in the top division. We mention this relatively obscure point because the ISIS cell were arrested after attempting to set on fire the local soccer stadium during the Muslim Holiday of the Sacrifice.

Ibrahim Sheikh Yousef (L), and Amir Gevara

Ibrahim Sheikh Yousef (L), and Amir Gevara

In fact, the three cell members, all Tayibe residents — Ibrahim a Halim Mahmoud Sheikh Yousef, 26, Mohammed Tamim a Qader Nashef, 32, and Amir a Hakim Hafez Gevara, 20 — were dyed in the wool ISIS fans, setting their crosshairs on activities they considered immoral and contrary to the principles of the Islamic State.

Amir Gevara was arrested back in April 2016 by Turkish security when he was attempting to cross the border into Syria, to join ISIS there. As soon as he returned to Israel Gevara was interrogated by the GSS and by police.

Ibrahim Sheikh Yousef was also planning to leave for Syria, for which task he designed and built a pedal powered glider, which he tested once. He was helped by Gevara.

The three cell members also planned to smuggle illegal weapons from Tulkarm, in preparation for the “day of judgement.” The began digging a tunnel from the PA area into Israel, for transporting the smuggled weapons.

The three men were indicted on Tuesday in Lod District Court.

David Israel

PA Official Gets Heavy UN Support in Getting FIFA to Ban Israeli Teams

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The UN secretary general’s special advisor on sport Wilfried Lemke has been lobbying on behalf of the PA soccer association ban Israeli teams from Judea and Samaria, and sent FIFA a letter advising that all Jewish life in Judea and Samaria is illegal, which includes Jewish soccer teams.

Jibril Rajoub, President of the PA soccer association, has warned the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) that if it would not suspend six Israeli teams from the liberated territories, he’d take the association to court. That’s the Court of Arbitration for Sports conflicts, not the Criminal Court in the Hague, in case you were wondering.

Jibril Rajoub, whose history of terrorism goes back to 1968, and who spent a good chunk of his life in Israeli security prisons, was renowned as one of Chairman Arafat’s cruelest enforcers, when the PLO was invited by a Labor government supported by the Arab parties in Knesset to take over Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Starting in 1994, Rajoub served as head of Arafat’s Preventive Security Force until 2003, when Arafat appointed him his national security advisor. During his tenure, Rajoub was accused of using brutal force and harrassment to quash political dissent, including the frequent use of torture. Witnesses described him as shooting adversaries in their kneecaps in broad daylight.

The same Rajoub, who has moved down from murder to sports, told a press conference that “Israel receives quite a few benefits from FIFA, and some of those benefits also reach the settlements teams, which is unacceptable. Our message to FIFA is clear. The time has come to decide this issue and bring an end to Palestinian suffering, and thereby grant freedom of action to Palestinian sport and football, on one hand, and stop giving legitimacy to clubs active in the settlements, on the other.”

According to FIFA’s bylaws, one country may not allow a team located in the territory of another country play in its league without the other country’s consent, and Rajoub argues that six teams from Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria violate this law: Ma’aleh Adumim, Ariel, Kiryat Arba, Givat Ze’ev, the Jordan Valley and Oranit.

“Until a week and a half ago, we were very worried about what was likely to happen at the FIFA Council meeting,” an Israeli official told Reuters. “Now, we’re more relaxed, and believe that nothing dramatic will happen [during FIFA’s Thursday meeting] aside from a discussion of the issue. The big battle over the issue of the settlement teams will effectively be postponed until the FIFA Congress, which will take place in Bahrain in May 2017.”

According to the same Israeli official, the new FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, reassured the Israelis  that he would not permit a unilateral decision on the issue. Infantino wants to try to get a compromise that satisfies both sides, when he visits Israel and the PA come November.

According to Reuters, the UN secretary general’s special advisor on sport Wilfried Lemke stressed in his letter to Infantino that the UN Security Council has deemed the settlements a violation of international law, and so they have no legal status, and, therefore, “their soccer teams also have no legal status” and don’t meet the requirement of the FIFA bylaw.

In an interview he gave International Catalan Institute for Peace, Lemke counted among his chief achievements during his tenure as head of UNOSDP the active role he played in building “Extension Building for the Indoor Sports Hall” in the PA, to “empower refugee children and provide safe sporting environments for youth.” He has also supported “Sport for Resilience,” a project implemented by UNRWA. In 2014, UNOSDP also supported the Diyar Women Sports Center, a facility that provides PA women with the necessary skills and education required for them to enter the employment market. “The construction of this center contributes significantly to the enhancement of sporting infrastructure, human resources and social programs in Palestine now,” Lemke boasted.

Will the team of PA and UN officials be able to damage six Israeli soccer teams? We’ll find out in May, in Bahrain.


Survey: Vast Majority of Israeli Businesses Prefer to Stay Shut on Shabbat

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

As many as 92% of business owners in Israel are not interested in keeping their shops open on Shabbat, and 98% stated that they are not asked by their customers to stay open on the Jewish day of rest, according to a new survey released by Israeli business information group CofaceBdi.

The survey covered 135 Israeli businesses spread countrywide, and clearly showed a reluctance on the part of business owners to work on Shabbat, despite calls from secular Israelis to designate Shabbat as a vibrant shopping day.

While only 8% of business owners said they would like to stay open on Shabbat, almost all the respondents, 98%, said they are not receiving requests from their customers to make their shops available on Shabbat. A mere 2%, about 3 shops, reported hearing from customers that they’d like to shop there on Shabbat.

Interestingly, only 21% of respondents said they would see a rise in their daily income should they stay open on Shabbat. 32% expected their Shabbat income to match their regular days’ yield, and 47% expected to take in less on Shabbat.

The vast majority of respondents said staying closed or open on Shabbat should be left to them to decide, while 19% preferred that the decision be enforced by the authorities.

All of that having been established, 51% of business owners, who mostly don’t want to work on Shabbat, said there should be countrywide public transportation on Shabbat — 49% said there shouldn’t be.

CofaceBdi Co-CEO Tehila Yanai told Ynet that the majority of business owners said they just needed a day off. Others said the kind of traffic that they’d get isn’t worth staying open. A few said they were religious.


Israeli Secret Service Nets Hamas Terrorist Who Plotted Suicide Bombing

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

An operation of the GSS in collaboration with the central unit of Jerusalem Police has led to the arrest a month ago of Mohammad Fawaz Ibrahim Joulani, an Israeli resident living in the Shuafat refugee camp, on suspicion of plotting serious terror attacks, the GSS revealed in a statement Tuesday morning.

Joulani’s interrogation revealed that the man, a member of Hamas, has committed to carry out attacks for Hamas officials in Gaza with whom he was communicating over the Internet. Joulani was asked to recruit more activists and shared with his operators in Gaza the names of a few individuals.

The Joulani interrogation revealed he and his Hamas bosses considered the following violations:

1. Kalashnikov shooting attack at the Hizmah checkpoint.

2. Integrated bomb attack at a Jerusalem store where he had worked in 2011.

3. Throwing a pipe bomb at a checkpoint in the Shuafat refugee camp.

4. Bomb attacks in central areas of Jerusalem such as the central bus station or the Malha Mall, which were rejected due to increased security in these locations.

Finally they decided on a suicide bombing in a bus at the Pisgat Zeev neighborhood near Joulani’s home.

Joulani was directed to collect a large quantity of materials he would use to produce explosives, as well as nails, batteries and other components for an improvised explosive device. Joulani turned in his stash after his arrest.

Joulani was told that the date for his suicide bombing would be the Holiday of the Sacrifice, which fell on Sept. 12-15 2016. The date was picked so that the attack would not result in the closing off of the Temple Mount to Muslim worshipers.

Joulani was sent to Hebron to pick up about 7,000 shekels (about $1,845) to finance his attack. He wrote a will and scanned it, but was unable to email it to his operators due to technical failure.

The interrogation has also revealed that Joulani had planned to carry out a knife attack in Pisgat Zeev last year, but had a change of heart because he became concerned that his parents’ home would be demolished as punishment.

The GSS also picked up Joulani’s relatives Mohammad Robin Joulani and Iyad Joulani, who admitted to concealing weapons.

The GSS investigation exposed the ongoing effort on the part of Hamas in Gaza to initiate serious attacks in Israel, using Israeli residents with an easy access in and out of the green line.

David Israel

All-Time High Israeli Tax Collection: $57 Billion So Far in 2016

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Over the first 9 months of 2016, the Israeli tax authority has collected an unprecedented 216.1 billion shekel, or about $57 billion, a full 5% more than during the same period in 2015, the Finance Ministry’s Accountant General’s Management Information Division reported Sunday. In fact, in September 2016 alone Israel has collected $6.67 billion, 12.3% more than in September 2015.

According to the report, tax collection has far surpassed early forecasts at the Finance Ministry, so much so that the Finance Ministry’s Chief Economist Yoel Naveh in mid-July pushed up the 2016 forecast and set it at 282.5 billion shekel, or $74.5 billion.

The new, record tax collection is expected to impact the government budget deficit. The 2016 budget permits government a deficit of 2.9% of GNP, or as much as $9.23 billion. But based on the tax collection bonanza, it appears government could go on a mad spending spree, especially on security, and still end up with only a 2% of GNP deficit. The accumulating government deficit over the past 12 months stands at only 2.2% of GNP.

Overall, government expenses in September stood at $8.05 billion, out of which expenses came up to $6.7 billion, interest payments on the national debt was $500 million, and interest and repayment of principal to Social Security came to $820 million.

Since the beginning of 2016, government expenses came to $55.28 billion, a 7% rise compared with the same period last year. Of that, civil ministries’ expenses rose by 8.9%, while the security apparatus showed more restraint with only a 2.2% rise in spending. The original budget plan, however, called for an 11.4% rise for civil services, while the security apparatus was actually scheduled to go down by 3.7%.


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