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Jerusalem Light Rail Damaged in Hail of Rocks

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

The Jerusalem Light Rail came under a hail of rocks again as it passed through the northern Arab neighborhood of Shuafat in the capital on Tuesday night.

Terrorists caused considerable damage to at least one of the cars on the train, shattering two windows.

The near-daily attacks have cost the company that operates the Light Rail millions of shekels in repairs to damaged cars and lost revenue due to cars out of service.

Hana Levi Julian

Teenage Stabber Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

Monday, November 7th, 2016

by Ilana Messika The Jerusalem District Court has sentenced a 14-year-old Jerusalemite to 12 years in prison for the October 2015 stabbing of an Israeli boy.

Ahmed Manasra was 13 when he and his 15-year-old cousin Hasan stabbed and critically wounded 13-year-old Naor Shalev, who was riding his bicycle in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood of the capital, as well as another 21-year-old Israeli.

Shalev recovered and celebrated his Bar Mitzva two months later. Hasan Manasra was killed by police during the attack.

The attack made international headlines when Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of “executing” Manasra “in cold blood,” while he was in fact alive and being treated for serious wounds at an Israeli hospital. After photos emerged of the boy recovering at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu blasted Abbas for “incitement.”

Over the month following Mansara’s attack, three more stabbing attacks occurred in Israel, including another one in Pisgat Ze’ev committed by two youths from the Palestinian Authority, ages 12 and 13, who stabbed a security guard on a Light Rail train.

Following the wave of attacks, Likud MK Anat Berko tabled a bill to revise sentencing guidelines to allow minors to be jailed beginning at age 12 for “nationalistically-motivated” crimes. For other crimes, the minimum age for a jail sentence remains 14.

The bill, dubbed the “Youth Bill”, was ratified by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation and passed its second and third readings in August, with backing from Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.

“Youths, such as Ahmed Manasra, who engage in terror and seek the death of Jewish civilians will not be shown mercy by the law,” Shaked said at the time.

The move towards extended prison terms for minors is not limited to Israel. In the United States, many individual states sentence children as young as 13 to prison terms, including without the possibility of parole.

In addition, according to the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based NGO committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, 365 children were executed in the United States before the Supreme Court declared death by execution to be unconstitutional for juveniles.

Other countries have also moved in recent years to sentence minors convicted of terror offenses. In Australia, 14-year-old youths charged with terror crimes can now be tried as adults. And in October 2015, a British 15-year-old was sentenced to life in prison for planning an attack in Australia.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Arab Terrorist Caught ‘Red-Handed’ in Attack on Jerusalem Light Rail

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Israel Police arrested an Arab terrorist Wednesday night in connection with a stoning attack on the Jerusalem Light Rail as it passed through the northern neighborhood of Shuafat in the capital.

The suspect is about 17 and a half years old, according to Israel Police. He was taken to a police precinct for questioning.

A convicted terrorist can face a penalty for stoning a moving vehicle in Israel that can range from months to years in prison, along with a hefty fine. The penal code was amended last year to reflect the lethal nature of such attacks.

The windshield of the first car in the Light Rail train was smashed by the rocks thrown by the terrorist. The perpetrator was caught immediately following the attack by police at the scene.

Hundreds of thousands of shekels — if not millions — have been spent on repairs to the Light Rail cars taken out of service due to the damage inflicted by stone-throwing, firebombing Arab terrorists from Shuafat.

The attacks are not only senseless in destroying transportation for their fellow residents, but they also are self-destructive in eliminating an efficient and low-cost means for Arab commuters to reach their jobs in the center of Jerusalem, where most enjoy well-paying salaries and generous benefits.

Hana Levi Julian

UPDATE: Terror Attack in Jerusalem, Terrorist Neutralized, Two Dead Six Wounded [video]

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

There was a terror attack that began at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem, near the train stop, at 10:12 AM on Sunday morning.

The terrorist, driving in his car opened fire at the Jerusalem light rail train, wounding one woman critically. He then drove further ahead towards the Shimon Hatzadik train stop, and opened fire at a car on the road, wounding another woman.

The terrorist then drove into the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood (Sheikh Jarrah) and got out of his car. He opened fire at the Yassam police team who were chasing him.

One policeman was critically wounded, another was lightly wounded.

The terrorist was then shot and neutralized (killed).

Video:

Altogether, eight people have been wounded.

-One Man Critically Wounded – taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital

-One Woman Critically Wounded – taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital

-Three Moderately Wounded – taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus, Hadassah Ein Kerem, and Sharei Tzedek Hospital

-Three Lightly Wounded – taken to Sharei Tzedek and Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital

-Four treated for shock – on site

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Photo: Hillel Meier / TPS

 

United Hatzalah volunteers from the Jerusalem chapter are currently treating injured and wounded individuals at a light rail station following the attack.

Yossi Amar, a volunteer medic with United Hatzalah who arrived first at the scene relayed: “When I arrived at the scene I found an unconscious woman. Together with other volunteers of the ambucycle unit of United Hatzalah we provided her with first aid treatment at the scene. We did not find any other people who sustained physical injuries. We then began treating people in the area for shock.”

Service to the Jerusalem Light Rail has been restored as of 11:15 AM.

Video: Police shooting the terrorist, while Arabs filming yell “Allahu Ackbar””

The Ammunition Hill train stop after the terror attack - Oct 9, 2016

The Ammunition Hill train stop after the terror attack – Oct 9, 2016 / Hillel Meier / TPS

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Jewish Press News Briefs

Jerusalem Light Rail Attacked in Shuafat

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The Jerusalem Light Rail train was attacked by stone-throwing Arabs Tuesday night when it arrived in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.

None of the passengers on the train were physically injured, but the windshield of the lead car was damaged.

The neighborhood has been the source of countless attacks on the Light Rail over the past two years, despite the service it provides to local Arab commuters in the capital.

Millions of shekels have been spent on repairs to cars that have had to be taken out of service due to stoning attacks by terrorists in the Arab neighborhood.

Hana Levi Julian

Armed Arab Arrested at Jerusalem Light Rail Stop

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The Jerusalem Light Rail continues to be a popular target for potential Arab terrorists.

Train guards notices a young man acting suspiciously at the Herzl Boulevard train station.

They stopped and searched him, finding a knive on him.

The 17-year-old man is from the Palestinian Authority controlled territories and was in Jerusalem illegally.

He was arrested by police.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Terrorist in Failed Light-Rail Attack Arraigned in Jerusalem Court

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Israeli police on Tuesday afternoon revealed details of an attempted attack on Jerusalem’s light rail that was foiled by security forces two weeks ago.

The suspect, 21-year-old Ali Abu-Hasan who is a Palestinian Authority student of civil engineering in Hebron, infiltrated into Israeli-controlled territory with pipe bombs and a knife. Abu-Hasan intended to carry out the attack on July 17 in what he claimed would be response to visits by Jews and non-Muslim tourists to the Temple Mount complex.

The details of the foiled attack had been under a gag order so as to prevent any interference in the investigation, which was carried out in collaboration with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency). The details were published after the investigation was completed.

Abu-Hasan revealed under questioning that he had entered Israeli-controlled territory two days before his arrest by crossing through an olive grove near the Arab neighborhoods of Sur Baher and Jabel Mukaber in Jerusalem. He then changed his clothes and shaved his beard, leaving a goatee so as to blend in with the Israeli population.

The police said that the suspect prayed at a nearby mosque on the morning of July 17 and boarded a bus heading to Jaffa Street, a major Jerusalem street in the city’s center along which runs the light-rail train.

According to the investigation, Abu-Hasan decided that the light-rail would be the best target for a terror attack, since it is frequently crowded with pedestrians. Security guards noticed and became immediately suspicious of Abu-Hasan as he stood near the light-rail stop with his backpack, which contained the pipe bombs and explosives.

The light-rail security guards closed off the area and called in police bomb technicians to investigate Abu-Hasan’s backpack. They discovered three pipe-bombs tied together and dipped in rat poison with nails and screws glued onto them. Two knives and a mobile phone were also discovered in Abu-Hasan’s backpack.

Abu-Hasan claimed that he acted alone without organizational help and that he had been planning the attack for a long time. He purchased the equipment and materials needed to assemble the pipe bombs and learned about how to make them as well as to how to maximize their potential impact. He also tested the pipe bombs several times by detonating them.

Before heading to Jerusalem, the terrorist left a will in the hands of his friends at his university in Hebron, asking them to give it to his parents.

Abu-Hasan was arraigned on Tuesday at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court and has been charged with attempted murder, weapons manufacturing, and conspiracy to commit a crime. The court extended his remand until August 5.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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