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October 1, 2016 / 28 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem Light Rail’

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.

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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

Train Guard Describes How He Captured the Terrorist [video]

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

The train guard describes, in his own words, how he captured the terrorist who was going to explode a bomb on the Jerusalem Light Rail:

(Video at the bottom of the article)

“As I’m watching the entrance to the train, I saw a man wearing a hat, glasses, a knapsack on his back, leaning on the wall and he’s scanning the train station left and right.

I approached the man, and questioned him, I said something wasn’t right.

I asked him to put down his knapsack.

He refused.

I immediately spun the man around, using reasonable force, I placed him against the wall, and checked him.

I took the knapsack off him, and saw a small bag inside. I lifted the bag up and saw the bomb.

I immediately knocked him down onto the ground.

Bomb Robot - July 17, 2016

A police sapper continues the story:

Two civilians approached me, they said there is a terrorist.

I ran to Yafo street and I saw the train guards who yelled there’s a terrorist, who was already on the ground, with guns pointed at him.

I understood there was a knapsack and inside was a pipe bomb. I moved everyone away…

The reaction of the train guards, who got there quickly, and the police, we cordoned off the area, and worked orderly to deal with the bomb.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Police Report on the Attempted Bombing of the Jerusalem Light Rail

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

The police released a statement detailing the attempted terror attack this morning at the Jerusalem Light Rail:

At 9 AM on Sunday, a Jerusalem Light Rail a guard protecting the train station at the corner of Yafo and King George Street noticed a young man standing behind the train station holding a bag, and he looked suspicious.

The guard approached him to check his bag, and found inside an improvised explosive device.

The guard acting professionally and responsibly quickly moved the civilians away who were standing nearby, detained the terrorist and called the police.

Within minutes a large number of police officers arrived, moved the civilians away and closed the streets. Simultaneously, sappers began neutralizing the bomb.

Three pipe bombs were found inside the bag, connected to an ignition wire, a cellphone, and knives.

The sappers neutralized the bombs and removed them from the area.

The terrorist, a resident of the territories [Palestinian Authority], was arrested and sent to interrogation.

The Jerusalem Police Chief said, “The professional actions of the municipal guard prevented a major terror attack against innocent civilians as well as tremendous damage.”

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Jerusalem Mayor Praises Train Guards for Stopping the Terror Attack

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat praised the Jerusalem Light Rail’s guards for their vigilance which resulted in the foiling of the terror attack this morning.

Barkat said, “This morning, thanks to the vigilance of the Jerusalem municipality guards of the Light Rail a major attack was prevented. The guards stationed at the Light Rail are part of the fabric of the human shield of Jerusalem against the terrorists who are trying to sow terror and fear. Our message to the public is to continue the routine, vigilant and never give in to terrorism. We must pursue the terrorists everywhere without compromise and without restraint, while continuing to develop and strengthen Jerusalem. We can be proud of the security men of the Jerusalem Municipality and the policemen of Jerusalem with their great devotion and willingness to risk their lives to save the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thank you on behalf of local residents.”

Jerusalem resident Miriam Schwab described the scene on her Facebook page:

I’m on the bus to work and we come to a complete standstill. The bus driver tells us it’s a suspicious object, and opens the door so we can get off and walk since it looks like it will be a while. Oh man, I sigh, and start walking. I figure I’ll try to catch the light rail. I get to King George and Jaffa Road, and it’s crawling with police and taped off. More serious looking than your typical “suspicious object” situation. What’s going on, I ask two guys standing next to me. One of them saw it all: a terrorist with a bomb was going to get on the light rail. One of the train guards saw him and suspected him. He risked his life, tackled him, and neutralized the threat. That’s what I know so far. I’m a little bit freaking out, but at the same time am in awe of people like this guard who risk their lives to save all of ours. We are surrounded by heroes. Update: the guard who stopped the terrorist is a Druze Arab.

Jewish Press News Briefs

UPDATE – Terrorist Bombing Foiled near Jerusalem Train [video]

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Israel Police reported that an Arab man attempting to board the Jerusalem light rail at 9:10 AM Sunday was carrying an explosive charge on his person. The attempted terror attack happened at the train stop near the corner of King George and Jaffa (Yafo) Streets, in central Jerusalem,

The man, who was standing next to the train stop raised the suspicions of train security guards who inquired about his shoulder bag. A guard examined the bag and found multiple pipe bombs inside.

The terrorist is a Palestinian Authority Arab in his twenties from Beit Ula in the Har Hebron region. He was detained and the entire area was quickly cordoned off.

Police and sappers are examining and dealing with the explosives bag.

The terrorist was arrested and taken to a local police station for interrogation.

The areas around Yafo Street and King George are currently shut down to all traffic.

The constantly alert Jerusalem light Rail guards saved many lives today.

The terrorist arrived at downtown Jerusalem on an Egged bus, but didn’t blow the bombs up on the bus as he wanted to explode them on the Jerusalem train.

Police are checking the area to see if he was not alone.

10:26 AM – Police have declared the event over. The Jerusalem Light Rail is running again.


Natan Epstein, who was on the train at the time, reports from the field what he saw:

David Israel

Jerusalem Light Rail Expansion Approved, City to Add More Lines

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

The city of Jerusalem has approved two more Light Rail lines in the holy city, a Green Line and a Blue Line. The go-ahead was given at a municipal planning meeting last month.

The current Red Line is also to be extended, north to the Neve Yaakov neighborhood, and south to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

“I am happy to see that Jerusalem will go from having one successful Light Rail line to a network of three lines,” Transportation Minister Israel Katz said after the approvals were passed. “Light rail has significantly changed the city’s transportation… Jerusalem deserves a light rail system like that in Europe.”

The approximately 19.6 kilometer route set for the Green Line begins in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo and will pass through the Jerusalem Convention Center, known in Hebrew as Binyanei Ha’Uma, where the “A-1” fast line railway has a terminus. It will cross the current Red Line on Herzog Boulevard, and run up to Mount Scopus.

The Green line is currently set to include 36 stops to service an expected ridership of 200,000 passengers per day, according to the Railway Gazette website.

The Blue Line is set to run about 23 kilometers from the northwestern Ramot neighborhood through the center of the city out to the eastern Talpiot neighborhood, and then on to Gilo.

The Blue line will include branches to the Malcha Mall and to Mount Scopus as well, with 42 stops and an expected ridership of some 250,000 passengers per day.

Hana Levi Julian

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