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February 10, 2016 / 1 Adar I, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem’

Israel Returning Bodies of 10 Arab Terrorists to Families in Jerusalem

Monday, February 8th, 2016

The bodies of 10 Arab terrorists who tried to murder Israeli Jews — and in some cases succeeded — are being returned to their families. One has already gone.

Meanwhile, where are the bodies of IDF Lt. Hadar Goldin and St. Sgt. Oron Shaul? Still in the hands or dungeons of Hamas in Gaza…

But clearly last week’s meetings and lobbying actions by Balad Israeli Arab Knesset members Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas were effective.

On Monday journalists were informed by government officials that the bodies of 10 terrorists are being returned to their families who live in Jerusalem.

All were killed while attacking Israelis during the current wave of terror.

In order to receive the bodies, the families had to agree to hold the funerals in the middle of the night, with a maximum of 50 family members and friends in attendance.

The ceremonies were to be quiet, and a monetary deposit of approximately $5,000 had to be submitted as a guarantee the conditions would be met. The family will not receive the money in return if the conditions are violated at burial.

The Defense Ministry made it clear, publicly, it has no interest in holding the bodies, Ynet reported. That’s ironic, since the body of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s own nephew is one of the two still being held “hostage” in Gaza by Hamas, where both soldiers fell in battle during Operation Protection Edge in summer 2014.

Allegedly the terrorists’ bodies have not been released due to the opposition of the Interior Ministry and particularly Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who expressed his doubt the families would respect the conditions. Erdan emphasized his concern that terrorist funerals become displays of support and incitement for further terror.

Suspected Bomb Found at Light Rail Stop Near Damascus Gate

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

A suspicious package was found Sunday morning under the stop for the Jerusalem Light Rail near the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Traffic on the rail line was stopped temporarily in order to allow police sappers to examine the item to see whether it was indeed an explosive, and if so, to safely remove and defuse it.

Jerusalem Under Attack, Official Calls for IDF

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

The deputy mayor of Jerusalem, Dov Kalmanovich, is calling for IDF troops to be deployed temporarily in the capital following a major terror attack at the Damascus Gate earlier in the day.

One Border Guard police officer has succumbed to her wounds as a result of the attack; two others are hospitalized. Three terrorists were shot and killed.

Kalmanovich said Wednesday night there has been an escalation in the wave of terror in Jerusalem and recommended placing IDF soldiers at schools and in the Old City.

“Border Police and Jerusalem District police officers prevented – unfortunately with their bodies – a much more complex and serious attack than what occurred here,” Assistant Police Commissioner Avshalom Peled pointed out Wednesday night.

“A team of Border Police officers was suspicious of several people and sought to make contact with them. A battle then followed in which three terrorists were killed… During initial questioning they were armed with weapons. They had probably planned a complex, combined attack which would have been far more difficult [to deal with.]”

Peled concurred with the deputy mayor’s assessment. “There is no doubt this is a type of escalation,” he said.

Moreover, Peled emphasized that it was likely the terrorists were targeting civilians, rather than police – and that the approach by officers had blocked their access to the intended target.

“We believe the police were not the targets as it was their initiative (to approach),” he said. “I am unable to discuss some of these things because it is under intensive investigation.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the closure of Qabatiya Wednesday evening following the terror attack at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City.

The IDF declared the area around the Palestinian Authority town of Jenin to be a closed military zone. The area was completely sealed off with no one allowed to enter or leave the area until further notice.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan thanked the police for their “vigilance and professionalism.” He noted that because of the officers “an attack of a very large scale was prevented. Erdan added a request to the public to “remain on alert.”

Tie a Red Ribbon

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

At some time or another, an artist tied red ribbons on all the trees on Emek Refaim street in Jerusalem.

10 Terror Fugitives Caught in Pre-Dawn Jerusalem Sting

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The IDF and Israeli Border Guard Police arrested 10 Arab terror fugitives in a pre-dawn joint sting operation in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Azariya and Abu Dis.

Their efforts were met with resistance from a rioting Arabs who tried to prevent the forces from arresting suspects connected with stone-throwing incidents. Some were accused of planting IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and shooting fireworks at Israelis.

IDF troops used crowd dispersal methods to deal with the riot. During the arrests soldiers also confiscated military equipment from a weapons cache and a large quantity of illegal drugs.

“Over the past few months we have carried out a number of similar operations to arrest suspects and bring them to justice,” the Judea-Samaria Border Guard Police Commander said.

About a week ago, an Arab terrorist in Abu Dis accidentally killed himself while carrying a bomb in his hands towards the Border Guard Police checkpoint in the neighborhood. The bomb blew up before the terrorist was able to throw it at the police officers at the checkpoint.

This past December members of a Hamas terrorist cell were arrested on charges of planning to carry out suicide bombings. Most of the operatives lived around Abu Dis.

“We will continue to act with determination against anyone who disturbs the peace and public order, and who tries to harm security forces and civilians in the State of Israel,” the Commander added.

Terror Attack Averted in Jerusalem’s Old City

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Another day, another terror attack… averted in the Old City of Jerusalem, thanks to the alert eyes of Israeli security forces deployed around the area.

Police stationed near Haggai Street monitored the behavior of a 14-year-old Arab youth who didn’t quite belong in the largely Jewish area.

The youth was acting suspiciously, and police eventually decided to search him.

The investigation revealed a knife concealed among the teen’s belongings.

The young man was arrested and transferred to security personnel for interrogation. His knife was confiscated as evidence in the investigation that was launched.

Third Terror Suspect Nabbed in Sat. Nite Attack on Jewish Teens

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

A third suspect has been arrested in connection with Saturday night’s stabbing of a Jewish teen outside the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

The suspect was tracked down in a joint operation by Israel Police and Shin Bet intelligence operatives. He is a minor, age 15, and a resident of the northern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Shuafat.

One of the first two suspects, age 16, “understood that the police were after him and handed himself in to investigators,” according to police. The second, age 15, was tracked down within the hour after the attack.

The victim, a 17-year-old American who just made aliyah from Brooklyn, NY a month ago, was stabbed as he and a friend were leaving the Old City after prayers at the Western Wall.

His friend managed to evade the two Arab attackers – teens who were even younger than their intended victims – and race back to the Old City to alert police.

The two assailants were captured within an hour after the attack, while the injured victim was taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center for emergency treatment. He still maintains he is determined to join the elite Sayeret Matkal combat unit when he turns age 18 and enters the IDF.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/third-terror-suspect-nabbed-in-sat-nite-attack-on-jewish-teens/2016/01/31/

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