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October 8, 2015 / 25 Tishri, 5776
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Netanyahu Cancels Trip to Germany Due to Security Situation

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Government officials have confirmed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled his scheduled trip to Germany due to the current security situation in Israel.

Netanyahu had planned earlier this week simply to shorten the trip, but Wednesday morning another Israeli was stabbed in a terror attack at the Lion’s Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

This time the attacker was an 18-year-old Palestinian Arab girl who sneaked up on a 35-year-old Jewish man from behind and stabbed him in the back. She was stopped from killing her victim by a nearby armed Israeli passerby who drew his gun and shot her. It’s not yet clear whether she was operating as part of a larger terror cell or not.

Netanyahu’s decision to remain at home, and his announcement that he has cancelled the trip in light of the security situation, reflects the rise in tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Despite a public statement by PA leader Mahmoud Abbas claiming his desire for peace on Tuesday, he coyly delivered a very different message to the Palestinians on the street.

“We don’t want a military and security escalation with Israel,” he said at a meeting of executive officials, according to the PA’s WAFA news agency. “We are telling our security forces, our political movements that we do not want an escalation, but that we do want to protect ourselves.”

A statement by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) – which Abbas also heads – later that evening, brazenly said the group was “saluting the masses of Palestinians who are confronting the ‘Occupation’” and urged PA residents to “unite for an act of national defense.”

A Palestinian Authority official later told The Guardian newspaper, “What [the two statements] are saying, is do not fall into an Israeli trap and start shooting. It does not mean Abbas is saying ‘no’ to the popular resistance.” The official predicted a “difficult week ahead,” the newspaper reported.

The brazen incitement being disseminated from the very top levels of government in the Palestinian Authority is clearly successful in encouraging Arab teens and young adults to attack Israeli civilians and police — hence the prime minister’s decision to remain in Israel to contend with the results and find a solution.

After 5 Police Injured, Jaffa Businessmen Calm Scene, Fearing Jewish Shoppers’ Boycott

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

(JNi.media) At the end of the violent Al-Aqsa Mosque demonstration in Jaffa, the first in this mixed city of Jews and Arabs since October 2000, the city’s Arab business owners are concerned by the deterioration of relations with Jews and the loss of customers, Walla reported.

Five policemen sustained minor injuries Tuesday night in violent clashes with rioting Jaffa Arabs, who identified with the Arab violence in Jerusalem, Israel Radio reported. Police say the riots began during a protest initiated by the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement—which is radical and anti-Zionist, and residents of Jaffa. The protesters threw stones at the police and at a local Hesder yeshiva (whose students serve in the IDF).

Police said the Arab rioters went on a rampage, throwing stones at vehicles, including buses. Six of the rioters were arrested. Police dispersed the protesters following a meeting with Jaffa community leaders and deployed forces to prevent further disturbances. Police say they are determined to locate the attackers who struck at policemen, and bring them to justice.

“All is calm at the moment,” community leader Samir Motoran, owner of a renowned candy store in Jaffa, told Walla. “From 2000 until today the city of Jaffa has been quiet, we live here in coexistence of Jews and Arabs, and there are no problems. Today, because of the situation in Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Islamic Movement does solidarity protests. Not only in Jaffa, throughout the country. Life here went back to normal after half an hour. The roads are open, and all the Jews are coming back because this city belongs to all of us.”

According Motoran, Arab business owners in the city fear a boycott by Jews, as it was during the second intifada. “My fear is that a small group of extremist Jews will begin to boycott us again, as they did in 2000. We do not want such a boycott, because we live here together and make a living off them. I call on all the citizens of Israel to come to Jaffa in droves. No one would harm anyone, I guarantee it.”

Kamal Aghbarieh, chairman of the Arab Ajami neighborhood, said the boiling point of the riot was in front of the Jaffa yeshiva, “where the demonstration got a little out of control. [Otherwise] the clashes were with security forces and not with the Jewish residents, who live with us together in the same buildings and streets.”

Jerusalem Mayor – Armed and Dangerous

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat caused a minor storm yesterday when he was spotted in the Beit Hanina neighborhood, next to Shuafat, armed with what appeared to Israel’s Channel 1 as a mini-assault rifle, which the reporter misidentified as a variation of the Galil. The Arabs have been violently rioting in Beit Hanina and Shuafat.

Channel 1 was very concerned that the mayor was walking around Jerusalem without a proper license for the weapon. It’s still difficult for the average Jerusalem resident (and Israeli) to get a gun license.

In fact, Barkat, who earlier this year caught a terrorist mid-attack in Jerusalem has a proper license for a .40 caliber Glock pistol (personally, I recommend the CZ P-07, but to each their own). He was using it with a RONI carbine conversion kit, which allows quick conversion of a handgun into a carbine rifle (it’s very cool). The conversion kit increases shooter accuracy.

The mayor’s office released a photo of the gun in the RONI, and the mayor’s gun license.

The mayor should know, his gun license expires at the end of the month. It’s renewal time.

Nir Barkat's Glock in a RONI carbine conversion kit.

Nir Barkat’s Glock in a RONI carbine conversion kit.

Nir Barkat's gun license

The Channel 1 report:

13-Yr-Old Arab Rioter Killed By Mistake, Says IDF

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

A 13-year-old Palestinian Arab teen who was shot Monday by an Israeli soldier while rioting near the Tomb of the Biblical Matriarch Rachel, south of Jerusalem, was killed by accident, according to a senior IDF officer.

The teen was struck by a bullet fired from a Ruger rifle, according to the officer, who spoke with the Hebrew-language Yediot Acharonot newspaper.

“It was aimed at his legs, but the bullet hit the ground and then ricocheted into the chest of the Palestinian,” the officer said.

One might ask, of course, how a 13-year-old teen even came to be present in the middle of a violent riot in which Arab men were clearly intent on attacking Israeli soldiers … and why none of the older males present didn’t send him home in the first place.

IDF to Install Security Cameras at Judea, Samaria Intersections

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Israel says it will install security cameras at all intersections throughout Judea and Samaria — “on the ground and in the air” — as part of its upgraded counter-terror measures.

“We decided today to enact a major plan to employ cameras at all junctions in the West Bank, both on the ground and in the air, with connections to operations room,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. This is an important element of restoring security and foiling terror attacks.

The prime minister made the remarks after he visited the site where Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Na’ama were murdered in a drive-by terror attack last Thursday. Henkin, a U.S. citizen, was also a veteran of the IDF’s elite Sayeret Matkal unit and the son of two well-known Yeshiva University alumni. His mother is the director of a women’s program at the institution.

“There is no question here regarding our support for the military, and everyone knows the truth, in contrast to those who claim otherwise,” Netanyahu said in a reference to lawmakers who have criticized his handling of the recent violence. “There is a certain level of responsibility required from the settlers, and they should be accurate in their claims.”

Netanyahu also said he had plans for vendors in the Old City souk (market) in Jerusalem who laughed at and mocked Adele Lavi as she cried for their help after she was stabbed Saturday night, and ultimately turned their backs on her. “I asked that their stores be shuttered and that they be brought to justice,” the prime minister said. The vendors sneered at Mrs. Lavi, as she begged for help with a knife wound in her shoulder as her husband, baby and a second rabbi were being stabbed and shot.

“The greatest center of incitement in recent years is the [northern] Islamic Movement, and we will take care of them, too,” Netanyahu continued.

“We will break this wave of terror like we broke previous waves of terror. We are in ongoing contact with all our neighbors and are trying to make the facts clear despite the wave of falsehoods that have been disseminated.

“We have no intention of changing the status quo at the Temple Mount, and we have no intention of destroying mosques or building a Third Temple there.

“We have ongoing contact with the Egyptians, the Jordanians and many others,” he added.

“I am not willing to tolerate Israeli citizens joining in the incitement. I cannot tolerate spitting on police or waving PLO and Hamas flags at stadiums – not by Jews and not by Muslims, and I have directed the attorney general to act against the agitators among us.”

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon added advice that “local council heads need to stop hyperventilating. There’s a difference between the situation during Operation Defensive Shield (which took place during the 2002 second intifada) and that of today. Since then, the IDF has been on the offensive in [Judea and Samaria]; these statements just cause citizens to take the law into their own hands.

“This is an unacceptable phenomenon, which sabotages our struggle against Jewish terror and adds fuel to the fire.

“Ministers must remember that the government has collective responsibility,” Ya’alon said.

Hundreds of Arabs Riot North of Jerusalem at Qalandia Checkpoint

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Hundreds of Palestinian Arabs gathered to attack Israeli security forces Tuesday in a mob at the Qalandia security checkpoint north of Jerusalem.

The checkpoint is located between Jerusalem and the Palestinian Authority capital city of Ramallah, in Samaria.

IDF soldiers and Border Police officers used non-lethal riot dispersal measures to contend with the attackers.

No injuries were reported.

4 Hurt as Post-Simchat Torah Bus Attacked in Pisgat Ze’ev

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

A passenger was physically injured and three others were in shock on Monday night after the conclusion of the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, from a stone-throwing attack by Arabs in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev.

The attackers smashed the windows of a bus with the rocks, wounding a 25-year-old male passenger. Other passengers were traumatized and three were treated for shock.

The victim who was cut by the flying glass was evacuated for treatment to Sha’are Zedek Medical Center in the capital.

Security forces searched for the perpetrators.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/isru-hag-bus-comes-under-hail-of-rocks-in-pisgat-zeev/2015/10/06/

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