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April 28, 2015 / 9 Iyar, 5775
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Update: Arabs Rob, Stab and Kidnap Israeli Man, Found Bleeding in Car’s Trunk After Police Chase

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Updated: 9:43 AM

An Israeli man was found stabbed and tied up in the trunk of his stolen car in the A-Tur neighborhood of Jerusalem, according to a Tazpit News Agency report.

The victim, a 60-year-old Israeli man, was kidnapped from Tel Aviv. His assailants were two Arabs, ages 19 and 20 from Jerusalem’s A-Tor neighborhood.

Early Friday morning, a police patrol noticed a suspicious vehicle, thinking it may have been stolen they approached it in their patrol car, at which point the car fled off into the nearby A-Tor neighborhood.

The police chased the car through the A-Tor alleyways.

During the chase, the car hit a few cars parked in an alley and got stuck. The two suspects ran out of the car, and the police caught them.

Hearing cries for help coming from the car, one of the policemen opened the trunk and found the Israeli man inside, tied up and bleeding.

An initial investigation has uncovered that the car belonged to the kidnapped man. The two Arabs had approached the man in Tel Aviv asking for his assistance with food and a place to sleep.

The man let them into his car to help them, and the two proceeded to rob him, in the process, stabbing him multiple times. T

hey drove off in his car, and at some point threw him in the trunk as they continued on to Jerusalem.

The man was taken to the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital emergency room. His wounds are not life threatening.

The police have not yet decided if this was a terrorist attack, or a robbery gone bad.

But how often do car thieves stab and kidnap their victims and try to drive them to Jerusalem in the stolen car?

Tears Lead to Triumph: Israel Celebrates 67th Independence Day

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

At sunset Wednesday, citizens in the State of Israel dried their eyes and raised their heads, left the cemeteries and bid farewell to their fallen warriors and victims of terror as Remembrance Day ended with the setting sun.

By nightfall, citizens around the country were streaming towards public parks and stadiums to attend celebrations marking the 67th birthday of the State of Israel.

The evening began with the raising of the nation’s blue and white flag to the top of the flag pole at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. Israel’s annual torch-lighting ceremony officially kicked off the beginning of Independence Day in the country with specially-selected individuals to light each of the torches.

This year, 14 trailblazers who reached unusual, inspiring achievements were selected, each having made a significant contribution to Israeli innovation and excellence. With two pairing up, they lit 12 torches. They were:

  • Danny Gold: one of the developers of the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system that saved so many lives in last summer’s war with Hamas
  • Ehud Shabtain: the developer of the WAZE GPS system, recently sold to Google for more than $1 billion
  • Or Asulin: age 17, CEO of a company that develops youth entrepreneurship in high tech – he lit a torch together with Ehud Shabtain.
  • Rami Levi: CEO of the supermarket chain in his name that has revolutionized food prices and marketing in Israel.
  • Alice Miller: First female pilot in Israel, sued the IDF in Supreme Court to break the military’s gender glass ceiling
  • Lucy Aharish: Muslim Israeli Arab journalist voice against racism in Israel, news anchorwoman on i24News
  • Prof. Marta Weinstock-Rosin: Researcher who developed Exelon, the ground-breaking medication for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Dr. Gabriel Idan: Developed the medical mini-cam swallowed by patients in lieu of invasive procedures.
  • Rafi Mehudar: Inventor whose technologies have helped Israel and other nations conserve water.
  • Avihu Medina: Singer and songwriter who brought Israel into the world of Mediterranean music.
  • Sima Shine: Highest-ranked woman in Israeli intelligence, director of Regional Affairs Division, Strategic Affairs Ministry
  • Gal Lusky: head of Israel Flying Aid Foundation, which provides humanitarian relief in crisis situations around the world
  • Malka Piotrkowsky: Paved the way for women’s study of Torah and Talmud, honored for her work as a teacher and women’s rights activist
  • IDF Pvt. Dan Korkowsky, who is diagnosed on the Autistic Spectrum and serves with IDF Special Intelligence Unit 9900. He was joined by Sgt. Bat Chen Fumorchok, who leads the special needs soldiers’ division.

Fireworks lit up the skies in every town and city in Israel and in some places, in separate neighborhoods as well.

The annual International Bible Contest is scheduled to take place tomorrow (Thursday, Israeli Independence Day) at 11 am in Jerusalem, from where the event will be streamed over the Internet around the world. Contestants have been pared down to a final set of 67 competitors from 33 different nations, all of whom will be participating in Thursday’s event.

Netanyahu: Israel ‘Adds Life’ on Remembrance Day

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu focused special attention in honoring the victims of terror Wednesday at Remembrance Day ceremonies at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl military cemetery.

Joining the prime minister for the ceremony were President Reuven Rivlin and IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot. Both lay wreaths for the victims of terror.

The designation is a relatively new addition to ceremonies that once were held to commemorate only the fallen among Israel’s soldiers. It was recognized, however, that those who die simply because they are citizens of the state are as worthy of being a “soldier of Israel” as any uniformed defender.

Bereaved Israelis flocked to the graves of fallen soldiers at the cemetery, paying their respects to troops killed in wars since 1860 as well as victims of terror.

Since the close of Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, 2,538 have died in terrorist attacks – including 31 in the past year alone.

The hatred of terrorists “is blind; for them we are all targets,” the prime minister said in addressing participants. “While they try to take life, we add life.” He listed the attacks in the past year in which precious Jewish lives have been stolen and blood shed in the State of Israel by murderous terrorists.

There is no difference between IDF soldiers on the homefront or those in the field, civilians involved in their daily affairs or those serving their time in army reserves, he said.

All are targets.

But the prime minister also warned that the radical Islamist terror once believed to be exclusive to the Middle East has made its way abroad and now has spread to Europe.

Attacks against Jews in countries like France – where the week-long reign of terror in Paris horrified millions this past January and left more than a dozen people dead – are becoming more common. Four people died at the Hyper Cacher kosher grocery store during that massacre.

Such activity, said Netanyahu, perversely seems to draw the admiration of many of Israel’s neighbors, rather than disgust.

“They admire murderers,” the prime minister noted. “The more they murder, the more they admire them.”

For Israel to achieve peace with her neighbors, he said, they must “stop the incitement and the admiring of murderers. That’s not how you make peace.”

Israel’s Memorial Day

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

At 11:00 AM Wednesday morning, the 2-minute siren rang out throughout Israel in memory of Israel’s fallen.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Ruby Rivlin and Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot were at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, while Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon presided at Tel Aviv’s Kiryat Shaul military cemetery.

Memorial Day began last night with a siren at 8pm and a ceremony at the Kotel.

23,320 Israelis have been killed in wars and terror attacks.

116 people were killed in the past year, including 67 soldiers and 5 civilians in Operation Protective Edge.

There are 535 soldiers whose burial place is unknown.

Over 270,000 virtual candles have been lit using and Israel Defense Ministry app.

Tonight, after sunset, Israel transitions into Independence Day.

Mohammed Abu Khdeir Removed from Terror Victims List

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Following a request from the family, Mohammed Abu Khdeir’s name has been removed from Bituach Leumi’s list of terror victims.

After the kidnapping and murder of the Jewish teenagers Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach in Gush Etzion by Arab terrorists associated with Hamas, a 16 year old Arab boy, Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped in Jerusalem and brutally murdered by three Israelis. The murder set off a wave of Arab violence in Jerusalem.

The three killers were eventually found and arrested by police.

The state decided to classify Abu Khdeir as having been killed killed by terrorists in a terror attack.

The Abu Khdeir family asked Bituach Leumi to remove his name from the list of terror victims and the memorial, and they complied.

Abu Khdeir’s father said he hadn’t been informed that his son’s name would be added to the memorial, nor did he want his son’s name added.

He said he only wanted his son’s killers punished and justice be done.

Arab Who Killed Cherki with His Car Admits He ‘Was Looking for Jews’

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

The Jerusalem Arab who killed one Jew and critically injured another last week has admitted to investigators he was “looking for Jews’ and intentionally rammed his car into them.

Khaled Koutineh, 37, ran over and killed Shalom Cherki and critically injured Shira Klein, whose condition remains the same although it has stabilized.

Koutineh originally claimed he was involved in an accident, a story that Israel’s establishment left-wing media tried to believe, as did the police, although they added that terror had not been eliminated as a motive.

Despite eyewitness accounts that Koutineh aimed his car at a group of Jews at a French Hill bus stop, the idea that he was a terrorist remained on the back burner until last Saturday, when the police finally stated that it was a terrorist attack without a shadow of doubt.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and police on Tuesday revealed that Koutineh has confessed that he intentionally killed his victims for the reason that they were Jewish, as he assumed by their dress.

He had tried to convince police that he was “crazy,” noting that he had visited a psychiatrist because of emotional problems.

Koutineh was not a part of any terrorist cell. He told security officials that he thought of carrying out the hit-and-run terrorist attack a short time before he used his car as a murder weapon.

Shira Klein Medical Update

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Shira Klein, the woman seriously injured in the vehicular terrorism attack in Jerusalem on April 15th, continues to be in serious but stable condition.

She is unconscious and on a respirator at Hadassah Ein Karem hospital.

Shalom Yochai Cherki was killed by the driver who drove into them as they waited at bus stop.

Following their investigation, the police have finally decided that this was a terror attack.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/shira-klein-medical-update/2015/04/19/

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