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April 30, 2016 / 22 Nisan, 5776

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Israeli-Arab Would-Be ISIS Recruit Sentenced in Jerusalem

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – A young Israeli Arab who attempted to join the Islamic State terror organisation was sentenced to a fifteen-month prison term on Tuesday.

Fares Saritah, a 19-year-old resident of the Jerusalem neighborhood Kfar Akeb, pleaded guilty to the charges of “attempting to join an illegal organization and attempting to defect to an enemy state,” referring to the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) and Syria, respectively.

In addition to the fifteen month prison term, Saritah was sentenced to a suspended prison term and a large fine.

“Based on the accused’s own plea and full admission I find him guilty of attempting to join an illegal organization,” said Judge Aharon Farkash in his sentencing.

The joint investigation by the ISA and Israel police revealed that Saritah allegedly convinced his two brothers to join the Islamic State as well, one of whom managed to leave Israel and join the terrorist group in Syria.

According to bill of indictment, in April 2015 Saritah left Israel with his brother and cousin and arrived in Istanbul planning to reach Syria through Turkey, a common pathway for radicalized Muslims attempting to join with the Islamic State.

However Saritah never got past the Istanbul airport, as his passport was expired. He then had to fly to Israel to fix his papers, where upon arrival he was snatched by the Israeli Security Agency (ISA).

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Spokesman Says US Committed to Returning Golan Heights to Syrians — No Matter Which Syrians

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

One of the minor victories of Israeli rightwing pundits has been fueled by the gruesome holocaust taking place over the past five years in Israel’s northern neighbor, Syria. Back in April 2008, then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agrees to fully withdraw from the Golan Heights in return for peace with Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad confirmed Olmert’s remarks at the time that Jerusalem and Damascus were holding talks through a third-party in an attempt to resume the negotiations between the two countries.

“There are efforts exerted in this direction,” Assad told reporters. “This is nothing new, and we have discussed this in the past.” Assad added that “Syria takes every opportunity to express its willingness to establish just and comprehensive peace in accordance with the international decisions… The criterion for the acceptance of any negotiations is that they will be held seriously and that there will be a commitment to implement the UN resolutions, particularly as the Israeli side knows very well what is acceptable and unacceptable by the Syrian side.”

What was acceptable to the Syrian ruler back then was a complete return of every last inch of the Golan Heights to Syrian control, removal of every last Jew and Jewish property from the area, and a return to the 1967 borders, when Syrian snipers ruled the lives of Israeli farmers along the eastern shores of the Kinneret.

Imagine, a long string of Israeli columnists, bloggers, Facebookers and Tweeters have been saying, if Israel had indeed returned to the 1967 border just before the scum of the Middle East — Sunni rebels, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Syrian chemical warfare operators were to crowd the basalt hills overlooking Tiberias — where would we be today?

It’s a winning argument, open and shut, other than Gideon Levi and a couple other useful idiots there really is no Israeli who would ever entertain returning the Golan Heights.

But at Foggy Bottom, where life behaves according to more sublime rules than the Jewish aspiration to stay alive, no lessons have been learned regarding the wisdom of returning Syrian murderers of whatever ilk to the hills above the Kinneret.

It began during the State Dept. Monday press briefing this week. Spokesman John Kirby was asked about the official US recognition of Syria. Essentially, the reporter wanted to know, if the US is so invested in ousting President Bashar al-Assad as a prerequisite for ending the civil war in Syria, why does it still recognize him as the legitimate sovereign of that tortured land?

The reporter asked (redacted): “Legally and diplomatically you only recognize Syria, as you have in the past. In fact, you still issue press briefings in the name of the US Embassy in Syria and so on. From time to time I see that you recognize the government of the Arab Syrian Republic. You have not recognized anyone else as exercising any kind of authority or any kind of sovereignty over any territory of Syria.

Kirby: I’m not sure I understand your question.

Reporter: My question is very simple. Do you recognize any other entity in Syria to have sovereignty over that territory?

Kirby: We recognize that there is a Syrian Government in place. We also recognize that it’s led by a dictator who continues to barrel bomb and gas his people. And the government that’s in place right now, led by Bashar al-Assad, can’t be part of the long-term future of Syria, which is why we’re doing this entire political process to begin with. It’s why so many nations have come together to try to resolve the civil war and the conflict there so that people can have a government in place that they’ve actually had a voice in putting there and that is responsive and responsible for them.

David Israel

When Terrorism becomes Heroism

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

It took a moment for everyone to realize that Danny Danon, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, was taking a break from his speech at Monday’s Security Council meeting.

“We understand that this council doesn’t have answers. What we don’t understand is why you don’t demand answers. If no one else will ask the hard questions, I will,” Danon announced. He turned to Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer for the State of Palestine. “Let me ask the Palestinian representative here with us today. Mr. Mansour, will you condemn terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians?” [Watch Video]

The Israeli ambassador’s startling departure from the scheduled script came several minutes into a speech where, after accusing Palestinian leadership of rewarding terrorist families with monthly salaries and holding up notorious killers – the likes of 1978’s Dalal Mugraby – as role models, he introduced a young red headed girl sitting quietly behind him.

”On January 17, a young Israeli mother, a nurse, was home for the evening with four of her six children,” began Danon, “She was painting a door in her kitchen when she was suddenly brutally attacked, stabbed repeatedly by a 16 year old terrorist. Knowing that her children were nearby, she fought with whatever strength she had left. When she realized she was dying on the kitchen floor in front of her daughter, she clutched tightly onto the knife in her chest, stopping the terrorist from pulling the blade out of her body to use on her children.”

“The woman’s name was Dafna Meir,” continued Danon. He gestured to the girl behind him, “Her daughter Renana, who was in the kitchen that night, and her husband Natan, are here today, in this chamber, with us.” Danon looked around the silent council. “Why did this happen? What causes a sixteen year old by to stab a mother to death? The boy himself gave us the answer. He told investigators that what made him want to kill a Jew -any Jew – was a Palestinian TV show. The culture of hate is responsible for the death of too many Israelis and it is directly responsible for the death of Dafna Meir.”

Danon turned to look at Mansour. “Don’t Israeli lives matter? Why does the Palestinian Authority glorify terrorism? Why name town squares after suicide bombers? When did Terrorism become Heroism? Mr. Mansour, will you condemn terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians?”

Mr. Mansour’s initial response could not be heard as his microphone was off. Moments later he was heard declaring that he condemns all acts of terrorism against civilians including those perpetrated against Palestinians.

You pay terrorists, you glorify terrorists, shame on you”, shouted Danon.

“Shame on you, you occupiers!” Mansour shot back, “Shame on you for killing thousands of Palestinian children!”

“We condemn all acts of terrorism”, returned Danon, “Why can’t you say it? There are Palestinian children watching you now! Here’s your chance to say it in five languages but you cannot say it. Excuses but no condemnation. Shame on you!”

The explosive clash, memorable even by UN standards, came as Palestinians renewed their campaign for a UN resolution demanding that Israel stop all construction in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem.

Israel’s Permanent Mission to the UN had teamed with OneFamily, an organization that supports Israel’s victims of terror, to bring Natan and Renana Meir to the United Nations in an attempt to emphasize the human cost of terrorism and highlight the incitement spurring the attacks. Lawrence Cohn, a board member of OneFamily, and Michelle Napell, the organization’s Executive Director accompanied the Meir family to the UN on Monday.

“OneFamily represents 10,000 wounded terror victims in Israel, and 15,000 bereaved family members,” said Cohn, “We’re here at the UN today to speak the truth, to call the one who has been stabbed a victim, and to call the stabber a terrorist.” While Natan and Renana are in New York, the five younger Meir children who remained in Israel are at a Passover vacation camp run by OneFamily.

“Running camps at holiday time is one of the things OneFamily does,” explained Napell, “The most important thing OneFamily does is bring people together. At these camps injured or bereaved Israeli children can feel someone ‘gets’ them. We hope that this family doesn’t grow, although we’ve been quite busy lately.”

Unfortunately as the day unfolded to newsflashes of an attack on a Jerusalem bus, it became clear that OneFamily would indeed be growing. “We have people on the scene of the bombing that just occurred,” updated Napell, “They’ll be with the families today, tomorrow, on Shabbat and through the holiday.”

Coming out of the Security Council meeting, 17 year old Renana was remarkably composed. “It was hard to listen to Mr. Mansour,” she said, “but I know that it’s hard to change someone’s opinion. The important thing is that we know the truth.” She paused and added, “The ironic thing is that at my mom’s work everyone always joked about how she saw everyone as the same. It never mattered to her if someone was a patient or doctor or Jewish or Arab or something else. To my mom, a person was just a person.”

To learn more about OneFamily, go to www.onefamilytogether.org

Stephanie Granot

Stabber of Gay Woman in Jerusalem Pride Parade Convicted of Murder

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

by Michael Bachner

Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew from Modi’in Illit, was convicted on Tuesday of the murder of 16-year-old Shira Banki in a stabbing rampage during Jerusalem’s gay pride parade last year. Schlissel stabbed several marchers in the July parade, which he deemed “blasphemous,” killing Banki and wounding six others. He was also convicted of six counts of attempted murder.

Judge Nava Ben Or ruled that “it has been proven beyond reasonable doubt that the accused killed Shira premeditatively.”

This is the second time Schlissel is convicted of stabbing Jerusalem gay pride parade marchers. He was convicted in 2005 for stabbing and wounding several marchers in that year’s parade, and received ten years in prison. He was released just three weeks before attacking the parade yet again and murdered Banki.

The court blasted the Israeli police for allowing Schlissel to enter the parade with “intolerable ease,” despite his history and clear willingness to attack parade-goers. “The writing was on the wall,” the court said.

Schlissel repeatedly claimed in the past that the “blasphemous” parade desecrated Jerusalem’s sanctity and needed to be stopped at any cost. Schlissel refused to be represented by a lawyer throughout the trial, arguing that the court had no authority to judge him since it was not a religious court.

“He was very quiet while running between marchers and stabbing them, not hollering like you would imagine,” testified Eran Tzidkiyahu during the trial. He said he saw the knife being being pulled out of Banki’s back after the stabbing.

“The defendant was previously convicted of similar offenses for which he served a prison term,” commented the state prosecution after the ruling. “Nevertheless, he was not rehabilitated and has never expressed regret or sadness for his actions. He became even more radical and repeated his severe crimes.”

“This will not be the first time he goes to prison, which is a sign that prison doesn’t work,” commented Noam Eyal, who was wounded by Schlissel during the 2015 parade, after the conviction. “He is dangerous to the public and should not ever see the light of day.”

Another victim, Sheli Bar Lev, said she felt “relieved that he will not be coming to any parade ever again.”

The Tazpit News Agency

Israeli Jew Convicted of Murdering of Jerusalem Muslim Teen

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

by Michael Bachner/TPS The Jerusalem District Court convicted Yosef Chaim Ben David, 29, on Tuesday morning of the abduction and murder of Jerusalem Arab teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir in July 2014. The teen was on his way to a mosque in his neighborhood, Shuafat, when he was kidnapped. The incident rattled the region and played a key role in escalating the tensions leading up to the summer war in Gaza.

Ben David, from the community of Adam, was the central suspect in the murder, along with two minors. His verdict was delayed by several months to determine his mental state, following claims by his lawyers that he was mentally ill and not responsible for his actions.

The court, however, ruled that Ben David “was not in a psychotic state, fully understood what he was doing, had control over his actions and had the ability to refrain from committing the crime.”

Abu Khdeir was 16 years old when he was abducted and burned alive in Jerusalem by the three Israeli Jews. The murderers claimed they wanted to avenge the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teens by Hamas terrorists just days earlier. The two atrocities sent tensions soaring between Israelis and Arabs from the Palestinian Authority and Gaza, culminating in the IDF’s 2014 Gaza campaign, Operation Protective Edge.

Ben David’s two nephews, 16 and 17 years old, were convicted in January of committing the murder along with him. One of them received a life sentence. The other was sentenced to 21 years in prison after the court ruled that he played a lesser role in the murder.

Before the verdict, Abu Khdeir’s father Hussein called on the Israeli government to demolish the homes of his son’s murderers, in keeping with Israeli policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinian Authority terrorists. “We need justice from the court,” he said. “These murderers should have their homes demolished. Such people cannot be granted parole. He needs to serve a life sentence.”

Following the conviction, the state prosecution released a statement saying that Ben David committed the murder “out of nationalistic vengeful motives, also dragging his underage relatives with him who participated in the heinous crime and were sentenced to many years behind bars.”

In the Palestinian Authority and in Gaza, people celebrate the murders of Israeli Jews, honking car horns and passing out sweets to strangers in the streets when an attack has taken place.

Public squares, special events and streets are named for especially “successful” terrorists so their deeds will be remembered and glorified for future generations.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Biden Attacks ‘Overwhelmingly’ Frustrating Israel Hours after Bus Bombing

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden attacked time and again the Netanyahu government which he said causes the White House “overwhelming frustration,” in a speech at the leftwing J Street organization’s annual gala dinner on Monday. “The present course Israel’s on is not one that’s likely to secure its existence as a Jewish, democratic state— and we have to make sure that happens,” Biden said.

Biden recalled his recent meetings with both Netanyahu and PA Chairman Abbas, concluding that “there is at the moment no political will that I observed among Israelis or Palestinians to move forward with serious negotiations. The trust that is necessary to take risks for peace is fractured on both sides.”

According to Politico, the tone and direction of that Biden reference and his overall speech “seemed to rule out the chances of a final year peace push from the Obama administration.” Perhaps.

Biden acknowledged the attack on a Jerusalem bus by Arab terrorists that took place on the same day he was sharing his frustrations regarding the Netanyahu government’s lack of willingness to pursue the two-state solution. Biden condemned the bombing, saying it had been done by “misguided cowards.” He offered prayers to the injured and their families. Which is probably more realistic at this point than anything else the administration could do to promote its goals in the region. That should be frustrating indeed.

Biden began his speech with praise for another guest of honor, young, first-term MK Stav Shaffir (Zionist Camp – Labor), who reminded him, he said, of the time he had run for the Senate at the age of 29. “May your views once again begin to have a majority opinion in the Knesset,” Biden said.

Not likely. In fact, if Labor ever wants to be a contender in Israeli coalition politics, it’ll have to move to the center—as the majority of its members have been advocating—which could mean the dropping of needless indulgences like Shaffir.

Towards the end, Biden said, “We are Israel’s maybe not-only friend, but only absolutely certain friend.” That statement will be tested in November, after the elections, when the US Administration will have to decide whether or not to veto a UN Security Council resolution unilaterally declaring a Palestinian state.

JNi.Media

NYC Council Jewish Caucus Condemns Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

“Brussels, Istanbul, Lahore–and now Jerusalem must tragically be added to the long list of cities brutalized by terror in recent weeks. Our hearts go out to the bus bombing’s victims and their families, and to all Israelis, at this difficult moment. There is simply no moral or political justification for this act of savagery. Hamas’ statement that it “welcomes the Jerusalem operation” proves beyond a shadow of a doubt the barbaric values of those who seek Israel’s destruction. We proudly stand with the Israeli people in their ongoing struggle against terror.”

David Israel

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