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December 20, 2014 / 28 Kislev, 5775
 
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US Says Har Nof Murders Were Well-Planned and not ‘Lone Terrorism’

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The United States stated that Tuesday’s barbaric murders of four Jews praying in a Jerusalem synagogue “differs from recent attacks, potentially demonstrating low-level coordination to attack a pre-identified soft target as opposed to an opportunistic random act of violence.”

A Druze policeman who helped kill the Arab murderers and prevent a worse tragedy also was killed.

A statement from the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem added that it cannot confirm the claim of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) that it organized and carried out the brutal killings.

It also said there has been no information indicating that the Arab murderers intentionally targeted Americans. Three of the worshippers who were killed were native Americans, and the fourth man was originally from Britain.

The U.S, statement contradicted a claim Tuesday by Israel Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino said the attack appeared to be carried out “lone terrorists,” but he added the police have not completed their investigation.

“Lone wolves” have carried out several murderous attacks on Israelis the past two or three years, leaving Israelis in increasing panic that anyone can wake up one day and decide the time has come for him to kill Jews while shouting “Allahu Akba” on his way to the Land of 72 Virgins.

Israel’s establishment media, which for years has campaigned for the “Two-State” illusion and for releasing thousands of Palestinian Authority terrorists, now are scaring the wits out of everyone by screaming that the Netanyahu government is not providing citizens with security.

Israelis must not let the medias establishment, which partially caused the breakdown of Israeli security and now is pointing fingers elsewhere, get away with it.

For once, the United States has it right. The primitive murders in the Har Nof synagogue were not a spontaneous attack. The timing may have had something to do with the blood libel that Israeli “settlers” supposedly “executed” an eastern Jerusalem Arab bus driver who, according to pathology reports prepared by an Arab as well as by Jews, committed suicide.

Whether or not the attack itself was well-planned, as the Consulate said it was, the killers escaped Israel intelligence. The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) may have goofed by not following the cousins who carried out the attack and whose families have a record of involvement in terror, but count on officials to widen a dragnet over potential murderers.

The government is not going to abandon Jerusalem.

During the Oslo War days of suicide bombings, before the security fence reduced them to almost zero, Israelis bounced back immediately to populate the same areas where the murderers struck. Likewise, Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid Knesset Member Dov Lipman were among dozens of Jews who rushed on Wednesday to pray at the Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue where the killers struck during prayer service yesterday.

“The terrorists accomplished nothing by their horrific murders” because although four Jews were murdered, the Jewish People live, said Lipman. “I was inspired by the intensity of this morning’s prayers and was touched deeply by the cries and tears of those who publicly gave thanks to God for surviving yesterday’s attack,” he said.

Israel obviously cannot defend citizens against every “lone terrorist,” but the death that Tuesday’s killers met and the government decision to deport to Judea and Samaria the wife of one of the terrorists are the first steps to strike fear back into the hearts of would-be murderers.

Israel must not show fear. It must make the enemy afraid.

 

Israel Police Calling for Gun-Toting Volunteers

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The Israeli police have sent out a call, asking Jerusalem’s citizens who own guns to join the official civilian auxiliary patrols (“Mishmar Ezrachi”) to help guard the city, according to Israel Army Radio.

Gun license applications are at a high right now, and this week the Gun License Bureau’s website crashed from all the traffic.

Nefesh B’Nefesh has provided the following information for Olim applying for a gun license from the Ministry of Public Security.

Please note: NBN does not assist in getting gun licenses and you should address all inquiries directly to the  Gun License Bureau.

Citizens who apply for a firearm license are subject to a number of criteria:

-Residence in Israel for three years from the date of Aliyah

-Minimum age of 27, not including those who served in the IDF or national service where the minimum age is 21

-Basic reading and writing skills in Hebrew

-No criminal record, approved by the Israeli police department

-Health declaration signed by a physician

Licensing Procedure:

-Submission of the application and the medical declaration

-Personal interview with the licensing clerk

-Receiving the recommendation from the police and Ministry of Health

-Receiving the license

-Training on the firearm

-Paying the license fee

Historically, Israeli civilians have been responsible for neutralizing many of the Arab terrorist attacks. It is actually unusual that in this round of the war, it has been the police that have killed most of the terrorists. This may be the result of fewer Israelis carrying weapons after the government reportedly made gun licensing more difficult.

E., an Oleh from the US, told JewishPress.com that even though he has completed the licensing process, the actual final appointment to sign some more forms in front of the clerk and physically receive his license is still only months away. E. said, “the procedure itself is not difficult, it is just a very slow and needlessly drawn out process.”

Netanyahu Warns of ‘Terrorist Assault on Jerusalem’

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Israelis in a statement Tuesday of a Palestinian Authority Arab “terrorist assault focused on Jerusalem” and of “hatred and incitement” perpetrated by the PA leadership against Israel.

In an unusually long and particularly intense statement, the prime minister exhorted Israelis to put aside their differences and to unite around defending Israel’s capital, Jerusalem and to defend the security of Israel’s citizens.

Netanyahu also issued a clear warning to Israelis not to take the law into their own hands, and reaffirmed his commitment to keep Jerusalem united.

“Today, during morning prayers, as they were wrapped in prayer shawls and tefillin, four rabbis were slaughtered, four innocent and pure Jews – Rabbi Avraham Goldberg, Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Kalman Ze’ev Levine and Rabbi Moshe Twersky. May their memories be blessed.

“We send our condolences to their families. We send our best wishes for a recovery to the wounded and to the heroic policemen whose action prevented a greater disaster. The human animals who perpetrated this slaughter were full of hatred and incitement, deep hatred and terrible incitement against the Jewish People and its state.

“Hamas, the Islamic Movement and the Palestinian Authority are disseminating countless lies and falsehoods against the State of Israel. They are saying that the Jews are contaminating the Temple Mount. They are saying that we are planning to destroy the Holy Places, that we intend to change the order of prayer there – this is all lies.

“These lies have already claimed a very heavy price. They took the life of a three-month-old baby, Chaya Zissel Braun, who had been taken for her first visit to the Western Wall, along with her parents, who wanted to thank G-d for giving them a baby. They also claimed the lives of Karen Jemima Mosquera, Jidan Assad, Aharon Badani, Sgt. Almog Shilony and Dalia Lemkus. All of them were pure souls. All of them were victims of this mendacious incitement. Today they are joined by additional victims of the same wild blood libel of the kind that is etched in the memory of our people.

“Yesterday a bus driver from eastern Jerusalem committed suicide. He committed suicide. The findings of the pathology report have been published and they prove this unequivocally. He committed suicide. But this has not prevented those same elements from inciting and disseminating the blood libel to the effect that he was murdered by Jews.

“This incitement contributed its part to the shocking slaughter that was perpetrated this morning in a holy place during prayers. But what is outrageous is not only the brutality of the murder but the shouts of joy in Gaza, in Bethlehem and in other places. They are giving out candies, waving axes in the air and praising the shahidim. (ed. – martrys)

“True, this time Abu Mazen (PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas) condemned the slaughter and it is good that he did. I remember that he also condemned the murder of the three youths but it is not enough because in the same sentence in which he condemned today’s slaughter, he linked it to imaginary actions – which have no basis in reality – that Israel is purportedly planning to carry out on the Temple Mount.

“There is daily, even hourly, incitement on the streets of the Palestinian Authority. There, not only do the most reprehensible murderers become the heroes of Palestinian culture, but there is unending, constant incitement against the very existence of the State of Israel, against the security of Israel’s citizens, in schools, the media, mosques, everywhere, and this is the root of the conflict: The refusal to recognize – and educate for – the existence of the state of the Jews.

Netanyahu’s Right. It Really Is About the Blood

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu did not waste time Tuesday after two Jerusalem Arabs slaughtered four prominent Anglo-Israeli rabbis and an Israeli Druze police officer, and wounded six other men.

Within the hour he arranged to convene a high-level security meeting, and shortly thereafter an order to demolish the homes of both terrorists who had carried out the attack.

But though the response was swift, it is unlikely to stem the flow of shahids, or “martyrs” for Islamic holy war against Israel.

The reason has to do with the maniacal blood lust that has gripped the local Arab population.  Both terrorists were shot dead by police at the scene — but not before they had “purified” Jerusalem – via the synagogue — with the blood of worshipers who came to pray the morning service.

It may sound very Biblical, this idea of the “purity through the blood,” but there is nothing at all holy about its application through murder.

Yet somehow, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has convinced its populace that it is so.  In a broadcast on official Palestinian Authority television (PA TV) November 7, 2014, a Fatah official in Lebanon blessed terrorists murderers for heeding a call to “purify Jerusalem” with blood. According to a statement translated by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) watchdog organization, Lebanon-based Muhammad Al-Biqa’i said, “Jerusalem needs blood in order to purify itself of Jews.”

Al-Biqa’i said, “They are the ones who heard the call of Yasser Arafat, while the Arab and Islamic nation ignored his call. ‘Millions of martyrs (shahids) are marching to Jerusalem.’ They came out with their weapons, with their true belief that Jerusalem needs blood to purify itself of Jews,” he proclaimed.

Just one week later, on November 14 – less than a week ago – PA Ministry for Religious Affairs representative Hassan Al-Saifi reiterated the call, according to an article published in the Al-Hayat Al-Jadida. As did the Fatah official before him, the ministry representative said ‘Jerusalem needs “sacrifices and blood.”’

Al-Saifi “addressed the suffering of the residents of Jerusalem and the continuing Israeli desecration of al-Aqsa” and declared “that Jerusalem has no need of declarations or religious rulings but rather needs the religious scholars in particular to fulfill their duty, rush to Jerusalem and offer sacrifices and blood.”

Both the Palestinian Authority unity government – which now partners with the Hamas terrorist organization – and the Fatah faction are headed by Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Known among Arabs by his terrorists nom de guerre “Abu Mazen,” Abbas also heads the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), having succeeded his mentor, former chief terrorist Yasser Arafat in the post. Not a single PA media item is published without Abu Mazen’s express approval.

It is Abbas whose doctorate focused on a denial of the Holocaust. And it is Abu Mazen who has skillfully, successfully, steadily and stealthily crafted the image of the Jewish threat to the Islamic Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount. But that alone was not enough to spark a third intifada and early in 2014 Abu Mazen and his counterparts in Hamas and Islamic Jihad finally figured that out.

What was missing, they realized, was the blood.

That thirst for the blood. The excitement. The adrenalin. Perhaps it has something to do with the climate? But this issue of violence, of passion and blood has become very central to Arab culture and mentality.

Consider one of the rituals at a traditional Bedouin wedding. There is a magnificently structured, stylized dance with swords performed by the groom and his father-in-law-to-be. The swords are often real in this ritual; when carried by those who hold to tradition, those blades are sharp. The smiles are quite wide.

Bicyclist Attacked Near Jerusalem’s Old City

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

A 20-year-old man told police he was attacked by Arabs Tuesday night as he rode his bicycle near the New Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem.

The man was listed in fair to good condition at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center after he was struck with a lead pipe.

Israel Police and Border Patrol officers have arrested two 19-year-old Arab males in connection with the attack. Both were held for further questioning.

The arrests were made after searches were conducted using footage from security cameras.

They Are Murderers and not ‘Terrorists’

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Elevating the murderers of four Jews, who were praying in a synagogue, to the status of “terrorists” grossly distorts the concept of terrorism.

They are murderers, just like those who gunned down eight young men studying in the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva in the heart of Jerusalem six years ago; and just like the barbaric killers of five members of the Fogel family on Erev Shabbat in Samaria three and a half years ago.

They are murderers just like Hamas “militants” and  just like Hezbollah “guerillas” and “resistance fighters” in the Palestinian Authority.

They are murderers just those in the ISIS who behead hostages because they are human beings who act like human beings.

The dictionary, media, sociologists and professors can define terrorism whatever they want, but once it is used to include murder even for ethnic cleansing and genocide, as American sociologist Charley Tilly has claimed, cold-blooded murder for the sake of cold-blooded murder is given an implicit justification.

The Palestinian Authority has incited an entire generation of youth to become “martyrs,” resistance fighters against the ‘occupation.’” It has excited them with a cause that is the personification of evil.

The enemy is not the “occupation.” The enemy is not the Jews. The enemy is not the Jewish religion

This is not a religious war nor is a war for land.

This is a war of the “Children of Light against the Children of Darkness.”

If the world – including Israel – had related to the “resistance fighters” as murderers and not as terrorists, perhaps the same youth would not have felt so exuberant,

No one joining ISIS does so to become a “murderer.” He signs up for the sake of some supposed ideology that is a thin disguise for killing.

Defining them as “terrorists” would put the Nazi butchers in the same category.

They are killers, murderers, butchers, barbarians and evil.

They are not human enough to be terrorists.

Hero Police Officer Zidan Sayif has Died of his Wounds

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Zidan Sayif (30) HY”D, the Israeli-Druze policeman who saved numerous lives on Tuesday morning when he engaged the two Arab terrorists in a gun battle in the Har Nof Massace, died on Tuesday evening of his wounds, according to a statement from Hadassah hospital.

Sayif was being treated in Hadassah hospital for the head wound he received in the shootout with the terrorists.

Sayif was the first of two officers on the scene. As a result of Zidan’s heroic actions, the terrorists in the Jerusalem synagogue were forced to stop slaughtering worshipers and instead concentrated on attacking the policeman.

The death toll from the attack in the synagogue has now risen to 5,

Sayif is survived by his wife and a 4 month old baby daughter.

Zidan Sayif joined the Israeli police in April 2011, and served as a traffic officer in Jerusalem.

He was from the village of Yanuch-Jat in the Galil.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday in his village.

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