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May 23, 2015 / 5 Sivan, 5775
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Special Event to Mark Hamas Kidnap-Murder of 3 Israeli Teens on June 3

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

In slightly over a month, at least one million Jews will mark a horrifying event that became the straw that broke the camel’s back in Israel, igniting another war on terror in Gaza.

June 3 corresponds with the date on the Hebrew calendar that marks the abduction of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Frenkel, 16, and Gilad Sha’ar, 16.

The event is being organized by the families of the three boys, together with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and the Gesher organization.

The three families also recently celebrated the launching of the Jerusalem Unity Prize, to be awarded for the first time on June 3 as well.

Together with the Jerusalem municipality, Gesher and Israel President Reuven Rivlin, the three families celebrated the launch of the Jerusalem Unity Prize several months ago. It is intended to commemorate and further the Jewish unity that was seen when the entire nation of Israel came together to pray and help search for the missing boys.

The three boys were kidnapped on June 12 by Hamas terrorists while hitchiking home from yeshiva in Gush Etzion on a Thursday evening. They were murdered in cold blood shortly after they were grabbed; a shooting that was heard on a recording made by Israel Police when one of them managed to dial the emergency dispatcher in a desperate cry for help.

It took nearly three weeks for search and rescue teams and volunteers to locate their bodies in a shallow grave, hastily dug in a field in Halhul. During that time, Jews in Israel and around the world came together in an unprecedented show of unity to pray, demonstrate and otherwise show their support for the families and other Jews.

The bodies of the three boys were found on June 30.

Leftists Join A-Tur Arabs in Violent Clash with Police

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Police dispersed dozens of protesters, including Jewish leftists, in the Arab A-Tur neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem Wednesday morning after they threw rocks at security forces to protest a police closure of streets.

A-Tur has been a center of violence that peaked, for the time being, on Saturday after one of its teenagers was killed while trying to stab and murder an Israeli policeman.

The police ordered the streets closed and were met with protests Wednesday morning by residents and leftists charging that “collective punishment” was being imposed on 3,000 people.

Police fired stun grenades when the group refused orders to disperse.

One of the leftists, who identified himself only as “Amiel,” told Israel’s Reshet Bet (Kol Yisrael) radio that the collective punishment is racist.

He explained by asking why the police do not close the streets of Netanya when there is an underworld murder and why they don’t close off the community of Bat Ayin, in Gush Etzion, because of “violent criminals” living there.

Amiel would have a case if it weren’t for the fact that collective punishment also is meted out to Jews, such as when the police last year closed the entire Ode Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Yitzhar, in Samaria, because of a few students’ alleged “price tag” actions against Arabs.

Jews arrived to protest the shutdown of the yeshiva last year, but Amiel did not join them.

And do Amiel and his left-wing friends protest when A-Tur terrorists try to run over Jews or try to ambush them by execution with rock-throwing?

Does anyone recall the last time Amiel showed up at a protest for victims of terror?

The so-called Kol Yisrael, the flagship of Israel’s pro-pluralism, anti-settler establishment media, did not ask the above questions.

Nor did the interviewer mention to Amiel that Bat Ayin Jews and the mayor of Netanya condemn the violence by a tiny minority of their communities, while A-Tur Arabs always claim their terrorists are really peaceful citizens who have been framed by the police.

The interviewer also did not compare the number of incidents of violence in Netanya and Bat Ayin with those in A-Tur, Shuafat, attacks on Jerusalem’s light rail station and daily attempts to murder Jewish motorists and passengers in Judea and Samaria.

By the way, neighborhoods in Baltimore are under “collective punishments” at the moment.

Amiel is invited to fly there and protest.

Terrorists Targeting Border Police

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

2014 and 2015 witnessed an unusually large number of terror attacks directed at Border Policemen and Policewomen, as well as police SWAT and undercover units.

According to a new Walla! report, there were 995 attacks during this period. 70% of these attacks happened during “peacetime” periods, while 30% happened during Operation Protective Edge.

The Border Police, nicknamed “Magav” in Hebrew which is short for “Mishmar HaGvul”, are officially a division of the police department, but they started off as an IDF unit in 1949, protecting and policing the frontier. IDF conscripts can elect to serve in the Border Police for their army service.

Border Policemen primarily work in Jerusalem, and in front-line friction locations in Judea and Samaria. They work together with both regular police officers and IDF soldiers.

Their deployment locations account for why they are easily accessible targets, though not why there have been so many attacks.

Border Police commander Amos Jacob said in response to the disconcerting data, that the large number of terror incidents against the Magav, shows that the Border Police are at the forefront of protecting Israeli citizens and saving lives from terror attacks.

He added that the Border Police are given complex and sensitive tasks in the most dangerous and volatile locations in the country, and that the Border Police are proving again and again that they can be relied upon.

Shhhhhhh! Police Now Say Bus was Firebombed Saturday Night

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Police have concluded that a bus that caught fire Highway 443, once known’s as the ‘Road of Terror” connecting Tel Aviv, Modi’in and Jerusalem, was firebombed. Part of the road is located in Samaria.

The bus was empty of passengers, and the driver was not injured.

The incident was one of several terrorist attacks in eastern Jerusalem during the day.

Police and media, except for The Jewish Press, initially reported that the bus, which was empty of passengers, caught on fire despite social media reports that it has been attacked by a firebomb. Police said at the time that terror was suspected, but they drew no conclusions.

The media giants treated it as a minor incident, perhaps an accidental fire, because they were more interested in telling readers that Israeli security forces killed a knife-wielding Arab terrorist.

The police and Israel’s liberal establishment media are very careful lately before describing terrorist attacks as terrorist attacks. Doing so might discourage the few people who still are nostalgic for the “peace process.”

They wait a couple of days, after everyone has forgotten about what happened, and draw the usual inevitable conclusion that the “traffic accident” was a terrorist attack.

In the case of Saturday night’s firebombing, the official police report  does not suggest “terror.”

The fact is no one knows at this point if an Arab threw the Molotov cocktail that destroyed the bus. Maybe it was a Martian, or drunken settler, or parasol the bus company sent an undercover agent to burn the bus so it could collect insurance?

The official report states, “After an investigation with firefighters,  evidence shows that the bus was set on fire by a firebomb that was hurled at it. Police and soldiers searched the area and found another firebomb ready to be thrown,…

“Investigators collected evidence  and concluded that a firebomb hit the roof of the bus, where it was caught in the opening for air conditioning.”

The fire spread from the middle of the bus, and the driver was able to drive another several hundred  feet to stop at a gas station.

Like rockets that land in open areas and don’t hurt anyone, authorities can ignore the Molotov cocktail attack because the bus was empty.

During the Oslo War in 2000, the IDF banned Arabs from Highway 443, where the attack occurred Saturday night, because of daily rock-throwing, firebombing and shooting attacks.

The Supreme Court later ruled that the closure denied rights to Arabs and the highway was re-opened to everyone.

 

 

Police Arrest Suspect in Jerusalem Hit-and-Run Terrorist Attack

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Police and Border Police Monday morning captured the suspect in Saturday night’s hit-and-run terrorist attack that wounded four police officers, including a 20-year-old woman, with light to moderate injuries.

He is about 30 years old and is from the Shuafat neighborhood in northern Jerusalem.

The attack in eastern Jerusalem capped off a day of terror that spread from Ma’aleh Adumim to the capital.

The hit-and-run terrorist was driving his Skoda car from the area of the Mount of Olives (Har HaZeitim) when he saw a group of policemen on the sidewalk. The driver drove over the curb, hit the victims and escaped as police shot at the vehicle, which later was found abandoned.

Other Arabs joined the culture of violence by throwing rocks at rescue vehicle and at the car of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who arrived at the scene. He was not injured, but his car sustained light damage, as did the motorcycle of a volunteer rescue worker.

Earlier in the day, approximately two dozen Arabs were injured by police  trying to disperse riots in Jerusalem’s A-Tur neighborhood, which the past several months has been a hotbed of terrorist activity.

The riots followed two stabbing attacks by Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority terrorists. Police killed a terrorist, reportedly 17 years old, near Maaleh Adumim after he stabbed a Border Police officer in the neck. He is being treated in the hospital for light to moderate wounds.

The family of the attacker claimed that the terrorist really was not a terrorist and did not attack police, who they said “executed” him.

A state of mourning was called in A-Tur, and a general strike left schools and institutions closed.

Continuing widespread violence in eastern Jerusalem has included more rock-throwing attacks on the city’s light rail system. Violence is fueled by terrorist cells and also by Palestinian Authority media that repeatedly describe Arab attackers as innocents.

WAFA, the official Palestinian Authority news site, reported Sunday that Mohammed abu Ghannam, the father of the 17-year-old killed in the incident near Maaleh Adumim, “expressed his belief that the Israeli version of such incidents is intended to acquit Israeli soldiers and whitewash their crimes.”

The father said, “One who attempts to stab soldiers doesn’t wield a large knife and start running toward armed soldiers.”

He did not offer a different method of how terrorists attack with a knife.

Jerusalem-Ma’aleh Adumim Road Blocked

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

The road from Jerusalem to Ma’aleh Adumim is closed to traffic due to Arab stone-throwing.

Bus Catches Fire on 443, Suspected Firebombing

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

A bus travelling on highway 443 caught fire on Saturday night.

No one was injured.

Police suspect the bus was firebombed near Jerusalem.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/bus-catches-fire-on-443-suspected-firebombing/2015/04/25/

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