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April 24, 2014 / 24 Nisan, 5774
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2 Tortured Bodies Found Dumped in Slaviansk, Ukraine

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Two dead men whose bodies were marked with signs of “brutal torture” were found dumped near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk, according to numerous media reports.

One has yet to be identified.

Israeli-American journalist Simon Ostrovsky was kidnapped on Monday by armed gunmen working for the self-declared separatist mayor of Slaviansk. He is being held hostage in the eastern Ukranian city, now under pro-Russian rule. Mr. Ostrovsky, who works for the HBO-owned Vice News media outlet, has not been seen or heard from since his capture.

The second was allegedly identified in a preliminary investigation as that of Volodymyr Rybak, a member of the ruling Ukrainian Batkivshchyna party. Mr. Rybak was kidnapped last Wednesday by terrorists in Horlivka. His body was found in the Seversky-Donets River. Mr. Rybak served as a local council member in the town of Horlivka, near Donetsk.

Although the identification has yet to confirmed, Ukrainian interim President Oleksander Turchinov said in a statement to media that at least one of the bodies appeared to be that of Mr. Rybak. Turchinov called for an anti-terrorist operation to be relaunched in Ukraine.

Despite efforts by fellow journalists to determine his status and condition, journalist Simon Ostrovsky has not been seen since.

The Israeli government did not respond to phone calls and an email from The Jewish Press asking for a comment on the situation.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing on Monday, that the U.S. believes “there’s a strong connection between Russia and the armed militants that we’ve seen in eastern Ukraine and Crimea and other places… what we see in the photos that have been, again, in international media, on Twitter, and publicly available, is that there are individuals who visibly appear to be tied to Russia. We’ve said that publicly a countless number of times.”

Psaki added that Secretary of State John Kerry had called on Russia to speak out against the seizing of journalists and other innocents as hostages.

Israeli-American Journalist Held Hostage in Ukraine

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

An Israeli-American journalist has been kidnapped in Ukraine and is being held by separatists there, according to a report by the HBO-owned online news site Vice News.

Pro-Russian separatists were quoted Tuesday in the report, admitting they were holding reporter Simon Ostrovsky in the city of Slaviansk.

The news was announced by the self-declared mayor of the city, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, who held a news conference and told reporters “his men” were holding an American journalist with Israeli citizenship.

Ponomaryov did not specifically name Ostrovsky. But other journalists working in the area told Reuters that a group with him had been grabbed by the mayor’s men on Monday, and later freed. Unlike the rest, however, Ostrovsky was not released.

BBC journalist Graham Phillips uploaded a YouTube video documenting his efforts to track down Ostrovsky.

In the video, Phillips is heard requesting information about ‘Simon, Simon journalist’ from the self-declared mayor. Ponomaryov gruffly responds in guttural Russian that Ostrovsky will not be released any time soon. The footage is shaky because the cameraman is being knocked around by the numerous armed military guards, who are brandishing AK-47s as they threaten the news team. It is clear that Ostrovsky is being held hostage, and that his life is likely in danger – at best.

In some ways, the entire nightmarish scene brings to mind the hostage crisis years ago in Uganda. All the other journalists were let go – but the American with Israeli citizenship was held.

The kidnapped journalist has produced stories on Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and the situation in Judea and Samaria.

For the past several weeks he has been covering the crisis in Ukraine. The last time he was heard from, he posted a tweet on the Twitter social networking site during the separatist mayor’s news conference on Monday. In that post, he commented that a woman working with the mayor’s group had “called us all liars” and asked for donations to pay for the funerals of ‘militants’ killed the previous day in a clash.

Hezbollah Claims Attack at Border was Kidnap Attempt

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Lebanon’s Hezbollah-backed Al Manar satellite network claimed on Tuesday that the bombing of an IDF patrol at the Syrian border was a kidnap attack, but the terrorist organization frequently makes such claims after attacks.

Israel has not responded to the report.

However, Israeli media reported that soldiers were trying to approach and arrest a suspicious man when the explosion occurred.

Arab Murderers of Retired IDF Colonel Planned to Kidnap His Wife

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Monique Ofer, whose husband and retired IDF Col. Sraya Ofer was murdered in October by two Palestinian Authority terrorists, narrowly escape with her life in the attack, according to documents filed this week in the military court where the terrorists are to be tried.

Prosecutors stated that that the terrorists, both from the Hevron area, planned the attack for six months, contradicting their earlier claim that they only were planning to rob the Ofer home. Their plan was to kidnap Monique, but she escaped the killers, who had tried to grab her in the late night attack, by crawling to the main highway, where she flagged down help.

The terrorists beat her husband to death with metal clubs and axes.

Abbas Silent on Palestinian Authority Terrorist Murder of Soldier

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has remained mum more than 36 hours after a PA terrorist kidnapped and murdered an IDF soldier and even after security forces quickly arrested the terrorist in his home in western Samaria.

The United States has condemned the kidnap-murder. Robert Serry, longtime critic of Israel and also the U.N. coordinator of the “Peace Process,” declared the terrorist attack a “shocking murder.” And Abbas is silent.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has not yet commented, but we can count on the State Dept. to comment at the daily media briefing on Monday that the attack “proves that both sides much reach a peace agreement.”

If the reporters are on their toes, they will remind the State Dept. spokesmen that Kerry bragged last year that Abbas is doing such a great job at stopping terror that not a single Jew was murdered by a terrorist for a whole year.

Forget the fact that there were dozens of attempts to kill Jews. Facts are facts, and 12 months without a murder proves something – basically that the IDF was on its toes by doing what is supposed to be Abbas’ job of arresting heavy-duty terrorists.

Of course, Kerry’s boast on behalf of Abbas was irrelevant a few weeks later, when a Palestinian Authority stabbed an Israeli to death in Samaria earlier this year.

And now we have the second casualty of terror at the hands of a Palestinian Authority resident.  Nidal Amer, from a village near the city of Kalkilya that is located next to the northern metropolitan Tel Aviv city of Kfar Saba, killed Sgt. Tomer Hazan after luring him to share a taxi ride. Both of them worked together in a Tel Aviv area restaurant.

The IDF reported,  ”In his investigation, Amer added that the motive for murdering the soldier was to trade his body for the release of his brother – Nur Al Din Amer – a Tanzim Fatah terrorist imprisoned since 2003 for his involvement in several terror attacks.”

Abbas previously has demanded that Israel free all Palestinian Authority terrorists and prisoners. His silence after the terrorist attack that ended the life of Sgt. Hazan raises two questions: If Abbas wants to prove he is trying to stop terror, even though he incites it in speeches in Arabic, why doesn’t he condemn it? And if he wants to prove to his Arab constituents that he really wants Israel to free all terrorists, why doesn’t he demand that Israel free Amer now instead of going through all the trouble to try, convict and jail him?

Not only is Abbas silent, but the official Palestinian Authority website also did not even mention the kidnap-murder.

In its daily review of the Arab press, the PA WAFA website listed the leading stories in PA Newspapers:

  • The Israeli army attack on an international aid convoy carrying humanitarian supplies to residents of Khirbet Makhoul in the Jordan Valley.
  • The upcoming meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee that meets periodically to discuss financial aid to the Palestinian Authority.
  • The trip Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah is going to make to New York to attend the AHLC meeting and his efforts to bring $500 million in budget support to help the PA overcome its deficit.
  • The PA is going to address the donors and tell them that chances for a two-state solution are fading quickly because of Israel’s settlement activities.
  • The papers also reported on the weekly anti-settlements, anti-wall protests in various West Bank villages and which the Israeli army usually attacks with force causing several injuries.

Outside of a few mentions of leftist protests and “settlers breaking into Solomon Pools area in Bethlehem,” there was not a word about the kidnap-murder.

It simply did not happen.

Al Jazeera, which now has an outlet in the United States, reported on “killing” and did not refer to it as terror. It noted, “The killing could deal a new blow to US-led peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinian Authority”  and it hastened to add, “The deaths of several Palestinians in Israeli arrest raids in the West Bank intended to detain fighters involved in attacks have further soured the atmosphere between the two sides.”

The reportage reflects an inherent an insidious bias. The terrorist are “fighters” and their arrests and deaths – not the terrorist activity itself –  are what “soured the atmosphere.”

IDF Soldier Kidnapped and Killed by Arab Acquaintance

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

On Friday, an IDF soldier, Sgt. Tomer Hazan (20) of Bat Yam, was kidnapped and killed by a Palestinian Autjority Arab that he knew from his part-time job in a restaurant.

Hazan worked part-time in a restaurant, “Tsachi Meats”, along-side his would-be killer, Nidal Amar (42). His army service was in an Air Force base.

On Friday evening, Amar convinced Hazan to share a taxi with him. The terrorist then took Hazan to an open field north of Siniria (near Azun), killed him, and dumped his body in a well.

On Saturday, the Shabak raided the Amar house in Beit Amin near Kalkilya searching for Hazan. Under interrogation Amar admitted he kidnapped and killed Hazan in an attempt to free his brother, Nur al-Adin Amar, a PLO (Fatah) Tanzin terrorist held in Israeli jail since 2003.

Amar led them to the body, which the air force extricated from the 7 meter well with a helicopter.

Other Amar family members have been arrested and are under interrogation to see if they played a role in the murder. Security personnel are also talking with Nur al-Adin to see his role in the terrorist attack.

The owner of the restaurant claims that Nidal Amar had a valid work permit, which is unusual when a close relative is in jail for terrorist activities. The police and Shabak are checking on the claim.

A senior IDF officer said that Amar did not have a valid work permit and was within pre-1967 Israel illegally, but he was in the process of attempting to legally gaining permanent entry via the “family reunification” program, after marrying an Israeli Arab from Jujilya.

This is the first successful kidnapping of an Israeli soldier since Gilad Shalit was released from Hamas captivity, following a prisoner trade. Many people were concerned that the Shalit deal would bring about a rise in kidnappings, in an attempt to free more terrorists. The IDF has been warning of a recent rise in kidnapping attempts of IDF soldiers.

Soldier Missing

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

IDF soldier Liraz Benvenisti, 20, on Tuesday evening left the base where he is serving, near the town of Gedera, and then disappeared. It is feared that he may have hitched a ride with Arab terrorists.

He is 5’7″, slim, brown eyes, short, black hair. He was last seen wearing IAF uniform and carrying a black handbag.

Last month, during Operation Pillar of Defense, Gaza terrorists announced they would be on the lookout for Israeli soldiers they could kidnap and use them in prisoner exchanges. IDF soldiers are regularly warned against hitchhiking.

Kidnapping Plot Against Tunisian Jewish Community Reportedly Foiled

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

A network plotting to kidnap and ransom members of a southern Tunisia town’s Jewish community was broken up by the country’s national guard, a Tunisian newspaper reported.

The network was started by a police officer who was formerly responsible for protecting the Jewish community, according to the report  in Al Hacad, a Tunisian weekly. The officer was reportedly recruiting young Tunisians to take part in a kidnapping operation that aimed to force Tunisian Jews to leave the country. He had a car registered in Libya as well as firearms stockpiled.

A Jewish resident of the southern Tunisian town of Zarzis told JTA that extra security measures had been taken up by the national guard in the Jewish neighborhood, where about 100 Jews live.

“I was wondering why we had a new army truck stationed about 40 meters from our synagogue for the past week, and then I read about this,” he said.

The police officer reportedly was known for being involved in an Islamic extremist group and was plotting to carry out a kidnapping operation on a Friday evening when local Jews spend Shabbat on the beach.

After the plot was foiled, all those behind it were arrested. The case has been referred to the Court of First Instance in Tunis.

While relations between Muslims and Jews in Zarzis have been relatively calm in recent years, there have been past incidents where the Jewish community was the target of violence.  In 1982 the synagogue in Zarzis was torched, and Torah scrolls were destroyed in the blaze. The arson attack was considered a response to the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon.

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