The killer of 39-year-old Otniel resident Daphna Meir, z’l, was convicted in a military court, the IDF spokesperson announced Tuesday.
A 16-year-old resident of the Palestinian Authority town of Yatta at the time he murdered the wife and mother of six, the Arab terrorist attacked Meir in her kitchen this past January.
Meir, a nurse in the neurosurgery unit at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, tried to fight him off as he stabbed her in the head and upper body. Three of her children were home at the time, and heard the sounds of their mother being attacked.
The screams of her oldest daughter at home at the time prompted the terrorist to flee, while Meir called security forces and reported the attack. Medics came promptly but were unable to save her.
Gross had just completed his studies in medical engineering and had traveled from Debrecen to Budapest a week earlier.
Two men were arrested in connection with his murder earlier this week. The Attorney General told media the two men, ages 19 and 21, found Gross sleeping in an abandoned yard and attacked him in order to steal his mobile phones, laptop computer and whatever money he had with him.
The attackers hit Gross with bricks, beating him to death, and then moved his body to a wooded area near a demolished house, covering it with debris.
The family was notified by Israeli foreign ministry officials when Gross was found, and flew to Hungary to identify his body.
Hungarian police have arrested two suspects in connection with the death of 40-year-old Ofir Gross, an Israeli citizen whose body was found in a forest outside Budapest this weekend.
The two suspects have been accused of murdering Gross, a resident of Jerusalem who was studying in Germany to become a medical engineer. He had gone to Hungary after leaving from Debrecen on a fishing trip following the completion of his studies.
The suspects are male, aged 21 and 19. The authorities have declined to release further details about their identities, and the motive behind the murder remains unknown.
Gross last contacted his family on the Thursday before the holiday of Passover. His family, notified by Israeli foreign ministry officials, traveled to Hungary to identify his body.
The body of a missing Israeli citizen has been found in Hungary, according to Israeli government officials.
The family of Ofir Gross, 40, is traveling to Hungary to identify the body, which was found in a forest.
Gross, a resident of Jerusalem, was learning medical engineering in Germany when he disappeared from Debrecen while on a fishing trip more than a week ago. He had flown to Budapest and contacted his family last Thursday before the start of the Passover holiday.
Initial findings indicate that he may have been murdered, according to a report by the Hebrew-language Ynet website.
An eyewitness quoted by the Hungarian consul apparently last saw Gross drinking beer at a local bar. The witness alleged that Ofir had said he did not want to order food because “it was expensive” and also declined to take a hotel room for the same reason.
Israel’s Channel 2 television news interviewed Gross’s sister, who said her parents had spoken with their son, who said he was going to stay on a couch at the home of a local man.
The family has no idea whether he ever reached that destination, however. “It’s a terrible fear,” his sister told the news outlet.
“When Palestinians send their kids to act in this school play no wonder their kids committ (sic) attacks when they’re older” Gendelman tweeted. More to the point, who hires the teachers who write and direct these plays? Where do they get their material, and are they researching it online in Da’esh websites?
Similar plays and festivals have been broadcast on children’s television programs in Gaza as well as in the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria for decades.
But even those programs have become increasingly cold-blooded and brutal over the past five years — indicating the increasing influence of Da’esh (ISIS) in the region.
The fruit of those past efforts ripened and was borne out this past October with the spontaneous eruption of the deadly wave of terror that burst against Israeli Jews — and some Arabs — perpetrated to a great extent by attackers who were age 21 and younger.
These are the children who grew up in the generation nurtured in the all-encompassing environment of schoolbooks, television programs, summer camps and public venues all devoted to the glorification of death, so-called “martyrdom” in the cause of murderous terrorism against Israel.
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.”
Arab teen terrorists coming out of the Palestinian Authority are being moved by the beat of a specially-crafted form of music video.
It is the music of the street and the promise of glory forever — the knowledge that one’s family will be forever grateful, having received a salary* for one’s efforts despite a young age — and the endless, driving, urgent beat that some Arab teens find so compelling.
That may have been part of what sent two Arab teens into the Old City Saturday evening to stab two Jewish teens as they left the Western Wall after completing their Sabbath prayers.
For readers who haven’t had the chance, take a spin on the Middle Eastern side of YouTube network – if you’re over 18 and have a strong stomach, that is – to check out the Arab teen motivational movie clips.
This is top-flight 21st century Palestinian Authority government incitement, masterminded in the most cunning manner. For decades Mickey Mouse and life-size cuddly cartoon creatures have been talking up the joys of martyrdom; long enough to prepare human fuel for the war machine revving up in the current wave of terror. But now that those youths are growing up, with hormones to match, children’s programming no longer cuts the mustard.
So what’s being used to move them in the right direction? Cue hot-blooded, fast-moving, specially-crafted music videos. One in particular features a hit called “Lovers of Knives” by Gaza-based band “Al-Gorba’a” that came out last October.
Sadly, its effectiveness is all too evident. The above video and countless others like it are considered the hottest tunes on the street in the Palestinian Authority today.
The fast-moving images are slickly edited to intersperse “daring” attacks by young Arabs met with “brutality” by clearly overwhelming numbers of Israeli security, military and police forces armed and uniformed to the nines. There is plenty of deep red blood, dramatic scenes of ambulances and medical stretchers, scenes of massive support and honor by crowds for the dead “martyr” shot by Israeli forces, when brought to his final resting place.
The songwriters and singers use the names of those who have died attacking Israelis as mantras in the rhythmic, almost hypnotic beat.
The comments in Arabic say things like, “Allah have mercy upon our martyrs, God grant us victory over the Jews!” and “God protect the youth of Palestine.”
* The Palestinian Authority government pays the families of “martyrs” a monthly stipend in compensation for the efforts of anyone who gives their lives for the “nationalist” cause of murdering Israelis. The more murders, the higher the stipend. It is not clear why foreign governments do not demand accountability regarding this practice and its connection with the massive foreign aid transferred to the PA government to support its operations.