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July 29, 2016 / 23 Tammuz, 5776

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French Jewish Lawmaker Found Murdered Near Paris

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

The body of a French Jewish municipal councillor was found Tuesday morning at his apartment, stabbed multiple times and badly beaten according to police sources quoted by Le Figaro.

Alain Ghozland, 73, was described by the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (CRIF) as a “prominent leader of the local Jewish community.”

Originally from Algeria, he lived in the heavily Jewish Paris suburb of Créteil, about seven miles from the French capital. It is also the town where a Jewish couple was attacked – and raped – by robbers in December 2014.

“People are upset. They do not know what to think and ask a lot of questions,” a relative told L’Express and other media.

He was found after his brother called police when he did not show up for regular shacharit morning prayers at their synagogue.

According to the report by Le Figaro, there were also signs of forced entry into Ghozland’s home, and that the apartment was ransacked. His car was also missing.

The family has raised the possibility that he was attacked due to his identity as a Jew. Judicial sources have said an autopsy is to be performed to determine the cause of death due to the attack.

Police have no leads as yet, according to L’Express.

Also on Tuesday, French Jewish community leaders began debating whether Jewish men in Marseille should remove their yarmulkahs when walking in public due to the rise in deadly anti-Semitic attacks. But the Chief Rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, nixed the idea and said, “We should not give in to anything, we will continue to wear the kippah.”

The debate came a day after a machete-swinging teenage terrorist stabbed Binyamin Amsalem outside a Marseille synagogue as he was walking to the Franco-Hebraic Institute, where he is a teacher of Jewish subjects.

The nearly 16-year-old attacker informed investigators when he was caught (about ten minutes after the attack) and taken into custody that he was “acting for Da’esh” (ISIS) and that when he is released, he will arm himself and kill police.

Hana Levi Julian

Feces, DNA Revealed Whereabouts of Tel Aviv Shooter

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

It was the bodily needs of the Tel Aviv shooter, an Israeli Arab, that proved to be his undoing. In Judaism, there is a blessing for the correct function of those things.

Israel Police and all the linked and jointly operating security forces received unstinting praise Saturday night from Israel’s two top leaders for finding the Tel Aviv shooter. Their work was particularly unpleasant.

Security officials used DNA testing and feces found in an abandoned building in Nashet Melhem’s village to track down the killer.

Melhem had fled north toward his home village of Ar’ara immediately after murdering three people in Tel Aviv on January 1 — something suspected by security officials at the time, but that could not be confirmed.

In actuality, he made it back within hours, officials told reporters after he was killed in a shootout at the village on Friday.

First he hid out in the fields. Then he found shelter in an abandoned building – that’s where Israeli security personnel found the first traces of his presence.

By the following Monday they had tracked him down to that building, located in a field within the village boundaries. But they had missed him; he was gone.

How did they know he was there? Human feces was found at the site. They took a sample and tested it; the sample matched Melhem’s DNA, according to Channel 10 television news. Ditto a spent cigarette butt, which also matched his DNA.

Both discoveries allowed Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich to calm the public in Tel Aviv by Tuesday, telling them it was much less likely Melhem was still in the area.

The killer was ultimately tracked to the home of a 76-year-old female relative who is hospitalized on a respirator. She has no idea that her home was used as a murderer’s hideout. The outside wall bears the name “Melhem” painted in blue Hebrew letters, a relative – Ahmed Melhem – told Channel 2 television news on Saturday night.

When Melhem saw the security forces coming to get him on Friday, he opened fire at them from the window of that relative’s home. He then tried to escape.

Security personnel had orders to try and take Melhem alive – if possible.

About 200 meters away, he jumped over a low wall into the yard of a neighbor, according to security officials. He turned and fired at security personnel chasing him – including an officer with a police dog (who was not injured).

That’s when Melhem was shot and killed by police who returned fire.

In response to questions from the television channel, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan emphasized that accomplices are still being tracked down. “We will arrest everyone who had a role in this,” Erdan affirmed.

One suspect told a judge at a hearing that a friend had reported seeing Melhem in the village, but he had not credited the report.

Ahmed Melhem, however, had a different view of the matter: “Maybe people didn’t want to get into a fight with him. The whole country knew how dangerous he was.”

On Saturday night Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement “on behalf of all the citizens of Israel” saying he wanted to thank “Israel Police, ISA, and the police special anti-terrorism unit” for their skill.

“They did their work professionally, methodically, day and night; they focused on the mission and they achieved it. All those who would murder Israelis should know that sooner or later we will find them, inside and outside the borders of the State of Israel. No one is immune. We will find the murderers and their accomplices,” Netanyahu warned.

Hana Levi Julian

Suspected Murderer of Rabbi Joseph Raksin, z’l, Arrested in Miami, FL

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

On Chanukah as we celebrate the miracle of both revealed and hidden light, the family of Rabbi Joseph Raksin has merited the miracle of closure: an arrest in the murder of their loved one.

The Miami Jewish community saw that which was hidden become revealed when police arrested a suspect in the murder of Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yosef Raksin of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

The rabbi was attacked while visiting his granddaughter in the South Florida Jewish community. Hundreds attended his funeral in New York, and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office vowed never to give up on his case.

Miami Jewish community members also had posted a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects who attacked the rabbi.

Now, as his family celebrates the miracles of the Festival of Light, their own closure is becoming a reality with the arrest of 15-year-old Deandre Edwin Charles after a 16-month-long investigation.

The teen allegedly encountered the rabbi as he walked to synagogue on the Sabbath morning of August 9 after a robbery spree, while Charles was age 14.

The rabbi carried no money, in accordance with Jewish customs on the Sabbath; Charles left the scene empty-handed after allegedly shooting Raksin to death.

The teen was cuffed on Wednesday and was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of first-degree murder, which means he will be tried as an adult, 7News reported.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Court Convicts Jewish Murderers of Arab Teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir

Monday, November 30th, 2015

A panel of three judges in the Jerusalem District Court convicted two of the three Jewish murderers of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir of Shuafat on Monday. The Arab teen was abducted as he waited to enter a mosque at 4 am in the Shuafat neighborhood.

Both convicted defendants are minors.

The third defendant, 31-year-old Yosef Chaim Ben-David of Adam, has also confessed to having murdered the Arab teen last summer. He was not convicted by the panel, however, because he was deemed medically unfit to stand trial due to his mental state, even though the judges acknowledged that he had indeed committed the murder.

Ben Yosef and one of the two minors admitted during questioning to beating the Arab teen unconscious and then burning him to death by pouring a flammable liquid on his body and igniting it while he was still alive. The second minor sat in the vehicle during the murder but was involved in the kidnapping and the drive to the Jerusalem Forest where Abu Khdeir was killed.

According to the indictment, the murder was intended as revenge for the abduction and murder of three Jewish teens days earlier in Gush Etzion. Hussein Abu Khdeir, the father of the young victim, told Galei Tzahal Army Radio in an interview on Monday morning that he wanted the court to sentence the killers to life in prison. “I want what is done to Arabs, will also be done to Jews: life sentences, no pardons.”

After the indictments, the Defense Ministry has recognized Mohammed Abu Khdeir as a victim of terror, but the outraged and grieving family rejected the recognition.

At the time, the Defense Ministry had granted the family the same compensation rights as those granted to victims of Arab terrorism. Now the decision must now be ratified by the National Insurance Institute.

Hana Levi Julian

Before Attack, Jerusalem Terrorist Cited ‘Third Intifada’ on Facebook

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

A day before he set out to attack Israeli Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem, 19-year-old Muhnad Halabi apparently had already declared a “third intifada,” according to the Hebrew-language Ynet news site.

The young Jerusalem Arab terrorist attacked a Jewish family Saturday night as they were walking back from the Western Wall to the Lion’s Gate on HaGai Street.

“From what I can see, a third intifada has broken out. What is happening in Al Aqsa is what is happening in [all] our holy places and the way of our Prophet, and what is happening to the women of Al Aqsa is what is happening to our mothers and sisters.

“I don’t think the people will accept this humiliation. The people will rise up in an intifada,” he wrote.

Halabi murdered two people — including the 35-year-old father who he stabbed over and over, along with several others — before he grabbed the father’s gun and then shot family members and a group of tourists standing nearby.

He seriously wounded a 22-year-old mother and a 2-year-old toddler, who suffered a bullet wound to the leg.

Hana Levi Julian

Unanimous Court Convicts Arab Taxi Driver of Murdering 19-Year-Old Shelly Dadon

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Nazareth District Court on Wednesday convicted taxi driver Hussein Khalifa of the murder of the late Shelly Dadon, 19, two years ago. “Regarding the question at the opening of our decision, namely who is the cowardly murderer who killed Shelly in the prime of her life, the answer is clear and unequivocal: the defendant before us is the killer,” the judges wrote in their unanimous verdict.

Shelly Dadon was an Israeli girl from the town of Afula who was murdered on May 1, 2014, on her way to a job interview. Her body was discovered by police the following day, in Ramat Gavriel, an industrial area in the town of Migdal Ha’Emek. Dadon’s body was dumped near the location where the body of Yafim Weinstein, a Jewish taxi driver from Upper Nazareth, was found, on November 30, 2009.

On June 16, 2014, police arrested 36-year-old taxi driver Hussein Khalifa, from the town of Ibillin, in Galilee, who confessed to having driven Dadon to the industrial park and to stabbing her to death. On July 9, 2014, Khalifa was indicted for the murder. According to the indictment, “Dadon struggled to escape and even scratched Khalifa, but was not physically strong enough to get away.”

Referring to the defendant’s later denial of the charges against him, the judges held that the “fabric of evidence suggests the accused is guilty of the charges beyond reasonable doubt.”

The judges’ ruling stated that “the defendant, instead driving Shelly to her job interview, took her to an abandoned parking lot, came out, pulled out a long knife and stabbed and slashed the late victim seventeen times.”

The judges referred to the defendant’s claims that Dadon “insulted him,” writing that “even if the deceased had said insulting things to the defendant, that in itself did not pack such a powerful explosion which deprived him suddenly and spontaneously of all self-control and led him to perform the act of killing without the ability to think and understand the consequences of his actions.”

The court sentenced Khlaifa to life in prison, adding a compensation payment he must make to the estate of the deceased in the amount of $67,000.

JNi.Media

UPDATED 2 Journalists Shot to Death in US During Live Take

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

A television correspondent and her cameraman from WDBJ-TV7 were both shot to death early this morning as they were recording a live interview at a shopping mall in Virginia.

Footage from the incident appears to show a man stepping into the frame and pointing a gun at 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker before the film begins to go off kilter. The cameraman, 27-year-old Adam Ward, was also shot and killed. A third person, a member of the local Chamber of Commerce, was moderately injured and rushed to hospital, where she underwent surgery.

Police are still hunting for the suspect, who managed to escape.

UPDATE: The gunman, Vester Flanigan (on-air was Bryce William), a former employee of the station, shot and killed himself when he was confronted by police. Flanigan filmed himself shooting the victims and posted the video on social media.

Hana Levi Julian

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