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December 11, 2016 / 11 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Nazareth’

Two Israeli Arabs Indicted For Attempting To Join ISIS

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

By Tzvi Lev/TPS

Nazareth (TPS) – The Israeli State Attorney’s Office indicted two Israeli Arab men at the Nazareth District Court on Thursday for having ties with ISIS. They are charged with attempting to join the group in Syria, as well as with the illegal trade of weapons.

Mahmoud Abdelfatah, 24, a resident of Nazareth, is charged with contacting a foreign agent and supporting a terror organization. According to the indictment, Abdelfatah had been supporting the Islamic State since 2014, and regularly visited radical Islamic websites. He plotted to travel to Turkey under the guise of being on a honeymoon and then cross the border to Syria and fight with the jihadist group in Raqqa, the city declared by the group to be its capital.

According to the indictment, Abdelfatah had been in regular contact on Facebook with another Israeli Arab, who identified himself as Mahmoud Abdullah from Jerusalem. Abdelfatah met him at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, and later Abdullah updated him that he had crossed the border into Syria where he was fighting with Islamic State.

The second man who was indicted is Ashraf al-Rabii, a 23 resident of Shfaram, who is charged with possessing an illegal weapon as well as supporting a terrorist group. Al-Rabii was an avid reader of Islamic State propaganda and aspired to fight for the group in Syria. He also owned a non-licensed pistol and sold bullets to others.

The case was investigated by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the Israeli police. The prosecution has asked the court to keep the suspects in custody until the end of court proceedings against them.

There have been many recent cases of Israeli Arabs arrested for attempting to join Islamic State. More than 40 Israeli Arabs have joined the group in the last two years, according to the Shin Bet.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Rare Indictment Against Jewish Israeli for Anti-Arab Incitement

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

A Jewish resident of Nazareth has been indicted for incitement on Facebook against Arabs.

The rare indictment was filed Wednesday in the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court against Meir Borenstein, 26, by the Northern District Attorney’s Office.

Borenstein is one of the first Jews to be charged with racist incitement and incitement to violence against Arabs on Facebook.

The charges stem from his posts in 2013 and 2014 calling on Jews to “break everything of theirs, their cars, their iPhones, their teeth… let’s start our own intifada,” and to kidnap Arabs.

Hana Levi Julian

Police Officer Badly Injured in Possible Ramming Attack

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

A Northern District police officer was seriously wounded at the intersection of Highways 60 and 75 in Nazareth on Sunday evening when an unidentified driver rammed into him at high speed.

The driver was heading towards Afula at the time, according to police. The officer had motioned for the vehicle to pull over and stop but was ignored by the driver, who fled immediately after running him over.

The officer was rushed to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, according to Israel Police spokesperson Luba Samri.

Police set up checkpoints around the area. Just over an hour later police announced a suspect had been detained and was being questioned.

Hana Levi Julian

Indictment Filed Against MK Hanin Zoabi

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

MK Hanin Zoabi was indicted Thursday by the Northern District State Attorney’s Office on charges of “disgracing a public servant.”

The prosecution filed the charge as part of a plea bargain in which the Knesset member agreed to plead guilty as charged.

In return, the prosecution agreed not to charge the lawmaker with a more serious accusation of incitement to racism or threats.

The prosecution is also expected to seek a suspended prison term; Zoabi, however, is expected to vigorously oppose this and argue for a fine.

The accusation results from a July 6, 2014 incident in which Zoabi sneered at Israeli Arab security personnel. The MK told a mob of demonstrators at a court in Nazareth that Israeli Arabs who work for government security forces “should be scared of us.”

Zoabi called Israeli Arab police officers “traitors.” She told the mob to spit in their faces and made remarks with implied threats towards the officers.

The plea deal worked out with the MK was signed in December by Zoabi and outgoing Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.

Hana Levi Julian

2 Israeli Arabs Indicted as ISIS Operatives in Nazareth District Court

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Two Israeli Arab cousins were indicted in Nazareth District Court on Thursday on a collection of charges in connection with accusations of working for Da’esh (ISIS), including a plot to attack IDF soldiers at the Golani Junction.

Arrested on November 22, Muhammad Bader Hassan, 20, a resident of Rina and Ahmed Sa’adiya, 23, a resident of Umm el-Ghanem, traveled to Turkey last May, according to the Shin Bet (Shabak), intending to join Da’esh.

When they arrived, however, they met Syrian refugees fleeing the area and after hearing their horror stories decided to return to Israel.

Once safely back in the Jewish State, however, the two remained in contact with Da’esh terror operatives from Iraq and were inspired to continue their activities.

They allegedly chose the Golani Junction as a target due to its being a military transit hub. Sa’adiya also attempted to purchase weapons for the operation before the two were arrested.

The findings of the probe carried out by Shabak “underlines the great risk posed by extremist ideology and easy access to illegal weapons,” the Shin Bet noted in its statement.

Hana Levi Julian

Texas A&M Kills $200 Million Arab University in Nazareth, Opens $6 Million Center in Haifa Instead

Monday, December 14th, 2015

(JNi.media)
Texas A&M University is dropping its plan for a $200 million university campus in the Israeli-Arab city of Nazareth, and will launch instead a much humbler, $6 million marine research center in Haifa, on the Mediterranean coast. Nazareth has been campaigning to host Israel’s first Arab university since the 1980s, but this was the first time it was able to both find a generous American investor in the project and receive the cooperation of the Israeli government. Or so it was hoping.

And so, in the fall of 2013, Texas A&M announced its plan to build a branch dubbed “peace campus” in the Arab city of Nazareth in northern Israel. Then Texas Governor Rick Perry and Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp led a delegation to Israel, where they announced their intention to build the comprehensive campus at a ceremony held in the residence of then President Shimon Peres.

Sharp said in a statement back then: “We are absolutely dedicated to making this one of the finest international universities in the world and open to all.” But the plan apparently failed to both raise the needed funds and, more importantly, get the Israeli government to modify its rules regarding foreign university branches operating in the Jewish State.

And so, according to Inside Higher Ed, plans for the campus stagnated. “To some degree it’s a chicken and an egg problem,” Texas A&M’s vice provost Michael Benedik said. “Why would we be getting a major gift to open a campus when we don’t have legal permission to even do it?”

Texas A&M’s other foreign branch is in Qatar, and receives both the needed funds and the permission to operate from the government of Qatar.

About a year after the A&M announcement, Haifa University, also located in the north of Israel, stepped in and offered to provide academic sponsorship to A&M’s local partner in the project, the Nazareth Academic Institute (NAI), established in 2002, which is a small, financially starved learning institution serving mostly Arab women. Then, according to the AP, A&M decided to change its plans altogether because elected officials in Nazareth insisted on dictating the direction and aim of the new university.

So, finally, the big-dream Arab university was replaced by a small dream research center, which will open in February in collaboration with the University of Haifa. There will not be a peace university, bringing Arabs and Jews together. Instead, the new A&M venture will concentrate on the large natural gas deposits that have been discovered in the eastern Mediterranean, and, as Chancellor Sharp put it, part of the appeal for the research center in Haifa was access to the “oil and gas segment in Israel.” Work at the center will include monitoring ocean flow, to help mitigate risks associated with offshore exploration. Way to go, Texas.

JNi.Media

Five Israeli Arabs Indicted for Supporting ISIS

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Five northern Arabs with Israeli citizenship have been indicted for supporting the Islamic State (ISIS), buying guns and training with them for the stated objective of killing Jews, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) revealed Tuesday.

Two of the members of the cell were brothers. At least one of the terrorists was preparing to join ISIS in Iraq or Syria.

Police and the Shin Bet arrested the cell in October and November. Two of the members are age 18, and the others are ages 22, 23 and 27.

The members were in the stages of strengthening their belief in radical Islam and told the investigators they support ISIS which Israel has declared to be an illegal group.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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