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February 8, 2016 / 29 Shevat, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Old City’

Netanyahu Visits ‘Heroic, Resourceful’ Policewoman in Hospital

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited one of the two surviving wounded Israeli Border Guard Police officers hospitalized at Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center on Thursday.

Ravit was one of three who were wounded in a complex terror attack at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

It was the police officers who prevented a certain mass casualty attack from taking place within the Old City, having fearlessly approached the suspects to ask for identification when they acted suspiciously. As one presented his ID, his two companions produced concealed guns and knives, and immediately stabbed the police officers.

The officer with whom the prime minister visited, Ravit, told him what had happened during the attack. She added, “We are here to protect Israel’s citizens. That’s why we enlisted, and why we are here.

“I have no doubt that Hadar knew this and acted from this belief. I realize that Hadar saved my life,” she said.

“Your responsiveness and resourcefulness prevented a huge disaster,” Netanyahu said in praise of all the officers. “All of Israel embraces you, and sends to you wishes for a speedy recovery.”

The prime minister also visited an IDF soldier wounded in a terror attack Sunday in Samaria near Beit El carried out by a member of the elite, U.S.-trained Palestinian Authority security police force.

After the visit, Netanyahu declared, “Ravit acted heroically and resourcefully along with her colleagues. Together with the commander of their force, they prevented a large disaster. And of course we are all saddened by the death of Hadar Cohen, a real heroine. We all embrace her family.”

Netanyahu told reporters the government is carrying out a “large effort against terror.

“Qabatiya (the home village of two of the terrorists) is closed. The IDF is operating there with the Shin Bet and making widespread arrests. We have canceled many work permits into Israel, and the attorney general informed me… he has added a number of terrorists’ homes to be marked for demolition. This is only a portion of our efforts.

“It will take time to overcome terror – Islamic terror has spread throughout the world, inciting millions in countries from Jakarta to Africa, all the way to California,” Netanyahu pointed out.

“We are in this fray – it is not passing us by – but we are fighting it with great power and will continue to do so.”

Jerusalem Under Attack, Official Calls for IDF

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

The deputy mayor of Jerusalem, Dov Kalmanovich, is calling for IDF troops to be deployed temporarily in the capital following a major terror attack at the Damascus Gate earlier in the day.

One Border Guard police officer has succumbed to her wounds as a result of the attack; two others are hospitalized. Three terrorists were shot and killed.

Kalmanovich said Wednesday night there has been an escalation in the wave of terror in Jerusalem and recommended placing IDF soldiers at schools and in the Old City.

“Border Police and Jerusalem District police officers prevented – unfortunately with their bodies – a much more complex and serious attack than what occurred here,” Assistant Police Commissioner Avshalom Peled pointed out Wednesday night.

“A team of Border Police officers was suspicious of several people and sought to make contact with them. A battle then followed in which three terrorists were killed… During initial questioning they were armed with weapons. They had probably planned a complex, combined attack which would have been far more difficult [to deal with.]”

Peled concurred with the deputy mayor’s assessment. “There is no doubt this is a type of escalation,” he said.

Moreover, Peled emphasized that it was likely the terrorists were targeting civilians, rather than police – and that the approach by officers had blocked their access to the intended target.

“We believe the police were not the targets as it was their initiative (to approach),” he said. “I am unable to discuss some of these things because it is under intensive investigation.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the closure of Qabatiya Wednesday evening following the terror attack at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City.

The IDF declared the area around the Palestinian Authority town of Jenin to be a closed military zone. The area was completely sealed off with no one allowed to enter or leave the area until further notice.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan thanked the police for their “vigilance and professionalism.” He noted that because of the officers “an attack of a very large scale was prevented. Erdan added a request to the public to “remain on alert.”

Jewish Teen Arrested for Church Vandalism

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

A Jerusalem teenager has been arrested in connection with the vandalism of the Dormition Abbey in the Old City of the capital.

A 16-year-old Jewish boy was scheduled to appear before a judge in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Wednesday to face accusations relating to the case.

The Dormition Abbey is located next to the site known to Jews as the Tomb of the Biblical King David, author of the Book of Psalms. It is known to Christians as the Cenacle, and the room of the Last Supper, and is outside Zion Gate.

Terror Attack Foiled in Old City of Jerusalem

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

A terror attack was foiled in the Old City of Jerusalem at midday Sunday when Israeli police officers noticed an Arab teen behaving suspiciously. The officers asked the youth to produce his identification, which he did.

However, as he presented his blue teudat zehut ID card, the youth also pulled a knife from within the folds of his shirt, and tried to stab one of the officers.

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The police overpowered and arrested the teen, handcuffed him and took him to the local precinct for questioning.

Police Officer Wounded in Jerusalem Terror Attack, Terrorist Neutralized

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

An Israeli police officer was stabbed in a terrorist attack Thursday at around 5:30 pm on Hanevi’im Street in Jerusalem, near the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City.

The security officer was stabbed in the hand by the terrorist, and also sustained a gunshot wound to the leg due to friendly fire, according to a medic. He was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the capital.

The terrorist who carried out the attack was shot and killed by police on site. Security personnel continued to sweep the area to determine whether a second terrorist was involved.

Seal of First Temple Era King Discovered in Old City of Jerusalem

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Archaeologists have discovered a First Temple-era seal with the name of King Hezekiah, who ruled Judea at the time.

Hebrew University Dr. Eliot Mazer, who leads the ongoing excavations at the Old City site, said that the half-inch long seal, or “bulla,” is the “closest as ever that we can get to something that was most likely held by King Hezekiah himself.,” who ruled in the 8th century BCE.

The inscription on the bulla, one of several that have been found in the past several years, reads:

Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz, king of Judah.

The seal was embellished with motifs from Egyptian culture and was used to seal a scroll, indicating that King Hezekiah had signed the document.

He is best known today as for excavating the water channel from Silwan water springs to the Old City, an engineering feat.

King Hezekiah dug the tunnel after the invasion by the Assyrian empire.

The Bible records in 2 Kings 18:5 notes his historical significance:

After him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

Terrorists Sentenced for Plotting to Kill Jews on Temple Mount, Police on Patrol

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Three Jerusalem Arabs were sentenced to prison terms on Monday for plotting to kill Jews on the Temple Mount, and security forces as they patrolled so-called “eastern Jerusalem” neighborhoods.

According to the indictment the leader of the cell, Nor Hamdan, 24, allegedly recruited the defendants and others to form a terror cell after deciding in February 2013 to attack security forces in Jerusalem and Jews who visited the Temple Mount “to pray.”

Under questioning Hamdan confessed that he intended to “defend the Al Aqsa Mosque.”

According to a statement by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) the members of the terror cell reside in the A-Tur and Ras Al-Amud sections of Jerusalem, and in the Old City. Hamdan received training, guidance and weapons from terror organizations in Judea, Samaria and Gaza with whom he was in contact, according to the indictment.

The Shin Bet added that Hamdan was influenced by YouTube videos of past terrorist attacks that he saw on the Internet channel. One that particularly caught his eye was the shooting attack on Jerusalem’s Merkaz HaRav yeshiva in 2008. Eight Israelis were murdered in the attack. The terror cell was comprised of six members: • Nor Hamdan, leader of the cell, who has not yet been sentenced • Amjad Ra’azam, not yet sentenced • Omar VuzVuz, not yet sentenced • Jalal Koutoub, convicted on charges of assisting the enemy in wartime, conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping, two counts of attempted murder, abduction for the purpose of murder and other crimes. Sentenced to a prison term of 13 years. • Muhammed Sha’ar, convicted on charges of assisting the enemy in wartime, attempted robbery; sentenced to a prison term of 4.5 years. • Ahmad Bazalmit, convicted on charges of conspiracy to assist the enemy in wartime and attempted robbery; sentenced to a prison term of 3.5 years.

According to the Shin Bet statement, the terrorists “began firearms training with a handgun near Qalandia” and later planned to steal weapons from police officers in A-Turn.

In one incident the terrorists also briefly considered ambushing a police vehicle but were themselves caught off guard by police instead, according to the indictment.

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