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July 25, 2016 / 19 Tammuz, 5776

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Plainclothed Palestinian Authority Police Operating in Israel’s Area C

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

A Palestinian Authority newspaper, Donia Al-Watan,, reports that undercover PA police have begun operating in Area C in Judea and Samaria. The article reports they will now wear civilian clothing when operating in Area C.

According to the Oslo Accords, Area C is supposed to be under exclusive Israeli control and security. PA police are not allowed to operate there in any capacity according to the signed agreeements.

The Palestinian Authority decided they need to clean up the illegal weapons in the PA, after PA civilians opened fire on PA policemen and others in multiple shooting incidents and clan wars during Ramadan last month. The crackdown order came from PA president Mahmoud Abbas.

So far, four PA residents were arrested by PA Police in connection to the shooting incident in Shechem (Nablus) which left 2 PA policemen dead. Two of those arrested were in Area C at the time of their arrest.

In particular the PA police will focus there search for weapons in Shechem, Jenin and Hebron.

Jewish Press News Briefs

L’Express: Israel Spied on French Prime Minister’s Cellphone

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

When French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was visiting Israel from May 21 to 24 this year, he meant to carry a message of reconciliation to revive the peace process with the Palestinian Authority. But, according to a report in L’Express, the “friend of Israel” as Valls likes to present himself, did not expect the special reception he received: he and his entourage were asked to leave their secure phones before being ushered into high profile meetings, and when they took them back, the delegation was shocked to find that many of the phones showed signs of an “anomaly.”

Back in Paris, the devices that were suspected of having been handled by Israel were handed over to L’Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d’information (The National Agency for computer security, ANSSI) for further investigation, which is still ongoing.

“We never comment on the results of a potential attack,” an ANSSI spokesperson told L’Express. The spokesperson acknowledged that a laptop belonging to the prime minister’s entourage broke down during the visit to Israel, adding that “the current investigation is part of normal procedure,” and that allies don’t spy on one another.

L’Express expects that this suspicion of electronic monitoring may have an adverse effect on the already complicated relations between France and Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has issued a statement saying that “Israel denies this information. Israel considers France a friendly country, to which we transmit information if necessary, and against which we do not spy.”

David Israel

EXCLUSIVE: Eyewitness Reveals More Details Surrounding the Murder of 13-Year-Old Israeli-American Girl

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

[First Published in Western Journalism.]

While the knife jihad in Israel continues, new details emerged about what exactly happened last week Wednesday when 13-year-old Israeli-American Hallel Yaffa Ariel was slaughtered by a 19-year-old Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist in the town of Kiryat Arba near Hebron in Israel.

A source in the security forces of Kiryat Arba who wishes to remain anonymous told Western Journalism what happened in the house where the girl was sleeping, exhausted after a dance recital in Jerusalem the night before.

The horrific terrorist act that rocked Israeli society began when an alarm about a breach in the security fence was sent to members of the rapid response security team.

One of the security guards who responded to the alarm originally thought that the alarm was caused by youths who exit the town via the fence, but when he arrived in the area he noticed suspicious sounds coming out of the house of the Ariel family.

At that moment a second member of the security team arrived, and the guards decided to call Amichai, Hallel’s father, who is also a member of the local civilian rapid response security team. He confirmed that his daughter was at home.

A short while later, the father of the girl arrived to open the front door of the house, followed by one of the security guards. He immediately went to the girl’s room to check if everything was OK. When he opened the door, he saw his daughter bleeding from multiple stab wounds. Ariel called out Hallel’s name, but she didn’t respond. He then tried to resuscitate her but soon realized that his daughter had died. He then collapsed in shock.

At the same time, one of the other security guards noticed from his position in the corridor a moving shadow behind a closet in the room. He understood that the terrorist was still there and was trying to hide behind the closet.

He noticed that the terrorist, Mohammad Tra’ayra from the village Bani Na’im near Hebron, was in the possession of a very large knife that looked like a sword. The guard decided to neutralize Tra’ayra, shooting him two times in the back.

Tra’ayra collapsed, but that didn’t prevent him from stabbing the second security guard, who also was hit in his head by a ricocheting bullet. His colleague saved his life by shooting the terrorist in the head.

The wounded security guard lost an eye but the bullet miraculously didn’t reach his brain.

All this happened in the span of a few seconds, the source told Western Journalism.

He said that the girl had eight stab wounds in her upper body and that the terrorist also stabbed Hallel in her throat.

At Hallel’s funeral, her dance instructor called the girl  “a princess in white with a penetrating gaze and a stormy silence about her.”

“Yesterday, like a white bird, you danced the dance of your life,” Esther Marom said, referring to Hallel’s dance performance in Jerusalem the night before the horrific terrorist act.

Hallel’s mother, Rina Ariel, said at the funeral, “God, Father, how do you give a eulogy for a 13-and-a-half-year-old girl? I had the merit of giving birth to you and from that moment on my life was filled with light. For 13-and-a-half years you gave her to me for safekeeping, and now I give her back to you. But Father, there’s no more room up there in heaven, the people of Kiryat Arba have already filled it.”

She also had something to say to the mother of Mohammad Tra’ayra.

“I want to address the mother of the terrorist who did this. I teach my children to love and you’ve have educated yours to hate,” Hallel’s mother said.

Later Rina Ariel stunned the thousands of Israelis who came to her home in Kiryat Arba to comfort the family. Instead, she comforted her fellow Israelis.

She told them to be strong and that by living in Kiryat Arba (the place where Abraham once lived, according to the Bible) Israelis show the Palestinian Authority Arabs that they will win. By living in places the Arabs claim as their sole property, Jews pave the way to the rebuilding of the Temple (Har HaBayit), she told her sobbing visitors before eulogizing her daughter.

The Palestinian Authority, meanwhile, has yet to condemn the ruthless murder of Hallel Yaffa Ariel.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas made no official statement after the attack and reportedly refused to answer telephone calls from foreign leaders who wanted to urge him to condemn the murder. He also ordered Palestinian Authority media not to report on the brutal attack.

Yochanan Visser

3 IDF Soldiers Hurt in Vehicle Terror Attack Near Neve Daniel on Hwy 60

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

An Arab terrorist is believed to have carried out a vehicle ramming attack against IDF soldiers early Wednesday evening as they were traveling in a military vehicle on Highway 60 in Judea, near the Jewish community of Neve Daniel.

The site is about eight minutes’ drive south of Jerusalem. The Arab driver crashed his vehicle head-on into the IDF vehicle.

The terrorist sustained a serious head injury, according to military sources quoted by international media.

Three IDF soldiers, all age 20, were wounded in the attack. One suffered chest and limb wounds and is in serious condition; two others sustained broken bones and other injuries to their limbs. The latter two are in fair condition. All were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Security personnel and IDF soldiers closed down the highway and set up road blocks and launched a search of the area for any accomplices.

This was the second travel attack perpetrated by Arabs on Wednesday.

Rocks were thrown by Arab terrorists at the Jerusalem Light Rail as it made its way through the capital. It’s not the first time the railway has been targeted by terrorists.

The first car on the train was damaged but no one was physically injured. Police are searching for the terrorists.

Hana Levi Julian

Analysis: Two Funerals

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

By Yishai Fleisher

In the last two weeks I had the painful privilege of attending two big funerals.

The first was the funeral of Irving Moskowitz, the wealthy American doctor who, along with his wife Cherna, became the patron of building in eastern Jerusalem, Hebron, Akko, and Ariel, and was involved in countless building projects, reclamations, charities, and educational institutions. By one unofficial estimate, Moskowitz gave half a billion dollars to these causes – but it might be much more. He was interred on the Mount of Olives facing the Temple Mount, close to the graves of Israel’s first Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Kook, and first IDF Chief Rabbi, Shlomo Goren, in the heart of eastern Jerusalem where he helped pioneer Jewish life. His funeral, while sad, was not marred by an atmosphere of a tragedy, rather, it was a kind of celebration of his mission and success.

Less than two weeks later, I was standing at the funeral of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a lively 13-year-old girl who had been murdered by a 17-year-old Jihadist from Arab village Bani Na’im. He scaled a wall and jumped through a window of the Ariel’s family home set within the vineyards of Kiryat Arba. The murderer found little Hallel sleeping in her bed defenseless, so he stabbed her tens of times and then ran looking for a next victim until a member of the Rapid Response Team ended his life with a bullet. Hallel was buried in the ancient cemetery of Hebron, where many other Jewish victims of Jihad terror rest along with Jewish luminaries, not far from the Machpela, the Tomb of the Founding Fathers and Mothers of the Jewish people. Unlike the Moskowitz funeral, this one was not a celebration of the life well lived, but rather the epitome of tragedy, loss, and bitter questions. The contrast between the two funerals was stark. Irving Moskowitz lived his life fully. He was a loving family man and a rags-to-riches success (his wife Cherna told us that at their wedding, the bottom two layers of the wedding cake were faux – only the top tier was real cake, because that’s all they could afford). Moskowitz dedicated his life and wealth to increasing Jewish presence and asserting Jewish rights in the Land of Israel. His funeral was a Who’s Who of activists, ministers and mayors who came to honor the successes and contributions of a man who kept pushing the Zionist revolution into the heartland of Israel liberated in the Six Day War.

Hallel Yaffa’s contributions were, on the other hand, more modest. She was the oldest girl in her family, a natural leader to her siblings and many cousins, and a dance performer — her dance teacher’s eulogy at the funeral was a painful testimony to her young life. Yet at her funeral some of the very same activists, ministers, and VIPs that were present at the Moskowitz funeral attended. This time, they came not to celebrate, but to commiserate with a salt-of-the-earth family, a victim of a despicable crime perpetrated by forces dedicated to eradicating us from our country. And many more came to say goodbye to little Hallel, whose body and potential were destroyed forever. No dancing, no children, no life.

At the Moskowitz shiva, modern day Zionist heroes streamed in. As I sat next to Cherna, I translated for Yigal Cohen-Orgad, the Chancellor of Ariel University who talked about how Moskowitz saved the budding college from going into bankruptcy with a fifty-thousand dollar donation to cover debt. Then I translated for an Arab man who works with reclamation organizations in Jerusalem. He blessed Cherna for a long life and urged her to continue with strength, saying that though he has been the target of many assassination attempts, he believes his efforts on behalf of Israel protected him. He promised Cherna that he will continue his work, and that his sons after him will as well, “all the way until the Temple is built in Jerusalem” — yes, I heard it myself. Finally, I translated for Ze’ev Hever (Zambish), the famous CEO of Amana (the housing organization of Judea and Samaria), who told the story of how Moskowitz gave him money for the first mobile homes for new immigrants from Russia.

Zambish recalled that it had taken only ten minutes to convince Moskowitz and that they reconvened to phone the mobile homes factory owner to close the deal that very same evening. Through the stories, we learned that Moskowitz was a quick decision maker, that he was very hands-on with the legal minutia, that he saw clearly the importance of acquiring the land of Israel. Moskowitz did not wait for the government to lead – indeed, I got the impression that Moskowitz formed a shadow government of activists around him — they ran ahead, created facts, and then allowed the government to catch up.

At Hallel Yaffa’s shiva, there was frustration and pain. Important politicians, the Prime Minister, the Defense Minister, and the President, all came into the family home but somehow their proclamations rang hollow and shallow. The greatest questions asked in today’s Israel were right on the surface, but the politicians did not have clear answers: what is the nature of this Jihadist Jew-hatred and how do we stop it? Do Jews have a right to live in this (part of the) land, and if yes, is it a smart thing to do? What is the Palestinian Authority and how is it that our country awaits them at the peace table yet they are the source of the greatest incitement?

But the politicians had more blandness than answers and even seemed more culpable than capable. The government response to the murders seemed tepid at best: restricting Arab work permits for a limited time, and announcing the approval of 42 housing units in Kiryat Araba which had already been approved once before. Local Arab Jihadis recently murdered Yitzchak Chasno, two members of the Litman family, gardener Gennady Kaufman, and now Hallel Yaffa and Rabbi Mark – but there was no sense of rage or urgency in the government actions in the Hebron region. At the shiva house, the Prime Minister and the President were received warmly and respectfully, but not with confidence that they will bring real change in response to these crimes and these times.

Yet, overtly, what was common to both funerals and shiva houses was an abiding faith in the right of the Jewish people to live in freedom and security anywhere in this great, but tiny land. Irving Moskowitz and Hallel Yaffa Ariel both exemplified the struggle to actualize Jewish life in the Jewish ancestral homeland. Both Moskowitz and Hallel Yaffa stood for Jewish courage that will not succumb to bullying from outside forces or yield to slothfulness from within.

May their memory be a blessings and an inspiration to all of us.

JNi.Media

US State Dept Questions Israel’s Desire to Reach ‘2-State Solution’

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

The U.S. State Department is questioning whether Israel really wants to make peace with the Palestinian Authority, and whether the Netanyahu government really supports the “two-state solution.”

State Department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters at a briefing Tuesday that Washington is “deeply concerned” over Israel’s decision to approve a tender for 42 housing units in Kiryat Arba and construction of 800 new housing units in Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim.

“If it’s true, this report would be the latest step in what seems to be the systematic process of land seizures, settlement expansions and legalization of outposts that is fundamentally undermining the prospects for a two-state solution,” Kirby told reporters.

“This action risks entrenching a one-state reality and raises serious questions about Israel’s intentions.”

The approvals came in response to two deadly terrorist attacks perpetrated against Israelis within a 24-hour period last week. A 13-year-old girl was stabbed to death by a Palestinian Authority Arab who climbed in her bedroom window last Thursday morning. The killer stabbed young Halle Yaffa Ariel, hy’d dozens of times, her blood spraying all over her room, after he scaled the security fence around Kiryat Arba.

The next day Arab terrorists opened fire at Rabbi Miki Mark, the administrator of the Otniel yeshiva as he drove near the community on Route 60 with his wife and children just a few hours before the Sabbath. The rabbi died instantly as he lost control of the vehicle and the car flipped over; his wife Chava was critically injured. Two of his ten children were also wounded.

Hallel Ariel, hy’d, was an American citizen. So is Chava Mark. But although the State Department issued the standard condemnation of violence perpetrated against U.S. citizens, there was complete silence from the White House.

Israel’s security cabinet met Saturday night to determine a response to the escalation in deadly attacks. By Sunday morning the government ministers were presented with a list of measures that were gauged to signal Israel’s determination not to buckle under the violence, including more boots on the ground in the Hebron area.

The Quartet for Mideast Peace issued a report on Friday (July 1) blaming Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria — even routine building connected with the natural growth in any community, within the municipal boundaries of existing towns — for the violence.

On Tuesday, it seemed the U.S. was joining that bandwagon and adding more fuel to the fire, blaming the approval of badly-needed housing units in existing communities for the Palestinian Authority’s unwillingness to join direct final status talks — and the unprovoked bloodbaths by Arab terrorists against innocent Israeli civilians.

Kirby added the U.S. would continue to “look for leaders in the region to do what they need to do … to demonstrate leadership to take down the violence, reduce tensions.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Military Forces Capture 7 Terror Fugitives

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Israeli security forces captures seven terror suspects in various locations across Judea and Samaria late Monday night.

The fugitives are accused of terrorist activities and attacking Israeli civilians and security forces.

Two of the suspects were arrested in Hebron; they were the brothers of the 19-year-old killer of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel. Muhammed Tarayrer, 19, climbed in the window of the girl’s bedroom and stabbed the eighth grader dozens of times while she was sleeping in her bed last Thursday morning.

Two members of the Hamas terrorist organization were picked up in the city of Shechem. A third Hamas terrorist was arrested in the nearby Arab town of Awarta, and a fourth was tracked down in Tubas, an Arab village north of Jericho.

IDF soldiers also carried out a weapons raid in the town of Beit Fajr, near the Palestinian Authority town of Bethlehem. All of the soldiers returned safely to base.

Hana Levi Julian

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