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May 3, 2016 / 25 Nisan, 5776

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UN Slams IDF Soldier’s ‘Gruesome, Immoral’ Killing of Terrorist in Hebron

Monday, March 28th, 2016

The United Nations has condemned the “gruesome” killing of an Arab terrorist who stabbed an Israeli soldier in Hebron last week.

The condemnation came in a statement by UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nicolay Mladenov, who didn’t bother waiting for the results of the IDF investigation into the incident before making his own decision in the matter.

“I strongly condemn … the apparent extra-judicial execution of a Palestinian assailant in Hebron in the occupied West Bank,” Mladenov said. “This was a gruesome, immoral and unjust act that can only fuel more violence and escalate an already volatile situation.”

Mladenov called on Israel to “swiftly bring to justice” the alleged perpetrator and praised Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s condemnation of the incident.

The terrorist was the second of two who attacked an IDF soldier on Thursday morning, and was awaiting transport to a medical facility. The first was shot and killed by other troops at the site. As he was lying on the ground, he was shot and killed by an IDF soldier, as seen in a video that made the rounds of the Internet and Israeli TV.

The incident, slammed as an “execution” by the far-left ‘B’Tselem’ group, has become the focal point for a massive debate in Israeli society.

The soldier in question contends the terrorist still presented a threat: he was wearing a bulky zipped-up jacket in the manner of suicide bombers and it was not clear that he was dead.

Hebron terrorist on an 88-degree day, wearing zipped up, long-sleeve jacket covering possible bulge.

Hebron terrorist on an 88-degree day, wearing zipped up, long-sleeve jacket covering possible bulge.

Terrorists who are still alive, though injured, are indeed able to detonate the explosive vests they are wearing despite their wounds in order to kill more victims. The discussion heard on the video supports this theory, with people yelling in the background about the danger.

The IDF contends that a military commander had already checked the terrorist’s body to determine whether he was packed with explosives. The soldier in question also had not followed protocol and did not first clear his actions with commanders.

As a result, the IDF arrested the soldier and incarcerated him in Prison 4, located in Be’er Sheva. His remand has been extended until at least Tuesday, as the investigation continues.

Politicians, community leaders and families of IDF rank and file as well as reservists are all debating the government’s response to the current wave of terror perpetrated by Palestinian Authority and Israeli Arabs.

Dozens of Israelis have died since October and hundreds of others have been injured, maimed and permanently traumatized as a result. In addition, 200 Arabs have also been killed, most while trying to attack Israelis but some also as victims of the attacks by their own brethren.

Hana Levi Julian

UN, Quartet Working on Strategy to Revive Israel-Palestinian Authority Peace Talks

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

The “Quartet” comprised of the United Nations, European Union, Russia and the United States is forming a new plan to revive the moribund Israel-Palestinian Authority peace process.

UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nicolai Mladenov told media at a news conference in New York on Wednesday the Quartet plans to issue an analysis of the obstacles to a final two-state solution. Included in the report will be recommendations on how to advance the process.

Mladenov is to brief the UN Security Council Thursday on the situation in the Middle East, including the current status of reconstruction efforts in Gaza.

Work on the analysis of the obstacles to peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has already begun, according to Mladenov. He said the Quartet is seeking input from Israel as well as the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, “to produce a good assessment,” Xinhua reported.

He added the report, to be completed by the end of the summer, will be used to inform the international body and consolidate consensus on a two-state solution “as the only viable option.”

Mladenov also told media that 100,000 families in Gaza now have access to construction materials with which to repair and rebuild their homes. In addition, 9,000 new jobs have been created, he said. But infrastructure projects relating to accessing fresh water and electricity are still needed, the envoy noted.

He also claimed that only 35 percent of the $3.5 billion pledged by the United States at the 2014 Cairo conference has been disbursed thus far. Mladenov urged all donors to “make good” on their commitments. Very few of the Arab nations who pledged millions have actually fulfilled those promises.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Uncensored: Josh Encounters Jihad [audio]

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

On the maiden edition of Israel Uncensored, Josh discusses what he calls the “PA Incitement War” plaguing the Jewish State over the past half year. Josh says that Israel needs to adopt a more aggressive approach to stopping the attacks including shutting down the official PA outlets of hate, and ultimately taking down the Palestinian Authority all together. Josh also discusses a disappointing study which shows the minuscule funding allocated by the Foreign Ministry for “public diplomacy.” Despite it all though, Josh discusses a recent survey indicating that Israel is one of the happiest countries in the world.

The Land of Israel

11 Arab Terror Fugitives Arrested

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Israeli forces arrested 11 terror suspects late Friday night in region-wide operations throughout Judea and Samaria.

Nine of the fugitives were accused of terrorism-related violence against civilians and security personnel.

Five of the suspects were arrested in the Hebron area. Two were picked up in Ouja, north of Jericho.

Two members of the Hamas terrorist organization were arrested in Samaria not far from the Palestinian Authority capital city of Ramallah.

All of the suspects were transferred to Shin Bet intelligence agents for interrogation.

Hana Levi Julian

US VP Joe Biden: No Justification for This ‘Intolerable, Hateful Violence’

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Israel on what may have been one of the bloodiest days in the current wave of terror – but it did not deter him from teaching two of his grandchildren that their commitment to Israel runs deeper than the issue of security.

Biden is in Israel for a two-day visit, together with his wife Jill and the two children of his deceased son Beau, whose mother-in-law is Jewish.

The vice president commented Wednesday morning during a news briefing in Jerusalem that he deliberately brought his grandchildren to Israel this time around. He said he wants them “to see; they’re not too young to understand all of what [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] talked about – that this is a commitment that is deeper than security.”

That’s a pretty gutsy statement coming from a man whose wife and grandchildren were eating dinner just down the beach as one person was being murdered in an attack, nine others injured.

During the news conference Biden firmly condemned the escalation in violence he encountered upon his arrival.

Biden had headed for a meeting at the Peres Center for Peace while his wife Jill and two grandchildren went to the beach for dinner.

But the meeting had barely started before he began to receive messages about one terror attack after the next – including one about a particularly bloody, gruesome attack “not very far from where” his family was having dinner.

Taylor Allen Force, a U.S. citizen, Vanderbilt graduate student, a graduate of West Point and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, was murdered in that attack. Force’s wife was among the nine others who were wounded.

Biden’s comments about that nightmare followed a brief statement by Netanyahu in which he pointed out that Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas refused to condemn the terrorist attacks. His Fatah faction “actually praised the murderer of this American citizen as a Palestinian martyr and a hero,” Netanyahu said.

The prime minister also pointed out the dangers inherent in the “persistent incitement in Palestinian society” that “glorifies murders of innocent people and calls for a Palestinian state not to live in peace with Israel but to replace Israel.”

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization – who will automatically gain citizenship in any Palestinian Authority sovereign state – released an official statement praising the attacks. The group called them “heroic operations” and cited them as proof the wave of terror remains.

“Hamas celebrates the martyrs that have ascended through these operations and confirms that their pure blood will, God willing, be the fuel for escalating the intifada,” the terrorist group wrote on its home page.

Not that this is anything new in our neighborhood; but it is most likely a new experience for Biden. He undoubtedly hears about this from Israelis with whom he speaks, but equally likely rarely gives it much thought.

Clearly, he gave it a lot of thought this time.

“Let me say in no uncertain terms: The United States of America condemns these acts and condemns the failure to condemn these acts. This cannot become an accepted modus operandi,” Biden told reporters.

“This cannot be viewed by civilized leaders as an appropriate way in which to behave,” he continued. “It is just not tolerable in the 21st century.

“They’re targeting innocent civilians, mothers, pregnant women, teenagers, grandfathers, American citizens,” he exclaimed.

“There can be no justification for this hateful violence and the United States stands firmly behind Israel when it defends itself as we are defending ourselves at this moment as well.”

He commented that his own family was very close to the action. “I don’t know how [close], whether it was 100 meters or 1,000 meters,” he said, “but it just brings home that it can happen – it can happen anywhere at any time.”

Hana Levi Julian

IDF, Shin Bet Capture Accused Terrorist Murderer of Avraham Hasno, z”l

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

IDF soldiers from the elite Duvdevan unit and Israeli intelligence agents arrested the suspected killer of 55-year-old Avraham Hasno, z’l in a joint operation in the southern Hebron Hills.

They took the suspect into custody overnight from a location near the Arab village of Dahariya, near Yattir.

The suspect is accused of murdering Hasno in a terrorist vehicle hit-and-run attack on October 20, 2015 at the Fuar Junction near Hebron and Kiryat Arba, after he was ambushed in a rock-throwing roadblock at the site. He was run over twice by the Arab truck driver in mid-October.

Local Arab residents cheered and whistled while paramedics unsuccessfully tried to save his life.

The murderer was initially spared Israeli arrest by immediately turning to the Palestinian Authority, who took him into custody.

The suspect was detained (read: protected) until recently at the Palestinian Authority police station in Dahariya, according to a statement by the Shin Bet.

Subsequent to his release by the PA authorities several days ago, he was arrested by Israeli forces following much effort and intelligence work.

The detainee has been transferred to security personnel for further investigation and interrogation.

Jewish Press News Briefs

YouTube Aborts Media Site for ‘Incitement’ for Exposing Arab Incitement

Monday, March 7th, 2016

It is hard to argue with YouTube for shutting down an account that featured a small girl reading a poem on a government channel which calls for “war that will smash” a legitimate government.

Except when exposure of that incitement is what gets shut down, which will lead to more incitement, not less.

Which is what happened late last week.

On Thursday, March 3, YouTube terminated the account of Palestinian Media Watch. PMW was shut down after it released a video of a Palestinian Arab girl reading a poem on official Palestinian Authority television glorifying the brutal murder of Israelis and the end of the Jewish State.

The PMW video showed a young girl named Minas, who is roughly  eight years old, on the Palestinian Authority television program, “Children’s Talk.”

The host of the program asks Minas to recite a poem, and Minas responds that she will recite the poem, “I am a Palestinian.” And this is what she recites:

All my Arabness calls me to vengeance and liberation… Thousands of prisoners… say: To Jerusalem, the [first] direction of prayer in the faith [Islam] To war that will smash the oppressor and destroy the Zionist’s soul and raise the Palestinian banner in the world’s sky and strengthen my word that goes on: Palestinian, Palestinian, Palestinian.

When Minas concludes her poem, the program host tells her she is “superb” and “very talented.”

YouTube justified terminating PMW’s account for “violating their ‘terms of service,’ which includes hate speech.”

In other words, PMW’s YouTube account was shut down as if it was PMW that was urging a “war that will smash the oppressor and destroy the Zionist’s soul.” What PMW actually did was to expose this promotion of violence and murder and a grotesque form of child abuse committed by the Palestinian Authority, which was responsible for the television segment.

Rather than stopping the incitement, YouTube’s action enabled the incitement by shutting down the whistle-blower.

As the result of this wrongheaded action by YouTube, nearly all of PMW’s dozens and dozens of videos – the result of many months of work – have been shut down.

People have begun responding to YouTube, asking it to reinstate PMW’s account by clicking the “send feedback” link at the very bottom (scroll all the way down) of YouTube’s homepage.

As Palestinian Media Watch pointed out, parliaments and governments the world over use PMW’s exposure of Palestinian Arab incitement and hate speech. “On Friday, a 25-minute debate took place in Swedish Parliament in which the PA’s support for the current terror was discussed, and the proof was based entirely on PMW documentation – most of which is no longer available,” thanks to YouTube’s action.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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