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A 16-year-old terrorist in France attempted to stab a Jewish man wearing a yarmulka Monday morning outside a Marseille synagogue, in the city’s ninth arrondissement district.
The victim sustained wounds to his back and hand, according to French television station BFMTV.
The machete used by the teenage terrorist ultimately ended up on the ground as the young attacker tried to flee the scene. He was arrested about ten minutes later by the Anti-Crime Brigade, BFMTV reported.
The attack took place in a neighborhood which is highly populated with Jews. French police have thrown a dragnet around the area, which has been entirely shut down.
In November 2015, three attackers believed to be linked to the Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization stabbed a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary to Marseille in the face. At around 8pm local time, Rabbi Tzion Sa’adoun, 56, was attacked outside his home, a short distance from the synagogue and school where he teaches Judaic studies.
According to fellow emissary and Rabbi Eliyahu Altab, who spoke with Chabad.org, “Right outside his home he was ambushed by three people. He was stabbed on his face, body, arms and legs. A car drove by and the attackers got scared and fled.”
One of the attackers demanded the victim look at the tee shirt he was wearing – one emblazoned with the symbol of Da’esh – and then pulled out his knife and stabbed him. All three yelled anti-Semitic epithets. The attack had been the second such incident within weeks.
For the second year in a row, the highest number of immigrants to the Jewish State have come from France, with 7,900 French Jews choosing to make Israel their home last year. In 2014, 7,200 French Jews moved away from their fears in France, to Israel.
A large contingency of Israel’s security forces was looking for Nashat Melhem both in the scene of his attack, in north Tel Aviv, and in his home region, the “Arab Triangle” that stretches in north-central Israel, along Wadi Ara, a valley connecting the cities of Hadera and Afula. Melhem, who murdered three people in Tel Aviv, including an Arab taxi driver, was located in his home town of Arara just after the start of Shabbat. A firefight ensued, with the terrorist using the same weapon—his father’s—which used in the initial attack. eventually, Melehem was put down.
The Shabak released a statement saying, “The wanted man Nashat recognized the Shabak and SWAT forces coming near the structure where he had been hiding, and tried to escape. Later he opened fire on our forces with the Falcon sub-machine gun that was in his possession—and with which he carried out the murders in Tel Aviv. The force fired back and killed him. There were no injuries to our side.
According to reports, since Friday morning large forces stormed a mosque in Wadi Ara, where the weekly sermon was about to be carried. According to reports, the Shabak received intelligence that the terrorist was hiding inside the mosque and that the sermon was only a cover for his presence there. Police arrested several suspects Friday morning and, following an interrogation, they gave up Melhem’s hiding place.
Chief of Police Roni Alsheikh announced after the terrorist’s elimination that “the goal is not yet complete. Police and the Shabak will continue, with determination and systematically, to expose everyone involved and to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu congratulated police, the Shabak and SWAT “who worked tirelessly, systematically and professionally until they located and neutralized the terrorist.”
Police believe Tel Aviv shooter Nashet Melham disabled the camera inside the cab he hailed after his attack on a Dizengoff pub last Friday, according to a report Thursday by Channel 10 television news.
Melham, an Israeli Arab, apparently shot and killed Ayman Sha’aban when the driver, an Israeli Bedouin, refused to cooperate with his passenger’s orders to avoid a police checkpoint.
Investigators who found the abandoned taxi and Sha’aban’s body near the Glilot interchange also discovered the camera. They said the trip with Melham was not recorded: a clear sign the camera had been tampered with, probably before he murdered the driver.
Up to this point police have been circumspect in the information they release to the public about the investigation.
However, the demands of Sha’aban’s family to release footage of his murder seem to have resulted in their willingness to share the events in the cab.
Nearly all of Melhem’s family members, with the exception of his mother, have been arrested as accessories to the attack in which he killed two and wounded eight at the Simta pub. Melhem’s parents live in Ar’ara, in the northern Israeli area of Wadi Ara.
Included among those arrested is Melhem’s father Muhammed, a volunteer police officer. The elder Melhem identified his son as the perpetrator when he saw a video of the attack on television over the weekend, and who publicly pleaded with his son to turn himself in.
It was his father’s service weapon that Nashet Melhem stole and used to carry out his murderous attacks.
By Michael Bachner/TPS
Tel Aviv (TPS) – After four days of fruitless efforts to locate and capture the terrorist who killed three men and injured seven in a Tel Aviv shooting attack on New Year’s Day, Israel’s police commissioner attempted to calm down residents who have since been experiencing tensions throughout the city.
“We can update that as of this morning, tensions in the Tel Aviv area can be significantly reduced,” said Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh on Tuesday, January 5, during a condolence visit at a victim’s house. Alsheikh said he would not elaborate any further so as to not harm the ongoing investigation.
Since Friday, January 1, Israeli police have been combing through Tel Aviv and the surrounding cities for 30-year-old Nashat Melhem, an Israeli Arab from Arara in northern Israel, who is suspected of committing the attack.
Security footage shows Melhem exiting a grocery store in the late afternoon on Friday, and starting to shoot civilians at a popular bar on Dizengoff Street. Two people were killed and seven were wounded. According to the police, the shooter then fled by taxi towards the city’s northern neighborhoods, where he murdered the taxi driver, abandoned the taxi and fled.
The terrorist has since evaded the police, who have many forces searching for him and responding to any reported sightings of him by citizens.
Melhem’s father, who had condemned his son’s actions and called upon him to turn himself in, was arrested on Tuesday, January 5 under the suspicion of assisting his son. Unconfirmed reports on the same day indicated that it is possible that Melhem managed to flee and reach northern Israel.
Israeli Chief of Police Roni Alsheikh explained during his visit to victim Alon Bakal’s home that no updates on the investigation were being published in the media since it would hinder the investigation.
“We are focused on one single objective, which is to capture the murderer,” said Alsheikh, whose previous position was deputy head of the Shin Bet. “That’s our job, and we will not do anything that disrupts or hinders the pursuit.”
“This is why we have adopted a policy of not communicating or publicizing details of the investigation,” added Alsheikh. “Every such detail reduces our ability to achieve quick results, and endangers our forces’ safety.”
Alsheikh also delivered condolences to the families of the other two victims of Friday’s attack, Shimon Ruimi and taxi driver Amin Shaaban. “I also wish a full recovery to all those wounded in the terrorist attack.”
The father of the gunman who attacked a pub on Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street last Friday has been arrested, along with five members of the family, after two of the shooter’s brothers were taken into custody on Saturday.
Muhammad Milhem was the one who identified his son, Nashet Milhem, 31, as the shooter when he saw video footage of the attack on a broadcast last weekend. The elder Milhem is a security guard and auxiliary police officer; it was his weapon the gunman stole and used in the attack.
The younger Milhem shot and killed two people and wounded eight others last Friday, and traumatized many others. Last Saturday police searched the Milhem family home in the northern Israeli Arab town of Ar’ara in Wadi Ara.
Two of the shooter’s brothers were arrested as suspected accessories in the attack. One was taken to a judge at the Haifa Magistrate’s Court the same evening, where his remand was extended by five days.
Tuesday morning, Milhem’s father and five other family members were taken into custody and arrested as well.
“This is police impotency,” family attorney Nachmi Feinblatt was quoted by Israel’s Channel 2 television news as saying. “In the end, they arrested the entire family.”
Nashet Milhem is still at large; he is armed with the submachine gun he used in the attack, and the public is being warned that he is considered dangerous.
Security personnel are focusing most of their search on the northern Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Aviv. That is where Milhem worked for nearly a decade in a vegetable store, and where he was last reported being seen by residents.
Security personnel continued to sweep metropolitan Tel Aviv as they hunted for the gunman who murdered two and wounded eight Friday in an attack at a café on Dizengoff Street.
Nashat Melhem, 31, has already served time in an Israeli prison for a previous offense. He has a history of mental illness and is still believed to be carrying the assault weapon with which he carried out his attack.
Melhem’s father, an auxiliary police officer, was the person who identified him from CCTV video footage seen on a news broadcast. He has expressed deep concern that he be caught as soon as possible, “before he can murder anyone else.” With deep sadness, he added that he had “not raised him this way,” and apologized to the public for his son’s behavior.
“There’s no reason to believe that [he] is still in Tel Aviv and not in some other part of the country,” contended Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan in an interview Monday morning on Israel Public Radio.
Nevertheless, as schools opened Sunday with police and other security forces combing the city and surrounds, parents pondered whether or not to send their children to school — and did the same Monday morning.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai told parents in an interview on Galei Tzahal IDF Army Radio that they did not have to send their children to school if they did not want to. Only 50 percent of the city’s children showed up in the classrooms at the start of the week.
But Education Minister Naftali Bennett urged Tel Aviv’s parents to send their children back to school. Speaking on Galei Tzahal, Bennett pointed out that in Hebron and Gush Etzion, where terror attacks are a fact of life, “also there they continue to live their lives.” He also noted that more children are killed annually in traffic accidents than in terror-related incidents.
The shooter’s cell phone was found at about 2 pm on a side street north of the city in the Ramat Aviv neighborhood, according to a report broadcast Sunday night on Israeli television news Channels 2 and 10.
It was found by a student on Friday afternoon, who took it home to her father; the two at first thought it simply was a lost phone. Once turned on, it began receiving calls from Arabic-language speakers and the family thought an Arab laborer probably had lost the device.
Only after having seen the report of the attack on television Saturday night did the two make the connection and call police, who then came and picked up the phone. One of the calls received was, in fact, from Melhem’s employer who was trying to reach him.
Melhem is believed to be hiding in the north Tel Aviv area, where he was last seen. Residents of the neighborhood said Sunday that the fugitive worked at a vegetable store in the suburb for many years, which would give him an intimate familiarity with the area.