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Car with 6 Pipe Bombs Caught at Shomron Checkpoint

Monday, August 1st, 2016

On Sunday night, a car was stopped at the checkpoint on Highway 5, the Cross Shomron Highway, and the guards found 6 pipe bombs in the vehicle, according to the police.

The driver was an Israeli-Arab from Rahat who was returning from a visit in the Shomron.

Police sappers dealt with the bombs and the highway was closed in both directions while they neutralized the explosives.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israel Seizes Thousands of Grenade Springs, Explosives, Weapons Headed for Gaza

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

by Michael Bachner

Israeli police have seized pipe bombs, ammunition, and thousands of springs for grenades and rockets in two separate raids over the past day, thwarting plans to attack Israelis both within Israel and from Gaza.

The suspected pipe bombs and ammunition were found during a search of a house in the Israeli-Arab town of Qalansuwa, located in central Israel, police announced Thursday. The objects were seized and the residents, a 25-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, were arrested and were set to appear in court in Petach Tikva on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the police and Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency announced Wednesday that they thwarted an attempt to smuggle 60,000 spring kits for hand grenades, mortars, and rockets into Gaza. The springs were loaded onto a car by a man in his twenties from the Bedouin town of Rahat, after he fraudulently purchased them from an Israeli factory that works with the military. The materials were hidden in a warehouse in the community of Ami Oz, near Gaza.

According to the police, the man was planning to smuggle the springs into Gaza to be used by Hamas and other local terror organizations. He allegedly planned on smuggling 500,000 springs in total, police said. He has been arrested, along with two other suspects, and taken for questioning.

“Had the smuggling attempt succeeded, the springs would enable the terror organizations to produce 60,000 hand grenades, mortars, and rockets to be used against Israeli citizens,” said a police spokesperson. “Our activities against the attempts to smuggle weapon parts and materials into Gaza through the Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings are ongoing.”

“This is another blow to Hamas’s enormous efforts to produce weaponry while it abuses Israel’s humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza,” said Ofir Gendelman, the prime minister’s official spokesperson to the Arab media.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

2 Israeli Med Students Killed in Romania

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Israel’s foreign ministry has confirmed that two Israeli medical students were killed in Romania Saturday, and two others were injured in a car crash in the eastern city of Piatra Neamt. The ministry did not say what caused the accident or where it occurred.

Tawfiq al-Krenawi, 24, a resident of Rahat, and Dia’a Zabida, 23, a resident of Lod attended Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi. They were driving home from an exam when their car crashed.

Salah al-Krenawi, brother of Tawfiq, was also injured in the accident but his exact condition is unknown. A second Rahat resident who is also a medical student, Mamoun Jabour, was seriously injured as well.

The Israeli Consul in Bucharest is in contact with the families and a representative from each is en route to Romania.

Hana Levi Julian

Rahat Stabber Arrested

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Yatta (TPS) – Israeli police cleared for publication on Wednesday, February 24 the arrest of an Arab stabber who carried out an attack in the southern town of Rahat.

According to the police and the Israel Security Agency (ISA), a seventeen-year-old Arab from the Palestinian Authority village of Yatta near Hebron was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of carrying out the stabbing attack in Rahat that left an Israeli woman wounded. The arrest has now been cleared for publication.

The attack took place at a market in the predominantly Bedouin town on Saturday, February 6, and left 65-year-old shopper Shlomit Gonen from the nearby kibbutz of Mishmar HaNegev lightly wounded.

The Israel Police and the ISA pursued the terrorist in a four-day effort until making the arrest on February 10. The suspect linked himself to the attack and led the investigators to the knife he used during the stabbing.

The suspect also said he was influenced by videos of terror attacks and propaganda materials he saw on television, including on the Al-Aqsa channel. He also said that in recent months, as well as during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014, he participated along with family members in violent riots against IDF forces in Judea and Samaria.

He also said that he and his family used a breach in the security fence to get to Rahat and stay there illegally.

According to police, the suspect will be indicted over the next few days.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Top Official of Islamic Movement in Israel Arrested in Rahat

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Sheikh Yusuf Abu Gamah, head of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was arrested late Sunday for inciting violence and illegal solicitation.

Gamah, who is based in the southern Bedouin city of Rahat, and who heads the Rahat branch of the organization as well, was taken into custody by Southern District police.

Government sources have said it is believed the Islamic Movement in Israel has been the source of much of the incitement behind the current wave of terror in Israel and the escalating pile of lies broadcast to Arab worshipers and violence caused as a result at the Temple Mount. Gama is expected to be held in remand without bail, according to the police spokesperson’s unit.

Hana Levi Julian

SodaStream to Absorb 1,000 Syrian Refugees in Bedouin City Plant

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

(JNi.media) SodaStream continues to fight to improve its public image in Arab communities around the world and so last Friday it unveiled a joint plan, together with Talal Al-Krenawi, mayor of the Bedouin city of Rahat in the south of Israel, to offer immediate asylum to refugees from Syria, pending Israeli authorities’ approval. SodaStream and Rahat say they can effectively absorb 1,000 individuals, or up to 200 families, and provide them with an opportunity to build a new life in Israel.

With 55,000 residents, Rahat is the largest Bedouin city in the world. Currently, 30 percent of the 1,100 workers in SodaStream’s nearby factory are residents of Rahat. “We enjoy a progressive, urban lifestyle in Rahat; however, we haven’t abandoned our culture and our tribal traditions,” said Mayor Al-Krenawi. “Human dignity and hospitality are core values in our culture and we will not allow indifference to the suffering of others. In this first stage, we will be able to receive 1,000 refugees, and then through ongoing collaboration with SodaStream, we plan to help more. Our hope is that the government will then support our joint effort.”

The victim of an anti-Israel boycott campaign, SodaStream announced earlier in 2015 that its factory in Maale Adumim, in Judea, would be closed by the end of 2016 and its operations transferred to the new factory in Lehavim, 15 km north of Be’er Sheva. The relocation announcement was declared a success by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), which said it would nevertheless continue its worldwide efforts to boycott SodaStream, even though Lehavim is inside the pre-1967 borders. PACBI argued that the new factory would be located on lands that were “stolen” from Rahat, which means SodaStream is still part of “Israel’s displacement policies.”

Daniel Birnbaum, Chief Executive Officer of SodaStream, said that “As the son of a Holocaust survivor, I refuse to stand by and observe this human tragedy unfold right across the border in Syria,” said Birnbaum. “Just as we have always done our best to help our Palestinian brothers and sisters in the West Bank, the time has come for local business and municipal leaders to address the Syrian humanitarian crisis and take the initiative to help those in need. We cannot expect our politicians to bear the entire burden of providing aid for the refugees.”

JNi.Media

Shin Bet Foils ISIS Terror Cell in Negev Bedouin Town

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Six suspected new Da’esh (ISIS) recruits have been arrested in the Negev Bedouin town of Hura, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced Monday.

Hura is one of the seven original Bedouin towns created for the permanent settlement of the Negev Bedouin by the Israeli government, along with Rahat, a large city considered to be the “Bedouin capital of the Negev.” Hura is located on Highway 31 just outside of Be’er Sheva, about 25 minutes west of Arad.

The suspected terrorists were identified as: Bashir Jabran Salim abu Alkyan, 26 (Hura elementary school teacher); Akram Al’ab Ahmed abu Alkyan, 30, (elementary school teacher, Rahat); Muhammad Al’ab Ahmed abu Alkyan, 27, (high school teacher, Hura); Khader Hassan abu Alkyan, 27, from Hura; Sharif Shahada Rezek abu Alkyan, from Atir; and Hamza Abed Ali Alkyan, (teacher from Hura.)

The suspects were accused of actively spreading Da’esh ideology. They were also allegedly attending secret meetings of the terror group’s movement, the Shin Bet said in its statement.

Four of the six suspects are teachers and used their positions as educators to spread the ISIS philosophy and propaganda among students and teachers. All six shared the Da’esh doctrine with their family members and associates, according to the Shin Bet statement.

The suspects were indicted on charges of distributing materials for an illegal organization; support for a terrorist organization; conspiracy to commit a crime and illegally exiting the country. Those who were teachers were brought to a hearing at the Education Ministry and their teaching licenses were revoked as well.

Several of the suspects allegedly were planning to travel to Syria to join the ranks of the terror group in its fight against government troops there. A number of other members of the terrorist cell had already left Israel and gone to Syria to fight for Da’esh.

In addition to the arrests carried out over the past two months, a school principal was investigated on suspicion of knowing about the teachers’ involvement with the terror group – and failing to report it to authorities. Other school personnel were investigated as well.

The Education Ministry also issued a statement stating its plans to begin working in the schools to restore stability and confidence among the other teachers and the students in the aftermath of the arrests.

Rachel Levy

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