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May 4, 2016 / 26 Nisan, 5776

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Report: Three PA Arabs Captured on Their Way to an Attack – by PA Security Forces

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Three Palestinian Authority Arabs were arrested north of Ramallah on Saturday night by Palestinian Authority security forces.

According to Arab sources. the three were reportedly on their way to committing a major terror attack against Israelis.

The sources said they were armed with hand grenades and a Carl Gustav sub-machine gun.

The three went off the grid a few weeks ago and Israeli and PA security forces had been searching for them since. Last week their cellphones and IDs were found.

Sources in the PA believe the three are linked to Hamas.

No Israeli sources have as of yet confirmed the Arab reports.

Over the past few weeks, PA Chairman Abbas has been trying to convince Israelis, through private meetings and TV interviews, to keep the IDF out of PA controlled cities and let him handle security.

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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

Abbas Refuses to Apologize, Blames Israel for Death of American in Jaffa

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Israel for a two day visit on Tuesday, March 8. Shortly after Biden’s arrival in the region the day before, American graduate student Taylor Force was murdered by a Palestinian Arab terrorist in Jaffa, just blocks away from where Biden was meeting at the Peres Peace Center in Tel Aviv.

On Wednesday, Biden joined with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a press conference in Jerusalem. Both politicians condemned the terrorist attacks that took place in Israel the day before, with a special emphasis on the brutal murder of Taylor Force, the Texas-born Vanderbilt business school student and U.S. Army vet and West Point graduate.

Biden called on Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the Palestinian Arab leadership and the entire international community to denounce terrorist attacks against Israelis, including the one in which Force was murdered, his wife was badly injured, and 11 others were wounded, according to the Jerusalem Post.

“Let me say in no uncertain terms: The U.S. condemns these acts and condemns the failure to condemn these acts,” Biden said.

But when Biden met with Mahmoud Abbas, the acting head of the Palestinian Authority, later in the day, Abbas pointedly did not do what Biden had insisted he should have done:  he did not condemn the murders that Biden had condemned only hours before.

Instead, Abas offered condolence over the death of the American — as if the man died of some cause having nothing to do with Abbas —  and then slid into assigning blame for the outrage.  Not surprisingly, the Arab leader’s blame finger pointed only at Israel.

The usual suspects were trotted out by Abbas: the “occupation,” the “settlements,” and all kinds of ugly Israeli meanness are what Abbas blamed for the violence that led to Force’s death. Abbas also assumed his typical stance: that of victimhood.

Abbas told Biden that ‘”Israel has ‘killed 200 Palestinians in the past five months,” neglecting to mention that the vast majority of those were perpetrators of attacks or attempted attacks on Israelis.

Of course, this question now hangs in the air:  having condemned “the failure to condemn these acts,” will Vice President Biden, or any member of the current administration, actually confront the fact that Palestinian leader Abbas in fact “fail[ed]” to issue any such condemnation?  And because the answer to that question is obvious, here’s another:  doesn’t the Obama administration deserve to be condemned for failing to condemn Abbas’s failure to condemn?

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

PA PO’d: No Flow on Iranian Dough

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Palestinian Authority officials are livid over an announcement by Iran that money promised to the families of “martyrs” will not flow through the Ramallah government coffers.

It seems Iran doesn’t trust the PA government’s sticky fingers – and perhaps Tehran also wants to stir the pot between Fatah and its proxy, Hamas a bit also. Hamas as a group is more Islamist and radical in its observance than the PA government’s ruling Fatah faction; moreover, Hamas is nearly entirely under Iran’s control whereas Fatah has many backers.

The International Affairs Adviser to the Iranian Parliament Speaker and Shura Council, Hossein Sheikh al-Islam, said Saturday that Tehran will not send the financial aid to the families who have lost their members in attacks on Israelis via the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) government.

“Tehran will not send its aid package to the families of those killed … through the PA as it cannot be trusted,” Sheikh al-Islam told al-Resalah news website on Sunday, the semi-official Iranian FARS news agency reported.

Noting that Iran will dispatch its aid through a special channel, he added, “The financial aid package will be sent at the earliest; Iran doesn’t spare any efforts to support the resistance.”

Nabil Abu Rudeinah, spokesperson for PA leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), called the Iranian move a “flagrant intrusion into internal Palestinian and Arab affairs.”

Rudeinah said “It would have been better if Iran would send its funds to the Palestinian institution responsible for Palestine’s heroes and their families, rather than resorting to crooked ways and illegal means,” according to the PA’s official WAFA news agency.

He added that al-Islam’s remarks are “unacceptable, not just [as] an overriding of the Palestinian legitimacy but a violation of all laws,” the Xinhua news agency reported.

Al-Islam’s interview with Alresalah was not spontaneous by any means: the online news site has a close link with the Hamas terror organization which controls Gaza. Hamas has become an Iranian proxy since seizing the region from the Palestinian Authority in 2007.

Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammed Fath’ali announced last Wednesday that Iran would pay Arab families $7,000 for each “martyr” who died attacking Israelis in Jerusalem. In addition, Iran promised to pay $30,000 to each Arab family whose home was demolished by Israel after one of its occupants murdered Israelis in a terror attack.

Although the funds are expected to be channeled through an Iranian charity it is not yet clear which one, nor how the money is to be distributed.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Security Forces Capture Hamas Terrorists in Judea

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

IDF and Border Guard Police captured eight wanted terror suspects late Saturday and early Sunday in Samaria and Judea.

One of the suspects was arrested in a Samaria operation in Jenin, and a second was arrested in Jelazoun, both wanted for violence against civilians and security personnel.

In Judea, two brothers, both wanted suspects were captured in Beit Fajar, north of Kiryat Arba. Two more suspects were arrested in the city Hebron, next to Kiryat Arba, in connection with activities as operatives in the Hamas terror organization.

In the Palestinian Authority village of Samua, in the South Hebron Hills, two more suspects were also captured, including one who is also accused of being a Hamas operative.

All of the suspects were transferred to the Israel Security Agency Shin Bet security personnel for interrogation.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist group has increasingly built up a presence in Judea and Samaria in hopes of eventually seizing control of these regions as well.

The IDF and Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency has tracked down and dismantled numerous budding Hamas regional headquarters set-ups and at least two established semi-official shadow government networks in Qalkilya and in Shechem, both in Samaria.

Hana Levi Julian

21-Year-Old Father Stabbed to Death in Front of Wife and Baby North of Jerusalem

Friday, February 19th, 2016

by Michael Bachner A deadly stabbing attack was carried out by two Palestinian terrorists at an Israeli supermarket in the Binyamin Region on Thursday, February 18, killing Tuvia Yanai Weissman, a 21-year-old resident of the Jewish community of Michmash.

Weissman will be laid to rest on Friday morning at 8 am at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem.

According to a police spokesperson, shortly before 5:00 PM two 14-year-old Palestinians entered the supermarket in the Shaar Binyamin industrial zone and walked around for 20 minutes before stabbing two Israeli men, one of whom suffered critical wounds and died in hospital. Civilians prevented the terrorists from escaping by using shopping carts until the terrorists were shot by two armed civilians at the scene.

“The store was packed with people when I suddenly heard people screaming,” an eyewitness at the scene told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “Someone was shouting ‘what are you doing?’ and then I heard the gunshots. When people were running away I heard babies and women crying, it was frantic.”

According to Magen David Adom (MDA), two civilians were wounded in the incident. One of them, 21-year-old Weissman, was critically wounded after suffering stab wounds to his neck. He was treated at the scene and transported, unconscious, to Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem where he later succumbed to his wounds.

The second victim, 36-year-old Avi Avital, resident of the nearby Jewish community of Tel Zion, suffered moderate stab wounds in the back and was transported fully conscious to Hadassah Medical Center on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem. At least 10 other people at the scene suffered from shock, including a pregnant woman.

Yanai Weissman is survived by his wife Yael and their 4-month-old baby daughter, both of whom were present at the scene of the deadly attack.

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin commented: “A man returns from his day at work, stops to buy groceries for the Sabbath, and is taken away forever by murderous villains. We will stand strong and respond firmly to restore calm and normality to the lives of our citizens everywhere. We will defeat terrorism,” he said.

“At this time of anguish and heartache, I wish to offer comfort to the bereaved family, and my prayers for the quick recovery of the wounded,” added Rivlin.

“We are deeply saddened by the murder of Yanai, a resident of Michmash,” Avi Roeh, Head of the Binyamin Regional Council told TPS. “The pain and sorrow are huge but we will not be broken. The People of Israel has faced many tough times during history and always coped with them and grew stronger. To all those who try to harm us, I want to say that we are determined and strong and that we will win.”

The two wounded terrorists, identified as Iham Sabah and Omar al-Rimawi from the Palestinian Authority village of Beitunia near Ramallah, were treated at the scene and transported to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem. Sabah was later pronounced dead by the hospital, while al-Rimawi was reported to be in moderate to serious condition.

The Shaar Binyamin industrial zone is a joint shopping and business area where both Jews and Palestinians coexisted together peacefully until today. The IDF announced that following the attack, Arabs from the Palestinian Authority will not be allowed into the industrial zone until Sunday. The supermarket was ordered to be shut down following the security guards’ failure to prevent the entry of the two knife-wielding terrorists.

Michael Zeff contributed to this report.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

PA Security Police Officer Was A Terrorist in Damascus Gate Attack

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Once again, a U.S.-trained Palestinian Authority Police office has used his skills — and his foreign-supplied and funded equipment — to attack Israelis in a terror attack.

A Palestinian Authority Security Officer was one of two terrorists who opened fire Sunday night at Border Guard Police in Jerusalem.

The attackers opened fire just before 11 pm, as the Border Guard night shift were receiving their orders at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

The officers noticed a suspicious-looking Arab man approaching the group and asked him to show them what was in the bag he was carrying. He pulled out an assault rifle and aimed it at them.

Omar Ahmed Amru, a Palestinian Authority Security officer, died in a hail of bullets as the officers quickly opened fire. His partner, Mansour Yasser Shawamra, began shooting at the officers from a distance of approximately 100 meters away. He, too, was shot and killed by the Border Guard officers.

In the bag officers found explosives and a knife. None of the Israeli officers were wounded.

This is not the first or second or even the third time Palestinian Authority Security Police have been involved in terror attacks on Israelis during this terror wave.

On January 31, three IDF soldiers were shot at point-blank range in a terror attack by a member of the Palestinian Authority Security detail assigned to the Ramallah district attorney. The terror attack occurred at the ‘Focus’ checkpoint near the Samaria Jewish community of Beit El.

On Sunday shortly before the Damascus Gate attack, terrorists shot at a home within Beit El. Miraculously, no one was injured in the attack. IDF personnel are searching for the terrorist.

Hana Levi Julian

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