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December 28, 2014 / 6 Tevet, 5775
 
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Israeli Arab Lynch Suspect Indicted, More Arrests Expected

Friday, December 5th, 2014

An Arab resident of the “Triangle” region was indicted Thursday in Lod District Court on suspicion of helping a mob attempt to lynch a Jewish man during a riot.

That riot and other Arab disturbances began November 9 after Kafr Kanna resident Kheir a-Din Hamdan was killed by police the night before after he tried to attack officers in a van.

On Thursday, 21-year-old Mohamed Haj Yehiyeh, was charged with aggravated assault, vandalism and mayhem. He is accused of having lit a package of fireworks and throwing them into a car with someone still inside, and having lit a second package of fireworks and throwing it at a police cruiser. He was arrested a month ago by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the Central District Police.

Haj-Yehiyeh was accused of leading a mob who stopped 47-year-old Moshe German as he was traveling along Highway 444 northbound from Kochav Yair, on the road in Taibe. In order to avoid burning his tires, the driver tried to turn his car around in the street, but was surrounded by the rioters who started speaking Arabic.

When it became clear he could not understand them, they began yelling, “Jew! Jew! Jew!” and hurled rocks at him and the vehicle, smashed both the front and rear windshields.

The court papers say Haj-Yehiyeh lit a package of fireworks and tossed them into the car while German was still trapped inside, igniting the vehicle as well. The targeted driver was saved by Majdi Baloum, a local Taibe man who fought his way through the mob to rescue him, placing German in his car with his own children and driving to a nearby police station – endangering his own family and saving the motorist’s life.

German’s car, meanwhile, became engulfed in flames, after the gasoline in the vehicle was ignited, incinerating it completely.

During the probe investigators discovered a video clip showing Haj-Yehiyeh speaking into the camera, calling for an intifada and making other nationalist statements.

That video was released by Central District Police on Thursday.

“People of the Triangle, today it was Kafr Kanna, tomorrow in Taibe, and Umm al Fahm,” Haj-Yehiyeh proclaimed.

“Intifada, intifada! Anyone who can, carry out an intifada in their own way. God willing, the blood of Kheir of a-Din Hamdan won’t be spilled in vain.

“God is greater than the Zionists! Allahhu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!”

Haj-Yehiyeh was arraigned in Lod District Court and an indictment was issued Thursday in the wake of a confession, police said.

Further arrests are expected in the case, police said.

Special Security Activated as Arabs Again Aim at Police

Monday, November 24th, 2014

As Arab rioters continue their violence throughout the country, security leaders plan to re-activate a unit that has not been called up for service since 2005.

Arabs in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya rioted on Sunday, hurling rocks at Israel Police officers who were sent to secure the site.

Four police officers were injured by the attackers as forces were forced to use non-lethal methods to disperse the mob.

Given the wave of terror that has been taking place across Israel and particularly in Jerusalem, a special security unit is being re-activated on public transportation, according to Channel 2 TV.

The unit, to be activated by the Ministry of Transportation, last provided protection for the public against suicide bombers during the second intifada, from 2000 to 2005.

Some 10,000 bus drivers in Israel are set to participate in a special security and defense training program as well, according to the report.

Netanyahu: Cancel Citizenship of ‘Those Who Call to Destroy Israel’

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared Saturday night that he “will instruct the Interior Minister to evaluate revoking the citizenship of those who call for the destruction of the State of Israel.”

The Prime Minister did not specifically relate to the riots in the northern Israel city of Kfar Kanna on Saturday following the Friday night police action that killed an Arab terrorist whom officers tried to arrest.

Arabs in the city claimed that the terrorist was shot in cold blood.

“Israel is a nation of law. We will not tolerate disturbances and rioting,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu. “We will act against those who throw stones, block roads and call for the establishment of a Palestinian state in place of the State of Israel.

Whoever does not honor Israeli law will be punished with utmost severity.”

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who previously has called on all Israeli citizens to sign a loyalty oath, specifically backed the Public Security Minister Yitzhack Aharonovich, who is responsible for the police.

Netanyahu is sounding more like Avigdor Lieberman every day, perhaps another sign that elections are not so far away.

Intifada Spills into Northern Israel after Police Kill Attacker

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Arab rage spilled over into the Galilee in Northern Israel Saturday, one day after police killed an armed Arab who attacked their vehicle but who is shown in a video running away from police when an officer shot him in the back and killed him.

The mayor of the city accused police of “murder in cold blood,” but the police said their officers were in a life-threatening situation because the attacker was armed with a knife. He was identified as 22-year-old Kheir Hamdan

Former and current Knesset Members as well as current Arab MKs joined thousands of protesters Saturday afternoon in a protest that turned into a full-scale riot, complete with rock-throwing and firebombs aimed at police as well as burning tires in the streets.

MK Ahmed Tibi demanded the arrest of the police officer who shot and killed Hamdan.

The police version of the incident is that Hamdan tried to stab officer when they attempted to arrest him at his house for allegedly having thrown a stun grenade. Police official said that officers fired warning shots in the air and then shot and killed him when he ignored the warning.

The video, as seen below and probably edited, only shows that Hamdan banged on a police vehicle and then ran away when officers got out of their vehicle and shot him in the back as he fled.

The Justice Ministry said it will investigate police behavior.

Even if the video turns out to be a “Pallywood” edit of an obvious life-threatening attack on police, history has shown that rioters will believe what they want to believe.

This does not automatically acquit the police, whose behavior in protests has often proved to be totally unprofessional.

Kfar Kanna was quiet Saturday night as Hamdan’s funeral took place, but more violence is expected later in the night or tomorrow.

Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett commented, “A crazed and Arab terrorist, armed with a knife, attempted to murder police officers who were in their vehicle. The reaction of the police was exactly what should be expected by security officers. It is necessary to investigate, but this was not a cold-blooded murder, and there is no room to abandon police officers who are deployed to defend us.

“If we do not support them, we will see more and more murders with knives, firecrackers and hit-and-run terrorists.”

Update: Court Postpones Arab Riot-Funeral

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

A Jerusalem court of appeals Saturday night overturned a lower court decision and accepted a request by police to postpone a funeral for a terrorist until Sunday.

Palestinian Authority and Jerusalem Arabs were preparing for two funerals for terrorists, and Israeli police and the IDF were on hand for the usual custom of honoring the deceased by hurling rocks, cinder blocks and firebombs at ‘Zionist” forces who try to preserve some semblance of law and order.

One will take place near Ramallah for a 14-year-old Arab with American citizenship who was killed by Israeli soldiers when he tried to murder passing Jewish motorists on Highway 60 with a firebomb Friday evening.

The other funeral is for Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, who rammed his car at a Jerusalem, light rail train on Wednesday and killed a three-month-old American-Israeli baby.

A Jerusalem court originally allowed 80 people to attend the funeral near the Old City at 10 p.m. Saturday and denied a police request that the number be limited to 20 in order to reduce the extent of possible violence. The higher court accepted the request at the last minute, and the funeral was postponed until Sunday.

The Palestinian Authority has managed to convince many western leaders and foreign media that the attack was really an accident. The family of al-Shaludi claims that he simply lost control his car and was unnecessarily killed by police.

The U.S. State Dept. bought the version and after condemning the attack, it referred to is an “incident.”

 

Rioting Arab Mob Attacks IDF Soldiers Near Ramallah

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

A mob of rioting Arabs attacked Israeli soldiers Wednesday near Ramallah following the funeral of a Hamas terrorist killed overnight in Samaria.

Hundreds of Arabs hurled rocks at the soldiers following the funeral of 22-year-old Issa al-Qitri; he was one of about 50 Arabs who attacked Israeli soldiers the night before in an attempt to prevent IDF troops from arresting a Hamas operative.

The Arabs hurled rocks and firebombs (Molotov cocktails), and rolled burning tires at the soldiers, according to the IDF Spokesperson. Soldiers opened fire and hit a rioter who hurled an explosive device at the troops, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said. Al-Qitri later died of the gunshot wounds. Seven others were arrested.

The IDF soldiers continued with their task following the exchange late Tuesday night and proceeded to the home of the Hamas terrorist and arrested him. While searching the home they found and confiscated a significant amount of ammunition and several firearms.

During the day on Wednesday six Arab fugitives were arrested, including four suspects who were wanted for participating in previous riots and attacks on Israeli civilians and security personnel, the IDF said. Two were members of the Hamas terrorist organization. Arrests were made in Ramallah, Kalandia, Sair and Shukba.

Report: 6 Jewish Youths Detained for Alleged Attacks, Incitement Against Arabs

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Dozens of Jewish youths demonstrated Saturday night in the center of Jerusalem, yelling ‘Death to Arabs!’ A crowd of about 50 teens had gathered, police said. The protesters were gathered to demonstrate against Arab males who were “starting up with” and bothering Jewish girls on the streets of Jerusalem, according to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Three Jewish teens were arrested for attacking and wounding a volunteer police officer, who was evacuated for treatment to Sha’are Tzedek Medical Center, and for incitement to attack Arabs.

In a separate incident, three other Jewish youths were arrested in connection with an attack on an Arab cab driver, according to Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld. It is not clear where the second attack took place; in response to a query to gain clarity on the issue, Rosenfeld replied simply, “In town.”

“In both cases, the investigation continues,” Rosenfeld told JewishPress.com.

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