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IDF to Question Soldiers Caught on Film Hitting Arab Provocateur [video]

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority is gloating over footage of soldiers apparently beating an innocent man, but soldiers said that the video does not show a prior scene of the man trying to snatch on their rifles.

The IDF said it the apparent behavior of the soldiers, seen kicking him while he was pinned to the ground, does not “match expectations” of the military.

The incident took place neat Beit El and Ramallah, as it does every Friday. Dozens of people, including children, hurl rocks at soldiers and often cause injuries. Soldiers said that the man shown in the film is a constant thorn in their side and always incites others.

It is not easy being an Israeli soldier in Judea and Samaria. Troops are forbidden to shoot bullets at rock thrower. They are constantly filmed by Arab media who are waiting for a chance to show the soldiers as thugs.

This time they succeeded. Even if the video left out the attempted rifle-snatching and assault of a soldier, the “disproportionate” response darkens Israel’s image that is never going to be positive in the eyes of the media and political leaders.

Below is the video as filmed and edited by Arab media.

State Department Issues Naqba Day Alerts

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

The United States Consulate General Jerusalem sent out an email today alerting US citizens of possible danger zones in Israel, due to expected Arab rioting for “Naqba Day”.

The U.S. Consulate advises U.S. citizens to exercise caution due to the possibility of demonstrations within Israel, Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza associated with “Nakba Day” on May 15 or on the days preceding that date. ‎In the past, large demonstrations have taken place in connection with Nakba Day, some of which have become violent. Additionally, the upcoming religious holiday of the Isra & Miraj (May 16) and Jerusalem Day (May 17) may also see traffic congestion and road closures throughout Jerusalem.

• May 15 “Nakba Day”: There may be a significantly higher level of Israeli National Police patrolling around Jerusalem, especially following afternoon prayers. In the past, demonstrations or clashes have occurred in multiple areas such as the Qalandiya Checkpoint, Damascus Gate, Bethlehem, and Ramallah City Center, as well as other checkpoints and refugee camps. • May 16 “the Isra & Miraj”: Large gatherings are expected at the Temple Mount/Harem al-Sharif.

• May 17 “Jerusalem Day”: Parades are likely through downtown Jerusalem and around the Old City with some street closures.

We remind you to be aware of your surroundings at all times, monitor the media, and avoid demonstrations and other crowds as events can turn violent without warning. We further advise you to follow police instructions and avoid areas of heavy police presence.

98 Cops Hurt in Baltimore, Violence Spreads to US Cities

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

The last evening service at Agudath Israel in Baltimore will start on time at 9:30 pm again Thursday evening, in deference to the curfew that city hall and police hope will keep the peace.

There were concerns about renewed violence late Thursday afternoon after CNN quoted a report by WJLA claiming that Freddie Gray’s neck was broken when his head hit the back of a police van in which he was riding after arrest. The information allegedly came from the Medical Examiner’s report that was leaked to the station.

Up to that point, city officials had been hoping for another march by protesters and what civil activists had been calling another night of “peace.”

At least 98 police officers were hurt in the past week, 43 of them seriously, in violence over the mystery of Gray’s injuries while in custody and his subsequent death. On Thursday, 106 people were released from custody after being arrested during violent rioting.

Malik Shabazz, the former head of the new Black Panther Party is involved in organizing the protests in Baltimore, Fox News reported Thursday. Since Tuesday police have been enforcing a 10 pm curfew that lasts until 5 am in the city. The National Guard — 2,000 troops — and 1,000 supplemental police officers from neighboring counties are providing additional support as well.

But across the United States the protests and civil unrest are spreading – again – as unidentified professional agitators add fuel to the fire, possibly with the encouragement of the “National Action Network” headed by Rev. Al Sharpton.

On Monday, Sharpton appeared in Baltimore and issued a statement that was later posted on his organization’s website. In the statement, Sharpton vowed to schedule a two-day march in May from Baltimore to Washington, “to bring the case of Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Eric Harris to the new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. Ms. Lynch, in her new role that we all supported, must look and intervene in these cases,” Sharpton contended. “Justice delayed is justice denied.”

http://nationalactionnetwork.net/press/statement-from-rev-al-sharpton-on-the-death-of-freddie-gray-and-his-response-to-requests-for-involvement-in-the-case/

Sharpton insisted that the Freddie Gray case “is not just a Baltimore problem” and said, “It is from Staten Island to Ferguson to North Charleston to Charleston, to here – and we’ve been involved in all of them.”

Speaking at a luncheon in Baltimore, he broadened the focus, adding, “There must be a national response to a national issue.”

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also appeared at that event, but unlike Sharpton, she promised those in attendance there would be justice. “If we can’t get justice in a town with a black mayor, a black police commissioner and a black state prosecutor, where in America do you think you are going to find it?” she asked.

One wonders about the effect of statements such as those by prominent civil rights leaders like Al Sharpton in spreading the violence to other cities.

In Ferguson, Missouri, violence was again reignited Wednesday night and store owners found themselves clearing up the wreckage of their businesses on Thursday morning. Businessman Sonny Dayan told CNN it was the fourth time the windows to his place had been smashed and his store looted since November 24, 2004.

In New York City, police prepared ahead of time and greeted protesters with flyers as they gathered at Union Square Wednesday evening. The papers provided the protesters with information about the laws, telling them exactly what was permissible and what was not, and what the consequences would be for violating the law. More than 100 would-be rioters were subsequently arrested in the Big Apple as thousands tried to pour into the streets and block traffic, but mostly failed.

Hundreds of Arabs Riot at Kiryat Arba-Hebron

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Hundreds of Palestinian Authority Arabs are rioting at this hour between Kiryat Arba and Hebron following the death of PA Minister Ziad Abu Ein in clashes with the IDF in Samaria.

Rioters are hurling rocks and firebombs at soldiers and burning tires on the road between the two communities.

No injuries have been reported as of 9 a.m. Thursday.

Video footage of Wednesday’s protest show segments of the standoff between Abu Ein, who led a protest march towards the Jewish community of Adei Ad, and soldiers.

The Palestinian Authority claims soldiers beat Ein, but the only physical contact that can be seen is a soldier shoving him.

The IDF is on high alert for riots throughout Judea and Samaria on Thursday, when Abu Ein is to buried near Ramallah.

Ferguson Fuels Unrest in America But Israel is Blamed

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Rioters and “protesters” were out in force again in Ferguson, Missouri Tuesday for a second night, rocking at least one police vehicle, hurling rocks and bottles.

They were “demonstrating” against a grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson after he shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

In Seattle, Washington, members of the ‘Palestine Solidarity Committee’ made sure to take advantage of the situation, marching down a main street as well. The demonstrators carried a banner that read, “Occupation is a crime, Ferguson to Palestine, Resist U.S. Racism, Boycott Israel, Stand Up!”

One blogger wrote that he was rendered speechless by the spectacle. “Upset with the verdict in Missouri? Then boycotting Israel makes perfect sense,” The Mike Report said. The blogger added the same group had been associated this summer with protests in downtown Seattle that featured swastikas and comparisons of Israel to Nazi Germany.

Wilson told the grand jury the black teenager attacked him Aug. 9 after the police officer tried to stop him following a robbery he apparently had carried out. He was still clutching the stolen goods — a fistful of cigarillos — in his hand when the officer stopped him, Wilson said.

“Darren Wilson got to tell his story. Michael Brown won’t get to tell his,” black activist Rev. Al Sharpton said grimly to journalists at an afternoon news conference slamming Wilson’s account. Black customers at a local barber shop had similar comments.

The grand jury’s meticulous questioning of 60 witnesses — nearly all of whom were black — over a period of 100 days — was dismissed. The evidence gathered by three separate forensic pathologists — each conducting their own autopsy review — including one retained privately by the Brown family, likewise was ignored. Apparently the account told to a grand jury by Michael Brown’s own body did not rate against the words of Darren Wilson.

As Sharpton, Brown’s parents and their attorney spoke with media, protesters gathered to renew their activities in the evening hours. “Jail Killer Cops” read one poster in garish red and black.

In towns and cities across America, in fact, the “protests” and outright riots continued. A Ferguson police car was overturned and smashed. More stores were looted and destroyed.

In New York City’s Times Square, downtown Brooklyn and in other areas protesters again gathered to demonstrate and block traffic.

“Whose streets? Our streets!” the protesters yelled. Mobs of marchers blocked the Lincoln Tunnel leading from the city to New Jersey, and the West Side Highway.

One of the organizers of the protest told a reporter they intended to “shut down the city.” Marching up the main arteries, hundreds of demonstrators headed for Harlem.

Among those behind the unrest in New York, at least, was Al Sharpton, whose “credentials” in agitation go all the way back to August 19, 1991, when black mobs swelled in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn in a three-day pogrom against the neighborhood’s Jewish residents. Sharpton was among those who egged on the mobs, chanting at the microphone, “No Justice, No Peace.” It became a mantra — one that was resurrected this week in Ferguson, Missouri.

But today Sharpton is an older and wiser man, presenting a more sophisticated appearance and more circumspect in his words. It was his “National Action Network” that held a “Hands Up! Rally for Justice” demonstration in front of the Brooklyn federal courthouse on Tuesday afternoon. It is also unclear how many other demonstrations around the country received assistance with organization or guidance from Sharpton’s staff.

Kirsten Foy was named by media as the Brooklyn representative of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, for instance. He told television cameras in New York the grand jury’s decision meant the lives of “people of color” clearly are not valued as much as those of others. “If you’re a man of color in this country … your life does not have as much value as anyone else,” he said.

Pro-ISIS Group Says ‘Use Ferguson Flames to Fuel Terror in America’

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

A group linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror organization is calling for lone wolf attackers to use the Ferguson riots in America as cover for their activities.

Al Nusra al-Maqdisiyya, a group of pro-ISIS activists who operate across social media on the Internet, tweeted on its Twitter account:

O lone mujahid, you must use the breakdown of security in #Ferguson to increase the burning in America. They are squabbling over worldly [matters], so you send them to hell! #ISIS.

A grand jury in the Missouri town decided Tuesday there was not enough evidence to indict police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The black teenager was killed after he robbed a store and then physically attacked the police officer while he was in his vehicle.

The story of those events was told by 60 different witnesses — nearly all of whom were black as well — and three forensic pathologists who performed separate autopsies on Brown’s body, including one private pathologist retained by Brown’s family. It was heard by a grand jury comprised of nine white and three black jurors over a period of 100 days, who concluded the evidence overwhelmingly exonerated the police officer on all five charges of possible homicide brought before the panel by prosecuting attorney Robert McCullough.

But it wasn’t enough, and within minutes of announcing the decision of the jurors and despite appeals for calm by Brown’s family and even President Barack Obama who spoke on national television from the White House, Ferguson went up in flames, and protesters in numerous other major cities in America began to take to the streets in solidarity.

Rioters in Ferguson look suspiciously like those in the streets of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem to this journalist who has covered violence in the Middle East. Many covered their faces with scarves and ski masks so their features could not be identified in media photos, and attackers were hurling rocks, bottles, firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and shooting fireworks at police. Some also fired actual guns — more than one hundred shots were fired, in fact.

But no police officer fired a gun, officials and media reported, although tear gas and smoke was used in an initial attempt to clear an area near the Ferguson police and fire department headquarters. Not that this stopped rioters from attacking others and doing their best to destroy their community, some of them practically dancing in glee during the process.

A gang that came upon a Fox News camera crew filming looting at a group of stores in Ferguson instantly beat up the camera man and smashed his camera on the spot as the film was rolling and while the shocked correspondent was voicing his report. The scene suddenly went black and the network switched to a second location, but not before the anchor team tried repeatedly to re-establish contact — unsuccessfully — with the news team that clearly had just been attacked. Footage of the looting was later replayed on Fox News network’s The Kelly File and then posted on the Internet, where it quickly went viral. The correspondent resumed reporting — clearly shaken and somewhat hoarse — within minutes, off-camera and using his cellphone camera to cover the violence. He told the anchor team that his cameraman was “okay” but revealed little else.

Two police cars were incinerated and a dozen buildings were torched in Ferguson, burnt completely to ashes. One police officer was shot and wounded; his condition and identity is unknown, probably in order to ensure his future safety.

According to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Al Nusra al-Maqdisiyya also tweeted:

O supporters of the Islamic State in America, what is happening in #Ferguson is a valuable opportunity that will not return. Rise up and engage them with themselves, away from the mujahideen. Spill their blood in the roads and in the neighborhoods.

The group is telling ISIS supporters to distribute ISIS videos — especially in the English language — on trending Twitter hashtags related to events taking place in Ferguson, Missouri.

Police Capture Massive Shipment of Swords, Knives and Fireworks for Jerusalem Arabs

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Authorities at the Port of Ashdod and police  last week uncovered two containers with more than 6,000 knives and swords, 18,000 fireworks rockets destined for eastern Jerusalem Arabs to maim and slaughter Jews.

Police have arrested three suspects. A gag order on the smuggling of the weapons was lifted Thursday.

Customs agents detected that the contraband wrapped as Christmas gifts. One container was full of 18,000 20mm diameter firework rockets and hundreds of blasting caps, and the other container included 5200 commando knives, 4300 high voltage shocker flashlights, 5000 electric shockers and 1000 swords.

The weapons and fireworks were lined with Christmas presents, lights and wrappings in the hope of slipping them past Customs.

Realizing the security threat, port officials contacted police.

Police with containers of knives and fireworks headed for eastern Jerusalem Arabs to murder Jews.

Police with containers of knives and fireworks headed for eastern Jerusalem Arabs to murder Jews.

Three Arabs from northern Israel arrived at the port 10 days to unload the cargo on two trucks. Police followed them to Afula, opened the containers and arrested the suspects.

The shipments originated in China and were destined for Beit Hanina in eastern Jerusalem.

Police said the smuggling attempt was intended to “significantly upgrade: violence by Arabs, who recently have turned firecrackers, which have become the latest fad for Arab rioters to injure or maim police officers trying to quell riots.

If the containers had slipped through, the organizers of violence in eastern Jerusalem would have had an opportunity to make Tuesday’s slaughter of Jews praying at a Jerusalem synagogue just a drop in a sea of Jewish blood.

The police investigation might help security officials track down a major source of the Arab riots and perhaps put a serious hole in the heart of what appears to be an organized war to take Jerusalem away from Israel.

Swords, knives and fireworks destined for Jerusalem Arabs were found hidden inside Christmas presents in 2 Ashdod shipping containers.

Swords, knives and fireworks destined for Jerusalem Arabs were found hidden inside Christmas presents in 2 Ashdod shipping containers.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/police-stop-huge-shipment-of-knives-and-firecrackers-for-jerusalem-arabs/2014/11/20/

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