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Terrorists Attack Israeli Bus Near Ofra

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

The Hatzolah emergency service of Judea & Samaria reports that terrorists in the Binyamin region attacked an Israeli bus late Thursday night (Nov. 24).

Bus #463 came under a hail of rocks as it traveled near the Jewish community of Ofra.

No one was physically injured in the attack.

The bus driver arrived at a gas station to report the attack took place as he was driving between the Jewish communities of Ofra and Michmash.

Israeli security personnel were deployed to the area to search for the attackers.

Hana Levi Julian

NYT: Trump Would ‘Love To Be The One’ To Make Peace Between Israel, PA

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump told top editors, White House reporters, top presidential campaign reporters, senior managers, editorial-op-ed writers editors and writers from The New York Times on Tuesday he would “love to be the one who made peace with Israel and the Palestinians.” Trump’s remarks were posted by various New York Times reporters and editors in a series of live tweets released on the NYT website.

“That would be such a great achievement,” he said.

The president-elect was then quoted in a tweet by Elisabeth Bumiller: “Jared Kushner could help make peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.” The meeting was a “take no prisoners” opportunity for Trump to clear the air on media “misunderstandings” about his positions on the alt-right movement, neo-Nazis, the KKK, and similar issues.

Asked bluntly about the Nazi conference in DC this past weekend, Trump said, “Of course I disavow… and condemn them.” Likewise, he answered a similar question from executive editor Dean Baquet, who asked whether he felt like he had done things to energize the alt-right movement.

“I don’t think so, Dean,” he replied. Nevertheless, he added, “I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group. It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why.”

When the questions turned to his appointment of former Breitbart News CEO Steve Bannon, Trump said flatly, “If I thought he was a racist… or alt-right or any terms we would use… I wouldn’t even think about hiring him.

“I think it’s very hard on him. I think he’s having a hard time with it. Because it’s not him.” But Trump noted “a lot of people” were coming to Bannon’s defense. Among them was Reince Priebus, his new chief of staff, who spoke from the conference table during the meeting.

Among those the president-elect listed on his “Like” list was Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, who he said he’s liked “for a long time.”

Hana Levi Julian

Stoning Terror Attacks Under-Reported, Warns Hatzolah of Judea & Samaria

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The Hatzolah emergency response organization of Judea and Samaria and the Hebrew-language 0404 website are warning that Arab terrorist stoning attacks are again being under-reported by mainstream Israeli media. This is not the first time media avoid reporting about the numerous attempts to kill Israeli drivers by Arabs in the Palestinian Authority.

They are generally not reported at all in the international media, unless the attempts result in obvious murders of foreign or dual citizens.

On Monday, November 21, as of 6:30 pm, there were at least 14 stoning terror attacks perpetrated against Israeli motorists on the roads of Judea and Samaria, according to Hatzolah and 0404.

Israeli security forces have been attacked in a number of the incidents, which took place between the Arab village of Azoun and the Jewish community of Ma’ale Shomron.

There was also an attack between the Jewish community of Avnei Hefetz and the Te’enim checkpoint, near the Arab village of Hizme, north of Jerusalem between the capital and the Jewish community of Adam, near the Arab city of Halhul north of Hebron, at the Ma’ale Amos Junction near the southern entrance to the Jewish city of Efrat in Gush Etzion, and elsewhere.

An Israeli driver was also targeted by Arab stone throwers as he traveled past Huwara, near the Jewish communities of Itamar and Yitzhar and north of the Jewish town of Tapuach. In that incident, the vehicle was damaged, but miraculously the passengers were not physically hurt. Stoning has been noted as a form of attempted murder in the Israeli penal code, and is judged accordingly.

A law was passed last year increasing the prison sentence for terrorists convicted of throwing rocks at moving vehicles. It was actually an amendment to an existing law that required proof of intent; currently those convicted of stone throwing face a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, depending on the circumstances. Moreover, anyone convicted of the crime does not receive benefits from the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi), and if the perpetrator is a minor, nor does his family, while he is in prison. The minimum penalty for throwing rocks at a moving vehicle is three years in prison. The law also added rocks to the list of “harmful tools” in the penal code. A number of Israelis have, in fact, been killed as a result of such attacks with many, many more injured in the course of having to dodge the stony missiles hurled at their vehicles.

Mainstream media tend to focus on attacks in Israel only when there are serious injuries and damage to vehicles. The long-lasting trauma often suffered by those who experience such attacks, which particularly affects the young, is usually discounted even when the attacks are noted. This is despite the social, educational and financial havoc such trauma can later cause, as numerous psychotherapists and trauma experts have pointed out.

Hana Levi Julian

Protester Attacks Ashton Kutcher, Airbnb, for Listing Judea and Samaria Homes [video]

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Ariel Gold, from the group Code Pink on Saturday stormed the stage of an Airbnb event in Los Angeles with celebrity investor Ashton Kutcher and company CEO Brian Chesky, to roll open a banner saying “Airbnb out of Settlements,” Page Six reported.

Airbnb is a peer-to-peer online marketplace and homestay network that enables people to list or rent short-term lodging in residential properties. It has more than 2,000,000 listings in 34,000 cities and 191 countries. Code Pink, which is associated with a group called The Stolen Homes Coalition, which describes itself as “women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement.”

Gold protested Airbnb’s inclusion of homes owned by Judea and Samaria Jews.

Kutcher, known for his roles in the TV series “Two and a Half Men” and movies such as “What Happens in Vegas,” was an early investor in Airbnb. He told the protester that she did not have the stage, adding: “We all can belong in a world together without borders. I can appreciate that this doesn’t happen seamlessly. I can appreciate that it does not happen easily. I can appreciate that where there is change, there will be a fringe case that feels objectified. But this company is about bringing people together.”

Inte3restingly, out of a list of Airbnb destination that includes countries where women are treated as second class citizens, if not worse, such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Libya, to name only three, Gold and her women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement focused on Israeli Jews for spreading peace and social justice.

David Israel

Amona ‘Regulation Law’ Passed Unanimously by Ministerial Committee for Legislation

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Despite an effort by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to prevent its passage, members of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation unanimously voted to approve the ‘Regulation Law’ on Sunday evening.

Passage of the bill in committee means the law now goes to the Knesset, where it still must pass three readings in order to make it into law.

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit has said there are legal problems with the law, which may be in conflict with international norms. He has told the committee he is not willing to defend the measure in Supreme Court on behalf of the government, should it be challenged.

The law calls for the government to financially compensate Palestinian Authority Arabs who claim private ownership of land on which Jewish towns have been built.

The law would retroactively legalize the status of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and would prevent the demolition of the town of Amona. It would also stop the destruction of nine homes in the town of Ofra.

The proposed bill was sponsored by Likud Knesset member Yoav Kish, along with two Bayit Yehudi Knesset members, Shuli Muaelem Refaeli and Bezalel Smotrich.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked praised the decision. This government will normalize the settlements in Judea and Samaria, even against efforts by the far-left to engage in ‘lawfare’. The way to influence [policy] on the settlement map of Judea and Samaria is through elections, not through the improper means utilize by these groups today,” she said.

Hana Levi Julian

Terror Near Highway 443, Heading Towards Jerusalem

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

An Israeli public bus, several civilian vehicles and a number of military vehicles sustained damage Sunday night after being pelted with rocks by Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists on Route 45.

The attacks took place near Highway 443 – the old Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Highway – about 200 meters past the Ofer checkpoint, in the direction of traveling towards Jerusalem.

Windows were smashed on the bus, as well as on some of the civilian and military vehicles. Even a garbage truck was damaged.

None of the passengers were physically injured, however.

“Utter chaos and anarchy; that’s the only way to describe the Israeli government’s management of the security of its citizens on Israeli roads. It’s a disgrace,” one motorist told the Hebrew-language 0404 website.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Forces Thwart Knifing, Eliminate Terrorist at Ofra Junction [video]

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Israeli security personnel thwarted an Arab terrorist who tried to carry out a stabbing attack on Thursday afternoon at the Ofra junction bus stop and hitchhiking post in the Binyamin region.

Forces at the scene shot and “neutralized” the terrorist, according to Hatzolah of Judea and Samaria. The IDF confirmed in a statement that the attacker is dead.

“Palestinian assailant armed with a knife attempted to stab an IDF soldier guarding a bus stop near the community of Ofra,” said an IDF spokesperson. “Responding to the immediate threat, forces at the scene shot the assailant, resulting in his death.”

Soldiers removed a knife during a subsequent search of the terrorist’s body as forces sought to ensure there were no other weapons or explosive devices on his person.

No Israeli at the site was injured in the attack.

A 15-year-old, Mordechai Tzadok, from Beit El witnessed the attack and told TPS what happened:

“I arrived at the bus stop with a friend to hitchhike back home. We saw an Arab coming out of the village and advance towards us, seeing that there were too many people, he turned back to another station. He entered the station wearing a sweater, and we realized there was a knife in his sleeves. He entered the station and shouted a few words, the soldiers shouted back at him a few words, we heard gunshots, we ran and we saw towards the terrorist was dead.”

Hana Levi Julian

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