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11 Arab Fugitives Arrested in Judea, Samaria

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning IDF soldiers arrested 11 wanted Palestinian Arab fugitives across Judea and Samaria.

Nine of the suspects were wanted for involvement in terror operations, rioting and violence against civilians and security personnel.

Among the suspects were a number of Hamas terrorists as well.

Border Guard Police Foil Terror Attack at Tapuach Junction

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Israeli Border Guard Police foiled an attempted terror attack by a Palestinian Arab at the Tapuach junction in Samaria.

Had that attacker escaped, he could have entered a Jewish community or even reached Jerusalem and there possibly have perpetrated an even greater attack.

The 20-year-old terrorist, a resident of Shechem (Nablus), approached the security personnel standing guard at the site, pulled out a knife and attempted to stab an officer.

Another Israeli officer raised his weapon and the wannabe attacker fled, but was caught a few seconds later. He was taken into custody and transferred to security personnel for questioning.

Company Commander Superintendant Roi Amos praised the quick action of the IDF fighters whose alert actions saved the lives of their fellow officers and others at the site.

“The soldiers were alert and prepared,” he said. “This is precisely the reason the incident ended this way; we’re talking about a situation of a few seconds.

“Vigilance and operational preparedness are the only manner in which one can cope with such incidents. First and foremost things went as expected from each Border Guard Police officer during an actual terrorism attack when he is tested and must protect his life and the innocent lives of others.”

Netanyahu Expresses Condolences on Death of Arab Woman in Duma

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his condolences to the Dawabsha family on Monday following the death of Rihad Dawabsha, who was critically wounded in the Palestinian Authority village six weeks ago.

The Prime Minister called the firebombing attack on the Dawabsha home an “act of terrorism” and added, ” The security forces are doing their utmost to apprehend the assailants and bring them to justice.”

Virtually all international and Israeli media have assumed that Jews were responsible for the attack, but no suspects have been arrested. Several have been detained and released after it turned out there was no basis for suspicions.

The possibility that Arabs were behind the attack sounds like wishful thinking but cannot be ruled out, particularly since the attack took place in the middle of Duma and not at the outskirts, where it would have been easier for Jews to throw a firebomb and flee.

The Hebrew word for “revenge” was scrawled on a wall at the family home, leading to the assumption that Jews were responsible for the crime. However, it has been reported that the Dawabsha family has been involved in a violent feud with another family in the village.

Palestinian Arabs Declare ‘Day of Rage’ After Duma Mother Dies

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Palestinian Authority Arab groups have declared a “Day of Rage” this coming Friday after morning prayers in response to the death of 27-year-old Riham Dawabshe, the mother in a family of four whose home was attacked in the Arab village of Duma in Samaria.

Judea and Samaria District Police said they have carried out security assessments and prepared for what they expect to be a day of disturbances in the regions, as well as elsewhere around the country.

There were reports Monday at midday of riots and violence near Duma, ahead of the funeral for Riham Dawabshe. In addition, a number of Israeli drivers reported rocks being hurled at their cars as they drove on the road near the village in Samaria.

In a post on Twitter, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro tweeted:

“Condolences 2 famil of Riham Dawabshe & prayers 4 her son Ahmed. Important that those resp. for the terrorist murder be brought 2 justice”

Numerous other posts on Twitter and other social networking sites are referring to the arson attack on the Dawabshe home as the “settler attack” despite the fact that three of the four arson attacks in 2015 on the Dawabshe clan in Duma were village-based. Oddly, the village elders did not request any Israeli investigation into the other attacks. The arson attack in which Riham Dawabshe, her husband Sa’ad and her 18-month-old baby Ali perished was the third in the series of the four mysterious fires so far this year, all of which struck the Dawabshe clan, who make up two-thirds of the village. The most recent was attributed by the village mayor to a “wiring problem” and quickly hushed up. That attack, too, was determined not to require any investigation.

The Dawabshe family’s four-year-old son, Ahmed is alive and in serious condition in Tel Hashomer Medical Center.

The deadly arson which consumed their home has been blamed on ‘Jewish settlers’ due to Hebrew-language graffiti which was found on a wall at the site. But that graffiti was odd and is suspect due to the graphological style in which it was written, and the content, which included a slogan used by an international Chassidic group known for its pacifist outlook and its friendly attitude to strangers from all sectors of the population.

The Israeli government followed the attack with mass administrative detentions and restraining orders on dozens of young residents in Judea and Samaria. Eventually most of those who were detained were released, except for two, who remain in custody.

Police Nab PA Arabs with 4,000 Bullets Stolen from IDF

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Israeli Border Police may have saved the lives of hundreds or even thousands of Israelis Friday night.

They stopped what appeared to them a suspicious Palestinian Authority taxicab in Highway 60 in Samaria, north of Jerusalem.

Their search of the vehicle uncovered a cache of approximately 4,000 bullets used in M-16 semi-automatic weapons.

Even worse, the ammunition had been stolen from the IDF.

Police arrested three Arabs, two of them from Jerusalem and one form the Palestinian Authority. It is not known if the Arabs were linked to crime or terror, but it can be assumed that 4,000 bullets in the hands of Palestinian Authority Arabs would not be used by Palestinian Authority security officers to do what the Oslo Accords commit them to do – root out terror.

It also can be assumed that since several Palestinian Authority security officers have been involved in terror attacks on Israelis, some of those bullets would have ended up in their hands.

The official statement that the taxi cab was viewed as “suspicious” may be politically correct language for another capture of terrorists and their weapons thanks to Israeli intelligence.

In any case, those 5,000 bullets will be back in the hands of the IDF, which has to investigate yet another theft that may have been an “inside job.”

And Israelis can thank the security services for having possibly saved their lives.

In Midst of Refugee Influx, EU Chief Promising to Label Jewish Products

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

(JNi.media) EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Saturday, after a two-day informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg that Europe will soon decide on the rules concerning labels that will inform consumers when imported Israeli products come from Jewish farmers in Judea and Samaria.

“The work is close to being finished but it is still ongoing,” she said. Some EU countries, including Britain, already warn consumers about products made by Jews in the area largely east of the 1949 armistice line, also known as the “green line.” That area, which includes parts of Jerusalem, was captured by Jordan in 1949 but was never formally annexed, so that when it was captured by Israel in 1967, it had the status of a no man’s land. International Law forbids an occupying country to transfer civilians into land taken in war, but it does not hold the same restrictions in a case where the land did not legally belong to anyone.

Having resolved the issue of alerting European consumers about the different identities of the Jews who sell them goods, Mogherini turned to dealing with the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq, and east and north Africa, declaring that the refugees are not going anywhere, and member states must adjust to this new reality.

“It is here to stay; the sooner we accept it, the sooner we will be able to respond effectively [and] united as Europeans,” Mogherini said, admitting that the problem “affects all of us. A few months ago, it was Italy, Greece and Malta. Now it is Hungary and it could (be the) turn of other member states in the future.”

Even while Mogherini speaking, Austrian police reported that 4,000 people had crossed into the country early Saturday morning, with their number rising to as much as 10,000 during the day.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said his country had an understanding with Austria and Hungary on easing the pressure by letting the refugees through this time, but warned that this should not set a precedent. “The help in the emergency situation was linked to an urgent appeal not to make out of this the practice for the coming days,” he said.

US Says It Doesn’t Even Know How Many Americans Live in West Bank

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

President Barack Obama’s State Dept. experts on the Middle East have once again proven how much they don’t know.
One would think that the experts at Foggy Bottom are aware of how many Americans live in Judea and Samaria, or what the administration likes to call the “occupied territories.”

As reported here earlier this week, a British professor disclosed in a new book, to be published later this year, what almost every American in Israel knows – that there are disproportional number of Americans living in Judea and Samaria.

There are approximately 60,000 former American “settlers,” according to Oxford University Prof. Sara Yael Hirschhorn.

On Monday, Palestinian Authority propagandist Sayeed Erikat, who covers the State Dept. for the Al-Quds newspaper, asked deputy spokesman Mark Toner if he was aware that “there are 60,000 American Jewish settlers in the West Bank.”

Toner replied:

Sixty thousand? I don’t.

Erikat said, for Toner’s information, there are indeed so many Americans running around there, and he used his podium to ask how the United States government, which considers all settlers to be illegal and even illegitimate, can tolerate Americans living in what they call Judea and Samaria..

“Do you have any leverage with these American citizens?” Erikat asked.

Toner answered:

We, through our embassy, offer support for American citizens throughout the world. But what – we’re very clear on our policy on this issue.

Erikat suggested what could be the next hammer hold the Obama administration can exercise on Israel. If the United States opposes settlements, why should it offer services to Americans whom they consider to be illegal?

He asked:

Should the United States or would the United States have some sort of a program – an incentive program – to sort of encourage settlers to perhaps dismantle these settlements?

Toner didn’t answer directly, and Erikat let him get away with stating “that’s really a question for the Israeli Government to look at.”

Hirschhorn’s study pointed out that the Americans in Judea and Samaria by and large educated academics. She did not describe them as Wild West cowboys.

But Erikat gave Toner an “education” about the “true” identity of many of those Americans, to wit:

Many elements among these settlers are extremists. They carry guns, they enforce their own sort of rules and regulations on roads and hamlets and so on – Palestinian hamlets. Do you have any kind of program, perhaps, to rehabilitate these settlers, bring them back somehow, as opposed to the settlements?

Toner, reflecting State Dept. knowledge, so to speak, actually patronized Erikat instead of contradicting him outright, which he couldn’t do because his experts only know what they want to imagine.
Toner said:

We’ve also spoken about the uptick in violence, in extremist violence in Israel. And in fact, the government and the prime minister have also spoken about some of the recent attacks that we view as abhorrent. And we call on, frankly, all sides to stop this kind of violence.

There is no indication that the attacks were carried out by Americans, In fact, it still is open to question whether Jews or an Arab gang carried out the most infamous attack – the firebombing of an Arab home in which an 18-month-old baby and his father were killed.

So far, the Obama administration has not suggested how to “rehabilitate” settlers, of whom I am one.

I didn’t know I need rehabilitation.

By the way, I do not carry a gun. I might get arrested for defending myself.

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