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May 26, 2016 / 18 Iyar, 5776

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Rami Levy Security Upgrade

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

The Rami Levy supermarket chain has always been a symbol of coexistence – of Jews and Arabs working and shopping together. But not everyone (on the Arab side) likes that idea.

When the various Rami Levy supermarkets began becoming repeated target for Arab terrorists, Rami Levy took initial steps to increase customer safety, from removing all the knives off the shelves to (for a while) pre-cutting all the chickens and meat, so there were no knives in the butcher section (there’s a couple of knives back there now).

Besides the guard at the entrance, there are also IDF soldiers in the parking lots.

But, despite all that, the terrorist still managed to get in with a knife last week to stab and kill a Jewish man.

Today, Rami Levy is installing a full size metal detector at the entrance to the Rami Levy in Sha’ar Binymanin.

Will that be security enough? Or is coexistence no longer on the table?

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‘Small Schools, Kindergartens Don’t Qualify for Gov’t Security Protection’

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

The age and number of Arab attackers committed to jihad is beginning to raise questions about how important it is to protect every single child in Israel, regardless of how many students there are in a classroom.

The wave of terror currently washing over Israel has begun to feature more Arab teens as the weeks pass, and the wannabe attackers seem to be getting younger.

In some respects it is easier for a security officer to disarm a younger attacker, particularly if they are armed only with knives and kitchen utensils.

But what if there is no security guard available to protect the population from harm?

Barely a week after the Tel Aviv terrorist finally ended his days in a fiery shootout with police in his home village, an uninvited Arab worker walked into a Jewish school building.

“The staff … were in a panic,” related a source in the neighborhood who spoke on condition of anonymity. “They locked the doors to the temporary rooms with the children inside, hollering all together for help.

“As Heaven decreed, the Arab worker left the premises and the incident ended without harm to anyone. But since then we have been trying to find a way to bring a guard to the building,” the source said.

The school administration turned to the municipal authority of Bnei Brak, but were told the school was not eligible for protection. Although there are more than 200 children in the school, legally the institution merits no protection unless there are more than 100 students over the age of six, from first grade.

In this case, there are “only” 50 such students.

The school received a reply from Yigal Avraham at the Bnei Brak Municipality, who explained the law in a letter to the school.

“In a tour of the school premises together with the head of the security department, Mr. Yona Yitzhak, we saw there are only 50 students learning in the elementary school section of the institution, outside of the kindergarten area,” wrote Avraham.

He went on to explain “the criteria for receiving a security guard is determined solely by Israel Police and is restricted to those schools comprised of 100 or more students not including kindergartens.

“These are the rules set by the police in accordance with the decisions made by the government, or alternatively, under the specific guidance of the mayor with a special budget – and we have nothing with which to help in this regard, even with all the tragedies and all our good wishes!”

The spokesperson for Israel Police could not be reached for comment.

A Jewish school in Arad has also faced similar challenges in past years. The school’s elementary population recently grew to more than 100, and its preschool classrooms adjoin the building. “Because our kindergartens adjoin the elementary building, they also can benefit from having the security guard,” said a parent in the Arad community.

But that only works if the elementary school population has grown to more than 100. Such a solution is of little use to schools that are in the beginning years of their development. Nursery schools, daycare centers or kindergartens where there may be nearly 100 small children are also left without protection in the current environment under government regulations.

This means that literally thousands of the smallest, most vulnerable children in Israel are at the highest risk.

Hana Levi Julian

Hamas Confirms Beit El Terrorist Was Member of PA Security Force

Monday, February 1st, 2016

The Hamas terrorist organization confirmed in a statement late Sunday the terrorist who shot three Israeli soldiers at an IDF checkpoint near Beit El was a Palestinian Authority police officer.

According to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news outlet, Amjad Jaser Sukkari, 34, was a Staff Sergeant from Shechem (Nablus). His body was returned by Israel to the Palestinian Authority security forces several hours after the incident and was buried the same day.

The attacker drove up from Ramallah to an IDF checkpoint next to the Jewish community of Beit El on Sunday afternoon, got out of his car with a handgun and shot three Israeli soldiers at point-blank range. Two were seriously wounded and a third less severely so. Other soldiers immediately returned fire and killed the terrorist on site.

Gaza’s ruling terror group “hailed the heroic resistance operation carried out … by PA security forces member Amjad Sukkari,” Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri told the Alresala newspaper.

He deemed the shooting a “natural response to the Israeli field executions of Palestinians.

“This attack showcases the rejection of security coordination with the occupation, even among members of the PA security forces,” Abu Zuhri pointed out.

The Hamas official claimed that Sukkari worked as an escort for the chief of the Ramallah prosecution office.

Late Sunday night, the IDF surrounded Ramallah to implement a partial closure of the Palestinian Authority capital city in response to the attack. Only residents who can prove their status were being allowed in and out of Ramallah.

Hana Levi Julian

Beit Horon Terror Stabbing Victim Shlomit Krigman, HY’D, Laid to Rest

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Hundreds of mourners gathered to support friends and family of Shlomit Krigman, hy’d, as they paid their final respects Tuesday before she was laid to rest at the Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem. “She was a very special person,” said one.

The young woman — only 23 years old — lived in Shadmot Mehola in the Jordan Valley, but was staying in Beit Horon, located between Modi’in and Jerusalem along Highway 443, at the time of the attack.

“Shlomit was loved and known to all,” said the Beit Horon settlement administration in a statement. “She served as a Bnei Akivah youth group coordinator during her National Service. During the past year she lived with her grandparents in the settlement of Beit Horon.”

She was stabbed outside a grocery store late Monday afternoon by two Arab terrorists from the Palestinian Authority. Critically injured, she succumbed to her wounds on Tuesday morning at Hadassah Medical Center’s Mount Scopus campus.

A second Israeli woman, age 58, was also stabbed in the same attack. She is in stable condition with moderate wounds at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

When the terrorists tried to enter the store to continue their stabbing spree, two Jewish workers pushed them back with a shopping cart, forcing them to run.

At that point, both attackers were shot and killed by a security guard. Forces who were searching the area found three IEDs (improvised explosive devices) they had planted around the store. Sappers were summoned to the site defuse the bombs.

The two terrorists, Ibrahim Ala’an, 22, from nearby Beit Ur al-Tahta; and Hussein Abu Ghosh, 17, from Qalandiya, a Hamas operative; reached the store via a nearby wadi. They jumped the fence surrounding the community, store worker Motti Shalem told Ynet.

“These difficult times are fraught with confrontation and we will overcome. We will continue to fight against terrorism and the incitement which drives it. In the face of terror, we choose life,” President Reuven Rivlin said in the wake of the attack.

On Monday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the IDF to prepare an upgraded comprehensive security plan for the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

Immediately following the stabbing at Beit Horon, the IDF froze the work permits of the family members of the two terrorists and a series of other security measures. Roadblocks were set up on all access routes to Beit Ur al-Tahta, allowing only humanitarian cases in or out, according to an IDF spokesperson.

Hana Levi Julian

Ben-Gurion University Launches International CyberTech Summer Program

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will launch a cybertech program for international students this summer in data mining and business intelligence.

University President Prof. Rivka Carmi described the curriculum in her opening remarks Tuesday at the 2016 Cybertech Conference and Exhibition. BGU is the academic sponsor of the event for the third year in a row.

Over the last few years, data mining has become a factor in the competitive environment and is used in organizations from operational decisions to strategic planning.

The summer program in data mining and business intelligence is designed to meet the need for academic training in these fields, Carmi said. The Summer Program in Data Mining and Business Intelligence is to provide both theoretical and practical knowledge, including tools, on data mining.

The program offers two academic courses where students learn the basic tools of data mining and the utilization of machine learning techniques for cyber security. The program includes a mandatory one week internship at BGU’s Cyber Security Research Center. The internship corresponds with the course materials and contributes the practical experience component. In addition, students will take part in professional field trips to leading companies, in order to enhance their understanding of data mining and cyber security.

The program is intended for high achieving students in their final year of undergraduate studies or pursuing graduate studies in Information Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science, or Industrial Engineering and Management. Applicants must have a GPA no lower than 82 and be proficient in English.

“The world is increasingly turning to Israel for cyber security, and within Israel, BGU is leading Beer-Sheva to become a major national and international center,” Carmi said.

BGU has gathered partners to create the CyberSpark hub in Beer-Sheva.

Deutsche Telekom, EMC, Lockheed Martin, IBM, PayPal and others will cooperate in launching centers of excellence at the Gav Yam Negev Advanced Technologies Park (ATP) adjacent to the University.

“The Park is a one-of-a-kind public-private partnership arousing international interest because of its rapid growth and achievements,” Carmi said.

Israel’s government is providing financial and logistical support via the Israel National Cyber Bureau. In addition, Israel’s CERT will move to Be’er Sheva in the coming months as well.

In a few years the IDF’s elite technology units will also have their own campus adjacent to the Advanced Technologies Park. Soldiers will earn degrees from BGU and conduct joint research with the University and industry partners.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Media Report Israeli Proposed Autonomy Plan to Quiet Jerusalem Violence

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

While the Palestinian Authority rails at Israel over its “settlement expanionist policies” a quiet move may be in process to grant a measure of autonomy in Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods.

The Kuwait-based Al Jaridi newspaper quoted “private sources” on Wednesday who said Israel has proposed security forces of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) police — and prevent attacks on Israelis — from the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem’s post-1967 areas.

Among the neighborhoods to be included in the PLO security force catchment area would be the northern “hot spot” neighborhoods of Shuafat and Anata.

Under the proposed agreement, the PLO police force would secure the neighborhoods without the need for prior coordination with Israel, thus granting the area a form of autonomy within the capital.

The proposal is being studied by PLO officials, who have said they will raise the matter with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and other government leaders. (Of course, the PA chairman is also the de facto leader of the PLO, and was its official leader until late last year, when he turned over the reins to chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.)

According to the report, “observers” see the proposal “as an attempt by Israel to “shirk their responsibilities towards the Arab population of Jerusalem and the camps surrounding the city.” The Arabs who live in those communities there hold blue Israeli identity cards, denoting they are Israeli residents; yet when traveling abroad, temporary Jordanian passports. They could, if they chose, turn to Israel’s Interior Ministry and apply to become actual citizens of Israel since they are technically residents of Jerusalem. But for many reasons, they don’t.

An Israeli security source pointed out that if carried out, the proposed move “could be interpreted as de facto partitioning of the capital into east and west. This could lead to major embarrassment for the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,” he said.

Since October, Israelis have been targeted by Arab terrorists in 108 stabbings, 37 shootings and 22 vehicular ramming attacks. In the past four months, 27 Israelis, one foreign citizen and a Palestinian Authority citizen have been murdered in terror attacks; 289 more wounded, many seriously.

Statements by Fatah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad spokespersons have described the attacks as “heroic actions” and “the natural response to Israel’s crimes.”

The attacks are motivated for the most part by the lie spread by the Palestinian Authority media that Israel allegedly threatened Al-Aqsa mosque, as well as by the frustration, desperation and anger of the younger generation.

Most of the attackers have not been operatives of any established terrorist organization, and the current wave of terrorism has not been directed by any organization. Rather, it is being directly inspired by the intensive and sometimes subliminal incitement that has for decades been the driving force behind it.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Troops Arrest 14 Terror Suspects

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Israeli soldiers arrested 14 wanted Arab terror suspects in various operations late Wednesday night and into Thursday morning.

The arrests took place in different locations throughout the Judea and Samaria regions.

The suspects were transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

Hana Levi Julian

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