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2 ISIS Terrorists Killed by Egyptian Security in Sinai

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

The Egyptian military eliminated two “terrorist elements” and wounded a third operative linked to Da’esh (ISIS) in the Sinai Peninsula, Associated Press reported Sunday.

Security forces chased two of the terrorists on a motorcycle, according to a statement posted on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian military spokesperson. One was killed and the other injured in the provincial capital of El Arish, the Lebanon Daily Star reported.

A third terrorist was killed in a separate shootout with Egyptian military forces near Mount Halal, according to the Daily Star.

ISIS established a presence in Sinai a couple of years ago when the Ansar Beyt al Maqdis terrorist group, formerly linked to Al Qaeda, pledged its loyalty to Da’esh.

The group subsequently changed its name to Sinai Province when its membership in Da’esh was accepted and formalized.

Egypt and Israel have been cooperating on security operations in dealing with the terrorist threat along the Egyptian-Israeli border.

ISIS terrorists have been recruiting from among Palestinian Authority Arabs in Gaza, whose ruling Hamas terror group has been providing tactical and other support to the group in Sinai.

Operatives from related terrorist groups in Gaza have been sporadically firing rocket and mortar attacks at southern Israel over the past year, although it is not clear whether or not they are under the control of ISIS-linked Sinai Province.

Hana Levi Julian

US, Western Nations, Issue Holiday Alerts for Beijing

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

The United States, UK, Australian and French embassies in China have all issued alerts to their citizens and staff in Beijing, telling them to be extra vigilant this holiday season.

The heightened state of alert was particularly aimed at the Sanlitun district, a popular shopping district featuring high-end stores and restaurants.

The U.S. embassy said it had “received information of possible threats” targeting the district, home to many of the embassies, around December 25.

Beijing police have also reinforced their presence at shopping malls around the city. However, the city’s Public Security Bureau explained the extra security came in response to increased traffic at the commercial centers during the holiday season.

In a statement on their official microblog Beijing police said they issued a “yellow” security alert for Christmas and New Year, the second lowest level, Reuters reported. The alert was focused on areas like malls, which are likely to see more people visiting during the festivities. “Beijing police are planning ahead and taking many measures … to ensure good public order,” it said.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Demolishes Home of Terrorist in Northern Jerusalem

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Hundreds of police officers and IDF soldiers gathered Wednesday morning to protect workers who demolished the home of a terrorist in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.

The terrorist, Ibrahim Al-Akri, carried out a ram-and-stab attack in his mini-van at a train platform, killing two officers and then getting out of his vehicle to attack bystanders. He was neutralized by forces at the scene who shot and killed him.

Israel Police said in a statement, “We will operate with zero tolerance against anyone who attempts to disrupt society, and against anyone who attempts to harm security forces.”

Earlier in the week, two of the three Jewish minors who brutally murdered an Arab teen from Shuafat were convicted in the Jerusalem District Court. But the swift response of the Israeli justice system did little to stem the wave of Arab terror, much of which emanates from the neighborhood. That same day, Arab attackers in Shuafat hurled rocks at the Jerusalem Light Rail — which serves commuters in the neighborhood with a regular stop there — traumatizing passengers and damaging another car on the train, which again had to be taken out of service.

A number of the residents in the restive neighborhood have been deeply involved in terrorist activities and others, while not actively involved, have supported their actions. In a prelude to Operation Protective Edge in summer 2014 and during the war itself, Arab terrorists in Shuafat destroyed all the Light Rail stops in the neighborhood and also one in a nearby area.

Hana Levi Julian

Ya’alon Confirms: Russian Pilots Do Breach Israeli Airspace, But Are Not Shot Down

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Russian pilots do sometimes violate Israeli airspace, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon confirmed in an interview with Israel Radio on Sunday, but IAF pilots never shoot them down.

The lone instance of a breach that occurred recently was rectified immediately when a Russian aircraft ventured one mile into Israeli air space. The Russians were “immediately contacted” and the plane returned “immediately to Syrian territory,” Ya’alon said.

“I remind you that about a year ago we shot down a Syrian Sukhoi-24 plane that penetrated into our territory, and we also shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle,” Ya’alon said.

“When we understood that the Russians were planning to act inside Syria we immediately met – also the prime minister — with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, including the [IDF] chief of staff and the assistant chief of staff. We created an open channel for coordination so as to prevent misunderstandings, because Russian planes are not trying to attack us and therefore it is not necessary to automatically to shoot them down even if there is a mistake.”

Ya’alon was confirming a similar statement made Saturday at an event in Be’er Sheva by Amos Gilad, head of the Defense Ministry’s political-security bureau.

“Russian air force pilots at times cross into Israeli air space, [but] thanks to the excellent security coordination which started right after the meeting between Netanyahu and Putin (two months ago), and in which defined areas of operation were set, the Israel Defense Forces and the Russian military worked out security agreements,” Gilad said.

“If there is a violation, we know what to do and how to prevent an escalation,” he added.

Hana Levi Julian

B’Tselem Complains to Netanyahu: Security Forces Mete Out Death Sentences to Terrorists

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

The far-left B’Tselem non-governmental organization (NGO) complained in a letter sent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week that he is “responsible for allowing a de facto death penalty” to be meted out to terrorists on the streets of Israel.

“On Wednesday a policeman in Jerusalem shot 16-year-old Nourhan Awad of Qalandiya; she was lying on the ground without moving,” the letter began. (Ed. note: it has been edited for brevity) “Her 14-year-old cousin was shot in the same incident, also after being wounded by the initial gunfire that felled her, and she died. And the day before, soldiers shot to death Basarakat Qatnani, 16, of Nablus (Shechem), after she was wounded when she was struck and run over by a car.

“In October there were shot to death in Jerusalem Basal Sidehr and Padi Elon; the shooting at them continued after they were already wounded,” the letter continued.

(Ed. note: B’Tselem fails to point out — and may even deliberately ignore — the fact that in numerous cases, wounded Arab terrorists have risen from supine positions and resumed attacks as soon as their victims’ backs were turned. In fact, the Arab murderer in Jerusalem last month on Malchei Yisrael Street attempted to do exactly that, even as he was faced with armed security personnel.)

“In each of these five cases, we are talking about people who were already “neutralized” and yet the firing continued,” the letter goes on. “Four out of the five were killed, and the fifth was seriously wounded.

“Regardless of who tried to harm anyone or did not, there is no obscuring the harsh reality: these are executions being carried out on the street, without recourse to due process or trial, immediately and publicly; and the suspicion is further raised because in these instances, bystanders participate as well.

“Under the criminal law of the State of Israel, the death penalty was abolished more than 60 years ago, in 1954. In any case, the death penalty was never handed down as a sentence after a conviction for cases of attempted murder….” the letter went on. “Israel does not execute, period. This is a stable and well established reality that was ratified again recently in the Knesset.

“The chilling gap between the normal attitude described above and the current reality is unbearable. In fact, since your tenure the “new normal” would seem to be “shoot to kill” in any case, even when there is no longer a suspect, or the suspect no longer poses any threat.

“This situation is a direct result of the impassioned discussion of government officials and elected representatives in your coalition, winners of your silent support.

“There has been no change in the orders about how and when to open fire when security forces are out on routine operations… and of course it is not legal to fire upon someone who is already wounded; however, in practice the reality is quite different.

“Who can remain silent when security forces are acting outside the law? One cannot wash his hands of the matter. You cannot tell your ears they have not heard it. The continuing silence in view of these developments, together with the general praise of the security operations make clear the policies that you advocate and that you support.

“Silence in light of the comments of Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, that “Every terrorist should know that he will not survive the attack he was going to make,” is a consent to this illegal policy.

“The lives of those who have already been shot dead cannot be brought back, but it is still not too late to stop the moral bankruptcy reflected in our current situation.

“It is your responsibility to make it clear immediately that no one has the authority to execute, and the role of the security forces is to protect the public — not less, but also not more — and not to make the security officers into executioners on the city streets.

“Best regards, Hagai Elad, executive director, B’Tselem”

Hana Levi Julian

25 Arab Fugitives Arrested in Joint Security Operation

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

IDF soldiers captured 25 Arab fugitives late Sunday night in a joint operation with Border Guard Police and Shai District Police.

The operation, which spanned Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley, hauled in 15 suspects accused of involvement in terrorist activity and violence against civilians and security forces.

Among the fugitives were five terrorists from the Judean Arab village of Beit Omar, a hotbed of terror activity. Israeli vehicles are damaged almost daily as they pass by this area on Highway 60, due to attacks by Arab terrorists hurling firebombs and rocks.

Also among those detained were several members of terrorist organizations, including a number from Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror group.

All of the suspects were transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Orders Tighter Security, Coordination of Efforts in Hebron District

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered Israel’s defense establishment to coordinate its efforts to tighten security efforts in the Hebron district.

In his remarks at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said that over the weekend, he held discussions with the defense minister, the public security minister and the IDF chief of staff.

“I instructed the security agencies to coordinate their efforts in the Hebron district, from which most or all of the attacks are originating,” Netanyahu said. “We are carrying out – inter alia – arrests and roadblocks there and are boosting our forces. We did this in Jerusalem from which most of the attacks had originated,” he noted.

“I would like to commend the security forces for their strong counter terrorist actions,” he continued, “including the apprehension of terrorists.

“We are facing terrorism by individuals – this is not terrorism by organizations, this is terrorism by individuals, occasionally with kitchen knives, who are incited mainly by social media,” he pointed out.

“It is very difficult to hermetically prevent the arrival of such knife-wielding, or other, terrorists to this or that place. Therefore, in addition to the actions that we are taking in the centers of terrorism themselves, in addition to the actions by the security forces, citizens must be on maximum alert,” he warned.

“I must say that we are showing such awareness, with considerable resourcefulness and courage, and this is deserving of all praise. We are still fighting and will continue to do so. This struggle has continued for nearly 100 years, but we will overcome this wave as well.”

Netanyahu also spoke about the international terror wave being perpetrated by Da’esh (ISIS), and how it has impacted the Jewish State.

“Last week, indictments were filed against Israeli citizens who were planning to join ISIS,” he added. “Also, I have asked the Attorney General to advance steps to revoke the citizenship of those who join ISIS. Whoever joins ISIS will not be an Israeli citizen. And if he leaves the borders of the state, he will not return.

“I think this lesson is becoming increasingly clear throughout the international arena and it is fitting that we lead this effort as well.”

Hana Levi Julian

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