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Posts Tagged ‘Shin Bet’

Israel Arrests 5 Arabs Suspected of Yom Kippur Shooting Attack

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Israeli security agencies have cleared for publication that forces arrested five Palestinian Authority Arabs, who are suspected of committing an October 11 shooting attack against IDF troops near the village of Ni’lin in the Binyamin region.

A security source told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) that on the eve of the Jewish fast day of Yom Kippur, an IDF lookout alerted forces to four suspicious figures near the security barrier in the area of Ni’lin. The suspects then fired shot towards the soldiers, who returned fire.

No Israelis were hurt in the attack.

The suspects fled, the source continued, and IDF and Shin Bet forces then conducted an operation in the village during the night, arresting several individuals suspected of committing the attack. Two days later forces arrested additional suspects of aiding the shooters, and discovered and seized the weapon and vehicle used in the attack.

The Shin Bet investigation revealed that the terrorists purchased weapons from a dealer in Samaria before committing the shooting attack.

The five suspects, all from Ni’lin, were identified as 39-year-old Barakat Hawaja, who is involved in activities involving weapons, Hamza Nafa (20 years old), Khalil Othman (23), Mahmoud Hawaja (24), and a 16-year-old minor who is suspected of involvement in riots.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israel Announces Heavy Fines for Gaza Smugglers

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has instructed the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) to ramp up oversight of materials entering the Gaza Strip. Major General Yoav Mordechai, commander of COGAT, said Thursday that the order was given in order to prevent raw materials requiring security clearance from reaching the Hamas-led canton.

“Any attempt to smuggle dual-use materials into Gaza without coordinating the shipments with [Israeli] security officials raises strong concerns that the materials are willingly being provided to terror operatives,” said Mordechai in a statement Thursday. ”The only goal these groups have is to harm the security of Israeli civilians. The responsibility for [preventing] smuggling does not only fall on the people ordering the materials, but also on [Israeli] companies and on truck drivers who transport the material that is intended for terrorism into Gaza.”

Liberman also said that companies that help smuggle materials into the Strip will be fined. At least one telecommunications firm has been advised that it will be fined hundreds of thousands of shekels for attempting to smuggle communications and fiber-optic cables. Defense officials believe the materials were intended for terror elements in the Strip.

Up to now, prohibited materials were confiscated at Gaza entry points, and truck drivers received warnings. The new policy was adopted following consultations with COGAT, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), the Land Border Crossings Authority of the Defense Ministry, Israel police and legal scholars.

The new policy calls for stiff penalties against all levels of the smuggling chain, from company administrators down to truck drivers. Possible sanctions include impounding trucks used for smuggling attempts, including the cargo. Fines for smuggling could reach approximately NIS 1 million (US $261,730). Used car parts will also be banned from the Strip, after security forces discovered parts in shipments that could be used to build a 4X4 jeep to be used by terror groups.

“We will hit back strongly and will not allow anyone to avoid responsibility. [We will try to ensure that] aiding terror simply does not pay,” Mordechai added.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

US Flags Fly at Half-Staff Worldwide for Israel’s 9th President, Shimon Peres

Friday, September 30th, 2016

As the sun begins to rise on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 at its appointed hour in the various time zones around the world, the American flag will begin to move up the flag pole at United State installations, establishments and government institutions around the world — and will stop when it reaches the half-way mark up the flagpole.

The flags of the United States of America — in all public buildings in the continental USA and at American embassies, consulates, military and naval posts, stations, bases and vessels, and any U.S. territory or possession around the world will fly at half-staff Friday until sunset, in honor of the passing of Israel’s ninth President, Shimon Peres.

President Barack Obama issued the order in a White House proclamation, “Death of Shimon Peres,” which was sent out late Wednesday night. Only five other people around the world have earned this honor: among them, the Israeli leader who partnered with Peres and PLO terror chief Yasser Arafat to produce the Oslo Accords in the early 1990s, thereby launching the Palestinian Authority — former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated by an extremist not long after the document went into effect.

Obama issued a statement on Wednesday, saying Peres was “the essence of Israel itself — the courage of Israel’s fight for independence, the optimism he shared with his wife Sonya as they helped make the desert bloom, and the perseverance that led him to serve his nation in virtually every position in government across the entire life of the State of Israel.”

“A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever…. For the gift of his friendship and the example of his leadership, todah rabah, Shimon.”

Obama is expected to arrive early Friday with a large delegation, but will stay only for the funeral and will depart shortly thereafter. No talks are scheduled between him and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, nor with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, though all three will be in the same place at the same time, with their top aides, in Jerusalem. Security is tightened to an unprecedented level. Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said the Peres family ultimately decided together with the Knesset to close the proceedings to the public, due to the complexity of the security situation.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Israel Police face an unprecedented challenge in simultaneously protecting some 60 dignitaries and heads of state, from the time they arrive until the time they leave Israel. Approximately 8,000 police officers are involved in the effort.

The operation is considered one of the largest in Israeli history. Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh told reporters Thursday that police have already “detained” a number of suspects — both Muslims and Jews — who are believed to pose a threat to the funeral or to visiting dignitaries.

Hana Levi Julian

Peres Funeral Closed to Public, Security Tightened, Streets Closed in Central Jerusalem

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

A decision has been made to close the funeral of Israel’s ninth President, Shimon Peres to the public due to the attendance by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and his delegation.

The source of the decision was not revealed to media.

Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh indicated police made several “preventive” arrests on suspicion that several people planned to disrupt the funeral proceedings at Mount Herzl cemetery, Channel 10 reported.

Meanwhile the Israel Security Agency / Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency completed its preparations Thursday for the protection of more than 60 world leaders and other dignitaries who will attend the event.

The intelligence agency was tasked with protecting 20 presidents, 15 foreign ministers, five heads of state and numerous other dignitaries as they arrived in Israel for the Peres funeral, beginning Thursday.

A statement from the agency said its units are providing an intelligence and technological envelope that includes the use of advanced technology.

The operation is unprecedented in Israeli history — it is being led by the VIP Protection Unit — and the coverage is to continue until all of the dignitaries have left the country. The agency is coordinating its movements with its counterparts from around the world.

Street closings and transportation to the Knesset

On Thursday, September 29, all routes leading to the Knesset plaza were closed to traffic: Eliezer Kaplan Street, Yoel Zusman Street and Road #16 which encompasses the Knesset. These routes will remain be closed until after the funeral procession has left for Mt. Herzl Friday morning.

Mt. Herzl area street closings

From 07:00 am Friday, September 30, all routes leading to Mount Herzl will be closed to traffic: Derech Mordechai Ish Shalom, Yehoshua Farbstein Street, Herzl Boulevard from Chords Bridge junction to Holland Square, Shmuel Beyth Street in the direction toward Mt. Herzl, Bayit Vagan Street and HaZikaron Street. Streets from the hotels to Mt. Herzl: Gershon Agron Street, Ramban Street, Hecht, Herzl.

Vehicles parked on these routes will be towed.

The roads will be opened following the conclusion of the funeral and the dispersal of those in attendance.

Important Note for Travelers to and From Jerusalem:

From 7:30 am to 9:00 am, and again from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm on Friday, Highway 1 will be shut down in both directions.

Roads leading to Highway 1 will be closed as well. Also expect heavy traffic on Highways 6, 431, 38, and 443 during those hours.

Hana Levi Julian

Gaza Smuggling Ring Busted at Kerem Shalom After 100 ATVs Arrive Safely

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

A smuggling ring that was sneaking all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) from Israel into Gaza via the Kerem Shalom Crossing has been busted by Israeli authorities.

Shin Bet intelligence agents teamed with Israel Police and Israel Customs Authority inspectors to catch the smugglers.

The vehicles were being broken down into parts and stashed in shipments that were trucked into Gaza via the border crossing. They were re-assembled after the dismantled parts in the shipments were unloaded inside Gaza.

It is believed that more than 100 vehicles may have already been smuggled into the enclave this way, according to the Shin Bet.

The vehicles were intended for use by Hamas operatives working with the group’s Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing.

Three arrests have been made so far in the sting; all of the suspects were Arabs from the Palestinian Authority. Several Israeli citizens are believed to be involved in the smuggling operation as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Samaria Jew Indicted for Shooting at Arab Taxi that Tried to Run Him Over

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

A young resident of Samaria was indicted on Sunday for endangering lives on a traffic lane when he shot an air gun at an Arab taxi on Aug. 24, 2016. The shot smashed the car’s rear window but no one was hurt. The police and Shabak announcement described the suspect, Moshe Yinon Oren, 18, a resident of Ronen Hilltop, which Police referred to as Arusi Hilltop (the settlement is named after Ronen Arusi, who established it), as a “rightwing extremist” who was risking human lives.

A search in Oren’s home yielded an air gun that was used in the even described in the indictment, an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) which he is accused of driving during the event, an empty magazine for plastic bullets caliber 5.56, gas canisters, a sling, and a metal box containing 37 anti-vehicle spikes.

The Police and Shabak announcement also says Oren has confessed to the charges and reenacted the event: he arrived on his ATV at Route 60 near the main Yitzhar junction, where police say he shot his air gun at the Arab taxi and fled the scene.

However, according to legal aid society Honenu, whose attorney Itai Rosin represents Oren, the indictment and the announcement omit a crucial component, namely the fact that the Arab taxi veered off its path in an attempt to ram Oren’s vehicle. According to Rosin, on Aug. 24 his client was riding his ATV on the road leading to Har Bracha, when the taxi, with five Arab workers inside, veered of its path on the opposite side of the road in an attempt to ram his vehicle, forcing him off to the shoulder of the road.

In response, Oren turned around and gave chase after the taxi, catching up with it at the roundabout of the Hawara Village, at which point he pulled out his air gun and shot the car’s rear window. A week ago Saturday night he was arrested and spent the week in a Shabak interrogation facility without contact with a lawyer, even though the indictment does not accuse him of a weapons violation or a hate crime.

Attorney Rosin said in a statement that his client, “a young man who is about to enlist in the IDF, felt threatened as a result of the wild driving of the complainants, and used a toy gun, an air gun. This is not a ‘price tag’ action, my client does not belong to this group or another, and the indictment itself does not accuse him of race- or weapons-related violations. It is inconceivable that my client would be investigated by the Shabak and be kept from seeing his lawyer, a harsh and ongoing violation of his fundamental rights, all of it under the cover of a gag order as if this were a serious security violation. If the same acts had been committed by a boy from Tel Aviv or Herzlia he would certainly not have been interrogated by the Shabak and kept from meeting an attorney.” Rosin added, “I am certain these discrepancies will receive their proper attention during his trial.”

David Israel

Gaza Businessman Admits, “Hamas Funds Terror Infrastructure in Judea and Samaria”

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

A businessman from Gaza with an entry permit to Israel and Judea and Samaria told the IDF under questioning on Wednesday that he had transferred USD 50,000 in cash from Hamas officials in Gaza to those in Hebron, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) revealed on Thursday evening.

According to Hamas’s own media reports, the businessman in question, Bashir Muhammad Yunus Mustafa, was apprehended at the Erez Crossing between Israel and Gaza by the Israeli Crossing Authority and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).

Mustafa, a resident of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, held a permanent permit issued by COGAT that allowed him to cross over freely from Gaza into Israel and to enter Judea and Samaria. According to COGAT, such permits are issued by the Israeli government for humanitarian reasons and in order to facilitate free trade between Gaza and the Palestinian Authority controlled territories.

According to COGAT Spokesperson, Hadar Horn, Mustafa was released after his questioning. “He has a heart condition,” was Horn’s explanation for the immediate release.

An Israeli security official revealed to Tazpit Press Service (TPS) that the Hamas terror organization has its own so-called “crossings unit.”. According to our source, one of the purposes of this unit is to identify Gazan residents who have entry permits into Israel or crossing permits into Judea and Samaria for either humanitarian or business reasons and to then approach these individuals and recruit them to serve as “mules” for their money-smuggling operations.

“It is very likely that this businessman is a decent and innocent man, but it’s a bit hard to say no to Hamas,” the security source told TPS.

Hamas is outlawed as an illegal terror organization in Israel, the United States, and the European Union. The organization contains a political and military faction that are the de facto sovereign in the Gaza strip.

Israel’s security and intelligence bodies over the past few months have apprehended several individuals who had legal entry permits to Israel and who used them to transfer large sums of money to Hamas operatives outside of Gaza.

“Terrorist groups take advantage of these [entry] permits for illegal purposes such as the financing of terrorism,” a Shin Bet spokesperson stated. “The money was destined for Hamas cells operating in Judea and Samaria. Hamas took advantage of Israel’s willingness to issue humanitarian permits to Gazans.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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