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Arrests Made as Israel Burns

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

A number of arrests have been made by security personnel as Israeli firefighters continued on Thursday to battle blazes raging across the center and north of the country, with communities in the south opening their doors to those who were forced to flee the flames.

“It’s likely that there is a nationalist motive in some of the arson cases,” Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh told reporters at a briefing in the northern city of Haifa on Thursday.

“We have a special integrated investigation team that is monitoring everything that is happening across the country,” he said. “I don’t want to get into questions regarding where [we suspect] arson and where we do not. If this is… arson, it could be nationalistically motivated. It’s certainly not just [simple] pyromania,” he emphasized. “And there have been arrests. But Alsheikh declined to share further details.

“There are some cases of arson, and lots of cases that are not arson,” he allowed, but revealed little else.

Four Arabs from the Palestinian Authority have been arrested so far on suspicion of having deliberately set the fires that continue to blaze across the Jerusalem Corridor.

Officials from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) said in a statement they are investigating the possibility that some of the fires are actually terrorist attacks.

Earlier in the day, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said in a statement that up to half of the fires raging across the nation were, in fact, caused by arson. High winds and dry weather, he said, meant that a spark as small as a cigarette butt could ignite a blazing forest fire.

In Haifa, a state of emergency was declared. Some 60,000 people were evacuated from their homes, at least 100 were sent to city hospitals suffering from smoke inhalation. More than a dozen neighborhoods were evacuated, local trains stopped running and the local airport was shut down.

Fires near the Paz Bridge, Haifa Bay and the city stadium were reported, with high winds and dry conditions helping the flames to spread.

Some 350 firefighters and Home Front Command rescue personnel working with 115 fire trucks battled dozens of blazes across the port city.

Southern Israeli communities have again swung into action — as they did during prior wars — and are asking families on a pre-arranged list to take in those who were forced to flee their homes.

In the northern Negev city of Arad, the S. family told JewishPress.com, “We’ve really got no room, since we moved into a smaller house since that last time, but we might take in a couple. We’ll probably put the kids in the living room; they’re still pretty small.”

Hesder yeshiva students from the Ohr Yeshu’a Yeshiva in the Neve Sha’anan neighborhood caught an Arab teen red-handed as he made kindling from cardboard boxes to start another fire, Rotter.net reported. The teen managed to escape, but the students were at least able to put out the fire.

Four road workers were arrested Wednesday in the mixed-population community of Nataf, near Jerusalem, for not properly extinguishing a fire they started in order to cook a meal. They were freed Thursday.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Firefighters Battle Nationwide PyroTerrorism

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

by Andrew Friedman Four Arabs from the Palestinian Authority were arrested Thursday on suspicion of intentionally setting brush fires in the Jerusalem Corridor.

Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) officials said the agency will investigate the possibility that several of the fires were, in fact, terror attacks.

Earlier Thursday, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan suggested that up to half of the fires currently ravaging Israel were arson attacks. Erdan said high winds and dry conditions around the country meant a large forest fire could be started by a spark as small as a cigarette butt.

Arabic-language social media has been awash with celebratory cartoons, images and statements since the outbreak of fires Tuesday.

One Facebook post called the fires “Allah’s revenge” for Israel’s proposal to limit early-morning noise levels from mosques. On Twitter, one user named Salma tweeted “For the first time,fires makes me happy cause that’s what happens When U ban muslim call for prayer, U deserve it”, while another, Lateefa Khan, wrote, “When the devil isnt (sic) dragged to hell, hell comes to the devil.”

In addition, MK Basel Ghattas (Arab Joint List) responded to a post in which Education Minister Naftali Bennett wrote, “Only people who have no connection to this land could possibly burn it down.”

“Yes, Mr Bennett, you’re right. That’s why you’ve been burning our land for 70 years! You are foreign occupiers. This is our land!” Ghatttas responded. (Translation courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch).

More than 220 fires have broken out since Tuesday, beginning with Neve Shalom-Wahat al-Salam, a Jewish-Arab settlement near Bet Shemesh and spreading to other areas near Bet Shemesh, Mod’in, Judea and Samaria, the Jerusalem corridor, Haifa, Hadera, Zichron Yaakov, Umm al-Fahm, Lachish, Nesher, and the western Galilee.

Bayit Yehudi chairman and Education Minister Bennett declared, “Anyone who could even think of burning parts of the Land of Israel is not really connected to the land.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Stone-Throwing Teen Terrorist Gets 9 Years in Jail

Monday, November 21st, 2016

A teen terrorist who murdered Alexander Levlovich in a stoning on the street of a Jerusalem neighborhood on Rosh HaShana last year has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

The decision was handed down after a plea deal was reached three weeks ago with the State Attorney’s Office, against the wishes of the victim’s family.

The murderer agreed to admit to the charges and serve his jail term in exchange for testimony against the other three perpetrators involved in the attack.

All four Arab attackers were indicted on charges of manslaughter, aggravated battery, endangering human life on the road, obstruction of justice by a police officer in the line of duty, arson and weapons manufacturing. Two were also accused of throwing firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and stoning security forces during riots in 2014.

The four attackers hurled the rocks at Levlovich’s vehicle as he drove home with his family from a holiday dinner, attacking the Israelis in “retaliation and in solidarity” following clashes on the Temple Mount, according to the indictment.

According to the statement by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), it was Abed Dawiat who hurled the stone that smashed Levlovich’s windshield, destroying his ability to control the vehicle and sending the car hurtling into a utility pole.

Earlier that year, four-year-old Adele Biton succumbed to the massive injuries she suffered months earlier when she and her family came under a stoning attack by Arab terrorists as they drove in a car on a road in Samaria.

Little Adele’s mother and sisters were also injured, but it was the smallest child who fought a lion-sized 18-months-long battle along with her doctors for life.

One of Adele Biton’s murderers was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the crime of murder by stoning.

There have been others.

Asher Palmer, 24, was the son of American immigrants to Israel when he and his baby son Yonatan were murdered in a September 2011 stoning near Kiryat Arba, by Arabs from the Palestinian Authority in Judea. Both of their murderers proudly confessed to their role when they were captured and charged with the attack.

That same month alone, 498 incidents of stoning attacks were recorded by the IDF.

It’s important to know that the leadership of the Palestinian Authority to this day glorifies those who maim and murder Jews and Israelis.

The PA government especially honors those who succeed in terrorist attacks against citizens of the Jewish State, and pays monthly salaries to those who are convicted and jailed in Israel on charges of terrorism. The longer the sentence, the higher the salaries, which are supported — perhaps inadvertently — by the international community via foreign aid to the coffers of the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Financial aid to the Palestinian Authority and to the Palestine Liberation Organization, via the United Nations, Russia, the European Union or the United States — the much-vaunted “Quartet of Nations” — or anyone else, for that matter, has translated into terrorist attacks against Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

COGAT: Facebook Post Documents Hamas Activists Bullying Gazans into Assisting Terror

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

by Ilana Messika The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) says Hamas has been bullying Gaza residents into assisting with terrorist activities.

According to the COGAT Spokesperson, the unit documented two Hamas activists who repeatedly exploited Gazans passing through the Erez Crossing on the Israel-Gaza border on their way into Israel.

In principle, the Erez crossing is closed to Arabs from the Palestinian Authority except in exceptional circumstances such as humanitarian cases, students with special cases, sports people and merchants.

The COGAT Arabic Facebook page posted a video showing Ibrahim Aref Mohammed Adwan and Muhammad Ismail Ali Salem coercing sick people and traders into transferring information, equipment and money to Hamas prisoners and terrorist infrastructure in Judea and Samaria.

The matter was transferred to the Arab Affairs Department of the Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency) for further investigation.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Jerusalem Arab Indicted in Terrorist Plot, Facebook Incitement

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

A Jerusalem Arab was indicted Thursday on charges of plotting a major terrorist attack in the capital city.

Muhammad Abbasi, 25, was charged as an accomplice to a planned terror attack in Jerusalem. He was indicted in Jerusalem District Court, according to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), which said he was arrested three weeks ago. Abbasi is also accused of destroying evidence, obstructing justice, supporting a terrorist organization, causing grievous bodily harm, manufacture and possession of weapons, attempted assault of police and rioting.

Shin Bet domestic intelligence agents said they discovered during their investigation that Abbasi, a Hamas operative, intended to attack Israeli security forces and civilians in eastern Jerusalem, and that he purchased firearms for the purpose. He was allegedly involved in a number of firebombing attacks in addition to having lit and thrown fireworks and stones and security forces and Israeli motorists.

The investigation also allegedly revealed that Abbasi tried to find out how to manufacture pipe bombs, although he had not actively tried to make them himself.

According to the indictment documents, Abbasi was employed by a Jerusalem bakery during 2016. In July of this year, the bakery owner plotted together with Ramzi Alouk, a former prisoner associated with Hamas who lived in Gaza, to attack Jews in Jerusalem. Abbasi told the bakery owner that he wanted to participate in the terrorist activity, and asked to communicate with Alouk, saying he wanted to participate in military operations against Israel.

The owner of the bakery was arrested by Israeli security officials this past September, and his remand was extended. After Abbasi heard about the arrest he allegedly decided to act to prevent security officials from obtaining criminal evidence against the bakery owner. According to the indictment, Abbasi purchased a new hard disk and installed it in his computer, and then broke the original hard disk and threw it away in the garbage. The indictment states this act constitutes “conspiracy to perform terrorist activity inside Israel, with intent to prevent or to thwart a legal procedure.”

From July 2015 until his arrest, Abbasi posted on his Facebook page calls for acts of violence and terrorism against Israeli civilians and security forces. He also posted words of praise, encouragement, and empathy for such acts, and for terrorists. In addition, Abbasi praised and demonstrated support for the Hamas terrorist organization and its military wing, the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades force.

On the day a suicide bomber attacked the Number 12 bus in Jerusalem, wounding a number of Israeli civilians, Abbasi uploaded a photo of the burned hulk of the bus, with the caption, “We bless the brave attacker… You have gladdened our hearts … Allah be blessed.”

On the day of the lethal shooting attack in the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, in which numerous Israeli civilians were killed and wounded, Abbasi wrote in his post: “3 bodies and 5 injured in Tel Aviv shooting attack … Allah bless those hands … Allah give them life … They broke their fast on something worthwhile … Palestine is proud of these men.”

During Operation Protective Edge in 2014, Israel’s war with Hamas, Abbasi participated with masked men in disturbances in the [Jerusalem] Ras El Amud (also known as Ma’alei Zeitim) neighborhood, hurling stones and fireworks at police forces at the scene. During the same period he manufactured firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and threw them at military and police vehicles.

According to the Shin Bet, “The arrest of Abbasi, who as a Jerusalem resident has had access to the entire city, prevented a serious terror attack from taking place in Jerusalem.

“His arrest and the findings of the investigation demonstrate once again the severity of the threat from lone attackers who are influenced by the incitement of terrorist organizations on the internet – in particular, by Hamas – and they themselves incite others to then perform attacks.”

Hana Levi Julian

Two Jerusalem Arabs Arrested, Charged With Plotting Attack

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and Jerusalem Police announced Thursday that two residents of Ras al-Amud, a neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem, were arrested on September 14 on suspicion of planning a terror attack.

The men, 25-year-old Mohammad Abassi and Mohammad Musa, tried to purchase guns in recent months in order to shoot Israeli civilians and security personnel. In a statement, Shin Bet also said Abassi’s Facebook profile includes posts in support of Hamas, and also has a history of involvement in stone and Molotov cocktail attacks. Investigators also said Abassi tried to learn how to make pipe bombs, although he never tried to create one.

Abassi’s Facebook page also allegedly features incitement to terrorism, including support for the  terrorist who killed four people at Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market last June, as well as the person who exploded himself on the number 12 bus in Jerusalem last April. He has been charged with making contact with a terror organization, intent to kill, creating and carrying weapons, rioting and attempting to attack security officers.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israel Foils Islamic Jihad Plot to Kidnap, Murder IDF Soldier

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Israeli security and intelligence agents have foiled a major attack plan by the Gaza-based terrorists who planned to abduct and kill an IDF soldier.

Mahmoud Yusuf Hasin Abu Taha, a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist group, was indicted Thursday (Oct. 20, 2016) in Be’er Sheva District Court by the State Attorney’s Office, Southern District, on terrorism-related charges.

Taha was arrested on September 21 by a joint team of Israeli police and Shin Bet intelligent agents as he attempted to enter Israel from Gaza through the Erez Crossing, ostensibly for commercial reasons, after an extended investigation.

It was learned during questioning that the Khan Younis resident was leading a (PIJ) terror cell from Gaza, and was planning to carry out a large-scale terror attack at a wedding hall in southern Israel. The plan included the abduction and murder of an IDF soldier, whose body would then be held in Gaza, to be used as a bargaining chip in future prisoner swap talks with the Israeli government.

Under interrogation, Taha revealed that he had been recruited by Wael Sufiyan Abu Taha, a senior PIJ terrorist living in Gaza. The recruiter directed him to establish a military infrastructure and prepare to carry out the aforementioned attacks. Mahmoud Yusuf Hasin Abu Taha, in turn, recruited three additional cohorts who have also been arrested:

* Shafik Hamad Abu Taha, born in 1961, from the Gaza Strip, who had been present in Israel illegally. He was employed at the events hall where the attack was to have been perpetrated.

* Ahmed Taysir Abdul Rahman Abu Taha, born in 1977, from the Gaza Strip, who had also been present in Israel illegally; and

* Hani Massoud Nasir Abu Amra, born in 1976, originally from Deir Al-Balah, who had been living in the south after receiving temporary resident status for “family unification.”

Mahmoud and Shafik had already carried reconnaissance on the designated events hall in southern Israel, and had developed their operations plan to maximize the number of casualties.

At the same time, Mahmoud began his plan to abduct and murder an IDF soldier for bargaining purposes, receiving from Wael Sufiyan Abu Taha thousands of shekels with which to rent an apartment in Israel. This is where he would take his victim, kill him and bury him, while delivering his personal effects to Gaza for use in negotiations.

“This grave case underscores, again, the efforts of Gaza-based terrorists to carry out murderous attacks in Israel, in addition to their activities in Gaza,” warned a spokesperson for the Shin Bet.

“The case also reiterates the manner in which terrorists will exploit humanitarian and economic permits to enter Israel, as well as the risk posed by Arabs from the Palestinian Authority who are present in Israel illegally.”

Hana Levi Julian

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