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Arab Who Killed Cherki with His Car Admits He ‘Was Looking for Jews’

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

The Jerusalem Arab who killed one Jew and critically injured another last week has admitted to investigators he was “looking for Jews’ and intentionally rammed his car into them.

Khaled Koutineh, 37, ran over and killed Shalom Cherki and critically injured Shira Klein, whose condition remains the same although it has stabilized.

Koutineh originally claimed he was involved in an accident, a story that Israel’s establishment left-wing media tried to believe, as did the police, although they added that terror had not been eliminated as a motive.

Despite eyewitness accounts that Koutineh aimed his car at a group of Jews at a French Hill bus stop, the idea that he was a terrorist remained on the back burner until last Saturday, when the police finally stated that it was a terrorist attack without a shadow of doubt.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and police on Tuesday revealed that Koutineh has confessed that he intentionally killed his victims for the reason that they were Jewish, as he assumed by their dress.

He had tried to convince police that he was “crazy,” noting that he had visited a psychiatrist because of emotional problems.

Koutineh was not a part of any terrorist cell. He told security officials that he thought of carrying out the hit-and-run terrorist attack a short time before he used his car as a murder weapon.

Thousands Attend Funeral of Israeli Killed on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

By Anav Silverman and Matti Bernhardt

Thousands paid their respects to Shalom Yochai Sherki, 25, who succumbed on Thursday morning to grave injuries he received when a car that slammed into a bus stop that he was standing by on Wednesday night, April 15 on French Hill.

Police in Jerusalem have indicated that there is a strong case that the motive for the driver who struck Sherki and a 20-year-old woman may have been nationalistic. Israel’s Chief of Police Yohanan Danino said on the Thursday, April 16, that first suspicions indicate that the car slamming was a terror attack, “especially in light of the fact that the incident took place on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.”

The driver of the car is a 37-year-old Arab man from the Anata village near Jerusalem. He was also injured and following medical treatment will be questioned by the Shin Bet. At the funeral, Shalom’s father, Rabbi Uri Sherki, said that his son saved the woman standing next to him. “Go dear son, it is not difficult because your noble soul is ascending straight to the King of Peace.”

Sherki is the brother of Israeli Channel 2 News reporter, Yair Sherki, and the son of a prominent Orthodox Rabbi Uri Sherki. Shalom Sherki worked as a tour guide in ‘Masa Israel’, a program that strengthens Jewish, Zionist and Israeli identity among Israeli teenagers and soldiers. He was also a counselor at the Bnei-Zvi Yeshiva in Beit-El.

Representatives of the Bnei-Zvi Yeshiva told Tazpit News Agency that “Sherki was a wonderful man, full of life, with a constant smile on his face. He always wanted to help. He taught his students the importance of giving and loving God. We have yet to grasp the death of this special man”.

After standing during the siren in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day, the head of the Bnei-Zvi Yeshiva said that “Sherki has joined the millions of Jews who died in the Holocaust only because they were Jewish”.

The Beit-El Regional Council also spoke with Tazpit News Agency, saying: “Beit-El is in mourning together with the Sherki family over the murder of Shalom Sherki in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem yesterday. We send our condolences to his father, Rabbi Uri Sherki and brother Yair, and to the entire family”.

Shalom Sherki’s funeral took place today at 17:00 in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul Har Hamenuchot Cemetery.

The mother, Ada, of the 20-year-old girl who was hit in the car ramming last night has asked the public to pray for her daughter, Shira, who is in serious but stable condition at Hadassah Ein Karem hospital. She also said that her family offers their condolences to the Sherki family.

If the police conclude that this was indeed a terrorist attack, it will be the eighth such car-ramming incident within the past seven months where Palestinians have run over both soldiers and civilians.

On October 22, 2014 a terrorist ran over 8 people in a Light Rail station in the Giv’at Hatachmoshet neighborhood of Jerusalem, injuring six and killing two. Two weeks later, 14 people were injured in a similar attack, including 3 soldiers of the Border Patrol, in the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood in Jerusalem. In November, an Arab tried to run over two children in the Neve Zuf community in the Benjamin area. On December 3, an Arab stole a car from a Jewish citizen near the Migdalim junction in Samaria, running him over and killing him. A week later, a terrorist tried to run over civilians in the Old City of Jerusalem.

In 2015, a terrorist tried to run over soldiers in the Al-Hader junction in Gush Etzion on January 8. On March 6, 7 people were injured, including 4 soldiers from the Border Patrol, when an Arab from east Jerusalem ran them over at a Light Rail station in northern Jerusalem.

Victim Dies in Suspected Jerusalem Vehicular Terror Attack

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The 25-year-old man who was hit by a car last night in Jerusalem, in what is suspected to have been a terror attack has succumbed to his wounds early Thursday morning, according to Hadassah Hospital.

The victimn has been identified as Shalom Yochai Cherki.

Cherki worked as a tour guide during the day, and was a counselor at Yeshiva Ben-Tzvi in the evenings.

Cherki’s father, Uri, is a well-known Rabbi at Machon Meir, and his brother, Yair, is a Channel 2 reporter on Hareidi and religious affairs.

The funeral will be held on Thursday.

The second victim, a 20 year old woman, is still in serious condition. Prayers can be said for Shira bat Adel Ada.

The two were injured when an Arab driver drove into them as they waited at a bus stop in French Hill, Jerusalem.

Eye witnesses claim the driver aimed for the people in the bus stop.

The driver, 37 from New Anata in Jerusalem, who was lightly injured, claims it was an accident. He is currently also recovering in the hospital.

The Shabak are investigating the incident and considering all possibilities, though at this point they highly suspect it was a vehicular terror attack.

Hamas Purim Terror Plot Foiled by Shin Bet

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) foiled a plot by Hamas to attack Israeli military forces this past Purim.

Details of the plan were released by the Shin Bet for publication on Tuesday (April 14.)

Members of the terrorist cell who were to carry out the operation were arrested at the beginning of March and are residents of the Arab town of Abu Dis, on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem.

  • Ma’an Nour al-Dun Sha’ar, 26, of Burqa (in Samaria), alleged leader of the cell, worked at the cafeteria of Al Quds University in Abu Dis; he is a Hamas member who served time in prison from 2009 to 2011 for shooting Israeli soldiers;
  • Daoud Raja Daoud Adwan, 32, of Azariya, another former prison member of Hamas with expertise in weapons use.

“They were arrested before being able to carry out the attacks. We have seized firearms in the course of the investigation,” officials said.

The terrorists had already purchased the vehicle with which to carry out the attack, had undergone firearms training and had gathered intelligence on their targets, according to the Shin Bet. They also had already advanced their plans and practiced firing with a Kalashnikov rifle and a 9 mm caliber handgun. They also confessed to planning to burn their getaway vehicle in a forest near Azariya after the attack.

“During questioning by the Shin Bet it emerged that Ma’an is the one who began in recent months to form a plan to carry out the attack, which was initially planned for Jerusalem,” the Shin Bet said in a statement. “He drafted Daoud, and the latter – due to difficulties in carrying out an attack in the city – suggested changing the target to the Kiosk checkpoint at the entrance to Jerusalem. Ma’an also planned to draft an additional operative to act as a driver and assist in the getaway of the shooter from the scene of the attack. “

The Shin Bet warned in its statement that the investigation underlines “the high motivation by Hamas to carry out attacks in Jerusalem and its environment, and the danger posed by Hamas members who return to the cycle of terrorism after being released from prison.”

The suspects are to be charged at the Judea Military Court within the next few days, officials said.

UPDATED: Jewish Man Missing, Kidnapping Suspected Near Hebron

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Israeli security forces continue to search for a 22-year-old Jewish man who went missing around 4:20 pm Thursday afternoon. Both he and the friend with whom he was driving in the area are residents of Be’er Sheva, according to a report on Israel’s Channel 2 television.

Police received a call at the Judea and Samaria District Police 100 Center from a man who said his friend had gone to look for tools to fix a flat tire. It had been more than an hour since he left, but had not yet returned.

IDF operating in Beit Anoun, near the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba and the city of Hebron.

IDF operating in Beit Anoun, near the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba and the city of Hebron.

Palestinian media have already published a photo of the man, as well as his name, but these details are being withheld from Israeli media under gag order.

The incident occurred after the car in which he and his friend were driving broke down at the Beit Anoun junction outside Hebron, near the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba.

Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Jewish Press.com that police officers and IDF troops immediately launched an intensive search which has since widened to include the areas around the Palestinian Authority towns of Halhul and El Aroub, both located north of Beit Anoun and Hebron.

Officials said the missing man was wearing a KKL hoodie and a pair of jeans.

Israel Police and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) forces have continued to operate at the intelligence level in the area as well, and by nightfall were working on the assumption he had been kidnapped.

Roads leading to and from the village of Beit Anoun via Highway 60 and Highway 35 were closed in order to stymie any potential kidnappers.

The area of Beit Anoun is close to Hebron and the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba.

Beit Anoun is close to Hebron and the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba.

7:34 PM There are reports that the car did not have a flat tire, and it was parked close to Kiryat Arba so there was no reason for the man to enter Beit Anoun when Kiryat Arba was closer. The explanation the friend gave is problematic; he is being questioned again by security personnel.

The man also left his telephone in the car; it’s not clear whether that was deliberate or accidental.

Regardless of the reason the man entered the Arab village, however, Israeli forces are treating his disappearance as a full-blown security incident.

The area around Halhul and El Aroub is now closed as IDF troops move from house to house searching for the missing man, whose identity still has not been released for publication.

8:09 PM His friend who stayed with the car is a Bedouin. The car did not have a flat tire, but it appears someone did release some air from the tire to make it look flat.

Security forces suspect this began as criminal activity, but has ended up a nationalistic kidnapping, according to Channel 10.

8:13 pm Channel 2 reported that the friend has changed his version of the story three times in telling it to the security forces.

9:20 pm A field command center has been set up in the Kiryat Arba gas station as the search for the missing Israeli mans continues and expands.

Gag Order Lifted on Naval Interception of Rocket Materials for Hamas [video]

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

The Navy and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) intercepted a boat last January that was on its way to Gaza with materials for manufacturing rockets and mortar shells, according to military spokesmen after a gag order on the counter-terrorist operation was lifted on Wednesday.

The vessel was being used to smuggle liquid fiberglass for building weapons to be launched on Israel. The boat was sailing from off the Sinai Peninsula to a Gaza port. Israel has placed a maritime embargo on Hamas-controlled Gaza to prevent the smuggling of weapons and materials for weapons.

Security officials arrested three Arabs who confessed to planning to smuggle the liquid fiberglass for Hamas.

The three suspects were identified as Machmed Bechar, Ahmed Zaidi and Awad Zaidi.

​They gave investigators detailed information on previous weapon smuggling activities and told them how Hamas intended to utilize fisherman and smugglers for future smuggling attempts.

That explains why the Navy often fires on those supposedly innocent “fishing boats” that foreign media report were manned by poor Gaza Arabs who can’t make a decent living fishing because the big bad Israeli Navy thinks fishermen are enemies.

They are enemies because they are not fishermen. They are terrorists.

The gag order on the operation was lifted when the men were indicted in a Be’er Sheva court today for involvement in crimes endangering the security of the country.

“The IDF is determined to prevent unlawful attempts to ship weapons and raw materials that may jeopardize the well being of Israelis,” said Lt. Colonel Peter Lerner, IDF Spokesman. “This shipment highlights that when Hamas chose to smuggle materials for rockets and mortars, it chose not to invest in the rehabilitation for the people of Gaza.”​​

Shin Bet Sting Nabs Israeli Arabs Joining Al Qaeda, ISIS

Friday, January 30th, 2015

A growing number of Arab Israelis are disappearing from their homes and jobs to run off to Syria to “fight in the jihad,” joining up with Al Qaeda and ISIS-linked terror groups.

Then they are sent back to start cells of their own under the direction of Al Qaeda’s local Syrian branch, Jabhat al Nusra, or pledge their allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — ISIS — itself.

Most get caught — like those who were indicted this month in district courts in the north and south of Israel.

One Israeli Arab who decided to go to Syria and join the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al Nusra terror organization didn’t really manage to get very far.

According to court papers filed in an indictment Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 Amin Ahmed Salah Snobar, age 24, was arrested this month as soon as he arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport (Jan. 2) on a flight from Turkey.

Most wannabe terror recruits have been entering Syria via the border with Turkey. Israeli Arabs are no exception. It is impossible to penetrate Israel’s border with Lebanon or Syria without permission from either side and since both are still technically at war with the Jewish State, that isn’t happening unless there is an outstanding diplomatic purpose. Joining a global jihad organization doesn’t fall under that category.

Snobar, a resident of the northern village of Kfar Yassif, told interrogators from the Israel Security Agency (ISA/Shin Bet) that he left Israel on July 7, 2014 to join up with the radical Islamist rebels fighting Syrian government forces. Upon his arrival in Syria, he first spent time at a base run by the Ansar al-Sham rebel group, then he moved over to the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al Nusra, according to court documents. Snobar allegedly went through military training with both groups, learning about weapons and how to make bombs. He was put through a rigorous physical fitness program and then sent out on special missions.

“During his time in Syria … he was in touch with a number of elements who suggested to him, on a number of occasions, that it would be preferable for him to return to Israel and carry out attacks in Israel, or fight against it from within,” Thursday’s court papers stated.

According to the charge sheet submitted by northern district prosecutors at the Haifa District Court, Snobar received training in combat and underground warfare. He also was instructed on how to work in cells, how to arrive at destinations and how to operate firearms. He allegedly carried out armed patrols of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist bases and underwent a training course in the use of heavy machine guns. He also allegedly learned how to load, aim and fire an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) and handled a sniper rifle on multiple occasions.

The Shin Bet said that six months after arriving in Syria Snobar “decided to return to his family, retracing his path to Turkey and from there boarding a flight to Israel. Upon his return to Israel he was arrested at Ben Gurion International Airport and taken for Shin Bet questioning.”

Jabhat al Nusra was outlawed by the State of Israel, the ISA reminded in its communique to media. From June 2013 the group became the official Al Qaeda branch in Syria. Part of its charter calls for attacks on Israel.

“The phenomenon of Arab Israelis traveling to Syria is extremely grave and dangerous, as the Syrian arena is rife with active elements hostile to the State of Israel, with a focus on the global jihad operatives,” said the statement by the Shin Bet. “Arab Israelis who travel to this arena undergo military training and are exposed to extreme jihadist ideology. There is a concern that they will be exploited by terrorist elements to carry out military activity against Israel and gather information on targets in Israel.”

The phenomenon is certainly “grave and dangerous” but it is also becoming more and more common, creating a rising risk for those who employ Israeli Arabs as well as those who employ Palestinian Authority Arabs with legitimate working permits.

Less than two weeks ago, seven Israeli Arabs were indicted in the Haifa District Court – including an attorney from Nazareth who worked as a public defender – for allegedly attempting to set up a cell for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Israel. An eighth suspect with the group was indicted separately due to geographic considerations.

The seven suspects were identified as: Attorney Adnan Aladin, 40; Hasam Marisat, 30, a former security prisoner from Deir Hana; Karim Abu Tzala, 22; Ala’a Abu Tzala, 27; Halad Abu Tzahalh, 30; Sarif Khaled Abu Tzala, 29; and Muhammad Abu Tzala, 27, the latter training to become a pharmacist at the time of his arrest, according to the Shin Bet.

The eighth suspect, Omer Koush, was indicted separately on December 18 and arraigned December 29, 2014 in the Be’er Sheva District Court by the Southern District Attorney’s Office. Koush, a resident of a Bedouin village in the south, had recently finished medical studies in Jordan and was recruiting fighters for ISIS, the Shin Bet said.

The other seven were picked up in a joint Shin Bet-Israel Police operation in November and December of last year, although information on the case was held under a gag order until the indictment was filed this month. All seven confessed to having worked together since June 2014 to form a “Salafi Jihadist” group and had pledged allegiance to ISIS. They were part of a terror attack plot that targeted the Druze community in Israel as well as security personnel and others, the Shin Bet said.

A well-known radical Islamist Salafi cleric in northern Israel with whom they met on multiple occasions had called on the group to recruit more men to the cause, according to the Shin Bet. They learned how to make firebombs and also purchased sheep in order to practice slaughtering and to build up their tolerance for “slaughtering infidels in Syria,” according to the indictment.

Aladin referred to himself as the “commander of ISIS in Palestine,” the Shin Bet said, inciting the other members of the group to participate in terror attacks against Jews and to prepare them for their jihad. He was fired from his job with the Public Defender’s Office in July 2014 after uploading a Facebook post praising an alleged Islamic hadith on killing Jews.

The other six suspects, who are residents of Sakhnin, face charges of attempted contact with a foreign agent, membership and activity in a banned organization (ISIS was outlawed in September 2014 by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon) and aiding a terrorist organization. All had planned eventually to fight in Syria.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/shin-bet-sting-nabs-israeli-arabs-joining-al-qaeda-isis/2015/01/30/

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