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Showcase ‘Price Tag’ Indictments Turn Out to Be a Witch Hunt

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

A Jerusalem court has thrown out “showcase” indictments against three supposed “price tag” vandals and has hung another black cloud over the police and the office of the Attorney General, all of whom appear to be on a witch hunt.

The latest black eye for government prosecutors was dealt by Jerusalem Court Judge Avital Chen, who ruled there was no basis for charges that three youth from Samaria were planning to carry out some sort of attack  on Arab property.

The rejection of the government case came only a short time after a three-judge Jerusalem court unanimously ruled against the government’s charges of breach of public trust against Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has been hounded on various charges for more than a decade.

Many rightwing leaders have charged that dozens of police arrests of supposed price tag vandals are an attempt to blame innocent people for crimes that they say are being carried out by Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) agents trying to make the nationalist movement look illegitimate.

Considering the increasing number and severity of price tag vandalism, the accusations against the Shin Bet sound like self-righteous paranoia.

On the other hand, leftwing activists have accused government prosecutors of purposely treating price tag vandals with soft gloves and failing to convict even one of them over the past three years. Given the proven cases of Arabs damaging their own olive orchards and then blaming Jews, it is not impossible to believe that the Palestinian Authority has ordered the “price tag” operations.

The indictments that were thrown out by the Jerusalem court are the first ones ever to be filed against supposed price tag vandals.

Three young Jewish boys were arrested in September 2011 while they were carrying tools, approximately 300 feet from a vehicle that was not theirs but in which police found bottles of gasoline. Police rejects the youth’s claims that they were using the tools for renovations on a nearby structure.

The police put one and one together and came up with what they thought was two. Government prosecutors at the office of the Attorney General also thought they had done their math and put together their first indictments that were supposed to show that they finally had the goods on price tag culprits.

The court also did its math and flunked the police and prosecutors.

Michael Ironi, a lawyer for the legal aid Honenu organization, said after the court decision, “It is a shame that the Attorney General’s office chose to conduct a trial against the defendants. From the beginning of the case the evidence seemed weak and circumstantial. The suffering caused to the defendants is also regrettable.”

Honenu attorney Rehavia Piltz, who assisted in handling the case, stated, “Even from the beginning it was obvious that much ado was being made out of nothing and now the court has confirmed. It is unfortunate that in the process leading to their exoneration the rights of innocent youths were severely injured over a long period of time.”

The chase after Lieberman and dozens of alleged price tag vandals, despite being unsuccessful, also has a price tag.

“For over two years our lives have been a nightmare,” said one of the youth who finally was exonerated.

“They kept us in remand under severe conditions and falsely accused us of serious crimes,” he added. “If we had not had a religious appearance and the police and the Attorney General’s office had not been so eager to achieve ‘accomplishments’ at the expense of tarnishing the reputation of an entire population, we would not have gone through such a difficult, tortuous legal battle over something we never did.”

Police arrested two of the youth shortly before the Rosh HaShanah holiday in 2011 and convinced the court to extend their remand on the eve of the holiday. The third youth was charged the day after the holiday.

The name of “hilltop youth” in Judea and Samaria  has been muddied with accusations that have never been backed up with indictments, until the “showcase” charges that proved to be unfounded.

Every time a nationalist looks the wrong way at the police or says a bad word about Peace Now, leftwing leaders and media scream “Rabin,”  continuing 18 years of slander against all national religious Jews, and particularly their rabbis, for the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin by Yigal Amir, who lived in metropolitan Tel Aviv and not in Judea and Samaria.

It is no secret that Shin Bet agents infiltrate into communities in Judea and Samaria to incite youth to break the law and then fall prey to being informers to save themselves from prosecution.

It is hard to believe the rightwing claims that Shin Bet agents have carried out all of the price tag attacks to undermine the nationalist movement.

But it also is hard to believe that police continue to harass youth, often with middle-of-the-night arrests, and prosecutors cannot come up with even one indictment that holds any water.

The only missing key in the puzzle is the failure of most national religious leaders to conduct a campaign in their communities and yeshivas to preach against violence and anti-Arab vandalism.

If Jews indeed are guilty of the vandalism and if the police and prosecutors cannot do a better job than they did after investing thousands of hours to nail Lieberman for nothing, something is rotten in the office of the Attorney General.

Former Shin Bet Chief Says ‘Peace Talks’ in No-Win Gear

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority will accept a peace agreement given the current political situation and mood, former Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) chief Yuval Diskin said on Israel’s Army Radio station Monday.

He cited both Palestinian Authority  chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as being “powerless’ in their leadership and suggested that deeper involvement by Jordan and Egypt would help Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas ‘s position.

Diskin also warned that frustration on the part of Palestinian Authority Arabs could lead to en escalation in violence.

However, Arabs in Judea and Samaria appear to be more frustrated with Abbas than with Israel and stalled peace talks. The PA Public Workers’ Union announced Sunday it will launch a general strike on Wednesday to press its demand for cost of living increases to the wages of all public employees.

Israel Arrested Iranian Spy at Airport on 9/11/13

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Israeli authorities arrested a Belgian citizen of Iranian origin for taking photographs and carrying out surveillance on the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and other Israeli and Americans sites, according to a gag order that was lifted on Sunday.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) identified the man as Ali Mansouri, who landed at Ben Gurion Airport three times in the past 15 months under the name of Alex Mance. He first arrived in Israel in July 2012, and his third visit was on Sept. 2 this year, concluding with his arrest at the airport on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

The suspect confessed to security authorities that the Guards’ terror branch sent him to spy.  The Guards offered him $1 million for his pictures and information.

The arrest occurred two weeks before Iran’s new president, Hassan Rohani, delivered his “charm offensive” speech in the United Nations and chatted with President Barack Obama for 15 minutes over the telephone.

Rouhani called the United States a “great nation,” and unless the spy actually was a friendly tourist collecting pictures to show his family how much he enjoyed his visit to the Zionist enemy, it can be safely assumed that the intentions were more in line with traditional Guards activities,  such as blowing up Jewish, Israel and Americans buildings.

That does not exactly fit in with President Barack Obama’s statement last week “while there will be significant obstacles and success is by no means guaranteed, I believe we can reach a comprehensive solution. I do believe that there is a basis for a resolution.”

The basis, of course, is for Iran to continue hoodwink the Americans, and the resolution, just as obviously, is for Tehran to get its hands on a nuclear weapon that can lead to an Islamic peace by annihilating Israel.

 

Abbas Scorecard on Stopping Terror: 5,700 Attempts to Kill in 2013

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

The resumption of “peace talks’ between the Palestinian Authority and Israel in July came one month after 660 rock and firebomb attacks in June ini Judea and Samaria, according to figures compiled by the “Hatzalah’ Judea and Samaria Emergency teams.

In the first six months of 2013, Hatzalah recorded 5,635 attempts to injure and murder Jews, including 611 Molotov cocktail attacks, eight shootings, three stabbings and 5,144 rock-throwing attacks that are intended to force drivers into fatal accidents, such as the one that killed American Israel Asher Palmer and his two-year-old son two years ago.

The statistics do not include terrorists’ blockage of roads and arson. At least 180 people were wounded from January through June, including 10 in June, and many of them still suffer from trauma and refuse to travel anywhere except in buses that have extra-thick plastic windows to protect it from rock attacks.

The terrorists attacks are seldom reported in most international and Israeli media because they are less dramatic and less “successful” than large-scale attacks carried out by an armed group.

Reporting rock-throwing as a terrorist attack also would go against the inherent urge of foreign media to promote the “peace agenda” and to focus on Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s statements that he rejects terror.

However, Abbas talks in code.

After he was chosen as Prime Minister in 2003, before the death of chairman Yasser Arafat whom he later succeeded, Abbas stated, “We reject terrorism from any party and in all forms.”

Earlier this year, a decade later, President Barack Obama told Israel “you do have a true partner in President Abbas… [with] a track record to prove it.” And Abbas told a Russian interviewer, “As far as I am concerned, there is no difference between our policies and those of Hamas. So why are they labeled as terrorists? In my opinion, [the EU] can remove Hamas [from the list], why not?”

Abbas told the German Die Zeit newspaper in 2012, “We will never return to the armed struggle! Never! There will be only non-violent resistance to the occupation.”

The Hatzalah record of attempted murder of Jews in Judea and Samaria as well as in Jerusalem shows that either Abbas has failed to stop terror or defines rock-throwing and firebomb attacks, along with stabbings and shootings, as “non-violent resistance.”

One person has been killed this year as a result of a terrorist stabbing attack in Samaria, and 171 suffered injuries, almost half of them civilians.

In June alone, when the Obama administration was working feverishly to create an atmosphere for the resumption of direct talks between Israel and Palestinian Authority negotiators, 10 people were wounded, including a policeman and IDF officer who was hit in the jaw by a rock, the second time in a month he had been struck. One of those wounded was an eight-year-old who was struck by a rock.

The Obama administration has frequently credited Abbas for stopping terror but is wrong on two counts. One, terror is alive and well, even if its victims are not.

Two, as The Jewish Press has previously reported here and here, the IDF has been the main reason there are not more terrorists running free.

The IDF and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) in the past two months have busted several Hamas terrorist gangs while foiling countless other there terrorist attacks.

In May, security forces arrested a gang of “The Hazit HaAmamit-National Front” from Hevron and Shechem that was under the direction of Hezbollah.

They also broke up a terror infrastructure of the military arm of Hamas in the Hevron region, which was operating establish a regional command center to kidnap soldiers.

The IDF also arrested a terrorist who was freed in the exchange two years ago of 1,000 terrorists for the return of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

Tazpit News Agency contributed to this report.

PA Terrorist Was in Contact with Hezbollah-Linked Cell

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) released for publication Thursday that a four-person Palestinian Authority terrorist cell was arrested, including one who was in contact with a Hezbollah-linked cell in Jordan.

The cell was compromised of terrorists of the Palestine Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and carried out a shooting attack on hikers at Wadi Kelt in the Jordan Valley last month. No one was injured, but the hiker’s car was damaged.

The terrorists are from the Hevron and Shechem areas, and one of them, Aied Assad Marka, told investigators that he had met with terrorists in Jordan who said they worked with the Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Four other suspects were arrested following the initial investigation. One of the suspects is a 30-year-old woman from Shechem who helped gather information before the cell carried out the shooting attack at Wadi Kelt.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently has praised the chairman Mahmoud Abbas for preventing terror, relying on the statistic that no Israeli was killed in a terrorist attack in 2012. He has not spoken on the issue since a PA terrorist stabbed 31-year-old Evyatar Borovsky in Samaria in May.

Shin Bet Foils Hamas Plot to Kill Israeli, Hold Body for Barter

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) lifted a gag  order on Tuesday and revealed it arrested two Hamas and Islamic Jihad cells in the Hevron area before they could carry out plans to murder an Israeli and use the body as a bargaining chip to gain the release of jailed terrorists.

The exposure of terrorist cells has grown at an alarming rate. Less than two days before the gag order was lifted, the IDF raided the home of a wanted terrorist near Shechem and confiscated hundreds of rounds of ammunition, IDF uniforms and protective vests, a gun and knives.

The Hamas and Islamic Jihad cells operated in the village of Bani Naim, located five miles southeast of Hevron and near Highway 60 that runs from Kiryat Arab-Hevron to the southern Hevron Hills and Arad.

The Hamas cell had targeted a nearby Jewish farm, where it planned to murder a Jew and hide the body until it could win the release of Palestinian Authority terrorists and security prisoners.

Security personnel confiscated instructions for building explosive devices, one of which already had been completed.

The Palestinian Authority has remained silent after every exposure of a terrorist cell. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas  previously has alternately denounced terror while justifying “resistance.”

The Palestinian Authority is committed to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure, but the IDF usually carries out arrest operations.

The Jewish Press asked the IDF if the PA was involved in the recent counterterrorist actions.

“There is ongoing coordination with the Palestinian security forces. We cannot discuss specifics,” a spokeswoman answered.

Behind the vague statement, there are several possibilities.

– the PA is afraid that terrorists will turn their guns on them if it is known that the Arab security forces are cooperating with Israel;

–  the Palestinian Authority security forces are restricting their actions to hauling in criminals and giving out traffic tickets; or

– Abbas is letting his lack of condemnation of the terrorist plots as a sign of encouragement for “martyrdom,” in tandem with PA media incitement for attacks on Israelis.

Take your pick.

Hamas Terrorists in Ramallah Planned Rocket Attacks on Israel

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Israeli intelligence and security officers again have foiled an imminent plot against soldiers and civilians, this time by a Hamas cell in the Ramallah area that worked with partners in terror from Hamas.

The problem is who knows how many more terrorist cells have stayed under Israel’s radar? The IDF reported that last month there were hundreds of rock-throwing and firebombing attacks by Palestinian Authority Arabs who have not yet graduated to the stage of guns and knives.

One “graduate” stabbed to death a Jew from Samaria last on the, and the terrorist’s father said the 24-year-old murdered carried out “the duty of all Palestinians who suffer from the aggression of the army and the settlers,” stated al-Zaghal’s father, Ali al-Zaghal.

One day after the stabbing death of Eviatar Borovzky, father of five. The Fatah party, headed by IDF PA Chairman Mahmoud Abba, posted on its Facebook page praise for the terrorist.

The Hamas cell in the Ramallah area that was arrested by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the IDF is one of many that exist with the encouragement of Abbas’s party.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the IDF arrested the cell month earlier this year. The   arrests were announced in March, but details of the plots were not released until Wednesday, when indictments were filed.

The ringleader is a layer from a Ramallah village and who was identified as 26-year-old Ahmed Fahida, who worked with a Hamas terrorist from Gaza, named Ahmed Uda. Fahida’s mission to kidnap a soldier and use him for negotiations with Israel before killing him,

Fahida and another unnamed terrorist also were ready to collect weapons and build rockets and escalate the war against Israelis in Judea and Samaria and in urban centers.

Even a primitive Kassam rocket launched from Samaria could inflict huge damage and loss of life with a strike in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, or the Ben Gurion Airport. It also would cause political and diplomatic earthquake in Jerusalem and Washington.

Despite the success in stopping most major terrorist attacks, so far, the IDF has been at a loss to protect Israeli motorists on the roads.

A total of 615 rock-throwing attacks were reported in March. That is a rate of 20 a day and does not include dozens or hundreds of others that are not reported.

In addition, at least 72 firebombs were hurled at soldiers and civilians last month.

In the last week of April alone, 119 rock-throwing attacks and 18 firebomb attack were recorded.

IDF Targets Terrorist Responsible for Eilat Rocket Fire

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

In a joint operation of the IDF and the ISA (Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet security service), a Global Jihad-affiliated terrorist has been targeted by an IAF aircraft in the northern Gaza Strip, in retaliation for rocket fire aimed at Israel. A direct hit was confirmed.

The targeted terrorist was Hithem Ziad Ibrahim Masshal, a 24-year-old resident of the Shati Refugee Camp.

On April 17, 2013, Masshal was involved in the Shura Council organization’s firing of rockets at the southern Israeli city of Eilat.

Masshal was active in different Jihad Salafi terror organizations and over the past few years has been a key terror figure, specializing in weapons and working with all of the terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.

Masshal manufactured, improved and traded different types of ammunition. He specialized in rockets and explosive devices, which he sold to terror organizations. He assisted the Shura Council of the Mujahaideen in Jerusalem, an organization consisting of Salafi operatives under the Global Jihad, and he was involved in extensive terror activity against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers.

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