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November 28, 2015 / 16 Kislev, 5776
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Gas Station Terror Cell Captured

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Released for Publication: Israeli security forces captured an Arab terror cell from the village of Awarta near Shechem.

The two terrorists were involved in the arson attack on a gas station in the town of Eli in the Shomron on August 14, 2015. They firebombed the gas station, burning down the pumps and sprayed the logo of the PFLP terror organization at the site of their attack. The gas station did not explode.

The two were identified as Majdi Izzat Qawariq Galal, born in 1993, and Ahmed Essam Atta Abda, born in 1992.

During the interrogation, they said they burned down the gas station to avenge the attack in the village of Duma in July.

The operation to capture them was done in cooperation with the IDF, police and Shabak

Economic Crisis Driving Hundreds to Cross Over from Gaza into Israel

Monday, September 28th, 2015

(JNi.media) Some 15 Arabs on Monday crossed the border fence into Israel from the Gaza Strip in six different attempts. It was the highest number of infiltrations across the fence in one day since the end of Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, Walla reported.

In one case Monday morning, an IDF force arrested four Arabs who had crossed the fence in southern Gaza. The four were interviewed and transferred to Shin Bet custody. Towards the evening, three unarmed Arabs were arrested, having crossed the fence at the Eshkol Regional Council in the western Negev. They too were taken for questioning. Additional cases were recorded throughout the day.

In recent weeks, there has been a growing stream of infiltrators from the Gaza Strip into Israel, because of the difficult economic situation in Gaza. This year more than 200 have crossed the fence, were arrested and interrogated by the Shin Bet. Adult infiltrators are imprisoned, while minors are returned to the Gaza territory.

The IDF Gaza Division treats the phenomenon with great sensitivity. After identifying a penetration attempt, IDF forces are rushed to the area and treat the crossing Arabs as terrorists, until they are inspected and interrogated. After passing a security screening, they are turned over to the Shin Bet. In some cases, the infiltrators have been armed with grenades and knives. However, in the vast majority of cases the infiltrating Arabs have come seeking work—or to be arrested and be sent to jail. According to security sources, they come armed with a knife or a grenade in order to extend the duration of their detention.

The defense establishment believes that the more the economic hardship in the Gaza Strip increases, so will infiltrations increase. Hamas has deployed along the border to prevent infiltrators, has not hesitated to use live ammunition to stop them.

A June, 2014 local poll reported that more than half of Gaza Arabs would leave the strip if they had the choice, the highest number ever recorded. It is estimated that close to 1.8 million live in the Gaza Strip. A UN development agency report in September 2014 warned that Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020.

Police Chief Candidate’s Name Revealed

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Cleared for Publication: Name of Recommended Candidate for Chief of Israel’s Police

After a few days media blackout, the name of the government’s recommended candidate to head up the Israeli Police force can now be revealed — Rony Alsheich. Rony, who was referred to only as “R” (Raish, in Hebrew), is the deputy director of the Shabak (Shin Bet) internal police organization which reports to the Prime Minister.

Due to security protocols, his name and photo are never allowed to be published.

As he is now the recommended candidate — the Prime Minister has released his name for publication in accordance with the laws on state security.

Alsheich was a commander in the Paratroopers, and joined the Shabak in 1987. He became deputy head of the Shabak in 2014.

The 52-year-old Alsheich is a father of 7, and grandfather to 7. He lived in a settlement in the Shomron for a number of years, and is religious. He now lives in central Israel.

He was considered a top candidate to take over the Shabak in 2016, and no major barriers are expected to present themselves from his being appointed Chief of Police.

3 Jews Indicted for Torching Empty Bedouin Tent Encampment

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

(JNi.media) On the morning of August 13, a recently vacated Bedouin tent encampment near the Arab village of Malik, some 10 miles from Ramallah, was torched, and a nearby rock was spray painted with a statement in Hebrew saying: “Revenge procedures,” alongside a red star of David. According to the Shin Bet website, the arson took place at about the same time the internal security police was conducting administrative detention procedures against Jewish activists in Judea and Samaria.

According to the Shin Bet, following an investigation, three right-wing activists, two of them minors, were arrested on suspicion of carrying out the torching. Now the prosecution has submitted to the Jerusalem District Court indictments against Avi Gafni and against another activist, a minor, on counts of arson, conspiracy, threats and obstruction of justice.

Avi Gafni, 19, originally from Beit Shemesh, was described by internal police as a member of the “Hilltop Youth” movement. The name refers to a social-cultural group living mostly in and around the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, whose definitions and boundaries are vague. Israeli media reports have described them as living—often squatting—in outposts or isolated structures, and in open spaces. Often, they may be part of a commune with authority figures, such as Avri Ran (“father” of the Hilltop movement), Meir Bartler, and Itay and Bat-Zion Zar. Hilltop youth men often grow beards and sidelocks, wear oversized yarmulkes, engage in sheep and goat herding and farming, and resist Israeli establishment culture.

Gafni has been ordered by administrative decree to remain outside Judea and Samaria. The Shin Bet says he is a suspect in a number of incidents of arson of Arab property in Judea and Samaria and in Jerusalem.

Israel Arrests Senior Gaza Terrorist Linked with ISIS

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Released for publication: Israel has arrested and indicted a Gaza City terrorist who is part of a group linked with the Islamic State (ISIS) and who organized attacks against the IDF in last year’s anti-terror Protective Edge campaign.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) lifted gag order on the arrest in late July of Ihab Sayeed Nahel, 27, and he was indicted on 12 counts of various charges, including being in contact with a foreign enemy, conspiracy to commit murder, and possessing and transferring illegal weapons.

A surgeon, who is a member of Hamas, gave Nahel safe harbor in his house while he carried out attacks against the IDF last year, including planting bombs on army patrol routes at the Gaza security fence.

The terrorist was arrested while trying to travel to Qatar, where he was supposed to work as a teacher as part of project to employ Gaza educators.

Nahel told interrogators that he began his career as a terrorist with Hamas, for whom he carried out surveillance on the IDF. He also helped dig tunnels used by terrorists to stage attacks.

Last year, he joined a terrorist Salafist faction linked with ISIS and known as “ARABIC.” It was part of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) which he led in 2010. The PRC is the same group that helped stage the murder of two Israeli soldiers and the kidnap of Gilad Shalit at a checkpoint nine years ago. The attack was carried out via a tunnel.

As leader of the PRC in 2012, he was involved in planning suicide attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians at the Egyptian border, and he used a tunnel to travel from Gaza to the Sinai.

Nahel had planned an attack on a bus near Eilat, but the plan never was carried out.

BREAKING: IDF Soldier Wounded in Shootout with Terrorists During Jenin Arrest Operation

Monday, August 31st, 2015

One IDF soldier has been moderately wounded in an joint arrest operation with the Shin Bet General Security Service carried out late Monday night in the Palestinian Arab city of Jenin, in Samaria.

Israeli security forces were attacked by Palestinian Arab terrorists who opened fire as the soldiers began their operation in the city. The wounded IDF soldier was rushed to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.

At least five members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organization were killed in the firefight, Arab media reported. This has not been confirmed by Israeli sources.

It is believed that one of the targets may have been a regional commander of Islamic Jihad in Samaria (Shomron), but that has not been confirmed.

One shootout reportedly took place at the home of senior PIJ leader Bassem Sa’adi, possibly the target of the arrest operation. Sa’adi is a convicted felon who was released from an Israeli prison in 2011.

IDF forces also surrounded the home of the Abu al-Hija family, suspected of linkages to the Judea and Samaria branch of the military wing of Hamas. Reportedly one arrest was made there at the Abu al-Hija home, according to local sources quoted by the Hebrew-language Ynet site.

There has been no comment from the IDF Spokesperson thus far.

More information to follow.

Surreal: Israeli Police Raids Conference Against Anti-Democratic Administrative Detention

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

(JNi.media) Large police forces as well as a SWAT team on Thursday surrounded the community center at the village of Nof Ayalon near Modi’in, inside the 1949 armistice “green line.” The center was hosting a conference of right wing activists, rabbis and public figures, who gathered to debate the sharp rise in the issuing of administrative detention orders by the Israeli government. Police detained two (although there were reports of four) activists who have been expelled from Judea and Samaria attended the conference, although there presence there did not violate the orders against them.

Among the better known activists at the conference were Professor Hillel Weiss, Torah scholar and writer Rabbi Yoel Schwartz—a co-founder of the IDF Nahal Haredi battalion, former MK Michael Ben-Ari, Lehava leader Ben-Zion Gopstein, Noam Federman, Baruch Marzel, attorney Yitzhak Bam, and “hilltop youth” activist Meir Bartler.

Honenu legal aid society chairman Shmuel Medad, who attended the conference, wrote on his organization’s Facebook page, “The landlord is crazy (an Israeli expression meaning the government has lost it). It appears that even a conference against administrative decrees is not to the liking of the Israel Police. Unfortunately, the police receive instructions to act as if there are no restrictions on their force and no limitations on their resources.”

A senior police official confirmed to Maariv that forces were active in the village, and said, “The event was attended by young people who have recently accepted administrative orders. The orders include a prohibition on contacting other activists. These are activists who had violated the ban and met each other in this place. Troops arrived to carry out arrests following a breach of the order. Two activists have been arrested.”

Despite their claim to justification, police confiscated video cameras and erased records of their raid, saying the clips would expose clandestine members of the Jewish division of Shin Bet.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/surreal-israeli-police-raids-conference-against-anti-democratic-administrative-detention/2015/08/27/

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