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September 27, 2016 / 24 Elul, 5776

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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

Defense Witnesses in Hebron Shooting Trial Accuses Ya’alon of Meddling

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

The trial of IDF medic Elor Azaria, who shot dead an Arab terrorist in Hebron last Purim after the latter had already been felled to the ground, was resumed Sunday morning after a month’s break. The defense plans to introduce four new witnesses, most likely local civilians who were present at the scene at the time of the shooting.

The first defense witness to take the stand Sunday morning was Eliyahu Liebman, Hebron’s Security Officer for the past 22 years, who received a commendation from the IDF chief of staff back in 2002 for his role in protecting Jewish worshipers from Arab attackers during the second Intifada. Liebman said the IDF and the media presented an inaccurate picture of reality at the time of the shooting. He accused them of painting a target around Azaria after the fact. He recalled a phone conversation from a person in former defense minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon’s circle who told Liebman that “Bogie told him even the Hebron Security Officer thinks the shooting was invalid. He asked if this was true, I answered it was a complete lie.”

Liebman testified that he had not been questioned by military police following the incident, and that other security officers had been skipped by investigators. He told the court, “I suspect that in this case we weren’t just accidentally not summoned for questioning, and it looks like it had to do with the comments by then Defense Minister Ya’alon following the shooting incident.”

Ya’alon, as well as IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, openly chastised the defendant well before the investigation of the case had even begun.

Liebman testified that the removal of the terrorist’s body was done in a manner contrary to protocol. “The terrorist was taken away without being checked and contrary to the professional opinion of the sappers. It put in risk anyone who carried him until the moment the sappers checked him and ruled him clear.”

Azaria’s defense team has announced it would present several witnesses the prosecution opted to skip, noting that “the indictment mentions 77 witnesses, out of whom the prosecution chose to hear 22, when it realized that its own witnesses … utterly contradict its version of events.” The defense will endeavor to complete the picture as the prosecution should have done, suggesting it is “convinced once the full picture and not a partial and twisted picture is presented, things will be clarified at the court room.”

The task of the defense is to repair the damage caused by the confrontational testimony given by the defendant Azaria. He was baited by the chief prosecutor and was unable to explain blatant contradictions between different statements he had given regarding the shooting. He introduced a new claim, an accusation that his company commander slapped him after the shooting, an element he had never before mentioned. He also accused his battalion commander of lying but was unable to offer a coherent reason as to why he would do so, other than “fear of the media.”

Still, an unconvincing testimony by the defendant does not necessarily mean the judges would hold it against him should the defense be able to poke holes at the prosecution’s version of events. Much of the debate will circle around whether or not there was a reasonable expectation that the terrorist on the ground, who was severely injured but not fatally so, still posed a lethal danger. In that context, the fact that the terrorist was wearing a heavy coat on a sunny day — a telltale sign of a potential suicide bombing — combined with mismanagement of the potential danger, could advance the defendant’s cause.

JNi.Media

Body of Terrorist Returned for Funeral

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

The body of the terrorist, Abd al-Malik Saleh Abu Kharoub, was returned to his family for burial on Tuesday night.

He was buried near the Old City of Jerusalem, in a small funeral at night, as per an agreement made between the terrorist’s family and the police.

On March 9, 2016, Kharoub and a second terrorist, Muhammad Jamal Al-Kalouti, opened fire at a bus in Ramot, Jerusalem and the drove past the Old City and began opening fire on civilians near a train station.

The two were killed by police.

Al-Kalouti’s body was returned last week, and was buried in the Bab al-Zahra cemetery in Jerusalem in a small funeral at night.

At the time, officials only returned Al-Kalouti’s body after the family deposited NIS 20,000 in collateral with the police and pledged not to have more than 30 people at the ceremony.

Jewish Press News Briefs

JFK Terminal Evacuated After Gunshot Reports [video]

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Source: Courtesy Albert Salas (via NY Post)

Police evacuated New York’s JFK airport’s Terminal 8 on Sunday night, after multiple reports came in of shots fired inside the terminal. There were also reports of shots heard in Terminal 1.

The first call came in at 9:30 PM (NY Time), and a second call came in at 10:15 PM.

Following searches and an investigation, the Port Authority and the Police say there is no indication that any shots were fired inside the airport.

By 11:30 PM (NY Time), police began reopening the terminal.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Terror Victim Chavi Mark Recovering After Brain Surgery in Jerusalem

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Terror victim Chavi Mark is recuperating after having undergone complex brain surgery Monday, the latest in a series of medical procedures needed to keep her alive.

She is listed in good condition at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem, where she is reported by Neurosurgery Department chairman Professor Yigal Shushan to be “completely conscious, alert and communicating with everyone.”

The Otniel resident was ambushed by a Hamas cell with her husband, Rabbi Michael Mark and their two teen children last month while driving along Route 60 in the Hebron Hills a few hours before the Sabbath.

Rabbi Mark lost his life in the shooting attack; the two teens sustained serious and moderate wounds. Mark’s wife Chavi, however, was listed in critical condition.

“The Mark family wants to thank the public for the support shown to them and Chavi, and the prayers for her health,” the doctor said. But the family has also asked well-wishers to refrain from visiting for the time being, until Mrs. Mark grows stronger.

Israeli security personnel, IDF soldiers, Israeli Border Guard officers and Israel Police have been involved in extensive operations to track down and arrest the terrorists involved in the attack.

Earlier this month more operatives were arrested for their part in helping those who carried out the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Shooting Attack in Austin, Texas [video]

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Gunshots were heard in Austin, Texas early Sunday morning.

ABC news reports that a woman was fatally shot, and 3 additional people have been injured, 2 women and a man.

Police now say the site is secure.

Jewish Press News Briefs

One Injured in Haifa Drive By Shooting

Friday, July 29th, 2016

A drive by shooting on Kdoshei Damaesek Street in Haifa ended with a serious injury to a local resident, 40, who was sitting in his car. The victim was evacuated to Rambam hospital downtown. Police are investigating whether the attack was criminal or an act of terror.

David Israel

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