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Road Terror Attacks in Judea, Samaria

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Palestinian Arabs hurled rocks at an Israeli bus traveling through Gush Etzion in Judea at around 5 pm this afternoon (Thursday, Sept. 17).

IDF soldiers were immediately summoned to the scene, according to Hebrew-language media.

No information was available about damage to the bus or the condition of the passengers.

Early Thursday morning, Palestinian Arab terrorists also reportedly fired at Israeli vehicles passing on a road in Samaria.

No one was injured and no damage was reported in the attempted attack, which occurred at around 6 am near the Arab village of Huwara.

IDF soldiers fanned out across the area to search for the shooters.

Thus far, no arrests have been made in either case.

How I Would Change Israel’s Gun Control Laws

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

While it appears that Israel is a country inundated with guns, private ownership is actually quite low. As Israel doesn’t have the rather idiotic “concealed carry” law, and combat soldiers take their guns home with them, it appears that Israelis are far more armed than they really are.

As I’ve written in the past, Israel’s gun law are far too restrictive and regulated when it comes to who is eligible to get a gun license and own a personal weapon, yet far too nonchalant in terms of what steps are mandatory in the process of getting your gun license, once you meet that initial eligibility criteria.

The short version is that eligibility is based on what the government has defined as your critical need for a license (i.e. where you live, where you work or volunteer), alongside additional restrictions (i.e. age and type of army service). This prevents most Israelis from being eligible for a gun license.

It’s so restrictive that 40% of gun applicants are rejected, and under 200,000 citizens have private gun licenses. There are around 400,000 licensed firearms in Israel (not including army issued weapons).

Since I know someone is going to mention it in the comments, I’ll say it here first. Yes, Arab citizens can and do get gun licenses in Israel.

Once you have a gun license, you’re then restricted in how many guns you can own (only one), and how many bullets you may possess (only 50).

Surprisingly, for a country that requires 40 hours of driving lessons with a licensed instructor before getting a driver’s license, there’s almost no pre-license training required for getting a gun, other than one short class and then shooting 50 bullets. There’s also a background check, and getting a stamp from a doctor.

It appears the underlying philosophy is restrict access, restrict usage, restrict guns – and the thinking stopped right there.

Israel’s gun control laws are too restrictive in where they should be more liberal, and too negligent, where they should be more restrictive.

This is how I would change Israel’s gun law:

Eligibility The most obvious point, is that any Israeli civilian should be able to get a license, regardless of where they live or work. This doesn’t need an explanation. Gun ownership is a right.

Obviously, the applicants should not have a violent criminal or drug records and no major psychological problems.

Of course, just because everyone should be able to get a gun, it doesn’t mean they should be able to pick one up from a vending machine.

Training Like a car, I would require anyone who wants a gun license to go through training. If you need 40 hours of lessons to get a driver’s license, a few good hours of gun training is not too much to ask for.

For someone with a military background in a combat unit (or police, security, etc.), 10 hours of training, spread out over at least 2 days, with a mix of practical and applied training is sufficient.

Civilians without any security/combat backgrounds would require 40 hours of training.

Let’s get real, we’ve all seen too many people with licensed weapons, who simply don’t know how to handle or use them. That’s ridiculous — and dangerous.

Testing Once the training is complete, a standardized test should be given. The testing would include accuracy in shooting, taking care of the weapon, handling the weapon, etc.

The test would be given by a licensed tester who is not the instructor who taught you.

The bottom line is, I want to know that the person next to me on the street with a gun is actually minimally qualified to use it.

Father of Terror Victim Issues Public Plea: ‘Pray For My Son’

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The father of one of the four young men who were shot in a drive-by road terror attack late Monday night near Shvut Rachel in the Binyamin region has asked the public to pray for his son.

The father of Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, who is listed in critical condition, has asked those who are willing to pray for his son “with a full heart.”

He told reporters Monday night at the hospital, “We are aware that your prayers have power. Please pray for my son with a full heart, so the Holy One, Blessed Be He, will save him and send him a complete recovery. We are confident that He will send him the strength to fight and that the doctors will perform as they should. We trust them; they are great angels, like our son. Thank you and thank all of Am Yisrael.”

The family has already lost the boy’s older brother, who once was an air force pilot. He died in 2002 during a hike in Nachal Tzeilim.

For prayers, the names of the victims follow:

  • Malachi ben Sarah (critical condition)
  • Chananya ben Sarah
  • Shai ben Nili
  • Yair ben Shoshana

Two of the men, ages 34 and 26, are at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. Both are stabilized and are in fair condition with moderate wounds. The other two are at Shaare Zedek Medical Center (earlier reports they were transported to Sheba Medical Center were erroneous), including Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, who remains in critical condition. All four are residents of Kochav HaShachar, another Jewish community in the Binyamin region of Samaria.

The men were on their way home from the community of Eli, traveling northbound on the Alon Road, when Palestinian Authority Arabs opened fire at their vehicle, peppering it with bullets.

In a separate incident, the female soldier who was stabbed Monday by a Palestinian Authority terrorist at the Rachel’s Tomb checkpoint has awakened, is breathing independently and is able to communicate with her family and the hospital staff, medical officials told media Tuesday morning.

Gunman Randomly Shoots at Philadelphia Block Party; 2 Children Wounded

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

The United States continues to turn into a coast-to-coast shooting range.

At least seven people were wounded lat Saturday night in a random shooting of people at a block party in Philadelphia. Two of the victims were children, ages 2 and 10, and others included teenagers. The gunman appeared to fire randomly down the street, said Philadelphia police officer John Walker.

In another block party shooting in Detroit, one person was killed and nine were wounded, one of them in critical condition. Small children were at the party but were not hit, prompting Detroit’s assistant police chief to see the bright side and say, “Through the grace of God, no children were shot.”

EU Says ‘Europe Will Not Be Intimidated’ by Terror

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

The European Union vowed, “Europe will not be intimidated” in the wake of another round of Paris-style terror attacks over the weekend striking the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

“The European Commission and the High Representative (Federica Mogherini) deplore the attacks in Copenhagen costing the life of at least two citizens and injuring several others,” said the EU delegation to Israel in a statement sent to media by email late Sunday.

“Even one life is too many. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. Europe stands united with Denmark in upholding freedom of speech and freedom of expression,” the statement continued.

“We stand against anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination. Europe will not be intimidated.”

But while Europe issues statements about not being intimidated by anti-Semitism, Jews are dying for the cause.

Dan Uzan, 37, donated his life to stop the terrorist’s bullets with his own body, thus preventing the attack from becoming a massacre. Uzan was guarding a Bat Mitzvah being held at a Copenhagen synagogue at the time of the attack.

Hours earlier, 55-year-old documentary film-maker Finn Noergaard died from wounds sustained after absorbing gunshots fired in the first attack; it appears, however, that the gunman’s target may have been Lars Vilk, the Danish cartoonist known for his satiric caricatures of the founder of Islam, the prophet Muhammad, which Muslims have found offensive.

UPDATED: Jewish Guard Killed at Synagogue Prevented Mass Casualties

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

11:30 AM The Jewish guard killed by a terrorist after midnight Saturday saved the deaths of countless Jews by his standing outside the synagogue and absorbing the lethal bullet in the head at the hands of the attacker at a Bat Mitzvah celebration.

The killer fled and did not enter the synagogue, according to Copenhagen Jewish leader Rabbi Yair Melchior.

The guard, a volunteer, was identified by the Israeli Foreign Ministry as Dan Uzan, 37, whose father is Israeli and mother is Danish.

Police also confirmed that the terrorist has been killed and that he also carried out Friday’s murder at a cafe.

“We assume that it’s the same culprit behind both incidents, and we also assume that the culprit that was shot by the police task force on Norreport station is the person behind both of these assassinations,” Chief police inspector Torben Molgaard Jensen said.

Police shot and killed the terrorist after a massive manhunt that included armored vehicles and helicopters.

8:07 AM The young Jewish man who was killed by the terrorist has been identified as the synagogue’s guard. There was a Bat Mitzvah happening at the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen at the time.

7:37 AM According to reports from Copenhagen, police surrounded the suspected terrorist and tried to arrest him. A shootout began, and the police killed him. No police were injured. The police had already been keeping the address where the terrorist was shot “under observation”.

7:20 AM Copenhagen police shoot dead the man believed to be the terrorist.

7:00 AM There are reports of gunfire exchanged between police and the terrorist near Nørrebro Station, 1 person was hit.


INITIAL REPORT

Hours after the terrorist attack on a Copenhagen cafe which left 1 man dead, and 3 injured, a gunman attacked a Copenhagen synagogue, after midnight.

The attack on the synagogue killed a civilian, and injured 2 policemen. The civilian is believed to have been a Jewish.

The Copenhagen train station has been evacuated following the synagogue attack and residents have been told to remain indoors.

The shooter, described as an athletic looking male with an automatic rifle, is still at large.

There are 7000 Jews living in Denmark, most in Copenhagen.

More Western Defense Workers Targeted in Saudi Arabia

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Two American defense contractors were targeted by gunfire last Friday in Saudi Arabia, according to their employer, Vinnell Arabia, a firm which provides training for the Saudi National Guard.

It’s the second time in recent months the contractor’s workers have been targeted, according to the AFP news agency.

Saudi Arabia is in transition at the present time, with a new monarch, King Salman, having taken over for his late half-brother, King Abdullah, who died a week ago. Salman is also not likely to rule for very long, inasmuch as he is already ill himself; he has already named his youngest half-brother Muqrin as Crown Prince to follow him, as advised by the late monarch.

Abdullah had been seriously ill for months prior to his death, and the kingdom was facing some instability as its iron fisted ruler grew weaker.

“We can confirm… they were shot by assailants in the al-Ahsa province of Saudi Arabia,” the company said Monday in a statement via its public relations firm. “Both employees were injured but are in stable condition at a local hospital.”

Saudi police reportedly claimed that only one employee was wounded in the shooting, which took place just wast of a National Guard base near Hofuf city, in the east, near Saudi Arabia’s oil fields.

Several rounds were fired at the Vinnell vehicle from a white car, a source close to the incident told AFP. The employee driving the vehicle was hit several times. His passenger took over driving and raced to the hospital.

An American defense subcontractor for the Israel-based Elbit Systems firm died under mysterious circumstances in the kingdom on January 15 of this year as well. Saudi authorities are still trying to untangle the cause of death in that case, and have not yet released the body to the family of the victim.

Not counting that death in January, this is the fourth attack on Westerners in the kingdom since October 2014, when the U.S. began its coalition air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

One Vinnell employee was shot dead and a second was wounded at a gas station in Riyadh in October, allegedly by a U.S.-born Saudi who was fired from the company.

Interior Ministry spokesperson Gen. Mansour al-Turki said, “It was not a terrorist-related incident,” although the Saudi National Guard is intended to, among other things, combat “terrorism.”

A Danish citizen was attacked in a drive-by shooting in November as he was driving away from his workplace. Last month three Saudis were arrested by their own government in connection with that attack, allegedly for acting “in support of” ISIS.

One week after that attack, a Canadian citizen was stabbed at a mall on the Saudi Gulf coast, which the interior ministry again said was “not terrorist related.”

But the government did not hesitate to blame ISIS for the November killing of seven Shi’ite Saudis in the eastern province of the country.

Nearly 1,000 U.S. soldiers are soon to be sent to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar as consultants to train “moderate” Syrian rebel forces in the effort to fight ISIS. It is still not clear how many troops which go to each country.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/more-western-defense-workers-targeted-in-saudi-arabia/2015/02/02/

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