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Breaking: French Soldiers Attacked While Guarding Nice Jewish Center

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

French soldiers were stabbed Tuesday while protecting a Jewish community center in the nation’s southern city of Nice. Two of the three military guards sustained wounds to the face and arm, according to international media.

The condition of the two soldiers is not known.

The attack occurred in the center of the city, outside the ‘Consistoire Insraelite de Nice’ Jewish center, French police union spokesperson Sarah Baron said.  Radio Shalom, a Jewish radio station, is also located in the building as well as another Jewish organization.

One of the attackers was captured and taken into custody, but two other terrorists are believed to have escaped.

The armed attacker carried an identity card that named him as Moussa Coulibaly, age 30, Baron said. Security sources added that Coulibaly, allegedly a Muslim, has a record of arrests for assault and theft.

Some 10,000 French troops are deployed throughout the country at present in order to protect landmarks, iconic institutions and Jewish sites from possible attacks by radical Islamic terrorists.

The move came in the wake of a three-day series of terror attacks by homegrown operatives from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) who had trained abroad but returned to France to kill. (Although the name “Coulibaly” is common in France, it is worth noting that one of the ISIS operatives killed during last month’s week of terror was Amedy Coulibaly.)

The joint terror attacks were aimed at the staff of the Charlie Hebdo French satiric weekly magazine and a list of Jewish targets — all in the Paris area — including the Hyper Cacher kosher grocery. One of the listed targets, a Jewish elementary school, was miraculously bypassed when the terror cell was interrupted on the way to the attack by a traffic accident. When a policewoman approached the terrorists’ vehicle to investigate the accident, the attackers shot and killed her to avoid detection of the myriad ammunition and arms that were piled in the car.  As the sun set that Friday eve and the Jewish Sabbath began, a total of 17 people had died in the attacks and more were being treated for wounds, physical and psychological.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced two weeks after the attacks that the government would increase the country’s counter terrorist forces by 2,600 and equip its police forces with “stronger weapons.” He also said authorities would begin tracking nearly 3,000 French citizens with jihadist ties.

Earlier today seven men and a woman also were arrested in connection with an alleged plan to travel abroad to join the ISIS terror organization in Syria and Iraq.

Last week French President Francois Hollande told Jewish citizens in a speech to commemorate the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz that, “France is your homeland; your place is here.”  He vowed to defend French Jews and combat the “unbearable” rising anti-Semitism in France, saying said the country would protect “all its children and tolerate no insult, no outrage, no desecration.”

Brother, Sister Caught with Knives

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

An Arab woman and her brother, Palestinian Authority residents from the Gush Etzion region, were arrested Wednesday. The two are suspected of planning a terrorist attack.

The woman was caught after throwing rocks at soldiers. Her brother was arrested later, when he was found with a knife at the Gush Etzion junction south of Jerusalem.

Last month IDF soldiers foiled a planned terrorist stabbing in the Gush Etzion region. There have been multiple terrorist attacks in the area in recent weeks, including the murder of 26-year-old Dalia Lemkus.

Hero Bus Driver’s Condition Improving, Second Terror Stabbing Foiled

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Tel Aviv Dan company bus driver Herzl Biton has regained consciousness after being stabbed repeatedly by a Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist who attacked him while he was driving.

Despite his wounds, he managed to stop the Number 40 bus and open the door to let the passengers escape from the knife-wielding terrorist.

Biton, 55, was seriously wounded in Wednesday’s attack (Jan. 21).

He is hospitalized at Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv. “He fought the terrorist and got hurt more. Please pray for a speedy and full recovery,” his son Yaniv requested.

Biton underwent surgery and was sedated for hours. Although he is no longer fighting for his life, the driver is still in serious condition.  As of Thursday morning eight people were still hospitalized from the attack.

Still fighting for her life and hospitalized at Sourasky is a 69-year-old woman also stabbed by the terrorist.

Two other victims in the same attack are listed in fair condition at Tel Aviv’s Sheba Medical Center. Both are expected to recover.

Hamza Matrouk, 23, of Tulkarm confessed that he launched the attack in hopes of “reaching paradise” in response to radical Islamist jihad programs he had seen on television. He told investigators the attack was also carried out in retaliation for last summer’s IDF counter terror Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, and recent disturbances on the Temple Mount.

Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) agents and IDF soldiers launched a joint operation this morning (Thursday, Jan. 22) to search Matrouk’s home and those of two family members near Tulkarm. Two arrests were made, according to a report broadcast on Army Radio.

A second lone wolf terror stabbing attempt was made by another Palestinian Arab this morning, less than 24 hours after yesterday’s attack.

Police officers in Ra’anana found themselves suddenly struggling with a Palestinian Arab man trying to stab them during an arrest.

The 22-year-old terrorist, a resident of the Palestinian Authority, was originally being detained because he did not have a permit to enter Israel.

While searching him police discovered the man had a knife, but found him suddenly trying to stab them with an additional blade.

No injuries were reported. The attacker was transferred to security personnel at a Kfar Saba precinct for further questioning.

Tel Aviv Terrorist Wanted to ‘Reach Paradise’

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The 22-year-old terrorist who attacked the No. 4 Dan bus filled with commuters early Wednesday says he wanted to “reach paradise.”

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich told journalists Wednesday that Hamza Muhammad Hassan Matrouk of Tulkarm was a “terrorist in Israel without a work visa.”

Matrouk was named as the stabber who boarded the bus on Begin Road in Tel Aviv near the Beit Maariv Bridge. He stabbed the driver and continued with passengers, wounding 17 people, including four who were critically injured, three seriously wounded and six with lighter wounds. The others were treated for severe trauma and shock.

The 22-year-old terrorist was shot in the leg by one of two soldiers from the Israel Prison Service Nachshon Unit who was in the area at the time. Matrouk later confessed under questioning that he decided to carry out the attack after watching radical Islamist material that spoke of martyrs “reaching paradise” through jihad.

He added that he attacked the driver and passengers in response to events at the Temple Mount, and the counter terror Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

It was the bravery of bus driver Herzl Biton – himself stabbed twice in the chest – who struggled with the attacker, and two Prison Service guards on the bus who then chased him, that slowed the terrorist down.

Biton struggled with Matrouk as he wielded the knife, aiming first at the 55-year-old driver, a 23-year veteran in the bus company and a father of three. Still conscious after the attack, Biton made a call to a friend to tell him, “A terrorist attacked me; I feel like I’m dying. Please look after my kids for me.”

The two soldiers from the IPS Nachson Unit ran after Matrouk as he attempted to escape the bus as it stood still at a green light. They were quickly joined by other IPS Nachson unit soldiers. Four fighters jumped out of their car to join the chase, then “fired at his feet and he collapsed.”

 

Prison Guards Gunned down Tel Aviv Terrorist

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

A prison guard unit was credited with gunning down the Arab terrorist who stabbed the driver and nine passengers on a local bus in Tel Aviv Wednesday morning.

The unit was coincidentally driving behind the bus when the guards noticed the bus moving in a reckless manner. At the time, they did not know that the bus driver had been stabbed and had lost full control of the vehicle.

The bus finally came to a stop, and the terrorist and passengers rushed out of the bus.

The guards immediately chased after the attacker, shot in the air and then at his legs when he refused to stop.

BREAKING: Terrorist Stabs Passengers on Bus in Tel Aviv

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

An Arab terrorist stabbed the driver and several passengers on a crowded Dan bus on line 40 in central Tel Aviv shortly after 7:15 Wednesday morning. He was shot and  was wounded and is the custody of the police.

The terrorist attacked the driver several times and then plunged his knife at passengers before escaping, with his knife in hand.

Passengers ran after the terrorist, who apparently was shot by a police or security officer.

Magen David Adom said their medics evacuated 10 people, two of them seriously or critically wounded.

All of the victims have been taken from the scene, including five who are being treated for shock.

Police are investigating if the terrorist acted on his own. He is from Tulkarm, east of Netanya.

Hamas praised the attack as “natural reaction” to the “occupation” but did not take responsibility for the stabbings,

Arab Terror in Old City of Jerusalem: Jewish American Stabbed With Screwdriver

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Early Thursday evening (Jan. 8, 2015) local sources reported an Arab terrorist stabbed a Jewish rabbical student near the Damascus Gate at the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

The victim, a Chassidic 25-year-old U.S. citizen, was treated on the scene by medics from the United Hatzalah emergency response service before being taken to Sha’are Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.. Doctors say he is in serious but stable condition.

A medic told Israel’s Army Radio the victim was “fully conscious” when the ambulance arrived, and remained conscious throughout, adding that it appeared he had been on his way to pray at the Western Wall (Kotel) when he was attacked.

Police have thrown a dragnet around the city and are searching for the terrorist.

The site is a popular location often used by tourists and locals to enter the Old City.

People come there to buy trinkets and household goods, bargaining over the prices in the alley leading the entrance with Arab business owners. Both sides benefit from the exchange, which is a tradition that dates back centuries.

During terror-ridden “intifada” periods, however, when Israel is plagued by violent attacks on its citizens by Arab terrorists, the Old City market is generally empty. The ancient stones on the streets and alleys echo with the footsteps of the Jewish, Arab and Christian residents who live there, and the merchants suffer economic hardship.

Others who live in the Muslim Quarter deeper into the Old City, however, often stand in the doorways glaring at Jews passing by on their way to pray at the Western Wall, their eyes filled with hate.

 

 

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