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Damascus Gate Stabber Was Convicted Killer From Hebron

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Hebron resident Muammar Ata Mahmoud, 56, should not have been in Jerusalem Wednesday night.

Had he obeyed the conditions of his release from prison in 2013, he would not have been able to stab a Border Guard Police officer at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Mahmoud, a Palestinian Authority Arab resident of Hebron had no permit to enter pre-1967 Israel.

He and Salah Khalil Ahmad Ibrahim were both convicted of murdering Professor Menachem Stern, age 64, an Israel Prize-winning historian. They also murdered Palestinian Arab Hassin Zaid, a suspected collaborator with Israel.

They were freed in 2013 as part of the caravan of “good will gestures” to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas aimed at keeping him in peace talks that ultimately led nowhere.

Stern was an internationally-acclaimed historian on the Second Temple period. When his murderers were freed, his daughter Meira Stern-Glick protested, saying “A person who murdered in cold blood should sit for life.” As with all other family members who have seen the murderers of their loved ones freed in the cause of “peace with the Palestinian Authority,” her protest was ignored.

Stern was stabbed to death on June 22, 1989 while walking to the Jewish National and University Library at Hebrew University in Givat Ram. The murder took place against the backdrop of the first intifada, led by the Palestine Liberation Organization from 1987 to 1993. It began with false charges of Israeli “atrocities” and incessant instigation from the mosques.

In one week, an Israeli was stabbed, a traffic accident in which four Arabs were killed was transformed by lightning rumors into a “deliberate” provocation, there was mass rioting by Palestinian Arabs and a teen rioter was killed by an Israeli soldier when he hurled a firebomb at an army patrol.

In the four years of the violence, the IDF reported more than 3,600 firebombing attacks, 100 hand grenade attacks and 600 shootings and bombings by Palestinian Arabs. Within that time, 16 Israeli civilians and 11 soldiers were killed; more than 1,400 civilians and 1,700 soldiers were wounded. Approximately 1,100 Palestinian Arabs were killed in clashes with IDF soldiers.

By that criteria, Israel is now well into its third intifada. How many injured and dead will it take before Israel takes steps to end this one?



Palestinian Arab Stabber Identified, But Terror Affiliation Unclear

Monday, August 17th, 2015

The Shin Bet (General Security Service) has identified the Palestinian Arab terrorist who stabbed a Border Guard Police officer at the Tapuach junction earlier today as 25-year-old Mahmad Amsha, a resident of Samaria. But his “terror credentials” are still unclear.

Amsha lived in a village southwest of Jenin, according to the Shin Bet, and was a “lone wolf” attacker, unaffiliated with any recognized terror organization. Arab media reported Amsha was age 22 and a member of the Islamic Jihad terror organization, however.

Around midday Monday, (Aug. 17), Amsha approached a Border Guard Police officer guarding the Tapuach junction, saying he didn’t feel well and asking for medical assistance, according to the IDF spokesperson’s unit.

“When he got within a close range of the forces, he pulled out a knife and attempted to stab an officer,” the IDF said in a statement. “The officer was lightly injured and managed to fight off the assailant. The forces on site responded immediately, firing towards the attacker.”

Amsha subsequently died of his wounds, despite receiving treatment by IDF medics on site.

In its response, the Palestinian Authority warned in a statement: “Israel is executing our people in cold blood and the international community should stop it before the situation explodes.”

Monday’s attack was nearly identical to a similar attack in the same spot on Saturday by another Palestinian Authority Arab who likewise stabbed an IDF soldier in the back after he had turned to get him the water the terrorist had asked for, saying he was thirsty.

In that instance as well, other soldiers at the scene acted swiftly to neutralize the stabber, who later died of his gunshot wounds.

IDF Soldiers Foil Terrorist Stabbing, Neutralize Attacker in Samaria

Monday, August 17th, 2015

IDF soldiers foiled an attempted terror attack by a Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist Monday at the Tapuach junction in Samaria (Shomron), north of Jerusalem.

The terrorist attempted to stab a Border Guard Police officer who was standing guard at the junction, approximately the same location where a Palestinian Arab terrorist stabbed another soldier this past Saturday.

“A short while ago a Palestinian suspect approached the forces guarding the Tapuach junction, asking for help and medical assistance,” the IDF spokesperson’s unit explained in an SMS text statement to media.

“When he got within a close range of the forces, he pulled out a knife and attempted to stab an officer. The officer was lightly injured and managed to fight off the assailant. The forces on site responded immediately, firing towards the attacker.”

The terrorist reportedly died of his wounds, but this has not yet been confirmed.

Shomron Regional Council Yossi Dagan responded to the event with a strong statement of appreciation to the military and a call for the government to publicly support security forces as they enforce law and order in Judea and Samaria.

“We thank the security forces for their swift action,” Dagan said. “I call upon the prime minister to publicly support the soldiers for their decisive moves that without doubt saved the the lives of many — both civilians and soldiers — who were present at the scene [of the attack.]”

Bennett: Palestinian Terrorists Have Reached New Moral Bankruptcy

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Bayit Yehudi party chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Saturday night that Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists have reached a new “low” in their attacks on Israeli soldiers.

“Palestinian [terrorists] have reached a new moral bankruptcy with their new heroes: terrorist who seek water from soldiers and then pay them back by attempting to stab them to death,” Bennett said.

The statement came in response to a day in which there were two separate attacks on Israeli police and soldiers. One attack came after a Palestinian Arab asked for water — when the soldier turned to get him a drink, the terrorist pulled out a knife and stabbed the soldier in the back.

The second attack took place during a routine security check at a junction near the Huwara checkpoint. In both cases, the terrorists were shot by other security personnel immediately following the stabbing. In the second instance, the terrorist subsequently died of his wounds.

“I would like to commend the activities of the soldiers and to say clearly: it is essential to give the soldiers authority to operate and strike at terrorists, and to back them up when they do,” Bennett added.

2 Israeli Police Stabbed, 1 Terrorist Dead in Sabbath Attacks

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Over the Sabbath, two Israeli security officers were stabbed in two separate attacks, and a gas station was torched.

The first stabbing came early Sabbath morning when an IDF soldiers was stabbed by a Palestinian Authority Arab at the Ofer checkpoint on Highway 443 north of Jerusalem.

Highway 443 is the old Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway, which runs partly through Samaria.

Nasim Yousef Gomhour, 19, is a resident of Beit Anan, a suburb of the Palestinian Authority capital of Ramallah, in Samaria. Gomhour arrived at the Ofer checkpoint from west of Beit Horon, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 10 news, and asked the soldiers for some water.

When the soldier turned to get him the water, Gomhour pulled a knife and stabbed him. Other soldiers on the scene shot the attacker.

The wounded soldier was rushed by military vehicle to a nearby hospital. According to a subsequent report by the Hebrew-language Ynet website, the stabber told investigators he had decided to stab an Israeli soldier after he had been struck by his father in an argument.

The second stabbing occurred during a routine security check at the Beita junction near the Huwara checkpoint.

A Palestinian Authority Arab pulled out a knife and stabbed a Border Guard Police officer in the back.

Security personnel immediately opened fire and shot the attacker, later identified by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency as Rafik Kamal al-Taj.

The wounded officer was treated at the scene before being taken to the hospital, according to a statement by the Border Police spokesperson. The injured terrorist was critically injured and later died of his wounds.

On Friday night, a gas station located on Highway 60 near the Samaria Jewish community of Eli was set ablaze by unknown arsonists who managed to escape detection. No arrests have been made.

IDF Kills Arab Attacker at Gas Station on Highway 443

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

IDF soldiers shot and killed one of a group of Palestinian Authority Arabs who attacked an Israeli civilian Sunday evening at a gas station on Highway 443, the old Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Highway, near Modi’in.

The terrorist stabbed the 16-year-old Israeli in the shoulder while he was filling his car with gasoline. The attacker then attempted to escape with the rest of the suspected terrorists.

IDF forces who were at the gas station at the time fired at one of the group in order to prevent their escape, and a hit was confirmed, according to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

The stabber was killed by the gunfire, it was subsequently discovered.

The Israeli civilian was treated at the scene for light to moderate wounds and then evacuated to a local hospital by a Magen David Adom emergency medical team.

IDF troops are searching for at least three to four other suspects who were involved in the incident.

PM Offers Condolences to Family of 16-yr-old Gay Pride Parade Victim

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu offered his condolences Sunday to the family of 16-year-old Shira Banki, who succumbed to wounds she suffered after being stabbed Thursday at the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem by convict Yishai Schlissel of Modi’in Illit.

“Shira was murdered because she courageously supported the principle according to which everyone is entitled to live their lives in dignity and safety,” Netanyahu said in a statement released to media.

“We will not allow the abhorrent murderer to undermine the fundamental values upon which Israeli society is based. We strongly condemn the attempt to instill hatred and violence in our midst and we will deal with the murderer to the fullest extent of the law.”

Within minutes of her death, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat expressed deep sorrow over the young girl’s untimely passing.

“The murder of this young girl at the Gay Pride Parade on the streets of Jerusalem is a criminal offense,” the mayor said in a statement.

“We will continue to allow full freedom of expression in this city, we will continue to support all groups and communities, we will enhance education and tolerance for others in our school system, and we will not be deterred by those who are trying to prevent it.”

Schlissel stabbed six people at the event in a repeat of a crime he committed 10 years ago at a similar parade, when he wounded three people. He served a decade in prison for that attack, but was released several weeks ago.

The attacker lunged into the crowd as the parade was heading down Rehov Keren HaYesod, wildly stabbing as many people as he could, before he was tackled by police. He managed to reach six, including Shira Banki, before police stopped the stabbing spree and arrested him, while blocking off the crime scene. The victims were treated on the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics before being rushed to local hospitals. All were in serious to critical condition.


Banki’s family has agreed to donate her organs, the Hadassah Medical Center announced.

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