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January 23, 2017 / 25 Tevet, 5777

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Terrorist Killed in Jordan Valley Early Morning Stabbing Attempt

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

An Arab terrorist was killed early Tuesday morning at the al-Fari’ah refugee camp in the foothills of the Jordan Valley in northeastern Samaria, after trying to stab Israel soldiers, Israel Radio reported.

The terrorist, yelling Allahu Akbar, rushed with a knife in his hand a unit of the IDF Duvdevan special forces who were arresting suspects for questioning at the camp. The soldiers began a suspect apprehension protocol, but as the man continued to advance in their direction with his knife and yelling they shot him dead.

Throughout the raid the IDF force was pelted with explosives and was shot at. No one was hurt.

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the al-Fari’ah camp had a population of 5,750 in 2006, but according to UNRWA the population reaches 7,244. They are all registered as refugees, even though their vast majority were born there well after 1949, when the camp was established.

David Israel

Defense Minister Urges Acceptance of Guilty Verdict, Lawmakers Call on President Rivlin to Pardon IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Within minutes after IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria was pronounced guilty of manslaughter in the death of an injured terrorist who had stabbed a fellow soldier, lawmakers were calling on the public to accept the verdict, but also urged President Reuven Rivlin to grant a presidential pardon.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told reporters after the verdict was announced, “This is a difficult ruling.”

But he said, “We have to accept the court’s ruling on Azaria even if we don’t like it.” Sgt. Azaria is the first Israeli soldier in 12 years to be convicted for actions on duty.

Education Minister and Bayit Yehudi party chairman were the first to call for an immediate pardon for the soldier, as did Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, chairman of the Shas party. “The court has done its job,” Deri tweeted. “I respect its verdict. But now the correct thing to do is pardon him. The process of the trial and the suffering of the soldier and his family justify a pardon.”

Likud MK Oren Hazan also called for amnesty for Sgt. Azaria, as did Zionist Union MK Shelly Yachimovich, who said in a statement to media that the court acted professionally and bravely in its conviction but added the guilty verdict would deeply divide the nation.

“Azaria’s narrow shoulders will not be able to withstand the weight of that divide,” she said. For that reason, she said, President Rivlin should consider exercising his privilege to issue a pardon.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog also added his voice to the chorus, saying in a statement that although the verdict must be respected, “it cannot be ignored that to some degree, Azaria was a victim of the situation. But the ruling strengthens the IDF, since you cannot ignore the circumstances of the incident, which reflect an impossible reality in a field that is complicated, which IDF soldiers deal with daily, hourly.”

“Immediate clemency for Elor Azaria,” Bennett wrote on his Facebook page.

“We need to say the truth. The trial was corrupted from the outset. The harsh comments by political leaders even before the opening of the army’s investigation, the removal of the soldier, himself from the investigation process, the critical media coverage surrounding the case caused Elor irreparable harm.

“I expect Defense Minister Yvette (Avigdor) Liberman to keep his many promises and secure an immediate pardon for Elor Azaria, so that he does not have to spend a single day in prison.”

Likud Culture Minister Miri Regev also called for a presidential pardon, saying that she too would seek a discussion with President Rivlin to raise the issue on behalf of Elor Azaria. Regev, a former IDF spokesperson, accused the army of abandoning Azaria and attacked the IDF chief of staff – who rejected a public campaign slogan depicting him as “everyone’s child” – specifically for not backing him up. Regev underlined that in fact, Azaria is not only “everyone’s child,” but in fact is also “everyone’s soldier.”

The soldier has been living on his army base under an “open arrest” arrangement.

Hana Levi Julian

Family of Hebron Terrorist Threatens to Sue IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria at ICC

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

The family of Hebron terrorist Abd Fatah el-Sharif issued a statement threatening Israel and IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria on Wednesday following the conviction of the young combat medic for the shooting death of el-Sharif after he and another terrorist had attacked IDF soldiers in the city in March 2016.

El-Sharif, who had stabbed a soldier, was shot and lying on the ground as Azaria, age 20, had finished attending to his victim. The second terrorist had already been shot and killed by other soldiers while trying to stab another.

Azaria walked over and shot el-Sharif at point-blank range, killing him.

The terrorist’s family vowed after Azaria’s conviction on charges of manslaughter they would ensure the soldier received the “maximum penalty,” Israel’s Channel 10 television news reported.

The stabber’s family told reporters they intend to turn to the International Criminal Court at The Hague over the case, saying “at the ICC, we will make sure this soldier receives the maximum penalties for his crimes.”

But it’s not even clear whether the ICC has any jurisdiction over such a case, let alone over any Israeli soldier whose actions have already been judged and addressed in a sovereign Israeli court of law.

In the wake of his conviction on Wednesday, Azaria faces sentencing by the IDF military court next month. He could face up to 20 years in prison.

Numerous lawmakers are calling for President Reuven Rivlin to consider issuing a presidential pardon in the case, which has torn the country apart.

Hana Levi Julian

Back Stabbing Arab Gets 35 Years

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

By Ilana Messika

The Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday sentenced a resident of Abu Dis, in eastern Jerusalem, to 35 years in prison and half a million shekels in compensation for assisting a 2015 stabbing attack in the Old City that killed two Jews.

Awad al-Azim Meri, originally from Hebron, encouraged Mohannad Shafiq al-Halabi to carry out the attack on Shabbat, October 3, 2015, and provided al-Halabi with the knife he used to kill two Israelis, Aaron Bennett and Nehamia Lavie, and to wound two others. Adele Bennett, Aaron’s wife, was also seriously injured and their toddler was lightly wounded.

Nehamia Lavi, a rabbi at the Ateret Cohanim Yeshiva in the Muslim Quarter, heard the initial attack that was taking place just 10 yards from his door, grabbed his weapon and headed out to help the victims. He succeeded in hurting the terrorist and grabbing his gun before the terrorist had managed to stab him.

“The feelings here are conflicted, because on the one hand, in the framework of the legal limitations I understand that we received the maximum that we could,” said Nehamia Lavie’s widow, Neta Lavie. “I can attest that the struggle of day-to-day life and the repercussions of this double homicide cannot be contemplated,” she added, suggesting that with a truly just sentence, “such a man should never again see the light of day. But today has provided some closure and relief.”

Following the attack, Meri posted on Facebook a picture of himself with the killer with the caption: “My praises to the Shahid.”

According to the verdict, “the main operation was not perpetrated by Meri but by al-Halabi, who cruelly killed two people and wounded two others for the sole reason that they were Jewish. However, if not for the physical assistance and emotional support he provided al-Halabi, the attack would not have happened.”

“The accused fulfilled a substantial and active role in a criminal enterprise with the goal to kill Jews,” said the court.

Tirza Levy, Nehamia’s mother, said, “I attended each and every hearing of the court in order to be the representative of my son, and my family accompanied me throughout, and there definitely is closure in my opinion. I think we can be satisfied with the verdict and the prosecution’s work.”

“As a citizen of Israel, I have seen the consequences of terrorists’ release in government deals and I urge this government and the future ones to make sure that a terrorist who is incarcerated should not have reason to hope to be released,” she added, concluding that “there is a specific deterring power in such a verdict that we need in order for [the terrorists] to fear prison [and stop their activities]. No Israeli government should cause this deterrence to dissolve.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Terror Attack in Efrat, One Wounded

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

On Friday night, an Arab terrorist infiltrated into the town of Efrat in Gush Etzion.

The terrorist snuck up behind a couple walking on King David street on their way back from synagogue, and stabbed the husband multiple times in the upper body.

The terrorist then fled from the town.

The wife found a neighbor who called the ambulance and emergency command center.

The man was taken to the hospital in light to medium condition. He was conscious. He was released from Shaarei Tzedek hospital on Saturday night.

The towns rapid response team and the IDF spent the night searching the town, going house to house, and the nearby villages for the terrorist.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Update: Policeman Wounded in Old City Terror Attack

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

A policeman was wounded in a stabbing attack between the Old City of Jerusalem’s Lion’s Gate, just before 1 PM on Wednesday.

The Arab terrorist came from the direction of Sha’ar Shechem towards the Hospice junction (near the Lion’s Gate).

The terrorist pulled out a screwdriver and stabbed a policeman in the head who was guarding the area. The other policemen quickly neutralized the terrorist.

The police announced that one policeman was lightly wounded.

Update (2:50 PM): Hadassah hospital reports the policeman is in light condition and undergoing additional tests.

MDA also treated a 14-year-old Arab boy, who local residents say was also wounded by the terrorist.

Update (2:50 PM): Hadassah hospital reports the boy is in moderate condition and conscious.

Both the police and the boy were taken to the hospital.

The terrorist has been shot and neutralized, but not killed.

According to ZAKA, the terrorist is seriously wounded, is still alive and was taken to the hospital.

Update (2:50 PM): Hadassah hospital reports the terrorist has died from his wounds.

The terrorist is a 21-year-old from Hebron.

Police and emergency teams near the Lion's Gate following a terror attack. - Dec 14, 2016

Police and emergency teams near the Lion’s Gate following a terror attack. – Dec 14, 2016. Photo credit: United Hatzalah

Jewish Press News Briefs

Dead Terrorist at Ohio State U Identified as Abdul Razaq Ali Artan

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The terrorist who carried out a vehicle ram-and-stab attacked on the Columbus campus of Ohio State University on Monday was an 18-year-old Somali immigrant who was student at the school, according to a report by NBC News, quoting law enforcement officials.

Abdul Razaq Ali Artan was a legal permanent resident from Somalia who came to the United States in 2014 from Pakistan after having left his homeland with his family in 2007.

He carried out the attack — plowing his car into a group of people who had evacuated the Watts Hall building on campus in response to a caller who had reported a “gas leak” — then got out and started slashing at the stunned crowd with a large butcher knife, officials said.

Ten people were injured and sent to the hospital, including one who was at first reported in critical condition but who has since stabilized.

OSU Police Officer Alan Horujko arrived within “a minute” and yelled a warning for the attacker to “Drop the knife and get down!” But when he failed to immediately comply, he waited no longer, took careful aim and fired, Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone said. It took three bullets to take the terrorist down, according to one student who told CNN the officer who shot Artan “waited ’til everyone was clear, and the stabber clearly wasn’t stopping.”

Law enforcement officials said Artan posted a rant on social media prior to the attack, but officials are being cautious about releasing information on any motive for his attack.

Artan had allegedly mentioned radical Islamist cleric Anwar Awlaki often on his Facebook page. The rant he posted prior to his attack read:

“I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters being killed and tortured EVERYWHERE. … I can’t take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries…if you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks.”

Artan attended Columbus State Community College from the time he entered the United States in 2014, at age 16, graduating cum laude with an Associates Degree.

According to NBC News, Artan told the Ohio State University campus newspaper, The Lantern that on his first day at the university he was “scared” about praying as a Muslim on campus. “If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen.”

By that time, however, he had already spent two years in the state college/university system in Ohio, and presumably had prayed “in public” on that campus as well.

Hana Levi Julian

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