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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,

Florida Philanthropists Donate $2.8 Million to Tel Aviv University

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Florida philanthropists Dr. Morton and Cynthia Levitt have donated $2.8 million for a scholarship fund for medical education at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University.

Dr.  Levitt is a professor of Clinical Biomedical Science and former Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.

His professional career includes service in the National Cancer Institute’s Carcinogenesis Bioassay Testing Program, service as a hospital executive and chief medical officer, and more than 20 years in the United States Air Force.

The Levitt scholarship continues a familial legacy of support for the Sackler Faculty of Medicine that includes Dr. Levitt’s parents, their families, and his great-uncle, Harry C. Bernard

The faculty is the largest medical and research training complex in Israel and comprises 1,400 affiliated doctors, including approximately 1,000 teachers, in pre-clinical departments, clinics, medical centers, six psychiatric hospitals, and a large rehabilitation center.

Bloomberg Marks Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as First Non-US Cities for Funds

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced that Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Yafo are the first non-U.S. cities selected to participate in the $45 million expansion of its Innovation Teams program.

The program aims to improve the capacity of City Halls to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve citizens’ lives  by relying on data, open innovation, and strong project and performance management to help mayors address pressing urban challenges.

Grant funds will allow mayors to hire and fund innovation teams – often called “i-teams” — for up to three years.

Jerusalem will receive $850,000 per year, focusing initially on poverty and economic development. Tel Aviv-Yafo will receive $650,000 per year, focusing initially on issues related to cost of living and illegal immigration.

“Successful innovation depends as much on the ability to generate ideas as it does the capacity to execute them – and i-teams help cities do both,” said philanthropist Michael Bloomberg. “More and more city governments around the world are eager to innovate.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies also announced that grants will go to Albuquerque, Boston, Centennial Colorado, Jersey City, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Mobile Alabama, Minneapolis, Peoria  Illinois, Rochester, Syracuse, and Seattle.

Tel Aviv Suicide Bomb Plot Foiled

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Released for Publication:

The Shabak, the IDF and the police foiled a plot by Palestinian Authority Arabs to commit a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

Between October and November of this year, security forces arrested a woman and four men, including Yasmin Shaaban of Jenin, and four residents of Atil, a neighborhood in Tul Karem.

Shaaban, a 31 year old woman, was appointed to be the bomber. She was going to dress up like a pregnant Jewish woman to get past security searches.

The plan was to get her an entry permit into Israel for medical reasons, and to use the permit to smuggle both herself and the bomb in.

The Shabak found rifles, bullets and explosives in the terror cell’s possession.

Photo credit: Rotter.net / Tchelet Domeh Layam

Photo credit: Rotter.net / Tchelet Domeh Layam

The terror cell planned to use a Tel Aviv apartment, currently used by illegal Arab workers, as their staging area.

The group communicated with terrorists from Gaza for help in making the bomb belt.

The cell had also planned other terror attacks.

The following are the names of the arrested:

Mandel Mufak Tufik Takez. From Atil.
Born: 1992
Arrested: 10/26/2014

Maataz Mufak Tufik Takez. From Atil.
Born: 1994
Arrested: 11/3/2014

Yasmin Tisar Elrachaman Shaaban. From Jenin.
Born: 1983
Arrested: 11/3/2014

Abed Alchalak Hasham Alchrim Masimi. From Atil
Born: 1992
Arrested: 11/5/2014

Marwan Machmud Mohamad Tzadki. Atil
Born: 1994
Arrested: 11/24/2014

Tel Aviv Synagogue Vandalized with Anti-‘Jewish State’ Grafitti

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

A synagogue led by a rabbi from the Tzohar movement has been vandalized in Tel Aviv.

Grafitti was discovered sprayed on the walls of the synagogue on Sunday, reading among other things, “In a place where a ‘national law’ is legislated – books will burn!”

Near the synagogue lay a pile of books that had been torched, but none were prayer books or any other sacred texts.

The Tel Aviv International Synagogue is a modern Orthodox congregation that is administered under the auspices of the Tzohar organization.

The “national law” referenced in the grafitti is the Jewish nation-state law now being discussed by the Knesset that was brought before the government by the Likud party.

The issue was raised by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who insisted it was time to formally incorporate into national law those principles that are delineated in the declaration of independence signed by the founders of the State in 1948.

 

 

IDF Soldier in Tel Aviv Terror Attack Dies

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The IDF soldier, Almog Shiloni, who was stabbed by an Arab terrorist in Tel Aviv earlier today has succumbed to his wounds.

The attack happened around 12:15 PM on the bridge near the train station entrance on Hagana Street.

The terrorist from Shechem (Nablus) tried to steal the soldier’s weapon. During the altercation, he stabbed the soldier multiple times.

The soldier was taken to Sheba Hospital at Tel Hashomer, where surgeons tried to save him.

A second man was lightly injured fighting the terrorist.

The terrorist ran a block away, where he was cornered at the top of a building, and arrested.

Israel’s Third Intifada Ratchets Up

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Another cluster of terror attacks on Monday sent Israeli hearts racing and Jewish blood flowing through the streets in Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion, as others ducked in trains and on the roads.

In Tel Aviv Monday afternoon, an Arab terrorist repeatedly stabbed an IDF soldier after attempting — but failing — to grab his gun. By the time Magen David Adom medics arrived, the soldier had no pulse and was not breathing. Medics miraculously managed to restore both long enough to rush the 20-year-old soldier to nearby Tel Hashomer Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

He succumbed to his wounds several hours later at Tel Hashomer’s Sheba Hospital.

A 59-year-old man struggled with the attacker in an attempt to stop him and was also injured in the process; he is being treated at Ichilov Hospital but is expected to be released shortly. The terrorist, a resident of Shechem (Nablus) attempted to escape but police chased him to a building a block away, where he was trapped and arrested.

Halfway across the country and barely an hour after that deadly attack, a second Arab terrorist attempted to run people over with his car at the entrance to the town of Alon Shvut. He then got out of the vehicle and began stabbing those standing nearby at the hitchhiking post.

One of three who were injured – 26-year-old Dalia Lamkus of Tekoa – died of her wounds. Lamkus was stabbed before in a 2006 terror attack in the same area, according to Israel Hatzolah. A 50-year-old man who tried to stop the terrorist is in fair condition, with stab wounds to the stomach. A third victim, approximately age 20, is listed in good condition, also with stab wounds.

The terrorist, who has been identified as Mahr Hashalmon, was alleged to be a member of Hamas and a resident of nearby Hebron, although the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after. Hashalmon apparently spent five years in prison before he was freed in a prisoner swap deal, according to journalist Ehud Ya’ari of Israel’s Channel 2 TV. His terror spree was finally stopped by a security guard who shot him but did not kill him. The  is listed in serious condition, according to Magen David Adom.

Israelis were busy ducking in vehicles driving on Route 31 as Arabs hurled rocks at Jews passing the Negev Bedouin town of Hura, home to various terror cells and lone wolf “wannabes.”

Passengers on the #384 Egged bus from Be’er Sheva to Ein Gedi were traumatized when their vehicle came under fire from stones hurled by Arabs along Route 31. One person was slightly injured but reportedly did not require medical care. The bus was replaced with a different vehicle, and police launched a search for the attackers.

Further north, another road terror attack Monday night involved Arabs hurling rocks at a bus and a police car, both with Israeli license plates, in the city of Nazareth. There were no reports of anyone physically injured in that attack.

Arabs are also attempting to experiment with “hit-and-run terror” in the Negev as well. A 20-year-old woman walking on the sidewalk in Be’er Sheva suddenly found herself to be the object of unwanted attention early Monday evening when she became the target of an attempted copycat terror attack.

Two male youths from the Negev Bedouin town of Tel Sheva attempted to run the woman over, according to Israel Hatzolah. The two teens were arrested, according to the report, and their intended victim managed to escape injury.

Commuters on the Jerusalem Light Rail, meanwhile, were “entertained” by the sight of security personnel disarming an Arab who was carrying a knife on the train. Police later told journalists the man did not attempt to stab anyone at the time the discovery was made.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro issued a statement Monday afternoon severely condemning the attack in Tel Aviv (Nov. 10) — the first in the wave of terror that moved through the country on Monday — saying flatly that Arab terror is just plain wrong.

“There is no justification for violence and terror,” Shapiro said. “I wish for a speedy recovery for the soldier.”

Moreover, the escalating attacks on Israelis by Arab terrorists around the country have nothing to do with Arab rage over stagnant final status talks with the Palestinian Authority, as foreign officials and PA leaders keep claiming, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday afternoon.

Speaking at a Likud faction meeting Monday after an IDF soldier was repeatedly stabbed in a terror attack near a Tel Aviv train station, Netanyahu said those who incite to terrorism “do not want us anywhere” – including in Tel Aviv.

“We will fight incitement by the Palestinian Authority and radical Islam, and fight those calling to destroy us,” the prime minister vowed.

Knesset Interior Committee chairperson MK Miri Regev (Likud) called on the prime minister to continue with his “hands on” approach to the issue of terrorism across the country.

“The government has to decide on an action plan to restore a sense of personal security to the citizens of Israel,” Regev said.

She called on the public to maintain alertness in the face of recent events, and urged an increased presence in police and security personnel throughout the country.

Regev also called on the justice system to ensure that convicted terrorists receive “severe” punishment. “We must eradicate terror, and at the same time send a clear, unequivocal message” no one is above the law, she said.

Likud MK Danny Danon became one of the first Knesset members to finally, officially use the “I” word at the public microphone.

“We are in an intifada,” Danon told reporters. “I call on the prime minister and the public security minister to make it clear to our enemies who is sovereign in the State of Israel.”

Like Miri Regev, meanwhile, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai also called for heightened awareness on the part of his city’s residents, although he made it clear that no one should change their daily routine.

“Like Jerusalem, Tel Aviv is also a symbol, and a target that terrorists always seek to strike,” Huldai warned. “Unfortunately the deadlock in the diplomatic negotiations and the absence of any vision in this area will only increase the violent situation,” he said.

Bayit Yehudi party chairman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, on the other hand, slammed the government over the spate of recent attacks.

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