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October 22, 2016 / 20 Tishri, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘terror attack’

Update: Two Injured in Jerusalem, Circumstances Unclear

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

A motorcyclist ran into 2 people on HaMefaked Street in the Abu Tor neighborhood neighborhood of Jerusalem just before 7 PM on Wednesday.

After hitting the two people, the motorcyclist, a resident of Silwan, got into a fight with the pedestrians, and then hit them with his helmet.

The motorcyclist was arrested by police. It’s still unclear if this was terror, criminal, or an accident with some road rage thrown in for good measure.

MDA treated two people, in their thirties, who were lightly injured and then taken to Hadassah hospital.

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Border Guard Police Officer Attacked Near Jerusalem

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

An Arab terrorist stabbed a Border Guard Police officer on Sabbath morning during operations on a road near the Jewish community of Har Adar, northwest of Jerusalem.

The officer was operating with a patrol unit that was preparing to open a road next to a security barrier when he was ambushed by the terrorist, who sprang out of the brush near the barrier, brandishing a knife.

He aimed at any officer he could reach and managed to stab at least one, before turning and escaping towards the nearby Arab town of Beit Surik, near Har Adar.

The wounded police officer sustained a shoulder wound and was treated on the scene before he was evacuated, first to Har Adar, and then to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

Israeli security teams are hunting for the stabber and those who were involved in planning the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

International Condemnation for Jerusalem Terror Attack

Monday, October 10th, 2016

World leaders — at least some of them — stood up to be counted among those who condemned Sunday’s terror attack in Jerusalem, with the United States leading off. The European Union, however, was not among them.

The U.S. State Department led the way with a statement saying the American government “condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack that took place [today] in Jerusalem, which resulted in the death of two Israelis and injured several others.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and our hopes for a quick and full recovery for those wounded,” the statement went on. “There is absolutely no justification for the taking of innocent lives. We also condemn the statements glorifying this reprehensible and cowardly act.”

US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro tweeted his denunciation of the attack within hours, saying he “strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem. No possible justification. Condolences to the families of the 2 murder victims,” adding the Hebrew acronym suffix “z’l,” an English transliteration of the Hebrew for “Of blessed memory.”

Likewise, Australian Ambassador Dave Sharma tweeted his condemnation of the attack and condolences: “Condolences to families ….both killed in sickening Jerusalem terror attack. Condemn unreservedly.” And in an earlier tweet, Sharma wrote, “Condemn vicious terrorist shooting attack earlier today Ammunition Hill, Jerusalem. Thoughts with Injured, esp 2 females severely wounded.”

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov also issued a statement not long after the tragedy, albeit while making sure he reinforced political points about Jerusalem being “occupied” and split into pieces.

“I condemn this morning’s terror attack by a Palestinian perpetrator in occupied East Jerusalem which killed two Israelis and injured six others,” Mladenov wrote. “Nothing can justify such attacks. My thoughts are with the families and friends of all victims and I hope for a full and speedy recovery of the wounded. It is deplorable and unacceptable that Hamas and others choose to glorify such acts which undermine the possibility of a peaceful future for both Palestinians and Israelis,” he added.

British Minister for the Middle East and Africa Tobias Ellwood posted a tweet saying he “utterly condemn[s] the attacks in #Jerusalem. My thoughts are with victims and their families.”

The European Union reluctantly, belatedly joined its international colleagues with a terse political statement released late in the evening: “The death of two Israelis and injury of several others in a terrorist shooting incident in Jerusalem today illustrate once more the urgent need to bring new impetus to the peace process, as proposed in the recent report from the Quartet. The EU condemns all such acts of violence, as well as any praise or incitement for terrorist acts, and extends its sincere condolences to the families of the bereaved.”

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Arabs Congratulate Each Other On Deaths of Jews

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Can co-existence ever flourish in an environment where those who once were neighbors now celebrate their savage murders instead?

Arabs in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Authority together celebrated the Jewish blood spilled by a Hamas terrorist on Sunday — including that which marked the death of a 60-year-old grandmother and a 30-year-old newly-married Yassam special operations police office — as well as physical injuries to six others and deep trauma wounds to a number who required medical help.

Jerusalem grandmother, 60, Levana Malachi, and First Sergeant Police Officer Yosef Kirama, 30, shot and killed by a convicted Arab terrorist in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem grandmother, 60, Levana Malachi, and First Sergeant Police Officer Yosef Kirama, 30, shot and killed by a convicted Arab terrorist in Jerusalem.

Many Jerusalem Arabs — who possess Israeli identity cards and who enjoy the rights and benefits those cards represent — were positively rejoicing in public places, despite the presence of Jews nearby.

Arab residents of Jerusalem were handing out sweets and candies to passersby, and others were shouting “Allahu Akbar!” — some until they were hoarse.

In one case, this took place in an Aroma cafe next to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. An Israeli at the Cafe related to Arutz Sheva that Arab workers employed at Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital came over to other Arabs at the cafe to wish them “Mabruk” (congratulations), just as the news of the deaths of the two victims were announced over media.

Together with cheers of ‘Allahu Akbar!’ (God is Great! in Arabic) and cheering of other Arabs in the street, those in the cafe began to sing and clap, with “joy on their faces.” It’s an extremely sobering reality check for Jews who believe in co-existence who suddenly are forced to confront the fearful truth that educated Arab fellow students with whom they spend time and drink coffee at university can suddenly, in a heartbeat, break out in joyous celebration at the violent bloody murder of a Jewish stranger.

For hours after the attack, Israel Police deployed throughout the capital to arrest those who were handing out candies. They blocked the terrorist’s family from setting up the traditional mourning tent for the killer — a move that would have served as a gathering place for further incitement and glorification of his murderous rampage, which Israel is determined to prevent.

Police also arrested those who pressured Israeli Arab business owners into closing their establishments in solidarity with the terrorist’s “martyrdom”.

Also arrested were the Arab bystanders who had used their cell phones to film and narrate the attack, while shouting Allahu Akbar! to cheer on the terrorist’s murderous efforts, until they were hoarse — which they then posted on social media sites to publicize the “happy event.”

Arab internet users also viciously attacked the Facebook page of Yosef Kirama, the police officer who died in the shootout with the terrorist. Arab cyber attackers posted abusive posts with anti-Semitic caricatures, a masked terrorist holding a knife, and even a death threat to another Jewish user. Some of the incitement was reported to police.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan reiterated the important role of social media sites — including Facebook — in spreading or preventing the spread of anti-Semitic incitement to murder. “We’ve said this before: the rise in the rate of internet incitement sparks lone wolf terrorism,” Erdan said in a statement.

The Gaza-based Hamas terrorist organization — which confirmed the killer as a member of its group — “proudly announced” that its “son” and “Mujahid” had “died a martyr.” In a statement the group described him as one of the “great figures of Jerusalem, and one of the city’s best people, who sacrificed his soul and his money defending Jerusalem,” according to a report by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

On the Qassam website of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas, the group said in a statement that the attack was “a natural reaction to the continued crimes committed by the Israeli occupation against the Palestinians and the Holy al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization also offered its own statement of praise, calling the attack “heroic.”

The Jerusalem branch of the Fatah faction led by Mahmoud Abbas issued a call via for a general strike, telling shop owners in the Old City of Jerusalem to shut their doors “in memory of the souls of the Martyrs of Palestine and this morning’s Martyr.”

It was Mahmoud Abbas who worked to ensure he could attend the funeral of Israel’s ninth president, former elder statesman Shimon Peres. When asked about the severe criticism he received at home for his attendance at the funeral in Jerusalem, Abbas told reporters he believed it was important to “show that he was a partner for peace.”

But it was the PA government’s leading Fatah faction, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, that posted an announcement on its Facebook page, translated by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) watchdog organization, praising, “The one who carried out the operation today in Jerusalem is a pilgrim [to Mecca] Martyr.”

Hana Levi Julian

Terror Victims Named

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

The identities of the two terror victims from this morning’s attack have been released.

The 60-year-old woman has been identified as Levana Malichi of Jerusalem. She leaves behind three children and six grandchildren. Malichi worked in the Knesset for 30 years before retiring in 2010. She will be buried on Sunday evening.

The police officer has been identified as 1st Sergeant Yosef Kirma (29) from Mevasseret Tzion. He leaves behind a wife, his parents and two brothers.

He joined the police force 4 years ago, and served in the Yassam unit.

Last December, while on patrol in Jerusalem, he noticed and arrested an Arab man acting suspiciously near a nursery school. The man was holding a knife and planned to commit a terror attack. He was awarded a medal for his actions.

Kirma’s funeral will be held at 5:30 PM in the police section of the Mount Herzl cemetery.

Jewish Press News Briefs

UPDATE: Terror Attack in Jerusalem, Terrorist Neutralized, Two Dead Six Wounded [video]

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

There was a terror attack that began at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem, near the train stop, at 10:12 AM on Sunday morning.

The terrorist, driving in his car opened fire at the Jerusalem light rail train, wounding one woman critically. He then drove further ahead towards the Shimon Hatzadik train stop, and opened fire at a car on the road, wounding another woman.

The terrorist then drove into the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood (Sheikh Jarrah) and got out of his car. He opened fire at the Yassam police team who were chasing him.

One policeman was critically wounded, another was lightly wounded.

The terrorist was then shot and neutralized (killed).


Altogether, eight people have been wounded.

-One Man Critically Wounded – taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital

-One Woman Critically Wounded – taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital

-Three Moderately Wounded – taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus, Hadassah Ein Kerem, and Sharei Tzedek Hospital

-Three Lightly Wounded – taken to Sharei Tzedek and Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital

-Four treated for shock – on site


Photo: Hillel Meier / TPS


United Hatzalah volunteers from the Jerusalem chapter are currently treating injured and wounded individuals at a light rail station following the attack.

Yossi Amar, a volunteer medic with United Hatzalah who arrived first at the scene relayed: “When I arrived at the scene I found an unconscious woman. Together with other volunteers of the ambucycle unit of United Hatzalah we provided her with first aid treatment at the scene. We did not find any other people who sustained physical injuries. We then began treating people in the area for shock.”

Service to the Jerusalem Light Rail has been restored as of 11:15 AM.

Video: Police shooting the terrorist, while Arabs filming yell “Allahu Ackbar””

The Ammunition Hill train stop after the terror attack - Oct 9, 2016

The Ammunition Hill train stop after the terror attack – Oct 9, 2016 / Hillel Meier / TPS


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NY Senator Chuck Schumer Slams BDS as ‘Modern Anti-Semitism’

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

New York Senator Chuck Schumer slammed the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement this week as a “modern form of anti-Semitism.”

Schumer said in an address to the Israeli American Council’s 2016 National Israeli American Conference that ultimately, BDS organizers don’t “believe there should be a Jewish State in the Middle East, and are guilty of the same anti-Semitism. We need to make that argument loudly and strongly and go against the BBDS movement and call it for what it is,” he said,” an anti-Semitic and not just anti-Israel movement.”

The senator added that he applauds the governors of New York and California for passing anti-BDS legislation.

But although anti-Semitism is clearly rising on the campuses of American colleges and universities, Schumer noted that the problem is even worse in Europe.

“Unfortunately, anti-Semitism seems to be in far too many European homes,” he said, pointing to the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party as one example.

“Europe has shown how anti-Israel and anti-Semitic the BDS movement really is. Far-right parties are experiencing a rebirth, and far-left parties … like the Labour Party under Corbyn, are increasingly anti-Israel.”

Corbyn has repeatedly turned a blind eye to the anti-Semitism of veteran members of the party, prompting the recent resignation of a prominent Jewish Labourite, Lord Parry Mitchell. Corbyn in the past also has expressed his “friendship” for the Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist organizations.

“Terrorism and violence against Jews is on the rise, from vandalizing synagogues to the horrible attack on a Jewish grocery in Paris,” Schumer pointed out.

“It is no wonder that last year France, home to the largest Jewish population in Europe, set a record for the migration of Jews to Israel,” he said.

Hana Levi Julian

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