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May 3, 2016 / 25 Nisan, 5776

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Belgium Charges Third Suspect in French Terror Plot

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Belgian authorities are continuing to find new suspects as they track down operatives in the tightly-woven terrorist network that criss-crosses the European Union.

A third suspect, Y.A., 35., was charged with terrorist activities Saturday in a Belgian court, federal prosecutors said, according to the Belgian Le Soir newspaper.

The suspect was charged along with two others – Abderamane Ameroud, 38, and Rabah M., 34, both Algerian citizens – in connection with an imminent terror plot foiled last week in France.

All three were linked to terror suspect Reda Kriket, 34, who was arrested in a Paris suburb.

French citizen Anis Bahri, 32, is being held in the Netherlands after being arrested in connection with the same alleged plot, according to USA Today. Bahri is currently fighting extradition to France, AFP reported.

Both weapons and explosives were found at Kriket’s apartment, according to Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, who said at the time “no specific target” had been identified.

However, the large amount of weapons and explosives that were found made it clear that an imminent plot involving “extreme violence” was being planned, he said.

Hana Levi Julian

Small Synagogue at Karmei Tzur Demolished in Civil Administration Pre-Dawn Stealth Move

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

A small synagogue recently rebuilt at the site of the Givat Soreq outpost on the outskirts of Karmei Tzur was demolished by Civil Administration forces before dawn Thursday in accordance with instructions from the Defense Ministry, according to the Hebew-language 0404 website.

It was in this same synagogue that sacred texts were set ablaze two months ago by Arab terrorists, a hate crime carried out by those in nearby Halhul.

Just a few days ago, holy books had been donated to the newly-rebuilt house of worship. But by Thursday 9 am, not a trace remained of the solid cement-block structure upon which the community’s rabbi had placed a mezuzah.

Outraged residents told 0404, “Thousands of illegally-built Arab homes and other structures exist, but the Defense Minister in his ignorance destroys a synagogue established in the memory of three Israeli teens who were kidnaped and murdered (by Hamas terrorists). It’s clear that it’s worth it to continue burning – because instead of dealing with the Arabs, the Jews are destroying themselves.”

It would indeed seem that perhaps the defense establishment has become confused about who it’s supposed to be defending and where retaliation is appropriate in political or military terms.

Karmei Tzur has been under siege from its Arab neighbors since the start of the current wave of terror, and has not shied away from the challenge.

Barely two weeks ago, about 500 Israelis marched from Karmei Tzur to the Gush Etzion junction to demonstrate against terror.

The marchers blocked Highway 60, a main north-south artery, in both directions as they demanded that deterrence be restored. The move came in the wake of a series of deadly attacks in the Gush Etzion region.

The timing of the demolition of the synagogue and the stealth with which it was carried out raises the question of whether the move came in retaliation for the community’s activism.

At the start of this month, Arab squatters returned to the Wadi Rashrash valley near Karmei Tzur – six months after they had been ejected by the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). Arabs had started to build a road there and were using the wadi as a garbage dump.

The area has been under processing for declaration as state land for some time. The violation was reported but it is not clear whether the government followed up.

Karmei Tzur has been repeatedly traumatized during this wave of terror. On February 24 one of the community’s founders and leading residents, IDF reserve Captain Eliav Gelman was killed in a stabbing attack at the nearby Gush Etzion junction. He was stabbed by an Arab terrorist who was then shot by IDF soldiers, who also hit Gelman by accident in the crossfire. Gelman was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem but could not be saved. He is survived by his pregnant wife and two young children.

Earlier that month, on February 9 an armed 16-year-old female Arab terrorist tried to infiltrate Karmei Tzur at the start of the day, dressed for school.

A resident of the community alerted the guard, who then warned the young wannabe stabber to drop her weapon – a kitchen knife – which she did.

The blade had clearly been sharpened, most likely after watching an Internet video of a sermon by one of the numerous radical Islamist clerics who urge their followers to murder Jews. They include detailed instructions on how to carry out those killings, complete with directions on how to sharpen the knives.

Three days prior to that attempted terror attack, Arab arsonists attacked the little synagogue on February 6 at Givat Sorek, the neighborhood on the outskirts of Karmei Tzur.

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Light Rail Damaged in Stone-Throwing Attacks

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Arab terrorists hurled rocks at the Jerusalem Light Rail in two attacks within a 15-minute period mid-afternoon Wednesday as it passed through the northern neighborhood of Shuafat.

At least one window was damaged on the train, but none of the passengers were physically injured.

Hana Levi Julian

Iran Promises to Pay Arab Families for Terror Attacks in Israel

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Israel knows what Iran is doing with its newfound billions from the lifted sanctions after last July’s nuclear deal with U.S.-led world powers.

Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad Fathali announced at a Beirut news conference Wednesday that Tehran will pay $7,000 “to every family of a martyr of the intifada in Jerusalem,” Reuters reported.

In addition, Iran will also offer “$30,000 to every family whose home the Occupation (Israel) has demolished for the participation of one of its sons” in the wave of terror, he said.

Unsurprised, Israel’s Foreign Ministry responded in a statement saying the move “demonstrates Iran’s role in encouraging terror. Following the nuclear agreement, Iran continues to be a major player in international terror,” the statement said.

Earlier in the week, IDF and Border Guard Police forces demolished the homes of two terrorists – both from the Hebron area – who between them murdered and wounded 13 Jews and an Arab.

In the past five months, Arab terrorists from the Palestinian Authority have targeted Israelis in 188 stabbings, 75 shootings and 39 vehicular ramming attacks.

The attackers succeeded in murdering 32 people and wounding 357 others, not all of them Jews. Some were Arabs, caught in the crossfire, some were mistaken for being Jews.

Hana Levi Julian

Terrorists Attack Jerusalem Light Rail, Riot Around Capital

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Jerusalem Arabs have again attacked the Light Rail as it passed through the northern neighborhood of Shuafat.

The “travel terrorists” threw stones at the rail cars, and also at Israeli public buses and cars as they traveled on the highway passing the neighborhood.

During the night Arab attackers riots at numerous locations in and around the capital.

Among the sites recorded were: the Qalandia and Ras el Amud neighborhoods on the outskirts of Jerusalem, near Rachel’s Tomb; Al Favar in Mount Hebron; El Hader in Gush Etzion; Havara and Azoun in Samaria; and others.

Hana Levi Julian

DM Ya’alon Says Israel is Prepared for Escalation in Terror Attacks

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee at a meeting on Monday that the IDF is prepared to deal with an escalation in the current wave of terror.

“We haven’t seen any changes in the wave of terrorism,” Ya’alon said in remarks at the opening of the meeting. “It is mostly attacks by individuals. [But] the wave of terror is not subsiding, nor is it being curbed in any way.” He added that the IDF is prepared for an escalation in attacks.

Ya’alon repeated the remarks later in the day when visiting the IDF Induction Center at Tel Hashomer to mark the November draft, noting that there is “hardly a day without a terror attack.”

He went even farther at this briefing, telling reporters that he hoped “the Palestinian Authority gets a grip on itself.” The Defense Minister said he also hoped the PA would go beyond its recent steps of “controlling rioting on the ground, and start condemning the attacks, and cease the blood libels according to which we allegedly are executing those we kill with a knife in their hands, and [instead] they claim we plant the knife afterwards.”

Ya’alon underlined his concern about the PA government’s incitement, and support for Arab media incitement to carry out terror attacks. That incitement, he said, is continuing despite condemnation by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and others.

“I hope they start condemning these attacks. It threatens [the PA] and the survivability of the [Palestinian] Authority more than it does us.

“In the meantime, we are continuing to take many steps,” he added. “Our beefed-up forces are working day and night: carrying out arrests in certain areas and when an attack occurs, the place where it came from is closed, [whether it be a] village or neighborhood. Homes are prepared for demolition.”

Hana Levi Julian

World Leaders Gather for ‘COP-21 Paris 2015’ Climate Change Conference

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah arrived in Paris Sunday night, just in time for the long-awaited summit on climate change.

The conference kicked off in the French capital at 11 am on Monday morning with 150 world leaders in attendance.

U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Netanyahu, and the leaders of China and India are among those who gathered to tie up two weeks of talks on global warning by lower-level officials.

Nearly 3,000 police and soldiers are also present to protect the event and its participants as well.

French authorities banned protests throughout the capital for security reasons. But thousands gathered in defiance of the ban to create a 2-kilometer human chain – which was then disrupted by anti-capitalists – and which led to clashes with riot police. Some 300 people were arrested in the melee.

“The fate of humanity is at stake in this conference,” French President Francois Hollande declared as he kicked off the summit. “On the 12th of December we must reach an agreement,” he said.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon followed Hollande, and told participants: “We need a universal, robust and meaningful agreement here in Paris> We are here to choose the path of compromise. All countries must agree to move gradually towards specific, quantified targets.”

“After the attacks in France we have to deal with urgent priorities… but also act for the long term, Hollande told media before the event. Participants in the conference must “assume their responsibilities in the face of global warming,” he warned in an interview with the “20 Minutes” daily.

“History will judge the heads of state and government harshly if, in December 2015, they miss this opportunity.”

Climate change may not seem to have any connection to terrorism; but scientists point out that drought leads to conflicts over water. Rising sea levels can affect the status of an island nation, and the shoreline of coastal cities, as well as harbors and ports. Moreover, tsunamis, earthquakes and other mass-casualty catastrophic events caused by climate change can affect society in other ways – such as the nuclear disaster that occurred at the Fukushima reactors in northern Japan just a few years ago.

Hollande hosted a meeting with Netanyahu Monday morning, in which the Israeli leader expressed his nation’s solidarity with the people of France after the Paris massacre on Nov. 13 that left 130 dead.

Netanyahu was also expected to meet with Russia’s President Putin to discuss the latest events in Syria.

Hana Levi Julian

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