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Is an Arab Murdered by Arab-Hating Jews a ‘Terror Victim?’

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

The problematic issues of the definition of “terror” and the standing of Arabs as equals in Israeli society came to a boil hours before Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Terror Victims Tuesday because an Arab victim of Jewish murderers has been honored as a terror victim.

Three Jews disgusted and embarrassed virtually the entire People of Israel last year by burning to death 16-year-old Mohammed abu Khdeir, a Jerusalem Arab, in an act of revenge following the kidnap-murders of three yeshiva youth – Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach..

Legally, abu Khdeir is a victim of terror as defined by the Defense Ministry, which said that he was killed in a “hostile “action, and by the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi.)

The Almagor terror victims association is furious at abu Khdeir’s inclusion as a terror victim, insisting the revenge act was nothing less and nothing more than murder.

If the execution by fire of the eastern Jerusalem teenager was terror, there is no question he should be added to the list of terror victims, just as names of all victims of a terrorist attack on a bus or public square are added to the plaque, regardless of religion or ethnicity.

Like it not, Arabs and Jews have equal status, as stated in the Declaration of Independence. They have no obligation to fight in the IDF, but some do.

However, many more have turned against the country, and even some Arab Knesset Members routinely call for the end of Israel as a Jewish state and for the immigration of several million Arabs from foreign countries, where UNRWA keeps them penned as “refugees.”

It no longer is rare for an Arab with Israeli citizenship to act alone or in cooperation with Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to attack Jews simply because they are Jews.

There is no universal definition of the term.

The dictionary meaning of “terror” the “use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.”

Here is the FBI defines “international terrorism”:

[They are] acts that appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping.

It has been trendy among the liberal media to call Israeli vandalism against Arabs as “price tag terrorism,” while almost every foreign and even some Israeli news outlets always refer to Hamas murders as “militants” and not “terrorists.”

Counter-terror expert Dr. Bruce Hoffman has succinctly stated the political overtones of the use of the word terror. In short, it all depends on whose ox is terrorizing and whose ox is being terrorized.

He has written:

Terrorism is a pejorative term. It is a word with intrinsically negative connotations that is generally applied to one’s enemies and opponents, or to those with whom one disagrees and would otherwise prefer to ignore…

Hence the decision to call someone or label some organization ‘terrorist’ becomes almost unavoidably subjective, depending largely on whether one sympathizes with or opposes the person/group/cause concerned.

If one identifies with the victim of the violence, for example, then the act is terrorism. If, however, one identifies with the perpetrator, the violent act is regarded in a more sympathetic, if not positive (or, at the worst, an ambivalent) light; and it is not terrorism.

Arab terrorists, or call them what you will, almost always have been members of an organization until recent years, when the phrase “lone terrorist” cropped up.

Jewish “terrorists” almost always have been lone rangers. Occasionally, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) exposes a cell, but there never has been any large-scale Jewish terror organization.

Arab Who Killed Cherki with His Car Admits He ‘Was Looking for Jews’

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

The Jerusalem Arab who killed one Jew and critically injured another last week has admitted to investigators he was “looking for Jews’ and intentionally rammed his car into them.

Khaled Koutineh, 37, ran over and killed Shalom Cherki and critically injured Shira Klein, whose condition remains the same although it has stabilized.

Koutineh originally claimed he was involved in an accident, a story that Israel’s establishment left-wing media tried to believe, as did the police, although they added that terror had not been eliminated as a motive.

Despite eyewitness accounts that Koutineh aimed his car at a group of Jews at a French Hill bus stop, the idea that he was a terrorist remained on the back burner until last Saturday, when the police finally stated that it was a terrorist attack without a shadow of doubt.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and police on Tuesday revealed that Koutineh has confessed that he intentionally killed his victims for the reason that they were Jewish, as he assumed by their dress.

He had tried to convince police that he was “crazy,” noting that he had visited a psychiatrist because of emotional problems.

Koutineh was not a part of any terrorist cell. He told security officials that he thought of carrying out the hit-and-run terrorist attack a short time before he used his car as a murder weapon.

Saudi Arabia Posts Alert of Possible Terror Attack on Aramco and Malls

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Saudi Arabia has posted an alert of a possible terror attack on Aramco’s oil facilities and malls in the capital of Riyadh, Bloomberg News reported Monday morning.

“We have informed security forces to be on alert and to take any necessary security procedures [against] a possible terrorist attack attempt,” spokesman General Mansour al-Turki told the newspaper by phone.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil suppliers. Like all other Muslim countries in the Middle East, it has been faced with an increasing number of terror plots even before the kingdom attacked Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Security was beefed up at the Kingdom Center office-mall complex last week.

Hamas Urges Kidnapping Israelis

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Hamas has launched a new appeal to kidnap Israelis to be used as ransom to free terrorists being held by the “Zionist enemy.”

Senior Hamas official Khalil al-Haya said Thursday night, the eve of “Prisoners Day,” according to the French news agency AFP:

We tell the Zionist enemy: you are all a target for us and the resistance, we will fight you until we finally get rid of you and take as many captives as possible to free our heroes

“Our men, our women, our children all envision kidnapping your soldiers and settlers, wherever they are, and it is our right because we have no other way to free our heroes, and it is the Zionist enemy responsible for this state of affairs.

Haya assured a crowd of hundreds that Arab terrorists will be freed from Israeli jails as they were in the 2011 swap of 1,000 terrorists for the return of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

Hamas terrorists in the Hebron area last summer kidnappers and murdered three Israeli yeshiva youth in what may have been a botched attempt to keep them alive for ransom.

It is widely accepted in Israel, even by the liberal establishment media, that there is a broad consensus against freeing terrorists for kidnap victims. The public finally has begun to accept the fact that doing  so endangers Israeli b encouraging more abductions.

The latest Hamas threat to kidnap Israeli should be taken seriously. Hitchhikers, especially should be especially careful before accepting a ride with someone they do not know.

They also should not hitchhike alone and should always have their mobile phones prepared to press an emergency number.

 

IDF Deploys New Terror Tunnel Detection System

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The IDF is deploying a $2 million-per-kilometer terror tunnel detection system developed by Israel’s Elbit Systems company.

Numerous reports recently have confirmed that Hamas is rebuilding its terror tunnel system with the help of tens of millions of dollars from Iran, but there has been no indication that Israel is doing anything about it.

The tunnel detection system presumable will give the IDF the opportunity to target tunnels, which it did during the Operation Protective Edge counter-terror campaign last summer but only after Israel had been attacked with missiles.

The IDF lost dozens of soldiers in the war on terror, which included destroying the tunnels, some of which were discovered inside Israel and which caught the military off guard.

The question now is whether Israel will wait for Hamas to deliver the first blow rather than carrying out pre-emptive bombings of the tunnels.

A new Israeli start-up called the Geophysical Institute of Israel developed the system in cooperation with the  Defense Ministry, according to the Israeli Globes business newspaper.

 

 

Arab ‘Refugees’ in Samaria Clash with PA Forces and Shut Down Highway

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Arabs from the UNRWA-run village of Balata closed down a main highway to Shechem on Monday in retaliation for the detention in jail of 17 men arrested by the Palestinian Authority.

Balata is the largest of 19 “refugee camps” in Judea and Samaria. The protesters closed down a road called, of all things, “Jerusalem Street.”

Their problem is that the Palestinian Authority is trying to crack down on criminals, according to the Ma’an News Agency, based in Bethlehem. Even worse, Balata residents suspect that the PA arrests terrorists who are wanted by Israel.

Balata also has been the scene of clashes between IDF troops who often encounter violence when trying to arrest terrorists.

The situation in Balata is a classic case of hopelessness, paranoia and hatred, all of which are aggravated by the eternal status of “refugee” that UNRWA classifies every generation in the villages it operates.

The Palestinian Authority cooperates with Israel to weed out terrorists, especially those who are dangerous to the Abbas regime as well as to Israelis. The PA, despite all its threats of breaking security cooperation with Israel, would be at the mercy of criminals and terrorists if it did so.

The UNRWA village residents are hostages of a long-time Arab world dream of being moved to Israel under a peace agreement that would leave the Palestinian Authority with all of Judea and Samaria and most of Jerusalem, including the Old City,.

The chances for such an accord are zero, although some say it is a bit more than zero and others say less than zero.

The refugees hate Israel. They also hate the Palestinian Authority. They hate everyone and everything.

It is conveniently symbolic that they closed Jerusalem Street. If they could, they would close all of the city of Jerusalem and Ramallah, especially Mahmoud Abbas’ offices.

Pakistan Frees Terrorist behind Murder of Mumbai Chabad Rabbi

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Israel, France and the United States have sharply criticized Pakistan’s surprise release of the alleged mastermind terrorist allegedly behind the 2008 attacks on a Mumbai hotel and Chabad Center, where Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife were among six Americans and 160 others killed, including six Americans.

Israel’s ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said:

Israel is surprised and disappointed by the release of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the Mumbai attack in which, as part of the horrific attack, also Israeli nationals and a Jewish centre – the Nariman [Chabad] House – were targeted.

This release is a setback for the international efforts in the war against terror in which India and Israel are close partners.

The United States said it was “gravely concerned:” after Lakhvi walked out of jail on Friday. French President Francois Hollande, was hosting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the reelease was “deeply shocking.”

Modi said: “There is a need for global action to deal with terrorism. All nations should commit that they will not provide shelter to terrorists but punish them.”

State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said at the daily news briefing Friday, “Pakistan has pledged its cooperation in bringing the perpetrators, financiers, and sponsors of the Mumbai terrorist attacks to justice, and we urge Pakistan to follow through on that commitment to ensure justice for the 166 innocent people, including six Americans, who lost their lives.”

Lakhvi was released after a Pakistani court suspended his detention. He had been arrested one week after the attacks.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/pakistan-frees-terrorist-behind-murder-of-mumbai-chabad-rabbi/2015/04/11/

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