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Israel Foils Islamic Jihad Plot to Kidnap, Murder IDF Soldier

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Israeli security and intelligence agents have foiled a major attack plan by the Gaza-based terrorists who planned to abduct and kill an IDF soldier.

Mahmoud Yusuf Hasin Abu Taha, a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist group, was indicted Thursday (Oct. 20, 2016) in Be’er Sheva District Court by the State Attorney’s Office, Southern District, on terrorism-related charges.

Taha was arrested on September 21 by a joint team of Israeli police and Shin Bet intelligent agents as he attempted to enter Israel from Gaza through the Erez Crossing, ostensibly for commercial reasons, after an extended investigation.

It was learned during questioning that the Khan Younis resident was leading a (PIJ) terror cell from Gaza, and was planning to carry out a large-scale terror attack at a wedding hall in southern Israel. The plan included the abduction and murder of an IDF soldier, whose body would then be held in Gaza, to be used as a bargaining chip in future prisoner swap talks with the Israeli government.

Under interrogation, Taha revealed that he had been recruited by Wael Sufiyan Abu Taha, a senior PIJ terrorist living in Gaza. The recruiter directed him to establish a military infrastructure and prepare to carry out the aforementioned attacks. Mahmoud Yusuf Hasin Abu Taha, in turn, recruited three additional cohorts who have also been arrested:

* Shafik Hamad Abu Taha, born in 1961, from the Gaza Strip, who had been present in Israel illegally. He was employed at the events hall where the attack was to have been perpetrated.

* Ahmed Taysir Abdul Rahman Abu Taha, born in 1977, from the Gaza Strip, who had also been present in Israel illegally; and

* Hani Massoud Nasir Abu Amra, born in 1976, originally from Deir Al-Balah, who had been living in the south after receiving temporary resident status for “family unification.”

Mahmoud and Shafik had already carried reconnaissance on the designated events hall in southern Israel, and had developed their operations plan to maximize the number of casualties.

At the same time, Mahmoud began his plan to abduct and murder an IDF soldier for bargaining purposes, receiving from Wael Sufiyan Abu Taha thousands of shekels with which to rent an apartment in Israel. This is where he would take his victim, kill him and bury him, while delivering his personal effects to Gaza for use in negotiations.

“This grave case underscores, again, the efforts of Gaza-based terrorists to carry out murderous attacks in Israel, in addition to their activities in Gaza,” warned a spokesperson for the Shin Bet.

“The case also reiterates the manner in which terrorists will exploit humanitarian and economic permits to enter Israel, as well as the risk posed by Arabs from the Palestinian Authority who are present in Israel illegally.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israel’s Resilient Decency Despite Extreme Terrorism

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

{Originally posted to the IPT website}

U.S. citizens got a small taste of the Islamist terror threat that hounds Israelis on Sept. 17, with four bombings or bombing attempts in the New York metropolitan area and a Minnesota stabbing attack.

Israel, a country about the size of New Jersey, endured eight terrorist attacks in a four-day period overlapping the American incidents. Even that frightening frequency does not represent “the scale of the attacks during the previous wave” of terror, according to the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, an Israeli think tank.

Israel’s experience shows that the war against Islamist terror is a long and difficult one, but it can be managed while maintaining a democracy’s core values.

Whereas the U.S. experienced about a dozen attacks during the 21 months from the start of 2015 through last month, an Israeli government list of terror attacks covering 12 months from 2015-16 totaled 407 attacks, including 165 stabbings, 87 attempted stabbings, 107 shootings, 47 vehicular (ramming) attacks, and one bus bombing. Those attacks killed 40 people and injured 558 others.

The Israeli government statistics don’t include stone throwing, petrol bombs, riots, IEDs, arson, stun grenade attacks, rocket attacks, and other types of attacks. When those are included, Israelis endured 3,754 terrorist attacks (including 3,635 by Palestinians and 119 by Israeli Arabs) from Jan. 1, 2015 to Jan. 5, 2016, according to a meticulously documented list compiled by analyst Nehemia Gershuni-Aylho.

Thus, in 2015, Israelis suffered about 10 terrorist attacks every day.

Adjusted for population size, the violence would equate to a staggering 150,160 attacks in a year in the United States (roughly 411 per day).

Of course, demographic, geographic and historic differences mean the U.S. is unlikely ever to experience that much Islamist terrorism.

Despite those differences, jihadi attacks in the United States during the last year have been enough to inject proposals like banning all Muslims from entering the country into the national political debate. No such proposals have ever been publicly discussed by any mainstream political parties in Israel.

By contrast, Israeli democracy is immensely tolerant of diverse opinions – to the point that the Arab party in the Knesset publicly supports terrorist organizations bent on destroying Israel. Last March, two Arab-Israeli political parties condemned Gulf Arab states for designating the Lebanese-based Iranian proxy Hizballah a terror organization. Hizballah openly seeks Israel’s destruction, and has more than 100,000 rockets and missiles aimed at the Jewish state. Could a parliamentary party in the EU or U.S. ever openly support an enemy terrorist group?

Remarkably, Israel spares no expense when providing medical help to the very terrorists attempting to murder Israelis.

Last December, at the height of the “Stabbing Intifida” – a series of seemingly spontaneous knife attacks by Palestinians on Israelis – the Israeli Medical Association issued a ruling requiring that the wounded be aided in order of injury severity, even if that means helping assailants before victims. Israeli medics treat Palestinian terrorists and murderers better than their Palestinian counterparts treat Israeli victims of Palestinian terror, such as the Palestinian medics who ignored an Israeli terror victim’s plea for help last November.

Another example of Israel’s incredible humanism despite extreme terrorism is the Israeli mother who was happy to donate the kidney of her son, who was murdered by a Palestinian suicide bomber, to save the life of a Palestinian girl.

The Israeli non-profit “Heart for Peace” is staffed by Israeli and Arab cardiologists who have saved the lives of more than 610 Palestinian children since 2005. Outrageously, in 2014, a Gazan mother whose young son’s heart was saved by Israeli doctors said that she hoped he would grow up to be a suicide bomber.

Israel has even provided medical services to the relatives of those seeking its destruction. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh may encourage ordinary Palestinians to embrace martyrdom for the sake of killing Israelis, but his mother-in-law, daughter, and granddaughter have all been treated by Israeli hospitals. During the last war with Hamas in 2014, Israel reportedly provided medical treatment to two Hamas terrorists who had infiltrated the country through a tunnel. Every year, Israel treats thousands of Gazans.

Examples of public generosity and decency may be rare in conflict zones, but they abound in Israel. When an Arab Israeli was wrongly beaten by police in May, the Israeli public raised money for the victim’s college tuition and legal fees, a story that went totally unreported by the mainstream media. Last August, a Palestinian girl whose bicycle was taken and broken by Israeli border police received a new bicycle donated by an Israeli man.

The EU routinely criticizes Israel for its relations with Muslims, yet Europe is far less tolerant of Islam in many respects. Last summer, three French cities – Corsica, Cannes, and Villeneuve-Loubet – banned “burkinis” from the beach. Germany’s interior minister called for a partial ban on burkinis, and a German public swimming pool reportedly prohibited them. By contrast, Israel allows burkinis, a fact highlighted in a New York Times video that went viral.

Four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and now Bulgaria – ban full face veils in most public places. Israel imposes no such restrictions on Muslims.

Last summer provided an even more positive testament to how Israeli Muslims are treated, when Israel’s smartest high-school student was an Arab named “Mohammed” and the captain of Israel’s goalball team at the Rio Paralympics was a 26-year-old, Muslim woman. (Goalball is a sport created for blind athletes.)

But stories of Israeli decency and the relative prosperity of Israel’s Muslims rarely appear in the mainstream media or get acknowledged by the EU, the UN, or human rights organizations. World leaders routinely call for Israeli restraint, as if Israelis weren’t already exercising extraordinary restraint, a fact demonstrated by this graph showing how each of Israel’s last three wars with Hamas (in 2008, 2012, and 2014) was preceded by hundreds, and more often thousands, of Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians. What country would tolerate thousands of deadly projectiles being fired on its civilians before responding with enough force to stop the attacks?

Similarly, when it comes to stabbings, car rammings, bombings, and other forms of Palestinian terrorism, world opinion reflexively calls for Israeli restraint and/or attempts to justify the attacks.

Last October, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini called for Israeli restraint after four Israelis had been murdered in a total of 19 terrorist attacks during the first 12 days of the month. Secretary of State John Kerry tried to blame that wave of Palestinian terrorism on Israeli settlements. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tried to justify Palestinian terrorism as a rational response to “occupation.” Such reactions would be unthinkable in response to similar terrorist attacks in the EU or U.S. World leaders and the global media seem unaware that Arab Muslims have been killing Jews for more than a century – long before any occupation, settlements, or even a Jewish state.

Palestinian terror attacks don’t reflect some miserably unfair existence – they are the product of raw hatred and incitement. Dozens of Israeli Arab Muslims have committed terrorist attacks even though they are not under occupation and enjoy better freedoms and living standards than most of the Arab world has. Like so many Palestinian terrorists, they are driven by the same hateful incitement that rejects any state for the Jews.

The next time Western politicians, human rights groups, and journalists feel tempted to critique Israeli conduct, or demand more restraint from Israelis, they should ask themselves: “How would we respond if there were 411 jihadi terrorist attacks per day here? Would we also provide medical treatment to terrorists and their relatives? Would our society be nearly as tolerant and kind towards Muslims? Would our laws similarly protect Muslim rights and allow Muslim political groups to support organizations that want to destroy our country? How often would our headlines and news coverage present a neutralized terrorist as a victim?”

Noah Beck

Iranians Caught With Fake Israeli Passports

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Israeli intelligence agencies were updated during Yom Kippur that three Iranian citizens were caught in Italy with fake Israeli passports.

They were deported via Serbia to Turkey, according to a report Wednesday night broadcast on Israel’s Channel 2 television news.

Security agencies are investigating the history of the trio to see whether any of the three have carried out terror attacks against Israeli targets in the international arena.

Hana Levi Julian

NTSB Probe Finds Jordanian Pilot Intentionally Crashed Small Plane Near US Defense Contractor

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Investigators for the National TransporTation Safety Board say the deadly crash Tuesday of a small plane, barely 200 yards from the corporate headquarters of U.S. defense contractor Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, Connecticut, was “an intentional act.”

The crash occurred as the plane was on its final approach to Hartford’s Brainard Airport.

Aaccording to a statement released Wednesday, the FBI is set to lead in the investigation of the crash of the twin-engine Piper PA-34 Seneca, with assistance from the NTSB. The plane — which had two sets of controls — hit a utility pole, snapped electrical wires, crashed on the road and exploded into a fireball around 3:40 pm on Tuesday.

A survivor told investigators the crash was no accident, according to The Associated Press, which quoted East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc. The man, flight instructor Arian Prevalla, 43, is hospitalized at Bridgeport Medical Center and was upgraded Wednesday from critical to fair condition.

Lt. Josh Litwin of East Hartford Police told media the survivor is being treated for burns and is expected to survive. He added that it is not yet known whether the student pilot or instructor had control of the plane at the time of the crash.

Prevalla is a flight instructor at the Hartford Jet Center, according to records and law enforcement.

According to the report, the student pilot presumed killed in the crash was identified as 28-year-old Feras Majdii Mohammad Freitekh. The Jordanian student entered the United States in 2012 on an M1 visa for flight school, and subsequently acquired an F1 visa for language school as well, CBS News reported. He was licensed and certified to fly a single-engine plane in May 2015.

Hana Levi Julian

EU Statement on Terrorism More Like ‘Politics As Usual’

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

The European Union reluctantly, belatedly joined the rest of its international colleagues and released a terse, openly political statement late in the evening, condemning Sunday’s terror attack in Jerusalem. A grandmother and a newly-married police officer both were murdered, and six other people were wounded in the attack.

“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 statement read.

“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

Policeman and Civilian Murdered in Jerusalem Terror Attack, Six More Wounded

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Dr. Osnat Levtzion Korach, the general manager of Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus just announced that two of the critically wounded people, a policeman and a 60-year-old woman, died of their wounds following the terror attack this morning.

The two were brought in, in critical condition, after being shot by the terrorist.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Terrorist Bombing Near Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

At least 10 people were injured Thursday in Istanbubl when a motorcycle blew up in a drive-by car bombing outside a police station in the Yenibosna neighborhood.

All of the victims of the attack, which took place near Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, were civilians. It is not yet known whether any of the injured were Jewish or Israeli citizens, both of whom live in Istanbul.

(H/T for the above video to Eurasia Diary.)

A bomb-laden motorcycle was detonated, causing the blast, according to a tweet by provincial governor Vasip Sahin.

Police are hunting for an individual wearing a black coat, jeans and a black helmet who fled the scene just before the explosion detonated, according to private broadcaster CNN Turk.

A witness who was at a metrobus station about 500 meters away from the explosion site told the Daily Sabah the blast shook the ground. Another witness, located in a private school next to the site, told the newspaper that gunshots were heard after the explosion.

There have been several bombings this year in Turkey. At least 41 people died, including a number of police officers, and 140 more were wounded in a major terrorist attack by three suicide bombers at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport in June. A major suicide bombing this past March in Ankara that killed 27 and wounded 75 others, and six days later, another suicide bombing by an ISIS terrorist in Istanbul which killed four people, including two Israelis, and which wounded 39 others.

Hana Levi Julian

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