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Israeli Arab Terror Cell Nabbed in Jerusalem

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Cleared for release: Jerusalem District Police and Israel Security Agency (Shabak/Shin Bet) personnel announced Monday they have uncovered an Israeli Arab terrorist cell in the capital.

Five of terrorists are residents of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud, near the Mount of Olives, Shabak said and have been involved in a number of attacks, including firebombings, shooting fireworks and throwing stones at IDF soldiers, security personnel and Israeli civilians.

Islam Najjar, 18 and Hamza Najjar, 22 – two brothers – were both arrested in October, according to Shabak. As the investigation expanded, Nader Nasser, 22, was also detained, along with two minors, ages 16 and 17.

The two younger members of the terror cell confessed to throwing firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and stones at security forces and Israelis in Judea and Samaria. They also admitted to torching a bus in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood in September and attacking the driver together with other Arabs in the area.

Rioters in the neighborhood also blocked the street with trash cans and cut off the electricity to the area in order to draw police to the site so they could attack them.

Thus far, the terrorists have been charged with arson, attempted arson, rioting, attempted assault of a police officer, tampering with evidence, intent to commit a crime, and other accusations.

Israeli Medical Association: Doctors Must Treat the Worst Injury First, Including Terrorists

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

(JNi.media) An appeal of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has led to a dramatic change in the guidelines of Israel’s Medical Association, imposed by its Ethics Bureau: from now on, medical teams must provide medical care to victims at the scene of a terrorist attack, including the terrorist perpetrators, according to the severity of their injury.

To date, EMTs were instructed to treat all the victims of an attack first, before the attacker, in line with the rule of “The poor of your city come first” (the rabbinic version of “charity begins at home”); but from now on, according to the dramatic resolution, reported by Israel Hayom, the medics must triage only according to the severity of the injury.

The IMA Ethics Bureau is the only entity in Israel in charge of setting the standards of medical ethics for all doctors and medical teams. Its instructions have a profound influence on all the emergency medical professionals, including paramedics, medics, nurses and administrators. However, the change in the existing triage procedure that was decided earlier this week was not publicized, but was merely entered in the guidelines published on the IMA website, for fear of “political and public criticism of the decision during the widespread wave of terror,” Israel Hayom reported.

The dramatic decision was made after a long discussion that took place at the Ethics Bureau last week, at the request of Physicians for Human Rights, a not-for-profit NGO whose stated view is that “Israel’s prolonged occupation over Palestinian territory is the basis of human rights violations. For this reason we oppose the occupation and endeavor to put an end to it. PHR-Israel stands at the forefront of the struggle for human rights – the right to health particularly – in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.”

Between 2008-2014, the anti-Zionist New Israel Fund (NIF) authorized grants worth $1,275,815 to PHR-Israel, according to NGO Monitor. The Israel PHR has received additional donations from the Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands), Diakonia (Sweden), Medico International (Germany), Bread for the World (Germany), the European Union, HEKS-EPER (Switzerland), Germany, Norway, Switzerland, and UNHCR. Its operating budget is assessed at between $1 and $2 million annually. It buys a lot of ethics.

PHR-Israel addressed the IMA Ethics Bureau, saying that the former directive seriously contradicts the principles of internationally accepted medical ethics and international humanitarian law. Chairman of the IMA Ethics Bureau, Dr. Tammy Karni, told Israel Hayom that the reason for changing the rule is that “doctors are not judges. The meaning of keeping the directive intact was to tell the doctor to investigate who is to blame and punish them by denying care. In a multiple-injury event it’s very easy to make mistakes in identification, and the treating physician clearly can’t do a precise identification of the victims. The doctor must be focused on saving the lives of as many people as possible. It isn’t decent to add to the doctor’s triage task criteria that are unrelated to the health of the casualties.”

The principle of “The poor of your city come first” at the scene of an attack was part of the guidelines of the Ethics Bureau that were written in 2008. The earlier directives were formulated by a group of doctors, including Prof. Pinchas Halpern, director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, and a leading expert in emergency medicine in Israel. According to Halpern, removing the former directive was a mistake, and instead there needed to be a hearing on the issue which in the end would specify the guiding principles for treatment of an enemy.

Knesset Committee Extends Security Prisoners’ 96-Hour Remand by 1 Year

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Monday approved the extension by a year of a temporary order that allows interrogators to delay bringing a suspect in a security-related crime before a judge for 96 hours. The order further authorizes the court to extend a suspect’s remand in absentia.

The remand or detention of a suspect is the process of keeping a person who has been arrested in custody, prior to a trial, conviction or sentencing. The word “remand” is used generally in common law jurisdictions to describe pre-trial detention The pre-charge detention period is the period of time during which an individual can be held and questioned by police, prior to being charged with an offense.

The prohibition of prolonged detention without charge, habeas corpus, was first introduced in England about a century after Magna Carta.

Israel, which sadly does not have a Magna Carta, is currently debating the arrest without charges, remand in absentia and prevention of seeing an attorney in the case of at least three Jewish suspects in the Duma Village arson investigation. In that case the suspects’ incarceration is entering its fourth week in incognito detention.

The existing law allows authorities, under certain circumstances, to delay a suspect’s arraignment, to keep a security-related suspect in custody for a longer period of time than a suspect in another type of crime, to hold hearings in absentia and to limit the suspect’s freedom to appeal court decisions regarding his or her arrest. In addition, the law requires the security bodies that make use of these freedoms to file a biannual report indicating how often this law was implemented.

Deputy Attorney General Raz Nazri said statistics indicate that the Shin Bet (General Security Service) is making use of the temporary order in a “logical and restrained” manner. In 2014, Nazri told the committee, the law was used in cases involving only 23 of 200 relevant detainees, “a relatively high figure compared with previous years.” This year has seen a significant reduction in the use of the law, Nazri said. “The law’s clauses were implemented this year in cases that involved only seven of 341 relevant detainees. The Shin Bet is using this special tool only to prevent the loss of life,” he argued.

In the spirit of Israel being “light unto the nations,” Nazri told the committee that countries around the world “want learn about our use of the anti-terror law.”

Addressing the investigation involving the Jewish suspects, Nazri said “there are no interrogations in the dark; the Shin Bet is not hiding anyone. All of the actions are being accompanied by the attorney general.” He admitted that in this case “irregular measures have indeed been taken, and clauses of the discussed law have been implemented.” In response to a question by MK Uri Maklev (United Torah Judaism), he said the suspects “have been allowed to put on Teffillin (phylacteries) and light [Hanukkah] candles. I personally spoke with the administrator at the facility in which they are being held. Terror is terror. There is no terror law for Arabs and a terror law for Jews. To our regret, there is also severe Jewish terror which sometimes justifies the use of these tools.”

Committee Chairman MK Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) refused to extend the temporary order by two years, as was initially requested. The committee unanimously approved its extension by one year. Addressing the Duma affair, Slomiansky said “if I will learn that there have been deviations from the law, I will hold a special meeting on the issue.”

MK Anat Berko (Likud) said “Jewish terror should be treated like terror, but we must remember that we are facing jihadist Muslim terror.”

Migrants Threaten ‘Open or Die’ En Route to Europe

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

A group of sturdy-looking young men waved a homemade banner that proclaimed in large black letters, ‘OPEN or DIE’ in the photo that flashed around the Internet this week.

Their raised fists, arms to the skies and some with their first two fingers in the “V” symbol of solidarity, all told the same story of defiance and rage as they faced the barbed-wire that sealed the border between Macedonia and Greece.

The small landlocked state of Macedonia simply quailed at the thought of being overrun by the hordes of migrants flowing across the continent and just.said.no.

But Macedonia is only one of a growing number of countries that closed its borders in fear of the unknown population heading its way, especially in the wake of the Paris massacre, and most recently the slaughter in San Bernardino. In both cases, ISIS-linked terrorists who had somehow immigrated to the host country were involved in the massacres.

Macedonia has begun to build a fence along its border with Greece in order to block the transit route which runs from north Africa and Syria through Turkey to Europe. The Macedonian government says it will allow refugees who are fleeing war zones to continue on through — meaning, the 2,500 who are coming from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan — a confusing policy that does not explain how the government will differentiate between legitimate migrants and possible terrorists.

But perhaps it is just the overwhelming numbers the government fears.

On Wednesday, more than 2,300 of the migrants were moved to “open hospitality facilities” in Athens onboard 45 buses, police said in a statement. The migrants, mainly from Pakistan, Somalia, Morocco, Algeria and Bangladesh, are to be sheltered in former Olympic stadiums, according to police.

Some 350 riot officers were mobilized at dawn for the operation.

Some 3,500 migrants from Iran, Morocco, Pakistan and Eritrea were being blocked at the border a day earlier, having been told they must leave the border area. Those young men had engaged in clashes with those who were allowed to pass through — people from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq — and prompted intervention by 150 Greek riot police, according to reports Thursday morning on local Greek blogs and social media.

Greece is being inundated by migrants — so far, 600,000 have flooded the country so far this year — but now the European Union is adding coals to the fire, threatening to impose passport controls for Greek citizens in the EU if Greece cannot get a better handle on its borders. Greece contends that its borders are at the “start of the corridor” and the “door” is in Turkey.

Earlier this month, the Greek government told Israel it would disregard the EU’s guidelines advising member states to re-label any goods manufactured in Jewish communities past the 1949 Armistice Line, also known as the “Green Line.” Those guidelines advise that anything produced in Judea and Samaria cannot be labeled “Made in Israel.” The move was deeply appreciated by Israel’s population and the Jerusalem government.

IDF Elite Special Ops Unit Deploys in Gush Etzion to ID, Deter Lone Wolf Attackers

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

IDF Central Command has deployed the elite special ops ‘Maglan’ unit in Gush Etzion in a last-gasp attempt to avoid the necessity of another complete separation between Jews and Arabs in the region, as happened a decade ago.

The goal: identify potential jihadists before they start their journey to terror and turn them around.

“It is possible to track down and identify a lone terrorist before he has made that final decision to stab or run someone over, and to stop [the attack,] Col. Roman Gofman, Commander of the Etzion Brigade, told the Hebrew-language Ynet news site.

“This requires two things: locating the potential attacker and then putting pressure on him or persuading him not to carry out the attack. Once he has decided to attack it’s very hard to stop him,” Gofman noted, according to the report.

One of the new methods of pressuring potential attackers is that of “targeted closure.” This involves quietly knocking on the door of the targeted individual and then entering the home in the wee hours, before anyone can slip away to the cafe before heading out to work at 3:30 am, when most leave their villages. If it is not possible to enter quietly, IDF soldiers will do what they must, which could include shouting or drawing weapons. But the preferred method is to move quietly, with dignity, in order to carry out an arrest and begin the necessary conversation.

Targeted individuals include those ages 16 to 25 who appear to be seeking attention and perhaps martyrdom along the way, Gofman explains. “Every attacker leaves signs long before they decide to become martyrs. We just need to pick up these signals from every possible source: Shin Bet, social networks and many other things that would point to … a potential attacker.

“In earlier periods terrorists wanted to kill Jews and some were willing to become martyrs for it,” Gofman said. “Now they want to become martyrs and if they can kill a couple of Jews while accomplishing that, then all the better.

“One way or another they are lauded and gain status in Palestinian society. They are the target of incitement from all directions. Lone attacks are a result of vicious cycle whose essence is imitation and inspiration.”

Teens who have already thrown stones and/or firebombs at Israeli vehicles or security forces are arrested and taken into custody. They are then questioned by investigators who also try to persuade them not to repeat their mistakes — not to commit the same crimes once they are released. They are typically sent to jail for a long enough sentence hopefully to deter but not harden them.

Especially for those who have not yet acted and have no criminal file, the IDF discussions with parents and extended family, carried out in fluent Arabic, have often been effective. The explanations about the consequences of their child’s actions can have great influence, according to Gofman.

“Even those who distribute candy after attacks, do not want their sons to commit suicide,” Gofman told Ynet journalist Ron Ben-Yishai. “Most of them are like that. Most of them want to see their child come home from school, or the younger son return home from work, so they are therefore a powerful influence through whom we try to act.”

Multiple Stabbings in London Underground Terror Attack [video]

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

A man yelling, “this is for Syria” stabbed 3 people in a London subway station on Saturday evening.

The attack happened at the Leytonstone station. One of the victims is in serious condition.

London police attempted to taser the stabber, but failed at first, and ended up having to taser the attacker 6 times.

After the stabber was captured, someone (unclear who) can be heard yelling that someone else is not a real Muslim.

Scotland Yard declared the east London incident a terror attack.

Perhaps related to this attack, a few days ago the UK began bombing ISIS positions in Syria, following a parliamentary decision.

In an unrelated story, the UK’s Telegraph reported that following a personal invitation by PM Netanyahu to Prince Charles to visit Israel, the British Royal Family will never visit Israel.

The Foreign Office declined to comment, but British officials say there are too many political landmines in the way of a visit to a country that occupies Palestinian territory and lives within disputed borders.
“Until there is a settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the Royal family can’t really go there,” said one Whitehall source.
“There have been inward State Visits by Israel, which just involves dealing with the Head of State, but in Israel so much politics is caught up in the land itself that it’s best to avoid those complications altogether by not going there.”

Ramming Attack near Ofra

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Two IDF soldiers were lightly injured in a ramming attack near Ofra in the Binyamin region, just at 3 PM on Friday.

The terrorist has been killed, and his car drove into (onto) a tree.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/ramming-attack-near-ofra/2015/12/04/

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