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February 19, 2017 / 23 Shevat, 5777

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IDF Captures 26 Arab Suspects in Judea, Samaria Security Raids

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Israeli security forces captured 26 Arab suspects late Tuesday night in raids across Judea and Samaria.

At least 11 of the suspects were arrested in the Hebron area in southern Judea. Several were also detained in the Palestinian Authority village of Beit Omer (Beit Ummar), and several were picked up in the towns of Dura, Sair and Deir Razih, in the Hebron Hills area.

Two suspects were arrested in the village of Husan, near Bethlehem, and 12 illegal vehicles were seized in the raid.

A number of other arrests were made in the area of the Palestinian Authority capital city of Ramallah, including at least one alleged Hamas terrorist operative. In addition, arrests were made in the villages of Bil’in (where three vehicles were seized as well), Nil’in and Kafr Nima, where a homemade weapon was also confiscated.

Farther north, in Samaria, four arrests were made in the village of Azzoun and one suspect was detained in Beit Furik.

Hana Levi Julian

UN Security Council Condemns North Korean Ballistic Missile Test

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned North Korea’s short-to-medium range ballistic missile test in its session late Monday.

The international body warned in a unanimous statement there would be “further significant measures” if the ongoing nuclear and ballistic missile tests are not halted.

South Korea’s intelligence agency was quoted Tuesday by the Yonhap News Agency as saying the projectile is a new solid-fuel missile with a range of more than 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles).

According to North Korea, it’s an upgraded, extended-range version of a submarine-launched ballistic missile that reached an altitude of about 550 kilometers (342 miles) and then flew about 500 kilometers (311 miles) towards Japan before dropping into the sea.

U.S. President Donald Trump immediately responded to news of the launch on Sunday, saying America would deal with North Korea “very strongly.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the issue. But North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is an ongoing concern for the Jewish State, because Pyongyang has been exporting its nuclear know-how and technology to Iran, Syria and other Middle Eastern nations for quite a long time.

Israel destroyed at least one suspected Syrian nuclear plant, built with at least some North Korean hardware, in 2007.

Iran has strong ties with North Korea and its nuclear technology program. Moreover, Iran provides generous funding, training, equipment and weaponry to terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas, all of whom are pledged to annihilate the State of Israel — as have various Iranian leaders on many occasions. A deep concern for Israel is the question of when North Korea will connect the dots and hand over nuclear arms to Iranian proxy groups to allow them to do the “dirty work” of aiming the hardware at Israel.

Since Hamas in Gaza has already linked up with the Islamic State (ISIS/Da’esh) terrorist group operating from the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, the concerns are intensifying.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Security Forces Capture 18 Terror Suspects

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Israeli security forces captured 18 terror suspects late Sunday night in the regions of Judea and Samaria.

IDF soldiers worked in joint operations with Shin Bet intelligence agents, Israeli regional police and Border Guard police officers to capture the fugitives.

Sixteen of the suspects were accused of involvement with terrorist activities, riots and violence against civilians and security personnel. At least two of the suspects were accused of membership in the Hamas terrorist organization.

The suspects were turned over the security personnel for further questioning.

In addition, during the course of their operations, forces from the Ephraim regional brigade together with Border Guard Police officers in Kfar Zita discovered and seized makeshift weaponry.

The arms were turned over to security personnel.

Hana Levi Julian

New Report: This is How European Governments Defend Terrorists in Israel’s Supreme Court

Monday, February 13th, 2017

A new report released by the Im Tirtzu movement exposes the industry of foreign government-funded “lawfare” that works to provide protection for terrorists in court. The report focuses on the NGO “HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual,” which submits dozens of petitions to the Supreme Court on behalf of terrorists and their families.

The report surveys the activities of HaMoked over the past two and a half years, during which the NGO has submitted nearly 60 petitions to the Supreme Court on behalf of 48 families of terrorists responsible for the murder of 50 people.

According to Im Tirtzu, the report aims to raise public awareness about the phenomenon of foreign-government backed NGOs operating in Israel’s Supreme Court in order to alter Israeli policy, specifically in regards to state-sanctioned home demolitions as a means to deter terrorism. The flood of petitions submitted to the Supreme Court hampers the ability of the IDF and Defense Ministry to operate.

This sentiment was echoed in 2016 by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman: “There is currently a war of legal attrition being waged by international bodies funded by other international elements, including European countries.”

According to the report, from 2012-2016 HaMoked received over 15,500,000 NIS from the European Union, United Nations, and 11 European governments: Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom.

In addition, from 2008-2012 HaMoked received nearly 3,000,000 NIS from the New Israel Fund, and in 2014, HaMoked received 3,300,000 NIS from a Palestinian foundation based in Ramallah.

In the most recent wave of terror, HaMoked petitioned the Supreme Court against the home demolitions of the murderer of the Henkins, the murderer of Malachi Rosenfeld, the murderers of Danny Gonen, the murderer of Yeshayahu Krishevsky, the murderers of Aharon Banita-Bennett and Nehemia Lavi, the murderer of Baruch Mizrahi, the murderer of Taylor Force (an American tourist), the murderer of Shlomit Krigman, the murderers of Hadar Cohen, the murderer of Hallel Ariel, and the murderer of Rabbi Miki Mark.

HaMoked has also filed petitions against the home demolitions of the terrorists who murdered Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel in Gush Etzion, and the terrorists who murdered Rabbi Moshe Twersky, Rabbi Calman Levine, Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Chaim Rotman and Zidan Saif in the attack on a Harnof synagogue.

Devorah Gonen, the mother of Danny Gonen who was murdered by a terrorist while hiking near the village of Dolev in 2015, said: “We feel as if our loved ones were murdered a second time. This is a dangerous snowball; today they are defending terrorists in court and I fear that the next step will be even more extreme. It is sad that we need to beg in order to end this absurdity in which an Israeli organization defends, and at times justifies, those who murdered our loved ones.”

Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg said that the findings of the report highlight the need for the Israeli judicial system to adopt a new approach in dealing with political NGOs that serve the agendas of foreign governments.

“The judiciary needs to toughen its stance against foreign government-funded organizations that utilize their extensive bank accounts to harm the State of Israel,” said Peleg. “Increasing transparency and applying heavy court fees on these organizations, which for all intents and purposes act as foreign agents in the Supreme Court, are only some of the measures that need to be taken in order to protect Israel’s legal system.”

Peleg concluded: “European governments should stop undermining the sovereignty of the State of Israel – the sooner the better. Providing assistance to terrorists and their families not only encourages terror, but poses a real threat to democracy.”


Shin Bet Captured Hamas Terror Cell, Foiled Series of Attacks in Israel

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Israeli authorities revealed Monday that Shin Bet intelligence agents recently prevented a Hamas terrorist cell from carrying out a massive series of terrorist attacks — including kidnappings, shootings and other attacks — on Israeli Jews in the Hebron area.

Mamduach Younis, 24, of Ar’ara, and brothers Hassam, 23 and Muhammad Zida’at, 25 of the Arab village of Bani Naim, just south of Hebron, were indicted Monday in connection with the plot, in Haifa District Court.

They were charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, participation in, and membership in a terrorist organization, contact with a foreign agent, illegal entry into Israel and various weapons offenses.

The terrorists also conducted reconnaissance on a number of potential attack sites within Israel, including a bus station in Afula, the Binyamina train station, an IDF military base near Kfar Kara and a synagogue in the Jewish community of Zichron Ya’akov, south of Haifa.

All of the sites were familiar to members of the cell due to their illegal employment in Israel, according to the Shin Bet.

The indictment detailed the way in which the three terrorists met, with Muhammad getting a job as a carpenter after crossing illegally into Ar’ara, followed by his brother Hassan, who was accused of murder by the Palestinian Authority. Muhammad bought weapons and gathered intelligence on the targets, while Hassan made contact with Hamas in Gaza to obtain help in planning their attacks.

According to the indictment, the three cell members started saving their money – NIS 1,000 per month – for the purchase of weapons and materials with which to manufacture explosives. They also recruited fellow Arabs for their attacks.

“The uncovering of the infrastructure and activities it planned demonstrates the high threat level posed by Hamas militants, especially those who enter Israel and remain their illegally,” the Shin Bet said in its statement.

Hana Levi Julian

Hamas Turns Down 1-for-1 Deal

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Israel reportedly offered Hamas the release of the brother of a senior Hamas official, in exchange for the release of either Avraham “Avra” Mengistu, or Heysham A-Sayad, two civilians, both of whom are believed to be held hostage by Hamas in Gaza, according to a report in Maariv.

Hamas turned down the deal, saying the deal is too small, and any deal with either be everything [a lot of Hamas terrorists] or nothing.

In a conversation with a reporter from Kol Yisrael, a Hamas source said they would bless the involvement of the Egyptians in negotiating a trade, but that isn’t on the table at the moment.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Terror Attack Foiled by Border Guard Police

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Border Guard Police officers working together in a joint operation with Israel Security Agency (ISA) personnel stopped a Palestinian Authority terrorist from delivering arms to fellow operatives in Judea and Samaria on Tuesday.

Border Guard Police officers received an intelligence alert from the Shin Bet (ISA), warning of an armed passenger on a Palestinian Authority bus that had departed from Ramallah, heading towards Shechem.

Israeli security personnel stopped the bus at a roadblock set up at the Tapuach junction, and began their search of passengers and baggage on the vehicle, including the baggage compartment below.

M-16 assault rifle and magazines

M-16 assault rifle and magazines

In one of the bags tucked away, the police officers found a perfectly clean M-16 assault rifle and magazines. Among the passengers, they found their suspect: an Arab resident of the Balata neighborhood of Shechem in his 20s, quietly traveling with 45 other riders on the bus.

The terrorist was immediately arrested by Israeli Border Guard Police officers and transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

Hana Levi Julian

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