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Wrong Turn: Arab Car Thieves Ram through Ben-Gurion Airport Security

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

UPDATE: Shortly before 3:30 AM on Tuesday, a truck stolen by two car thieves from the Jenin and Qalkilya, under control of the Palestinian Authority, panicked when they realized they were driving up to a check post at the entrance to Ben Gurion airport.

They sped up and rammed through the first security gate at the entrance to the airport, which is right off the highway, and still a distance away from the airport terminal.

Emergency road blocks were set up on the road leading to the terminal.

The speeding truck then sped up and rammed through a second roadblock, and attempted to run over the guard. That guard shot at the truck, and stopped it a few hundred meters from Terminal 3. The PA Arabs got out of the truck, attempted to run, and were captured by the security personnel.

Emergency procedures were imposed briefly, and all entrance points to the airport were sealed, incoming and outgoing flights were stopped.

The police bomb squad searched the truck, stolen from Beit Dagan, which turned out to be empty. The emergency ended after a short while.

Inside the airport, people thought terrorists were shooting at the terminal.

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ORIGINAL REPORT:

Very early Tuesday morning, September 3, two Arab Palestinians allegedly rammed their truck through the safety barriers at Ben Gurion Airport outside of Tel Aviv, presumably in an attempt to perpetrate a terrorist attack.

Israeli security were able to stop those in the truck before anyone was harmed.  Early reports are that the truck’s driver and a passenger were placed under arrest.

The airport was shut down briefly, but outgoing passengers were able to proceed through check-in.

There has not been a major terrorist attack at an Israeli airport in more than forty years.

LOD MASSACRE

In May, 1972, three members of a Japanese terrorist organization, acting under orders from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, used machine guns and grenades to attack passengers in the baggage retrieval area of what was then called Lod Airport.  Twenty-four people were killed and more than 70 people were injured in that attack.  Eight of the dead were Israelis and the rest were tourists from other countries.

Two of the terrorists were killed during the operation, the third was tried and was sentenced to three life sentences plus ten additional years.  That convicted murderer, Kozo Okamoto, was released from prison after serving only 13 years.  Okamoto was released along with 1,149 other prisoners, including Sheik Yassin – who became the leader of the Hamas movement – in exchange for three Israelis who had been taken prisoner in the First Lebanon War.

One of those involved in the planning of the Lod Massacre, Ghassan Kanafani, was assassinated in 1972 by Israel in retaliation for the attack.  In 2011, the Washington Jewish Community Center’s Theater J hosted the play, “Return to Haifa,” which was written by Kanafani.  Although local activists protested, the Jewish Federation of Washington, D.C. rejected the suggestion that the work not be given a home at the Federation-funded JCC.

 

DC JCC Continues Pattern of Promoting Viciously anti-Israel Plays

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

The Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center has a live theater component, known as Theater J.  For years Theater J has been the object of criticism from the pro-Israel world because its director, Ari Roth, promotes plays – either by staging them or having readings – which are profoundly anti-Israel.

And now Roth has done it again.

The latest play to draw the ire of Israel supporters is “The Admission.”  It is a play written by Motti Lerner, who was also the playwright of “Return to Haifa.”  The latter play, the adaptation of a novella written by the spokesperson for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was staged by Theater J in 2011.

The PFLP is an Arab Palestinian terrorist group, designated as such by the U.S. government.  The PFLP’s specialty was airplane hijackings – perhaps you’ve heard of the Entebbe hijacking?  That was one of theirs.  But they like to diversify: in October, 2001, the PFLP assassinated Rehavam Ze’evi, a member of Knesset.  The PFLP also staged homicide bombings.  The goal of the PFLP is to create a democratic socialist state in Palestine.  En route to their goal, they seek the complete destruction of the state of Israel.

When “Return to Haifa” was shown at Theater J, a pro-Israel grassroots organization sent a letter to the D.C. Federation, complaining about such a play being promoted at a Federation-sponsored venue.

Roth responded to the critical letter by stating that it “is not a prerogative of the donor” to intervene in artistic content, and claimed that attempts to limit the theater’s activities amounted to censorship or blacklisting. David Makowsky grew up in Chicago, and told The Jewish Press he well remembers Ari Roth. “He was a bully then and it sounds like he’s still a bully today.”

“The Admission’s” Lerner explained in an interview earlier this year that it was Theater J’s Roth who initiated contact about “The Admission” back in 2010.  It was Roth’s initiative that encouraged Lerner to work with an English speaker and translate the play, which was in Hebrew and Arabic, into English.

Appointing and then keeping someone who brought to the stage of a Jewish Community Center the handiwork of a leader of a group dedicated to eradicating the Jewish state is a shocking choice.  The man makes his living from the donations of Jews who think they are giving money for Jewish causes.

Not surprisingly, there are a number of people in the Washington, D.C. community who find Roth’s taste in drama repugnant, who have been trying for several years to bring the dirty back tale of Theater J to the attention of the national and international pro-Israel community, as their efforts thus far have fallen on deaf ears at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and at the Washington, D.C. JCC leadership.

Louis Offen, a Rockvile, Maryland resident, told The Jewish Press that he used to contribute substantially more to the D.C. Federation before he “was put off by the Theater J business and the failure of Federation and the DC JCC director to put an end to Ari Roth’s use of Theater J in the service of his personal politics.”

The organization Citizens Opposed to Propaganda Masquerading as Art – COPMA – was formed in 2009, after another of Roth’s choices, “Seven Jewish Children” was staged at Theater J.   That play is a series of seven one minute plays, in which a group of parents or relatives are discussing what to tell their Jewish Israeli children about “the situation,” and what should be kept from the children.  The actors quickly reinforce every horrible anti-Israel canard, by showing parents keeping the truths from their children.  For example, one line is: “No but dont tell her Arabs used to sleep in her bedroom.”  In one of the plays, water that is supposed to be for the fields of Arabs is instead used for Israelis’ swimming pool, “Tell her it’s our water, we have the right.”

COPMA, like New York City’s JCC Watch, is a grass roots effort to inform pro-Israel people about Jewish institutions that are using Jewish communal dollars to fund programs that are harmful to Israel.

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